February 14, 2013

H.S. Skiing Notebook: Falmouth High the familiar king of the hill

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Elyse Dinan

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Silas Eastman

SKIERS OF THE WEEK

GIRLS

Elyse Dinan, Greely junior: Swept the Western Maine Conference giant slalom and slalom titles with the fastest time in all four runs at Shawnee Peak. The two-time Class A skimeister, focusing on Alpine this winter, led Greely to a 64-point victory over Falmouth.

HONORABLE MENTION

Emelie Chace-Donahue, Merriconeag senior: Runner-up in both freestyle and classic to lead Merriconeag to a one-point victory over Yarmouth for the WMC Nordic championship.

Keaton McEvoy, Gray-New Gloucester freshman: Won the WMC skimeister title by 32 points after finishing 17th in slalom, 24th in giant slalom, 29th in classic and 32nd in freestyle.

BOYS

Silas Eastman, Fryeburg senior: Swept the Western Maine Conference freestyle and classic titles by just under a minute in skate and more than a minute in classic. It marked his third straight WMC classic title and second freestyle.

HONORABLE MENTION

Alex Gowen, Falmouth senior: Runner-up in both slalom and giant slalom to lead Falmouth to a 54-point victory in the WMC Alpine championships at Shawnee Peak.

Eric Wilcox, Gray-New Gloucester sophomore: Won the WMC skimeister title by 80 points after finishing 14th in giant slalom, 17th in both slalom and freestyle, and 34th in classic.

"This is a small school and they're pretty into the sport," Tarling said. "So they were pumped."

JOINING FALMOUTH in a search for redemption are the Greely girls, who coughed up a 14-point lead to Mt. Blue in last February's Class A state meet. The Rangers are also coming off a big victory in the WMC championships, amassing a mere 40 points to runner-up Fryeburg Academy's 104. Yarmouth nipped Falmouth for third, 130-132, with Freeport (148) finishing fifth.

Elyse Dinan, the two-time Class A skimeister, led a 1-2-3-6 finish in slalom, along with Jordan Ouellette, Teal Otley and Jill Booth. Freshman Kelsey Otley placed third in the giant slalom, with Ouellette eighth and Booth 16th.

"It shouldn't have even been close," said Greely Coach Mark Ouellette of last year's Alpine meet, which included falls by his top two skiers in the slalom. Since then, "I haven't talked about it once."

ONCE AGAIN, the slalom will decide not only the Alpine title but the overall crown. Last year the schedule was born of necessity as organizers tried to accommodate both Alpine and Nordic events at Black Mountain.

"The feedback from coaches was positive," said Yarmouth Principal Ted Hall, a member of the MPA ski committee, "especially from schools that only had a Nordic or only had an Alpine squad. They didn't require an extra night of lodging."

This year, Day 1 is classical, Day 2 is giant slalom and freestyle and Day 3 is slalom. For next year, Hall said, the committee will recommend holding the Nordic state meets during the first two days of February break and the Alpine state meets the Friday and Saturday of the following week, thus requiring only one missed day of classes.

That move also would bring mountains such as Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Shawnee Peak into the mix. Hall said all three expressed interest in making a bid to host at a time other than during the busy school vacation week.

Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

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