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Athletes of the Month

Athletes of the Month - January 2017

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 Emelia Beldon, Demi Bingham, Dylan Sicoli, and Jared Spinale on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for January 2017.

Emelia Beldon
Maryland School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Emelia picked up MVP honors when she led Maryland to the Oriole Classic championship and an unprecedented fourth straight Clerc Classic championship. Possessing exceptional skills on both ends of the floor, Emelia continues to push herself to be a more complete player. She is currently averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.6 steals, and 6.2 assists per game. In a home game against Model, Emelia tied the school record for most three-pointers in a game with five and she also leads the Frederick area with her assists per game average. Emelia is a member of the National Honors Society possessing a 4.0 GPA and is actively involved in leadership roles at school.

“Emelia does everything that is asked of her to the best of her ability and expects her teammates to do the same. Her athleticism and basketball IQ is rivaled by very few.” - Maryland Girls Basketball Head Coach Amy Mowl

Demi Bingham
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Demi’s Senior Night and homecoming will be always extra special as this was the night that she scored her 1,000th point. But that was not all as Demi had a 27-point outing and made the final shot with a few seconds remaining to lead Indiana to a one-point victory against Indianapolis Trailblazers Homeschool. Demi was named the Allie Jean Hale Classic MVP with a 56% field goal average scoring 24 points as she led Indiana to the tournament championship. Demi was also was selected to the All-Tournament team at the Clerc Classic. For the season, Demi averaged 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game.

“I can't describe the how much I am proud of Demi for everything that she has done for the team and coaches. Demi’s determination and work hard has paid off.” - Indiana Girls Basketball Head Coach Amanda Huser

Dylan Sicoli
Texas School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Dylan often visits the gym early in the morning before school starts to work on the finer points of his game. His commitment has paid dividends as Dylan is averaging 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 2.8 assists per game. Dylan’s on-court leadership is credited as one of the main factors for the team’s success this year. Dylan scored 40 points against San Juan Diego and set a new school record for most three-pointers in a game with 10. He also joined an exclusive club becoming the 11th boys basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys learning about other cultures as a member of the International Studies group.

“It is obvious that Dylan has passion for the game, as he is very determined and dedicated to improving as a player each and every day. He has taken the initiative to start taking on a leadership role for this team.” - Texas Boys Basketball Head Coach Chris Hamilton

Jared Spinale
Indiana School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Wrestling
Weight Class: 113

Jared had a spectacular January winning fifteen straight matches highlighted with an undefeated record in the duals matches and winning the individuals championship at the Willigan Wrestling tournament. Jared stood out at the tournament with ten takedowns and five pins. He also had a fourth place finish in the sectionals and advanced to the regionals. Jared is a role model to his teammates as he has shown that he is someone they can count on. Jared’s 29-5 season record is the result of his efforts in practice where he is known to give it all every single day. Jared is involved in various school activities and is the vice-president of the Junior class.

“Jared’s teammates are inspired by his positive influence. He possesses the type of wrestler that every coach will love to have on the team. He always arrives to practice first and leaves practice last.” - Indiana Wrestling Head Coach Chris Cassel

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