When the Aledo Racquet Cats last failed to win a district championship, the seniors on this year’s team were just entering school.
Let that sink in.
Facebook was still in its infancy. Southern Cal was still a national college football power. Aledo had won only one state football championship.
On the other hand, all of this year’s underclassmen have not known a school year in which the Racquet Cats did NOT win district. The team recently captured its 11th consecutive league title, finishing a perfect 7-0 in District 6-5A with a 19-0 shellacking of Azle.
“We are very proud of the streak and it is a yearly goal,” said Aledo coach Karl Richter, acknowledging that a streak like this is hard to keep under wraps.
After all, when something lasts for more than a decade, people notice. Such a tradition also makes those coming into the program work even harder. After all, no one wants to be the team with whom the streak ended.
“We keep it going because I am lucky enough to have a lot of kids who play USTA tournaments in the summer and all year long,” Richter said.
The Racquet Cats switched districts this year, and there were some who thought the streak might be in jeopardy. However, that was not the case as they rolled through league play unscathed, even routing previously unbeaten Northwest 15-4 in a match that some thought would threaten the streak.
Richter praised District 6-5A, calling it a “a new district that is a little more balanced then our previous ones, and our top competition very similar to Granbury from our last two districts.”
But, just as before, no team proved to be a match for the Racquet Cats, who improved to 9-2 overall as they prepare for the postseason. Having gone through the league undefeated, they are exempt from the district tournament and now await their Area 5/6A Tournament first-round foe late next week.
“That will be tough,” Richter said of area. “It will probably come down to us needing to beat (Wichita Falls) Ryder to go to the regionals. It should be a battle royal.”
Ryder defeated the Racquet Cats 10-9 earlier this season in a match in Aledo.
Aledo 19, Azle 0
Nikki Adamie/Erin Davis won 8-0, Courtney Andrews/Tristyn Fambrough won 8-1, Carly Siddons/Taryn Fambrough won 8-3.
Jared Kelm/Miles Grubbs won 8-2, Ben Colvin/James Young won 8-4, Lance McClure/Tristan Trotter won 8-2.
Trey Fambrough/Priscilla Schimming won 8-1.
Adamie won 6-0, 6-1; Schimming won 6-0, 6-0; Davis won 6-1, 6-0; Siddons won 8-2; Tristyn Fambrough won 8-4; Taryn Fambrough won 8-3.
Kelm won 6-1, 6-2; McClure won 6-0, 6-1; Grubbs won 6-2, 6-2; Fambrough won 8-4; Young won 8-1; Trotter won 6-0, 6-1.