SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) present the monthly "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. This award recognizes High School athletes across the country that has made significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership, and character as well.
SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Stefan Anderson, Sukie Miller, Austin Sliva-Wynne, and Hannah Wetzel on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for March 2016.
Maryland School for the Deaf
Position: Third Base and Pitcher
As a newcomer, Stefan wasted no time establishing himself as one of the best players on the team. He announced his arrival in the season opener against Quantico where he hit 3 of 4 with two runs, two RBIs, and a double. Stefan’s batting average in March was .500 and has continued to improve in April. He is also one of the team’s pitchers and has struck out seven with no earned runs in five innings. The team is benefiting from his versatility, as Stefan is more than capable of moving around the field where the team needs him most. Stefan keeps himself doubly busy as he is also on the Track & Field team.
“Stefan is every baseball coach's dream player. He always puts in extra effort at practice and games. We know that Stefan is very competitive and he pushes other players to get better as well.” - Maryland Baseball Head Coach Chester Kuschmider
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Sukie is known to be passionate about softball. As she wraps up her final season, Sukie has no qualms on being the workhorse keeping the team in games with her pitching and making key hits. The team recently won second place at the Koala Classic and Susie’s performance was recognized with a selection to the All-Tournament team. Sukie has established herself as a consistent and reliable pitcher striking out 53 in 13 games. On the offensive side, Sukie is batting .515 with 14 stolen bases and 12 RBIs. Sukie is also counted on to get on base and bring runs in which she regularly delivers on.
“Her best trait is her attitude and it is not just this year, but for the past four years she has been involved with softball. Her experience and attitude has really kept our young team together.” - Riverside Softball Head Coach Traci Price
Texas School for the Deaf
Position: Pitcher and Infielder
Texas is off to a good start with a 7-3 record in March and much of the team’s success can be attributed to Austin. His statement game came against Central Texas Christian when he pitched a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts. During this stretch, Austin averaged .455 with a double, triple, and homerun. He also has 11 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, and nine walks. On the pitching mound, Austin has been overpowering going 3-0 in three games with 36 strikeouts, allowing three walks and six hits for an ERA of 0.82. Austin is planning to play college baseball but is currently undecided on which school he will attend.
“On and off the baseball field, Austin is always very determined to improve himself to be a better athlete than the day before. He often gives feedback to his teammates to help them to be better athletes as well. That's a true leader and teammate that every coach would love to have!" - Texas Baseball Head Coach Nick Vita
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Hannah will go down in the history books as the first player to score a goal for Fremont’s soccer program. The soccer team’s inaugural season is not without growing pains but Hannah has emerged as the key player on the team. She has been on every goal the team has scored making five and assisting on the other two. Her breakout game came against California Crosspoint where she netted a goal and had an assist to lead the team to a 2-2 tie. Hannah is also dividing her time with the Track & Field team and took second place in the long jump with a leap of 14’9” at the Sunset Classic.
“Hannah is an excellent model of a true student-athlete managing her time in the classroom and outside with both the soccer and track teams. I am very proud of her contributions and I cannot imagine what the soccer team would look like without her. Additionally, she is threatening to break a couple of track records.” - Fremont Athletic Director Warren Keller