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SportsMX/NDIAA January 2015 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) are proud to present the monthly "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 but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

Our young Deaf athletes deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work. SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Emelia Beldon, Dillon Maynard, Seth Hazelett, and Andrew Todd on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for January 2015!

Emelia BeldonEmelia Beldon
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Emelia has become the unquestioned leader of Minnesota’s basketball squad. Her athleticism and leadership is the driving force for Minnesota’s success this year. Emelia is averaging 25 points per game and scored her 1000th point against Community of Peace Academy on January 29th. She is a threat to score from anywhere on the court when she has the ball and opposing teams have found it difficult to contain her. During the month of January, Emelia scored in double digits in all games with 32 points being her highest and 18 points being her lowest.

“Emelia is probably one of the best players for MSAD in the past 10 years. Not only her abilities on the basketball court, her leadership skills is a plus for our school. I have enjoyed watching her play. She is a joy to watch!” - Minnesota Athletic Director Davey Olson

Dillon MaynardDillon Maynard
Kentucky School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Shooting Guard

When Kentucky needs points, they turn to Dillon. He has become a clutch player with an excellent shooting touch. Dillon’s success on the court is a result of his passion to become a complete player. He is averaging 14.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game leading Kentucky to 14 wins. Dillon also has been selected to the All-Tournament team in all three tournaments the team played in. In a game against South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind, Dillon scored 34 points to lead the team to a 58-40 victory. He also scored his 1000th point in December.

“Dillon has an amazing work ethic and an excellent shooting touch. He wants to win by becoming a better player. He has grown to become an all around player since his freshman year. He is a very important part of our team.” - Kentucky Head Coach Mike Yance

Seth HazelettSeth Hazelett
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Shooting Guard

During the month of January, Seth has led his team in scoring in all but one game. In that span, Seth averaged 13.8 points and Fremont has won games because of Seth’s presence on the offense and defense. In a memorable game against their crosstown rival Fremont Christian without their starting center. Fremont was down by five points with two minutes left in the game. Seth rallied his team for a come from behind win by converting two easy baskets through turnovers created by press defense and dishing out a key assist.

“Seth has gotten stronger as the season progressed and his desire to will his team to victory though his perseverance, shooting, defense, and driving to the basket has really made a difference in our team's success. His work ethic is starting to pay off and we would not be where we are now without his contributions.”  - Fremont Head Coach Kevin Kovacs

Andrew ToddAndrew Todd
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Wrestling
Weight Class: 132

Andrew’s success on the mat comes from his dedication to the sport. His 32-2 record with 17 pins stems from his commitment to practice, desire in learning new techniques and perfecting them. Andrew was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Willigan Tournament. He finished the tournament undefeated in the duals and individuals. Andrew is already looking ahead to next year with a goal of winning the state championship. He also is a model teammate as he is motivated to work with other wrestlers to improve their skills as well.

"Andrew Todd in action on the mat is a pleasure to watch as he executes his moves, moving from one technique to another." - Indiana Head Coach Bill Warnock

 
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