Sarah Wade was just starting to feel comfortable skiing at the high school level when she was called upon to be the No. 1 skier for the Mt. Blue Nordic team.

“I was not expecting to be the No. 1 skier on our team,” the sophomore said. “There was pressure but it was not unbearable. It ended up being fun and I was very pleased with how I did.”

Wade followed up an impressive freshman season with an even better sophomore campaign. She finished second in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships in both the freestyle and the classical competitions, then finished second in the freestyle and seventh in classical at the Class A state championship meet.

For her outstanding season, Wade has been named the Morning Sentinel Girls Nordic Skier of the Year. Teammate Emily Ramsey, as well as Sadie James and Emma Houston of Mt. Abram were also considered.

“Sarah was put into the first position on the team when (senior) Emily Ramsey came down with a long term illness,” Mt. Blue Nordic coach David Nordstrom said. “(Wade) maintained steady improvement all year. Sarah is known as a great skate (freestyle) skier but this year she had an exceptional performances in classic skiing, as well.”

Wade’s focus from the start was to earn a spot on the Maine state team, which meant having a successful day at the Sassi Memorial at Black Mountain in Rumford and in team qualifiers at the end of the season.

“I really wanted to make the Maine team,” Wade said. “I was really happy with the way everything worked out for me and our team.”

Wade made the team, and finished ninth overall at the TD Bank J2 Nordic Ski Champions.

“Sarah qualified for the Maine state team that competed against other states from New England and the Midwest,” Nordstrom said. “She was the top Maine female skier on the team and the Maine team won the overall championships.”

Wade followed a rigorous program this summer that included attending camps at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou.

“I learned a lot during the summer and did a lot of training,” she said. “It helped me prepare for the season, I took every race as a serious race.”


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