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Nordic Skiing: Storbakken 5th, Schaeffer 8th at Ripley

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Brainerd Warrior Maxim Osborne competes Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the freestyle skate portion of the Little Falls Pursuit Ski meet at Camp Ripley. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video 2 / 3
Brainerd Warrior Lily Schaeffer competes in the afternoon freestyle skate portion of the Little Falls Pursuit Race Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Camp Ripley. Schaeffer competed in the classic portion in the morning to earn her position and eventually placing eighth overall at the meet. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Gallery and Video3 / 3

CAMP RIPLEY—Evan Storbakken finished fifth, leading the Brainerd boys to sixth place, and the third-place Warrior girls were led by eighth-place Liliana Schaeffer at the Little Falls Invite Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Camp Ripley.

Storbakken finished the 5K morning classic leg and afternoon 5K freestyle with a combined pursuit time of 33:13.3. Rounding out the scoring for the Brainerd boys were

Maxim Osborne (17th), Nick Whiteman (20th) and Ben Renner (31st).

All four of the scoring skiers for the Warrior girls finished in the top 18. Trailing Schaeffer were Grace Erholtz (10th), Gina Wasniewski (15th) and Emma Storbakken (18th).

According to Brainerd co-coach Chris Hanson, the meet was moved to Wednesday instead of Thursday because of the extreme cold temperatures and wind chill forecast for Thursday.

"The girls had some very impressive results today, especially among the section (8A) opponents," said Hanson. "This is going to be our section meet course with a similar style race, so it looks like the section will be a nail-biter with Alexandria Feb. 5."

Alexandria and Little Falls finished fourth and fifth behind the third-place Warrior girls.

"On the boys side, when taking out the non-section teams, we got a good look at what we need to do and work on to compete in the postseason," said Hanson. "This was actually our final regular season meet. Next Tuesday (Jan. 29) will be our (Central Lakes) conference meet and then the section meet Feb. 5 followed by state.

"The legal temp (per MSHSL rules) for us to hold a high school race is -4 degrees and it looks like we will be flirting with that next week for the conference. If it gets canceled, I don't know if they will be able to get it in before sections, but I'm sure they will try."

Little Falls boys, girls 5th

The Little Falls boys and girls both finished fifth in the team standings.

Seventh-place Jackson Grant paced the Flyer boys with a combined time of 33:20.0, and 11th-place Katie Corbett led the girls with a 41:06.5.

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Boys results

Team scores: 1-St.Cloud Cathedral-Sartell 384, 2-Moorhead 340, 3-Bemidji 339, 4-Mora 339, 5-Little Falls 338, 6-Brainerd 331, 7-St. Cloud Tech, 8-Fergus Falls 252, 9-Detroit Lakes 229, 10-Alexandria 206, 11-Willmar 123, 12-St. Cloud Apollo 92, 13-Trek North 23

Individual winner: Alex Nemeth (SCC-S) 31:10.5

Brainerd results: 5-Evan Storbakken 33:13.3, 17-Maxim Osborne 36:111.8, 20-Nick Whiteman 36:46.6, 31-Ben Renner 38:42.1, 32-Nole Robertson 39:06.9, 39-Jacob Olson 40:06.7, 42-David Dewey 40:17.5, 49-Nicholas Porisch 41:08.8, 52-Mitchell Neumann 41:30.4, 63-Nicholas Schneider 42:25.4

Little Falls results: 7-Jackson Grant 33:20.0, 10-Colton Yorek 33:20.0, 23-Simon Park 37:25.7, 28-Colton Gottwalt 38:01.1, 40-Thomas Zupko 40:13.5, 43-Eli Segler 40:24.5, 44-John Stockard 40:40.8, 59-Connor Grant 41:50.2, 60-Scott Kahler 41:55.8

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Bemidji 364, 2-Mora 360, 3-Brainerd 353, 4-Alexandria 311, 5-Little Falls 311, 6-Moorhead 302, 7-St. Cloud Tech 292, 8-St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell 282, 9-Fergus Falls 123, 10-Detroit Lakes 69, 11-Willmar 57, 12-St. Cloud Apollo 53

Individual winner: Johanna Schwinghamer (Mora) 38:02.9

Brainerd results: 8-Liliana Schaeffer 40:37.7, 10-Grace Erholtz 40:54.7, 19-Gina Wasniewski 42:15.1, 18-Emma Storbakken 43:05.9, 22-Elle Juranek 43:49.1, 24-Sarah Nesheim 43:56.6, 34-Mari Devine 44:54.4, 37-Callie Knapp 45:05.9, 52-Jenna Lee 48:08.2, 71-Hanna Childs 51:19.2

Little Falls results: 11-Katie Corbett 41:06.5, 19-Molly Lange 43:16.3, 31-Adrienne Kresha 44:46.0, 32-Camilla Johnson 44:45.9, 44-Claire Zack 46:11.5, 49-Beth Ahlin 47:39.4, 59-Breanna Barchus 49:47.2, 63-Kaylee Zupko 50:16.7, 81-Martha Berg 54:58.6

Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference Championship at Spidal's Ski Resort in Fergus Falls Noon, Tuesday, Jan. 29; Little Falls in Granite Ridge Conference meet at Maplelag Resort in Callaway 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.