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Little Crow Ski Team wins Midwest title

NEW LONDON -- The Little Crow Water Ski Team returned from the 2008 Midwest Regional Show Ski Tournament in Waterloo, Iowa, with the championship trophy July 27.

Little Crow scored 1,636 points to capture first place. Midwest Ski Otters from White Bear Lake was second with 1,508 points, and Five Seasons from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was third with 1,446 points. A total of 10 teams competed in the tournament. Little Crow has won first place in 15 out of the 16 Midwest/Minnesota Tournaments.

The Little Crow Ski Team performed the tournament show to the theme of "LCST State Fair" and started the performance with four barefoot pyramids, which earned two awards. The show included ballet, pyramids, doubles, trios, swivel, many barefoot and jump acts and two around-the-boat acts. Announcers for the 2008 show are Lee Gauer and Dean Hanson as "Mick and Mike." Greg Hedman is this year's show director.

In addition to the Championship Team Trophy, the Little Crow Ski Team earned several top awards. Little Crow won the Best Barefoot Act and the Highest Individual Act with the opening barefoot pyramids. Little Crow also took the Best Dock and Equipment Award.

Little Crow also had individual members competing in swivel, doubles and jump competition. In swivel competition, Joquel Molenaar earned first place. In doubles competition, Greg Hedman and Stacy Boesch also placed first. In team jump, Little Crow captured first place. Jumpers for the individual team jump competition included: Logan Asche, Jay Donner, Paul Donner, Ryan Fader, Matt Gauer, Caleb Hanson, Dillon Hedman, Ryan Marcus, Brandon Zylstra and Justin Zylstra. Nick Dahlen announced for the individual jump competition.

With the 2008 Midwest title, Little Crow Ski Team qualifies for the Division 1 National Show Ski Championship Tournament in Wisconsin Rapids on August 8-10. Little Crow will have the individual competition Friday. Fourteen team show competitions from around the country take place on Saturday and Sunday. The Little Crow Ski Team performs at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

The Little Crow Ski Team will perform at Neer Park on Saturday at 7 p.m. After Nationals there will be shows Aug. 15 and 22. The Grand Finale Show will be Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Reserved seats can be purchased on the web site at or by calling 320-354-5684.