Local briefs: Evonitz leads CMU skiers at Loveland

College Skiing

Evonitz leads Mavs at Loveland

Micah Evonitz, a sophomore from Carbondale, won the men’s slalom at Loveland Valley for the Colorado Mesa University alpine ski team last weekend. He came back on Sunday with a third-place finish in the giant slalom.

Steven Horbas finished sixth for CMU in the slalom.

Mattie Wells was the top CMU finisher in 17th for the women in the slalom on Saturday.

CMU’s top women’s skier, Sarah Gregory, missed a gate and was disqualified in Saturday’s slalom but she rebounded with a second-place finish in Sunday’s giant slalom. Wells placed sixth in Sunday’s race.

Mesa travels to Telluride on Feb. 1-2 before hosting a meet Feb. 15-16 at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.


Minor League Baseball

Entire GJ Rockies staff returning


One year after making wholesale changes in the minor league system, the Colorado Rockies made only four moves in the minors and one in the organizational staff.

The Grand Junction Rockies staff remains unchanged, with Tony Diaz returning as the club’s supervisor and Anthony Sanders as the manager. Ryan Kibler will be back as the pitching coach, Lee Stevens as the hitting coach and John Duff as the club’s trainer.

Don Sneddon will be the manager at Modesto (Class A Advanced), Duane Espy is the new supervisor at Tri-City (Short-season A), Ron Gideon the supervisor at Tulsa (Class AA) and Mark Brewer is the new pitching coach at Asheville (Class A).

Jerry Weinstein who was a major league coach last season, is the organization’s new offensive coordinator.


Junior College Baseball

Central Alabama opens No. 1


Defending national champion Central Alabama will start the season ranked No. 1 in Division I junior college baseball. The Trojans, who defeated Palm Beach State 7-3 last summer to win their first JUCO World Series title, were the top pick in the preseason poll released Monday by the NJCAA.

Connors State (Okla) is second, followed by Grayson County (Texas), Palm Beach State (Fla.) and Navarro (Texas).

Central Arizona, Chipola (Fla.), Iowa Western, Howard (Texas) and Cochise (Ariz.) round out the top 10.

The 2014 JUCO World Series begins May 24 at Suplizio Field.


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