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Nicholas Maes

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor

Nicholas Maes is a sports editor at The Prospector. He is a senior majoring in history with a minor in commercial music. He plans to continue his academic career in history after earning his bachelor's degree.

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Summer concerts, raves and music festivals are on many people’s bucket list for this upcoming festival season.

Fine tuning festival planning

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor April 4, 2024

My experience with music festivals has been slim, but it was one of my best experiences to date. For example, the Crossroads Guitar Festival was one I had been wanting to go to since I first learned about it ten years ago. I’d never been to a music...

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Outfielder Idalis Mendez looks to hit the ball during a game, Mar. 30.

UTEP softball plays hard against Jax State in Easter weekend games

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor April 2, 2024

UTEP Softball played three games at home in the Helen of Troy Softball Complex March 28-30 against Jax State, ultimately incurring a win and two losses against the Gamecocks ahead of Easter Sunday. The Gamecocks flipped the script on the Miners as UTEP...

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UTEP Recreation center has two basketball courts for students to utilize in their free time.

Climbing to new heights at UTEP Recreation Center

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor March 11, 2024

The UTEP recreation center is the recommended place for UTEP students to work out, especially with the busy lives that come along with being a college student. With the rec center being included in student fees, freshmen have free resources to stay fit...

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Junior forward Derick Hamilton attempts a layup.

UTEP men’s basketball fights to the end in tough loss against top ranked LA Tech 

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor February 27, 2024

Editor’s Note: This recap is not the most recent game for the UTEP Miners Men’s Basketball.  The UTEP Miners (13-14, C-USA 4-8) faced top-ranking LA Tech (19-8, C-USA 9-3), but fought hard through the game, ending the game down by only six points...

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“The Bear” stands in bronze glory at the Don Haskins Center 

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor February 27, 2024

The 1960s served as a pivotal decade for America. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War raged on overseas. Amid all this stood what became one of the most pivotal moments...

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Junior guard Corey Camper Jr. attempts a shot against NMSU senior guard Femi Odukale.

Men’s basketball defeats NMSU Aggies in Battle of I-10 ls

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor February 13, 2024

The UTEP Miners men’s basketball team (13-11, C-USA 4-5) defeated the NMSU Aggies (11-13, C-USA 5-4) in a landslide victory Feb. 10. NMSU did not take the lead throughout the game, giving the Miners the edge in front of over ten thousand fans. The Miners...

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Foward Jane Asinde attempts to shoot the ball during a game on Jan. 25.

UTEP women’s basketball takes a win over LA Tech

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor January 27, 2024

The UTEP women’s basketball team (7-11, C-USA 2-3) won their game over LA Tech (8-12, C-USA 2-3) in an extremely close game. With a final score of 61-57, the Miners made a comeback in the fourth quarter.  The game was off to a rough start, as LA...

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Forward Tae Hardy and Guard Trey Horton III sprint down the court in a race against the clock

UTEP men’s basketball bombs out the Hilltoppers

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor January 25, 2024

The UTEP Miners (11-8, C-USA 2-2) won their second game in three days at the Don Haskins Center, winning against the WKU Hilltoppers (13-6, C-USA 2-3). This was by far one of the Miners’ closest games. The Miners persevered, winning the game by six...

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Just my sports editor introduction

Just my sports editor introduction

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor January 23, 2024

My favorite thing about sports is the ability to enjoy it both as an athlete and as a fan. What makes sports interesting is the variety, as one is almost guaranteed to find something they will enjoy.  I wanted to further that passion as the new sports...

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Guard Tae Hardy jumps into the air in attempt to dunk the ball during a game against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 18.

UTEP men’s basketball dominate Middle Tennessee

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor January 20, 2024

The UTEP Miners (10-8, C-USA 1-2) took a well-earned win over Middle Tennessee State University (6-12, C-USA 0-3), ending the game with a final score of 73-59. UTEP kept the lead through the whole game, never letting up on the Blue Raiders. The game...

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With 15 games left in the regular season, the UTEP men’s basketball team sits at 9-7 record, having played one conference game thus far.

Men’s basketball begins conference games

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor January 19, 2024

The UTEP men’s basketball team has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout the preseason, although the Miners (9-7) plan to push through to the C-USA Championships. Their most recent, and final, non-conference game against Chicago State ended...

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Forward Calvin Solomon looks for a teammate to pass the ball to.

UTEP basketball defeat APSU Governors

Nicholas Maes, Contributor/Reporter November 24, 2023

Editor's Note: This recap is not the most recent game for the UTEP Miners Men's Basketball. The Miners (4-0) have done it again, taking a win over Austin Peay (2-2) Nov. 17, in the first game of the SoCal Challenge tournament. The game was heated from...

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Tae Hardy takes flight at the Don.

UTEP basketball shuts out USAO Drovers; sets school scoring record

Nicholas Maes, Contributor/Reporter November 13, 2023

UTEP men’s basketball (2-0) faced off against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) Drovers (2-1) Nov. 9 at the Don Haskins Center, bringing home the second win of the season, with a final score of 123-72.   The win over USAO was...

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[Video] UTEP men’s basketball coach Joe Golding on ‘flipping the script’

Nicholas Maes, Contributor/Reporter November 8, 2023

Ahead of the upcoming season, UTEP men’s basketball head coach Joe Golding is making sure the team is ready for a comeback. After a season that didn’t go as planned with a young team last year, Golding and the Miners are coming back harder and stronger...

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Outside Hitter Torrance Lovsee and Defensive Specialist/Libero Madison Hill.

UTEP volleyball scares Chicago State with a win

Nicholas Maes, Contributor/Reporter November 6, 2023

UTEP volleyball (18-8, C-USA 9-5) has done it again, bringing in another win against Chicago State (11-7) Halloween night. This win marks 23 consecutive sets won by the Miners at Memorial Gym this season.   Halloween night is often marked by festive...

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Associate Head Cross Country Coach Mircea Bogdan and former student athlete has returned to UTEP.

Mircea Bogdan returns home to UTEP cross country

Nicholas Maes, Contributor/Reporter October 27, 2023

Mircea Bogdan completed his first regular season as associate head coach of UTEP cross country, just ahead of the C-USA XC Championships Oct. 28. Bogdan reflected on the journey that led him to where he is now.  Bogdan began his career at UTEP as...

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Goalkeeper Angelina Amparano kicks the ball towards UTEP players.

UTEP soccer’s final home game ends in heartbreaking fashion to Liberty University

Nicholas Maes, Contributor/Reporter October 17, 2023

The UTEP women’s soccer team (2-11-3) ended its home closer with a loss to the Liberty Flames Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15. With one last game in the regular season, the Miners’ first year under Head Coach Gibbs Keeton has been less than ideal.  Liberty...

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Ana Gomez of La Mujer Obrera believes in the importance of cultural inspiration.

Café Mayapan feeds the community

Nicholas Maes, Staff Reporter October 12, 2023

Located in Central El Paso and being revered for serving as a center for celebrating Mexican heritage, Café Mayapan prides itself in being as authentic as possible. From the authenticity of the food, to the culture, to the acts of service, Café Mayapan...

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The usage of artificial intelligence has become controversial due to the ethics surrounding it. Photos generated through Hotpot

Art struggles in the battle against AI

Nicholas Maes, Staff Reporter September 29, 2023

With the popularity of artificial intelligence (AI) increasing, it is difficult to fathom how it has taken over the art world. Completely changing the way creative works are produced, AI is being used in multiple forms of art, including music.   The...

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Arizona Wildcats beat UTEP 31-10 in Arizona Sep. 16. Photo courtesy of UTEP Athletics

UTEP football faces disappointing loss on the road

Nicholas Maes, Staff Reporter September 20, 2023

With football season underway, UTEP took another heavy hit Saturday, this time to the Arizona Wildcats. The 31-10 final score was another example of the struggles that UTEP has taken on early in the season.  The game at Arizona marked UTEP’s second...

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UTEP’s 1988 quarterback Pat Hegarty also hosted the football luncheon that was held at the Convention Center July 26.

UTEP football pays homage to 1988 championship team

Nicholas Maes, Staff Reporter September 15, 2023

UTEP football hosted ‘80s Night at the Sun Bowl to ring in the first home game of the football season.    ‘80s Night was a huge hit for fans and players alike, as UTEP took the win over Incarnate Word. However, some may not know the meaning behind...

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Northwestern beat UTEP 38-7 during the football game at Ryan Field Sept. 9. Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics.

UTEP football suffers heavy loss to Northwestern

Nicholas Maes, Staff Reporter September 12, 2023

UTEP football (1-2) took a heavy hit early in the season, losing 38-7 against Northwestern University Sept. 9. The Miners’ season is already looking bleak, having two losses in its three-game season. However, all hope isn’t lost as it is just the...

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Street filled with bright lights from southwest university park.

El Paso Chihuahuas set new hit record during series loss to Albuquerque Isotopes

Nicholas Maes, Staff Reporter August 30, 2023

The El Paso Chihuahuas have been a hit throughout the summer, particularly during the month of August. Although temperatures are still in the triple digits, that’s not stopping El Pasoans from supporting their minor league home team.    When it...

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Attendee poses with Paydirt Pete at the annual football luncheon, July 26.

UTEP football luncheon kicks up season hype

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor July 28, 2023

The UTEP football community came together July 26, for its annual football luncheon to showcase the program to the public and introduce the new retro alternate uniforms.  Former UTEP quarterback Pat Hegarty headlined the event, along with performances...

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UTEP Softball made a new addition to its coaching staff, Brittney Matta. Current Head Coach T.J. Hubbard made the announcement that he and Matta will be working together, with Matta holding the title of Softball Associate Head Coach.  

Miners welcome new softball coach

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor July 5, 2023

On June 27, UTEP Softball made a new addition to its coaching staff, Brittney Matta. Current Head Coach T.J. Hubbard made the announcement that he and Matta will be working together, with Matta holding the title of Softball Associate Head Coach.   Matta,...

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Students practice throwing punches at the Teen Boxing and Conditioning camp hosted by UTEP June 7 at Memorial Gym.

UTEP youth boxing camp for teens

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor June 21, 2023

Over the years, UTEP has hosted numerous camps for the El Paso youth, attracting families to enroll their kids. The camps are in all areas of interest, from math to engineering, music, art, and even athletics.   The Teen Boxing and Conditioning camp...

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Senior guard Erin Wilson says that with the new coaching staff coming in, hopefully they will get a championship ring.  The Prospector Archives

What about the women’s 2022-2023 basketball season?

Nicholas Maes, Contributor May 9, 2023

The 2022-23 women’s basketball season proved to be an eventful one as the Miners beat a ranked opponent for the first time in 25 years and only the second time in program history. The women began their season with a five-game winning streak, only getting...

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The letterman has stood the test of time signifying the hard work from student-athletes.

Lettermans last the test of time

Nicholas Maes, Contributor April 6, 2023

The letterman, also known as the varsity jacket, has its roots in American college baseball. Originating from the Harvard baseball team in 1865, the idea of sewing the first letter of the school onto a uniform would soon bleed over to the Harvard football...

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UTEP ‘Just Did It,’ they switched to Adidas

UTEP ‘Just Did It,’ they switched to Adidas

Nicholas Maes, Contributor April 4, 2023

As of November 2022, UTEP have been in talks with a third-party athletic supplier, Game One, to replace Nike with Adidas as UTEP’s source for athletic uniforms. Although a contract has not yet been finalized or approved, this includes athletes using...

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Originally built in 1996, the Recreation Center offers students a space for weightlifting, swimming, running, take fitness classes and rock climbing, among others.

Working out at the Rec Center

Nicholas Maes, Contributor April 1, 2023

UTEP students looking for a place to get in shape, stay in shape, or have a good time on campus can turn to the UTEP Student Recreation Center or the Rec. Free for students who pay a fee on their tuition, the Rec is also open to the public with both monthly...

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UTEP men’s basketball ended its season in a Conference USA Tournament first-round 73-67 loss against Western Kentucky Wednesday, March 8.

UTEP men’s basketball season recap

Nicholas Maes, Contributor March 22, 2023

UTEP men’s basketball (14-18, 7-13 C-USA) had a tough 2022-2023 season, that unfortunately ended in a Conference USA Tournament first-round 73-67 loss against Western Kentucky Wednesday, March 8. Although the Miners had a nail-biting ending, it...

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Forward Ze’Rik Onyema dunks the ball during the second half, while the Miners maintain their lead on Middle Tennessee.

Miners win final home game

Nicholas Maes, Contributor March 8, 2023

Saturday, Mar. 4, the UTEP men’s basketball team (14-17, C-USA 7-13) played their last game of the regular season at the Don Haskins Center against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-13, C-USA 11-9), ultimately ending the regular season on a high...

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The Septura Brass Septet performed Feb. 24 in the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Septura Brass Septet at UTEP

Nicholas Maes, Contributor March 3, 2023

The Septura Brass Septet made their fourth trip to Texas, Feb. 24, performing “The Special Relationship: The contrasting sounds of Britain and America,” in the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Well attended by students, faculty and the El Paso community,...

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UTEP’s Jakub Belik headlined the first day, claiming the men’s high jump title during the 2023 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field championships in Birmingham, Ala., at the Birmingham CrossPlex Saturday. Photo courtesy of UTEP Athletics

UTEP at track and field indoor C-USA championships

Nicholas Maes, Contributor February 24, 2023

UTEP traveled to Birmingham, Alabama Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, to compete in the 2023 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Charlotte took first overall at the meet, with the men earning 159 points and women earning 129.5. UTEP competed well,...

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Training for the El Paso Half Marathon

Training for the El Paso Half Marathon

Nicholas Maes, Contributor February 17, 2023

The El Paso Marathon has been one of El Paso’s biggest events for the past 17 years, as it is a qualifier for major U.S. and World Marathons, including the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon and the London Marathon.   Some veteran runners take...

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Guard Malik Zachery dribbles the ball while being closely defended.

Miners lose against Charlotte’s 49ers

Nicholas Maes, Contributor February 10, 2023

The UTEP Miners men’s basketball team (11-13, C-USA 4-9) took a tough loss against the Charlotte 49ers (5-8, C-USA 14-10) during the game Feb. 10. The Miners gave Charlotte a run for its money, as the Miners held up to a six-point lead against Charlotte...

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Actor and producer Alec Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Rust film cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Jan. 31. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Alec Baldwin charged for ‘Rust’ shooting

Nicholas Maes, Contributor February 7, 2023

On Jan. 31, actor and producer Alec Baldwin was formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of “Rust” film cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The shooting took place Oct. 21, 2021, just south of Santa Fe, NM at Bonanza Creek Ranch,...

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Junior guard Jazion Jackson builds up to shoot a three pointer on the court against No. 21 Middle Tennessee.

Women’s basketball beat No. 21 Middle Tennessee

Nicholas Maes, Contributor February 5, 2023

Editor's Note: This is a recap of Thursday night's game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Feb. 2, 2023. It was “Folklorico Night” Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Don Haskins for the UTEP women’s basketball game against the Middle Tennessee (MT)...

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Member of Omega Psi Phi, Cedric Napoleon Shamley Jr. takes part in the community within his fraternity.

Life in the historic Omega Psi Phi at UTEP

Nicholas Maes, Contributor February 1, 2023

Historically fraternities and sororities have been a part of colleges across the nation for years and UTEP is no stranger to that history. As part of Miner Welcome, UTEP’s fraternities and sororities presented themselves for students to approach and...

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Senior Eve Daniels and sophomore Carlotta Mencagila give each other a fist pump during a break in play of a match against UTSA.

UTEP women’s tennis lose to UTSA

Nicholas Maes, Contributor January 31, 2023

UTEP’s Conference-USA opener against the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners at the El Paso Tennis Club resulted in a 4-3 overall loss. The Miners gave a strong effort, winning three of six singles matches. UTEP took losses in both...

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Guard Tae Hardy tries to make a basket against Florida Internation University player.

Another Miner win against FIU Panthers

Nicholas Maes, Contributor January 21, 2023

The UTEP Miners (11-8, C-USA 4-4) have done it again with their win against Florida International University (FIU) (8-11, C-USA 2-6), Jan. 19. This win brings the UTEP men’s basketball team to a 4-4 conference standing and its second consecutive conference...

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Rally legend Ken Block died from a snowmobile accident Jan. 2 near his ranch in Utah. Some of his accomplishments included being named Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship and becoming the first American to compete in the World Rally Championship. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Automotive icon Ken Block dead at 55

Nicholas Maes, Contributor January 3, 2023

Rally legend Ken Block passed away from a snowmobile accident that occurred Jan. 2 near his ranch in Utah. A pioneer in both business and racing, Block was most known for his stunts that have been immortalized under one word: Gymkhana. Drifting through...

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