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March 7, 2006 > Cal School for the Deaf winter sports wrap

Cal School for the Deaf winter sports wrap

by Biff Jones

California School for the Deaf (CSD), Fremont girls basketball team had an up and down season for the 2005-2006 school year. Led by head coach Jeanne Dike, they started out slowly due to injuries of key players. Then, in mid-February, the team participated in the annual Clerc Classic VI basketball tournament for the deaf. This year's tournament was held in Riverside, Calif. and included eight schools from all over the country. CSD, Fremont lost its opening game by just three points, but went on to capture the consolation bracket by winning the next two games.

In early March, CSD won its fourth straight Western States Basketball Classic for the deaf. They defeated teams from Washington State, Oregon and Southern California. Two girls, Tenaya Herbold and Ashley Griffith, were on all four of the WSBC championship teams as they made the varsity team all four years of attendance at CSD. Other team members are seniors Monique Bedney, Blair Rasmus, Zuelika Prader and Renee Johnson, and juniors Amanda Mosher, Monica Hernandez, and Casey McCullough. Their season ended with a loss in the first round of the Bay Conference League (BCL) tournament to the number one seed, Head Royce of Oakland. Their overall record was 9-16 and 4-8 in league play.

CSD wrestlers and head coach Mike Estrada, sent six of the seven wrestlers who participated in the Bay Shore Athletic League tournament to the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament of the California Interscholastic Federation. None of the six wrestlers were able to move on to the state tournament in Bakersfield. Their season record was 9-13-1 while going 2-3 in league matches.

CSD Boys Basketball, under head coach Oskar Schugg, had their best season in school history by finishing with an overall record of 23-6 and 11-4 in Bay Conference League play. They won both the Clerc Classic VI and Western States Basketball Classic tournaments, were semi-finalists in the BCL tournament and quarter-finalists in the NCS tournament. They defeated Lick Wilmerding of San Francisco 60-48 in the first round of NCS play, and then their season came to a close when defeated by the Division V first seed, Branson of Marin County and Ross, Calif. by a score of 56-25. Congratulations to all CSD winter sports teams and their participants and coaches.

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