Nordic Skiing: Schaeffer, Warrior girls win again

Brainerd, Little Falls and Wadena-Deer Creek were in action at Camp Ripley Thursday, Jan. 27.

Nordic skier heading for the finish line.
Brainerd Warrior Nordic skier Karlton Anderson skies to the finish line in the boys sprint final with Little Falls Flyer Angus Rustad in hot pursuit Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in the Little Falls Invitational at Camp Ripley.
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CAMP RIPLEY — Lily Schaeffer once again topped the podium and led the Brainerd Warriors girls to a first-place showing at the Little Falls Invite Thursday, Jan. 27.

Schaeffer won the pursuit in 36:42, while Brainerd’s sprint relay of Addie Ryan and Isabelle Smith placed fourth leading to the Warriors' 12-point victory.

The Brainerd boys finished second behind the Little Falls Flyers.

The Flyers’ Ethan Yorek was the individual pursuit winner in 31:19, but Brainerd’s Elias Knapp finally split the dynamic duo of Yorek and Connor Grant to place second. Grant finished third.

Knapp was followed by Mitchell Neumann in seventh and Adam Cady in 11th. Brainerd’s Taite Knapp and Karlton Anderson finished third in the sprint relay helping Brainerd to a 376 team score.


“The girls' team is pretty darn solid,” Warrior co-head coach Mary Claire Ryan said. “Our boys' team was missing two of our top scorers coming back from illness. The story was Eli Knapp splitting those top two Little Falls guys. We haven’t been able to do that all season. But we still got second so hopefully, we can rebound once we get everyone healthy.”

Boys results

Team scores: 1-Little Falls 381, 2-Brainerd 376, 3-Bemidji 370, 4-Moorhead 343, 5-Fergus Falls 325, 6-Alexandria 304, 7-St. John’s Prep 28, 8-TrekNorth 244

Individual winner: Ethan Yorek (Little Falls) 31:19

Brainerd results: 2-Elias Knapp 31:46, 7-Mitchell Neumann 33:19, 11-Adam Cady 34:14, 12-Benjamin Karlgaard 34:42, 13-Lance Hastings 34:51, 19-Zachary Schaeffer 36:08, 20-Bennet Capelle 36:09

Little Falls results: 1-Ethan Yorek 31:19, 3-Connor Grant 31:53, 14-Elliott Oberton 34:53, 16-Alexander Oberton 35:10, 22-Grant Yorek 36:29, 33-Parker Grant 39:28, 37-Chase Olsen 40:09

Wadena-Deer Creek results: 47-Bjorn Brunsberg 42:21

Relay Race Results: 1-Moorhead 13:35, 2-Angus Rustad/Edward Sobiech (LF) 14:09, 3-Taite Knapp/Karlton Anderson (Brd) 14:09

Girls results

Team scores: 1-Brainerd 386, 2-Sartell/Cathedral 374, 3-Moorhead 369, 4-Bemidji 362, 5-Alexandria 339, 6-Little Falls 335, 7-Detroit Lakes 298, 8-Fergus Falls 259, 9-TrekNorth 191

Individual winner: 1-Liliana Schaeffer (Brainerd) 36:42

Brainerd results: 1-Liliana Schaeffer 36:42, 2-Annelise Baird 38:12, 4-Ellie Brown 39:15, 18-Allison Rice 42:26, 26-Ashtyn Kubista 43:33, 31-Grace Loney 23:40, 37-Cally Robertson 44:56

Little Falls results: 10-Elizabeth Ahlin 40:54, 14-Aliza Kresha 41:46, 25-Sarah Wolbeck 43:31, 40-Ainsley Kresha 46:14

Relay results: 1-Moorhead 16:03, 4-Addie Ryan/Isabelle Smith (Brd) 16:49, 7-Molly Petrowitz/Isabelle Segler (LF) 18:17

Next: Brainerd at Central Lakes Conference Tournament 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, Little Falls at Northstar Conference Tournament TBA Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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