Add another national honor to Carrabassett Valley Academy’s staggering list of skiing honors.
CVA product Ben Manter of Vassalboro gave Bates College its first Alpine All-American in nine years Friday night, finishing 10th in slalom at the NCAA championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Manter, a junior, posted a two-run combined time of 1:16.70, improving from 15th after his first foray.
Sophomore Bump Heldman of Auburn finished 32nd in what is customarily the stronger of his two events. In previous carnival competition this winter, Heldman placed 10th in slalom at Williams and fifth at Dartmouth.
Heldman was Bates’ top performer in the first round of NCAA competition, taking 24th in giant slalom, two spots ahead of Manter.
Four area players earned all-state distinction when the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association presented its postseason honors last week.
Caitlin Laflin wrapped up her stellar career at the University of Maine at Farmington with a first-team selection. While balancing hoops with classroom commitments and parenthood, Laflin finished in UMF’s all-time top 10 in four major statistical categories.
Her 1,625 career points are second all-time at Farmington. Laflin also registered 761 rebounds (fourth), 69 blocked shots (sixth) and 178 steals (eighth).
Kaylie DeMillo of Jay continued her ascent upward on the University of Southern Maine’s career 3-point shooting list and claimed a spot on the second team. DeMillo was second on the team with 11.6 points per game and added 3.1 assists per contest for the Huskies, who celebrated 20 or more wins for the 30th consecutive year. USM reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
DeMillo drained 67 3-pointers, only nine off the school-record pace of her sophomore year. With one season remaining in Gorham, DeMillo’s 158 treys rank fifth all-time.
Bates also had two representatives on the MWBCA squad. Lauren Yanofsky was a second-team choice, while Allie Beaulieu merited all-rookie status.
Two local USM hockey players capped their first collegiate season with a place on the ECAC East all-rookie team.
Ryan Boucher of Lewiston achieved that status for the Southern Maine men. Boucher, a defenseman who made his debut for USM after playing junior hockey for the New York Bobcats, logged two goals and eight assists in 21 games. One of Boucher’s two goals was a game-winner against the University of New England in December.
Auburn’s Kailey Bubier was a rated rookie on the women’s side. Bubier, a Hebron Academy graduate, was the third-leading scorer among newcomers to ECAC Women’s East with 16 goals and 10 assists. She was named rookie of the week three times during the season, most notably after scoring a program-best four goals in a single period against Plymouth State.
St. Dom’s products Jon Rutt and Mike Carpenter also had solid seasons for the USM men. Rutt registered eight goals and nine assists. Carpenter chalked up four assists.
Seven years after graduating from Lewiston High School, Kirk Bolduc concluded his hockey journey by appearing in his 100th career game at Castleton State University.
Bolduc tied for second on his team with 24 points this winter, including eight goals, in 26 games. His career totals for the Spartans: 24 goals and 49 assists.
Last month, Bolduc was recognized as ECAC East player of the week for a terrific two-game sequence in which he scored one goal and set up five others.
You could put together an intimidating starting five from the pool of recent Edward Little High School boys’ basketball alumni now showcasing their talents in college.
The conversation starts with Troy Barnies, of course. The junior forward was a regular in the six-man rotation for the University of Maine, leading the team at a 47 percent shooting clip. Barnies ranked sixth among the Black Bears at 6.3 points per game and third with 5,5 rebounds per night.
Maine won 19 games, fourth most in school history, before falling to New Hampshire in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament.
Corey Therriault and Eric Prue each made an impact at Division III Wentworth Institute of Technology. Therriault was second on the team with 27 3-pointers and third with 47 assists. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman. Prue connected at a 36 percent rate from 3-point land, hitting the jackpot 23 times.
Locally, Kyle Philbrook battled injuries and an eye infection but still led Bates with 81 assists and was second on the squad in steals.
The last EL grad still in action this winter is Ben Hartnett, whose fifth-seeded Saint Anselm team faced Philadelphia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II East Regional on Saturday night.