Portland Press Herald Announces Girls’ skiing: 2020 Varsity Maine All-State team
Yarmouth Nordic Coach Dylan Thombs named Coach of the Year
Alpine Skier Eleanor Donahue and Nordic Skier Maddie Marston name 2020 Varsity Maine All-State Team
Girls' Skiing 2020 Varsity Maine All-State team
Eleanor Donahue, Yarmouth junior: Donahue won the Class B giant slalom by nearly two seconds at Black Mountain in Rumford. She also was runner-up in slalom among a field of 77. At the Eastern high school championships in New Hampshire, she placed 41st in giant slalom (second among Maine skiers) and 47th in slalom (fourth from Maine).
Maddie Marston, Yarmouth junior: Marston swept the Class B classical, freestyle and pursuit titles in dominant fashion, with a combined winning margin of 1:37, to lead the Clippers to a third consecutive Nordic title. She also won the Western Maine Conference pursuit championship at Stark’s Mountain in Fryeburg.
Coach of the Year
Dylan Thombs, Yarmouth Nordic
A first-year head coach after serving as an assistant the previous winter, Thombs helped continue a smooth transition following the 2018 retirement of legendary Clippers mentor Bob Morse. The Yarmouth girls held off Caribou, Maranacook and Freeport in the highly-competitive Class B state meet to win a third consecutive state championship. “From day one, the emphasis was family,” said Thombs, who credited assistants Anna Franceschetti, Tracy Teare, Connor Gray and Grady Welsh with fostering that culture. “Our girls did an amazing job supporting one another. We have a huge wealth of talent across the team and it’s so fun to work with each of them.”