Tory Burch Bleeker Teal and Ivory Bleeker Burch Street Leather Sandals b80a54

Tory Burch Bleeker Teal and Ivory Bleeker Burch Street Leather Sandals b80a54

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe to discover fast, unlimited access.

Tory Burch Bleeker Teal and Ivory Bleeker Burch Street Leather Sandals b80a54.

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 Bleeker Teal and Ivory Bleeker Burch Street Leather Sandals b80a54


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.

Chloé Black with Gold Accents Articolo Sandals,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.Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Beige New Sandals,

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

B Brian Atwood Black Donosa Patent Platform Sandals,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.

Tory Burch Cyber Yellow Miranda Sandals,“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 Brown Gold Gold-tone Metallic Foil Leather Louisa Sandals,

High-school experience

Tory Burch Black "Pedi" Pom Pom Flip Flops Sandals,Derek Lam Green Distressed Patent Leather Open Toe Ankle Strap Platform Sandals,Circus by Sam Edelman Gold and Beige Gladiator SandalsChristian Louboutin Nude Leather Multistrap 484251 Sandals,Tory Burch Ivory Bright Navy Miranda Logo Flip Flop Thong Sandals,Louise et Cie Navy Adrean Thong Sandals,Prada Metallic Silver Sequins Embellished Peep Toe Platform Slingback Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Gold Gladiator Cage Flat Sandals,Pedro Garcia Navy Blue Suede Velcro Ankle Strap Sandals,Burberry Indigo Kington Flat Flats Denim Blue 36.5/ Sandals,Merrell Brown Pirouette Leather Gold SneakersPrada Black Strappy Leather Adjustable Strap Sandals,ALA?A Black New Laser Cut Leather Gladiator Sandals,Saint Laurent Silver Jane 105 Ankle Strap Sandals,Alexander McQueen White Pelle S Cuoio M Eu 36.5 Sandals,Tory Burch Ivory Mini Miller Leather Sandals,Emilio Pucci Gold For Spring Sandals,Tory Burch Burchestella Embellished Flat Sandals,Tory Burch Black Moore Flat Thong Leather SandalsJimmy Choo Silver New Lang Crystal Ankle Wrap Sandals,Frye Blue Rachel T Strap SandalsValentino Cognac C Rockee Fring Sandals,Pour La Victoire Black Lava Flat Leather Sandals,Saint Laurent Black Patent Leather Tribute T- Strap Sandals,Valentino Black Jelly Thong Flip Flop Sandals,Elie Tahari New Suede Leather SandalsSteve Madden Black Leather Gladiator Sandals,Dolce&Gabbana Brown / Gold /Beige SandalsChristian Louboutin Charcoal Glitter Audrey 37 W/Box/Db Sandals,Tory Burch Metallic Gunmetal Miller Quilted Sandals,

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.”


Tory Burch Teal and Ivory Bleeker Street Leather Sandals
Size 10
4.25" Approx. heel height
Adjustable heel strap with buckle.
No storage accessories included

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 Dillan Flat Soft Patent Leather Sandals,

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.Tory Burch Royal Tan New Box Miller Summer Tumbled Leather Flats Sandals,

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.

Saint Laurent Yellow Tribute Ysl Patent Pumps SandalsTory Burch Primrose/Nantucket Red Terra Thong SandalsTory Burch Royal Tan Gigi Flat Sandals,Valentino Black Rockstud Pvc Flip Flop Sandals,Brian Atwood Gray Alcarra Gladiator Sandals,Nike Black Wmns Kaishi Ns Sneakers,SCHUTZ Black Gladiator Detachable Two Way Wear SandalsBurberry Brown with Espadrille Wedge Sandals,Miu Miu Blue Blue/White Checkered Satin Bow Detail Slingback Sandals,Sergio Rossi Black & Gold 'tamara' Swarovski Crytal High Sandals,Fendi Brown Tobacco Zucca Pride & Prejudice Flat 482979 Sandals,Steve Madden Black Hercules Knee High Gladiator Sandals,Tory Burch Pewter Violet Logo Thong Sandals,Saint Laurent Nude Ysl Joan Black Brooch Logo Leather Mule Slide Flip Flop Flat Sandals,Nike Black White New Free Run Rn Flexible Sneakers SneakersChristian Louboutin Black Me Pam Sandals,Tahari Silver Ipanema2 Peep-toe T-strap / 38.5 Eu Dis Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti * Genuine Mink Fur Triple Band Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black Peep Toe Pump Sandals,Black White Italy Cute Blk Wht Strappy SandalsKoolaburra Black New Alexa Boho Retro Festival Chick Leather Tie Tassel 9-9.5 Sandals,Valentino Blush Rockstud Flip Flop SandalsMiu Miu Camel/Gold Leather Back Zip Gladiator Flats 5 Sandals,Tod's Purple and White Sneaker Sneakers,Valentino Cream Leather Rockstud Round-toe Espadrille Wedges Sandals,Charles Jourdan Nude/White Women's Holiday Slingback Sandals,Jimmy Choo Metallic Bronze Glitter Fabric Private Platform Siz Sandals,Just Cavalli Beige Leather Open Toe Heels Strappy SandalsPatricia Green Brown and Silver Leather Flip Flops W/ Rhinestone Discs SandalsJack Rogers Light Pink Whipstitched Sandals

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

Dolce&Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana Crystal Wedge Bianca Brown Sandals,“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.”

Jimmy Choo Gold King Slingback Open Toe Metallic Heel Leather Sandals,
Alice + Olivia Graciella Grosgrain Mules Sandals,

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

Jimmy Choo Black Metallic Suede Multi Strap Open Toe Pumps Sandals,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 Tan White Black Decodame Sandals,

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.Giuseppe Zanotti Platinum Gold Gladiator Flats Sandals,

It’s optional, but encouraged.

Tory Burch Black 8.5m Thora Thong Leather 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.Tory Burch Ivory Geometric Laser Cut Ankle Strap Espadrille Sandals,

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.Hermès White Oran Leather Box Calfskin Orans Sandals,

It’s part of the gig.

Christian Louboutin Black Tsarou 100 Fringe Pom Pom Suede Ankle Strap Heels Sandals,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.

Valentino Red L'amour 100 Heart Ankle Strap Leather Sandals,“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.”Vince Camuto Gold Metallic Leather Sandals,

Christian Louboutin White Kadreyana 100mm Scallop Cage Scallop Heels A237 Sandals,

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.