The Fort Kent boys ski team saw its team state championship streak snapped at four Thursday, but senior Logan Doak won his third straight skimeister award on the final day of competition at the state Class C ski championship at Saddleback Ski Area and Rangeley Lake Trails in Rangeley.
Another Eastern Maine athlete distinguishing himself was Hampden Academy’s Ethan Burke, who won skimeister honors at the Class A championships at Big Rock in Mars Hill and the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.
Freeport’s boys pulled out the “C” team crown on the last day of competition by winning the Nordic classical race and finishing with 225 points to Fort Kent’s 242.
“Probably today it was a situation where we were either going to do it with a near-perfect performance or not do it at all,” said Doak. “I find there’s a lot more kids out there competing now than there were two years ago. I’m still glad for my team that we made it close.”
Doak, who outdistanced teammate Ted Martin with 45 points to Martin’s 68, said experience has been the key to three straight individual titles.
“It’s a very dedicated sport, especially when you’re doing both (Nordic and Alpine), so you really have to ski smart, especially downhill, where a split-second decision can take you from first to last,” said Doak, who fell during competition as a freshman.
“My goal has always been to win it all four years,” said Doak, who said he is planning on going to work for a timber company either as a processor or forder operator in the Maine woods after graduation this spring.
“For the past two years, I was the runner-up, so winning it this year is really great,” said Burke, who is looking to continue skiing in college. “I went into this season wanting to do well in each individual event. I wasn’t focused so much on skimeister, but I did put in a lot more time and work to improve during my senior year.”
Burke began skiing with ski racing through Penobscot Valley Ski Club in fourth grade.
“After the GS, I knew I’d had a good day and kind of let it all out to go for it after that. It was definitely on my mind,” said Burke, who credited a second-place finish in slalom for setting him up to finally win the skimeister title on his third try.
In the Class B meet at Mount Abram and Black Mountain, Falmouth’s boys won the overall team title with 159 points to 250 by second-place Yarmouth, but Caribou edged Yarmouth by a single point to win the classic race and sweep both Nordic races (classical and free).
Nicholas Woods from Mountain Valley of Rumford was B boys skimeister with 75 points.
In Class A at Big Rock in Mars Hill, Burke finished eighth in the classical race Thursday to wind up with 18 points and easily outdistance skimeister runner-up North Kay from Mt. Blue of Farmington.