State Ski Champions are recognized

Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 10:18 AM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Aroostook County also had success on skis over the last two weeks. Several State Champions were crowned over the past 10 days The Fort Kent girls won the Class C Team title and Kayley Bell of Caribou won the Nordic Ski Championship in class B. Sam Roy of Wisdom was the Alpine Giant Slalom winner. For the Fort Kent girls, it was another piece of hardware to add to the trophy case.

The Fort Kent girls showing off their Class C team title The Warriors are used to winning ‚but not used to the conditions they faced (Carl Theriault):” That was a heck of week. Fantastic to see the kids perform the way they did. After the first day which was 60 degrees and skiing in slush and water. It was nice to have normal conditions for us colder conditions and the kids outperformed themselves the second day. The first day was a real challenge to get the wax right. They weren’t used ot heat some of them came in and their faces were all red and they said I am just not used to this.” The Warriors had success all season long on the Aroostook League Circuit and were one of the favorites for the States. Fort Kent used a strong pursuit race to claim the title. Theriault:” Kids moved forward a lot three or four places and a pursuit race is like chasing a rabbit and if you pass the person in front of you gain one position and a group of points. The objective is to catch the person in front of you. Kayley Bell of Caribou won both Class B Individual titles (Kayley Bell):” It was a new experience. There were puddles on the course I just tried my very best and went for it.” Bell had a lot of success locally and was focused on the state meet after placing second in her freshman year Bell:” It was good motivation to go get it.” Sam Roy of Wisdom won the Giant Slalom title and was second in the slalom. He also skied in very difficult conditions (Sam Roy):” I don’t think it helped me or hurt me. I made sure my skis were extra sharp and tuned for the conditions. It is nothing that I hadn’t seen before.” It was a very busy two weeks for Roy who also played on the Pioneers basketball team. Roy:” My basketball team we were in Bangor and lost in the semifinals. It was an exciting week a lot of traveling.”

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