Rattlers prepare for NMMI

William Thompson Tucumcari High School’s head football coach Dub Smith must prepare his team for the toughest game so far this season. The Rattlers are studying their opponent, New Mexico Military Institute, amidst all the hoopla of homecoming week. “We are going to try to focus on the ballgame rather than the distractions of homecoming,” […]

Football standout on sidelines for senior season

William Thompson Nick Wiegel, a 2003 all-state defensive end, and second team all-state tight end for the Tucumcari High School football team, is out for the season due to a knee injury. Wiegel said it has been a difficult adjustment. “I was pretty upset for a long time after I was told I wouldn’t be […]

Logan Bass Club hosts tournament

William Thompson The 13th annual Ute Lake Open bass tournament is coming to Logan Oct. 2-3. Bob Rutter, of the Logan Bass Club, said the tournament draws a big crowd for early fall. “We should have between 50-60 two-person teams,” said Rutter. “That’s a lot of people coming into Logan and spending money on food, […]

House Cowgirls lose to Santa Rosa

TV Hagenah In an away game at Santa Rosa, the House Cowgirls dropped three of four to Santa Rosa Tuesday evening. 18-25, 11-25, 25-19, 7-25. “We’re a young team,” said House head volleyball coach Mark Foust. “We’ve still got room from improvement but we are getting better with every match.” Foust said the young House […]

50 out for Mesalands Rodeo

According to Mesalands Community College Public Information Director John Yearout, 50 students are participating this year with the Mesalands Rodeo Team. Yearout said the 50 athletes come both from all over the state and across the country. Not only do they hail from towns throughout New Mexico, he said they also come from Texas, Colorado, […]

Rattlers win convincingly, 40-13

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School football team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 40-13 win over the Raton Tigers at Rattler Stadium Friday night. Rattler Coach Dub Smith said his team’s defense was a key to victory. “Our defense gave our offense great field position all night,” said Smith. “Our kids played […]

Bowling returns to Tucumcari

William Thompson Dawayne Malone, owner of Mountain View Bowl on S. Lake Street, has reopened Tucumcari’s only bowling alley after a summer respite. Bowling leagues are forming and league play begins the week of Sept. 20. Malone said about 100 Tucumcari residents bowled in leagues last year. “We have a men’s league, a women’s league […]

Rattlers face AAA Raton

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School football team takes on Raton this Friday night at Rattler Stadium, 7 p.m., and if last year is any indication, Tucumcari will be victorious. Last season, Tucumcari beat Raton 40-20. Raton is 2-1 so far this season with victories over Bernalillo and Taos. Their only loss has been to […]

Rattlers head east

The Tucumcari High School football team is looking to go 3-0 for the season when the Estancia Bears host the Rattlers Friday Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Tucumcari has beaten Mora 42-6 and Crownpoint 42-8. Estancia is 0-2, with losses to NMMI and Laguna. Coach Mike Draper of Estancia said his Bears must contain Tucumcari’s […]

Girls lose three of four

TV Hagenah It was a loss for the Tucumcari Rattler Volleyball Team Tuesday evening at the Tucumcari Elementary School Gymnasium as they played Elida, but it was one that was heartening for both the coach and the Rattler team with the scores of 23-25, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25. “We had moments that we were excellent,” said […]