RUMFORD — Fort Kent holds a slim lead over Freeport in both the boys and girls Class C skiing state championships after three of the four events. The slalom race at Mt. Abram today will decide the champion.

The Fort Kent boys, who have won three of the last four state titles, lead Freeport, the defending champs, 126-128 for the overall title. The Fort Kent girls, the two-time defending champs, lead Freeport 234-252.

Three Fort Kent skiers finished in the top nine in the boys giant slalom race at Mt. Abram, but Freeport cut the Warriors lead to two points thanks to a strong performance in the Nordic freestyel race.

Mountain Valley’s Nathan Nichols won the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 31.80 seconds. Waynflete’s Louis Frumer was second at 1:33.24. Brandon Ouellette was sixth for Fort Kent, while teammate Andrew Paradis was seventh.

North Yarmouth Academy won the boys freestyle race, with five skiers in the top nine slots. The Panthers finished with 15 points to win the Nordic boys title with 33 points. Merriconeag was second with 72. Fort Kent managed a third place finish.

Monmouth’s Dylan Thombs finished 11th with a time of 12:49.3 in the freestyle race. NYA’s Camden Regan won in a time of 11:22.7.

Monmouth finished eighth in the Nordic boys competition, while Winthrop was 10th. The Monmouth girls finished eighth.

The Freeport girls took the lead in the morning, winning the giant slalom 23-43 over Fort Kent. The Warriors outscored

Freeport’s Elly Bengtsson won the GS in 1:37.15 and Fort Kent’s Alexa Pelletier was second in 1:40.76. Winthrop’s Olivia Tsouprake finished seventh in 1:45.51.

In the girls freestyle, Winthrop’s Rachel Ingram was 20th and Monmouth’s Rebekah Bryant 26th.


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