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Nordic Skiing: Warriors wrangle up 2 conference titles

Gina Wasniewski1 / 2
Evan Storbakken2 / 2

FERGUS FALLS—Gina Wasniewski and Evan Storbakken captured individual classic titles to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a sweep of the Central Lakes Conference Championships Monday, Feb. 11.

Wasniewski won the girl's classic in 17:10 helping the Warriors beat out Alexandria by one point, which was Brainerd's margin of victory over the Cardinals for a trip to state in last week's Section 8 meet. It was also the first career win for Wasniewski, a junior.

Emma Storbakken placed third and Abbygail Wohl-Kovatovich was fourth in the classic.

In the skate portion, Grace Erholtz's third-place time of 15:25 paced the Warriors with Liliana Schaeffer finishing fourth.

Storbakken dominated the classic field on the boy's side with a 43-second win. Maxim Osborne followed in second with Ben Renner third and Nole Robertson fourth.

Nick Whiteman's third-place time of 13:47 in the skate race paced the Warriors with Mitchell Neumann in fourth and Jacob Olson fifth.

Evan Storbakken, Osborne, Renner, Robertson, Whiteman, Newman and Olson were all all-conference skiers. David Dewey received an honorable mention.

Wasnieski, Emma Storbakken, Wohl-Kovatovich, Erholtz and Schaeffer earned all-conference distinction for the girls. Receiving honorable mention were Sarah Nesheim, Callie Knapp and Mari Devine.

Boys results

Team scores: 1-Brainerd 394, 2-Fergus Falls 376, 3-Alexandria 376, 4-Willmar 358

Individual classic winner: Evan Storbakken (Brd) 14:08

Brainerd classic results: 2-Maxim Osborne 14:51, 3-Ben Renner 15:48, 4-Nole Robertson 16:02

Individual skate winner: Tucker Henkes (FF) 13:26

Brainerd skate results: 3-Nick Whiteman 13:47, 4-Mitchell Neumann 13:57, 5-Jacob Olson 14:17, 8-David Dewey 14:47

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Brainerd 393, 2-Alexandria 392, 3-Sartell/Cathedral 372, 4-St. Cloud Tech 362, 5-Fergus Falls 350, 6-Willmar 334

Individual classic winner: Gina Wasniewski (Brd) 17:10

Brainerd classic results: 3-Emma Storbakken 17:44, 4-Abbygail Wohl-Kovatovich 17:45, 8-Sarah Nesheim 19:07

Individual skate winner: 1-Stormy Hegg (Alex) 14:34

Brainerd skate results: 3-Grace Erholtz 15:25, 4-Liliana Schaeffer 15:37, 9-Callie Knapp 17:16, 10-Mari Devine 17:20

Next: Brainerd in State Nordic Meet at Giants Ridge, Thursday, Feb. 14.

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