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WEEK # 14 Valentines LOvE and the TEAM.
Feb 12, 2017, 10:40 am

 

*Update as of Monday, Feb 20th.* 

  

Hey everyone! 

Got a couple of updates.... 

 

1) HOT DOG ROAST on the TRAIL- Tuesday, FEB 21! 

 

It is our last official trail- togetherness for the season! 

When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, FEB 21.  4pm 

Where: Giant’s Ridge. Meet in our usual spot – South Chalet- then ski to the shack on the Laurentian Trail. 

Bring: Your own beverage. Maybe some sunblock. ;)  

Provided: Hot Dogs, Smore’s & a crackling fire & sticks. 

Turn in:  Uniform / ski equipment or at the banquet on Sunday, Feb. 26th. 

Get ready for: Snowman making contest / Red Rover Red Rover.

 

*Jr. Nordic Club is also invited!  

Mesabi East skiers - ride usual bus route to GR.  

VA / EG skiers - no bus transporation from VA school. Hopefully all of our young guns can make it!  

Varsity / JV skiers – can you offer our jr high skiers a ride??     :)   

 

2) SENIOR SKIERS! 

 

 For the end of season banquet- Sunday, Feb. 26th -  you need to get your details in order: 

 - senior speech

-  team gag gifts / awards

- Dan Zamlen Scholarship essay- to coach Cheri by Feb. 22

- Baby / Senior pics to coach Cheri asap for video 

 

3) END of SEASON BANQUET!  

 

All skiers, families and coaches are invited to attend our potluck banquet at the

Biwabik Pavilion on Sunday, February 26th  from 5 - 7 PM.   

We need some volunteers to come at 4 PM to help set-up tables, chairs, decorate, etc.   

Last names A - G : main dish

Last names H - L: salads

Last names M - Z: desserts 

Let me know if you have any questions.  Hope to see everyone next Sunday to put the wrap on a great season,

and to say “so long” to all of our seniors!

Sandy Tardiff

Nordic Ski Booster President

229-2199

 

See ya on the trail!! 

 

 

        

 

 

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Week # 14 !! 

 

Congrats to all of our skiers who raced at the Section 7 Meet and the JV / JH Championships this past week! 

Goals were set and goals were met!  As often as it is said....

NORDIC SKIERS ARE TOUGH ATHLETES!! 

In. Every. Way. Possible.  

 

With just a few events listed on our upcoming schedule, planning will begin shortly for next season! 

All  of your smiley & fun faces better be back for 2017/18!  (sniff sniff for those 9 seniors)...  

Let's keep going, before the snow melts!

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS from this past week! 

 

- Congrats to Anna, Emma, & Chaz for advancing to the State Meet! 

 

- Way to go to Natalie & Callie for taking 1 & 2 at the JV Chamspionships!  All the great results are

   here: http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/jv_jh_champs_2_11_17.pdf

 

- Academics are huge on this team.  Nicely done to the Section ladies team, they earned the Gold Award this season 

  with a combined GPA of 3.91! 

 

 Upcoming happenings for our team yet..

 

                                             

 

 

Monday, Feb. 13: Practice for State qualifiers and CB relay skiers. 

                          All others are finished for the season.  

                          There will not be any more bus transportation from VA schools.

                          All team equipment and uniforms need to be turned in at the Hot Dog Trail Roast

                          or  the end of season banquet. (Feb. 26) 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Practice - State / CB Relay skiers. 

                              

                         

 

Wednesday, Feb 15: State Send Off at Mesabi East in morning? (tentative) 

                                    Brunch / Waxing at Coaches house after.  

                                   CB Relays- 1pm at Giant's Ridge.

                                   State Meet Banquet- Giant's Ridge. 

 

Thursday, Feb. 16:    2017 STATE MEET, 10 am start.

 

*Tuesday, Feb. 21: Annaul Hot Dog roast on the trails. Bring your own beverage. 

                                Giant's Ridge- 4 pm.

* Sunday, Feb. 26:  End of Season Team Banquet.  Biwabik Pavilion. 5 pm. Potluck.

                                  All skiers, families & coaches welcome.  

                                  More info to come. 

* Saturday, March 4th: Pepsi Challenge Race at Giant's Ridge. Ski the 10, 24, or 48k! 

                                        Sign up by Feb. 28th, with paper registration. (not online) Give to Pepsi Deb Maki. 

                                        The Booster club will sponsor you with the entry fee.

                                        The 10K race – would be $25.00 without banquet ticket or $35.00 with banquet ticket

                                        The 24K/48K races – would be $60.00 without banquet ticket or $70.00 with banquet ticket 

                           ** Pay the full price, and you will be reimbursed $20 for the 10K & $50 for the 24/48K**.

                                 


Week 13. We got this!
Feb 4, 2017, 2:16 pm

Week # 13! 

 

Team togetherness for thirteen weeks. Where has the time gone??

It's been a super fun season and watching the team perform at the Ely Invite, definitely proved they know how to ski.

Our skiers rock at technique!  And that means everyone. From our newbies to the nine seniors on the team. 

That alone makes us coaches smile!  And PROUD!  

Lucky 13. 

 

 

 THIRTEEN things that should be on your daily routine this week... Make sure you check them off! 

 

1) Relax. 

2) Trust the process. 

3) Believe in yourself.  WE do. 

4) Enjoy the anticipation.

5) Bounce off the walls & go crazy with all your pent-up energy. 

6) Fuel-up.

7) Visualize the courses before you go to sleep. 

8) Race Routine. Do it. 

9) Support your teammates. You all need each other. 

10)  Focus. 

11)  Take  a deep breath. 

12)  SMILE! 

13)  Ski. Your. Best. Race. 

 

          13 +)  KEEP IT FUN FOLKS!!!

    

 

Get that going, MAKE IT COUNT,  and you'll know what to do on THURSDAY & SATURDAY!  So... Get After It! 

 

Monday, Feb. 6th- practice 

Tuesday, Feb. 7th - practice

Wednesday, Feb 8th- practice / Spaghetti Dinner / Wax. 

                             Section 7 T Shirts will be available for purchase. $17 for short sleeve,   $22 for long sleeve. 

 

THURSDAY, FEB 9th - SECTION 7 RACE at Giant's Ridge. (updated times in yellow) 

                                 Skiers Arrive at GR by 9:00 am. 

                                 First race is at 11:00 am, (girls freestyle). Boys at 11:30 am. 

                                 Pursuit starts at 2:30 pm (girls classic). Boys at 3:00 pm. 

                                 Team camp is in the old fitness room in the Lodge.  Due to quiet times & limited space, this room is 

                                 only available for skiers & coaches.  Friends & family-  please use the hallway to visit with your

                                 favorite skier(s). 

                                POST-Section Race dinner- in Lodge after awards ceremony. Let Captain AJ know if you will be attending.

 

Friday, Feb. 10th- Practice for EVERYONE, & wax for JH / JV Championships. 

 

SATURDAY, FEB 11th- JV/ JH Championships at Spirit Mtn. in Duluth. 11 am start. 

                                                                             *Bus leaves M.E. at 7:30 am. Will pick up VA / EG skiers at the Super 8 

                                                                              in Eveleth at 7:50*

 

It's gonna be a GREAT week!!!

See ya on the trails! 

 


Week # 12. Last regular season race. We are ready!
Jan 30, 2017, 10:15 am

 

Snow. Snow. Snow. 

 

We could use a bit to freshen up our trails, and hope not to "klister skis" for this week's race! 

TeN days remain until our Section 7 Meet. (Feb. 9)  Twelve days & counting down for the Jr. High / JV Championships. (Feb. 11)

We are fine tuning everything we know, and we'll know what to do, when those days arrive!  

 

                                                   LOOK OUT. WE'RE COMING!  

                              

 

Here is what we're looking at for this week....

 

Monday, 1/30: Practice

Tuesday, 1/31: Practice

Wednesday, 2/1:  Waxing starts at 2:30 pm, Ski in between.

Thursday, 2/2: SKI MEET in ELY. Pursuit Race for V. JV / JH Skate races.

                      Jr. Nordic Club - 4pm 

Friday, 2/3: Practice

Saturday, 2/4: Varsity Practice 9-11. Lunch & Team outing after. 

 

Upcoming for our TEAM... 

PRE-SECTION SPAGHETTI DINNER: Wed. Feb. 8th during practice. For the entire team-

V / JV / JH. Call Sandy  to contribute. 229-2199. Thanks for your help! 

SECTION T SHIRTS: Will be available for purchase at the Spaghetti Dinner.  $17 short sleeve, $22 long sleeve.

Get yours early, they sell out quickly! 

                              

 

And, mark your calendar for the End of Season Team Banquet: Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Biwabik Pavilion. More info to come. 

 

                                        

See ya on the trails! 

 


Week # 11, two regular season meets left!
Jan 24, 2017, 1:37 pm

 

WEEK # 11!  

 

                       Let's just go with lucky double digits for the week.

                                      No problems, no surprises!   :)  

 

 

 

  

                               

 

                                                          

  

Tuesday, 1/24: Practice

 

Wednesday, 1/25: Practice 

 

Thursday, 1/26: Practice / Wax 

                         Jr. Nordic Club 

 

Friday, 1/27: Duluth East Pursuit Invite, V / JV / JH. Snowflake Nordic Center, Duluth. 11:00 am start 

                     *Bus leaves  M.E. at 7:15 am. EG / VA skiers board bus at Super 8 in Eveleth at 7:30 am*

                      Return to Super 8 between 5-6 pm

 

 

See ya on the trails! 

                     


Week #10. Korkki & Marshall Sprint races
Jan 15, 2017, 12:32 pm

UPDATE as of Wednesday, Jan. 18th :

For Saturday's meet at Duluth Marshall:

Our last race will now be at 2:45, (instead of 4:15). We will stop to eat at the Food Court at the mall. 

Return to Mesabi East around 5 pm. 

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WEEK # 10 

 

That's a wrap for the 2017 ME Invite!  Yay for our skiers! Thanks to our team parents & Giant's Ridge volunteers for 

their time & talent for the spaghetti feed & race details.  Special kudo's to our key support crew at GR-

 "Pepsi" Deb Maki, John Filander & Todd Roswald, & our own Mesabi East booster president- Sandy Tardiff.  

 Another shout out to our team photo guy- Ron Kutsi.  All those fantastic action shots - are courtesy of him!!  

All (we)  have to do is show up. And ski fast.  

Got it done!!

 

Results were awesome- all the way around.  Our skiers produced sooo many smiles, after their race, you knew it was

a great day! It was wonderful to hear such great postitive comments from everyone.  The girls team took 2nd overall,

while the boys came in 21st.   750 skiers & 47 teams toed the line yesterday.   Dang impressive standings for the biggest high school ski meet in the country!

The timing for this meet was done by Superior Tiiming.  Here is the link for all the results. 

http://my1.raceresult.com/66296/ . 

 

 * New Photos are posted on this site & our team Facebook page * 

                                                                               

The invite also garnered front page Sport news in Sunday's Mesabi Daily News!   Check it out here:

 http://www.virginiamn.com/sports/johnson-hafdahl-place-top/article_66b6965a-dad4-11e6-a706-af808f03fed1.html

 

 "Coach's Corner" page on this site is updated: check out the videos on Double Pole & Double Pole Kick.  We'll be working on it this week. 

We have a daily count down at practice now.  22 days till the Section Meet as of today.  Whaat? Whew. Ok.   LET's GO !!

 

 

 

 

                                                FRONT & CENTER - for every practice & every race.                                        

                                              

 

 

ENTHUSIASTIC practicing and SERIOUS racing is our plan for this week! 

Monday, 1/16:   Practice

Tuesday, 1/17:   Ski Meet- Korkki Nordic. Two Harbors area.  V/ JV / JH. "Old school" CLASSIC race.  Awards for best vintage

                           ski suits too! Leave M.E. at  7:30 am.  VA & EG skiers come to M.E.  Bus returns to M.E. around 5 pm. 

Wednesday, 1/18: Practice

Thursday, 1/19:  Practice & Jr. Nordic Club

Friday, 1/20:  Practice

Saturday, 1/21:  Ski Meet- Marshall Sprints. Duluth Marshall School.  V/ JV/ JH. Sprint Relays & Pursuit.

                           Everyone boards bus at M.E. at 6:15 am. 

                            JH races are at 9:30 am. Mass start. 

                           *Jr. High / New skier Parents* - if you'd like to take your skier home after their race, it is fine.  

                            Bring a note for Coach Johnson. 

                            This meet is a long day, with the last Varsity races starting at 4:15 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Week # 9- practice, race, practice, race!
Jan 8, 2017, 10:11 am

 ME Invite UPDATE:   (update as of Jan. 13) 

 Classic Skiers arrive at 10am, Skate Skiers arrive at 1pm.

 Team Camp in Fitness Center in LODGE. 

 

WEEK # 9!

 

Let's hope for a stable, predictable week of team togetherness! 

 

Wrapping up the most recent edition of  (hope-it's-over-for-the- season) terrible temps last week,

we crossed a few neccessary items off our "gotta do it today" list.

Two show & tell topics were: 

1) Theory & Application: Kick Wax, & 2) Technique Video's for Classic & Skate Skiing. 

It was great to review these important measures of ski racing! 

 

 

                                   (Kind of spot on??!!) 

 

 

 

Serious practicing & enthusiastic racing is our forecast

for Week # 9!

   Surprised

 

Sunday 1/8 - 1:45 pm - 3 pm.  Giant's Ridge Youth Ski Leauge volunteer.  V / JV skiers are encouraged to help.  :)   

Monday 1/9 - practice

Tuesday 1/10- Ski Meet; CEC Invite at Pine Valley in Cloquet.  V / JV / JH Skate race. 4pm. 

Wednesday 1/11 - practice

Thursday 1/12 - practice 

                      - Jr. Nordic Club 

Friday 1/13  -  Practice.  SKi / Wax / Sphaghetti Feed 

Jr. High: No skiing. Go to Spaghetti Feed. 

V / JV leave for feed after practice.  

* PARENTS*  Check your emails for spaghetti feed info, & call Sandy Tardiff at 229-2199

  to reserve your favorite time slot for helping.  Bring a pan of bars or plate of cookies for your desserts. 

 

Saturday 1/14 -  MESABI EAST INVITE;  V/JV - at Giant's Ridge. 1 pm. 

Classic Skiers arrive at GR at 10:00 am.  Skate Skiers arrive at 1 pm. 

Kinesio tape, Warm Skin will be on hand for the cold racing weather.  Bring your usual race food / water/ 

gatorade.  

JR HIGH & NEWBIE TEAM: Get on the trail & cheer for your teammates! 

 

 

See ya on the trail. 

 

                  

 


WEEK 8 - practices & racing, cold weather, spaghetti feed, & the ME Invite!
Jan 2, 2017, 8:02 am

     ** Thursday, Jan 5th UPDATE **

      The Mesabi East Invitational has been postponed and rescheduled to:  

      SATURDAY, JAN 14th. 1 PM.  

 

 

Week # 8!

 

 Christmas break- seems like a long time ago already... and our routine was different, but we got it done! 

 

 Most of the team headed to Michigan for a 3 day / 2 night ski camp and brought back several meaningful insights! 

 Thanks parents - for letting your skier attend.   Lots of good memories were made! 

 

We are easing our way into a full race season now, and will strive for good things to happen. 

Concentrating on getting those "extra's" in that are talked about at practices, are at the top

of the list for achieving our goals.  

 

-  PRACTICES: "Make it Count" is a team mantra. Get your head & body into the session.  It's up to you.

-  RACING:  pay attention, to what works for you: pre-race routines, warm-ups, race strategies, cool-downs, etc. 

-  TIME MANAGEMENT: schoolwork / projects, social life, work; these items are important, as is

   your committment to the team. 

-  REST & NUTRITION: this sport requires complete dedication of a healthy routine. Mentally & physically- what

   are your methods for optimal performance- before, during and after practices & races?

     Here are a few tips:  Get your sleep. Multivitamins / Iron supplements are important.

     Clean up your diets- no soda, extra sugars, bad foods, etc.  Hydrate.  

    Take your resting heart rate every morning.  Be a happy & kind person. 

-  FUN: always is the point of being on a team.  Skiing your best, everytime you put on those skinny skis, adds up to a

   successful & FUN season- for everyone! 

 

 

 

The week ahead is exciting, as we enter into our home meet- the biggest high school nordic ski meet in the country! 

SKIERS & PARENTS- have a lot going on, and  the best part is that it is all a super fun time,  to do what we do best 

on & off the trails at Giant's Ridge!  

 Smile

 

Mon, 1/2: 10-1 Practice- everyone. Skiing / Waxing.

                        Newbies & Jr. High will end at noon. 


Tues, 1/3: V / JV SKi Meet at Snowflake in Duluth, 11 am. Everyone boards bus at M.E. Leave at 7:30 am. 

                JH & Newbies, & others not racing: Practice: 4-6 pm.  Coaches Mariah & Paul will there. 

 

Wed, 1/4:  Practice.  DRESS WARM!!

 

Thurs, 1/5: * All Practices & Groups canceled due to cold weather *  (updated 1/4)

                     Practice. DRESS EXTRA WARM!! 

                     *JR NORDIC CLUB* begins! 

 

Fri, 1/6:  Practice.  SKi / Wax / Sphaghetti Feed 

                             Jr. High will ski until 5, & then leave to help out with Spaghetti Feed.

                             V / JV leave for feed after practice.  

                            * PARENTS*  Check your emails for spaghetti feed info, & call Sandy Tardiff at 229-2199

                             to reserve your favorite time slot for helping.  Bring a pan of bars or plate of cookies for your desserts. 

Sat. 1/7:  MESABI EAST INVITE, at Giant's Ridge. 11:30 am.

                 Classic skiers arrive at 9:30 am, Skate Skiers at 11:30 am. 

                 Kinesio tape, Warm Skin will be on hand for the cold racing weather.  Bring your usual race food / water/ 

                 gatorade.  

                 JR HIGH & NEWBIE TEAM: Get on the trail & cheer for your teammates! 

 

Again - THANK YOU - for your support & encouragement for your skier, and the whole team.  

Our ski season wouldn't happen without you! 

 

Go GIANT BLUE BEARS !!! 

 

 

                                   


Week # 6- SKI MEET, PRACTICES, PARTY, SKI TRIP & more
Dec 18, 2016, 7:44 am

 

Week # 6!

 

Got that first meet done.  It was fun to be back with all of our Section 7 skier- friends, and good to know what

the coaches and skiers need to work on!  :)  Also seen were many smiles, and our newbie skiers were at the

top of that list- WTG to all first year skiers! 

All the results (& official start lists) for our ski races can be found at "Steve's Timing".  Here is the link: 

http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/

And... lots of new photos are posted on our team FB page from the Ely Invite- check it out!  

 

 

 

Up next is race # 2, on Tuesday Dec 20th at Mt. Itasaca. (rescheduled from Dec 10)  Get those details

on the Ski Meet Line Up page.  

 

After that, we resume some practices, have a ski Christmas party, and take a few days off to enjoy

the holiday and our families.  We'll be back at it on Monday, Dec. 26 with a 10 am practice.  

 

*XMAS BREAK SKI TRIP*  DEC 27-29 

There is still room available, we rented another facility, so if you want to come with, let Coach CJ know asap.

Currently, 22 skiers, 3 coaches & 1 parent are on the list. 

We are going to Ironwood Michigan and will be skiing the trails at ABR, Wolverine, and Brule.  (lots of great snow everywhere!)

Our lodging is a big house  + cottage, so we are all together.  Leave M.E. school at 8:00 am on Tue. Dec 27.

 All skiers need to come to ME to load and leave. Return on Thursday Dec. 29 to M.E. late afternoon.   

Cost: $80.00 - make check out to ME / VA / EG SKi Boosters. Pay by Wednesday.

Bring: Your fav. cereal, bagels, etc. breakfast food. Snacks.  We'll provide bread, PB, Jelly, Milk, Juice, Fruit, Veggies

            & dinner one night.

            Bring extra money for dinner on 2nd night. (probably pizza) 

            Bring both sets of ski equipment, ski clothes, swimsuit, etc. 

 

 

THE SCHEDULE for Dec 19- Jan 2. 

 

Monday 12/19 - Practice. 

Tuesday 12/20 - Meet at Mt. Itasca. Bus leaves M.E. at 7:15, VA at 7:40.  

Wednesday 12/21 - Practice.

Thursday 12/22 - Team Xmas Party & SKi. 

Friday 12/23 - No Practice. 

 *MERRY CHRISTMAS*

Monday 12/26 - Practice 10- noon.  

Tuesday 12/27- Thurs 12/29 - SKI TRIP 

Friday 12/30 -  PURSUIT TT for Varsity / JV only, 10 am.

                        Bring classic & skate. 

                        Race entries for the Mesabi East Invite to be decided.

 *HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday Jan 2 - 10:00 - 1 pm  practice for everyone. 

Tuesday Jan 3 - SKI MEET at Snowflake in Duluth. V/JV teams only. 

                                        Image result for images for santa skiing

 


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