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North Sports: Week in Review

The latest sports news from northern New Mexico

BASKETBALL

HIRED: Coming off a 1-26 season, New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team has a new head coach in Garett Sherman, who spent last season as the athletic director at West Virginia Potomac State College. He last was a head coach in 2016, capping a three-year run at Western Wyoming Community College, where he was the NJCAA Region IX Coach of the Year in his final season.

SIGNED: Del Norte point guard Malik Barton, who averaged 13 points and 4.3 assists with the Knights, signed to play for New Mexico Highlands.

BASEBALL

SIGNED: Pojoaque Valley’s Andres Soveranez, who was leading the Elks in hitting at .435 with nine RBI before this season ended due to the pandemic, has signed to play at Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

COMMITTED: St. Michael’s middle infielder, Eric Romero, committed to play baseball at the City College of New York. He hit .319 with 29 RBI in 2019.

FOOTBALL

COMMITTED: West Las Vegas receiver Estevan Gonzales, who led the Dons with 52 catches and six touchdowns, committed to play for NMHU.

VOLLEYBALL

COMMITTED: Cibola middle blocker Angelina Oliver, who had 211 kills and 75 blocks for the Cougars, committed to play at NMHU.

TAOS SPORTS

RETIRED: Longtime Taos athletic director Nikki McCarty has passed the torch to Taos teacher Mae LaBella, effective July 1. McCarty was in the post for 10 seasons. During that time, the Tigers dominated in track with eight team championships, as well as five cross-country championships and the school’s first football title. “It’s been a really good run,” she said. “The amazing staff I’ve worked with, from coaches to custodians, secretaries to volunteers. I’ve had so many good people surrounding me and it helped make my job easier. And, of course, the athletes. We’ve had some amazing kids over the past 10 years. They keep you full of excitement and energy.”

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