Texico tops Tucumcari in 3A title game

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Texico senior Brannon Karger draws contact from Tucumcari defender Jose Flores-Duran in the second quarter of Saturday's Class 3A state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Karger had 24 points in Texico's 77-52 win.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The family joined the fraternity. Behind an attacking defense and a 46-point, 21-rebound effort from Brannon Karger and Nathan Phipps, the Texico Wolverines joined the ever-growing fraternity of state champions with a no-doubt 77-52 Class 3A win over Tucumcari to claim its fifth title in school history and […]

Rattlers take on Wolverines Saturday for 3A state championship

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Tucumcari junior Zedric Henderson-Greene takes a turnaround shot in transition against Lordsburg junior Jose Escobar in the first quarter of Thursday's Class 3A semifinal at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The No. 4 seed Tucumcari Rattlers have advanced to Saturday’s 3A state basketball championship against the No. 2 Texico Wolverines at the Wisepies Arena (The Pit) at the University Of New Mexico at Albuquerque. “The Wolverines are a very good team that shoots the ball well,” said John Span, […]

Lady Longhorns play Melrose today for 2A championship

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Logan sophomore Kaylee Foote  tries to get position against Magdalena's Hannah Castanon during Thursday's Class 2A girls semifinal at Bernalillo High School. Logan defeated Magdalena 49-40.

QCS Staff The No.1 seed Logan Lady Longhorns will play for the 2A State Basketball Championship at 5:30 p.m., today against district rival No. 7 seed Melrose Lady Buffaloes at Wisepies Arena (The Pit) at the University Of New Mexico at Albuquerque. The top-ranked Lady Longhorns are riding an eight-game win streak going into the […]

Rattlers set to play Lions in state quarterfinals

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The fourth-seed seed Tucumcari Rattlers will face the 5 seed Santa Rosa Lions for the fifth time this season on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 3A state boys basketball tournament in Rio Rancho. The Rattlers, 19-5, 6-0, beat Desert Academy 74-52 Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinal […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes ready for state play

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Staff Writer After a district championship weekend in Quay County, five area teams will begin their state basketball tournament run Friday and Saturday at home and on the road. Teams were seeded on Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association and teams ranked first through eighth earned a first-round home game; […]

Rattler wrestlers finish to season shows promise

Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team ends its season with four of 11 state competitors placing fifth at the 3-4A state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Rio Rancho. “These wrestlers may have been young, but their hearts were big,” said Eddie Encinias, head wrestling coach. Encinias said this year’s team was easily the […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes start district tourney

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers will host the District 5 3A championship games this weekend at the Snake Pit after sweeping Santa Rosa Saturday at the Lions Den. The Rattlers, 17-5, 6-0, edged the Lions 64-62 in a contest that was too close for comfort for head coach […]

Rattlers have 11 wrestlers competing at state

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers closed out their regular season and district competition with a 220-pound district championship by Antonio Norton Jr.  and qualifying 11 of 12 wrestlers for the state tournament. “Norton was a beast and he went the distance to win the district championship,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers head […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers battle Lions for first place

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer To say the Tucumcari Rattlers’ upcoming district games in Santa Rosa on Saturday are going to be exciting would be a grandiose understatement. “The gym is going to be packed and rocking,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers will venture into the Lions Den, […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers will fight to remain first in district at Raton

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers 14-7, 3-1, go into today’s district game at Raton riding a three-game win streak. Their latest, a 62-47 win over Clayton on Thursday, has the Lady Rattlers excited about their next challenge. “We need to come out and jump on them right away,” said Lady […]