Coach's Corner

It was a successful night for LDC as we held our season ending banquet. The Goodman Center served as a great backdrop for the event. It was a great time to recognize our young motivated athletes. I would like to give a special thank you for all the parents and their help. Special thanks to the Wolfe family for the extrodianary video that they produced and for the pictures that they help provide for the Record Book. Thanks you for all the parents and the generous gift to the coaches.

We look forward now to Winter Running and working toward track. If anyone has questions just shoot an email to Coach Nichols.

We will see everyone TONIGHT at the Goodman Center (Evjue Room). Doors open at 5:15 and we will begin eating at 5:30. Video will play as folks eat and the program will start soon after. Hope to see everyone there.

I would like to thank everyone who sent me pictures for the LDC Record book this year. I could not have done it without you. All you parents out there that took those fabulous pictures and especially the Wolfe's who of course are always out there shooting pictures and video....THANKS at ton.

Meanwhile, we will see you all on Thursday.

Tomorrow after school Boys Varsity Lockers have to be cleaned out. The Phy. Ed department is going to clean the locker room between sports. Winter Running folks will be able to occupy lockers after the term 2 begins. If athletes do not clean out their locker and take off the lock they run the risk of having the lock cut and contents put in lost and found.

State Meet
It was a fun and successful State Meet for our three individual qualifiers. We got two of the three on the sub 17min list. On a drizzly calm day at Ridges the boys got after it and really had a strong performance. The weekend in general was a fun experience. Two of the guys get to have an experience at State as underclassmen and our Senior gets to cap off a very successful Senior campaign. Now we focus on the Banquet at the Goodman Center Thursday, November 8th.

Note From Mary:
Please join the athletic department in the teachers lounge on Wednesday 10/24 at 4:00. We are celebrating, Chris Wolfe, Nick Hellrood, Christian Jaeger and Denzel Bailey. These athletes have made it to the State Tournament. State takes place in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday 10/27.

Shuttle Info
Spectator Shuttle and Parking information is linked on our STATE PAGE. Those planning on coming to State should check out the page that is linked. There are also copies in the Athletic Office. Meanwhile, the boys are getting geared up for a great state run at Ridges!!!

Race Schedule
Race Schedule is up on STATE PAGE. There is a link on that page that gives important parking information.

Wednesday after school there will be a send off for the boys who qualified for State in the Teacher's Lounge. More information coming.

It was a hard fought battle between three teams battling for two spots. The Lancers got edged out in the end however, qualified and astounding THREE individual athletes to the State Meet. This goes to show how hard fought the team battle was. Congrats to Chris J, Nick and Christian for moving on to state. This is a good start for the future for a young group relearning the Traditions of LDC.

Sectional Parking
Spectator Parking is available. Cars will be charged $5 to park in Waukesha County Park.

Conference Results
Conference Results are linked on the Conference Page. It was a successful last race for many of our JV runners. It was a fun day to run. The mud made it hard to run super fast but never the less all the guys put their hearts into the race. Tuesday we will tie things up at the JV Meeting then we will really wrap things up with the banquet in November. Come cheer on the team at Sectionals.

Sectional Page
Sectional Page is updated. With location of the race and race times. The Park is located 1/2 mile North of I-94 on Highway 83. Take I-94, EXIT 287 (Wales Exit) and take 83 north 1/2 mile and turn left into the park.

Results are posted on PTTIMING.

The Host School will be asking all families to park at LaFollette High School in the Lussier Field parking lot (SENNET SIDE). Families should allow at least 30 minutes of time to insure they can ride the shuttle to Lake Farm Park (about 15 minute ride). Shuttles will begin at 8:30am.

Parking is heavily restricted due to flooding.

The guys are dressed up and looking good. We are gearing up for the Conference Meet this Saturday. After this meet JV guys are to bring their uniform in Monday and Tuesday. I should have all JV uniforms in a paper/plastic bag by the JV meeting at 3:50 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the weather is all over the place so as it cools off make sure athletes dressed properly and we are ready to go.

Time Schedule
The Race Schedule for Conference is up on the Conference Page. Boys Varisty is up first at 9:30. The race will be back at Lake Farm Park. Memorial is looking at potential alternatives if we get a lot of rain this week and the course looks to be unfit but as of now it is scheduled for Lake Farm. This will be the last competition for JV runners. Tuesday of next week we will have a JV Meeting at 3:50 in E3 to close out the season for that group. Meanwhile lets get ready to roll at Conference.

City Results
The City Meet was a big success. The Lancers got 2nd by battling strong with #2 ranked team West. Wolfe and Hellrood were all city. We had the fastest Sophomore and fastest Freshman in the meet. Results will be linked on the City Page. Our team dinner at Pizza Oven was a great time to chill after beating the rain. Now we will point our sights at Conference this Saturday. Right now Conference will be held at Lake Farm but meet hosts are looking for alternatives if rain make the course worse than City.

Athletes are to get passes from me when they check in for dress up in the morning. So right now we have Varsity running at 3pm and JV running at 4pm. The course will be significantly changed due to standing water but the goal of the meet managers is to run all the races. I think if all goes well we will get the races completed with in the window of opportunity and then get some pizza. Cross your fingers....hahahaha.

Race Schedule Change
So as of right now the City Meet race schedule has changed due to weather. In order to beat potential weather the meet has been moved up one hour. So that means the Boys Varsity will run at 3pm!!! and each race from their will be an hour earlier as well (JV BOYS 4pm). HOWEVER - as mentioned before. Come game time the meet manager might combine the races so boys run one race at 3pm. So if you want to be guaranteed to see you child run be sure to be there at 3pm in cases races are combined.

First the host school for City is contemplating running ONE boys race and ONE girls race because of weather concerns. They will decide this at race time. If they do that then the BOYS race will go off at 4pm. So parents of JV runners if you want to be sure to see your child run make sure you are there at 4 in case the change is made. Just giving everyone fair warning.

Also, Coach Nichols is paying for all-you-can-eat pizza at Pizza Oven after City for all the athletes. Please come join us to relax for a bit after the City Meet.

We caught a break after team pictures and got a abbreviated workout in before the next round of storms came. We are waiting on a couple more forms for the Banquet - but other than that we are good to go. Reminder, after the City Meet we will have a pizza party at Pizza Oven. Coach Nichols is buying. So we have it rigged for 35 athletes all you can eat buffett and have the back room reserved. Parents are welcome to come however they much pick up their own tab...hahahaha.

Stoughton was the last regular season meet. We now look to City at Lake Farm. The guys capped off a strong Invitational part of the season. Now the competition ramps up because opportunities are dwindling. It is a fun time to knock down that ultimate personal goal.

Team Photo today. If weather is bad we will meet in the cafeteria. Those that have not brought money in for the Banquet yet we would like to get those today.

Just a few reminders for parents and spectators:

Please when doing treats do not leave coolers and other equipment for athletes to bring home. With our tent and other equipment we are tight with space. The expectation is that those who bring the treats have a plan to break down the supplies that are left behind. Thank you so much for your thoughts.

We want to remind parents that if at all possible if it is necessary to take your athlete after the meet is over make sure all the races have been completed so we can support one another.

Meanwhile, we are dressing up today and looking good. Let's have a safe Homecoming Weekend. Please help make sure your athlete makes safe and smart choices.

After yesterday's Lockdown and over all stressful day I must admit it was great to see the guys who were committed to practicing after school. We as a staff decided to cancel many of the after school activities and let those families who wanted their child to come straight home do so. Meanwhile we had the majority of the team ready to roll. We had a great workout and spirits were high considering. It is extremely humbling having the opportunity to work with these fine young men. They are a great group. As I am sure they look forward to practice at the end of the day is - it certainly the highlight of the coaching staff's day. We look forward to Stoughton.

Money for Banquet is due by Stoughton.

I have been told by the BIG 8 Conference to remind parents that dogs are NOT allowed during the running of Cross Country meets. Please leave the pets at home. As we get into the Championship part of the season we don't want any officials getting after Lancers or Lancer spectators over this issue.

After talking to the older athletes a bit we have noticed a trend with the younger athletes leaving the meet early with parents after their race. Please, if you are going to take your child after the meet please do it after ALL the high school races. It is a bit insulting for the others who have cheered for a younger athlete in an earlier race to find out they bolted before the start of the next race. We realize that BIG issues come up like weddings and stuff like that where families are trying to do a couple things at once. However, if at all possible let the athlete have the full experience at the meet and then if one must make an appointment after all the races are over that is totally appropriate.

Reminder: only parents can take athletes after meets. Athletes can't leave with friends or others.

Banquet info will be coming out today. We will be having our Banquet at the Goodman Community Center in early November when the season ends. Forms will be coming home with athletes. $$$ needs to be in by Stoughton. I would prefer to NOT collect money during the meet so if we could have the money by Friday that would be great.

Stoughton Invite
The Race Schedule for Stoughton is on the Stoughton Page. This is our last regular season meet. Come cheer on the Lancers!!

On a picture perfect day we had too many PRs to count!! It was a very strong day for LDC. Chris J broke a huge barrier by breaking the 16min barrier as a Junior. Nick N. and Denzel battled like varsity guys and had a huge PR. The Frosh/Soph race was fun with Christian and Mikey toward the front and Donte and P. Noffke rocking 18 low. The Jun/Sen race did not disappoint either. It was over all a great race where we saw some growth for some Lancers as we slowly start to point toward the end of the season. Keep rolling fellas.

Our practice was cut short because of a Lockdown situation due to a shooting on the Metro Bus. The guys did a good job at following directions and getting to the secure location. Our team was scattered across the golf course so it took a bit to round up everyone and get them into the school building. Once there they were patient and cooperative. We are glad everyone is safe and we will continue to have practice tomorrow in order to get ready for Saturday's meet. If anyone needs something let me know.

Rest of Week
With yesterday's lame cancelation due to NO RAIN and NO STORM we will start focusing on Midwest this Saturday. This is the biggest invite we go to with over 40 teams some coming from as far as Texas. Parking is tight so give yourself enough time. The course has changed dramatically due to flooding and for spectators it becomes a whole lot more friendly as it will be a THREE lap course.

The Grade Level Challenge meet in Verona is cancelled. It may be rescheduled in the future but as of now there is no meet today. There will be ONLY Varsity practice. JV guys may head home directly after school. Those JV guys who helped perfect score the Waukesha Meet last Saturday -- practice today is optional for you.

Reminder today is a teamwear day. Also, some have asked because of the information on PTtiming....the meet is at Verona High School. That is where we had our very first meet. It should be a fun one where scoring for the Grade Level Challenge is very different.

The Waukesha CC Festival was a big success for LDC. The JV once again dominated. This time perfect scoring the meet by going 1-5 (15points). Denzel, Erik, Brevan, Donte, and Parker rocked the front of the race the second half. The varsity also won while simultaneously working on some training skills. It was a great day.

Monday we will get ready for Tuesday's Grade Level Challenge at Verona. We also will have pizza after practice in E3!! This week is going to be a lot of racing. The team will go with teamwear on Tuesday and dress up on Friday.

Choco Milk
Thanks to the Hellroods for stepping in for the Niells in doing Choco. Milk for us yesterday. That is greatly appreciated. Mrs. Hellrood braved the mosquitoes for us. Along the same lines...spectators should bring their bug spray to Minooka if it is anything like it is here. Minooka has lots of trees and the boys are finding out that the mosquitoes are bad at some of the parks we go to.

Also, we will be dressing up and checking in on Thursday so we are hoping that some of the Freshman who may have been unprepared are starting to get better at dressing up this week. Let me know if anyone needs help.

Parking at Minooka Park this Saturday is $5. I believe this is a State or County Park of some sort and they charge parking. So hopefully this will help with parent and spectator planning.

Thanks to all who helped out and joined us at the Brat Sale!! It was a huge success. Not only was it a great time to support LDC but it was a great time to catch up with the LDC community.

Reminder: this Saturday we have Waukesha and TUESDAY (which will come quick) we turn around and have the GradeLevel Challenge at Verona. This meet is run where each runner is scored against just those in their grade. It is pretty fun and a little change to the current format.

The Blackhawk Invite was a strong effort for LDC. The JV group got everyone fired up with an awesome 1,2,3, and 5!! Mikey, Erik, Brevan, and Frosh Parker really put on a show. It was an excellent start to the morning. Varsity might not have done it in the same dramatic fashion they did have a strong win. Chris J, Nick, Karl, Bryce, and Christian had a 38 second spread. Nice pack running. We now set our sites to the Waukesha CC Festival next Saturday.

Today we enjoyed the sunshine and visited at our Annual Brat Sale. Thanks for all that volunteered their time.

Dress Up
Due to the short week Friday came a little quicker than expected. Now that we are in school. Friday's before Saturday Races the team (all teams dress up for competition)dresses up and checks in to Coach Nichols. Dress shoes, dress shirt, tie, and dress pants. This Friday because of short notice we might be a little less than stellar but by next week we hope to be hitting all cylindars.

Meanwhile, we get up REAL early tomorrow for another chance to line up against some strong teams. Our guys are looking forward to it. We are looking for some major growth.

The Brat Sale is this Sunday!! I know parents have been working hard to get that going so please participate as much as you are able. The brats are great and it is usually a fun day for LDC parents, alumni, and athletes. Look forward to seeing some of you there.

Guys should have combo locks on lockers and now school is in full swing. Practice after school will start at 4pm. Morning Ice is in full swing. Now we will start promoting working hard in class, then practice, then homework and rest, nutrition, and hydration. Not as much downtime now that school is going so we must be diligent and economical with our time.

Blackhawk Route
When driving to the meet this Saturday keep in mind that spectators will need to be aware of some road closures on the way out to Spring Green. At this point HWY 14 has a bridge that is closed near Black Earth.

Race Schedule is up on Blackhawk Page.

Verona Invite
We learned a lot from our first meet of the season. The JV guys really learned a lot about racing. Some of the new guys were able to see what this CC thing is all about. I think many of them surprised themselves. Some of the returners really raced hard. Wynnton and Brevan medaled for the first time. Varsity looked a bit rusty but it was a decent start and lets the guys know we have some growing to do this season if they hope to accomplish their goals. Results are linked to our VERONA PAGE.

For new parents usually in these situations with T-storms scattered we head to the meet as planned and the officials will start making decisions as to how if at all the weather will impact the meet. Once we know if the meet will impact the race your athlete will know and surely communicate out to their guardian.

Meet Preparation.
When athletes get on the bus they want to have already make sure that they have their uniform and spikes. Those are the essentials. However, it would be wise after you know that you have that taken care of to account for possible weather conditions. Heat, rain or whatever. Tomorrow might be wet so dress accordingly. Bring extra pairs of socks. Put some dry clothes in plastic bags in your duffel bag. We do have a nice big tent to stay under but it is good to take extra precaution of your personal items. Meets will get delayed only for lightnening. Heavy rain is nothing for cross country runners -- in fact it is a proven fact that cross country boys enjoy running in mud.

Getting ready
We are getting ready for the Verona Invite Saturday where athletes will need to be on the bus at 6:35. Reminder that Monday (Labor Day) is a Varsity Only Practice.

Also, after practice today the Hellrood's will be having a team dinner. Please make that event if at all possible. We love to have as many team members as possible.

In order to make sure we didn't get caught in a lightening storm (which never hit us until well after practice) we had an abbreviated practice close to campus and checked out uniforms. For new parents: Uniforms are checked out to each athlete. They are responsible to hand back the 3-4 pieces that were checked out to them at the end of the year. They will be charged if they lose any of the pieces. Keep in mind that they are responsible for the number that they checked out. Jackets, for example, often times get mixed up so they will want to keep track of their own stuff.

I also checked out some spikes for those that needed them.

We are getting our house in order for Verona.

Coach Nichols wrote a book. The link is on the Home Page!! You can get the digital version for less than $3 and the real book for $9 on Amazon. If you end up reading it let him know what you think. Runners will certainly like the running chapters.

Glacial Drumlin Trail Directions
Take Cottage Grove Rd. away from city going toward Cottage Grove. You will enter the village of Cottage Grove. The Piggly Wiggly on your left. Past McDonalds on your left. When you get to County Road N hang a right. Follow Country Road N over the railroad tracks and to the left is a plaza with a clock tower and the entrance of the Glacial Drumlin Trailhead. We will meet by the start of the trail.