Football season comes to a close for Rattlers

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By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor The season did not end the way the Tucumcari Rattlers football team hoped, but the season was still an overall success in coach Daniel Hutchins’ mind. The Rattlers finished the season 5-6, 0-3 in district, and lost 48-17 in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs to Dexter […]

Rattlers name new football coach

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Chelle Delaney Daniel Hutchins, 38, of Chaparral has been named the new football coach at Tucumcari High School. For the past three years, Hutchins has been the Lobos’ varsity basketball coach, and assistant varsity football coach at Chaparral High School.Hutchins will meet with other Rattler coaches and the team Monday evening, he said. “Football is […]

Senior Week: Banquet honors athletes, Class of 2008 paints the street

By QCS Staff Rattler athletes on all of the teams were honored Monday night at a banquet sponsored by the Diamondback Booster Club. Parents and family members crowded the Tucumcari Convention Center for the event which recognized coaches and parents as well as athletes.Coach Dub Smith recieved a standing ovation for his contribution over the […]

Rattlers begin search for new football coach

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun In the fall, the Rattlers are expected to have a new football coach calling the plays. Rattlers football coach Dub Smith’s contract was not renewed for the 2008-2009 school year, said athletic director Wayne Ferguson.Smith, who led the Rattlers to the Class 2A title in 2002, has been head […]

Rodeo Coach enjoys dual role in arena

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Mesalands Community College Intercollegiate Rodeo Team has high hopes as it enters its second season in the Grand Canyon region competition under the direction of rodeo coach C.J. Aragon. Now, the team is competing in more home state events, six rodeos in new Mexico and four in Arizona […]

Dunlap honored, All State and North teams, New golf coach

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Coach Dunlap honored Tucumcari Rattlers coach Bryan Dunlap was honored at the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association’s clinic on Jan. 11 in Albuquerque. Dunlap, who is Tucucmari’s assistant track team coach, was awarded the 2007 2A Assistant Coach of the Year award. Dunlap coaches Rattlers discus, […]

Lady Rattlers start season against Raton

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By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun The 2A Tucumcari Lady Rattlers basketball team have been conditioning and preparing for their season opener Saturday against the 2A Raton Lady Tigers. It will be the first game for the junior varsity and varsity teams. And each of the teams will be entering the season with a new […]

Rattlers, Quay teams prep for Friday matchups

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun This weekend two Quay County football teams are hoping to pick up fourth wins and another is looking for its second. The Tucumcari Rattlers want to chalk up another win against the Loving Falcons before they begin what they call the heart of their season with five home games. […]

Rattlers going for second win against Lobos

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The 2A Tucumcari Rattlers head south Friday to play the 3A Chaparral Lobos at Anthony. Chapparal’s stadium is under renovations, so the game will be played at 7 p.m., at the Gadsden high school in Anthony. “It’s going to be a long trip down there but I told the […]

Rattlers optimistic after defeat by St. Mike’s

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The 2A Tucumcari Rattlers are set to face the 4A Espanola Valley Sundevils. The Rattlers had a rocky start to the season with a 40-7 loss to the 3A St. Michael’s Horseman Saturday. “We made some mistakes against St. Mike’s but we are already working on fixing those mistakes,” […]