Ten Rattler wrestlers heading to 4A state tournament

The Rattlers’ wrestling team has qualified 10 members to compete at the 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Rio Rancho.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Ten Tucumcari Rattler wrestlers have qualified for the 4A state wrestling tournament that will be held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. “I can’t help but be proud of these guys,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers head wrestling coach. Encinias said eight wrestlers qualified […]

Area high school basketball teams in mid-district play

Rattler Zedric Henderson-Green fights for the rebound against a Santa Rosa
Lions defender during Friday night’s district game in Santa Rosa. Tucumcari
defeated the Lions 49-47. The Rattlers next game will be Friday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Making free-throws, taking care of the ball and not letting the Clayton Yellowjackets’ Mark Craine move freely underneath the goal will be crucial factors for the Tucumcari Rattlers to win Friday in Clayton, said Rattlers head coach John Span. Span said the Rattlers 19-3, 2-1, will have to do […]

Encinias: Time for the Rattlers to push for greatness

QCS Staff After months of competition, training and pushing themselves to the very breaking limit it all comes down to how the Tucumcari Rattler wrestlers perform in two matches on Friday during the district tournament in Pecos. Rattlers Head Coach Eddie Encinias was putting the wrestlers through the paces testing their conditioning with a series […]

Strand signs to play football at ENMU

Logan Longhorn Wyatt Strand, center, signs his letter of intent to play football for Eastern New Mexico University in Portales as his mother Tammy Gates Velasco, left, his father Wade Strand, right, and teammates watch.  The signing ceremony occurred Wednesday.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Logan Longhorn senior Wyatt Strand has accepted a football scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday, National Signing Day,  in front of his family, and the Logan School student body, from kindergarten to high school seniors. Strand has signed to play […]

Young wrestlers stepping up as state qualifying nears

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team is preparing to return to Robertson high school for the District 2 4A Duals on Saturday at Las Vegas. The Rattlers competed on Friday and Saturday in what Head Coach Eddie Encinias called one of the toughest, if not the toughest among the tournaments in the state, the […]

Area high school basketball teams set for district play


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers–17-3, 1-1–and Lady Rattlers–8-12, 1-1–started district play last weekend with a pair of losses to Clayton and wins over Raton and are preparing to travel Friday to Santa Rosa. The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers next games are against an all-too-familiar opponent, the Santa Rosa Lions and Lady […]

Rattler wrestlers set for Cardinal Classic

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team has had a week off due to inclement weather but is ready for one last grueling challenge before the district duels and open tournaments, said Head Coach Eddie Encinias. Encinias said the Cardinal Classic at Roberston in Las Vegas is going to be a […]

Rattlers, Longhorns prepare for homecoming games

Lady Rattlers Head Coach Gary Hittson works with the defense on cutting off the lane and limiting the options for the opposing point guard. The Lady Rattlers and Rattlers will begin district play at 6 p.m. Friday with a homecoming game against Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers 15-2 and Lady Rattlers 7-10 will contend against homecoming distractions Friday as they start district play against the always-daunting Clayton Yellowjackets. The second season, district competition, is about to begin. “All the games leading up to Friday’s game against Clayton have been preparing us for what […]

Rattlers, Longhorns basketball teams on the road

The Tucumcari Rattlers and Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins scramble for the
rebound during the Jan. 10 game at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers won the game
in overtime 62-60. The Rattlers travel on Thursday to play the Demons at

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Quay County high school teams, boys’ and girls’, and wrestling teams continue regular season action this week. The Tucumcari Rattlers, 13-2, will travel Thursday to take on the Demons, 4-12, at Dexter. The Rattlers had an impressive overtime win against the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins on Jan. 10 […]

Rattlers edge top-ranked Santa Fe Prep in overtime

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Tucumcari Rattlers point guard D’Ontee Sandoval goes airborne for two points
during Saturday’s Rattler victory over Santa Fe Prep’s Blue Griffins, colliding
with the Griffins’ center Ian Andersson (25). Griffins Keenan Amer (20) and Tenzin Dorjee (22) look on.

Sometimes when you never let up even though you’re being outscored, you settle for a loss no one would be ashamed of, but sometimes you win. Victory is what happened with to the Tucumcari Rattlers, now 13-2 for the season, Saturday against the now 8-5 Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins, a team that that was […]