Tucumcari history teacher nabs long-awaited honors

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School history instructor Michael Russell likens himself to actress Susan Lucci. Not because he’s starred in soap operas or even teaches acting, but because he’s been up for Teacher of the Year honors for about a decade and never nabbed the title, not unlike Lucci with her daytime Emmy [...]

Logan family celebrates first Mother’s Day together

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Tamie Russell will have three more children calling her “Mom” this Mother’s Day. Kanyesha, 14, Ashley, 13 and Pete, 9, joined the Russell family about two months ago as foster children. Russell will spend this Mother’s Day with them, her adopted daughter Tanesha, her husband John — who returned [...]

Baseball players hit the field

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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. [...]

Russell Dwain Downey, Levi Trent Downey, Nelson Barreras

Russell Dwain Downey Russell Dwain Downey, 48, of House, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in Curry County. Russell Downey was born on July 7, 1956, in Clovis. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in House and secretary of the House School Board. He was a husband, father, and brother. He is survived [...]

Five Rattlers named as all district

William Thompson The 2003-2004 District Four Class A-AA All-District Baseball Team was announced recently and five Tucumcari High School players made the list. District coaches voted for the players they thought were the best in district play. Two seniors, Ray Johnson and A.J. Molinas, made the team. Molinas put up big numbers in district competition. [...]

Bears take Rattlers

William Thompson The Estancia Bears used solid pitching to keep the Tucumcari High School baseball team from coming back to win as the Rattlers went down in defeat 13-8 Wednesday at home in the Region B championship game. The Rattlers received a runner-up trophy after the game, and will still be going to Albuquerque to [...]

Rattlers take district championships

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School baseball team scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat a tough Estancia team 11-10 to win the District 4 Class A/AA baseball title. Rattler Coach Mike Russell said it seemed like a World Series victory to his players. “The guys were hugging each other [...]

Rattlers beat Clayton

William Thompson In a must-win game, the Tucumcari varsity baseball team defeated the Clayton Yellow Jackets 4-1 Tuesday at home to advance to a tournament game at Estancia today. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman Drew White started a Rattler rally with a well-hit single. Ray Johnson followed with [...]

Rattlers split with Texico

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School varsity baseball team could not overcome solid pitching by the Texico Wolverines in the first game of a doubleheader, losing 12 – 2. The Rattlers rebounded with a smart 19-5 win in the second game, although Texico was playing its JV squad. Game 1 The Wolverines opened up the [...]

Rattlers sweep Bronchos

William Thompson • Game 1 Tucumcari High School’s varsity baseball team dispatched Grady 12-4 Tuesday afternoon at home. Matt Braziel was on the mound for the Rattlers. At times he appeared to waver, but he wound up allowing only four hits in the game. Rattler Coach Mike Russell praised Braziel once again this season. “Matt [...]