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 …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Four more athletes were named honorable mentions.
Half a dozen Hopkins High School Nordic skiers have been honored with all conference selections this year for the Lake Conference, according to a high school news release. The Hopkins Nordic skiers chosen were: The following Hopkins Nordic skiers were named honorable mentions:
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Juniors Harris Dirnberger and Sarah Benton set the pace for the Royals.
Hopkins Nordic skiers proved again that the Royals program is among the strongest in the state. The boys took second place in Thursday’s state meet—missing the championship by just three points. Juniors Harris Dirnberger and Jakob Ellingson led the way for the Royals with back-to-back pursuit finishes of sixth and seventh place, respectively. Their success bodes well for next season as Dirnberger and Ellingson were the fastest racers who won’t be graduating this year. The girls edged out Stillwater to place third in their meet. Junior Sarah Benton set the pace for the Royals with a 13th-place pursuit finish. Ninth grader Siena Ellingson and senior Julia Lavanger kept the race close with 19th- and 20th-place finishes, respectively. *** …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The girls and boys Nordic ski teams and the boys alpine ski team will compete in championships this week.
Hopkins has no shortage of skiers getting ready for this week’s state championships. Both the girls and boys Nordic ski teams qualified for the state meet by winning sectional meets Wednesday, and the boys alpine ski team qualified for state Thursday at sectionals. The boys Nordic ski team tallied 382 points to runner-up Minneapolis Southwest’s 364 points in the Section 6 meet at Elm Creek Park Reserve. Junior Nationals qualifier Harris Dirnberger placed first overall in the meet, while junior Jakob Ellingson placed third and senior Jordan Taylor came in fifth. Hopkins girls edged out Minneapolis Southwest in the Section 5 meet—collecting the same number of points as the runner-up but finishing with a faster average time. Junior Sarah …
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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
With the ongoing snow shortage, the athletes have had to find other ways to train.
On Friday, Hopkins High School junior Sam Arneson put on his blue Lycra ski suit, grabbed his ski poles and headed into the cold as he does most days of the week. But instead of gliding off across the snow, the Nordic skier rolled across the pavement on a pair of roller skis. The feeling is a familiar one this year for Hopkins Nordic skiers. Perhaps no one is dreaming of a white Christmas more than they are. The snow shortage has forced the skiers to make do with alternatives like roller skis, drills on dry land and lots of running. “I did cross country (running), so it just feels like one long season,” said Allison Schaefer, a senior and team captain. Coach Rob Fuhr agreed that this year’s lack of snow has been particularly bad. Last week…
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hopkins Sophmore, Harris Dirnberger, brings home significant wins from the Junior Olympics and shares his love of cross country skiing.
Get ready—get set—and have fun! For Hopkins sophomore Harris Dirnberger, these are words to live and race by. So far, it's working for him. At the 2011 Cross Country Junior Olympics, Dirnberger placed third in the Classic Mass Start relay in the J2 division despite the challenge of losing and replacing his ski near the three-kilometer mark. He also helped his team place first in the Classic Relay with his aggressive performance as anchor, chasing down and passing the leading team to ski in a six-second win. Dirnberger's amazing performance at his first Junior Olympics earned him the title Male Rookie of the Year for the Midwest division. “Harris especially does well at mass start races going head to head with those he can chase and getting…
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Both the boys and girls varsity teams finished in the middle of the pack of the 5K freestyle race at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington.
Kevin Kos, co-head coach of the Hopkins Nordic ski teams, knew Wednesday's Lake Conference 5K freestyle meet was going to be hard for his teams. "This is a brutal conference," he said of the five-team conference that includes Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Wayzata and Eden Prairie. On top of that, Wednesday's course, at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington "is one of the toughest around." Despite those daunting circumstances, Kos was very happy afterward. "I'm ecstatic with many of their results," he said. Both the Royals' boys and girls varsity teams finished third in the team standings. The boys, led by Connor Benton's second–place finish in the individual race, scored 523 points. Edina finished first, with 536 points. Benton, a senior …