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SKI SEASON info & practice begins TUES NOV 12!
Nov 7, 2019, 9:02 am

There are only 3 rules on this team.


In that order.  





It was super nice to be together at Monday's preseason meeting!

Catching up with our veteran skiers and meeting our new skiers & parents is always a smile maker! 

Our season is looking to kick off just right.  With all these cold temps, the snow guns are blasting away at Giant's Ridge and lots of other Nordic ski venues!

Mother Nature is watching out for us, and hopefully the real snow will follow soon! 

This site is updated once or twice a week. You'll find more action along with photos on the team's Facebook & Instagram pages.


Please check in often to keep up with our team doings! 


There's a few things coming up to dial in for! 




For the Mesabi East skiers: ride bus #8 to GR. Parents pick up skiers by 6 pm.  

There is a bus from the Virginia High School, (door # 6) that the VA & MIB skiers will board after school.  This bus then stops at the Gilbert Jr High to pick up the EG skiers.

The VA bus will return all skiers on the same route after practice, with arrival to the VA High School at 6:30 pm. The VAAST Alpine team will also be riding this bus once they are practicing at GR. 


What to bring:

CLEARANCE SLIPS- from your school's AD. You cannot practice until these are turned into a coach. 

FORMS- Medical, Volunteer, Skier / Parent Info card, etc.  return to a coach. 

Ski Equipment, running shoes, hats, gloves /  mitts, baselayers, jackets, windpants. Bascially layering clothers for in & outside workouts. 

A WATER BOTTLE is a must. 

BLAZE ORANGE (it's deer hunting sesason) if you have it. We will also have orange vests available.       



We have several items that the skiers can order if they'd like personal apparel. 

All of the items are optional.  We do provide the race suit for all skiers, and we issue team warm up jackets

for skiers that don't have personal team jackets.  


BLACK insulated pants are recommended for ski bottoms, the team has a limited supply. You can purchase these at Mesabi Rec in Virginia, or any ski shop in Duluth or online. 


*Black Puffy Jacket- the order form is on this site, listed on the menu.  

* Black Puffy Vest - the order form is on this site, listed on the menu. 

These itmes are from Textiles Plus in Eveleth. Give completed order forms & payment to a coach. 



 *Personalized Red Team Jacket / Hat / Buff from Borah Teamwear.  All orders are compeleted online at this storefront link: https://mesabieast.itemorder.com/






Our team is in need of individuals or a group of folks who will lead the charge for this season's ski team happenings! 

Without a parent group, our annual offerings will fall to the wayside.  

Our team club provides:  The Spaghetti Dinner to many school teams, the evening before (Jan 3) the Mesabi East Invite.  

                                     Pasta dinner for our team, the night before (Feb 5) the Section meet. 

                                     Section 7 T Shirt sales at the Section meet (Feb 6). 

                                     Fundraisers: Coffee / Cocoa Sale; Raffle. 

                                     Team food / beverages for the ME Invite & Section Race. 

Our past president, will be available to guide and help. 

If you are interested, please let a coach know. THANK YOU! 


Think SNOW & see everyone on Tuesday, Nov 12th, 4pm!  :) 



2019 / 2020 SEASON is ... coming!
Oct 10, 2019, 9:56 am


SKIERS need some new skinny boards, boots or poles?

 Save the Date!

*Team SKI FIT night at the Ski Hut in Duluth on Tuesday, Nov. 5th, beginning at 4:30 pm. *  



West Yellowstone Ski Trip! 

Registration forms here at this link: http://dulutheastnordicskiteam.teampages.com/  

Get yours in ASAP! This trip fills up super fast! 

Got questions - check with Coach CJ or talk to a skier who has gone on the trip.










GUTS- Get UP. Train SMART!
Jun 12, 2019, 8:21 am

                                                        2019 Fisherman's Point 5K 


Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon 



Park Point 5 MILER Racers 








GUTS 2019 is underway! 







30 + athletes are GUTTING it out this summer! 

We met with lots of new & returning faces at the registration picnic and heard there are more kids coming on board - SUPER good stuff.  Registration is ongoing, just come to a session and check out what we are up too! 

We meet on Monday's, Tuesday's, Wednesday's & Thursday's. Some days have mulitiple work out options and locations.  YOU choose what works best for your schedule.  Parents- you are always welcome to jump in and join us! 


*The weekly schedule is posted on the G.U.T.S TRAINING SCHEDULE PAGE on this site* 


The GROUP EVENTS are also optional, but we'll gather some insight on who is doing what, and have preliminary sign up sheets to gather interest and the possiblity of carpooling as often as possible to events. (See GUTS EVENT page on this site) 


WHAT to BRING to a work out session?

Water Bottle. Running Gear. Bikes & Helmets for cycling. Loose clothing & mat for Yoga. Swim Suits & Towel are great to have in your bag of goodies. Nordic ski folks - roller skis, poles, helmets. 



Coach contact info: 

Cheri Johnson, (218) 750-7904, ccjskier@gmail.com

Jon Wagner, (218) 780-7813, jonwagner74@gmail.com

GUTS info!!
May 23, 2019, 10:44 am




THE GooD StuFF of the SEASON
Mar 11, 2019, 11:19 am

There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

1. Be a great person.  2. Be a great student.  3. Be a great athlete.   In that order. 



It was a great banquet - full of fun memories, good food & great laughs! Thank you all for coming and congrats to all of our skiers on a terrific season! 

Congrats to all of our Pepsi Challenge skiers! Over 20 skiers took part in the 8, 25, or 50k races. This is a HUGE accomplishment!  

The skiing is still crazy awesome, hopefully you can find time for some Nordic March Madness!  



Tuesday, March 26th, from 5-7 pm at the South Chalet.

  Be ready to check things in, clean those wax pockets & dig through the lost & found box. 


                                                            TEAM Neon at the Pepsi Challenge Race 



Stay on track - in the off season- and know that what you are doing at this time, only pays out super results in the ski season. Spring sports, Summer camps & G.U.T.S & Fall sports are needed to make that great big impact- for ski season 2019/20. 



2018/2019 Ski Team Award Winners


Most Improved Varsity Boy: Reid 

Most Improved Varsity Girl: Natalie 

Most Improved Varsity Girl: Lydia 

Most Improved Boy JV Skier: Benjamin 

Most Improved Girl JV Skier: Hailey 

Most Improved Boy JH Skier: Odin 

Most Improved Girl JH Skier: Mia 

Rookie of the Year: Bella 

Ski Award “Success, Kindness, Inspirational” Parker 

Jessie Diggins “Brave Enough” Riley 

Jessie Diggins “Brave Enough” Julianna 

2018/2019 Dan Zamlen Memorial Scholarships: Parker  & Riley 

THANK you to all others!!

Coach Jack, Coach Austin, Volunteers- Don, Chad, Chad, Chaz, Jacob & Jack. Equipment masters- KJ, Chaz & Mesabi Rec. Entire Booster Club peeps, Pepsi Deb, Benji, the Athletic Directors of ME, VA, EG, MIB, Dale & Sally Z, photographers Nancy & Ron, Grooming guys- Rich, STubby & Shucker, & our outstanding parents, for doing what YOU do best, to keep this team smiling. 

See ya on the trails! 

Coach CJ 






End of Season Banquet & Pepsi Challenge Race
Feb 20, 2019, 9:29 am


There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

1. Be a great person.  2. Be a great student.  3. Be a great athlete.   In that order. 


We had such a terrific finale' to our racing season last week!


Congratulations to our Charlie Banks State Relay Champions (a first ever for our team!)

Reid led things off with the first leg of classic & set things up with coming in sixth. Parker took it from there with another classic leg and flew out of the stadium, picking 3 skiers off right then. What a lead he gave Isaac to skate the third leg and still hold on to the top spot for Tylen.  Tylen did his thing and brought the team to first place. On our home turf. What a sight!! WTG guys! 


Following things up at the State Meet were the two races at hand, the 5k freestyle & 5k classic on the Silver & Cedar / Gold courses. 

The Pursuit Race - is nothing to mess with at this level - with all the strong & fast Nordic skiers from all 8 sections in Minnesota.  Two incredible & awesome performances  played out by our first time State qualifiers - Lydia & Natalie, who showed up and got it done. Congrats to Lydia for a super 46th place finish & Natalie for knocking things out at 53rd!! Such great racing!  



AND... Academically, all of our skiers know what to do in the classroom too! 

Our Sections teams were notified of their awards for this season's brainwork.  The Girls Team took a GOLD status with a cumulative GPA of 3.91 and the Guys Team earned a SILVER plate & a GPA of 3.61. Nice job skiers! 


So, what's next??? 




You've heard us coaches tell you, this is the best time to ski! Warmer temps & more daylight & super fast snow.  This is when your next season training begins!  Recently spotted were 6 ME / VA / EG / MIB skiers at GR putting in the k's.  Get together & keep skiing - the Pepsi Challenge is Saturday, March 2 at GR.  See info at bottom of this page. 



End of Season Team Banquet- Sunday, Feb. 24th. 5-7 pm at the Biwabik Pavilion We'll be celebrating the team & our successful season with great food, warm memories, deserved awards,  and more.  Skiers, parents, siblings, grandparents, coaches & all other ski fans are welcome to come and help us wrap up the 2018/19 ski season & say so long to our seniors! 


From our booster club president: 

Congratulations to all our ME/V/EG/MIB/NER nordic athletes on a season well skied!!  I am looking forward to our potluck banquet on Sunday, February 24th from 5 - 7PM in the Biwabik Pavilion.  Reminiscing on the season just past by the coaches and skiers is always a fun and meaningful time.  

Please bring the following dish to share if you are able to attend:  

Last names A - H : Main Dish

Last names I - M : Salad

Last names N - Z : Dessert  

Drinks will be provided, and help setting up tables and chairs at 4:30PM would really help!   

 *Please bring your Pepsi Challenge spaghetti dinner ticket money to turn in at this time, along with any unsold tickets!  Let me know if you would like to sell more tickets, and I will get them to you.  More information on that will follow.    

Thank you all for a great season!!



Team Equipment & Uniform Return Date: To be determined. Sometime in Mid March at Giant's Ridge. *Do not bring any equipment or uniforms to the banquet. 


                      GREAT COACHING & SUPPORT STAFF 



Pepsi Challenge at Giant's Ridge Sat. March 2nd. There are many race distances to choose from!  You pay $ 25.00, and the booster club will pay the rest of the entry fee.  What a deal! Sign up via a paper form entry, (not online), and give to Deb Maki in the Timing Bldg.  Register before Feb. 24th.  More info here:  http://www.pepsichallengeskirace.com/pepsi.php  


See ya on the trails !!! 



WEEK 14 - Practice, CB Relays & THE STATE MEET!
Feb 10, 2019, 8:17 pm


There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

1. Be a great person.  2. Be a great student.  3. Be a great athlete.   In that order. 




The official high school ski racing season is wrapping up this week.  It's been a terrfically fun & successful season of team togetherness! 


It's so easy to see how much our team has improved from that first day of practice, Nov. 12th.  WHO KNEW we'd have such a top of the line team? 


From our seniors to our sixth graders, the evidence of knowing how to ski, and to ski fast, was front and center. 

The BONUS was all the fun we shared with each other whether it was racing, practicing, waxing or socializing.  SMILES, SPARKLES & STACHES - this team does it best! 


The two big dates of last week, turned into many podium shows!  


Congrats to our two STATE QUALIFIERS, Natalie & Lydia. These two ladies stayed steady through a day of uncertain ski racing conditions! 

Lydia placed 4th & Natalie finished 7th, to earn their spots at the STATE MEET on Thursday.  The top two teams and the next 6 individuals not on a winning team advance to the state meet. For all the results, 

click here: http://stevestiming.org/sec_7_2_7_19.pdf 




Then our skiers of the JV & JH Championships on Saturday, were constantly going up for an award - in all divisions! 

Top ten results was the theme of the day. CONGRATS to all of our first year skiers for completing your first season, and with over-the-top results!

The rest of the gang was showing their ski race know how too with a ribbon decorated field of finishes. 

Find all the results here: http://stevestiming.org/jv_jh_champs_2_9_19.pdf




LAST WEEK of the seasion... WEEK #14 - we're getting it going! 


Monday, Feb 11th & Tuesday, Feb 12th:  Practice- State Meet Qualifiers & for all those skiing the CB Relays on Wednesday.  (See the race line up page for relay teams). 

There isn't any more formal practice for our newbie or JH skiers. They are welcome to come and ski on their own, from 4-6 pm.

There is a bus from the VA school for transportation on both of these days. 


* Keep your team equipment and uniforms / warm -ups till we have a return day scheduled.  SKI as much as you can, now we have daylight & warmer temps. 

Train for the PEPSI CHALLENGE - March 2nd. 


Wednesday, Feb. 13th:  STATE SEND OFF at Mesabi East @ 8:20.  This is for Lydia & Natalie and all of the team, to be recognized for a great ski season. 

Wear a team jacket. This will last about 15 minutes. Following the State send off: 9:00 am  - BRUNCH, WAX & then RACE at the CB RELAYS @ Giant's Ridge.


*All V / JV skiers are excused from school all day on Wed & Thursday to attend the Relays & State Meet events.  


Thursday, Feb 14th: 2019 STATE MEET @ Giant's Ridge. TEam Camp in the Lodge. 3rd floor? Come cheer on Lydia & Natalie!                                                    

RACE SCHEDULE: Approximate start times
Boys’ 5K Freestyle 10:00 a.m.
Girls’ 5K Freestyle 11:15 a.m.
(The interval time for the freestyle race is 15 seconds per skier)
Boys’ 5K Classical 2:00 p.m.
Girls’ 5K Classical 3:00 p.m.



Week # 13: SECTIONS & JV/JH Champs!
Feb 3, 2019, 6:46 pm

There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

1. Be a great person.  2. Be a great student.  3. Be a great athlete.   In that order. 



Whew, made it through the coldest week of the season and toughing it out with great results at the Ely Pursuit Invite on Saturday.


GREAT JOB SKIERS - for your fantastic race & team perfomrances and to keeping your body & head in the game of cold weather.  Keep doing what you've been doing all season long. This is what you've trained for.  We're checking all the right boxes as we move into the week 13.


We have two big exciting dates this week!  Thursday is the Section 7 Meet at Giant's Ridge,  followed up by the JV / JH Championships at Spirit Mtn. on Saturday.   


Let's keep that ski groove going and get on that podium! :) 


2019 Section Teams

Girls: Natalie, Anna, Lydia, Bella, Stephanie, Klara, Trinity. Alternates - Riley,Sarah.  

Boys: Reid, Parker, Isaac, Aaron, Tylen, Kevin, Carter. Alternates - Nick, Ben.   




Monday, 2/4: Practice 


Tuesday, 2/5: Practice. Section Team- leave your skate & classic skis in the Timing Bldg after practice. 


Wednesday, 2/6: Practice - Ski, Wax, Eat, Shop. 

                         Waxing will begin at 1:30 pm. Check in with a coach before skiing.

                         Spaghetti dinner will be held in the S. Chalet for ALL skiers (V/JV/JH/Newbies), coaches & wax techs.

                         Purchase your Section T SHIRT. $ 15.00 short sleeve, $20.00 long sleeve. 


Thursday, 2/7: Section 7 Meet. Start time 11:00 am. Check the race start list after Tuesday. Skiers arrive at GR by 8:30 am.  Team camp is in the lower level of the Lodge. 

                         *PRACTICE for JH / NEWBIE SKIERS* 4 pm. There will be a bus from VA School to transport skiers to & from GR for this practice. 


Friday, 2/8: Practice for everyone.  WAX for JV / JH Championships.  SKI - all others. 


Saturday, 2/9: JV/JH Championships in Duluth at Spirit Mtn. (Campground area) *Bus leaves ME at 8:30 am, and picks up rest of skiers at the Mesabi Station Trail Head at 8:50 am. (hwy 53 & 35)  Start list is posted. 







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