MOVING UP: The search for a new baseball coach at New Mexico Highlands University did not take very long. Cowboys associate head coach Shannon Hunt has been elevated to head coach. Hunt, who is in his 24th year of coaching, began his time as a player/coach for the Reno Silver Sox Baseball Club in the California League in 1991.
Among his stops along his coaching path was serving as an associate scout/coach for the San Francisco Giants from 1992-2004. And he was also the Highlands associate head coach and hitting coach in 2005.
“I am very humbled and gracious of the opportunity for this position and extremely thankful of (athletic director) Jeff Falkner to give me this chance.” Hunt said. “I am proud to be Steve Jones’ successor. I came here because of him and we are longtime friends of nearly 30 years, sharing a love of baseball, hunting and fishing.”
TOP SCORER: Anyssa Dagnino’s first-half goal stood up for New Mexico Highlands University on Wednesday, leading the Cowgirls to a 1-0 victory over Fort Lewis in the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.
The victory – Highlands’ first over the Skyhawks since 2001 – sends the fourth-seeded Skyhawks (11-4-4) to Denver to meet No. 1 Colorado School of Mines today.
The game-winning score came in the 37th minute after Ashley McBee fired a shot that caromed off the corner of the crossbar to Dagnino, who bodied it in for her conference-leading 11th goal of the season.
TWO UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
FITNESS: New training equipment will be on display Wednesday in a free open house at the Fort Marcy Recreation Complex. Staff and trainers will be available to provide instruction on how to use the equipment and advice on how to set up a personal training schedule. The event runs from 2-6 p.m. For more information, call 955-2501.
MOUNTAIN SPORTS: Check out a free rail jam Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center and, while there, look into some great deals on mountain gear during the Annual Ski & Sports Swap Friday through Sunday.
The rail jam snowboarding competition goes from 5-7 p.m. with a live DJ and giveaways. For more information, go to nmxsports.org. The swap is for anyone interested in buying and selling new or used items, such as ski and snowboard gear, equipment, outerwear and accessories, benefiting the Santa Fe Ski Team. For information, call the Ski Team at 71-4183 or go to santafeskiteam.com.