Weather puts halt to golf, baseball

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

Winter hasn’t been a normal visitor to Tucumcari this year, with just a few light snowfalls at the beginning of 2006. But snow and high winds visited long enough to affect a few sporting events for the Rattlers on Monday.

Inclement weather cleared up by Monday afternoon, but the weather cut the Tucumcari golf team’s meet in half and postponed a non-district doubleheader with Estancia.

“I was disappointed,” senior Clay Beevers said after shooting a weather-adjusted 88 Monday at the Tucumcari Golf Course. The competitors from four different schools — Tucumcari, Espanola, West Las Vegas and Raton — shot nine holes, then had scores doubled to reflect a full 18-hole meet.

Since it wasn’t completed, the tournament’s scores weren’t eligible for qualifying “legs” for the state golf meet in May. Individuals or teams can earn a trip to the state meet by hitting a target score three times, with scores based on a formula involving the ratings of individual courses.

The individual target score was 78, with a team target score of 332. Nobody would have hit the target score, with Tucumcari’s Anas Badshah the closest at 80.

“We did good considering the weather,” said Beevers, who was optimistic the Rattlers could have qualified with better weather.

Beevers said he is hopeful another meet at home can be scheduled with an open date. Rattler coach Howie Tucker said he was looking at that possibility for some time in April.

Other varsity golfers for the Rattlers included Qasim Badshah with 86, Justin Alvarez with 90, and Stephen Smith with 90.

The Tucumcari boys finished with a score of 344, beating out Espanola (402).

Tucker said qualifying legs will be tough for a young team, but things are steadily improving.

“The kids have been playing better,” Tucker said. “We worked a little bit of our practice towards the basics.”

Espanola had the only team in girls play and posted a team score of 516.

Olivia Mitchell shot 106 as the lone girls competitor for the Rattlers.

Junior varsity players for Tucumcari included Drew Hale (100), Johnny Barreras (96), Nathan Andrade (94) and Michael Martinez (92).

Tucumcari’s next meet is Tuesday in Lovington.

Baseball postponed

The baseball team postponed its Monday doubleheader with Estancia due to Monday’s weather.

A makeup date should be scheduled by the end of the week, THS Athletic Director Wayne Ferguson said.

The Rattlers, 1-2 on the season, play three games this weekend in a round-robin affair at San Jon. The Rattlers play two games Friday — against Floyd at 1 p.m. and San Jon’s No. 1 team at 4 p.m. A 1 p.m. Saturday matchup with San Jon’s second team will round out the tournament.

Track

The boys track team finished second, and Jamie Jones earned three first-place finishes Saturday in Estancia.

The Rattler boys were beaten 111-108 by the host team and easily outdistanced Santa Fe Capital (78 points) and Santa Rosa (65).

Individual winners for the boys included Jeremy Lopez (long jump, 18-11 1/4), Justin Benavidez (100-meter dash, 11.58, and 200-meter dash, 23.33) and Nathan McDonald, who qualified for the state track meet with a javelin throw of 153-11.

Jones scored victories in the shot put (32-3, state qualifier), discus (98-9, state qualifier) and javelin (103-8) for the girls, who finished third behind Estancia (119 points) and Hope Christian (80).