Photo by John Fannin
Mabton’s Desanay Guerrero signs her letter of intent to play for the Yaks as, from left, her sister, Britnee; mother, Delilah Bermudez; and father, Armando Guerrero look on. In the background, from left, are Mabton girls basketball coach Chris McCallum and Yak, Assistant Coach Akil White.
As of Tuesday, May 17, 2016
MABTON The Yaks women’s hoops team will lean on a Viking this winter.
Desanay Guerrero signed a letter of intent yesterday to attend Yakima Valley Community College and play for the women’s basketball team.
“She’s a good kid, hardworking,” Yaks Assistant Coach Akil White said. “Oh, and she happens to be all state and a 1,000-point scorer.”
White pointed out that Guerrero is a winner, noting the Vikings repeat trips to state and the program’s first-ever state trophy earlier this year.
Guerrero will be a welcome addition inside for the Yaks, which return just three players for the 2016-17 campaign.
“I can see her at forward,” White said.
Her high school coach, Chris McCallum thinks it’s a good fit.
“She doesn’t play like she’s 5-6,” he said. “This couldn’t happen for a better kid. I’m excited for her.”
McCallum said there were at least five different college programs that asked him about Guerrero.
Guerrero said she signed with the Yaks because their playing style mirrors McCallum’s coaching.
“They play fast-paced, intense, physical,” she said.
The location also helps.
“It’s close to home,” she said.
The Yaks not only signed a new player yesterday, they also gained new fans.
“We’re excited to watch her play,” her mother, Delilah Bermudez, said.