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This week in sports

Letter in response to May 6 commentary on banning football in Clark County

Please spend a few weeks in the state neurological rehab center. This article in the paper was full of machismo ignorance. The danger to young developing brains is real, you are misleading people over the love for a stupid game. I think you are being willfully ignorant of the truth. Football helmets do not protect the brain. Learn some anatomy, the inside of the skull is not a nice smooth space, and the brain has the consistency of jello. The truth is many injuries go unreported because of students not wanting to be pulled out of the game. The truth is some of the kids die or have lasting effects from violent insults to the brain. Kids are often put back in the game after a concussion. If a person suffers multiple concussions in too short of a time they can die.

I know far more about this than I pray you ever will. I doubt this letter will change your idiotic beliefs, but maybe it will, or at least one day you will know someone affected by brain injuries, maybe someone close to you, and you will see the living hell it can cause and suffer knowing what an ignorant twat you were for writing this garbage.

Matthew Moore Vasquez

Pop Warner football camp

In an effort to provide the youth of Pahrump with an affordable way to get involved in the community and stay active, Pahrump Pop Warner is providing a free football camp to benefit local athletes and disadvantaged youth.

Players from experienced athletes to youth just learning the game will enhance their skills and learn the basic fundamentals of football geared to their age and skill level. This camp will be two days long, May 20 and May 21. From 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m., ages 5-14 years old. Please wear a T-shirt and shorts.

Cleats are recommended, as well as a hat or bandana to keep sweat out of the eyes. Bring a water bottle that can be refilled as needed.

Camp participants will be taught the offensive and defensive individual position techniques and fundamental speed/strength skills utilized throughout the season at all levels of play. Campers will be tutored by current Pop Warner coaches, RCMS coaches, PVHS coaches and PVHS football players.

Along with football, this camp will stress the importance of academics, character, dedication and teamwork. Hard work in the offseason pays off in the playoffs. This camp is a great way for our kids to get a feel for the game, see where they are at mentally and set them on a path for success to kick off their own summer training program.

Their Heads Up certified coaches will also be handing out information on sports safety to parents and athletes, including vital information on preventing overuse injuries, heat illness, concussion prevention/awareness and other information specifically geared towards youth football participation. For more information, contact Johnny O’Neal at Pahrump Pop Warner on Facebook, e-mail at mightymitetrojans@gmail.com or call 775-513-1957.

Sportsman’s Quest: The Story Teller

The time of hunting and fishing conventions has come to an end and the hunting guides-outfitters have returned home to prepare for another season. I’m left with my head full of new stories and my sides still aching from laughing at the crazy tales and humorous, if sometimes dangerous, adventures we’ve shared at vendor booths, in the hallways, hotel rooms and yes, while sipping a beverage in the local “watering holes.”

JIM BUTLER DAYS: Horseshoes group honors Tonopah founder

Six competitive horseshoe pitchers met in a Nevada town with roughly 2,000 residents and home of the Clown Motel, which is next to a cemetery that dates back to 1901 in Tonopah.

Pahrump Valley baseball | 3 Trojans make top 100 in division

The defending state champion Pahrump Valley baseball weren’t able to bring home another title this season, but three standouts for the Trojans ranked in the top 100 players in the 3A division for their batting averages.

Off-roaders compete in 60-mile Beatty poker run

Beatty was filled with off-road enthusiasts for last month’s BigHorn Outback Explorers’ annual Poker Run. In all, 176 vehicles, including ATV’s, UTV’s, Jeeps, and trucks, took to the 60-mile route through Beatty’s outback backyard

Pahrump Valley baseball gets fifth straight win

Sitting undefeated in the 3A South-Mountain baseball standings, the Pahrump Valley Trojans got their fifth win in a row.

PVHS slowly catching up to No. 1 The Meadows

Kayne Horibe (8) has been essential in the last two games the Pahrump Valley baseball team has played, earning the most RBIs on the team.

Trojans home run isn’t enough for win

A home run from Madison Rodriguez (6) wasn’t enough for the Pahrump Valley softball team to beat the Sports Leadership & Management (SLAM) Bulls in a conference game on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL: Trojans top Moapa, fall to Needles

The Trojans softball team suffered their first loss this season against a school from a neighboring state on Monday, but it also added a win in a weekend game against Moapa Valley (2-1) at home.