Lady Rattlers prepare for district opener


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s volleyball team has a week to prepare for its district opener scheduled Oct. 13 at Santa Rosa. Improving to 10-3 after Saturday’s 3-0 win at the Snake Pit against Penasco, the Lady Rattlers are heading into district competition with confidence, said coachDana Benavidez. “We are going to work […]

College rodeo team preps for home competition

-Staff Report The Mesalands Community College rodeo team won the tie-down roping reserve championship title on Sept. 24 at its second rodeo of the season in Douglas, Arizona. While sophomore Justin Stegall of Morristown, Arizona, won the reserve title at the Cochise College, the Mesalands teams did not compete as well as they did at […]

Bye-week chance to recuperate


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers need to use this bye-week to get healthy while preparing mentally for district play, said Head Coach Wayne Ferguson. Ferguson said Friday night’s 43-6 homecoming loss to the Eunice Cardinals showed the coaches the team’s potential. He said if fans look at the score they are […]

Lady Rattlers’ last non-district game Saturday


By Thomas Garcia Senior writer Saturday’s game against Penasco will be the last non-district encounter for the 8-3 Tucumcari volleyball team. The game is set for 1 p.m., at the Snake Pit. Tucumcari also played at San Jon on Tuesday. “We need to work on our setting defense,” said Kayce Lease, Lady Rattlers defensive […]

Rattlers host Eunice in homecoming tilt


By Thomas Garcia Senior writer Tucumcari’s football team should not focus on its 0-5 start, but on contending and containing the speed of Eunice’s offense on Friday, said Rattlers Coach Wayne Ferguson. Homecoming is Friday night against the non-district Cardinals at the Rattler Stadium. The game starts at 7. Ferguson said district teams Texico […]

Rattlers must contain Foxes’ QB


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 0-4 Tucumcari Rattlers will need to contain the center of a dynamic Fort Sumner offense if they hope to break into the win column Friday night. In other words, they have to stop Foxes Quarterback Jude Segura. The game is set for 7 p.m., at Fort Sumner […]

Lady Rattlers ready for Santa Fe tourney


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 7-2 Tucumcari volleyball team is anxious to begin pool play Friday at the Santa Fe Indian Schools tournament, said Head Coach Dana Benavidez. Benavidez said despite the 3-0 loss to Dexter on Thursday, the Lady Rattlers have been playing well. She said against Dexter, the Lady Rattlers committed […]

Lady Rattlers cross country team places fourth at Pecos

Staff report Despite a muddy course and shortage of team members, the Lady Rattlers cross country team placed fourth at the Ron Valdez cross country invitational at Pecos last week. “It was a muddy mess for the runners but the girls and boys finished strong,” said Gary Hittson, head coach. Hittson said the Lady Rattlers […]

Cross country teams place second and third at Moriarty

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Both Tucumcari cross country teams recorded strong showings at Moriarty on Saturday. Competing for the first time, the Lady Rattlers finished second behind Los Lunas. The Rattlers finished third behind Moriarty and Los Lunas. “Los Lunas (girls team) was tough, they had an impressive run,” said Gary Hittson, cross […]

Lady Rattlers on a six-game winning streak


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 7-1 Tucumcari volleyball team continues to show improvement and teamwork as the season progresses, their coach and players agree. “We have all been working on our mental focus during the game,” said the Lady Rattlers’ Destinee Montano. Montano said communication has been a large part of the […]