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WNDG Provides Funds to Athletes/Coaches for National Trips

February 28, 2018

Several coaches and athletes that recently participated in the Wisconsin State Meet have been selected to represent the Midwest Division at the upcoming Junior Nationals trip to Soldiers Hollow in Utah and the NENSA trip to the Gore Mountain Nordic Center in North Creek, New York.   The Wisconsin Nordic Development Group will be providing $100 to each to help with trip expenses.    Please congratulate the following individuals and wish them much success in their competitions.

Junior Nationals
Soldiers Hollow
March 4-11, 2018

Athletes
Ryan Thieme  – Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (U16)
Daniel Huhtala –  Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (U16)
Mia Case – Lakeland Nordic Ski Team (U16)
Jackson Adler – Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (U18)
Abijail Jarzin Ashwaubenon –  Nordic Ski Team (U18)
Isabel Seay – Peak Nordic (U18)

Coaches
Scott Putman – Head Kick Wax, Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
Ted Theyerl – Age Group Coach, Chippewa Valley Nordic

 

NENSA U16 Championship Trip
Gore Mountain Nordic Center
North Creek, NY
March 9-11, 2018

Athletes
Nina Chosy – Madnorski
Garrett Walters – CVN
Jake Van Hefty – Lakeland

Coaches
Kris Hanson – Trip Leader, 4591 Sports Development
Bjorn Hanson – 4591 Sports Development
Charil Reis – Rhinelander Nordic

 

2018 State Meet Results

The 2018 Wisconsin Nordic Ski League State Meet is in the books and results for the weekend can be found here.    The entire two days of skiing was also live-streamed on the Internet and is available for replay anytime.   There is a link on the home page to find the streaming site.

Over 430 skiers participated in two days of ski racing at the Birkie Start Area near Cable WI.    Individual and team awards were handed out in High School and Middle School divisions for both boys and girls.   Despite some relatively cold temperatures,  the skiers turned in some outstanding performances.    As organizers, we want to thank all the volunteers who helped make the weekend a success.

Volunteer Registration is Open for State Meet

As you know, many ski events are run with volunteer help and the WNSL State Meet is no exception.   Anyone can volunteer to assist at the race and earn money for their favorite ski team at $8 per hour worked.  When you check-in on race day, you just need to let us know what team your support.   This is a great opportunity to involve yourself in a great event and help support your favorite team.   We also will work with you so that you still get to see your favorite skiers while they are racing.

To sign up, simply go to the Sign-up.com  site by clicking on the button below.   You can see what jobs are available and pick your spot.   Your help is greatly appreciated by the organizers and athletes.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Updated 2018 Course Information Announced

The course for the 2018 high school races will undergo some significant changes from last year.   The new course will incorporate two laps on separate courses – an A-loop (lap 1) an a B-loop.   This will allow for the inclusion of some more difficult climbs that will be more challenging then the previous course and also reduce some congestion on the course when skiers on different laps overtake each other.   It will still provide good opportunities for spectators to watch the the competition at multiple points on the course.  You can view the  course maps for both HS and MS events on the Spectator page.   There is also a good map on how to get to the Birkie Start where all the races will be held.

 

Keep Current on State Meet Updates – Join our email list

Visitors to our site have a new way to keep up to date on the latest news by joining our State Meet email list.   To add your name to the list, simply go to the home page at www.winordicski.com and click on the link in the upper right portion of the page to sign-up.  It’s free and you can unsubscribe at anytime.    You’ll get information on new information posted on the site as it gets posted.  This will include things like schedule updates, start lists and course conditions.   So do it today and don’t miss any late breaking news.

Results from Several Early Season Races

Here are some links to race results for races up through last weekend races in Wausau and Iola.  If you have more to add, please let us know.

December 20. 2016
Lakeland Season Opener
Winter Park Ski Area

 December 27,  2017
Spooner HS XC Invite
Spooner WI

December 28. 2017
Hayward Double Pole Derby

Birkie Trailhead

January 7 & 8, 2017
Rhinelander Hodag Challenge

CAVOC Trails

Saturday – Freestyle

Sunday – Classic Pursuit

January 14, 2017
The Snekkevik – Wausau 

Nine Mile Forest

January 15, 2017
Iola Skate Classic

Iola Winter Sports Club

Team Pictures Needed

Coaches and team managers, it’s not to early to think about your team pictures for the year.   We will once again be creating a booklet at the State Meet with pictures of all the teams.   Team pictures that are separated by High School skiers in one picture and the Middle School skiers in the other are needed.   The pictures should be submitted to Sue Kort at kort@luhs.k12.wi.us .   Pictures need to be submitted by January 9 to be included in the booklet

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Volunteer Opportunities – Earn Money For Your Team

The volunteer site for the State Meet has been opened and now you can signup for the positions you want.  By volunteering, you can earn money for your team based on the amount of time you provide help at the State Meet.  Help is needed in a number of areas, so check it out and see where you might be able to lend a hand.   To see what opportunities are available, click the link below.   Any assistance you can provide is appreciated and helps assure a great competition for everyone.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

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Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships Changes Venue

By: Ken Schoville, Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championship’s Chief of Stadium

The Wisconsin Nordic Development Group (WNDG), in association with the American Birkebeiner Foundation, is pleased to announce the site for the 2017 Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship, will be hosted at the new Birkebeiner start located in Cable, (WI).

Over 400 high school and middle school skiers will converge for a weekend of racing February 11th through the 12th, 2017, to test their fitness and ski skills in a two day event that features an individual start and a pursuit race the following day.

The new venue features a wide start, designed to accommodate Birkebeiner waves, thus making for an open stadium with spectator friendly viewing. The 60 foot by 120 foot new heated building behind the start area, will be used for for a warming area and inside waxing, if needed. There is a timing/announcing building by the start line that will also provide for medical and volunteer needs as well as be a wonderful resource, that will add to the infrastructure of the site.

Chief of Competition, Ken Schoville, was wowed with the possibilities of the new site stating:

“This new opportunity is going to be an exciting step for the premier high school nordic event of our state. The board of the American Birkebeiner and Executive Director, Ben Popp, have been generous and enthusiastic about offering this new chapter in the high school championship history. As a group, WNDG is excited and looking forward to this new partnership with the Birkie. We are appreciative of their continued support for high school and youth skiing, by their open attitudes toward our event and through their scholarships and interest in the growth of the sport…”

“I have no doubt that this new start area will develop in the future and be on the “to ski” list of many Nordic skiers. As skiers come to check out the new start features, the venue will give them a hint of what the rush of adrenaline is like, when the waves of the Birkie take off. In aura and feel, this new development is positioned to become the “Lambeau Field” of Nordic skiing, frozen tundra and all,” said Schoville.

Birkie Executive Director, Ben Popp, welcomed the event with this observation:

“We are very excited to host the Wisconsin State meet, the next generation of amazing athletes!  The new Birkie venue in Cable will be a great location for hosting events with ample parking, warm space, wax areas, race office, great course and more.  I think the athletes, volunteers and spectators will have a great experience!”

Even in the heat of summer, excitement is building for the 36th running of the Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships at the new Birkie start area in Cable.