As usual, Medomak Valley poised to make playoff noise
Waldoboro — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Medomak Valley High School boys varsity basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Nick DePatsy, sixth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 16-2, No. 2 seed in Eastern Class B playoffs. Defeated No. 10 Oceanside 65-39 in the quarterfinals before falling to No. 3 Gardiner 57-46 in the semifinal round. The Panthers also defeated the Tigers 61-57 to win the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship.
Roster: Seniors Boone Olson (6-foot-2-inch guard/forward), Brandon Soper (6-1 guard), Kazu Tibbetts (6-1 guard), Vincent Vannah (5-7 guard), Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet (6-1 guard), Ryan Ripley (6-5 forward/center) and John Murray (6-8 forward/center); juniors Michael Wadsworth (6-2 guard) and Zach Little (6-2 forward); sophomores Colton Spear (5-2 forward) and Micah Williamson (6-1 guard); and freshmen Zach Starr (5-7 guard) and Nick DePatsy (6-2 guard/forward). DePatsy is the coach's son.
Outlook: The Panthers graduated a wealth of experience from last year's team, including starters Shane Osier and twin brothers Isaac and Alex Greenrose, thus, the Panthers will look to establish a new identity early in the season.
That process will start with Murray, a sensational player who can take advantage of opponents with his height in the paint and also has shooting range. Murray is coming off an injury that sidelined him for part of last season. Ripley, who, at 6-5, also will provide the Panthers with a strong, interior presence in the paint, will compliment Murray nicely. Murray and Ripley, along with Hendrickson-Belloguet, are tri-captains.
DePatsy said his squad will have a different look this season, with many players getting their first look at big-time varsity minutes. He said the Panthers will go about nine players deep and "any of those younger guys could come up big at any given time."
Tibbetts, one of the team's top shooters and defenders, broke his fibula five weeks ago, but is expected to return by midseason.
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