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High school basketball

Medomak Valley courts skills, drills, teamwork as season approaches

Like most Midcoast schools, Panthers to play regional schedule
By Staff | Jan 06, 2021
Photo by: Zack Miller Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5. Panther boys players warm up on the court.

Waldoboro — Medomak Valley High School basketball teams took to the court this week, starting on Monday, Jan. 4 for first official Maine Principals' Association-allowable team-oriented practice.

Donning face coverings and implementing social distancing when possible, the Panther student-athletes now begin work on team court concepts after weeks of individual skills and drills.

Watch video and see nearly 90 photos below.

The pandemic has, of course, changed everything for everyone, including school-sponsored sports.

While Medomak Valley sponsored golf, soccer, cross country and 7-on-7 flag football in the fall, albeit in mostly shortened and altered seasons, it was uncertain, at one point, if most winter sports would be allowed due to their indoor nature and necessity for participants to wear face masks and limit the number of people in a space.

But, like all of the state's high school hoop athletes, the Panthers hope to play 10 or more varsity games in January and February, if COVID-19 and state county distinctions allow.

Medomak Valley basketball will play a regional schedule.

The Panther girls will be led by Ryan McNelly, while Medomak Valley boys are guided by Nick DePatsy.

Due to the pandemic and continued spikes of positive COVID-19 cases around the state, safety protocols continue everywhere, in schools, pools, ski slopes and gymnasiums.

In the winter, Medomak Valley offers basketball (including unified) and wrestling, as well as independent opportunities for indoor track and swimming, both of which may not be possible this year.

Wrestling cannot start interscholastic competition until at least late-February, while track does not, at this time, have college venues to host meets. Panther swimmers practice and compete as independents with Camden Hills Regional High School of Rockport, while MVHS track athletes compete as independents with Oceanside High School of Rockland.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Medomak Valley basketball practice
Medomak Valley basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Zack Miller and Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley High School basketball practice on Jan. 5 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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