Madawaska boys are a strong team with positive outlook

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Middle/High School boys basketball team is focused on its many strengths, and has a positive outlook aimed at the postseason. 

“The strengths of this team will be our team defense and we hope to be an improved rebounding team,” Coach Dean Gendreau said. “We will be very athletic and be up and down the floor on offense.”

This will be Gendreau’s second year coaching the varsity boys, but he brings plenty of experience to the table having previously coached the Madawaska girls squad for 13 years.

“We are looking to be very strong on defense with some good height overall. We should be able to put up some points on offense with two of our three leading scorers back from last year’s team,” Gendreau said. 

The Owls graduated two players last season, Robert Lausier, a 1,000-point scorer who Gendreau said is a “big loss” and R.J. Minor, who Gendreau described as a “good ball handler and very quick, nice student.”

Although the team is young, with only two seniors on the roster, Gendreau said four returning starters will lend to a “very exciting” outlook for the season.  

Returning starters include senior Adam Gendreau, a “good rebounder and defensive player,” and juniors Carson Cyr, a “good defensive player, very aggressive,” 

Ian Beaulieu, a “good rebounder, good shooter,” and Brady Gagnon, a “good ball handler, good shooter,” Gendreau said. 

The roster also includes senior Chandler Hartvigsen, juniors Samuel Dufresne and Samuel Lausier, sophomore Christopher Boucher, and freshmen Samuel Thibeault, Jeremiah Turner and Xavier Morin. 

Madawaska saw the postseason last year where they fell to Houlton in quarterfinal action during a playoff season modified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID has not affected the Owls so far this year in terms of their ability or eagerness to play. 

“All the boys are pool testing in school, so that has made a big difference,” Gendreau said. “The boys are very excited about the upcoming season and playing with a mask is kind of the uniform nowadays, so they are adjusting well with it.”

The Owls have their sights set on a stronger postseason run this season. “We’re hoping to host a playoff game and take a ride to Bangor if COVID eases up in The County,” Gendreau said.  

The Madawaska boys will face-off against some formidable local opponents. “I expect that Fort Kent and Wisdom will have very good teams and also Van Buren and Central Aroostook to be very competitive,” Gendreau said. 

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