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Arrowhead All Team League Recognition
First Team All League-
Kathleen Lopez, SR
Courtney Hocog, SR
Jarita Bustamante, SR
Second Team All League-
Elijah Watters. JR
Team Sportsmanship Award-
Varsity Boys Team
Boys Varsity Basketball: Head Coach Jeremias Valencia
Jeremias brings with him a huge suitcase full of basketball experiences, including his own years of playing as a CSDR Cub when he was a student here before. He played college basketball for four years at Gallaudet University, and then participated in deaf club basketball at the local and national levels. He has also played on international deaf and semi-pro basketball teams. He has been coaching youth basketball for more than ten years, and was previously the CSDR Middle School Boys’ Basketball Head Coach and Head Coach for the Boys Varsity team. His message to incoming/promising, future players, all members of the CSD Riverside and Community: “I am looking forward to making my second year as Head Basketball Coach as successful as my first one was, if not more. In order to reach the next level, we need all of the community’s support so I expect to see all of your faces at each game next season!”
Girls Varsity Basketball: Head Coach Steve Biskupiak
Steve’s message to the all members of CSD Riverside, Community and especially incoming/promising players and future players: “Hello! My name is Steve Valencia-Biskupiak. I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to become Head Coach for CSDR’s Girls Varsity Basketball program. Want to share my brief background with you.
As an athlete-
-2015 World Championship Silver Medalist (Taiwan)
-2012 Pan-Am Championship Silver Medalist (Brazil)
-2005 Deaflympics Silver Medalist (Melbourne & Team Handball)
-Two Deaf Prep National Championship (MSSD- 2002-2003)
As a coach:
-Varsity Girls Assistant Coach (CSDR) -Varsity Boys Assistant Coach (CSDR and ASD)
-JV Head Coach (ASD) -Varsity Football Assistant Coach (CSDR)
-Middle School Football Assistant Coach (CSDR) -CSDR youth flag football, basketball, and soccer program
I am beyond excited to return, but as Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach in which I bring my vast knowledge of basketball to teach the skills.”
Wrestling: Head Coach Kevin Croasmun
Kevin was a four year High School wrestler at Ohio School for the Deaf, which he acquired wrestling skills such as stance, motion, level change, etc. He continued to utilize his wrestling skills by participating Gallaudet University Wrestling Team for four years, which he loved so much to promote him to become a coach at CSD Riverside. He coached for four years and then left on paternal leave for a while. He is entering his fifth year as a coach.
Cheerleading: Returning Head Coach Stacey Hausman
Stacey Hausman began her coaching at CSD Riverside 20 years ago as a Cheer coach. To this day, she is still (well, always) excited to return and coach her cheer team. Anywhere and even here, you would find that she is a full on cheer coach because she has such a zestful spirit. Give us your zestful spirit, Stacey!
The Athletic Department is pleased to announce that NDIAA/SportsMX has selected Noah Valencia for Player of the Year Award in basketball. This is a well-deserved award as Noah dedicated his after school hours in the weight room and in the gym prior to basketball season while attending to duties such as academics, Deaf Academic Bowl and ASBG President. He is an excellent role model in which all CSD Riverside student/athletes should strive to follow when pursuing excellence in athletics.
Middle School Basketball Update:
Our boys played their first game vs Moreno Valley. We outscored them 75-43. Connelly Jones and Desi Gonzales shared the highest scores of a combined 56 points. Sean Parker and Zane Hencker had 7 points each, as well as Tristian Hencker who had 5 points. Next game will be vs. Redlands on Thursday.
Girls won 23-21.
Another Record Broken!
A Special Birthday Gift for CSDR
CSD Riverside hosted a game against league rival California Lutheran on a very special day for CSDR- its 63rd birthday. Close to 350 fans were in attendance. The big crowd, many of them wearing red clothes, added to the full house along with the athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, former students, teachers, staff, alumni, families, and the community. Another special event was the recognition of Noah Valencia joining the 1000 points club. He’s the fifth member in CSDR history. He joins his father/coach Jeremias Valencia, John Foronda, his uncle Jaimie Valencia, and Jerry Moore.
CSDR had not won against Cal Lutheran since January 25, 2011. The last time the two teams played was when CSDR traveled to Cal Lutheran in December 2015 and lost by 4 points. Cal Lutheran was second in the league last year and did win the league championship and went on to be the runner up in the state three years ago. Most of the players from Cal Lutheran are seniors this year.
CSDR and Cal Lutheran engaged in a hot battle during the first quarter. The score at the end of the 1st was 13-12, Cal Lutheran leading. In the second quarter, CSDR staged a comeback with a 4-0 run, but with 3.6 seconds left before halftime, Cal Lutheran shot a three-pointer from near half court and it helped them maintain the lead, 27-25.
In the third quarter, CSDR finally stepped up to another level and led the scoring in the quarter, 20-16. In the fourth quarter, CSDR had a 6-point lead but Cal Lutheran was a stubborn team and came back with five straight three pointers. However, CSDR answered back with 22 out of 32 free throws which helped CSDR grab the victory.
Noah Valencia scored 46 points with 15 out of 19 free throws and 7 for 15 three pointers. DeSean Welch stepped up in a big way with 10 points and 12 points, as did Christian Jacobs with 5 points and 12 rebounds.
Noah also broke a new school record- the most points in a single season. The old record was held by Raymond Nelson (’11) with 624 points. Noah now has 631 points with 5 more games to go in the season.
“It was a really great victory for our school. The community support was amazing and it really helped our boys win tonight. If not for the crowd- I don’t think we would have done as well. I want to thank everyone who showed up. It means a lot to CSDR, our community, and especially our team,” stated Coach Valencia.
CSDR will host a league game against Riverside Christian tonight (Wednesday Feb. 3) at 6:00 p.m. at the MAC.
The CSDR Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team traveled to Boys Republic (BR) for a game last night. There has been a long history of CSDR not playing well on BR’s court; however, CSDR won the game on BR’s court last year. But CSDR had not won two in a row before. BR is always an unpredictable team because they have different players on their rosters each semester and we play them once in the first semester and once in the second semester.
At the beginning of last night’s game, BR opened with great poise and led at the end of the first quarter, 12-10. In the second quarter, though, CSDR answered back and went on a gigantic 22-10 run so by halftime the score was CSDR 32, BR 22. During the third quarter, both teams played a very slow game. CSDR held on to the lead with the score being 43-30 at the end of the 3rd quarter. In the fourth quarter, BR tried their best to catch up but CSDR controlled the momentum and won the game 58-42.
Jacob Weiss scored 14 points, Noah Valencia scored 20 points, and DeSean Welch scored 10 points.
“Tonight was not pretty victory for us. There is one big announcement that I must make, though, as it is a proud moment for the team and especially for me as a coach because DeSean took his very first charge ever tonight! He’s 6’4” and usually looks for the block instead of the foul. I worked closely with him for two years to do a good defensive job, including taking charges, and he finally did it tonight! That accomplishment was the highlight of the game and it was one of my proudest moments as a coach. Tonight we have a big game against Sherman Indian (who we lost to by two points last Tuesday night). I know that tonight will be another long battle for the Cubs. Hope to see our beloved CSDR community at the game at Sherman and give our players plenty of positive energy tonight,” stated Coach Valencia
CSDR will travel to Sherman Indian for a 6:00 p.m. game tonight.
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
With exceptional basketball skills, there is no denying that Noah is what Riverside basketball is all about. Noah’s dedication to the game has produced some eye-popping achievements and statistical averages. On December 4th, Noah scored 71 points in a 94-33 win against Baker. The 71 points is not only a single-game record for the school but for Riverside County as well. Noah’s 33.9 points per game average is ranked #1 in California and #7 in the nation. His 7.8 steals per game average is also ranked #1 in California and is tied for #1 in the nation. Despite the exemplary play Noah has put in this winter, he continues to push himself by working on his game in the mornings.
“Noah’s determination, commitment, and passion have really paid off. He never gives up and
works hard on and off court.” – Riverside Basketball Head Coach Jeremias Valencia
We are excited to recognize a new group of fine student-athletes who have been selected as SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month for December 2015.
SportsMX/NDIAA congratulates Brianna DiGiovanni (Rochester), Eric Ellzey (Tennessee), Isabella Paulone (Indiana), and Noah Valencia (Riverside) on their selection as “SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month”.
Be sure to visit the link below of their amazing accomplishments through hard work and dedication. Please do share this recognition to with your school and community.
The athletes of the month award are also posted on our social media sites which you can visit as well. The list of our social media sites can be found under our signature.
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CSDR and Sherman have a long history of rivalry. For last night’s game, it was almost a full house. The game was dedicated to Coaches vs. Cancer, so the coaches wore sneakers in honor of two of CSDR’s greatest coaches, Ken Maraj and Bert Reins, who left us a while ago due to cancer.
Sherman came into the game with a 10-1 overall record, and an undefeated league record (5-0). CSDR came into the game with only 7 players.
In the first quarter, both teams played very well both ways. By the end, Sherman had a 2-point lead, 18-16. In the second quarter, CSDR played better on defense but didn’t do quite as well on offense, so at halftime CSDR was down 31-25.
In the third quarter, Nathaniel Humpal sustained a bad ankle sprain and had to sit out the rest of the game. So CSDR only had 6 players (with one of them sitting on the bench, feeling sick). The Cubs decided to change their defense and that helped them win the quarter 17-11. In the fourth quarter, both teams really battled for the victory at the end. Noah Valencia got cut on his arm and had to be removed from the game due to bleeding, and at that point Sherman took advantage and went on a 4-0 run. They jumped out to a big 10 point lead with two minutes left in the game. Coach Valencia called timeout and changed to man to man defense. This change helped CSDR catch up. Sherman led by one with 15 seconds left. Jacob Weiss made a strong drive to the basket and the officials did not call a foul. Noah Valencia rebounded the ball and tried to go for the second chance shot, but again the officials didn’t call anything so the ball didn’t make it into the basket and CSDR heartbreakingly lost. The final score was 61 Sherman, 60 CSDR.
Jacob Weiss scored a career high 16 points, along with 8 assists. DeSean Welch also made a career high 15 rebounds and 8 points.
“It was a painful loss tonight. I was hoping to win this game for our great coaches Ken and Bert. However, the community knows that we really ‘won’ the game tonight. I have to be proud of our players who came in the game knowing there were only 6 of them and they played their hearts out. I personally want to thank everyone who came to the game tonight – it meant a lot to our players and to the families of Coaches Maraj and Reins,” stated Coach Valencia.
CSDR will travel to Boys Republic on Thursday, January 28, for a 6:00 pm game.
Today we will face Sherman Indian at 6PM- a long time rival. Coaches will be wearing red ties and sneakers in honor of the Coach vs. Cancer initiative. We will honor the memories of some of our greatest coaches, including Bert Reins and Ken Maraj, who have passed away from cancer. Both of them are legendary coaches that have special places in CSDR history.
Ken Maraj was the assistant coach to well-respected coach Seymour Bernstein, starting in 1973, and they worked together until 1979. Then Ken returned as an assistant coach in 1986 under head coach Walt Witzcak. He became the head coach in 1987 and won 12 games in his first year. He won 52 games altogether as a head coach and also won two Western States Basketball Classic championships in 1991 and 1992. He left us in 2008.
Bert Reins was Ken Maraj’s right hand man/assistant coach from 1987 to 1996. He was also coach for many deaf club athletics teams. He won championships for the Farwest Athletic Association for the Deaf. He also had children who attended CSDR. During his coaching career at CSDR he was an instructor and associate professor of Modern Languages at San Bernardino Valley College. He left us in 2013.
“I remember when Coaches Maraj and Reins were coaches and played against my school when I was playing for Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind in 1996, in the WSBC finals. My team won the championship that year. After the game, both of them came up to me and told me that I was the one who won the game, not the team, and that they hoped that I would coach at CSDR someday. I never dream that I would move to CSDR shortly after that. Coach Maraj and Coach Reins really taught me to be kind and give my heart fully to this school. I’m glad that I knew both of them well before they both departed this world. This game is definitely dedicated to both of these extraordinary men and their family and friends,” stated Coach Valencia.
The game is Tuesday, January 26, at the MAC vs. Sherman Indian, the event being Coaches vs. Cancer (suits and sneakers). The website is http://coachesvscancer.org/
The first day of the 2016 Clerc Classic hosted by Maryland School for the Deaf found us, the #7 seed, playing versus the #2 seed, Texas School for the Deaf, in an afternoon game. The first half was a hotly contested match, both teams fighting for every ball, every possession, every second. At halftime, the score was TSD 26, CSDR 25. During the second half, the Cubs struggled to stay in the game but could not avoid mental mistakes and turnovers. By the fourth quarter, TSD had built up a considerable lead and never looked back. The final score was 59-47.
Our second game put us up against #6 seed Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. It was the first game of the day, early in the morning. Both teams played their hearts out. The Cubs got off to a good start, captured the lead, and did not give it up the entire time. There was a point near the end of the game when MSAD fought back and came very close, but CSDR was able to stay in control and it helped us grab the win, 48-45.
Because we were seeded #8, we were to play the #1 seeded team, Maryland School for the Deaf for our first game in Clerc Classic on Thursday @ 6:30pm. We knew it would be a hard game as Maryland is a high caliber basketball team. We played hard to the very end even if the score shows that we scored only 6 points the entire game. The whole game was an awakening experience for our girls and us the coaches as well.
Next day, we were to play Florida School for the Deaf who was #6 in the tournament. They had lost to Fremont the day before. It was a long and physical game between both teams. Altogether, both teams committed more than 50 personal fouls.
With few minutes left in the game after being trailing behind Florida, CSDR girls stepped up and made some amazing plays. Last two important free throws were made in a row that gave us an edge over Florida. After playing more than 2 hours or more, we beat Florida with the score of 45-43.
The win over Florida landed us in the Consolation championship game vs Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
In the first half of the game, we gave MSSD a hard time. So did they with their outside shooting. We were up by 3 points at the halftime with the score of 20 to 17. Unfortunately, the 3rd quarter saw differently as we did not score anything.
As much as we tried to catch up in the 4th quarter, we were not able to clutch the Consolation championship. We lost, 28 to 36.
Jarita Bustamante was selected as one of the tournament’s all stars.
In all, the tournament taught us so many things. We encountered many situations and different kinds of experience on the court and as a team that, with a certain, will push us to go far as CSDR athletes.
See you next year, Clerc Classic 2017 & Texas School for the Deaf.
CSDR Escapes with a Win
CSDR faced an undefeated team with a 5-0 record. Southlands Christian is ranked #285 in California. The game opened with S.C. running the ball well and they took the lead in the first quarter, 18-8. In the second quarter, Coach Valencia told the players, “never assume about players’ appearance – show some respect for their basketball game.” After that, CSDR staged a comeback and led 35-32 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the game was like a tennis match, with the lead going back and forth between CSDR and S.C. In the fourth quarter, we battled hard on both ends. S.C. had the lead by 2 points with 30 seconds left. Jacob Weiss made a great steal and scored, which tied the game. Then CSDR had the ball after S.C. turned it over, and the Cubs made a basket, giving us the two-point lead. S.C. missed their next basket which made them have to foul us. The foul ended up being a flagrant, so the Cubs made both free throws. That helped us take control of the game. S.C. was stubborn and stole the ball and made a 3-pointer, trying to come back to re-capture the lead. But CSDR held on to the lead. With 5.7 seconds left, we had a 3-point lead. CSDR made a turnover and S.C. had possession of the ball with 2.1 on the clock, but they missed the buzzer shot so we escaped with a 61-58 win.
“I told the guys, we must RESPECT the game, regardless of whoever we face. The team may not be as good as the one we faced yesterday, but they are still pretty good with their ball movements. Again, we need to learn to focus on nothing but playing on the right type of basketball game. Hope we learn from this experience as it was a good one for us all,” stated Coach Valencia.
CSDR (5-3) will continue to participate in the Grizzly Tournament hosted by Calvary Chapel Downey by playing against Anaheim Discovery Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17.
A Great Effort
In the first quarter, McAuliffe played their inside game as they had the advantage of having bigger sized players. This helped them capture the lead, 14-11. In the second quarter, CSDR became fatigued after trying to keep up with McAuliffe as they went on a fast break spree and taking second shots. At halftime, CSDR was down 39-21.
After halftime, though, CSDR re-entered the game with a different defense and their mentality rebounded as well. They came back and won the third quarter 15-11. In the last quarter, CSDR kept pushing their defense and offense both and had a 6-0 run. This helped the Cubs come back to within 4 points. But with 2 minutes left in the game, McAuliffe still had the lead, by 5 points. CSDR missed two easy baskets and made one turnover, which forced us to foul to stop the game clock. CSDR did win the fourth quarter as well, but it was not enough to win the game. McAuliffe walked away with the 70-61 win.
“We were outsized, out-talented, and outrebounded by McAuliffe. But we played smarter and we ‘out-hearted’ them. Our boys just realized that we were smarter than them in the second half. If we hadn’t let them score 25 in the second half, we could have won the game. McAuliffe can easily be the best team that we face in our schedule this year. I am proud of our boys because they did not give up in the second half. That shows our team’s character,” stated Coach Valencia.
CSDR (4-3) will return to the Grizzly Tournament in Downey to play vs. Southerlands at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, Tuesday December 15.
CSDR opened the game with a quick 6-0 run, then La Sierra Academy’s new big nice sized player entered the game and stepped up to help LSA stay in the game. CSDR still held onto the lead. At halftime, the score was 28 CSDR, 20 LSA.
In the third quarter, CSDR played great on defense, causing LSA to score only 4 points, which helped CSDR maintain a big lead, 36-24. In the fourth quarter, CSDR kept their offensive plan going, but LSA stepped up their offense and scored 13 points. Again, the Cubs maintained their scoring and walked away with the victory, their second league win. The final score was 44-37.
“It was good to return to the LSA gym, as I haven’t been back here in this building since my senior year, when we played in the final game vs. LSA for the league championship in 1999. We need to work on offense, but we did good tonight. Next week it will be a very long week for all of us, with 5 games in 6 days,” stated assistant coach Jaimie Valencia.
CSDR (4-2) will travel to play in the new Grizzly Tournament in Downey, vs. McAuliffe (Lancaster, CA) at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 14.
First victory at HOME.
In the 1st quarter, Upland Christian (UC) started the game off with a 4-0 run, but CSDR quickly answered with a 10-0 run of their own, and the Cubs led at the end of the first quarter, 10-4.
During the second quarter, CSDR kept moving the ball well and played some great defense. The Cubs continued to hold on the lead, and by halftime, the score was 19- 8.
In the 3rd quarter, CSDR changed their defense to see if it worked. Upland Christian found their rhythm and had a BIG 12-0 run; however CSDR still held on to their lead. The score was 26-24 at the end of the third quarter.
In the 4th quarter, CSDR remained calm and poised and played their game. As a result, the Cubs captured their first league victory, 38-30.
“It was a good win because it was our first league game against the undefeated league champion from last year. UC swept us last year, and they lost just two players. We still have a lot to work on the offense game, especially our passing game; however our defense remains a strength.”
CSDR (3-2) will play in another league game against La Sierra Academy at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 10, at La Sierra Academy.
CSDR Boys Varsity Basketball Didn’t Finish Strong
By the end of the first quarter, CSDR led 11-6. The Cubs played great defense and kept the tempo going in the second quarter, commanding a 26-17 lead at halftime. But Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) came back in the third quarter with a 20-11 run which caused the game to spiral into a back and forth contest.
In the fourth quarter, the lead kept on changing between CSDR and AAE. With 2 minutes left in the game, CSDR had a 4 point lead, but unfortunately the Cubs made a turnover which caused AAE to take advantage (foul, basket made) but CSDR was still in the lead by 1 point. The Cubs made yet another turnover at this point, so AAE got the ball back with 14 seconds left. AAE made a terribly crazy basket and this locked in the win for AAE. The final score was 51-48.
Noah Valencia scored 24 points, made 14 rebounds, and had 10 steals. Also contributing for CSDR were Nathaniel Humpal (6 points, 4 rebounds), Christian Jacobs (6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Alan Alcocer (6 points, 1 rebound, 1 block), and Jacob Weiss (4 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal).
“It was an extremely tough loss. We as a team lost together. We did not have a chance to practice yesterday which hurt us but we had to make the best out of it. Remember that we have had only 11 days of practice so far. I have to remind myself that the boys tried, and I am still proud of them. We have to move on to the next game. I know the boys are capable of rebounding from the tough loss,” stated Coach Valencia.
CSD Riverside (1-1) will play in another away game today, Friday December 4, at 4:00 pm vs. Baker.
CSD-Riverside Boys Basketball WINS their first game of the season!
The CSD-Riverside coaches wore blue ties in honor of one of our biggest supporters, Holly Bernstein, who contributed 36 wonderful years to the school as a teacher, cheerleading coach, mother, grandmother, loyal fan, volunteer, and more.
In the first quarter, CSDR struggled on both defense and offense, so Excelsior jumped ahead with a big lead, 16-8. CSDR trailed early, 27-26 by the half, only to come back strong in the final two quarters. During the third quarter, CSDR became very stable on offense and defense and let Excelisor score only 5 points in the quarter. In the 4th quarter, CSDR answered back with a 19-8 run. CSDR captured the victory, 61-40.
Nathaniel Humpal tapped out double digits, scoring 12 points (4-for-12). Noah Valencia put up 35 points, 10 rebounds, and six steals. Also contributing for CSDR were Alan Alcocer with 6 points, Raymond Lee-Levine Jr. with 3 points, Jacob Weiss with 3 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 steals, and Jazob Caldwell with 2 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
“It was a nice victory tonight in honor of our beloved Holly Bernstein. All of the coaches wore blue- Holly’s favorite color. We played with only 7 players tonight. Last year Excelsior beat us by 9 points. Tonight we won by 21 points. It was a nice double, but we still have a lot to work to do.”
CSD-Riverside (1-0) will have an away game on Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. against Academy of Academic Exellence (1-0).