The Medomak Valley High School boys freshmen basketball team earned a wealth of valuable experience during the 2018-19 season, which could prove beneficial down the road for the varsity squad.

Led by coach Paul Berube, the Panther freshmen amassed a 5-13 record.

Team members included Gavin Anderson, Dominic Athern, Colby Brown, Connor Daigle, Charles Dorian, Nolan Gahagan, Iassk Hynd, Ryan Jarvis, Jordan Luce­-Warren, Noah Ludwig, Po Pfirrmann, Addison Mellor, Garret Hutchins and Aiden Sawyer.

The Panthers scored 585 points (33 points per game) and gave up 830 points (46 points per game). They were 4-5 on the road and 1-7 at home.

Berube said his team was small in stature as it was “overmatched height-wise in all but two games, but they went out and battled every game to the best of their abilities.”

The veteran coach added they were “searching for a new identity” with several players moving to the varsity ranks. The majority of the Medomak Valley team, a year ago as eighth-graders, went undefeated en route to a Busline League championship, but three players moved directly to varsity and saw significant court time there.

“Role players became vital in the rotation of players in and out of the game, playing more than they had in previous years,” said Berube. “They rose to the occasion playing greater minutes and their game significantly improved as the season went along. We were competitive in most of our games and we never quit working hard. They worked to increase their knowledge of the game, knowing what to do in certain situations, while gaining a better understanding on how to play the game of basketball.”

Hynd led the Panthers in scoring with 203 points, while Hutchins (108 points), Ludwig (74 points), Brown (50 points), Mellor (46 points), Jarvis (34 points), Pfirrmann (25 points), Sawyer (11 points), Anderson (9 points), Daigle (8 points), Dorian (7 points), Luce-Warren (4 points), Gahagan (3 points) and Athearn (3 points) also chipped in for Medomak Valley.

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