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The varsity girls nordic team poses before a practice.

Torry Kraftson returns as nordic coach

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor-in-Chief January 13, 2022

Nordic coach Torry Kraftson returned to lead the team in their workout on Nov. 15. This marked his first practice as head coach for both boys and girls varsity teams. Kraftson began coaching after he...

Adrik Kraftson training with rollerskis at a National Elite Group camp.

Adrik Kraftson nationally ranked in nordic skiing

Ruby Suro, Layout Editor November 16, 2021

Having skied since he was young, Kraftson has grown into a nationally ranked nordic skier and a strong leader in the sport. Along with several other activities, such as cross country, he is committed to...

Nordic skiers take a couple practice runs through the course before the race. Sophomore Anna Flor says, Its always important to know what the weather conditions are like before the race, so that there are no surprises while you are racing. Being able to take a couple practice runs helps a lot for your knowledge of the course for that specific day.

Nordic Skiing teams looking ahead to new season

Thomas Johnson, SNO Sports Editor January 12, 2017

The Nordic Skiing season is underway and due to their recent success in last year's season,  high expectations have already been set for the girls and boys teams. With top finishes in the state tournament...

The Varsity boys team triumphantly pose with their first place plaque after their win at battle creek this past January 26th. (Front row left to right) junior Josh Albrect, 7th grader Caden Albrect, junior Noah Kneeskern, junior Shad Kraftson, junior Nolan Noer (back row) junior Colin Gray, sophomore Jack Lange, sophomore Brian Olson, senior Seth Cattanach, senior Sam Hanson. We have to go and prove that ranking to ourselves and to the state - but I know were capable of winning the state title, senior captain Seth Cattanach says.

Nordic teams face great success

Colin Gray, Staff Reporter February 9, 2016

The cold air creates wisps of breath. There is only 100 feet left to the finish line across a flat course of white snow. In the distance there is the cheers of people. This is how the skiers of the...

Every day after school, Shad drives his Subaru wagon full of teammates to the Lake Elmo park reserve where Nordic practice takes place. Shad has perfect attendance when it comes to practice. He is arguably the hardest working on the team, putting in more hours than anyone during the off season. Shad doesnt talk loudly or direct the team, instead he leads silently, and he has earned the respect from his team so that they follow his lead. Hes not a super loud guy, he just does what he should and everyone follows said co-captain Erik Nelson.

Nordic’s newest captain, Shad Kraftson

Craig Sanislo, Online Editor December 14, 2015

  Junior Shad Kraftson is possibly one of the most dedicated athletes that Stillwater has seen in a while. This season, Kraftson made captain of the Nordic team, a rare feat for a junior....

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