Delavan's WSD girls basketball team are CSSD champions
DELAVAN The Wisconsin School for the Deaf girls basketball team is the new Central States Schools for the Deaf Basketball Tournament champions.
The WDS Firebirds played the CSSD championship game against Illinois yesterday—at the Illinois School for the Deaf—beating them by a final score of 30 to 19.
The CSSD membership is currently comprised of five state schools for the deaf: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
The Central States Schools for the Deaf Basketball Tournament is the granddaddy of all basketball tourneys for the Deaf in the United States, beginning in 1925 at the Indiana School for the Deaf. The original deaf schools in the 1925 tournament were Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Soon after, the popularity of this event led to other regional tournaments such as the Mason-Dixon, Eastern, Midwestern, and New England. The winners of these regional tournaments would then meet to select a national champion. Three central states schools - Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin - have held the national title at one time or another. The national tournament has been discontinued.