The people look like ants from up there too; the Copper Peak Ski Flying complex is the only ski flying hill in North or South America. That’s Lake Superior in the background. (photo by Keith L. Anderson, Montreal, Wisc., from WLUC-TV website uppermichiganssource.com)
It’s been 20 years since last they “flew” at Copper Peak It doesn’t seem that long ago.
Actually it seems like yesterday that I sat on a stool just inside a door and watched the ski jumping world pass by on their way into a banquet.
The year was 1970 and just about anyone I knew in that world of ski jumpers was in Ironwood, Mich. They had gathered to witness the first ski flying event ever held in the Western Hemisphere.
A pair for former Roseville Area High School athletes earned collegiate awards earlier this month. Danielle Dickson and Maddie Gray graduated from Roseville in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and have taken their athletic talents to their respective colleges.
Dickson, a sophomore at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., is a member of the women’s track and field team and was named academic all-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. To receive the honor, an athlete must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5.
The 39th-annual Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series took place last weekend at Athletic Park in Chaska. Roseville Area High Schoolís Ben Buerkle participated as a member of the Metro East team.
Buerkle’s squad went 1-2 by beating the North team 2-0 and losing to the South team 4-3 and the Metro West team 3-0.
Emily Peterfeso capped off her athletic career at Roseville Area High School last week by playing in the Class AAA state tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. Making her first state appearance, Peterfeso turned in a two-day score of 189 to finish in a tie for 71st place.
Ben Buerkle prowled the outfield, sometimes in center, for the Roseville Area High School baseball team this spring and followed in the footsteps of some other prominent Raiders who played out there.
Buerkle has continued what has become somewhat of a tradition of strong center fielders and has been rewarded by being named an all-star.
The Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville adapted softball teams closed out their seasons earlier this month by playing in the state tournament. Both teams ended up in fourth place in their respective divisions.
The Beacons had four entries in the Class A state meet and all four finished sixth or better.
The Concordia boys 4x100-meter relay team posted the school’s highest finish by taking second place. The foursome of junior Austin Moldenhauer and seniors Jake Beasy, Baeza Tensaie and Peter Stover finished behind only the team from Byron High School.
The high school spring sports season wraps up this week with three more sports holding state tournaments. A Roseville Area High School athlete will be involved in one of those tournaments.
Senior Emily Peterfeso will spend part of Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids playing in the Class AAA girls golf tournament.