In their first year in Breckenridge, BHS juniors Cayli and Carri Yarbrough have made their talents known to the entire community of Breckenridge.
The two have had a stellar year by helping guide the Lady Bucks to the regional quarterfinals in volleyball this past fall and a regional quarterfinal bid in basketball as well.
Both will also be competing in the Region I-2A track and field meet in Odessa this weekend.
But the achievements do not stop there.
Carri and Cayli have qualified for state in the girls doubles division of the Class 2A state tennis tournament on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29.
The tournament will take place at the Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Instructional Tennis Courts on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
BHS head tennis coach Rob Ogle has high expectations for the state tournament.
“My goal for the girls at the tournament is to win it,” said Ogle. “We are in it to win it. We aren’t going down there for a dog and pony show. They (Carri and Cayli) are good athletes and I think they can win it all.”
With high goals in place Ogle believes the Yarbroughs have what it takes to bring home a gold medal at the state tournament.
“They make my job so much easier because they are so coachable and being the siblings of two coaches certainly doesn’t hurt in that matter,” he said. “You can tell them to do something and they go out and do it as hard as they can. They are perfectionists, which makes it fun to watch them because they are so close to each other, but yet they are so competitive.”
“If one of them messes up, the other is right there to pick them up and they know of the mistake and just like that they are over it,” Ogle said. “They are able to refocus and know what the goal is and not hold any resentment toward each other. I think it is really neat how competitive they are and can still maintain that close family bond with each other. It’s not easy, but they do a really good job of it.”
With the success of the basketball programs and their appearances in the basketball playoffs, Ogle believes that the girls could be even better than what they have shown provided they were able to go to more tournaments.
“My initial reaction after the regional tournament was, ‘Man, how good would they be if we had been able to play more tournaments?’” Ogle said. “But that is life in a small school. You share kids and they (Carri and Cayli) are four-sport lettermen.”
The Yarbrough sisters started playing tennis at Memphis Junior High School, where they were doubles partners during their seventh and eighth grade year.
“They had a really good tennis coach at Memphis,” said Carri and Cayli’s father, Pat Yarbrough. “He was very fundamentally sound as far as coaching the girls the basics. Everyday after track practice, they would go over and play tennis.”
As freshmen, Carri played mixed doubles and Cayli played girls doubles.
Both girls made it to regionals as freshmen with Cayli earning a playback for a chance to make it to the state tournament. But, she ended up falling in that match.
Yarbrough said that a trip to the state tournament proves that all the hard work has paid off.
“It means a lot to Jeana and I as parents to see the girls succeed,” he said “It means that all the miles of travel and money has paid off a little bit. There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing all the hard work and pushing them to excel pay off. We want them to go down there and compete like they have all year and I think good things will happen.
“As parents and as coaches, Jeana and I have always told the girls that communication is important,” said Yarbrough. “With them being sisters, they have done a lot of communicating on the court. I think that is a big key for them.”
The appearance in the tournament will be the first time BHS has been represented at the state level in tennis since twins Rebecca and Elizabeth Everett went in 2007 in girls doubles.
The Everett sisters were the second place seed from the regional meet and were defeated in the state quarterfinals in Austin.
Carri and Cayli go into Monday’s quarterfinal match as the Region I champions after defeating teams from Sonora, Big Lake- Reagan County, Olton and Sonora.
They will play Breanna Hunt/Calli Mantooth of Godley in their opening match at 10 a.m.
If the Yarbroughs win, they will face the winner of Brenna Hassin/Monica Lash of Lago Vista and Joy Lowman/Kailee Simmons of White Oak at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.