Coyotes fall to Broncos in tight district title battle

The Floyd Broncos’
Josue Gonzales (21)
chases the San Jon
Coyotes’ D.C. Lee, with
the ball, during
Saturday’s District 4 1A
championship game.
The Broncos won 67-64.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The San Jon Coyotes almost pulled a district championship out of a last-minute lead Saturday, but the Floyd Broncos scored during the closing single-digit seconds, edging out a championship at 67-64. The Broncos held the lead throughout the game until the Coyotes tied it up at 61 with 1:09  […]

Rattlers lose district title match to Yellowjackets in overtime

Rattler Michael Eldridge goes up to block Yellowjacket Kadar Gayle’s jump shot during the District 5 3A championship at Clayton. The Rattlers lost 83-79 in overtime.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers rallied back from an 18-point deficit to force overtime during Monday night’s District 4 3A championship but fell short 83-79 to the Yellowjackets in Clayton. “We played good enough to win tonight but we missed some opportunities,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. At the start […]

Lady Buffaloes defeat Lady Longhorns in close title matchup

Lady Longhorn Kippi Webb shoots a jump shot over Lady Buffalo Cayle Barnard during the District 6 2A championship Saturday at Logan.  The Lady Longhorns lost 72-64 in overtime. The Lady Longhorns and Longhorns, who beat Melrose 74-68 Monday for the District 6 2A championship, now wait to be seeded in the 2A state basketball tournament.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorns’ hopes for a District 6 2A championship were dashed Saturday night as a  47-point performance from Caley Barnard propelled the Melrose Lady Buffaloes to a 72-64 win in overtime at Logan. “Our girls played tough and I’m proud of them,” said Clair Rachor Lady Longhorns […]

Rattlers advance to District 5 3A championship

Rattler John Paul Garcia takes flight to block the shot of Lion’s Nathan Sanchez during Thursday’s District 5 3A game against Santa Rosa at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers won 75-40 and have advanced to the District 5 championship against the Clayton Yellowjackets.  The championship game will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers—22-4, 5-2—will travel to Clayton Saturday to contend for the District 5 3A championship after beating the Santa Rosa Lions 75-40 Thursday night at the Snake Pit. “We played good tonight, but I still think we can do better,” said Rattler Zedric Henderson Greene. “In fact I […]

Lady Longhorns set to host district 6 2A championship

Lady Longhorn Shana Sorrels lunges for the lose ball during Friday night’s
district game against Melrose at Logan. The Lady Longhorns won 61-57 and
forced Melrose into a playoff game Saturday in Tucumcari for first place in the
District 6 2A standings. Logan won that game 60-57 and will host the district
championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Logan.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After back-to-back nail-biting wins over the Melrose Lady Buffaloes, the Lady Longhorns have earned the first-seed in the district 6 2A tournament and will host the championship Friday at Logan. “The Lady Longhorns know whichever team they play on Friday will be challenge to overcome,” said Clair Rachor, Lady […]

Rattler wrestlers finish year with strong state showings

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattler wrestling team ended the season Saturday with five of its 10 state 4A state qualifiers placing in the top six at the state tournament in Rio Rancho. “The season did not pan out the way I had envisioned it, but overall I am one proud coach,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers take on rival Lions in district play

The Rattlers’ Michael Eldridge (22) shoots back a rebound as Rattler Zedric
Henderson-Green (32) tries to avoid a collision. Santa Rosa defender Dante
Torello (22) attempts to block the shot as Nathan Sanchez (21), Joseph
Esquibel (11) and Pryce Marez (23) watch for another rebound.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor In a night of roof-raising spectator noise and good, hard, clean basketball, the Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers ended their regular season by taking on their archrivals, Santa Rosa’s Lions and Lady Lions, Friday at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers—now 21-4, 4-2— won their contest against the Lions 50-40, […]

Rattlers, Longhorns and Coyotes near district finals

Lady Rattler Melissa Gardea secures the rebound during the Feb. 7 district
game against the Lady Lions at Santa Rosa. The Lady Rattlers lost that game
69-37. Lady Rattlers head coach Gary Hittson said boxing out and getting the
rebound and limiting Santa Rosa’s chances at second and third shots will be
key to winning on Friday against the Lady Lions at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers—20-4, 3-2—could lock up the number 2 seed in the district 5 3A with a win Friday night against the Santa Rosa Lions at the Snake Pit. “The Lions are a team that travels well and it is sure to be rocking in the Snake Pit come […]

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 […]