Sports Desk: NMAA says it will have enough officials for amended schedule

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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Football and soccer are scheduled for February of 2021 for New Mexico high school sports. It’s only one part of the changes made by the New Mexico Activities Association during these days of COVID-19. Another change is basketball starting in January.

Six more sports will play in the spring. More than likely there will be overlap. Coaches with athletes that play multiple sports going at the same time will have to be flexible. The changes also mean more game officials when the sports overlap. The NMAA is ready. “We will be fine with officials,” said NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez. “You know, when you go to the state playoffs, there’s not as many officials that you need in the state playoffs as there is during the regular season. So, we’re very confident that we will be fine when it comes to officials and our athletic directors, they do a great job.”

In other sports, the Duke City Gladiators looked to the next chair over when it came to picking a new head coach. Assistant Martino Theus has been elevated to head coach as the two time CIF Champion still await their debut in the Indoor Football League.

University of New Mexico guard and forward Makuach Malauch is entering his senior season of college basketball. The versatile Maluach expects to take more of a leadership role this upcoming season. New Mexico United and El Paso Locomotive FC renewed their rivalry on the pitch in El Paso, Texas Wednesday night.

Lastly, Savannah Martinez is a Rio Rancho softball player with a great skill set. The recent Rams graduate is also the latest student-athlete to take a swing in The Lost Season.

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