On a sunny Day 1 of the MVC Alpine Championships at Black Mountain skiers competed in the giant slalom. On the boys side, Maguire Anuszewski of Winthrop won the MVC GS with a winning combined time of 1:47.53. Gage Sampson of Spruce Mountain was second with a time of 1:55.13, and his teammate Jacob Paradis finished in third with a combined time of 1:56.34.
Rangeley High School joined the Mountain Valley Conference as an associate member for skiing and found immediate success in the girls race, Rangeley freshman Hannah McMillan won the MVC Giant Slalom title with a winning two-run combined time of 1:48.84. Julia Pomeroy, a skimeister competitor from Spruce Mountain, was second with a combined time of 1:54.12. Abbey Landry of Telstar was third with a combined time of 1:54.86. Other top finishers were Adria Plourde of Spruce Mountain (1:55.32), Alice Mackay of Mt. Abram (1:57.95), and Mountain Valley's Gabbie Gallant (2:00.14).
The MVC Alpine Championships conclude on Saturday, February 9th, with the slalom competition at Titcomb Mountain.
Roy Varney of Leavitt captured gold in the 2019 Sassi Memorial 5k Classical at Black Mountain of Maine on the afternoon of January 26th. The Hornet Skier won the largest high school ski race in the state with a time of 13:36.2. Despite the heavy rains two days prior to race day, the tracks were in excellent condition that held up well despite the large field of skiers in the Sassi and it's younger version, the Jr. Sassi, which was held in the morning. Taking the silver was Maranacook High School's Carter McPhedran, who crossed the finish line in 13:49.8. Carter's teammate Gabe Fine grabbed the final podium spot with a time of 13:54.8. Other strong finishers were Ethan Livingood of Falmouth, Sam Smith of Mt. Blue, and Dom Giampietro of Mt. Blue.
In the women's race, Freshman Emma Charles of Mt. Blue topped a field of 140 skiers with a winning time of 15:27.0. Right behind Charles was Emily Gerencer of St. Doms, who finished with a time of 15:30.3. Lily Horne of Freeport grabbed the bronze with a time of 16:28.5. Other notable finishers were Gould Academy's Lilo Bean, Portland Nordic's Grace Tumavicus, and Jaidyn Negley of the Leavitt Hornets.
Eli Shifrin, skiing for Gould, scorced the 3k course on the historic John Roderick ski trails in 9:21.4 to comfortably win the 2019 Jr Sassi Championship on January 26th. There was a dead heat for second place between Auburn's Ellis Slover and Portland's Daniel Niles, who each finished in 10:01.7 to share the second podium spot. Other top 6 finishers in the field of 67 were Benjamin Condit of Auburn, who with a time of 10:10.0, just missed medaling, and Zachary Ross and Beckett Cote, who both skied for Central Maine.
In the girls' race, Briget Reusch of Farmington Area Ski Team took the gold with a time of 10:40.6. The silver went Reusch's teammate Kamryn Joyce with a time of 10:52.1. Naomi MacGadney of Central Maine finished in 11:38.6 to earn the bronze. Moriah Reusch of FAST, Elise Creagan of York, and Annabelle Brooks of Portland rounded out the top six. Like the boys, 67 girls competed in the race.
The 2018 Maine U16 and Eastern High School Championship teams were selected based on qualifying races held at Black Mountain on March 3rd. In the High School race, Olivia Skillings, skiing for the Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, passed Stephanie Nicols of Gould Academy in Bethel to capture 1st place in the Freestyle pursuit. Nicols, who had won the 5k Classical race earlier in the day, finished second. Coming in third was Lily Horne of Freeport High School.
In the High School Boys competition, Ben Alford, representing the Bethel Outing Club won the gold in the pursuit. Alford, who had also won the classical race, led wire to wire. He was followed by Max Bartley, who was skiing as a member of the Outdoor Sport Institute of Caribou. Finishing in third was Luke Bartol of Maranacook High School.
Audrey Heriz-Smith of Camden Hills High School won the KVAC women's giant slalom race at Black Mountain with a two-run combined time of 1:42.62. Jenna Hanrahan of Mt. Blue HS took second (1:46.99) with Hampen Academy's Brea Brown came in third. Rounding out the top 6 were Janiki Pakulski of Maranacook, Jordan Cummings of Edward Little and Maranacook's Katie Ide.
On the last day of competition in the 2018 MVC Skiing Championships at Black Mountain of Maine, Spruce Mountain's Julia Pomeroy captured the gold medal in girls giant slalom on February 13. Pomeroy's two-run combined time was 1:47:93 to beat out Alice Mackay of Mt. Abram, who took the silver. Ellie Leduc of Mountain Valley claimed the bronze medal. Rounding out the top 6 were Bailey Coates and Adria Plourde of Spruce Mtn. and Emma Berube of Mt. Abram HS.
The Red Eddies of ELHS took the team title with a score of 773.0. Oxford Hills came insecond with 772.0, and Maranacook took third place with a team score of 768.0.
In the Girl's GS, Julia Pomeroy of the Spruce Mountain Phoenix had the two fastest runs of :31.84 and :32.77 for a two-run total of 1:04.61. Grabbing the second spot was Jordan Cummings of Edward Little with times of :32.25 and :33.02 for a 1:05.27 total. John Bapst's Abbie Tyler took 3rd with times of :32.16 and :33.21 and a total of 1:05.37.
Maranacook skiers Dana Reynolds (1:05.64, Anna Erb (1:05.87), and Caroline Welch (1:06.23) took the next three spots.
Then team title went to Maranacook with a team score of 781. Coming in second was Spruce Mountain with 756, while Edward Littl HS took third with 734 points.