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Medina spirit overcomes barriers

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The Medina boys basketball team finished out the 20-21 season despite having faced tremendous adversity.

The team’s head coach, Bill Carter, coached through Zoom from his home after he was diagnosed with cancer last summer, limiting what he was capable of doing during the season.

Despite the viral coaching element, Coach Carter’s fourth boys basketball team since coming to Medina surprised many people by compiling an overall 11-10 record and a district record of 6-5.

During the last week of district play, the Bobcats had other barriers including having three starters quarantined and missing three games. Medina lost two of those games and the team finished fourth in the district.

Three starters returned for Medina this season: All-District Player Carter Lichtenberg, senior Zac Bryant and sophomore Wyatt Boatman.

Lichtenberg put together another good year, averaging 10.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Bryant led the Bobcats in scoring with 16.5 points per game. He hit 49 three pointers out of 154 attempts and he averaged 5.1 rebounds per game.

Point guard Wyatt Boatman averaged 8.9 points per game and led the team in assists.

Freshman TJ DeLeon will be a candidate for Newcomer of the Year in the district. DeLeon averaged 7.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Senior Dakota Nelson rounded out Medina’s starting lineup. He was a part time starter his junior year and he gave the Bobcats a solid senior year.

Seniors Ethan Ashley and Elijah Gongora gave Medina key minutes off the bench. Dawson Simon, who played several minutes his freshman year, missed the majority of the season with a wrist injury. The 6’5” postman should be a key player next season.

Davis Briley, another 6’5” postman had a good year in his first year playing basketball.

Sophomore wing Britton Wickham missed the season with a severe hand injury. His brother, Branson, a freshman, and Seth Ashley, another freshman, will be candidates for playing time next season in the backcourt, along with freshman Will Derry.

A surprise for the Bobcats this year was freshman Gabe Bower, who played at the post after recovering from a knee injury.

“The young talent we have coming up the next two years could make us a tough opponent in the district,” Carter said. After the unusual season the kids experienced this year, I think they will be ready for about anything.”

The head coach recognized and thanked Art DeLaGarza, serving as interim head coach this season, and assistant coaches Bryce Sorbel and Ian Shellhorn.

Carter coached his 600th basketball career win in a home game in Medina on Jan. 22, 2019.