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 Calel Aramboles and Isabella Paulone on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for November 2016.
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Position: Running Back and Defensive End
Calel had a breakout game on ESPN2 that had everyone asking who he was. From there, he had become a force to be reckoned with despite playing with a broken wrist. In the last three games of the year, Calel rushed for 231 yards and had 16 tackles. By then, he had become a “marked” player when the team faced the number one seed, Berean Christian in the North Coast Section playoffs minus four starters, they stacked the box forcing Fremont to revert to their passing game. The future is definitely bright for Calel as he wrapped up a remarkable season with 841 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, and 50 tackles.
“Calel is a student of the game and despite being a freshmen, he is already one of the hardest worker in the classroom with a GPA of 3.75 and in the weight room.” - Fremont Athletic Director and Football Head Coach Warren Keller
Indiana School for the Deaf
With unquestioned skills as a basketball player, Isabella has grown into the role of being the vocal leader of the team this year as well. Isabella is the “X” factor for Indiana’s 5-0 start in November averaging an impressive double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals per game. Isabella reached a significant milestone breaking the school’s all-time scoring record, which stood for 26 years when she scored her 1,315th point against Lutheran. Isabella does not limit her activities to sports as she is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Bowl team, and is a class treasurer.
“Isabella is quite clearly the best basketball player I’ve ever coached at ISD. She is every basketball coach's dream player as she is always so passionate about the game of basketball.” - Indiana Girls Basketball Head Coach Amanda Huser