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Lyckman and Rambo Talk About Gold 05-02-14

Taylor Lyckman and Riley Rambo of Menard won the 1A Mixed Doubles Tennis Championship on Tuesday in College Station. They made U-I-L History by being the only mixed doubles team to win all 4 years as a pair. Their coach has done some research and he believes they're the first high school duo in the nation to ever win a Mixed Doubles State Championship 4 years in a row.
Taylor Lyckman and Riley Rambo of Menard won the 1A Mixed Doubles Tennis Championship on Tuesday in College Station. They made U-I-L History by being the only mixed doubles team to win all 4 years as a pair. Their coach has done some research and he believes they're the first high school duo in the nation to ever win a Mixed Doubles State Championship 4 years in a row. KSAN's Jeff Corean was in Menard this week to get a look at Taylor and Riley's array of Gold Medals.


Jeff: "What is some of the work that went in. You guys had to have spent hours after hours on these courts from freshman through senior year."

Taylor Lyckman: "I think we did have to work a lot harder our under classmen years. Trying to perfect the game that would give us an edge over all of our opponents. We play an Australian I formation which is not your typical doubles you see in high school."

Riley Rambo: "This year, we had all of the strokes, we had all of the basics down.  We just need to have it short and crisp. If it's good, it's good. If it's chocolate, good is good, melted or hard."

Jeff: "You've done this with your cousin all four years. You grew up with her. Same town, family get togethers, everything, how special is it that all four of these medals were won basically with your best friend?"

Rambo: "It's just awesome. We are eleven days apart. We've grown up together, brother and sister practically. Following in our older siblings footsteps, Zack and Lacey, they won it their senior year and that's what drove us to want to play together. We just put it together and we've always been close. I don't think we have ever had a time to where we were mad at each other. We have always been tight. I think that's good. There has always been good chemistry  on the court. We have always just worked well together."

Jeff: "Lyckman and Rambo's accomplishments have paved the way for younger Menard tennis players to follow in their footsteps."

Barry Kniffen: "I'm a P.E. teacher and I get kindergarten all the way through eighth graders. Every one of them know who Taylor and Riley are. They look up to them. They are heroes to all of those little kids coming up. They come out here and help the junior high. They help the little kids get better, They are working on the future coming up."

Jeff: "Taylor and Riley. Two kids the community of Menard are extremely proud of."


Taylor and Riley are each set to attend Angelo State University.
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