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  • Logan senior to compete at national rodeo finals

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    Dacian Montoya, a senior at Logan High School, will compete in bull riding later this month at the 76th annual National High School Finals Rodeo after finishing second in that event in the state championships. The NHSFR on July 14-20 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, features more than 1,700 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. Montoya, who lives in Tucumcari, earned a position on the New Mexico bull riding contingent after finishing second at the state...

  • Little League team finishes second in district tourney

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    Quay County Little League’s age 8-10 team finished an unexpected second place Sunday in the District 4 Tournament at Raton. Quay County defeated all comers in the tournament except for Taos, which notched two wins, including in the championship game. Quay County started the three-day tournament with an 18-3 victory over Mora, then conquered (Las Vegas) Robertson 13-5 in the second round. In its first tournament matchup against Taos, coach Villanueva said his team was leading 15-5 in the fourth inning, but ran out of pitchers. That enabled T...

  • New Tucumcari High football coach introduced

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 19, 2024

    Tucumcari Public Schools introduced Doug South as its new high school football coach last Monday, and he said he intends to stick around for at least four years. The district's incoming superintendent, Carl Marano, introduced South during a meet-and-greet last Monday at Rattler Gymnasium. About 50 students and parents attended. Marano acknowledged the lack of stability with the high school football program, with South being the fourth Rattlers coach in four years. The Rattlers' previous coach,...

  • Two Mesalands athletes compete at CNFR

    Staff report|Jun 19, 2024

    Two athletes from Mesalands Community College competed in last week’s National College Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, but neither advanced to the championship round. Mesalands saddle bronc rider Cache L. Schellenberg, a freshman, finished 27th overall in the standings. Schellenberg logged scores of 53.5 and 54.5 in the first two days of competition and failed to score in the third day. As a result, he didn’t qualify for the championship short program. New Mesalands coach Bo Segerman said Schellenberg drew a subpar animal during the first two...

  • Fired athletic director settles suit with Mesalands

    Staff report|May 29, 2024

    The Mesalands Community College board of trustees recently agreed to a settlement with its fired athletic director that includes a $80,000 payout. Milan Rasic was among four former Mesalands employees who filed lawsuits in May 2023 against the college after they claimed they were unjustly fired from their positions. Though former Mesalands president Gregory Busch was not named in the suits, the firings occurred during his tenure. A news release from Rasic’s attorney, Daniel Apodaca of the SaucedoChavez law firm in Albuquerque, concerning the s...

  • Three Lady Longhorns earn all-district softball honors

    Staff report|May 29, 2024

    Three players from Logan’s softball team earned all-district honors after the Lady Longhorns tied for first place in their district and made the postseason for the first time in years. The Longhorns’ all-district picks were junior Marilyn Moreno, eighth-grader Zaiyana Grijalva and senior Camryn Cantrell. Moreno, a catcher and shortstop, hit .696 with a 1.140 slugging average. Grijalva hit .455. As a pitcher, she struck out 84 batters in 71 innings. Cantrell hit .514 during her final season with the Lady Longhorns. Honorable mentions were sen...

  • Six Longhorns make all-district team

    Staff report|May 29, 2024

    Six players from Logan's state runner-up baseball team earned all-district honors in voting announced after the state tournament. Seniors Brock Burns, Kaeden Stoner and Izaiah Kneitz, junior Diego Sanchez and sophomores Mason Wallin and Devin Kotara of the Longhorns earned the top honors in District 3, which had four teams qualify for the Class 1A tournament. Wallin, a first baseman, led the team in batting average (.547), home runs (six), hits (41), slugging average (.973), RBI (45) and tied...

  • Quay County re-forming a Legion baseball team

    Staff report|May 29, 2024

    A group of people is undertaking the formation of the first American Legion baseball team in Quay County in 40 years. Anthony Kent, who said he one of the region’s last Legion players as a sophomore in 1984, will be one of the coaches for the newly formed American Legion Post 20 squad. Kent said the local team will be called the Rebels — the same nickname as four decades ago. He said they have signed up 10 players so far and need a few more. Players age 13 to 19 who reside in Quay County are eligible. In addition to players from Tucumcari, Ken...

  • No more miracles for Longhorns

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 22, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE - The Logan baseball team wasn't going to pull off a second miracle in as many days. Dathan Yeary and his Melrose teammates made sure of that. Like he did last year, Yeary frustrated the hitters of top-seeded Logan in a complete-game 9-1 victory Friday in the Class 1A baseball championship at Santa Ana Star Field at the University of New Mexico. The Buffaloes (14-6), seeded third, captured their second state title in a row. Melrose vanquished previously unbeaten Logan in the 1A...

  • Ruidoso ends Lady Rattlers' season at 3A tourney

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Ruidoso ended Tucumcari’s softball season with a 13-3 decision over the Lady Rattlers on Wednesday in the first round of Class 3A playoffs at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The 12th-seeded Lady Rattlers trailed the fifth-seeded Warriors 5-3 after two innings, but Ruidoso followed with eight unanswered runs. Tucumcari senior Haisley Huffman went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI. Harley McKinney also smacked a double and drove in a run, and Caylee Benavidez tallied an RBI. Tucumcari left nine base runners stranded during the g...

  • Mesilla Valley ousts Lady Longhorns from state tourney

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    The Logan softball team’s first postseason trip in six years was short in duration, with an 18-8 first-round loss to eventual state runner-up Mesilla Valley Christian on Wednesday. The Lady Longhorns lost despite the heroics of Marilyn Moreno, who went 3-for-3 with a triple and two home runs. She drove in four runs. “Marilyn is a phenomenal player,” Logan coach Dustin Robertson said. “She’s first-team all-state in my opinion, and no one will convince me otherwise.” Also for Logan, Jadyn Garcia hit a three-run triple and scored two runs. Presl...

  • Gonzales, Huffman named THS top senior athletes

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Antonio Gonzales and Haisley Huffman were named the Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the Rattler Athletic Banquet last Monday organized by the Tucumcari Diamondback Booster Club. About 350 people attended the annual gathering at the Tucumcari Convention Center, where Tucumcari High School athletes in cross country, football, cheer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, powerlifting, softball, baseball, golf and track are honored. Gonzales participated in football, powerlifting...

  • Huffman three-peats at state

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 15, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE - Tucumcari senior Haisley Huffman added two Class 3A track championships to her resume last weekend, including her third straight in the long jump. Huffman ended her storied THS career with a total of five individual state championships - three in the long jump and two in the triple jump. In her last two previous championships in the long jump, Huffman either barely won or needed a strong final jump to win it. This time, there was little drama. Huffman's first effort in the...

  • Logan girls get first playoff spot since 2019

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    The Logan girls softball team on Sunday landed its first postseason bid since 2019 by earning a 12th-seed in this week’s Class 1A/2A tournament. The Lady Longhorns (8-7) will play fifth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian (18-4) in a play-in game at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. “I’m so excited!” Logan coach Dustin Robertson stated in a text. “I’m just so excited for the girls. They have worked so hard. I just can’t explain how proud of them I am.” Tularosa (20-4) is the top seed in the double-elimination tournament. The...

  • Lady Rattlers get No. 12 seed, play Ruidoso

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    Tucumcari’s softball team earned a No. 12 seed in this week’s Class 3A tournament and will face district rival Ruidoso in a first-round game Wednesday. Playoffs pairings were announced by the New Mexico Activities Association on Sunday. The Lady Rattlers (12-12) lost all three games this season to the fifth-seeded Warriors (17-9) by a combined score of 46-5. Ruidoso finished second in its district with a 7-2 record, behind only third-seeded Dexter’s 8-1 mark. Dexter earned a first-round bye in the Class 3A tournament. Tucumcari plays Ruido...

  • Final event wins 1A title for Logan

    Ron Warnick|May 15, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE - With a Class 1A team championship on the line, Logan's 1,600-meter boys relay squad came through. The Longhorns edged district rival Melrose by a two points for the state title Saturday after Hayden Bruhn, Diego Sanchez, Devin Kotara and Kaeden Stoner won the race - the final event of the meet - in a time of 3 minutes, 38.50 seconds. Logan led almost wire-to-wire, prevailing by 2.4 seconds. Melrose and Logan had been tied at 90 points apiece going into the race. The relay win gave...

  • Tucumcari girls capture district track title

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    The Tucumcari girls track team breezed to a district title during the Class 3A-4 meet Friday at Ruidoso High School. The Lady Rattlers amassed 121 1/2 points, well ahead of runner-up Dexter’s 100 points in the team standings. Ruidoso was third with 86 points, and New Mexico Military Institute finished with 61 1/2. Haisley Huffman, a senior, captured two district titles for the Lady Rattlers. Her 17 feet, 4 1/2 inch effort in the long jump won the event by well over a foot, and her 35-10 distance in the triple jump won it by more than three f...

  • Homer wins district title for Logan

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 8, 2024

    LOGAN - The Longhorns baseball team nabbed another district title Friday in dramatic fashion - a walk-off, three-run home run in extra innings by sophomore Mason Wallin, capping a 6-3 comeback victory over defending Class 1A champion Melrose in the first game of a doubleheader. Wallin also scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Buffaloes were one strike from securing the win. That run forced extra innings. Logan finished the day at 16-4 overall and...

  • Logan boys, girls win district titles

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    Logan track standout Haden Judd and his younger sister Makinlee Judd played substantial roles in helping their respective teams win district titles on Saturday. Haden Judd, a junior, won three individual events - the 100-meter dash (11.72 seconds), 200-meter dash (0:23.73) and 400-meter dash (0:51.27) as the Longhorns breezed to a team district championship with 187 1/2 points. Melrose was a distant runner-up with 100 1/2 points at the six-team meet. Meanwhile, freshman Makinlee Judd won two...

  • Logan lands top seed in 1A baseball tournament

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    Logan was seeded No. 1 in the Class 1A baseball tournament and earned a first-round bye this week. The Longhorns (16-4) won’t play until the semifinals at 10 a.m. May 16 on Field 5 of the Jennifer Riordan Spark Kindness Sports Complex in west Albuquerque. Logan will play the winner of fifth-seeded Grady (11-5) vs. fourth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian (13-4). Those teams will face each other at Las Cruces on Wednesday. Gateway Christian (13-5) is the No. 2 seed and also earned a first-round bye. Gateway will play in the semifinals the winner o...

  • Mesalands hires new rodeo coach from NMSU

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    Mesalands Community College has a new rodeo coach, and he’s holds some familiarity with the Stampede program because he helped guide athletes against it. Mesalands interim president Allen Moss announced last week the hiring of Bo Segerman to take over the Stampede. Segerman had been an assistant rodeo coach for two years at New Mexico State University, a rival to Mesalands in the Grand Canyon Region. Segerman said NMSU’s head coach told him about the opening in Tucumcari. “I think it’s a great program,” he said in a phone interview last week...

  • Lady Longhorns blast Clayton, stay alive in district

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    The Logan softball team remained in contention for a district title with a resounding 19-2 victory Friday at Clayton. Logan’s Marilyn Moreno hit a triple and an inside-the-park home run. She drove in four runs and scored four times. Presley Griffitt hit a double, drove into two runs and scored twice. Logan starting pitcher Zaiyana Grijalva struck out nine batters in three innings. The Lady Longhorns were scheduled to play a second game that afternoon, but it was postponed by lightning. Logan instead will host Clayton for a district d...

  • Rattlers drop two in season finale

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    Tucumcari’s baseball team finished its regular season with a district doubleheader loss Saturday at East Mountain by scores of 13-0 and 17-0. After starting the season with a decent 3-5 record, the Rattlers lost 12 district games in a row. East Mountain improved to 18-7 overall and captured the district title with an 11-1 mark, edging No. 2-ranked New Mexico Military Institute by one game. East Mountain is ranked fourth in Class 3A by MaxPreps.com. In the first game, the Rattlers managed just one hit against Timberwolves pitchers Cole D...

  • Lady Rattlers drop doubleheader to district champ Dexter

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    The Tucumcari girls softball team dropped a close district doubleheader at home Saturday against Dexter by scores of 11-9 and 9-8. During the 11-9 loss, Harley McKinney smacked three doubles, scored three runs and drove in another. Alexis Ramirez and Caylee Benavides each drove in two runs. Tucumcari pitcher Mia Estrada allowed 13 hits and two walks while striking out six in seven innings. “We had them,” Tucumcari coach CJ Oglesby said. “We committed a couple of errors early in the game. Dexter scored just four earned runs.” Despite the losses,...

  • Logan girls finish runner-up at Wolverine Invite

    Staff report|May 8, 2024

    In a final tune-up before their district meet, the Logan girls team finished runner-up in the 13-team Wolverine Invitational last Tuesday at Texico. The Lady Longhorns scored 85 1/2 points, behind host Texico and its 127 1/2 points. Tucumcari’s girls finished ninth with 16 points. The San Jon girls scored eight points for 12th place. Logan’s Kaylee Williams won the 100-meter dash (0:13.20) and the triple jump (34-9), then finished second in the 200-meter dash (0:27.65). Teammate Makinlee Judd won the 300-meter hurdles (0:51.53) and fin...

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