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Alpine Skiing: Warriors sweep Breakaway Invite

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Brandon Neifert

ST. CLOUD — Brainerd placed four boys and four girls in the top 10 of the Friday, Jan. 2, Breakaways Invite to sweep the competition at Powder Ridge Ski Resort.

Brandon Neifert posted a second-place time of 46.21 followed by Gavin Hoelzel in third, Max Darkow in fourth and Cal Madison in seventh.

“Our top four guys all had really nice clean runs,” Warriors head coach Jim Ruttger said. “Brandon was actually in first place after the first run and held on for second place

Cassidy Chaney led the Warrior girls with her fourth-place time of 51.97. Maddie Pederson finished fifth, Erin Hoelzel in sixth and Calia Chaney in 10th.

“Our girls had some issues,” Ruttger said. “Maddie Kalenberg fell, Emma Hiebert fell so we had Cassidy was our top girl. The second half of our run order really came through. It was a good result.”

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This was Brainerd’s first time competing in this event, but not at Powder Ridge.

“We added this race for the first time,” Ruttger said. “We usually race here for the Annandale Invite, but we wanted to take every opportunity to challenge ourselves against St. Cloud because they’re the team that kept us out of going to state last year on the boys side. It was nice to have a victory on their hill.”

Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 172, 2-Stillwater 150.5, 3-St. Cloud Breakaways 150, 4-Annandale, 5-Westonka 114.5, 6-Lakes Area Alpine 52
Individual winner: Ben Nelson (St. Cloud) 46.03
Brainerd results: 2-Brandon Neifert 46.21, 3-Gavin Hoelzel 46.41, 4-Max Darkow 47.01, 7-Cal Madison 48.59, 25-Max Krieger 54.50, 30-Trevor Hutchison 59.11, 38-Esten Hiebert 1:20.16

Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 163, 2-St. Cloud Breakaways 148, 3-Stillwater 139, 4-Westonka 125, 5-Annandale 96, 6-Lakes Area Alpine 45, 7-Delano inc.
Individual winner: Ella Dols (St. Cloud) 48.96
Brainerd results: 4-Cassidy Chaney 51.97, 5-Maddie Pederson 52.15, 6-Erin Hoelzel 52.24, 10-Calia Chaney 55.93, 12-Alli Krantz 56.75, 24-Lauren Kalenberg 1:02.78, 31-Emma Hiebert 1:07.82
Next: Brainerd at Detroit Lakes 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

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Cassidy Chaney

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