Tory Burch Tri-color Brown Boots/Booties Bowie Over-the-knee 85 Leather Boots/Booties Brown 2ec1e0

Tory Burch Tri-color Brown Boots/Booties Bowie Over-the-knee 85 Leather Boots/Booties Brown 2ec1e0

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe to discover fast, unlimited access.

Tory Burch Tri-color Brown Boots/Booties Bowie Over-the-knee 85 Leather Boots/Booties Brown 2ec1e0.

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  ›

Tory Burch Tri-color Brown Boots/Booties Bowie Over-the-knee 85 Leather Boots/Booties Brown 2ec1e0

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.

Bed|Stü Distressed Brown Leather Opal Tan Greenland Boots/Booties,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.Tory Burch Black Brown Diana Rainboot Boots/Booties,

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

A.S. 98 Black Victorian Vibe Smoky New 8.5-9 See Desc For Boots/Booties,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.

Steve Madden Black Kennee Suede Leather Peep Toe Ankle Boots/Booties,“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.”Jimmy Choo Black 'youth' Tall Leather Buckle Ankle Boots/Booties,

High-school experience

Rag & Bone Brown Newbury Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Beatrice Over-the-knee Leather Red Sole Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Bianca Botta 140 Boots/Booties,La Canadienne Black Nwot Shearing Suede Leather Boots/BootiesStuart Weitzman Black 5050 Women's Over The Knee Tall Leather Boots/Booties,Frye Black 'shirley' Calf / Pony Hair Leather Riding Boots/Booties,FREEBIRD by Steven Brown Wang Leather Riding Biker Women's Boots/BootiesLauren Ralph Lauren Brown Cognac Crocodile Boots/Booties,Cole Haan Brown Air Valerie Boots/Booties,Hype Black Gelasia Eel Skin Faux Fur Wedge Boots/BootiesStuart Weitzman Black New Partnership Ankle Boots/Booties,Brown - Boots/Booties,Diba Black New Vintage Leather Knee High Contract Stiching Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Brown High Heel Lady Pump Red Sole 38 Italy Zip Pony Hair Leather Ankle Boots/Booties,Black Marley Wool Boots/BootiesFiorentini + Baker Black Eternity Buckle Boots/BootiesGiuseppe Zanotti Black Leather Pointed Boots/Booties,Vince Camuto Black and Brown Boots/Booties,Lauren Ralph Lauren Brown Suede Boots/Booties,Ralph Lauren Black & Brown None Boots/Booties,Prada Chocolate Brown Double Buckle Boots/Booties,Tahari Brown "Gentry" Leather Knee High Boots/BootiesBlack Thigh High Satin Stiletto Over Knee Crotch High Boots/Booties,Free People Black Caldera Calf Hair Zipper Ankle 36 Boots/BootiesStuart Weitzman Black All Good/5050 Over The Knee Napa Leather Boots/Booties,Tan and Brown Incredible Cowboy Made Of Leather. Boots/BootiesBlack Gold Yes Northern Lights Triple Strap Boots/BootiesFrye Black Natalie Three Buckle Boots/Booties,Hunter Black New Tall Orig Tour Boots/Booties,Franco Sarto Brown Knee High Boots/Booties,

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

Tory Burch Tri-Color Brown Bowie Over-the-Knee 85 Leather Boots
Size 8M
3.25" Approx. heel height
20" Approx. shaft height
15" Approx. shaft circumference
Instep zip
Box and dust bag are included
Original retail $595

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.

Versace Black Lambskin Snakeskin Cap-toe Thigh-high 37.5 Boots/Booties,

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 Black Porligat Leather Knitted Sandal Boots/Booties,

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.

Frye Black Genuine Leather Comfy Boots/Booties,Chloé Black Leather Mid Calf Zip Boots/Booties,Tory Burch Black Riley Buckle Boots/BootiesStuart Weitzman Black New Frontzip Tassle Leather Heel Cap Toe Zip Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Marisa Leather Studded Motorcycle Platform Knee High Heel Lady Boots/Booties,Steven by Steve Madden Black Brown Geraldyn Boots/Booties,Bottega Veneta Black and Bronze Snakeskin Ankle Boots/BootiesBurberry Brown Dougal Dark Riding Equestrian House Check 37.5/ Tan Boots/Booties,Donald J. Pliner Black Suede Leather Boots/Booties,Cole Haan Black Stretch Panel Nike Air Technology Boots/Booties,Saint Laurent Black Women's Rock Chelsea Leather Chain Harness Ankle Boots/Booties,Valentino Black New Rockstud Noir Stud Leather Biker Moto Ankle Boots/Booties,Chloé Black 25180 Fringe Dress Ankle / 36 Eu Display Boots/Booties,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Design Women's Suede Over Knee Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Brown Karistrap Cuoio Cognac Leather Boots/BootiesFrye Brown Burgandy Dorado Grained Leather Riding Boots/Booties,Dr. Martens Brown Dble Buckle Riding Caite Boots/Booties,Alberto Fermani Black (New) Rea Suede Ankle Boots/BootiesKG Kurt Geiger Black Whoops Over The Knee Suedette Boots/BootiesStuart Weitzman Black Touring Classic Equestrian Riding Boots/BootiesJimmy Choo Black Dalston Wrapped Leather Moto Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Ankle Moulage 39 It High Heel Lady Red Sole Toe Pump Patent Platform Boots/BootiesVivienne Westwood Off White/Black/Brown Skyscraper Seditionary Pirate Boots/Booties,Tory Burch Brown Ginevra Suede Boots/Booties,Lucchese Brown Leather Western Cowgirl Cowboy Women's Boots/BootiesBrown Designer Made In Italy Genuine Leather Knee High 38/7.5 Sh Boots/Booties,To Boot New York Mens Black Suede Luther Boots/BootiesPrabal Gurung White Black Pewter Golden New York High Heel Colorblock Boots/Booties,Alexander Wang Black Lovanni Over The Knee Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Leather Bianca Botta 140 Mm Boots/Booties,

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

Very Volatile Brown Suede Leather Knee Highs 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.”

Vera Wang Lavender Label Brown Boots/Booties,
Brown Fedee Harness Strap Wide Calf Riding 998 Cement Boots/Booties,

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

Frye Brown Veronica Slouch Leather Boots/Booties,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.”étoile Isabel Marant Black Dicker Boots/Booties,

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.Jeffrey Campbell Black Suede Battalion Boots/Booties,

It’s optional, but encouraged.

Susan Bennis/Warren Edwards Black Flat Boots/Booties,“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.Givenchy Black V Cut Heeled Boots/Booties,

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.Valentino Black Noir Rockstud Pointy Toe Women's Leather Boots/Booties,

It’s part of the gig.

Anthropologie Brown / Tan Leather 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.

Marc Fisher Brown High Heel Knee High Leather Boots/Booties,“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.”Tory Burch Brown Coconut Marlene Riding Tumled Leather 8.5m Boots/Booties,

Clarks Brown Price Reduced Bendables Wish Mood Leather Boots/Booties,

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.