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Feb 27, 2015, 8:48 am





**  Sunday, March 22nd - Team Banquet   **  

         5 pm at the Biwabik Pavilion   

  *Uniforms / Ski Equipment will be turned in at this time* 

                                  More info to come  






Get signed up for the Pepsi Challenge Race - Saturday, March 7th!  Call Deb Maki at 865-8072 for a discounted entry fee.

** also needed is a group to man a feed station **  Race, volunteer, whatever- give Deb a call!



A note from Pepsi Deb Maki ... 


Hello Skiers:


As you can see we have a beautiful race course here at Giants Ridge.    Photo is 1stK of Race Course heading North out of the Stadium.    Weather (zip code 55708) looks great for the Pepsi on March 7th @ Giants Ridge.    


FYI:   Check out our website (www.pepsichallengeskirace.com) for our new maps and general registration/race info.   Some things to know this year:   There will be no Hammer Gel packets at the feed stations.  You will receive one Hammer Gel at registration.  The training center is gone – skiers can meet at the lower level of The Lodge @ Giants Ridge.    We’d like to remind skiers that the upper parking lots are full before 9:00 am.   Please feel free to park in the overflow (Burnt Onion) parking lot South of the Chalet – there will be signs.   You can jump on the ski trail by the parking lot and ski to the start. 


On-line registration is open until Thurs March 5th – link and info are on our website www.pepsichallengeskirace.com.  

In order to be in the prize drawing, skiers have to be pre-registered. 


Hope you can make it to the Pepsi – conditions look ideal!!


The End....
Feb 17, 2015, 7:57 pm



update as of Monday, Feb 23




**  Sunday, March 22nd - Team Banquet   ** 

         5 pm at the Biwabik Pavilion   

 *Uniforms / Ski Equipment will be turned in at this time* 





Where did the season go ??


It seems like we were just getting to know one another, and finding out what this x-c skiing is all about! 


The story unfolded, and our teams came up with an unforgettable ending! All of our skiers, made an impression- in one way or another- that the ME / VA / EG Nordic Ski Team rocks- on & off the trails!  With all of the over-the-top performances at our last gigs... the STATE meet, the STATE meet banquet, CB relays, the PEP fest, Section 7 Race, JH & JV Championships...  know that your coaches are super proud of everyone! And - we can't wait to do it all again next season!  Only 270 days until our first practice of the 2015/16 ski season!  


CONGRATS to our boys & girls STATE teams !  Surprise of the day- the boys team taking 4th overall!  And the girls team finished at 8th!  No surprise- was, how well everyone skied!  THIS we know!   All the results and a bunch of great photos, are listed on SKinnySKi.com  -   http://www.skinnyski.com/


We have a couple of items left to our agenda though, so take note - and we'll see you soon!


Thursday, Feb. 19th: Hot Dog Roast on the TrailsPOSTPONED till further notice. (due to COLD weather)

Saturday, March 7th.   Race the Pepsi Challenge! Discounted-entries our team members.  They are also looking for help on this day, please see Deb Maki's email. If you have questions about this, email her at pepsichallenge@giant'sridge.com or call her -1-800-688-7669, ext 8072.   The race website iswww.pepsichallengeskirace.com





   FEBRUARY 17th, edition of SKINNY SKI- Josh (Double J) making the front page - WTG!  (and dang nice double pole tecnique)


Feb 8, 2015, 8:30 pm


Great racing at the JH JV Champs!!!  All the awesome results are here: http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/jv_jr_high_champs_2_9_15.pdf



The Mesabi East / Virginia / Eveleth-Gilbert guys & gals teams are headed to the MSHSL 2015 STATE MEET!!


CONGRATS to our Girls Team who are the 2015 SECTION 7 NORDIC SKI CHAMPIONS!

CONGRATS to our Boys Team who placed 2nd as a TEAM at the Section meet- and are state bound also!  

CONGRATS to Anna & Reed, double winners, double SECTION CHAMPS!


ALL of this - came into play during (lucky week) (# 13) - with the continual momentum of our team ski train, as we laid the track to put on of our best performances ever!

We won't stop our engines now, as we head into Week # 14, with the most important finish line ahead of us at the STATE MEET.  Ramp it up one more time, we are on board...! 


As mentioned on the last update, our week ahead is crazy busy, but crazy fun, with many team focused events. 


** We need all the help we can get for the State Meet Banquet at ME school on Wednesday.  All skiers - not in the State Meet, should come to help out- it is a super exciting evening! (see email from booster club president, Sandy Tardiff, and call her for more details & to sign up. 229-2199) **


  •  Monday 2/9 - JV / JH Championships at Spirit Mtn. in Duluth.  1 pm.  See meet line up page for details. 


                                       GOOD LUCK SKIERS !!

                                  - Practice: for section teams- classic & skate  


  • Tuesday 2/10- Practice: CB Relay teams, section teams, JH / Newbies, JR. Nordic Club

                           *  4:30-7 pm-  Decorating the Mesabi East cafeteria for the Nordic State Ski Banquet



  • Wednesday 2/11 - 8:15 am-  PEP FEST- at Mesabi East, line-up at 8:05 near Memorial Gym.  All skiers are to attend this. 

                                                   Transportation will be provided from EG & VA schools. 

                                                   Wear your team jacket or 2015 section 7 shirt.  Bring your medals. You will be introduced. 


                                    9:00 - 11:30 am-  CB Relay ski teams & section teams - wax prep, brunch, - Coach CJ's house.

                                    11:30 am - leave for Giant's Ridge

                                    1:00 pm - Charlie Banks Relays / Section Teams practice / wax.

                                    5:00 pm - arrive at Mesabi East for State Banquet / Program

                                    5:30 pm - Program in auditorium

                                    6:30 pm - Dinner

  • Thursday 2/12  -   STATE MEET at Giant's Ridge. 

                                   8:00 am- skiers / coaches arrive at team camp 

                                   10:00 am - boys freestyle, 11:15 - girls freestyle

                                   2:00 pm  -  boys classic, 3:00 - girls classic 


(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.



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