High school basketball

Panther boys roll, coach DePatsy sets win standard, girls lose tough one

DePatsy becomes winningest boys hoop coach in Medomak Valley High School history
By Staff | Jan 13, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley boys basketball coach Nick DePatsy in a regional playoff game at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Medomak Valley boys basketball team’s lopsided win over Erskine Academy led the weekend on Saturday, Jan. 11 as the Panthers netted their 10th win in 11 tries with a 79-45 triumph over the Eagles.

It was another feather in the cap — or win rather — for longtime Panther coach Nick DePatsy, who surpassed exclusive company on Thursday, Jan. 9 with the team’s 65-61 high school court victory over Camden Hills.

That win was DePatsy’s 186th coaching victory with the Panthers, as he surpassed legendary Panther coach Art Dyer’s win total of 185. Dyer guided the Panthers in the 1970s and 1980s and led them to four regional championships, in addition to state Class B titles in 1977 and 1980.

DePatsy, who graduated from the school in 1982, kept on going Saturday to grab his 187th win with MVHS.

“The accomplishment is big for him personally having gone to Medomak [Valley] and come up through Art Dyer’s program,” said athletic director Matt Lash, who acknowledged DePatsy’s milestone prior to the team’s home game Saturday against the Eagles. “He [Dyer] has touched a lot of lives and he’s looked at as one of the top coaches to coach basketball in the state of Maine. Knowing Nick as I do, it’s a very special milestone for him and the program.”

“I have been fortunate enough to have caring, hardworking people that have helped make this program successful,” said DePatsy. “This program has been in place for many years. I just wanted to provide more opportunities for players to get better at the game of basketball. I am very appreciative of all the people who have given their time to this program over the years. Sponsors for winter and summer basketball, youth coaches, winter youth league directors, travel team coaches, middle school coaches and high school coaches.”

DePatsy, who has previously coached at Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Georges Valley of Thomaston and Madison before coaching the last 13 years at Medomak Valley, now has 187 career wins with MVHS and 352 overall.

He collected his 300th win Feb. 2, 2016 with a victory over Mount Ararat of Topsham. He has coached teams in Class A, B and C.

MVHS has been in existence since the 1960s.

In additional action on Saturday, the Medomak Valley girls dropped a 49-45 decision to the Eagles in South China.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Boys

Medomak Valley 79, Erskine Academy 45

At Waldoboro Jan. 11, the Panthers pounced on the Eagles quickly — and decisively — in a lopsided win. Medomak Valley led 23-10, 46-25 and 67-39 at the quarter breaks.

Patrick McKenney keyed Medomak Valley with 19 points, while Trevor Brown added 17; Parker Morrison, 13; Carson Murphy, nine; Jake Bickmore, seven; Gabe Allaire, five; Aiden Starr and Jacob Craig, three; Michael Simmons, two; and Brandon Starr, one.

Morrison and Aiden Starr added five steals and Simmons six rebounds.

For Erskine Academy, Daniel Page led with 16 points, while Logan Tenney added nine; Nicholas Barber and Matthew Stultz, six; Nicholas Hayden, four; and Xavian Marable and Joshua Bonsant, two.

The Panthers finished 11-of-21 (52 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 2-of-3 (67 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (10-1, 36.6667 points) is fourth, while Hampden Academy (11-0, 67.5309 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls

Erskine Academy 49, Medomak Valley 45

At South China Jan. 11, the Eagles held court and emerged with a tight win over the Panthers. Erskine Academy led 15-11 after the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime, while Medomak Valley led 39-35 after three quarters.

Abby Lash netted 12 points for the Panthers, while Autumn Ripley added nine; Addison McCormick, eight; Alyssa Creamer and Kayla Donlin, five; Sadie Cohen, four; and Zaniah Puchalski, two.

Jordan Linscott and Mackenzie Roderick scored 11 points for the Eagles, while Emily Clark added eight; Samantha Reynolds, seven; Grace Hutchins, six; and Joanna Linscott and Alyssa Savage, three.

Medomak Valley netted 8-of-21 (38 percent) from the foul line, while Erskine Academy was 11-of-19 (58 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (4-7, 20.3086 points) is sixth, while Hampden Academy (10-1, 49.2593 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Tom Mellor | Jan 14, 2020 09:03

A great coach!! Congratulations Nick!!



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