Rattlers lose to Clayton Friday night

By William Thompson The Tucumcari High School boys basketball is now winless in district play after a 59-43 loss at Clayton Friday. The Yellow Jackets hit a number of three-point shots while the Rattlers went 0 for 13 from beyond the three-point line. Clayton went up 9-0 early but Tucumcari stormed back to take an […]

Lady Rattlers lose to Clayton

By William Thompson The Tucumcari High School basketball team hung tough for two quarters at Clayton Friday, but the Lady Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half enroute to a 69-39 victory. It was another district loss for the Lady Rattlers who are now a game below .500 with a 7-8 record. Tucumcari stayed […]

Lady Coyotes fall to Mosquero

By William Thompson The San Jon High School girls basketball team fell in overtime at home against Mosquero Saturday, 46-40. San Jon Head Coach A.J. Laird said it was a positive experience for her team despite the loss. “We are a very young team and we handled the overtime well,” Laird said, “but we just […]

Lady Rattlers win one

By William Thompson The Tucumcari girls basketball team finished 1-2 for the weekend. Saturday’s win over Raton was sandwiched between losses. Santa Rosa 65, Tucumcari 31 The Lady Lions of Santa Rosa took a big early lead as the Lady Rattlers suffered from turnovers. Tucumcari was close in the first few minutes, but the Lady […]

Rattlers win one over weekend

By William Thompson The Tucumcari boys basketball team dropped Raton in overtime on Saturday, but suffered losses Friday and Tuesday. Santa Rosa 49, Tucumcari 45 It was a close, hard-fought game throughout as both teams exchanged short leads. Santa Rosa held on, hitting free throws late to win. The Rattlers had the early lead but […]

Four Rattlers named all-stars

By William Thompson Four Tucumcari High School football players were recently named to the Class 1A/2A North All-Star Team. The all-star team is open only to graduating seniors. Players were selected by high school coaches. Chris McCasland was selected as a free safety, Justin Garcia as a center, Matt Braziel as a defensive back and […]

Wrestlers take fifth

QCS staff The Tucumcari High School wrestling team recently finished fifth at a tournament in Albuquerque. Several Tucumcari wrestlers placed well against competition from big schools that included Albuquerque High School, Bernalillo High School and Highland High School. Coach Eddie Encinias said Brian Lopez is undefeated this season and heavyweight Justin Garcia pinned three opponents […]

Lady Rattlers dealt crushing blow

QCS staff The Tucumcari High School girls basketball team suffered its worst loss of the season Thursday, falling to the Vixens of Fort Sumner, 56-15. The Lady Rattlers’ inability to solve Fort Sumner’s full-court press spelled doom early as Tucumcari ball handlers rarely got the ball past mid-court without giving it away. Fort Sumner beat […]

Fort Sumner free throws sink Rattlers

By William Thompson Free throws down the stretch made the difference for the Fort Sumner Foxes as they slipped past Tucumcari, 57-54, on Thursday at Tucumcari High School. It was the third time the teams have met this season. Fort Sumner won the first game, then Tucumcari evened the series in double overtime in December. […]

Rattlers take Cimarron

William Thompson Tucumcari defeated the Cimarron Rams, 66-57, Saturday in a basketball game marked by streaks at the Santa Rosa Invitational. The Rattlers led 8-0 early, but also trailed 10-9. Playing without ailing Nemie Salvador and injured Eric Holt, the Rattlers improved their record to 7-3. Matt Braziel hit several crucial threes and Jeremy Lopez […]