Maranacook Alpine coach Ronn Gifford said his boys team was even better at slalom after it won Friday’s giant slalom at the Class B state championships at Mt. Abram. The Black Bears proved him correct on Saturday as they dominated the slalom event by placing five skiers in the top six to sweep the Alpine title as well as the overall combined championship.
“Excited is putting it mildly,” Gifford said. “They put on a clinic and it was very impressive. It was a great way for the seniors to cap off their career.”
Maranacook senior Alec Daigle won the individual slalom title followed by Crockett Lalor of Camden Hills. Then came four Maranacook skiers, seniors Kelby Mace, Matt Delmar and Alex Tooth, followed by freshman Nathan Delmar.
The slalom victory was the second for Daigle, who won in 2012. He also won the giant slalom last year. The Black Bears last won the overall championship in 2012 but last year finished a disappointing second.
“It was redemption a little for them,” Gifford said.
The Black Bears boys scored 103 points for the overall title well ahead of runner-up Freeport with 225. Yarmouth finished third.
Yarmouth won Saturday’s girls slalom as well as the combined title with 125 points to 278 for runner-up Maranacook. Sophomore Erin Guilmet finished second while Maranacook teammate and freshman Rachel Tooth placed seventh.
“Both she and Rachel skied very, very well,” Gifford said. “Erin finally put everything together.”
The Maranacook boys and girls also won the sportsmanship award.
“That was a nice addition,” Gifford said.
Mt. Abram’s Elise Luce won her fourth giant slalom title in as many years Friday, and Saturday won her third slalom championship, winning by over six seconds ahead of Guilmet.
“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.”