Yarmouth Nordic: The Clippers have won the past five Class B state titles and show no sign of slowing. Seniors Lucy Alexander and Lydia Sullivan, juniors Grace Cowles and Abby Condon, and sophomore Sophia Laukli all have top-15 finishes at the state meet.

Cape Elizabeth Alpine: The Capers have won the past two Class B state championships and will move up to Class A this winter. Senior Emma Dvorozniak, and juniors Caroline Paclat and Kinnon McGrath, are joined by promising freshmen Tori McGrath and Morgan Stewart.

Falmouth: Both the Nordic (three straight) and Alpine teams are defending Class A state champions. Senior London Bernier and junior Gabby Farrell will blaze the trail for Nordic, and seniors Krysia Lesniak and Alex Shapiro will lead the way for Alpine.

Maine Coast Waldorf Nordic: Senior Fiona Ahearne, junior Fiona Libby and sophomores Olivia Skillings and Louise Ahearne all achieved top-10 finishes at last winter’s Class C state meet. The Pineland-based school will aim for a sixth consecutive state championship.

Greely Alpine: The Rangers are looking for their third Class A state championship in four years and their fourth in six. Seniors Kelsey Otley and Sarah Novich, junior Jackie Perlmutter and sophomore Nettie Cunningham lead a deep and talented contingent.


Freeport Nordic: The Falcons return all six scorers from the team that won the Class B skate race but fell eight points shy of Maranacook in overall Nordic: Senior Nathan Smail and juniors Bennett Hight, Yacob Olins, Kyle Dorsey, John Smail and Perrin Davidson.

Yarmouth Alpine: The Clippers are aiming for their first Class B title since 2013 with a squad led by senior John Diggins and junior George Jutras, each with a top-15 finish at states. Junior Conner Pearl returns from a year’s absence. Newcomers Griffin Primeau and Ben Pearl will help.

Falmouth Nordic: After four straight Class A state titles, Falmouth may be vulnerable because of graduation losses. Even so, seniors Devin Ventura and Adam Meyer, and sophomore Simon Pratico all posted top-16 state finishes.

Scarborough Alpine: The defending SMAA champion looks to improve from a third-place showing in Class A with senior Andrew Mills (third in A slalom) leading a veteran squad that includes classmates Matt Hodgkins and Caleb Doiron, and junior Matt Higgins.

Maine Coast Waldorf Nordic: A fourth consecutive Class C crown is the goal for a seven-skier squad. Junior Tucker Pierce is the only returning scorer but classmates Dylan Wu, Thomas Kolle and Davis Ritger, and sophomore Eli Gundersen are poised to fill the gaps.

– Glenn Jordan