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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 !!! 



I am going to _____ in the last 4 weeks of the ski season.

A. Stay healthy.
B. Find some stickers for the girls team.
C. Give 100 % at every practice.
D. Borrow my buff to Nick K.
E. Race to win.
F. Support my teammates.
G. All of the above.
H. A,C,E, F.

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