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.