Panthers Place Strong at State Ski Championship
Last Thursday and Friday, the Lake County High School Nordic Ski Team competed at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships which was hosted in Lake County. The meet, which consists of both alpine and Nordic races, was held at Ski Cooper and the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
Thursday morning was an individual start classic race. With cold temperatures and fantastic grooming from the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, the stage was set for a great race. The course dropped down to just behind the 10th Mountain Memorial on the pass and then climbed steadily up to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. From there, the skiers flew down the Cooper Loop for an exciting finish right in front of the Nordic center.
The Panthers were led by the duo of Joe Koch and Conner Lenhard, as they placed 19th and 20th respectively. Zayden Tufte placed 40th, and Matt Koch and Sam Frykholm were 58th and 59th respectively. The boys team was 7th on the day for classic.
Ariel Benney led the Panther girls by placing 13th. Molly Lenhard was 21st and Jackie Williams was 24th. Caroline Benney placed 33rd and Abby Holm was 48th. The girls team was 6th for the day.
“We skied well on Thursday,” noted coach Karl Remsen. “We’ve been practicing on this course all year so we were ready to attack it at the right times.”
On Friday, the skiers lined up by how they had finished on Thursday. They started the amount of time behind the leader that they had finished the previous day, known as a pursuit start. The course was the same, but the technique was skating.
Joe Koch placed 19th once again to solidify his spot as a top 20 skier in the state. Conner Lenhard had another great day to place 30th. Zayden Tufte was 58th and Matt Koch was 65th. Once again, the boys were 7th as a team. After combining with the alpine side, the boys were 11th overall in the meet.
In the skate race, Ariel placed 16th passing a few skiers while trying to fend off some of the faster skaters who started behind her. Molly was 23rd and Caroline was 30th after moving up through the field. The girls team was 7th for skating, and they secured 6th for both days as a nordic team. They also combined with the alpine team to place 6th overall for the entire meet thanks to the great skiing from the alpine side.
For Joe, Zayden, Molly, Caroline, and Jackie, it was their final Nordic race as a Panther. Coach Remsen commented, “We are losing a fantastic senior class that has improved the culture of our team. However, the races by Conner, Sam, Matt, Ariel, and Abby show that we have plenty of returning firepower next year.”
Although the racing season is over, the team will undoubtedly continue to explore the snowy trails around Leadville now that winter has finally arrived. You can also catch many of these student athletes competing in this Friday’s Nordic Sprint Knock-outs on historic Harrison Avenue this Friday as part of Leadville’s Crystal Carnival.
“Annie” Reviews: The Sun WILL Come Up Tomorrow!
“It takes a village to put together a production like this,” stated Scott Carroll, Artistic Director of the Lake County High School Performing Arts Department’s production of “Annie” as it wrapped up its 2018 season with a Sunday matinee to a nearly sold-out audience. The K-12 musical production included a “village of more than 60 cast, crew and musicians from students, to teachers, and community members, all working together toward the success of the Leadville presentation of this smash Broadway hit.
The critics have weighed in, marking the production a big hit with local audiences as well!
“The play was so good!! Great job Lake County!!” – Dawn Todd-Flores, Owner, the Pastime Bar & Cafe.
“It was fabulous. We so enjoyed the Saturday night performance. Outstanding work by all involved. Congratulations!” – posted Leadville Today reader Teena Walls Harvey.
Nordic Knockouts in the Dark on Friday!
This Friday, March 2 as part of Crystal Carnival, you’ll find a hearty, skilled group of Nordic skiers taking advantage of the freshly laid snow in downtown Leadville, brought in for Ski Joring weekend. For many of these skinny skiers, it’s a chance to get in one more solid competition before the race season is officially over.
“It’s one of my favorite events of the season,” said Leadville Nordic Coach Karl Remsen of the Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints which will take place under the full moon on March 2.
The competition happens between 7th and 8th Streets on Harrison Ave. Races start at 7 p.m., with sign-up at 6:30 at Melanzana. The competition is a double elimination with two skiers starting and the fastest racer advancing to the next round of competition. Entry fee is $3 for a 400 meter sprint. Many of the local high school Nordic skiers will tip-up to the start line and always fare quite well, marking for many, the last race of the season. To keep up with skinny-ski news, connect with the Leadville Nordic website