Little Crow Ski Team to defend state title

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 07/22/97.

The Little Crow Water Ski Team, New London, will be competing in the Mid-States Water Ski Show Tournament (formerly the Minnesota State Show Ski Tournament) at Island Lake in Shoreview on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. to defend their state title.

Little Crow will be competing about 11:30 a.m.. followed by the awards at 1:30 p.m.

Individual competition will be held on Saturday, July 26, starting at 10:30 a.m. Little Crow skiers competing in individual events are Allison Marcus and Greg Hedman in doubles; Traci Thompson, Joquel Rudningen and Jessica Vagle in swivel skiing, and Chad Thompson and Ryan Jones in freestyle jumping.

The Little Crow Water Ski Team consists of 110 skiers and 50 support personnel coming from 78 families. The team performs every Friday evening at its home site, Neer Park, in New London, along with special shows in conjunction with city festivals.

This year the team will be performing to the theme of ďLate Night with Little Crow,Ē which centers around the Little Crow TV talk show with host Mike Schroeder. Visiting the set in the theater are celebrities from sports, movies and TV. The top 10 list is read and Mikeís mother makes her appearance, proud of her brilliant son. Commercials, cameras, interviews and canned hams round out the activity from the studio.

Little Crow was formed in 1979. The original membership of 15-plus has grown to more than 100 skiers, ages 6 to 70. Many of the Little Crow skiers have gone to professional skiing: Water Ski Shows, Inc., Tommy Bartlett, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Marine World, Holiday Park Ski Show/Germany, Sea World, and Cypress Gardens.

The Little Crow Ski Team is the undefeated Minnesota State Champion winning the state title in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996, and the 1995 and 1996 Mid-States Championship. In national competition they came in seventh in 1993, took first place as the National Show Ski champions in 1994, third place in 1995 and fourth place in 1996.

Little Crow finishes out the season with 7 p.m. Friday shows through August with the grand finale on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m

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