Fort Sumner free throws sink Rattlers

By William Thompson Free throws down the stretch made the difference for the Fort Sumner Foxes as they slipped past Tucumcari, 57-54, on Thursday at Tucumcari High School. It was the third time the teams have met this season. Fort Sumner won the first game, then Tucumcari evened the series in double overtime in December. [...]

Rattlers lose 66-63 to Pecos

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School boys basketball team jumped to a big lead early but wound up losing 66-63 to the Pecos Panthers Thursday in Santa Rosa. Head Coach John Span said his team could have won with better free throw shooting. “We jumped to a 29-8 lead, but I knew Pecos was going [...]

Boys win two in a row

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School boys basketball team beat Elida handily Thursday evening and dominated Lake Arthur Friday evening in the Route 66 Tournament held at Tucumcari Elementary School. Tucumcari vs. Elida The Rattlers defeated the Elida Tigers 79-46 at home Thursday evening. The final score hides that Elida jumped out to an 8-0 [...]

Longhorns take Rattlers 73-55

William Thompson The Logan High School boys basketball team beat Tucumcari 73-55 Saturday. The Rattlers stayed close most of the way, but the Longhorns gradually pulled away late in the game. Rattler Coach John Span said it was a battle of two evenly-matched teams. “Logan got a lot of breaks, but they created the breaks,” [...]

Rattlers show stuff at intra-squad scrimmage

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School boys and girls basketball teams held intra-squad scrimmages Monday evening at the Tucumcari Elementary School gym. Boys’ coach John Span said he liked the energy level of his players while girls coach Alicia Trujillo said her players need more work. Boys Hustle is the name of the game for [...]

Rattler boys ready for season

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School boys’ basketball team has a date with Elida Nov. 29 and this Monday they will be having a purple-gold scrimmage at Tucumcari Elementary School gym to which the public is invited. The scrimmage will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Head Coach John Span will have his varsity players set [...]

Rattlers face tough test at Texico

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School football team comes off a loss to NMMI and now must face defending Class A state champion Texico Friday night. The Wolverines are 4-0, and they have already beaten Clayton 47-7 this season. Rattler assistant coach John Span said the Rattlers will have their work cut out for them. [...]

Rattlers kick off new season

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School football team lines up against the Mora Rangers Aug. 27 and coaches aren’t sure yet how the young Rattler linemen will respond. “Our big question mark is our line,” said running back coach Gary Hittson,”That’s what everybody’s going to be looking at.” Line coach Wayne Ferguson said his young [...]

Basketball to be taught in Tucumcari, San Jon

William Thompson Former Tucumcari High School basketball coach, Lucky Carter, and the school’s current basketball coach, John Span, will be co-hosting youth basketball camps in San Jon and Tucumcari. The San Jon camp will run from June 14-17 for boys and girls in grades 3-12. The Tucumcari camp will run June 28-30. The San Jon [...]

Locals in Leagues

Tucumcari High School basketball coach John Span took around ten Tucumcari basketball players to a summer league tournament in Las Vegas yesterday. Fifteen teams are participating. Span said his team will play six games. “This tournament should give us an idea of the capabilities of some of the players the high school team will face [...]