Improvements still needed for Rattler wrestlers

Staff Report An eighth-grade Tucumcari Rattlers wrestler has taken the opportunity to prove himself on the varsity squad with a first-place finish Thursday at Amarillo High and a 4-1 finish Saturday at Bernalillo High School in Albuquerque. “This young buck has shown that he has what it takes to compete at the varsity level and […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers prepare for Loving Falcons

Rattler Zedric Henderson-Greene goes up for the layup during Monday’s practice at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers will host Loving Saturday night in a non district
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Staff Report The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers took first place Saturday in the Estancia Basketball Tournament with a 55-38 win over Mountainair in the championship game. “This is a great confidence booster for the team,” said Gary Hittson, Lady Rattlers head coach. The Lady Rattlers, 9-3, had five team members recognized for their play in the […]

Rattler wrestling team doubles up on mat time

Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team will be seeing twice the action these next few weeks as Head Coach Eddie Encinias plans to attend two wrestling events a week. “We did not wrestle up to our potential last weekend at Saint Michael’s,” Encinias said. “We’ve got to start getting things in line before district.” […]

Rattlers tournament delivers stout wrestling competition

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari High School Rattlers wrestling team, along with 17 visiting teams, residents and families of the athletes, worked to pin a different type of opponent at the Rattler Invite, cancer. Despite having been diagnosed recently with cancer, Rattlers head wrestling coach Eddie Encinias remains adamant that he will […]

Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers sweep Dexter at Snake Pit

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers staved off last-minute rallies Thursday night by the Demons to sweep Dexter at the Snake Pit. It came down to point guard Ashley Shipley’s free throw giving the Rattlers (4-2) the 56-54)win over the Lady Demons. “I just thought, breath, take your time and make […]

Wrestling tournament, basketball games set for this weekend

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Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team will play host to 18 teams Saturday during their annual Rattler Invite tournament at the Snake Pit. “These guys are showing a lot of promise, I know I say that every year but we’ve got a great group of young men,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. Encinias […]

Middle school wrestling tournament benefits home, away teams

Rattlers Desmond Engel works to pin Demon's Gustavo Sauecenado during the Rattlers Middle School wrestling tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Middle School wrestling program has coaches excited about the future of the program following Saturday’s successful tournament at the Snake Pit. The single-day middle school tournament drew more than 10 schools from Texas and from across New Mexico, said Tim Clark, middle school wrestling coach. The middle-school […]

Lady Longhorns fall to Fort Sumner in four sets

Logan senior Kippi Webb and junior McKenna Stone set up for the block attempt against Fort Sumner's
Paris Allred during Friday's Class 2A volleyball state semifinal at the Santa Ana Star Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com RIO RANCHO — As far as small-school volleyball districts go, District 6-2A claims to be one of the toughest. On Friday, they proved it, putting three teams in the Class 2A semifinals and both teams in today’s 9 a.m. title match at Santa Ana Star Center. “We knew all […]

Rattlers postseason run ends with first-round loss at Texico

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com TEXICO — The 2015 football season came to an end on Friday for the Tucumcari Rattlers. Meantime, Texico lives to play another day after posting a 34-7 win in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Tucumcari (3-7), the ninth seed in the 12-team field, led 7-0 at […]

Longhorns lose to Melrose in 8-man state football semifinals

Longhorns wide receiver Jared Lubera changes direction and changes the hand he carries the football in as the Melrose defenders close in during the 8-man
state football semifinal game Saturday in Logan.

Staff Report The Logan Longhorns’ 8-man state tournament run ended Saturday night with a 68-13 semifinals loss to the Melrose Buffaloes at Logan. The first four minutes of the semifinals game was a far different picture than the final score reflects, said Kene Terry, Longhorns head coach. The Longhorns opened up the game with a […]