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Unexpected growth in Nordic program causes complications

Photo Illustration by Ayelet Prottas. Nordic coach John Dyste retrieved his Class B bus drivers license to drive the Nordic team to and from practice every day. Dyste got his license because there was a shortage of bus drivers.

Samantha Klepfer

January 31, 2020

As the Nordic ski team kicked of their season, they were faced with a problem: one bus did not fit all 81 skiers. According to coach John Dyste, the teams’ practices ended up being canceled because they couldn’t fit everyone. “We canceled going anywhere (for practice) one day,” Dyste said. “We h...

Senior qualifies for Nordic State race

Senior Emmett Foner scrapes his skis after waxing them Feb. 12, following a Nordic ski race.

Kaia Myers

February 14, 2019

In order to achieve his five-year long goal of skiing at State, senior Emmett Foner chose an unconventional strategy. “For that second race, I just sprinted the first half of it and burned out all of my energy to dishearten the skiers so that they’d lose sight and give up. All they were shooting...

Sections performance inspires Nordic team

Junior Rakesh Plantz races Jan. 10 at Theodore Wirth Park. Theodore Wirth was the same location where Plantz raced in the Section 6 meet Feb. 4. According to Plantz the boys' team placed 6th out 12 teams after racing in icy conditions.

Kaia Myers

February 5, 2019

Junior captain Rakesh Plantz said he was pleased with how the Nordic team skied at Sections. “I think our team did really well, considering the circumstances. It wasn’t the best conditions for the actual meet, but both teams finished sixth, and we did have one boy who got to state ... so I’m ...

Nordic ski performs well at first classic meet

Senior Libby Ramsperger and Sophomore Marit Gabel classic ski up a hill during the meet Dec. 20 at Elm Creek. Ramsperger placed 26th and Gabel placed 31th. The girls' varsity team placed first overall at the meet.

Kaia Myers

December 22, 2018

Nordic coach Kaitlyn Lindaman said the team skied really well despite the icy course conditions. Due to these conditions, the skiers had to use their poles to propel them forward instead of a skiing motion. “I know there were some nerves going into the race because the conditions are obviously n...

Nordic Ski races in first 5k of the season

Sophomore Olivia Etz skate skis during the girls' varsity Nordic race on Dec. 13 at Hyland Park. Park girls' varsity placed second overall at its second meet of the season.

Kaia Myers

December 16, 2018

The Nordic team had their first 5k Metro West skate race on Dec. 13 at Hyland Park. Sophomore Olivia Etz said the longer distance gave the skiers an opportunity to work on pacing themselves as opposed to faster skiing.   “It was definitely harder than our last race, which was shorter. It was sh...

First Nordic meet cancelled

Sophomores Danny Walsh and Ivy Houts wax their skate skis for their first time skiing at practice this season. Nordic team practices at multiple locations like Elm Creek, Theodore Wirth, and Hyland Park.

Kaia Myers

December 3, 2018

Nordic Ski’s first meet of the season, scheduled for Nov. 29, was cancelled. Co-head coach John Dyste said the race had traditionally been scheduled at this time every year with the stipulation that, if it doesn’t snow, it’ll be a running meet. “If we had snow, this wouldn't be a running r...

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