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GUTS - week 2 & updates for 6/11-6/16/18
Jun 5, 2018, 8:40 pm

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. 

 

 

 G.U.T.S  is a cooperative program for any sport athletes from ME, VA, EG, MIB   (not just skiers) 

G.U.T.S SCHEDULE is UPDATED! SEE all this week's workouts on the scheduling page! 

CHECK in to the team's FB page for ongoing G.U.T.S updates & fun photos too!  

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It was great to see lots of familiar faces & pretty neat to meet some new ones at today's GUTS kickoff picnic!

As we told the kids, bring a friend and / or bring a Mom or Dad to work out, we have a place for everyone! 

 

Welcome to all and we're looking forward to having some great times with these young folks and more to join the roster. 

  

Coaches Jon Wagner, Jared Anderson & Cheri Johnson are your designated leaders- with hopes of others

joining in yet, and the best part, is that there is a whopping mix of days, times, places to get your work out in! 

What ever you want to do, when you want to do it- just show up with your gear and great attitude! 

 

The weekly format will go something like this and the details will be on the GUTS Schedule on this site. This schedule begins the week of June 11th. 

 

Mondays -  4 -5:30 pm Mesabi East - cardio of the day  🏃,🚴,🚶,🏊🏻(running or cycling or hiking or swimming, etc)                         - Coach CJ 

Tuesdays -   1 pm, Mesabi East Fitness Center - 🏋️strength & core, Coach Jared;

                   6:30-8 pm EG high school - 🏃running- Coach JW

Wednesdays 4 - 6:00 pm ME / VA / EG / MIB  super sized 🏃group running - locations vary,                                                         carpooling available,  Coaches CJ & JW    

Thursdays - 1 pm, Mesabi East Fitness Center - 🏋️strength & core, Coach Jared; 

                   6:30-8 pm EG area- 🏃running- Coach JW                                        

            

 

* GUTS shirts to be ordered June 15th- get in to a work out to try on a size*

* hanging out with a friend or two? bring em with - no matter when or what the workout! *

* not sure about what this training is all about? just stop in ...  free pass for first session! 

*Group Roller Skiing for nordic skiers - w/ ME / VA / EG alumni skier Josh Jones to begin soon! * 

 

*As of now, there are two June events that we'll be attending, so if you want to join in, sign up & send in your entry fee!

 

Saturday, June 16th,  Peter Mitchell Days 5K , Babbitt. (or as coach Jon W calls it - the Grandmas of the North) Jon will be timing this race.     

                                   https://www.facebook.com/Peter-Mitchell-Fun-Days-1180919104868539/

 

Friday, June 22nd,     MIDNIGHT SUN RUN 5K, Duluth. Using school vans for transporation. 

                                 https://www.midnightsunmidnightrun.com/

 


June 5th, picnic, kickball, sign up for GUTS
Jun 1, 2018, 8:49 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. 

                                                                                            _________________________________________________________________________________________

   

TUESDAY JUNE 5th, 4pm at Mesabi East (outside of large commons)

 

Official summer kick off to training! BBQ's / Ice Cream & Kickball.

 

Registration is open to any & all students, (not just skiers) 8th grade & up from ME / VA / EG / MIB schools.

 

$50.00 includes tech shirt, H2O bottle & training. $75.00 for 2 from same family, $100.00 for 3.

 

You choose the workout when it fits with your schedule!

 

Group running, cycling, swimming, hiking, strength & core, roller ski, ultimate frisbee to be held 4 x week, June - July 31 at various locations with area coaches.

 

Organized events & races are also on the calendar. Set your fitness goals and come join GUTS!

 

                                              
 
JUN5
Tue 4 PM · Mesabi East School (outside)
 
 
ROLLER SKIERS! 
Those of you who are roller skiing during the summer months- our team ski mechanic put those bindings & ferrules on - all the skis & poles are ready!
Pick them up from Coach CJ  at the GUTS picnic on June 5th. 
 

GUTS, Intro. to ROLLER SKIING, SKI CAMPs
May 11, 2018, 9:09 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. 

                                                                                            _________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2018 G.U.T.S. "Get UP & Train SMART" endurance training

  • open to ALL (not just nordic skiers) athletes in the area 8th grade & up
  • begins in June, wraps up July 31, 2-3 sessions weekly + organized events (Midnight Sun Run, Fisherman’s Pt 5k, Mesabi Trail Tour, etc. )
  • variety of coaches on board for running, strength, roller skiing, ultimate frisbee, etc.
  • $ 50.00 fee per person, $ 75.00 for two from same family.  Includes a G.U.T.S. tech shirt & water bottle.
  • work outs will be at Mesabi East / Giant’s Ridge / Eveleth-Gilbert
  • usually held in the later afternoon – times to be determined
  • Picnic- June 5th, 4pm at Mesabi East school.  
  • Thursday, June 7th, first workout. 
  • Sign up- by emailing Coach Johnson at ccjskier@gmail.com or text / call 218 750.7904 

 

** ROLLER SKI INTRO SESSION to be held on Saturday, May 19th, Giant's Ridge, 10 am ** 

Roller skis & boots available.  You must provide your own skate ski poles w/ carbide tips & BIKE HELMET 

 

And...  still thinking about that Giant's Ridge Ski Camp?

Click here for the details!!  http://www.superior-performance.net/giants-ridge-xc-camps

 

 

                                                                                                             


Upcoming plans!!
Apr 3, 2018, 7:05 pm

 

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. 

                                                                                                                                  _________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Got a couple of items to throw out there for when the snow does leave…. maybe we should just 

forget those spring sports…! 😉

 

2018 G.U.T.S. "Get UP & Train SMART" endurance training

  • open to ALL (not just nordic skiers) athletes in the area 8th grade & up
  • begins in June, wraps up July 31, 2-4 sessions weekly + organized events (Midnight Sun Run, Fisherman’s Pt 5k, Mesabi Trail Tour, etc. )
  • variety of coaches on board for running, strength, roller skiing, ultimate frisbee, etc.
  • $ 50.00 fee per person, $ 75.00 for two from same family.  includes a G.U.T.S. tech shirt & water bottle.
  • work outs will be at Mesabi East / Giant’s Ridge / Eveleth-Gilbert
  • usually held in the later afternoon – times to be determined
  • registration will open in May. Forms will be emailed & posted on the team site & FB page
  • BBQ / Potluck to be held prior to first work out

 

SKI CAMPS at Giant’s Ridge by Superior Performance

  • June 7-10 & Aug. 3-6
  • click on this link for all the info: http://www.superior-performance.net/giants-ridge-xc-camps
  • our booster club is offering a $50.00 discount per individual per camp
  • our team has roller skis and boots available
  • you need to have your own ski poles (skate) with carbide tips
  • this is a great opportunity for our team!!
  • SIGN UP ASAP! Only 20 spots are available for each camp! 
  • send in full payment, booster club will reimburse you 

 ** roller skiing intro sessions will be held in May for our team **

 

 

SPRING MAGAZINE DRIVE at the 2018 EARTH FEST- SATURDAY, APRIL 21

  • helping hands needed to unload magazines from people who save for us!
  • contact Sandy Tardiff for a time slot: sandjack921@gmail.com or text (218) 780-9802.
  • all those scholarships that our team offers? It’s because of your help - at our fundraising events!

 

 

Great things happening by great folks- and you are all part of it!

 

See ya on the trails, at the track, tennis match, baseball games & golf meet!

  

Cheri Johnson

ME / VA / EG Head Nordic Ski Coach

218.750.7904

 

 


Wrapping up the 2017/18 Season!
Mar 11, 2018, 1:15 pm

 

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. 

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Wow! 21 skiers from our team took the Pepsi Challenge and skied 8, 25, or 50k!

Congrats & be proud of that post season accomplishment!! 

 

The banquet was super fun and full of wonderful stories of the season and a super great night to celebrate our four seniors!  

Lots of great company, food, memories, awards and smiles were shared. 

 

 

 

The ski season of 2017/18 was "seriously fun" and more...   

THANK YOU to all who were a part of it - this team couldn't do the things we do, without your support!

 

A huge heartfelt THANKS to the following folks that make up our crew during the season..

 

 

Ass't Coach Jack Jeffery, Jr. High Coach Austin Dane

Jr. Nordic Club Coach - Josh Peterson 

Volunteer Coaches- Ashley Loe, Jack Greenlee, Don & August Galloway

Wax Tech's & Equipment repair guys - Keith Johnson, Jack Greenlee, Brooke Beyer

Favorite Groomers- Rich Grayson, Chris Shuck

Favorite Giant's Ridge people- Benji Neff, Pepsi Deb Maki

Booster Club President - Sandy Tardiff 

Dan Zamlen Scholarship - Dale & Sally Zamlen - we love you guys. 

Senior Captains- Callie, Christine, Kayla, Jared 

Team Photographers Parents- Angie Garland, Brooke Beyer, Amber Heikkila, 

All of our Parents & Grandparents- WOW- you guys rock! 

 

Season Awards 

 

2017/18 Most Improved Boy Varsity Skier:  Parker L. 

2017/18 Most Improved Girl Varsity Skier:  Anna G.

2017/18 Most Improved Boy JV Skier:  Kevin H.

2017/18 Most Improved Girl JV Skier:  Stephanie K.

2017/18 Most Improved Boy Jr. High Skier:  Carter S.

2017/18 Most Improved Girl Jr. HIgh Skier:  Lauren B. & Klara D.

2017/18 Rookie of the Year:  Aaron N.

2017/18 Ski Award  "Success, Kindness, Inspirational":  Christine H. & Jared C. 

2017/18 Dan Zamlen Memorial Scholarship: Kayla R. & Christine H.

2017/18 Letter Awards Briar, Anna, Kevin, Isaac, Paker, Reid, Tylen, Christine, Kayla, Stephanie, Jack, Sarah,

Jared, Natalie, Callie, Hannah, Aaron

2017/18 State Meet Participant Award Christine H. 

 

Team Awards 

 

Silver Academic - Boys Team GPA 3.61

Gold Academic -  Girls Team  3.86 

All State Academic - Christine; GPA over 3.90 

   

   

 

What's NEXT ??

Us coaches are already planning out next season, so be ready to capitalize on this season's progress! 

 

And YOU?  Need to...

1. Keep skiing as much as you can. It's warm. It's daylight. It's the fastest snow of the season! 

2. Skiers are made in the SUMMER. Training started the day after the state meet! 

3. Join G.U.T.S. 2018- starting in June. Keep connected with your ME / VA / EG/ MIB friends &  teammates! 

4. Never forget your number 1 goal- TO LOVE SKIING. ALWAYS.

 

See ya on the trails, at the track meets, tennis match, golf course, & on the baseball diamond.

 

Go GIANTBLUERANGERBEARS!! 

 

 


The Pepsi Challenge Race & Banquet are up next!
Feb 25, 2018, 8:34 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. 

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Post - Season Updates! 

 

 *The GR Ski Chalet & GR Ski Patrol closes shop at 4:30 now.

   You will not be able to utilize this facility after 4:30. 

Enjoy all this beautiful snow & warm temps! 

 

*Saturday,March 3rd: Pepsi Challenge Race! 8k, 25k, 50k!!

Pepsi Challenge 50K Classic, Great River Energy Rush 25K Freestyle, Great River Energy Rush 25K Classic, and Giants Ridge 8K

http://www.pepsichallengeskirace.com

Entries are due to Pepsi Deb Maki by Feb. 26th. (she's usually upstairs in the timing building, or tape it to her door). 

*The money you pay for your entry is $10.00* The booster club will pay the rest. 

*Bib Pick Up* is at the Biwabik Pavilion on Friday, from 2-10 pm, or Saturday morning 7-8:30 am at the Biwabik Pavilion. 

*Waxing will be available starting Wednesday- for whenever you want to get your wax groove on. *Wax for race day will be in the wax hut, marked Pepsi Challenge Race. 

*RACE STARTS  9:00 am 25K & 50K Classic Races – Mass Start 9:30 am 50K Freestyle Race– NEW Mass Start 9:40 am 25K Freestyle Races– NEW Mass Start 9:50 am 8K Race Start

12:00-2:00 PM AWARDS CEREMONY

 

  

* Sunday, March 4: End of Season Banquet.  5pm at the Biwabik Pavilion.  

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

Dinner, Awards, Senior Salutes, Season Video are on the agenda. 

Please bring your favorite dish to share- we always have a lot of folks to feed! 

Last names A - G: main dish

Last names H - L: salads

Last names M - Z: desserts 

 

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

Hope to see everyone next Sunday to put the wrap on a great season, and to say “so long” to all of our seniors!

 

 

 

 

                    

                                                                                                                                                                                           

 


Post season: still doing it! :)
Feb 18, 2018, 9:09 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. 

 

 

 

         

                                        

The 2017/18 high school nordic ski racing season is now a WRAP! 

But... 

 

THIS. IS. THE. BEST. TIME. OF. YEAR. TO. SKI. 

 

- It is.... warm.

- There is.... daylight. Till like 6pm ++ ! 

- And bonus of ... super fast snow under those skinny boards! 

- Then ya have.... freed up weekends... to ski those ultra fun citizen races! 

 

SKI RACERS. ARE. MADE. IN. THE. OFF. SEASON. (get crackin' ski friends!) 

 

Last week was tremendously filled with lots of great results! 

When skiers are happy with their races, us coaches feel the same! 

Super Job to our: 

 

JH SKIERS. JV RACERS. CB RELAYERS. STATE QUALIFIER-Ms. Hafdahl. (46th- Woot!) 

 

 

                               

 

 

It was awesome to see sooo many of our team members everywhere too. If they weren't racing, they were cheering. Wow. 

 

TEAM. UNITED.

FROM. FOUR. SCHOOLS.

GIANT. BLUE. RANGER. BEARS. 

 

WTG to our Book Across the Bay Skiers- Parker- 22nd, Kevin-83rd, Nick-93rd. Out of 1,450 skiers. Fantastic achievement guys!    

 

For this week- the team has only one, uno, 1-  committment: 😊

 

Tuesday, Feb. 20th:  Annual Hot Dog Roast on the Trail, 4-6 pm at GR. For ALL team members & coaches.

                                  Meet in South Chalet. Skiing to the Hut on the Laurentian for a fire of dogs & smore's. 

                                  There is a bus for VA / EG / MIB skiers from the VA school. No bus for ME skiers- (no school on this day), 

                                  please find a ride! Time to turn in that equipment & uniform / jacket too. We will also check in

                                  equipment at the banquet. (Sunday, March 4th) 

 

*Saturday,March 3rd: Pepsi Challenge Race.  Entries are due to Pepsi Deb Maki by Feb. 26th. Just get the entry to her (she's usually upstairs in the timing building, or tape it to her door). Do not pay any money. The Booster Club will pay your entry fee.  

 

 

* Sunday, March 4: End of Season Banquet. 5pm at the Biwabik Pavilion. More info to come.                            

 

                         

 

 

#Mesabi East / Virginia / Eveleth-Gilbert / Mt. Iron-Buhl Nordic Ski Team  

#GoJessieDiggins

#Only268daystill2018/19skiseason

             

 

 

 


Congrats to All SKIERS! GOOD LUCK CHRISTINE & CB Relay Racers!
Feb 11, 2018, 2:57 pm

The final countdown!

Great skiing by all these last few days!  

Our section teams skied to a 5th place (girls) finish, and a 6th place spot for the boys. We had a great day and many 

goals were met!  AND... CONGRATS to senior skier CHRISTINE HAFDAHL on her STATE MEET berth!

Lightening Fast skis to you on Thursday! 

 

                 

 

The JV / JH Championships were held this past Saturday, and those results showed what we'll have coming up

through the ranks next season and beyond!                     

And...  as often as it is said at practice .... 

NORDIC SKIERS ARE TOUGH ATHLETES!!  In. Every. Way. Possible.  AND SMART!! Congrats to both of our Section Teams on earning academic awards.

The Section ladies earned the Gold Award, with a combined GPA of 3.86, and the Section guys received a Silver Award with GPA's of 3.61.                                              

 

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

  

But first up, get your 2018 Jessie Diggins US XC Team fix with viewing all the nordic events! 

Everything that is happening in PyeongChang is listed on the new 2018 Olympic XC SKi Schedule page on this site.  Goooo Jessie!! 

 

                                                  Image result for 2018 olympic mascot image

 

Let's keep things going, before the snow melts!  

Monday, Feb. 12: Practice for Christine and CB relay skiers. 

                            Relay Teams: Callie / Hannah - classic + Briar / Natalie - skate.

                                                 Reid / Parker- classic + Jared / Isaac - skate.

                                                Kevin / Nick - classic + Aaron / Tylen - skate. 

                          All others are finished for the season -unless you have transportation & want to come ski on your own

                          on Feb 12 & 13. There will not be any more bus transportation from VA schools. (except on Tuesday, Feb 20)

                          All team equipment and uniforms need to be turned in at the Hot Dog Trail Roast (Feb. 20)

                          or at the end of season banquet. (March 4) 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 13: Practice - State / CB Relay skiers.               

                              Waxing. 

Wednesday, Feb 14:  State Send Off at VA school - 8:15 am. 

                                  Waxing at Coach CJ's house - 10:30 am, Lunch at the HIVE.

                                  CB Relays- 1pm at Giant's Ridge.

                                   

 Thursday, Feb. 15:    2018 STATE MEET, 10 am start.

                                   GO GET IT HAFDAHL!! 

                                   *A note is needed from your parents to attend the State Meet. 

                                   (You will not be excused from school)

 

*Tuesday, Feb. 20:  Turn in equipment / uniforms & Annual Hot Dog roast on the trails. 

                                Giant's Ridge- 4 pm. There is a bus for VA / EG / MIB skiers. 

  

* Saturday, March 3rd:   Pepsi Challenge Race at Giant's Ridge. Ski the 8, 24, or 48k! 

 Sign up by Feb. 26th, with paper registration. (not online) Give to Pepsi Deb Maki. See her email from 2/11. Booster Club will pay your entry fee. 

                                                                            Pepsi Challenge Banner                       

* Sunday, March 4:         End of Season Banquet. 5pm at the Biwabik Pavilion. More info to come.                            

                         

                                 


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