Rattlers get first test

By Ryan Lengerich Estancia came up short in their first week against Laguna, but don’t look for this week to be anything like the Rattlers first two. Tucumcari (2-0) battles Estancia (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday night at Rattler Stadium in their third straight home game of the 2003 season. The Rattlers have not been […]

Two games, two wins, Rattlers 101, opponents 0

By Ryan Lengerich Questa’s Justin Martinez thought he had the angle. But as he lunged to make the tackle on Tucumcari junior Chris McCasland, the Rattlers star delivered a devastating stiff arm sending Martinez to sideline turf. McCasland cruised into the endzone for his second punt return touchdown of the half. Still stomach first on […]

House led by experience, setters

By Ryan Lengerich Experience will be the key to success for the 2003 House Cowgirls volleyball team. Head coach Jason Lee loses only one starter from a team that finished third in the district last year. House will be counting on three seniors and two freshman to lead the way this season. Three seniors return […]

San Jon finds strength in height

By Ryan Lengerich San Jon opened the 2003 volleyball season with a 3-1 victory against Dora High School, a team head coach Clair Rachor said he doesn’t remember ever defeating. The Lady Coyotes are coming off a rebuilding year and return all but one player, Gwen Martinez. San Jon also returns three all-district performer in […]

Rattlers don’t want ‘big head’

By Ryan Lengerich The Tucumcari football team battles Questa Friday in what should be this season’s final tuneup. The Rattlers (1-0) meet Questa (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Rattler Stadium. The two team’s opening games were blowouts with Tucumcari giving a beating and Questa taking one. Clayton steamed into Questa and bounced the home team […]

Six-Man Football: Logan defending title, House wants first playoff spot

By Ryan Lengerich The Logan Longhorn football team has only two seniors after graduating five players from last season’s district championship squad. Senior running back and defensive end Kurt Burns is in his fifth year with the team since joining as an eighth grader. The other senior, Brett Sanders is in his third year since […]

Push-ups and hard work Lady Rattlers’ new style

By Ryan Lengerich The Tucumcari volleyball team will be short on experience and height this season but will be full of potential. The Lady Rattlers open the 2003 campaign at 7 p.m. tonight at Logan High School. The team scrimmaged Logan, San Jon and House Aug. 23 in a 20 minute running clock format. Although […]

Rattlers dominate opener

By Ryan Lengerich Junior running back Rob McClelland scored the winning touchdown Friday on a 47-yard dash to the right side of the endzone. And that touchdown came with 8:36 remaining — in the quarter. The Rattlers tattooed the Menaul Panthers 54-0 in the 2003 season opener Friday at Rattler Stadium. Menaul had only 24 […]

Rookie QB ready for first snap

By Ryan Lengerich Last season as wide receiver junior Chris McCasland was the feature target for Rattlers quarterback Sam Nunn. Now as quarterback he assumes a new role — as every opposing defensive player’s feature target. Raised in Tucumcari, McCasland developed as a wide receiver throughout grade school. After a short stint as running back […]

Coach has team focused on first game, not another championship

By Ryan Lengerich The top of each Rattler player’s four-inch wide by 11-inch long card reads “Rattler game preparation schedule” followed by a blank space. Hand written in each space is the name of Friday’s opponent — Menaul. Since this season’s first practice, Rattler players have used the cards to track lifting statistics and workouts […]