Indy Hawks Defeat Spokane, 104-78

April 18, 2014

Indy Hawks 104 – Spokane (WA) Bigfoot 78

Utilizing the skills of combo guards Robert Haney, Jr. and Sekoe White – The Hawks came out very aggressive in driving inside upon Spokane’s 6’10 center Rhett Richardson and 6’7 F Andy Helm, forcing them into immediate foul trouble. The Hawks took advantage of their absence to score at will with White scorching the nets for 35 points, Haney, Jr. for 21 and Kyle Bingham with 16.

The victory propelled the Hawks into the USADB semi-finals for the second straight year to play against the Arizona Desert Fire, a long-time Deaf Club power.haneyflybig


2014 Central Region Champions and USADB Bracket

March 31, 2014


The Indy Hawks (15-14) traveled to Chicago to participate in the Central Region Basketball Tournament. Their 80-75 victory over an excellent Chicago Club for the Deaf team was hard-fought and hard-earned. The championship was also Indianapolis’ 11th straight crown in the Central Region.

The first game against the Detroit Panthers was a 86-48 win behind Keith Westhoelter’s 19 points, Robert Haney’s 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Caraharee Vasquez had 12.  Brian Bippus had 10 rebounds. The win vaulted the Hawks into the championship game against the Chicago Club, a resurgent team that has come back after a long hiatus. The Chicago team, coached by longtime Chicago superstar, Kevin Smith – was led by 6’5 point guard Layton Seeber and 6’6 Danny Kelly.

The championship game was before a partisan pro-Chicago following that packed the gym. Nonetheless, the Hawks steadily jumped to a quick 9-4 lead and enlarged it to sums of 20, 18, 15 throughout most of the game. The game remained at that margin until the last three minutes when the Chicagoans went into a 3-point spree, catching up to the Hawks at 78-75 before a technical on the Chicagoans part enabled the Hawks to hit the last two points on free-throws and reign supreme.

The Hawks were led by Robert Haney’s 36 points and 16 rebounds. John Little chipped in 15 points while Brian Bippus had 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Hawks improved to 15-13 with the two victories and are headed towards the USADB tournament in Concord, North Carolina at the #2 seed. They will face either Spokane, Washington or Texas Alamo at 730pm Thursday April 10th.

Robert was voted the Central Region’s Most Valuable Player with Little and Bippus being All-Stars.

Three days after the CBAD, The Hawks hosted Indianapolis Ivy Tech Community College on the ISD Campus and lost, 93-66. Robert Haney led the Hawks with 28 points. The Hawks were able to dress only 6 players due to injuries. Ivy Tech is an annual National Contender in the NIRSA ranks.

further information on the USADB can be found here:



Central Basketball Regional Bracket Set

February 26, 2014


The Indy Hawks are seeded #1 at the upcoming Central Basketball Assocation of the Deaf tournament to take place in Chicago, Illinois on March 14th and 15th.

Coming off ten straight years of capturing championships in the Central Region, the Hawks, currently 11-11,  are seeking to earn another. Their likely challengers will be the Chicago Central Zone, who are loaded this year with several new players – notably: 6’6 F-C Danny Kelly, who returns after four years playing at Gallaudet University and 6’5 PG Layton Seeber. Both men served on the bronze winning Deaflympics basketball team last summer in Bulgaria.

2013-14 Indy Hawks Roster

February 5, 2014


The Indy Hawks (9-10) are proud to announce their 2013-14 roster for the CBAD/USADB season. The team brings back exciting and reliable veterans along with some newcomers. The team displays amazing versatility and will openly challenge for the USADB crown in Concord, North Carolina.

With Brian Bippus (6’6 PF) the lone post player – Keith Westhoelter (6’3), Les Crump (6’2) and James Bingham (6’5) will move to the inside to help bolster the inside, which has long been one of the Hawks strengths. All are experienced post players with outstanding contributions in the past in the paint.Onye Davis (6′) and Josh Hembrough (6’7) are out for the season with injuries.

The dynamic 6’3 All-USADB Robert Haney and the Hawks’ RFA and 2013 USADB Most Valuable Player 6’4 Sekoe White will provide catalysts for the Hawks’ back-court and front-court. Both men are the team’s most experienced guards and will look to continue the Hawks’ upward spiral from last year’s USADB 4th place finish at Philadelphia, PA.

Last year’s quicksilver rookie, 6’1 Kyle Bingham (All-USADB 2nd Team Selection) returns along with outstanding defense-minded guards in 6’1 Caraharee Vasquez, 6’2 Kevin Webster, 6’1 Justin Wilson, 6’2 John Little, 6’2 Matt Johnson and exciting newcomer 5’7 PG Mason Bornes.

Head Coach Carl Denney is in his second stint with the Hawks after going 155-55 in his first seven years with the team, with two USADB championships in 08 and 09. The Hawks were USADB runners-up in 05, 06 and 10.  The Hawks have also won 7 consecutive championships in the Central region during his tenure (12 straight overall).

The Hawks will continue to play weekends at ISD Caskey Gym against local opponents; the Wednesday Fieldhouse Leagues and in the CBAD tournament March 15th in Chicago, Illinois.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Sorenson and SEG, The Hawks are able to continue providing Elite Club Basketball to the Indianapolis, Indiana Deaf Community.




Indy Invitational Results

December 14, 2013

Chicago defeated Indy on a buzzer-beating shot off a stolen pass (that was stolen by Indy just a second before) by John Little to win the Indy Invitational in OT, 45-43.

That game was a very exciting, hard-fought one and had the club debut of Chicago’s Layton Seeber, the recent Gallaudet/Deaflympics point guard, who was a pleasure to watch. Indy has the last shot go in in regulation but that was waved off due to a called foul just before the shot. The next shot by Cara Vasquez, a 3-pointer, went in and out of the rim to provide an OT ending.

The win by Chicago was instrumental in handing Indy their first home court loss to a regional team in over a decade.

The tournament was vibrant and enjoyable despite the heavy snow. Four Chicago teams (CCD, Rebels (coached by Mike Ashford), Beasts and Rumble) and Kentucky participated along with two Indy teams.  The Chicago Rebels defeated the Indy “B” for 3rd place.

Hawks Invitational

December 12, 2013



The Hawks will have their annual tournament this coming Saturday at the Indiana School for the Deaf’s Caskey Gym with seven teams participating. Past champions have included the Hawks, DC East Zone and participating teams Riverside (Deaf Sports Academy), NJ Warriors and Kansas City.

This year’s edition will be more a regional affair with localized teams participating. Several former Gallaudet University, Deaflympic and recent high school graduate players figure to be on display this Saturday.

The tournament is scheduled as (on two courts):

Based on 2013 CBAD results in ( ), here is the seeding for this Saturday.

1. Indy Hawks. (1)
2. CPD Rebels (2)
3. CCD (4)
4. WSAD Rumble (6)
5. Kentucky (8)
6. CPD Beasts (9)
7. Indy Hawks B (new)

WSAD Mustangs (3) and Detroit Panthers (5), and CCD Stags/Shockers (7) are unable to come this Sat.

Game times are at EST.

10 am  Game 1 CCD vs Beasts
10 am. Game 2 Rebels vs Hawks B
11 am. Game 3 WSAD vs Kentucky
11 am. Game 4 Losers of Game 1 & 2
12 pm. Game 5 Hawks vs winner of game 3
12 pm. Game 6 Winners of Game 1 & 2
1 pm.   Game 7 5/6th place  (main court)
2 pm.   Game 8 3/4th place (main court)
3 pm.   Game 9 1/2nd place (main court)

1.  $400
2.  $300
3.  $150

Attendance is $5 per adults with lower prices for students/children. Concession stand will be open.

Questions – email:

Hawks’ Bippus enshrined into Gallaudet Hall of fame

December 10, 2013
Brian Bippus

Brian Bippus

Brian Bippus, one of the Indy Hawks’most illustrious basketball players, was induced into the Gallaudet University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, a year ago in Washington DC.  Bippus was honored for his academic and athletic contributions to the Gallaudet Athletics program. Excerpts are here:

Brian A. Bippus ’93, was presented by his former men’s basketball coach James DeStefano, who discussed his recruitment of Bippus and then went into year-by-year career highlights of his time as a Bison player.

“Brian’s skills were phenomenal. He was just so smooth. I knew he would be something special,” said DeStefano. “I prayed he would come to Gallaudet. When I became the head coach the following year my first call was to Brian.”

Bippus graduated as the all-time leading scorer for men’s basketball in Gallaudet history with 1,882 points. He played four years (1987-91) for the buff and blue as the Bison began their 20-year membership in the Capital Athletic Conference. Bippus became the first Bison to earn All-CAC honors as he was picked for the first team during the 1990-91 season. The three-time team captain also excelled in the classroom and became Gallaudet’s first-ever Academic All-American when he was named to the 1990-91 second team. He also earned All-District II first team honors.

“Being up here is truly an honor. When I first came to Gallaudet I wasn’t sure what I wanted to accomplish. I never thought I would be sharing this moment with my family today,” said Bippus during the induction. “Coach DeStefano taught me to coach with integrity and finesse and to play a good game. He expanded my basketball IQ and improved the way I played the game of basketball.”

The full story of the enshrinement can be found here: