Little Crow water ski team wins 7th title

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 7/28/98.

The Little Crow Water Ski team won its seventh consecutive championship title at the Mid-States Water Ski Show over the weekend.

Although team spokesman Mike Schroeder said he felt the teamís performance was less than impressive, Little Crow finished more than 100 points ahead of the second-place team out of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Little Crow had the highest scoring acts in all categories. Three individual first-place finishes and strong showings in the box score portion also helped to push Little Crow over the top, scoring a total of 1,774 points.

Little Crow will compete in the national competition on Aug. 8 and 9 in Hamilton, Ohio.

The Little Crow team has won the Mid-States Championship in 1996 and 1997 and was the undefeated state champion from 1992 to 1996. In national competition, it came in seventh in 1993 and took first place in 1994, third place in 1995 and fourth in 1996.

The 1997 National Show Ski Tournament resulted in Little Crow winning second place honors. Schroeder won the honor of best announcer, and the girlís ballet line was awarded the best ballet line title.

The Little Crow team consists of 95 skiers and 35 support personnel. In addition, family members and volunteers manage and work admissions, parking, concessions and the pro shop.

Holli Whitcomb, Paynesville, and Jay and Jessica Vagle, New London, are among the skiers. Whitcomb is a member of the pyramid and chorus line, while Jessica does swivel skiing. Jay is one of the coordinators.

Jessica competed individually in the swivel skiing competition at the Mid-State Competition.

The theme of their program this year is ďCamp Little Crow,Ē which centers around a summer camp nestled in the woods of Minnesota. Campers of all ages arrive to register and meet camp Director Mike Schroeder. Counselors contend with the antics and pranks of the campers. Teamwork goals are worked on during the camp sessions with the culmination of a camp ski show.

The Little Crow Water Ski team was formed in 1979. The original membership of 15-plus has grown to more than 90 skiers ranging in age from 4 to 70.

A developmental ďBĒ team program was started in 1995 with over 40 members participating in barefooting, jumping, swivel, pyramids and doubles. They have a separate practice and perform one hour before the regular shows at Neer Park in New London.

The club is proud of the three-tier barefoot pyramid which was first performed as a world record on July 22, 1994, at Neer Park. Another first is the backward barefoot pyramid performed on June 28, 1996. The first double backward barefoot pyramid was performed on July 26, 1996. The four prebuilt pyramids were successfully pulled from the 1997 nationals performance, making the transition into two, four-high pyramids for another first at nationals.

The Little Crow Water Ski Club has their own Internet web site: http:// skiteam.littlecrow.com or www.little crow.com. The site has information and a photo gallery that has been viewed by many.

The Little Crow Water Ski Club finishes out the season with shows every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. through July and 7 p.m. shows through August with the grand finale on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.

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