Nordic ski: Bosek, Denke earn MVP honors

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Alexandria's Cameo Neumann skis during the Central Lakes Conference meet on Jan. 28. Neumann was named the Cardinals' Team Spirit Award winner from this season. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Alexandria Nordic ski teams were able to get in their season-ending banquet by the end of February as the Cardinals looked back on a season that included three athletes competing at the state meet.

Kaisa Bosek, Bethany Miller and Emma Reineke accomplished that feat and all three brought home some honors from the season.

Kaisa Bosek

Bosek earned the girls’ MVP Award after she finished 23rd at state, while Miller was named the team’s hardest worker for the girls. She finished 43rd at state.


Cameo Neumann was the Cardinals’ Team Spirit Award winner, and Amelia Lucken rounded out the team-award winners by being named the most-improved skier for the Cardinals.

Amelia Lucken

Miller and Reineke (94th at the state meet) joined Kamryn Coauette in being All-Central Lakes Conference skiers this winter. Teresa Bitzan, Neumann and Dulce Bakker were honorable-mention All-CLC.

Bethany Miller

On the boys’ side, senior Brian Denke was named the MVP of the team. Denke led the Cardinals much of the season, including at the section meet where he finished 34th individually in a time of 31:47.


Jack Struck

Matthew Johnson won the Hardest Worker Award. Jack Struck got the Team Spirit Award after he was second on the team at the section meet and 39th overall. Bryant Johnson was named the most-improved skier to round out the boys’ team award winners.

Bryant Johnson

Denke was Alexandria’s lone All-CLC skier from the conference meet, while Ryker Bosek finished with honorable-mention honors in the CLC.

Matthew Johnson

Both the boys and girls also received the Sportsmanship Award in the conference.


Alexandria will graduate five seniors from the Nordic ski teams in Miller, Neumann, Carly Wiirre, Amanda Bittmann and Denke.

Brian Denke

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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