February 20

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Monmouth’s Thombs wins Class C freestyle

Thombs’s coach called the narrow victory a ‘really intense’ race for the senior, who battled shin problems last season.

STAFF REPORT

RUMFORD — Merriconeag won the overall Maine High School Class C Nordic ski titles Thursday at Black Mountain following the second day of events, which included freestyle races.

The Freeport school scored 21 points to win the boys title over runner-up Fort Kent with 45 points. Winthrop finished 10th. On the girls side, Merriconeag finished with 21 points followed by Fort Kent with 102 and Monmouth with 160. Winthrop finished sixth with 256 points.

Monmouth’s Dylan Thombs won the boys freestyle race, nipping Katahdin’s Daniel Streinz by just over two seconds. On Wednesday, Streinz edged Thombs in the class race.

“It was really intense,” Monmouth coach Chris Bryant said of the boys race. “Classic is not one of his better events. He knew it was his last chance, he just wanted to put it all out there. He had an early jump and he held on.”

Thombs, a senior, battled shin problems last season and finished eighth in the freestyle race.

“It just set him back so much,” Bryant said. “All of his training throughout the year was focused on skiing.”

Alex Chamberlain led Winthrop skiers in 34th place followed by Mathias Demming (35), Isaac Johnson (37) and Ben Ames (49).

Katahdin’s Hannah Streinz finished first in the girls race followed by Merriconeag’s Samantha Pierce. Becki Bryant led Monmouth skiers in 12th place followed by Jordyn Mann (18)(. Shannon Buzzell (23), Hannah Kerrigan (33) and Carey Knowles (35). Jada Choate led Winthrop skiers in 15th place followed by Kaitlyn Souza in 29th.

“I was very pleased with the girls,” said Bryant, citing first-year skier Kerrigan as a key to their finish. “She had by far the best race of her year (Wednesday) and again (Thursday).”

Becki Bryant leads in the race for girls skimeister which will be decided next week after the completion of the slalom and giant slalom Alpine events.

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

MESSALONSKEE 3, WATERVILLE 0: Chase Cunningham had a goal and two assists to lead the Eagles to the Class B win.

Dan Condon and Jared Cunningham scored the other goals for Messalonskee (18-0-0). Brandon Nale had an assist on each goal. Ben Weeks sstopped 13 shots.

Kaleb Kane made 29 saves for Waterville (10-7-1).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UMA 88, UMaine-Machias 76: Richmond High School graduate and University of Maine at Augusta freshman Jamie Plummer turned in a banner performance Thursday in the opening round of the Yankee Small College Conference basketball playoffs.

Plummer scored a season-high 37 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the Moose to a win against the University of Maine at Machias. Third-seeded UMA plays the winner of Southern Maine Community College and New Hampshire Technical Institute on Saturday afternoon.

“The heart of our team shined through in today’s game,” UMA coach Jennifer Laney said. “we went into the half up by three and it was our freshman who really stepped up for us in the seocnd half. It just goes to show that on this team it can by anyone, any night.”

UMA point guard Courtney Jicks also turned in a strong ghame with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, eight assit and nine rebounds. Teammate Arreonte Lee added 13 points.

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