|11/27/2012 9:30:00 AM|
RHS Nordic skiers eagerly await start of season
The Rhinelander High School Nordic Ski team has done a little of everything this month as it gets ready for its upcoming season. Everything, that is, except train on snow.
The Hodags have spent some time in the weight room, on the RHS cross country trails and the trails at the Ced A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC), getting as much dry land training in as possible before their first race.
"We're working on getting into the ski mode once again," coach Karen Cook said. "A lot of them are coming off of swimming and running. We've done some hill-bounding on our trails across the street and went to CAVOC to do some serious hill-bounding."
Cook noted the trails at CAVOC, which will make their high-school racing debut Jan. 6 as part of a two-day race weekend in Rhinelander, are shaping up nicely.
"The CAVOC trials are amazing. A lot of work has been done over the summer to get them ready for a race we are hosting there and the terrain is just awesome," she said.
Cook said the team's numbers are steady, compared to last season.
"We have about 12-14 (skiers). We have five strong senior girls," she said. "The girls are all back and super excited, especially because we are hosting state. On the boys' side we have juniors Drew (Stafford) and Lou (Bassette) who are looking good and are real excited to get going. Then (with) Kody (Blacyki), Zach Breneman and Bobby Powers, we'll have five scoring athletes. I think this year it will be a big difference for them."
As has become the normal over the last few years, the Hodags are stuck doing dry land training until Mother Nature provides enough snow for area ski trails to be groomed.
"It's nothing new anymore," Cook said. "As long as we have snow on the trails when we race, we can dry land. Running at CAVOC will take care of that (training)."
The good news is that a Thanksgiving weekend snowstorm dumped a significant amount of the white stuff in the Lake Superior snowbelt, the site of Rhinelander's first race of the season, the Grand View Challenge Dec. 8-9 at the ABR/Wolverine trails in Ironwood, Mich.
Jeremy Mayo may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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