Maine Milestones

Riverton Rec of Portland earned a 65-59 win over the previously unbeaten Yellow Jackets of the Portland Boys & Girls Club on March 12 at the Portland Expo to capture its second straight championship in the Greater Portland High School Rec Basketball League.

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The league includes 12 teams from Portland, South Portland, Lewiston and Auburn.

More than 150 high school students participate. The Riverton Rec team is composed of students from Deering High.

 

• Bowdoin College students Jackson Bloch of Falmouth and Hannah Miller of Elmore, Vt., won 50-kilometer freestyle titles at the Rangeley Lakes Loppet on March 1.

Bloch finished with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 24 seconds – 7 seconds ahead of former Bates College skier Sam Evans-Brown. Alec McGovern of Bowdoin was fourth, and former Fryeburg Academy standout Silas Eastman of Colby placed fifth.

Miller won the women’s race by more than five minutes with a time of 2:37:31.4. Dartmouth skiers took the next four spots, including third-place finisher Molly Siegel of Bethel.

Carrie McCusker, 44, of Cape Elizabeth claimed a victory in the women’s 25K freestyle, completing the distance in 1:27:35.30.

Other winners were: Dennis Page of Bennington, N.H., men’s 25K classic; Callie Douglass of Charlotte, Vt., women’s 25K classic; and Alex Blais-Montpetit of Sherbrooke, Quebec, men’s 25K freestyle.

 

• Six Maine skiers – Tara Humphries of North Yarmouth, Sadie James of Avon, Braden Becker of Yarmouth, Daniel Streinz of Hersey, Kaelyn Woods of New Gloucester and Emily Ramsey of New Sharon – helped New England win the Alaska Cup at the United States Ski Association’s Nordic Junior National Championships, held March 3-8 in Stowe, Vt.

The 45-member New England team easily defeated nine other teams, placing first in all four events – 5- and 10-kilometer classic; classic sprints; 5K, 10K and 15K freestyle mass starts; and freestyle relays.