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Sean Doherty and Torin LaLiberte lead Kennett High boys to impressive win BY LLOYD JONES THE CONWAY DAILY SUN

JACKSON — Sean Doherty marked his return to high school cross country ski racing in style Thursday by winning the Moultonborough Academy Invitational at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. He and team captain Torin LaLiberte, who fi nished second overall, helped the Kennett High boys take the team title. KHS Junior Hannah Benson continued her winning ways by breezing to a two and half minute victory. The Kennett girls were fifth out of eight schools on the day. “I’m very proud of the KHS team’s accomplishments this season,” Steve Vosberg, Eagles’ head coach, said. “Conditions were excellent at Jackson with a challenging course on the Eagle Mountain race trails. Congratulations to all skiers who raced!” Doherty, who helped the United States to a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in the mixed cross country and biathlon relay in Austria two weeks ago, scorched the 5K course in a time of 14:32. LaLiberte was second in 15:49, fi nishing almost two minutes ahead of Joe Smith, of Moultonborough Academy, who was third, 17:32. The Kennett boys scored 389 points to take team

honors with 389 points followed by Plymouth, 345; Interlakes, 343; White Mountain, 342; Moultonborough, 330; Profile, 327; Gilford, 261; and Gorham, 85. Sixty-three boys raced on the day, including other Kennett athletes: Donovan Spaulding, who was fi fth, 18:17; PJ Benson, seventh, 18:46; Malcolm Badger, 10th, 18:59; Liam Martin, 12th, 19:24; Phillip Mathieu, 50th, 24:48; and Mike Knorp, 56th, 26:38. Hannah Benson remained undefeated on the high school circuit, topping 49 other girls in 18:12. Moultonborough’s Brianna McKinley was second, 20:50, and Racheal Colbath, of Gilford, rounded out the top three in 22:18. Other KHS skiers were Lily Brennan, 20th, 25:35; Mae Van Rossum, 35th, 29:12; and Katie Burton, 40th, 32:36. This was the fi rst race to date where the Eagles have had four skiers compete in order to fi gure in the overall team battle. White Mountain skied away with the win with 365 points followed by Moultonborough, 357; Interlakes, 348; Plymouth, 341; Kennett, 334; Gilford, 272; Profi le, 255; and Belmont, 156. The next race for Kennett High is today with the Eagles hosting a skate race in North Conway’s Whitaker Woods at 2:30 p.m.

Kennett High cross country future sure looks bright JACKSON — The future looks bright for the Kennett High boys and girls cross country program. The next wave of Eagles posted impressive results last Wednesday when they competed in the Moultonborough Academy Invitational at Jackson Ski Touring. Andrew Doherty, of Kennett Middle School, won the 3.5 kilometer boys skate race, eddying out a pair of Josiah Bartlett Elementary School boys. Doherty fi nished in 9:40 while Jackson Ross-Parent took second, 9:42, and Darren Piotrow, third, 9:47. Josiah Bartlett took the team honors with a score of 381 followed by Kennett, 371; Gilford, 368; Plymouth, 347; Interlakes, 310; Profile, 180; White Mountain, 161; and Moultonborough, 157. Fifty-one boys skied in the race. Other Josiah Bartlett fi nishers included Wilder Byrne, eighth, 10:25; Marco Ross-Parent, 10th, 10:37; Frank Thompson, 12th, 11:03; Christopher Burton, 14th, 11:16; Ian Lubkin, 16th, 11:24; Kyler Phillips, 17th, 11:25; Garrett Keanrns, 18th, 11:27; Peter Mayer, 29th, 13:13; and Finn Van Rossum, 46th, 17:35. Other Kennett Middle School boys includedKyle

Alber, fi fth, 10:04; Todd Desmarais, 15th, 11:20; Dennis Morgan, 19th, 11:35; Gridley Lucy, 22nd, 12:04; Jon Martin, 26th, 12:50; Peter Donohoe, 27th, 13:04; Andrew Belle-Isle, 31st, 14:05; Nathaniel Mathieu, 32nd, 14:05; Tristan Anderson, 37th, 14:40; Sam Cowley, 38th, 14:43; and Jack Carroll, 50th, 18:24. For the girls, Pessa Schrupp, of Gilford, took top individual honors in 9:40 followed by Alex Lawson, of Profile, who was second, 10:28, while Zoe McKinney, of Kennett Middle School, finished third, 10:32. Profile won as a team with 377 points followed by Interlakes, 356; White Mountain, 350; Moultonborough, 339; Plymouth, 312; Kennett Middle School, 251; Bartlett, 190; and Gilford, 100. There were 33 girls in the race. Other Kennett fi nishers were Cathy Sandstrom, 29th, 17:01; and Olivia Couture, 30th, 18:17. Other Josiah Bartlett finishers were Nina Badger, fourth, 10:33; and Esmae Doucette, eighth, 13:29. Josiah Bartlett and Kennett Middle School will be back in race action today with a meet in North Conway’s Whitaker Woods, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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Eastman wins Jon Sassi Memorial at Black Mtn. BY CHARLIE TRYDER THE CONWAY DAILY SUN

FRYEBURG — Nordic skiers gather at Black Mountain each winter for the Jon Sassi Memorial Race with the understanding that they will be skiing against the best skiers in the state from all MPA classifications. Schools arrive in Rumford from all over Maine, some from as far away as Aroostook County, and this year 38 schools sent 475 skiers to Black Mountain for this prestigious race. Silas Eastman, a Fryeburg Academy junior, has already won two state Nordic ski championships, yet Fryeburg Academy coach John Weston believes that his win at the Sassi race on Saturday is more impressive. “Winning a state championship is one of the highest accomplishments an individual can achieve in high school ski racing,” he said. “However state championship meets are divided into three classes in the state of Maine so there are actually multiple state champions crowned each season. Defending his victory in this same race from a year ago, Silas Eastman once again took the top spot on the podium at the end of the day allowing him to be anointed as the best high school Nordic skier in the state of Maine.” Eastman demonstrated that he is able to overcome adversity as well as ski while defeating his competition. The rain and sleet from Friday along with race time temperatures climbing to above freezing created tough conditions on Saturday. The Raider skiers turned to klister, a diffi cult wax to manage due to its stickiness. Despite the challenging conditions, Eastman remained undaunted and won the race covering the 4,910 meter course in 13:45.5. Although Eastman won the race, but fellow Raider Paul Kurnick raced almost as impressively. Kurnick toured the course in 14:36.5 for a 13th place fi nish. He missed a top 10 fi nish by less than 10 seconds. Second year skier Logan Gerchman fi nished in 15:58.9 in 40th place for the race of his short career. Senior Adam Armington finished 72nd with a17:11.8 time to complete the team scoring. The Raider boys fi nished with 115 points for an impressive sixth place fi nish. The Raider girls totaled 353 points for an18th place finish. Sadie James of Mt. Abram set the pace in the girls’ race with a 16:24.6 time. Junior Hannah Plowden led the Raiders with a 21:33.7 time for a 65th place. Ski meister Kelsey Liljedahl fi nished in 23:22.9 for 97th place, and Amber Dindorf fi nished in 117th place with a 24:12.1 time. First year skier Laura Pulito rounded out the Raider scoring with a 25:57.4 time.

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