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February 12, 2004

Austine has five Deaf All-Americans

From: Brattleboro Reformer - Brattleboro,VT,USA - Feb 12, 2004

BRATTLEBORO -- Twenty-two Deaf High Schools across the nation submitted possible outstanding soccer athlete profiles to the "Frat," a national deaf publication of the NAD (National Association of the Deaf). Austine School for the Deaf, in Brattleboro, had five of its players named to the national Deaf All-American team with one Player of the Year (Co-MVP).

Steve "Light 'em Up" Limoges,a junior, was chosen Deaf All-American as an offensive player with 22 goals this year.

"Limoges is a hard-working, unselfish player who scored 22 goals with six assists," said coach Pete Rausch.

Jon Valentine, a freshman goalie, had a 6-1 record with 5 shutouts -- an Austine record.

Captain and defensive leader, Jennifer Harbart was voted unanimously as the New England Deaf Tournament's (NEDT) best defender. Jennifer was named an All-American for the fourth time and continues to be a "a stellar player," according to Rausch. This year she also won Player of the Year.

"There was no girl, that I have seen, who was even close to matching up to her," said Rausch.

Jaclyn Feder-Piasek, an Arrow senior, had 5 goals and 4 assists and is a "winger with brains," said Rausch.

Jennilyn Rosa, a freshman, who also is an "intelligent and hard-working player, played over 85% of the time and managed to pick off a number of passes this season," said Rausch.

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