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Mountain View girls basketball player Slocum decommits from Washington

Mountain View High point guard Destiny Slocum, a senior next season, has decommitted from a scholarship offer from the University of Washington women’s basketball program, she confirmed to the Idaho Statesman on Thursday.

Slocum committed to Washington on Sept. 29 from a final four that included Duke, UCLA and Oregon.

Slocum — ranked by as the No. 4 player in her class in the nation — told that Washington remains in the picture, but she has reopened her recruitment.

The 5-foot-7 Slocum averaged 25.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.9 steals per game this winter while leading Mountain View to its first state title in school history. She earned Idaho’s Gatorade player of the year award and was elected the 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year.

Slocum declined comment Thursday.


The ESPN news magazine show aired a seven-minute trailer for an upcoming story on Dietrich girls basketball coach Acey Shaw during the women’s NCAA championship game Tuesday night.

E:60 begins its spring season Tuesday with a Boston Marathon bombing special. The show has not released an air date for Shaw’s story. The trailer is narrated by UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma.

E:60 cameras followed Shaw this season as he and Dietrich searched for an unprecedented fifth straight state title. Shaw fell ill with a rare neurological disorder after leading the Blue Devils to their first title in 2011. He has stayed with the team and led it to titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

No girls basketball team in Idaho has won five titles in a row. Dietrich fell short of its fifth straight title this winter, losing to district rival Richfield in the 1A Division II finals.


Sofia Huerta, now playing for the Chicago Red Stars, buried her first professional goal in the first minute of Wednesday’s 1-0 victory against Notre Dame.

The Centennial graduate made the team’s final roster and has started every preseason game for the Red Stars, who play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the top women’s professional league in America. The U.S. national team called up four of her teammates for an April 4 friendly against New Zealand.

Huerta and the Red Stars start the regular season at home April 18 vs. Seattle Reign FC, home to U.S. national team goalie Hope Solo and midfielder Megan Rapinoe.


Senior Demetrius Romero has committed to the Broncos’ wrestling team and plans to sign his letter of intent April 15.

Romero won the 5A state championship at 152 pounds by defeating previously unbeaten and three-time defending champion Ryan Klemp of Lewiston 3-1 in double overtime.

Romero said he also had offers from Utah Valley, Oregon State and Northern Colorado.

“I really like the coaches,” Romero said. “I feel like they can take me to a national championship if I train hard with them and get their technique down.”

Romero said he likely will redshirt.

• Meridian graduate Tanner Hall committed to the Arizona State wrestling program, according to He graduated in 2011 and spent the past two years on an LDS mission.

• Willamette junior forward Brandon Luedtke, a Mountain View graduate, was named to the All-West Region second team by He also was named first team All-Northwest Conference earlier this spring. Luedtke averaged 14.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and a school-record 2.6 steals per game as the Bearcats lost in the NWC Tournament semifinals.

• Eric England, a 2012 Mountain View graduate, will compete in the long and triple jumps for Purdue’s track and field team this fall after spending the past two seasons at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. He said he also had offers from TCU, Texas Tech, Tennessee and New Mexico.


Dominic De La Paz, who becomes the athletic director this fall, takes over for John Gregory, who is retiring after 27 years at the school. He was the athletic director for the past 11 years.

De La Paz has served as Nampa’s dean of students for two years, and is an assistant on the Nampa baseball team.

Also at Nampa, girls basketball coach Cam Long resigned after 11 years.


Logan Emory, a Centennial graduate and the 2005 Gatorade Idaho Boys Soccer Player of the Year, replaces Brian Gillenwater, who resigned after three seasons and back-to-back 5A state runner-up finishes.

Emory played at the University of Portland and professionally for Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.


Mexico’s U-20 women’s national team reached into Idaho again with the selection of Idaho State freshman Maria Sanchez.

Sanchez, who scored 68 goals in 17 games in 2013 during her senior season at American Falls High, notched seven goals and eight assists in 20 games during her freshman year at Idaho State.

The striker didn’t play for any club teams during her high school career, but she attracted the attention of Mexico’s scouts during open tryouts in the U.S.

“I just want to inspire the other kids from my town that they can do things like this,” Sanchez said in a release. “It’s a bigger step and more difficult to keep up. I know that I just have to keep working harder. It’s only the beginning.”

Centennial graduate Sofia Huerta played for Mexico’s U-20 team at the 2012 World Cup.


Duke freshman Tanner Johnson racked up a personal-best 5,349 points to finish outside the top three at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. He turned in the second-best time among heptathletes in the 1,000 meters at 2 minutes, 39.86 seconds. The Blue Devils open their home outdoor schedule Friday and Saturday with the Duke Invitational.