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Girls' and boys' Nordic skiing story lines, skiers to watch

By Ron Haggstrom, Star Tribune, 12/11/17, 5:30PM CST


Wayzata's Mara McCollor is one of 20 metro skiers to watch this season.

Mara McCollor helped the Wayzata girls' team take third at state a year ago. The junior is among favorites to win a gold medal and lead the Trojans to a team title at state this season. File photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Sweeps possible

Minneapolis Southwest coach Drew Holbrook has his sights set on the Lakers’ boys’ and girls’ Nordic squads sweeping the team championships. His boys’ group is the defending state champion while the girls’ contingent is coming off a third-place finish. The girls’ team has its top four skiers back while the boys have some holes to fill. Wayzata could sweep the individual crowns with seniors Luc Golin and Anders Sonnesyn among the boys’ favorites and junior Mara McCollor at the top of the girls’ list. In the boys’ team competition, the Trojans could unseat Minneapolis Southwest.


Top 10 individuals to watch

• Lucinda Anderson, Armstrong, junior

• Kasia Bednarski, Minneapolis Southwest, junior

• Siri Bohacek, Stillwater, senior

• Regan Duffy, Forest Lake, junior

• Sudie Hall, Minneapolis Southwest, freshman

• Kelly Koch, Burnsville, senior

• Rana Kraftson, Stillwater, senior

• Mara McCollor, Wayzata, junior

• Sarah Olson, Blaine, junior

• Jennifer Parent, Forest Lake, senior

Top five teams

1. Minneapolis Southwest

2. Armstrong

3. Stillwater

4. Forest Lake

5. Edina

Minneapolis Southwest senior Torsten Brinkema is one of 10 metro skiers to watch this season. File photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com


Top 10 individuals to watch

• Torsten Brinkema, Minneapolis Southwest, senior

• Luc Golin, Wayzata, senior

• Andrew Haines, Forest Lake, junior

• Henry Hall, Minneapolis Southwest, junior

• Spencer Kotys, Forest Lake, senior

• Ryan Mead, Forest Lake, senior

• Peter Moore, St. Paul Academy, junior

• Benjamin Olson, Blaine, senior

• James Schneider, Wayzata, sophomore

• Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata, senior

Top five teams

1. Wayzata

2. Minneapolis Southwest

3. Forest Lake

4. Stillwater

5. Edina

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