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American boys & Maryland cheerleaders win ESDAA crowns at WPSD

Monday, February 12, 2018

The 86th annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 1 boys basketball tournament hosted by Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf featured a thrilling championship between American and Marie Philip School.

86th Annual ESDAA Program Book

The championship game between American and Marie Philip was a nail-biting affair from start to end. With both teams trading baskets and going on runs, American prevailed in the end by two points, 50-48 to successfully defend their ESDAA championship from last year. Kacey Monahan of Marie Philip was named the tournament MVP. Pennsylvania topped Lexington 35-26 in the third place game and New York won 5th place with a 43-37 victory against Ohio.

2018 American BBB ESDAA D1 Champs
2018 ESDAA Boys Division 1 Champions - American School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of ASD Athletics)

Final Results

Friday, February 9 (Quarterfinals)
Lexington 46 Western Pennsylvania 36 - OT
Marie Philip 57 Ohio 34
Pennsylvania 54 New York 36

Saturday, February 10
American 60 Pennsylvania 42
Marie Philip 44 Lexington 26

Consolation Semifinals
Ohio 32 Western Pennsylvania 28

Sunday, February 11 (Finals)
American 50 Marie Philip 48 - Championship
Pennsylvania 54 Lexington 36 - 3rd Place
New York 43 Ohio 37 - 5th Place

Places - 1st) American 2nd) Marie Philip 3rd) Pennsylvania 4th) Lexington 5th) New York 6th) Ohio 7th) Western Pennsylvania.

Championship Game MVP - Kacey Monahan, Marie Philip

All-Tournament Team
Dylan Christoffels, Marie Philip
Robert Milone, American
Andrew Ray Taylor, American
Kyle D’Amore, Western Pennsylvania
Nasir Ford, Pennsylvania
Jaykuss Figueroa, New York
Kacey Monahan, Marie Philip
Jacob Cross, Pennsylvania
Steven Hopkins, Ohio
Jarmal Puryear, American
Steve Salmon, Lexington
Kyle Florio, Marie Philip

Joe Giordano Sportsmanship Award - Ohio
Team Free Throws - Marie Philip
Team Lay-Ups - American
Team Twenty-One - Marie Philip
Knock-Out Champion - Kyle Florio, Marie Philip
Hot-Shot Champions - Tyler Furzland, Marie Philip

The cheerleading competition on Saturday afternoon featured six schools from Lexington, Maryland, Mill Neck Manor, New York, Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania. Maryland won the cheerleading competition for the second straight year followed by Lexington for second and New York for third. Yasmine Cintron of New York was recognized as the Most Valuable Cheerleader.

2018 Maryland ESDAA Cheer Champs
2018 ESDAA Cheerleading Champions - Maryland School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of MSD Athletics)

Places - 1st) Maryland 2nd) Lexington 3rd) New York.

Most Valuable Cheerleader - Yasmine Cintron, New York

Cheerleading All-Stars
Jordan Laikram, Lexington
Aaron Laikram, Lexington
Bianca Llorens, Mill Neck Manor
Freya Seremeth, Maryland
Thalia Guether, Maryland
Alora Johnson, New York
Manar Muatan, Pennsylvania
Xiaoli Carr, Western Pennsylvania

Spirit Award - New York
Individual Cheer - Yasmine Cintron, New York
Individual Jump - Carina Trainor, Maryland
Creative Movement - Maryland

americanAmerican -  Contributed by Athletic Director Mason Wood

American 60 Pennsylvania 42 - Semifinals

ASD raced out to a quick lead in the first period leading 19-10 but faced heavy foul trouble early. The team relied on its young starter and young bench to keep the pace the in the second quarter to maintain the lead at 34-18 for halftime.

PSD came out of halftime with a new game plan that was successful in matching up the teams evenly. ASD continued to struggle with foul troubles and the bench stepped up with critical contributions.

ASD (11-5):
Andrew Ray Taylor: 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks
Jarmal Puryear: 10 points, 10 rebounds
Omar Shariff: 10 points, 5 rebonds, 9 steals

American 50 Marie Philip 48 - Championship

MPS started the game with dominating energy and took advantage of a poor shooting start by ASD to lead 8-2 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Robert Milone put the team on his back scoring eight points in the quarter to pace the Tigers cutting MPS’s lead to 25-23 at the half.

ASD changed up the game plan at halftime to take control in the third quarter outscoring MPS 12-4 in the third with Andrew Ray Taylor dominating the boards. The fourth period was a back and forth affair with both teams going on 10-0 runs. ASD was able to hold on in the end winning 50-48 over MPS for their second straight championship. The last time our school won two straight was back in 1980.

ASD (12-5):
Andrew Ray Taylor: 19 points, 24 rebounds, 8 blocks
Robert Milone: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Dylan Mallach: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Delaware girls win ESDAA championship at home

Monday, February 12, 2018

This past weekend, six schools battled for supremacy at the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 2 girls tournament held at Delaware School for the Deaf.

Delaware successfully defended its championship from last year to make it two in a row in a hotly contested championship battle against Rochester, 49-47. The game was decided when the tournament MVP Carolyn Russell scored on a driving lay-up to give Delaware the lead with just a few seconds left in the game. New Jersey took home the third place trophy defeating Rhode Island 29-10 and St. Mary’s finished in fifth place defeating New York State, 22-14.

2018 Delaware GBB ESDAA D2 Champs
2018 ESDAA Girls Division 2 Champions - Delaware School for the Deaf 
(Photo courtesy of DSD)

Final Results

Friday, February 9 (Quarterfinals)
New Jersey 52 New York State 12
Rhode Island 23 St Mary's 19

Saturday, February 10 (Semifinals)
Delaware 37 New Jersey 18
Rochester 30 Rhode Island 8

Sunday, February 11 (Finals)
Delaware 49 Rochester 47 - Championship
New Jersey 29 Rhode Island 10 - 3rd Place
St Mary's 22 New York State 14 - 5th Place

Places - 1st) Delaware 2nd) Rochester 3rd) New Jersey 4th) Rhode Island 5th) St. Mary’s 6th) New York State.

Most Valuable Player – Carolyn Russell, Delaware

All-Tournament Team
Katie Hence, New York State
Cameron Cole, St. Mary’s
Yasmin Sicaju, Rhode Island
Olivia Collins, Rhode Island
Giezi Teufle, New Jersey
De’Avian Watson, New Jersey
Sara Hopkins, Delaware
JyAjia Bratten, Delaware
Carolyn Russell, Delaware
McKenna Girod, Rochester
Mariana Menzynski, Rochester
Courtney Gentzke, Rochester

Jim McCarthy Team Sportsmanship – New York State
Anne Leo Girls’ Award for Courage – Tatyana Bean, St. Mary’s
Manager Award – Ana Maria Devora, New Jersey
Tom Berry Team “21” Award – Delaware
Anne Kist Team Free Throw Award – Delaware
Kelly Butterworth Lay-up Award – Delaware
Broken Clipboard Award – Head Coach Wendy Chuba, St. Mary’s

rochesterRochester -  Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer

Rochester 30 Rhode Island 8 - Semifinals

The Wildcats traveled to Delaware for the ESDAA tournament last weekend. Our first game of ESDAA tournament was on Saturday against Rhode Island which we won, 30-8. Courntey Gentzke scored 12 points and had five rebounds. McKenna Girod added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Delaware 49 Rochester 47 - Championship

We entered the championship game on Sunday against Delaware. We had a 21-16 lead at halftime and tried to keep the lead in the second half. However, Delaware overtook us at the end of third quarter, 34-30. We never gave up in the fourth quarter and fought back for a 47-47 tie with just a few seconds left. Delaware’s Carolyn Russell made a drive and scored on a lay-up which gave them a 49-47 lead. We weren't able to score in the final nine seconds of the game. As a coach, I am very proud of my team and I couldn't ask for more from them. They have improved a lot during the course of the season. I really am looking forward to having them back for next season.

RSD (14-6):
Courtney Gentzke: 23 points, 4-of-8 for 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Mariana Menzynski: 7 points, 5 assists
McKenna Girod: 6 points, 13 rebounds

stmarysSt. Mary’s -  Contributed by Head Coach Wendy Chuba

The Lady Bisons traveled to Delaware this past weekend for the ESDAA girls basketball tournament. They played in two games and came in fifth overall.

Rhode Island 23 St. Mary's 19 - Quarterfinals

In their first game Friday night they took on Rhode Island in what turned out to be one of the closest games of the weekend. The Bison had a hard time breaking through the Rhode Island defense and with starter Elise Watson getting sick and missing the second half of the game, the girls had a lot of floor to cover. Though they trailed most of the game by 2-3 points, they never gave up and eventually tied up the game late in the fourth quarter. It all came down to the last minute of play when Rhode Island put in two baskets quickly ending our chance of advancing. Kioney Alvira-Jurado led the team with nine points while Cami Cole and Kearah Kelly both helped out with four each.

SMSD 6-4-3-6 = 19
RISD  7-6-3-7 = 23

Halftime - Rhode Island led 13-10.

SMSD (1-5):
Kara Kelly: 4 points, 1 steal
Cameron Cole: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Elise Watson: 2 points
Kioney Alvira-Jurado: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Julia Bronneberg: 2 rebounds

Team Total FG: 9-31
Team Total 3FG: 0-2
Team Total FT: 1-4

St. Mary's 22 New York State 14 - 5th Place

After a day of competitions and watching others play on Saturday, we had the first game of the day on Sunday. We took on New York State school for the Deaf for 5th place. Knowing how our last meeting with New York State ended, we made the smart move to start Elise Watson as point guard with Aleyshka Nieves-Rivera, Tatyana Bean, Julia Bronneberg, and Kearah Kelly making up the rest of the roster. The girls played strong against New York State and kept it close throughout the first half of the game. Elise Watson ran into foul trouble early in the game and had to be replaced by Kioney Alvira-Jurado and Cameron Cole at point. The girls took turns this game running against New York State, but coming into the second half our starters quickly took, and maintained, the lead. Cameron Cole led the team with 11 points this game with Kioney Alvira-Jurado adding eight and Kearah Kelly contributing three for the win in this 22-14 victory.

Though they only finished in 5th place the girls showed great sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Senior Tatyana Bean won the Ann Leo award for courage and sophomore Cameron Cole was named to the tournament All-Star team

The girls finished their season with a final record of 2 wins and 5 loses.

SMSD  1-6-8-7 = 22
NYSSD 3-5-4-2 = 14

Halftime - New York State led 8-7.

SMSD (2-5):
Kara Kelly: 3 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals
Emma Foster: 1 steal
Cameron Cole: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Tatyana Bean: 5 rebounds
Elise Watson: 2 rebounds
Aleyshka Rivera-Nieves: 1 steal
Kioney Alvira-Jurado: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Julia Bronneberg: 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

'I can and I will': Inside how Frisco Centennial's Lily Crane overcomes deafness on the court

By Greg Riddle

Frisco Centennial HSFRISCO -- Last month, Frisco Centennial's Lily Crane was asked to go one-on-one against a McDonald's All-American nominee.

Crane was given the assignment of guarding Frisco Lone Star superstar Mallory Adams, a San Diego State signee who averages 22 points per game.

Midway through the second quarter, Crane forced Adams into a tough shot that was missed. Crane got the ball in transition and fed teammate Kaila Gilmore for a fast-break layup. On the next possession, when a free throw was missed, Crane alertly tapped the rebound to a teammate, which led to another Centennial basket.

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Source: Dallas News - SportsDay HS

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - February 10

Friday, February 9, 2018

marylandMaryland 78 Mount Airy Christian 45

Maryland routed league-rival Mount Airy Christian last night at home with Cassidy Perry putting in a triple-double along with Rajena Guettler and Ernelina Beldon picking up double-doubles. Perry erupted for 29 points, 19 rebounds, 10 steals, and six assists. Guettler was in for 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Beldon added 12 points, 10 steals, and six assists.

MAC   9-13-12-11 = 45
MSD 19-20-19-20 = 78

MSD (18-4):
A. Glennon: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist
S. Herzig Wilcox: 2 points, 2 rebounds
A. Patterson: 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 2 assists
C. Perry: 29 points, 19 rebounds, 10 steals, 6 assists
R. Guettler: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 5 assists
H. Johnston-Shaw: 1 rebound
E. Beldon: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 10 steals, 6 assists
M. Luebehusen: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
E. Kovacs: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist

Team Total FG: 33
Team Total 3FG: 2 (Guettler 2)
Team Total FT: 6-19

MAC (12-8): E. Eppich 13, K. Shaffer 5, C. Gilbert 10, J. Bowen 3, G. Hegler 6, K. Bowen 8.

Team Total FG: 10
Team Total 3FG: 4 (Eppich 3, Shaffer)
Team Total FT: 13-21

Thursday, February 8, 2018

fremontFremont 62 Oakland Military Institute 25

SENIOR NIGHT & ORANGE AND BLACK OUT NIGHT - First, We must recognize Hannah Wetzel’s historical achievement this season as she broke a 17-year-old school record of assists in a season. The old record was 77 held by Nicole Lanning and Wetzel currently has 94 as she broke it against California Crosspoint on February 1st.

Our Senior Night event honoring third-year varsity player Wetzel and two managers was a successful one. Our underclassmen played hard for Wetzel to have a proper farewell in front of our Orange and Black crowd full of spirit.

We had a comfortable 15-5 first quarter lead before Oakland Military Institute made two straight 3-pointers in the last minute. That woke up our defense and we turned up the pressure, preventing any more three-pointers as they had only seven points in the second and third quarter. Our offense was in sync, and everyone moved the ball around beautifully. We had a 16-0 run in the second quarter and they had no answer to our balanced offense as six of our players scored six points or more.

More likely we will face OMI once again this Thursday, February 15 in the first round of our league playoffs as we are #1 and they are the #4 seed.

Overall, CSD had 62 points on 53% shooting, 32 rebounds, 17 assists, 10 steals, and seven blocks.

CSD has concluded the regular season with a 20-6 record, 11-1 league on a 10-game winning streak and clinched the #1 seed in the upcoming Bay Counties League playoffs. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 15-20-13-14 = 62
OMI  11--4--3--7 = 25

Halftime - Fremont led 35-15.

Top Players
Senior Hannah Wetzel: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 5 blocks
Esther Biser: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
Mahlia Thornton: 9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Jade Dawson: 17 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

fremontFremont 68 Holy Names 39

Holy Names were still fuming from our historical 22-point comeback on January 30. We picked up where we left off from our 51-point second half and jumped out to a nice lead in the first half. Our defense held Holy Names to only 16 points in the first half which was a big improvement from 35 in the last game. We were aware that they did lead 35-15 in the first game and we came back from that, which meant we had to protect our 34-16 lead to prevent their payback. We scored another 34 points in the second half.

Our defense remained consistent even after they tried to push the pace in the second half and began to shoot 3s. We slowed down the game, played inside and moved the ball around to run down the clock. Our shooting was on point as we scored 21 in the fourth to deny Holy Names any hope of coming back. Our standout defender Jada Dawson had a monster offensive game in the low post, scoring 24 points which was a tremendous improvement from her 4.2 season scoring average.

Overall, CSD had 68 points on 46% shooting, 35 rebounds, 19 assists, 25 steals, and nine blocks. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 16-18-13-21 = 68
HN     8--8-10-13 = 39

Halftime - Fremont led 34-16.

Top Players
Jada Dawson: 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 4 blocks
Malia Zornoza: 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 2 blocks
Jade Dawson: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 1 block

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

fremontFremont 47 Contra Costa Christian 17

In our first match-up against Contra Costa Christian, we did not play our best game and defeated them 32-23 on January 17. We were determined to play a better game and came out with a defensive mindset in this game. We started the game with a 10-0 run, and allowed CCC only two baskets in the first half (4 points, 5 free throws).

At one point from the second to third quarter, we had a 27-3 run which put them away for good. They were aggressive throughout the game and kept shooting but our team size was too much as we were in their face for every shot, making it tougher on them.

Overall, CSD had 47 points on 41% shooting, 30 rebounds, 14 assists, 16 steals, and three blocks. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 14-12-11-10 = 47
CCC    3--6--1--7 = 17

Halftime - Fremont led 28-9.

Top Players
Malia Zornoza: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Jada Dawson: 3 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Hannah Wetzel: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Prep Boys Basketball Roundup - February 10

Friday, February 9, 2018

marylandMount Airy Christian 43 Maryland 39

Mount Airy Christian continues to be a thorn in Maryland’s side as the hosts fell to the visitors in a hotly contested league game for the second time this season. The loss drops Maryland to second place in the west division of the Maryland Independent Athletic Conference (MIAC) with one more league game next Tuesday against Covenant Life. Stefan Anderson was the lead scorer for Maryland with 10.

MAC 13-14--4-12 = 43
MSD 11--5-10-13 = 39

Halftime - Mount Airy Christian led 27-16.

MSD (19-5): Jaden Joseph 2, John Werner, Jr. 9, Rory Lewis 8, Esteban Kovacs 6, Miguel Pavao 2, Stefan Anderson 10, Jason Werner 2.

Team Total FG: 14
Team Total 3FG: 8 (Anderson 2, Kovacs 2, Lewis 2, Werner Jr. 2)
Team Total FT: 3-6

MACA (16-7): Xavier Marmol 7, Nathan Stein 2, Will Brethauer 17, Mark Webster 11, Austin Finch 6.

Team Total FG: 15
Team Total 3FG: 5 (Brethauer 3, Webster 2)
Team Total FT: 8-17

indianaIndianapolis Lighthouse Charter South 74 Indiana 49

Jared Beckler scored 24 points and had six steals for Indiana in a non-conference loss to Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter South. Franco Bippus finished with team best seven rebounds.

ISD  12-16--8-13 = 49
ILCS 21-20-23-10 = 74

Halftime - Indianapolis Lighthouse led 41-28.

ISD (7-12): Joel Dramin 5, Jared Beckler 24, Kyle Jenkins 7, Franco Bippus 10, Jerrell Edwards 3.

Team Total FG: 17-48
Team Total 3FG: 3-21 (Dramin, Beckler 2)
Team Total FT: 6-11

Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - February 9

Thursday, February 8, 2018

texasTexas - We've had a very busy week this week with a make up district game and then three district tournament games (4 games in 5 days).

Monday: beat Concordia (52-20) **make up game from last week
Tuesday: beat Concordia (57-24) 1st round of District Tournament
Thursday: beat Brentwood Christian (36-26) 2nd round of District Tournament
Friday: vs. Faith Academy (6:30 p.m.)

TSD girls have never beaten Brentwood Christian in basketball. Brentwood Christian is ranked #7 in the state for 4A. Faith Academy is ranked #4. We play in one of the toughest districts for TAPPS 4A as Brentwood Christian and Faith Academy always make deep runs in the state playoffs so last night's win against Brentwood Christian was a very good win for us.

Tonight's game against Faith Academy has big playoff implications for us. (Contributed by Head Coach Brian Sipek)

Overall record: 27-6 (27 wins already broke the previous high of season wins of 26)

mississippiJackson Academy 53 Mississippi 33

Koreiona Guy led Mississippi with 12 points and Raegan Hendrix added 10 in a loss to Jackson Academy. Mississippi wraps up the 2017-2018 campaign with a 16-3 record which includes a Mason-Dixon championship.

MSD (16-3): Koreiona Guy 12, Raegan Hendrix 10, Alexis Roberts 8, Nilah Orey 2, Tamer Grant 1.

Western Pennsylvania - Danielle Fisher had eight points followed by Cheyenne Sloan with four for Western Pennsylvania in a loss to Portersville Christian, 29-14.

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