Category Archives: Nordic Skiing

Sports schedule for: Jan 23-28

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 23 – JANUARY 28
MONDAYJANUARY 23 
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TUESDAYJANUARY 24
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3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmJV Nordic SkiComo Golf Course
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. CentralHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm V: 5:15pm/ 8:45pmBoys Hockey vs. KennedyBloomington Ice Garden
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. South St. PaulDoug Woog Arena
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmGirls Basketball vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 25
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5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmWrestling vs. HardingHarding High School
6:00pm Gymnastics vs. Central / Como / OWLHOME
7:00pm Boys Swimming vs. MPLS SouthTBD
THURSDAYJANUARY 26
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. WashingtonHOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmGirls Basketball vs. WashingtonWashington Technology Magnet
FRIDAYJANUARY 27
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10:30am / 11:00am7:30am / 3:15pmNordic Ski Conference ChampionshipsTheodore Wirth Park
7:00pm5:30pm / 8:30pmBoys Swimming and Diving vs. Central and Como ParkHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 28
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalBlaine High School
TBD Girls Hockey vs. VisitationSt. Thomas Academy
10:00am7:00am / 4:00pmWrestling InvitationalRoseville High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. SimleyCharles M Schulz Highland Arena

Sports schedule for: Jan 16-21

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 16 – JANUARY 21
MONDAYJANUARY 16 
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11:00am / 1:00pm Boys Hockey vs. ArmstrongCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
TUESDAYJANUARY 17
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5:45pm / 7:30pm Girls Hockey vs. Rochester CenturyRochester Rec Center
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 18
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3:45pm2:10pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceHyland Hills Ski Area
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. HumboldtHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Holy AngelsCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
THURSDAYJANUARY 19
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmWrestling vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Southwest ChristianCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
FRIDAYJANUARY 20
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. HardingHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. SimleyWSP Ice Arena
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 4:30pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. HardingHarding High School
7:00pm Boys Swimming and Diving vs. JohnsonHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 21
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalSt. Michael Albertville High School
10:00am Gymnastics InvitationalPark High School
5:15pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. PrincetonPrinceton Ice Arena

Sports schedule for: Jan 9-14

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 9 – JANUARY 14
MONDAYJANUARY 9 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. South St. PaulSouth St. Paul High School
TUESDAYJANUARY 10
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceTheodore Wirth Park
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Como ParkHOME
5:00pm / 7:15pm JV Girls Hockey vs. South St. Paul Varsity Girls Hockey vs. Red WingJV: WSP Ice Arena V: Red Wing High School
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 11
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. MinneapolisCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
5:00pm Wrestling vs. Trinity and JohnsonHOME
6:00pm Gymnastics vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
THURSDAYJANUARY 12
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. JohnsonHOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmGirls Basketball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
FRIDAYJANUARY 13
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm Boys Swimming and Diving vs. Humboldt/WashingtonHumboldt High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Dodge CountyWSP Ice Arena
SATURDAYJANUARY 14
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalAnoka High School
TBD6:45am / 4:00pmVarsity Wrestling InvitationalSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
TBD7:00am / 2:00pmJV Wrestling InvitationalNorth St. Paul High School
TBD7:30am / 1:30pmMiddle School Wrestling InvitationalWashington Technology
1:00pm / 3:00pm Boys Hockey vs. BaldwinCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
1:00pm Boys Swimming and Diving True Team MeetSouthview Middle School
5:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Rochester MayoNorth Dale Rec Center

Sports schedule for: Jan 2-7

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 2 – JANUARY 7
MONDAYJANUARY 2 
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2:00pm JV Girls Hockey vs Bloomington JeffersonPhalen Ice Arena
TUESDAYJANUARY 3
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WEDNESDAYJANUARY 4
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3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceBattle Creek Regional Park
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm3:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. Mound WestonkaMound Westonka High School
5:00pm Wrestling vs. Como ParkHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Bloomington KennedyCharles M. Schulz – Highland Arena
6:00pm Gymnastics Conference MeetHOME
THURSDAYJANUARY 5
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5:00pm JV Girls Hockey vs. ArmstrongNew Hope Arena
FRIDAYJANUARY 6
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4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Columbia HeightsHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. HastingsWSP Ice Arena
7:00pm5:30pm / 8:15pmBoys Swimming and Diving vs. Como ParkHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalTwo Rivers High School
9:30am6:15am / 4:15pmWrestling InvitationalBrooklyn Center High School
10:45am9:00am / 1:45pmBoys Swimming and Diving InvitationalJean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
11:00am Gymnastics InvitationalPark High School

Sports schedule for: Dec 12-17

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: DECEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 17
MONDAYDECEMBER 12 
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TUESDAYDECEMBER 13
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4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. Two RiversHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Hill-MurrayWSP Ice Arena
5:00pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm V: 4:45pm / 8:45pmBoys Hockey vs. SimleyVeterans Memorial  Community Center
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmGirls Basketball vs. Twin Cities AcademyTwin Cities Academy
WEDNESDAYDECEMBER 14
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm3:10pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceBloomington Hyland
5:00pm Wrestling vs. St. Agnes / TartanHOME
THURSDAYDECEMBER 15
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FRIDAYDECEMBER 16
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. MPLS RooseveltHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. SimleyVeterans Memorial  Community Center
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:15pm / 8:00pmGirls Basketball vs. Two RiversTwo Rivers High School
7:00pm3:30pm / 8:45pmBoys Hockey vs. MoraMora Civic Arena
7:00pm5:40pm / 8:20pmBoys Swimming and Diving vs. HardingHumboldt High School
SATURDAYDECEMBER 17
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance Team InvitationalBecker High School
9:00am6:30am / 4:00pmJV Wrestling InvitationalTrinity School at River Ridge

Sports schedule for: Dec 5-10

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: DECEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 10
MONDAYDECEMBER 5 
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TUESDAYDECEMBER 6
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5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Moose LakeWSP Ice Arena
5:00pm / 7:00pm3:00pm / 8:15pmBoys Hockey vs. River FallsWildcat Arena
5:30pm / 6:30pm5:15pm / 7:30pmGirls Basketball vs. Cristo Rey JesuitCristo Rey Jesuit High School
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Boys Basketball vs. St. ThomasHOME
WEDNESDAYDECEMBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
6:00pm Gymnastics vs. JohnsonHOME
THURSDAYDECEMBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:10pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceElm Creek Park
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Nova ClassicalHOME
5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmWrestling vs. WashingtonWashington Technology Magnet
5:30pm / 7:30pm Girls Hockey vs. HastingsHastings Civic Arena
FRIDAYDECEMBER 9
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. Hill-MurrayHOME
5:00pm / 6:00pm Girls Hockey vs. TartanTartan Ice Arena
5:00pm3:15pm / 6:30pmBoys Swimming Conference PreviewHumboldt High School
SATURDAYDECEMBER 10
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
9:00am6:30am / 4:00pmWrestling InvitationalMaple Grove High School
10:30am / 12:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Mound WestonkaHOME
11:00am9:00am / 1:00pmBoys Swimming vs. NorthfieldNorthfield Middle School
12:15pm / 2:15pmJV: 10:30am / 12:00pm V: 12:30pm / 4:15pmBoys Hockey vs. IrondaleNational Sports Center

What is Biathlon? A beginner’s guide

By: Toby Martin-Kohls

Biathlon is a sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Athletes compete on a circuit where they stop to shoot at a set of tiny targets on a shooting range. In addition, they ski with rifles carried on their backs, which adds another level of difficulty while skiing. 

Each race has a set distance, and the number of laps is determined by what race is going on. Every race has at least one trip into the range where athletes shoot at the targets in the prone position, which is lying down on their stomachs, and one where they stand and shoot. 

The tiny targets are 50m away from the shooting mat. That equates to 164ft and is about nine-tenths of The Leaning Tower of Pisa, half the height of the Statue of Liberty, or half the length of a soccer pitch.

The target size varies depending on the position the athlete is shooting from, prone or standing. Since standing is considered harder, the targets are 115mm wide, equaling 4.5in. That’s four and a half quarters wide for comparison. 

The size of the targets while shooting in the prone position is only 45mm wide, which equals 1.77in. That’s around the size of 2 quarters. The target would be just smaller.

Besides the target size and the range length, biathletes have other factors making it hard to hit the targets. Heart rate and muscle fatigue play a significant role in shooting accuracy. Imagine running as hard as you can while holding weights for, let’s say, 10 minutes straight and having to very precisely aim a rifle at a tiny target 50m away. Your arms are probably shaking, and you have to get your breathing under control.

Every time athletes come into the shooting range; they shoot at a set of 5 of those targets. If they miss, they usually have to ski a penalty loop for every target they miss. The loop is an extra 150m (490 ft) added to the original race distance. These usually take around 20 seconds for the athletes to complete.

The only times biathletes might not ski the penalty loop is the individual race, where if you miss, you get an added minute onto your time. And the relays, where biathletes get three spare rounds they must manually load into their rifle. If they use the extra rounds and still miss, then penalty loop(s) are required.

Good shooting times for women are around 30 seconds on the range, while good shooting times for men are around 20 seconds in total. You will see the biathletes take the most time until their first shot, getting their breathing under control and their rifle steady. Then men usually take around 2sec between shots and women around 3sec. 

Most biathletes shoot the targets from right to left, as it’s the easiest way to do so. However, some shoot left to right, and some start from the middle and go right or left after. There is no rule about which order you shoot the targets in.

Types of races

There are a few different disciplines in biathlon. The first is the sprint and the pursuit races. The Sprint race is 7.5km for women and 10km for men. Each shoot twice, one in the prone and then one standing. The sprint format is a time trial. The starting times for the pursuit are based on the sprint race results. The pursuit is 10 km for women and 12.5km for men. Both shoot four times total, two in the prone and two standing. They alternate, with the first time into the range in the prone position, the next in the standing position, and so on.

Then there is the mass start, which is self-explanatory. It is 12.5km for women and 15km for men. They shoot four times in total.

There is the individual race, the longest race for each gender. As I explained above, this race values shooting a bit more than the others. It is better to be accurate and take more time on the range than try and shoot fast, as you get a 1 min penalty for every target you miss. The race is 15km for women and 20km for men.

Lastly, there are the relays. The men’s relay is 4×7.5km, and the women’s relay is 4x6km. There is also the mixed relay, two men and two women, and the single mixed relay with one man and one woman. Teams are by country.

The person who wins the overall for each gender wins the trophy known as the Crystal Globe.

In addition, there are nine World Cups throughout the season, not including the World Championships in February.

The season starts this Tuesday, November 29, in Kontiolahti, Finland. After that, the World Cups will stop in Austria, France, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Sweden and end with Norway in mid-March.

How you can watch

You can watch all replays this season at: youtube.com/@BiathlonCentral1.

My opinion

I enjoy watching this sport because the shooting adds another aspect to the race, keeping it interesting. I’ve tried watching Nordic Skiing, and the distances are very long, and it only comes down to who is the fastest over a distance. Maybe there are some passes during the race, but the fastest person wins.

Biathlon keeps things varied during races; you can gain and lose positions because of the track or the range. The wax you use, your ski speed, your shooting accuracy, there are so many factors that make or break the racing. That is what makes it an exciting and fan-friendly sport.

Sports schedule for: 11/28-12/3

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 3
MONDAYNOVEMBER 28 
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TUESDAYNOVEMBER 29
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5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. VisitationWSP Ice Arena
WEDNESDAYNOVEMBER 30
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3:45pm / 4:00pm2:10pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski MeetElm Creek Reserve
THURSDAYDECEMBER 1
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FRIDAYDECEMBER 2
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5:30pm / 7:00pm Girls Basketball vs. St. Croix PrepHOME
SATURDAYDECEMBER 3
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9:00am6:30am / 3:00pmWrestling InvitationalFridley High School
1:00pm / 3:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Rochester LourdesHOME

Highland Park girls win Minnesota’s nordic skiing state championship

By: Abby Altman

Winning is not a new thing for the Highland Park nordic ski teams. Earlier this season, the girls team won their 8th consecutive conference title, while the boys won their 6th. Both teams then won their respective section races, qualifying once again, for the state meet in Biwabik, MN. 

The girls team has had an incredible history at the state meet. In the 3 seasons prior to 2022, Highland’s girls took 2nd place, 1st place, and then 2nd place again. With recent year’s results in the back of their minds, the Highland girls were excited and ready to race. “The team energy was very high,” said junior skier Chloe Koch. 

The state meet is split over 2 days, with the classic pursuit race on day 1, and the relays, followed by the skate pursuit, on day 2. 

After day 1, with the classic races behind them, both teams were looking ahead to day 2. The boys team was sitting in 6th place, led by junior Davis Isom. Isom had a great race and was sitting in 5th place for individual results. 

The girls team was in 1st place, just 3 points ahead of Duluth East, perhaps the team’s biggest competition. “A few of us had less desirable races,” said Koch. She stated that, “The mood dimmed a little,” after day 1. The girl’s top racer, senior Molly Moening, finished her race in 3rd place. Moening had won the individual state championship 2 years in a row, in 2020 and 2021. 

The morning of day 2 started with the boys relay sprint. The boys relay team was made up of senior Alex Pfankuch and junior Max “Shaggy” Reemstma. The relay team took 6th overall, adding 147 points to the boys team’s total score. 

The girls relay consisted of 2 seniors, Rayna Axelson and Silja Earl Tornianian. The girls raced hard for a 4th place finish, behind both major competitors, Duluth East and Forest Lake.

After the relays, the girls team was in 2nd, 6 points behind Duluth East. The boys were in 6th. 

“Everyone was more nervous going into the second race because we knew that we were a few points behind,” said Koch. 

The skate race was pursuit style, meaning the entire race is a game of catch-up. Moening, starting 3rd, was unable to pass the top 2 finishers, finishing with a 3rd place finish in her senior year state championship. 

For scoring, the top 3 finishers point total is added to the team’s score. Moening finished 1st for the team, 3rd overall, followed by Hanna Koch in 12th and Chloe Koch in 20th. Duluth East’s top 3 scorers finished in 14th, 18th, and 23rd overall.

The end of the state meet came down to the wire for the Highland Park girls. “Everyone was cold and I think most people didn’t think we won,” Koch said of the team’s spirit immediately following the final race. “We went into the tent to warm up and that’s where Coach Moening told us we won.” Brad Moening is the Highland Park Nordic and Cross Country coach.

When it came down to it, Highland Park edged out Duluth East by a slim 3 points, claiming their 2nd state championship in 3 years. “We all started to cry and hug each other,” said freshman racer Alex Pundsack. “It was happiness, relief, tiredness, and plain joy.” 

The boys team finished in 5th place, meeting their goal of a top 5 finish. 

3 skiers on the girls state team will be graduating this spring, but Highland houses a strong, young varsity lineup, ready to fill those spots and try to bring home another state trophy next year. The boys team is losing just 1 senior to graduation, and hope to come back even stronger next season. 

Sports schedule for: Feb 14-19

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: FEBRUARY 14TH – FEBRUARY 19TH
MONDAYFEBRUARY 14TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:00pmBoys/Girls Nordic Ski MeetComo Park Picnic Pavilions
4:00pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. St. Paul AcademyHOME
TUESDAYFEBRUARY 15TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
7:00pm Boys Basketball vs. HumboldtHOME
8:00pm Boys Hockey vs. KennedyHOME
WEDNESDAYFEBRUARY 16TH
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Boys – 2:00pm Girls – 3:00pm Boys / Girls Nordic Ski State MeetGiants Ridge
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmC/JV: 2:45pm/6:45pm V: 6:00pm / 8:15pmBoys Basketball vs. RooseveltMPLS Roosevelt High School
4:30pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. MPLS SouthHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. SimleyHOME
THURSDAYFEBRUARY 17TH
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Boys – 9:00am Girls – 10:30am Boys / Girls Nordic Ski State MeetGiants Ridge
FRIDAYFEBRUARY 18TH
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4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmC/JV: 3:15pm/6:45pm V: 6:00pm / 8:15pmBoys Basketball vs. HardingHarding High School
SATURDAYFEBRUARY 19TH
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