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Gymnastics Update

Gymnastic teams from St. Johnsbury and Montpelier traveled to Randolph for a tri-meet Tuesday evening. Montpelier took the team competition with a 118.75; St. Johnsbury came in second with a 112.35 and Randolph third with a 109.3. All three teams shared the individual honors.

Randolph's Lilly Myrick showed steady improvement on bars, taking first with a 7.1. Montpelier's Zoey Dubois won vault with an 8.5 and placed second on bars and floor with strong scores. In the beam competition, Ghost Courtney Clement refined her beam score to improve her career high to an 8.55.

The Hilltoppers' Hannah Parker and Molly Young took first and second in the all around competition, leading their team to their strong second place finish. RU will host South Burlington and Montpelier on Saturday 1/27 in their final home meet of the season.

RUHS Athletics: Honoring Past Success; Addressing Future Accolades

Banner Replacement Initiative will deliver full recognition of past Randolph Union athlete & team successes while making room for future victories.

Over the years, Randolph Union High School has fielded more than its share of championship teams. So many, in fact, that the school is running out of room in its Senior High Gymnasium walls to honor them all.

“It’s a pretty good problem to have,” said RU Athletic Director Steve Croucher. “But the time is here. We’re faced with the very real potential of having to take old banners down to make room for the new ones, or move the old banners someplace else. Quite honestly, we don’t like either option. The Sr. High Gym should be a venue that honors all athletic achievements, not just the ones that will physically fit the space.”

To solve the problem, Croucher and a number of veteran coaches came up with a solution: to create ‘team banners’, one for every sport, and list all of that team’s successes on the same banner. In this manner, all of RU’s past athletic team achievements will be honored on the very same platform as current teams.

“Girls Softball is a good example,” Croucher said. “Because they’ve done particularly well over the years, that program has earned a great deal of banners. But it’s difficult to find them when they’re located randomly all over the gym. With this team banner solution, we’ll have a single Girls Softball banner, 4 feet by 12 feet long, listing all of that team’s past successes on a year-by-year basis. As future teams add to those successes in coming years, we can continue adding years onto the same banner.”

“The goals of the project are to improve space on the Sr. High gym walls, reduce banner costs in future years, and clean up the look of the space. With more wall space, we're able to ensure that champions of the past remain on the wall far into the future even after years & years of new additions. The cost effectiveness of new banners after the initial purchase will allow for a far greater use of the Athletics budget toward causes that immediately impact current student-athletes like equipment and uniforms.”

And what will become of the old banners?

“The plan,” Croucher explains, “is to give folks who have been honored with an individual banner the opportunity to purchase their banner. The older team banners will be stored in a safe place so they can be displayed at special events."

“We're also holding a ‘raffle ball’ fundraiser event,” Croucher said, "to help raise money for the banner project. Now through the last game of the season, we have 100 raffle balls for sale at $25 each, with prizes and up to a $500 cash prize. We’ll draw winning raffle balls at halftime of the last Varsity Girls basketball game, currently scheduled for February 22.”

“We know how important RU’s older felt banners are to our athletics community,” Croucher explains, “which is why there was serious time spent by all those who were instrumental in developing the banner initiative. We believe that this is the best solution. Here, every single accolade; every student’s name; every team that’s won a league or state championship or runner-up accolade; essentially everything that’s already on the Sr. High gym walls, will remain on that wall.  Except that we’ll have the space to continue adding more to the new banners once they arrive in summer 2018. And let me tell you, we’ve got some strong teams coming up through the ranks with the opportunity to add to them quickly.”

RUHS Bowling at Holiday Classic
By Sheyenne Miller

The RUHS Galloping Ghosts Varsity bowling team travelled to the Rutland Bowlerama recently to compete in the Rutland Holiday Classic. Our teams have an amazing coaching staff this season, including Head Coach Karen Warner; Junior Varsity Coach John Hartman; and Assistant Coaches Michael Orticari and April Miller.
The Ghosts chose nine bowlers to roll in the classic, including seniors Sheyenne Miller (Captain), Shelby Doyle, and Kolby Carpenter; juniors Jarid Wheeler, Logan Lumbra, Madison DeJoinville, and Shayanne Young; sophomore Adam Messier; and freshman Jackson Stewart.

The team also has three new members this year and one returning member. Senior Brittany Joyal, Sophomore, Donovan Picciuto, and Eighth Graders Howard Stockwell (Returning) , and Hannah Bryan who is joining the team from Whitcomb Junior/Senior High School.

The nine bowlers rolled two standard ten-pin games to qualify the team in the number seven seed spot. Only five bowlers constitute the team, with four alternates.  Miller, Doyle, Carpenter, Wheeler, and Lumbra’s scores were the five that went towards the total pin fall of 1383. Lumbra was a big asset to the team’s total with games of 213 and 170. Doyle rolled a 168 and Wheeler a 158. Messier also rolled two impressive games of 164 and 165.

Being seventh seed, RU rolled off against the tenth seeded Royals of South Royalton High School in baker style matches. RU defeated SoRo 2-0 in a best 2 out of 3 baker style match. The Ghosts won the first baker game 119-114 and the second baker game 143-104. Defeating SoRo, RU moved on to the first round of playoffs against the Hurricanes of Hartford High School. RU defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in baker style matches.

After defeating the Hurricanes, RU advanced to the semifinals where they faced the defending state champion Slaters of Fair Haven Union High School. Unfortunately, the Slaters defeated the Ghosts 2-1 and advanced face the Cosmos of Springfield High School. The Cosmos ended up winning the classic over the Slaters.

Overall the day went great for the Ghosts. While there were a few bumps in the road the Ghosts look forward to the rest of their season.

RUHS XC Ranked #1XC

For the first time in program history, the Randolph Union High School Boys Cross Country team is ranked number one in Division 3. 

In a poll conducted by the Vermont Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, The Ghosts, who have had a strong start to the season at Essex and Burlington Invitationals, are ranked first ahead of perpetual D3 powerhouses Stowe and Thetford (tied for 2nd,) as well as northern Vermont competitors Peoples Academy (4th,) and BFA Fairfax and Rice Memorial High School (tied for 5th.)

Coach Ben Weir, entering his fifth season at the helm of the boys team, was upbeat but cautious. "It feels great to have started this season so well, but to be honest I think that it's very difficult to say with any certainty where the top five teams actually shake out. Thetford looks very strong this year, Stowe is always good, and there are even schools who weren't included in the top 6, like Northfield, who could very well come away with the championship at the end of the season."

The Ghosts took their new ranking to the U-32 Invitational on Saturday. On a day when the temperatures soared to the high eighties, a total of 900 runners took to the course in East Montpelier, including Randolph Union Middle School and High School runners.

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 and Junior 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