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SportsMX/NDIAA April 2015 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) are proud to present the monthly "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 but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

Our young Deaf athletes deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work. SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Austin Silva-Wynne, Isabella Paulone, Eddie Thomas and La'Terria Hampton on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for April 2015!

Austin Sliva-WynneAustin Sliva-Wynne
Texas School for the Deaf

Grade: Junior
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher & Shortstop

The Texas baseball team’s return to the Hoy tournament had a “Hollywood” feel to it with Austin in the starring role. Austin hit a three-run homerun in the final inning of the semifinals to break a tie and defeat Indiana. In the championship game against Model, Austin dominated in six innings with 17 strikeouts and allowing one hit. In the final inning, Austin delivered once again making a tag at home for the final out in the game as a catcher. Austin’s heroics at the Hoy tournament earned him a much-deserved MVP award. Austin ended the season with a 4-1 record as a pitcher with 53 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched with an ERA of 1.62. He also led the team with a .636 batting average and four homeruns.

“Austin is a "one of a kind" baseball player. Despite his amazing statistics, he is not only just a great ball player but also a true leader of his team by providing positive support and feedback to his teammates. It’s a thrill to know that he is currently a junior. It will be fun to watch him play again next year.” - Texas Athletic Director Chris Hamilton

Isabella PauloneIsabella Paulone
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Isabella is a young and exceptional athlete with bright future ahead of her. At the Hoy softball tournament, Isabella was unstoppable leading the team in runs scored, RBIs, and slugging percentage. She also pitched all five games striking out 21 in 23 innings for an ERA of 2.74 which earned her the tournament MVP award. Currently, Isabella has a .550 batting average in 14 games with 22 RBIs and six triples. She has a 7-3 record as a pitcher with 77 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched. Isabella also excels in track & field winning the Best Field Athlete award with a first place finish in the discus throw and two-second place finishes at the Berg/Seeger Classic.

"Unassuming and humble player. Plays with passion and heart!" - Indiana Head Coach Herman Fuechtmann

Eddie ThomasEddie Thomas
Alabama School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Javelin, Relays, Shot Put

Winning a state championship is no easy task and Eddie has accomplished this feat twice winning the state championship in the shot put two years in a row. At the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship, Eddie won the shot put state championship with a winning throw of 47-11.25. This mark is also a new school record. Eddie was a significant contributor to the boys’ track team impressive showing in the sectionals with a third place finish. He placed in the javelin and was a state qualifier in the 4x100 relay.

“Eddie is a special young man with unlimited potential who has helped the team compete well in different events.” - Alabama Head Coach Chris Moon

LaTerria HamptonLa'Terria Hampton
Florida School for the Deaf & Blind
Grade: Sophomore
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Shot Put

First place is where La’Terria’s name is usually found in the Shot Put event. La’Terria dominated the Shot Put throughout the 2015 track season finishing first in all meets and earning a number one seed going into the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship. As a sophomore, La’Terria has advanced to the state championship three times and this year had her highest finish coming in at second place with a throw of 37-04.75. Her best throw of the year was 38-09.00 at the regionals. La’Terria’s success is largely attributed through hard work and humility. She also has taken on a role as a leader by coaching her less experienced teammates the fundamentals of shot put.

“La’Terria is always cheerful and optimistic about any situation and it has been my pleasure to work with her for the last three seasons. I have nothing but high expectations for her now and in the future years to come.” – Florida Head Coach Mary Wesley Fisher

 
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