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Saturday's Ski Meet - moved to SNOWFLAKE in Duluth
Dec 13, 2012, 9:49 am

**  Due to the lack of skiiable snow in Ely, the meet scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15th will now be held in Duluth, at Snowflake Nordic Center. **

 

 

This will be a SKATE race.

 

 

Bus departure times have changed.  We will leave Mesabi East at 7:30 am, Virginia at 8:00 am, and Eveleth at 8:10 am. We will stop to eat.  We should arrive back around 6 pm.

 


Week 5 of Nordic Ski Training & Racing... & FRESH SNOW!
Dec 9, 2012, 8:37 pm

 A full week of training is ahead, with a focus back to Classical technique for the upcoming Ely Invitational on Saturday, along with a return plan to ski the wonderful trails at Giant's Ridge.

 

Good job to all skiers at Mt. Itasca!  Fifteen teams throughout Section 7 & Section 8 were present for the 2012 ski race debut.  For our first race performance, we skied well. The girls team placed 4th , a mere 7 points behind Grand Rapids, and only 11 points behind 2nd place team- Ely. The boys team started their season with a 5th place finish. The JV & JH skiers had many top 10 finishes also, while many of our new skiers found out what ski racing was all about.

 

We know what we have to do- to get where we want to be!

 

The quote of the day – from sixth & seventh graders- Isaac & Ian: “ We skied so much before the race, all of our wax wore off!”   I believed these two boys were on their skis from the time the bus pulled into the parking lot, till their race start…

 

 

See all the results at www.boreal.org/~durfee (aka: Steve’s Timing). Put this link on your favorites, as Steve Deschene and his wife (& dog Cedar) out of Grand Marias conduct all the timing for our Section 7 races.

 

Our 2012/13 team captain’s were presented with a showy applause and dorky ceremony at Friday’s practice.

Seth & Simon Holmes, Sam Johnson, Emma Hafdahl and Stephanie Madzey all stepped up to take on this important team role.  Good things to come on all fronts, starting with the return of our “captain awards” at Monday’s practice.

 

 

** Team Pictures **  this Thursday.  Pick up forms from practice. Wear your Flame or Black Team jacket, team hat / headband, and black ski bottoms. 

 

Keep up the great work ethic, and we’ll keep moving forward.

 

cj


SNOW UPDATE, GOOD NEWS & (BAD NEWS) week ahead...
Dec 2, 2012, 10:57 pm

 

Dec. 7th

SNOW UPDATE!  click on links:  Big Snowmaker Moving in for Sunday December 7, 2012 Winter Storm Watches were going up Friday morning as a major winter storm was expected to make it's way across the region starting Saturday night and into Sunday. As of 6 am Friday, the path was predicted to run from SW Minnesota up through NE Minnesota and parts of northern Wisconsin. However, it is a big system and much of the region is expected to see some snowfall. Snowfall amounts could exceed 6 inches, perhaps over 12 inches for select points, by Monday. The exact path may very well change over the next 24 hours so stay tuned... Related: Regional Winter Storm Statements Paul Douglas Weather Blog Updraft Weather Blog

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS WEEK ... hopefully short lived (bad news)

 

What a great week of skiing we encountered last week! NICE snow & GROOMED trails- it doesn't get any better than that for the last week of November! With that comes a huge shout-out to the new head maintenance guy at Giant's Ridge - DAVE from Lutsen! The skiing was perfect- THANK YOU to DAVE and his staff of groomers.

 

Other good news-

 

  • Lots of rave reviews from the girls’ team first ski season sleep-over. THANKS so much to the Hafdahl’s for their warm hospitality!

 

  • Donated ski equipment has been finding another purpose with our new skiers. THANKS to many parents & alumni skiers who have found a re-use for their out-grown / no-longer used boots, skis and poles. A receipt for tax purposes will be mailed out to you.

 

  • Our stock wax system set-up is now complete. THANK YOU to MN Concrete Design.   The team appreciates your donation of shelving and bins!

 

  • The first ski meet of the season is this Saturday, Dec. 8th in Coleraine.  Skate race for V,JV, JH. Classic race for new skiers who are ready to race.   All ski team members will go to this race, whether racing or cheering on your teammates.     

 

Ok, so now the not so good news….

 

1) Practice on Monday, Dec. 3: Bring your RUNNING SHOES. (& your ski boots). Just in case. It might rain. We hope not. End of that story.

 

2) Forms : are still missing, please get them in to me asap.

 

Clearance Slips: Wolfie, Simon, Reid L, Julianna, Erinn, Taylor, Nya, Hailee.

Medical Consent forms: Julia, Emma G, Seth, Simon, Rachel, Ried L, Nya, Paul, Macy, Ryan, Ian, Monica, Katie, Sam T, Megan, Erinn, Sean, Taylor.

 

We are looking good on the trails!

 

cj


SKIING on Monday, Nov. 26 & more....
Nov 25, 2012, 6:32 pm

The REAL SKI SEASON is here !!!

 

We have lots to cover this week, but first and foremost is.... that  we will be skiing - starting tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 26 !! Bring your rock skis (if you have them) classic & skate.  If you don't have old skis, bring your current skis.  Snow / Grooming conditions will determine what technique for Monday's practice.

 

We will also be issuing team ski equipment - skis, boots, poles to those skiers that need them.

1st year skiers: no charge.  2nd year skiers & up: $ 25.00 deposit + $ 25.00 rental fee.  

 

Other hot topics:  Equipment Issue, Team Jackets, Team Hats, Trail Passes, MapleLag Ski Trip. 

 

Team Jackets

- Same jacket as in the past.  "Storm Creek" soft shell. Black & Gray. 

- Sizes will be available for trying on at practice this week.  Small, Medium & Large in both Women & Men's. 

-  Skier price: $ 40.00. (this is the cost after the booster club contribution of $ 25.00)

-  Parents price: (if you want one) $ 65.00 

     - payment at time of order.

     - make check out to ME/VA/E-G Nordic Booster Club 

- Order Deadline: Friday, Nov. 30th. 

 

Team Hats & Headbands

- no charge for new skiers 

- $ 12.00 each

- available to purchase at practice

 

Trail Passes:

-  Need to be purchased this week.  Buy in the ticket office at Giant's Ridge. 

- $ 90.00 + tax for age 13 & up.

- $ 40.00 + tax for 12 & under.  

-  Group purchase (w/out tax) is due: Tuesday, Nov. 27th.  See info under previous news. 

 

 

MapleLag Ski Trip: 2 days, 2 nights

- Sat. & Sun. Dec. 29/30th. Leave Sat. morning, and return early afternoon on Monday, Dec. 31. 

- Limited space:  about 20 skiers.  Varsity / JV has first choice, then open to Jr. High & new skiers.  Adults are needed for transportation. 

- Cost per skier: $ 65.00.  This includes 6 meals at the resort, trail passes & accomodations.  

- Resort website:  http://www.maplelag.com

- Sign up by: Friday, Nov. 30th. 

 

  Let the SKIING begin!     

   Laughing

                                                  

 cj 


(Thanks) week practices
Nov 18, 2012, 11:36 am

Greetings from Montana!! 

 

Reminder: 

No official team practices this week for Mon & Tues & Wed- 11/19 & 11/20, 11/21.  

 

The plan: 

- Monday &Tuesday: hit up your school's fitness center for some strength training/core work 

- Wed. through the weekend: level 1 (easy) distance runs. Jr high: 30 min. Varsity / JV: 60-90 min. Add some core into it. 

 

Try to fit the plan into your holiday weekend of family, grazing & shopping! 

 

Be ready to go again on the 26th! 

 

Think snow! 

 

Cj


Trail Pass & Congrats
Nov 11, 2012, 11:25 pm

Congratulations to all of our ME / VA / E-G skier swimmers for their fine performances at the Section 7A finals on Saturday.   I know your success will continue on the ski trails too! 

 Laughing 

And... Good Luck to Hailee J. who qualified for the MSHSL State Swim Meet in the 100 breastroke.  Hailee is the section champion of this event & also set a new school record for Mesabi East.  Way to own that race!  Show 'em what you got at the State Meet!

 

 

 

 Season Trail Passes: 

 

For those of you who haven't purchased a season x-c pass yet, we are trying something different this year.

 

If you want to buy your ski pass without paying the MN sales tax, send your check for $90 (ages 13 +), $ 40 (age 12) per skier, to Michelle Lovaas and she will get the money to Giants Ridge so your skier can get the discount rate. Make your check payable to "ME / VA / E-G Nordic Booster Club". Make sure to include your skier's name and a phone number for contact.  Mail check & info to the ski parent listed below by November 27th. 

 

Michelle Lovaas

109 N Norman Ave

Eveleth MN 55734

780-9825 


Let's Go !!
Nov 7, 2012, 3:06 pm

A big welcome back to our current team members- and a huge shout of WELCOME to our new ski friends!   Glad to have you on board, it is going to be a fun, fantastic and fulfilling ski season!

 

Just a few reminders for our first practiceTuesday, Nov. 13.  Bring the following:

 

  • Forms – physical / eligibility complete, bring your clearance slip to Tuesday’s practice.
  • Running shoes, layered clothing, HAT, gloves, etc.
  • Water Bottle
  • Blaze Orange clothing if you have it.  We will provide some also.
  • I Tunes !  for the dock
  • A good attitude and a proven method …   to make it SNOW !
  • Mesabi East:  ride bus # 5
  • Virginia:  door # 6 
  • E-G: check w/ your AD 

 

 

And to all of you (SWIM) SKIERS:  Anna J, Anna A, Kaitlyn B, Emma H, Rachel & Hailee       GOOD LUCK as you prepare for the section 7A swim meet!

Swim your best races!  

 

  

LET IT SNOW !!

 

cj   


STATE CC QUALIFIERS & Pre Season Meetings
Oct 18, 2012, 10:45 am

CONGRATS to OUR TEAM SKIERS for their CC running performances at the (snowy & windy) Section 7A meet today!  (Oct. 25) 

These runner / skiers are State Qualifiers and will be lacing up their running spikes for one last time of the season at the State Meet on the grounds of St. Olaf College on Nov. 3rd. 

 

 Sam Johnson(ME) placed 4th, while Reed Mellicher (E-G) came in at 9th.

 

Pictured also are our (basketball) friends.... Wyatt Becicka (VA)- 10th, and Danny Radtke (ME) -2nd.

 

 GOOD LUCK to all of you!!

 

 RUN SMART. RUN FAST.

 

                                                      

 

 

 

   

 

 

  

 

It's that time of year- to get back together with our ski friends from ME / VA / E-G and hopefully bring some new friends to the trails. 

 

YOU- our SKI TEAM MEMBERS - are the best recruiting tool we have - to get more skiers involved in what we love to do during the winter months.  Ski team posters are up at the schools, brochures and sign up forms are in the AD / Student Services offices.  TALK it up- and bring a friend or two to the upcoming meetings!  Then make sure you start the  **  SNOW DANCE  **  too!!   ( It won't be another Mt. Itasca season!)

 

Informational meetings for new and returning skiers will be held on the following dates at our cooperative schools.  Please keep a look-out for more info on this website, your daily school bulletins, and the Mesabi Daily News. 

 

Virginia High School- Monday, Oct. 22, 6pm at VHS in the Resource Center.  Enter through door # 3.

 

 

 Mesabi East HS- Friday, Oct. 26 during Jr & Sr High lunch hours. Meet in the small commons.

 

 

Eveleth-Gilbert HS- Monday, Oct. 29, 6pm at EGHS in room 132. 

 

 

 

*** TEAM / PARENT Meeting ***  - Sunday, Nov. 4, 6pm at Giant's Ridge in the Training Center.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.

 

 

With the running season coming to an end... GOOD LUCK to all CC RUNNING TEAMS next week at the Section Meet on Thursday.  This is THE day!

 

GO GIANTS, DEVILS & BEARS !!

 

See you on the trails.

 

cj


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