Lady Rattlers ready for Santa Fe tourney


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 7-2 Tucumcari volleyball team is anxious to begin pool play Friday at the Santa Fe Indian Schools tournament, said Head Coach Dana Benavidez. Benavidez said despite the 3-0 loss to Dexter on Thursday, the Lady Rattlers have been playing well. She said against Dexter, the Lady Rattlers committed […]

Lady Rattlers cross country team places fourth at Pecos

Staff report Despite a muddy course and shortage of team members, the Lady Rattlers cross country team placed fourth at the Ron Valdez cross country invitational at Pecos last week. “It was a muddy mess for the runners but the girls and boys finished strong,” said Gary Hittson, head coach. Hittson said the Lady Rattlers […]

Cross country teams place second and third at Moriarty

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Both Tucumcari cross country teams recorded strong showings at Moriarty on Saturday. Competing for the first time, the Lady Rattlers finished second behind Los Lunas. The Rattlers finished third behind Moriarty and Los Lunas. “Los Lunas (girls team) was tough, they had an impressive run,” said Gary Hittson, cross […]

Lady Rattlers on a six-game winning streak


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 7-1 Tucumcari volleyball team continues to show improvement and teamwork as the season progresses, their coach and players agree. “We have all been working on our mental focus during the game,” said the Lady Rattlers’ Destinee Montano. Montano said communication has been a large part of the […]

Rattlers fall at home to Estancia

Correspondent Photo: Christopher Cook

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A triple-threat rushing attack by the Estancia Bears wore down the Tucumcari defense, while turnovers once again stalled Rattlers’ offensive drives in Friday night football action. “I am proud of our effort; we kept playing even though we were running out of steam,” said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head […]

Tucumcari seeks road win

Correspondent Photo: Christopher Cook

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari has a big challenge coming up Friday night at Dexter. “Dexter has some big linemen and they have skilled receivers and rushers,” said Rattlers football Wayne Ferguson. Ferguson said the Demons have a 3-0 record, but he feels the Rattlers, 0-3,  have faced stronger competition. He said […]

Lady Rattlers beat Logan in 5, win home tournament


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Lady Rattlers beat the Lady Longhorns of Logan in five sets Saturday to win their volleyball tournament at the Snake Pit. “It is an amazing feeling, to win this tournament, our tournament,” said Kaycee Lease, who was named tournament MVP. Lease said she never doubted the team’s ability […]

Cross country teams ready for new course

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s cross country runners had success, mixed with frustration at their meet in Lovington last week. “At first, the runners were disappointed with where they placed,” said Gary Hittson cross country head coach. But the good news was both teams turned in their best times of the year. The […]

Rattlers fall to Chargers at home

The Rattler’s Robbie Hartmann tackles Charger quarterback Clay Crosby .

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s dream first half turned into a nightmare on the first possession of the second half Friday night. Fumbles on each of the first two second-half possessions by the Rattlers gave Albuquerque Academy the momentum and, ultimately, the win, 39-22. It was the home football opener for Tucumcari, which […]

Rattlers still seek first win

The Rattler’s Zach Martinez shoestring tackles Academy’s wide receiver Thomas Lujan during Friday’s 39-22 loss.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers have to work together as a team, but also be responsible as individuals, Coach Wayne Ferguson is reminding players as they head into Week 3 of the high school football season. Ferguson said teamwork is essential;  if everyone doesn’t follow through on their assignments, the […]