Lady Rattlers’ last non-district game Saturday

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By Thomas Garcia Senior writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com 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

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By Thomas Garcia Senior writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com 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

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com 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

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Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com 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

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com 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 […]

Rattlers fall at home to Estancia

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com A triple-threat rushing attack by the Estancia Bears wore down the Tucumcari defense, while turnovers once again stalled Rattlers’ offensive drives in Friday night football action. “I am proud of our effort; we kept playing even though we were running out of steam,” said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head […]

Tucumcari seeks road win

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Tucumcari has a big challenge coming up Friday night at Dexter. “Dexter has some big linemen and they have skilled receivers and rushers,” said Rattlers football Wayne Ferguson. Ferguson said the Demons have a 3-0 record, but he feels the Rattlers, 0-3,  have faced stronger competition. He said […]

Lady Rattlers beat Logan in 5, win home tournament

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Lady Rattlers beat the Lady Longhorns of Logan in five sets Saturday to win their volleyball tournament at the Snake Pit. “It is an amazing feeling, to win this tournament, our tournament,” said Kaycee Lease, who was named tournament MVP. Lease said she never doubted the team’s ability […]