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Bay Nordic News October 2014

Bay Nordic News October 2014

  • Bay Nordic waxing skis at the YMCA Ski Sale this Saturday
  • Project Illumination: Lighting 4km of trails at the Reforestation Camp
  • Masters, Youth, and Middle & High School racing team now open!
  • New Trail Maintenance group forming due to Brown County Parks budget cuts
  • CXC Nordic Rocks program comes to North East Wisconsin!
  • Ski-Erg mini-fundraiser for the West YMCA

Bay Nordic is waxing skis at YMCA Ski Sale this Saturday, November 1st and 2nd to raise funds for the 3-12 Youth program and the Middle & High School race teams.  You can bring your skis in and have them waxed or buy skis or snowboards at the sale and we will wax those too!  If you want to volunteer, sign up at:
Waxing:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9AF2DA64-ymca 
Floor Walking/Front Desk: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9AF2DA64-ymca2 
Ski Sale Set Up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9AF2DA64-ymca1 
 Don’t miss it!!!  You can find great deals on all types of ski equipment and have your skis waxed by the Bay Nordic Ski Team.  This is a great fundraiser!

Bay Nordic is proud to announce that Project Illumination has been approved by the Brown County Parks and we are now raising funds to light 4 Kilometers of trail at the Reforestation camp.  The Birkie Foundation has verbally agreed to sponsor the very first light; thanks to the grant application submitted by Catherine Egelhoff! Early cost estimates put the project at approximately $250,000.  Donations of any amount are desired.  Lights may be sponsored for $1000 each. If you’d like to sponsor a light, donate toward the project, or join the fund raising team contact Paul Egelhoff at Paul.Egelhoff@foth.com. This project will have a immeasurable and lasting effect on our ski community; allowing skiers to enjoy the trails well into the evening hours and perhaps developing future Olympians.

Master’s News: Don’t miss out on these events: 

  • In Competition Sports’ hillbounding is moving from Tuesday evenings to Saturdays at 9:30am due to Daylight Savings and loss of night lighting at Triangle Park starting November 8th. (No hillbounding November 5th).
  • Mark your calendar: The Bay Nordic Masters group has announced their Adult Ski Clinic at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya January 9-11, 2015.
  • Once the snow flies, look for Adult Skis every Monday night and fun races every Wednesday night!
  • Yoga & Ski – Super popular last year, watch for dates to be announced.
  • Join Bay Nordic Masters and share the fun

The Middle and High School teams have begun dryland training this week under the direction of Head Coach Nick Reckinger.  Nick leads the High School team and Noel Versch leads the Middle school team with the much appreciated help of many volunteer assistant coaches.  New team members (prep team) are learning to roller ski while experienced members (race team) are building the skills and strength to compete this winter. New this year is the expansion of the team to younger skiers ages 10-11.  It’s not to late to join, just complete the registration form today!

Youth registration is now open.  The Youth program is for beginning skiers ages 3-12.  If you are receiving this email, likely you are already a Bay Nordic Family and we encourage you to forward this email to your friends!  Those interested can learn more by visiting our website and are highly encouraged to register all their children for the season!!!

A new ‘Friends Group’ is currently forming to help maintain the Reforestation Camp Ski Trails. The Brown County Parks department has had their budgets slashed to 1989 levels.  While they are committed to provide grooming and trail maintenance for the 2014/2015 season, they will need the ski community’s help for the 2015/2016 season.  They have encouraged the formation of a new ‘Friends of the Reforestation Camp Ski Trails’ group to provide trail maintenance, improvements and grooming to address the shortfall. On a positive note, the County has replaced one of the worn out snowmobiles with a John Deere Gator with tracks for grooming purposes this year.  All parties who would like to help or simply care about having properly maintained and promptly groomed trails should contact Brian Gustin at blg.gustin@gmail.com.  Brian will add you to the email list so you know when the next meeting is and learn of the latest actions taken to form the new friends group.

CXC Nordic Rocks Program:  Bay Nordic is implementing this innovative learn to ski program at the Glenbrook Elementary school.  Several volunteers will be needed. The school will be supplied with skis with step in bindings for kids to use during the school day.  Read about the program: Nordic Rocks  and contact Catherine Egelhoff at cathegelhoff@gmail.com if you are excited to volunteer and make this awesome program a success!

I can’t help but post this mini-fundraiser by Bay Nordic Masters member Jessie Sharp to raise $1150 for a Concept 2 ski erg to donate to the West YMCA (where the Bay Nordic ski teams will be strength training). Let’s make this happen!!!  Probably the best cardio machine for the money available!!!  Click this link to see the description and donate. 

Thank you to all the many volunteers, skiers and families working together to help Bay Nordic change the landscape of Nordic Skiing in North Eastern Wisconsin!   -Ryan Jennings, Editor

2013-14 Season wrap-up

Wow!  This would have been a successful year for any team, but for a brand new race team, it was simply incredible.  Our co-head coaches, Phil Nelson and Nick Reckinger made it possible to have effective practices weekdays and weekends as well as supporting our many races.  A special thanks goes to the masters coaches who assisted them, Kyle Demerath, Catherine Egelhoff, and Gary Kosloski as well as the many parents who also assisted to ensure consistent coaching.

As a recap:  Bay Nordic outfitted a team of 38 kids with Poles, Boots, Back-Country, Skating & Classic skis.  A debt of gratitude goes to Deb and Mark Ernst at In Competition Sports for stretching what dollars we had and making sure we had enough equipment for everyone.  It would be safe to say our team wouldn’t be what it is today without their generous help.  (Side note from Ryan: This is the kind of community ownership that you’ll never get from shopping online.  Shopping Local makes it possible!)

Here is a list of results:

  • Boys MS- Won the Iola & Greenbush meets
  • Hans Ernst took 3rd in the Aspirus Nordic Challenge middle school boys sprint race
  • Boys MS won the relay and individual state sprint championships in team score
  • Had the individual State MS Sprint Champion in Jack Jennings, followed by Hans Ernst in 2nd and Jackson Adler in 4th
  • Two MS athletes, Hans Ernst and Kate Stump had top ten finishes in individual distance races at the State Championships
  • Kate Stumpf took third in the Rhinelander classic middle school race
  • Mei Fredeen won the Greenbush high school girls race

 I’m sure I’ve missed a few there, but as you can see, it was an exciting year in racing!  

The coaches are already planning for next year.   Some of the improvements you can expect to see are several trainings this summer for both athletes and coaches, a push for race skis & more poles, more consistent strength training throughout the season, and a tiered coaching system split by abilities with skill requirements for athletes to move up to the next level coaching group. 

Whether you are a master skier, parent or youth athlete who either loves racing or would like to try, we’d love to have you help our team grow. Email us at baynordicski@gmail.com and we’ll answer any questions you might have.