Mesalands ready to give a strong performance at rodeo

Staff Report The Mesalands Community College rodeo team is excited and motivated to compete Friday and Saturday at the eighth annual Mesalands Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo at the Quay County Rodeo Arena in Tucumcari. “The men’s and women’s rodeo teams are eager  about competing at home this weekend and taking full advantage of that opportunity,” said […]

Area volleyball teams set to begin district play

Lady Rattlers Desiree Brown and Ryanne Lopez block the dink by Lady
Coyotes Rylee Key as her teammates Juliana Garcia and Rhianna Garcia move
to defend the block. The Lady Rattlers won Saturday's game 3-1 at the Snake

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Wrtier The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers volleyball team beat the San Jon Lady Coyotes in four sets Saturday at the Snake Pit. The Lady Rattlers, 3-7, had a strong performance in the 25-10 final set against the Lady Coyotes, who’ve lost 10 of their 11 games this season. The game was […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes looking for another win

Rattlers running back Billy Sandoval leaves the Foxes’ defenders behind as he rushes 87 yards for a touchdown during Friday night's 28-17 win over Fort
Sumner at Rattler Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers, 2-3, are looking for another win Friday night when they take on the 1-3 Cardinals at Eunice. The Cardinals have a new coach who runs a new system with a spread offense that will most likely rely heavily on its passing game, said Rattlers head coach […]

Mesalands men’s rodeo team wins two titles

Special to QCS The Mesalands Community College men’s rodeo team won two championship titles in saddle bronc riding and in tie-down roping at their first rodeo of the season on Friday and Saturday at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. Mesalands freshman Clay Stremler of Winnemucca, Nevada, took first place in the first round, third in […]

Lady Rattlers cross country on steady pace to district

Staff Report The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers cross country team earned a second-place finish for the second time this season Saturday at Pecos. “The girls continue to show improvement in their time with each competition, said Gary Hittson, Rattlers cross country coach. Hittson said the course at Pecos may be the toughest course the team will […]

Volleyball teams overcome losses, work toward future


Staff Report The Logan Lady Longhorns volleyball team, 11-2, won its third tournament of the season Saturday with a three-set sweep of the Lady Rams at Cimarron. This tournament win comes a week after a second-place finish at the Fort Sumner Lady Vixen tournament. The Lady Longhorns lost in four sets to the Melrose Lady […]

San Jon has bye week: Rattlers, Longhorns on hunt

Rattlers quarterback Tyler Ferguson jumps in celebration as wide receiver Zedric Henderson Greene runs ahead of the Demon defenders for the offense's only
scoring play during Friday's 50-8 loss to Dexter at Rattler Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers, 1-3, are not giving up on the season. They are going to work on limiting mental errors, following through on fundamentals and playing the kind of football the coaches know they are capable of playing, said head coach Wayne Ferguson. Ferguson said the team is a […]

Rattlers set for homecoming: Logan, San Jon on road

Longhorns quarterback Michael Estrada is tackled as he crosses the goal line for his second of three touchdowns during Friday night's 56-6 win against
Dora/Elida at Logan.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers need to move past last weekends 51-0 loss to Estancia and focus on being ready for Dexter on Friday, said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head football coach. Ferguson said it was rough facing a stout Bears team who looks just as sharp as they did when they […]

Lady Rattlers fall in three sets to Lady Longhorns


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Lady Longhorns beat the visiting Tucumcari Lady Rattlers volleyball team in three sets Thursday night at Logan. The Lady Rattlers, 2-4, played closest in the final set, although service errors gave the Lady Longhorns the lead they needed to win in three. “We have to focus on making […]

Rattlers to take on defending state champions

Rattlers running back Daniel Lopez looks downfield at his blockers as he runs the football back for
a 77-yard touchdown punt return Friday night against the Wolverines at Rattler Stadium. Tucumcari
beat the Wolverines 35-26. The Rattlers’ next game is Friday in Estancia.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A road game can be tough on a team, even more so for the Tucumcari Rattlers when the team they are visiting is the defending 3A state champion Estancia Bears. “Estancia started out the season by beating Lovington, 32-27, an impressive start for a team coming off a championship […]