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 […]

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
match up.

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


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


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


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 […]