Panther Nordic girls qualify for state

Ferguson second at section meet

Amy Ferguson. Photo by Andy Rogers
Amy Ferguson. Photo by Andy Rogers

The Lakeville North girls Nordic team wasn’t really sure if they won the Section 1 meet until the awards ceremony on Tuesday.

It was that close.

Coming in, the race was wide open between Eastview, Lakeville North and Winona/Cotter.

In the South Suburban Conference pursuit championships on Jan. 30, Eastview placed second and Lakeville North third, with just one point separating the two, and Winona/Cotter was the defending section champion.

Eastview took an early four-point lead in the classic race on Tuesday at the Section 1 meet Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley, but the pursuit was a different story.

Amy Ferguson finished second at the Section 1 meet behind Eagan’s Sonja Hedblom.

“I was happy with it,” Ferguson said. “It was a great race. The wax was set up perfectly.”

Sara Nelson also helped out coming in eighth place skating ahead of Eastview and Winona/Cotter’s No. 2 skiers. Brianna Vetter kept two Eastview skiers in her rearview mirror to finish 13th and Emily Wilson secured the spot by coming in 19th.

“Everyone held their position and came out great in their second race,” Ferguson said. “I was proud of everyone. It was super fun racing with them. We knew what we had to do going in.”

Lakeville North ended up with 363 points to Eastview’s 357 and Winona/Cotter’s 356.

Ferguson was thrilled for her teammates.

“Giants Ridge is one of my favorite places to ski,” she said. “It’s so hilly and with the crowd there, it’s great.”

She qualified individually last season placing 56th at state.

“I have a goal of being all state,” Ferguson said. “I just want to do our best as a team.”

Ferguson and Nelson are the only members left on the team that qualified in 2011.

Nelson finished 73rd at state last year and 100th in 2011.

Jessica Rebischke (27th) and Lindsey Smits (28th) also skied for the Panthers at the section meet.
The Endersbes qualify for state

Caroline Endersbe. Photo by Andy Rogers
Caroline Endersbe. Photo by Andy Rogers

Sisters Libby and Caroline Endersbe had a thrilling Section 1 meet as well.

The girls share so much in common that they were almost stride-for-stride. Libby came in at eighth place while Caroline skated in just three seconds later for ninth in the pursuit.

Their efforts earned them a spot at Giants Ridge on Thursday.

The Cougar girls came in fourth place overall, 25 points behind Winona/Cotter, thanks to efforts from Kaytlyn Larson (22nd), Harmony Zweber-Langer (34th), Chelsea Maiers (44th) and Karrin Becker (46th).
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Lakeville South finished in fifth place at the Section 1 meet with Lakeville North coming in eighth. Cougar Jack Gerken was a few spots away from qualifying for state coming in 15th. Mitchell Miller came in a few minutes later in 20th.

For Lakeville North, Greg Augustine was the top placer, notching a 21st-place finish.