Diane von Furstenberg Sand Sand Furstenberg V1041804-sand Boots/Booties 641060

Diane von Furstenberg Sand Sand Furstenberg V1041804-sand Boots/Booties 641060

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe to discover fast, unlimited access.

Diane von Furstenberg Sand Sand Furstenberg V1041804-sand Boots/Booties 641060.

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  ›

Diane von Furstenberg Sand Sand Furstenberg V1041804-sand Boots/Booties 641060


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.

Kendall + Kylie Blush Blythe Suede Embellished Heel 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.Frye Khaki 77686 Carson Pull On Cowgirl Women's Boots/Booties,

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

B?rn Black Massari Knee High 800 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.

Joie Gray Over The Knee 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.”Saint Laurent Black Tribute Ysl Tribtoo Leather 39.5 Pumps,

High-school experience

Gianvito Rossi Bisque Moore Ankle Boots/BootiesBed|Stü Blackish Gray Bruges Wedge Boots/BootiesDiesel Black Drinky Party Bathidas Boots/Booties,Cole Haan Black Callie Slip-on Waterproof Rain 668 Boots/BootiesBurberry Plaid Check - Tan Black Red and White Boots/Booties,Banana Republic Black & White Rain Boots/Booties,Prada Pink Patent Leather Peep Toe High Heel Platform Pumps,Kelsi Dagger Gray Ebony Suede Boots/Booties,Qupid Grey Tobin-07 Oil Finish Distressed Strappy Ankle Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Miss Gena Classic Pumps,On Your Feet Pink Fuschia/Black Rubber Rain Boots/Booties,Manolo Blahnik Pink Black and Blue Numidia Pointed Toe Ankle Cuff Pumps,Tory Burch * Dark Grey Suede Ankle Boots/Booties,Bandolino Orange Casual Cowboy Suede Winter Fall Boots/BootiesPatagonia Light Oatmeal W/Removable Sole Boots/BootiesBurberry Gray New Women's Overfield Acoustic Peep Toe Ankle Boots/Booties,B Brian Atwood Black and White Taralles Faux Fur Patent Leather Ankle Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Pigalle Follies 100 Grey Flanelle Camo Camouflage Fusain PumpsChristian Louboutin Yellow Pigalle Follies 100 Patent Leather Classic Pumps,Balmain Sand Tali Suede Elastic Bamboo Sandals Boots/Booties,Tony Lama Black with Red T Logo 04736283. P5308 Boots/Booties,Nine West Grey Kerianna Knee High Pull-on 175 Boots/Booties,Tory Burch Black Nylon Mid - Calves (89178) Boots/Booties,Corral Boots Tan Blue Jean Wing/Heart 59091556 Boots/Booties,Aquazzura Black New Rockstar Studded Leather 42it Pumps,Christian Louboutin Grey Ariella Talon Watersnake Platform Ankle High Heel Red Lady Boots/Booties,Hunter Brown Olive Rain Boots/ Fall Boots/BootiesSteve Madden Black Suede Lizzy Boots/Booties,Treasure & Bond Black Quincy Combat Leather Boots/Booties,Joie Beige Zee Multi-strap Dress Sandals - Nude Multi / 40 Eu 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.”


Shoes are new in box from a store closing.

Details &Fit:
Suede upper
Side zip closure
Chain decoration
Almond toe
Leather lining.
Lightly padded leather insole.
Covered heel
Leather outsole
Made in Italy
Heel Height: 3 3/4 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.

Christian Louboutin Black Decoltissimo Leather 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 Black Petit Rat Leather 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.

Teva Black De La Vina Boots/Booties,Stuart Weitzman Grey All Legs Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black So Kate Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Velvet Madame Menule' Embellished Bow Pointy Toe Pumps,Body Central Ivory Fabric Puffin-39 Boots/BootiesEileen Fisher Wheat Tumbles Nubuck Boots/Booties,Frye Distressed Dark Red Harness 12r Boots/Booties,Dolce Vita Navy Suede Ankle Boots/BootiesSam Edelman Black Matte Tinsley Rubber Rain Boots/Booties,Giuseppe Zanotti Grey Suede Fold Over Zipper Boots/Booties,Ego Dark Grey Suede Over The Knee Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black O My Sling Pumps,Christian Louboutin Bk01 Black Private Number 120 Patent 1150688 Pumps,Matt Bernson Taupe Hyland Suede Chukka Boots/Booties,Balmain Beige Tia Tundra Suede Tan Gold Perforated Ankle 36.5 Boots/Booties,Tony Lama Black & Red Western Boots/Booties,Isabel Marant Olive Brown Celebs Ralf Ankle Harness Hidden Wedge 35 Boots/Booties,Sporto Black Winder Waterproof Cold Weather 153 Disp Boots/Booties,Tory Burch Gray Grace Equestrian Riding Coconut Boots/BootiesDKNY Grey Margo Chain Leather Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black New Uptown 100mm Ankle Strap Pumps,Valentino Black (Noir) Noir Rockstud Leather Pumps,Australia Luxe Collective Sand Bedoin Boots/Booties,Steve Madden Tan and Red Zipper Boots/Booties,Lucchese Grey An Purple Cowboy Boots/Booties,Hunter Olive Green "Lady N" Tall Rain Boots/Booties,Jimmy Choo Black Genuine Leather Ankle Italian 38 Boots/Booties,Charlotte Russe Grey Fauz Suede Boots/Booties,Dolce&Gabbana Leopard & Black Peep-toe Slingback Pumps,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Open Toe Sling Pumps,

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

Ivanka Trump Taupe Over-the-knee Suede Khaki 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.”

ALDO British Tan Leather Mid-calf Scrunch Boots/Booties,
Steve Madden Black Purple Emison -v Boots/Booties,

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

Giuseppe Zanotti Olive Brownish Green New Over Knee Mini Wedge Suede Sold Out 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.”Cole Haan Black Buckled Stretch Avalon 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.Grey Long Boots/Booties,

It’s optional, but encouraged.

Fendi Gold Brown Metallic Leather Slingback Hidden Platform 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.Valentino Black Couture Bow D'orsay Patent 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.Sam Edelman Bone Over The Knee Boots/Booties,

It’s part of the gig.

Stuart Weitzman Camel New Furgetit Pelo Leather and Faux 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.

Giuseppe Zanotti Red Suede Laser Cut Ankle Boots/Booties 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.”Hunter Blue Earth Women's Matte Tour Buckle Strap Rain Boots/Booties,

Hunter Orange Tall Gloss Rain Boots/Booties,

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.