Osier games raise $4,500 for MVHS scholarshipsSecond annual Panther alumni basketball games fun for all
Waldoboro — The second annual Dustin J. Osier Memorial Alumni Basketball Games Friday night, Dec. 28 again proved a rousing success, with hundreds of fans of basketball and the former Medomak Valley High School student-athlete on hand to take part in the event.
Medomak Valley has held alumni games for years, but this event has been christened as the new games in honor of Osier, who died in an automobile accident in August of 2011. Osier was a standout three-sport athlete for the Panthers, playing soccer, basketball and baseball.
Missy Dean, the organizer, said the event raised $4,500. Proceeds are placed in a scholarship fund to help future MVHS graduates pursue secondary education.
Dean thanked the volunteers who helped pull the event together.
“Whether it to be selling raffle tickets, passing out and collecting uniforms, working the concession stand [or] staying behind to clean up the gym, everyone did their part,” she said. “In addition, local businesses donated items or gave monetary donations for the event. I am so proud to be a part of this generous community, and thankful for all of the support. Without them, this event would not be a success.”
Dean said the loudest cheer of the night came when Shane Osier, Dustin’s younger brother, who graduated in June, was announced as a player in this year’s games.
“It was amazing, heartfelt and brought tears to your eyes,” she said of the reception Shane received.
Richard Vannah provided his brand of humor as the event’s emcee, giving a running commentary throughout all three games, in addition to announcing all starting lineups.
Mike Gamage, Ben Vail and Nick DePatsy volunteered to officiate the games, while Abby Brooks, a recent MVHS greaduate, provided a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.
Dean said Dustin’s parents, John and Lisa Osier, “would like to extend their sincere thanks for all of the people and players that attended the event in memory of their son.”
Rosters for all six teams included:
Women's Gold — Roxanne Jelenfy (2011 graduate), Mallory Conary (2012), Alanna Vose (2012), Lindsay Ranquist (2011), Kayla Vannah (2009), Kasey Benner (2011), Heather Dakin (2000), Nicole Weaver (2011), Mallory Robbins (2012) and Erica Tolman (2009).
Women's Blue — Miranda Conary (2008), Rachel Conary Winchenbach (2000), Morgan Baum (2010), Danielle Dyer Ward (2010), Jessica Koon (2010), Angela Abbott (2007), Lacy Massengale (2010), Ericka Christensen (2011) and Vanessa Davis (2011).
Men's Gold — Shane Osier (2012), Quinton Vannah (2011), Deering Genthner (2012), Alex Greenrose (2012), Isaac Durkee (2011), Marcus Benner (2008), Alex Goldrup (2009), Travis Merrifield (2008), Collin O’Donnell (2007), Anthony Baker (2010), Kevin Fogg (2009) and Kyle Spear (2009).
Men's Blue — Jason Vinal (2009), Dale Winchenbach (2009), Alex MacKenzie (2010), Isaac Greenrose (2012), Kyle Durkee (2011), John Bartlett (2010), Kurt Ward (2010), Derek Vannah (2008), Natty McBrien (2010), Russell Wood (2012), Kenny Robbins (2008) and Ryan Merrifield (2012).
Men's White (years graduated included where available) — Tyler Lupien (1993), Chad Benner (2002), Steve York (2000), Jeremy Reynolds (2002), Matt MacKenzie (2006), Mike Phillips (1992), Kevin Reed (1995), Shawn Reed, Sam Lash, Todd Snyder, Matt Kay and Kurt Snyder.
Men’s Blue (years graduated included where available) — Matt Lash (1993), Troy Smith (1993), Jason Witham (1993), Kyle Benner (2000), Scott White (1986), Andrew Ferrier (2006), Mike Boetsch (2004), Justin Hills (1991), Ethan Fink (1990), Chris Donlin, Isaac Lash, Dusty Star, Nick DePatsy and Mark Creamer.
The women's game and older men's game featured two 15-minute halves, while the younger men's game featured two 20-minute halves.
Gold came away with a 37-31 win over Blue. The two squads were tied 18-18 at halftime, with Blue digging out of an early hole, thanks largely to a pair of 3-pointers by Ward.
However, Gold pulled away in the second half with hoops from Dakin, Vose and Ranquist — along with free throws from Ranquist and Benner.
Ranquist netted 12 points to lead Gold, while Vannah added nine; Vose and Benner, both five; and Jelenfy, Dakin and Robbins, all two.
For Blue, Christensen scored 10 points, while Massengale added five; Davis, four; and Miranda Conary, three.
Younger men's game
Blue came away with a 76-63 win over Gold. Blue held a 40-28 lead at halftime, which concluded when Kyle Durkee and Goldrup each ended the half with long, errant 3-point attempts for their respective squads. Goldrup’s shot was tipped in by Fogg on an acrobatic play to end the half.
The game featured plenty of razzle-dazzle from both teams with lots of entertaining passing, fast breaks and 3-pointers, along with DePatsy, one of the officials of the game, engaging in a running commentary with many of his former players.
Gold cut its deficit to 65-53 with about 4:30 remaining, but Winchenbach found a cutting Alex MacKenzie underneath the hoop and later added a trey to help Blue prevail.
Derek Vannah led Blue with 14 points, while Alex MacKenzie and Isaac Greenrose each added 12; Winchenbach, 11; Wood, nine; Vinal, six; Quinton Vannah, four; Ward, two; and Robbins, one.
For Gold, Goldrup tallied 16 points, while Fogg added 12; Benner, 11; Isaac Durkee, seven; Merrifield, five; Osier and O'Donnell, both four; and Genthner and Alex Greenrose, both two.
Older men's game
The Blue team prevailed 43-38 over the Yellow team in a close game.
DePatsy led Blue with eight points, while Matt Lash added six; White, five; Simmons, Hills, Benner and Witham, all four; and Isaac Lash and Boetsch, both two.
For White, Matt MacKenzie scored 14 points, while Reed added eight; Phillips, four; Tom Snyder and Kurt Snyder, three; and Lupien, Reynolds and Sam Lash, all two.
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