The Ashland girls and Madawsaka boys ski teams are back at home celebrating State Nordic Championships. The Ashland girls captured their first ever state ski title. It wasn't easy because they only have four girls on the team and they had been battling illness. Senior Kassandra Nelson talks about the journey to the States.
(Kassandra Nelson):"We got people sick and Willow with basketball. When we were down there we were like ok we got to Willow from basketball game to the ski meet. We went down a day early to preview the course with her and then she left Monday morning for basketball. She left halfway through came down and did a great job. We all did a great job and we helped Lacey who had been out sick. It was her first day on skis in four weeks and we defied the odds a little."
The Madawaska boys also won the State Championship their first since in over a decade. Both the boys and girls also captured Sportsmanship banners. Coach Colin Jandreau says the team pushed each other throughout the year.
(Colin Jandreau):" We had a core of five or six great little skiers guys who want to work hard and they were all very close to each other , They challenge themselves in practice and that helped propel to the win this year."
Individually Isabelle Jandreau of Madawaska continued a perfect High School season She claimed her second straight State title.
(Isabelle Jandreau):" The first day was the classic day and it was pursuit race. We had really good wax on the first day and that helped set us up for the second day."
Miguel Sanclemente won the boys State Championship. The sophomore also won both the classic and the pursuit
(Miguel Sanclemente):" It was like a feeling of accomplishment really .To go from top ten in Class B last year to first this year was quite an achievement I would say."