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SportsMX/NDIAA September 2014 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) are proud to present the first ever "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. The purpose of this the award is to recognize High School athletes across the country who have made significant impact on their teams not just on the field/court but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

Our young Deaf athletes deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work. SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Tessa Lewis, Tiffany McCallum, Dante Paulone, and Rashard Witherspoon on their selection to the inaugural "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for September 2014!

09-14 Tiffany McCallum-KansasTiffany McCallum
Kansas School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter

Opposing teams have nightmares when Tiffany McCallum takes her turn to serve. Tiffany has served team high 73 aces in 12 games, an average of 6.1 aces per match. Her most impressive performance came against Missouri School for the Deaf when she served 25 aces in three sets. Tiffany also leads the team with 24 kills and 78% serve reception.

"Tiffany has a huge impact on our team in most areas which includes aces, serve receptions and kills. Her aces and 10 foot line hitting (kills) are awesome!" - Head Coach Mike Wiesner

09-14 Rashard Witherspoon-Tennessee Rashard Witherspoon
Tennessee School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback and Defensive Back

Rashard Witherspoon is Tennessee's "Mr. Touchdown". In five games, Rashard has scored 20 touchdowns for the Vikings. Rashard makes his presence felt on the field as he has scored touchdowns on the offense, defense and special teams. As a quarterback, Rashard has rushed for 477 yards on 47 carries, good for a mind-boggling 10.1 yards per carry along with 12 touchdowns. He has also passed for 291 yards on 27 attempts for 14 completions and four touchdowns. On the defensive side, Rashard has three fumble recoveries which all were returned for a touchdown.

"Rashard is an amazing football player who has scored in different capacity in every game we have played so far in this season! He rushed, passed, received, and returned for touchdowns and 2-points!" - Head Coach Barry Swafford

09-14 Tessa Lewis-MarylandTessa Lewis
Maryland School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter

Behind team captain Tessa Lewis' leadership and on-court savvy, she has led Maryland to an impressive 21-3-1 record for the month of September. In 25 games, Tessa has recorded 205 kills and 191 digs for an average of 8.2 kills and 7.6 digs per match. One of Tessa's more impressive games came against powerful Bishop Ireton. In that game, Tessa had 13 kills and 25 digs leading Maryland to a 3-0 win. It is not uncommon for Tessa to record kills and digs in the double digits. Tessa also earned All-Tournament Team honors at the New Life Fall Classic where the team finished in second place and third place in the Oriole Classic.

"She has an explosive power, vertical jump height, stamina, speed and agility around the court." - Head Coach Vicki Kitsembel

09-14 Dante Paulone-IndianaDante Paulone
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Football
Position: Wide Receiver/Slot Back and Strong Safety

On MaxPreps, Dante Paulone is ranked first in Indiana with most receiving yards. He is also currently ranked number one in the nation in the same category. In six games, Dante has 45 catches for 973 yards, a 21.6 yards per catch average with 12 touchdowns. He is also a threat carrying the ball with 170 rushing yards on 23 carries, an average of 7.4 yards per carry with three touchdowns. One of the more memorable plays by Dante was when Indiana trailed Alabama School for the Deaf with 2:09 remaining in the game. Dante took a short pass and rambled for 49 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Dante is also a force to be reckoned as a safety with 25 solo tackles, quarterback sack, and an interception.

"He caught everything that was thrown his way. His yards after catch are what's most impressive. His speed and elusiveness make him very difficult to handle." - Head Coach Garrett Wooten

 
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