Rattlers lose to Texico

William Thompson The Tucumcari Boys Varsity squad played solid basketball but couldn’t hold on to their fourth quarter lead as they lost to Texico 62-58 Friday night. It was a see-saw game. The Rattlers were down by as much as 12 points in the first half, and up by six in the second half. The […]

Rattlers lose at home

William Thompson The Tucumcari Rattlers had the “green light” from their coach to shoot three pointers, but too often they came up short as Guymon won 59-42 at the Tucumcari High School Gymnasium, Tuesday night. Coach John Span said if his Rattlers want to shoot the three, he’s all for it. “If they’ve got an […]

Rattlers lose to Santa Rosa

William Thompson Friday’s game against Santa Rosa was not decided until the final minutes, but Tucumcari fell short at home, 71-60. A large, vocal crowd was on hand to watch the heated rivalry between the two I-40 foes. Early on the Santa Rosa fans had much to cheer about as the Lions took a quick […]

Late touchdown lifts Rattlers past Tularosa

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By Ryan Lengerich For Rattlers fans, Rob McClelland looks much better in uniform. After watching most the season in street clothes, the senior scored two touchdowns in a triumphant return from a week two knee injury and lead the Rattlers to a 21-14 comeback victory against Tularosa in the state quarterfinal game. McClelland finished with […]

‘The most important ballgame’

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By Ryan Lengerich For the Tucumcari Rattler football team the season starts Friday. “This is the most important ball game we play since the state championship last year,” said Rattler head coach Dub Smith. The Rattlers (5-2) make the 114 mile journey to Clayton (6-1) Friday for the district opener at 7 p.m. Both teams […]

Team still smiling

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By Ryan Lengerich As the Rattlers finished sprints Tuesday at practice, the team was tired, but smiling. A far cry from how the despair after a 40-0 blowout loss to Texico at home last Friday. “I just told everybody that everybody loses,” said senior lineman A.J. Molinas. “We just have to come back and play […]

Fumbling Rattlers shut out Estancia

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By Ryan Lengerich On the road to the 2002 State Championship, the Rattlers’ opened last season with three consecutive shutout wins. Tucumcari (3-0) repeated that feat Friday night as junior quarterback Chris McCasland scored all three Rattler touchdowns in a 24-0 victory against Estancia (0-2) at Rattler stadium. Despite seven fumbles for the Rattler offense, […]

Push-ups and hard work Lady Rattlers’ new style

By Ryan Lengerich The Tucumcari volleyball team will be short on experience and height this season but will be full of potential. The Lady Rattlers open the 2003 campaign at 7 p.m. tonight at Logan High School. The team scrimmaged Logan, San Jon and House Aug. 23 in a 20 minute running clock format. Although […]