The Wylie Bulldogs Tennis team did something no other team, in any classification, has ever done. Leave the UIL state tournament with every gold medal.
Eight different Bulldogs were draped with a gold medal when all was said and done. Among them, a pair of defending champs that stood tall among the rest of the field.
Rayce Roberson claimed this year's boys singles title, on top of his 2012 title in the same category. Delaney Schroeder won the girls singles title this year to go with her 2012 gold medal.
"Being able to come out and do it again. That makes it more special. Able to play good, high level tennis and come out and repeat as state champion," said Roberson
Brother Nital & Rahil Patel claimed the boys doubles title after sent packing in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament. They reflected on the history this Wylie team made on Tuesday.
"Making history for the first time. Out of all the A's... 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A... First time to do it. We got so close for two years in a row. We got four... Four in a row. Then four in a row again. Finally clinching five, in all those categories. It feels good," Nital said.
Mixed Doubles champs Brittany Frazier and Weston Uecker spoke about the way their team has worked together during the course of the season.
"It just feels really good as a team and as individuals, work together & work this hard. And make all your dreams come true, finally," Frazier said.
Ueckert added, "It means a lot to how well we've done this year as a team."
We simply cannot forget the work done by Big Country Athletes in class 2A. After advancing to Tuesday's 2A boys singles title, Jim Ned's Reese Cook won his first title in his first year of high school. The Freshman Indian defeated William Billo, of Golliad HS, to claim the 2013 gold medal.