December 17, 2012

High School Notebook: It's business as usual for Bonny Eagle

From staff reports

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Grant Burfeind of Falmouth shoots over Greely’s Connor McCarthy during a Western Maine Conference game Thursday at Falmouth. Burfeind scored 11 points to help the Yachtsmen roll to a 63-45 win.

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Jon Thomas drives against Malcolm Dopwell of Thornton Academy during Bonny Eagle’s 62-29 victory Friday night. The Scots are 3-0 heading into Tuesday’s game against Portland, which is also undefeated.

Another familiar name will be missing from local Nordic results this winter. Waynflete senior Josh Espy will concentrate on Eastern Cup races.

"Maine has had a high number of skiers who have gone on to ski in college, and have not gone to a ski school," Morse said.

"Nordic skiers do not reach their potential until their late 20s, so not many Nordic skiers continue the trail to the national team level of competition."

THIS IS LIKELY to be the last winter in a while to have all the state championship ski meets crammed into February vacation week, which is exactly when resorts such as Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback do not want to give up a lodge for a horde of high school teams packing crock pots and cupcakes.

None of those big three ski areas currently host a high school state meet. Mt. Abram will host Class A this year, Black Mountain hosts Class B and Big Rock hosts Class C in this last season of the current cycle.

The MPA ski committee will meet next month to discuss the possibility of holding the Alpine events at a time other than during school vacation, a decision that could bring some of the state's better-known mountains into play.

Two of the state's top-notch Nordic facilities -- Black Mountain in Rumford and the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle -- have plenty of room to spread out, so they likely will continue to host during school vacation.

"We would still have an overall championship," said Yarmouth Principal Ted Hall, a member of the committee, "but at different times."

THE FIRST Nordic competition of the season took place Saturday at Sugarloaf. Dustin Ramsay of Hampden Academy and Emma Houston of Mt. Abram won a short uphill freestyle race on the Lower Snubber Trail.

"Everyone had a blast," said Buzz Bean, who organized the event, the Billy Chenard Memorial Scholarship Fund Race.

Chenard, a Rumford native who died in May at the age of 55, was a former junior national Nordic combined champion and longtime volunteer with the Chisholm Ski Club.

-- Staff Writers Tom Chard and Glenn Jordan contributed to this report.

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