Great news folks. The Ely boys and girls Nordic Ski teams competed Saturday against over 1000 skiers from 66 schools from Minnesota and Wisconsin in the single largest high school Nordic ski event in North America. Seth Prigge took 2nd place in the boys classic race leading the boys to 7th place as a team, while Erin Bianco placed third in the girls classic race, leading the Ely girls to 3rd place overall as a team. The future of our program looks good too. The Junior varsity girls took second place while the JV boys took sixth place. All we need now is a little more snow. Congratulations to all our skiers.
How great is this. Both the boys and girls Ely Nordic Ski Teams won handily at the Korki ski area in Two Harbors on Tuesday. The full field of teams from Section 7 was there and most of the elite skiers competed, so this was a good ealy test of relative depth for Section 7. It certainly surprised a lot of folks who follow this sport closely that Ely was able to pull of dual wins against Duluth East, the perennial favorite.
On the boys side Cole Helms had a great day, finishing first by 47 seconds. That was an aoutstanding achiement. On the girls side Erin Bianco finished second but only by 4 seconds, and we had 4 skiers in the top 12. This bodes well for the rest of the season. There were some elite skiers who crashed into the woods on a very rugged course (due to poor snow conditions), so we can't read too much into this. It is just one race in a long season just getting underway. Stay tuned.
Oh how sad. I loved visiting Grand Marais for a race day. The January 2nd race has been canceled and will not be rescheduled because the race schedule is already so full. The next race will be on Tueday, January 5, 2016 in Two Harbors.
Due to lack of natural snow across the state, seven teams from Section 8 joined our area teams for a huge race on Tuesday at Mt. Itasca in Grand Rapids. 475 skiers from 16 schools participated in a great day for Nordic skiing in Minnesota. Ely boys placed 3rd overall while Ely girls were still able to hold sixth place even without their two top skiers who could not race that day. On the girls side, Mesabi East was just able to edge out Duluth East setting the stage for a long close competiton for the girls title all season.
It was great to see so many Ely Jr. High racers do so well. We had a hallf dozen Ely skiers in both boys and girls races, finish in the top 25. That is roughly 1 in 4 finishers in a field of 16 teams. That bodes well for the future of the program.
Wow! That was fun to watch. Over 200 skiers from nine Section 7 schools competed at the first Classic ski race of the new season Saturday at Hidden Valley. Our skiers did just great. Both the boys and girls varsity skiers won their races and led by substantial margins. The Ely boys placed 5 skiers in the top 13 positions with Seth Prigge and Cole Helms leading the way. The girls placed 5 skiers in the top 12, with Erin Bianco and Emma Terwilliger leading the way.
The Ely skiers did equally well in junior varsity and junior high taking roughly half the top 12 positions in those races. This bodes very well for the future of this program. The coaches were happy.
Now we can't get too excited. Arch Duluth East was not here and strong teams from Mesabi East and Proctor Hermantown did not have all their top skiers on hand for the races. So much remains to be seen. The next race is Tuesday at Mt. Itasca in Grand Rapids.
Our ski trails are all open, groomed and in good shape for Holiday skiing. Come on out and enjoy our winter wonderland. It could not be more beautiful along our ski trails through evergreens loaded with fresh snow. Enjoy.