Rattler wrestlers finish to season shows promise

Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team ends its season with four of 11 state competitors placing fifth at the 3-4A state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Rio Rancho. “These wrestlers may have been young, but their hearts were big,” said Eddie Encinias, head wrestling coach. Encinias said this year’s team was easily the […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes start district tourney


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers will host the District 5 3A championship games this weekend at the Snake Pit after sweeping Santa Rosa Saturday at the Lions Den. The Rattlers, 17-5, 6-0, edged the Lions 64-62 in a contest that was too close for comfort for head coach […]

Rattlers have 11 wrestlers competing at state


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers closed out their regular season and district competition with a 220-pound district championship by Antonio Norton Jr.  and qualifying 11 of 12 wrestlers for the state tournament. “Norton was a beast and he went the distance to win the district championship,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers head […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers battle Lions for first place


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer To say the Tucumcari Rattlers’ upcoming district games in Santa Rosa on Saturday are going to be exciting would be a grandiose understatement. “The gym is going to be packed and rocking,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers will venture into the Lions Den, […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers will fight to remain first in district at Raton


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers 14-7, 3-1, go into today’s district game at Raton riding a three-game win streak. Their latest, a 62-47 win over Clayton on Thursday, has the Lady Rattlers excited about their next challenge. “We need to come out and jump on them right away,” said Lady […]

Rattlers sweep Lions, Longhorns split with Fort Sumner


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer As players, coaches and fans watched the basketball sail through the air, the last thing Tucumcari High School Rattlers head coach John Span said he heard before the buzzer sounded and crowd erupted Saturday night was, “It’s in, coach!” Those words were spoken to Span by Rattlers John Paul Garcia […]

Local teams ready for district basketball games


Staff Report The Tucumcari, San Jon and Logan boys and girls basketball teams are in the thick of district competition. The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers have critical games Saturday against rival Santa Rosa at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers 13-5, are currently ranked first in the District 5 3A standings with a 2-0 record. […]

Young wrestlers making strides

Staff Report With most of the varsity sidelined because of sickness, the young bucks of the Tucumcari High School Rattlers wrestling team endured and shined on Friday at the Cardinal Classic tournament in Las Vegas. “The Cardinal Classic at Robertson High School is one of the toughest tournaments of the year and our young Rattlers […]

Rattler cheer team prepares for Roswell

The Tucumcari Rattler
Cheerleaders won first
place on Jan. 16 at
Clovis. They will compete
on Feb. 20 at

    Staff Report Coming off a first-place finish at Clovis, the Tucumcari Rattler cheerleading team is training for their third competition of the year on Feb. 20 at Roswell. The girls placed second on Dec. 19 in Portales and first on Jan. 16 at the Clovis High School Spirit competition, said Lauren Montano, cheer […]

Rattler wrestlers benefit from high-paced season

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattler wrestling team is hitting its stride as it prepares for its fifth event in two weeks this Friday at the Cardinal Classic at Robertson High School in Las Vegas. The past two weeks have been a real challenge for the wrestlers as they have competed in 12 […]