The Fort Kent girls made it a clean sweep — team-wise and individually — and won a third straight team state title on the final day of competition in the Class C Maine High School Ski Championships at Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley Thursday.
Junior Roxy Pelletier earned skimeister honors for the second time in three years by finishing third in both cross-country races, sixth in slalom and 15th in giant slalom.
“I felt more confident in my Nordic skills and took it a little easier in Alpine,” said Pelletier of her winning strategy. “We’ve been pushing really hard in Nordic and practicing really hard. Alpine is more risky.”
Pelletier, who finished 17 points ahead of runner-up and teammate Kate Morneault, was disqualified last year after winning as a freshman.
“I’m a little more proud of this one because the field was a lot tougher this year,” she said.
The order of finish for skimeister illustrated how the Warriors won the overall team title with Pelletier (27 points) followed in order by Morneau (44) and teammate Rudy Martin (54). Taylor Hobbs finished sixth with 122.
“That’s not happened under my watch before,” said Kaleta, now in his fifth season.
“I haven’t seen that for awhile for a Fort Kent skier,” said Fort Kent Alpine coach Greg Voisine. “Goes way back to the Cyrs in the early 1980s.”
Fort Kent finished with 144 points to finish ahead of Freeport (172) and John Bapst of Bangor (541).
“The others were really closely behind the top-10 pack. Our top four were really tight in the Nordic and my best skier was very ill with the flu this week, but still finished fourth or fifth,” said Fort Kent Nordic (cross-country) coach John Kaleta.
Senior Vicky Bernard was fifth in the Nordic classical race despite battling illness.
“She was fourth in the free and could have won both events if she wasn’t ill. Everything was left out there on the course,” added Kaleta, who also noted that two-thirds of his team members competed in all four events (Nordic free and classical, Alpine slalom and giant slalom). “These girls just never give up and they have tremendous drive.
“This year, our Alpine team had a lot of young blood that came in and skied very well.”
Martin, who hadn’t skied for a couple of years prior to this season, was 12th in Thursday’s Nordic classical competition.
In the Class B state competition at Mount Abram and Black Mountain in Rumford, Falmouth’s boys and Yarmouth’s girls came away with team titles while skimeister honors went to Rebecca Bell of Yarmouth.
In Class A at Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle and Bigrock in Mars Hill, Mt. Blue of Farmington won the girls state crown and Elyse Dinan from Greely of Cumberland Center was skimeister. She finished with 73 points to 170 by runner-up Meghan Haenn from Hampden.