(Note: We recapped the basketball season in last week’s edition)
It was a winter for the memory banks and not just because of the record snowfall we endured.
Forecaster Country athletes impressed the winter on the ice, track, slopes, trails and in the pool, winning titles and turning heads in the process.
Before we move on to what hopefully will be a pleasant (albeit probably late) spring, here’s one last look back at and tribute to the stars of winter.
Falmouth Yachtsmen boys’ hockey, Class A
Falmouth Yachtsmen boys’ Alpine skiing, Class A
Falmouth Yachtsmen boys’ Nordic skiing, Class A
Falmouth Yachtsmen boys’ combined skiing, Class A
Falmouth Yachtsmen girls’ Nordic skiing, Class A
Freeport Falcons girls’ combined skiing, Class C
Greely Rangers boys’ hockey, Class A
Greely Rangers girls’ hockey
Greely Rangers boys’ swimming, Class A
Greely Rangers girls’ Alpine skiing, Class A
Merriconeag boys’ Nordic skiing, Class C
Merriconeag girls’ Nordic skiing, Class C
Yarmouth Clippers boys’ Alpine skiing, Class B
Yarmouth Clippers boys’ Nordic skiing, Class B
Yarmouth Clippers boys’ combined skiing, Class B
Yarmouth Clippers girls’ Alpine skiing, Class B (co-champions)
Yarmouth Clippers girls’ Nordic skiing, Class B
Yarmouth Clippers, girls’ combined skiing, Class B
Jacob Buhelt, Falmouth, boys’ 200, Class B
Azad Jalali, Falmouth, boys’ 800, Class B
James Ferrar, Greely, boys’ shot put, Class B
Gwen Sawyer, Greely, girls’ shot put, Class B
Ryder Bennell, Freeport, boys’ giant slalom, Class C
Doug Mitiguy, Greely, boys’ skimeister, Class A
Sam Perlmutter, Greely, boys’ giant slalom, Class A
Braden Becker, Yarmouth, boys’ classic, Class B
Braden Becker, Yarmouth, boys’ skate, Class B
Charlotte Janelle, Falmouth, girls’ diving, Class B
Jake Perron, Falmouth, boys’ 500 freestyle, Class B
Sarah Easterling, Greely, girls’ 200 individual medley, Class B
Sarah Easterling, Greely, girls’ 100 backstroke, Class B
Hwanhee Park, Greely, girls’ 500 freestyle, Class B
Sonia Lin, NYA, girls’ 100 breaststroke, Class B
Evan Coleman, Yarmouth, boys’ 100 backstroke, Class B
Nick Vogel, Greely, 160 pounds, Class A
Greely and wrestling have never been synonymous, but that changed this winter when senior Nick Vogel, who had been competing in relative anonymity with the Windham team, brought glory to himself and to his school by winning the Class A state championship at 160 pounds. Vogel also eclipsed the 100 career victory mark and capped his career in style.
It was another strong year for local runners, jumpers and throwers. While no local teams were able to win a state championship, there were several strong individual showings. Falmouth got first-place finishes from Jacob Buhelt in the boys’ 200 and Azad Jalali in the boys’ 800. Greely dominated the shot put as James Ferrar was tops on the boys’ side and Gwen Sawyer won the girls’ title, continuing the Rangers dominance in that event.
Greely’s boys’ swim team managed to win Class B yet again, thanks to a strong team effort. While the Rangers girls didn’t finish first, they did feature the brilliant swan song of one of the state’s great careers as Sarah Easterling won both the individual medley and backstroke and was named the Outstanding Performer of the state meet. Teammate Hwanhee Park also won an event, the 500 freestyle. It wasn’t just Greely taking top honors as Falmouth had champions Jake Perron in the boys’ 500 free and Charlotte Janelle (girls’ diving), while North Yarmouth Academy produced girls’ breaststroke champion Sonia Lin and Yarmouth’s Evan Coleman was tops in the boys’ backstroke.
Skiing was the most prodigious sport as five schools won titles, some in more than one discipline. Falmouth’s boys took the Class A boys’ Alpine, Nordic and combined championships. The girls were top in Nordic. The Freeport girls won Class C combined. Greely’s girls had no peer in Alpine. Merriconeag’s boys and girls won Class C Nordic, while Yarmouth’s boys and girls’ swept Class B Alpine, Nordic and combined honors. Mix in individual champions Ryder Bennell of Freeport (Class C boys’ giant slalom), Doug Mitiguy (Class A boys’ skimeister) and Sam Perlmutter (Class A boys’ GS) of Greely and Braden Becker (Class B boys’ Nordic champion in both the classic and skate races) of Yarmouth and it’s clear to see that the slopes and trails were mighty kind.
Three ice hockey championships were handed out this winter and all went to Forecaster Country schools. First, the Greely girls repeated as state champs in the middle of February. The winter season was then capped earlier this month as the Greely boys joined the girls as champions for a second straight season and Falmouth won Class A for the first time, exorcising plenty of demons in the process. It’s fair to say that Family Ice Center in Falmouth, home to both the Yachtsmen and the Rangers, has become the place where champions go to skate.
The Falmouth boys’ hockey team got to celebrate often this winter as it won a state title for the first time.
Greely’s Gwen Sawyer was the Class B state champion in the girls’ shot put.
Yarmouth’s Abby Belisle-Haley was one of the area’s top swimmers this winter.