Sportsmanship is a time-honored tradition at Medomak Valley High School — particularly in recent years, as the Panthers have earned numerous honors for their gamesmanship be it on the fields, courts, mats or other athletic venue.

This time, it was the gridiron gang that was honored as the Panther varsity football team nabbed two sportsmanship awards — for the second year in a row.

First, the Panthers were awarded the Augusta Chapter of Football Officials Frank Leary Award. The officials' board presents two each year — one to Class A and B teams and the other to teams in Classes C, D and E.

Second, the Panthers were awarded the Class C North Good Sportsmanship award, given by the Maine Principals’ Association.

Team members will receive the MPA award at halftime of the state Class C football championship game on Friday, Nov. 17 between Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Cape Elizabeth at the University of Maine in Orono.

In the past three seasons, the Panther football team has earned five sportsmanship honors.

“We’re honored to receive the award this year,” said Medomak Valley head coach Ryan Snell said of the MPA banner, and “we’re happy for the kids receiving this recognition from the officials and from the other teams.”

"Congratulations to coach Snell, his staff, the team and football community," said Matt Lash, athletic director. "We are very proud of you."

In its first year of official full-fledged status, in which it played in the correct class and was eligible for the postseason, Medomak Valley finished 4-4 and ninth in Class C North, just shy of the eight-team playoff field.

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