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Alpine Skiing: Warriors ski to another sweep

Emma Hiebert1 / 2
Calvin Madison2 / 2

LUTSEN—Cal Madison and Emma Hiebert were the top finishers for the Brainerd Warriors who raced to first-place finishes in both the boys and girls sides of the Cook County Invite Thursday, Jan. 10 at Lutzen Mountain.

Madison was in fifth after his first run and posted the seventh fastest time on his second to finish fifth. Rounding out the scoring for the Brainerd boys were Trevor Hutchison (10th), Anthony Elsenpeter (11th) and Parker Linn (15th).

Gavin Hoelzel was third and Max Darkow sixth after the first run, but ran into problems on their second runs, to finish 29th and 33rd respectively.

"Our boys actually won with some of our younger skiers after Gavin and Max dropped their second runs," said Brainerd head coach Jim Ruttger. Parker had his best showing of the season. He's an eighth-grader, which really really speaks to the depth of our team."

Hiebert posted two fourth-place runs as she finished fourth overall. She was followed by Maddie Kalenberg in fifth, Erin Hoelzel in sixth and Alli Krantz in seventh.

"Our girls did extremely well on both of their runs," said Ruttger. "This was a very challenging meet. The first run was on the Koo Koo course, which is very challenging. The start is about 12 gates higher than where we normally start and is very windy, steep and icy."

After four meets thus far this season, both the boys and girls have three first-place finishes and a second place.

Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 183, 2-Cook County 174.5, 3-Hibbing 162, 4-VAAST 159, 5-Cloquet-Esko-Cromwell 138, 6-Duluth East 129.5, 7-Hermantown 124, 8-Marshall 118

Individual winner: Jack Borash (Hermantown) 1:10.48

Brainerd results: 5-Cal Madison 1:13.19, 10-Trevor Hutchison 1:19.07, 11-Anthony Elsenpeter 1:20.67, 15-Parker Linn 1:21.89, 29-Gavin Hoelzel 1:38.55, 33-Max Darkow 1:44.18, 36-Ethan Johnson 1:50.86

Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 182, 2-Duluth East 153, 3-Hibbing 139, 4-VAAST 114, 5-Hermantown 108, 6-Cook County 82, 7-Cloquet-Esko-Cromwell 32, inc-Denfeld, Marshall

Individual winner: Ashley Winberg (Hermantown) 1:07.08

Brainerd results: 4-Emma Hiebert 1:16.15, 5-Maddie Kalenberg 1:17.13, 6-Erin Hoelzel 1:17.60, 7-Alli Krantz 1:19.72, 12-Cassidy Chaney 1:21.27, 13-Maddie Pederson 1:21.83, 16-Linsey Proctor 1:24.24, 24-Madeline Sherman 1:35.41, 31-Calia Chaney 1:43.14

Next: Brainerd at Detroit Lakes Invite, Detroit Mountain, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan 14.