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Annual Hall of Fame Banquet to be Held November 9 This year’s inductees are Tim Schwartz and Scott Smith CLICK FOR INVITATION Make plans now to attend our HOF banquet to be held the evening of November 9. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:00 pm at the American Legion, 2678 7th Av E, North St Paul MN 55109. A buffet dinner will be served starting at 7:00 pm. The selection committee has named Tim Schwartz, long-time dedicated club member and worker, as the 2018 inductee. Our honorary inductee this year is Scott Smith, for his years of service to the athletes of our club, in his role as a coach in the Central Division. The annual HOF banquet is one of two main social events held by the club during the year. In an attempt to gain wide participation by SPSC members, their families, and friends, the St Paul Education Foundation will generously subsidize a large portion of the cost of the banquet. A $15 per person fee --- with ALL JUNIOR MEMBERS admitted free, is offered as an incentive to get the 2018-19 ski jumping season off to a flying start. Kids of families attending, who are non-competitive skiers, will be admitted for $10. Please click the link above to view (and print, if desired) the complete invitation. We would appreciate your RSVP as early as possible, so we can get an accurate head count. E-mail the Club, stpaulskiclub@gmail.com, Pat Lyons patricklyons@comcast.net, or call Kathy Wallace, 651-329-4112 no later than Nov 5. Payment can be made at the door. “LIKE" the St Paul Ski Club Facebook Page: CLICK HERE to visit our FB page SUPPORT OUR SKI CLUB when shopping! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO! The club will receive royalties for every dollar you spend, plus YOU can Create Your Own Savings Account With CashBack! Shop From The Stores You Already Know & Love And Get Up To 50% Cash Back, PLUS 1/2% Cash Back For ALL Your Referrals ... FOREVER! Brian Wallace Named USA Nordic Coach of the Year Began as youngster at SPSC, competed at all levels, now coaching here! Congratulations to our very own Brian Wallace on receiving the 1st Annual USA Nordic Coach of the Year award! We are lucky as a club to have Brian as our head coach. He was nominated by several of our skiers and parents for his hard work and dedication. Brian has helped develop our skiers, coaches, and program. Congratulations, Brian! We are honored to have you as our coach! Click photo at right to enlarge the view. Annual Junior Awards Banquet Held Tuesday April 3 It’s our night to recognize the season-long achievements of our junior jumpers! Snow in April? What a fitting backdrop for this year’s Junior Banquet. While the roads iced over, the 2018 winter season melted into the memory books. NEW … PHOTOS FROM THE BANQUET … CLICK HERE! Over 90 people attended this year’s banquet. It was a night to recognize achievement and say a heartfelt “thanks” to everyone who made this season a success. As usual, the awards presentation was the highlight of the evening. One by one, the smiling faces of our junior jumpers received their age class trophies from the coaches. Each skier also received a new St. Paul Ski Club printed buff and a club cowbell. So many of our young jumpers made huge improvements under the care and instruction of our dedicated coaching staff. In recognition of their commitment, the coaches were given gifts as well. Head Coach Brian Wallace, and Assistant Coach Mary Lu Kavanagh-Beltman were given personalized photo blankets. Assistant Coach Joe Berens, who also judges and competes at our Friday night tournaments, was given a plate decorated with photos that commemorate his special role in our club. The evening concluded with the traditional singing of the ski jump song and a group photo. Snow is still in the forecast well into April. Hard to believe we’re now hopng it melts in time for summer jumping on plastic! Brrrringing in the New Year at the John R Lyons Tournament 70 jumpers on 4 hills … Results: small hills (K10, 20, 30) 46-meter Hill New Year’s Eve Day and the lyrics, “Baby, it’s cold outside,” kept replaying in everyone’s heads. The John R. Lyons Tournament brought plenty of red-cheeked, and smiling ski jumpers out to Harrington Hill. St. Paul Ski Club’s amazing volunteers had the jumps in excellent condition. Everything was set for a great tournament. We even had a little extra inspiration: cheering on the central skiers and hometown heroes competing in the televised Olympic Trials. The youngest jumpers eagerly strutted their stuff on the 10m and the 20m hills. The subzero temperatures seemed to increase their competitiveness (as well as their appetite for Icees). Who knew that frozen treats taste better in winter than summer? Not to be outdone, our older jumpers put on a good show on the 30 and 46 meter hills. Then our Masters took center stage to end the day. The John R. Lyons Tournament is always a great time for catching up with all our friends from around the division.The club would like to thank everyone who spent their New Year’s Eve traveling back home (or staying until their van’s engine thawed enough to drive). We’d like to give a special thanks to our small, but strong, core of volunteers who collectively put in over 300 hours to make our tournament happen. Shinola! CLICK TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY (credits to Chip Berniard) The Masters Class begins with Masters 1 for jumpers age 30-39, then progresses in 10-year increments with Masters 2 for jumpers age 40-49, etc. There is also a pre-Masters class for ages 25-29. Jumpers don’t have to hang up their equipment after their early 20s, they can keep jumping for fun; it can be a lifetime sport! 2017 Wally Wakefield Beginners Camp a Big Success! Annual Christmas week beginners camp renamed for SPSC Hall of Famer The St Paul Ski Club just wrapped up the 2017 newly named Wally Wakefield Learn to Jump Camp (December 27-28, 2017). Click links at right to view photo galleries … WEDNESDAY THURSDAY New jumpers and several returning jumpers took many rides on Wakefield Hill (10m jump/bunny hill) thanks to the new tow rope! Many THANKS to Tim Schwartz and Jack Myhra for their work in building and installing the tow rope; it was a HUGE SUCCESS! We also want to thank our coaches: Brian Wallace and MaryLu Kavanagh-Beltman The skiers enjoyed both days despite the frigid temperatures. No one asked for hot chocolate, the biggest request was for Icees!!! You know we have a hearty group of jumpers when they ask for a cold treat after being outside in the cold! CLICK PHOTO AT RIGHT TO ENLARGE We can't forget to send a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to ALL our hill crew who got ALL our hills ready for jumping. You guys are the BEST! St Paul Ski Club Promising Skier Scholarship Fund Learn more about our education program … SPSC EDUCATION FUND The primary purpose of the St Paul Education Foundation, Inc and the St Paul Ski Club is to provide facilities, equipment and training for young athletes interested in the sport of ski jumping. Throughout its 131 years, the St Paul Ski club has developed a number of ski jumpers competing at the national, international and Olympic levels. When a young ski jumpers rises to the level of a top national competitor, the opportunity exists for competing in ski jumping tournaments throughout the United States and Europe. There is a short window of opportunity for these skiers to compete at this level and the St Paul Education Foundation strives to give them that opportunity. Fortunately, the St Paul Education Foundation is now in a position to provide additional skier support through the 2 to 1 donation match. Hopefully our skiers can count on your loyal support. Bill Mahre’s 1980 Olympics Uniform on Display in Red Wing Long-time SPSC member and officer served as Chief of Start in Lake Placid Visitors to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame banquet on Aug 6 were greeted by a blue uniform with yellow trim, worn by Bill Mahre in his capacity of Chief of Start for the 1980 Olympics. Here’s a photo, captured from a Wide World of Sports video, showing Bill with Canadian sensation Steve Collins, who’s preparing to head down the inrun. If you get a chance to visit the museum, in the mezzanine level at the St James hotel, you’ll find a lot of wonderful ski jumping memorabilia. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE Support our Club and Programs by Shopping Online! Please consider this as holiday shopping season approaches ... We’re continuing to partner with Shop.com, which offers you convenience and good deals, and earns money to support our club throughout the year! 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