Bears three-peat in league tennis

Steve Gerace
Mount Shasta High School senior Miranda Duggan during her doubles match with partner Dayna Vogt against U-Prep on April 22 at the Mt. Shasta Resort. Miranda, who has never lost a league singles match in four years at the top of the Bears' girls ladder, is the MSHS female athlete of the year has been nominated for Siskiyou female athlete of the year She has a 4.0, never misses practice, and has never lost a league match in her high school career. Plus he thinks she is just a neat kid!

Mount Shasta High School’s tennis team won a third consecutive league championship, led by senior Miranda Duggan, who went all four years of high school career without a losing a league match.

The Bears put the finishing touches on their 2009 title with a victory over Dunsmuir last Wednesday, April 29, at the Mt. Shasta Resort.

Next up for the Tigers and Bears is this weekend’s league tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Etna.

Mount Shasta coach Mike Covington said this year’s team is the best yet in his three years at the helm.

“We’ve got good depth, which has made for more consistency,” Covington said. “Our four, five and six players are all strong. The girls in particular carried us us through. They were undefeated in league and lost very few matches. It’s a very strong girls team.”

Covington said Duggan’s four-year undefeated league record is unprecedented. He expects her to again be favored to win the league tournament and Northern Section Small Schools title the following weekend.

Mount Shasta High’s  female athlete of the year nominee, Duggan also teamed with Dayna Vogt to go undefeated in league doubles this season.

Other key performers for the girls team have been Sydney Miller, Tenaya Miller, Ari Kosel and freshman Jeanette Ricci, who was also undefeated this season in league according to Covington.

The boys team was led by Jarod Salinas-Dick, Daniel Ostrowski, Michael Dugan, Forrest Duggan, Nick Clute-Reinig, Miller Sbarbaro, John Holst, Andrew Paisley and Spencer Gautreaux.

A year ago Mount Shasta won the NSCIF team title, while Miranda Duggan was second in singles and won the doubles title with then-senior Rebecca Teuscher.

Salinas-Dick earned a third place plaque at the 2008 section event and the Bears No. 2 men’s doubles team of Michael Dugan and Sam Raine upset their way to a third place finish.

Covington said the Bears’ goal is to repeat this year as section champions.

But first they’ll compete in Etna in the annual league tournament which determines the seedings to the section championships.

“Everybody’s upped their game,”?Covington said of the 2009 Bears. “They’re improving at the right time.”

Results from the Mount Shasta vs. Dunsmuir match at the Mt. Shasta Resort on April 29:

Boys singles

1. Jarod Salinas-Dick def. Kile Beck, 10-1.

2. Daniel Ostrowski def. Collin Lattinazo, 10-4.

3. Michael Dugan def. Brandon McCauley, 10-0.

4. Nick Clute-Reinig def. James Witherell, 9-2.

5. John Holst def. Scott Headley, 10-2.

6. Andrew Paisley def. Patrick Carr, 11-9.

7. Spencer Gautreaux def. Josh Meyer, 10-1.

Boys doubles

1. Salinas-Dick/Ostrowski 10-2.

2. Dugan/Clute-Reinig def. Beck/Carr, 10-5.

3. Holst/Paisley def. Witherell/Headley, 10-1.

Girls singles

1. Tenaya Miller def. Quincie Cox, 10-2.

2. Sydney Miller def. Leah Henson, 10-0.

Girls doubles

1. T. Miller/S. Miller def. Cox/Henson, 10-2.

Jeanette Ricci, Mount Shasta High's number 6 player, during her doubles match with partner Sydney Miller on April 22 at the Mt. Shasta Resort