Longhorns lose two to Clayton

William Thompson • Game 1 The Logan varsity baseball team was blanked 12-0 by the Clayton Yellow Jackets in the first game of a doubleheader on a hot, sunny Friday at Logan field. The Longhorns managed only one hit, a single by starting pitcher Colton Kulback. Kulback pitched well early. He retired the side in […]

Rattler golfers falter at Ruidoso

William Thompson Despite a score of 80 by Larry Roybal and an 83 by Matt Smith, the Tucumcari High School’s golf team finished back in the pack of a 14-team tournament at Ruidoso’s Municipal Golf Course held last Monday and Tuesday. The Tucumcari team failed to reach their target score of 334, scoring an uncharacteristic […]

Rattlers win 1, lose 1

William Thompson Tucumcari vs. San Jon The Tucumcari varsity baseball team was not kind to its I-40 rival, San Jon, Saturday. The Rattlers won 26-13, and are becoming known as a solid hitting team. Rattler Matt Garcia, relatively quiet with the bat until Saturday’s game, hit a 2 RBI single in the first inning to […]

San Jon Invitational begins

William Thompson San Jon dominates Clayton The Rattlers varsity baseball team came up short against Cimarron at the San Jon Invitational by a score of 7-4 Friday. Tucumcari had a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but the Rams had a three-run sixth inning to ice the game. Rattlers Coach Mike Russell […]

Locals stumble in tourney

William Thompson Tucumcari vs. Estancia The Rattlers’ baseball team lost 15-4 to the Bears of Estancia, ending the Rattlers’ hopes of winning their home tournament. Estancia had 18 hits for the game and Rattler Coach Mike Russell said he might know why. “It looked like the Estancia batters were reading our pitchers’ mail,” said Russell. […]

Little League set to start

William Thompson Quay County Little League baseball has been a spring tradition for over half a century in the area. B.J. Molinas, president of the Quay County Little League, said this season should be as fun-filled as ever. “We are about ready to go,” said Molinas. “Hopefully over 300 kids will be playing this year.” […]

Track and Field begins

William Thompson Track coach Wayne Ferguson put runners through their paces recently as track and field practice began for Tucumcari High School boys and girls. Coach Ferguson said the teams have been working on strength conditioning since early February. “We’ve been working on total body workouts in the gym and weightroom,” said Ferguson. “Track events […]

Encinas named coach of year

William Thompson Tucumcari High School wrestling coach Eddie Encinias was recently named wrestling Coach of the Year for class A -AAA by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Encinias said he was surprised by the news. “I called up some of the other wrestling coaches around the state and asked them how this had […]

Rattler teams gear up for February

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams, and the school’s wresting team are all heading into a serious month with district tournaments looming on the horizon. Boys The Tucumcari Boys Basketball Team, with an 11-4 record, still controls its own destiny. Coach John Span said although in the tournament every […]

Rattlers ready to repeat

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By Ryan Lengerich When the defending state champions meet the 2001 title winner Saturday, Rattlers head coach Dub Smith said the Rattlers’ fate may depend on big plays. District 2 champion Tucumcari (7-2) will meet District 3 runner-up Tularosa (5-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rattler Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs. […]