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Florida boys basketball and Louisiana cheerleaders win Mason Dixon championships

The 66th Annual Boys Mason Dixon Tournament at Alabama School for the Deaf were missing five schools who were not able to attend due to inclement weather and unsafe travel conditions. With just six teams in attendance, the normal tournament bracket format was changed into two pools with the top two teams from each pool advancing to bracket play and the last place team of each pool would play for fifth place.

The finals bracket was decided when Florida and Mississippi each went undefeated in pool play while Alabama and Virginia split a pair of games. Florida cruised past Virginia, 46-15 in the semifinals while Mississippi was bounced from the championship game by the hosts, Alabama 67-52. This set up a rematch between Alabama and Florida where these two teams would meet for the third time this year. On this Saturday night, the stars were aligned in Florida’s favor as they pulled away late in the game to take home the championship, 55-46. Florida’s Yahir Rodriquez earned MVP honors with a 26-point performance against Alabama.

2018 Florida BBB Mason Dixon Champs
2018 Boys Mason Dixon Champions - Florida School for the Deaf & Blind 
(Photo courtesy of ASD Athletics)

Friday, January 19 (*Listed in order played)
Pool A
Mississippi 53 Tennessee 16
Virginia 50 Tennessee 32
Mississippi 59 Virginia 15

Pool B
Florida 54 Louisiana 21
Alabama 71 Louisiana 46
Florida 51 Alabama 43

Saturday, January 20
Alabama 67 Mississippi 52
Florida 46 Virginia 15

Florida 55 Alabama 46 - 1st Place
Mississippi 40 Virginia 29 - 3rd Place
Louisiana 54 Tennessee 37 - 5th Place

Final Results
First Place - Florida School for the Deaf & Blind
Second Place - Alabama School for the Deaf
Third Place - Mississippi School for the Deaf
Fourth Place - Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind
Fifth Place - Louisiana School for the Deaf
Sixth Place - Tennessee School for the Deaf

Sportsmanship Award - Louisiana
Most Valuable Player - Yahir Rodriquez, Florida
Free Throw Champion - Mark Campbell, Mississippi
Three Point Champion - Yahir Rodriquez, Florida

All-Tournament Team
KeTrez Holman, Alabama
Quintin Galpine, Florida
D'Ericon Hayes, Louisiana
Mark Campbell, Mississippi
DeSean Freeman, Tennessee
Malcom Manns, Virginia
Yahir Rodriquez , Florida
Kenmarkis Meeks , Mississippi
Cory McKinnie, Alabama
JaQuan Rankins, Alabama
Samy Vital, Florida
Wallace Burrell, Florida
Mark Wallace, Alabama

With just two schools in the cheerleading competition, Louisiana won the championship followed by Alabama for second place. Adrian Lee of Louisiana earned first place in the jumping contest.

2018 Louisiana Cheer Mason Dixon Champs
2018 Cheerleading Mason Dixon Champions - Louisiana School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of ASD Athletics)

Final Results
First Place - Louisiana
Second Place - Alabama

Individual Awards - Jump Contest
First Place - Adrian Lee, Louisiana
Second Place - DarJane Neal, Alabama
Third Place - Khrie Fontenot, Louisiana

floridaFlorida - contributed by Head Coach Eric LeFors.

This was an unique tournament. Of the 11 member schools, only six could participate. The rest were snowed in or could not travel the icy roads safely to get to Alabama. The participating schools were #1 seeded Mississippi, #2 Florida, #3 Alabama, #4 Virginia, #5 Tennessee, and #6 Louisiana.

With the number of teams we had, the standard bracket could not be used. Major props to the host school for making the necessary changes and putting together an awesome tournament. We decided to split the teams into two pools and play a round robin format on Friday. We were grouped with Alabama and Louisiana.

We went undefeated in pool play, beating Louisiana 35-21 and then Alabama 51-43. The next day, we created a four-team bracket with the top two teams from each pool advancing. We faced Virginia first and emerged victorious 46-15. Next up was a rematch with Alabama after they upset Mississippi 67-52. The championship game was a thriller for the fans and we managed to pull away at the end to earn the right to cut down the nets, 55-46.

This was sweet on so many levels but the chief of them all must be the fact that we have not beaten either Alabama nor Mississippi in four years (0-7). As anyone associated with this tournament can attest, it is quite difficult to beat Alabama on their home court and we did it twice. The boys really played hard and they deserved this win.

Game 1 - Florida 35 Louisiana 21 (Pool)
Halftime - Florida led 13-11.

FSDB: Galpine 12, Douglas 6, Rodriguez 5, Merced 3, Newsome 3, Burrell 3, Vital 2, Lopez 1.

Game 2 Florida 51 Alabama 43 (Pool)
Halftime - Florida led 21-13.

FSDB: Galpine 12, Vital 11, Burrell 10, Rodriquez 9, Newsome 4, Douglas 3, Merced 2.

Semifinals - Florida 46 Virginia 15
Halftime - Florida led 24-11.

FSDB: Prinzler 11, Rodriquez 8, Newsome 6, Vital 5, Merced 4, Galpine 4, Roberson 2, Douglas 2, Lopez 2, Burrell 2.

Championship - Florida 55 Alabama 46
Halftime - Tied 21-21.

FSDB: Rodriquez 26, Galpine 11, Merced 8, Vital 5, Douglas 5.

Prep Boys Basketball Roundup - January 25

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

marie-philipCovenant Christian 49 Marie Philip 44

It was a bittersweet loss for us but at the same time we were happy to see our player, Dylan Christoffels scored his 1,000th point last night. Christoffels scored quickly all of his eight points and then had one point left to reach 1,000. He made a good drive to the basket and got a foul which sent him to the charity stripe for a free throw. He scored on the first try reaching 1,000 points. We stopped the game briefly for pictures along with parents and teammates.

After that, we got back to work and went into halftime tied 26-26. CCA scored quickly to start the second half and took the lead from there on. We tried to get back but no luck on our side and CCA took a victory from us.

Kacey Monahan had 24 points and eight rebounds. Christoffels had 15 points and four assists. Only three players scored for our team which was not enough to help our team to win this game. (Contributed by Head Coach John Monahan)

CCA 26-23 = 49
MPS 26-18 = 44

Halftime - Tied 26-26.

MPS (8-7/2-4): Kacey Monahan 24, Wesley Silva 5, Dylan Christoffels 15.

Team Total FG: 12-32
Team Total 3FG: 5-23 (Monahan 2, Silva, Christoffels 2)
Team Total FT: 5-9

South Carolina - Cordarrius Moore scored 45 points for South Carolina and KC Smith dished 13 assists in a 77-69 loss to Ware Shoals. Ware Shoals led at halftime, 47-46.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

eastern-north-carolinaNorth East Prep 71 Eastern North Carolina 31

Eastern North Carolina struggled to get their offense going with only three players scoring in a loss to North East Prep. Jeremiah Deans was held to 16 points and Alfonza Robinson added 14.

Score by quarters:

NEP   22-13-18-18 = 71
ENCSD 8-10–-6--7 = 31

Halftime - North East Prep led 35-18.

NEP: Richardson 10, Smith 30, Cooper 3, Zaqir 10, Bracey 13, Thomas 5.

ENCSD (8-2): Robinson 14, Vargus 1, Deans 16.

American 51 Rhode Island 13

rhode-islandRhode Island - Our Roosters' boys basketball team played host to American School for the Deaf. Our team started off slow and sluggish and didn't score until nearly halfway through the first half. ASD took advantage of this and jumped out to a commanding lead - they would substitute and use most of their bench players. ASD won the game by the final score of 51-13. (Contributed by Athletic Director Nathan Engel)

americanAmerican - ASD sent a mixed squad of Varsity/JV players to RISD. Our Tigers raced out to a 26-6 lead at halftime. We used a variety of defensive formats in the second half which we won, 51-13. (Contributed by Athletic Director Mason Wood)

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - January 25

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

fremontFremont 72 California Crosspoint 13

Right from the start we outmatched California Crosspoint on both sides of the ball with our size, speed and intensity. We jumped out to a big 27-4 lead in the first quarter and continue to pour it in the next two quarters. The fourth quarter was a running clock, and we tried to move around players in new positions to simulate practice in game situation.

Overall CSD had 72 points on 53% shooting, 37 rebounds, 20 assists, 23 steals, and 5 blocks.

Next week, we have three consecutive away league games on Tuesday to Thursday. CSD is now 14-6 (5-1 Bay Counties League) on a 4-game winning streak with 6 games remaining. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 27-19-24-2 = 72
CC     4--9--0-0 = 13

Halftime - Fremont led 46-9.

Top Players
Hannah Wetzel: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 1 block
Malia Zornoza: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Mahlia Thornton: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals

rochesterEugenio de Hosta 46 Rochester 29

Our girls learned so much from Eugenio de Hosta team's defense. My assistant coach, Vicki Nordquist and I think it was a great game even though we lost. But again, these girls kept playing and learned as much as they could. (Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer)

RSD (9-3):
Courtney Gentzke: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists
Julia Ott: 8 points, 3 rebounds

Tuesday, January 23. 2018

Rhode Island 2 American 0 - Forfeit

rhode-islandRhode Island - Unfortunately ASD did not bring enough eligible girls to play a regulation game and thus forfeited the game. But we permitted them to use their overage manager as the fifth player so that both teams could gain valuable game experience from this scrimmage.

RISD and ASD kept the game close until halfway through the second half when RISD holding a four-point lead, started to find our shooting touch. Our Lady Roosters went on a 8-2 run, enabling us to pull away and win the scrimmage 24-14. (Contributed by Athletic Director Nathan Engel)

americanAmerican - We forfeited the game due to not having enough players to start the game (Flu). Girls played a scrimmage game against RISD and lost by a score of 24-14. (Contributed by Athletic Director Mason Wood)

Mississippi girls basketball extends Mason Dixon championships streak to three

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The 41st Annual Girls Mason Dixon Tournament held at Mississippi School for the Deaf saw five schools backing out of the tournament due to severe winter conditions last weekend. In what is usually a 11-team tournament was reduced to a six-team tournament but nonetheless it remained competitive.

The tournament host, Mississippi was a heavy favorite to repeat as champions for the third straight year and they delivered. Mississippi cruised past Alabama in the semifinals, 46-11 to set up a showdown with Tennessee. Mississippi successfully defended their Mason Dixon championship against Tennessee with a 47-32 win. Mississippi’s Nilah Orey was named the tournament MVP.

2018 Mississippi GBB Mason Dixon Champs
2018 Girls Mason Dixon Champions - Mississippi School for the Deaf 
(Photo courtesy of MSD Athletics)

Friday, January 19
Alabama 38 Louisiana 14
Florida 29 Virginia 4

Mississippi 46 Alabama 11
Tennessee 33 Florida 30

Saturday, January 20
Consolation Semifinals
Alabama 33 Virginia 8
Florida 31 Louisiana 16

Mississippi 47 Tennessee 32 - 1st Place
Florida 38 Alabama 26 - 3rd Place

Final Results
1st Place - Mississippi School for the Deaf
2nd Place - Tennessee School for the Deaf
3rd Place - Florida School for the Deaf
4th Place - Alabama School for the Deaf

Sportsmanship Award - Florida
Most Valuable Player - Nilah Orey, Mississippi
Free Throw Champion - Sydney Rednour, Tennessee
Three Point Champion - Danyeal Davis, Virginia

All-Tournament Team
Haliey Robinson​, Tennessee
MarCreshia Phillips, Tennessee
Danyeal Davis, Virginia
Silvia Lara, Virginia
Kate Scott, Louisiana
Shaniya Guidry, Louisiana
Nilah Orey, Mississippi
Raegan Hendrix, Mississippi
Alexis Roberts, Mississippi
Olivia Brown, Florida
Lourdine Jordonne, Florida
Addison Smith. Alabama
Zackeshia Jordon, Alabama
Jasmine Culpepper, Alabama
Chyna Johnson, Georgia - Honorable Mention

floridaFlorida - contributed by Head Coach Joy Moers.

On Friday, we split two games, winning the first and losing the second.

Florida (#3) 29 Virginia (#6) 4

FSDB: Lourdine Jordonne 13, Olivia Brown 6, Keliah Williams 4, Shanna Cooley 2, Samantha Suarez 2, Ja’Myra Harris 2.

Tennessee (#2) 33 Florida (#3) 30

FSDB: Olivia Brown 13, Oceana Brown 8, Lourdine Jordonne 6, Keliah Williams 2.

Florida 31 Louisiana 16 - Consolation Semifinals

On Saturday morning, we faced Louisiana School for the Deaf in the consolation semifinals. We won this game which means we get to move on to the third place game where we will face Alabama.

Oceana Brown led the team with nine points. Olivia Brown and Lourdine Jordonne each had eight points. Emma Hancock, Shylah Thomas, and Ja’Myra Harris all had two points.

Florida 38 Alabama 26 - 3rd Place

We had foul trouble in this game and lost three of our starters but we managed to win third place by 12 points. Olivia Brown led our team with 20 points and Oceana Brown added 11 points. Ja’Myra Harris had five points while Lourdine Jordonne chipped in with two points.

The best thing about the tournament was that we won Mason Dixon Tournament Sportsmanship Award. This was a big honor for our team and the last time we received the sportsmanship award was in 2001 which was 17 years ago.

Prep Boys Basketball Roundup - January 24

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

new-mexicoNew Mexico 77 Santa Fe Waldorf 76 - OT

What a thrilling game! Leo and I were very proud of our boys for their persistence and strong stamina. Not only that, our Roadrunners were great with handling the ball under pressure. Junior Deven Thompson made 44 points and 19 rebounds while senior Jonathan Garcia added 13 points along with eight assists. (Contributed by Head Coach Letty Perez)

Newspaper article - N.M. School for the Deaf continues remarkable run, outlasting Waldorf

SFW    21-12-13-21--9 = 76
NMSD 13-17-17-20-10 = 77

Halftime - Santa Fe Waldorf led 33-30.

floridaHalifax Academy 57 Florida 21

After hanging in there for the first quarter, we had no answer for Halifax's game. Halifax played extremely well, and we were flat. I'm hoping we can attribute this game to the Mason Dixon hangover. We have four games left this season to improve our win total. (Contributed by Head Coach Eric LeFors)

washingtonThree Rivers Christian 73 Washington 46

Taylor Payne had team high 19 points for Washington followed by Jose Ramirez with 18 in a league loss.

TRC  25-21-18-9 = 73
WSD 10-14-13-9 = 46

Halftime - Three Rivers Christian led 46-24.

WSD (0-10/0-6): Cristian Martinez-White 5, Taylor Payne 19, Juan Ramirez 4, Jose Ramirez 18.

Monday, January 22, 2018

new-mexicoNew Mexico 56 Academy Technology & Classics 34

At halftime, we had a 16-point lead and our starters did not do well in the third quarter so they were benched for a while. ATC grabbed that opportunity and they cut our lead to just eight points. Sending back in the first unit, the starters finally showed some aggressiveness and hustle. Junior Deven Thompson scored 37 points and grabbed 21 rebounds while senior Jonathan Garcia had 13 points. (Contributed by Head Coach Letty Perez)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Lexington - Steve Salmon had 12 points and seven steals for Lexington in a 33-29 win against Pennsylvania. Jayden Orlang chipped in with 10 points.

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - January 24

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

new-mexicoDesert Academy 32 New Mexico 31

Our players suffered another heartbreaking loss to Desert Academy in a thrilling game where we missed the game winning shot. Both teams were evenly matched and the team believed in themselves during the game. Before the game, majority of our players were dealing with illnesses, however, they played their hearts out all four quarters.

Senior guard, Antonia Martinez stepped up big time for us scoring 16 points, six steals, and two assists. Sophomore Mya Malone continued to be a presence for us on the glass with 13 rebounds, three steals, and eight points. Sophomore Lindsay Hand, who was sick as can be found a way to help contribute with three rebounds, four points and an assist. Freshman guard, Victoria Baca had a tough night at the point guard position, but still managed to help the team with five steals, three assists, and two rebounds. Sophomore Andrea Leyba grinded her way with three rebounds and two assists. Senior Sherrena Bob, did not show up on the stat sheet, however, she contributed with her presence on the court and helped spark the team with her positive attitude and support for her teammates. We would like to take the time to recognize our 8th grade player, Sophia Martinez, whose confidence has only continued to grow. The moment she steps onto the court she is always giving her all and plays aggressive, regardless of what we asked her to do. She scored her season high five points and is capable of contributing so much more for the team. (Contributed by Head Coach Roderick Stickley)

DA      5-9--8-10 = 32
NMSD 6-6-10--9 = 31

Halftime - Desert Academy led 14-12.

rochesterRochester 30 Union Springs 28 - OT

The Wildcats score just 14 points for the first three quarters. We were down 24-14 to start the fourth quarter. We were struggled with our offense as we couldn't make easy layups and break their defense. We did not have any answers for Union Spring up to that point. Our girls did not quit in the fourth quarter and we put up a 14-4 run to force the game into overtime and we finished the game with a ‘W’. (Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer)

RSD (9-2):
McKenna Girod: 10 points, 15 rebounds
Courtney Gentzke: 8 points, 7 rebounds

fremontFremont 63 Making Waves Academy 15

It was a balanced game by the Eagles as everyone picked up the pace after a slow first quarter. The team chemistry came back to where we left off at the end of 2017 before our winter break when we had our 10-game winning streak. The defense was consistent throughout all four quarters.

We look forward to our next game tomorrow on January 24 against California Crosspoint. After Crosspoint, we will have four straight away games before two final home games.

Overall CSD had 63 points on 39% shooting, 31 rebounds, 21 assists, 28 steals and 2 blocks. CSD is now 13-6 (4-1 Bay Counties League) on a 3-game winning streak. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

MWA 3--4--4--4 = 15
CSD 8-21-18-16 = 63

Halftime - Fremont led 29-7.

Top Players
Hannah Wetzel – 5 Points, 3 Rebounds, 9 Assists, and 5 Steals
Esther Biser – 10 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 5 Steals and 2 Blocks
Mahlia Thornton – 12 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 Assist and 3 Steals

michiganMerritt 65 Michigan 6

We were overwhelmed with Merrit’s speed, athleticism, and lots of veterans players on their roster. Rina Manssora had three points and a steal. Violetta Colter also had three points, three steals, and a rebound.

We shot 5.7% (2-35) going 0-29 on field goals 2-6 on three-pointers. We were 0-4 at the charity stripe. (Contributed by Head Coach Lucas VanDalen)

MSD  0--3--0--3 = 6
MA 22-12-15-16 = 65

Halftime - Merritt led 34-3.

washingtonThree Rivers Christian 50 Washington 20

Kelly Gutierrez led Washington with 10 points in a league loss.

TRC 18-14-8-10 = 50
WSD  3--6-8--3 = 20

Halftime - Three Rivers Christian led 32-9.

WSD (3-7/0-5): Emma McKinney 2, LeAnna Clearbrook 6, Kelly Gutierrez 10, Etasha Stone 2.

Western Pennsylvania - Danielle Fisher had 12 points in a 23-22 loss to Trinity Christian. Cheyenne Sloan and Olivia Larson each had four points.

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