The hardware continued to pour in for local ski teams and individuals at last week’s state meets, a tradition which only seems to get stronger each winter.
In Class A, the Falmouth/Waynflete co-op girls’ team won the Alpine championship. Freeport’s boys’ Nordic squad and the Yarmouth girls’ Alpine and Nordic teams were the best in Class B and the Maine Coast Waldorf School swept the Class C Nordic titles.
Falmouth’s girls’ Alpine team was powerful on its own, but this winter, skiers from Waynflete have joined in the fun to make the squad unbeatable.
Last week, at Mt. Abram, Falmouth/Waynflete finished with a team score of 77 points, to easily outdistance runner-up Cape Elizabeth (166). Greely (176) finished fourth.
Falmouth’s Alex Shapiro won the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 43.39 seconds. She was fifth in the slalom (1:20.28). Krysia Lesniak came in third in the GS (1:45.19) and finished fourth in the slalom (1:18.97). Audrey Morin was 13th in the GS (1:52.94) and 17th in the slalom (1:31.19). Waynflete’s Kelly Frumer rounded out the scoring, placing 13th in the slalom (1:28.45) and 21st in the GS (1:57.01).
“The girls did an amazing job defending their title despite the brutally icy courses this year,” said Yachtsmen coach Tip Kimball. “They had a clear understanding that consistency and risk management would be critical under those conditions in order to win as a team. Much of the pressure of balancing risk fell upon our two seniors, Alex and Krysia. Both were realistic contenders for the individual titles and they were forced to balance risking it all versus a solid finish for the team score. As it turned out, Alex got the GS win, Krysia stayed on the podium and teammates Audrey and Kelly backed it up with four solid runs each for an unprecedented 89-point margin over their closest competition.”
Greely was led by Kelsey Otley, who came in seventh in the GS (1:48.21) and eighth in the slalom (1:23.24). Jeanette Cunningham was 12th in the slalom (1:28.27). Ella Novick placed 24th in the slalom (1:43.68). Olivia Murley was 25th in the GS (2:00.71). Sabra Lindsay finished 29th in the slalom (1:46.77). Jackie Perlmutter placed 30th in the GS (2:04.60). Greta Van Curan came in 41st in the GS (2:13.19).
The Freeport girls didn’t score as a team, but Kaia Williams placed 37th in the slalom (1:53.86) and came in 94th in the GS (3:22.96) and Anna Sawicki was 70th in the slalom (2:34.51) and 79th in the GS (3:04.87).
In the Class A boys’ Alpine meet, won by Edward Little with 116 points, Falmouth (261) was fifth, Greely (285) placed seventh and Freeport (347) came in eighth.
Scoring for the Yachtsmen were Cameron Loncoski (13th in the slalom, 1:18.57, and 21st in the GS, 1:53.70), Gibson Scott (19th in the GS, 1:52.06, and 23rd in the slalom, 1:24.59), Owen White (23rd in the GS, 1:54.95), Parker Seeley (51st in the slalom, 1:44.67, and 53rd in the GS, 2:16.66) and Thomas Lesniak (58th in the slalom, 1:49.17).
“The boys weren’t so fortunate,” said Kimball. “We had many crashes, including defending slalom champ, Tom Lesniak, who severely injured his knee and was out for the rest of the meet and season. Cam made an impressive showing in the slalom, along with freshman Gibson Scott, to help salvage a fifth place team finish.”
The Rangers boys were paced by Axel Lindsay, who was second in the GS (1:38.84) and runner-up in the slalom (1:09.32). Michael Washo was 35th in the slalom (1:34.78) and 54th in the GS (2:16.73). William Murphy came in 36th in the slalom (1:36.62) and 45th in the GS (2:11.05). Jack Gustafson placed 39th in the slalom (1:38.91). Chris Borden was 72nd in the GS (2:30.67).
The Falcons’ top finisher was Liam Grogan, who was 18th in the GS (1:51.92) and 43rd in the slalom (1:40.92). Aaron Rusiecki was 32nd in the GS (2:05.07) and 33rd in the slalom (1:33.34). Isaac Salibury came in 40th in the slalom (1:38.99) and 60th in the GS (2:19.48). Paul Biberstein finished 57th in the GS (2:18.18). Eero Pandora was 64th in the slalom (2:01.14).
Freeport received the MPA Class A Sportsmanship Award.
In Nordic competition, Falmouth’s girls tallied 110 points, but were second to Mt. Blue (66). Greely (352) finished ninth.
The Yachtsmen were led by Gabby Farrell (who won the skate in 14:27.1, and came in third in the classical, 17:11.4) and London Bernier (fourth in the classic, 17:20.6, and 11th in the skate, 15:54.3). Antoinette Lambert was 19th in the classical (19:42.6) and 24th in the skate (17:25.4). Juliana Baranowski placed 23rd in the classical (19:55.9) and 25th in the skate (17:28.9).
The Rangers were paced by Isabella Perry, who was 26th in the skate (17:44.6) and 31st in the classical (21:22.7). Tara Ford was 36th in the skate (18:43.3) and 51st in the classical (23:46.3). Claire Nicholson was 41st in the skate (19:04.4) and 54th in the classical (24:34.6). Hannah Smith Erb finished 54th in the skate (21:16.5) and 59th in the classical (27:38.4).
On the boys’ side, Falmouth (106) came in third, while Greely (355) placed seventh. Mt. Blue (66) won the title.
The Yachtsmen were led by Devin Ventura (sixth in the classical, 14:46.5, and 10th in the skate, 13:18) and Adam Meyer (eighth in the classical, 15:00.1, and ninth in the skate, 13:11). Simon Pratico came in 15th in the classical (15:29.4) and 18th in the skate (13:47). Bryce Henson was 18th in the classical (15:56.7). Ethan Livingood finished 22nd in the skate (13:57).
The Rangers’ top finisher was Evan Goettel, who was 30th in the skate (14:45) and 37th in the classical (17:38.9). Nathan Ingersoll placed 46th in the classical (22:30.7) and 49th in the skate (18:36). Matthew Smith Erb was 47th in the classical (23:00.9) and 51st in the skate (19:26). Tristan Scilipoti placed 47th in the skate (18:02) and 48th in the classical (23:21.1)
Yarmouth has been winning ski titles seemingly as long as Mainers have had to contend with snow and this winter was no exception.
The Clippers Nordic team finished with 41 points to outdistance runner-up Maranacook (65) and Freeport (138), which placed third.
Yarmouth had all four scorers finish in the top 10 in both races. In the classical, Sophia Laukli was third (16:23.5), Lucy Alexander placed fourth (16:34.2), Grace Cowles was fifth (16:44.3) and Hannah Corey finished eighth (18:06.8). In the skate, Alexander was third (13:49), Laukli placed fourth (14:14), Cowles finished fifth (14:25) and Lydia Sullivan came in ninth (15:42).
“We had the bus all loaded and ready to head to Sugarloaf when we found out that Sugarloaf was closed and the state meet was moved to Titcomb Mountain in Farmington,” said Yarmouth coach Bob Morse. “The good news was that we were staying in Farmington. The not so good news was that we had never skied, let alone raced at Titcomb. After a number of test ski trials, we were able to dial in a great waxing combination for the first day and we had a great race with Sophia Lucy and Grace placing 3, 4 and 5. In the skate race, the girls had another fantastic race. We beat a very very strong Maranacook team. The girls, by winning the Sassi Classic Invitational, Western Maine Conference and Class B and beating the Class A schools in the state meet, can truly claim the title as the number one team in Maine.”
The Falcons were led by Lily Johnston, who was runner-up in both the classical (15:48.8) and the skate (13:46.3). Allison Greuel finished 17th in the classical (19:20.9) and 24th in the skate (17:13.8). Lily Horne placed 19th in the classical (19:28) and 25th in the skate (17:30.8). Chloe Davidson was 22nd in the skate (16:58.8) and 27th in the classical (21:12.3).
Yarmouth’s girls also won the Class B Alpine championship, as their 42 points were 28 better than runner-up Fort Kent.
In the slalom, Emma Marston was 13th (2:05.81) and Emi Ruth was 24th (2:19.92), but they were the only Clippers to finish. Emily Glass, Cate Ralph, Margaret Elder and Hannah Van Alstine either didn’t finish or were disqualified, but the Clippers rallied in the GS, as Elder was second (1:50.48), Van Alstine was fourth (1:58.66), Marston placed 17th (2:16.74) and Lauren Bartlett was 19th (2:22.53).
In the boys’ competition, Yarmouth’s 140 points left it fifth (Fort Kent was first with 42). Ben Pearl was 10th in the GS (2:02.91) and 14th in the slalom (1:47.96). John Diggins finished 13th in the GS (2:04.21) and 17th in the slalom (1:50.92). Griffin Primeau placed 18th in the GS (2:09.75). George Jutras was 19th in the slalom (1:52.13) and 21st in the GS (2:11.88). Conner Pearl placed 28th in the slalom (2:14.38).
Freeport’s boys took the Class B Nordic title with 43 points (Caribou was runner-up with 82). Yarmouth (139) placed fourth.
The Falcons also had nothing but top 10 finishers. In the classical, Yacob Olins was third (14:07.4), Bennett Hight was fourth (14:29.3), Kyle Dorsey finished fifth (14:39.8) and John Smail came in 10th (15:19.9). In the skate, Hight was third (12:35), Olins placed fourth (12:46), Dorsey finished sixth (12:54) and Smail was eighth (13:24).
The Clippers were paced by John Lane, who was runner-up in the classical (13:51.0) and the skate (12:00). Samuel Potter finished 14th in the skate (13:43) and 24th in the classical (16:35.0). Max Coury was 22nd in the skate (14:38). Justin Pietropaoli was 24th in skate (14:39) and 25th in the classical (16:40.6). Grady Welsh placed 26th in the classical (17:25.3).
Maine Coast Waldorf, formerly known as Merriconeag, has established itself as not only the cream of the Class C Nordic crop, but also as an elite powerhouse regardless of class.
The girls finished with 54 points to outdistance Madawaska and Kents Hill, who both tallied 102.
Fiona Ahearne sparked the MCW victory by winning both the freestyle race in 17 minutes, 51.6 seconds and the classical in 19:21.8. Right behind Ahearne was teammate Olivia Skillings, who placed second in the freestyle (18:15.9) and second in the classical (20:34.2). Louise Ahearne was ninth in the classical (22:20.5) and 10th in the freestyle (20:45.5). Fiona Libby placed 12th in the classical (23:38.2) and 17th in the freestyle (22:09.5).
The MCW boys were pushed by Fort Kent, but won by four points (89-93).
Tucker Pierce was first in both the freestyle (15:36.8) and classical (16:39.5). Eli Gundersen placed eighth in the freestyle (17:55) and ninth in the classical (19:53.8). Dylan Wu was 15th in the freestyle (18:37.8). Thomas Kolle came in 15th in the classical (20:21.8) and 20th in the freestyle (19:18.7). Davis Ritger placed 20th in the classical (20:42.7).
Greely’s Lindsay qualified for the Maine State Alpine boys’ team and Falmouth’s Lesniak and Shapiro, Greely’s Cunningham and Yarmouth’s Elder made the girls’ squad. The Maine team will compete next month against other teams from New England.
The Falmouth/Waynflete co-op girls’ Alpine ski team won the Class A title last week.
The Maine Coast Waldorf School boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski team had a lot to smile about last week after both won Class C championships.
Front row, from left: Timothée Fourcade, Tucker Pierce, Nash Holley, Calvin Soule, Wilson Haims, Quinn Holley, Avery Bakewell and Olivia Skillings.
Back row: Fiona Libby, Emma Goldberg-Courtney, Dylan Wu, Thomas Kolle, Davis Ritger, Ava Haag, Fiona Ahearne, Eli Gundersen, Louise Ahearne, Coach John Tarling and assistant coach Sam Kapala.