NEWRY – Coaches will often preach that championships are won by hard work, dedication and execution.

Falmouth alpine coach Tip Kimball can now add a video camera and instant replay to the list of winning factors.

Officials used footage to overrule Ben Moody’s disqualification at Tuesday’s slalom event at Sunday River.

The Yachtsmen defeated the Yarmouth Clippers by a slim 90-91 margin for the State Class B alpine title. Fryeburg placed third in the slalom and third overall.

The Yarmouth girls held off Maranacook with a 70-76 victory. Fryeburg was third with 127 points and Mt. Abram finished fourth (130). The Black Bears won Tuesday’s slalom event and senior Amy Gifford dominated the field for the second day in a row to capture the individual crown.

Fryeburg’s Joe Atwood duplicated Gifford’s feat on the boys’ side for double titles.

The Yachtsmen entered the day with a 24-point lead over the Clippers after placing three skiers in the top five during Monday’s giant slalom, but they were quickly hit with adversity.

Chris Moody and Pat Sage, Falmouth’s top slalom artists, had both turned in top-five finishes Monday. But Sage missed a gate in his first slalom run and had to hike his way back up to make the gate, costing him valuable time. Chris Moody had difficulty in his second run.

“The course was packed a little tighter than what we’re used to skiing,” said Kimball. “Slalom’s our specialty, but Chris just got behind.”

After the race had ended, the Falmouth contingent had calculated a one- or two-point victory over Yarmouth, only to have an official tack up a list of disqualifications, which included skimeister front-runner Ben Moody. A gate keeper ruled Moody had straddled gate No. 32 during his first run.

Kimball quickly collected up the $35 in cash needed to file an official protest and asked if any parent had filmed Moody’s run. One parent had caught the necessary footage on video, and the camera was given to the judges.

They viewed the run on a television inside the competition headquarters before making their final determination.

More than an hour later, an official walked up to the scoreboard and crossed Moody’s name off the list.

“My two top slalom guys bought it,” said Kimball. “If it weren’t for our depth, we wouldn’t have had a chance.”

Atwood trailed Chris Moody by less than a second entering his final run. All he did was blister down the course in 34.68 seconds for the fastest time of the day. His two-run total of 1:10.9 gave him the win. Poland’s Matt Whalen was second with a combined time of 1:13.55.

“On the second run I wanted to see if I could do better than the first,” said Atwood. “In ski racing, you really can’t back off. I definitely went for it in (the second) run.”

After Gifford won Monday’s giant slalom by more than five seconds, she turned in the two best runs of the day to beat Gray-New Gloucester’s Emma Lobozzo by two seconds. The Maranacook senior’s winning time was 1:19.53.

“After doing well yesterday, I felt I had to do it again today,” said Gifford. “I’m kind of relieved it’s done. There was a lot of built up stress this week.”

The Clippers relied on their deep squad to hold off the Black Bears. Two of their top skiers struggled Tuesday, but Julianna Lord and Melissa Wirth came up big from their Nos. 5 and 6 slots to vault up into the team’s top four Tuesday.

“Yarmouth’s a tough team to beat,” said Maranacook coach Ron Gifford. “They’ve got six great skiers.”


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