Rattlers win baseball opener

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun By Kevin Wilson Quay County Sun It started as a pitcher’s duel, with Tucumcari’s Matt Smith and Floyd’s Kyle Kropf starting off with three scoreless innings each. The next three innings just didn’t hold up for the visiting Broncos. Gabriel Anaya pitched two strong innings to pick up the […]

City seats up for grabs, candidates ready

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Longtime City Commissioner Bettie Ditto will be vacating her seat and two other city positions are also up for grabs in Tucumcari’s municipal election to be held March 7. Filing Tuesday for Ditto’s position as city commissioner for district five were James Lafferty and Norma Jean Crellin. Mary Mayfield filed to […]

Hatch Valley wins 3rd straight title

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QCS staff The road to the Class 2A football state championship still goes through Hatch Valley. The Bears won their third consecutive title on Saturday, beating Tucumcari 54-7. Both teams finished their season 11-2. Quarterback Darren Gillis threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Hatch Valley unleashed a torrid offense. Gillis, who […]

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 […]

Rattlers demolish Class 3A Spartans

QCS staff Playoff-bound Tucumcari capped off the regular-season by blowing past Bernalillo 46-9 Friday in a non-district contest. Senior Marc Salas rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Benavidas punctuated a dominating first quarter by returning a fumble 37 yards for a score as Tucumcari rebounded from its first loss of the season. […]

Rattlers thrown by the Lions

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It’s tricky business figuring out the Santa Rosa misdirection offense. For Tucumcari on Friday night, shutting down the Lions took a full half to do. And that was enough for Santa Rosa (8-0, 1-0 in 2-2A) to pad a 28-7 lead over the host Rattlers en route to a big district victory. In a battle […]

Rattlers blank Clayton in district opener

By Paul Lyon CLAYTON — The first district game of the season for the Tucumcari Rattlers was a success as they shut out the Clayton Yellowjackets 63-0 and maintained their top ranking in Class 2A. It was up to Josh Benavidez, Adrian Jones and the rest of the team to make sure the Rattlers (8-0) […]

Rattlers win seventh straight

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By Paul Lyons: staff writer In a mere 18 seconds the Tucumcari Rattlers — more specifically Eric Holt — were off and running. Eric Holt dashed 70 yards for a touchdown — his first of four on the night — as Tucumcari beat Dexter 56-18 Friday in front of a homecoming crowd. With its latest […]

Tucumcari remains undefeated

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff The Tucumcari Rattlers remain undefeated after a Friday night trounce over the host Loving Falcons. Tucumcari won 49-0. The Rattlers are 5-0. Loving is 0-4. All-state running back Eric Holt led the team as usual, rushing for more than 150 yards by halftime. He finished with 184 yards on the […]

Rattlers soar over Crownpoint Eagles

By Paul Lyon: QCS staff Eric Holt rushed for 231 yards and scored six touchdowns as Tucumcari cruised to a 62-6 win over Crownpoint on Friday. With a Rattler Stadium crowd cheering them on, the Rattlers led by 20 points before Crownpoint scored and were never challenged. Holt, an all-state player a year ago, scored […]