Rattlers tournament delivers stout wrestling competition

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari High School Rattlers wrestling team, along with 17 visiting teams, residents and families of the athletes, worked to pin a different type of opponent at the Rattler Invite, cancer. Despite having been diagnosed recently with cancer, Rattlers head wrestling coach Eddie Encinias remains adamant that he will […]

Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers sweep Dexter at Snake Pit

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers staved off last-minute rallies Thursday night by the Demons to sweep Dexter at the Snake Pit. It came down to point guard Ashley Shipley’s free throw giving the Rattlers (4-2) the 56-54)win over the Lady Demons. “I just thought, breath, take your time and make […]

Wrestling tournament, basketball games set for this weekend

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Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team will play host to 18 teams Saturday during their annual Rattler Invite tournament at the Snake Pit. “These guys are showing a lot of promise, I know I say that every year but we’ve got a great group of young men,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. Encinias […]

Middle school wrestling tournament benefits home, away teams

Rattlers Desmond Engel works to pin Demon's Gustavo Sauecenado during the Rattlers Middle School wrestling tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Middle School wrestling program has coaches excited about the future of the program following Saturday’s successful tournament at the Snake Pit. The single-day middle school tournament drew more than 10 schools from Texas and from across New Mexico, said Tim Clark, middle school wrestling coach. The middle-school […]

Lady Longhorns fall to Fort Sumner in four sets

Logan senior Kippi Webb and junior McKenna Stone set up for the block attempt against Fort Sumner's
Paris Allred during Friday's Class 2A volleyball state semifinal at the Santa Ana Star Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — As far as small-school volleyball districts go, District 6-2A claims to be one of the toughest. On Friday, they proved it, putting three teams in the Class 2A semifinals and both teams in today’s 9 a.m. title match at Santa Ana Star Center. “We knew all […]

Rattlers postseason run ends with first-round loss at Texico

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com TEXICO — The 2015 football season came to an end on Friday for the Tucumcari Rattlers. Meantime, Texico lives to play another day after posting a 34-7 win in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Tucumcari (3-7), the ninth seed in the 12-team field, led 7-0 at […]

Longhorns lose to Melrose in 8-man state football semifinals

Longhorns wide receiver Jared Lubera changes direction and changes the hand he carries the football in as the Melrose defenders close in during the 8-man
state football semifinal game Saturday in Logan.

Staff Report The Logan Longhorns’ 8-man state tournament run ended Saturday night with a 68-13 semifinals loss to the Melrose Buffaloes at Logan. The first four minutes of the semifinals game was a far different picture than the final score reflects, said Kene Terry, Longhorns head coach. The Longhorns opened up the game with a […]

Tucumcari, Logan prep for state tourney

Rattlers running back Daniel Lopez takes two Tiger defenders for a ride as he steams forward for the
first down during Friday's 36-26 win against Raton at Rattlers Stadium. The Rattlers earned the ninth
seed in the 3A state football tournament and will play at 7 p.m., Friday at eighth-seeded Texico.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers football team drew the ninth seed and will compete against the eighth-seed Texico Wolverines in the first round of the 3A state tournament Friday at Texico. The Rattlers won their final game of the season 36-26 Friday night against district opponent Raton Tigers at Rattler Stadium. […]

Coyotes’ 6-man state tournament run ends against Floyd

Coyotes running back Jacob Thurman breaks away from the Floyd defenders during the 6-man semifinal loss against the Broncos Saturday at San Jon. The
Grady/San Jon Coyotes loss 40-38 ending their post season run.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Grady/San Jon Coyotes’ football season came to an end Saturday with a 40-38 state 6-man semifinals loss to the Floyd Broncos at San Jon. “There will not be another team like this, but we can’t let that stop us we need to keep our heads up and come […]

Lady Longhorns set to begin 2A state tourney pool play

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Logan players celebrate
winning a long rally to
set up game point in the
first set of Saturday’s
District 6-2A championship
at Melrose. Logan
needed four chances at game point to take it 30-28, and went on to win in four sets.

Staff Report The Logan Lady Longhorns are the second seed in the 2A state volleyball tournament, despite winning the District 6-2A championship Saturday at Melrose. District runner-up Melrose received the top seed in the 12-team field this year; 2A pool play and state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday in Rio Rancho. With Saturday’s […]