Santa Rosa pulls upset over Lady Rattlers

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Lady Rattlers volleyball season ended in a five-set nailbiter at the Snake Pit. Lady Rattlers lost to rival Santa Rosa Lady Lions, 15-17 in the final set. The score remained tied and no one team took an outstanding lead – until the last play. A kill from Rattler [...]

Jeremy Lopez will play for South

QCS staff QCS Staff Jeremy Lopez, 17, will be playing for the South at the All Stars basketball match between the North and South next week in Albuquerque. A 2006 graduate of Tucumcari High School, he played shooting and point guard for the Rattlers, and was instrumental in helping get the team to state, the [...]

Rattlers hope to pull huge upset over Huskies

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun As the Tucumcari Rattlers make their first trip to the state basketball tournament in 16 years, they go with the mindset that people don’t expect them to be there very long. Tucumcari (18-11), the Class 2A Region C runner-up, is the last seed of eight in the tournament. The [...]

Rattlers return to state

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun SANTA ROSA — The question was nearly enough to make Andrez Apodaca spit out his post-game fruit drink. How did Apodaca feel knowing the last time a Tucumcari boys team reached the state basketball tournament in March of 1990, he was still four months away from being born? The [...]

Rattlers get set for Thursday showdown

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun The free-throw line is 15 feet from the basket. That’s 5 yards without a defender in your face. It’s 180 inches separating the shooter from one point on the scoreboard. The math was even simpler Monday afternoon, when Rattler basketball coach John Span said free throws were the determining [...]

Tucumcari topped by Elida

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Rattler basketball Coach John Span said his varsity team’s first game was a good fight – right up until the last second when Elida captured the ball and won by a free throw 54-51. It was a mere 3 points that did it, Span said, after a strong three quarters for [...]

Rattler hoopsters named all-district

William Thompson:Quay County Sun Four Rattler players were chosen by coaches from other district teams for honors related to the Class AA District 6 All-District Team. Tucumcari High School basketball players Matt Braziel and Nemi Salvador were recently named to the Class AA District 6 All-District team. Robert Munoz and Nathan McDonald were given honorable-mention [...]

Clayton clips Rattlers, 63-52

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers held slim leads at times during the second quarter, but Clayton surged ahead in the third quarter Friday at Rattler Gym to beat Tucumcari for the second time this season. The Yellow Jackets went up by as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but [...]

Rattlers win homecoming

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Rattlers gave Coach John Span a birthday present Friday evening— a 62-40 homecoming victory over the Floyd Broncos. Hanging onto a slim lead in the second quarter, the Rattlers began to pull away. The second half turned out to be a cake walk for Tucumcari as they [...]

Rattlers win one over weekend

By William Thompson The Tucumcari boys basketball team dropped Raton in overtime on Saturday, but suffered losses Friday and Tuesday. Santa Rosa 49, Tucumcari 45 It was a close, hard-fought game throughout as both teams exchanged short leads. Santa Rosa held on, hitting free throws late to win. The Rattlers had the early lead but [...]