“It’s only a little club . . . but we do big things.” - Chummy Broomhall
Chisholm Ski Club is located at Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area in Rumford, Maine. The Club has a rich tradition which dates back to the early days of the 20th century at its Spruce Street location and its mid 1900's days at Scottie's Mountain. Over the years the Club has hosted several world class nordic skiing events, including the 1950 World Championships, 1976 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1991 National Biathlon Championships, 1993 US Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1993 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1996 National Junior Olympics, 1996 Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championship, the 2003 Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, the 2004 Chevrolet US Cross Country Championships, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, the 2010 USCSA National Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Championships.
Julia Pomerroy was victorious in the season's first women's alpine race under the lights at Black Mountain on January 4th. The Spruce Mountain senior had runs of 35.28 and 37.76 for a two-run total of 1:13.04 to win the highly contested Giant Slalom race, which had 84 skiers. Hampden Academy's Ana Baldwin finished in second with a two-run total of 1:13.95, with Edward Little's Jordan Cummings right behind her at 1:13.97.
Katie Ide of Maranacook took fourth with a score of 1:14.00, Abbie Tyler of John Bapst was fifth, and Mt. Abram sophomore Alice MacKay was sixth.
Maranacook took top team honors for the girls with 767 points, followed by Rangeley with 736 points, and Spruce Mountain with 713.
In the boys race, Mt. Blue senior Sam Smith bested a field of 100 skiers to capture the win in the GS with runs of 32.86 and 33.82 (1:06.70). Finishing in second place was Colby Vandecker of Oxford Hills. The Viking junior had a total of 1:07.60. He was followed by Winthrop's lone skier, Maguire Anuszewski, who finished with 1:08.15.
Fourth place went to Tommy Bancroft of Oxford Hills (1:09.31). Rounding out the top six were a couple of sophomores, Jacob Tyler of John Bapst (1:10.28) and Mt. Blue's Jack Kearing (1:10.55).
Oxford Hills topped the boys' team scores with 780 points. The Cougars of Mt. Blue were second with 765 points and Maranacook finished in third with 740 points.
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Black Mountain of Maine opened up its 2019 Alpine Racing Season with a Middle School Giant Slalom on Jaunuary 3rd. Riley Jerome of Telstar came in first place with a two-run total of 1:15.49. Second place went to Mountain Valley's Jaden Boulanger with a combined time of 1:20.03. 3rd place went to Rosie St. Cyr of the Chisholm Alpine Race Team. Her time was 1:21.13. Other top 6 finishers were Breezy Quimby of Rangeley, Gigi Divivo of Telstar, and Amelai Stokes of Rangeley.
In the boys race, Rangeley's Charlie Pye captured gold with a combined time of 1:14.89. Coming in second place was Conner Brann of Lost Valley at 1:18.74, with Auburn Middle School's Ellis Slover taking third with a 1:18.86 score. Other top finishers were Thatcher Riley and Scottie Turney of Chisholm, and Rangeley's Tucker MacFawn.
In the first Nordic ski race of 2019 at Black Mountain Ski Resort, Falmouth made it a clean sweep with victories in the boys and girls 5k Freestyle on January 2nd. In the boys race, Ethan Livingwood took top honors for the Yachtmen with a time of 12:36.0. Finishing in second place was Roy Varney of Leavitt with a time of 12:41.6. Third place went to Nate Livingwood of Falmouth, who completed the course in 13:16.3. Rounding out the top 6 were Martin Horn (Freeport), Ben Rooks (Falmouth), and Vance Boyd (Flamouth).
Falmouth took top team honors with 789 points, with Freeport finishing second with 752 points.
In the girls race, the Yachtmen's Eva Clement took first place for Falmouth, crossing the finish line in 14:49.6. Right behind her was Emily Gerencer of St. Doms with a time of 15:27.2. Eliza Skillings of Maine Coast Waldorf finished in third place, completing the skate race in 16:01.0. Other top finishers were Karli Leighton (Mt. Ararat), Jaldyn Negley (Leavitt), and Allison Greuel (Freeport).
The girls from Maine Coast Waldorf had the top team score with 762 points, followed closely by Freeport with 760 points.
In the final day of competition at Black Mountain Ski Resort, the Vermont team of Phoebe Sweet, Ben Ogden, Callie Young and Greg Burt strided and skated to a gold medal in the Eastern High School Championships on March 18th. The race consisted of two classical legs and two freestyle legs over the famed John Roderick Trail System. The women's skied the first leg on a 3030m classical course which was repeated by the first male skier. The baton was then passed off to the second female to ski the 3046m freestyle leg of the race, and finished off by the second male racer.
The Vermont team's combined time of 30:50.1 was enough to earn them the top podium spot with the Massachusetts team of Laura Appleby, Jacob Jampel, Shea Brams, and James Kitch grabbing the silver with a combined time of 31:26.8. The Vermont team of Charlotte Ogden, Will Koch, Rena Schwartz and Joshua Valentine grabbed the bronze medal with a combined time of 32:03.1.
Team Vermont captured the Graham Taylor Cup, the trophy emblematic of the team that sccored the most team points over the three days of competition. Graham was present to help outgoing NENSA representative Amber Freeman present the award to the Vermont team.
Congratulation to all the state competitors for a great EHS Championship. We also want to thank all the Chisholm Ski Club volunteers (and Mother Nature) who help make this a great skiing event.
Maine's Abigail Streinz outsprinted the other 109 skiers to grab gold in the women's 1.2k Freestyle Sprint at the 2018 Eastern High School Championships at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford. This was the second event of Day 2, with the competitors having completed a 7.5k Classical race in the morning. The Stockholm, ME native completed the course in 2.53.9 to handily earn the victory. Mae Chalmers of Vermont took the silver in 2:59.78. Vermont's Phoebe Sweet, who had won the earlier race, finished the sprint in 3:00.43 to take the bronze medal.
Rounding out the top six were, Vermont's Callie Young, Laura Appleby of Massachusetts, and Maine's Olivia Skillings.
In a very close battle in the individual points standings, Streinz, Laukli, Sweet and Young are all within 2 points of each other heading into the final day of competition.
Vermont's Ben Ogden won his third event in three tries with a very close victory over New York's Scott Schulz in the men's sprint. Odgen stretched out at the finish to edge Schulz by less than a half a second, finishing in 2:19.75. Schulz's time of 2:20.21 gave him the silver, with James Kitch of Massachusettes taking the last podium position with a time of 2:26.23.
Other top finishers were Vermont's Greg Burt, Massachusetts' Oliver Snow, and Vermont's Joshua Valentine.
In the men's individual standings, Ogden leads with 405 points, followed by Kitch with 376, Schulz with 375, and Burt with 374.
In team standings, Vermont leads with 12,400 points, followed by Massachusetts with 9084, New Hampshire with 8821, Maine with 7893, and New York with 6775,
Competition continues on Sunday with the mixed relays, in which teams of 4 navigate combine classical and freestyle skiing in a full-filled conclusion of the weekend festivities.
Ben Ogden and Phoebe Sweet kept the momentum going for Vermont in the 2018 Eastern High School Championships with gold medals finishes in the men's and women's 7.5k Mass Start Classical race at Black Mountain on March 17th. It was the second gold of the weekend for Ogden, who won the 5k freestyle race on the previous day. The Landgrove, Vermont native finished the classical race in 18:53.3, .8 of a second faster than silver medalist James Kitch of Belmont, Massachusetts. Will Koch, son of 1976 Olympic Silver medalist Bill Koch, took the bronze with a time of 20:03.1 for Vermont.
Joshua Valentine of Gilford, NH but skiing for Vermont, took fourth, with teammate Greg Burt of Huntington, Vt. coming in fifth. Hailing from Newton, Massachusetts, Jacob Jampel came in sixth.
Also finishing in the top 6 were Laura Appleby (Lincoln, MA.), Rene Schwartz (Middlesex, VT.), and Stockhhom, Maine's Abigail Streinz.