THE PLAYOFFS Yarmouth ski juggernaut closes season in style Clippers take Alpine, combined Class B state titles
By Michael Hoffer
The high school ski season came to an end last week at far-flung venues across the state.
The biggest local story was the coronation of the Yarmouth dynasty, which followed an unprecedented sweep at the Western Maine Conference championship meet by winning the boys' and girls' Class B Alpine and combined titles.
Falmouth was also solid in Class B. Freeport and North Yarmouth Academy took part in the Class C meet, while Greely was in the mix in Class A.
While Yarmouth didn't win every single event like it did at the WMC meet, the Clippers certainly impressed at the Class B state meet, held way up north in Presque Isle at Big Rock and the Nordic Heritage Center.
Yarmouth boys won the Alpine title with a team score of 64 points. Falmouth was second with 90. The Clippers won both the slalom and giant slalom. The Yachtsmen were second in the slalom and tied Mountain Valley for second in the giant slalom.
Falmouth's Chris Moody won the slalom with a two-run combined time of 1:17.91.
Yarmouth's Sanders Wommack was runner-up (1:20.53). Steven Derrey (fourth, 1:21.83), Leeman Woodside (10th, 1:24.55) and Reed Wommack (12th, 1:25.50) also scored for the Clippers.
Nick Bachman (fifth, 1:22.77), Ben Weigel (eighth, 1:23.14) and David Nurse (22nd, 1:29.12) also scored for the Yachtsmen.
In giant slalom, Yarmouth's points came from Sanders Wommack (fourth, 1:24.47), Reed Wommack (fifth, 1:24.61), Woodside (12th, 1:27.13) and Adam Sampson (15th, 1:28.43).
Longtime Clippers' coach Bob Morse credited coaches Bob Grout and Bob Gross for helping lead the Alpine team to the win.
"We beat strong teams from Mountain Valley and Falmouth," Morse said. "The Wommack brothers skied great. Steven Derrey had a great second run. Sanders, Reed, Lee and Steven qualified for the Maine Alpine Selection race Saturday."
For Falmouth, Moody slipped to third in the GS (1:24.30). Weigel (11th, 1:27.00), Bachman (16th, 1:28.70) and Weston Scott (24th, 1:32.60) also scored.
Yarmouth couldn't quite catch Maranacook for the top spot in Nordic. The Black Bears beat the Clippers in both the freestyle and classical races and took the title with 47 points, 33 better than Yarmouth. Falmouth came in fifth in both races and was fifth overall with 193 points.
In the freestyle, Cam Woodworth not only led the Clippers, but was first individually with a time of 13:58.47. William Walsh (11th, 14:33.29), Clark Shepard (15th, 14:50.21) and Ross Kendrick (16th, 15:08.03) also scored.
Falmouth's top finisher was Jackson Bloch (21st, 15:20.27). Eric D'Agostino (23rd, 15:29.03), Tim Follo (25th, 15:52.64) and Luke Barbour (32nd, 16:11.32) also scored.
Woodworth won the classic as well (15:00.34). Casey Jones (15:18.75) placed fifth, Walsh (15:57.20) was 11th and Shepard (16:50.23) came in 20th.
Morse, who is assisted by Ryan Jacobson on the Nordic side, praised Woodworth.
"Cam is the first boy from Yarmouth to win both Nordic races," Morse said.
For Falmouth, D'Agostino moved up to 14th (16:09.02). Follo was 22nd (16:51,78), Barbour was 25th (17:13.32) and Bloch placed 27th (17:38.48).
Combined, the Clippers had no peer. Their 144 points was 70 better than second-place Maranacook. Falmouth placed third with 283 points.
In the skimeister competition, Falmouth's Weigel came in third and Yarmouth's Kendrick was fourth.
On the girls' side, Yarmouth's Alpine title didn't come easily. The Clippers were second to Mt. Abram in the slalom, but rallied to win the GS to edge the Roadrunners 63-67 overall. Falmouth was fifth in the slalom and sixth in the GS to place fifth with a total of 213 points.
Yarmouth's slalom effort was paced by Lauren Stackhouse, who came in first with a time of 1:26.75. Natalie Aiken (eighth, 1:39.40), Becca Bell (14th, 1:42.26) and Claudia Lockwood (15th, 1:44,05) also scored.
In the GS, Stackhouse was second (1:24.30). Aiken (fourth, 1:28.96), Taylor Hornney (eighth, 1:30.18) and Lockwood (11th, 1:31.63) were the other scorers.
"The girls had a great start by beating Mt. Abram and Fryeburg," Morse said. "Lauren defended her slalom title. The girls beat Mt. Abram by four points. Lauren, Natalie and Taylor all qualified for Maine select team tryouts."
Falmouth's slalom points came from Caroline Clement (24th, 1:48.02), Elizabeth Carew (26th, 1:48.71), Sara Jacobson (30th, 1:54.94) and McKenzie Myers (35th, 2:01.07).
Falmouth's Casey Hilfrank was 16th (1:33.09) in the GS. Clement moved up to 19th (1:34.70), Carew was 28th (1:43.49) and Myers placed 35th (1:53.08).
In the Nordic freestyle, Yarmouth edged Maranacook, 38-39, but the classical race wasn't as close: The Black Bears won 31-45, allowing Maranacook to win the overall championship, 70-83. Falmouth was fourth in the freestyle and seventh in the classic. The Yachtsmen wound up with 168 points, tying Caribou for sixth.
Individually, in the freestyle, Yarmouth's Bell was third (16:15.12), Danielle Torres placed fifth (16:55.34), Margot Haines was 13th (17:58.93) and Caitlin Crawford was 17th (18:26.66).
In the classic, Bell was fourth (18:26.88), Torres eighth (19:02.76), Allison Totta 16th (20:16.32), and Christina DeFusco came in 17th (20:24.67).
"The girls all had great races," Morse said.
For Falmouth in the freestyle, Abramson was eighth (17:20.23), Courtney Mazur placed 11th (17:46.29), Catherine Hebson was 25th (19:28.06) and Olivia Hoch finished 31st (20:56.27).
In the classic, Abramson was 11th (19:41.30), Mazur placed 24th (20:54.74), Hoch came in 27th (21:36.66) and Sara Hemphill was 31st (21:49.53).
Combined, Yarmouth had 146 points and easily outdistanced Mt. Abram (211) for first place. Falmouth (381 points) was fifth.
In the skimeister competition, Bell was second with 60 points. Crawford (112 points) placed fourth.
The Clippers will be hard-hit by graduation, but return several standouts and should remain near the top next winter.
In Class C, at Black Mountain and Sunday River, the Freeport girls were third in Alpine, second in Nordic and second overall behind Fort Kent. The Falcons boys came in seventh in Alpine, third in Nordic and third overall behind Fort Kent and Winthrop.
Monika Krahn led the girls' Alpine charge with a fourth-place showing in the GS (1:22.14) and a ninth-place finish in the slalom (1:32.65).
For the boys, Ryan Collet was runner-up in the slalom (1:03.89). Ian Morency was 26th in the GS (1:26.53).
In the Nordic freestyle, Molly Susla was runner-up (15:37.8) for the girls. Scott Ross was fifth for the boys (15:38.2).
In the classic race, Susla was again second (17:26.2) and Melanie Ross came in third (17:45.1). On the boys' side, Ross was 11th (17:35.5).
In the skimeister competition, Freeport's Mia Thomas was runner-up on the girls' side. Eric Wold (10th) and Evan Lamarre (11th) took part for the boys.
The NYA boys were eighth in Nordic. The girls didn't score as a team.
Abigail McIvor finished 13th (20:03.5) for the girls and Camden Regan was 28th for the boys in the freestyle (18:07.6).
In the classic, McIvor came in 15th (22:10.3) and Sam Gray was 30th for the boys (19:16.9).
Greely had another solid performance at the Class A meet at Black Mountain and Sunday River.
The boys were seventh in Alpine, third in Nordic and third overall. The girls finished seventh in Alpine, fifth in Nordic and fourth overall.
Top Alpine performers included Luke Booth (seventh in the GS, 1:14.82) and Henry Schmid (26th in the slalom, 1:22.22) for the boys and Catherine Ferguson (16th in the GS, 1:29.43) and Kelsey Ouellette (17th in the slalom, 1:37.36) for the girls.
In the Nordic freestyle, Sam Humphries paced the boys with a fourth-place showing (12:04.6). Tess Carley (fifth, 15:08.9) was the top girl.
Humphries was seventh in the classic (13:31.9). Carley finished 10th in that race (17:01.5).
Carley was also third in the girls' skimeister competition. Connor Regan (fourth), Alex Thomas (sixth) and Clayton Forrest (seventh) took part for the boys.
Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org