Florida School for the Deaf and Blind starts anew | #schoolshooting

ST. AUGUSTINE — It’s time for a new start at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. 

The girls and boys programs lost a combined 10 seniors, leaving behind two young squads that coaches Joy Fraychineaud and Dakota Kalis can mold over the next couple of years to be contenders for the Deaf championships. 

It’s an exciting time for Dragons’ basketball. The teams’ young leaders and their coaches are excited for the new journey they’re about to embark on together, laying the foundation of the respective programs on their terms. 

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Florida School for the Deaf and Blind's sophomore Kayla Debrow (left) becomes one of new leaders of the young girls' team this year.


Olivia Brown, the girls leader in scoring, assists and steals last year, is gone. Kayla Debrow, who paced the team in rebounds as a freshman last season, has become the squad’s new face. She and fellow sophomore, Iva Bell, will lead a young group of freshmen, sophomores and one senior. 

So far, they’re off to a 3-0 start. 

The Lady Dragons finished 17-8 last year and got their first playoff bid under Fraychineaud, a huge step in the right direction. The challenge, this year, is to keep that success going with this younger group. The way to do that is to establish and implement team roles early, Bell said. 

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