8-Year-Old Deaf Basketball Champ Has Sights Set on NBA

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The NBA draft may have just wrapped, but 8-year-old Zeke Ortiz is coming for them—and one day, he may be their first deaf player.Recently, Zeke, who lives in Frederick, Maryland, left his deaf team to join a more competitive league. Now he is the only player on the team who is hearing impaired.His dad, Tony, who is also deaf, started coming to every game and has begun interpreting for his son.Zeke’s coaches started uses drawings and gestures to communicate, and the kids on the team have even developed their own sign language.The youngster is well on his way to all-star status: this weekend, he will be playing with his team in the National Championships.(WATCH the video from NBC above)Don’t Be a Ball Hog, Pass This Story Along To Your Teammates: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Benton rallies late to defeat Green Oaks

first_imgThe Benton Tigers started strong, sagged in the middle and then came up big at the end in a season-opening 41-30 victory over the Green Oaks Giants Friday night in Benton.The Tigers scored two quick touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead. But Green Oaks rallied and led 30-21 in the third quarter.Benton regained the lead on touchdown runs of 10 yards by Jermaine Newton and 1 by Chauncey Taylor. Jordan Myles sealed the victory with an interception return for a touchdown.“That win’s a big one, especially when you have to fight for it,” Benton coach Reynolds Moore said. “The thing I like about is we played ahead early, so we can go back and say, ‘Hey guys, you were ahead and backed off for whatever reason and let them back in it and we can’t do that. When you jump out to a big lead you’ve got to build on it.“ ‘Then you play two scores behind when you’re down 30-21. You know you have to come back from two and you don’t panic. You keep playing and trust what you do, get better as the game goes on.’ Our guys showed a lot of the potential we have.”Moore said the Tigers simply wore the Giants down at the end. He praised both teams’ efforts.“We started running the ball; our numbers played a big factor in that,” he said. “Both teams played their stinking guts out. It was a fun game for the fans to watch and I’m sure both coaching staffs are proud of the efforts their kids gave.“It was almost one of those deals where, man I’m sad somebody had to lose this, but it was that type of feeling. Their kids left it all on the field. They were cramping up left and right. They would cramp up, sit out a couple of plays and come back. They would’n’t go away. We were able to kind of bash on them and lean on them at the end and take the life out of them there.”Benton sophomore quarterback Garrett Hable threw for 244 yards and a touchdown to John Westmoreland. Newton, also just a sophomore, scored two touchdowns.Benton spread the ball out to his receivers. Clayton Festavan caught six passes for 109 yards, Sam Simmons five for 50, Westmoreland four for 34 and Ian McEntee two for 33. Newton carried times times for 89 yards and caught four passes for 17 more.Taylor made some big plays on both sides of the ball. He ran 50 yards up the middle on fourth-and-3 and later scored on a 4-yard run. He also had another short run for a TD and ran for a first down with Benton facing a fourth-down situation late in the game.A big concern for Moore was turnovers. The Tigers lost the ball on two interceptions, including one for a TD, and two fumbles.“Green Oaks played their stinkin’ tails off, but we shot ourselves in the foot a lot, too,” Moore said. “It’s just stuff we have to clean up.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWork From Home | Search AdsInternational Work From Home Jobs in USAWork From Home | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoOceandrawThe One And Only WD40 Trick Everyone Should KnowOceandraw|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Gene Chizik shows his lighter, ‘neutral’ side

first_imgGene Chizik, former Auburn University football coach, greets JT Armstrong, 22, at the Buckmasters Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala. Proceeds of the banquet went to Iron Men Outdoor Ministries for American injured soldiers and there families as well as disabled adults and children.Chizik, who still lives in Auburn, is still collecting $209,457.84 per month from Auburn through June 2016, as per his buyout, after being fired following the 2012 season. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-17:1b0d61af3911e14b022027d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-86236-3879774059001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Gene Chizik has got jokes – quite a few of them as a matter of fact.The former Auburn football coach showed his lighted side, sharing a few funny lines during an appearance at the annual Buckmasters Banquet through Iron Men Outdoor Ministries at the St. James UMC Family Life Center.Now an analyst for the SEC Network and SiriusXM, Chizik prefaced his light-hearted quips by saying he’s “neutral” in his current jobs.last_img read more