RANGELEY — More than 150 students converged on the Outdoor Heritage Museum to compete in the fourth annual Rangeley Regatta on Sept. 28. The morning began with a slight rain falling which ended by the time Hebron Academy had held off a Gould Academy squad to claim their second consecutive Indian Rock Trophy as champions of the Prep School Division.

The two teams then joined forces as volunteer coaches to middle school students from Kingfield, Strong, Phillips, Rangeley, Stratton and Mt. Blue in Farmington who arrived to compete for the Rangeley Regatta Cup. Various students represented their respective schools in Poetry, Public Speaking, Art, Outdoor Team Trivia, a Road Race, Fly Tying, Distance Fly Casting, Team Canoe Relay, Boys and Girls Team Kayak Relay and the feature events, Boys and Girls Crew Style Rowing Races in vintage Rangeley boats.

Volunteers from Junior Maine Guides, the local schools and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife joined the coaches and students from Hebron and Gould to pull off the challenging but fun event. The margin of victory was by a single point over second place Kingfield.

The Bobcats of Stratton pulled off the “Three-Peat” for the cup by taking a medal of some type in 13 of 16 events despite winning only three golds. Phillips took the third place spot just two points behind the champs and received the Sportsmanship Award accepted by Principal Jeff Pillsbury.

Pillsbury was lauded by Pierce for working hard as the key coordinator and driving force for the three schools from SAD 58. Stratton Principal Barry London took home “Coach of the Year” honors and his school also claimed first place points for “Team Spirit.”

Rangeley Regatta Medal Count:

Stratton — Gold: 3; Silver: 6; Bronze: 4.

Kingfield — Gold: 5; Silver: 1.

Phillips — Gold: 4; Silver: 3; Bronze: 3.

Rangeley — Gold: 2; Silver: 1; Bronze: 4.

Mt. Blue — Silver: 2; Bronze: 5.

Strong — Gold: 1; Silver: 2; Bronze: 1.

Middle school students and volunteers from Kingfield, Strong, Phillips, Rangeley, Stratton and Mt. Blue in Farmington who arrived on Sept. 28 to compete for the Rangeley Regatta Cup are pictured. Various students represented their respective schools in Poetry, Public Speaking, Art, Outdoor Team Trivia, a Road Race, Fly Tying, Distance Fly Casting, Team Canoe Relay, Boys and Girls Team Kayak Relay and the feature events.


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