Midcoast court student-athletes honored in KVAC Class BPanther Murray player of year; MVHS, Oceanside earn team titles
Augusta — With the high school boys and girls basketball playoffs ready to roll, a bundle of Midcoast student-athletes will head into the postseason after being honored by Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B coaches with athletic and academic awards.
The awards typically are announced at the KVAC Class B basketball championship games, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Cony High School in Augusta, but the games were canceled due to the blizzard that rocked the state this past weekend.
The games were to feature the Medomak Valley and Oceanside boys, along with the Oceanside and Nokomis of Newport girls.
The Medomak boys and Oceanside girls, by virtue of their higher Heal Point Standings, won their respective KVAC Class B titles.
It is the second straight year the Panther boys won the crown, while it is the first KVAC championship in any sport for the Oceanside High School, in only its second year of existence after Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School combined.
"It's the second year in a row we've won it and we feel good about it," said Panther coach Nick DePatsy. "We played well coming down the stretch, had some big wins and we've played through a lot of different scenarios."
The Panthers have played in three overtime games during the regular season, winning an overtime game against the Mariners and a four-overtime thriller against Camden Hills, while also losing a double-overtime contest to Oceanside earlier in the season.
"We're pretty pleased, but now we've got to move on and focus on advancing [in the regional tournament]," DePatsy said.
Oceanside coach Teel Foster said winning the KVAC championship was one of the team's goals all season, despite the fact, in the end, the Mariners did not have to play for the title.
"We said in the beginning of the season we wanted to be the best in the Midcoast, we wanted to be the KVAC champions and win a trip to Bangor," she said. "And I think we've been successful so far. But it was huge. Telling the girls via text was not the way we wanted to celebrate, but I can tell you we celebrated just the same. It was awesome."
In addition to the two area teams winning their respective league crowns, the Midcoast also is the home of the newly-anointed KVAC Class B boys player of the year in Medomak Valley senior John Murray.
Murray led the Panthers this season in points per game (18.1) and rebounds per game (11.0), has 30 steals and 16 3-pointers, shot 65 percent from the foul line and had a season-high 34 points in the Panthers' four-overtime win over the Windjammers.
"I think it's a great achievement for him," said coach DePatsy of Murray. "The last half of this season he's really played at a different level, a high level. I think his game has really stepped it up on both ends of the floor, I think he's become a good leader for the team [and] he's matured quite a bit this year."
The following is a list of league awards for Midcoast student-athletes:
Boys first-team all-conference — Camden Hills' Connor Hart; and Medomak Valley's Murray and Ryan Ripley.
Boys second-team all-conference — Belfast's Ryan Rice; Camden Hills' Chandler Crans; and Oceanside's Shea Davenport, Sam Meklin and Isaiah Stone-Patterson.
Boys honorable mention — Mount View's Steven Davis.
Boys all-rookie — Oceanside's Nick Mazurek; Medomak Valley's Nicholas DePatsy; and Mount View's Davis.
Boys all-defensive — Camden Hills' Hart; and Medomak Valley's Ripley.
Boys all-academic — Belfast's Stephen Paul; Camden Hills' Weston Bryant, Alex Crans, Hart and Cooper Krause; and Medomak Valley's Bailey Black (manager), Abby Vail (manager), Brandon Soper and Vincent Vannah.
Girls first-team all-conference — Belfast's Lexi Nelligan; Camden Hills' Jordan Knowlton; and Oceanside's Kennadi Grover.
Girls honorable mention — Oceanside's Hannah Plourde and Phoebe Ferraiolo; Belfast's Katrina Lapham and Courtney Drinkwater; and Mount View's Janelle Thornley.
Girls all-rookie — Camden Hills' Rachel Pease.
Girls all-defensive — Camden Hills' Pease.
Girls all-academic — Belfast's Drinkwater and Lapham; Camden Hills' Kristina Alex and Megan Legage; Medomak Valley's Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet and Elise Wallace; Mount View's Kaitlyn Leavitt, Alexis Morse and Janelle Thornley; and Oceanside's Emma Davis, Ferraiolo, Danessa MacDonald and Plourde.
The honorable mention, all-defensive and all-rookie awards are not officially recognized by the KVAC and are awarded by a vote of the league coaches.
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