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Balance will be Laker skiers-strength

Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski Team: Row 1: Jordan Ryan, Tracy Ovsak, Haley Groth, Miranda Olson, Jill Feuillerat, Dilrabo Sultanmuradova, Tianna Schwartz, Madeline Lembke. Row 2: Bridget Bergen, AddieKay Johnson, Jinhyan Park, Anna Berger, Jordyn Peterson, Goeun Park, Sarah Schumacher, Mason Sampson, Zachary John Foltz. Row 3: Ian Fritz, Derek Gray, Anthony Meyer, Austin Askelson, Paul Stewart, Austin Clem, Connor EdVall, Montana Johnson, Cade Benson, Alex Bohmer, Elisa Roe.

Although there won't be that pack leader skiing for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' Nordic ski teams, there will be solid depth for the 2012-13 seasons.

With Jake Richards (graduated) and Berit Ramstad-Skoyles (foreign exchange program) not on this year's teams, the Lakers will look to quantity to fill the voids.

For the Laker boys, there are five solid, experienced skiers returning in Ian Fritz, Zach Foltz, Austin Clem, Montana Johnson and Austin Askelson.

"We picked up good numbers for the boys and that's nice to see," said DL Nordic head coach Dan Josephson. "We won't have that super-star individual, but this as a whole, is one of my strongest teams."

The boys' team will have stiff competition in practice for the starting seven slots during meets.

So, in essence, no spots are safe.

"We have a lot of new kids waiting in line, so there will be no guaranteed spots," Josephson said. "The depth is definitely there."

The Laker girls will be led by returners Miranda Olson and Jill Feuillerat.

Numbers are not as good for the girls, but the ones out, are working hard on improvement, Josephson said.

"There will be a testing out process after we put some girls on the varsity level and see how they respond," the DL coach said.

They will host the DL Invite at Maplelag Resort Dec. 20.

Detroit Lakes boys and girls Nordic skiing 2012-13 schedule:


8 at Grand Rapids

15 at Bemidji

20 DL Invite at Maplelag

28 at Brainerd


5 at Deer River

8 at Fergus Falls

12 at Giants Ridge Biwabik

18 at Little Falls

26 at Bemidji

31 at Bemidji


5 Section meet at Little Falls

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.