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May 31, 2004

Three Austine athletes named All-American

From: Brattleboro Reformer, VT - May 31, 2004

BRATTLEBORO -- Three outstanding Austine basketball players were chosen as Deaf All-American Athletes by the "Frat", a national newsletter for the Deaf, published by the National Fraternal Society for the Deaf.

Out of approximately 38 teams from across the U.S., Austine broke into the season-ending rankings of the top ten girls teams, which has never happened before in its history. The Girls' Basketball season ended with a 12-3 record, while the boys squad finished with a 12-5 season.

Steve "Light 'em up" Limoges, an Austine junior, who averaged 23 points per game (ppg), was named to the Deaf All-American First Team, while first-team Girls Deaf All-American Jaclyn "Thunder" Feder-Piasek, a senior, broke a 23-year-old single-season scoring average record with 22.4 points per game and averaged 16.4 rebounds per game.

Limoges is the first Boys First Team nominee named since 1982. Jennifer "Lightening" Harbart, named as a second team Deaf All-American, scored 20.7 ppg. This is the first recognition for Limoges and Feder-Piasek, and a second consecutive second team nomination for Harbart, a junior.

Getting two Austine girls selected onto All-American teams has not happened since 1979 when Carole Welsh and Jacqueline Deane accomplished the double.

Feder-Piasek's first team nomination is also the first since Deane did it in 1979. This is all the more unusual considering that the Lady Arrows had a numbers problems, usually carrying 5 or 6 players each game. The Girl's earned a second place finish in February at the annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Division 2 tournament.

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