Friday, March 7, 2014
1. Yarmouth: The seven-time defending state champion shows no sign of weakening its grip on the Class B title. Juniors Ellie and Caitlin Teare, and Emma Torres lead a strong Nordic contingent, and seniors Julia Primeau and Chapin Dorsett, and sophomore Anna Bouton do likewise for Alpine.
2. Falmouth: Graduation took a chunk out of the defending Class A Nordic champ, but juniors Anna Morin, Emily Rioux and Camille Dunwoody, and sophomore London Bernier each posted a top-15 finish at states. Junior Maggie Coster, and sophomores Krysia Lesniak and Alex Shapiro were a three-skier Alpine team last winter as Falmouth came within two points of sharing the overall title.
3. Oxford Hills: The defending Class A overall champion returns juniors Annika Kahkonen and Miranda Murphy, and sophomores McKayla Ivey and Ellen Bessette from an Alpine squad that placed third, and senior India Lucas, and juniors Mary Bryce, Eva Gabrielsen and Julia Dillon from a Nordic team that finished fourth.
4. Freeport: The two-time defending Class C champion moves up to B this winter. With only a dozen skiers on the roster, depth could be an issue. Junior Wynne Cushing and senior Julia Schneider lead the Alpine squad, and classmate Lizzy Martin leads the Nordic contingent.
5. Greely: The defending Class A Alpine champion looks to improve on a fourth-place overall finish with Elyse Dinan, Teal Otley and Jill Booth leading an outstanding senior class on the slopes. Nordic was thin on numbers last winter but this year’s group, headed by junior Emily Follet, appears promising.
1. Falmouth: Bidding for a fifth straight overall state title and third since moving up to Class A, Falmouth took a big hit from graduation but will still compete for a title. Senior Joe Lesniak and sophomore Tom Lesniak lead a thin Alpine squad, and juniors Gabe Mahoney, Iain Kurry, Scott Lambert and Ethan Cantlin lend experience to the Nordic team.
2. Yarmouth: The two-time defending Class B state champion remains the team to beat. Sophomore Tucker Grout, and seniors Rhys Eddy and Matt Woodbury should smooth the transition for new Alpine coach Sam Eddy while seniors Braden Becker, Sam Alexander and Jasper Houston, and junior Carter Hall (back from knee surgery) are formidable in Nordic.
3. Freeport: Runners-up in Class C two years in a row, the Falcons move up to Class B with a well-balanced program boosted by an influx of 11 freshmen. Juniors Blake Enrico, Ryder Bennell and Caleb Abbott lead the way in Alpine, and seniors Eli McCurdy and Nick Nelsonwood, and junior Zach Merrill do likewise for Nordic.
4. Greely: Third overall in Class A last winter, the Rangers return giant slalom champion Sam Perlmutter, a senior, and junior Will Bryant in Alpine. Junior Tim Adams leads a Nordic squad hit hard by graduation. Both teams look to improve on seventh-place finishes.
5. Gray-New Gloucester: Fourth (by two points) in Class B last winter, the Patriots return a solid Nordic quartet of junior Eric Wilcox, senior Paul Phillips, sophomore Ben Rogers and senior Bryce Neal. Senior Noah Lobozzo leads an Alpine squad that includes Wilcox and senior Pierce Stevens.