SportsMX is honored to recognize Maryland School for the Deaf (Division I) and Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (Division II) as the fourth annual Deaf America Cup All Sports Champions for 2015-2016.
The Deaf America Cup (DAC) All Sports Champion award is exclusive for all Deaf schools and is awarded to two schools from the Division I and II as classified by National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) that exemplifies excellence in all sports throughout the school year. Winners of DAC are selected based on a combination of win-loss record, performance in tournaments, and team of the year awards with the NDIAA.
Maryland School for the Deaf baseball team has been selected as 2016 National Champions by NDIAA (National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association). This is school’s second baseball national championship, first since 2005. The team finished the season with 9-7-1 record and they were led by Head Coach Chester Kuschmider.
The team won the Hoy Tournament held at Texas School for the Deaf. They defeated Texas (14-8) 5-4 and Indiana (15-5) 5-2. Stefan Anderson was picked as MVP of the tournament and Brody McAfee, Gareth Hayes and John Werner, Jr. were selected on All-Tournament team.
Sophomore Stefan Anderson led the team with .536 batting average, 30 hits and 19 RBIs. As a pitcher, he struck out 36 batters in 25 innings and had 3.60 ERA. Stefan was picked on Frederick News Post All-County Second Team. Senior pitcher, Damon Biskupiak, struck out 77 batters in 42.1 innings and had 4.25 ERA. Damon Biskupiak, Gareth Hayes and John Werner, Jr. were picked on FNP Honorable Mention Team.
MSD Girls Track team won national championship for second consecutive year. They finished with a total of 187 points and CSD-Fremont finished 2nd with 77 points. Yes, that is correct that we won by 110 points! There are a total of 35 track teams in the nation.
Head Coach Randy Shank was selected as NDIAA Coach of the Year for Girls Division.
Adele Daniels was selected as NDIAA Female Athlete of the Year.
Maryland School for the Deaf sweeps ESDAA titles
The host school, Maryland School for the Deaf swept the team titles at the ESDAA Track & Field Championships last Saturday with the boys winning for the tenth straight year and the girls claiming their third straight title.
The Orioles won the boys title with 206 points over second-place American School for the Deaf, which had 71 points. The 400 relay team of Brady Perry, Rodney Burford, Austin Wilson and Austin Latin broke the ESDAA record with a time of 44.96 seconds.
The Orioles won the girls title with 184 points over second-place Rochester School for the Deaf, which had 71 points. The 400 relay team of Emelia Beldon, Rajena Guettler, Cassidy Perry and Tamia Harris broke the ESDAA record with a time of 51.86. The 800 relay team of Rose Viola Shephard, Tamia Harris, Cassidy Perry and Carolyn Wiley broke the ESDAA record with a 1:55.18. And Emelia Beldon broke the ESDAA 300 intermediate hurdles mark with a 50.79.
Click on 2016 ESDAA Track & Field Championships to view the final result of each events and total team points.
Stefan Anderson and Liora Selzer were selected as “Athlete of the Month” for the month of March. Please see Head Coaches’ comments about those athletes below. Congratulations!!!
Stefan Anderson is a newcomer on our baseball team. Baseball coaches are excited to have him on the team. Stefan has a lot of baseball knowledge and experience. Stefan always show up at practices and games with 100% effort. He has shown a lot of leadership and is a team player. After four games played, Stefan leads team in batting average with .571, and RBI with 3. Stefan is also one of our key pitchers.” – Head Coach Chester Kuschmider
|Boys Basketball||Division 1||Division 2|
|National Champions:||Maryland School for the Deaf||Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf|
|Player of the Year:||Noah Valencia – Riverside||Agron Deski – New York (Fanwood)|
|Coach of the Year:||Chris Hamilton – Texas||Lee Jones – Minnesota|
|Girls Basketball||Division 1||Division 2|
|National Champions:||Maryland School for the Deaf||Rochester School for the Deaf|
|Player of the Year:||Adele Daniels – Maryland||Brianna DiGiovanni – Rochester|
|Coach of the Year:||Brian Sipek – Texas||Bill Estes – Ohio|
|National Champions:||Texas School for the Deaf|
|Player of the Year:||Andrew Todd – Indiana|
|Coach of the Year:||Mike Estrada, California – Fremont|
Adele Daniels and Yave Sanchez were selected as “Athlete of the Month” for the month of February. Please see Head Coaches’ comments about those athletes below. Congratulations!!
“Adele ended the final weeks of her high school basketball career with a bang. In the last 10 games, Adele averaged 23.1 points shooting 46 percent from the field. She also leads the team in steals (4.3) and blocks (0.8) per game. Adele is a very competitive athlete. She competes with not only with her opponents and her teammates but with the goals she sets for herself as well. Adele is a versatile athlete with a strong all-around game that gives our team great flexibility in how we play. As the lone senior and team captain, Adele has done a wonderful job leading the team on and off the court and with mentoring our younger players. Congratulations, Adele! We are proud of your accomplishments! – Head Coach Amy Mowl
“Yave Sanchez finished the season on a strong note by leading the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game and finishing second in rebounding with 8 rebounds per game during the month of February. Yave closed out the season with 1,317 career points which placed him on 7th place on the Maryland School for the Deaf Boys’ Basketball’s all-time leading scoring list. One of his best game performances was against defending champion, The Avalon School at the prestigious 69th St. Anselm’s Abbey Invitational Basketball Tournament at the end of the season where he had 27 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime victory. We will certainly miss in having Yave on the team next season.” – Head Coach James DeStefano