Alpine Ski: Warrior girls ski to win at Afton Alps

The Brainerd/Pequot Lakes Warrior girls’ alpine team placed four skiers in the top 15 to win the Stillwater Invite Friday, Jan. 24 at Afton Alps in Hastings.

Emma Heibert finished eighth, followed by Maddie Kalenberg in 11th and Pequot Lakes skier Cassidy Chaney in 14th as Brainerd topped runner-up Stillwater by 26 points. The Brainerd boys finished second behind Stillwater Red.

Brainerd was scheduled to host the Warrior Invitational Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Mount Ski Gull.

Boys team scores: 1-Stillwater Red 548, 2-Brainerd 487, 3-Minneapolis Washburn 447, 4-St. Cloud 429, 5-Power W 350, 6-Minneapolis Southwest 341, 7-Blaine 301, 8-Annandale 385, 9-Minneapolis Alpine 236, 10-Park/Woodbury/East Ridge E 235, 11-Forest Lake 206, 12-Mahtomedi 179, 13-St. Paul Alpine 163, 14-St. Croix 146, 15-Northwestern Alpine 98, 16-Armstrong/Cooper 91, 17-Park/Woodbury/East Ridge S 66, 18-Mounds Park 7


Individual winner: Luke Conway (Minneapolis Washburn) 58.09

Brainerd results: 8-Brandon Neifert 1:01.44, 12-Cal Madison 1:02.73, 13-Gavin Hoelzel 1:03.29, 21-Max Darkow 1:04.41, 30-Anthony Elsenpeter 1:06.61, 35-Trevor Hutchison 1:06.77, 44-Sean Baumann 1:08.06, 51-Esten Hiebert 1:08.63

Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 497, 2-Stillwater Red 471, 3-Minneapolis Washburn 433, 4-Minneapolis Southwest 394, 5-St. Cloud 390, 6-Power E 360, 7-Blaine 351, 8-Park/Woodbury/East Ridge E 315, 9-Forest Lake 254, 10-Annandale 233, 11-St. Croix 209, 12-Mahtomedi 195, 13-St. Paul Alpine 191, 14-Minneapolis Alpine 151, 15-Armstrong/Cooper 148, 16-Independent 98

Individual winner: Elsa Peterson (Minneapolis Southwest) 1:06.53

Brainerd results: 8-Emma Heibert 1:11.06, 11-Maddie Kalenberg 1:12.06, 14-Cassidy Chaney 1:12.09, 15-Erin Hoelzel 1:12.39, 23-Maddie Pederson 1:14.05, 38-Calia Chaney 1:17.13, 40-Carsyn Krassas 1:18.29, 51-Ali Krantz 1:20.68

Chaney 8th for Warriors


On Thursday, Jan. 23, The Brainerd/Pequot Lakes girls’ alpine skiing team finished second, led by Erin Hoelzel’s fifth-place and Pequot Lakes skier Calia Chaney eighth, at Lutsen Mountain.

“Today we had too many casualties in our top seeds,” Ruttger told the Brainerd Dispatch. “It was close. We were only two points from Duluth East. In terms of timing, it was probably not more than a second or two. We just didn’t have the horsepower with the bottom of our seeds to pull off what would have been our seventh win for the girls.”

Cal Madison’s first-place time of 1:17.88 led the Brainerd/PL to their sixth win of the season. Madison opened the competition with the fastest first run of 37.90 and hung on to beat teammate Gavin Hoelzel who posted the second-fastest first run and placed second with a 1:18.66.

Brainerd/PL is scheduled to compete at the Stillwater Invitational at Afton Alps starting at noon Friday, Jan. 24.

Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd/PL 201, 2-Cook County 186, 3-Duluth East 177, 4-Hibbing 160

Individual winner: Cal Madison 1:17.88

Brainerd results: 2-Gavin Hoelzel 1:17.66, 9-Sean Baumann 1:23.69, 11-Anthony Elsenpeter 1:23.88, 12-Trevor Hutchison 1:24.77, 19-Emet Johnson 1:31.12, 31-Max Darkow 1:39.0, 37-Esten Hiebert 1:48.17, 39-Brandon Neifert 1:48.58


Girls team scores: 1-Duluth East 152, 2-Brainerd/PL 150, 3-Hibbing 116. 4-Cook County 108

Individual winner: Lauren Carlson (DE) 1:17.95

Brainerd results: 5-Erin Hoelzel 1:24.55, 8-Calia Chaney 1:27.32, 9-Emma Hiebert 1:27.83, 12-Alli Krantz 1:31.22, 13-Linsey Proctor 1:31.31, 14-Whitney Fink 1:32.27, 24-Maddie Kalenberg 1:44.80, 40-Maddie Pederson 3:06.57

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