February 14

HIGH SCHOOL SKIING: Maranacook holds lead in KVACs

The conference championships will be decided Saturday at Titcomb Mountain.

By Travis Lazarczyk tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference/Mountain Valley Conference Alpine ski championships conclude with the slalom Saturday at Titcomb Mountain. The slalom will decide the overall team championships. Maranacook Community High School girls and boys each hold a commanding lead in the KVAC. The Maranacook girls have 127 points, with Leavitt in second (170). The Maranacook boys have 85 points, with Leavitt (160) following.

In the MVC, the Telstar girls are in first place with 175 points, followed by Mt. Abram (221). On the boys side, Mt. Abram leads with 119 points, with Mountain Valley (152) second.

“Our Nordic (boys) did a very good job getting us the lead,” Mt. Abram coach Bob Luce said.

In the KVAC, Raine Ellison of Camden Hills and Miles Pelletier of Mt. Blue are in the lead for the Skimeister award, which combines finishes in both Nordic and alpine events. In the MVC, Monmouth’s Becki Bryant and Connor Woods of Mountain Valley are in the Skimeister lead.

“Slalom is probably the great ski racing equalizer,” Luce said. “It will be interesting to see if the new snow adds a wrinkle.”

More than a foot of snow fell at Titcomb in the storm that hit Maine on Wednesday and Thursday. To get the slalom course ready, race organizers would likely just push the new snow aside.

“The groomer is going to plow as much off as possible,” Maranacook coach Ronn Gifford said. “When you start to form bumps and ruts, it becomes a safety issue.”

The Maranacook boys had three skiers finish in the top six in Wednesday’s giant slalom competition. Alec Daigle was second, just behind winner Mike Miller of Skowhegan. Matt Delmar was fifth and Kelby Mace sixth for the Black Bears.

On the girls side, Erin Guimet and Rachel Tooth lead Maranacook. Hampden’s Evelyn Thompson won the GS, with Annika Kahkoen of Oxford Hills second and Lydia Morin of Camden Hills third.

“We’re actually probably a better slalom team than giant slalom team,” Gifford said.

Mt. Abram’s Emily Luce will try to be a double champion after winning the MVC girls giant slalom. Sarah Klein and Kattie Collette of Mountain Valley, as well as Winthrop’s Annie Guerette and Mt. Abram’s Emily Listowich are also contenders.

“We usually stay pretty steady on the girls side,” Bob Luce said.

Mountain Valley’s deep alpine team took four of the top seven spots in the MVC giant slalom, and hopes that depth pays off in the slalom. J.J. Jansen of Winthrop, Devin Pomeroy of Spruce Mountain, and Jed Stevens of Mt. Abram also are contenders.

“Jed had better slalom races than GS all season, so I’m optimistic about him,” Bob Luce said.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242 tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM

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