April 26, 2006 Notable Notes

Arts council to present ensemble The Quay Council for Arts and Humanities will present its last event of the season, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble (SYTE), at 7 p.m. Monday at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium. Founded in 1999, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble is comprised of four artists who blend rhythms, world-inspired melodic woodwinds and strings, […]

Former receiver makes state-record catch at Ute Lake

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Two years after his college football career ended, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, now a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass Friday evening at Ute Lake. “No one in the state has caught a bigger smallmouth,” Sanders […]

Rattler punts off to college

By Albert Trujillo: QCS Tucumcari senior Eric Holt will continue his notable football career at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) in Goodwell, Okla. Holt was a member of the 2002 state championship and 2005 state runner-up teams for the Tucumcari Rattlers. “The feeling is fabulous, great — a once in a lifetime opportunity that I […]

All-star football team announced

By Albert Trujillo: QCS The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) recently selected the All-Star team and six members of the Tucumcari Rattler State Runner-up team. On the offensive side of the ball, Josh Benavidez was chosen at quarterback and Eric Holt at running back. Defensively, Marc Salas will line up as a down man, Nathan […]

Rattler senior said he sees his best year yet

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari senior and Rattler footballer Eric Holt said there is no sport he wouldn’t play. Except perhaps tennis. “It’s boring just hitting the ball over a net with a racket,” he said. This guy said he needs more excitement, which is why he loves football. Holt said he is especially enjoying […]

Rattlers fever pitched high for Saturday

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QCS staff Tucumcari dominated the line of scrimmage on Saturday and the Rattlers are headed for the state-championship football game for the second time in four years. The Rattlers rolled up 330 rushing yards, limited Lordsburg to 29 yards on the ground, and upended the Mavericks, 19-6, on Saturday at Rattler Stadium. Tucumcari will play […]

Rattlers headed for state-title game

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QCS Staff Tucumcari dominated the line of scrimmage on Saturday and the Rattlers are headed for the state-championship football game for the second time in four years. The Rattlers rolled up 330 rushing yards, limited Lordsburg to 29 yards on the ground, and upended the Mavericks, 19-6, on Saturday at Rattler Stadium. Tucumcari will play […]

Brothers pumped, with music, to win

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Rattler footballer Justin Benavidez said nothing pumps him up for a game more than a heavy dose of Metallica or AC/DC. His brother and fellow teammate, Josh Benavidez, agrees. Well, at least with the concept of music pumping him up, but his listening taste is more Pretty Ricky, he said. The […]

Tucumcari vs. Lordsburg promises defensive game

By Martha Frost: QCS staff Tucumcari faces Lordsburg in the football semifinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Rattler Stadium. Last weekend Tucumcari, seeded third, defeated Crownpoint 37-6 while Lordsburg, seeded second, defeated Eunice 35-7 in the 2005 Class AA football quarterfinals. Lordsburg’s Head Coach Louie Baisa had only this to say about the upcoming […]

Football provides bonding opportunities

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor My first encounter with football was getting hit in the head with one. No, it really wasn’t but it sounds funny. And it brings back fond memories of that Brady Bunch episode in which a football smashes into and breaks Marsha’s nose. Ah, the joy of the game. Actually, […]