Boys field rolls out, ABC Relays, January 13, 2018 (Photo: Mary Johnson)
Hoigaards Relays, December 16, 2017
David Ecker, Double Pole Derby, December 30, 2017
Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert takes the class AA title, Minnesota State CC Meet, November 4, 2017
ABC Relays Results
January 13, 2018
Charlie Rietschel reports: A chilly start, but the low winds, sun, and the wonderful people of Mora made for a great day of racing at ABC Relays. Victories were earned by the Mora boys and Armstrong girls. Top times on the day: Ben Olson, Blaine, in classic, Cooper Lennox, Mora, in the boys freestyle; Luci Anderson, Armstrong, for the girls classic, Maes Barnes, Armstrong, in freestyle.
Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 2
January 9, 2018
Finally, round 2 of the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing rankings. We've shaken up the rankings for both individuals and teams, but the top holds: Mara McCollor and Luc Golin for the individuals, Minneapolis Southwest girls and Wayzata boys for the teams.
Detroit Lakes Invite Coverage
January 9, 2018
Jay Richards reports: After enduring some of the coldest temperatures in the country in the recent cold spell, skiers from Northwest MN and Section 8 were greeted to balmy conditions for the 24th running of the Detroit Lakes Invitational hosted by Maplelag Resort. The course was changed from recent years for Varsity skiers whom competed on a 8km double tracked classic course utilizing the outer trail North Loop after crossing the Goat Ranch road. Fresh off his top three finish at Mesabi, Hunter Zupko dominated the boys field, posting the only sub 25 time and putting exactly a minute over fellow teammate Colton Yorek. In Girls Varsity, Sadie Hamrin of Brainerd had an impressive result in the girls race, posting the only sub 30 minute time, almost 2 minutes to the next finisher, Kate Ludwig of Moorhead.
US Nationals: Classic Sprints Recap
January 8, 2018
Winding down a big week of racing, Mary Kozloski provides a recap on the classical sprint races along with some quotes from Midwest skiers, and recaps all the Midwest juniors that qualified for the international trips.
US Nationals: Classic Sprints Coverage
January 8, 2018
US Nationals wrapped up on Monday with classic sprint events at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. The men's sprint final was a Midwest vs. Alaska showdown with three Midwest skiers: Zak Ketterson, Kevin Bolger and Ben Saxton. Reese Hanneman collected his second sprint title of the week, followed closely by yesterday's winner, Tyler Kornfield, with Saxton moving ahead of the chase pack to take third. Felicia Gesior advanced to the women's semifinal before getting bumped out. The unstoppable Caitlin Patterson scored yet another title in taking the girls final with Jasmi Oensuu second and Kaitlynn Miller third. Results linked in, recap and some photos late tonight.
US Nationals: Trip Standings Final
US Ski Team: Golden Sweep for Patterson
US Nationals: Classical Distance Recap
January 7, 2018
Mary Kozloski has interviews with some of the top Midwest performers and a recap of the senior classical distance races at US Nationals on Sunday.
US Ski Team: Alaskans Take U.S. Titles
US Nationals: Classical Distance Coverage
January 7, 2018
US Nationals held their premiere event on Sunday with the mass start classical distance races at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. In the women's 20K classical, Caitlin Patterson was yet again the top American, finishing second only to Hedda Baangman of Sweden, with a groundbreaking performance by the Midwest's own Rosie Frankowski finishing third (and 2nd American). Alayna Sonnesyn, another Minnesota native, also had a stellar performance, finishing 6th (4th American)! The men's 30K saw a large lead pack eventually come down to a sprint finish with Tyler Kornfield taking the win, followed by Eric Packer and Eivind Kvaale. Adam Martin cracked the top 10 finishing 9th. Hannah Halvorsen won the women's 5K with Hannah Rudd completing a great week with 8th today. The men's 10K was won by Hunter Wonders as Reid Goble had the top Midwest finisher at 9th. US Nationals comes to a completion on Monday with classical sprint events. Results linked in, along with some great photosets from Jackie Schneider.
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Three Events (U18, WJC)
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Three Events (U23)
Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Finale
January 7, 2018
The Tour de Ski series wrapped Sunday with the incredibly difficult uphill finish skate stage. Norway's Heidi Weng dropped her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg en route to victory, with Jessie Diggins skiing strongly to take third. In the men's event, Switzerland's Dario Colnago held on to win, but the story of the day was Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby moving up from 6th place to take second, with Canada's Alex Harvey moving up one to collect third!
Results: 9K Freestyle Uphill Finish
US Ski Team: Diggins on Tour Podium
Loppet Invite Coverage
January 6, 2018
Crisp temperatures with bright sunshine for the Loppet Invite at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. In the classical race, Mae Barnes, Armstrong, and Ben Olson, Blaine, came out on top. Freestyle victories were earned by Highland Park's Molly Moening and Bloomington's Matthew Clarke. Highland Park girls Celeste Alden and Maeve Moening took the sprint relay title, and Eden Prairie's David De Jong and Austin Morrow took the boys crown. The Highland Park Girls and Boys teams won the team titles. Results linked in, photosets posted.
Mesabi East Invite Results
January 6, 2018
Over 900 juniors participated Saturday afternoon in the Mesabi East Invite at Giants Ridge. Cold weather delayed the start until noon, and then had skiers going out every 15 seconds. In the classical races, Stillwater's Siri Bohacek strided away with the title with Grand Rapids Emma Stertz second, Duluth East's Gretchen Haggenmiller third. Grand Rapids (and biathlon) star Garrett Beckrich showed some kick with a victory in the boys classical race, Ryan Mead, Forest Lake, second, and Hunter Zupko, Little Falls third. Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown (and #2 ranked) crushed the girls skate field, winning by nearly 30 seconds, Libby Tuttle, Stillwater second and Regan Duffy, Forest Lake, third. Peter Moore, SPA, scooped up the boys freestyle title, Alex Kelling, Grand Rapids was second with Matthew Bourne, Mounds Park Academy, third. Team titles went to the Forest Lake boys and Stillwater girls.
US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Recap
January 5, 2018
Mary Kozloski provides a recap, along with interviews from a number of top Midwest skiers, on the second day of US Nationals which saw skiers competing for titles in the freestyle sprint races.
US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 5, 2018
Much better conditions Friday for US Nationals for the freestyle sprints on Friday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, as temperatures cooled off and the course firmed up. Reese Hanneman, APU, took the men's sprint title with Midwest native Kevin Bolger, Sun Valley, second and Tyler Kornfield, APU, third. NMU's Zak Ketterson was fourth. Anne Hart, SMS T2, posted the fastest women's qualifier, by nearly two seconds, but was bumped out in the semifinals. Caitlin Patterson picked up her second victory in taking the women's sprint title with Jasmi Joensuu second and Petra Hyncicova third. In the junior division sprints, Scott Shulz, NYSEF and Sydney Palmer-Leger, Sun Valley, collected the titles. Minnesota Kelly Koch made the junior final, finishing 6th. Top qualifiers on the day included: Alayna Sonnesyn 3rd FU23 (7th overall), Nicole Schneider 6th FU23, Sarah Bezdicek 7th FU23; Hannah Rudd 3rd FU20, Anja Maijala 7th FU20; Abigail Jarzin 3rd FU18, Leah Rudd 8th FU18, Mara McCollor 10th FU18; Andrew Egger 1st MU23, Zak Ketterson 3rd MU23 Tom Bye 5th MU23, Ian Torchia 10th MU23; William Kerker 10th MU20; Anders Sonnesyn 9th FU18. Photos by Jackie Schneider of the sprint heats up now.
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Two Events
US Ski Team: Patterson, Hanneman Golden in Sprint
US Nationals: 10K, 15K Freestyle Coverage
January 3, 2018
US Nationals got underway in Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday morning with 10K and 15K freestyle races. After being snowstarved most of the season, organizers set the course on a 2.5K snowmaking loop only to receive a bombardment of wet snow today. Caitlin Gregg showed she is still on form, taking second place overall, 20 seconds back of winner Caitlin Patterson, with Chelsea Holmes third, and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski in fourth. Father and shop co-owner Matt Liebsch had an incredible performance, skating to third place in the mens 15K with only Scott Patterson and Noah Hoffman, both skiers with World Cup starts this season, in front of him. Full recap by Mary Kozloski, plus photos from Jackie Schneider.
US Nationals Preview
December 31, 2017
US Nationals competition starts on Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska. We've put together a short primer on the event with loads of web links, as well as a brief review of the Midwest skiers.
US Nationals: Start Lists and Live Timing
Mora Invite Results
December 22, 2017
Peter Larsen reports: We had 440 racers from 11 teams come out to Mora on Thursday to race on a 2km manmade snow reinforced thanks to the Vasaloppet "Snow Farmers". Varsity races were 1.1km sprint format, finishing under the lights outside the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Varsity Champions were James Woolhouse and Johanna Schwinghamer, both from Mora.
Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 1
December 19, 2017
The first Junior National Qualifier races have been held, along with a few early season meets, so we've taken a pass at the first round of in-season rankings. Mara McCollor and Luc Golin, both of Wayzata, continue at the number one ranking. The Wayzata boys and Mpls Southwest girls remain the top ranked teams.
CXC: Year End Drive Under Two Weeks
December 19, 2017
CXC Year End Fundraiser Drive is quickly running down with under two weeks left. Check out the special message from Brian Gregg and consider making your contribution today.
Houghton JNQ/CCSA: Classical
December 17, 2017
A beautiful day of racing Sunday on the Michigan Tech trails as the weekend series wrapped up with classical mass start events. In the men's 15K, NMU swept the top five places with Zak Ketterson 1st, Ian Torchia 2nd, and Lars Soensterud 3rd. CXC's Felicia Gesior and NMU alumni held off her previous teammates for the women's 10K win, Vivian Hett 2nd and Kris Bourne 3rd. Top juniors on the day: Mara McCollor, FU18, 11th; Amanda Kutzer, FU20, 10th; Alex Nemeth, MU18, 15th; Reid Goble, U20, 8th. Results linked in and photosets from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt are up.
Biathlon: US IBU Cup Trials Dec 16-17 Coverage
Houghton JNQ/CCSA: Freestyle Sprints
December 16, 2017
Houghton lived up to it's reputation Saturday as snow continued to fall across the UP for the freestyle sprint races at Michigan Tech. In the mens senior division, Kevin Bolger held off NMU's Zak Ketterson for the victory with Ian Torchia third. NMU exchange student skier Anikken Alnaes topped the womens sprint final with teammates Vivian Hett second and Sarah Bezdicek third. U20/18 heats were won by Ryan Steger (CSS) and Megan Schiferl (CSS). And in the U16 division, Sam Stertz won for the boys, Elsa Viren for the girls -- both skiers from Mt. Itasca Nordic. Results linked in now, along with great photosets from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt.
Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 16, 2017
Another big turnout for the annual Hoigaards Relays, racing at Elm Creek on Saturday morning. Teams did 6 x 1.8K relay, usually in teams of two skiers. Organizers report: The duo of Andy Brown and Matt Liebsch held off The Morgan Brothers Cole and Jake for victory in the Men's Masters Relay, while a competitive Mixed Masters field was topped by Daisy Richmond and Spencer Warejoncas. In the Junior Boys Relay, Stillwater Area High swept the podium, with Carl Bohacek and Brian Olson taking the win. Southwest Minneapolis' Zoe Camp and Katy Scott took honors in the Junior Girls Relay. In the Mixed Juniors Race, Osseo's Nick Kjome and Maple Grove's Ally Hammann teamed up for the win. Results posted, along with photos from the Junior race.
Spooner High School Meet Results
December 12, 2017
The Midwest high school racing got underway on Tuesday evening with Wisconsin kids racing in Spooner. David Ecker of Chippewa Valley Nordic won the boys 4.4K freestyle race, while 7th grader Fran Peterson, 4591 program, won for the girls.
Mesabi East Invite Registration Now Open
December 5, 2017
Meet information and online registration are now available for the 2018 Mesabi East Invite, coming up on Jan 6th at Giants Ridge.
Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Preview and Preseason Rankings
December 3, 2017
While much of the state is still awaiting snow, the Minnesota high school Nordic ski season is underway. We take a brief look at a few changes on tap this winter and take a first crack at the rankings for individuals and teams.
2017-18 Minnesota High School Coaches Waxing Policy
NNF Drive for 25 Campaign - Where the Money Goes
November 14, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has released a slick video highlighted the impacts NNF funding has had on some of the top juniors. Please show your support by contributing to one of the fundraising campaigns of your favorite Midwest ambassador:
- Jessie Diggins
- Bryan Fish
- Team Gregg
- Nicole Schneider
- Yuriy Gusev
- Ian Torchia
- Abby Jarzin
- Loppet Nordic Racing
- CXC Team
- Northern Michigan Univ
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis
Opening Day: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team
November 13, 2017
Minnesota's high school Nordic skiing season started on Monday! We dropped in on Winona High School for opening day practice. Under the guidance of new head coach Jacob Teichroew, the team briefly met for some introductions then headed out for a short warmup run around part of Lake Winona. Skiers then participated in a strength test session to establish a an initial benchmark for the season. The test included sets of pull ups, sit ups, box jumps, push ups and bench dips. Practice wound down with locker assignments and general first-day paperwork. The team plans to be out on their fleet of rollerskis by mid-week, and hopefully on snow at St. Mary's University by early December.
Photoset: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
LNR JNQ and Collegiate Racing Presentation
November 6, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing is presentation this Sunday, Nov 12th, for those interested in learning about Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) racing and XC skiing in college. LNR Coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski led the discussion with Q&A afterwards - skiers and parents are invited!
Minnesota High School State CC Meet Coverage
November 4, 2017
A rather dreary day for the Minnesota High School State Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday. Temperatures stayed in the upper 30s under cloudy and misty skies. However, the racing action was still strong. In the girls AA, Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert topped returning champion Anna Fenske, Farmington, less than 5 seconds. Wayzata's Khalid Hussein pulled away from Roseville's Acer Iverson in the final 500m to take the victory in boys AA. Wayzata swept the AA teams titles. In the afternoon girls A race, Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, took the lead from the starting gun and never looked back, winning by over 45 seconds. La Cresent reversed last year's finish, taking the victory in a sprint over Declan Dahlberg, Mounds Park Academy. Perham also pulled off the sweep, taking the class A titles -- the girls winning by a single point over Winona-Cotter!
Photoset: Girls AA - 173 photos, Boys AA - 155 photos, Girls A - 178 photos, Boys A - 140 photos
Photoset: Class AA - Top Picks (high res), Class A - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Girls AA, A, Boys AA, A
Minnesota Fall Coaches Association Meeting Recap
October 14, 2017
A brief recap on the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association Meeting held Saturday at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Big topics on the day included waxing restrictions, rule book development, and future state meet venues.
Nov 5 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaches Education Clinic (Bloomington, MN)
Annual Fall Coaches Meeting
September 27, 2017
The annual Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting will be held Saturday, Oct 14th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora. Topics on the agenda include waxing policies, pole length implementation, rules book clarification, Adaptive Nordic, CXC Coaches Education, and voting for the next Association President.
Wisconsin State Meet Update
September 25, 2017
An update on the Wisconsin high school state meet including discussion on format and schedule changes, updates at the Birkie start area, trail changes, and living streaming again.
2016-17 Season Highlights
May 1, 2017
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2016-2017 high school racing season.