December 29, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SKI NOTEBOOK: Ski season off to snowy start

By Gary Hawkins
Staff Writer

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The Maranacook Alpine team returns five seniors from a team that won the KVACs and finished a disappointing second in the Class B state meet.

“The boys look to be pretty strong,” Maranacook coach Ronn Gifford said. “Hopefully, we’ll end on a better note than last year.”

Three of the team’s six skiers took falls in the giant slalom on opening day, which put the Black Bears in a hole. Among the returnees are senior Matt Delmar and Alec Daigle. Delmar won the state slalom title while Daigle took the giant slalom title. Those outcomes were reversed at the KVAC meet.

Kelby Mace is pushing Delmar and Daigle while Alex Tooth and Toby Smith aren’t far behind.

The girls finished a surprising third in the state last year and Gifford said they have the potential to finish that high again. Sophomore Erin Guilmet is the team’s top skier followed by senior Maddie Chiapetta and Lydia Rice. Gifford also has three promising freshmen.

Early snow has allowed the team to get some training runs at nearby Kents Hill.

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The Mt. Abram girls return a strong group that won the Class B state championship last season.

Senior Elise Luce won the state slalom and giant slalom titles last year and finished sixth in the slalom at the Eastern High School championships. She’s the youngest of four daughters of coach Bob Luce who has skied for the Roadrunners.

“She’s had the benefit of watching the others,” Bob Luce said.

The Roadrunners return four skiers from last year’s team and have two who have skiing experience in senior Patia Jellison and junior McKenzie Taylor but have not competed before.

“It always boils down to your fifth or sixth skier,” Luce said. “I’m optimistic.”

Gary Hawkins — 621-5638ghawkins@centralmaine.comTwitter: @GaryHawkinsKJ
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