San Jon wins state title

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
The San Jon/Grady Coyotes celebrate their first 6-man football state championship after beating Lake Arthur 47-46 Saturday at San Jon.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The San Jon/Grady Coyotes edged the Lake Arthur Panthers, 47-46, Saturday in San Jon to win its first 6-man state football championship. A blocked extra point attempt in the final two minutes helped secure the win. This was San Jon/Grady’s third time in a state-championship game, losing the previous […]

Young hero honored for saving family

                  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A San Jon student was honored Friday before the entire student body for an act of heroism that saved his family from a house fire. Gage Block, 12, was presented an award by the Quay County Sheriff’s Office for waking […]

Lady Rattlers miss state


                  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers volleyball team missed qualifying for the 3A state tournament while the Logan Lady Longhorns now prepare for 2A state tournament pool play Thursday at Rio Rancho. The Lady Rattlers finished the season at 13-8, 3-5 in […]

Lady Rattlers advance to volleyball semis


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Tucumcari swept Clayton, 3-0, on Tuesday night at the Snake Pit to advance to the District 5-3A volleyball semifinals.   The Lady Rattlers edged the Lady Yellowjackets 26-24 in the final game.   With the win, Tucumcari improved to 12-7 for the season. It travels to Santa Rosa […]

Lady Rattlers prepare for district opener


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s volleyball team has a week to prepare for its district opener scheduled Oct. 13 at Santa Rosa. Improving to 10-3 after Saturday’s 3-0 win at the Snake Pit against Penasco, the Lady Rattlers are heading into district competition with confidence, said coachDana Benavidez. “We are going to work […]

College rodeo team preps for home competition

-Staff Report The Mesalands Community College rodeo team won the tie-down roping reserve championship title on Sept. 24 at its second rodeo of the season in Douglas, Arizona. While sophomore Justin Stegall of Morristown, Arizona, won the reserve title at the Cochise College, the Mesalands teams did not compete as well as they did at […]

Bye-week chance to recuperate


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers need to use this bye-week to get healthy while preparing mentally for district play, said Head Coach Wayne Ferguson. Ferguson said Friday night’s 43-6 homecoming loss to the Eunice Cardinals showed the coaches the team’s potential. He said if fans look at the score they are […]

Lady Rattlers’ last non-district game Saturday


By Thomas Garcia Senior writer Saturday’s game against Penasco will be the last non-district encounter for the 8-3 Tucumcari volleyball team. The game is set for 1 p.m., at the Snake Pit. Tucumcari also played at San Jon on Tuesday. “We need to work on our setting defense,” said Kayce Lease, Lady Rattlers defensive […]

Rattlers host Eunice in homecoming tilt


By Thomas Garcia Senior writer Tucumcari’s football team should not focus on its 0-5 start, but on contending and containing the speed of Eunice’s offense on Friday, said Rattlers Coach Wayne Ferguson. Homecoming is Friday night against the non-district Cardinals at the Rattler Stadium. The game starts at 7. Ferguson said district teams Texico […]

Rattlers must contain Foxes’ QB


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 0-4 Tucumcari Rattlers will need to contain the center of a dynamic Fort Sumner offense if they hope to break into the win column Friday night. In other words, they have to stop Foxes Quarterback Jude Segura. The game is set for 7 p.m., at Fort Sumner […]