Touney begins with Rattlers’ wins

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By TV Hagenah The first round of the 2003 edition of the Route 66 Holiday Basketball Tournament is history and both the boys’ and girls’ varsity squads of Tucumcari are alive and well and in the winner’s bracket. Boys In their Thursday evening game, the Tucumcari Rattlers dominated their first round Elida opponents outscoring and […]

Undefeated Rattlers stage come-from-behind victory

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By TV Hagnenah Clearly, the game the previous evening had taken its toll as the Tucumcari Lady Rattlers took on the Logan Lady Longhorns Saturday evening. Tucumcari started slow on offense and while their defense was solid early in the game. But it was not enough for Tucumcari to overcome the full-court pressing Lady Longhorns […]

Logan dominates in T-Town

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By TV Hagenah Clearly, the game the previous evening had taken its toll as the Tucumcari Lady Rattlers took on the Logan Lady Longhorns Saturday evening. Tucumcari started slow on offense and while their defense was solid early in the game. But it was not enough for Tucumcari to overcome the full-court pressing Lady Longhorns […]

Rattlers press leads to win

By TV Hagenah When the the boys’ basketball game between San Jon and Tucumcari at Rattler Gymnasium began Friday evening, everyone in the stands knew they were in for a show and they were not disappointed because the final score of 84-59 did not reflect just how competitive the game was. Tucumcari (2-0) wanted to […]

San Jon drops Lady Rattlers

By TV Hagenah The San Jon Lady Coyotes came into the Rattler Gymnasium on Friday evening with thoughts of taking down the Lady Rattlers, and when the dust had settled, take them down they did 60-44. Early on it looked as if it would be a decision in Tucumcari’s favor as the Lady Rattler’s jumped […]

Home field advantage scars title games: Sports Column

By Ryan Lengerich After winning a home game, it seems football players are quick to thank their fans — and they should. Sometimes the thought of home advantage is enough. “Everyone knows were tough to beat at home,” Tucumcari senior A.J. Molinas told me prior to the Tularosa playoff game at Rattler Stadium. Yet high […]

All-State 6-Man teams announced

QCS Reports Seven Longhorns and three Cowboys received all-state recognition for the 2003 six-man football season. The two teams received recognition at four of the 10 first-team defensive positions. Logan senior Kirk Burns, who earned district player-of-the-year honors one week ago, was named to the all-state first team as a rush end and took second […]

Rattlers make all district teams, (complete list here)

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QCS Reports Eleven different Rattlers were placed on the District 2, all-district first or second team for the 2003 season. Senior A.J. Molinas and junior Chris McCasland made the team at three different positions, which was more than any other players. “I was extremely pleased,” said Rattlers coach Dub Smith. “I was hoping that the […]

Repeat hopes crushed

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By Ryan Lengerich Rattlers head coach Dub Smith wanted to force Hatch out of their dominant passing game, but didn’t expect a dominant running game as a substitute. That is exactly what happened when junior Chon Pallares rushed for 155-yards and a touchdown as No. 2 ranked Hatch Valley (10-2) invaded the defending champion’s home […]

Burns wins top 6-man honor

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By Ryan Lengerich Kirk Burns is now the answer the Quay County sports question — who won the first ever player of the year award in six-man football District 2? The senior emerged this season as the consensus player of the year in a district that in past years has only chosen first team offensive […]