Medomak Valley again should be among league, regional, state elite
Waldoboro — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Medomak Valley High School cheering squad:
Coach/years coached current team: Rachel Coor, fifth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: The Panthers finished second in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships, won the Western Class B regional title and finished third in the state Class B championships.
Roster: Seniors Charlene Wilbur, Jessica Prescott and Kelsie Grady; junior Lyndsey Miller; sophomores Shania Melvin, Olivia Ryan, Alyssa Ducharme, Ashlee Wilson, Molly Clevette and Paige Russell; and freshmen Stephanie Hill and Cassie Dever. Competition alternates include Amanda Poland, Katie Goldrup, Megan Linscott and Gabby Ruano.
Outlook: Despite having such a young team, sporting only four upperclassmen, coach Coor is optimistic with her team, which is wise beyond its years.
“Everyone on the team has experience in competition at the Bangor Auditorium, whether it’s at the high school or the middle school [championship] level,” said Coor.
The fifth year coach said tumbling and jumping will be among the team’s strengths, while the team’s flyers still are a work in progress, as the Panthers return only one of the five flyers — Melvin — from last year’s team.
While this year’s squad is admittedly not the best team on paper Coor has had in the past few years, she said this year’s team chemistry will carry them, led by Wilbur, Prescott, Grady and Miller, which Coor said “are great role models for these younger girls.”
“They’re all on the same page as far as what’s best for the team and putting individual needs aside,” she said.
An interesting twist to this year’s season for the Panthers is Coor is nearly eight months pregnant. She plans to have a C-section in early January and does not expect to miss the competition season.
“They told me to plan on being out for 10 days but we’ll see,” Coor said. “I think the kids are all placing bets on when I’ll be back, but obviously my physical health and the baby’s health is a priority. And I’m blessed with an amazing assistant coach [Heather Simmons] that, if I can’t make it back for any of those events, she can stand in for me and definitely lead this team.”
Medomak Valley has been a perennially strong team under Coor’s tenure and again will be legitimate contenders for conference, regional and state titles this season.
“My hope for this team, regardless of whether they win or not, is that they come out of the state championships feeling they did the best they could do and they could have done nothing else to get themselves more points in their placement," Coor said.
“If they do that, the rest will take care of itself," the coach said.
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