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Mingo sets foundation to help hearing impaired kids

As the captain of the Purdue Boilermakers women’s basketball team for a third straight year, Andrea ‘Drey’ Mingo is no stranger to hard work. The 6-foot-2 forward was a McDonald’s All-American at Atlanta’s Marist high school, an AP honorable mention All-American in college and has dreams of one day being a pediatric cardiologist. But no amount of physical or mental training could have prepared her for the trials and tribulations she faced starting in her junior season at Purdue. Read full story.

New Mexico captures first USADB Championship


New Mexico Zia - 2013 USADB Champion. Left to right: AJ Williams, Derrick Smith, Matt Johnson, Brad Miller, Sekoe White, Coach Carl Denney, Robert Haney Jr., Edlin Dorn, Idris Osborne, Robert Huizar, Mikey Alvarado (Not pictured: Tony Wilkerson, Levi Anderson, Cruz Lane) 

By Butch Melton

In a thrilling overtime game before a packed audience of over 1,500 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – the Zia of New Mexico defeated a determined Showstoppers team from Washington, D.C. on a mid-court buzzer-beating shot by Sekoe White as time expired in overtime, 97-96. Their victory clinched the 69th annual National Deaf Basketball Tournament.

The shot, christened The Philly Miracle – came on the heels of an 8 foot floater over the Zia’s 6’9 Edlin Dorn on the baseline by Showstopper scoring machine Brandon McMillan that had put the Showstoppers ahead, 96-94 with 5.5 seconds left, giving way to a premature celebration along the Showstopper bench and their fans area.

Quickly, Dorn grabbed the basketball, went off the court, handed it to White, who streaked downcourt surrounded by blue, the Showstoppers uniform color, and made a sharp cut to mid-court just past the baseline and made his shot “heard” around the Deaf World just before the buzzer sounded, setting off a wild celebration on-court by the Zia and the majority of fans in attendance.

The final score was emblematic of the game itself, which featured the Showstoppers team – comprised mainly of Maryland School for the Deaf alumna, all of whom were former Gallaudet cagers and the New Mexico Zia, a team that featured five Deaflympic players and coached by a man considered the best in the business.

From tip-off, it was apparent that the game would be a steady pull-out for the New Mexico Zia, who were heavily dependent on the guard combo of 6’4 Sekoe white and 6’3 Robert Haney. Behind those two, the New Mexico slowly but surely pulled ahead to a 12 point halftime lead over the young Showstoppers, 46-34. The first half had featured tenacious rebounding by the Zia’s imposing post players, the 6’9 Dorn and 6’8 Bradley Miller. The Showstoppers were able to stay close, if a dozen points behind could be called close, behind the balanced scoring amongst Fava, McMillan, Lehmann and 6’4 post Devon Cook – all of whom were scoring on a dizzying array of chip shots, layups and put-backs over the Zia’s loose defense, which had been the bane of their existence throughout the tournament.

Despite the Showstoppers best efforts, it looked like the Zia were well on their way towards the championship with that insurmountable lead and receiving the ball to open the second-half. That was when things became interesting.

The Showstoppers began to gain momentum when Brandon McMillan, a splendid 6’1 swingman became hot, scoring at will despite being guarded by the muscular Haney, long considered the USADB’s best defender. Combined with a nearly 7-minutes scoring lull by the Zia and a long ten minute break by the Zia’s 6’8 Miller, who was saddled with 4 fouls - the Showstoppers were able to catch up then claim the lead- causing whispers to spread amongst the gym of a possible upset.

However, despite McMillan’s 19 points in the second half, White’s 21 second half points enabled the Zia to grab an 85-80 lead with a minute left in regulation. Clinging to that 5 point lead coming out of a time-out, the Zia’s Johnson immediately was called for a travel, giving the ball back to the Showstoppers who capitalized on a quick three and two free-throws to tie the game 85 all, setting up the last 18 seconds to be the Haney Time, as he was known score at will in the dying margins of tight games. This time, the Showstoppers doubled-him and his shot from the top of the key bounced off the side of the rim, setting up overtime – the third overtime championship game in the last five years.

After trading baskets to open the overtime period, at the 2:45 mark, Haney was whistled for a technical on a controversial call, which called for his fifth foul and automatic disqualification from the game. This was looked at as a blow for the Zia’s championship hopes as Haney was the most dominant player in the USADB but this was where legends such as White are born.

The last two minutes saw Dorn of the Zia blocking every inside shot and White scoring at will. The Showstoppers McMillan was also brilliantly leading his teammates down the wire, engaged in that little scoring duel with White down to the events that led to the Philly Miracle.

New Mexico Zia 97, DC Showstoppers 96 (OT):

Showstoppers scoring: McMillan 33, Cook 15, Fava 19, Berrigan 9, Van Dalen 6, Paulone 4, Mabashov 3, Seibert 2

Zia scoring: White 41, Haney 25, Wilkerson 8, Miller 8, Dorn 8, Johnson 3

Game Notes: The final score was the tightest once since Los Angeles defeated New York City’s Union League 85-84 for their 4th straight championship in 1978 in Queens, NY. The Showstoppers McMillan scored 46 points in his last game for Gallaudet University. The Showstoppers defeated Bridgeport 87-70, Deaf Sports Academy (DSA Stars) 89-72 and Indy Hawks 68-54 to reach the championship game while the Zia defeated California 110-74, Carolinas 104-80 and the Arizona Desert Fire 66-56. The Zia’s Coach Carl Denney was coaching in his 6th championship game in the last 8 tournaments after a brief retirement last year. White, Haney and McMcillan are expected to be the Team USA Deaflympics mainstays this summer if all goes well. The HoD meeting went will with no major revisions. Arizona captured the consolation with a victory over the Indy Hawks while the Deaf Sports Academy came from behind to defeat the NoVa (North Virginia) for fifth place.

DePaul's Jenkins credits deaf sister for her success

Chanise Jenkins has gone through some difficult times.

The Chicagoan missed all but the end of her junior basketball season at Young after surgery on a torn knee ligament.

She missed all but the first two games of what was to have been her first season at DePaul after surgery on a dislocated tendon in the foot. Read full story.

USADB to endorse Brighton Declaration on women and sports

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USA Deaf Basketball to Endorse Brighton Declaration on Women and Sports

Pleasanton, CA – March 18, 2013 -- USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) is pleased to announce that we will endorse the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, an international document that seeks equality for women in all levels of sport.

A celebratory signing event is slated for Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the USADB Art Kruger & Thomas Elliott National Basketball Tournament. The signing will take place between the men’s and women’s championship games. The tournament will be held at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, PA. “We look forward to a bright future for our young deaf girls and women. With the endorsement the Brighton Declaration, USADB takes the lead in our commitment to providing equal opportunities for deaf girls and women in all areas of deaf sport in America. I also believe that gender equality is no longer an option, without question, it is the right thing to do.” said USADB commissioner Shirley H. Platt.

The Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport was created in 1994 at the first conference of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG). The IWG’s vision and the Brighton Declaration’s overriding aim is to develop a sporting culture that enables and values full involvement of women in every aspect of sport.

Commissioner Platt will sign the Brighton Declaration, witnessed by Laura K. Edwards, four-time Deaflympian gold medalist, and head coach for the 2013 USA women’s team to the Deaflympics, and Dr. Becky Clark, Deaflympics gold medalist and USA Deaf Sports Federation board member at large.

“The Declaration principles serve as a departure point for signatories to become active in the advancement of sport in terms of gender equality,” IWG co-chair Raija Mattila said. So far, 335 organizations have signed the Brighton Declaration, including the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, SportAccord, and 56 national Olympic Committees.

The American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD) was established in 1945 in Akron, OH to promote basketball opportunities for deaf athletes. In 1995, restructure of the AAAD led to the formation of USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) with USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) becoming the new national governing body for basketball. USADB sponsors and promotes regional and national basketball tournaments for deaf adults each year, the National high School All-Stars; and youth and adult teams to the World Championships, PanAm Games and Deaflympics. For more information, go to

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New England Athletic Association of the Deaf basketball tourney results

68th Annual Men’s and 23rd Annual Women’s
New England Athletic Association of the Deaf Regional Basketball Tournament
The Learning Center School for the Deaf
Hosted by Worcester Deaf Club
March 8-10, 2013
Tournament Results and Awards

Game 1 (Men): Maine 75 New England Outlaw Rebels 71
Game 2 (Women): Providence Hope 70 Boston Cyclones 24
Game 3 (Men): Brattleboro 86 Worcester 64
Game 4 (Women): Worcester Lady Atomics 67 Boston Cyclones 22
Game 5 (Men): Worcester 84 New England Outlaw Rebels 82
Game 6 (Men): Bridgeport 102 Maine 59
Game 7 (Men’s Third Place Game): Maine 79 Worcester 64
Game 8 (Women’s Championship Game): Worcester Lady Atomics 78 Providence Hope 48
Game 9 (Men’s Championship Game): Bridgeport 78 Brattleboro 60

Champion: Bridgeport
2nd place: Brattleboro
3rd place: Maine
4th place: Worcester
5th place: New England Outlaw Rebels

All Stars:
Tim Head Jr. – Bridgeport Justin Brooks
Bridgeport Brian Cloutier
Maine Alex Hoover – Maine
Christopher Furzland - Worcester
Brian Minch - Worcester
Jesse Woosley - Brattleboro
Jovanny Lopez – Brattleboro
Nick Lalanne – Brattleboro
Alex DeJesus – New England Outlaw

Best Defensive Player – Tim Head Jr. (Bridgeport)
Most Valuable Player – Clement Lovelace (Bridgeport)
Team Sportsmanship – Maine
Coach of Tournament – Arthur Larson (Bridgeport)

Champion – Worcester Lady Atomics
2nd place – Providence Hope
3rd place – Boston Cyclones

All Stars:
Shaquana McDough – Worcester
Christine Rowinski – Worcester
Cassey Ellis – Boston
Abby DeMario – Providence Jessica Salisbury – Providence

Best Defensive Player - Shaquana McDough (Worcester)
Most Valuable Player – Jaclyn Feder–Piasek (Worcester)
Team Sportsmanship – Boston Cyclones
Coach of Tournament – John Monahan (Worcester)

Eastern Athletic Association of the Deaf basketball tourney results

Eastern Athletic Association of the Deaf
Men's 68th Annual & Women's
22nd Annual Regional Basketball Tournament
March 16-17 2013 Pennsylvania School for the Deaf at Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by Greater Philadelphia Association Deaf Basketball EAAD

Regional Basketball Tournament at PSD in Philadelphia, PA last weekend and 275 players/coaches/officers/fans attended.

1. Lexington (NY) 48  North Virginia Galaxy 39
2. Fanwood (NY) 49  Greater Philadelphia 45
3. New Jersey Wild Ones 63  New Jersey Warriors 56
4. Showstoppers 63  Roc City Blazers 51
5. North Virginia Diplomats 95  Lexington 37
6. North Virginia Lady 96  Lexington Alumni Lady 13
7. Showstoppers 103  New Jersey Wild Ones 53
8. Midnight Crushers (Rochester) 59  New Jersey Lady Warriors 25
9. North Virginia Diplomats 73  Fanwood 32
10. Greater Philadelphia 44  North Virginia Galaxy 43
11. Roc City Blazers 72  NJ Warriors 52
12. Lexington Alumni Lady 37  New Jersey Lady Warriors 28
13. New Jersey Wild Ones 77  Fanwood 73 (2 OT)
14. North Virginia Lady 64  Midnight Crushers 25
15. North Virginia Diplomats 70  Showstoppers 68




1. Charity Sanders (Nova Lady)
2. Kristen Conrad ( Midnight Crushers)
3. Ashely Lockard (Lexington)
4. Ashely Richards (Lexington)
5. Danielle Franks (NJ Lady Warriors)

Men - First Team
1. Luther Weeden (Nova Diplomats)
2. Kevin Berrigan (Showstoppers)
3. Glendory Benjamin (Fanwood)
4. Gabriel Paulone (Showstoppers)
5. Kelly Sanders (Roc City Blazers)

Men - Second Team
1. Michael Pinckney (NJ Warriors)
2. Wayne Jennings (NJ Wild Ones)
3. Jason Garland (Greater Philadelphia)
4. Mike Kent (Nova Diplomats)
5. Christopher Webb (NJ Wild Ones)

WOMEN: NJ Lady Warriors
MEN: Fanwood

WOMEN: Chad Duhon (Nova Lady)
MEN: John Perry (Nova Diplomats)

WOMEN: Kristen Feldman (Nova Lady)
MEN: Daniel Fava (Showstoppers)

WOMEN: Charity Sanders (Nova Lady)
MEN: Jeremy Trush (Nova Diplomats)

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