High school basketball

Smiles and hoops: Oceanside, Medomak Valley tip off unified court seasons

Midcoast neighbors play each other, while Mariners also face host Bucksport
By Staff | Jan 25, 2020
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland.

Rockland — The unified basketball season has tipped off for Oceanside and Medomak Valley as the Mariners have played two games and Panthers one – against their neighbors.

The Mariners (0-2) hosted the Panthers (1-0) on Friday afternoon, Jan 24, as the Medomak Valley prevailed 52-47 in a competitive, fun-filled affair.

Watch video and see more photos below.

The visiting Panthers got a strong 32-point performance from Tyler McKay to earn the victory. Also scoring for the visitors were Von MacLaughlin and Angel McKay with eight and Hailey Campbell, four.

Oceanside had more balanced scoring as nine players netted points, led by Angel Seiders with 12; Kaytlyn Pierce and Haley Callahan, eight; Ryan Morse, six; Brian Farnham, four; Ryan Warren, three; and Keegin Colby, Colin Richards and Ben Coulter, two.

Warren also drilled the game's lone 3-pointer.

Oceanside led 12-6 after the first quarter, 24-23 and 37-30 at the quarter breaks, but was outscored 22-10 in the final stanza.

Tyler McKay scored all but two of his points over the final three quarters.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Mariners trekked north across the Penobscot River and took on Bucksport, in a court battle that saw the opponents put forth terrific efforts on the hardwood.

By game’s end, the Golden Bucks outscored the Mariners in all four stanzas and bucked to a 61-44 victory.

The Golden Bucks galloped out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead, led 32-21 at halftime and 42-27 after three quarters.

Leading the Oceanside offense were Kaytlyn Pierce with 12 points, while Ryan Morse added seven; Brian Farnham and Haley Callahan, six; Keegin Colby and Angel Seiders, four; Ryan Warren, three; and Ben Coulter, two.

Caleb Robidoux tossed in 17 points to pace Bucksport, while Jacob Pyles added 16; Zach Hutchins, 12; Hunter Emerson, eight; Justin Chambers, four; and Delia Lancaster and Adrian Russell, two.

Unified basketball combines Special Olympics athletes and general student-athletes (partners) in 5-on-5 competition. The sport has been popular in the state for roughly a decade, but the sport became sanctioned by the Maine Principals’ Association at the start of the 2015 season.

The two most crucial components that make the game different from traditional basketball is there can be no more than two "partners" on the court at any given time with the Special Olympics athletes, and the partners can account for no more than 25 percent of the team's total points. Teams also are only permitted to play half-court defense.

This season, the MPA will not hold postseason tournaments for unified basketball, as it opts for end-of-season play days and jamborees.

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

Medomak Valley at Oceanside unified basketball
Medomak Valley at Oceanside unified basketball in Rockland on Jan. 24. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside high school unified basketball on Jan. 24 in Rockland. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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