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Metro-area boys' Nordic skiers, teams to watch this season

By Star Tribune, 12/11/19, 12:57PM CST


An early look at who's set to stand out between now and the state meet in February.

Forest Lake's Ethan Erickson raced ahead of Ely/Silver Bay's Ben Gustafson and Brainerd's Evan Storbakken in the 5K freestyle race in the 2019 state meet at Giant's Ridge in Biwabik. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Ten top skiers to watch

• Roger Anderson, Armstrong, junior

• Ethan Erickson, Forest Lake, senior

• Colin Freed, Wayzata, junior

• Nick Parent, Forest Lake, senior

• Drew Sampson, Forest Lake, junior

• James Schneider, Wayzata, senior

• Henry Snider, Mounds Park Academy, senior

• Victor Sparks, Minneapolis Southwest, junior

• Zach Spear, Eden Prairie, senior

• CJ Young, Maple Grove, senior


1. Forest Lake

2. Wayzata

3. Minneapolis Southwest

4. St. Paul Highland Park

5. Prior Lake


Nordic notebook

Forest Lake eyes sweeping Nordic titles
The Rangers have been prominent on both the boys’ and girls’ Nordic scene, but have never swept the team championships. Could they pull off the feat come February at Giants Ridge in Biwabik? The boys’ team lost two seniors to graduation from its runner-up group of a year ago. The girls’ squad returns all but one skier from its fourth-place finishing group — lost third place tiebreaker to Stillwater — in 2019. Between the two teams, they have four brother-sister, two brother and one sister combination.

St. Paul Highland Park seeks program first
Brad Moening’s girls’ Nordic skiing squad, seeking its first team state championhip in program history, welcomes back all seven of its skiers from their runner-up group to Armstrong last season. The Scots are led by sophomore Molly Moening, Brad’s daughter, who finished sixth in 2019. Central is the only St. Paul City Conference school to win the team crown back in 1991. Central also won three consecutive boys’ titles from 1991-93. No other school in the conference has won the boys’ title, either.


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