With the return of many top veterans, the Osseo High cross country ski teams are looking for a successful winter season.
Returning letter winners are senior captain and all-conference Kevin Curwick and senior Austin Schumer; junior all-conference Tanner Wetzel and juniors Adam Berkowitz and Jason Schulte.
Promising newcomers include juniors David Jedynak and Cody Werner, who missed last season with injuries, and sophomores Carter Eich and Mitchell Dehmer.
“The boys’ team was fourth in both NWSC meet and Section 5 Meet. With returning letter winners we have a solid base for another good season,” Osseo coach Brad Rosch said. “We hope to compete for first in the conference.
Section 5 is tougher to try and win. Roseville is in the section and is returning state champions.”
The girls’ team also welcomes back some top performers. Leading the way are senior captains Kaley Shagen (five-time letterwinner, four-time all-conference and four-time state qualifier) Sarah Todey (five-time letter-winner, two-time all-conference), Jenna Thompson (two-time letter-winner) and Marissa Wright (two-time letter-winner).
Also back are juniors Jenny Schoenrock, sophomores Kaitlyn Anderson, Sarah Bezdicek (all-conference and state qualifier), Abby Fridgen and Jenn Hohn (two-time letter-winner).
“The girls were fourth in the NWSC meet and third in Section 5 meet last year,” Rosch said. “With nine returning letter winners we are looking to compete for the NWSC championship. Section 5 will be tougher. Roseville won the meet last year and returns all their skiers. But we could give them a run for their money with Kaley Shagen, one of the top skiers in the state, leading the way. Sarah Bezdicek is also a top skier. Both worked extremely hard during the summer to compete with the best in the state.”