Greetings from the Department of Athletics!

On behalf of everyone in the Department of Athletics at the Maryland School for the Deaf, we would like to wish all of our families, friends and fans a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. We are THANKFUL for the tremendous support from all of you to make MSD Athletics special.

Orioles Repeat National Football, Volleyball Crowns


Maryland School for the Deaf football team was selected as 2015 National Champions by two different organizations, NDIAA (National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association) and (Barry Strassler, editor). MSD finished the season 10-1.  This is team’s second consecutive national championship and 12th overall since 2001.

This is Head Coach Ryan Bonheyo’s first national title.  He won four national titles as a player at MSD from 2005-2008.

The highlights of the season were victories over Texas School for the Deaf (7-3) and Florida School for the Deaf (5-4)  Both wins were on the road.  MSD also defeated two other schools with winning records, Cesar Chavez (6-3) and Hancock (6-4).  MSD’s only loss came into hands of St. James, 37-30 even though MSD led 30-22 at end of third quarter.

The team scored 465 points and allowed 101 points.  Sophomore Brady Perry led the team with 1,070 rushing yards and 132 points scored.  Junior Austin Latin also ran for 1,018 yards. It is first time since 2006 that MSD had two running backs with over 1,000 yards each in same season.  Senior quarterback, Damon Biskupiak, completed 50 passes for 777 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Sophomore linebacker John Werner, Jr. led the team with 87 tackles and Senior lineman, Yave Sanchez had 68 tackles, 8 quarterback sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

2015 Varsity Football Team



Maryland School for the Deaf volleyball team was selected as 2015 National Champions by two different organizations, NDIAA (National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association) and (Barry Strassler, editor).

MSD finished the season 36-2-2 and won first place in three tournaments.

This is Head Coach Vicki Kitsembel’s 11th national title.  The team won first place in two different leagues (IPSL and MIAC) with undefeated records.  The team won the annual Spike Out tournament played at California School for the Deaf. Kitsembel now has won a total of 8 Spike Out tournaments and 5 IPSL titles.

The highlight of the season was 3-0 win over defending 2A state champion, Oakdale High School.  MSD also defeated Heritage Academy who won Mason Dixon Conference and Maryland State Christian Schools Tournament.  Their only losses came into hands of Middletown High School and Bishop Ireton.

Senior outside hitter Adele Daniels set two school records for most kills in a set (13) and most kills in a season (583).  Adele also led team in digs with 311.  Junior setter Brooke Bonheyo led the team in assists with 572.  Junior outside hitter Karita Lewis had 295 kills and 115 aces.

Daniels and Lewis were selected on All-IPSL team and MIAC First Team.  Bonheyo and Kaitlyn Weeks were selected on MIAC Second Team.

Coach Kitsembel won her 600th career game over St. James at the IPSL championship game. Her overall record now stands at 604-163-10 after 19 seasons at MSD.

October Athlete of the Month

John Werner, Jr. and Karita Lewis were selected as “Athlete of the Month” for the month of October.  Please see Head Coaches’ comments about those athletes below.  Congratulations!!

John Werner, Jr.


Karita Lewis


“John never ceases to amaze the coaches. He has been one of our most consistent players throughout the season. During mid-October, he had “Charley horse” injury. Instead of sitting out of practices or games, he has not missed one practice and played in all games. He led the team in tackles in 4 out of 5 October games (46 tackles) despite playing with only one healthy leg. The best part about John is… He is only a sophomore. Keep on making us proud!” – Head Coach Ryan Bonheyo

“Karita is a great volleyball player who has an unquenchable thirst to be a better player after every game.  Her positive attitude and love for the game accumulate to the team player that she has become on and off the court.” – Head Coach Vicki Kitsembel


Daniels tabbed as one of SportsMX/NDIAA September 2015 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and NDIAA are proud to present “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/court but in academics, leadership, and character as well.
Our young Deaf athletes deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work. SportsMX/NDIAA congratulates Adele Daniels (Maryland), Dante Paulone (Indiana), Darius Trice (Mississippi) and Hannah Wears (Michigan) on their selection as “SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month” for September 2015!

September Athlete of the Month

Damon Biskupiak and Adele Daniels were selected as “Athlete of the Month” for the month of September.  Please see Head Coaches’ comments about those athletes below.  Congratulations!!

Damon Biskupiak


Adele Daniels


“Damon was one of the players who worked hard throughout the offseason. He is our second year starting quarterback and he has shown a lot of improvement compared with his first year as a starter. He also excelled as a punter and free safety. After our tough loss against St. James, Damon was the most vocal leader in the locker room. As a result, we bounced back and dominated Texas School for the Deaf on their own field, 32-16.” – Head Coach Ryan Bonheyo 

“Senior team captain Adele Daniels leads the team in digs and kills.  She broke school record for most kills in a set (13).  She helped the team win three tournaments – New Life Fall Classic, Oriole Classic, and Spike Out.  She was selected on the All Tournament team at Oriole Classic and Spike Out. “  Head Coach Vicki Kitsembel

News Flash: Volleyball win Spike Out XVII Champions!!!


MSD volleyball team captured their second consecutive and 8th overall Spike Out tournament last Saturday at CSD-Fremont!
MSD went undefeated in pool play (defeated CSD-Riverside, Minnesota and Model). In bracket play, they defeated Rochester in quarterfinals, Texas in semifinals and Indiana in finals. 
Adele Daniels and Karita Lewis were selected on All-Tournament team. Adele received most votes among all members on the team. 
Tournament Standings
Runner-up:  Indiana
3rd Place:  Texas
4th Place:  CSD-Fremont
5th Place: Minnesota 
6th Place:  Rochester
Did Not Place: CSD-Riverside and Model
Best Sportsmanship:  Minnesota

All-Tournament Team

Brianna Dike, CSD-Fremont

Farrah Harmount, CSD-Fremont

Isabella Paulone, Indiana

Ariel Senics, Indiana

Adele Daniels, Maryland

Karita Lewis, Maryland

Kelley Johnson, Minnesota

Victoria Tingler, Model

Felicia McGinnis, Rochester

Elina Rubinshteyn, Texas

Gunita Schmidjorg, Texas


Tournament Recaps (From SportsMX)

Tournament Program Book


August Athlete of the Month

Brady Perry and Cassidy Perry were selected as “Athlete of the Month” for the month of August.  Please see Head Coaches’ comments about those athletes below.  Congratulations!!

Brady Perry


Cassidy Perry


“Brady was one of the players who worked hard throughout the summer. The result has shown already, he’s one of our most reliable players on and off the field. We, the coaches, are very excited to see what he can do for us throughout the season.” – Head Coach Ryan Bonheyo

“CJ, competing in her first high school volleyball season, has stepped up as one of the middle blocker starters. She has been improving in both hitting and blocking.  She works hard as she wants to get better.” –  Head Coach Vicki Kitsembel

Oriole Classic Volleyball Tournament Results

Congratulations to our varsity volleyball team for winning the 6th annual Oriole Classic tournament last Saturday. We beat Heritage Academy in the championship match to end their 4-year tournament title streak. This was MSD’s first Oriole Classic title since 2010. Adele Daniels won Most Valuable Player award and Karita Lewis was selected on the All-Tournament Team.

The JV team won second place in the JV division.  Brigitta Luttrell was picked on the All-Tournament team.

Congratulations to all coaches and players.


Varsity Tournament Results:


MSD 1,  Heritage Academy 1

24-26, 26-24


MSD 2,  Islamic Saudi Academy 0

25-23, 25-21


MSD 2,  St. John’s Catholic Prep 0

25-13, 25-10



MSD 2,  Islamic Saudi Academy 0

26-24, 25-21



MSD 2,  Heritage Academy 0

25-22, 25-23


All-Tournament Team

Rachel Allen, Covenant Life

Haley Bricker, Shalom Christian Academy

Alex Dippel, John Carroll

Mikaylah Hoy, Heritage Academy

Karita Lewis, Maryland

Hoda Mahmoud, Islamic Saudi Academy

Lubna Mostafa, Islamic Saudi Academy

Chloe Prejean, Heritage Academy


Most Valuable Player

Adele Daniels, Maryland

2015 NDIAA Girls Track & Field Champions


MSD girls track & field team has been selected as national champions by NDIAA (National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association).  This is their first national title since 2003! Coach Randy Shank was selected as Coach of the Year. 

The girls team also won Berg & Seeger Relays and ESDAA championships.  

This title entitled to a Grand Slam for our girls teams this year! They won all four national tournaments (Spike Out, Clerc, Hoy and Berg & Seeger) and all four national championships (volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field).  This is the first time in history that a school won them all in one year.  Only three girls played on all teams and they are Brooke Bonheyo, Adele Daniels and Karita Lewis.  

Congratulations to the coaching staff (Randy Shank, Ronnie Taylor, Chris vonGarrel, Krystle Berrigan, Shana Lehmann) and the team for an outstanding season.  

2015 NDIAA Softball Champions

2015 Softball Team

MSD softball team has been selected as national champions by NDIAA (National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association).  The team finished the season 11-7 and won Hoy Tournament. Head Coach Mathis Hediger was selected as Coach of the Year. 

Coach Hediger has decided to step down as head coach of the team.  On May 4th, he won his 100th career game at Quantico and finished his career with 101-69-3 record.  Mathis became head coach in 2006 and in his 10 years of coaching, he had 7 winning seasons. His best record was 16-4 in 2011.  His teams have won four Hoy tournaments and four national championships.  

Congratulations to Mathis Hediger, his assistant coaches (Jerry Mabashov, and Lauren Buchko) and the team for an outstanding season.  

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