Rattlers survive in double overtime


By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun When his more heralded teammates couldn’t help him, Jeremy Lopez helped himself and kept Tucumcari in control of its district destiny. Lopez scored on a spinning layup with 9.3 seconds left in overtime, then played a role in both of Tucumcari’s baskets in the second extra session as the […]

Rattlers one for three in Santa Rosa

By Albert Trujillo: QCS The Tucumcari Rattlers were away at the Santa Rosa Invite Thursday through Saturday. They kicked off the tournament Thursday afternoon by being defeated by the Tularosa Wildcats. Despite being down 28-44 at halftime, the Rattlers fought back to take the game into overtime, but to no avail. The final score was […]

Rattlers primed for Homecoming with the Demons

By Paul Lyon: QCS Friday night marks homecoming and the Tucumcari Rattlers are celebrating by taking on the Dexter Demons (2-4). Undefeated thus far, the Rattlers (6-0) are primed to keep it that way, according to Coach Dub Smith. “The Demons are ranked sixth in AA…that means they must be a skilled team,” said Smith. […]

Rattlers kick off grid season Saturday

QCS Staff Six starters return both ways, an all-state running back is back to lead a potent offense and more than 50 players came out to compete for a spot on veteran coach Dub Smith’s tradition-rich team. It’s no wonder most of New Mexico expects Tucumcari will contend for another state title this football season. […]

Area athlete signs with Colorado college


By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Once a Rattler, always a Rattler. But soon Tucumcari High School senior athlete Chris McCasland will start calling himself a “Mountaineer.” McCasland signed a national letter of intent Tuesday morning in the high school lobby. He accepted a four-year track and field scholarship from Western State College of Colorado […]

Mesalands roping in students for rodeo team and coach


By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team is competing in Stephenville, Texas today and, no matter the individual results, Coach Danny Garcia has team members dedicated to his philosophy of approaching rodeo competition as a team sport. “When one of us does something wrong in competition, all of us come […]

High jumper inches closer to state record

William Thompson:Quay County Sun Tucumcari High School athlete Chris McCasland recently broke the school record in the high jump and now he looks to tie or break the Class 2A state record at the state track meet May 6 in Albuquerque. McCasland, a senior, went to a meet at Melrose April 7 and cleared the […]

Baseball players hit the field


By William Thompson: Quay County Son It’s almost time to break out the hot dogs and the windbreakers. The Tucumcari High School baseball team began workouts Feb. 1 and Head Coach Tony Alarcon said he’s happy 31 players have turned out. “We have enough for a 15-member varsity team and a JV team,” Alarcon said. […]

Clayton clips Rattlers, 63-52


By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers held slim leads at times during the second quarter, but Clayton surged ahead in the third quarter Friday at Rattler Gym to beat Tucumcari for the second time this season. The Yellow Jackets went up by as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but […]

Mosquero whips House Cowboys and Cowgirls

By William Thompson The House Cowboys fell at Mosquero Friday, 61-60. The House Cowgirls also lost by a point at Mosquero, 48-47. Boys Cowboy Nathan Foust scored 48 of House’s 60 points, but Mosquero held on for a one-point victory after leading from the second quarter onward. Cowgirl Coach Marc Foust, speaking on behalf of […]