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Buettner, Warren pace Alpine skiers

The miserable temperatures across Minnesota last Friday did not stop more than 400 Alpine skiers from taking part in the 33rd annual Welch Invitational at the Welch Village Ski Area near Red Wing.

The miserable temperatures across Minnesota last Friday did not stop more than 400 Alpine skiers from taking part in the 33rd annual Welch Invitational at the Welch Village Ski Area near Red Wing.

Both the boys' and girls' Lakes Area Alpine teams took on some of the best skiers across the state as the boys came away with a 14th place team finish, while the girls ended in 20th place out of 38 teams.

Jacob Buettner of Fergus Falls led the boys with a 24th place finish in the dual-course format. He was joined by Matt Porwoll from Alexandria, who bounced back after a rough first run to finish 11th in his second run. That was good enough to move him from 92nd to 78th.

Wolfgang Brink of Wheaton finished 41st, and Luke Sandwick of Alexandria rounded things out for the Lakes Area team with a 59th place finish.

"Even with the adversity we faced today, our boys should have a renewed level of confidence," coach Jon Buettner said. "They saw the highest level of competition of the season and held their own. Sometimes just finding out that you really are good enough to compete is more important than the results that come from the breaks of an individual race day."

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For the girls' team, it was Brianna Warren that led the way with a 41st place finish. She was followed by fellow Alexandrian Tess Bouche who came across in 47th place.

Hannah Salscheider, Samantha Thompson, Katie Fischer and Sierra Hastings rounded things out for the Alpine skiers with 56th, 57th, 71st and 74th place finishes, respectively.

"I am really proud of how this young team continues to improve," Buettner said. "We have some girls that are really working hard to get better, and it is starting to pay off."

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