RUHS Ghost Athletics
We're gearing up for another exciting and competitive year for RU Ghost Athletics...but before we say goodbuy to the 2017-18 season, I invite you to take a few minutes to look back at all the fun and re-live all the exciting moments...just follow this link: 2017-18 Ghost Athletics - Steve Croucher, RU Athletics Director
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RUHS MS Girls Soccer Tie U-32 in Their Final Game of the Season
The RUHS Middle School Girls Soccer (mixed 7th- and 8th-grade) team played its last game of the season against the U-32 all-8th-grade girls team. They played hard to a 2-2 tie. The tie felt like a win, though, because it was not only the first game between these two teams in at least three years that wasn’t a U-32 win, but the first game in at least three years where RUHS were able to score against the U-32 8th-graders (with the past three games being 0-8, 0-4, and 0-2 losses for RUHS). And RUHS scored twice in this game!
One RUHS goal was scored by captain Vivvy Davis on a direct free kick that sunk in just under the crossbar, just nicking the U-32 keeper’s fingertips as she jumped up to attempt a save. The other RUHS goal was scored by forward Daisy Houle ending a scuffle near the U-32 goal area.
The RUHS Most Valuable Player for this game was midfielder Beatrice Lake, who was one of just a few players who did not take a break in this game. RUHS came very close to ending with a 3-2 win on a brilliant weak-foot shot in the second half by forward Cadence Mailhiot aimed for a corner that just missed the goalpost by maybe 10 inches. The RUHS girls were then invited to share the bench with the RUHS 8th-grade boys, whom they cheered on enthusiastically to a similar outcome, another 2-2 tie. The girls are ending their fall season with a won/tied/lost record of 5-1-6, their best such record in at least three years.
These numbers are deceptive relative to other teams because the girls’ games this season have been handled through a partially developmental prism, with about 60% of game time being treated as simply a youth developmental tool and the remaining 40% of game time being treated as a game in the adult sense whose sole objective is to be won. (But the prior two years of MS Girls Soccer have also engaged this same approach.) Apart from a few hours of laser tag and pizza next week, the girls are now moving on to the next chapter.
Bass Fishing Team Finishes 2nd at State Tournament
A big congratulations goes out to RU's Bass Fishing Team. The team finished 2nd overall out of 15 competitors at Vermont's inaugural bass fishing exhibition state tournament, hosted in South Hero! Four RU students bagged an impressive 16.86 pounds (net weight) of fish to edge out Twinfield to take 2nd place.
Thanks and kudos to volunteer coaches Keyes & Jacobs for coordinating the team's 1st year of competition and for getting our kids involved! The Randolph team was touted by one of the lead event organizers as showing "exemplary sportsmanship" at the September 15th invitational and at the October 6th state event.
RU 8th Grade Soccer Earns First Win
The RU 8th grade soccer team racked up its first win of the season on September 13, 2018 against Barre Town. The 8th grade ghosts scored early within the 1st three minutes of the game with a brilliant pass from Simon Allen to Coy Lyford. The 2nd goal was scored soon after with a throw in from Simon Allen to Coy Lyford who zipped a pass to Calvin Myrick who drill the ball into the net. The 3rd goal came from a combination of passes between Owen Schultz to Coy Lyford to Connor Wakefield. The 4th and 5th goals were scored by individual break aways from Sam Mason and Calvic Myrick. The 6th goal rounded out the scoring by a beautiful pass from James Abbot to Owen Schultz.
The Ghost’s Iron Curtain defense did not allow any threatening advances to get on the board and goal keeper Axel Grady had a tremendous day.
RU 7th Grade Soccer Drops First Opener to Barre City
Despite a great performance and effort, the RU 7th grade soccer team was handed its first loss against Barre City after establishing a quick lead in the first half of the game. The ghosts started off with a quick lead after Rieley Cassinell scored a goal on a pass from Henry Rosalbo and Calvin Myrick scored a goal on a nice pass from Chase Higgins. Barre City answered back with two of their own goals in the first half. The ghosts scored their 3rd goal in the second half with a quick throw in from Colby Grout to Chase Higgins upon which Chase took it upon himself to drill the ball into the net. The Ghosts played an all around great game, but with another 2 goals scored by Barre City, the ghosts lost 5-3.
RU X-Country is Off and Running
On Saturday the Randolph Union High School and Randolph Union Middle School cross country teams competed at the Burlington Invitational. Leading off the day were the Randolph Union Middle School girls athletes. The ghosts were led by 7th grader Ellie Graham.
On the middle school boys side, the Ghosts were paced by eighth-grader Max Chisholm, who was 26th overall in a time of 13:09 on the 2.7 km course. Following Chisholm where 8th grader Pablo Mendez, 8th grader James Abbott, and 8th grader Marcus White. Although neither team of middle schoolers had enough athletes to score as a team on Saturday, they both are hoping to have complete teams fielded at their next meet.
On the high school girls side, the Ghostswere led by 10th grader Olivia Kaplan whose time of 23:12 over the 5 km course secured her a 47th-place finish in the girls' varsity field. Kaplan was followed by 11th grader Sarah Garvin, who completed the course in 27:13.
The high school boys were led by 12th grader Isaac Kaplan. Kaplan finished in sixth place overall in the varsity field, which included runners from Rhode Island and Quebec. His finish at this meet was the best for Randolph Union High School athlete since Mint Hink won the race in 1999. Kaplan was followed by junior Adam Norton and freshman Chandler Anderson
Co-coach Ben Weir was excited about all the athletes' performances. "It's still pretty early in the season," Weir said, "but we had some great results today. I am especially excited by how well the boys' varsity 3-7 runners have been doing, as the team's success is going to depend on their depth."
Harwood, Northfield, & RU Begin 2-Year Agreement in Girls Ice Hockey
Harwood Union High School (HU) and Northfield High School (NHS) recently received approval from the VPA’s Activity Standards Committee to begin a 2-season cooperative team for varsity girls ice hockey beginning this winter 2018-19. Randolph has traditionally played with Northfield High School, and will be part of the combined team.
The cooperative team was passed by the Committee on Friday, August 3rd with representation from HU’s Chris Langevin, Athletic Director. Cooperative agreements between schools are designed to provide relief to school districts experiencing shrinking student bodies and, as a result, athletic teams with fewer participating student-athletes. By nature, a cooperative team is rooted in the premise that both schools would otherwise not be able to sponsor a specific sports team without working together with a nearby school(s).
Considering shrinking team numbers at HU and NHS & the smaller number of athletes playing youth ice hockey in those school districts, a cooperative girls ice hockey team provides a way for athletes to continue competing at the high school level. “When we looked at our numbers for the upcoming girls hockey season, it was clear that we had to look at what our options were for the betterment of our programs and the safety of our players,” explains Harwood Athletic Director, Chris Langevin.
Northfield/Williamstown Athletic Director, TJ Powers, offers “Northfield has a proud history of competing in girls’ hockey and it’s hard to see the numbers as low as they are. In an effort to keep interest in hockey for the future, it is important to have an option for our girls to keep playing. This cooperative team with Harwood looks to be the best, but hopefully temporary, solution for now. We are excited to work together!”
The Harwood/Northfield cooperative team will practice daily at the Ice Center in Waterbury. The team’s home games will primarily play at the Ice Center, but the schools’ ADs will also look to bring home games to the historic Kreitzberg Arena in Northfield. While the newly combined team may be comprised of athletes from all three schools – the rest of the state can expect to see the team competing in the newly formed “Tier 2” of Girls Hockey (playing a mix of both Division 1 & 2 opponents). The new cooperative team looks forward to having head coach Mike Vasseur leading the girls in 2018-19. Coach Vasseur was previously the head coach for the Harwood varsity girls ice hockey team.
About RU Athletics
Athletics are an important component of the RUHS experience and its athletic programs are designed to help students develop sportsmanship, school spirit, and good physical health. Because of the wide range of athletic programs offered at the school, students are provided with the opportunity to work towards excellence in several areas of athletic interest. RUHS athletes play in the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference.
RUHS offers varsity and junior varsity boys’ and girls’ athletic clubs, as well as programs geared to students at the junior high school level.
Among the programs we currently offer are:
Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer
Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Junior High Boys’ Soccer
Junior High Girls’ Soccer
Varsity Boys' Cross Country
Varsity Girls' Cross Country
Junior High Boy's Cross Country
Junior High Girls' Cross Country
Varsity Girls’ Volleyball
Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball
Girls’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball
Junior High Boys’ Basketball
Junior High Girls’ Basketball
Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey (cooperative with Northfield)
Varsity Girls' Ice Hockey (member to member with Northfield)
Varsity Gymnastics (co-ed)
Junior High Gymnastics (co-ed)
Varsity Wrestling (co-ed)
Junior High Wrestling (co-ed)
Varsity Indoor Track (club sport)
Varsity Bowling (co-ed)
Junior High Bowling (co-ed)
Boys’ Varsity Baseball
Junior High Boys’ Baseball
Girls’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball
Junior High Girls’ Softball
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse (cooperative team with Chelsea)
Junior High Boys’ Lacrosse
Varsity Boys' Track & Field
Varsity Girls' Track & Field
Junior High Boys' Track & Field
Junior High Girls' Track & Field