Prep Basketball: KSD falls in finals


For years Alabama School for the Deaf has been a dominant team in Mason-Dixon Tournament play and came into this year’s tourney here ranked as the nation’s No. 1 deaf team.

Still, Kentucky School for the Deaf coach Mike Yance could not have asked for more from his team here Saturday night event though they lost 55-45 in the championship game.

“Our third quarter really hurt us, but we had Alabama scared,” said Yance. “We made mistakes and missed shots, but I am so proud of our players. Alabama is a scary team. They lost to the No. 1 public school in Alabama by only five points, so that tells you how good they are.

“We did well. Their coach told me we were one of the best teams they have played this year, so our boys should be proud of that.”

If not for a horrid third quarter, the Colonels might be even prouder today.

KSD trailed only 25-24 at halftime before Alabama’s superior size and strength took over. The Silent Warriors opened period three with an 11-0 run and outscored KSD 17-2. The Colonels were 1-for-6 from the field and had nine of their 24 turnovers in the quarter.

It didn’t help that point guard Dustin Tipton had injured his shoulder in Friday’s upset of Florida School for the Deaf and could not raise his arm to shoot. He took a hard fall on the shoulder again just before halftime and missed the first two minutes of the third quarter.

“His shoulder got better during the night, but then the pain got worse and he couldn’t even shoot,” Yance said.

KSD, which had not reached the Mason-Dixon title game since 2000, gave the capacity crowd one final reason to cheer when Travis Zornoza, who had 18 points, and Jordan Ramser combined for seven straight points to open period four and trim the deficit to 42-33 with 6 minutes, 59 seconds left. However, the Colonels did not score the next four minutes and Alabama held on to win.

Alabama was 19-for-51 from the field while the home team was 15-for-54. Alabama had 24 turnovers.

Both teams seemed tense early in the game as the first quarter featured 18 turnovers, including 10 by the host Colonels, and the teams were a combined 8-for-27 from the field with four field goals each.

KSD used a 7-0 run sparked by Smith to take a 14-10 lead late in the quarter but the Silent Warriors went on an 11-3 surge to take their biggest lead of the half at 21-17. KSD got leads of 22-21 and 24-23 before Alabama took a 25-24 halftime lead.

“It’s a sad loss, but we played our hearts out on the floor,” Yance said. “It hurts not to win, but we did all we could against a very, very good team.”

KSD had not won a Mason-Dixon title since 1988 and that team, coached by Paul Orberson, was honored at halftime of Saturday’s game.

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Mason-Dixon Tournament at Danville



Alabama . . . . 12 – 25 – 42 – 55

KSD . . . . . . . .14 – 24 – 26 – 45

KSD (9-7) – Dustin Tipton 1, Jordan Ramser 4, Travis Zornoza 18, Aaron Smith 14, Douglas Brock 2, Dallas Brock 3.

Alabama (16-3) – Kwentouens Boyd 22, Heriborto Nunez 2, Dematric Snider 2, Joshua Snow 4, John Dorsey 4, Trey Gordon 14, J, Jerrod Cunningham 6.

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KSD . . . . . . 18 – 23 – 32 – 41

Florida . . . . 10 – 20 – 29 – 34

KSD (9-6) – Dustin Tipton 2, Jordan Ramser 23, Travis Zornoza 7, Aaron Smith 7, Douglas Brock 2.

Florida – Justin Upson 1, Cameron Gardner 9, Kareem Dore 12, Marcus Larry 9, Jose Torres 3.

Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2009


KSD Mason Dixon Boys

Exciting weekend so far!!  KSD Boys has done well on two of their games–

Kentucky 74 vs Eastern North Carolina 53 in their opener game 🙂 Jordan Ramser made 26 points!

Kentucky 41 vs Florida 34 in their next game.  Jordan Ramser made 23 pts!  GO GO KSD!

Tonight they will play against Alabama.  COME and SUPPORT KSD!!

KSD Black History

VSince Febuary is Black History Month, I would like to collect info and write about KSD Black Deaf History — I will start Feb 1st, but I need some information before Feb– if any one YOU know have pics or can tell stories, please contact me (Sarita Johnson Harkness) on my VP– it is . I can put together the info and post one good story *or two or more* per day!! I will be at Mason Dixon so find me if you are there 🙂

Email is and put subject line “Black KSD” 🙂

Sarita Johnson Harkness, Class of 1993
President, KSD Alumni Association

Add to your Dlink, Sorenson or OJO, just ask me how!

Arthur Wagers, E’42

Arthur Wagers
Age: 86
Visitation: After 6:00 PM Friday, January 23rd, at Bowling Funeral Home
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Saturday, January 24th, in the Bowling Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Pittsburg Cemetery at Pittsburg, KY

Arthur Wagers was born on March 3, 1933, in Laurel County, Kentucky, the son of the late Benjamin and Lucy Smallwood Wagers. He was the widower of Pearl Stewart Wagers. He is survived by step children, Jimmy Spencer of Louisville, Kentucky, Tommy, Bruce, and Marvin Spencer all of London, Patsy Fields and Debbie Nelson of London, 21 step-grandchildren, 11 great step- grandchildren, plus a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends to mourn his passing. Besides his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Ford, Mack, Samuel Thomas, and Russell Wagers and two sisters, Sylvania Smith and Della Wagers.

He was a retired employee of Continental Telephone Company and a member of the First Baptist Church in London.

Arthur Wagers departed this life at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, Kentucky, on Monday, January 19, 2009.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to OPAC in London.

Services conducted by Dr. Terry Lester.

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Prep Basketball: KSD hosting tourney — 11 teams to play in Mason-Dixon

Tuesday January 20, 2009

Prep Basketball: KSD hosting tourney — 11 teams to play in Mason-Dixon


It’s been 11 years since the Kentucky School for the Deaf hosted the boys Mason-Dixon Tournament.

But the Colonels will welcome 10 basketball teams and more than 200 athletes this week for the 57th annual tournament being held at KSD’s Thomas Gym.

To see a pdf version of the tournament bracket, click here.

“I have been very, very much looking forward to this tournament since I became head coach for the KSD boys’ team last year,” KSD coach Mike Yance said. “It is always very nice to have the tournament at home because it is great for the families of our players, KSD students, KSD staff, KSD alumni and the community.”

To prepare for the tournament, the KSD gym received some renovations that athletics director Billy Lange said would “spice it up” for the tournament.

“Having a big tournament like this one run smoothly takes a long time to plan, and it can’t be done at the last minute. It involves a lot of manpower to run a successful tournament, so it requires significant time. (KSD assistant) Byron (Wilson) and I couldn’t have done everything by ourselves. We are so glad and so lucky to have wonderful staff at KSD working with us to make this tournament a great big success,” Lange said.

Lange said the planning for the tournament began last March, and he worked with 33 committees to get everything planned out.

“The hardest part was finding space for the team members from the other 10 deaf schools to stay on campus. About 200 of them will be staying on the campus during the tournament,” Lange said.

KSD is No. 3 seed

The KSD boys are the third seed in the tournament, and play the winner of No. 11 Mississippi and No. 6 East North Carolina at 4 p.m. Thursday. Alabama is the tournament’s top seed and Florida is No. 2.

The semifinals are 6:15 and 8 p.m. Friday, and the finals are at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Alabama is a heavy favorite because it is a very disciplined team and has very few weaknesses,” Yance said. “Florida is a very solid and well-coached team. South Carolina is very athletic and quick, and can score at will.”

The Colonels (6-6) come in having won three out of their last four games. They are averaging 52.8 points a game and allowing 52.1 points per game.

“I feel very good about the way we have played the last four games. Our offense has done better, and our defensive intensity has started to show some signs of life. However, we do need to work on several things, especially rebounding. If we do a much better job of rebounding, we might have a chance to do well,” Yance said.

“Defense and rebounding are the two areas that we have been putting an emphasis on. I am glad to see us getting better and better as a unit at the right time.”

The girls tournament, which was last in Danville in 2002, returns in 2012.

Although he’ll be in South Carolina for the girls’ Mason-Dixon Tournament, girls coach Scott Johnson is anxious to hear how things run here.

“I know the KSD community is very excited in hosting the boys tournament this year. A lot of preparation has gone into making sure things run smoothly,” Johnson said. “This one time I wish is that the girls and boys tournaments were separate weeks so I could be here. ”

The KSD girls are seeded 11th and play No. 6 Louisiana on Thursday morning.

In addition to the basketball tournament, there will be a cheerleading competition on Saturday at Centre College.
Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2009

Melvin “Philip” Parmley

Melvin “Philip” Parmley
Born: 02/16/1937
Died: 01/13/2009
Visitation: Saturday, January 17, 2009, from 10am-2pm at the Parnell Methodist Church
Funeral Service: January 17, 2009 at 2pm at the Parnell Methodist Church
Interment: Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery.

Melvin “Philip” Parmley was born February 16, 1937 and departed this life Tuesday, January 13, 2009 reaching the age of 71 years. He was the son of the late Clyde and Dorothy Bunch Parmley.

He is survived by: 3 brothers, Obie Parmley of Dayton, OH, Perry Parmley of Massachusetts, and Dewey Parmley of Monticello, KY; and one sister, Vela Stephenson of Monticello, KY; along with a host of family and friends that mourn his passing.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Clyde and Dorothy Parmley.

He was loving brother, relative, and friend that will sadly missed by all who knew him.

647 North Main Street, Monticello, Kentucky 42633
Funeral Home (606) 348-9397 Obituary Line (606) 348-9568

Mason Dixon Update

Hello! The KSD boys have been seeded #3, and will play at 4:00 p.m. next
Thursday (the 22nd) against the winner of the Thursday morning game between
#6 Eastern North Carolina Deaf and #11 Mississippi Deaf.

Below is the link to the web site for the tournament. Just point the cursor
(arrow) to the red block with the words ’57th Mason-Dixon’ and a menu will
appear. All of the 17 games in the tourney will be shown on LIVE video on
the web site.

Enjoy navigating and looking at photos of the teams, the cheerleaders, etc.!

Send this on to your family & friends. GO COLONELS!!!!!