Hans Stadem of Brainerd and Melissa Kempenich of Little Falls won individual championships and the Flyer girls won the team title in the Central Lakes Conference Nordic skiing meet Thursday at Fergus Falls.
Stadem won the boys' freestyle title with a time of 13:21.
"The top four boys all started next to each other, 1-2-3-4, and that's exactly how they came in," Warriors coach Nicole Kellerman said. "Hans came in first, the others were nipping at his tail.
"Those four have known each other since junior high. There's a huge camaraderie between all four. Hans did a great job. He was ready to race."
Kempenich was the girls' classic winner at 17:47. Her performance helped Little Falls win the girls' team title.
Hans Stadem won the boys' freestyle
"Our athletes competed very well," Flyers coach Terry Wasland said. "I thought our girls skied especially well. We're peaking at the right time. Melissa really dominated the classic race."
Brainerd's Katherine Mueller was runner-up in girls' classic with a time of 18:51.
"Katherine has been very consistent this year," Kellerman said. "I think she's been in the top five of every race. She's very goal-oriented. She does a lot of extra work on her own. She's improved every race. She impresses me."
Mueller's finish helped Brainerd to second place in the girls' meet. Teammates who finished in the top 10 included Hannah McAllister, fourth in freestyle; Kelsey Herwig, fifth in freestyle; and Tina Borgstrom, ninth in classic.
Mueller, McAllister and Herwig earned all-conference honors. Borgstrom received honorable mention.
"I knew Hannah, Kelsey, Katherine and Tina had to score high," Kellerman said. "I didn't expect our skaters, or Tina, to score that high. Our bottom four girls worked extremely hard. Amanda (Finstad's finish in freestyle) blew me away."
Highlights: Brainerd's Hans Stadem, Little Falls' Melissa Kempenich and the Flyer girls' team won conference titles
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Sophomore Pat Mangan received honorable mention for his ninth-place finish in boys' classic. Brainerd, which finished fourth in boys' team competition, skied without Justin Tyner, who is competing in the Youth Junior World Biathlon Championships in Italy and Josh Woodard, who may be out for the season after being in a car accident.
Boys team scores: 1-Alexandria 389, 2-St. Cloud Tech 388, 3-Otter Tail Nordic 371.5, 4-Brainerd 369, 5-Little Falls 363.5, 6-Willmar 342, 7-St. Cloud Apollo 245, 8-Sauk Rapids 158
Classic winner: Luke Busta (Tech) 15:46
Brainerd classic: 9-Pat Mangan 18:06, 12-Ben Urness 18:27, 13-Dain Hanson, 15-Jimmy Dean 19:12
Little Falls classic: 6-Corey Meyer 17:11, 8-Kyle Czech 17:55, 14-Drew Geisenhof 19:01, 18-Gilly Stoy 20:50
Freestyle winner: Hans Stadem (B) 13:21
Brainerd freestyle: 13-Tyler Vanderlinden 15:37, 17-Lance Borgstrom 16:05, 21-Ross Duval 17:00
Little Falls freestyle: 12-Luke LeBlanc 15:33, 14-Phil Prosapio 15:43, 21-Merlin Lauenburg 17:00, 24-Patrick Hecht 18:51
Girls team scores: 1-Little Falls 395, 2-Brainerd 384, 3-Alexandria 383, 4-Otter Tail Nordic 370, 5-St. Cloud Apollo 353, 6-Willmar 334, 7-St. Cloud Tech 94, 8-Sauk Rapids 83
Classic winner: Melissa Kempenich (LF) 17:47
Brainerd classic: 2-Katherine Mueller 18:51, 9-Tina Borgstrom 21:50, 13-Rachel Howard 24:57, 16-Elizabeth Bonau 26:39
Little Falls classic: 3-Kayla Meyer 19:11, 4-Beth Hauer 20:13, 10-Laura Newman 22:22,
Freestyle winner: Missy Erickson (Alx) 15:20
Brainerd freestyle: 4-Hannah McAllister 15:53, 5-Kelsey Herwig 16:47, 14-Amanda Finstad 18:31, 19-Kacie Bahr 19:17
Little Falls freestyle: 2-Molly Binger 15:33, 3-Jackie Thelen 15:50, 13-Ashley Scherping 18:17, 16-Megan John 18:46
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