Little Crow Ski Team places second in nationals

This article submitted by Stephanie Everson on 8/12/97.

New London's Little Crow Ski Team returned from Janesville, Wis. with second place in the nation. The team scored 70 points under Janesville's Rock Aqua Jays, whom the Little Crow Ski Team had beaten for the national championship in 1994.

"We ended up in second," Little Crow announcer Mike Schroeder was quoted in the August 11 issue of the West Central Tribune. "We would have liked to have done better, of course, but the hometown team skied a pretty awesome show today."

The Rock Aqua Jays, performing in their hometown, earned the 1997 national championship title with 2182 points. Even though the Little Crow Ski Team performed against tough competition, the team's ballet line, in which Paynesville's Holli Whitcomb is a member, took first place in its division by 25 points. Schroeder also took first place in the announcing competition.

Before continuing on at the national level, the Little Crow Ski Team earned the state championship title for the sixth consecutive year. With 1991 points, the ski team topped Rochester, taking the victory of Mid-States Champions by 120 points.

Formed in 1979 with 15 people, the Little Crow Ski Team, now made up of 110 skiers and 50 support personnel from six years old to 70, has defended their state title since 1992. Many previous Little Crow skiers have gone on to professional skiing at Tommy Bartlett, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Marine World, Holiday Park Ski Show in Germany, Sea World, Cypress Gardens, and Water Ski Shows, Inc.

This year the team performed to the theme of "Late Night with Little Crow," which centered around the Little Crow television talk show with host Mike Schroeder. Visiting the set in the theater were celebrities from sports, movies, and television. The top 10 list was read and Schroeder's mother made her appearance, proud of her brilliant son. Commercials, cameras, interviews, and canned hams rounded out the show.

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