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September 5, 2006 > CSD student athletes preparing for upcoming Fall Season

CSD student athletes preparing for upcoming Fall Season

by Biff Jones

California School for the Deaf (CSD), 39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont will be fielding varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams in football and girl's volleyball in the North Coast Section (NCS) of CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) during the 2006 fall season.

The volleyball team participates in the Bay Area Conference.  Other teams in the conference are Athenian School, Bentley School, Berean Christian, Chinese Christian, College Prep School, Contra Costa Christian, Emery High School, Head Royce, Oakland Military Institute, and UPREP Academy.

Under the direction of first year coaches Susie Acosta, head coach, Dyan Kovacs, assistance coach, and Karina Pedersen, head JV coach, the 2006 Eagle's volleyball team will be lead by senior captain, setter and outside hitter, Leila Hanaumi.  Other members of the 2006 Eagles are senior outside hitter, Stacy Caruso, senior middle blocker Lizzie Finley, junior middle blocker Shayla Griffith, sophomore middle blocker Arica Jones, junior middle blocker and outside hitter Melissa Jane Kielbus, junior setter Alexa Miller, senior defensive specialist Amanda Mosher, and senior libero Shara Winesburt.  In addition, coach Kovacs played in the Deaf Olympics and leads the team in all of its drills.

The team opens its season on the road Thursday, September 7 against Emery High School with its home opener coming on Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the main gym on the CSD campus.  The opponent for the home opener will be Fremont Christian.  The Eagles will also travel to Indiana School for the Deaf for the "Spike Out VII" tournament on September 22nd and 23rd and then have a late season away match against CSD, Riverside on October 21st.

The football team also has a new head coach, Johnny Coleman.  Coach Coleman last coached at Maryland School for the Deaf for ten years where he was known as a "player's coach".  He then moved to California where he has been working as a teacher the past seven years before getting back into the coaching profession this year at CSD.

Coach Coleman says, "We have a lot of returners, but we're still not real experienced.  The competition for (starting) positions has been great.  They're hungry and desire to play football.  That's our goal, to play the best we can.  We're getting healthy and staying positive.  We've got 10 games and we want to finish up strong.  We have several key players to watch like Kyle Benedict SR, Dalian Sanchez SR, Andy Fernandez SR, Chance Martin JR, Randale Hamp SOPH, Dack Viring SR."  Other returning players are David Aguilar, Aaron Bye, Andrew Hursin, Lawrence Lizotte, Jose Lopez, Nicholas Lopez, Mark Eyrond, Troy Eyrod, and Craig Water.  Key newcomers to watch in addition to Hamp are Logan Poyner, Ramiro Villanueva, Matthew MacDonald, Octavio Castro, Kevin Carpenter and Brandon Dean.

In football, CSD plays in the Bay Football League (BFL) of the NCS of CIF.  The Eagles of CSD are listed as a Class B school, enrollment wise, in the NCS.  However several of the schools in the BFL are listed as Class A (larger than B enrollment wise) in the NCS, so the Eagles have a lot of tough competition.  Other schools and Class in the BFL are The King's Academy of Sunnyvale (A), Tomales (B), Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton (A), St. Elizabeth of Oakland (B), Salesian of Richmond (A), and Berean Christian of Walnut Creek (A).

The Eagles open on the road Saturday, September 9 against Class B non-league opponent, Mendocino, followed by another road game on Thursday, September 14 against league rival, The King's Academy.  The first home game on the CSD campus will be Thursday, September 28 against non-league Harker of San Jose and the CCS (Central Coast Section of the CIF).

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