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NMAA announces four inductees for its hall of fame

The New Mexico Activities Association has announced its Class of 2014 for induction into the NMAA Hall of Fame, which will take place during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships on March 13.

The induction luncheon will be held March 13 at noon at the Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco NE, followed by the ring ceremony at The Pit at halftime of the 6:30 p.m. state basketball tournament game.

The new inductees are:

Art Karger, Lovington Schools: Karger was a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal and superintendent for 27 years at Lovington High and Lovington Schools. He also taught and coached for eight years in Texas.

His Wildcats boys basketball teams were state champions in 1983 (former Rio Rancho High School boys basketball coach Vince Homer was on that team and the tournament MVP), runners-up 1989, and third in 1986 and 1988. He served on the NMAA board of directors and was District 4AAA chairman.

Ed Ping, Thoreau High and Gallup-McKinley Schools: Ping was a teacher, counselor, coach and principal at Thoreau High and the district athletics/activities director for Gallup-McKinley Schools (12 secondary high schools in classes A to AAAA) for 13 years (29 years total). His basketball teams advanced to the state tournament three consecutive years and were state runner-ups in 1981. He served on the NMAA executive committee for two terms, and on the Sportsmanship, and Classification & Realignment committees.

Phil Sategna, Bloomfield High and Bloomfield Schools: Sategna was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Bloomfield High School for 34 years and was at Park Junior High in Artesia for four years. His cross country and track & field teams amassed five state championships, four state runners-up and six third-place finishes, with 64 individual state champions.

Sategna served two terms on the NMAA commission, and was on the Track Qualifying Standards, Track Sports Specific, Hardship, Seeding & Selection, Cross Country and Hall of Fame committees.

Fern Spencer, Tohatchi High and Gallup-McKinley Schools: Sawyer has been a business vocational teacher, head teacher and coach for 39 years at Tohatchi High School, also serving as athletic director for 18 years. She has received coaching milestone awards for 100, 200, 300 and 400 career wins in her 34 years as a girls basketball coach. She has served as the NMAA 1AAA District Chairperson and been elected president of the New Mexico High School Coaches and Athletic Directors associations.