The men's Kennebec Valley Athletic Conferences Alpine Championships kicked on on February 9th at Black Mountain in Rumford, and Mt. Blue's Josh Smith found the giant slalom course to his liking, winning a close day of racing with times of :58.17 and :57.47 for a two-run total of 1:55.64. Less than .08 seconds behind Smith was Maranacook's Sam Mckee, who with his time of 58.87 and 56.85 had a total of 1:55.72. Third place went to Camhen Hills' Roger Huguet with runs of :58.37 and :57.72 for a total of 1:56.09. Just missing the podium, but racing very well was Camden's Harc Huguet (1:57.42), Thatcheer Riley of Maranacook (1:59.34) and Oxford Hills' Nick Bancroft (1:1:59.13.
Maranacook leads Mt. Blue by 6 points in the team standings. Below are the complete team standings after the first day of competition:
1 MARANACOOK 769.0
2 MT BLUE 763.0
3 EDWARD LITTLE 752.0
4 SKOWHEGAN 745.0
5 OXFORD HILLS 732.0
6 CAMDEN HILLS 724.0
7 HAMPDEN 663.0
8 GARDINER 479.0
9 LEAVITT 182.0
10 BANGOR 175.0
In the Women's Kennebec Valley Athletic Conferences Alpine Championships, Camden Hills Zola Roberts was fastest on the hill in the Giant Slalom. Roberts attacked the 203 meter vertical drop course at Black Mountain with times of 1:00.69 and :59.09 for a two-run total of 1:59.78. Finishing in second was Leavitt Hornet standout Sophie Simard with runs of 1:00.42 and :59.38 for a total of 1:59.80. Mt. Blues Sadie McDonough took the final podium spot with times of :59.90 and 1:00.28 for a 2:00.18 total.
Rounding out the top 6 wereKatie Yeaton of Mt. Blue (2:02.61), Lily Stowe of Camden Hills (2:02.97), and Oxford Hills' Elizabeth Dieterich (2:03.10).
Mountain Valley's Jaden Boulanger opened up the 2022 Mountain Valley Skiing Championships with a gold medal performance in the Giant Slalom at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford on February 9th. The Falcon skier crossed the finish line with runs of :58.94 and :57.35 for a two-run total of 1:56.29. Taking silver was Rangeley's Amelia Stokes, who had runs of 1:00.45 and :59.33 for a 1:59.78 total. Winning bronze was Stokes teammate Breezy Quimby with runs of 1:01.40 and 1:00.54, giving her a score of 2:01.93. Also finishing in the top 6 were Mae Hoff of Telstar (2:04.14), Jocelyn Nivus of Telstar (2:07.37), and Rangeley's Natalie Stokes (2:08.47).
The Rangeley girls took the early lead in the team alpine standings with a total of 785.0 points. Telstar was second with 779 points followed by Mountain Valley with 762 points. Spruce Mountain (189), Mt. Abram (187), and Dirigo (185) rounded out the results from the first day. Day 2 of the competition will be held on Saturday, February 12th at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington.
Rangeley's Bristol Quimby took top honors in the women's high school giant slalom race at Black Mountain on January 28th. Quimby's runs of 35.96 and 37.39 gave her a two-run total of 1:13.35, enough to gain the victory. Rosie St. Cyr, skiing for Freeport/Brunswick, came in second with times of 36.57 and 37.47 for a total time of 1:14.04. Third place went to Breezy Quimby of Rangeley with runs of 37.05 and 37.67 (1:14.72). Rounding out the top six were Sadie McDonough of Mt. Blue (1:14.84), Olivia Rand of John Bapst (1:14.96) and Sophie Simard of Leavitt (1:15.07).
In the men's race, Josh Smith of Mt. Blue won with times of 35.26 and 34.43 for a combined score of 1:09.69. Camden Hills' Jett Lindelof came in second with runs of 35.30 and 35.16 for a 1:10.46 combined time. Third place went to Smith's teammate Sam Goodspeed who had times of 35.22 and 35.55 (1:10.77). Also in the top six were Ethan Levesque of Edward Little (1:11.86), Marc Huguet of Camden Hills (1:12.40), and Oxford Hills' Nick Bancroft (1:12.41).
In the Black Mountain of Maine's Maine Alpine Skiers Association Giant Slalom Opener on January 23rd, youth skiers displayed great skill and courage as they navigated the course in Rumford. Skiers competed in 4 classes: 1) Under 8, 2) Under 10, 3) Under 12 and 4) Under 14.
In the girls Under 8 age group, Elise Duda of CVA came in first with times of 45.63 and 42.77 for a two-run combined time of 1:28.40. Second place went to Natalie Blaisdell of CVA with a combined time of 1:30.67. GACP's Greta Mendenhall took third with a combined time of 1:34.32.
In the girls Under 10 class, CVA's Molly Holman took the gold with times of 37.98 and 38.06 for a 1:16.04 total. Second place was won by Camille Cannan of CARR with a combined time of 1:17.29. Taking the final podium spot was Hazel Redman at 1:21.18.
The girls Under 12 class was won by Addison Libby of CART. She had runs of 40.27 and 39.31 for a total of 1:19.58. Right behind her was LVRC's Olivia Tassinari with a total time of 1:23.25, followed by Audrey Dupuy of GACP (1:23.54).
Lily Boulanger of GACP took the gold in the Under 14 Class, scoring times of 35.76 and 36:12 for a combined score of 1:11.88. The silver was won by Ashley Nelson of Chisholm Alpine Racing Team with a combined score of 1:12.04. Rounding out the top three was Hailey Labrecque of LVRC (1:17.66).
In the boys competition, James Redman came in first in the Under 8 age group. He had runs of 47.82 and 46.26 for a combined score of 1:34.08. Second place went to Winston Mehalic of CVA with a combined time of 1:36.0. Ethan Duda took third with a 1:38.24 combined time.
The Under 10 class was captured by Henry Sapak of GACP. He earned his combined time of 1:15.0 with runs of 38.10 and 36.96. Second place went to Whnn Mendenhall of GACP wiht a combined score of 1:15.90. Finishing in 3rd was Simms Patten of CVA (1:19.93).
In the Under 12 class, Jack Bartash took the gold with scores of 38.02 and 38.04 for a total of 1:16.06. Robbie Servidio of CVA came in second with a combined time of 1:16.83 while his teammate Davis Awamleh took third (1:19.81).
Cal Vincent of Lost Valley took top honors in the Under 14 age group. He had times of 34.91 and 35.90 for a 1:10.81 combined score. Second place went to Garrett Beaucage of LVRC with a 1:14.37 combined time. Independent skier Carter Hill took third (1:18.14).
The Chisholm Ski Club is made up of an army of volunteers dedicated to the goal of promoting sking for youth in the River Valley, Maine, New England and beyond. This page, titled The Red Jackets will highlight some of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this a reality. In these articles, we asked our volunteers 10 questions. In this week's article, we highlight our All-Seasons Iron Man Volunteer, Tom Carey