Friday, February 15, 2013
Both boys and girls teams finished sixth in team competition.
Hopkins High School’s Jakob Ellingson capped off his final year of high school Nordic skiing by winning Tuesday’s state championship at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Ellingson edged out Eden Prairie’s Thomas Bye by 1.2 seconds—finishing with a total time 29:24.4 total. The performance is 38.3 seconds faster than his time last year, when he finished seventh overall. The senior’s performance helped the Royals boys to a sixth-place team finish. Hopkins finished with 325 points—53 points behind the team champion Eden Prairie. Harris Dirnberger, who won the section championship, suffered a spate of bad luck that slowed him down. He was recovering from the flu and skiing with a fever—then his binding broke during the second race and he lost a ski. A …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Seniors Harris Dirnberger and Sarah Benton finished first overall in their races.
Both Hopkins boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams claimed Section 6 championships Monday at Theodore Wirth Park. Hopkin senior Harris Dirnberger finished first overall, with a total time of 29:44.6. Teammate, senior Jakob Ellingson, took second with a time of 29:50.8. Senior Bjorn Leach rounded out the list of Hopkins skiers in the top 10 with a ninth place, 32:41.0 finish. The boys’ team scored a total of 378 points in the race, beating second-place Minneapolis Southwest by a comfortable 25-point margin. The girls’ team had a tighter two-point margin—scoring 375 points to Robbinsdale Armstrong’s 373 points. Hopkins senior Sarah Benton took first with an overall time of 35:04.8. Sophomore Siena Ellingson finished third at 36:05.4. Freshman …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Juniors Sarah Benton and Harris Dirnberger will compete March 4 through March 10 at Soldier Hollow Cross Country Ski Resort in Utah.
Two Hopkins High School Nordic skiers have earned a spot on the 2012 Midwest Junior National Ski Team. Juniors Sarah Benton and Harris Dirnberger will compete in the Junior National event March 4 through March 10 at Soldier Hollow Cross Country Ski Resort in Utah. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Marriott Junior National—Cross County Championships is a competition between the strongest and fastest Nordic skiers in the country between the ages of 16 and 20. The Midwest team has 21 men and 21 women from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois who qualified through a series of ski races. Both Benton and Dirnberger have raced for the Midwest squad in the past.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Minnetonka's boys and girls varsity ski teams both finished at a Lake Conference 5K freestyle meet at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in what their coach called "essentially our first race of the season."
It was only Dec. 15, but to Minnetonka Nordic ski coach, Mike Mason, it felt like February, state meet time. "Section 6 is like a mini state meet," he said as the boys varsity racers lined up for Wednesday's Lake Conference 5K freestyle race at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington. Four Lake Conference teams – Minnetonka, Hopkins, Edina and Eden Prairie – reside in the section. Only Wayzata is in a different section, and the Trojans' boys team finished third at state last season and its girls team finished second. So Mason knew the races would be a good test for his teams. "This was essentially our first race [of the season]," Mason said. The Skippers only previous meet was a conference meet on Dec. 9 that consisted mainly of relays. …