No surprise: Panther wresting squad nabs good sportsmanship honorPanthers have earned nine mat sportsmanship awards since 1986
Waldoboro — It is hardly news anymore when a Medomak Valley High School varsity athletic team wins a sportsmanship award.
After all the Panthers have had one sportsmanship award in their last three sports seasons — the wrestling team last winter, the baseball squad last spring and the boys soccer team in the fall.
Make it four sports seasons in a row for the Panthers — and the second straight for the wrestling team — which has been awarded the Maine Principals' Association's Good Sportsmanship Award for Eastern Class B.
"I am extremely proud of each wrestler, and coaches [Billy] Bramhall and [Jed] Harris,” said Medomak Valley athletic director Matt Lash. “To win this award two years in a row demonstrates their commitment to the ideals this awards represents. This group has worked extremely hard in all facets of the sport. Earning the award caps off a successful season.”
Lash said Cyril Miller, the lone senior on this year's Panther squad, regional champion and New England qualifier, "should be recognized for his leadership on the mat and in the classroom."
The Panthers ended the dual-meet season with a 14-15 record, finished 16th at the state Class B championships (19 points), eighth at the Eastern Class B championships (43 points) and 12th at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships (46.5).
The MVHS wrestling program has earned MPA sportsmanship awards in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2014.