February 8, 2016

Rochester Girls Capture 2nd Straight Basketball League Title
Wildcats Defeat Delaware to Retain ESDAA D-1 Crown

ROCHESTER, NY – Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) girls’ varsity basketball team successfully defended their Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division One championship by defeating second seeded Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) 48-44 in a tight tournament finale Sunday, February 7, hosted by RSD at Eastridge High School in East Irondequiot near the RSD campus. This video clip from the championship game is courtesy of WROC-TV News 8 in Rochester.

Number one seeded Rochester’s quest to keep its ESDAA D-1 girls’ basketball crown began Friday, February 5, with a narrow loss to tournament bye team the Rapids 35-32. The RSD Wildcats rebounded Saturday, February 6, against American School for the Deaf 42-14. Delaware Blue Hawk’s defeat of third seeded Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 40-27, also on Saturday, set the stage for Sunday’s championship match-up between RSD and DSD.

Other schools competing in the tournament included Lexington School for the Deaf in New York City and Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Rochester Senior Brianna Di Giovanni was named Tournamant All-Star Most Valuable Player. Fellow teammates, Seniors Marlena Rauber and Felicia McGinnis as well as Freshman Wildcat Courtney Gentzke were named 1st Team All-Stars.

(Photo courtesy of Jo Anthony Di Giovanni)


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