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 […]

Young Rattler wrestlers showing heart as season progresses

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers Wrestling team will use the strong performances by their underclassmen during last weekend’s tournament at Santa Fe to excel even further this Saturday at Pecos, Rattler head wrestling coach Eddie Enincias said. “It was a tough tournament maybe even tougher than our tournament before the break,” […]

Longhorns take 1st & 2nd at annual EPAC tournament

QCS and CMI Staff reports Logan Longhorns senior Wyatt Strand poured in 33 points Saturday night to help the Longhorns rally from a five-point halftime deficit for a 69-55 victory over Texico’s Wolverines, giving Logan its first EPAC crown since 2006. The championship game drama unfolded at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. […]

EPAC highlights basketball action

CMI Photo: Tony Bullocks.
Texico Wolverine's Jonah Tuls is defended by Tucumcari's Daniel Lopez and Zedric Hendren Green during Saturday night's championship game of the Citizen Bank Tournament at Texico. The Rattlers beat the Wolverines 71-61.

    By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer All Quay County high school basketball teams will be in action this week. The Longhorns and Coyotes will be playing in the EPAC tournament in Melrose while the Rattlers are preparing to host Santa Fe Prep Saturday at the Snake Pit in Tucumcari. The Rattlers 11-2 and […]

Rattlers in tournament play Longhorns in single game action

Lady Rattlers Melissa Gardea shots a layup after
beating two Lady Demon defenders on the baseline
during Saturday night’s 49-38 loss to Dexter.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Quay County schools are on winter break, but some area high school basketball teams will be in single game action and tournament play over the vacation period. The Tucumcari Rattlers (8-2) will be competing on Monday at the Citizens Bank tournament at Texico. “Its going to be a good […]