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Arizona boys and girls claim WSBC championships

February 6, 2018

With five schools competing at the annual Western States Basketball Classic hosted by Phoenix School for the Deaf during the weekend of Thursday, January 25th through Saturday, January 27th, the Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind boys and girls team took home the championship trophies.

2018 WSBC Basketball & Cheerleading Awards

The tournament is played in round-robin format with the two teams having the best records face each other in the championship game. Teams with the third and fourth best records play for 3rd place.

2018 Arizona BBB WSBC Champs
2018 WSBC Boys Champions - Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind
(Photo courtesy of ASDB Social Media Department)

2018 Arizona GBB WSBC Champs
2018 WSBC Girls Champions - Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind 
(Photo courtesy of ASDB Social Media Department)

The boys and girls championship games were represented by Arizona and Oregon. Arizona girls came into the championship game undefeated on the weekend and held off Oregon 28-22 for the championship. Arizona boys made it a sweep when they avenged their lone loss on the weekend to Oregon with a 42-34 victory.

Phoenix girls won the third place with a 45-25 win against Washington and the script was flipped for the boys third place game with Washington defeating Phoenix, 43-30. Utah boys and girls both finished in fifth place.

There was no cheerleading competition at the tournament but Washington was selected as the most-spirited school.

2018 Washington Cheer WSBC
2018 WSBC Most Spirited School - Washington School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of ASDB Social Media Department)

Boys Results
Thursday, January 25
Round Robin - Listed in order played
Oregon 53 Utah 19
Arizona 47 Washington 32
Phoenix 47 Utah 39
Oregon 30 Arizona 29

Friday, January 26
Round Robin - Listed in order played
Washington 51 Phoenix 48
Arizona 62 Utah 18
Oregon 35 Washington 32
Arizona 40 Phoenix 27

Saturday, January 27
Round Robin - Listed in order played
Washington 38 Utah 9
Oregon 22 Phoenix 19

Finals
Arizona 28 Oregon 22 - Championship
Phoenix 45 Washington 25 - 3rd Place

Girls Results
Thursday, January 25
Round Robin - Listed in order played
Oregon 37 Utah 7
Arizona 41 Washington 13
Phoenix 42 Utah 16
Arizona 28 Oregon 25

Friday, January 26
Round Robin - Listed in order played
Phoenix 26 Washington 20
Arizona 39 Utah 19
Washington 26 Oregon 24
Arizona 23 Phoenix 17

Saturday, January 27
Round Robin - Listed in order played
Washington 38 Utah 9
Oregon 22 Phoenix 19

Finals
Arizona 28 Oregon 22 - Championship
Phoenix 45 Washington 25 - 3rd Place

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - February 6

Monday, February 5, 2018

floridaProvidence 56 Florida 21 - 4A District 2 Quarterfinals

The Lady Dragons were at the 4A District 2 quarterfinals as the number 6 seed and we played against Providence, the #3 seed. The girls really played hard although they were still mentally and physically exhausted after a long month in January. After returning from the winter break on January 7th, girls have played 15 games. Last Thursday was our final regular season game and we didn't have a chance to practice for the playoff game last night.

Our girls made less turnovers, took more outside shots, and were not afraid of being tough than our last meeting with Providence. (Contributed by Head Coach Joy Moers)

FSDB (9-18/0-7): Olivia Brown 12, Ja'Myra Harris 5, Oceana Brown 2, Lourdine Jordonne 2.

rochesterHoughton Academy 45 Rochester 29

The Wildcats were in the battle against Houghton for the whole game and we got as close as seven at the end of third quarter. We tried to keep up with Houghton but were not able to. Courtney Gentzke had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals. Mariana Menzynski added six points and had six steals. (Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer)

lexingtonLexington 33 Lowell 10

Lexington cruised to an easy league win against Lowell behind Gigi Zheng’s 17 points. Lawryn Hernandez had team high 10 boards and five steals.

LOW 0–-0-0-10 = 10
LSD 14-10-5--4 = 33

Halftime: Lexington led 24-0.

LSD (9-2):
Gigi Zheng: 17 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block
Lawryn Hernandez: 6 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals
Heidy De La Rosa: 4 points, 2 steals
May Tun: 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal
Dorgianny Flores: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Team Total FG: 16-55
Team Total 3FG: 0-1
Team Total FT: 1-3

new-yorkEF International Academy 23 New York 13

Anjel Perez had seven points, 20 rebounds, and eight steals for New York in a low-scoring league loss.

NYSD (6-11): Silmara Campos 4, Samantha Pon 2, Anjel Perez 7.

Team Total FG: 6-31
Team Total 3FG: 0-4
Team Total FT: 1-2

Western Pennsylvania had a home win against Redeemer Lutheran, 35-20. Cheyenne Sloan led all scorers with 12 points followed by Danielle Fisher with 11. Olivia Larson and Ryane Smalley had six each.

Illinois was a #9 seed in the 1A regional quarterfinals and fell to #6 seed North Greene 63-32. Kyla Clayborn had 15 points for Illinois.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

rhode-islandLexington 42 Rhode Island 10

Our girls' basketball team played host to Lexington School for the Deaf. They are one of the top-three girls' team in ESDAA Division 1 so this would be a huge test for us. Lexington proved itself to be a very strong team and executed their game plan on both sides of the court. We struggled to maintain ball possession and Lexington capitalized on our mistakes en route to easy shots. Our girls did not give up as they continued to battle throughout the whole game, losing by the final score of 42-10. (Contributed by Athletic Director Nathan Engel)

LSD 23-19 = 42
RISD  6--4 = 10

Halftime - Lexington led 23-6.

RISD (3-14): Yasmin Sicaju 6, Ellie Lister 3, Melissa Estrada 1.

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania 40 Delaware 30

The Lady Panthers hosted Delaware School for the Deaf for our annual Homecoming game. The girls had a sleepy start but woke up in the second half to win the game. 40-30. In the win, Yasmean Evans had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. (Contributed by Athletic Director Matt Bujak)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

rochesterRochester 48 Hope Hall 29

We controlled the entire game against Hope Hall. Courtney Gentzke led our team with 15 points while Neriyah McPherson scored six and grabbed 16 rebounds. (Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer)

Wednesday, January 31. 2018

fremontFremont 55 Oakland Military Institute 23

Oakland Military Institute was the second of our three consecutive away league game. We started slow against them, OMI made a steal and easy fast break-and-1 to make it 7-5.

Somehow, the players turned on a switch after that play as we went on a 25-2 run that lasted 13:10 of game time from 1st to 3rd quarter before a 3-pointer by OMI made it 32-10 with 6:45 remaining in the third. By then, the game was already handled and we closed out 23-13 for the rest of the game.

Overall CSD had 55 points on 47% shooting, 38 rebounds, 18 assists, 17 steals, and 10 blocks.

CSD is now 16-6 on a 6-game winning streak, 7-1 League with 4 games remaining. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 16-12-16-11 = 55
OMI   7--0-11--5 = 23

Halftime - Fremont led 28-7.

Top Players
Jade Dawson: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks
Malia Zornoza: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks
Hannah Wetzel: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals and 1 block

Prep Boys Basketball Roundup - February 6

Monday, February 5, 2018

floridaFlorida 62 First Coast Christian 47

The Seniors managed to walk off the Settles Gym court winners for the 15th time this season. Since 1970, this is the third time the Varsity Boys team at FSDB has posted 15 or more wins.

We jumped off to a great start tonight and never relinquished the lead. FCC did come up within five midway in the fourth quarter before we pulled away for a comfortable win.

We didn't play with the flair or pizzazz as we did last week, but we took advantage of opportunities to score enough times to post a winning total. As is customary with our recent teams, the scoring was distributed nicely among our players. (Contributed by Head Coach Eric LeFors)

FCC     9-11-10-17 = 47
FSDB 19-11-17-15 = 62

Halftime - Florida led 30-20.

FSDB (15-8): Quintin Galpine 14, Samy Vital 14, Wallace Burrell 12, Yahir Rodriguez 11, Walter Douglas 8, Luis Merced 2, Cody Newsome 1.

texasTexas 73 Concordia Academy 21

We completed our regular season schedule. Our first district playoff game begins tonight at home against Faith Academy. We must do well to qualify for the state playoffs. (Contributed by Head Coach Andy Donatich)

CA     4--6--9-2 = 21
TSD 21-25-21-6 = 73

Halftime - Texas led 46-10.

District record: 6-2

lexingtonLexington 44 Summit 30

Freshman Jayden Orlang scored team high 21 points to lead Lexington past Summit in a league game. Steve Salmon had a double-double of 10 points, 17 rebounds, and five steals.

LSD 13--9-13-9 = 44
SUM  5-11-11-3 = 30

Halftime - Lexington led 22-16.

LSD (8-7): Steve Salmon 10, TayQwan Richardson 2, Timar Harris 7, Aaron Laikram 4, Jayden Orlang 21.

Team Total FG: 17-51
Team Total 3FG: 2-12 (Harris, Orlang)
Team Total FT: 4-10

new-yorkEF International Academy 58 New York 32

Jaykuss Figueroa had 19 points and three steals for New York in a league loss at home. Alford Deski grabbed team high 12 boards with six points and three steals.

EFIA 13-19-16-15 = 58
NYSD  5--4-15--9 = 32

Halftime - EF International led 32-9.

NYSD (6-13): Alnord Deski 6, Yazeed Al-Khatib 3, Jaykuss Figueroa 19, Gregorio Ulerio 2, Robert Cici 2.

Team Total FG: 7-41
Team Total 3FG: 2-8 (Figueroa 2)
Team Total FT: 12-22

Western Pennsylvania - David Harclerode had team high 18 points followed by Chad D’Amore with 17 in a 52-48 loss to Redeemer Lutheran.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Lexington 49 Rhode Island 10

rhode-islandRhode Island - Lexington School for the Deaf traveled from New York City to Providence for a Division 1 vs. Division 2 match up. Unfortunately, the Roosters only had five players and was still missing our leading scorer plus a veteran starter. Lexington's size and speed was too much and won the game with the score of 49-10. Timothy Jallah scored five points with eight rebounds and Juan Fernandez Espinal contributed with five points and six rebounds. (Contributed by Athletic Director Nathan Engel)

lexingtonLexington - Timar Harris scored team high 12 points and Steve Salmon had 11 points with nine steals. Jayden Orland added 10 points and seven steals while Jordan Laikram had six rebounds.

LSD 24-25 = 49
RISD 5--5 = 10

Halftime - Lexington led 24-5.

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania 51 Delaware 25

We hosted Delaware for our home homecoming and what a game it was as the boys came out all ready. Nasir Ford had 16 points while Kevin Nguyen added 10 points. Jacob Cross scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Hazim Haroun had four points and Aquil Roane added five points. (Contributed by Athletic Director Matt Bujak)

Prep Basketball Roundup - February 4

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Boys Basketball

kentuckyKansas 51 Kentucky 36

Kentucky fell behind early against the visiting Kansas in a morning match at the KSD Homecoming weekend as they fell, 51-36. Aaron Howard led Kentucky with 14 points and Richard Ward added eight.

KSSD 24-10-11--6 = 51
KYSD   6--8--6-16 = 36

Halftime - Kansas led 34-14.

KSSD (17-7): Reese 6, Welch 8, Melgar 11, Washington 14, Rolofson 2, McCastley 10.

KYSD (1-16): Howard 14, Ward 8, Yance 4, Vickery 6, Collins 4.

kentuckyNorth Carolina 53 Kentucky 28

Aaron Howard had 13 points for Kentucky in the final game of the annual KSD Homecoming weekend. Kentucky wrapped up the round-robin games with a 1-2 record.

NCSD 17-22-11-3 = 53
KSD     5--8-10-5 = 28

Halftime - North Carolina led 39-13.

NCSD (3-9): Futrail 17, Evans 9, Lineberger 20, Hernande 2, Anderson 1, Giron 4.

KSD (1-17): Howard 13, Ward 4, Miller 4, Yance 2, Dorn 1, Tucker 1, Haynes 3.

Girls Basketball

lexingtonLexington 42 Rhode Island 10

Lexington cruised in a road game against Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon. Gigi Zheng picked up a double-double for Lexington with 12 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and six steals. Dorgianny Flores scored team high 16 points.

LSD 23-19 = 42
RISD 6--4 = 10

Halftime: Lexington led 23-6.

LSD (8-2):
Dorgianny Flores: 16 points, 2 assists, 4 steals
Gigi Zheng: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals
May Tun: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals
Heidy De La Rosa: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 steals

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - February 3

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

fremontFremont 66 Holy Names 64

What. A. Game.

We were facing Holy Names, the #1 team in our league with a 8-0 record. We knew we were in for a tough battle coming in this game as they defeated us 2-1 last year with most of their key players returning this season, and it was the first of three consecutive game days.

We had a fast start to the game going up 10-4, then everything fell apart after their coach called timeout, and Holy Names went on a 14-0 run to end the first quarter 18-10. Our offensive struggles continued into the second quarter as we managed to score only five points. Holy Names were cruising to a 20-point halftime lead.

There were no locker room in the gym, so both team remained at the benches. We could see their team laughing and not taking things seriously, so that definitely lit a fire under our team. There were two different teams as we exploded for 51 points in the second half powered by our two sophomores Esther Biser (19 of her 21 points) and Mahlia Thornton (16 of her 20 -oints) who combined for 35 of the 51 second half points.

It was not easy as we never made a big run because Holy names kept scoring (29 points in the second half), but we made key defensive stops and turned up the pressure on them. Our best player, Malia Zornoza fouled out with 5 minutes remaining, at that point we were down 59-52. That still did not slow the Eagles, and we ended the game on a 14-5 run including four straight made free throws for our final four points. We were down as many as 22 points. Great team comeback victory, and I believe it may be unofficially the biggest comeback victory in school history.

Overall, CSD had 66 points on 48% shooting, 33 rebounds, 20 assists, 10 steals, and 4 blocks.

CSD is now 15-6, 6-1 league with five games remaining on the season schedule. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 10--5-25-26 = 66
HN 18–17–18–11 = 64

Halftime - Holy Names led 35-15.

Top players
Esther Biser: 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block
Mahlia Thornton: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 1 block
Malia Zornoza: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists

Prep Boys Basketball Roundup - February 3

Friday, February 2, 2018

kentuckyKentucky 48 Georgia 23

KSD has earned its first victory this season with a win over Georgia at our homecoming weekend. KSD was able to make a run after halftime to a 19-point lead after third quarter. KSD defense played a big part as both teams played well. Aaron Howard had an all-around game with 26 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 steals. Richard Ward recorded a double-double wth 12 points and 11 rebounds while Payne Yance dished out nine assists. (Contributed by Coach Leslie Stayer, Jr.)

GSD  7--6--5--5 = 23
KSD 8-11-18-11 = 48

Halftime - Kentucky led 19-13.

GSD (1-15): Royal 13, Johnson 4, Pantija 6.

KSD (1-15): Ward 12, Howard 26, Collins 4, Yance 4, Vickery 2.

 
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