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A look back at the top sporting stories in northern New Mexico
MOVING ON: Former interim New Mexico Highlands University volleyball coach Karli Salazar, who had little success in reviving a moribund program last season after replacing Dwight Combs at the helm several weeks into the season, has landed the head coaching job at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado. Salazar, daughter of longtime Española Valley volleyball coach Damon Salazar, was also head coach at West Las Vegas.
HIRED: Alfonso Camarena, who helped both the boys and girls programs at St. Michael’s from 2010-14, has been tabbed as the head girls soccer coach, replacing Maggie Feil. The Horsemen went 16-5-1 and reached the semifinals in the state tournament in the only year under coach Maggie Feil.
COACH NEEDED: The Peñasco boys basketball team is looking for a new coach to replace Brandon Gurule, who went 23-57 in his three seasons.
SIGNED: The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball program added Fallon Velasquez of Class 2A state champion Mescalero Apache, where she averaged more than 15 points a game.
COMMITTED: Pojoaque Valley’s Michaela Martinez also agreed to sign with the Cowgirls after scoring 14.4 points, with 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in earning second-team All-State honors with the Elkettes.
SIGNED: Lauren Fulgenzi of Robertson has signed to play tennis at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, following siblings Warren Fulgenzi and Brandelyn Fulgenzi.
SIGNED: Santa Fe tight end/defensive end Trent Jones signed with Western New Mexico, despite playing only four full games his senior season, catching six passes for 98 yards. He also had two tackles for losses and a sack.
SIGNED: Los Alamos High School senior swimmer Ian Jaegers has signed to swim at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He is the Hilltoppers’ record-holder in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53 seconds, earning bronze at the state meet in February.