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Lady Celts top North Salem
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McNary’s girls tennis team
took advantage of a short-
handed North Salem squad
to earn its second win of the
season on Friday, April 21.
The Lady Celts won 7-1
as North Salem only had
eight players and forfeited
three points in the match,
which was a make-up origi-
nally scheduled for April 13.
McNary easily took the
No. 1 and 2 singles points
as juniors Hannah Childress
and Katherine Perez both
won 6-1, 6-0.
Sophomores Natalie Gon-
zalez and Sofia Zielinski also
came out on top 6-1, 6-0 at
2 doubles.
Two more sophomores,
Lilia Hawes and McKenna
Sieg didn’t lose a game in
their 3 doubles match, shut-
ting out their opponent 6-0,
North Salem got it’s only
win at No. 1 doubles.
McNary head coach Gar-
rett Jensen also saw improve-
ment Thursday, April 20 at
South Salem, even in a 6-2
loss to the Lady Saxons.
Both of the Lady Celts
wins came in singles play.
After taking the first set
6-1 and leading 5-2 in the
second, Childress needed a
tiebreaker to put away South
Salem freshman Abby Fedor.
“She (Childress) kind
of took her foot off the gas
pedal,” Jensen said.
“She had two opportuni-
ties to win the match on her
serve and she lost both of
those, just want to see mov-
ing forward when you have
that opportunity, especially
to serve for the set, to really
put it away, especially with
the kind of serves that she
can hit, never take anyone for
granted, even when you’re
up 5-2. That match could
have been over a half hour
earlier. But she pulled it out
in the tiebreaker, which was
good to see.”
At No. 2 singles, Perez got
revenge on South Salem ju-
nior Catherine Hu.
Perez won the first set
6-2, lost the second 6-7 but
rebounded to take the third
and the match 6-4.
McNary senior Dianna
Cervantes nearly got the
Lady Celts a third point at
3 singles before falling to
South Salem senior Sara Ko-
moda 6-4, 6-4.
“I was happy that we im-
proved and they actually had
a tougher lineup than they
did the first time we played
them because one of the
Studer girls (Jillian and Lo-
McNary sophomore Faith Danner didn’t allow a hit in four in-
nings on Friday, April 21 at Sprague.
McNary no-hits
Sprague, wins 17-0
McNary sophomore Sofia Zielinski won Friday, April 21 against
North Salem with her No. 2 doubles partner Natalia Gonzalez.
ryn) that went to state last
year didn’t play the first time,
played this time,” Jensen said.
“They actually had a tougher
lineup and we still got one
more win and almost an-
other win. That was exciting
to see.”
South Salem also won at 4
singles as well as 1,2,3 and 4
McNary is scheduled to
finish the regular season at
home on Thursday, May 4
against McKay.
The Greater Valley Con-
ference tournament is May
11-13 at the Salem Tennis
and Swim Club, located at
4318 Lone Oak Rd. SE.
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One walk.
That’s all McNary allowed
at Sprague on Friday, April 21
as Faith Danner and Hannah
Carr combined to no-hit the
Lady Olympians in a 17-0
five-inning win.
Danner needed only 30
pitches to get through the
first four innings. She had zero
strikeouts. Carr got the final
three outs of the game.
The Lady Celts had two
big innings at the plate, scor-
ing nine runs in the first and
seven in the fourth.
Nadia Witt was 4-for-4
with two runs and two RBIs.
She was just one of eight Mc-
Nary players to have multiple
hits in the rout. Nicole Duran
was 3-for-3 with two runs and
two RBIs. Emma Kinler drove
in five and scored three runs.
McNary senior Jonah Geist went 3-for-4 with two runs and two
RBIs on Friday, April 21 against Sprague.
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“We haven’t made a couple
of defensive plays and in a one
or two run game, one or two
plays on defense make a dif-
ference, or one or two at bats
with two outs and guys in
scoring position make a dif-
Sprague added one insur-
ance run in both the sixth
and seventh to take a 6-3 lead
while McNary’s bats went
quiet before rallying in the
The loss was McNary’s
third in a row after getting
swept by McMinnville 4-0 on
Tuesday, April 18 and 3-1 on
Thursday, April 20. The Celt-
ics had a combined seven hits
in the two losses.
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“I love the program at Mc-
Nary and wish the student ath-
letes and their families nothing
but the best moving forward,”
Handley said. “They are going
to be in great hands with the
next coach and will continue
their success at the high levels
our community has come to
McNary’s new athletic di-
rector Scott Gragg hired Doran
from a pool of 12 applicants.
“There was one candidate
that was far and above the oth-
ers that were really good can-
didates as well,” Gragg said.
“Coach Doran, we’re lucky
that she has chosen to lead the
Doran came highly recom-
“This is year 40 for me
at Crescent Valley, Elizabeth
might be one of the best I’ve
seen in the classroom and as
a coach,” Crescent Valley Ath-
letic Director Craig Ellingson
wrote. “She is going to be dy-
namite. She is a 10 out of 10. I
wish I could keep her.”
Doran said she knew Mc-
Nary was the right fit after
meeting with Gragg and Prin-
cipal Erik Jespersen.
“I’m super excited,” she
said. “I feel like it was meant
to be. I met Erik and Scott
and their vision of where they
want McNary to be as a school
“McMinnville and Sprague
are two quality baseball pro-
grams,” Keeker said. “Right
now they’re one and two in
our league. The first time
against McMinnville, we faced
their best guy (Wyatt Smith)
and he was super, super effi-
cient and we did not put any
pressure on him at all offen-
sively so our at bats were sub-
par up and down the lineup
that particular game. We were
better in game two but we hit
a lot of ground balls. Their
guy (Nathan Leid) again was
around the strike zone the en-
tire day and really efficient and
he forced us to swing and we
just couldn’t put anything on
a line.”
McNary has a non-league
home game Saturday, April 29
at 1 p.m. against Tualatin. The
Celtics then begin a series with
West Salem on Tuesday, May 2.
and athletics, too, I hit it off
right away with them.”
Doran delivered a motto of
“We Pursue Excellence,” to
her new team, which extends
to every area of life, on and off
the court.
“I want to build a pro-
gram that has strong charac-
ter and that’s a classy program,
and that starts with respecting
each other, respecting the ad-
ministration, respecting the
teachers, respecting referees,”
said Doran, who added that
McNary will “compete hard,
smart and together.”
Doran, who also participat-
ed in volleyball, track and golf
in high school, recommended
her girls play other sports.
“I want you to play basket-
ball, even if another sport is
your passion,” Doran said. “I
think there is a lot of things
you can learn by playing an-
other sport. If you want to play
volleyball or softball or run
track in college, I will help you
develop the work ethic and
the mentality needed to suc-
ceed. It’s the same across every
sport. The actual skills are dif-
ferent but the same mindset is
needed to be successful and it
transfers to other aspects of life,
too. That’s why I want to coach
and teach.”
Doran is starting right
away. Her first open gym was
Wednesday, April 26. A parent
meeting to discuss summer ball
is scheduled for Monday, May
8 at 7:30 p.m.