Fourth at Northern New Englands

Camden Hills mountain bikers: Nearly two decades of excellence

Windjammers, winners of 18 straight state titles, rule mountains with consistently strong student-athletes
By Ken Waltz | Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills mountain bikers, including Cooper Russell (74), Charlie Cooper (36) and Clark Gleasner (40), among others, take off at the start of the varsity race on Oct. 7 at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Rockport — The rolling thunder that is the Camden Hills Regional High School mountain biking dynasty continued to make noise this fall as the Windjammers, who won 18 straight state championships prior to this season, continued to impress.

Besides attending a handful of meets around Maine and New England this fall, the Windjammers hosted riders at the Camden Snow Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Maine Sport Outfitters on Saturday, Oct. 21 on Route 1 in Rockport.

Click for photos from the Oct. 7 meet.

Watch video below.

The Windjammers, coached by Cy Schofield and Dave Cooper, include Gabe Ruesswick, Devon Smith, Oscar Horovitz, Ethan Andrus, Caellen Roberts, Cedar Andrus, Russell McKenna, Tor Denny, Joey LaChance, Tanner Robinson, Annabelle Williams, Natalie O'Neil, Owen Cooper, Rory Carlson, Lincoln Pierce, Dylan Mackey, Sam Luft, Charlie Cooper, August Gray, Bryce Carlson, Finn Grannis-Phoenix, Clark Geasner, Simon Fedarko, Kyle Wood, Sawyer King, Cooper Russell, Trevor Iltis, Simon Morin and Kayla Olds. Some of these are middle school riders and a few names may be missing.

Cooper Russell was the team's top rider in the home meets this year, but all the bicyclists have excelled in races.

The Windjammers competed in the Northern New England championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Gould Academy in Bethel.

Camden Hills, which won the event last year, finished fourth this season among 20 squads.

Coach Schofield said the “league grows every year and there was some stiff and inspiring competition.”

“The course was fun and difficult and the weather was sunny and warm,” he said. “The course was quite slick after a few days of rain, but we managed to come though with some great finishes and no injuries.”

The individual Windjammer results from the Northern New England championships included:

A girls — 10, Kayla Olds, 62:40.7.

A boys — 4, Cooper Russell, 57:17.7; 20, Charlie Cooper, 64:07.9; 21, Bryce Carlson, 64:14; 31, Sam Luft, 68:19.4; 39, Simon Morin, 71:28.7; 40, Dylan Mackey, 71:31.5; 45, Finn Grannis-Phoenix, 74:30.2; 46, Simon Fedarko, 75:20.9; and 47, Trevor Iltis, 78:39. This race had more than 300 riders.

B girls — 5, Natalie O’Neil, 49:38.2; and 6, Annabelle Williams, 49:38.6.

B boys — 27, Kyle Wood, 51:18.1; 42, Ethan Andrus, 53:08.7; 44, Sawyer King, 53:32.8; 47, Devon Smith, 53:34.9; 65, August Gray, 57:23.3; 71, Caellen Roberts, 59:33.3; and 74, Cedar Andrus, 60:51.8.

C boys — 6, Gabe Ruesswick, 31:32; 17, Oscar Horovitz, 34:51.2; 51, Joey LaChance, 39:47.1; 52, Torr Denny, 39:50; 55, Russell McKenna, 40:09.9; and 99, Tanner Robinson, 54:47.2.

Other Camden Hills team results from the season included: Northern New England race Sept. 27 at Fryeburg Academy, second; Northern New England race at Portsmouth, N.H., second; home meet at Camden Snow Bowl Oct. 7, first; Northern New England race at Gould Academy, second; and home meet at Maine Sport Oct. 21, first.

An official state championship meet was not held this season, but the Windjammers won the season series for Maine and, thus, were the best in the state for the 19th straight season.

High school mountain biking at Camden Snow Bowl
Camden Hills hosts highs school mountain bikers on Oct. 7 at the Camden Snow Bowl. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Charlie Cooper. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cedar Andrus. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Finn Grannis-Phoenix. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Annabelle Williams. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills coach Cy Schofield, left, points out the start to the mountain bikers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills mountain bikers take off at the start. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Cooper. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Luft. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Simon Morin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Simon Morin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Dylan Mackey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Finn Grannis-Phoenix. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Gabe Ruesswick. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Russell McKenna. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Bryce Carlson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Clark Gleasner, left, and Kents Hill's Christopher Erb. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Clark Gleasner, right, and Kents Hill's Christopher Erb. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Cooper. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ethan Andrus. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ethan Andrus. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Sam Luft. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Devon Smith. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Gabe Ruesswick, left, and Joe Les. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cedar Andrus (164), among other bicyclists. Henry Libby is in front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Cedar Andrus, right. Owen Stefanakos (13) and Lincoln Pierce (42) also are pictured. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis (75) and Tor Denny (582), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis (75), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Kents Hill's Michael Frampton (151), a Midcoast resident, as well as Camden Hills' Tor Denny (582) and Caleb Stefanakos (538). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Dylan Mackey, Simon Morin, Caellen Roberts and Tor Denny. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A Camden Hills rider. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Finn Grannis-Phoenix. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' August Gray. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Tanner Robinson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Annabelle Williams. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Cooper at Northern New Englands. (Courtesy of: Cy Schofield)
Camden Hills' Charlie Cooper at Northern New Englands. (Courtesy of: Cy Schofield)
Camden Hills' Caellen Roberts at Northern New Englands. (Courtesy of: Cy Schofield)
Camden Hills' Kayla Olds at Northern New Englands. (Courtesy of: Cy Schofield)
Camden Hills' Sam Luft, left, at Northern New Englands. (Courtesy of: Cy Schofield)
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