One of the nation’s longest winning streaks is officially over, and it ended at the hands of an eighth grader.
As reported by the Fargo-Moorhead Forum, Grand Forks Red River’s 15-year winning streak in girls tennis came to a stunning end at the hand of West Fargo Sheyenne. The 3-2 setback was the first since the 2001 state championship match for Red River, which captured 14 consecutive state championships and 203 matches, all as part of undefeated seasons, in between the losses.
After the first loss in memory, Red River coach Greg LaDouceur was making no excuses for his team’s shortcomings at such a pivotal time.
“I don’t think we played our best tennis this weekend in all three matches — not just the one we got beat in,” LaDouceur told the Forum. “Sheyenne is a very good team. They deserve everything they got. We put our best lineup out there and they beat us. Congrats to them. Take nothing away from their girls. They played better than we did today.
“It hurts. It’s something that hasn’t happened for a long time. So, it stings a little bit. To stand out on the court and see the other team celebrate, I hope that hurt them a little bit. I hope we remember that next weekend when we play.”
There is a distinct silver lining to Red River’s setback: It won’t have to wait long to get a shot at revenge. The teams are likely to match up again at the state tournament in the first weekend of June.