Rattlers, Coyotes state basketball runs end with quarterfinal losses

Staff Report Tucumcari Rattlers The fourth seed Tucumcari Rattlers lost 53-44 to fifth seed Santa Fe Prep in the quarterfinals of the 3A boys state basketball tournament. “Fouls were an issue and they took away one of our bigger players against a team that is six-four, six-five and six-eighth in height,” said John Span. “When […]

Lady Longhorns, Longhorns set to compete in state semifinals

Lady Buffaloes Caley Barnard lunges past Lady Longhorn defender Emily Collins to shoot during the district 6 2A championship on Feb. 28 at Logan. Melrose won the game 72-64. Barnard scored 47-points of Melrose’s points. The Lady Longhorns will need to contain Barnard during today’s semi-finals game against Melrose in the 2A state basketball tournament in Albuquerque. This will be the fourth meeting of the two teams in less than a month.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The third seed Logan Lady Longhorns will play an all-too-familiar district opponent, the second seed Melrose Buffaloes, in the 2A state basketball semifinals today at 3 p.m. at Bernalillo High School in Bernalillo. This will be the fourth meeting of the two teams in the past month. On Feb. […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Lady Longhorns and Coyotes at state tourney

Rattler Michael Eldridge shoots a jump shot over
a Skyhawk defender who fell during the struggle
for a rebound during Saturday’s first round game
of the 3A state basketball tournament at the
Snake Pit. Tucumcari beat Newcomb 74-52 and
will play Santa Fe Prep in the quarterfinals at
11:30 a.m. today at Bernalillo High School in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia and Steve Hansen The fourth-seed Tucumcari Rattlers, 23-5, plays today against the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins in the quarter-finals of the 3A state basketball tournament at Bernalillo high school in Albuquerque. To advance to the quarter-finals, the Rattlers beat the 13th-seed Newcomb Skyhawks 74-52 Saturday night at the Snake Pit in […]

Lady Longhorns set to play Mountainair in the 2A state basketball quarterfinals

Lady Longhorn Kylee Foote’s jump shot is contested by two Lady Chief defenders during Friday's 2A state basketball tournament at Logan. The Lady Longhorns won the game 63-28 and will play Mountainair at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bernalillo High School in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorns 20-7, have advanced to play Mountainair  Tuesday in the 2A girls state basketball tournament after routing the Mescalero Apache Lady Chiefs 63-28 Friday at Logan. The Lady Longhorns held Mescalero Apache to 11 points in the first half and 17 points in the second half. […]

Coyotes fall to Broncos in tight district title battle

The Floyd Broncos’
Josue Gonzales (21)
chases the San Jon
Coyotes’ D.C. Lee, with
the ball, during
Saturday’s District 4 1A
championship game.
The Broncos won 67-64.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The San Jon Coyotes almost pulled a district championship out of a last-minute lead Saturday, but the Floyd Broncos scored during the closing single-digit seconds, edging out a championship at 67-64. The Broncos held the lead throughout the game until the Coyotes tied it up at 61 with 1:09  […]

Rattlers lose district title match to Yellowjackets in overtime

Rattler Michael Eldridge goes up to block Yellowjacket Kadar Gayle’s jump shot during the District 5 3A championship at Clayton. The Rattlers lost 83-79 in overtime.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers rallied back from an 18-point deficit to force overtime during Monday night’s District 4 3A championship but fell short 83-79 to the Yellowjackets in Clayton. “We played good enough to win tonight but we missed some opportunities,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. At the start […]

Lady Buffaloes defeat Lady Longhorns in close title matchup

Lady Longhorn Kippi Webb shoots a jump shot over Lady Buffalo Cayle Barnard during the District 6 2A championship Saturday at Logan.  The Lady Longhorns lost 72-64 in overtime. The Lady Longhorns and Longhorns, who beat Melrose 74-68 Monday for the District 6 2A championship, now wait to be seeded in the 2A state basketball tournament.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorns’ hopes for a District 6 2A championship were dashed Saturday night as a  47-point performance from Caley Barnard propelled the Melrose Lady Buffaloes to a 72-64 win in overtime at Logan. “Our girls played tough and I’m proud of them,” said Clair Rachor Lady Longhorns […]

Rattlers advance to District 5 3A championship

Rattler John Paul Garcia takes flight to block the shot of Lion’s Nathan Sanchez during Thursday’s District 5 3A game against Santa Rosa at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers won 75-40 and have advanced to the District 5 championship against the Clayton Yellowjackets.  The championship game will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers—22-4, 5-2—will travel to Clayton Saturday to contend for the District 5 3A championship after beating the Santa Rosa Lions 75-40 Thursday night at the Snake Pit. “We played good tonight, but I still think we can do better,” said Rattler Zedric Henderson Greene. “In fact I […]

Lady Longhorns set to host district 6 2A championship

Lady Longhorn Shana Sorrels lunges for the lose ball during Friday night’s
district game against Melrose at Logan. The Lady Longhorns won 61-57 and
forced Melrose into a playoff game Saturday in Tucumcari for first place in the
District 6 2A standings. Logan won that game 60-57 and will host the district
championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Logan.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After back-to-back nail-biting wins over the Melrose Lady Buffaloes, the Lady Longhorns have earned the first-seed in the district 6 2A tournament and will host the championship Friday at Logan. “The Lady Longhorns know whichever team they play on Friday will be challenge to overcome,” said Clair Rachor, Lady […]

Rattler wrestlers finish year with strong state showings

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattler wrestling team ended the season Saturday with five of its 10 state 4A state qualifiers placing in the top six at the state tournament in Rio Rancho. “The season did not pan out the way I had envisioned it, but overall I am one proud coach,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers […]