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Minnesota Coaches Association Spring Meeting
April 14, 2014
The annual spring meeting for the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association will be held Saturday, April 26th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The current state meet proposal will be review, along with the recap on the last state meet and a discussion on the state of skiing in Minnesota. RVSP to secure lunch numbers.

Victor C Dunder Award Nominations Deadline
March 27, 2014
The deadline for submitting candidates for the Victor C Dunder awards is Monday, March 31st. The award is designed to help promising first year skiers obtain needed equipment.

CXC Midwest Competition Committee Spring Meeting
March 14, 2014
The CXC Midwest Competition Committee will be holding their annual Spring Meeting April 19th in Eau Claire, WI. A list of topics has been proposed, with a final agenda coming out later. The meeting is open to all, but need to be a registered club or team to vote.

US Nationals Test Sprints at MTU
March 13, 2014
Michigan Tech will be hosting a test event for their US Nationals sprint courses on March 29-30. Freestyle sprints on Saturday, classical team sprints Sunday. Must registration by Wed, Mar 26th.

2014 NENSA J2/U16 Championships Report
March 12, 2014
Ken Schoville provides a detailed report on the J2 Championships, also held in Vermont last weekend.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 11, 2014
We wrap up our 2014 Junior Nationals experience with a recap of all over our coverage, as well as some notes from the week, including topics like the mass start leadout, lap timing, Midwest team awards, and more.
Loppet Nordic Racing Wins National Championship at Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals: Relays Coverage
March 8, 2014
Junior Nationals in Stowe, VT, wrapped up on Saturday with the 3X3K freestyle relay events. The Midwest team finished the week strong, especially in the U18 division where the girls collected 2nd and 3rd and the boys 3rd and 6th. The U20 gals also snagged a podium spot with Kris Bourne anchoring the victory by a boot throw. Tom Bye nearly pulled his U20 team onto the podium as well, finishing 4th by less than a second. Other top results: U16 girls nail down 5th, boys 9th and Nicole Schneider racing up with the U20s helped secure an excellent 5th showing. Results linked in, video recaps of most of the races, and a few post-race photos added.

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Start List Posted
March 6, 2014
Friday's race at Junior Nationals is the last individual award event, a mass start freestyle race on the Trapp Family Lodge trails. It will feature the same course as the classical race on Monday. Start list reflects the ordering for the chevron mass start.

Junior Nationals Preview
February 26, 2014
Hard to believe, but Junior Nationals competition starts up next Monday at the Trappe Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. We've got a breakdown on the events and a look at the 2014 Midwest Junior National squad. Check back for on-site coverage all next week!

Victor C Dunder Award Nominations
February 19, 2014
Minnesota high school coaches are encouraged to submit their candidates for the Victor C Dunder awards. The awards are designed to get quality equipment to first year skiers in financial need. Application deadline is March 31st.

Minnesota State Meet Recap
February 18, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Minnesota State Meet exceeded expectations, providing some big surprises and remarkable achievements. We provide a look back at the races and some of the top performances, and review how our predictions turned out.

Michigan State Meet Recap
February 18, 2014
The Michigan High School Championships were held on the Vasa Ski Trail in Traverse City, Michigan this past Friday and Saturday, Feb 14-15th. Copper Country Ski Tigers won the combined (boys and girls) team title while Sarah Goble and Isaac Stone won the individual crowns.
Michigan State Meet Results

Midwest Junior National Team Trip Information Site
February 18, 2014
The Midwest Junior National Committee has prepared a dedicated website for information on this year's Junior National Trip, including details on suit/warmup ordering, waivers, schedules/fees and gear drop-off.

Midwest Junior National Team Announced
February 16, 2014
The CXC Midwest Junior National Committee has announced the Midwest Division Junior National squad. Selection was based on performance in the qualifier race series, as well as some automatic bids. The list is preliminary, there may be some changes. Junior Nationals competition will be in Stowe, VT, the first week in March.
Midwest Junior Nationals Point Standings
U16 (J2) Championships Team Announced

Battle Creek SuperTour/JNQ Freestyle Coverage
February 16, 2014
The Battle Creek SuperTour Sunday featured individual start freestyle under a bright blue sky. Caitlin Gregg asserted herself back at the top of the leaderboard with in 11 second victory over Rosie Brennan in the womens 5K. Sylvan Ellefson posted the fastest mens time in the 10K. Zak Ketterson was the top junior male, with Anna French besting the junior girls. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the morning races.

Battle Creek SuperTour/JNQ Classical Coverage
February 15, 2014
The SuperTour series rolled into Saint Paul for a two day run, starting with mass start classical races on Saturday. In the mens grueling 15K, Minnesota native Ben Saxton battled for the lead, coming in second to Matthew Gelso, with Michael Sinnott rounding out the top three. The womens race came down to a pack of 5-7 skiers, with Rosie Brennan taking the victory, Chelsea Holmes and Jennie Bender collecting second and third. Tom Bye and Mattie Watts posted the top junior times on the day. Preliminary results up, along with video recaps from the 15K and 10K classical races.

A Legend Is Born
February 13, 2014
Mattie Watts, Irondale high school, won the Minnesota State Meet on Thursday. But did you know she won the race on a last minute pair of replacement classic skis after her own race pair were misplaced? We've got the full scoop behind this unbelievable tale.

Minnesota State Meet Coverage
February 13, 2014
Roughly a half foot of fresh snow fell overnight and into Thursday morning, making for tough conditions at the Minnesota State Meet at Giants Ridge. In the morning races, Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, posted the top time with a very tight field of boys chasing less than 30 seconds back. Irondale's Mattie Watts came out storming, dominating the girls field and taking a 23 second advantage over Vivian Hett, Burnsville, going into the afternoon classical pursuit. In the afternoon races, Ketterson held his lead to take the boys title. The girls race lived up to expectations as Hett came charging after Watts, but as unable to close the last gap as Watts took the girls title by a few seconds. In an unbelievable twist, Watts won the race on a borrowed pair of skis from Marshal Landrum when her own pair was mistakenly taken! Team titles went to the favorites, Wayzata girls and Forest Lake boys. Results linked in, over 500 photos posted and video recaps of the pursuit races now online.
Possible Extra Run on State Meet Merchandise

MSHSNSCA Awards for the 2013-2014 Season
February 12, 2014
On Wednesday evening the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association named the winners of the coach, assistant coach, and volunteer of the year.
MSHSNSCA Academic Award Winners Announced
Charlie Banks Relay Results

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 11, 2014
The big Minnesota State Meet is this Thursday, Feb 13th, at Giants Ridge! This year's competition looks tough in a number of areas - we provide a breakdown on the favorites and make our own predictions.

Wisconsin State Nordic Championship Recap
February 9, 2014
Ken Schoville provides a complete rundown on all the Wisconsin State High School Championships action last weekend on the Telemark Trails.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Classical Results
February 9, 2014
The Wisconsin State Championships wrapped up Sunday with the classical pursuit events. Dan DeLestry held off Mac FitzPatrick to win the overall pursuit title, as FitzPatrick posted the top classical time. Erin Bolger minute lead proved to be too much for the girls field as Bolger took the pursuit title with Emma Barnes skiing the fastest classical time. Iola girls narrowly defeated Lakeland for the girls team title, with 4-H Canski the top boys team.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Freestyle Results
February 8, 2014
The first day of the Wisconsin State Championships featured freestyle technique races on the Telemark trails Saturday. Erin Bolger, Lakeland, proved to be a class above besting the girls field by over a minute in the 6K race. The boys competition was much tighter, with Dan Delestry, Chippewa Valley, with Mac FitzPatrick, Lakeland, just 5 seconds back and Ian Liphart, 4-H Canski, third another 6 seconds behind. Sunday is the classical pursuit finale.
Video: Wisconsin State High School Championships Live Coverage
Results: Live Results

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 7, 2014
With sections complete, we make our final pass at the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing rankings. While no changes at the top, we have made a number of fine tunings. We'll have our annual State Meet Preview next week.
Video: Wisconsin State High School Championships Live Coverage

Minnesota State Meet - Important Coaches Info
February 6, 2014
Reminder: Important information and deadlines for Minnesota high school coaches participating in the State Meet and/or Charlie Banks Relays.

Section 2 Coverage
February 6, 2014
Completing the fourth, and final, section race at Theodore Wirth, Section 2 titles were awarded Thursday. The top ranked Wayzata girls left absolutely no doubt in the results, posting a perfect team score of 394 (sweeping the first four positions), with Alayna Sonnesyn taking the girls individual title. Scott Harrison, Mounds Westonka, proved to be too much for the boys field, taking the individual title by over a minute. The Wayzata boys strung together the best foursome to take the team victory. Results and video recaps posted.
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Section 7 Coverage
February 6, 2014
Section 7, racing under some very cool temperatures, showcased some epic battles on the trails of Giants Ridge Thursday. The Mesabi East girls came within three points of pulling off the upset, losing to Duluth East for the team title. Duluth East boys completed the team sweep of the titles. Keaton Long, Duluth East, and Sam Johnson, Mesabi East, started virtually together in the afternoon pursuit with Long striding ahead to take the boys individual title. Sam's own sister, Anna Johnson, started third in the pursuit but rocketed forward with a scorching classic time to take the girls title. Results posted, plus a few photos.

Section 4 Coverage
February 6, 2014
Cold weather delayed all of the section meets on Thursday, however, Section 4 was burning up the track once action got underway at Battle Creek. Living up to the hype, Leo Hipp, Forest Lake, and Nick Gardner, MPA, put on a show for the crowds who braved the cold temps. The pair started together in the morning classical races with Gardner holding off Hipp by 2 seconds to take the lead in the pursuit, and then saw Hipp pull ahead around the mid-point of the skate pursuit to snare the victory by a handful of seconds. Rocci Wolhk put a pair of strong races together to sail in for the girls victory. The Forest Lake boys and Stillwater girls both put in dominating performances placing all of their scorers in the top ten to easily win the team titles. Results, photos and video recaps posted.

National Nordic Foundation Auction in Final Days
February 5, 2014
There is still some time left to get in your bids on some great auction items, including a vacation in the Sawtooth mountains, US Ski Team apparel, and much more -- plus the proceeds benefit NNF!

Section 5 Coverage
February 5, 2014
Another day of crisp temperatures as section 5 teams competed on the trails at Theodore Wirth. Irondale's Mattie Watts bested the girls field in the classic race by nearly a minute, then held off all challengers in the skate to take the individual title. Steve Hokanson, Mounds View, skied to best times in both events to collect the boys title. Roseville girls bumped off Irondale for the team title, with Andover boys topping Mounds and Osseo. Results, photos and video recap posted.

Section 8 Coverage
February 4, 2014
Crisp morning temperatures did little to slow down the action at the Section 8 championships held at Maplelag Resort on Tuesday. St. Cloud Tech edged out Little Falls by a single heart breaking point for the boys title. Tech's own Isaac Wieber took the boys individual title, with teammate Cory Rouw second and Brainerd's Noah Baker third. Little Falls girls held off a challenge from Mora to win the girls team title. Maria Hauer, Little Falls, dominated the individual race, winning by three minutes. Katie Williams, St. Cloud Tech, finished second and Jenna Truedson, Bemidji, was third. Full results posted and with photos (more coming later this week).

Section 1 Coverage
February 4, 2014
Brian Abery reports: Section 1 held its state qualifying meet at Valleywood G.C. Tuesday with favorites Margie Freed of Eastview and Josh Podpeskar of Eagan garnering individual honors. In the Girl’s race Freed took a 36 second lead in the classic portion of the competition and almost doubled that margin by the time the freestyle race was finished. Katylin Lindeman of Winona/Cotter took second with Maria Berg of New Prague skiing to a third place finish. In boys races, Podpeskar took a 17-second lead over Winona/Cotter’s Noah Poling in the classic event and added another 16-seconds in the freestyle to ski to a 33-second victory. Podpeskar’s Eagan teammate Jacob Edmond rounded out the podium with a strong 3rd place finish. The favored Eagan Boys and Eastview Girls won the team competition. Results, photos and video recap posted.

Section 3 Coverage
February 4, 2014
Section 3 teams battled for the right to advance to State in their championship event at Theodore Wirth Tuesday. Top ranked Vivian Hett, Burnsville, fresh from Finland, still hammered the girls field with a three minute margin of victory. Erin Moening, Highland Park, was second along with teammate Elowyn Pfeiffer in third. Tamer Mische-Richter, Bloomington Kennedy, overcame a broken pole in the morning classic race to collect the boys title. Marshal Landrum, Como Park, and Sam Myers, Minnehaha Academy rounded out the top three. The Burnsville girls won big (by nearly 30 points) with Minneapolis South taking the boys title. Results and video recaps posted.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Predictions
February 3, 2014
Ken Schoville provides his annual breakdown on the Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships, scheduled for this weekend, Feb 8-9, on the Telemark trail system.

Section 6 Coverage
February 3, 2014
The Minnesota high school sectionals got underway Monday with Section 6 racing at Theodore Wirth. As expected, Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, and Hannah Rudd, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, easily took the individual honors. In the team battle, St. Louis Park boys topped Minneapolis Southwest by eight points. Armstrong girls cruised to the title, placing six skiers in the top 11. Results, photos and video recaps all online now.

Racing Outlook
February 3, 2014
With Minnesota high school sections going on this week and cold weather coming in once again, stay tuned for possible changes to schedules for section meets. Section 7 has posted a revised schedule.

Minnesota Sections Preview
January 31, 2014
The Minnesota high school sectional races, which determine which teams and individuals advance to the State Meet, will be held next week. Eight section races in four days, beginning Monday, Feb 3rd. We post a spectator's guide on the favorite teams and individuals.
Waxing Recommendations

Minnesota Section and State Meet Information
January 31, 2014
The Minnesota Coaches Association has cranked out last minute reminders on sections and the big Minnesota state meet. Time critical: If your team is in the running for the section title, you must have your team photo submitted by today, January 31st!

Northstar Invite Results
January 29, 2014
Dan Josephson reports: For the Northstar Classic Invite, the temps were in the upper teens and the weather was very nice compared to what we have been dealing with the past few weeks. The Varsity and JV raced a 5.75km classic race and the Junior High skied a 3.5km classic course. The traveling wood ski trophies went to Detroit Lakes for the boys and Grand Rapids for the girls. Top skiers for the boys was Zach Foltz from Detroit Lakes with a time of 16:02 and for the girls it was Jenna Trudeson from Bemidji in 17:50.

Midwest Junior Nationals Point Standings
January 29, 2014
After three JNQ series, the Midwest Junior National Qualifying appears to be firming up. The latest point totals thru the Mt. Itasca weekend are now posted. The final Midwest JNQ will be held Feb 15-16 at Battle Creek, St. Paul, MN.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 6
January 27, 2014
Weekly rankings for the Minnesota High School Nordic skiing scene are posted. No major changes, the story remains the same at the top: Wayzata girls and Forest Lake boys, Vivian Hett and Zak Ketterson. Sections are next week!

Midwest Juniors Take On the World
January 27, 2014
The U23/World Junior Championships kick off on Wednesday, along with the Junior Nordic Competition this weekend, and Midwest skiers will be part of a strong US field. We break down the two competitions, including events, websites, and even webcams for some early morning hours viewing.

National Nordic Foundation Auction
January 27, 2014
National Nordic Foundation Master's Auction started on Monday. A fundraising initiative with a $100,000 matching grant attached, the master's auction aims to raise $20,000 with amazing gear, and exclusive services.

Mt. Itasca CCSA/JNQ Sprints Results
January 26, 2014
Mt Itasca wrapped up three days of racing with the JNQ classical sprints on Sunday. Zak Ketterson continued his strong season, taking the mens U20/U18 final. Ulrika Axelsson, Swedish skier for MTU, won the U20/U18 womens final over Caroline Brisbois. U16 titles went to Michael Jarzin and Amanda Kautzer.

Mt. Itasca CCSA/JNQ Freestyle Results
January 25, 2014
Cold temperatures brought a delayed start to the racing action at Mt Itasca on Saturday. Alice Flanders posted another incredible skate race, topping the womens field by 42 seconds in just 5K. Paul Schommer was the top mens finisher. U18 titles went to Rocci Wohlk and Ian Torchia, U16 victories for Erin Moening and Nathaniel Blichfeldt.
CCSA: Flanders, Schommer post big wins at Mt. Itasca freestyle events
CCSA: St. Scholastica’s Allen, Schommer named CCSA skiers of the week

Rochester Invite Results
January 24, 2014
John Resman reports: The Rochester Nordic Ski Invitational was held at the Eastwood Golf Course on Friday. 172 skiers from Northfield, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona skied a freestyle 5K on a trail wandering throughout the golf course. The weather was a balmy 30 degrees. Gusty west winds and soft snow conditions made it slow going for the skiers. Noah Poling, Winona, was the boys varsity champion and led his team to the title. Kaitlyn Lindaman, Winona, was the girls varsity champion. The Rochester and Winona girls battled it out for the team title with the Rochester team squeaking ahead of Winona by two points.

Nordic Jamboree Results
January 22, 2014
The first Nordic Jamboree was held Monday at Theodore Wirth park. The jamboree format packed in a full day of racing, starting with an 8K continuous pursuit (classic switching over to skate), sprint qualifiers and sprint heats/finals, and wrapping up a four person combined technique relay. Minneapolis Southwest boys and Eden Prairie girls won the overall titles.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 5
January 20, 2014
The season pushes on with the State Meet less than a month away. Some great results over the last week highlighted by a pair of phenoms in the boys field and relative stability in the girls. Forest Lake boys and Wayzata girls, along with Zak Ketterson and Vivian Hett, all solid number ones again this week.

Little Falls Camp Ripley Pursuits Results
January 21, 2014
Terry Wasland reports: With cool temps and great snow conditions, 12 teams battled it out in a 10 K pursuit on Camp Ripleys Biathlon range on Monday, Jan 20th. In the Boys race, St. Cloud Tech's Isaac Wieber dominated the field and with the help of teammate Cory Rouw in second led his team to the boys title. Close behind in the team competition was Brainerd edging Little Falls in a tiebreaker. The Boys race in Section 8 appears to be up for grabs as 5 teams are all within striking distance. In the Girls race, the Mora Mustangs put together a very solid effort to outdistance Little Falls in second and Mesabi East in third. Individually, Maria Hauer of Little Falls showed why she is considered one of the skiers to watch in the state as she crushed the field by a 3:22 margin of victory. A pair of Mesabi East gals, Emma Hafdahl and Emma Greenlee finished second and third respectively for the Section 7 contender.

Cable CCSA/JNQ Classical Results
January 19, 2014
Perfect conditions Sunday at Telemark for the classical CCSA/JNQ races. In the mens 10K, Kyle Bratrud was kept from a weekend sweep by UAF's Michael Fehrenbach, who won by just two seconds over Bratrud in the interval start format. Juniors titles - U18 Zak Ketterson holds off Nick Gardner by 2 seconds, Tom Bye first for U20, Logan Zueger top U16. In the womens 5K, Natalia Naryshkina posted the top time. Junior titles - U18 Vivian Hett was tops, with Mattie Watts just 4 seconds back, Sonja first for the U20, Hannah Rudd completes her weekend sweep of the U16.
CCSA: Fehrenbach, Cirelli lead region at Telemark classic event

Cable CCSA/JNQ Freestyle Results
January 18, 2014
Top class racing returned to the Telemark Resort grounds on Saturday for a mass start freestyle race that featured a brutal climb up Mt. Telemark. In the 15K race, Kyle Bratrud edged out a top field of competitors to take the victory by six seconds. In the womens 10K, Alice Flanders bested the field field by 15 seconds. U20 titles went to Luke Brown and Sonja Hedblom. U18 claimed by Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn (3rd overall!).
CCSA: Flanders, Bratrud top podium at Telemark Chase skate events

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 4
January 13, 2014
With Nationals wrapped up and the huge Mesabi East Invite in the books, we juggle up the boys individual rankings (again), introduce a few rising stars in the mix, and fine tune the team rankings. The top remains the same though: Forest Lake boys and Wayzata girls teams along with individuals Vivian Hett and Zak Ketterson.

Midwest Skiers Earn International Trips
January 13, 2014
With the completion of US Nationals last week, the selections were made for the U23 World Championships (U18 and World Juniors announced earlier). Midwest skiers earning their ticket with top performances include Rosie Frankowski, Ben Saxton, and Anne Hart, as well as Team Sprint World Champion Jessie Diggins.

Lake Superior Ski Club Waxing Service for JNQs
January 12, 2014
The Lake Superior Ski Club is to offering race waxing service for the upcoming Junior National Qualifier races.

Mesabi East Invite Coverage
January 11, 2014
Another great Mesabi East Invite was held with over 1200 athletes participating and using the full courses at Giant's Ridge. Nick Gardner cruised to a solid classic victory as did Allison Ternes. The afternoon freestyle races proved to be upsets as Leo Hipp rose to the top and Alayna Sonnesyn captured the girls field. Top ranked teams Forest Lake and Wayzata lived up to their top rankings to take home the team titles. Results and photos now posted.

Nationals: Classical Sprints
January 10, 2014
The US Cross-Country National Championships wrapped up with classical sprints on Friday at Soldier Hollow. Nichole Bathe capped a very good week by taking a spot on the senior womens podium with a third place finish (collecting second place) as CXC's own Natalja Naryshkina won. Rosie Brennan collected the National title (Naryshkina is not eligible). Reese Hanneman took the victory for the men. In the juniors race, Adam Martin took first with Sam Elfstrom second, and Jan Ketterson taking 5th. While many of the Midwest skiers departed earlier in the week, there were some additional top performances today: Zach Goldberg 1st MJR B final, Anne Hart 3rd MSR B final, Ben Saxton 6th qualifier, Deedra Irwin 9th qualifier, Rosie Frankowski 11th qualifier, Felicia Gesior 12th qualifier.
Hanneman Takes First Ever U.S. Title

USSA Final Points Standings for U18 and World Juniors Qualifiers
January 9, 2014
After Wednesday's races at US Nationals, the points where tallied up to determine the qualifiers for the U18 (Scando) and World Junior trips later this winter. For the Midwest, Mattie Watts and Vivian Hett both scored trips to Finland (U18), along with Nichole Bathe and Adam Martin earning a beautiful trip to Italy for World Juniors.

South Suburban Conference Hyland 5K Recap
January 9, 2014
Brian Abery reports: The SSC came back from the holiday break and cold with a 5 km freestyle freestyle event Wednesday afternoon on Hyland Park’s new course. In spite of the cold weather and increase in hills some great times were turned in. In the Boy’s race, Eagan’s Josh Podpeskar bested Bloomington’s Tamer Mische-Ritcher by 16 seconds with ISD 196’s Rhett Carlson taking 3rd another 5 seconds back. With Vivian Hett of Burnsville competing at Senior Nationals, Eastview’s Margie Freed showed she had few peers in the SSC taking the Girl’s race by 1:32 over teammate Kylie Kramer with Burnsville 8th grader Kelly Koch rounding out the podium another 8 seconds back. Eagan once again took the Boy’s race with Eastview winning the Girl’s.

Nationals: Freestyle 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K Results
January 8, 2014
The exciting mass start distance races were held Wednesday at Soldier Hollow for the US National Cross-Country Championships. It was a banner day for Team Gregg, as Brian Gregg took the mens 30K race down to a sprint finish, losing out Sylvan Ellefson to finish second overall. In the womens 20K, Caitlin Gregg stomped the field, taking off like a rocket to win by an incredible 3:36 margin! Top Midwest results: Matt Liebsch 7th, Jake Brown 11th, Paul Schommer 25th; Rosie Frankowski 6th, Anne Hart 18th, Jordyn Ross 20th, Alice Flanders 23rd. In the juniors races, Vivian Hett had a great race finishing 4th. Jan Ketterson was the top Midwest junior male, finishing 9th.
CCSA: Frankowski hits sixth, Brown 11th to lead CCSA at U.S. Nationals
Dominating Gold for Caitlin Gregg

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 3
January 7, 2014
Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings for the first full week in January. No major shakeups, though Zak Ketterson resumes the mantle of number 1, with Vivian Hett solidifying her top spot. Forest Lake and Wayzata continue as the top ranked teams.
Diggins Feature on KARE-11 Twin Cities Wed Nov 8th
Star Tribune: Osseo's Sarah Bezdicek pumped to be skiing with the best
Star Tribune: Wayzata girls ski like they run - with title aspirations

Hodag Challenge Recap
January 5, 2014
Ken Schoville provides a detailed recap on the Hodag Challenge races, January 4th, in Rhinelander.

Nationals: Freestyle Sprints
January 5, 2014
Sunday featured the freestyle sprints at Soldier Hollow for US Nationals. The course was particularly tough, featuring a huge climb and descent. Jennie Bender claimed another sprint title, adding a freestyle crown to her classical title from last year. Caitlin Gregg took 2nd, with Rosie Brennan 3rd. In the men, "old man" Torin Koos still has it - sprinting to the mens victory, with Ben Saxton 2nd, and Reese Hanneman 3rd. Top Midwest qualifier results: Caitlin Gregg 1st FSR, Nichole Bathe 2nd FU20, Annie Hart 2nd FU23, Mattie Watts 2nd FU18, Vivian Hett 3rd FU18, Hannah Rudd 3rd FU16; Ben Saxton 2nd FU23.
Bridger Skiers Sweep Sprint Titles
World Junior/Scando Trip Points (after 2 races)

Nationals: Classical 10K, 15K Results
January 4, 2014
US Nationals opened Saturday with the distance classical races at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. In the womens race, Caitlin Gregg had a smoking result, finishing 2nd overall, just 14 seconds back of the winner, Becca Rorabaugh. Caitlin Patterson was third. Top Midwest results: Anne Hart 17th, Nichole Bathe 19th, Jordyn Ross 21st, Mary Kate Cirelli 23rd. The men's 15k classic was won by Erik Bjornsen in the 3rd lap after chasing down the fastest 1st and 2nd legs posted by Kris Freeman, who finished 3rd overall. Brian Gregg finished a strong 5th overall to complete a great Team Gregg performance with wife Caitlin. Other top Midwest results: Ben Saxton 12th, Adam Martin 15th, Matt Liebsch 21st, Karl Nygren 22nd.
CCSA: Bathe, Martin lead region in CCSA season opener
APU Nordic Dominates U.S. Championships

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 2
December 25, 2013
A little late this holiday week, but we've factored in some good head-to-head racing from the Wausau JNQ races to shuffle up the individual rankings this week, including new number ones for the Minnesota high school Nordic scene!

Wausau JNQ Classical Results
December 22, 2013
The second day of racing at Greenwood Hills in Wausau featured the classical distance races. The college kids came out swinging Sunday, as they posted the top times overall with Rosie Frankowski and Chris Parr leading the way. In the U20, Niki Reker and Jan Ketterson topped the field. U18 titles went to Vivian Hett and Ian Torchia. Hannah Rudd completed the weekend sweep in the U16 girls, with Michael Jarzin first for the boys.

Wausau JNQ Sprint Results
December 21, 2013
The Midwest JNQ series kicked off Saturday in Wausau with freestyle sprint races. In the qualifiers, Ben Hugus and Lisa Konig posted the fastest times to get things rolling. The U18 girls showed great speed as they dominated the U20/U18 A final, with Mattie Watts taking the victory. Sonja Hedblom was the U20 champ. It was the opposite case for the boys U20/U18 final as the U20 boys sealed all six slots with Matt Nichols collecting the win. Tamer Mische-Richter stood atop the U18 podium. U16 titles went to Henry Gore and Hannah Rudd.
Video from Harris Dirnberger: Sprint B/A Finals

2012-13 Season Highlights
May 1, 2013
Review highlights and results from the 2012-13 high school racing season.

High School Results 2013-14

Rollerskiing Results 2013

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