The Osseo ski team had a strong outing at Elm Creek at the Wednesday, Jan. 30, NWSC meet, with 12 skiers earning all-conference honors. The boys’ team was runner up to fourth-ranked Elk River and girls took fourth, but just eight points from second place.
“We had a great day,” Osseo coach Brad Rosch said.
The girls’ team, with five all-conference skiers, was paced by Kaley Shagen and Sarah Bezdicek, who took first and second in the pursuit race. In the freestyle race Shagen posted the fastest time with a dominating race. Bezdicek was in fourth, but kept within striking distance of the leaders.
Shagen had another solid race posting the second fastest classic time to seal her second NWSC championship. Bezdicek skied an outstanding race skiing the fastest classic race of the day to climb past an Andover and Armstrong skier to clinch second place.
“Kaley skied like a champion today,” Rosch said. “She really went after it and earned her second NWSC medalist honors. Sarah skied a smart, tough race. It was great to see her finish so strong and win the classic leg.”
Not to be out done, all the Osseo girls’ skiers had great performances. Marissa Wright had her best two races of the year taking 21st in pursuit, with 22nd in freestyle and 20th in classic. Osseo’s next two all-conference skiers, Sarah Todey and Jenna Thompson, were tied for 34th after the skate race, just short of all-conference honors. Todey had the 22nd fastest classic race to move to 26th place overall. Thompson’s 26th place in the classic was her best race of the year and moved her to 28th to get her all-conference honors. Kaitlyn Anderson captured honorable mention all-conference taking 34th in pursuit, with 28th in freestyle and 36th in classic. These six skiers combined to form the team score.
The following four girls also skied well. Jenny Schoenrock was 43rd in pursuit with 46th in freestyle and 43rd in classic. Mariah Wetzel was 49th in pursuit, with 61st in freestyle, and an outstanding 36th in classic. Maddy Hvidston was 61st in pursuit with 57th in freestyle and 62nd in classic. Abby Fridgen was 62nd in pursuit with 63rd in freestyle and 61st in classic.
“The girls skied a fantastic race,” Osseo coach Kory Freeberg said. “They battled all day but came up a little short for the team championship. Having five all-conference and one honorable mention skier is outstanding.”
The boys’ team, after graduating their top three skiers from last year, had a great team effort pushing Elk River all day. The team had great depth placing seven skiers in the top 26 places with all seven earning all-conference honors.
Tanner Wetzel was Osseo’s top finisher taking ninth in pursuit with ninth in freestyle and 10th in classic. Osseo’s next three skiers placed together with Austin Schumer 13th in pursuit with 15th in freestyle and 13th in classic. Kevin Curwick 14th in pursuit with 13th in freestyle and 16th in classic. Adam Berkowitz 15th in pursuit with 19th in freestyle and 15th in classic.
Also coming in together was Mitch Dehmer 23rd in pursuit with 26th in freestyle and 22nd in classic and Jason Schulte 24th in pursuit with 21st in freestyle and 31st in classic. David Jeydnak was 42nd after the freestyle race climbed all the way to 26th in pursuit by posting an outstanding 19th place in the classic race.
Osseo’s additional varsity skiers also had a great day of racing. Cody Werner, returning from a year off due to injury, took 38th in pursuit with 47th in freestyle and 35th in classic. Mark Gooley placed 57th in pursuit with 67th in freestyle and a great 47th in classic. Austin Carline was 62nd in pursuit with 50th in freestyle and 67th in classic, completing Osseo’s varsity lineup.
“The boys really came along this year,” Osseo coach Monte Miller said. “They had great training all season. They skied really tough and battled for every second. Pushing the fourth best team in the state and taking second was a lot of fun.”