Rattlers welcome off week

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By Ryan Lengerich Two scrimmages, seven wins, two disappointments and one district championship later — the Rattlers can finally breath. Tucumcari will not play their final regular season game Friday against Dexter, a team they could meet in the first round of the playoffs. The team’s coaches mutually decided to cancel the game for fear […]

Rattlers win district title

By Ryan Lengerich On fourth down and 35-yards from the end zone with 7 seconds left in the game, a desperation heave into the end zone seemed to be Santa Rosa’s only hope. It may have been. Lions sophomore running back Steven Vigil got the call on a misdirection to the weak side and turned […]

Lady Rattler end regular season with loss

By Ryan Lengerich Perhaps the Lady Rattlers volleyball team has a bright future. Starting four freshmen, a sophomore and a junior Tucumcari led at some point in each game in the match against Clayton Thursday. But the Rattlers (2-17, 0-8) were unable to hang on and finished winless in the 2003 district season with a […]

Rivalry deep, long lasting

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By Ryan Lengerich Every team has one. Every sports fan circles the day on their calendar and every athlete has been kept awake at night with the visions of glory. It’s the team fans and players love to hate — their rival. In Tucumcari there is no bigger rival than Santa Rosa. “It has always […]

Championship at stake

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By Ryan Lengerich Clever, crafty, sneaky, deceptive, illusive — call it what you want. Santa Rosa is simply effective. “They run a lot of motion and they do a great job of disguising the football,” said Rattler head coach Dub Smith. The Rattlers (6-2) can clinch the District 3 championship with a win against rival […]

‘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 […]

Rattlers fall to rival

By Angela Peacock Tucumcari Lady Rattlers went into Thursday’s third district game against Santa Rosa knowing communication at the net and on the floor is what it would take for them to earn a victory against their biggest rival. Mental preparation and the will to beat Santa Rosa just wasn’t enough for the Lady Rattlers […]

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 […]

Wolves’ pound Rattlers

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By Ryan Lengerich Texico head coach Mike Prokop called a timeout with 7:04 remaining in the third quarter to settle his team down. A strange move, considering his team held a 34-0 lead at the time. “I wanted to calm our kids down and tell them to play our game, don’t play someone else’s,” Prokop […]

Rattlers regroup after defeat

By Ryan Lengerich The Rattlers aren’t getting any healthier. Entering last Friday’s game against the New Mexico Military Institute, senior running back Rob McClelland was out with a knee problem, starting sophomore quarterback Chris McCasland spent the night fighting a weak ankle and senior lineman Joe Sisneros missed practice during the week with a virus. […]