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Staying strong for MS School for the Deaf

By Nell Luter Floyd

mississippiMore than 35 years ago, Gordon Weir set out to make a difference for athletes at the Mississippi School for the Deaf.

After trying to raise funds with a golf tournament and a Frisbee tournament, he took over a bodybuilding competition.

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Source: The Clarion-Ledger

Jesse Bailey named Athletic Director at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf

Jesse BaileyIt is with great excitement that we announce a new member to the Roadrunner Team. Jesse J. Bailey has been selected as PDSD's Athletic Director. Jesse "JJ" has over 14 years of certified experience working at New Mexico School for the Deaf and Texas School for the Deaf. He also has coaching experience at Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, New Mexico School for the Deaf and Texas School for the Deaf. His most recent position was Athletics Specialist (Information/Operations Coordinator) at TSD. JJ brings a wealth of experience, passion and drive to school based athletics. He will officially begin his duties in July 2017. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming him!

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St. Johns County athletics 2016-17 Year in Review

By Will Brown

floridaThere is hardly an offseason at small schools. Many of the same students who play football or volleyball in the fall come inside during the wintertime and play basketball.

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind senior Megan Lockner may have been the best example of that. She was named to the DeafDigest volleyball All-American team after finishing with 123 kills, 141 digs, 35 aces and 39 blocks. The six-footer’s play on the interior for the basketball team led her to be named to the North Florida Conference All-Tournament Team. Lockner was not alone as numerous athletes at FSDB and Beacon of Hope Christian School also played multiple sports.

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Source: St. Augustine Record

2016-2017 Fremont Varsity Awards

fremont2016-2017 California School for the Deaf, Fremont Varsity Athletics Awards.

King Award: Jayme Ruiz
Most Valuable Player: Cameron Baer
Most Valuable Player: Jax Pedersen

Most Dedicated: Milana Boren
Most Valuable Player: Bryana Morales

Fall/Winter Cheerleading
Coach Award: Maribel Vargas
Most Improved: Kaitlyn Tietje
Most Dedicated: Janeva Mosher
Most Valuable Cheerleader: Nelson Palacios

Most Outstanding: Cruz Ascencio
Most Valuable Wrestler: Jayme Ruiz

Girls Basketball
Most Improved: Mahlia Thornton
Most Valuable Player: Malia Zornoza

Boys Basketball
Most Outstanding: Jax Pedersen
Most Valuable Player: Esau Zornoza

Boys and Girls Track and Field
Most Dedicated: Raven Lynch
Most Improved: Hannah Wetzel
Most Outstanding: Daijuhnae Williams
Most Valuable Fielder: Calel Aramboles

Most Improved: Uxmal Alcaraz
Most Valuable Player: Bryan Alvarado-Salazar

Coach Award: Mahlia Thornton
Most Valuable Player: Rebecca Dipaola

Special Awards
Female Lifter of the Year: Liliana Ortiz
Male Lifter of the Year: Calel Aramboles
Manager of the Year: Megan Booth
Manager of the Year: Lemuel LeMaster
Female Athlete of the Year: Malia Zornoza
Male Athlete of the Year: Nelson Palacios
Male Athlete of the Year: Esau Zornoza
Honorary “C” Award: Melvin Pedersen
Honorary “C” Award: Johnny Coleman

Highlights of 2016-2017
• Big Game Sweep
• Football ESPN-2 Football Showcase and NCS
• Volleyball League Champ, NCS, NorCal
• Cheerleading Regional & Disneyland
• Girls Basketball NCS
• Boys Basketball CSD Classic & NCS Champs, NorCal
• Boys Basketball NDIAA National Champions
• 2 Wrestlers League Champs
• 6 Wrestlers in NCS playoffs
• Baseball GPA Pennant, NCS
• Softball GPA Pennant, NCS Champs
• Six Track & Field athletes in the NCS, 3 in MOC
• 19 School Records Broken
• 3 Teams’ Wins Record Broken

The 117th Foothill Athletics Awards Banquet

2016-2017 Rochester Varsity Awards

rochester2016-2017 Rochester School for the Deaf Varsity Athletics Awards.

Most Valuable Player: McKenna Girod
Coaches’ Award: Diane Ward
Most Improved Player: Neriyah McPherson

Most Valuable Player: Ahmed Mahmoud
Coaches’ Award: Thomas Coates
Most Improved Player: Dylan Benjamin

Girls Basketball
Most Valuable Player: Courtney Gentzke
Coaches’ Award: Julia Ott
Most Improved Player: Cah’ryn Moquette

Boys Basketball
Team Player: Thomas Coates
Coaches’ Award: Dylan Benjamin
Most Improved Player: Mahamat Yacoub

Track & Field
Girls Most Improved Athlete: Julia Ott
Boys Most Improved Athlete: Alex Michalek

Major Awards
Wildcat Award: Kevin Perrin

Dawan Albritton Sportsmanship Award: Thomas Coates and Julia Ott

Lucas Taylor Team Player Award: Mahamat Yacoub and Diane Ward

Nicholas Nugent Spirit Award: Clarence Market

Ames Curchin Outstanding Athlete: Ahmed Mahmoud and Courtney Gentzke

District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) announced the Student-Athlete Scholarship Program Winners

District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) announced the Student-Athlete Scholarship Program Winners.

There were a total of 15 winners of the DCSAA Student-Athlete Academic Scholarship Program. The winners were chosen based by their academic, leadership and sportsmanship achievements. Each will receive a scholarship of $1,000 toward tuition and costs next school year thanks to the DCSAA's partnership with Wendy's restaurants:

2017 MSSD DCSAA Scholarship Winners
Wilford Troup (L) and Jorge Oratega (R). Photo courtesy of MSSD Athletics.

Jorge and Wilford were one of two student-athletes selected from the same school (Model Secondary School for the Deaf).

"Once again we are amazed at the contributions of these young men and women," DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. "And we are thrilled to be able to help them in the next stage of their careers. We are especially appreciative of Wendy's support of the Scholarship Program."

The winners were honored at a reception on Wednesday, May 31st.

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