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SportsMX/NDIAA December 2015 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) present the monthly "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. This award recognizes High School athletes across the country that has made significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Brianna DiGiovanni, Eric Ellzey, Isabella Paulone, and Noah Valencia on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for December 2015.

Brianna DiGiovanni 600Brianna DiGiovanni
Rochester School for the Deaf

Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Brianna is a coach on the court as she is very capable of understanding what the opponents are trying to do and making the necessary adjustments with her teammates. As an all-around player, Brianna leads the team in all statistical categories. In December, Rochester went 3-1 with Brianna leading the way with 33, 26 and 19 points scored. Her approach to the game, which is to play unselfish and team basketball, makes her an extra-special player. Brianna does not limit her excellence to the basketball court as she is also an outstanding student and leader in the classroom.

“Brianna is a mature and unselfish player who takes pride in her game." - Rochester Basketball Head Coach Charles Palmer

Eric Ellzey 600Eric Ellzey
Tennessee School for the Deaf
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward

There is excitement brewing in Tennessee basketball and Eric is a big reason for that. Even though Eric is only a sophomore, he has cemented his place as a key player for the team. He willingly uses his 6-2 height to battle it out in the paint and is also a very skilled ball-handler. With his cool demeanor, Eric is responsible for bringing the ball up the court on full-court presses. He also has a good grasp of opponents’ defenses as well, which often leads to easy baskets. Through seven games, Eric has put up impressive numbers in multiple categories. He is averaging 19.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 block per game.

"Eric is a very young athlete who never fails to astound our opponents with his 'high-level' basketball skills. We are very blessed by having him playing for our school!" - Tennessee Basketball Head Coach Barry Swafford

Isabella PauloneIsabella Paulone 250
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Isabella scored her 1,000th point against Lighthouse Christian Academy, a 19-point performance in what was a 49-33 win on December 3rd. As a tough-nosed guard, Isabella is not afraid to attack the rim in the paint to draw fouls or to shoot from downtown. She also has developed a reputation as a player who acts as a floor general and does whatever is necessary to lead her team to victories. Through December, Isabella has averaged 18.7 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. She has twice had rebounds in the double-digits despite playing the guard position.

“Isabella is every coach's dream player to have on the team.” - Indiana Basketball Head Coach Amanda Huser

Noah Valencia 600Noah Valencia
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

With exceptional basketball skills, there is no denying that Noah is what Riverside basketball is all about. Noah’s dedication to the game has produced some eye-popping achievements and statistical averages. On December 4th, Noah scored 71 points in a 94-33 win against Baker. The 71 points is not only a single-game record for the school but for Riverside County as well. Noah’s 33.9 points per game average is ranked #1 in California and #7 in the nation. His 7.8 steals per game average is also ranked #1 in California and is tied for #1 in the nation. Despite the exemplary play Noah has put in this winter, he continues to push himself by working on his game in the mornings.

“Noah’s determination, commitment, and passion have really paid off. He never gives up and works hard on and off court.” - Riverside Basketball Head Coach Jeremias Valencia

SportsMX/NDIAA October 2015 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) present the monthly "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. This award recognizes High School athletes across the country that has made significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Farrah Harmount, Ahmed Mahmoud, Tredynn Selvog, and Austin Sliva-Wynne on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for October 2015.

Farrah Harmount 300Farrah Harmount
California School for the Deaf, Fremont

Grade: Senior
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter

As a player who can do it all, Farrah has led the Fremont volleyball team to the league championship and an invitation to the North Coast Section Division VI playoffs. Farrah turned her game up a notch in October tallying 193 kills, 273 digs, and 53 aces. For Farrah, recording digs and kills in the double digits are not uncommon and she also expects the best from her teammates as well. The Bay Counties League recognized Farrah’s exceptional play as she was named the league MVP. She also earned All-Tournament honors at the SpikeOut and Bay Counties League tournaments.

“Farrah has always had the determination, dedication, and self-discipline. Once she discovered her confidence this season, she brought herself to another level with her mental toughness. A true leader who leads by example on and off court.” - Fremont Volleyball Head Coach Karina Pedersen

Ahmed Mahmoud 300Ahmed Mahmoud
Rochester School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Soccer
Position: Midfielder

The Rochester soccer team was an offensive juggernaut this season and Ahmed was the force behind it. Leading the team to an impressive 16-3-2 record, which includes ESDAA championship and a runner-up finish in the league playoffs, Ahmed finished the season with an impressive 35 goals and six assists. He also earned two MVP awards and all-tournament selections at the RSD homecoming and ESDAA tournaments. As a team captain, Ahmed led his team by example with a strong work ethic and leadership on and off the field.

"Ahmed is one of the best soccer players to play for Rochester. He has great field sense and he possesses the skills necessary to compete at a high level. Ahmed is a leader and demonstrates these skills both on and off the field and he is the reason for RSD's success in soccer this year." – Rochester Athletic Director and Soccer Head Coach Mary Cook

Tredynn SelvogTredynn Selvog 300
Washington School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback and Free Safety

The Washington football team’s return to the playoffs for the first time since 1998 can be largely attributed to Tredynn’s presence and leadership on the field. Tredynn blossomed as the season progressed and he had an impressive game against cross-state rival Oregon School for the Deaf. In that game, Tredynn rushed for 199 yards on seven carries and scored four touchdowns. He also threw for 42 yards and a touchdown. In another game against Lyle, Tredynn racked up seven tackles, four defended passes, and two interceptions.

"Tredynn is an exceptional athlete. Not only was he a hard worker, he was also a remarkable leader. He led his team by example with a no-quit attitude and playing to the maximum on the field. We could not be more proud of Tredynn" - Washington Football Head Coach Rob McArthur

Austin Sliva-Wynne 300Austin Sliva-Wynne
Texas School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback and Defensive End

As a gifted athlete, opposing coaches have nightmares when trying to come up with schemes to slow down Austin. They have not been very successful as Austin has been a force on both sides of the ball leading his team to the playoffs. Through ten games, Austin has passed for 1,521 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. He has also rushed for 648 yards with 12 touchdowns. On the defense, Austin has team high 61 tackles and four sacks. Austin also has shown his teammates that success comes with hard work in the weight room and in practice.

"Austin is a tremendous student-athlete. He's outstanding in the classroom and he's outstanding on the field. He wants to be the best at both." - Texas Athletic Director Chris Hamilton

SportsMX/NDIAA September 2015 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) present the monthly "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. This award recognizes High School athletes across the country that has made significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Adele Daniels, Dante Paulone, Darius Trice and Hannah Wears on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for September 2015.

Adele Daniels 200Adele Daniels
Maryland School for the Deaf

Grade: Senior
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter

As a dynamic and exceptional athlete, Adele possesses a rare trait where she thrives on pressure and her performance on the court gets better when the competition gets tougher. During the month of September, Adele has led her team to two tournament championships and was named the tournament MVP for the Oriole Classic. She leads the team with 438 kills and 256 digs averaging an impressive 5.25 kills per set and 3.15 digs per set. Adele also has set a new school record for most kills in a single set with 13.

“Adele is a great joy to coach because she thrives on challenges and understands the pressure that comes with the game. She is always ready to compete.” - Maryland Volleyball Head Coach Vicki Kitsembel

Dante Paulone 200Dante Paulone
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback and Safety

Quarterback and safety is two of the toughest positions to play in football and that does not faze Dante at all. He has risen to the challenge playing excellent football leading Indiana to a 3-1 record in September. Dante has passed for 483 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has been an adept ball carrier rushing for 543 yards and 11 touchdowns averaging 10.8 yards per carry. Dante also has two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging an impressive five touchdowns per game during this span.

“A humble player who understands the intricacies of the game.” – Indiana Football Head Coach Garrett Wooten

Darius TriceDarius Trice 200
Mississippi School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Football
Position: Tailback and Linebacker

Off the football field, Darius is known to be a kind student who cares about others and is always willing to offer a helping hand. But on the football field, Darius strikes fear in his opponents. He is unstoppable as a tailback averaging over 300 total offensive yards. Darius has rushed for 1,123 yards in four games averaging about 281 yards per game and has 182 receiving yards good for an average of 45.5 yards per game. As a linebacker, Darius uses his speed to get to the ball. He has been in on 20 solo tackles and 22 assisted tackles averaging 10.5 tackles per game.

“Darius Trice is indeed a total package athlete but more importantly he is a total package young man. He is a leader to all the students on this campus in his words and his actions.” – Mississippi Athletic Director Holly Reichle

Hannah Wears 200Hannah Wears
Michigan School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter

As a leader of the volleyball team, Hannah has the respect of her teammates as they seek her out for guidance and follow her passion on the court. In eleven games, Hannah has 85 kills and 73 aces that translate to an average of 7.7 kills per game and 6.6 aces per game. Her service reception average is better than 90%. At the Kentucky SpikeOut volleyball tournament, Hannah was recognized as the best offensive player of the tournament and was also selected to the All-Tournament team.

“Hannah Wears has always been a great athlete, but this year there is something different about her. She has become a leader. Her perspective and attitude has changed and it clearly shows on the volleyball court.” – Michigan Volleyball Head Coach Lindsay Lantagne

SportsMX/NDIAA April 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 Austin Silva-Wynne, Isabella Paulone, Eddie Thomas and La'Terria Hampton on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for April 2015!

Austin Sliva-WynneAustin Sliva-Wynne
Texas School for the Deaf

Grade: Junior
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher & Shortstop

The Texas baseball team’s return to the Hoy tournament had a “Hollywood” feel to it with Austin in the starring role. Austin hit a three-run homerun in the final inning of the semifinals to break a tie and defeat Indiana. In the championship game against Model, Austin dominated in six innings with 17 strikeouts and allowing one hit. In the final inning, Austin delivered once again making a tag at home for the final out in the game as a catcher. Austin’s heroics at the Hoy tournament earned him a much-deserved MVP award. Austin ended the season with a 4-1 record as a pitcher with 53 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched with an ERA of 1.62. He also led the team with a .636 batting average and four homeruns.

“Austin is a "one of a kind" baseball player. Despite his amazing statistics, he is not only just a great ball player but also a true leader of his team by providing positive support and feedback to his teammates. It’s a thrill to know that he is currently a junior. It will be fun to watch him play again next year.” - Texas Athletic Director Chris Hamilton

Isabella PauloneIsabella Paulone
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Isabella is a young and exceptional athlete with bright future ahead of her. At the Hoy softball tournament, Isabella was unstoppable leading the team in runs scored, RBIs, and slugging percentage. She also pitched all five games striking out 21 in 23 innings for an ERA of 2.74 which earned her the tournament MVP award. Currently, Isabella has a .550 batting average in 14 games with 22 RBIs and six triples. She has a 7-3 record as a pitcher with 77 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched. Isabella also excels in track & field winning the Best Field Athlete award with a first place finish in the discus throw and two-second place finishes at the Berg/Seeger Classic.

"Unassuming and humble player. Plays with passion and heart!" - Indiana Head Coach Herman Fuechtmann

Eddie ThomasEddie Thomas
Alabama School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Javelin, Relays, Shot Put

Winning a state championship is no easy task and Eddie has accomplished this feat twice winning the state championship in the shot put two years in a row. At the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship, Eddie won the shot put state championship with a winning throw of 47-11.25. This mark is also a new school record. Eddie was a significant contributor to the boys’ track team impressive showing in the sectionals with a third place finish. He placed in the javelin and was a state qualifier in the 4x100 relay.

“Eddie is a special young man with unlimited potential who has helped the team compete well in different events.” - Alabama Head Coach Chris Moon

LaTerria HamptonLa'Terria Hampton
Florida School for the Deaf & Blind
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Shot Put

First place is where La’Terria’s name is usually found in the Shot Put event. La’Terria dominated the Shot Put throughout the 2015 track season finishing first in all meets and earning a number one seed going into the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship. As a sophomore, La’Terria has advanced to the state championship three times and this year had her highest finish coming in at second place with a throw of 37-04.75. Her best throw of the year was 38-09.00 at the regionals. La’Terria’s success is largely attributed through hard work and humility. She also has taken on a role as a leader by coaching her less experienced teammates the fundamentals of shot put.

“La’Terria is always cheerful and optimistic about any situation and it has been my pleasure to work with her for the last three seasons. I have nothing but high expectations for her now and in the future years to come.” – Florida Head Coach Mary Wesley Fisher

SportsMX/NDIAA March 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 Adele Daniels and John Scognamiglio on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for March 2015!

Adele DanielsAdele Daniels
Maryland School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Softball
Position: Utility

Adele possesses a rare combination of exceptional athleticism with a desire and willingness to work hard to continually improve her game. As a utility player on the softball team, Adele mostly plays catcher. Anchoring one of the more difficult positions, she has a .917 fielding average and has thrown out three base stealers. Adele leads the team in several categories with most runs, hits, triples, and home runs. She also leads the team with a .571 batting average and slugging average of 1.286. Adele divides her time with the track & field team as well competing in multiple events.

“Adele is an excellent all-around athlete. She plays on both softball and track teams and she is making an impact on both teams. Athletes of her capability do not come often and we are enjoying every moment while we can!” - Maryland Athletic Director Andy Bonheyo

John Scognamiglio 1John Scognamiglio
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Grade: Senior
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Sprints, High Jump, Long Jump

Coaches will identify John as an individual they want their athletes to emulate. As a captain of the track & field team, John leads by example showing up to practice on time and is always the last to leave. Coaches count on him to motivate and provide support to his teammates. He also takes the initiative to check in with his coaches on how he can be a better athlete for the track team. John had an impressive performance at the EBCL meet on March 12th with a first place finish in the high jump. He also placed 7th out of 45 sprinters in the 100m.

“John is a leader both on and off the field. He is the heart of the track team. He shows up on time and likes to be the last person to leave practice to check with the coaches.” - Fremont Track Coach Johnny Coleman

SportsMX/NDIAA February 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 Jairee Hill, Kai Miller, Dalton Taylor, and Noah Valencia on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for February 2015!

Jairee HillJairee Hill
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward

Since his freshman year, Jairee has worked on his strengths, which are his speed on the dribble and leaping ability to score and rebound. Jairee’s dedication to basketball came full circle during the month of February when he averaged 24.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 assists in ten games. He also led Rhode Island to a 7-3 record, a number four seed in league playoffs and the school’s first Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 2 championship since 2003. Jairee’s crowning moment was when he scored his 1,000th point against Barrington Christian Academy in league playoffs.

"Jairee who recently scored 1,000 points has unbelievable speed and leaping ability to get by one, two or even three defenders to go to the basket. He is an excellent passer and is not afraid to share the ball. He will be missed greatly here at RISD!" - Rhode Island Head Coach Todd Murano

Kai MillerKai Miller
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Point Guard

As a floor general, Kai led her team with grit and determination despite a tough season but that never stopped her from going all out. Kai led her team to the Consolation Championship at the Eastern Schools for the Deaf (ESDAA) Division 1 tournament. In three games at the ESDAA tournament, Kai had 30 points, 24 rebounds, 10 steals and five assists earning her a spot on the All-Tournament team. During the month of February, as a point guard Kai averaged 5.1 rebounds per game and 2.6 steals per game.

“She gives 100% in every game and refuses to give up until the last second rings. That also applies to all her academic courses she takes and giving her 100% effort, too! She is a definitely positive and encouraging leader in all aspects.” - Western Pennsylvania Athletic Director Valentine Wojton

Dalton TaylorDalton Taylor
Texas School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward

Dalton is the kind of player that his coaches know he will show up in every game and give it all. In the final stretch of the season where Texas needed to win its remaining district games in order to qualify for the playoffs, Dalton stepped up big time averaging 18.7 points and eight rebounds leading the team to a third place finish. He has worked on his game to become an outstanding all-around player who knows what to do when he has the ball in the paint area. Dalton is also relied on to make things happen when the team needs him to.

“Basically, he gave it all he could and finished the season strong by playing "all-around" basketball. I look forward to having him back next year.” - Texas Head Coach Chris Hamilton

Noah ValenciaNoah Valencia
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Riverside’s turnaround in the boys basketball program can be largely attributed to Noah’s presence on the court. Noah is the second player in school history to lead Arrowhead League in scoring with 24.7 points per game. His scoring average is also ranked 7th in CIF Southern Section and 22nd in California. Noah also broke three school records, all which were previously held by his father. The new school records Noah set are most three points in a season with 72, most three points in a game with eight, most steals in a season with 123. Noah’s achievements is not limited to the basketball court, he also excels in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA.

“Noah is the heart of CSDR boys basketball team. Last year, we only won one game and lost 18 games. This year, we improved our record to 14–11. Without him, we would not have come this far.” - Riverside Head Coach David Hamilton

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