Coach's Corner



Grade Level
Another strong win at the Grade Level Challenge. Our guys have been working hard. It was hot and the squad just packed it up and got some good work in. Chris J, Karl, and Parker were all winners in their grade. Times were not fast on this surprisingly hot day but the effort was there and that is what we are looking for. It was a successful effort. We now point our sights at Waukesha on Saturday. Minooka Park awaits.

Skip Calls
The athletic secretary made an error and did not excuse our athletes for all of the blocks that they missed yesterday at Grade Level. Fear not they will clear this up on your athletes attendance record.

Athletic Fee
The Athletic office is pressuring us to get our Athletic Fees paid. It seems that we have a number of folks that have yet to pay their Athletic Fees. Please check with the Athletic Department if you are unsure of your status. Thank you so much. If not paid soon they may ask us to sit athletes.

Correction.
Just as a reminder and verification: The meet tomorrow is in Janesville at ROCKPORT PARK!! This meet will be scored totally different. They score top SEVEN from any of the grades. And each grade is placed separately. So that means there are four first places, four 2nd places.....you get the picture. It is a fun meet with a more relaxed feel to it. Come down and cheer on the Lancers.

Race Schedule
The updated Race Schedules for BOTH races this week are posted at their respective pages on the website.

Nice!!
A strong team from Iowa came over to the Blackhawk Invite for the first time. They were extremely deep. However, the Varsity team ran well for the second week in a row and handled them very well. Biscuit had a strong week after struggling in the opener. Donte won the jV race. This was another excellent TEAM effort. Results will be linked on the Blackhawk Page.

Tuesday we go to JANESVILLE ROCKPORT PARK for the Grade Level Challenge. Wednesday will be a VARSITY practice ONLY. We have TWO 5ks this week so we want our younger runners strong for both races.

Blackhawk Saturday
The boys are getting up REAL early tomorrow to head to Spring Green and race the Blackhawk Invitational. Race schedule is on the Blackhawk Page.

As and aside, the team would like to thank the Conway's and all the families that host the Thursday nights team dinners!! It is such a great team building experience. Also, if anyone would like to share the Wednesday Chocolate Milk duties with Sherri she said just contact her and she would be happy to alternate it with some folks. She will give you details.

Treats
There are still some treats/drinks blanks on the meet schedule. Check out the Treat Page on the website in order to know what meets are still free. Keep in mind that the parent(s) that sign up for treats and/or treats are responsible to bring the items to and from the meet. Athletes will not be able haul coolers or other supplies on the bus for this task. Again, thanks so much for helping out in this endeavor. The tradition has been set for many years and the parents continue it to this day in grand fashion. Thanks a ton.

Blackhawk Invitational
The Blackhawk Invite Race Schedule is posted on the Blackhawk page. This week JV guys will race before Varsity!! This should be an exciting competition. Guys will have to get a lower stick in order to medal at this race.

BIG WIN
This weekend LDC went to the Verona Invite and shocked the competition. Chris won the individual race and the team won the team title!! Karl was 3rd and Christian was 10th! The Lancers were ranked 14th for the Preseason Rankings. They had to defeat the #1 ranked team and #4 ranked team to earn this victory. Excellent effort for this first race. The squad is looking forward to a good week of work and heading to Spring Green this next Saturday.

Just in case
To remind folks of these important details if you never got a flyer or are on the email chain:

Brat Sale is this Sunday 10am-3pm at Diane's Draperies, 207 Cottage Grove Road. Please spread the word and help out if you are so inclined. More information be be had if you email Julie @ larsonjal@gmail.com.

Great week
The guys are extremely excited for the first meet this weekend. Race times are on the Verona Page. Reminder to new folks -- make sure that you are ready to dress up on Friday. We want dress shoes, khaki's or dress pants, dress shirt and tie day before meets. Again, if you have questions let me know.

Brats
The Brat Sale is this Sunday and our organizers are working hard to get everything in place. Please if you are interested in helping touch base with our organizers. Good start would be Julie: larsonjal15@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, make sure that you get those fees in because the athletic office really wants them done before our first competition.

Week 3
We are starting WEEK 3!!! How exciting as we zero in on our first meet of 2019! It should be a fun run. Keep in mind that we will be dressing up Friday. That means boys should have dress shoes, tie and nice pants and shirt. They will check in. Let me know if there are any barriers to this tradition. Meanwhile, keep working hard - rest and hydrate. School is starting so stay on top of the studies early.

Time Schedule
Time schedule for both Grade Level and Blackhawk is up. As we finish up an awesome Week 2 tomorrow just to remind families that practice is not optional unless stated. If athletes get unexcused absences for practice then they will sit meets. Please email me if you have questions. If students are at school then the expectations that they are at practice after school. If they are home sick from school then they will be automatically excused for practice just send me and email warning me that they didn't make it to school that day. Thanks. Be proud of this group. They are doing great.

Reminder
Athletes will come home with aches and pains. So new and returning families understand the protocol.....Athletes come and tell me. I will assess and go over it with them as to next steps. Sometimes I will send them to the LaFollette Trainer. Please refrain from self diagnosis. Just encourage athletes to come talk to me. They just have to point and tell me what bothers them.

Fees: Athletes are going to want to pay the athletic fee before our first competition. So please make sure that gets done BEFORE Verona.

Work
As we work away we want to remind everyone that the Time Trial is Friday so that would be a great opportunity to get spikes by then if you plan on getting some. Friday we will meet at Kennedy Park at 8am!! Saturday at Glacial Drumlin at 8am. Meanwhile, Labor Day will be a practice for Group One ONLY at 4pm. Hope this helps with planning. The guys are doing great - and working hard.

Get those locks on the Varsity Locker before school gets going if you have not already.

Week 2
Reminder: WEEK 2 we will switch to afternoons for Monday-Thursday. The crew will meet at 4pm at the tree. Friday we will have the time trial at 8am meeting at the Kennedy park gazebo. Then Saturday we will meet at 8am at the Glacial Drumling Trail Head. Labor Day is a varsity only practice at 4pm and then school gets rolling and we will meet after school at 4pm. If you have any questions let me know.

Congrats!!
The winners have been picked and it was my pleasure to give TWO pairs of tickets out to the West relatives and the Brenneis relatives!! The West brothers sold one winning ticket to a relative and Sebastian sold another winning ticket to one of his relatives. Thanks to all that participated. One of my favorite things to do is give out free tickets to surprised people!!

BOOK
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. I also have a few car for $10.

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.