1. Yarmouth: The Clippers are after a fifth straight Class B state title with a typically deep team led by reigning skimeister Becca Bell, a senior who was runner-up in both Nordic races last winter. Classmate Alison Totta, junior Caitlin Crawford and sophomores Olivia Conrad and Tara Humphries all provide championship experience. Yarmouth also has a host of talented newcomers. Bell and classmate Smythe Eddy lead the Alpine squad, with juniors Claudia Lockwood and Taylor Hornney returning. All four posted top 10 finishes last winter.


2. Falmouth: Falmouth placed third in Class B last season, behind Yarmouth and Caribou. Senior Sarah Abramson leads a strong Nordic contingent that includes classmate Zoe Kitchel, juniors Catherine Hebson, Olivia Hoch and Sarah Hemphill and sophomore Dana Bloch. A rash of injuries to its top three skiers — Sarah Weigel (concussion), Elizabeth Carew (knee) and Allie Lycan (shins) — means Falmouth will look to juniors McKenzie Myers, Sara Jacobson and Sierra Baker, sophomore Katie Carew and freshman skimeister Leika Scott for help.


3. Greely: The Rangers look to improve upon a fifth-place overall finish in Class A last winter. Junior Audrey Parolin and sophomore Sammie Toorish lead a young Nordic side. The Alpine squad — runner-up to Mt. Blue last winter — promises to be one of the most competitive in the state. Joining seniors Cat Ferguson, Abby Patch and Jess Lalumiere and defending giant slalom state champ Maddie Whittier (a sophomore) are talented freshmen Elyse Dinan, Jordan Ouellette and Jill Booth.


4. Merriconeag: The small Waldorf school based at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester has no Alpine program and last winter fielded only three skiers. Nonetheless, Merriconeag still finished second in the Class C Nordic championships despite the last-place score of a “ghost skier” added to the team total. This winter, four promising freshmen — Emma Dolan, Sierra Jeffers, Lily Tupper and Carlin Tindall — have joined the experienced sophomore trio of Teagan Wu and the Chace-Donahue sisters, Zoe and Emelie.


5. Oxford Hills: The Vikings placed third overall in Class A last winter and bring back a formidable Alpine team led by seniors Marisa Hanning, Kayla Turner and Kristen Lindstrom. Junior Victoria Ebsworth is back after sitting out last season with a concussion. Sisters Claire and Colleen Stauder will help. The young Nordic contingent includes junior Adena St. John, sophomores Alyssa Andrews, Moriah Lee and Meghan Feely and freshman India Lucas.

— Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer