The tenth annual Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Dixie Woodall Inspirational Award was presented to Miss Eneritz Larranaga on Feb. 24 after the Lady Norse Basketball team defeated NOC-Enid 65-51. “Eneritz ‘E’ Larranaga represents all the things that the Dixie Woodall award stands for,” said Coach Jim Rowland. “She has great character and leadership on and off the floor. She has taken great advantage of coming over from Spain and getting a great education while playing basketball. Eneritz has a 3.9 GPA and is a business major and is participating on the Love’s Cup business competition team.”
Larranaga was chosen based on her leadership, mentorship, and motivation of her teammates and the NEO community. Each year’s honoree encourages a spirit of cooperation among her teammates and possesses a high standard of achievement in all that she attempts. Larranaga is a 5’6” guard from Azpeitia, Spain and is the daughter of Francisco Javier Larranaga and Maria del Coro Muguruza. She will graduate in May with a Business Administration and Management degree and plans to continue her education and basketball career. Along with the Dixie Woodall Inspiration Award, NEO honored men’s and women’s basketball sophomores. Sophomores Lidia Guiral, Mariam Gnanou, Eneritz Larranaga, and Mikayla Shulanberger were honored for the women’s team and sophomores Ty Juan Johnson, David Thornton, Alex Taylor, and Thais Montgomery were honored for the men’s team. For more information about NEO Basketball or the Athletic Department, contact Nancy Roberts at Nancy.Roberts@neo.edu.