The Mt. Blue boys Alpine team took the advice of Coach Mark Cyr and came away with a Class A state championship Saturday at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.
Meanwhile, Mt. Abram senior Elise Luce completed a sweep of both Alpine events for the third time in her career at the Class B championships at Mt. Abram.
The Mt. Blue boys placed four skiers in the top 20 in the slalom races to not only win the two-day Alpine competition but also the overall Nordic and Alpine combined team title, edging out Oxford Hills.
They just skied smart,” Cyr said. “We were just hounding into these kids heads they just needed to stand up. There were a lot of falls today.”
Cyr said the upper part of the course was difficult and icy while “when they got to the lower section we could let them go.”
Falmouth’s Joseph Lesniak was the overall winner in the slalom while Mt. Blue’s Kyle Farrington and Felix Bonnevie finished eight and ninth, respectively. Miles Pelletier placed 15th and Anthony Franchetti was 20th.
“Pelletier did really well,” Cyr said. “For a freshman I’m very happy with that. Anthony Franchetti, he knew what he had to do.”
Greely’s Elyse Dinan won the girls race to lead her team to the Alpine title while Mt. Blue’s Mallory Parker placed fourth.
“It was a great day for her,” Cyr said. “She skied really well.”
Luce won her fourth giant slalom title in as many years Friday but the memory of her loss in the slalom her freshman year put her on edge Saturday.
“Yesterday I was kind of holding back,” Luce said. “Today I held back a little on the first run. I was really nervous about (Saturday) because freshman year I struggled in the first run. The second run I let it go a little more.”
As she did in Friday’s giant slalom, Luce won the slalom by a wide margin, more than six seconds over runner-up Erin Guilmet of Maranacook.
“She just a little more aggressive and skis by and large technically pretty good,” said Elise’s coach and father, Bob Luce.
The Maranacook boys placed five skiers in the top six in Saturday’s slalom to win both the Alpine and overall Class B championships. Cape Elizabeth won the girls Alpine title while Yarmouth won the overall championship and Maranacook took second.