STJ Track Star Signs With College

A St. Joseph girls track star, heading to a major college. Alisa Novosad signs a track scholarship with the University Of The Incarnate Word, an NCAA Division I college in San Antonio. The last two years, Alisa has won five gold medals at both the district and regional meets. She earned 45 points at district, 44 at regionals. At the state meet this month, Alisa picked up 34 points, second best at state, after winning the long jump, winning silver in the pole vault and 400 meter relay, and taking bronze in the hundred and 200 meter dashes. I talked with Alisa and St. Joe track’s head coach,, Manuel DeLaGarza. Said Novosad, “I first want to thank everyone who got me here today. My family and friends just helped me to work harder and just keep pushing through. The fact that an offer came is just a really big accomplishment.” Said coach DeLaGarza, “This is just great for our program and our school. It’s great for the underclassmen to witness this. What Alisa has accomplished is just all around great for our school.”
Here’s another impressive Alisa Novosad number, 101.05. That’s her GPA, she’s in the top five of her senior class.South Dakota graduate Matt Mooney is transferring to Texas Tech, where the guard will be eligible to play immediately next season.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced Mooney’s signing on Tuesday.

Mooney started all 68 games the past two seasons at mid-major South Dakota, where he averaged 18.7 points, 2.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game while shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers (152 of 423). He scored 31 points in a game at TCU last season.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Chicago played as a freshman at Air Force in 2014-15 before transferring to South Dakota.

Texas Tech is coming off its first NCAA Elite Eight appearance. All-Big 12 guard Keenan Evans was among five seniors, and standout freshman guard Zhaire Smith has left the team to turn pro.