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Week #14 - State Meet, Pep Fest, CB Relays, JV/JH Wrap Up & all the extra's!
Feb 9, 2020, 8:43 am


There are only 3 rules on this team.


In that order.    


Monday, Feb. 10th Update: 


Due to the extreme cold weather expected on Thursday, Feb. 13th, the MSHSL Nordic State Ski Meet has now been moved to Friday, Feb. 14th. Unfortunately, this means the Charlie Banks State Relays are also cancelled. (the two events are linked)  

Ski Practice - STATE SKIERS only 

The Ski Practice bus from VA is now over for the season. No more transportation as of Monday Feb. 10th. 

STATE send - off / PEP FEST at Mesabi EAst is now scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13th at 2:45 pm.  This will last 15 - 20 min. Hope to see many ski faces there! Snacks at the HIVE CoFFEE BAKEhouse after. 


Week # 14!


The final week of team togetherness is upon us.

From Nov. 11 to now, everything we’ve learned, trained & raced for is quickly becoming a memory of a fantastic ski season. Sooo many awesome happenings, (both on & off the ski trails) is why we have such a great ski team and it’s why we coach.  “Serious Fun” is usually our game plan, and it has been witnessed 100 times over with Every. Team. Member. 

Thank you to our skiers and their support crews (Moms/ Dads/Grandparents) for everything you do. When we ask, you deliver.  It doesn’t get any better than that!


CONGRATS to all of our Section Teams & JH/JV Championship skiers!  We had a full week of racing and everyone put their heart into “Skiing Their Best Race”. 


The girl’s team missed a State berth by a tie breaker to Ely, but we still topped it off with sending 3 individual girls to the State Meet.  Lydia, Anna & Bella placed 4th, 9th & 10th and will be representing ME / VA / EG / MIB on Thursday at Giant’s Ridge.  CONGRATS to them and all of  our lady skiers this super accomplishment and FAST SKIS to the triple threat trio as they race in the finale’ of the 2019/20 high school season.


To top all that excitement was an incredible day of speedy skiing for our younger & new skier teams at the JV/JH Championships on Saturday.  Every age class consisted of someone from our team. And not just one skier. Each award line, held 1-3 skiers in the top ten.  WOW! This is certainly a testament to their training, and to their coaches that get them across the finish line in that fashion.  Congrats to all who raced and all out appreciation, to Coach Austin & Parker for all they do. Find your favorite JV/JH ski racer results here:http://www.stevestiming.org/jv_jh_champs_2_8_20.pdf

These Junior skiers are officially done for the high school racing season, but we encourage them to come out to ski with their pals on Monday & Tuesday this week, as official practice for our State & Charlie Bank Relay skiers are still practicing on these days too.   The bus transportation from VA & ME is still a go on Monday & Tuesday, then it’s done.


More appreciation and THANKS to all the skiers who became T shirt sales people at the Section meet, along with all of the parents who cooked, baked, served, provided & waxed for and with us, as our teams prepared last week for our big shows.  The team ship cruises at its best, with all of you, at the helm.  Thank you again.


So what does this final week hold for all of us??  Some more practicing, racing, cheering, recognizing and more… Check out our last weekly schedule. 






Monday, Feb 10th / Tuesday Feb 11th:  practice for State & CB Relay skiers. Others come ski on their own

if they want.  


Wednesday Feb 12th: Pep Fest / Send Off for the entire team at Mesabi East, 8:30 am. Wear your Section shirts, or team jacket. L, B & A bring your Section medals. Everyone will be recognized, line up outside the Memorial gym at 8:20. Brunch at the Hive Coffee & Bakehouse after. Bring money. Following this, we will go to Giant’s Ridge to wax and prep for the Charlie Banks Relays. See race list page for more info.


Thursday, Feb 13th:  State Meet at Giant’s Ridge. Team camp is in the 3rd floor conference room in the Lodge. Look for our team tent & flag outside. Skiers to arrive at GR by 8 am.  All V/JV skiers will be excused from school on this day. All others need to contact their school for an excused absence to attend the meet.  


Friday, Feb. 14th:  No more practice – we are officially done for the high school season.  But, stay dialed in as many skiers get together to ski & race post season with some fun citizen races!


Saturday, Feb 15th:  The Book Across the Bay (BAB). Carpooling from Mesabi East, leaving at 11 am.  This event begins at 6 pm in Ashland. After the race we’ll get pizza. Bring: ski equipment, swim suit, etc. along with money for the extras: pizza, lunches, snacks & the ski shop stop. We’ll stop to ski at the After Hour Trail system in Brule on the way back on Sunday, allow $4 for the trail fee here too.  Arrive in Aurora, around 5-6 pm, or earlier.




  • Equipment & Uniform Return – a date / time in within the 2nd week of March will be set up to get this done.  IF your skier chooses to return things earlier, it must be done on Monday Feb 10th or Tuesday Feb 11th at practice time, and everything must be checked in with Coach Johnson.  Please do not return anything to your school’s AD. 


  • End of Season Team Banquet – Sunday, March 1st, 5:30 pm at the Biwabik Pavilion. Potluck. More info to come.


Other events are listed below.


  • Book Across the Bay Race / Tour, Sat. Feb 15th. Ski, Walk, Snowshoe, Run a 10k beginning in Ashland WI across Lake Superior to Washburn. We’ll do this again this year. Who ever wants to go, sign up at practice. This is a super fun time skiing across Lake Superior in the dark. Staying the night in Ashland. The cost is $30 for lodging and $20 for the event fee. We need to have a few parents with us on this trip for transportation, and join us in the event.  More info on this event here: https://batb.org/  *DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR LODGING & TRANSPORTATION IS TUESDAY, FEB 4TH, CHECKS PAYABLE TO MESABI EAST AREA NORDIC SKI BOOSTERS*. SIGN UP FOR THE BAB EVENT ONLINE.


  • Pepsi Challenge Race – Sat. Feb 29th at GR. All team skiers are offered a fee of $10.00 to race the event they choose! 50k / 25k freestyle or skate, or the 8k freestyle. You must register via paper entry for this fee. Download, print & return to Pepsi Deb in the Timing Building by Friday, Feb. 21st. Here is the Link: https://www.pepsichallengeskirace.com/PepsiChallengeRegistrationForm.pdf?2020 THANKS to the Pepsi Challenge Board for this special race entry fee!!  If all this is new to you and your skier, please contact a captain (Natalie, Anna, Trinity, Tylen or Kevin) or a coach with any questions.  This team shows up (usually in neon & tutus), so get on the team train and have a fun day with your ski pals!


* Banners cost $20 - if you’d like to buy one, reserve your copy at practice.



*MYSL - Minnesota Youth Ski League* - this group meets every Sunday through February, beginning on Jan. 5th, from 2-3 pm at the Timing Building, and is looking for team skiers to help the coaches teach lessons to our future ski team members! Got an hour to spare on Sunday? Grab your ski friends & sign up with Jack Greenlee or Don Galloway. 


*Want to see photo’s of your skier(s)?

Our team is so lucky to have some parents taking action shots & more at our races! Our most sincere THANKS goes out to Danielle Matschiner (Allison Kate Photography) & Brenda Skelton for offering up your talents to capture what we do best! The photos can be found on our Facebook & Instagram pages, and at this link for Allison Kate Photography: https://allisonkatephotography.smugmug.com/Sports/Nordic-Skiing/MEVAEGMIB-Nordic-Ski-Team-Action-Shots/




The 2019 / 2020 SKI SEASON is here! I will...

A. be super FAST on my skis
B. RACE hard
C. SMILE lots
D. hope for a BLIZZARD
E. Give BENJI treats
F. All the above

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