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NewCable JNQ/CCSA Classic Races Coverage

January 26, 2020
The Gitchi Gami Games wrapped up the Cable JNQ/CCSA meet on Sunday with individual start classic races. The men's 10K podium was an all-Norwegian party as NMU's Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid finished 1-2 with CSS's Emil Book Bratbak losing to Banerud in a photo finish to collect third. MTU's Sarah Goble continued her strong season taking the women's 10K, teammate Oda Hovland, Norway, second and NMU's Malin Boergesjoe, Sweden, third. Top U16 juniors were Noah Straka and Sylvia Meza. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider of the 10K races.

NewCable JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 25, 2020
The Great Lakes Junior National Qualifying division along with a few of the CCSA collegiate teams competed in freestyle sprint races, the Gitchi Gami Games, at the Birkie Trailhead Saturday. Maria Schoening, UWGB, had a dominating day taking each of her heats and winning the women's final by four seconds over Mae Barnes, CSS, with Annika Viren, CSS, third. Jackson Adler, UWGB, edged out teammate Sam Myers in the men's final with Jack Christianson, CSS, third. U16 titles went to Owen Williams and Ashley Grossklaus. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 4

January 20, 2020
Finally, a fresh batch of rankings for the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing scene. With a lot of action in the books, there has been some significant shuffling in the rankings! Lauren McCollor, Wayzata, takes over the top girls spot, Cooper Lennox, Mora, just barely holds the boys ranking. St. Paul Highland Park girls and Forest Lake boys remain on top.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Classic Results

January 19, 2020
Second day of racing at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, featured classic mass start events. The men's 20K came down to a battle of two Norwegians, as Mathias Rolid, NMU, and Emil Book Bratbak, CSS, were separated by just over two seconds as Rolid took the victory. MTU's Reid Goble collected third for the second straight day. NMU swept the women's 15K podium with Hilde Eide, Norway, first, Molly Miller, Canada, second, and Malin Boerjesjoe, Sweden in third. In the 10K junior races, Henry Snider and Lauren McCollor pulled off amazing victories. U16 titles were repeats of Saturday: Adrik Kraftson and Margo Nightingale the champions again.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Results

January 18, 2020
The Midwest division of the Junior National competition competed along with the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) in freestyle races on the trails at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, Saturday. In the women's 5K, Sarah Goble, MTU, took the victory 13 seconds ahead of Swiss native Nadine Matter, NMU, with NMU's Katerina Hyncicova, Czech Republic, in third. The men's 10K saw Norwegians Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid, both of NMU, take first and second with Reid Goble, MTU, third. Top juniors on the day: Anabel Neednam, FU20; Libby Tuttle and Lauren McCollor tied as the best FU18; Henry Snider, MU20; Jasper Johnston, MU18. In the U16 division, Adrik Kraftson and Margo Nightingale had the top times.

U23 World Championship Team Announced

January 15, 2020
With US Nationals conclusion the previous week, US Ski and Snowboard has finally announced the U23 World Championship team that will be competing in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, at the end of February. The Midwest will be strongly represented by Zak Ketterson (NMU), Sarah Goble (MTU) and Amanda Kautzer (MTU). The Junior Championship and U18 teams were previously announced, with Mara McCollor earning a spot on the Junior squad.

Detroit Lakes Invite Results

January 10, 2020
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to the 26th Annual Detroit Lakes Invitational on Thursday which included most of the schools from Section 8. The unique 9km continuous pursuit featured separate classic and skate courses and provided an opportunity for racers to preview segments for the upcoming Sectional race. In Varsity boys race, Nick Youso took top honors over Jackson Grant of Little Falls followed by Jack Lee of Moorhead. Girls Varsity saw 9th grader Abbie Ishaug of Moorhead taking the win followed by Elle Juranek and Lililiana Schaeffer, both of Brainerd. Team titles went to the Little Falls boys and Brainerd girls.

US Nationals Classic Sprints Coverage

January 7, 2020
US Nationals in Houghton, MI, wrapped up on the Mich Tech trails Tuesday with classic sprints. Canadian Julien Locke won the men's sprint final, with Hunter Wonders second overall and the US Champion, Luke Jager third. Hailey Swirbul added to her Nationals haul, taking the women's title with Caitlin Patterson second and Alayna Sonnesyn third. Junior titles went to Lane Myshrall and Emma Albrecht. Results linked in, photos by Chris Schmidt featured later tonight.

U.S. Teams Named for World Junior Championships and U18 Championships

January 6, 2020
Based on the results from US Nationals, US Ski and Snowboard has named the teams for World Junior Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany and the U18 Scandinavian Championships in Falun, Sweden. Making the World Junior team from the Midwest is Mara McCollor!

US Nationals Classic Race Coverage

January 5, 2020
A snowy Sunday for the mass start classic races at US Nationals in Houghton, Michigan. In the men's 30K, a lead pack of roughly 25 broke apart on the final lap as Erik Bjornsen and Kyle Bratrud pulled away, Bjornsen out double poling Bratrud to take the men's title. Bratrud was second, and two more Midwesterners were in the top 5 as Ian Torchia took third, Adam Martin fifth. The women's 20K saw star Hailey Swirbul pushing the pace and taking the victory with Caitlin Patterson edging out Finland's Riitta-Liisa Roponen for second. Rosie Frankowski was the top Midwest in 5th. In the junior womens 7.5K race, the trio of Sydney Palmer Leger, Sophia Laukli, Kendall Kramer made a decisive move in the opening 2K and went on to finish in that order. Former Minnesota state champ Mara McCollor made a great late charge, finishing 5th at the line. And in the final event on the date, the junior mens 10K featured one of the World Junior Championship gold medalists, Luke Yager, taking the win as JC Schoonmaker was second, Zanden McMullen third. LNR's Roger Anderson was the top Midwest skier in 18th. Results linked in, along with nearly 800 photos from the four events and another 325 images from Jackie Schneider.

Mesabi East Invite Results

January 4, 2020
Nearly 900 skiers turned out for the biggest high school meet in the nation at the Mesabi East Invite Saturday. Taking to the challenging terrain of the Giants Ridge trail system, skiers competed in 5k classic and freestyle events. Taking top honors on the day, Anni Skillicorn, Winona, and Adrik Kraftson, Stillwater for the classic races; Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, and Jasper Johnston, Ely for the freestyle events. Team titles were swept by the Forest Lake crew.

US Nationals Freestyle Race Coverage

January 3, 2020
Near perfect conditions on Friday with temps in the 20s at the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton for the US Nationals freestyle individual start races. Kyle Bratrud secured yet another national championship title with a rocket fast performance, besting yesterday's sprint star Gus Schumacher by 13 seconds, with another Midwest native, Ian Torchia and Erik Bjornsen tying for third. In the women's race, Olympic medalist Riitta-Liisa Roponen topped the field, with Caitlin Patterson best of the US, and Alayna Sonnesyn standing on another podium in third. Results linked in, along with photosets posted.

US Nationals Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 2, 2020
Opening day of US Nationals saw Midwesterners take to the podium in the freestyle sprint competition. Alayna Sonnesyn (SMS) continues to show herself strong in all competitions, Thursday sprinting to second place in the womens' final as Hailey Swirbul (APU) won with Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury) third. In the men's final, junior sensation Gus Schumacher (AWS) took the victory while Minnesota native Ben Saxton (SMS) notched second, and Bill Harmeyer (UVM) was third. In the junior heats, James Kitch (Harvard) won the final heat for the guys (Anders Sonnesyn third), Waverly Gebhardt (UVM) for the gals. Results linked in along with photosets.

CXC Year-End Fundraising Drive

December 30, 2019
CXC's end-of-year drive is wrapping up but still needs your support to reach their goal! Help sustain and expand ski opportunities for all ages and abilities through their youth and junior athlete support, club development, coaches' eduction, Nordic Rocks program, and adaptive program.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 3

December 29, 2019
After a little holiday break, we dive into the recent results and crank out a new set of rankings. A little shuffling in the individuals, but Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle remain firmly entrenched at the top. The Forest Lake boys and St. Paul Highland girls hold the #1 spot.

Minnesota World Cup: Team Ticket Sales Promotion

December 27, 2019
World Cup organizers for the March 2020 event in the Twin Cities are seeking to help increase the spectator field with a new promotion. Any high school, collegiate, or community ski clubs thatsells 100 or more World Cup tickets will be given their own space in the World Cup course interior to use for their own benefit. And the team that sells the most tickets receives a special Grand Prize.

XCountryLive: Livestream of US Nationals and More

December 24, 2019
XCountryLive will be livestreaming all the events from US Nationals in Houghton, MI, in early January. A single season pass provides access to the coverage, along with Kortelopet, American Birkebeiner, and US Junior Nationals!

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Classic Distance Coverage

December 22, 2019
The weekend series on the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton wrapped up Sunday with classic distance races. Ian Torchia stretched out the lead pack en route to taking the men's 10K victory with NMU's Kjetil Banerud second and Zak Ketterson third. Alayna Sonnesyn won the women's 10K, a full 40 seconds ahead of NMU's Malin Boerjesjoe with Sophia Mazzoni third. Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle posted the top high school times. U16 5K winners were Molly Moening and Adrik Kraftson. Results linked in, along with photos from Chris Schmidt.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprints Coverage

December 21, 2019
Warming up the courses for US Nationals in January, skiers took to the Michigan Tech trails on Saturday for freestyle sprint races. Zak Ketterson, sporting his US Ski Team suit, hammered out the fastest qualifying time and then bested the men's final field for the title. Alayna Sonnesyn had an equally strong performance, crushing the qualification field and then taking the women's final. Alex Nemeth and Elsa Viren won the U20/U18 sprints, Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening took the U16 finals. Results linked in now, along with photos from Christopher Schmidt.

CXC Year-End Fundraising Drive

December 20, 2019
CXC's end-of-year drive is underway! Help sustain and expand ski opportunities for all ages and abilities through their youth and junior athlete support, club development, coaches' eduction, Nordic Rocks program, and adaptive program.

TCNSC/Mpls Conf Meet Coverage

December 18, 2019
Brad Moening reports: The Minneapolis Ski Conference and the Twin Cities Nordic Ski Conference skate raced on the Skyline Trail at Wirth on Tuesday. A broken sewer pipe at the start/finish line provided a unique ambiance with many skiers deciding to go with their #2 skis. The 2K loop was full (looked like the Birkie) with about 350 racers. Senior Calvin Boone from Highland Park won the boy's race, leading his team to a first place finish. The Central Boys finished second. Highland Sophomore Molly Moening darted around the traffic to win the girl's race with teammate Celeste Alden right behind. The Highland girls finished first and the Washburn girls were second. Results posted, along with some race video.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2

December 16, 2019
The season's first Junior National Qualifying races were held last weekend in Duluth, and that combined with some early season meets, has given us some data to rework the rankings. While nothing has changed at the top, there are a number of significant moves in the individual rankings this week.

Duluth JNQ Classic Sprints Coverage

December 15, 2019
Crisp morning temps forced the delay of events on Sunday but once the action got underway, there was some tight competition in the classic sprints at Grand Ave in Duluth. Cooper Lennox, Mora, posted the top qualifying time and kept those fast skis running all the way to the mens U18/U20 title. Mae Barnes of St. Scholastica absolutely crushed the womens U18/U20 sprint field, posting a qualifying time 12 seconds faster than the rest of the field, and then winning the final by almost four seconds. U16 titles went to Owen Williams, Iola, and Jordan Parent, Forest Lake. Results linked in now, photos coming later tonight.

Duluth JNQ Freestyle Coverage

December 14, 2019
The Midwest Junior National Qualifying racing got underway on Saturday with mass start freestyle races in Duluth, utilizing the new Grand Ave facility. In the women's race, Libby Tuttle powered away from the field to take the victory by 30 seconds with Hannah Bettendorf second, Lauren McCollor third. In the U18 and above men's race, College of St. Scholastica swept the podium with Emil Book Bratbak first, August Schatzlein second, and Nick Matelich third. Cooper Lennox was the top high school and U18 skier, finishing 5th overall. In the U16 division, Noah Straka and Jordan Parent collected the titles. Results linked in and photos from Jackie Schneider and Hansi Johnson posted!

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 1

December 8, 2019
It's finally here -- we post our first round of Minnesota high school rankings! Coming as no surprise, King and Queen are Cooper Lennox, Mora, and Libby Tuttle, Stillwater. Teams starting out at the top are the St. Paul Highland Park girls and Forest Lake boys.

High School Racing Underway!

December 4, 2019
The Minnesota high school racing season is underway and the SEC conference scores the first post results of the season! Racing at Como golf course on Tuesday, Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, narrowly edged out Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, for the victory, with Ella Niznik, Forest Lake third. The boys race was even closer as Forest Lake's Ethan Erickson bested Stillwater's Adrik Kraftson by a single second, with Nick Parent of Forest Lake taking third.
Both NWSC groups were in action on Wednesday, you'll find all these results in our high school section.

Mesabi East Invite Info Posted

December 3, 2019
The big Mesabi East Invite, the largest high school meet in the nation, is scheduled for Jan 4th at the Ridge. Full meet information has been posted including registration details and the popular spaghetti feed.

St. Scholastica Open House Event Dec 13-14

December 2, 2019
With the season's first JNQ/CCSA race in Duluth at the Grand Avenue venue next weekend, Dec 13-14, the College of St. Scholastica will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on both Friday and Saturday evenings. RSVP requested.

Minnesota Skiers Snowbound in Yellowstone

November 29, 2019
Duluth area skiers are getting an extra day on snow in West Yellowstone as some bus drivers are opting to delay the return trip home due to the weekend storm.

Annual Fall Coaches Assn Meeting this Weekend in Mora

October 23, 2019
The annual fall Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Association meeting will be held this Saturday, Oct 26th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora. The big topic on the agenda this fall is the approval of a new State Meet format which will include team sprints! Other topics include waxing restrictions, access to man-made snow, adaptive skiers inclusion, and season dates.

New Moon: Tuesday Evening Dryland Workouts

October 19, 2019
New Moon is offering a free community workout (and potlock dinner) on Tuesday evenings, beginning this Oct 22nd and running into late November. Come out and kickstart your Nordic ski training with a fun group workout.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets are Now on Sale!

October 18, 2019
Dreaming of seeing all those famous elite skiers racing in your backyard? The World Cup is coming to Minneapolis in March and tickets are on sale now. Limited numbers available, so don't delay!

2018-19 Season Highlights

May 1, 2019
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2018-2019 high school racing season.