Panthers ready for court battles with minimum players
Waldoboro — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Medomak Valley High School boys tennis team:
Coach/years coached current team: Bill Hinkley, first year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 0-12, 16th in Eastern Class B. The Panthers did not qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Senior Cyril Miller; juniors Noah Beck, Aaron Smeltzer and Devan Hooper; sophomore Ezra Hinkley; and freshmen Richard Kinney and Greg Wadsworth.
Known graduation loss: Conor Dahlberg.
Significant impact players: Miller, Beck, Smeltzer, Hooper, Hinkley, Kinney and Wadsworth.
Team strengths: Youth and experience.
Team goals: To show team and individual growth and display top-tier sportsmanship.
Top league opponents: Camden Hills of Rockport and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.
Outlook: After ending last season without a victory, and only losing one player to graduation, the only place the Panthers can go, in theory, is up. They have a new coach in Hinkley and a crop of young players with experience.
“Medomak [Valley] teams have a long tradition of upholding old-fashioned values on the field and on the court and we plan on continuing that this tennis season,” said Hinkley.
All seven players will have a significant impact as any injuries will force the Panthers to forfeit individual matches.