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2021 Collegiate Tally Board

April 21, 2021
We've fired up the collegiate tally board, tracking high school Nordic skiing seniors and their future plans. Find out who's skiing in college, and contribute to the board.

Victor C. Dunder Award Nominations Sought

March 21, 2021
Nominations for Victor C. Dunder awards are due by April 15th. The Victor C. Dunder award is designed to get quality equipment to first year skiers in financial need.

Minnesota State Meet Recap and Stats

March 14, 2021
A State Meet for the history books wrapped up last week! We've got a full recap and our annual crunching of stats, as well as some interesting notes.

Minnesota State Meet Boys Coverage

March 12, 2021
Wrapping up a long season, the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing boys championships were held Friday at Giants Ridge. Overnight temperatures in the single digits and race time temps in the upper 20s provided a fast course as the racers hit the Gold course first for classic, then freestyle. Robbinsdale-Armstrong's Roger Anderson grabbed the lead after the classic leg with six skiers less than 15 seconds behind. Colin Freed, Wayzata, posted the top freestyle time but Anderson hammered out a time fastest enough to take the boy's title by four seconds over Freed, with Cooper Camp, Minneapolis Southwest moving up to take third. Camp's time helped launch the number one ranked Southwest squad to the team title just three points ahead of Forest Lake, with Wayzata scoring third. Results linked in, photos from both races posted.

Minnesota State Meet Girls Coverage

March 11, 2021
A fresh 7" of snow overnight in Biwabik restored the winter feel to Giants Ridge for the girls Minnesota high school Nordic skiing championships on Thursday. Bright sunshine and temperatures soaring into the upper 30s made for slow conditions on the Gold course. St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening repeated as champion putting together dominating performances in both classic and skate for the victory. MPA's Margo Nightingale moved up from third in classic to take second place overall. SPA's Inga Wing was the surprise of the day, the eighth grader climbing onto the podium in third! The Team title went to number one ranked Forest Lake girls with Highland Park second and Duluth East third. Results linked in, along with photos posted from the classic and freestyle races.

Minnesota State Meet Preview

March 9, 2021
The long awaited Minnesota high school Nordic skiing championships, aka the State Meet, are this Thursday and Friday at Giants Ridge. A whole lot of changes this year, but in the end we're all fortunate just to be racing. Check out our full preview on the individuals and teams, as well as our infamous prognostications!

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Final Round

March 8, 2021
A flurry of junior racing action in the first week of March, much under some pretty horrendous conditions, has given us some good data to assemble our final rankings on the season. No changes at the top, but plenty of movement in the ranks!

Wisconsin State Championships Classic Coverage

March 7, 2021
Wisconsin State Championships competed in classic technique Sunday at the Birkie Trailhead, with skiers starting in pursuit format. In the boys race, Casey Van Hefty, Lakeland, quickly ran down William Murphy and then kept the gas on all the way to the combined title victory. Owen Williams, Iola, moved up to take second with Noah Straka, Peak Nordic, third. Kaden Hacker, Peak Nordic had the top classic time. Nina Chosy, Madnorski, was unchallenged in the girls race, easily collecting the combined title. Fran Peterson, CVN, launched her self into second with Ashley Grossklaus, Peak Nordic, coming in third. Avery Tolbert, Peak Nordic, had the top classic time. Results linked in, photos from Kelly Randolph.

Super Cup Regional Finals: Freestyle Coverage

March 7, 2021
Starting early on Sunday morning, the Super Cup Regional Finals freestyle races hoped to avoid the blast furnace that was forecast for later in the day. Hitting the trails first, the men's 10K had fast conditions as Finn O'Connell repeated as champion, Brian Gregg second, and Logan Diekmann third. Adrik Kraftson had another stellar day, finishing as the top U18 and fourth overall! Colin Freed was the top U20 (7th overall). The U16 boys raced next, with Josh Frett topping the bakers dozen 5K field. The women's 10K had an all-star lineup with Caitlin Gregg skating to victory on her home course, Alayna Sonnesyn less than nine seconds later, and Lauren Jortberg third. Pearl Harvey posted the top U20 time, Arielle Jean was the fastest of the U18 women. Finally, the U16 girls had their time on the course with Natasha Sortland skiing to the only sub-18 minute 5K time for the field. Results linked in, along with photos from the morning races.

Wisconsin State Championships Freestyle Coverage

March 6, 2021
After being frozen out in February, the Wisconsin State High School Championships provided a chance to get a tan as temps soaring into the upper 30s for the freestyle races on Saturday afternoon at the Birkie Trailhead. William Murphy, Bay Nordic, collected the boys title just three seconds ahead of Casey Van Hefty, Lakeland, with Owen Williams, Iola, third. Nina Chosy, Madnorski, posted a nice lead in the girls race with Lucy Campbell, Superior, second, and Ashley Grossklaus, Peak Nordic, third. Sunday will feature pursuit style classic racing. Results linked in, along with photos by Jackie Schneider.

Super Cup Regional Finals: Classic Coverage

March 6, 2021
Saturday morning started off with blazing fast trails for the women's 10K classic for the Super Cup Regional Finals at Theodore Wirth. Alayna Sonnesyn, fresh off her Birkie freestyle victory and second place in the Birkie classic, scooped up the victory with Pearl Harvey, NMU, second and Pauline Forren, NMU, third. Pearl Harvey was top of the U20 class, best U18 skier was Elsa Bergman. The U16 girls had some speedy conditions as well as Sydney Drevlow crushed the 5K field by more than a minute. The course was starting to soften as the 10K men hit the trails. Finn O'Connell posted the only sub-25 minute time on the day in taking victory, Logan Diekmann was second, Graham Houtsma third. Colin Freed (U20) had an impressive performance, besting the junior field and finishing fourth overall, as Adrik Kraftson was the best of the U18 group (and 6th overall). David Isom topped the boy's U16 5K field. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 5K and 10K races.

Wisconsin State High School Championship Predictions

March 3, 2021
The Wisconsin State High School Championships are this weekend, March 6-7, after being rescheduled from February due to cold weather. Ken Schoville brings us a Covid infused rundown on the favorites and his predictions.

Section 4 Coverage

March 3, 2021
Another grueling day of racing in very warm conditions on Wednesday for the Minnesota high school Section 4 championships. Mounds Park Academy's Isak Nightingale held off three challengers from Forest Lake for the boys title, with Noah Erickson and Ethan Herbert taking second and third. Utilizing a dominating classic race (almost a minute faster than everyone else), Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, was crowned the girls section champion with Mound Park Academy's Margo Nightingale second and Forest Lake's Ella Niznik third. Forest Lake swept the team titles by wide margins, with Irondale boys and Stillwater girls advancing to State as well. Results linked in, along with photos posted.

Section 5 Coverage

March 3, 2021
Minnesota high school Section 5 championships wrapped up the week racing at Theodore Wirth on Wednesday. Using a shorter 3.5K course due to the warm weather, Ben Lewis of Blaine skied to the boys title with Myles Brown, Maple Grove, second and Nicholas Trzynka, Osseo, third, less than a second back. Elk River's Hailee Zimpel had the best times for the girls field, including the only sub-11 minute skate leg, for the combined victory, with Lindsey Young, Maple Grove, second and Katelyn Gramstad, Elk River, third. Teams advancing to State: Maple Grove and Rogers boys, Elk River and Mora girls. Results linked in, along with photos from Lauren Swanson.

Section 7 Coverage

March 3, 2021
Racing at the State Meet venue of Giants Ridge, Minnesota high school Section 7 championships were decided on Wednesday. The girls race came down to an exciting three way competition as Della Bettendorf, eighth grader from Proctoc/Hermantown, took the early lead in classic and held off the two closest skiers, Lily Brown of Duluth East, and Zoe Devine, Ely, with the trio all finishing in a span of 16 seconds. Jasper Johnston, Ely, put together the two fastest races on the day to top the boys field with Marshall's Declan Hutchinson second and Benjamin Bauer, C-E-C, third. The team competition was also fierce as Duluth East boys won and C-E-C edged out Ely by a single point for second. Duluth East girls also took the section title, with Grand Rapids earning a trip to State as well. Results linked in, along with photos from Allison Kate Photography.

Section 1 Coverage

March 2, 2021
Brian Abery reports: Minnesota high school Section 1 Championships took place Tuesday at Hyland Lake with the boys and girls experiencing very different competitions. Racing first in the morning, the boys had a relatively firm track with Magnus O'Connor leading the Prior Lake boys to victory winning the combined by almost one minute over his younger brother Evan. Sam Folland, Northfield, took third place overall. The girls races were an entirely different animal as the track broke down in the afternoon and there was free water in the snow as the temps rose to the upper 40s. Greta Engels, Lakeville, and Hastings Linnea Urban battled it out for the individual title with Engels edging Urban by 1.8 seconds for the overall in spite of the latter being the only girl to break 14 minutes in the freestyle race. Olivia Matsoff, Eagan-Eastview, rounded out the podium. On the team side, Prior Lake bested Eagan by 10 points for the team tile, while the Rosemount girls held off Eagan-Eastview by 8 points. Results posted, along with photosets from Dave Zoll.

Section 8 Results

March 2, 2021
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to the Minnesota High School Section 8 Championships under bright March sunshine and fast warming temperatures on Tuesday. The changing conditions after a fast boy's classic race did little to alter the power generated from champ Logan Jensen, Bemidji, who put in a dominating performance in both the classic and skate events and was the only skier to post a sub-10 minute classic time. Little Falls Jackson Grant put up a solid fight to nail the second spot while Jensen's teammate Nick Youso collected third after posting the second fastest time in classic. In the girls race, Kaisia Bosek of Alexandria skied to the fastest classic time in the morning but Brainerd's Lilian Schaeffer put in a crushing skate performance that was good enough to overtake Bosek and take the Section title. St. Cloud Tech's Wren Scott-Lumbar registered the third spot. Team titles went to the Bemidji boys with Little Falls the runner up. The Brainerd girls took the top spot and Alexandria girls finally punched their ticket to State after missing by the slimmest of margins the previous two years.

Section 2 Coverage

March 2, 2021
Minnesota High School Section 2 Championships quickly turned into a battle of heat and slop as temperatures soaring into the 40s by late Tuesday morning at Theodore Wirth. The boys race was an exciting three way battle between Minneapolis Southwest's Cooper Camp and Victor Sparks and Eden Prairie's Benon Brattebo. Brattebo posted the top classic time, but then the Southwest boys came flying back in the skate with Camp logging the fastest time and taking the combined title by less than four seconds, Brattebo second, and Sparks just 4/10s behind! Margaret Wagner, Edina, ruled the day for the girls posting the fastest times in both formats. Eden Prairie's Ella Bakken posted a fast enough freestyle time to take second place in the overall, with Washburn's Etta Leugers third. Teams advancing to State: Minneapolis Southwest and Eden Prairie boys, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis Washburn girls. Results linked in, along with photosets.

Section 3 Results

March 1, 2021
Minnesota high school Section 3 championships were run on fast trails at Hyland Lake on Monday. St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening had a strong performance, posting the only sub-13 minute classic and sub-11 minute freestyle results in collecting the girls victory. SPA eighth grader Inga Wing skied to second place with Math and Science Academy's Greta Hansen in third. Davis Isom, St. Paul Highland Park topped the boys field with St. Paul Central's Charlie Ostergren second and Isom's teammate Otto Schmidt third. St. Paul Highland Park and St. Paul Academy girls advance to State, along with St. Paul Central and St. Paul Highland Park boys.

Section 6 Coverage

March 1, 2021
Minnesota High School Sectional Championships got underway Monday, with Section 6 competing on new snow and temperatures in the teens at Theodore Wirth. Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, leveraged a strong classic race with enough speed in the freestyle to defeat Colin Freed, Wayzata, for the boys title with Wayzata's Daniel McCollor third. For the girls, Sydney Drevlow of Hopkins dominated as she won both classic and freestyle races. Lauren McCollor, Wayzata was second with Hopkin's Elsa Bergman third. Boys teams Wayzata and Robbinsdale-Armstrong and girls teams Wayzata and Hopkins advance to State. Results linked in, along with photos.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 5

February 26, 2021
Another round of rankings is out, just in front of the big section meets next week. Some shuffling in individual rankings, and a new number one team for the girls!

Junior Birkie Coverage

February 26, 2021
The kids finally got their chance to shine at Birkie Week on Friday with the Junior Birkie races at the Kortelopet Stadium. Check out the final results and photos from the event.

Minnesota State Meet Switches to Two Day Format

February 24, 2021
The 2021 covid format Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Championships has been changed to a two day format, with girls on Thursday, March 11th and boys on Friday, March 12th. In addition, the section qualification has been restored to the two two teams of seven skiers, plus the top six individual skiers not on the selected teams.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Coverage

February 21, 2021
A near perfect day of racing Sunday at Theodore Wirth for the freestyle races in the Mayor's Challenge. Caitlin Gregg showcased some of her World Cup talent in posting the only sub 15 minute time in the women's 5K on a challenging course. Renae Anderson (U23) and Erin Bianco (U23) rounded out the top three. Maggie Wagner was the fastest of the U18 field, Sydney Drevlow best of the U16 (and 5th overall), and Isabel Seay topped the U20 group. In the men's 10K, Christian Gostout (U23) ruled the day while Adrik Kraftson (U18) was second, Tyrg Solberg (U23) third. Colin Freed skated to the best U20 time. In the boy's 5K, Daniel McCollor topped Davis Isom by just over six seconds for the win, Josh Frett third. Results linked in, photos from the 5K and 10K events online now.