Tigers’ Doan an aspiring nurse, leader on basketball court

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Marietta’s Caleigh Doan (43) drives with the ball against New Philadelphia during a high school girls basketball game last season at Sutton Gymnasium.

Caleigh Doan

Marietta High/Washington State Community College

Year: senior

Age: 17

GPA: 3.4

Favorite subject: anatomy

Sports: basketball, cross country

Hgt.: 5-foot-9

College: Muskingum University

Major: nursing

Family: Jamie and Melissa Doan (father and mother)

Question: How are things going so far for the Marietta High girls’ basketball team?

Answer: Well, we have a new coach (Alan Ruth), and he’s a very down to earth person. We’re off to a rough start (1-4), but the girls are working really hard, and we want to improve and get better. Practices are just as important as the games.

Q: You’re a team captain, right?

A: Yes, Audrey (Smith) and I are co-captains.

Q: Is basketball your favorite sport?

A: It’s kind of hard to choose between basketball and cross country. But I’ve been playing basketball the longest. My mom got me started. (Laughs) She actually got me started in a lot of sports, like swimming. But I just really love to play basketball.

Q: You also played on an AAU club basketball team, didn’t you?

A: Right. Jeff Smith’s the coach (of the Ohio Thunder 740). We did a lot of traveling during the summer.

Q: What position do you play on the basketball court? Are you a forward?

A: (Laughs) I’ve played the 3, 4 and 5 positions. It’s wherever Coach (Ruth) wants me to play and where I can help the team the most.

Q: Do you think you’d like to play at the college level?

A: I’m thinking about it. I’ve already committed to Muskingum University for its nursing program. I did that when I was sophomore (at MHS). That’s when I visited the Muskingum, and I was really impressed with the quality of the (nursing) program. In college, academics come first.

When I go to Muskingum, I’ll be transferring there as a sophomore (not a freshman), because I’ll have two associate degrees from Washington State Community College.

Q: Sounds like you’ve got a plan?

A: (Laughs) I do.

Q: How long have you been going to WSCC?

A: The last two years. I don’t actually attend Marietta High School any more.

Q: Is there Marietta Tiger basketball career highlight that you’d like to share with us?

A: You know, after games, I never know how many points I scored. I know winning is important, but even if we lose, I feel that as long as we tried our best, I’m satisfied. I just don’t look at stats. If I have a good game, I give all the credit to my teammates.

Q: Let’s talk about cross country. What’s your PR (personal record)?

A: 21:58. I ran that at district in Cambridge when I was a sophomore.

Q: I understand you didn’t run your junior year?

A: I actually ran three races, and then I got injured. I came back, though, in my senior year.

The thing about cross country is no one can stop you but yourself. And, while you run as an individual, you’re also running for the team. It’s a team sport.

Q: Who has inspired you during your sports career at MHS?

A: There’s been my family and two other people. Number one, of course, is my family. They come to all my games and meets.

Then, there’s LeAnne Ross (former MHS and University of Charleston basketball standout). She’s worked with me on basketball, and she’s just an outstanding role model.

And, so is Alle Moore (currently playing at UVA-Wise). She was a senior when I was a freshman. But she still helps me out on the basketball court.

Q: What do you do off the court? Any hobbies?

A: (Laughs) Sports are my hobby. Mostly, though, I’m studying, and looking forward to a career in nursing and helping to deliver babies.

Ron Johnston, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com