Falmouth’s Ben Adey competes in the Class A Alpine giant slalom state meet last week. Adey was sixth in the event.
Falmouth’s Ethan Livingood ascends the top spot on the podium after winning the Class A boys’ skate title last week. Livingood helped the Yachtsmen finish second as a team.
While local skiers and teams didn’t completely dominate last week’s state championship meets like they have in the past, they still performed at a very high level.
Here’s an overview:
The Falmouth boys’ Alpine team took home the Class A state title. The Yachtsmen finished with 39 points to easily outdistance runner-up Oxford Hills (126). Falmouth was paced individually by A.J. Noyes, who won the slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 23.72 seconds. Noyes was also third in the giant slalom (1:37.74). The Yachtsmen also featured Owen White, who was runner-up in the slalom (1:27.00). Ben Keller was fifth in the slalom (1:27.67) and eighth in the GS (1:43.16). Nick Shapiro finished fifth in the GS (1:41.35). Ben Adey came in sixth in the GS (1:42.06). Gibson Scott placed ninth in the slalom (1:29.21).
Freeport (203 points) placed fourth. The Falcons were paced by Liam Grogan, who was 22nd in the slalom (1:36.95) and 23rd in the GS (1:48.75). Parker Landsbergen was 22nd in the GS (1:48.62) and 27th in the slalom (1:39.06). Aaron Rusiecki placed 24th in the slalom (1:37.23) and 25th in the GS (1:50.28). Paul Biberstein was 28th in the GS (1:52.48) and 32nd in the slalom (1:41.19)
Greely (231) was seventh. The Rangers were led by Alex Richard, who was ninth in the GS (1:43.31) and 19th in the slalom (1:35.72). Also scoring were Harrison Holmes, who was 21st in the GS (1:48.37) and 28th in the slalom (1:39.64), Mac Lindsay, who came in 26th in the slalom (1:38.19), Jack Guftason, who finished 39th in the GS (1:56.98) and 40th in the slalom (1:47.34), and Henry Clapp, who was 49th in the GS (2:02.16).
In the Class A Alpine girls’ meet, won by Fryeburg Academy, Falmouth placed third, Freeport finished ninth and Greely didn’t score.
The Yachtsmen were paced by Caroline Keller, who was 11th in the slalom (1:39.47) and 20th in the GS (2:02.13). Also scoring were Ella Holland, who was 20th in the slalom (1:49.70) and 24th in the GS (2:04.91), Ella Boyd, who was 21st in the slalom (1:49.77), Lucy Holland, who came in 23rd in the GS (2:04.73) and 26th in the slalom (1:53.77), and Olivia DeWolfe, who placed 33rd in the GS (2:10.51).
The Falcons were led by Isabella St. Cyr, who finished 15th in the slalom (1:43.76) and 16th in the GS (2:01.30). Also scoring were Alexandra Wagner (34th in the slalom, 1:56.52, and 40th in the GS, 2:13.;06), Kaia Williams, who was 36th in the slalom (1:57.09) and 59th in the GS (2:24.20), and Anna Whalen (56th in the slalom, 2:11.53, and 64th in the GS, 2:28.06).
The Rangers got a 15th-place performance from Ella Novick in the GS (2:00.48). Greta Van Curan was 18th in the GS (2:01.49) and 18th in the slalom (1:48.64). Brooke Asherman was 30th in the GS (2:08.62) and 32nd in the slalom (1:55.68). Sophie Kaplan finished 61st in the GS (2:26.85).
On the Nordic side of things, Falmouth’s boys came in second behind Mt. Blue and Greely was seventh.
The Yachtsmen were led by freestyle winner Ethan Livingood (13 minutes, 39.2 seconds), who was also eighth in the classical (16:55.1). Simon Pratico was sixth in the freestyle (14:05.6) and 12th in the classical (17:18.3). Graham Bernier finished 17th in the classical (18:15.0) and was 19th in the freestyle (15:23.0). Vance Boyd placed 22nd in the freestyle (15:35.3). Joe Dye was 26th in the classical (18:57.3).
The Rangers were led by Nathan Colavolpe, who was 14th in the freestyle (14:52.7) and came in 23rd in the classical (18:39.4). Also scoring were Leif Harvey, who was 20th in the classical (18:28.0) and 23rd in the freestyle (15:40.2), Evan Goettel, who came in 26th in the freestyle (15:57.3) and 34th in the classical (19:32.5), and Lucas Goettel, who came in 43rd in the classical (20:26.0) and 45th in the freestyle (17:12.7).
In the girls’ competition, won by Fryeburg Academy, Falmouth finished sixth and Greely did not score.
Eva Clement paced the Yachtsmen with a runner-up showing in the freestyle (16:22.8) and a sixth-place finish in the classical (19:52.6). Also scoring were Kaitlyn Dowling, who was 19th in the classical (23:01.0) and 21st in the freestyle (19:25.2), Meghan Cantlin, who paced 35th in the classical (25:41.7) and 38th in the freestyle (22:11.4), and Brenna Ramsdell, who came in 35th in the freestyle (21:20.5) and 39th in the classical (27:26.4).
Yarmouth’s girls’ Nordic team gave longtime, beloved coach Bob Morse the ultimate retirement present last week, as the Clippers held off Maine Coast Waldorf for the Class B championship. Freeport came in fourth.
Yarmouth featured dual champion Sophia Laukli, who was first in the classical (16:17.0) and also won the freestyle (14:54.7). Also scoring for the Clippers were Hannah Corey, sixth in the classical (18:45.3) and seventh in the freestyle (17:45.0), Isabel Brennan, 11th in the classical (19:55.2) and 15th in the freestyle (18:34.7), and Madeline Marston, who placed 12th in the classical (20:19.3) and 12th in the freestyle (18:07.3).
Morse completed his 48th overall season as coach, his 37th consecutive with the Clippers, with yet another state title (he won 18 combined titles with the girls and 14 with the boys under the old scoring method). Morse was also the longtime cross country running and outdoor track coach at Yarmouth High School and taught at Harrison Middle School for decades. He’s a member of the Maine Skiing Hall of Fame.
“It’s hard to let go, but it’s also time to move on,” Morse said
“The kids just adore him,” said Yarmouth athletic director Susan Robbins. “We have parents who have skied for Bob who have kids on the team now. We’re talking generations.”
MCW was led by Olivia Skillings, who was runner-up in the classical (17:28.3) and also came in second in the freestyle (15:37.1). Louise Ahearne placed fifth in the classical (18:43.3) and was eighth in the freestyle (17:45.3). Eliza Skillings was sixth in the freestyle (17:36.9) and tied for 20th in the classical (21:16.2). Caitlin Keliher was 16th in the classical (20:56.2) and 17th in the freestyle (18:48.9).
The Falcons’ top finisher was Lily Horne, who was third in the classical (17:54.9) and placed fifth in the freestyle (17:02.8). Also scoring were Allison Greuel, who was eighth in the classical (18:55.0) and 10th in the freestyle (17:54.7), Jane Dawson, 13th in the classical (20:31.2) and 18th in the freestyle (18:53.4), and Chloe Davidson, who tied for 20th in the classical (21:16.2) and 21st in the freestyle (19:31.5).
In the boys’ competition, Maranacook took top honors, while MCW was second, Freeport third and Yarmouth sixth.
MCW featured Nick Neveu, who won the freestyle in 13:56.2 and was third in the classical (15:40.2). Also scoring were Matinicus Neveu, who was seventh in the classical (16:26.1) and 13th in the freestyle (15:11.2), Eli Gundersen, who placed eighth in the classical (16:31.0) and 16th in the freestyle (15:19.4), and Calvin Soule, who finished 14th in the classical (17:23.5) and 25th in the freestyle (15:42.6).
The Falcons’ top finisher was John Giddens, who was fourth in the freestyle (14:37.7) and sixth in the classical (16:18.9). Also scoring were Finn Johnston, who was sixth in the freestyle (14:49.1) and 17th in the classical (17:26.8), Thomas Robinson, who placed seventh in the freestyle (14:59.1) and 13th in the classical (17:09.7), and Martin Horne, who came in 10th in the freestyle (15:01.3) and 12th in the classical (17:07.5).
The Clippers were led by Max Coury, who placed 16th in the classical (17:25.6) and 21st in the freestyle (15:37.5). Also scoring were Justin Pietropaoli, who came in 25th in the classical (18:01.9) and 37th in the freestyle (16:25.4), Spencer Grady Walsh, who finished 26th in the freestyle (15:51.6) and 28th in the classical (18:12.6), Kendrick Langenbach, who was 27th in the freestyle (15:52.8), and Sean Moore, who was 29th in the classical (18:17.7).
In Class B Alpine competition, Yarmouth’s girls finished in second place, three points behind Fort Kent.
Greta Elder was runner-up in the slalom (1:20.56) and second in the giant slalom (1:28.48). Also scoring were Emi Ruth, who was eighth in the GS (1:33.02) and placed 14th in the slalom (1:25.70), Eleanor Donahue, who finished 10th in the slalom (1:24.50), Madeline Marston, who finished 11th in the GS (1:34.27), Emma Marston, who placed 15th in the GS (1:34.88), and Tasha Powers, who was 21st in the slalom (1:29.14).
Yarmouth’s boys were second to Cape Elizabeth.
The Clippers were paced by Thomas Morris, who finished fourth in the slalom (1:15.32) and 12th in the GS (1:31.55). Also scoring were Alex Hall, who was 11th in the GS (1:31.37), GW Ruth, who was 14th in the slalom (1:19.82) and 16th in the GS (1:33.86), Eli Anderson, who placed 23rd in the GS (1:35.85) and 26th in the slalom (1:23.75), and Griffin Primeau, who came in 24th in the slalom (1:22.90).
Portland Press Herald staff writer Glenn Jordan contributed to this story .