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  • ‘Poor’ Eric Trump

    By Connie Schultz, professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism, author and wife of Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Recently, the president’s second-eldest son went on national television and dropped all pretense of what we knew had never happened anyway.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 21, 2017
  • Work of Art: These titles are scrambled

    Back in the olden days, news used to arrive via some very loud, hot, clickety-clackety Teletype machines that seemed to operate with an invisible typist. In reality, someone in the paper’s main bureau was writing and rewriting the day’s news, which arrived locally on sometimes-unattended machines.

    The Optic had its own Teletype machine, and back in the days when delivery of the hot topics from the local sources was spotty, we used much more “wire” copy, that is, news with out-of-area datelines.

  • Dogs’ day afternoon

    “Open both your eyes and watch the pitch,” the Bulls’ manager Allen Lujan admonished his young player, Aubrey Montoya, as she thumped her bat at home plate.

    “But I poked my own eyeball,” she explained.

    The sequence repeated after the coach-fed pitching machine had sent another baseball past her.

    “I can’t see,” she said. “I poked my own eyeball.”

    “Look!” Lujan said. “There’s a fidget spinner there on the ground by home plate!”

  • McMahon earns PCL honors

    Las Vegas Optic

    Ryan McMahon, one of the newest additions to the Albuquerque Isotopes, wasted little time making an impact.

    McMahon, 22, earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 12-18 following a torrid six-game stretch for the infielder playing just his second week of Triple-A baseball.

    McMahon hit .593 with 16 hits in 27 at-bats including five home runs, four doubles and 14 runs batted in.

  • Riders hire new coach

    T.C. Nusser has been hired as new head baseball coach for the Luna Community College Rough Riders.

    Nusser and a source at LCC confirmed the hire earlier this month.

    A 2004 graduate of Portales High who played baseball and football for the Rams, Nusser is an alumnus of Eastern New Mexico (‘09).

    He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater — alongside his father and brother — as well as neighboring Clovis High.

  • Flores to lead WLV spikers

    Las Vegas Optic

    West Las Vegas’ volleyball vacancy — a question mark since the season ended in early November — has been filled.

    Felix Flores, 30, has been hired to lead the Lady Dons, WLV athletic coordinator Richard Tripp said Monday.

    Flores will take over for Elizabeth Ulibarri, whose only year at the helm ended  with an 8-14 record and a first-round loss to Santa Fe Indian in the Class 4A state tournament.

  • Extra-base hits boost ‘Topes past Sacramento

    Las Vegas Optic

    Eight doubles and two triples — the most extra-base hits in the season for Albuquerque — lifted the Isotopes to an 11-6 win at Sacramento on Monday night.

    The Topes (35-35) outhit the River Cats 16-8, including three hits apiece for Dustin Garneau and Domonic Brown.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 21, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • CIty league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

  • A gawk on the wild side