Wednesday, April 23, 2014
BY DAVE MCLAUGHLIN Correspondent
For the first time in his high school skiing career, Lucas Bonnevie decided to stay home. Bonnevie attended Carrabassett Valley Academy his first three years in high school, but decided to compete with Mt. Blue his senior season.
Morning Sentinel Boys Alpine Skier of the Year Lucas Bonnevie
Morning Sentinel Skiing All-Stars
Heather Farrington, Mt. Blue
Olivia Tsouprake, Winthrop
Sarah Wade, Mt. Blue
Abby Mace, Maranacook
Elise Luce, sophomore, Mt. Abram
Erin Luce, senior, Mt. Abram
Mallory Parker, Mt. Blue
Adrian Huntington, Maranacook
Caroline Colan, Maranacook
Sadie James, Mt. Abram
Emily Ramsey, Mt. Blue
Emma Houston, Mt. Abram
Mt. Blue - Abbey Ellis, Katerina Bessey, Marina West, Anja Nordstrom.
Mt. Abram - Emily Listowich, Ivy Mitman, Hattie Rosenberg.
Maranacook - Maddalena Chiappetta, Natalie Wicks, Hannah Depres.
Monmouth - Rebekah Bryant.
Winthrop - Rachel Ingram.
Lucas Bonnevie, Mt. Blue
Dustin Staples, Mt. Blue
Dylan Thombs, Monmouth Academy
Alec Daigle, Maranacook
Matt Delmar, Maranacook
North Kay, Mt. Blue
Trent Rosenberg, Mt. Abram
Zach Veayo, Mt. Blue
Kelby Mace, Maranacook
Gary Kersbergen, MCI
Max Kay, Mt. Blue
Mt. Blue - Anthony Franchetti, Isaac Doiron, Silas Rogers.
Maranacook - Alex Tooth, Kai Pakulski. Tobias Smith, Carson Mitchell, Taylor Watson, Ethan Harriman, Cory McSweeney, Colby Watts, Sam Nielsen.
Mt. Abram - Parker Kennedy, Patrick Banahan, Thomas Faraday, Jay Chenard, Nick Carlton.
Winthrop - Aaron St. Pierre.
Bonnevie's abilities were evident from the first race, when he torched the Otter Slide slalom course at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington with precision and style.
"Lucas is a very talented skier," Mt. Blue coach Mark Cyr said. "He brought a lot to the team this season and proved to be an important team member."
Bonnevie finished first in the Class A giant slalom and fifth in the slalom to help the Mt. Blue boys to the team title. He won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A title in both the slalom and giant slalom as Mt. Blue won the overall title.
For his outstanding season, Bonnevie has been named the Morning Sentinel Boys Alpine Skier of the Year. Teammate North Kay and Maine Central Institute's Gary Kersbergen were also considered.
"It was really fun being part of the team at Mt. Blue," Bonnevie said. "I was really happy with the season, I finished every race and we were successful as a team."
Bonnevie's presence created plenty of enthusiasm and competition. In most races, Bonnevie laid down the fastest run of the day on his first run, setting the standard for everyone else.
At the conference championships, Bonnevie skied a 44.02 in his first run of the giant slalom competition, which was 2.5 seconds faster than his nearest competitor. He was faster on his second run, finishing in 43.66 to win the title by four seconds. He also posted the two fastest times in the slalom.
"He has a great feel for the mountain and the snow," Cyr said. "He trained hard this winter and put in a lot of time on snow to have the results he did."
At the Class A championships, Alex Gowen of Falmouth was one-tenth of a second faster than Bonnevie after the first run of the giant slalom. Bonnevie, however, skied with precision in his second run and won the title by 1.5 seconds.
"Near the end of the season at states, I was skiing as well as I had all year," Bonnevie said. "I was really into it, there were some very good skiers and you had to focus."