Clerc XVI 2016 Champions

Congratulations to Maryland School for the Deaf on winning Boys and Girls Basketball Championships and Model Secondary School for the Deaf on winning the Cheerleading Competition.



2016 Clerc Boys Champs
Clerc XVI 2016 Boys Champions – Maryland


016 Clerc Girls Champs
Clerc XVI 2016 Girls Champions – Maryland


016 Clerc Cheer Champs

Clerc XVI 2016 Cheerleading Champions – Model




Clerc XVI Jan 14-16





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December Athlete of the Month

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

Emelia Beldon

Girls Basketball

Damon Biskupiak

Boys Basketball

“Emelia Beldon is in her first season at MSD, and she has wasted no time adjusting to our program. Emelia is our starting point guard, and she has done an outstanding job leading the offense for our team. Emelia’s court awareness has given our team opportunity to push the ball in transition and her ball-handling skills gives our team confidence in handling pressure. She communicates very well with each player and always gives positive feedback.  Emelia works hard in the weight room, studies game films, and comes to each practice ready to learn and ready to work even harder. Because of her athleticism, strong floor IQ, and great energy, we are able to become a strong all-around team on both ends of the court.”  – Head Coach Amy Mowl

“Damon Biskupiak leads the team in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (9.8) per game. Damon was named Most Valuable Player at Fannett-Metal Holiday tournament. Damon continues to work hard in each practice to improve his offensive skills especially his outside shooting. He demonstrates great leadership on and off basketball court by helping younger players to become better players.”  – Head Coach James DeStefano

November Athlete of the Month

Mauricio Orozco and Carina Traina were selected as “Athlete of the Month” for the month of November.  Please see Head Coaches’ comments about those athletes below.  Congratulations!!

Mauricio Orozco


Carina Traina


“Mauricio Orozco was one of the most versatile players on the team. Mauricio was willing to give up his real position, tight end, to be one of our offensive guards. In result, our offensive linemen unit turned out to be one of the best linemen unit in a very long time. On defense side, he was our hardest hitting defensive back. During his last football game as an Oriole against Florida School for the Deaf, he made an interception and returned it for a touchdown. We will definitely miss having Mauricio on the team. Congratulations and best of luck, Mauricio!” – Head Coach Ryan Bonheyo

“Carina Traina was selected as an athlete of month due to her dedication and commitment to our cheerleading program.  She truly represented the diversity of our squad with her talent in gymnastics and cheerleading.  She also excelled in academics which reflected her leadership in cheerleading as our squad’s co-captain.” – Head Coach Dani Hernandez

National Accolades from DeafDigest Sports


DeafDigest Sports released their All-American teams and special awards and we are very excited to share the news with you. Both of our head coaches, Vicki Kitsembel and Ryan Bonheyo, were selected as Coach of the Year. In addition to this special award, our own players, Adele Daniels and Yave Sanchez, were chosen as Player of the Year. Congratulations on a well deserved honor!

For complete list of 2015 Deaf Prep fall sports’ All-American list from DeafDigest Sports –

National Deaf Prep Volleyball Champions

Maryland   (36-2-2)


Coach of the YearVicki Kitsembel

Player of the YearAdele Daniels



Brooke Bonheyo

Adele Daniels

Karita Lewis

Kaitlyn Weeks






National Deaf Prep Football Champions

Maryland   (10-1)


Coach of the YearRyan Bonheyo

Player of the YearYave Sanchez



Damon Biskupiak

Rodney Burford

DeBrian John

Austin Latin

Diamani McNeely

Mauricio Orozco

Brady Perry

Yave Sanchez

John Werner, Jr.


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


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