Sunday, March 22, 2015

Merriconeag skiers in the news!

Hot off the presses ... Today we learned that four of our nordic skiers were named to the Maine Sunday Telegram's All-State Team!  They are Fiona Ahearne, Samantha Pierce, Forrest McCurdy and Tucker Pierce.  And to really cap off the season in the best way, our own John Tarling was named Girls' Ski Coach of the Year.  See the articles HERE and HERE for more information.  Wonderful news and congrats to all!

Also, Samantha Pierce and Fiona Ahearne were recently featured on mainehighschoolskiing.  Click on the links below to see their articles.
Samantha on mainehighschoolskiing
Fiona on mainehighschoolskiing

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

U16 Championships

This past weekend four of our skiers headed to Fort Kent as part of the Maine U16 Nordic team.  Congratulations to Olivia Skillings, Eli Gundersen, Nick Neveu and Tucker Pierce for being part of this elite group of skiers.  Cheers to Olivia (1st Maine girl in skate) and Tucker (1st Maine boy in skate, classic and sprint) for being part of the 3rd place relay team in the final event on Sunday.  Hats off to all our skiers - the Maine team placed second overall for the weekend championship!

Monday, March 2, 2015

End of Season

The team aspect of the high school nordic season is officially over.  Passes are still good at Pineland and there is still lots of snow, so everyone can keep skiing!

Late van service has ended for the season, so skiers will need to find their own transportation home.

Congrats and thanks to all for a great, fun season!

Friday, February 27, 2015

U16/EHS Qualifier Race Info

Race times tomorrow are:
5K Classical, individual start  
10:00am Men
11:30am Women
5K Freestyle, pursuit start
2:00pm Men
3:00pm Women


***Bring a c
heck in case you qualify for and intend on going to a championship weekend***

Some kids may qualify for both the U16 and EHS championships.  Those skiers will need to decide whether to attend one of both of these championship weekends.  Attending both means paying fees for both ($275 and $300).

Transportation:
Van departs at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning.  If you have arranged with Susan for a van ride, please arrive by 6:25 so we can depart on time.

If you are getting your own ride, please arrive at Black Mt. at:
Boys - 8:00
Girls - 9:30

It will be very crowded at Black Mt., so be considerate of others with your gear in the lodge.  When you are not in the lodge, stash ALL your gear in the cubbies or corners of the floor.  Do not leave your things taking up space on tables or chairs, as tables/chairs should be available for others to use when you are not there.  You may also use use the first floor of the wax building.

Plan on a very long day.  The girls won't finish until after 3:30, followed by a long interval where results are tabulated, followed by an awards/naming of the team ceremony, followed by a very long line to register and pay for those skiers making the U16/EHS teams.  It is difficult to predict what time the van will return, but kids can call from the road.  All skiers should bring (or buy) enough food to last a looooooong time.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Season notes from John

It was a memorable trip to Presque Isle for the 2015 State Class C Nordic Ski Championships. Thank you to the school and parents who have stepped up to support the team.  Due to the extreme weather, we ended up spending more time in PI than expected and likely stressed the budget.  I know the team is grateful and realize their efforts and successes have a solid foundation.

New this year was a two day format, and a combining of the Class C and B teams in one race.  I was interested to see how the team would match up against the class B schools we do not see locally.  Despite a distinct class divide, it was one race and made inter class comparisons available.


I was pleased to have the team mostly healthy and ready to race, we had 18 racers ready but were limited by rules to race only 12, the other team members being alternates. I am sure most have had time to look at the results and are pleased to find both boy's and girl's have once again won the Class C Championships.  I hope these results are taken as a reflection of the efforts put forth by the whole team.  For the boys Dylan, Davis, Eli and Thomas were unable to race due to the start limit, however their roll was key to the boys' team being among the states top teams regardless of class this season. All year the boys have pushed each other in practice - this work by the group paid off when it counted most.  It was great that Graham was able to finally get to ski after nursing a back ailment most of the year, and I was lucky to have Graham help at a number of races - waxing ,supporting and

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ski Team Party

~ Updated Monday, February 23 ~

We have much to celebrate, so a reminder that we have a party coming up!

When:  Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Community Hall.
Why:    It's been a great ski season!
Food:
      We originally asked for folks to bring a dessert to share, but the new plan is that cake will be provided for all.  For the sake of diversity, if anyone wants to bring another dessert to share (maybe something gluten-free?), please do.
       Lemonade and tea will also be provided.

All you really need to bring is yourself!

See everyone on Thursday!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

U16/EHS Qualifier Info

First, remember we are having a team party this coming Thursday, February 26 (see post below).

This coming Saturday, February 28, the race at Black Mt in Rumford counts as the U16 and Eastern High School qualifying event.  Kids can also ski this as just another race, without intending on qualifying for the U16/EHS events.

First, a little info about what these qualifier races mean, followed by some specific details about these races.

U16 means kids born in 1999 or 2000.  The races this Saturday will determine who will be on the U16 Maine team, and will then attend the U16 Championships March 13-15 in Fort Kent.  The 21 fastest U16 boy skiers and 21 fastest U16 girl skiers (based on afternoon pursuit finish) will be eligible to make this team (and then 22, 23, etc. if any of the original 21 decline).  Skiers that make this team (and want to attend the championship weekend) will need to have a check THIS SATURDAY for $275 to pay for the cost of the championship weekend.  There is also the option to purchase a Maine team jacket for an additional $100 (payable this Saturday).  Know that the $275 includes everything (food, lodging, transportation) while in Fort Kent, but does not include transportation TO Fort Kent.  Click on this link to see more info about the U16 Maine team: U16 Maine Team Info

Eastern High Schools is a similar event to U16s and is for any high school skier regardless of age.  The races this Saturday will determine who will be on the EHS Maine team, and will then attend the EHS Championships March 20-22 at Black Mt in Rumford.  The 24 fastest boy skiers and 24 fastest girl skiers (based on afternoon pursuit finish) will be eligible to make this team (and then 25, 26, etc. if any of the original 24 decline).  Skiers that make this team (and want to attend the championship weekend) will need to have a check THIS SATURDAY for $300 to pay for the cost of the championship weekend.  There is also the option to purchase a Maine team jacket for an additional $100 (payable this Saturday as well).

Both these championship weekends (U16 and EHS) involve teams from all over New England, with each state having their own teams of 21 or 24 girl and boy skiers, with each team trying to secure the overall championship.  Though not cheap, they are very fun for the kids attending.

Saturday Race Info:
On Saturday there will be two races, and everybody skis in both.

5K Classical, individual start
10:00am Men
11:30am Women
5K Freestyle, pursuit start
2:00pm Men
3:00pm Women

Registration:
This year there is an online registration for skiers (see link below).  Everyone (even kids skiing these as just another race, not as a qualifier) intending in skiing in these races must do two things:
  • Complete the online registration (Click here for skier registration) - be sure to put Merriconeag in School/Club when registering.
  • Tell Susan (email or in person) by Friday morning that you will be racing.  We will then send in one Merriconeag list of racers.
When you are filling out the online registration, you are asked to specify what you are qualifying for (U16, EHS, both, none), so that's how they know what to consider each skier for.  Online registration is live until 10:00 pm on Friday, February 27.

Transportation:
We will be taking a van to this race.  Anyone wanting a ride on the van must tell Susan by Friday at 5:00 pm.  Do not count on a ride unless you have connected and confirmed with Susan.

The van will leave early, exact time TBD, but probably around 6:30.  Skiers finding their own transportation should plan on arriving at Black Mt.:
8:00 - boys
9:30 - girls

Cost:
There is a fee of $16 for these Saturday races, which will be covered by the school.  We will bring a check on race day to cover cost for all our racers.

Race Day:
It will be very crowded at Black Mt., so be considerate of others with your gear in the lodge.  When you are not in the lodge, stash ALL your gear in the cubbies or corners of the floor.  Do not leave your things taking up space on tables or chairs, as tables/chairs should be available for others to use when you are not there.  You may also use use the first floor of the wax building.

A last note:
While not mandatory, everyone is welcome and encouraged to ski in these races on Saturday, whether or not you have interest in the qualifiers.  Most of the team was planning on skiing in the Sassi race, and since this is the Sassi replacement, come on out for a last race together!

Some kids may qualify for both the U16 and EHS championships.  Those skiers will need to decide whether to attend one of both of these championship weekends.  Attending both means paying fees for both ($275 and $300).