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MDP Panther Basketball / Region 21 All Stars

Tue January 27 2009 @ 11:10 AM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

The Region 21 Boys All-Star game will be played on Sunday, February 8th at Archbishop Carroll High School at 5:30pm.

The following MDP Panthers have been selected to participate by the Region 21 Coaches:

Nico Arechabala Connor McGrath Dominic Splendore

Congratulations to each of them!

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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2009 Region 21 Playoff Format / Scheduling

Mon January 26 2009 @ 12:52 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

I was just notified that the Region 21 Playoffs will BEGIN on Monday, February 2nd and will conclude February 8th. ALL TEAMS will make the playoffs, the teams will be seeded 1 thru 10 and the higher seed will HOST any game.

How does this impact us? We will have our final Region 21 game on Sunday versus Epiphany at the MDP gym....if we win we will have 6 regional wins (as we currently have 5). I believe that we will finish in the middle of the division - a 6th win would help us to secure a home playoff game.

Unfortunately, I will be traveling for business that week (leaving Tuesday(2/3) and returning Friday(2/6)) and only in town for a MONDAY NIGHT(February 3rd) game. I have asked the regional directors to schedule us to play Monday night so that I could attend at least our initial playoff game (not sure if this will happen). We will also NOT be notified of our 1st round opponent until after ALL games are concluded on Sunday.

I am thinking about holding a practice at the MDP gymnasium on Sunday AFTER our game with Epiphany to prepare for Monday's opponent (based on game results). I will speak to the boys about this scenario at Tuesday nights practice.

Our season will not end with the playoffs - as MDP will be hosting a Presidents Day Basketball Tournament (2/14-2/16). I will provide more information about the remainder of the season as I recieve it.

Regards,

Coach Wheeler

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Fridays Game versus Visitation

Thu January 22 2009 @ 09:26 PM

Please bring BOTH White and Blue uniforms to the gym for Friday nights game. Please arrive at the gym by 7:20pm. The game will begin at 7:45pm.

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Practice Saturday (1/24) @ 8:00am MDP Gymnasium

Thu January 22 2009 @ 04:28 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

We will be having practice on Saturday (1/24) morning at 8:00am at the MDP Gymnasium. The practice wuill last until ~9:30am. Please let me know if there is any conflicts.

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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Friday Evenings Game

Sat January 17 2009 @ 10:04 AM

Parents / Players,

I would like to apologize for my personal unappropriate behavior on the sidelines of our game versus Conshohocken Catholic. There is no way to properly justify behaving in the manner as I did, the in-game circumstances should not trump the fact that I (as the head coach) need to set an example for the boys. I will speak to the team this afternoon regarding our on/off court behavior in all future MDP games.

While the season is winding down there is still many oportunities for these boys to not only grow as basketball players but also as individuals. I take the "life lessons" that athletics teach as seriously as I do there ability/growth as an athlete. I will not lose this focus as we move toward the completion of our season.

I thank you for your continued support of our team. GO PANTHERS!

Regards,

Coach Wheeler

.....now if I can only get my wife to forgive me for my sideline antics

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FRIDAYS GAME - UNIFORMS

Fri January 16 2009 @ 02:18 PM

Parents / Players,

Please bring both the WHITE and BLUE uniforms to the game later this afternoon at Conshy Catholic. The other teams uniforms are Navy Blue and the referees may suggest that we wear our WHITE uniforms.

I would suggest the same thing for the tournament game at Malvern Prep tomorrow afternoon.

I apologize for the late notice...Please inform another team member or 2 via telephone in order to have the message reach everyone.

I am anticipating good things this weekend from the boys! This will be a big weekend for MDP hoops! I hope to see you all there! Thanks for all your support!

Regards,

Coach Wheeler

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MDP Boys Basketball - Friday

Wed January 14 2009 @ 08:53 AM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

Good morning!

It has come to my attention that there may be some concern about the 5:30pm start time of the game on Friday. In an effort to provide transportation to the Fellowship House in Conshohocken the coaches will be providing transportation / caravaning over to the gym. Please make sure that all players arrive at the MDP gymnasium by 4:15pm on Friday afternoon.

Have a great day!

Regards,

Coach Wheeler

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MDP Boys Basketball / SCHEDULE CHANGE

Tue January 13 2009 @ 06:08 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

Good evening! I have TWO schedule changes to bring to your attention.

The first schedule change is that the game SUNDAY versus Conshohocken Catholic will be MOVED to THIS FRIDAY at 5:30pm at The Fellowship House.

The second schedule change is the our game SATURDAY at Malvern Prep will be played at 2:00pm and we will be playing SS Philip and James.

We will have practice on Thursday night at 7:30pm at MDP.

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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MDP Basketball / HOME GAMETUESDAY NIGHT 7:30pm

Mon January 12 2009 @ 06:28 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches:

Just a quick reminder that we will be playing St. Katherine of Siena on Tuesday night at the MDP Gymnasium at 7:30pm. Please have the boys to the gym by 7:15pm. The game should begin by 7:45pm.

Please visit the MDPCYO website for the teams schedule for the remainder of the season. We will have practice Thursday night at MDP at 7:30pm and have a regional game on Saturday (AWAY versus St. Francis, Norristown at 12:15pm). I have not heard back from Malvern Prep regarding a start time for Saturday afternoons game, I have asked to play in the 2:00pm or 3:15pm game and will inform you as I hear.

I also know that at this point WE WILL be playing at 2:30pm next sunday versus Conshy Catholic at the MDP Gymnasium. I have contacted the CC coach and have attempted to push back the start time, HOWEVER, the Region will not allow for any more schedule modifications. The Region 21 administrators are clearly stinkin Cowboys Fans!

Regards,

Coach Wheeler

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MAVERN PREP SHOWCASE / January 17

Wed January 07 2009 @ 10:44 AM

Players / Parents / Coaches;

Good morning!

As you know the Malvern Prep Showcase had been postponed earlier this season. The new date for the MP Showcase is January 17th. We currently have a game scheduled versus St. Francis (Norristown) at 12:15pm and I have requested that the administrators of the MP Showcase NOT schedule our game until after 2:00pm. I will let you all know when I have a confirmed opponent and start time for the game at Malvern Prep.

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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MDP Basketball / Schedule Change

Mon January 05 2009 @ 02:16 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches;

Good afternoon to everyone!

We have MOVED THE DATE for the upcoming game on Sunday versus St. Eleanor's. The game was to be played on Sunday (1/11) at 3:30pm at St. Eleanor's gym.

THE GAME WILL NOW BE PLAYED AT MDP on SATURDAY (1/10) at 4:00pm.

We have a HOME game on Friday night (1/9) versus St. Francis @ 7:45pm.

There will also be practice / shootaround on Saturday morning at the Gulph School which wil begin at 8:30am. If you witnessed our teams poor freee throw shooting last Friday night you know we need the extra gym time.

Please let me know if you have any question, concern, or conflict.

Regards,

Coach Wheeler

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MDP Boys Basketball

Wed December 31 2008 @ 10:03 AM

Parents / Players/ Coaches;

This afternoons practice will dismiss at 3:30pm.

I will open the gym on Friday morning at 8:00am and we will have the gym until 10:30am.

Our game versus St. Theresa on Friday night is AWAY GAME that, we will need to be at the gymnasium by 7:15pm. Please visit the MDP CYO website for driving directions.

Our game Saturday versus St. Titus is a HOME game and we will need to be at the MDP gymnasium at 11:45am.

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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WEDNESDAY 12/30 - PRACTICE / 1:30pm MDP GYM

Tue December 30 2008 @ 05:46 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

There is a scheduling conflict that will result in a later practice on Wednesday. We will practice at 1:30pm and be in the gym for 2 hours. I apologize for any inconvenience this mix-up may have caused.

We will also have practice Friday morning at MDP... beginning at 8:30am.

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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MDP Basketball - Schedule w/e 12/3

Mon December 29 2008 @ 09:40 AM

Players / Parents / Coaches;

This weeks schedule is as follows:

Monday (12/29) - 7:45pm (MDP X-Mas Championship) MANDATORY Tuesday (12/30) - 7:30pm (Practice - MDP) Wednesday (12/31) - 10:30am (Practice - MDP) Thursday (1/1) - Happy New Year Friday (1/2) - 7:45pm AWAY GAME (St. Teresa Avila) Saturday (1/3)- 12:15pm HOME GAME (St. Titus)

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or conflict. Have a great week!

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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MONDAY NIGHT

Sun December 28 2008 @ 08:16 PM

Parents / Players / Coaches,

The Championship of the MDP Christmas Tournament will be played Monday night at 7:45pm between Conshohocken Catholic and St. Titus.

ALL VARSITY "A" TEAM MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE THERE. WE WILL SHOW SIT AS ONE TEAM AND OBSERVE APPROPRIATELY. THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR BOTH NON-ATTENDANCE AND POOR BEHAVIOR.

As both of these teams are Region 21 opponents, we will have PLENTY to learn by watching this game. Hopefully, the boys will be bothered / motivated to watch other teams compete for hardware on our court...

I thank the parents for your unending support of our team...despite the outcome(s).

Regards, Coach Wheeler

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