The Fossil Ridge High School girls tennis team is good. Darn good. The SaberCats have lost just one dual this season, and that was to perennial power Cherry Creek. And that was a 5-2 loss.
How good will they be when all is said and done? Are they even the best team in the city?
Coach Mike Scimeca said his team wants to be the best in the state, indicating that Cherry Creek stands in the way.
Steamboat Springs didn’t stand in the way Saturday, as Fossil Ridge dominated in a 6-1 win, boosting its record to 3-1 . Loveland and Fairview — two of Class 5A’s top teams — didn’t do much standing in the way either.
But then again, there is that little Poudre problem. Poudre High School’s girls tennis team stood in Fossil Ridge’s way twice last season and ended up finishing ahead of the SaberCats at the state tournament en route to a fourth-place finish.
Should that have happened? Maybe. Maybe not. Scimeca and the SaberCats certainly didn’t plan on it. But in Poudre, despite the Impalas losing several key athletes from last year’s team, Fossil Ridge may just have another obstacle en route to its best in the state goal.
After all, Poudre is still the reigning city champion. And no matter how much tough competition Fossil Ridge has scheduled, it still hasn’t knocked off Laura Ecton’s Impalas.
The teams meet April 9 at Poudre . The winner of that dual may have the inside track to making some serious noise at the state tournament.
If Fossil Ridge wins, that would do more than make the SaberCats good. It would reaffirm what many over at Fossil Ridge way already believe: The SaberCats are the best team in the city.