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Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Recap
May 2, 2016
The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting was held in late April in Eau Claire. Among the topics discussed were the JNQ schedule, bylaw amendments on scoring, team composition, and waxing restrictions, and election of new head coach, Piotr Bednarski. Read the full meeting summary for more details.

MN Spring Coaches Association Meeting Minutes
May 2, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association meeting was held back on April 16th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, including a proposal for on a new State Meet format, as well as one to limit high school conference racing to non-fluro waxes. Doug Boonstra was named the new president. Full meeting minutes posted.

Coaches Association Meeting this Saturday in Mora
April 13, 2016
Just a reminder, the Minnesota Nordic High School Nordic Association annual spring meeting is this Saturday, April 16th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. Big topics including a yet another proposal for changes to the section and state meet format, and voting on nominees for the coaches Hall of Fame, as well coach, assistant coach and volunteer of the year awards.

MNSCA Spring Meeting Set for April 16th
April 7, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association Spring Meeting is scheduled for Saturday April 16th at the Mora Nordic Ski Center. A number of topics are on the agenda, including discussion of changes to the State Meet, nominees for the coaches Hall of Fame, as well coach, assistant coach and volunteer of the year awards. RSVP for lunch.

Midwest Junior and Youth Committee Spring Meetings
April 6, 2016
The Midwest Junior and Youth Committee Spring Meetings are scheduled for Sunday, April 24, at Dooley's Pub in Eau Claire, WI. The meetings are open to the public, voting is limited to coaches who are licensed and represent a registered CXC club or high school team.

Victor C. Dunder Ski Equipment Award Deadline Extended
March 29, 2016
Coaches have until April 14th to submit nominations for the annual Victor C. Dunder awards. The awards benefit first year skiers by helping them obtain the equipment they need, and is sponsored by local ski shops and the Coaches Association.

USSA: Ketterson Scores Two Top 10 Results in OPA Cup
March 14, 2016
In the final weekend of racing at the U.S. Spring OPA trip in Toblach, March 11-13, Minnesota State High School Champ Zak Ketterson scored two top ten finishes in the U20 men category. Julia Kern led the U.S. team with two podium results!

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 13, 2016
A summary of the 2016 Junior Nationals coverage we featured. Find the final Alaska Cup and Club Championship scoring linked in with the hill climb results.

Junior Nationals: Hill Climb Coverage
March 12, 2016
Junior Nationals wrapped up Saturday with a new event, a team hill climb up to the top of Mt. Telemark. Skiers were sent off in groups of three, based on their relay team, and then were scored on the total time of the trio. Awards were also given to the top skier (King of the Hill) in each division. Midwest U20 women were strong again, taking 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th! U20 Men also made the podium with a 3rd place, just 8 seconds out of first, and the U16 girls rocked it, taking first. King of the Hill titles were earned by Midwest stars Kelly Koch, U16, and Michaela Keller-Miller, U20. Results linked in, along with photosets.
CXC: New England Claims Alaska Cup at the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 11, 2016
A long day of changing conditions challenged racers at Friday's Junior Nationals freestyle sprint competition. Midwest racers had their strongest finish in the women's U20 category, gathering the past 3 Minnesota State High School champions in one place, with Sarah Bezdicek skating to 1st and Abigail Drach 3rd. Teammates Mattie Watts and Margie Freed followed in 4th and 5th. Second place podium finishes also went to both Abigail Jarzin for the U16 women and Amanda Kautzer for U18 women. Other top Midwest results: Anders Sonnesyn 9th place MU16, Kelly Koch 7th and Siri Bohacek 8th FU16, Nick Gardner 4th and Tamer Mische-Richter 10th MU20, Michaela Keller-Miller 12th FU20. Results linked in, and nearly 900 photos posted.
CXC: 2016 USSA Junior Nationals Day Three: 1.3k Freestyle Sprint Victories

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Start Lists Posted
March 11, 2016
Junior Nationals will be hosting the rescheduled sprint races beginning early Friday morning at Telemark, with qualifiers beginning at 7:30 am and the first set of heats at 10 am.
Junior Nationals Live Video Streaming
Junior Nationals Results

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Races Coverage
March 10, 2016
The Junior National ski course for Thursday's events was in remarkable good shape, with fast conditions, after a herculean effort the last two days by organizers and an army of volunteers. The Midwest hit the podium again in the U20 women as Abigail Drach was 2nd and Mattie Watts 3rd. Other top Midwest results: Nick Gardner 5th U20, Tamer Mische-Richter 6th, Will Bodewes 7th U20; Xavier Mansfield 8th U18; Michaela Keller-Miller 4th U20, Sarah Bezdicek 6th U20, Margie Freed 9th U20; Kelly Koch 4th U16; Anders Sonnesyn 9th U16. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the events.
CXC: 2016 USSA Junior National Championships Day Two: 15/10/5k Individual Freestyle Victories

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Start Lists
March 9, 2016
After two days of shoveling and rescheduling, the freestyle races are being run Thursday on the Telemark Trails. U20 boys will ski 4 x 3.7K course, U18 boys and U18/U20 girls, 3 laps, and the U16 kids will do 2 laps. Racing action is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
Junior Nationals Live Video Streaming
Junior Nationals Results

USSA: Ketterson Top 20 in OPA Cup
March 9, 2016
Julia Kern (Stratton Mountain School) led the USA with a third place finish as the first two races of the U.S. Spring OPA trip kicked off March 5-6 in Germany. Zak Ketterson (LNR Racing) finished 17th in the U20 division for the top American mens result.

Midwest Junior Championships Coverage
March 8, 2016
The Midwest Junior Championships & Festival went off without a hitch this March 4-6 at Theodore Wirth Park. Hundreds of youth skiers ages 15 & under came together for one last weekend of races, relays and recreational events. The last stop of the CXC Youth Cup series, the Championships were a sunny highlight of the season! Results and some photos from Karen Brown are posted.
Midwest Junior Championships Recap

Junior Nationals: Wednesday Sprints Rescheduled, Freestyle Races Moved Up
March 8, 2016
The sprint races originally scheduled for Wednesday at Telemark have been postponed until Friday, and distance skate races moved up to Thursday (interval start) in the hope for cooler temperatures and more time for course prep. Official training on the race courses have been canceled (skiers will use other trail systems), as organizers work on shoring up the base. Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.
Junior Nationals Shoveling Help

Junior Nationals: Classical Races Coverage
March 7, 2016
Junior Nationals began their week long competition on Monday morning with the classical distance races. Colder than expected temperatures overnight put a glaze on the trails, generating a 30 minute delay. But temperatures quickly rose throughout the morning, making for some tough racing conditions (with plenty of snow still). The Midwest had a strong day with a number of podium appearances: Nick Gardner 1st U20; Xavier Mansfield 3rd U18; Abigail Drach 1st U20, Mattie Watts 2nd U20; Abigail Jarzin 3rd U16. Also scoring top results: Will Bodewes 4th U20, Corey Rouw 8th U20, Jake Ajax 10th U20; Margie Freed 5th U20, Allison Ternes 7th U20, Ingrid Thyr 9th U20, Kristine Keller-Miller 10th U20; Renae Anderson 4th U18, Erin Moening 6th U18; Kelly Koch 6th U16; Anders Sonnesyn 4th U16. Results linked in, along with photos from all the races.
CXC: 2016 USSA Junior National Championships Day One: 10/5k Individual Classic Victories

Junior Nationals Preview
March 2, 2016
Junior Nationals are being held in the Midwest this year, at Telemark, and fire up on Monday! We've got a full preview of the event, including a review of the courses, some of the Midwest favorites (with final team roster), and links for resources including livestreaming by CXC. Go Midwest!
BeFAST Poms Show Support for Midwest Junior National Team
Salomon: Jessie Diggins Junior Nationals Images Contest

NJC U18: Team Relays
February 28, 2016
The Nordic Junior Countries Competition (Scando Cup) wrapped up Sunday with relay races. The girl relay teams did quite well posting a 5th and 10th place results, finishing less than eight seconds off the podium in a very close race! The US boys fielded two strong teams, placing 5th and 8th overall.
Results: Girls Relay, Boys Relay

WJC/U23: Juniors Place Well in Relay Finals
February 26, 2016
The WJC/U23 Championships wrapped up Friday on an adjusted schedule do to the warm weather and tough snow conditions. The US womens relay squad was composed of Julia Kern, Katharine Ogden, Vivian Hett and Sarah Bezdicek which combined for an 8th place finish. The mens team featured Ian Torchia, Cully Brown, Henry Harmeyer and Zak Ketterson and skied to an 11th place result.
Results: 4x2.5K freestyle relays
NNF: Vivian Hett - Staying Up When Snow Levels are Down
NNF: Julia Kern - Warmth in Romania

WJC/U23: Ogden and Torchia Lead the US in Freestyle Races
February 25, 2016
As the warm weather continues in Romania, freestyle races were the featured event on Thursday. Katharine Ogden notched another 13th place, and the Midwest's own Ian Torchia scorched a 15th place for the top US results. Other Midwest skiers: Adam Martin 29th, Vivian Hett 30th, Felicia Gesior 38th, Nicole Schneider 40th, Kyle Bratrud 43rd, Kris Bourne 45th, Sarah Bezdicek 46th, Zak Ketterson 60th, Leo Hipp 74th. Competition concludes Friday (updated schedule) with 4x2.5K relays.
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle

WJC/U23: Martin and Odgen Post Top US Results in Classical Events
February 23, 2016
Another warm day of competition in Romania for the World Junior Championships and U23 competition. Wisconsin native Adam Martin posted the top performance for the US mens squad, finishing 23rd. Katharine Ogden cracked the top 15 for the US women, finishing 13th. Other midwest results: Kyle Bratrud 29th, Kris Bourne 40th, Felicia Gesior 42nd, Ian Torchia 43rd, Vivian Hett 48th.
Results: 5K, 10K, 15K classical

Midwest U16 Championships Team Named
February 23, 2016
CXC has announced the members of the Midwest U16 Championships team that will be participating in the events at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME, March 11-13.

WJC/U23: Hanneman and Kern Lead U.S. in Freestyle Sprint
February 22, 2016
The FIS Nordic World Junior and U23 Championships kicked off on Monday with a 1.3k freestyle sprint in warm, wet and sloppy conditions. Logan Hanneman (Anchorage, AK, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks), a U23, and Julia Kern (Waltham, MA, U.S. Ski Team D Team/Stratton Mountain School), a junior, led the U.S. men and women in 15th and 16th, respectively. Top Midwest skiers: Ben Saxton 25th, Sarah Bezdicek 36th, Felicia Gesior 39th, Zak Ketterson 51st.

Victor C. Dunder Nominees Sought
February 17, 2016
The Victor C. Dunder Ski Equipment Award provides some quality ski equipment for in-need for first year skiers. Coaches need to submit nominations by March 31st.

Midwest Junior National Team Announced
February 15, 2016
Following the conclusion of the JNQ series on Sunday, the Midwest Junior National Team was announced. This first draft includes athletes that prequalified, and some that may have to decline because of other obligations (NCAAs, Euro trips, etc.). Watch for a final list next week, that should reflect a number of changes to the team composition.
Podiumwear Unveils Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Nationals Uniforms
Midwest Junior National Team Athlete Information and Forms
Great Lakes Junior National Team Named

Minnesota State Meet Recap
February 14, 2016
Another great Minnesota High School State Meet is in the books! We reflect back on this year's event, highlighting some of the exceptional performances, the movers, some extended team scoring, and check in on our predictions.

Mayors Challenge JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage
February 14, 2016
A light dusting of snow kept speeds a little slower on Sunday for the freestyle races on the man-made snow loop at Theodore Wirth. The mens 10K race turned out to be fairly close as the top six all finished within 30 seconds, with NMU's Ian Torchia first, David Norris of APU second, and Kyle Bratrud, CXC third -- and elite junior Zak Ketterson fourth. In the womens 5K, SMS stars Annie Hart and Erika Flowers topped the field with Rosie Frankowski, APU, third. U16 titles went to Kelly Koch and Anders Sonnesyn. Results linked in, photos posted, including sets from Karen Brown and Jackie Schneider. And, we've added some images from the SkiCross events.
CCSA: Northern Michigan takes CCSA Conference team titles, Markset and Torchia nab Sunday wins
CCSA: Markset and Torchia named Athletes of the Week

Michigan High School Championships: Day 2 Results
February 13, 2016
Dan Wiitala reports: Day 2 of the Michigan High School Championships featured bomb-proof trail conditions for the classic pursuit and classic sprint races. Mitchell DeLong continued to be the strong man this year with victories in both events. Mary Lyon of Traverse City won the girls pursuit and Bethaney Wright of Marquette was first in the sprints. Copper Country won the overall team championship with Marquette second. Copper Country won the boys competition with Traverse City winning the girls team event.

Joes Ski Shop: Birkie Buster
February 13, 2016
Joe's is breaking out the deals in advance of warm weather for the Birkie: Swix Cera Nova waxes at 50% off.

Bike Dr: Birkie Prep
February 13, 2016
The Bicycle Doctor has their full Birkie press going, with upcoming wax clinics, wax service, and weekend events.

Mayors Challenge JNQ/CCSA Classical Coverage
February 13, 2016
After delaying an hour due to cold weather, the mass start classical races at Theodore Wirth got underway as skiers competed for final JNQ points, as well as CCSA. In the mens 15K, Adam Martin, NMU, won a sprint finish over APU's David Norris and Tyler Kornfield. The womens 10K also came down to the line as red-shirt NMU skier Kris Bourne edged teammates Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider. Margie Freed and Patrick Acton were the top high school skiers. Ryan Mead and Regan Duffy won the 5K events. Results linked in, plus great photos from Jennifer Brisbois, Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown!
CCSA: Martin and Hett Take Wins on Day 1 of the CCSA Championships

Michigan High School Championships: Day 1 Results
February 12, 2016
Dan Wiitala reports: In a cold, windy and snowy Al Quaal Recreation area in Ishpeming on Friday, Copper Country took top honors for boys and girls, with Mitchell DeLong and Gretchen Haggenmiller winning the freestyle format races. Copper Country leads the boys team scoring with Marquette second and Traverse City Third. Traverse City girls currently on top followed by Copper Country and Marquette. Racing continues Saturday.

Minnesota State Meet Coverage
February 11, 2016
Once again, cold temperatures overnight caused a delay to the start of the Minnesota State Meet. The Ridge courses were in fine shape for the races, with firm trails. In the morning skate races, Margie Freed, Eastview took the lead with Highland Park's Erin Moening rocketing to second and Armstrong's Hannad Rudd in third. For the boys, Zak Ketterson crushed the field for the skate, with Patrick Acton and Xavier Mansfield third. In the afternoon classic pursuit, Margie Freed held off Erin Moening for the victory, with C-E-C's Anja Maijala moving up to take third. Zak Ketterson elevated his legend status by double poling the boys classic race (no kick wax) to extend his winning margin to over a minute, with Patric Acton just holding off Xavier Mansfield in a near photo finish. The team titles went to the Armstrong girls and Minneapolis Southwest boys. Results linked in, along with photosets from the morning skate races and video recaps of the classical pursuit events.
State Meet Lost and Found
Star Tribune: Eastview, Bloomington Jefferson Nordic skiers win individual state titles
Mesabi Daily News: Fantastics Finishes
Duluth News Tribune: Puppy powers Cloquet skier Maijala

Charlie Banks Relay Results
February 10, 2016
Single digit temperatures greeted the teams for the Charlie Banks Relays on Wednesday at Giants Ridge. Grand Rapids girls and St. Paul Highland Park boys relay teams posted the top times for the event.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 9, 2016
The annual Minnesota high school Nordic skiing championship is this Thursday, Feb 11th at Giants Ridge. Cold weather may once again play a role, keep an eye out for updates. We've got a breakdown on the favorites individuals and teams to watch, along with our usual commentary and predictions - plus guest predictions from last year's state meet champions!
Racing Outlook: Minnesota State Meet
Michigan High School Nordic Championships Feb 12-13
Waxing Recommendations

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 7, 2016
It's already that time... The Minnesota high school Nordic season comes to an end on Thursday with the State Meet. So we took a hard look at the recent results and have published our final rankings of the season. Margie Freed and Zak Ketterson remain our top picks, but the contenders have been shuffled. The Wayzata boys take over the number one team ranking, while Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls survive a close call with Wayzata. Wednesday we'll publish our State Meet Preview!
Minnesota State Meet Coaches Information
Section 6: A Skier Goes Down, And A Helping Hand Appears
Minnesota State Meet Start Lists Posted

Wisconsin State Meet Results
February 7, 2016
The Wisconsin high school level racing season wrapped up this weekend in Cable with two days of racing to determine the state champions. Mack Fitzpatrick, Lakeland, took a sizeable lead after the classical races Saturday and held on to win the boys title with teammate Will Bodewes second, and Russell O'Brien, Madison, squeaking out third in a sprint finish with Michael Jarzin, Ashwaubenon. Abby Jarzin, Ashwaubenon, won the girls title, starting with a slim lead after classic over teammate Alissa Niggemann, Jarzin extended her margin in the skate pursuit on Sunday. Wausau's Olivia Dreger was third. Team titles went to the Lakeland boys and Ashwaubenon girls.
Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Recap

Wisconsin Nordic High School Championship Predictions 2016
February 4, 2016
Ken Schoville brings us up to speed with the favorites at the Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships, being held this weekend in Cable.

Section 4 Coverage
February 4, 2016
An epic day of racing on the trails at Hyland for the Section 4 championships. For the individuals, comeback was the theme of the meet, as both Hanna Torvi, Roseville, and Jack Christianson, Mounds View, started off in third place for the skate pursuit, and reeled in the competition for the victories (matching their conference championships a week ago). The team competition was a nail biter, as the Stillwater girls took first with Forest Lake edging out Roseville by a single point for second. The boys battle was even closer, as the Forest Lake boys pulled off the victory over rival Stillwater after going to the tie-breaker -- an incredibly slim 4 second margin of victory. Results online now, posts coming later tonight.

Section 7 Coverage
February 4, 2016
Racing on the State Meet courses at Giants Ridge, Section 7 titles were decided Thursday. C-E-C's Anja Maijala used an impressive skate race to launch herself into the girls title, winning by over 30 seconds over Anna Johnson, Mesabi, with Erin Bianco, Ely, third. In the boys race, Sam Olson, Proctor/Hermantown, chased down Ely's Seth Prigge and finished just two seconds ahead, with Prigge's teammate Cole Helms in third. The Ely and Duluth East squads, both girls and boys, collected the top two team scores. Results linked in, plus great photos from Joe Bianco.

Section 2 Coverage
February 4, 2016
Section 2 championships were held on the snowmaking loop at Wirth on Thursday. The girls race featured a slate of upcoming stars as only one senior (no juniors) was in the top five. Edina sophmore Triana Willmert stood atop the podium, followed by a pair of freshman from Mpls Southwest, Kasia Bednarski and Lily Richmond. Edina girls won the team title in a tie breaker over Eden Prairie! Number one ranked Zak Ketterson bested the boys field by two minutes with Mpls Southwest William Kerker 2nd, and Kevin Jeter, Eden Prairie, 3rd. The Mpls Southwest and Eden Prairie boys proved to be the two dominated squads on the day. Results linked in, photos from the classic race coming this evening.

Section 5 Coverage
February 3, 2016
Skiing on the fresh snowfall from Tuesday, and under a brilliant blue sky, the Section 5 schools competed for State Meet advancement at Theodore Wirth today. Mora's Sadie Peterson dominated the girls race, taking a minute lead after classic in the morning and extending it nearly another 30 seconds during the freestyle for the girls title. Andover and Champlin Park girls were the top two teams, Champlin Park edging out Maple Grove by 4 points. As expected, Xavier Mansfield, St.Anthony/SLP, rocketed to a sizable margin of victory during the skate pursuit to post the boys top time. The Mora and Champlin Park boys earned their trip to State. Results linked in, photos from the skate pursuit races posted.

Section 3 Coverage
February 2, 2016
Also racing Tuesday in the middle of a major winter storm, Section 3 titles were decided at Theodore Wirth Park. Erin Moening, Highland Park, took the early lead after the morning classic, but it was Rocky-like performance by East Ridge's Megan Schiferl (starting in 4th) to make up a 46 second deficit and power on to win by over 30 seconds! Minnehaha Academy dominated the boys race with Sam Meyers cruising to the boys title, followed by teammates Tyler Radke and Bennett Pope. The Highland Park and East Ridge girls along with the Minneahaha Academy and St. Paul Central boys earned the right to compete at State. Results online, along with snowy photos from the freestyle pursuit.

Section 1 Coverage
February 2, 2016
Section 1 skiers faced off at Hyland Lake on Tuesday, battling not only each other but a major winter storm as well. The girls classic race got in clean, but just as the boys lined up the storm broke over Bloomington, dropping significant snow for the remainder of the meet. Kelly Koch, Burnsville, strided to an early lead of nearly a minute in the classic race, but Margie Freed, Eastview, came on hard in the skate to make up the gap and then double it for the victory. Eastview girls won the title by just four points over Burnsville. Eagan's Patrick Action also used a strong skate performance to take the boys title, as his team took first, with the Burnsville boys collecting second. Results linked in, photos from the classic races posted.

Section 8 Coverage
February 2, 2016
Racing on the trails at Maplelag, the NW and central teams of Minnesota squared off in the Section 8 championships Tuesday. Kendal Hendrick collected the girls title and helped led the way for her team as Little Falls placed five skiers in the top 7 for the team title. St. Cloud Cathdral-Sartell was second, besting Bemidji by 4 points. Hunter Zupko, Little Falls and Robb Pike, Brainerd, had another tight match with Zupko holding Pike by 5 seconds for the boys title. The Brainerd and Bemidji boys both advanced to State. Results linked in, plus a number of photos from Jay Richards.

Minnesota High School Nordic Academic Award Entries
February 1, 2016
MHSNSCHA coaches, its time to submit your skiers for the Nordic Academic Awards. Entries are due by Monday, Feb 8th.

Section 6 Coverage
February 1, 2016
Section 6 opened the Minnesota Sections competition with some highly competitive battles on Monday at Wirth. Anders Sonnesyn took a strong classic time and stretched it into a minute victory for the boys title as his teammates went 2nd, 4th and 5th to easily take the boys title. St. Louis Park boys edged out Robbinsdale Armstrong by 2 points for the second ticket to State. In the girls race, Hannah Rudd, Robbinsdale Armstrong echoed Sonnesyn's performance, showing she will be a favorite for the State Meet with her victory today. Wayzata's squad, led by Michaela Keller-Miller's second place performance, came within 4 points of toppling top ranked Robbinsdale Armstrong, the section champs. Results linked in and photosets posted.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 5
January 31, 2016
A bit of a rush job this week, and without the clarity we had hoped for from conference championships, we crank out our fifth round of the Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings. Most of the changes are in the team rankings. Let sections do the talking!

Peter Westra Sprint Results
January 31, 2016
Held right after the Twin Cities Championships, the Peter Westra Sprints at Wirth on Saturday gave some high school skiers a final tuneup before sections actions this week. Forest Lake skiers came away with the top prizes as Jenna Parent and Ryan Mead took the sprint titles (along with giant cookies!).

Minnesota Sections Preview
January 30, 2016
The Minnesota State High School sectionals, which determine the teams and individuals that will compete at the State Meet, are being held this coming week across Minnesota. Check out our spectator guide and picks for the favorites, plus notes on classical technique rule violations. Scheduling note: Theodore Wirth will be booked out nearly every day next week.
Waxing Recommendations

More Conference Championship Results
January 28, 2016
On Wednesday, Armstrong girls swept the first five places and Xavier Mansfield took the NWSC Championship by over 1:30, while Zak Ketterson crushed the Metro West by 3 minutes; Thursday saw Hopkins girls nearly upset Wayzata with Claire Benton topping the Lake Conf field, and a double upset in SSC as Nate Blichfeldt and Kelly Koch took the titles.

Tuesday's Conference Championship Results
January 26, 2016
Most Minnesota high school conferences are holding their championship races this week. Some highlights from Tuesday: Hanna Torvi, Roseville, and Jack Christianson, Mounds View, won over strong competition in SEC; Mpls Washburn's Andrew Sell peaks well taking 2nd in Mpls Conf; Ingrid Thyr, Breck, wins by two minutes in IMAC.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 4
January 25, 2016
Finally - some solid data from last weekend's JNQ races help to sort out the contenders, and validate many of the leaders, in the latest round of our Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings. No changes at the top: Zak Ketterson and Margie Freed rule, along with the Robbinsdale Armstrong girls and Stillwater boys.

Telemark JNQ/CCSA: Freestyle Coverage
January 24, 2016
The Telemark JNQ/CCSA series wrapped up Sunday with mass start freestyle races. The womens 10K proved to be an exciting battle with a half dozen skiers in the mix right into the big downhill. In the end, it was a sprint finish between MTU's Andrea Lee and redshirt NMU skier Kristen Bourne, Lee taking it by a tenth of a second, with UAF's Anne-Tine Markset collecting third. In the mens 15K, the trio of NMU skiers Jake Brown, Adam Martin and Ian Torchia broke away by mid-point and finished together, Martin - Torchia - Brown. Abby Jarzin took control of the U16 girls race and skied in solo for the victory with Kelly Koch holding off Rana Kraftson to round out the podium. The U16 boys was much closer with Peter Moore taking over the lead from Ryan Mead in the last 1/2K for the win, Kieran Mullen third. Results linked in, lots of photos now online.
CCSA: Martin Wins Again While Lee shines for the Huskies

Telemark JNQ/CCSA: Classical Coverage
January 23, 2016
Beautiful conditions Saturday for the first distance JNQ of the season, racing on the tough trails at Telemark. Adam Martin narrowly edged out NMU teammate Ian Torchia for the mens 10K classical victory. Felicia Gesior, NMU, strided to the front of the womens 5K classical field. Racing continues on Sunday with mass start freestyle events. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 10K and 5K races.
CCSA: Martin and Gesior Take Wins on Day One of the Telemark Chase

South Suburban Conference Sprints Results
January 20, 2016
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference held it's Freestyle Sprint Championships on Tuesday at Valleywood G.C. with several skiers who had scored well at the recent JNQ sprints taking part. The Eastview Girls team swept the podium with Margie Freed taking 1st, Annika Martel 2nd, and Kylie Kraemer in 3rd. The 8th place finish of Sydney Hedberg sealed the team win for Eastview. In the Boys race,. Eagan's Patrick Acton skied to victory with Lakeville South's Tyler Haroldson in 2nd and Prior Lake senior Mitch McDonald in 3rd. True to its early season form, Eagan took the boys team title.

Chippewa Valley Invite Results
January 20, 2016
Ted Theyerl reports: The second annual Chippewa Valley Nordic Invitational was held at Tower Ridge in Eau Claire, WI on Tuesday evening with 121 skiers from Chippewa Valley Nordic (Eau Claire, WI), Winona, Red Wing, and Rochester doing a "Boarder Battle" 4.7k mass start skate race under the lighted loops. In the boys Varsity race, CVN skier Ben Theyerl won in 12:00.4, with CVN teammate David Ecker .4 seconds behind holding off Winona's Jake Williams by 10 seconds for second and third. In the girls Varsity race, Winona 8th grader Anni Skillicorn won by 12 seconds over Rochester skier Aly Welch, with Zoe Smith of CVN in third. Using Wisconsin team scoring of 3 skiers, Winona won both the boys and girls varsity races.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 3
January 19, 2016
Our third go at the rankings, and honestly, almost no changes as the data was pretty light for the past week. A few notables and minor tweaks, as we await the Telemark JNQ showdown this weekend.

Wausau JNQ: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 16, 2016
Despite the crisp temperatures, Greenwood Hills Golf Course was home to the first JNQ event of the season as juniors racing for classical sprint titles. Zak Ketterson dominated the U18/U20 boys field, with Tamer Mische-Richter taking second, Russell O'Brien third. The U18/U20 girls field provided some top notch competition with a star packed finale as Hannah Rudd came in first, followed by Erin Moening and Dottie Anderson. U16 titles went to Anders Sonnesyn and Abigail Jarzin. Results linked in, plus photos from Mindy Benton.

Detroit Lakes Invite Coverage
January 14, 2016
Jay Richards reports: Five inches of fresh snow greeted skiers during the 17th annual Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski meet. Moderate temps and no wind made for great racing conditions at sophomore Hunter Zupko of Little Falls held off the Brainerd duo of Robert Pike and Evan Schreifels in the boys Varsity continuous pursuit. In girls varsity, eyes were on Norwegian exchange student Celine Kjernsval skiing at the new Moorhead program but it was ninth grader Molly Lange of Little Falls who took the convincing win over Morgan Sagedahl from Bemidji. Team titles went to Brainerd for the boys and Little Falls for the girls.

SSC Meet at Valleywood
January 13, 2016
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference took advantage of the moderate temperatures Wednesday afternoon to hold a 5.6 KM classic event at Valleywood G.C. Fresh from competing at the Senior Nationals, Eastview's Margie Freed skied to a 56 second win over Prior Lake's Maria Berg with Burnsville Sophomore Kelly Koch, also just back from Houghton, taking 3rd. The Eastview Girls, placing 3 skiers in the top 5, took the team title with Burnsville in 2nd. The Boys race turned out to be a three skier dual with Eagan Junior Patrick Acton besting Ryan Steger, his teammate, by 17 seconds to take the win with Burnsville's Nate Blichfeldt in 3rd another 24 seconds back. Eagan took the team win with Lakeville South and ISD 196 tying for 2nd.

USSA: U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named
January 13, 2016
USSA has posted their official announcement of the U23 and Junior World Teams, which include five skiers from Northern Michigan University (six if you include next season's member Zak Ketterson).

Mesabi East Lost and Found
January 12, 2016
A collection of found and lost items from the Mesabi East Invite last weekend at Giants Ridge.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 2
January 11, 2016
With some fresh data and major competitions, we take a new crack at the Minnesota Nordic high school rankings. Margie Freed takes over the top ranking for the girls, and Anders Sonnesyn moves up to second for the boys (behind Zak Ketterson). The Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls and Stillwater boys hold the top team positions.

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 9, 2016
Crisp temperatures and near perfect conditions on the Minnesota State Meet courses provided a great test for the field of 950 skiers at the Mesabi East Invite at Giants Ridge Saturday. Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata, strided to the boys top classical time, just three seconds ahead of Ely's Seth Prigge with Joe Rauzi, Duluth East, just another second back. The Northern girls dominated the classic field as Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown, Erika Fox, CEC, and Erin Bianco, Ely, filled out the podium. In the afternoon skate races, just three seconds separate the award winners as William Kerker, Mpls Southwest, finished first with Jack Christianson, Mounds View, second and Mitch Delong, Copper Country (MI) third. Amanda Kautzer, Benilde-St.Margarets, proved to be the queen of freestyle as she posted a victory margin over 38 seconds over Stillwater's Rana Kraftson, followed by Duluth East's Sophie Farrow. Team titles went to the Wayzata boys and Duluth East girls.

Loppet Invite Results
January 9, 2016
Attracting one of their largest fields to date, 18 teams competed at Wirth on Saturday in the Loppet Invite. Erin Moening, Highland Park, dominated the girls field with a winning margin of over 45 seconds. Patrick Acton, Eagan, held off conference rival Nate Blichfeldt for the boys victory. Team titles went to the Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls and Eden Prairie boys.

US Nationals: Mass Start Freestyle Coverage
January 7, 2016
Thursday at US Nationals in Houghton, MI, featured the exciting mass start freestyle races. Warm temperatures made for fast conditions and enjoyable spectating. In the first race, Ian Torchia and Zak Ketterson pulled away for a 1-2 finish in the Men's 10K. Lars Hannah of Denver followed in 3rd. A pack of 10 skiers led the men's 30K for much of the race, with Tad Elliott breaking away in the final 2K, chased by Brian Gregg. Elliot and Gregg finished 1-2 followed by Canadian Michael Somppi. Adam Martin was the 3rd American finisher (4th place overall). In the women's 20K, the field fractured early with a group of 4 breaking away in the last 5K. Caitlin Patterson, Chelsea Holmes, and Katharine Ogden posted the top 3 finishing times, with Anne Hart skating to 4th. In the final race of the day, Hannah Halvorsen led the pack to the finish, followed by Vivian Hett (2nd) and Julia Kern (3rd). Nicole Schneider (4th) missed the podium by 3 seconds. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the races.
USSA: Patterson Doubles Up at National Championships

Mora Invite Results
January 6, 2016
Peter Larsen reports: After much shoveling and plowing 1km of raceable track was groomed at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center for the Mora Invitational on Tuesday. Varsity racers completed 1 km sprint races throughout the evening spread out by 2.7km Junior High races and 3.7km JV races. After a full evening of racing under lights, the Mora Boys had 5 of 6 "A final" racers and were the Boys team champion. The Mora Girls with had 3 of 6 "A final" racers, ended up on the top of the results for the girls. Individual varsity champions were Tom Woolhouse and Sadie Peterson, both of Mora.

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