Lady Rattlers win season opener against Fort Sumner


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite first-game jitters and a second-set rally by Fort Sumner, the Lady Rattlers won their volleyball season opener Tuesday night, 3-1, at the Snake Pit. “We had a few mental mistakes, but the girls played with a lot of energy and heart,” said Dana Benavidez, Lady Rattlers head coach. […]

Area volleyball teams set to open season on a positive note


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer As a new season of high school volleyball draws near, many teams are making the adjustments for lost players, new coaches and even a district rival. Dana Benavidez takes over as head coach for the Tucumcari Lady Rattlers this season, replacing Lawrence Sena, who took an administrative position in […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes are ready for a new season


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer High school football returns to the area Friday with a road game for Tucumcari and home games for Logan and San Jon. Escalate is going to be a strong challenge for the Rattlers to open the season, said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head coach. Ferguson said the Lobos are the […]

Rattlers readying for Robertson

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Saul Ramos looks for a receiver Monday during Tucumcari Rattler varsity practice.

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer The Tucumcari High Rattlers will scrimmage beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday at home with the Cardinals of Las Vegas’ Robertson High School. It’s a scrimmage game that doesn’t count for either team.  Robertson isn’t even on Tucumcari’s schedule this year, head coach Wayne Ferguson said. The scrimmage, Ferguson said, “will […]

Lady Rattlers volleyball will start season with new coach


Staff Report The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers varsity volleyball team will feature six returning seniors but will be under the direction of new head coach Dana Benavidez. “We have not begun official practices yet but the girls have already begun working on their fundamentals and conditioning,” Benavidez said. Benavidez said the prospects for this season are […]

Roughstock event rides into town

Hunter Brasfield of Colorado does his best to stay on the bronc  Saturday during the bare back event of Champion Roughstock Challenge at the Quay County Rodeo Arena.

Staff Report Fifty contestants competed in the Champion Roughstock Challenge on Saturday, trying their best to beat the bulls and horses and win their part of the $10,000 purse. “The event went well and we absolutely loved to bring the event back to Tucumcari, said Robert Allemand, general manager of BR Rodeo Productions, explaining that […]

Mesalands team roper finishes 14th in nation

Staff Report A Mesalands Community College rodeo team member competed in the team roping event at the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, finishing 14th in the nation. Kyle Jurney, of Eunice, competed at the CNFR with Bobby Flores (heeler) from Cochise on June 12 – 18 at the Casper Event Center. “We […]

1A-3A 2016 State Track and Field results


2016 1A-3A boys and girls state track and field results. Tucumcari Boys 200 meter dash 8. Zedric Henderson Greene, 24.42 3200 meter run 8. Steven Chaney, 11:50.82 400 meter relay 2. Tucumcari, 45.31, 1. John Paul Garcia, 2. Zedric Henderson Greene, 3. Billy Sandoval, 4. Michael Shelton 800 meter relay 6. Tucumcari, 45.31, 1. John […]

District Sports Results— May 4


The Tucumcari Rattlers boys and girls track teams placed as District 5 3A runners-up Saturday during the district track meet in Tucumcari. The Rattler boys had eight qualify and the girls had 10 qualify to compete Friday and Saturday at the state track meet in Albuquerque. Boys Team results 1. Santa Rosa 173 2. Tucumcari […]

Local high school athletes honored


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Coaches, players and managers of Quay County high school basketball teams competing in the 1A, 2A and 3A state tournaments received honors Thursday at the Tucumcari Elks Club. The Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers, Logan Longhorns, Lady Longhorns and San Jon Coyotes were recognized for competing in the 2016 state […]