When the 2018 -19 Section 8A tournament finished, the Alexandria girls nordic ski team was one point away from going to the state meet.

The Brainerd Warriors edged out the Cardinals for the final team bid in the section. Alexandria will look to use its depth to get them over the hump this winter. Kaisa Bosek and Bethany Miller return after qualifying for state individually.

It’s been a while since the boys team has made it to state. Head coach Jeremy Rapp says that they look to have a member qualify individually this year and improve in technique and speed throughout the season.

“Overall, the team expects to work hard and have fun,” he said. “We need to make the most of the experience that we have this season.”

The Cardinals will have stiff competition in the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8A. Brainerd, Bemidji, Little Falls and Moorhead are all vying for the top spot, Rapp said.

2019-20 ALEXANDRIA GIRLS NORIC SKI ROSTER

SENIORS- Amanda Bittmann, Bethany Miller, Cameo Neumann,Carly Wiirre; JUNIORS- Kaisa Bosek, Kamryn Coauette, Emma Reineke; SOPHOMORES- Dulce Bakker, Lauren Englund; FRESHMEN- Amanda Bergerson, Teresa Bitzan, Emma Hohhalter, Lauren Huber, Alexa Johnson, Amelia Lucken, Mattie Scholten; EIGHTH GRADE- Madeline Boe, Jaelyn Miller, Abigail Renney, Izzy Rodriguez, Kasey Soderholm, Meredith Sundby; SEVENTH GRADE- Mackenzie Jurchenko, Emma Neumann, Bobbi Nichols Faith Odland, Taylor Swedberg

2019-20 ALEXANDRIA BOYS NORDIC SKI ROSTER

SENIORS- Brian Denke; JUNIORS- Kyle Feldhake, Nathan Halstead, Bryant Johnson, Jack Struck, Bennett Wirth; SOPHOMORES- Matthew Johnson, Bjorn Karlstad; FRESHMEN- Ryker Bosek, Spencer Chinn, Gabe Hoven; EIGHTH GRADE- Cyler Coauette, Owen Gilbertson; SEVENTH GRADE- Erick BErgerson, Maxwell Chinn, Michael Christiansen

ALEXANDRIA NORDIC SKI COACHES

Jeremy Rapp- Head coach; Casey Call- Assistant coach

2019 ALEXANDRIA NORDIC SKI SCHEDULE

Dec. 5 at Sartell, 2 p.m.

Dec. 10 at Detroit Lakes, 10 a.m.

Dec. 19 at Fergus Falls, Noon

Dec. 21 at Mora, 10 a.m.

Jan. 4 at Giant’s Ridge, 11 a.m.

Jan. 9 at Detroit Lakes, 10 a.m.

Jan. 14 Alexandria Invite, TBD

Jan. 18 at Bemidji, 10 a.m.

Jan. 23 CLC meet at Andes Tower Hills, 1 p.m.

Jan. 28 at St. Cloud Tech, 10 a.m.

Feb. 4 Section meet at Detroit Lakes, 10 a.m.