Washington School for the Deaf opens doors for athletes

first_img He’s spent all but two years at WSD and returned to playing football sophomore year. He was team manager freshman year.“I needed to have that release and that’s what football provided me,” Redford said in ASL. “It’s the brotherhood, the bond and togetherness we feel within the locker room and out on the field.”Redford called Saturday an inspirational scene to see so many generations of alumni returning who cherish the school the same way he does.“We have pride for WSD inside of us,” he said. By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: October 13, 2018, 11:06pm (360) 735-4521 Washington School for the Deaf Terriers Follow The Columbian on Instagram Saturday, WSD kickoff a full day of Homecoming festivities that included hosting New Mexico School for the Deaf in its 8-man football game at Devereaux Field.About 500 alumni from numerous graduating classes, fans and current students and staff were on hand to celebrate 80 years of cheerleading and the 1978 Terriers football team that went 8-0.This year’s Terriers dropped their third game of the year Saturday, 62-12. Ramirez’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Alexz Schaut in addition to Yovany Barragan’s 8-yard touchdown run, highlighted the Terriers’ offense. Both scores came in the third quarter.Rob MacArthur first coached the Terriers in 2001 as an assistant before becoming head coach in 2009. The team lost six starters — five seniors and one player via transfer — from last season’s squad and commonly relies on first-time football players. Follow This year’s team is no exception with five first-time players. One of them is Schaut, the freshman who scored the team’s second of two touchdowns. Last year, two of the football newbies were the Ramirez brothers. Juan Ramirez plays wide receiver.While lack of football terminology for new players can be a challenge, MacArthur said, his team’s progress continues to impress the longtime coach. WSD’s wins are against fellow 1B schools Wishkah Valley (54-12) and Oakville (76-46).“They are learning as we go,” MacArthur said in ASL. “The growth has been amazing.”WSD is playing a non-playoff eligible schedule, said school athletic director Ron Spratlen. He said a number of factors go into the school’s decision annually whether to play a schedule to allow for playoff contention, including participation numbers. WSD last qualified for the postseason in 2015. Washington School for the Deaf hosted New Mexico School for the Deaf for Saturday’s Homecoming game in Vancouver. NMSD won 62-12. Photo Gallery 6 Photos Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer Share:center_img Tags The New Mexico School for the Deaf (6-1) is a 6-man football team based out of Santa Fe. The Roadrunners scored four second-quarter touchdowns for a 34-0 halftime lead after an 8-0 first-quarter advantage.Spratlen said the school schedules games in all sports offered with other state-run schools for the deaf. Earlier this season, its football, volleyball and cheerleading teams traveled to the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf in Arizona and will travel to the New Mexico School for the Deaf next year.Its long-standing home-and-home football rivalry with nearby Oregon School for the Deaf ended when the school eliminated football three years ago.Saturday was about the present and the past. Senior lineman Dared Redford is a third generation WSD student in his family. Juan and Jose Ramirez are prospering in a new sport at a new place they call home.Not only are the twin brothers new residential students to Washington School for the Deaf via Federal Way’s Todd Beamer High School, but also are new to football.In fact, the juniors said, coming to the Vancouver school that serves students kindergarten through 12th grade statewide was the right choice they and their family made. Attending a school with similar peers allows them to feel accepted and thrive in the educational setting, and that includes football.“We didn’t have the skills to play on public school teams,” quarterback Jose Ramirez said in American Sign Language. “It’s made us really happy to participate in sports, and we really enjoy being with other deaf players.” GO Washington School for the Deaf opens doors for athletes Homecoming game is reason to celebrate despite loss @MegWochnick By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: meg.wochnick@columbian.comlast_img read more

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Fisher leaders disappointed over outcome of talks

“Both India and Sri Lanka failed to note it was the livelihood issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen and it has to be approached with a humanitarian touch,” he told The Hindu. (Colombo Gazette) “The whole exercise turned out to be futile and it was totally disappointing,” U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), told The Hindu . It was shocking that Ms. Swaraj could not prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of 115 boats detained in the island nation for more than one-and-a-half years, he said. A cross-section of fisher leaders has expressed disappointment over the outcome of the recent high-level meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Delhi to find a solution to the long-standing ‘livelihood issue’ of Tamil Nadu fishermen, The Hindu newspaper reported.“We are not at all satisfied with the decision to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG), joint patrolling and hotline between the Coast Guards of the two countries to address the issue as none of the measure would help to find a solution to the issue,” a leader who was part of the delegation that held talks with their Sri Lankan counterparts, ahead of the high-level meeting, said. It was also distressing to note that Ms. Swaraj could not secure the release of the mechanised and country boats held in Sri Lanka, he said.Mr. M. Ilango, leader of the National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), said the decision to set up a JWG was only an eyewash. “If Ms. Swaraj and Mr. Samaraweera could not decide on securing the release of the boats, it will be foolish to hope the JWG will secure the release,” he said.The decision to set up joint patrolling and establish hotline between the two coast guards was aimed at chasing away the Tamil Nadu fishermen, he said. No doubt Ms. Swaraj, recovering from an illness, took sincere efforts to find a solution, but the exercise went in favour of the Sri Lankan fishermen, he alleged. Most of the boats were badly damaged and the fishermen would receive only some wooden planks and scraps when the Sri Lankan authorities returned the boats, he rued. The Tamil fishermen from northern Sri Lanka, who were crying foul about destruction of marine resources, should understand the steps taken by the State government to protect the marine resources, he said.Mr. P. Sesu Raja said it was unfortunate that the Indian government, which wrested an assurance from the Sri Lankan government that the fishermen would not be attacked, failed to secure an assurance that they would not be arrested till alternative arrangements were made. The leaders had high hopes that the two governments would work out a solution and allow Tamil Nadu fishermen to fish in the Lankan waters in the Palk Bay for specific period till they switched over to deep-sea fishing or phased out bottom trawling; but, they were disappointed. read more