Houston Softball Teams Fares Well in Regionals

Houston was well represented at the Southwest Softball Association for the Deaf softball tournament in Gulfport, Mississippi.    Houston sent three teams to Gulfport with hopes of winning the tournament.   This tournament was the first ever tournament where two regions merged into one tournament so the tournament included teams from the Southeast Softball Association for the Deaf as well.

The teams – Houston Heat (coached by Amy Mata), Houston Thunderz (coached by Calvin Kermit), and Houston Xtremes (coached by Billy Koch).  The Houston Heat fared quite well for their second year in existence – they finished the tournament 1-3 with an exciting win over Corpus Christi.   The Thunderz finished the tournament 1-2 with also an exciting win over Corpus Christi.

The Houston Xtremes an underdog, in the tournament expecting to finish 3rd behind the favorites – Austin Toons (last year’s reigning Champion), and the SouthernBoyz.   The Xtremes played a hard tournament playing three potential Top 6 teams in the Nation (Carolina, Toons, and SouthernBoyz) and fared quite well.  The Xtremes finished 2nd in the regionals for the 2nd straight year and retained their fight to finish in the Championship game.  Granted they finished short of their goal of finishing as the Regional Champions – but they took all the right steps of moving forward and keep moving up.

Zachary Reagan (Xtremes) and Justin Ashton (Xtremes) were named 1st Team All Stars

Terrell Brittian (Xtremes) and Eric Garrison (Thunderz) and Bernard Latchley (Thunderz) was named 2nd team All Star

Billy Koch (Xtremes) was named Manager of the Tourney

So now the Xtremes next stop is to head to Portland, Oregon for the National Softball Association for the Deaf Tournament on August 5 -8, 2010.   But we are looking for donations and contribution from the community to help us get there.  We need to raise about $3,000 to go to Portland so far we have raised $1,000 and need to raise $2,000 more.  So if you would like to donate or contribute to the team for the Xtremes to represent HOUSTON to go to Nationals please feel free to contact us at coach@houstondeafsoftball.com.

About Billy Koch

Billy Koch, a deaf professional who works in the IT industry, currently works for The Methodist Hospital System for MITIE as a IT Project Coordinator. Billy has over 15 years of IT experience behind him. Billy is the son of a deaf parents, and has a deaf brother as well. He grew up in a mainstream program with no deaf education program. He was first exposed to the deaf culture when he attended Gallaudet University for his Bachelors from 91-96. Billy has a MBA from West Texas A&M, and is currently the Executive Director of Greater Houston Deaf Connections, a non-profit organizations that focuses on education, advocacy, and support for deaf and hard of hearing people. He is an aspiring guy who wants to also educate the community of what they can do and what they can achieve.

One response to “Houston Softball Teams Fares Well in Regionals”

  1. Alvaro Rodriguez says:

    How do i register my brother for activities like these? He is really into sports and will do well. Thanks for any infor that you can provide.

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