Thursday, December 5, 2013
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"I was going for it," he said. "I mean, it was cold, but other than that, (conditions were fine). It was really grippy, just hard-packed snow."
Noah Lobozzo of Gray-New Gloucester was more than a second back, with Cape Elizabeth's R.J. Sarka and Peter Higgins finishing third and fourth.
Fifth-place Matt Highland of Yarmouth was one of four Clippers to finish among the top 15, giving Yarmouth a 39-48 Alpine lead over Maranacook, with Spruce Mountain third at 59.
Even with top Alpine skier Drew Grout out following hand surgery and his brother, Tucker, falling on the first run, the Clippers stood tall thanks to Luke Lockwood (ninth), Ethan Masse (12th) and Matt Woodbury (13th). Two of Maranacook's top three skiers also fell, putting Yarmouth in the catbird seat for Friday's concluding slalom race.
In girls' giant slalom, Luce won for the third year in a row, following a two-year run by her sister, Emily.
The wind picked up for the girls' race, resulting in snow whipping across the course, obscuring patches of ice. Two racers -- Courtney Burby of Caribou and Erin Guilmet of Maranacook -- required evacuation by sled after crashing on the steepest part of the course.
"A lot of (skiers) had problems because they couldn't see the terrain, so they bobbled or fell," Luce said. "And it was really windy, so the gates were moving. It was OK that I couldn't fully see because I knew the terrain from slipping it (during prerace inspection) and from skiing here before."
Runner-up Lydia Morin of Camden Hills finished more than a second behind Luce, with Yarmouth's Chapin Dorsett five seconds behind in third.
Mt. Abram leads the girls Alpine competition over Yarmouth, 40-46.
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