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(Lucky) Week # 13 !
Jan 31, 2015, 12:05 pm


The Mesabi East / Virginia / Eveleth-Gilbert Nordic ski train has warmed up, and is building momentum.  We've seen it happen within the last two weeks, and we are READY!


The results from yesterday's meet, were very similiar to last year's Cook County Invite- but a bit better! The girls varsity team came away with a 1st place finish, while the boys varsity team took 2nd.  Lots of skiers skied the "Pursuit" race, and many for the first time.  Got that and more done-and all the results show it.  It was a perfect tune-up, as it was our last regular season meet.  The (rest of the story) will be told at the Section 7 Meet on Thursday! 


Here is the link to all the race details from the Cook County Invite.   http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/cchs_pursuit_1_30_15.pdf



These next two weeks will offer a little different scenerio for our teams.  Busier than usual, so stay well rested & well fueled!  The section teams & alternates are in place, and there is still a lot going on for ALL our team members for upcoming races & events.       


Here is what we are looking at for week # 13, heading into the final stretches of our team's season adventure ....


Mon Feb. 2,   V / JV:  bring skate & classic every day.    JH / Newbie Team:  Skate & Classic

Tue. Feb. 3,   V/JV: skate & classic. JH / Newbie Team:  Skate & Classic.  Jr. Nordic Club session today- 4pm.

Wed. Feb. 4,  V/JV: wax prep will start at 2 pm. JH/Newbie Team: Skate & Classic.  Pasta Dinner for entire team in Timing Building.

Thurs. Feb. 5,  Section 7 Meet. Giant's Ridge. 11 am.  Skiers arrive at 9 am.  Team Camp in Lodge.

                        ** NOTE TIME CHANGE  to 11 am start ** due to cold morning temps

Friday, Feb. 6, V/JV/JH/Newbie Team practice.


Some other noteworthy news....  


Skinnyski has just posted it's annual premonitions about this upcoming week's Minnesota section championships.

** Section 7 Thu Feb 5 at Giants Ridge (Biwabik)**
The Northern powers always provide some tough team racing.  Goliath Duluth East has generally ruled, but not without challenges from the David's of the section, Ely and Mesabi East.  The Duluth East boys got a little wakeup call from Mesabi at the conference championships and should bring their A-game to sections to take the title, with Mesabi East coming in second.  Duluth East girls have been moving up, but this one could be extremely close as Mesabi East, Grand Rapids and maybe even Cloquet-Esko-Carlton all take a run at the championship.  Anna Johnson, Mesabi East, appears to be on form, but will receive pressure from a number of girls for the individual title.  The boys title should be very tight as well, with Seth Prigge, Ely, hoping for some recovery from the conference championships, as both Keaton Long, Duluth East, and Reed Melicher, Mesabi East, will be making bids for the top of podium. Read all the previews for all the sections at: http://www.skinnyski.com/  

* Down the calendar for the following week, (besides daily practice) & more ....   Mon, 2/9- JH / JV championships at Spirit Mtn, Tues, 2/10- Decorating at Mesabi East School cafeteria for the MSHSL Nordic State Ski Banquet / Program; Wed, 2/11 - Charlie Banks Relays at Giant's Ridge; State Meet Banquet / Program (ME school); Thurs, 2/12- MSHSL Nordic State Meet; Hot Dog Roast on the trails - TBD, Team Banquet - March.


* To all of our ski fans- the ME / VA / EG booster club, parents, grandparents, siblings & friends, team photo guy- RK, and the staff at Giant's Ridge (John, Todd, Deb, Chris, Craig) .... a big - THANK YOU - for all your ongoing & upcoming support, as we near the end of our season.  None of our team's fun & success would happen with out YOU!    



                                        The traditional "FunnyTeam Picture by the Lake" at Pinchushion Ski Trails, in Grand Marias 








Week # 12, Cook County Pursuit, , Jr. Nordic Club
Jan 25, 2015, 4:57 pm


Week # 12 & there is no stopping us now!  

Our first Pursuit race is over & done, and it was a very good day for our team.  Top finishes were involved, and it showed in our scoring.  The boys team brought home a 2nd place standing, while the girls team took 4th.  Get your favorite skier's results at: http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/index.htm


** Captain's Awards **    from this meet went to:

 Sammy K. - "movin' on up award". For stepping in at the last minute to race the pursuit!

 Josh J. -  falling in race, & still managing a top 10 finish.  Get your crashes done before sections folks!

 Sarah A. - 8th place finish in JV.  Pretty good for an 8th grader!

 Chaz H. -  passing 10 skiers in the classic portion of the pursuit.  Do you have a Secret Strategy - to make your coaches nervous?  or maybe good kick wax ??



                                        Reed # 2, waiting for the start of the Pursuit, sandwiched between #3 DE, #1 Ely





Skinnyski.com ( http://www.skinnyski.com/) has photos from the ME INVITE & the DULUTH EAST PURSUIT.  Check them out under the high school results page.


 DE Invite pics will be posted soon on this site.  Again, our thanks to Mr. RK!  One of our biggest fans! 



Take a look at this week's schedule and prepare for Friday's Pursuit in Grand Marias.  This is our last tune-up before the section meet!


MONDAY, Jan. 26th- WED. Jan. 28th.  V / JV / JH bring SKATE & CLASSIC every day


THURSDAY, Jan. 29th.     SKI / WAX PREP (2:30 pm)

                                            JR NORDIC CLUB 4 Pm.  Check out the club page on this site for pics!


FRIDAY, Jan. 30th.  COOK COUNTY INVITE.  Pursuit races for all V / JV skiers.  Classical races for JH.

                                ** BUS LEAVES Mesabi East at 6:30 am **    

                            **   ALL SKIERS  board the bus at the Mesabi East Pool   **

                                   We should arrive back in Aurora around 7 pm 


SATURDAY, JAN. 31.     Practice, 11 am, for all Varsity Skiers.  



                                  Group hug for lady Pursuit racers, coach MP, & MONICA the Manager




Can you say P U R S U I T ?? Week # 11. Stay Healthy! Stay Strong!
Jan 18, 2015, 10:18 am


The ELY TIMBERWOLVES put on a great race on Saturday- we all had a fun time!  Couldn't beat the weather either- snowy & warm!  If you're on Facebook, check out our team page, and the short video of skiers... dancing! 


The technique of SKATE, brought out some of our wall flowers, and some skiers shook up the roster...we're having some good friendly competition within our team!

See your skier's results at:  http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/index.htm 


Pics form the CEC Invite are now uploaded on this site.  Thank You RON ! 



Two weeks, and two BIG races (Pursuits) left to our season for the V / JV crew, before the big dance of the section meet.  We need everyone on board, healthy & strong, attending all practices & meets!

 ** Don't forget to get those equipment issues fixed, all of you are at a high level of racing - and you need to make it work as much as possible- for you & the team. **  

Our team knows how to race on our home course, remember how we finished last season!



Your next two races will be a lead up to your day of Championships on Feb. 9th.  You've come a long way since you first put skinny skis on, and it shows!



Welcome to our team!  Coach Josh will make your weekly visits super fun!



Here is a look at our schedule for this week, Jan. 19- Jan. 23


Monday, Jan. 19. (MLK DAY): Practice, for V / JV.  SKATE & CLASSIC, Noon - ?   If JH / Newbies want to come & ski, they can.  There won't be any (formal) practice for them.

Tuesday, Jan. 20-Thurs. Jan. 22.  Practice.  Bring Skate & Classic every day.

Friday, Jan. 23- Duluth East Invitational, Snowflake Nordic Center.  Bus leaves ME at 7 am, VA at 7:30.  Pursuit Race for V / JV.  Regular races for JH / Newbies. 






Let's keep things moving- week # 10
Jan 11, 2015, 11:49 am





(Wed. 1/14 update)

Our skiers skied with a lot of heart at Tuesday's Race in Mt. Itasca.  (hosted by CEC / Proctor - Hermantown) What the results didn't show, us coaches noticed- and it was very good ski racing, by both our guys & gals on the ME / VA / E-G team.  We'll nail down those trouble spots!   Tuesday's CEC Invite Results can be found here: http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/cec_proc_invite_1_13_15.pdf 


Captain's Awards for this meet went out to: 

Alyssa & Sammy; first JV ski race = no more fear!

Anna A; 10th place finish in JV!

Josh; unhappiest, biggest complainer of individual race award.  (a strawberry nutri grain bar)




(Sun. Jan 11)

A good solid week of practices (even in that cold / blustery weather) paid off for the ME Invite!  Great races everyone, and our team status is right where it should be. Keep putting in the time and dedication, and the pay off will be right on schedule!  All the results are posted at:   http://www.superiortiming.com/


The weekend also brought a close to our big ME Invite race- the biggest nordic ski meet in the country, along with our one of our biggest fundraisers- the Friday Night Spaghetti Feed. Total teams fed = 10!!  THANK YOU to all the parents, grandparents, brothers & sisters who helped out with this, and then continued to support our team, & Giant's Ridge, on Saturday, at the race.  1100 skiers ...   it couldn't happen without you!



* Parents & Skiers*   Our team is using an app called "REMIND" for last minute updates.  REMIND: Free, Safe Messaging - Android Apps on Google Play. Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers & coaches  a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers & coaches can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students' and parents' phones.


  To sign up for our team notifiations, please visit https://www.remind.com/joinb31a1 .  Or you can just enter this REMIND phone number 81010, and then type the team (class) code - @b31a1 into the message body.



On to the next week of ski training.  The only change so far, is the meet for Tuesday- it is now to be held at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine.  Cloquet is still seeking snow at this point.

Looking forward to seeing what our Jr. High & Newbie Team is doing too!



Monday, Jan. 12th:  Classic

Tuesday, Jan. 13th:  Ski Meet. Classic Race.  MT. ITASCA in Coleraine. see meet line up page.

Wed, Jan. 14th:  Skate. PICTURE DAY

Thursday, Jan. 15th:  Skate & Classic, JR NORDIC CLUB begins

Friday, Jan. 16th:  Ski (skate) & Wax prep

Saturday, Jan. 17th:  Ski Meet. Skate Race at Hidden Valley in Ely. 11 am start. Bus leaves Mesabi East at 7:30, VA at 7:50.





Jan. 5-10th. The BIG M.E. Invite... & Cold TRaining - but we are used to it!!
Jan 4, 2015, 7:42 pm



Christmas Break ski practice & trip, is now in the books.  I can't say enough about this team.  When asked-

they show up & put in 120 % !! 




 This picture is from Saturday's practice.   With all the snow coming down, it turned out to be a perfect ski day!



Tighten up those ski boots, because this is the month that we really start to see where our training and racing is at. 

This next week is a super busy one for the team and their parents with the big Mesabi East Invite (Varsity / JV meet) on tap for Saturday. 


Again, thanks to everyone who is lending a hand- from making meatballs on Wednesday, to serving up spaghetti to many high school ski racers on Friday and putting in the time on the course, at Giant's Ridge on Saturday.  With the recent snowfall, the trail conditions are in excellent shape! 


Besides staying warm.... Here is what we need to do this week, Jan 5-Jan 10.


Monday practice: Classic ski, everyone.  Wax prep for V / JV skiers.

Tuesday practice The ski meet at Mt. Itasca is canceled due to cold temps.  (Legal racing temp has to be above - 4 F. )

Wednesday & Thursday practice:  Classic & Skate ski.  Technique for ME Invite.   Jr. High-w/ Coach Paul

Friday practice:  3 pm.  Ski & wax prep for ME Invite.   Jr. High - Coach Paul

                         5:30-6 pm?   Spaghetti Feed at Biwabik Pavilion. Eat together, with our team- V/JV/ JH. 

Saturday ME Invite:  10:00am Race Start.  see meet line up page for more details.



Week # 8 , Dec. 29-Jan. 3
Dec 29, 2014, 7:11 pm



 PRACTICE UPDATES  for Friday Jan. 2 & Saturday  Jan. 3


FRIDAY:   9:30 am.  Meet at the Timing Building.   

                  *  5K  SKATE TIME TRIAL for Varsity & JV. *

                   *  Jr. High & Newbies - will be with Coach Paul. *


SATURDAY9:30 am.   V / JV  only


Team Ski Jackets are in- get yours at practice!


And this is the forecast for Saturday-   Let's hope it is right!!









We made it through today's real winter temps at practice,  but we'll move things indoor for Tuesday....  


Christmas break practices are going well, and we are finding the groove to ramp up our training for this next month.  January is the guts of our racing season, so skiers need to get plenty of sleep, good nutrition, and to find their time management skills to stay on top- of that pile of school work!   Remember- our time together is a very super charged, short & fast season, that ends w/ the State Meet on Feb. 12...! 



Equipment lease forms went home with some skiers today.  If your skier is in their 3rd year or more,  and using any team skis, poles, boots, please fill out the contract, pay, and return to one of the coaches.  

Also, the info for our  Spaghetti Feed (Jan. 9th) was sent home, so ask your skier about that if you did not receive it.  Any questions on that event, call Sandy Tardiff at 229-2199.  Thank you in advance,  for your help for the ME Invite weekend.


  Tuesday, Dec. 30 Practice :  


 ** Due to the extreme cold weather predicted for Tuesday, Dec. 30th, the team will be meeting at the Mesabi East School, 10:30 am, for an indoor- sweat - all- you- want " INSANITY " WORK OUT VIDEO !   **



 Wednesday, Dec. 31 Practice/ Potluck / Family Ski :


  ** 10 am.  Meet at Timing Bldg.  Bring a dish to share.  Sloppy Joes & Beverages will be provided. **




  Thurs.  Jan. 1 - no practice 

  Fri.  Jan. 2 - practice, 9:30-NOON

  The Sat.  Jan. 3rd Marshall Sprints are cancelled, due to the lack of snow in Duluth.  



Happy New Year !!


Dec 23, 2014, 1:42 pm



Hello Skiers & Families!


Here’s the update on our ski trip to Maplelag – it’s not going to happen- unless northwestern MN gets hit by a lot of snow in the next few days. 


So we’ve set up an  alternative plan  …  for a weekend ski get-away!


We are heading to  Ironwood, Michigan.  We will leave at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 27 from Aurora, 8:30 from VA. Return -Sunday evening Dec. 28. 


  • Ski at ABR Trails, Wolverine, Valhalla, Brule, Birkie? – we have many choices.   Skiing & grooming reports are excellent for this area. 

  • Stay at the Americinn in Ashland, WI  – one night.   Waterpark, hot tub, sauna, is available.  Continental breakfast provided.  Group reservations are complete.

  • Cost per skier-  up front- $ 39.00 + money for 3 meals.   $ 30.00 for the hotel room, (4 skiers to a room) $ 9.00 for ski pass for ABR.  Money for meals:  Lunch on Saturday- bring your own, and/ or we’ll make a stop to eat.   Dinner on Saturday.  Continental Breakfast on Sunday at hotel, lunch after skiing on Sunday.

  • Adults- sharing a room, $ 112.00 tax is included.



** Let’s do the RSVP thing one more time,  email or call me by Thursday, Dec. 25th ,   so I can finalize rooms. **  



Practices at Giant’s Ridge during Christmas Break.  Meet in Timing Bldg.


Friday, Dec. 26th, 10:30 am – 1pm

Monday, Dec. 29th, 10:30-1 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 30th, 10:30. Mesabi East School. Large Commons. INSANITY WORK-Out Video.

Wednesday, Dec. 31,  10:00 am - ? New Year's Eve Practice, Potluck & Family Ski Day.  See previous email from Coach Mariah.

Thursday, Jan. 1- no practice

Friday, Jan. 2, 10:30 am – 1 pm








See you all on Friday!


Merry Christmas!



Cheri Johnson

Coach, ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team

218 229-2413, 218 750-7904


Week # 6 - xmas practice, party, ski trip!
Dec 20, 2014, 8:51 am


It was a big race last Thursday, and we found out, we have lots to work on!  Results are here: http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/index.htm



Over Christmas break, we will have scheduled and not scheduled practices.

On those days that we don't formally meet, get out and ski on your own, or call up your ski buddy.  IF you can't ski, go for a run or hit up your fitness center.

These next two weeks are critical for maintaining what you've accomplished in the last month.  Check out the calendar on this site, for team practices & times.



MAPLELAG SKI TRIP:  Still time to sign up- email me or put your name down at Monday's practice. 

                                        Checks payable by Friday, Dec. 26th to: ME/VA/EG Nordic Boosters, $90 for

                                         ski team members;  $144 for adults.                                        

                                         If there isn't enough snow, we will make up a different plan, to find snow...



Here is what Christmas week looks like.


Monday 12/22:   Practice & Xmas Party, 3pm.  Meet at Timing Building.   


                            All Skiers: Bring-  One of your favorite (or not favorite) event, race, meet, competition,

                           etc.  T-shirt for the T-shirt game. (wrapped or in a gift bag)  Ask a captain or

                            older skier for more info on this if needed.


                          Girls- Secret Santa gifts too.       


                          Pizza & beverages provided.  


                          ** Swimming & Hot Tub also available.  Cost is $2.50. Bring swim suit & towel **


      ***   Demo Rossi Skis! Alumni skier & Rossignol Rep- Nick Maki will have skis & boots for you to try out ! ***



Tuesday 12/23- Thursday 12/25:  No official practice.  But, get out and SKI somewhere! 


Friday 12/26:  Practice for everyone, 10:30 - 1pm.  Timing Building. 


Saturday 12/27-Monday 12/29:  Maplelag Ski Trip !!



Merry Christmas !!           

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