High school basketball

Pink out: Panthers, Mariners hold court to battle each other, cancer

Hundreds turn out to support Medomak Valley, Oceanside — and battle against disease
By Mark Haskell | Jan 20, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell With a special pink backdrop, Medomak Valley's Abby Lash looks to score against Oceanside on Jan. 17 in high school girls basketball in Waldoboro. In the special fundraising doubleheader, the Panthers and Mariners split games, as the Oceanside girls won 36-33 and the Panther boys 64-44.

Waldoboro — The third annual “Paws for the Cause” basketball doubleheader between host Medomak Valley and Oceanside not only saw each high school secure a victory, but saw hundreds from the neighboring communities come together to combat a deadly disease and promote a fundraising cause that, in some way or another, has touched or will touch the lives of most.

According to event organizer John Murphy, the fundraiser was its most successful to date as $8,500 was collected, which brought the three-year total to $22,000 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in Maine people through advocacy, education and financial support.

Between the first and second quarters of the boys game, those in the gymnasium stood in silence — many holding "I stand for" signs — in support of those who still battle the disease and the memories of those who lost their battles.

And, as has been the case for three years, the Panthers wore their signature pink uniforms to commemorate the event.

Watch videos and see more photos below.

On the court, the Mariner girls came away with a 36-33 win over the Panthers, while the boys returned the favor as Medomak Valley netted a 64-44 win over Oceanside.

The Medomak Valley High School athletic department, in conjunction with the Medomak Valley All Sports Boosters, sponsored the event.

In addition to t-shirt sales, other fundraising took place prior to — and during — the games, as well as the opportunity to add one's "Personalized Pink Paw" to the wall for a $1 donation.

The night’s 50/50 drawing and other proceeds will go to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

“We’re excited to build upon the overwhelming success of our two previous events,” said Gayle Murphy, boosters president, before the event.

The event appeared to accomplish that goal.

John Murphy said, "When we started this three years ago, we didn’t really know what to expect. But the outpouring of both financial and personal support that the event has garnered continues to exceed our wildest expectations. After the first event, we never thought we’d surpass that initial fundraising amount. But we topped it in 2019, and blew it away in 2020.

"The generosity of the business community who sponsor our commemorative t-shirts and 'Panther Nation' is truly amazing. They give to our student-athletes who 'sell' paws that are hung on our wall. Combine that with such a terrific group of volunteers, both booster club members and non-members, and that's what makes all of this possible.

"For us personally, the involvement of our student-athletes is the most satisfying component to the fundraiser. Introducing them to the concept of charitable giving and philanthropy at a young age is an an important life lesson that can’t be taught in the classroom. Our student-athletes have embraced the event and work extremely hard. For example, we have a little competition amongst our teams with the winner getting a pizza party. For the second year in a row, our cheerleaders took the title by raising $1,600 themselves, this year alone. Truly outstanding.

"The day we spend hanging the paws on the gym door is both heartening and sobering at the same time. Reading the names of all of the people, businesses supporting the cause, as well as the messages of support for those fighting the fight, or the memorials for those who’ve passed, puts everything in its proper perspective.

"There’s no doubt that it’s a different atmosphere in the gym on the night of the Pink Games. It’s hard to describe, but it’s just really special and transcends the games themselves. It’s both electric and sobering at the same time. For the first time this year we included a 'Stand For' ceremony and moment of silence at the recommendation of athletic director Matt Lash. It was a very powerful moment that further added to atmosphere of a very special evening."

The following is a recap of the games:

Boys

Medomak Valley 64, Oceanside 44

Oceanside scored the game’s first six points and led 13-9 after the first quarter, while Medomak Valley rallied to take a 30-27 advantage at halftime before the hosts pulled away in the third, to take a 51-37 lead into the final stanza.

Trevor Brown tossed in a game-high 23 points — 17 of which came in the second half — for Medomak Valley, while Patrick McKenney added 15; Parker Morrison, 14; Gabe Allaire, five; Jake Bickmore, four; and Carson Murphy, three.

Elliot Lucier scored 15 points — including four treys — to pace visiting Oceanside, while Cam Kingsbury added nine; Gavyn Tower, seven; Bohdi Ames, six; Aiden Munro, three; and Nate Coombs and Everett Allyn, two.

The Panthers made 7-of-20 (35 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Mariners were 2-of-3 (67 percent).

The game’s first four minutes had only one basket — an early trey by Lucier — who added another at the four-minute mark to give the Mariners a 6-0 lead. However, the Panthers split the difference when McKenney hit a trey with under a minute to play and Morrison buried a triple at the buzzer as the Panthers continued to give chase.

Murphy canned a 3-pointer to begin the second quarter, but the Mariners scored the game’s next 10 points — a three-point play by Tower, a 3-pointer by Lucier, an Ames bucket and Coombs' offensive outback — to give the visitors their largest lead at 21-12.

However, the Panthers countered that 10-0 run with a 9-0 run of their own — back-to-back buckets from Brown, a Morrison 3-pointer and close-range hoop from Allaire — to close the gap to 23-21.

A Kingsbury fadeaway in the paint stopped the Panther run, but the hosts scored the next five points on a McKenney 3-pointer and a tip by Bickmore trailing a fast break to give Medomak Valley its first advantage at 25-24 with 1:38 to play.

Bickmore had another heads-up play — an offensive putback that just beat the halftime buzzer — as the Panthers went into the locker room with a three-point lead.

The hosts then went on an 11-2 run to start the third quarter, which culminated with a baseline jumper by Morrison with 4:55 to go in the stanza, which gave the Panthers a 41-29 edge and prompted a Mariner timeout.

Oceanside got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (11-2, 45.1235 points) is third, while Hampden Academy (12-0, 86.1111 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (5-8, 17.3457 points) is 13th, while Caribou (11-0, 85.6790 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls

Oceanside 36, Medomak Valley 33

The squads were tied 8-8 after the first eight minutes, while Oceanside clung to a 17-13 lead after two quarters and 26-20 advantage after three stanzas.

Audrey Mackie buoyed Oceanside with 14 points, while Grace Woodman added 11; Emily Sykes, five; Abby Waterman, four; and Jessica Watkinson, two.

Sadie Cohen tossed in 16 points for Medomak Valley, while Kayla Donlin netted nine; Autumn Ripley, five; Alyssa Creamer, three; and Abby Lash, two.

The Mariners were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the foul line, while the Panthers were 2-of-9 (22 percent).

The opponents struggled to find consistent, offensive rhythm throughout much of the game, though the contest intensified significantly with under four minutes to go.

With the score tied 8-8, the Mariners scored the first seven points of the second quarter with hoops from Mackie and Woodman — followed by a trey from Mackie — to put Oceanside up 15-8. But the Panthers went on a 5-2 run to end the half, led by a pair of mid-range jumpers by Donlin with under a minute to play.

Donlin also brought Medomak Valley within 26-20 when she canned a buzzer-beating trey at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth, Oceanside’s lead swelled to 10 points when Waterman converted a shot between two defenders on the block to make the score 31-21, but Medomak Valley rattled off eight straight points — highlighted by a pair of steals and fast-break layups from Ripley — as the Panthers trailed 31-29 with 3:05 to play.

Woodman hit a free throw with about 15 seconds to play to give the Mariners a 36-33 edge, but the Panthers could not connect on either of their last-ditch, three-point attempts as the final buzzer sounded.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (5-8, 27.5926 points) is sixth, while Hampden Academy (11-1, 61.6049 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (10-3, 36.0494 points) is seventh, while Waterville (12-1, 77.6543 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Oceanside at Medomak Valley boys basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Oceanside on Jan. 17 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Oceanside at Medomak Valley girls basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Oceanside on Jan. 17 in high school girls basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, right, and Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, right, and Oceanside's Molly Gould. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, left, along with and Oceanside's Molly Gould, back, and Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, back, and Oceanside's Grace Woodman, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left, and Zaniah Puchalski, middle, along with Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left, and Zaniah Puchalski, middle, along with Oceanside's Grace Woodman (14) and Emily Gould. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Audrey Mackie. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, right, and Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, and Oceanside's Abby Waterman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Abby Waterman, left, and Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Audrey Mackie, left, and Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Abby Waterman, middle, along with Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, right, and Abby Lash. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Audrey Mackie, left, and Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Ahlivia Morris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, right, and Oceanside's Abby Waterman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Emily Sykes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Audrey Mackie. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Anna Kingsbury. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, along with  Oceanside's Abby Waterman, front, Anna Kingsbury, and Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, middle, along with Oceanside's Grace Woodman, right, and Abby Waterman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, middle, along with Oceanside's Grace Woodman, right, and Abby Waterman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Addison McCormick, right, and Oceanside's Abby Waterman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer, middle, along with Oceanside's Anna Kingsbury, left, and Molly Gould. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Emma Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Addison McCormick, right, and Oceanside's Abby Waterman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Emily Sykes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Abby Waterman, middle, along with Medomak Valley's Sadie, Cohen, left, Kayla Donlin and Abby Lash. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, and  Oceanside's Audrey Mackie. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Molly Gould, right, and Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr, right, along with Oceanside's Cameron Kingsbury (1) and Everett Allyn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, left, and Brandon Starr, right, along with Oceanside's Everett Allyn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr, right, and Oceanside's Everett Allyn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore (24) and Patrick McKenney, left, along with Oceanside's Cameron Kingsbury, right, and Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr, right, and Oceanside's Elliot Lucier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, right, as well as Oceanside's Bohdi Ames, left, and Elliot Lucier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, right, and Oceanside's Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, front, and Michael Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, left, and Oceanside's Gavyn Tower. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Fans hold "I Stand For" pink cards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Fans hold "I Stand For" pink cards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Fans hold "I Stand For" pink cards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Fans hold "I Stand For" pink cards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside cheerleaders and a decorated door inside the gymnasium. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Aiden Starr, left, and Oceanside's Nathan Coombs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, left, and Oceanside's Aidan Munro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, left, and Oceanside's Aidan Munro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, left, and Oceanside's Gavyn Tower. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, left, and Aiden Starr, right, along with Oceanside's Gavyn Tower. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, right, along with Oceanside's Everett Allyn, front, and Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, right, along with Oceanside's Everett Allyn, front, and Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, along with Oceanside's Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, left, and Oceanside's Elliot Lucier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, right, and Oceanside's Nathan Coombs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Gavyn Tower, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, and Patrick McKenney, along with Oceanside's Nathan Coombs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, and Parker Morrison, left, along with Oceanside's Everett Allyn, left, and Cameron Kingsburgy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, and Parker Morrison, left, along with Oceanside's Everett Allyn, left, and Cameron Kingsburgy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, and Parker Morrison, left, along with Oceanside's Everett Allyn, left, and Cameron Kingsburgy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney and Oceanside's Cameron Kingsburgy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, left, and Oceanside's Everett Allyn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, left, and Oceanside's Everett Allyn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, as well as Oceanside's Elliot Lucier, back, and Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, right, as well as Oceanside's Everett Allyn, left, and Bodhi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, left, and Oceanside's Everett Allyn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, left, and Oceanside's Everett Allyn, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr, assistant coaches Micah Williamson and Richie Oliver, and Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, and Oceanside's Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, right, as well as Oceanside's Bohdi Ames, left, and Cameron Kingsbury. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Parker Morrison, right, and Oceanside's Bohdi Ames. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr, left, and Oceanside's Cameron Kingsbury. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, left, and Oceanside's Elliot Lucier, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, left, and Oceanside's Elliot Lucier, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, right, along with Oceanside's Gayvn Tower, middle, Nathan Coombs and Cameron Kingsbury. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy, right, along with Oceanside's Gayvn Tower, middle, Nathan Coombs and Cameron Kingsbury. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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