Kenneth Black Cole Reaction Black Kenneth Leather Yee Ha Boots/Booties fd137f

Kenneth Black Cole Reaction Black Kenneth Leather Yee Ha Boots/Booties fd137f

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe to discover fast, unlimited access.

Kenneth Black Cole Reaction Black Kenneth Leather Yee Ha Boots/Booties fd137f.

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  ›

Kenneth Black Cole Reaction Black Kenneth Leather Yee Ha Boots/Booties fd137f


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.

Tory Burch Purple and Gold Reva Flats,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.Vince Black Mason Python Embossed Flats,

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

Dolce&Gabbana Burgundy Studded Embroidered Velvet Bellucci Ballet Flats,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.

Brown Leather Brogue Oxford Wmn 38 Flats,“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.”Tory Burch Navy Violet Thong Metallic Stone Leather Sandals,

High-school experience

Hush Puppies White Angel Ii Elegance Flats,Forever 21 Browm Gold Vegan Leather Studded Ankle Boots/Booties,Sam Edelman Black Pre-owned Karmen Sheep Shearling Fur Leather Ankle Peep Open Toe Boots/Booties,La Canadienne Black Galaxy Waterproof Suede Boots/Booties,Yoki Black with Gold Elektra Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Silver Pigalle Follies 100 Sequin Red Green Heel Pumps,Rebecca Minkoff Gray Rachel Grommet FlatsFree People Black Mesa Verde Distressed 38 In Tan New In Box Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black N* Prive Pumps,Valentino Pink Rockstud Ballerina Leather Espadrille Flats,Gianvito Rossi Pink Python Roma PumpsKendall + Kylie Grasy Women's Sammy Slide (Women) Sandals,Tom Ford Black Logo Ribbon Pumps,Cole Haan Black Faris Ballet Flats,Dolce Vita Ivory Or Off White 000 Flats,Tory Burch Orange (Like New ) Flats,Zara Black Leather Round Toe Espadrilles with Ankle Strap Flats,Tory Burch Blac Leila Quilted Leather Loafer Flats,Tory Burch White Myra Leather Crotchet Espadrilles FlatsTan/White Cushion Criss Cross Womens Flats,Christian Louboutin Multicolor Explotek Python Razor Edge 100mm Pumps,Calvin Klein Collection Black Sallie Kid Suede Boots/Booties,Marc Jacobs Black/Silver Margaux Cabochon Boots/Booties,Icy Grey Eliza Velvet Ballet Flats,Bottega Veneta Black Women's Leather 3 Straps Heels It 39.5/Us 9.5 443156 PumpsTory Burch Royal Tan Phoebe Sandals,Givenchy Black Nappa Leather Stretch Ballerina Nwb Flats,Beverly Feldman Black Multi Suede Floral Ankle Purple Burgany Green Turquoise Red Pink Zipper Boots/Booties,Tory Burch White Classic Reva Ballet Flats,Christian Louboutin Black Toerless Muse Suede Caged Ballerina 39.5 Flats,

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.”


Kenneth Cole 100% Leather "Yee Ha" boots / Add a little cowboy boot attitude to your closet with these amazing boots! Shaft measures approximately 6" from arch / Heel measures approximately 3.5" / Boot opening measures approximately 10" around / Block-heel boot with fiercely pointed toe and curved contrast-texture overlay / Rubber, non-slip soles / Had one zipper fixed without issue, just a slightly different tab (photo) / These are no longer on sale! Originally $135

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.

Christian Louboutin Red Dorissima 100 Oeillet Suede Classic Stiletto Round Toe Heel Pumps,

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.Christian Louboutin Nude Jumping 85 Patent Leather Heels Pumps,

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.

Tory Burch Black Mini Miller Miller Logo Leather Ballet - Flats,Stuart Weitzman Tan W/ Textured Brown Design Flats,Tory Burch Black Thora Jelly SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti Black and Gold Cruel Summer X Kanye West Collaboration Pumps,Christian Louboutin Décolleté 100 Jazz Pumps,Laundry by Shelli Segal Black Suede/Gold Leather Bglack/Gold Boots/Booties,Donald J. Pliner Black Fatema-60/Slip On FlatsTory Burch Leopard Brown Tan Gold Reva Ponyhair Flats,Fendi Brown Clear Beige Black Tone Rubber Zucca Logo Peep-toe Flats,Christian Louboutin Jungle Print Animal Espadrilles Flats,Valentino Cognac Rockstud Leather Ankle Wrap Espadrille Sz. 41 Euro FlatsFree People Mustard Delaney Boot Sandals,Dolce&Gabbana High Heel Sandals In Black Suede Leather PumpsNicholas Kirkwood Light Grey X Peter Pilotto Pumps,Carlos by Carlos Santana Multi Colored - See Pics / Gray Iconoclast Boots/Booties,Brian Atwood Blue Smoking Slipper New with Tags Flats,Vince Grey Tara D'orsay Ballerina Snakeskin Flats,Tory Burch Gold New Leather Logo Silver Logo Flats,Burberry Tan Drayton Twist Lock Ballerina Flats,Miu Miu Nude Calzature Donna Flats,Tory Burch Black Tb Sandals/Flip Flops Sandals,Christian Louboutin Red / Clear Nosy 100 Patent Pumps,Valentino Black Rockstud Free Spike White Stud Suede Ankle Strap Sandal Heel Pumps,Dolce&Gabbana Multi Color Knee High Leopard Print Pvc Boots/Booties,Madewell Black Pointed Toe Suede Flats,Tieks Matte Black By Gavrieli Premium Leather Ballet Flats,Tory Burch Borscht Ballet Reva Patent Leather Ballet Sz.6 Nwb Flats,Christian Louboutin Nude Ballalarina Ballet Bow Spiked Flats,Croft & Barrow Brown Leather 8.50m Excellent Condition Flats,Tory Burch Gold Thora 2 Flip Flop Sandals,

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

Tory Burch Almond (With Gold Hardware) Eloise Riding Boots/Booties,“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.”

Zara Leather Ballerinas with Interchangeable Bows Flats,
Prada Black Patent Leather Classic Pointed Toe Mary Jane Ballet Flats,

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

Salvatore Ferragamo Burgundy Men's Gancio Bit Driver Moccasin Flats,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.”Christian Louboutin Goldoflat Black Patent Spike Ballet Pointed 37.5 Flats,

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.Valentino Orange Rockstud Studded Ballet Euro 38 / Flats,

It’s optional, but encouraged.

Tory Burch Powder Blue Thora Sandals,“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.Christian Louboutin Denim Blue London Buche 85 Block Pumps,

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.Christian Louboutin Red Nosy 100 Flamenco Pvc Transparent T Strap Ankle Patent Heel Pumps,

It’s part of the gig.

Roberto Cavalli Gold Brown/Gold Zebra Print W/Rhinestone Harness 38.5 (Us 8) Boots/Booties,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.

Cole Haan Ballet New Or 8 Flats,“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.”Jimmy Choo Black Waine Snakeskin Cap Toe Flats,

Tory Burch Taupe Evette Patent Loafer Flats,

Post a comment as


Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion.

(1) comment

Kurtis Body

Do they use sites like 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.
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.