Declan Dahlberg and Matt Steiger duel for the class A title, Minnesota State CC Meet, November 4, 2017
Duluth Marshall skiers under the lights, Mora Invite, December 21, 2017 (Photo: Dave Johnson)
Hoigaards Relays, December 16, 2017
Boys field rolls out, ABC Relays, January 13, 2018 (Photo: Mary Johnson)
Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Announces 2018/2019 Junior National Team
May 31, 2018
USA Nordic has announced that 23 athletes from around the country have been named to the 2018/2019 USA Nordic Junior National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Included on the roster are two Minnesota siblings, Aiden and Charolette Ripp of Cloquet, MN. Jumpers from Wisconsin, Illinois also made the squad.
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.