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Braun stakes claim in state tennis tourney

Trevor Braun returns a volley in competition earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

As a freshman, McNary High School’s Trevor Braun watched with some dismay as his team had to sacrifice one of its top players for another team’s player that made it to the state meet.

“I wanted to be one of those top players for McNary and, this time around, another one of the teams had to do that for us,” Braun said.

Braun not only succeeded in making it to state, as far as anyone can remember, he’s the first non-exchange student to make it to the boys state tennis tournament in the history of the school.

“This year, I tried not to put as much pressure on pressure on myself as I did last year because that hurt me,” Braun said.

Last year, Braun lost to John Reid, the son of the current McNary’s head coach.

“I was up 4-1 in the third set against John and I lost five straight games in a row and that was kind of hard,” he said.

This year, it was a different story. Braun went into the tournament seeded fifth, but was awarded a bye in the first round after North Salem brought only three singles players to the tournament.

He won his second round match in a tough, three-set contest with Miguel Hidalgo from Redmond High School 6-3,6-7(3-7),6-3; and his third round match with Gordon Burnham from South Salem High School. It was hard-fought as well with scores of 6-1,4-6,7-5.

“He played the best tennis of the season in those matches,” said Lisa Reid, McNary head coach.

“They were both tough players who probably could have beat me on any given day,” Braun said.

He lost matches to Scott Wheeler and C.J. Erion in the second day of the tournament, but it was still enough to earn a state berth. Reid said the match with Wheeler was likely one of the best of the the entire tournament.

While Braun has seen many ups and downs in his four years on the team, he said an experience as a sophomore was the