Matt Liebsch of Orono won the Loppet Skate by nearly two minutes over Eric Fagerstrom of Eden Prairie on Sunday on the way to the championship in the three-event Minne-Tour at the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival at Theodore Wirth Park.

Liebsch, 31, overcame a significant deficit and injury to beat four-time U.S. Olympian Torin Koos, 34, from Wenatchee, Wash., in the Minne-Tour, a three-day competition that includes the Finn Sisu Sprints, the Hoigaard's Classic and the Loppet Skate. Koos placed second in the Minne-Tour.

Natalia Naryshkina, 30, of Verona, Wis., won the women's Loppet Skate and repeated as Minne-Tour champion. Kathleen Dewahl of St. Paul was second.

Big tackler picks U

The Gophers landed a commitment Sunday from Winston DeLattiboudere, a defensive end from Howard High School in Ellicott City, Md.

DeLattiboudere was named the Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year last fall after making 101 tackles, including 42 for loss. He has no star ranking from either or


Hibbert rallies, wins 100th Snocross event

Tucker Hibbert of Pelican Rapids, Minn., made his 100th AMSOIL Championship Snocross victory a special one Saturday. After crashing on the first corner, he righted his snowmobile and pushed from last to first to win the Pro Open class in Deadwood, S.D.

Ryan Springer of St. Francis won the Pro Lite class Saturday.