Monday, December 9, 2013
Silas Eastman of Fryeburg Academy has a growing list of achievements. And he’s such a good kid, the only race he lost was because he was cheering on the girls’ team.
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TELEGRAM ALL-STATE BOYS’ SKIING
Sam Barber, Cape Elizabeth senior
Class B giant slalom champion and former slalom champ who placed third in slalom this year. Top Maine qualifier for Eastern High School championships.
Lucas Bonnevie, Mt. Blue senior
Class A giant slalom champion who returned to Mt. Blue after three years at Carrabassett Valley Academy. Placed fifth in slalom (despite losing a ski) to help Mt. Blue win Alpine title.
Caleb Chapman, Caribou senior
Won Class B classical championship by more than a half-minute over a competitive field and was runner-up by four seconds in freestyle.
Alec Daigle, Maranacook sophomore
Nipped teammate Matthew Delmar to win Class B slalom championship and lead Maranacook to Alpine title. Fourth in Eastern High School qualifier.
Silas Eastman, Fryeburg Academy junior
Defended titles in Class A freestyle and classical, and won second straight Sassi Memorial classical race. Also won WMC titles in both disciplines.
Jack Elder, Yarmouth sophomore
Won Class B freestyle and placed second in classical to help the Clippers claim Nordic and overall state titles. Twice placed fifth in his age group at Junior Olympics.
North Kay, Mt. Blue senior
Class A skimeister and only skier among a field of nine to place among the top 20 in all four disciplines. Eighth-place finish in slalom helped Mt. Blue win Alpine title.
Crockett Lalor, Camden Hills sophomore
Posted only top-15 finish – 12th in slalom – to help overcome seven other competitors and become Class B skimeister.
Ian Moore, North Yarmouth Academy sophomore
Class C classical champion by more than a half-minute and runner-up in freestyle to lead Panthers to second straight Nordic title.
Nathan Nicols, Mountain Valley senior
Won the Class C giant slalom by more than a second and slalom by more than three seconds to help the Falcons finish as runner-up in Alpine.
Cam Regan, North Yarmouth Academy senior
Class C freestyle champion who placed third in classical to help NYA defend its Nordic title. Second in qualifying for Eastern High School championships.
Nicholas Woods, Mountain Valley senior
Fourth-place finish in giant slalom and top 20 in other three disciplines made for smooth path to Class C skimeister title.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kalie Dunn, North Yarmouth Academy Nordic
In her third year, the Yarmouth High and St. Lawrence grad led NYA to its second straight Class C Nordic title and first Western Maine Conference championship with a team of a dozen boys. "I try to create a really positive atmosphere," she said. "We have a lot of fun."
Following his parents through the backyard of their family farm in Chatham, N.H., just over the Maine border, he would slog behind them until reaching a snowmobile trail, then shuffle joylessly on skis with fish-scale bottoms.
"Looking back, I never would have thought I would get into competitive skiing," he said, "because it was so miserable back then."
Eastman stuck with it, however, and eventually discovered the speed and thrill that comes with skate skiing.
A junior at Fryeburg Academy, Eastman won Class B state championships in classical and freestyle, as well as Western Maine Conference titles in both disciplines and the Sassi Memorial 5-kilometer classical race in late January.
"He was Maine's top skier all year and he's a great kid, too," said Fryeburg Coach John Weston, who heard plenty of feedback from colleagues at the Eastern High School Championships held last month in Vermont.
"All the other coaches were saying, 'Boy, this is someone who's very talented, but is still very coachable and will listen to you.' That's a rare thing."
Eastman is our choice as Maine Sunday Telegram boys' skier of the year.
No other Nordic skier won two individual state titles this winter and only one Alpine skier – Mountain Valley senior Nathan Nicols in Class C – swept slalom and giant slalom.
Eastman didn't win every race he entered in Maine this winter, but his only loss came with an asterisk.
At his first big WMC meet of the season in early February, Eastman was on the course exhorting the Fryeburg girls' team and didn't realize his start time was earlier than usual because of darkness concerns. When he returned to the start/finish area at Starks Hill – his home course – Eastman encountered an out-of-breath teammate telling him the boys' race was beginning.
Quickly stripping off his sweats and clicking into his skis, Eastman scrambled to the line and took off, but the clock had already begun.
"He missed it, I think, by over two minutes," Weston said. "He tried his best to make up for it but he couldn't do it."
Eastman finished 15th. That he lost bothers him less than the missed opportunity to match strides with his closest competitors.
"That was one of the races I was really looking forward to," he said. "I guess it's good to have one of those because you'll never do it again."
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