February Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month! Emelia Beldon of the girls’ basketball team and John Werner, Jr. of the boys’ basketball team were selected for their performances during the month of February.

Emelia Beldon

Girls’ Basketball

John Werner, Jr.

Boys’ Basketball

“As a natural leader on and off the court, Emelia’s athleticism and love for the game inspires her teammates to move past complacency. She is soft spoken but her relentless intensity and determination paired with her incredible work ethic is never overlooked. Emelia is a selfless player who loves to see her teammates do well.”  – Head Coach Amy Mowl

“John is a coach’s dream. He is a leader with a strong work ethic and athletic ability. John is a team player first. He continues to make his teammates better by always working hard in practice and has encouraged his teammates to do the same. In the month of February, John has improved his averages from 13.4 points per game to 14.6 PPG, from 2.9 assists per game to 3.8 APG, and from 2.4 steals per game to 3.0 SPG.”  – Head Coach James DeStefano

Winter Cheerleaders Shine on Senior Night

Our senior student manager Keh-Osha Foster and senior student-athletes Elexis Belin, Malika Canada, and Kylie Frelich were honored for their hard work and dedication to the cheer squad as part of Senior Night festivities last night.

Senior Night wrapped up with strong team wins, as both the girls and boys’ varsity basketball teams advanced to Thursday’s MIAC semifinal rounds.

Our cheer squad will travel to West Hartford, Connecticut for the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) basketball and cheerleading tournament hosted by the American School for the Deaf later this week. The cheerleading competition will take place Friday, February 24th at 6:30pm.

The cheerleading competition will be featured on live stream:  https://www.facebook.com/asd1817/videos/606068062928965/

Emelia Beldon Recognized with SportsMX/NDIAA Athlete of the Month Honors

Emelia Beldon was recognized as one of the four “Athletes of the Month” for January 2017 by SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA).  This award recognizes high school athletes that have made significant impact on their teams not only on the court but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

“Emelia picked up MVP honors when she led Maryland to the Oriole Classic championship and an unprecedented fourth straight Clerc Classic championship. Possessing exceptional skills on both ends of the floor, Emelia continues to push herself to be a more complete player.  She is currently averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.6 steals, and 6.2 assists per game.  In a home game against Model, Emelia tied the school record for most three-pointers in a game with five and she also leads the Frederick area with her assists per game average.  Emelia is a member of the National Honors Society possessing a 4.0 GPA and is actively involved in leadership roles at school.”  (Courtesy of SportsMX website) 

“Emelia does everything that is asked of her to the best of her ability and expects her teammates to do the same. Her athleticism and basketball IQ is rivaled by very few.” – Maryland Girls Basketball Head Coach Amy Mowl

To read more about SportsMX/NDIAA’s Athletes of the Month, please visit:


MSD Hosts Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Last week, MSD hosted the Special Olympics Basketball Qualifying Tournament. Over 150 people turned out for a full day of camaraderie and basketball.

MSD has basketball teams that are traditional and unified, and both teams won both of their games.

Traditional Team (Coach Depcik-Perry)

MSD 42, Carroll County 10

MSD 21, Anne Arundel 12

Unified Team (Coach Savannah)

MSD 49, Frederick County (Fuss) 9

MSD 44, Frederick County (Norris) 8

MSD Unified Team will contend in another qualifying tournament on February 26th at Severn School in Severna Park. MSD Traditional Team will continue qualifying competitions on March 5th at the McDaniel College in Westminster.

Our teams will compete in the Special Olympics 2017 Maryland State Basketball Championship on March 25-26 at Hood College.

Traditional Team (Coach Depcik-Perry)

Unified Team (Coach Savannah)

#GirlsWrestle in the Maryland Girls Folkstyle State Championship

Last week, three of our female youth wrestlers competed in the Maryland Girls Folkstyle State Championship at McDonogh School.  It was the first time for our MSD female wrestlers from our youth wrestling program to compete and place in the tournament.

Over ninety wrestlers competed in the tournament and all three of our wrestlers placed.  Savannah Dahan (1st grade) and Eavan Shank (3rd grade) finished in 5th place.  Ava Williamson (4th grade) placed 3rd respectively.

The girls were not only successful in the girls’ state championship tournament, but they were also a part of a great movement.  USA Wrestling has declared February 10-19 as Women’s Wrestling Week and started the #girlswrestle initiative on social media to celebrate women’s wrestling.

Wrestling Hosts Tri-Meet for Senior Night

The MSD Wrestling Team had their senior night on Wednesday, February 8th and faced McLean School of Maryland and Massanutten Military Academy in a tri-meet.  A senior night recognition ceremony was held after MSD defeated McLean School of Maryland 54 to 18 in the first meet. Senior student managers Olufemi Alabi and Jonathan Guzman and senior wrestlers Kiser Holiday, DeBrian John, Jonathan Melchor, and Maverick Obermiller were honored for all their hard work and dedication to the wrestling program. The team returned to the mat for the second match and earned a strong team win against Massanutten Military Academy, 56-18.

MSD Student-Athletes Takes Second Place at the South Regional Academic Bowl!

Congratulations to the MSD Academic Bowl team for earning a strong second place finish at the 2017 South Regional Academic Bowl!

Four student-athletes are members of the Academic Bowl team.

Tyler Glennon – Football

Seanna Guettler – Volleyball (student-manager)

Esteban Kovacs – Basketball

Cade Patterson – Football

The team is coached by Priscilla Biskupiak and Todd Newman.

MSD advances to the National Academic Bowl Championship, to be hosted by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. this April.

January Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month! Egan Seremeth of the boys’ basketball team and Carina Traina of the cheerleading team were selected for their performances during the month of January.

Egan Seremeth

Boys’ Basketball

Carina Traina


“Egan Seremeth is an important part of our team’s success this year as he puts forth great effort and enthusiasm during practices and in games. He has accepted a different role this year and has transitioned well from the guard position to the forward position. Coming off the bench, Egan is the second leading rebounder on the team with an average of 4.3 rebounds per game. He strives to excel in whatever tasks he undertakes.” – Head Coach James DeStefano

“Carina Traina is a great leader and a team player for our cheer squad. She is always willing to share her knowledge and use her experience as a cheerleader as she teaches her teammates. As team captain, we admire her leadership and her character as a cheerleader for she continues to lead our squad in the right direction. She continues to amaze us everyday with her skills as a flyer and a tumbler. She is always open to new ideas and is always willing to take risks for the team.” – Head Coach Aneesha Lane

Boys Basketball Senior Night

A senior night recognition ceremony was held before the boys’ varsity basketball game last night to recognize the achievements of our senior student manager Jake Bortoletto and senior student-athletes Austin Latin, Jiang McConville, Egan Seremeth, Osayomore Ufumwen, and Bobga Tete.

Senior Night finished strong with a win against New Life Christian School, 68 – 36.

MAWL Championships

The Mid-Atlantic Wrestling League (MAWL) championships were held at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf on Saturday, February 4. MSD varsity wrestling team finished third in the tournament, totaling 134 points.

DeBrian John (285) and Crosse Herpin (120) won championships in their weight classes.

Peter Thang (106), Alexsander Raimundo (138), Maverick Obermiller (145) and Paul Pinto (182) all earned second-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Brody McAfee (220) took third place.

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