J.Crew Colette Pink Red Blue White Colette J.Crew D'orsay In Liberty Art Fabrics Wiltshire Print Pumps 25a5e6

J.Crew Colette Pink Red Blue White Colette J.Crew D'orsay In Liberty Art Fabrics Wiltshire Print Pumps 25a5e6

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe to discover fast, unlimited access.

J.Crew Colette Pink Red Blue White Colette J.Crew D'orsay In Liberty Art Fabrics Wiltshire Print Pumps 25a5e6.

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  ›

J.Crew Colette Pink Red Blue White Colette J.Crew D'orsay In Liberty Art Fabrics Wiltshire Print Pumps 25a5e6


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.

Christian Louboutin Black Ron Ron 100 Mm Pumps,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.Gianvito Rossi Pink Muse Pale Rose Patent Peep Toe Stiletto Pumps,

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

Dolce&Gabbana Beige and Brown Canvas & Leather Heels Pumps,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.

Christian Louboutin Purple Décolleté Pop Patent Classic Stiletto Pumps,“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.”Valentino Purple Rockstud Mauve Patent Nude Stud Classic Heel 40 Pumps,

High-school experience

Valentino Red Rockstud Ankle Strap Leather Pumps,Prada Biege Round Block Heel Patent Leather Nwb Pumps,Tod's Black Leather Loafer Style Button Penny Pumps,Christian Louboutin Multi Color Cabo So Kate Pumps,Christian Louboutin Beige Decollete 554 70 Cork Liege Lame Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Paulina Sling 85mm Patent/Pvc Pumps,Christian Louboutin Pink & Tan Cork Peep Toe Platform PumpsValentino Pink Rockstud Studded Native Couture 1975 Strappy Sandals Heels Sz. 39 Euro Pumps,Tory Burch Black Regan Laser Tow Platform Pumps,Christian Louboutin Multicolor So Kate 120 Disco Square Plaid Lurex Stiletto PumpsStuart Weitzman Gold Daggereve Glitter Stiletto Heels Pumps,Valentino Poudre Rock Stud Heels Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Taupe and Pearl Grey PumpsBalmain Braided Knot Sandal Heel Pumps,SCHUTZ Grey Dezi Suede Cut Out PumpsGuess Taupe Peep-toe Slingback Heels Color Is Pumps,Vince Camuto Coral Jaynita Suede Leather Pointed Toe Pumps,Tory Burch Grey and Navy Judith Cap Toe Strappy PumpsChristian Louboutin Ombre Pink Rose Blue Billy 120 Dark Navy Velvet Silver Studs Heel Pumps,Manolo Blahnik White Heels Ancor New In Box with Tag Retail 1/2 PumpsChristian Louboutin Ernesta Turquoise Patent 120mm Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black and Red Ostri Sling 100 Kid/Pat Pumps,Saint Laurent Beige Tribute Ysl Sueded Python Two 105mm Pumps,Just Cavalli Blue Az Mix 751 PumpsSergio Rossi Black Scarpe Donna Pelle Piper Nero Pumps,Rebecca Minkoff Silver Belle Metallic Open Toe Pumps,Giuseppe Zanotti Gold Metallic Leather Bow Embellished Pointed Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Gold Metallic Glitter Vintage Pumps,Valentino Skin Sorbet Rockstud Leather 65mm Pumps,INC International Concepts Blush / Nude Bindy Pumps,

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.”


*New With Box
A new take on the always-classic kitten heel, in a fun vintage pattern from Liberty Art Fabrics, the British print house that's been known for its mood-lifting florals since 1875. This leaf-and-berry motif was created for them over 80 years ago and is one of our personal favorites. Plus, the open d'Orsay shape makes it très cool.

Cotton upper.
Leather lining.
Made in Italy.
Online only.
Item F1407.

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.

Tory Burch Black Gold Leather Reva Logo Round-toe Wedges 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.Fendi Black Deco Bow Satin Double Platform Peep 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.

Jimmy Choo Gray Romy 100 Pumps,Bruno Magli Light Beige & Copper Peep Toe Pumps,Jimmy Choo Pink Gold Ombré Glitter Abel Heels Pumps,Jimmy Choo Key Lime Abel PumpsBCBGMAXAZRIA Rose Gold Peep Metallic Leather Heels Pumps,Christian Louboutin Colorful Pigalle Spike Pumps,Christian Louboutin Jenny Knotted Platform Slingback PumpsSaks Fifth Avenue Gold Color Pumps,White House | Black Market Blue Ella Officer Pumps,Christian Louboutin Fuchsia Simple 3clk0927 PumpsChristian Louboutin Grey Venecage 100 Suede Stud Heel Bootie Pumps,Oscar de la Renta Pink Pumps,Christian Louboutin Gold with Clear Spikko 100 Studded PumpsStuart Weitzman Black Patent Leather Platform Peep Toe PumpsChristian Louboutin Burgundy Bianca 140 Mm Patent Leather Pumps,Christian Louboutin Multicolor Spike Pvc Patent Calf Pumps,Jimmy Choo Light Bronze Anouk Glitter Degrade Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Embossed Leather Pumps,Tory Burch Royal Tan/Black Ethyl Lacy Pumps,Valentino Pink Rockstud Caged Patent Pumps,Badgley Mischka Taupe Suede Blush with Silver Tip Pumps,Miu Miu Pink & Orange Prada Candy Color Mary Jane Wingtips Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Green Hangisi Kiwi Satin Crystal Jeweled 115mm Heels Sz. 36 Euro PumpsRalph Lauren Collection Natural Tan Slingback Sandal Pumps,Christian Louboutin Beige Nude Patent Aketata Ankle Strap High PumpsJimmy Choo White and Gold Anouk PumpsLucky Brand Black Barbina Low-heel Ankle Strap Sandals 012 / 37.5 E Pumps,Prada Black Pointy Toe Stilettos PumpsChristian Louboutin Black Women Spike Calfskin Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Tan Brown Suede Pointed Toe Moccasin Fringe Tie Pumps,

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

Jimmy Choo Black Gold Suede Fey Glove Peep-toe Pumps,“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.”

Stuart Weitzman Black Embossed Leather Geometric Pattern Leather Lining Strap with Silver Metal Grommets Large Buckle Pumps,
Jimmy Choo Lavender Patent Leather Kitten Heel Pumps,

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

Valentino Black Rockstud T Strap Pumps,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.”Vince Camuto Grey Halona 2 Pumps,

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.Burberry Gray Black Nova Plaid Leather Canvas Heels 39 8 * Rare Pumps,

It’s optional, but encouraged.

Santoni Blue Navy Suede Crocodile Feature / 10 New Pumps,“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.Alice + Olivia Black Heels 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.Prada Maroon 1x186f Fridge Heel Pumps,

It’s part of the gig.

Christian Louboutin Pink Neon Orange Pigalle Pointed-toe Pumps,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 Beige Suede Patent Leather Heels Pumps,“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.”BCBGMAXAZRIA Black and Gold Natural Snake Bestow Sandal Pumps,

Prada Camelia Pink Washed Leather Bow Mid Heel Gold Plate Logo Classic Pumps,

Post a comment as


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.
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.