The Osseo boys’ Nordic ski team had an outstanding day of racing, coming within a point of upsetting second-ranked Irondale at the Section 5 Nordic ski meet. The team had fantastic performances to put them in position for the upset. Osseo showed great team balance as they finished eighth, ninth, 10th and 13th to apply the pressure.
Captain Kevin Curwick was Osseo’s top finisher taking eighth in the pursuit. Curwick was 11th after the classic race, but moved into eighth with the sixth-place freestyle finish. Senior Austin Schumer was right behind taking ninth in pursuit, with eighth in classic and 12th in freestyle.
Junior Tanner Wetzel was right on their tail, finishing 10th skiing very balanced placing 10th in both classic and freestyle. All finished within 5 seconds of each other and qualified for the State meet. Junior Adam Berkowitz had a great day climbing from 19th after the classic race to 13th with the fifth best freestyle time in the meet.
“All the boys skied unbelievable,” Osseo coach Brad Rosch said. “They believed they had a chance to win it and went after it. It was impressive to see them come in one right after another. Even though we didn’t win the meet, no team skied better today.”
Also skiing for the team were: Junior Jason Schulte who had a fine performance taking 25th in pursuit, with an outstanding 19th in the freestyle race. Mitch Dehmer 39th and David Jeydnak 47th.
The girls’ team also skied well placing third. Sophomore Sarah Bezdicek had two great races (fourth in classic, third in freestyle) to finish fourth in the pursuit and qualify for her second state meet. Senior Kaley Shagen placed fifth in the pursuit taking eighth in classic and fifth in the freestyle. This finish qualified her for next week’s state meet, a school record fifth straight year.
“Five straight years skiing in the state meet is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to Kaley’s hard work and dedication,” said Rosch. Marissa Wright had two strong performances to cap her fine senior year finishing 17th in pursuit, with 17th in classic and 15th in freestyle. Sophomore Kaitlyn Anderson had a good day and completed the team score with taking 25th in pursuit, with 28th in classic, 22nd freestyle. Also skiing for the Orioles were Jenny Schoenrock 31st, Sarah Todey 33rd and Jenna Thompson 43rd.
“The girls moved up a spot from their place last year. They competed hard against some of the top skiers in the state to earn third place,” said coach Kay Pederson.
Next up for the Orioles is the Minnesota State meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.