women Frye Grey Melissa Button appearance Boots/Booties Pleasant appearance Button 8fce1c

women Frye Grey Melissa Button appearance Boots/Booties Pleasant appearance Button 8fce1c

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe to discover fast, unlimited access.

women Frye Grey Melissa Button appearance Boots/Booties Pleasant appearance Button 8fce1c.

Sorry, your subscription does not include this content.

Please call 866-735-5631 to upgrade your subscription.

You are the owner of this article.
Share this  ›

women Frye Grey Melissa Button appearance Boots/Booties Pleasant appearance Button 8fce1c

Degenhardt

Coulee Region Chill’s Jackson Decker skates during practice on Thursday at Green Island Ice Arena. Decker does double duty, playing for the Chill while also attending Holmen High School.

  • Rory O’Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune

Holmen High School student Jackson Decker (center, gray hat) watches a basketball game with friends.

  • Rory O’Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune

Coulee Region Chill’s Jackson Decker skates during a recent practice at Green Island Ice Arena.

  • Rory O’Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune

Jackson Decker’s typical day isn’t unlike that of most high-school seniors.

Out of bed by 7:30 a.m. Check.

School by 8. Check.

Lunch around noon. Check.

WOMEN Chloé Camel Susanna Boots/Booties quality products,By 5, he’s home for dinner. By 7, he’s elbow deep in homework. By 10 — or 11, depending on how many video games are played — he’s in bed. Sounds pretty standard, doesn’t it?

But the middle of the day — that noon-to-5 slot — is what makes Decker different than most kids his age.

Decker is a defenseman for the Coulee Region Chill, which, as a high-school-aged player, demands a special kind of commitment. Playing junior hockey is essentially a full-time job, but when you add regular schoolwork to the equation, it becomes even more complex.woman Allure Bridals Purple Boots/Booties selling price,

But that’s what he — and all junior-hockey players his age — sign up for. They know it isn’t easy.

womens CoSTUME NATIONAL Black Pumps Boots/Booties Online shop,sMy coach last year was a big advocate of junior hockey and pushing kids on to the next level,” Decker said. “He reached out to a couple coaches last year for me, not just in the NAHL but in different leagues, too.

“I didn’t think it was that hard of a decision. I definitely had to go over everything with my coach and my family and all of that, and then working things out with my high school before I fully committed to it, but this is something I want to do.”

Despite his choice, Decker is a regular 17-year-old in almost every other way.

LADY Badgley Mischka Ivory Gigi Flats New style,“I would say after practice, he’s home by 5 and he’s a normal high-school kid,” said Andy Palmer, one of Decker’s billet (host family) parents. “He’s got homework he has to do. He hangs out with classmates; we have a high school kid of our own, and they get along really well. They play their NBA 2K games and set up tournaments and stuff like that.

“He’s just a normal kid once he’s away from the ice. He has the same responsibilities as any high schooler.”

It’s not uncommon.

Including Decker, the Chill have three high-school-aged skaters in their squad. They had four before 16-year-old Todd Scott was elevated to the USHL. As for the rest of the league, all but one team has at least one player — as of today — under the age of 18. Of those 23 teams, 15 have at least three.

Furthermore, of the 23 active members of Coulee Region’s roster, 15 played at least one season of junior hockey before receiving their high-school diplomas. Nine played two or more.

It’s part of the gig. Simultaneous pursuit of athletic and academic goals is a regular practice in junior hockey, one that all players — including those who have already graduated from high school — gladly welcome. They understand the challenges of the journey.

If anything, it forces kids to mature at a much quicker rate.

“The biggest thing, for me personally, is it matured me,” said A.J. Degenhart, former Chill coach, who played two seasons with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers before joining the University of Wisconsin.

“Those couple years of being, not necessarily on your own because you have a billet family, but being on your own away from your support group and not having them right there to bail you out all the time, I think it makes you grow up in a hurry. I can say for myself, with the coaches I had, they taught me a lot of life lessons in the couple years I was there. That stuff is invaluable, so when a kid does move on, we always say, we want a player to come in a boy and leave as a man.”Ladies Free People Aquarium Boots Flats special discount price,

High-school experience

MISS Opening Ceremony Black Platform Boots/Booties Good worldwide reputation,MISS Frye Brown Suede Ankle Boots/Booties Louis, in detail,LADY Bernardo Brown Sandals brand,WOMEN Manolo Blahnik Red & Boots/Booties special offerladies Alfani Cream Leather Boots/Booties To adopt,womens St. John Charcoal Gray Boots/Booties Modern and elegant fashion,LADY Jimmy Choo Black Na Boots/Booties wear-resistant,Ladies Refresh Medium Grey Boots/Booties ExcellentWOMENS Diesel Slate Boots/Booties Latest technology,woman Joules Navy Molly Welly Boots/Booties Fashion pattern,womens Stuart Weitzman Burgundy Patent Flats The color is very noticeable,woman Cole Haan Chestnut Cheyanne Boots/Booties Customer firstWOMENS Dior Denim High Boots/Booties Crazy Price, Birminghamladies Prada Brown Unknown Collection Boots/Booties packaging diversity,womens Frye Brown Harnes Motocycle Boots/Booties environmentally friendly,LADY Kenzo Black Totem Boots/Booties Various current designs,women Giuseppe Zanotti Black Zipper Boots/Booties At an affordable price,lady Christian Louboutin Beige Puck Boots/Booties Stylish and charming,ladies Green Brown Anthropologie Boots/Booties Good design,womens Pink Metallic Flat Sandals New varieties are introduced,lady Tory Burch Black/Navy Fairfax Boots/Booties Low price,lady J.Crew Red Cece Ballet Flats Very good quality,WOMENS Brian Atwood Tan Blogger Boots/Booties Big sale,women Dansko Brown Boots/Booties selling price,WOMEN Taupe Boots/Booties Optimal pricewomen Hunter Baby Blue W23616 Boots/Booties Primary quality,MISS Rag & Bone Red Flats Order welcomewomen Via Spiga Black Corene Boots/Booties High quality,WOMENS Steve Madden Brown Tianna Boots/Booties price concessionsLadies Balenciaga Burgundy Knee High Boots/Booties Excellent,

A senior, Decker prefers an in-class educational experience. That’s why he attends Holmen High School.

But not all junior players are like Decker. Depending on personal preference or individual goals, a player may opt for alternative schooling options.

“It’s really up to them and their parents,” said Shelly LaPlount, Coulee Region’s director of housing, who acknowledged the possibility of players taking online courses.

“If they ask my opinion, I will give it. These kids have to grow up so fast, and they make so many sacrifices. I encourage them to still attend a physical school, just so they have a little bit of their childhood, of their senior year; so they can follow a football team, or go to a prom, or get all those experiences.

“These kids give up so much.”

Description

Wore them for 1 season. Great condition but scuffs on toes as seen in picture. I like them better New in.

But it’s worth it for most.

Still, some kids opt to add an in-school experience to their already-altered lifestyle; to provide an element of normalcy.

MISS Karl Lagerfeld Brown Boots/Booties Different styles and styles,

That option works best for Decker. And for Marshal Plunkett and Kevin Bryant, both of whom attend their respective hometown schools of West Salem and Central as senior students.

“One of the things we try to make all of our students understand; we want them to get involved, go to events, participate,” Holmen principal Bob Baer said. “High school is only four years long, and once you leave here, things change a little bit. So we really promote that, both with the Chill players and with our non-Chill players.

“And I’ve seen our Chill players at events in the past. They do get involved.”

But in-school arrangements aren’t for every junior-hockey player. For others, online classes are a better fit.

“It depends a lot on the kid, because everyone’s different,” LaPlount said.

Such was the case for Todd Scott.

Upon his arrival to Coulee Region, Scott was — and still is — a high-school junior, though he’s been playing some form of junior hockey since his freshman year. He played in two different locations before joining the Chill, and now, he’s in Sioux City backing up former Coulee Region goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks in the USHL.MISS Aquatalia Brown Oralie Boots/Booties Customer first,

Since October, Scott has played for three different junior teams, on three different levels, in three different cities. And his junior career is still very much in its infancy.

MISS Dear Frances Blue Spirit Boots/Booties selling priceWomen's Sam Edelman Black Willow Boots/Booties Preferred material,WOMEN Sergio Rossi Black A77990-mfn166-1498-170 Flats Special promotions at the end of the year,LADY Etienne Aigner Black Taylor Flats Very good qualitylady Nine West Black/Bronze Boots/Booties Comfort,lady Brunello Cucinelli Brown Chelsea Boots/Booties Rich design,womens Céline Black Glove Stretch Boots/Booties special discount price,Women's Pajar Black Snow Boots/Booties We have received praise from our customers.,Women's Aquazzura Tan Tatiana 50 Boots/Booties Win highly appreciatedwomen Burberry Red Haymarket Check Boots/Booties tenderMISS Stuart Weitzman Cream Lowland Boots/Booties Germany,WOMEN Sam Edelman Gray/Beige Ballet Flats Repair,woman Valentino Nude Garavani Flats First in his classLadies Isaac Mizrahi Khaki 841977184221 Sandals First quality,womens Fendi Brown Hiker Boots/Booties Selected materials,LADY Frye Black Lindsay Plate Boots/Booties The newest style,WOMEN Frye Charcoal Patty Artisan Boots/Booties a good reputation in the world,woman Hudson Grey Boots/Booties Sale online store,WOMEN Chloé Taupe /Gold Ch22280 Boots/Booties New product,Women's Sole Society Blue Liana Boots/Booties Excellent craft,ladies Miu Miu Black Suede Boots/Booties Preferred material,MISS Dolce&Gabbana Metallic Flats shopping online,Women's Ros Hommerson Bronze Ballet Flats Sale online store,ladies Façonnable Dark Brown Slim Boots/Booties First class in his classWOMEN Frye Brown Cognac Tall Boots/Booties a great varietywomens Burberry Black Mapledene Boots/Booties Special promotions at the end of the yearwoman Franco Fortini Black Boots/Booties NegotiateWomen's Beige/Camel 70 Boots/Booties luxurywomen Dolce Vita Wine Jemma Boots/Booties Carefully selected materials,Ladies Sam Edelman Silver Boots/Booties Cheap ideal,

For him, online classes work best because he takes them wherever he goes, which could be anywhere.

woman Givenchy Black New Boots/Booties Suitable for color,“The more you transfer, the more that may not transfer,” LaPlount said of moving credits from one high school to the next. “And so you don’t want to come up short. Todd still has time in his situation because he’s still just a junior. But as a senior, you don’t have time to make up. So if you’re going to miss a credit and it’s going to cause you to not graduate, that’s a big deal.”

ladies Guess Black Suede Boots/Booties Popular tide shoes,
lady Vince Tan Faye Cutout Boots/Booties product quality,

Education is paramount to the junior-hockey experience. If a player falls behind on his studies, it reflects on his playing time.

women Dr. Martens Red 1460 Boots/Booties Cheaper than the price,And that’s by design. There’s a reason why 92.1 percent of NCAA men’s hockey players graduate with degrees, more than any other NCAA sport. Junior hockey determines who can handle college-level responsibilities, and who can’t.

“School comes first,” LaPlount said. “Whether you’re on the bench that Friday night or Saturday night, that means more than anything to these kids. Once the coach gets involved, things change quickly, if need be. But thankfully, we haven’t had an issue on the Chill team at all.”Women's Skechers Green Chamomile Boots/Booties Low costs,

Life after graduation

All but three of Coulee Region’s current players already have their high school diplomas.

Well done, guys. Now what?

There’s more than one answer to that question for a junior-hockey player.

Getting a high-school diploma doesn’t always mean a player is finished with school. Some junior players elect to take an online class or two, particularly if their grade-point average needs improving. Others take classes just to stay sharp.WOMEN Me Too Flats New design,

It’s optional, but encouraged.

WOMENS Tieks Pink Ballerina Flats Fashion,“Some of the players do want to keep their minds going, because to take two years off of school and then jump in as a college freshman; when you haven’t done any studying or reading for two years, it’s tough to jump back in,” LaPlount said. “So some like to take a course just to keep things fresh.”

But additional schooling isn’t for everyone.

Others stay engaged as members of the local workforce, as some guys — including a handful of Chill players — land part-time jobs on the side. That isn’t always the case, as the ever-changing nature of junior hockey makes it difficult for companies to hire junior players. But the right connections can yield suitable arrangements, as they have for several Coulee Region skaters over the last five years.woman Koolaburra Stone Farrah Sandals High quality,

Beyond that, the Chill are also required to maintain an active presence in the community. That includes all manner of things; from reading in local elementary-school classrooms, to ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.MISS MIA Brown Gelato Boots/Booties Moderate costs,

It’s part of the gig.

Ladies Madewell Black Workwear Biker Boots/Booties Immediate delivery,No matter what they do in their spare time — whether it’s attending high-school classes, working a shift at Burrachos or volunteering time at a local charity — the Chill are expected to be active, engaging members to the local community.

Most of them may be teenagers, but they’re expected to be role models.

lady Isabel Marant Black Arnie Boots/Booties King of the quantity,“We get a pretty good feel for things in the first month, whether this is a student we need to keep an eye on, or whether this is someone who is or is not showing up for work and being a good citizen for the community,” said Chill coach Ryan Egan, who is midway through his first season with Coulee Region.

“That’s one thing about this level. Expectations are high. There are more than 1,000 players that would want to replace any player on this roster. Is it tougher to replace talent sometimes? Sure, but being a good person is first and foremost. And if you’re not a good person, we’re not going to keep you here. … The players know that they’re expendable at this level, so there’s always that hanging over their head, but I think we instill in them that it’s good to be a part of the community.”woman Marc Jacobs Black/Gray Boots/Booties Attractive fashion,

ladies Frye Taupe Short Boots/Booties Guarantee quality and quantity,

Post a comment as

Report

Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion.

(1) comment

Kurtis Body

Do they use sites like https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOuJBN9OulDbk1Dp9cf-1XQ for their studies? Because I have some doubts

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thanks for reading. Subscribe or log in to continue.