After regional title run last season, Medomak Valley sports new look
Waldoboro — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Medomak Valley High School boys basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Nick DePatsy, seventh year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 16-2, top seed in Eastern Class B. The Panthers defeated No. 8 Camden Hills 52-47 in the quarterfinals, upended No. 13 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 53-30 in the semifinals, defeated No. 3 Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor 56-50 in the regional championship game and lost to Western Class B titlist Falmouth 62-39 in the state Class B final. The Panthers also won the KVAC Class B championship (the game was not played due to weather and was awarded to Medomak Valley, the highest-seeded team).
Roster: Seniors Zach Little (6-1 forward) and Hunter Baughman (6-1 forward); juniors Micah Williamson (6-0 guard), Colton Spear (6-1 forward), Hunter Wincapaw (6-3 forward), Tyler Emerson (6-3 center) and Noah Beck (5-8 guard); sophomores Nicholas DePatsy (6-2 guard/forward), Zach Starr (5-7 guard), Robert Cole (6-4 center) and Jackson Vail (5-8 guard); and freshmen Cam Allaire (6-5 center) and Jon Allard (5-9 guard).
Known graduation losses: John Murray, Ryan Ripley, Brandon Soper, Kazu Tibbetts, Vinny Vannah, Boone Olson and Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet.
Significant impact players: Williamson, Nicholas DePatsy, Spear and Little.
Team strength: Chemistry.
Team goal: To return to the Eastern Class B playoffs.
Top league opponents: Winslow, Waterville, Camden Hills, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Caribou and Mount Desert Island.
Outlook: The Panthers are coming off a sensational season where they captured the regional title for the first time in 33 years and won the conference championship for the second straight time.
But this year's team is different.
Medomak Valley graduated eight seniors, including Murray, who was a Mr. Maine Basketball finalist. Four of the eight seniors, Murray, Ripley, Hendrickson-Belloguet and Soper, were starters, along with Williamson. Only Williamson, Nicholas DePatsy and Starr saw significant time on the floor last season.
Despite the significant turnaround in varsity experience, coach DePatsy's teams are always disciplined and this year's squad is no different.
“This year's team is young and inexperienced, although these kids practice hard and play hard and will compete at a high level,” said DePatsy. “The team's chemistry is excellent and the players are always striving to do the best that they can do. If we want to return to the Eastern Maine tournament, everyone must rebound each and ever possession, defend better in the halfcourt, keep our turnovers down and be able to play with poise and confidence.”