The Copper Country Ski Tigers won the overall Michigan State High School Cross Country Ski Championship title at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Michigan this weekend. Ski Tigers Mitchell Delong and Matthew Chard led the victory with a solid first and second places in both the Pursuit and the Classic Relays races. The Ski Tigers took third overall in the girls division and first in the boys.
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HOUGHTON, Mich. — Members of Michigan Tech's Nordic skiing team participated in a community engagement event last week when they hosted the Ski Tigers Development Team, a local youth skiing club, at the Nordic Training Center.
HANCOCK — While some were getting ready to sit on the couch and take in the Super Bowl, others bundled up to head to a ski race. But it wasn't any ski race; it was for kids 16 and under. Read more...
The CXC Youth Cup was developed in cooperation with the Minnesota Ski League and cross country ski coaches from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan in the winter 2015 to promote health and fitness in youth across the Midwest.
Now in its second season, the CXC Youth Cup offers athletes ages 10-13 (U12 and U14 age divisions) an opportunity to experience and explore the excitement of travel, friendship, and competition associated with CXC / USSA events and races.
The top 8 U14 boys and top 8 U14 girls from the final points list will be invited to participate in a Dream Camp. Anabel Needham represented Ski Tigers at the dream camp last year.
Gretchen Haggenmiller is currently ranked 2nd for the U14 girls. Mike Fraley, Kora Johnson and Abigail Stone are also participating and are all in the top 20. There are close to 200 youth participating this year.
Way to work hard while having fun Ski Tigers!
Over 110 kids representing 10+ clubs from all over Wisconsin and Michigan participated in the 13th annual Christmas Camp hosted by Copper Country Ski Tigers. The camp has become a holiday tradition to put in solid training and meet skiers from other teams before racing really kicks in. The camp consisted of an all-team pasty dinner, two half days of training, and a fun relay race on the last day. Each club sending athletes also provided one coach for every 6-8 athletes. Thanks to all who the coaches, groomers, parents, alumni and skiers that helped make this a super fun successful event!
With the Houghton JNQ cancelled earlier this week and the late arrival of some much needed snow, the Ski Tigers hosted an impromptu time trial today appropriately named the Lake Effect Loppet. They were joined by skiers from MTU and Marquette as well as some CCST masters and alumni.
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CALUMET - In advance of the annual Great Bear Chase, younger skiers got their own chance to compete Friday at the Junior Bear Chase at the Swedetown Trails.
Seventy-four skiers participated in this year's event, which included 1-, 2- and 4-kilometer races.
For many of the younger skiers, the Junior Bear Chase and the Barnelopet are the only competitive skiing they do in the winter, said race director Dave Wanless.
Under-6 skiers at the annual Junior Bear Chase chase the pace-setting bear shortly after the start of the 1-kilometer classic race at the Swedetown Trails Friday. The race precedes the Great Bear Chase, which happens today in Calumet.
"It's a good opportunity for kids," he said. "They have fun doing it."
The race is put on the Copper Country Ski Tigers, which provides instruction for area children ages 5 to 17. The Junior Bear Chase wraps up eight weeks of classes, and is then followed by a picnic in the snow, said Joe Stone, president of the Ski Tigers, who has five children in the group.
"Some of the kids are 5, 6, and they're in their first race," he said. "They get to race in front of their friends and family. They get a cool cookie and medal."
Angie Grunert, a Houghton fifth-grader, was awaiting the start of her 2K race. She started skiing after moving to the area two years ago.
"We just looked up some races we could do up here, and we found this race," she said.
"It's nice. There's a lot of great skiers."
After their races, skiers received medals and cookies, and for top finishers, commemorative stuffed animals.
The first-place winners in Friday's races (girls and boys):
1K classic (under 6): Esme Schmidt, Markus Miller
1K classic (under 8): Alaina Eles, Henry Lovibas
2K freestyle (under 10): Sage Resh Chimner, Bodi Neumann
2K freestyle (under 12): Maria Velat, Daniel Lyle
2K classic (under 10): Lucia Haggenmiller, Birk Seagren
2K classic (under 12): Catlynn Borlek, Tanner Guidar
4K freestyle (under 12): Abigail Stone, Mike Healey
4K freestyle (under 14): Gretchen Haggenmiller, Joseph Wood
4K freestyle (under 16): N/A, Thomas Lyle
With temperatures hovering around zero and wind chills as low as -30, the Ski Tigers Race Team braved the elements to compete against several other teams from Michigan. The races started out on Friday morning with the 5km classic race. Mitchell DeLong won the race in 17 minutes, followed closely by Keefer Edwards from Traverse City Central and teammate David Jaszczak. Isaac Stone (6th) and Ben Wood (10th) also finished in the top 10 for the Ski Tigers.
2013 champion Sarah Goble (Lake Michigan Ski Team) continued her reign with a winning time of 19:40. Ski Tigers senior Sarah Lyle wasn't far behind with a time of 20:06, with Annabel Needham rounding out the top 10 for the Ski Tigers. With only four skiers, the Ski Tigers girls managed an impressive tie for first place with Traverse City after the classic race.
The skiers returned to the trails Friday afternoon to compete in the skate race for the distance champion title. The start times for the skate race were based on the finish times from the classic race, so that a composite of both races is used to determine the distance champion.
Mitchell DeLong held on to win the boys distance title, although teammate David Jaszczak was closing in quickly. Isaac Stone (6th) and Matt Chard (9th) also finished in the top 10, giving the Ski Tigers a final team score of 148, good for first place by a wide margin.
The Ski Tigers girls finished in a close second place to Traverse City. Sarah Goble expanded her lead from the classic race to finish first place overall for the second consecutive year. Ski Tiger Sarah Lyle (3rd) and Annabel Needham (7th) finished in the top 10 for Ski Tigers.
In the past there has been a second day with 1-kilometer sprint races, but it was cancelled this year due to extremely cold temperatures and wind-chills on Saturday.
Fueled by their strong boys team score, the Ski Tigers won the Michigan State Team Title for the third consecutive year.
"I'm very proud of all of these kids. They trained very hard all year, several of them have qualified for Junior Nationals [March 8-14 Truckee, CA] and I'm excited to see how they do there." Said coach Tom Wood.
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