Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I'm lovin' it... just not before a game

Let's hope no McDonald's executives are reading this blog.

Why? Because Atascadero High girls basketball standout Hannah Donaghe was presented with a certificate Tuesday by the fast food corporation for being nominated for the McDonald's All-America team.

Then she went to Subway for her pregame meal.

"You can't eat McDonalds before the game," Donaghe said. "I'll get heartburn or something."

OK, Jared. You stick to your sandwhiches. But it might cost you a spot on the team. (If any McDonald's people are reading this, I want to let you know I'm immeasurably proud that my hometown is the site of the very first McDonalds franchise.)

Seriously though, Donaghe does have an outside shot to make the All-America team. She is one of 2,500 nominees according to Greyhounds coach Paul Hill, and only 24 will make the final cut.

Even if she doesn't make it, Donaghe is a lot closer to No. 25 than she is to No. 2,500. Its not as if her parents nominated her. Hill said he got a call out of the blue from someone in North Carolina that informed him of the honor last month. Donaghe, a Stanford signee, was rated the 44th best senior prospect (23rd among guards) by scout.com before the season, and her numbers have improved from the ones she posted her junior year — the ones that earned her the rankings.

Check out her stats from this year and last year.

From here, there are several more cuts as the nomination process continues. Final teams are expected to be released in mid-to-late February, and the game will be played in Louisville, Ky., on March 28.

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