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.
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.
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.
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.
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.