Baja Arizona Notes: Keith Zuniga is the Interim Head Coach at New Mexico State; UA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is the Top Seed; UA Women’s Team collects National Honors; Tucson Fire Department vs. Tucson Police on the Ice

Former Nogales, Pima and Bethune-Cookman standout Keith Zuniga was hied as an assistant coach at New Mexico State in 2020 and the program announced Zuniga will replace former head coach Mike Kirby one year after the program won the WAC championship on an interim basis. Kirby was let go after an 0-7 start and the Aggies picked up the first victory of the season on Tuesday under Zuniga.

Zuniga was a standout picture and quarterback for the Apaches and he turned down a draft spot by the Marlins in 2014 to continue his education. The Aggies sport several athletes from Southern Arizona in Kevin Jimenez (Nogales). Romeo Ballesteros (Salpointe), Saul Soto (Nogales), Treyjen Meza (Sahuarita), Roman Bracamonte (Nogales) and Noah Estrella (Flowing Wells).


The top-ranked University of Arizona Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team will be headed to Whitewater, Wisconsin this week to play in the 2023 Men’s National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NIWBT). No. 1 Arizona will face the winner of No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State and No. 9 Edinboro on Thursday.


The University of Arizona Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team finished ranked No. 4 in the nation. Alma Velasquez, Hayley Nilsen, Ella Rodriguez, Emilee Gustafson and Sam McMinn were named NWBA Academic All-Americans. In addition, Lily Lautenschlager, Nilsen, Rodriguez, Velasquez and Abigail Coffin were named to the NWBA All-Rookie Team. Abigayle Dunn, Gustafson and Elizabeth Pentecost are taking part in the U.S. Women’s Selection Camp to be held April 12-16 at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

(Tucson Roadrunners)

The Tucson Roadrunners will host a First Responders Night on Saturday, March 18 to benefit the First Tee program in Tucson. The Tucson Fire Department will take on the Tucson Police Department at 4:30 p.m. prior to the Roadrunners game with Calgary at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED TICKETS Hockey jerseys will be auctioned off to raise funds for First Tee.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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