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June 10, 2009 > Two great seasons, but only one is moving on

Two great seasons, but only one is moving on

By Jeff Weisinger

For California School of the Deaf seniors Brandon Dean and Alicia Johnson, 2009 couldn't be a better individual season. However, despite the great year, only one has decided to continue their career into college.

Dean led CSD to a 15-9 record, including its second NCS selection in school history, batting .547 on the year with 17 RBIs and a home run. He was also named First-team All-Conference. However, after deciding between playing at Galludet or Ohlone, Dean decided to simply call it a career and pursue his degree at Ohlone College beginning this fall.

"He was a great all around player with a great attitude and hard-work ethic," said CSD Athletic Director Kevin Kovacs.

And then there's the converted catcher, Alicia Johnson.

In her senior season at CSD, Johnson converted to catcher to fill a gap in her team and turned in a season that can only be described as outstanding.

And she's planning to take that outstanding season with her to Galludet University's softball team in Washington D.C. in the fall.

Although the Lady Eagles finished the 2009 season with an 11-10 record, Johnson had a stellar year in high school softball standards. She batted .617 with 44 RBIs, both stats of which led the team, seven home-runs and 12 stolen bases.

"She was very consistent all year," Kovacs added.

"It's always nice to see our kids continue their career in college. It shows that we prepare our kids to play at the college level. It's a tribute to our coaches who work hard with them."

CSD softball did not participate in this year's NCS tournament; CSD baseball was selected as an at-large bid into the Division VI tournament of the NCS, but was ousted in the first round by eventual D VI champion, St. Bernard Catholic.

Neither Dean nor Johnson got back to us after several attempts in reaching them throughout the week.

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