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Duluth Marshall skiers under the lights, Mora Invite, December 21, 2017 (Photo: Dave Johnson)

Boys field rolls out, ABC Relays, January 13, 2018 (Photo: Mary Johnson)

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Giants Ridge Summer Training Camp Set for June 7-10
May 9, 2018
Coaches Jason Kask and Ellen Anderson will be leading a special multi-day summer training day at Giants Ridge, focused on northern skiers. Rollerskiing, mountain biking, trail running, bounding, and swimming are just some of the activities planned. Package includes lodging, meals and coaching. Register soon, camp is nearly full!

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Spring Meeting Recap
April 23, 2018
Outgoing President Doug Boonstra provides a recap on last weekend's Coaches Association Meeting in Mora. Highlights include: Coach of the Year Mary Claire Ryan, Brainerd; Asst Coach Scott Clark, Andover; and Volunteer(s) Mora Snow Farmers! Robb Lageson was elected as the new President.

2018 Collegiate Tally Board
April 10, 2018
We've started up the 2018 collegiate tally board. Find out where some the seniors are going to be racing next season, and let us know your plans!

MNHSNSCA: Spring Meeting/Voting/Jessie
March 29, 2018
The latest update from the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association features the schedule and agenda for the upcoming spring meeting (Apr 21), voting for awards and next president, and welcome home event for Jessie.

Victor C. Dunder Award Nominations Sought
March 15, 2018
Have a first year skier on your high school team that could use assistance with skiing equipment? Submit their info by March 31st to enter into the Victor C. Dunder Awards.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 12, 2018
A summary of the coverage we featured on the 2018 Junior Nationals competition at Soldier Hollow, as well as some notes and even recipes from the cooks, Pete and Dollie Zweig.

Junior Nationals Relays Coverage
March 10, 2018
Junior Nationals competition wrapped up on Saturday with 3x3K classic relay races at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The Midwest had top ten results in the boys U20 (7th, 10th) and girls U20 (7th) races with the best result coming in the girls U18 race as the trio of Kelly Koch, Mara McCollor and Luci Anderson finished 5th. Results linked in, photosets from all six relays posted.

Junior Nationals Freestyle Coverage
March 9, 2018
A fantastic day for the Midwest squad on Friday as they overcame some brutal conditions to place skiers on four of the six podiums and scored numerous of top 20 finishes in the freestyle mass start races at Junior Nationals. The top performance on the day was Anja Maijala breaking away with teammate Erin Moening by the midpoint of the race and going on to be crowned the National 10K U20 champion, with Moening taking third! Every bit exciting, the U18 girls race saw Mara McCollor take the race by the horns from the opening gun, eventually joined by Luci Anderson, they finished third and second respectively. Xavier Mansfield podium action going in the opening race, the boys U20 15K, where Mansfield and Patrick Acton skied with the lead pack, finishing third and fourth. As the temperatures skyrocketed into the 50s, Cooper Lennox survived the U16 slog through two 2.5K laps to take second. In the two races the Midwest did not podium, they came very close: Libby Tuttle was 4th in the girls U16, and Anders Sonnesyn notched 9th in the boys U18. Results linked in, big photosets (split into individual races) posted.

Junior Nationals Date Ski Day Coverage
March 8, 2018
Part of the Midwest Junior Nationals tradition is a fun "date ski" event where juniors dress up crazy and ski with someone they might not know that well. This year, with the terrain park like features on the Soldier Hollow course, a lot of skiers also took a few shots to catch some air.
Photoset: Date Ski - 102 photos, Big Air - 128 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Date Ski, Top Picks (high res) - Big Air
Photoset from Kim Rudd: Date Ski

Junior Nationals Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 7, 2018
A stronger showing for the Midwest team on Wednesday in the freestyle sprint races. Luci Anderson had the top result, narrowly missing the podium in the girls U18 final to finish 4th. Torsten Brikema, U20, and Anders Sonnesyn, U18, made their respective finals, both finishing 5th. Anja Maijala, U20, also made the finals, finishing 6th. Other Midwest skiers making the B finals: Libby Tuttle, FU16; Foss Kerker, MU20; Peter Moore, MU18; Erin Moening, Samantha Benzing, FU20; Kelly Koch, Leah Rudd, Sarah Olson, FU18. Results linked in, along with photosets from qualifiers and heats.

Junior Nationals Classic Coverage
March 6, 2018
Junior Nationals racing at Soldier Hollow in Utah fired up Tuesday morning with individual start classic races. Crisp temperatures overnight followed by a bright, sunny day provided a fast, firm course for the opening races, slowing down a little by the time the boys U18/20 field rolled out in the afternoon. Libby Tuttle scored the first Midwest podium, taking third in the U16 division. Other top 20 results on the day: Lauren McCollor, 20th, FU16; Mara McCollor, 15th, FU18, Kelly Koch, 18th, FU18, Luci Anderson, 19th, FU18; Erin Moening, 5th, FU20, Anja Maijala, 6th, FU20, Samantha Benzing, 19th, FU20; Victor Sparks, 13th, MU16, Cooper Lennox, 18th, MU16; Peter Moore, 20th, MU18; Xavier Mansfield, 7th, MU20, Patrick Acton, 11th , MU20, Mark Ousdigian, 19th. Results linked in, plus Midwest and Great Lakes photosets.

Junior Nationals Preview
March 3, 2018
The 2018 edition of Junior Nationals fires up this week beginning on Tuesday. We highlight a few non-race changes this year and provide a breakdown on the team along resources for following the action.

Midwest Juniors Team Sprints Coverage
February 28, 2018
With the Midwest Junior National team flying out to Soldier Hollow, Utah, on Saturday, many of the skiers got together on Wednesday afternoon for one last group practice before packing up their gear. Using pairings assigned from the coaches to "level the playing field", the athletes did their best Jessie Diggins impression with team sprint relays. A cool down and some refueling, and many of the skiers went back out to pair up with MYSL skiers for a Skiing with the Stars fun race to wrap up the evening.
Photoset: Team Sprints - 218 photos
Photoset from Loppet Foundation: Skiing with the Stars

MNHSNSCA: Nominations, Spring Meeting
February 27, 2018
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association is taking nominations for the Victor C. Dunder awards, as well as Head Coach, Asst Coach, and Volunteer of the Year awards. The Spring Coaches meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st.

Final Rosters for Junior National and U16 Championship Teams Named
February 22, 2018
The Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) together with the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Committees are pleased to announce this year's Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Teams that will be competing at the 2018 US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championship March 4-11th at Soldier Hollow (Utah), along with the U16 Championship Team competing at Gore Mountain Nordic Center in North Creek, New York.

Midwest Junior National and U16 Championship Teams Announced
February 19, 2018
After the final JNQ races at Mt. Itasca on Sunday, the points were tallied up and the Midwest team was announced, along with the preliminary roster for the U16 Championships. Note that this list will likely change some as there may be a few collegiate skier additions, and possibly some declines.
Midwest Junior National Team Info, Forms

State Meet Recap
February 18, 2018
We look back on the Minnesota State Meet, providing a short recap and delving into some expanded stats, as well as reviewing predictions.

Coleraine JNQ Freestyle Races
February 18, 2018
Wrapping up the JNQ series on Sunday, Mt. Itasca hosted 5K and 10K freestyle races. Luci Anderson skied to the top of the women's 5K field, posting the only sub 17 minute time with Mara McCollor just 3 seconds back. Showing the depth of the men's U18 field, Peter Moore took the 10K race today with James Schneider second, along with two Mt. Itasca skiers, Alex Kelling and State Champ Garrett Beckrich, who all skied under 30 minutes. U16 victories went to Cooper Lennox and Mia Case.
NCAA Regionals/SuperTour 5K, 10K Classical Results

Coleraine JNQ Classical Sprints
February 17, 2018
Mt. Itasca was host on Saturday for classical sprints in the Midwest Junior National qualifying. Mt. Itasca's own Alex Kelling won boys U20/U18 sprint final with Peter Moore, 2nd (top U18), and Ryan Mead third. The girls U20/U18 final was all U18 as State Champ Mara McCollor took the victory, followed by Triana Willmert and Regan Duffy. Daniel Huhtala and Libby Tuttle won the U16 finals.
NCAA Regionals/SuperTour 15K, 20K Freestyle Coverage

Send Skinnyski Back to SOHO
February 13, 2018
We are working on plans to cover Junior Nationals again this season, back at Soldier Hollow! However, this is a major financial commitment for us, so we're asking for your support. If you'd like to see us out at Junior Nationals with our usual coverage, please consider your contribution.

State Meet Coverage
February 15, 2018
Overcast with temps in the low 20s made for fast conditions for the morning skate races at the Minnesota high school State Meet at Giants Ridge. Mara McCollor, Wayzata, took the opening freestyle race but has some pressure from Luci Anderson, Armstrong, Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown, and Sarah Olson, Blaine, all within 30 seconds. The boys race was even closer with Grand Rapids star Garrett Beckrich the skate leader followed closely by Wayzata's Luc Golin and Peter Moore, SPA, both within 11 seconds, and another six skiers within 30 seconds! In the afternoon classical pursuit, Mara McCollor held the lead to the finish to win the girls title, followed closely by Hannah Bettendorf, with Sarah Olson, Blaine, taking third in a sprint finish with Regan Duffy, Forest Lake. In the boys pursuit, Garrett Beckrich kept his narrow advantage over the field and powered in to victory with Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata and Luc Golin finishing second and third. The team races were a highly contested battle with the Wayzata boys just barely holding on to first, by two points, over Stillwater, Forest Lake third. The girls title was won by Stillwater, Forest Lake second and Robbinsdale-Armstrong third. Results posted, along with big photosets.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 13, 2018
The Minnesota high school State Meet is this Thursday, Feb 15th, at Giants Ridge. We've got our breakdown on the top individuals and teams, including our picks, as well as some helpful resources.
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Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 12, 2018
The final Skinnyski.com Minnesota high school rankings are out, with some shakeup after sections. Anders Sonnesyna and Mara McCollor, both of Wayzata, remain the top ranked skiers, but Stillwater girls take over #1 team position, as the Wayzata boys glide on in front. State Meet Preview coming up hopefully Tuesday night.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Freestyle Coverage
February 11, 2018
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships wrapped up Sunday with exciting freestyle pursuit races. The girls race saw Abby Jarzin, Ashwaubenon, grab the lead early on and hold it into lap 2, but it was Olivia Dreger, Wausau, that reeled her in in the final kilometer to win the girls title with Mia Case, Lakeland, second and Lauren Lackman, Wausau third. Jackson Adler, Ashwaubenon, and Kieran Mullen, Lakeland, started the boys pursuit in a virtual tie and raced together throughout the two laps and brought the event to a sprint finish with Mullen taking the victory. David Ecker, Chippewa Valley Nordic, scored third. Wausau Nordic United girls team defeated Lakeland by just two points, with the Lakeland boys winning by six over Ashwaubenon. Results linked in, along with photosets from Sunday's high school races.

CXC Cup Seeding Rules
February 11, 2018
CXC's Director of Athletics, Joe Haggenmiller, has issued an statement clarifying the CXC Cup seeding policies. The final Midwest JNQ will be next weekend at Mt. Itasca.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Classic Results
February 10, 2018
Ken Schoville reports: Saturday at the Wisconsin State High School Championships classic individual start was both a surprise and a thriller. A temperature delay of one hour had the wax techs pondering among 30 reasonable prospects as Johanna Craig, Lakeland was the girls' champion for the first race with a 6.5 second spread between the top four and Abby Jarzin chasing the top three. Freshman Mia Case (Lakeland) charged into second with Laura Lackman (Wausau United) right behind. Olivia Dreger (Wausau United) is also in the hunt in fifth place, just 23 seconds off the leader. In the boys classic race, history was made as Ashwaubenon's Jackson Adler bested Lakeland's Kieran Mullen by .1, the closest finish in Wisconsin history. Just behind was David Ecker (Chippewa Valley) by 27 seconds, Mark Raach (Wausau East/West) back 38 seconds, Guest Class Skier from Ironwood, MI Nick Niemeyer -56 seconds from the winner, and rounding out the minute, Kyle Thieme, Ashwaubenon just 59 seconds back from teamate Adler. Sunday will be some hot racing in cold temperatures.

Section 4 Coverage
February 8, 2018
Battle royal in Section 4 Thursday on a very difficult Battle Creek course for the championship titles. Section sisters, Forest Lake and Stillwater, took the race down to line as Forest Lake's Regan Duffy overcame a small deficit to Stillwater's Libby Tuttle to win the girls individual title while Stillwater took the team title by eight points over Forest Lake. In the boys race Forest Lake flipped that result, taking the team title in front of Stillwater led by Ryan Mead, who pulled away in the skate race for the victory. MPA boys came within nine points of upsetting the Forest Lake/Stillwater dynasty. Results linked in, photos coming later tonight.

Section 2 Coverage
February 8, 2018
In Section 2 championships at Theodore Wirth on Thursday, Edina girls nearly pulled off the upset of top ranked Minneapolis Southwest, coming up just 4 points short as both squads advance to State. Triana Willmert, Edina, answered the call in the girls race, kicking to a full minute lead, then extending it in the skate by another 25 seconds to become the section champion. The Minneapolis boys cruised to the boys title, led today by Henry Hall who had the top classical time. A realdog fight for second place team as Eden Prairie edges Edina by 5 points and Minnetonka by 6. Results linked in, plus photos from the morning classical races.

Section 7 Coverage
February 8, 2018
Section 7 hit the State Meet courses on Thursday for their championship event at Giants Ridge. A sweep of the boys podium by Grand Rapids, led by Garrett Beckrich, gave them the team title by nine points over second place Ely. Hannah Bettendorf dominated the girls field, winning the individual title by over 1:30 using an incredible classic race to pull away. Duluth East secured the girls team title with rival Ely matching their boys team with second place. Results linked in along with photos from Joe Bianco.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Predictions
February 7, 2018
Once again we have Ken Schoville providing us with a breakdown on the Wisconsin State Meet this weekend in Cable. Check out his entertaining look at the event and predictions on the key players and teams.
Wisconsin State Meet: Start Lists, Live Results

Section 5 Coverage
February 7, 2018
Section 5 held their Minnesota high school championships on Wednesday at Theodore Wirth. Blaine's Sarah Olson cruised to a dominating victory for girls race, with Mora's Cooper Lennox holding off a charge from Ben Olson, Sarah's brother, in the boys pursuit to claim the title. Mora boys won the team title, along with the Andover girls. There was tight competition for the second girls team with Mora edging out Elk River and Coon Rapids by 4 and 6 points respectively. Blaine boys advanced to State as the second place team. Preliminary results up now, along with photos from the pursuit races.

Section 1 Coverage
February 6, 2018
Brian Abery reports: The temperatures were cold but the racing hot at Hyland Park Reserve where the Section 1 Championship took place on Tuesday. In the Boy's event, Senior Gus Schatzlein of Prior Lake skied to almost a 1 minute victory over 2nd place finisher Bryant Ruff of Eastview with Burnsville's Thomas Ryan another 32 seconds back taking third. The team race was a close affair with Prior Lake taking the section title over Burnsville by 6-points. In the girl's race Winona Sophomore Anni Skillicorn skied to an impressive individual title with a 45-second win over Lakeville South Sophomore, Brianne Brewster with Brewster's teammate Junior Violet Tessier taking the third spot on the podium. The team race for the girls was even closer than for the boys. After Winona skied to a lead in the classic race, the Eastview Girls closed the gap with impressive performances in the freestyle event resulting in a tie for points for the Section Championship. Using MSHSL format (total time for each team's top 4 skiers) Winona won the tie- breaker to emerge as Section Champions on the back of Skillcorn's dominating performance.

Section 3 Coverage
February 6, 2018
Racing on cold, firm trails at Theodore Wirth Tuesday, Section 3 titles were decided. Continuing the family tradition, 8th grade sensation Molly Moening of St. Paul Highland Park captured the girls title by posting the top classical and freestyle times. Teammate Celeste Alden (9th grade) held off Val Hart, SPA, to take second. In the boys race, as expected, Peter Moore, SPA, dominated the show, hammering out the fastest times on the day and winning by nearly two minutes. St. Paul Highland Park's Ben Earl-Moseley and Minnehaha Academy's Peter Carlen had a great battle, exchanging the lead with Earl-Moseley pulling ahead in the final stretch for second place. St. Paul Highland Park sweeps the team titles, with the Minneapolis South girls and Minneahaha Academy boys advancing to state as well. Results linked in, along with photo albums from the afternoon pursuit races.

Section 8 Coverage
February 6, 2018
Jay Richards reports: Cold weather greeted racers in the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships causing a delay in the start but temps quickly climbed along with sunshine to make for a great day of racing Tuesday. Strong performances in the classic pursuit by the top skiers in the girls race shook up the final results as Sadie Hamrin, Bemidji, moved up from fourth to take the individual title and lead her team to a state berth and section title. St Cloud Tech's Gabbi Hennes took the runner up position as teammate Wren Scott-Lumbar round out the podium. Alexandria girls rode strong skate performances to earn the second team slot. St Cloud Cathedral's Alex Nemeth put on strong skate race besting last years champion Hunter Zupko by 17 seconds. Zupko would close the gap down to 10 seconds in the classic pursuit and settle for second. Hunter's teammate Colton Yorek rounded out the podium. All three skiers lead their teams to state berths, respectively. Results posted, along with photosets.

Section 6 Coverage
February 5, 2018
The Minnesota high school sections competition began on Monday with Section 6 racing at Theodore Wirth. Top ranked Mara McCollor, Wayzata, skated the morning 5K to a 33 second lead over Armstrong's Luci Anderson and then stretched it to well over minute in taking the victory. Anderson was second, with Mara's sister, moving up from a fifth place start to finish third. Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata, the top ranked boy posted the best times for both skate and classic to win the individual title, with teammates Luc Golin and James Schneider rounding out the podium. Wayzata and Armstrong advanced both their boys and girls teams to state. Results linked in, along with photos from the pursuit races.

Minnesota Sections Preview
February 3, 2018
Minnesota High School sectional meets start on Monday and run through Thursday. We've got our annual preview, outlining the schedule and our favorites in each section. The big State Meet comes up Thursday, Feb 15th! Note to skiers: Theodore Wirth will have all-day section meets Monday-Thursday.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 4
February 3, 2018
Just in front of sections, we take one more crack at the rankings, taking in some of the conference championship data. Anders Sonnesyn takes over the top boys ranking with Mara McCollor in firm control for the girls. Wayzata boys and Mpls Southwest girls hold the team top spots.

World Junior/U23 Championships: Skiathlon/Relays Recap
February 3, 2018
The World Junior/U23 Championships wrapped up the week with skiathlon and relay events, including another historic medal winning performance by the US squad! Read Caroline Brisbois recap of the action and quotes from athletes, along with some photos, in her final recap.

World Junior/U23 Championships: Classical Races Recap
January 31, 2018
The US squad scored some impressive results in the classical races at the World Juniors/U23 Championships the last two days in Goms, Switzerland. Hailey Swirbul was only 14 seconds from victory, taking an historic second place finish in the women's 5K classic World Juniors race, with Ben Ogden also notching a top ten finish in the men's 10K. Caroline Brisbois provides a full recap on the classical races as well as a brief report from the Midwest's own Ian Torchia.

World Junior/U23 Championships: Freestyle Sprints Recap
January 29, 2018
The World Junior and U23 Championship events in Goms, Switzerland started up over the weekend with freestyle events on tap first. Caroline Brisbois has the breakdown on how the US fared, plus insights from the Midwest skiers.

Nordic Junior Ski Competition: Racing Recap
January 28, 2018
Minnesotan Kelly Koch and the rest of the U18 squad from the US wrapped up their Nordic Junior Competition racing in Vuokatti, Finland on Sunday. Caroline Brisbois provides a recap on the racing and talks with Koch on her races and trip experiences.
National Nordic Foundation

World Junior/U23 Championships: Preview and Update
January 26, 2018
Caroline Brisbois provides an in-depth look at the upcoming World Junior and U23 Championships in Goms, Switzerland starting Sunday, Jan 28th and running through Feb 3rd. The teams have strong Midwest representation with Hannah Rudd, Zak Ketterson, Ian Torchia, Andrew Egger and Nicole Schneider all competing. Read some of their first impressions and view some great photos. Plus, links for livestreaming!

Nordic Junior Ski Competition: U18 Trip Update and Race Preview
January 24, 2018
Caroline Brisbios reports on the upcoming Nordic Junior Competition (U18 Trip) in Vuokatti, Finland, where the Midwest is represented by Burnsville native and LNR skier Kelly Koch.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 3
January 23, 2018
Another round of rankings are up, this time with some significant shuffling in the individual rankings after last weekend's JNQ races in Cable, WI. However, the top remains set: Mara McCollor and Luc Golin, both of Wayzata, validate their #1 rankings while the Wayzata boys and Minneapolis Southwest girls continue as the top teams.

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