Tucumcari cross country teams begin season at Lovington

Staff report The Tucumcari boys and girls cross country teams’ first meet was canceled so they will start their season Thursday at Lovington. Coach Gary Hittson said the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers were set to start the season on Saturday. However, their plans changed when Victory Christian canceled its cross country meet. “Victory Christian’s program […]

Lady Rattlers to host regional teams at tournament


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Lady Rattlers have the skills they need to be successful on the court, but need to start each game with intensity, said head volleyball coach Dana Benavidez. The Rattlers will host several regional teams including the Logan Lady Longhorns during their volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday at the […]

Logan, San Jon win home openers, Rattlers fall short at Escalante


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Capitalizing on a third-quarter Tatum turnover proved to be the turning point for the Logan Longhorns’ 28 -14 season-opening football win Friday night at Logan. In other area games, the Tucumcari Rattlers lost 34-6 Friday night at Escalante, while the San Jon Coyotes won their 6-man home opener 70-61 […]

Rattlers prepare for first home game, Logan, San Jon on the road


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari will be put to the test during Friday’s home opener against the Class 5A Albuquerque Academy Chargers, said head football coach Wayne Ferguson. The game starts at 7 p.m. Ferguson said Albuquerque Academy runs a hybrid double-wing formation on offense. He said it is similar to what his […]

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 […]