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      Flint Northwestern's Sparkle Taylor to UTEP

      A month ago, Flint Northwestern forward Sparkle Taylor gave a verbal commitment to the University of Texas-El Paso.

      Friday, she made it official.

      The senior signed her letter of intent to play for UTEP in 2013-14 at Flint Northwestern Academy in Flint.

      â??It's a lot of weight off my shoulders because I don't have to deal with other colleges calling me,â?? Taylor said of her decision.

      Taylor said she chose to be a Miner they have committed to her since her freshman year. She also like the fact UTEP is a winning programâ??the womenâ??s basketball team is coming off a 29-4 season and a Conference USA regular season and tournament championship.

      The Flint Journal all-area forward averaged 15 points and nearly nine rebounds a game in 2012. Taylor said will head into the 2013 season relieved that the pressure is off in her senior season with the Wildcats.

      â??I can go to sleep without a headache,â?? she said.

      Flint Northwesternâ??s girls basketball team will begin their season November 27 at home against Clio.