Monday, November 24, 2014

First practice notes

Please be prepared to practice Monday 12-1-14. We will have an introductory meeting followed by a practice on foot. Please review your ski equipment prior to the meeting and let John know next week if you need help with ensuring you have the equipment you will need. For the dryland practices be sure to dress appropriately: bring extra layers, hats and gloves as the temperatures are often much colder at the end of the day. You will need a pair of poles for ski walking/bounding - they should be sized about the same as your classic ski poles or slightly shorter, long poles will not work! We will do some roller skiing but we will go over the needs before we actually have a roller ski practice.
For those who spent the fall XC running - take an easy Thanksgiving week, however a few easy trail runs would be appropriate.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ready for practice?

Practice begins Monday, December 1.  We will have a late van back to Desert Rd for van riders, arriving at Desert Rd around 5:00.

Everyone should come prepared for running and should bring ski poles.

As always, we expect that van riding skiers will be on the late van.  Whenever there is a change in plans (orthodontist appointment, injured, etc.), make sure to tell Susan that you want to ride the early van instead of the late van, or no van at all.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Welcome to the 2015 Ski Season!!!

Hard to believe that ski season is right around the corner!  However we may see some snow this weekend, so it's timely to start sharing ski news.  Local ski swaps are coming up soon, so be sure to check out the dates below for various happenings.  Think snow!

Thursday, November 6
L.L.Bean Team Night
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Waxing demo
Reps from Salomon, Rossignol, Fischer and Swix
Info on sizing and choosing equipment

200 Anderson St
Team discount available - ask!
Will have weekly wax clinics beginning in December

Ski Swaps

Sunday, November 16, 9:00 - 2:00
Auburn Ski Swap
Auburn Middle School
Falcon Dr

Saturday, November 22, 9:00 - noon
Yarmouth Ski Swap
Yarmouth Elementary School
121 McCartney St

Important Dates
December 1 - Team practice begins (dryland until we have snow)
December 27-30 - Ski camp (optional) - additional fee
February 16-17 - States races in Presque Isle (team travels February 15-18) - additional fee

Also note
Anyone joining the ski team MUST have a current Sports Permission Form on file at school.

Monday, March 3, 2014

EHSQ Results

Congratulations to all seven of our skiers that participated in the EHSQ race at Sugarloaf.  Every one of our skiers that raced either qualified for the team or qualified as an alternate.  Samantha, Carlin, Forrest and Graham will be traveling to Vermont March 14-16 as part of the Maine Team and skiing in the Eastern High School Championships.  Well done everyone!

A very special thank you to John Tarling for going above and beyond the call of duty, coming to Sugarloaf to wax for and support our skiers.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

John's Season Wrap-up

With such a winter feel today it is hard to believe the HS ski year has ended.  It is great that we have a number of racers participating at the J2 Festival and the EHS Q and Championships.  This year has been unique with the early and consistent snow.  Despite a few warm ups, we never had a long interruption and successfully completed all the scheduled races.  A big thank you to the school community and parents for all the support during the season at the races and the Christmas camp.  The team exceeded my expectation thanks to all the hard work and focus through the year.

A few highlights from the results sheets are Samantha winning the Classic race at Class C Championship, after finishing as runner-up at both WMC championship races. Forrest and Graham also both earned a podium finish at the State Championships.  The team had a very strong result at the WMC Championships, with the Boys' team 2nd and the Girls' team 3rd.  The team also is well represented on the WMC ALL Conference Team by Samantha, Fiona A., Forrest, Graham and Tucker, with John not far off ranked in 14th.

The State races this year were at historic Black Mountain and the team successfully defended both the Boys and Girls titles.  For the girls, it is the fourth year running as State Championships!  Congratulations to Carlin and Lily - their four titles may be matched but not surpassed. The Boys' team this year was very strong and deep.  Unfortunately this year our two freshman ended up as alternates for the State races.  Davis and Dylan would have been solid scorers on most other teams, but had to settle for wax testers in Rumford.  Thanks to their efforts we were able to find the best wax combination, so they really contributed to the team win.  Lars and Zach were solid at the State races, with Zach scoring two top 10 results and Lars two top 20 finishes. The Girls' season looked to be in for a major rebuild after graduating three strong seniors last year, however due to the hard work and determination of Samantha, Fiona A., Carlin and Lily, all had very strong results all year, and newcomers Fiona C-D, Fiona L., Emma all had strong days while dealing with injuries and illness.

A fond thank you to our three special seniors - John, Carlin and Lily lead by example throughout the season and are responsible for building a strong and balanced team.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Eastern High School Qualifier

The Maine Eastern High School Selection race is this Sunday at Sugarloaf.  Information has been posted on, so take a look there to see information about:
  • This race.
  • How to register for this qualifier race.
  • Eastern High Schools on March 14-16.
Since the regular high school ski season is over, anyone participating in this race is doing so on their own, so make sure you register, arrange your own transportation, etc.

John Tarling says he is intending on attending this race and is happy to help wax, however it would be good to let him know how many to expect.  Be sure and let Susan know if you will be participating in this race and she will let John know.

Good luck to all!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Class C State Champions!!!

Girls and Boys both finished first!!!

Check out the Race Results tab for detailed race results.  Awesome skiing everyone!!!