Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

Javier Cortez

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter

Javier Cortez is a staff reporter for The Prospector. He is a senior multimedia journalism major, with a minor in English Rhetoric.

Javier was born and raised in El Paso, TX and before coming to UTEP in the summer of 2012, he graduated from Irvin High School, where he was a four-year varsity tennis player, a member of student council and a class officer for his graduating class.

He has also worked for the El Paso Diablos as a sports information intern on their media relations team.

In his spare time, Javier loves to write columns for the perspectives section in the school newspaper—whether it is sports, pop culture, religion, and society he loves to write about it.

To go along with writing, Javier loves reading anything about sports, religion, and non-fiction.

All content by Javier Cortez
Floyd says goodbye?

Floyd says goodbye?

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 15, 2015

This past Saturday Floyd Mayweather’s career came to an end, or at least we think it has. If true it is the end to arguably the greatest fighter of the 21st century and by Mayweather’s assertion “The Best Ever” (TBE). In the past few years...

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UTEP Volleyball goes 2-2 in Borderland Invitational at the Don

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 15, 2015

Over the weekend, the UTEP women’s volleyball team played in their annual Borderland Invitational, winning two matches against Brown University and Robert Morris University, and losing two matches to Denver University and the University of Oklahoma,...

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The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Fresno Grizzlies three games to one in the Pacific Coast

Chihuahuas and fans go out in style as season comes to an end

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 15, 2015

On the fifth pitch of the at-bat catcher, Jason Hagerty struck out swinging, and just like that, the season was over for the El Paso Chihuahuas. There was a brief hush over the sellout crowd of 8,392, and the Fresno Grizzlies players rushed onto the field...

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Sooners stifle Miners 3-0

Sooners stifle Miners 3-0

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 12, 2015

In the final day of the Borderland Invitational the UTEP women’s volleyball ran into the brick wall that was the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners defeated the Miners in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-14) at the Don Haskins Center. It was a tall...

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Miners double up on Friday

Miners double up on Friday

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 11, 2015

In day two of the Borderland Invitational the UTEP women’s volleyball team came back to the Don Haskins Center with a bitter taste in their mouth after a five set loss to Denver University on Thursday and this time they did not disappoint. The...

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UTEP falls to Denver University

UTEP falls to Denver University

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 10, 2015

Playing in the Don Haskins Center for the first time since 2001 the UTEP women’s volleyball team lost a nail biter in the home opener to Denver University 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-9) at the Borderland Invitational. After playing their...

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Red Raiders offense poses a tall tasking for Miners defensively

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 8, 2015

With one monster subdued, another one emerges. That is the focus on the UTEP football team heading into week two of their 2015 season. After a 35-point shellacking by the Arkansas Razorbacks, where the Miners gave up 48 points and 490 yards of total...

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UTEP volleyball is ready and excited for home debut in the Haskins

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 8, 2015

This Wednesday, Sept. 9, the UTEP women’s volleyball team will make their home debut in the annual Borderland Invitational Tournament against Denver University at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners will play a total of four matches in three days. On...

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Leftwich secures starting spot at quaterback

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 1, 2015

After a long and drawn out battle, UTEP football head coach Sean Kugler named sophomore Mack Leftwich the starting quarterback for the Miners. Throughout the spring and summer the quarterback battle was wide open. Four different players competed for...

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Miners and Lobos renew rivalry starting in 2016

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 1, 2015

The rivalry is back on. Starting in the 2016-17 season, the UTEP and New Mexico men’s basketball teams will play each other in regular season play for the first time since 2009. The Miners will square off with the Lobos at “The Pit” in Albuquerque...

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Aaron Jones (left), Angela Cutaia (middle), and Cameasha Turner (right) are three of the top athletes returning to action this semester in their respective sports.

Five questions for this semester in sports

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor August 25, 2015

Every new school year produces interesting headlines that resonate around campus. Whether it is a new professor, campus construction, etc. In sports, the same applies; the standout freshman, negligent coaches, and player suspensions. With all the changes...

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The El Paso Chihuahuas have six home games left in their regular season.

Chihuahuas make late push for PCL playoffs

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor August 25, 2015

Late is better than never. That’s the motto the El Paso Chihuahuas are living by and having success with this late in the season. With 15 games left in the season, six of them at home, the Chihuahuas are making a push for the Pacific Southern Division...

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Winning should not equal MVP

Winning should not equal MVP

Javier Cortez, Contributor June 23, 2015

Every sports fan who intently watched the 2015 NBA Finals should have learned something that goes virtually unnoticed in sports. That is, winning is not always the best indicator as to who the best player really is. People who watch sports tend to have...

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Single-car crash on Sun Bowl Dr.

Single-car crash on Sun Bowl Dr.

Javier Cortez, Contributor June 11, 2015

At approximately 3:40 p.m. a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo crossed over to the opposite side of the road on Sun Bowl Dr. resulting in a single-car crash. The driver knocked over the campus speed monitor before crashing into the side of the UTEP shuttle...

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2015 NBA Finals: Game 3 Recap

2015 NBA Finals: Game 3 Recap

Javier Cortez, Contributor June 10, 2015

There is no sugarcoating it, this series is ugly. Golden State’s offensive execution is ugly, LeBron’s shot selection is ugly, and the Cavs defense is ugly. But at the end of the day it’s extremely exciting to watch. Through three games there...

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2015 NBA Finals: Game 2 Recap

2015 NBA Finals: Game 2 Recap

Javier Cortez, Contributor June 9, 2015

Has there ever been a more interesting/surprising start to an NBA Finals? I think not. With the series moving back to Cleveland for the next two games, we actually have the possibility of a great series on our hands. Game two featured a brilliantly...

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2015 NBA Finals: Game 1 Recap

2015 NBA Finals: Game 1 Recap

Javier Cortez, Contributor June 7, 2015

After a record nine days off, the Cavs and Warriors did not disappoint in game one of the 2015 NBA Finals. Since the game went into overtime, the last five minutes of painstakingly bad basketball by the Cavs might overshadow what was actually a really...

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Three Keys to the 2015 NBA Finals

Three Keys to the 2015 NBA Finals

Javier Cortez, Contributor June 4, 2015

The 2015 NBA Finals are upon us and it brings into focus the league’s best player in LeBron James and the league’s best team in the Golden State Warriors. This small market vs small market matchup has had more than a week of hype, but now the talking...

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Vince Hunter goes for 2 points.

REPORT CARD: Vince Hunter

Javier Cortez, Contributor April 2, 2015

The reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Year did not disappoint in his sophomore year. In fact, for the better part of the season he looked like the best player on the team. Just going by the first five games for the Orange & Blue, Hunter was...

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Senior guard Julian Washburn protects ball from Owls defender.

Report Card: Julian Washburn

Javier Cortez, Contributor April 2, 2015

If you look at Julian Washburn’s four year career at UTEP at first glance it’s hard to think of him as anything more than a decent four year player. Offensively he did not wow you and he was never part of an NCAA tournament team. But when you dig...

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Head coach Tim Floyd speaks to players before tip off.

Report Card: 2014-15 UTEP Men’s Basketball Team

Javier Cortez, Contributer March 26, 2015

For the second straight season the UTEP men’s basketball season has ended abruptly with mass disappointment and disgust. After the rollercoaster ride that was last season, the Miners once again took the jaded fans of El Paso through a season of short-lived...

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The UTEP women’s tennis team will finish the season on the road with their final regular season match taking place in Las Cruces, N.M.

Tennis continues to win, beats Seattle University

Javier Cortez, Contributor March 24, 2015

This past Monday, March 23 the UTEP women’s tennis team closed out their home season is style, defending the Seattle University, defeating the Seattle University Redhawks 4-3 at the El Paso Tennis Club. The Miners have notched their best start in more...

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Super Bowl XLIX: Did that just happen?

Super Bowl XLIX: Did that just happen?

Javier Cortez, Contributer February 3, 2015

You know that moment in the movie where that climactic scene throws you a curveball and boom there comes a great and entertaining ending that you didn’t see coming (e.g. The Prestige, Primal Fear). Then there are the movies that throw the curveball...

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Senior Davina Meza made the All-Conference USA third team last season.

UTEP tennis dominates first matchup

Javier Cortez, Contributor February 3, 2015

After a day and a half of rain, the UTEP women’s tennis team finally got their season underway this past Saturday, Jan. 31. The Miners won in dominant fashion against the University of Buffalo, 6-1, at the El Paso Tennis Club. After months of preparation...

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The Playoff worked, so what?

Javier Cortez, Contributor January 20, 2015

The 2014-15 college football season came to a close last week and it ended on a historical high note with the first-ever College Football Playoff determining the best team in college football. I say this grudgingly, but the CFP in one year is better...

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Senior running back Nathan Jeffery attempts to break a run to the outside.

Miners fall in Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Javier Cortez, Contributor December 20, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Playing in their first bowl game in 10 years, the UTEP Miners football team displayed one of their worst offensive performances of the season against Utah State, losing to the Aggies 21-6 at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in front...

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Senior outside hitter Jacqueline Cason turns towards her teammates to celebrate after winning a point.

Overcoming injuries for the love of the game

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor December 2, 2014

It’s a given, in sports you are going to get hurt. Any athlete in any sport knows this, and they take their daily dose of bumps and bruises in their respective sports. Senior volleyball player Jacqueline Cason knows all about the bumps and bruises,...

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Senior Laura Delgado competes in the Miners only home invent at the Lori Fitzgerald Classic in September at the Chamizal.

Home grown talent showing hard work pays off

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor December 2, 2014

Senior cross country/track and field member Laura Delgado knows all about hard work. It’s done in the wee hours of the day, when everyone is tired, when no one wants to put in the work. You will never meet you’re goals and aspirations without hard...

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The UTEP Volleyball team was 1-11 at home and 4-7 in away matches.

The present is dark but the future is bright for UTEP Volleyball

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor December 2, 2014

The 2014 volleyball season was not going to be a good one for the Miners. That was apparent considering what they lost after the 2013 season. At the beginning of the season, the players and coaches all said the right things, but a successful season would...

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Five athletes you need to see in 2015

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor December 2, 2014

UTEP has garnered many great athletes throughout the years, and that is no different today. Everyone knows about the top athletes on campus now, but this list is comprised of athletes who are returning next year and are no doubt ready to showcase their...

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The Miners finish their 2014 season with a 6-23 record.

Miners fall in season finale

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 29, 2014

In their last match of the season the UTEP women’s volleyball lost to Texas Christian University at Memorial Gym 3-1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-20, 25-19). The match started as a back and forth affair through the first 10 points, but TCU would go on a 6-2...

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Senior outside hitter Jacqueline Cason attempts an attack.

NMSU wins Battle of I-10

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 28, 2014

By Javier Cortez The Prospector   Playing their first match in 13 days, the UTEP women’s volleyball team took on their archrival New Mexico State in the Battle of I-10 at Memorial Gym, the Aggies defeated the Miners 3-0 (25-22, 25-23,...

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Junior guard Earvin Morris attempts a layup over Aggie defenders.

Miners take Round 1 in Battle of I-10

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 22, 2014

In the first round of the Battle of I-10 the UTEP men’s basketball team defeated the New Mexico State Aggies 77-76 in thrilling fashion at the Don Haskins Center in front of a ruckus crowd of 11,127. The game had a peculiar start as UTEP head...

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The UTEP club soccer team will play their first game in Memphis against the University of Virginia on Nov. 20.

Men’s club soccer ready for another crack at Nationals

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 18, 2014

For the second consecutive season, the UTEP men’s club soccer team is going to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Championships. Starting on Nov. 20, the team will travel to Memphis, Tennessee, in hopes of winning...

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Sophomore middle blocker Dominque Millette attempts a kill against the Miners in the last conference home match of the season against Charlotte on Nov. 9. Millette is fifth in total blocks in Conference USA for the season.

Lady Miners continue to fight to end of season

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 11, 2014

This past Sunday (Nov. 9), the UTEP women’s volleyball team lost for the 19th time this season against the Charlotte 49ers. Compiled with the other 18, the loss might not stand out to most because it all but ends the Miners’ hopes of competing in...

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Two Teams Two Different Paths

Two Teams Two Different Paths

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 4, 2014

After a historic season that saw the UTEP women’s basketball team soar to new heights, the 2014-15 squad will be drastically different in terms of players, excitement, fan support and on-court success. There is a massive hole left once the season ended...

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Two Teams Two Different Paths

Two Teams Two Different Paths

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor November 4, 2014

Basketball season has rolled around again and the mounting expectations are looming for the 2014-15 UTEP men’s basketball team. Coming off a 23-11 season and with only one player departing from last year’s squad, head coach Tim Floyd’s Miners have...

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Krystal Ejesieme (left) and Lindsey Larson (right) jump to attempt a block on the Southern Miss attack

Southern Miss edges out Miners 3-1

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 31, 2014

In their last match in the month of October, the UTEP volleyball team lost to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a competitive four set battle, 4-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21) at Memorial Gym. The first 10 points were a microcosm of what the match...

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Then freshman forward Vince Hunter takes a jump shot in the 2013 Orange and White Scrimmage.

Miners look to dazzle in Orange and White Scrimmage

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 28, 2014

On Nov. 1, the 2014-15 UTEP men’s basketball team will showcase their talents to the city of El Paso for the first time this season in the fourth-annual Orange and White Scrimmage. It’s become common in men’s college basketball for there to be...

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Miner defense makes history on the road against UTSA

Miner defense makes history on the road against UTSA

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 28, 2014

The UTEP football team came away with their most impressive win in the Sean Kugler era on Oct. 25, as they defeated the UTSA Roadrunners 34-0. As impressive as the offense was, the Miner defense was the story of the game. In Sean Kugler’s first 18...

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UTEP goalkeeper Sarah Dilling attempting a save.

Miners defeat FIU, 2-1

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 26, 2014

In the UTEP women’s soccer teams last home match of the season, the Miners came through with the win against Florida International 2-1, at University Field. In the first half the Miners controlled possession and were on the attack for the majority...

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All are worthy

All are worthy

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 22, 2014

To say there are some people who are not worthy of a college education is absurd. It’s like saying poor people don’t deserve a chance to become economically prosperous, or minorities shouldn’t have a say in their rights. Many people think that...

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Prospy Picks: 2014 World Series

Javier Cortez, Luis Gonzalez, and Jason Green October 21, 2014

By: Jason Green It would be very easy to pick the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series over the San Francisco Giants. The Royals have swept through the playoffs so far without a loss. They have won every playoff game so far. Why would I not pick...

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Freshman Coline Coessens attempts a attack against the Western Kentucky front line.

Hilltoppers trounce Miners

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 19, 2014

Closing out there toughest home stand of the season, the UTEP women’s volleyball team lost to Conference USA co-leader Western Kentucky in straights, 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16). After a well-contested match against Rice on Friday, the Miners seemed...

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Sophomore middle blocker Dominique Millette attempts an attack on the Rice defense

Rice defeats UTEP 3-0

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 17, 2014

Back in front of their home crowd for the first time in nearly three weeks, the UTEP women’s volleyball team’s two game win streak was snapped, as the Rice Owls defeated the Miners 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-18) at Memorial Gym. Rice jumped out to a...

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The Miners rush offense ranks third in Conference USA.

Miner backfield full of depth

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 14, 2014

At homecoming, the UTEP football team found its footing again after a deplorable showing on the road the past two weeks. They found their success on the basis of their running attack, and the Miners now seem to be off life support. Starting in 2013,...

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UTEP head coach Tim Floyd instructs his team on a drill.

New look Miners are hungry for glory in 2014-15 season

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor October 7, 2014

Yesterday, the UTEP men’s basketball team conducted their first practice of the 2014-15 season, at the Foster Stevens Basketball Complex. After a season of trials and tribulations, the men’s team is ready for the new season with a team that is full...

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(Left to right) sophomore Evans Kripono, senior Ramon Garcia, junior Anthony Rotich, sophomore Cosmas Boit, sophomore Daniel Cheruiyot, junior Elphas Maiyo. The 2014 men’s cross country team poses after winning the 2014 Lori Fitzgerald Classic at Chamizal National Park.

Men’s cross country wins again

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 30, 2014

The UTEP men’s cross country team is in top form heading into the latter stages of their fall season coming off another spectacular performance at the Lori Fitzgerald Classic. Four weeks into the season, it has been nothing but perfection for the men’s...

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The never ending war

The never ending war

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 30, 2014

Maybe I’m too cynical, but when I watch the news feeds and read the online articles about the U.S. bombing ISIS in Syria and Northern Iraq I can’t help but think that the U.S. at some point is going to put troops on the ground to combat this ongoing...

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Junior outside hitter Talia Jones sets up for a block.

Sluggish start hinders Miners

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 28, 2014

The UTEP volleyball team concluded there three game home stand with a loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls 3-0 (11-25), (12-25), (28-30) at Memorial Gym. The Miners came out sluggish, falling behind early and losing the set by a 14-point margin. In...

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Senior outside hitter Jacqueline Cason attempts an attack against North Texas.

UNT slips by the Miners

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 26, 2014

Playing their second match in a three game home stand, the UTEP volleyball team lost to the North Texas Mean Green in a thrilling five set match 3-2 (22-25), (25-16), (20-25), (26-24), (14-16) at Memorial Gym. The match started with a bang for the...

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Freshman middle blocker Krystal Ejesieme spikes a ball set up by sophomore setter Lindsey Larson

Miners fall to UTSA in conference opener

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 23, 2014

Last night the UTEP women’s volleyball team hosted their Conference USA home opener against the UTSA Roadrunners, and suffered a humbling defeat 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-19) at Memorial Gym. With the loss the Miners now fall to 0-1 in conference and 2-10...

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Junior All-American Anthony  Rotich has dominated the opening half of the Miners 2014 cross country season.

Miners prepare for domination

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 23, 2014

On Sept. 26, the UTEP men’s and women’s cross country team will compete in a 5K run at the annual Lori Fitzgerald Classic, at Chamizal National Park. Coming into the Miners only home invitational, it has been nothing but success from a team and individual...

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Saturday night the Miners tied the record for most consecutive wins by any team in the 100-year-old rivalry with six straight wins.

How sweet it is, the domination of a rival

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 16, 2014

In football, every win is counted the same. It does not matter if you win with a game-winning field goal or a 30-point blowout—a win is a win. But there is one exception to that rule. When it comes to rivalry games, the complexity of the game changes. Defeating...

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New head coach Cristina Moros is the third head coach in the last nine months for UTEP tennis.

Third time’s a charm

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 16, 2014

For the third time this year, women’s tennis has a new coach, forcing them to start over once again. Three coaches in less than one year is not a methodology that UTEP tennis is practicing by choice, but luck has not been on the Miners’ side. Former...

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Freshman Krystal Ejesieme (left) and Dalainee Perry (right) prepare to block a CSU kill attempt

Miners fall to CSU in straight sets

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 13, 2014

In the final game of the UTEP/NMSU Invitational, the UTEP Miners volleyball team fell to Colorado State 3-0; 25-13, 25-18, 25-23. After a slow start the Miners gradually improved, nearly taking a set of the now 8-1 Rams. Colorado State got off...

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The ‘80s: A decade of dominance

The ‘80s: A decade of dominance

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

The first thing that comes to mind when UTEP men’s basketball is brought up is the historic 1966 NCAA basketball championship. Rightfully so, it deserves to as the late Hall of Fame head coach Don Haskins historically started five African-American players...

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100 years of struggle

100 years of struggle

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

There is no way but up when you are at the bottom of the pit. That’s been the saying surrounding UTEP football since its inception back in 1914. Although the program’s history is just as long as the university itself, UTEP football has not garnered...

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Top 10 female athletes of all time at UTEP

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

In comparison to the male sports at UTEP, the women have not garnered as much history or decorated athletes, UTEP has seen some tremendous female athletes during its time. The inclusion of women’s sports might have come late, but as time has gone on,...

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Top 10 male athletes of all time at UTEP

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

Male athletes have been on campus since the inception of the university in 1914, which makes for a heavily decorated list. Olympians, pro sport Hall of Fame members, All-Stars and Player of the Years have all come through UTEP. Considering that UTEP is...

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UTEP men’s basketball dream team

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

UTEP men’s basketball has provided tons of excitement over the years, whether they underachieved, overachieved or just met the expectations. From dazzling fans in Memorial Gym to rocking sellout crowds in the Don Haskins Center, the men’s program...

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A program like no other

A program like no other

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

They walk among us. They are in our classes, we see them passing by and we don’t even know who they are. For years, UTEP students have been oblivious to the sheer number of track and field stars that surround them. Everyone flocks to the star...

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The complete 66 team posing with the trophy outside of Memorial Gym.

A game that changed the course of history

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 9, 2014

One thing that the general population doesn’t understand about sports is that it is a reflection of life itself. Sure at times it can be trite and overvalued, but most of the time it goes beyond the entertainment aspect it provides and life lessons...

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Former All-American safety Quintin Demps was a force and a miner secondary.

The Prospector’s Centennial football team

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 8, 2014

Anyone in the vicinity of El Paso knows that UTEP is not known for its football program. However, that does not mean the program has not produced talent in its 100 years of existence. From a team standpoint, the Miners are in the bottom percentile of...

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Texas Tech vs. UTEP 2014

Another heart breaker

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 7, 2014

The UTEP Miners football team and the 35,422 fans in attendance all felt something too familiar at the end of tonight’s game—heartbreak. For the third straight year the Miners lose their home opener, this time in heart breaking fashion against...

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Chihuahuas teammates wave goodbye to sold out crowd after finishing their first season.

Chihuahuas finish strong

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor September 1, 2014

There were trials and there were tribulations, but that did not stop the El Paso Chihuahuas from putting on a show for the rambunctious fans of El Paso one more time as they defeated the Salt Lake Bees 10-4. The season is now over but the yearlong memories...

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Chihuahuas sting Bees, 9-7

Chihuahuas sting Bees, 9-7

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor August 31, 2014

A big fourth inning was the difference for the El Paso Chihuahuas as they evened the series up against the visiting Salt Lake Bees tonight at Southwest University Park.  In front of a crowd of 9,837, the Chihuahuas got their 70th win of the season with...

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Aaron Jones breaks a tackle for another huge run.

Winning with luck, Miners vs UNM, 31-24

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor August 30, 2014

Revenge is sweet, especially when it comes at the expense of a rival. The UTEP football team did just that as they defeated their old school rival New Mexico 31-24 at University Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first half told the tail of a new...

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The Miners finish their 2014 season with a 6-23 record.

Big shoes to fill

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor August 25, 2014

The start of a new season is like a flower blooming. It’s young, spry, and full of possibilities. That is the premise surrounding the 2014-15 UTEP women’s volleyball team. After a disappointing 14-16 record in the 2013-14 campaign, the Lady Miners...

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Starting pitcher Juan Pablo throws a fast ball in the first inning.

Chihuahuas end three game skid

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor August 19, 2014

In their second to last home stand of the season, the Chihuahuas ended the eight game stand and three game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds. Starting back on Aug.12, the Chihuahuas were starting one of their hardest and longest...

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Cody Decker hits the first home run of the night.

River Cats return the favor

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 24, 2014

In all there were 8,779 fans in a packed Southwest University Park, sadly for the Chihuahuas that was the extent of good news they had all night.  After thwarting Sacramento 16-7 last night, the River Cats returned the favor with a 13-2 win over the...

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Run, Hillary, Run!

Run, Hillary, Run!

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 22, 2014

I really hate American politics for one simple reason—it’s all bullshit, or to put it in more decent terms, it’s a façade. There’s corruption, lies and pointless dialogue that fills the airwaves of American politics. In a recent interview with...

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The Padres minor league system will see an influx of talent coming through El Paso due to the Padres-Angels trade.

Padres-Angels trade has an impact on all homefronts

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 22, 2014

On July 18, the El Paso Chihuahuas major league affiliate, the San Diego Padres, made a big trade that not only impacted the Padres, but all three of their minor league affiliates. In the trade, the Los Angeles Angels received veteran closer Huston Street,...

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Top five stories lines from the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 15, 2014

It’s time to reflect on the world’s most popular tournament now that the World Cup has concluded. From the group stage to the final match, there were shocking upsets, masterful goals, great individual performances and a lot of controversy. These are...

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Manager Pat Murphy has led the Chihuahuas fearlessly in his first season

Chihuahuas poised to make postseason run

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 15, 2014

Heading into the All-Star break, the El Paso Chihuahuas seem to be hitting their stride. The rabid fans of El Paso seem to be right in line with the Chihuahuas as they look to make a run at the postseason. The Chihuahuas started the season between a...

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Mar’Qywell Jackson is the second UTEP men’s basketball recruit lost this summer

A homesick Jackson departs UTEP

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 15, 2014

It’s déjà vu all over again for the UTEP Miners basketball program. Three-star recruit Mar’Qywell Jackson is reportedly leaving the program, according to his Twitter page post on July 10. The Detroit, Michigan native has ties to UTEP that go beyond...

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World Cup Recap: Germany vs. Argentina

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 13, 2014

A drought was going to end for one team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final—two great nations would meet at the apex of the biggest stage in the world. A win for Germany would end their 24-year drought and a win for Argentina would end their 28-year drought. After...

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World Cup Recap: Argentina vs. Netherlands

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 9, 2014

After a lopsided semifinal match between Brazil and Germany, the Netherlands and Argentina put on a thriller in Sao Paulo as Argentina  advanced to first World Cup final in 24 years. The first half started slow-- neither team saw much action or opportunity...

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Getting to know: Lew Stallworth

Getting to know: Lew Stallworth

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 8, 2014

Lew Stallworth might seem like another guard on the long list of new recruits head coach Tim Floyd has brought in, but his background says otherwise. The 6-1 point guard hales from Newhall, California and played his high school basketball at Hart High...

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Future for MLS in El Paso still bright

Future for MLS in El Paso still bright

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 8, 2014

On July 6, the exhibition match between Chivas Guadalajara and Cruzeiro E.C. added more fuel to the fire as El Pasoans are strung out on the world’s most popular sport. With limited time for marketing the game, costly ticket prices for fans across...

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World Cup Recap: Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor July 5, 2014

Both teams came into today’s match exceeding the general public’s expectations—the Netherlands were thought to be past their prime but found their way back to a familiar situation in the World Cup quarterfinals, and Costa Rica came in as a tournament...

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Isotopes steal game one

Isotopes steal game one

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 30, 2014

Coming off a thrilling series against the Tacoma Rainiers, the Chihuahuas found themselves in another dog fight, this time against the Albuquerque Isotopes. A late game push by the Isotopes gave them an 8-6 win to open the four game series. It was...

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Relief pitcher Tim Sexton came on in relief to help close out the Rainiers.

Chihuahuas-Rainiers series nothing short of special

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 29, 2014

  An El Paso Chihuahuas-Tacoma Rainiers series never starts or ends on a dull moment. High scoring games, improbable comebacks and sheer amounts of entertainment are always guaranteed when these two teams meet up. “We have not had a normal...

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Marqywell Jackson shows off his vertical.

Getting to know: Mar’qywell Jackson

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 24, 2014

His name is hard to pronounce but his talent is easy to see. Standing at 6-foot-5, Mar’qywell Jackson is a shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan. Jackson is rated as three to four star recruit depending on the source. Before signing with the Miners...

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World Cup invites all types of life

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 24, 2014

Soccer does not see race, gender, social class or language. Anyone can try to play it and everyone can certainly watch it. Charlie Gibbens, director of housing at UTEP, has been trying to create that sense of inclusion over the past two weeks. The timing...

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Terry Winn made a decision on Friday to leave the team.

Getting to know: Terry Winn

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 20, 2014

His name is Terry Winn, but his friends and family call him Trey. A native Monroe, Louisiana, Winn is coach Floyd’s only non-guard recruit. After finishing his senior season in Memphis, Winn played at Westwind Prep where he averaged 23 points per game...

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Guard Trey Touchet shows off his ball handling skills.

Getting to know: Trey Touchet

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 18, 2014

In November of 2013, UTEP head coach Tim Floyd signed combo-guard Trey Touchet from Lafayette, Louisiana. The two-time Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year led St. Thomas high school to a 33-4 record and a state championship in his junior year. Touchet...

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Theres no I in team

There’s no I in team

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 18, 2014

Only a few can say they predicted an outcome with such disparity. The San Antonio Spurs obliterated the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in five games to win their fifth NBA championship in franchise history. It was supposed to be another classic...

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Jeannez Daniel is The first major recruit UTEP tennis has had in years

Sopel snags two big time recruits for tennis

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 17, 2014

Coming into the 2014 spring season, head coach Myriam Sopel had big shoes to fill after popular head coach Mark Roberts left for an assistant coaching job at Southern Methodist University. Once again, Sopel has another tough task at hand—replacing three...

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MLS, too early to tell

MLS, too early to tell

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 17, 2014

It finally looks like the sixth-largest city in Texas is getting its due. In the past week, MountainStar Sports Group, which owns the El Paso Chihuahuas, has been in talks with Major League Soccer about bringing an expansion team to El Paso. By 2020,...

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Great Expectations, Bad Outcome

Great Expectations, Bad Outcome

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 10, 2014

  Day One: The Arrival Traveling by car from El Paso to San Antonio usually takes eight hours, not including pit stops to get gas, eat, stretch, and other miscellaneous things you do on a trip. Last year, when I came to San Antonio with my...

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An Experience  like no other

An Experience like no other

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 10, 2014

Watching a sporting event live can get quite boring—I’ll be the first to admit that. The weather sucks, no one shows up and the hot dogs taste like they’re from last week. When you go to an event like the NBA Finals, though, it is a moment in time...

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A Rematch for the Ages!

A Rematch for the Ages!

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor June 1, 2014

There were trials and tribulations, but at the end of the day, veteran savvy and on-court maturity proved to be key, as the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will once again meet in the NBA Finals. At times it looked like both teams were off the path...

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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor May 17, 2014

To no surprise, the Thunder, Spurs, Heat and Pacers are back in their respective conference finals. At times in the last month, it looked like there would be a few upsets and teams on the rise, but all in all the early season favorites are still here. Looking...

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Starting pitcher Keyvius Sampson throws a fast ball against Isotopes during the fifth inning.

Chihuahuas stomp Isotopes 10-2

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor May 12, 2014

Game three of the Chihuahuas-Isotopes series was nothing short of an education by the Chihuahuas, as they dominated the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-2. Starting pitcher Keyvius Sampson put the Chihuahuas in the drivers seat with five solid innings, only...

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Junior Davina Meza hits a serve a first serve at the El Paso Tennis Club.

Q & A with Davina Meza, UTEP tennis player

Javier Cortez, Sports Editor May 7, 2014

The UTEP women’s tennis team has had trouble finding success in an unlucky season with coaching changes and player’s injuries, but junior transfer Davina Meza has been an exception to a troubled season. After transferring from Cal State Stanislaus,...

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Chihuahuas pitcher Branch Kloess pitching in the seventh inning.

Chihuahuas get back on track, win four straight

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter May 6, 2014

The opening week for the El Paso Chihuahuas was nothing short of historic. The eight game home stand featured extra inning thrillers, virtuoso pitching performances and some Chihuahua wins. The opening series against the Fresno Grizzlies was a series...

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Junior Davina Meza hits a serve a first serve at the El Paso Tennis Club.

Meza finds immediate impact on the court

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter May 6, 2014

Players coming in and leaving are part of the process in collegiate sports. As three players left the tennis team last season, there were two newcomers for the 2013-14 season. One of them was junior transfer Davina Meza. Meza proved to be a shining...

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