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 […]

Logan sweeps Rattlers in close homecoming games

Lady Rattler Melissa Gardea's shot is contested by Lady Longhorn defenders during Friday’s
homecoming game against Logan at the Snake Pit. The Lady Rattlers fell 46-41 to the Lady
Longhorns. The Rattlers lost 63-55 to the Longhorns. The Rattlers begin their district games
Thursday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers high school basketball teams lost to Logan on Friday for their homecoming in two fast-paced and close games that each of the coaches feel will strength their teams as they prepare for district play this week. Games like this help to prepare the […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers prep for stout Logan teams

Rattler John Fought takes the charge during the 47-35 win against the Estancia Bears on Jan. 12 at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers will host the Logan Longhorns
Friday for Homecoming.

Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers basketball teams have a busy week coming up, taking on Dexter on Thursday and Logan Friday night for their homecoming at the Snake Pit in Tucumcari. “We have to be ready to play a strong game on the road and turn right back around and face a […]

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 […]