The Medomak Valley High School boys junior varsity basketball team had a strong season on the hardwood this winter, preparing many of the future varsity standouts for the next level of competition.

The Panthers, led by coach Richie Oliver, started the season 8-0 and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-3 record. All three of the team's losses were by three points each, one of which came in overtime to Gardiner.

Team members for the Panthers were Zach Little, Nathan Mazanec, Hunter Baughman, Michael Wadsworth, Tyler Emerson, Hunter Wincapaw, Noah Beck, Glenn Weeks, Jamie Temple, Colton Spear, Zach Ripley, Patrick Madden, Jackson Vail, Nicholas DePatsy and Zach Starr.

"We had a very successful season," said Oliver. "Not measured only by wins and losses but by the improvement of each player. We ran a lot of fullcourt [defensive] pressure, which allowed all players to see considerable playing time."

The Panthers scored 963 points (60.2 per game) on the year, allowed only 657 (41.1 per game) and outscored opponents by an average of 24.2 points per contest, with their largest margin of victory coming in a 78-21 decision over Morse of Bath at the end of the regular season.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at