2017-01-13 / Sports Spotlight

Cayer and Stanton storm the slopes

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Isabel Cayer, above, is hoping to again have a strong performance at the Class A state meet in February like she did the last two seasons. At left, Olivia Stanton, seen above competing in last year’s Class A state meet, was named to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s all-conference team last year and is hoping to achieve the honor again this season. (Courtesy photos) Isabel Cayer, above, is hoping to again have a strong performance at the Class A state meet in February like she did the last two seasons. At left, Olivia Stanton, seen above competing in last year’s Class A state meet, was named to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s all-conference team last year and is hoping to achieve the honor again this season. (Courtesy photos) While many Mainers are tucked underneath blankets staying warm in their homes this winter, Scarborough High School juniors Isabel Cayer and Olivia Stanton most assuredly can be found on the slopes of Maine enjoying the great outdoors.

Skiing is a lifetime love for Cayer and Stanton, whose families exposed them to the sport at a young age.

Stanton, whose parents were ski instructors at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, learned to ski in third grade and has been competitively racing since she joined the Scarborough Middle School ski team in sixth grade.

“They wanted my brother and I to get involved with it and took us up every weekend to teach us,” said Stanton, who spends most weekends at Sugarloaf or Shawnee Peak.

It is a similar story for Cayer, whose family owns a home near Sugarloaf. Cayer, who learned to ski at 3 and like Stanton has been racing since middle school, has been going up to Sugarloaf on the weekends since she was 7 years old. Her sister, Ava, attends Carrabassett Valley Academy, a boarding school and ski academy at Sugarloaf.

“Skiing has always been my family’s biggest bonding time. It’s always been our family’s thing. We are always skiing together,” Cayer said.

Skiing is not just a hobby for Cayer and Stanton. The duo, who were recently named captains of the Scarborough girls’ ski team, are two of the top skiers in the state, according to head coach Scott Berube.


Head skiing coach Scott Berube feels that Scarborough High School juniors Olivia Stanton and Isabel Cayer have the skill and determination to be two of the top skiers in the conference this season. Cayer and Stanton have been skiing competitively for Scarborough since sixth grade. (Michael Kelley photo) Head skiing coach Scott Berube feels that Scarborough High School juniors Olivia Stanton and Isabel Cayer have the skill and determination to be two of the top skiers in the conference this season. Cayer and Stanton have been skiing competitively for Scarborough since sixth grade. (Michael Kelley photo) “They have quiet passion for ski racing. They are not loud leaders, but they lead by example. They are great listeners and apply what they learn quickly,” Berube said. “They are setting up the younger kids to try to emulate their performance. They see their success and it makes them believers as well.”

Berube added both Cayer and Stanton have “progressed quite impressively since sixth grade”

Last season Cayer and Stanton were named to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s all-conference team, a collection of the best 10 skiers in the conference and helped to lead their team to an SMAA regional championship.

“One of the goals we have for the girls is we definitely want to repeat that championship,” Berube said. This year’s SMAA regional championship is scheduled for Feb. 10 at Shawnee Peak.

Berube said there is a good chance Cayer and Stanton can again earn the all-conference selection and more this season because of their hard work on the slopes. Both Cayer and Stanton said their goal this season is to continue to get better race after race.

Berube is optimistic they can represent Scarborough in the Eastern High School Championship Alpine Shootout, an event Feb. 26 at Black Mountain in Rumford. The shootout features skiers who posted the 15 fastest times in slalom and giant slalom in the state championship. The top 10 finishers at the shootout qualify for the New England championship at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire.

“I think these girls have a good chance to make that 15, go to the shootout and make that New England team,” Berube said Jan. 5, the day after the team won the first giant slalom meet of the season. Cayer placed second in the meet and Stanton placed sixth. Scarborough freshman Emily Johnson placed third.

“This is probably the biggest high school team we’ve had (in recent years). We have a lot of freshmen this year who I think have a lot of new potential.” Cayer said.

Berube said the larger team offers Scarborough more depth, something that other schools, such as Traip Academy, lack. Traip Academy, the public high school in Kittery, Berube said has two girls on the team, two skiers short of being able to officially field a team.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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