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Congrats to RU Wrestlers!
Congratulations to members of the Randolph Middle School & JV wrestling team who competed on Saturday, February 17 at the Vermont State Meet. In a phenomenal set of matches, every Randolph wrestler placed on the day! Taking 6th place honors - Owen Schultz & Landin Holdbrook. Matthew Smith earned 3rd place, while Kody Grout, Colby Grout, and Reagan Papp all earned runners-up finishes. Coy Lyford won a middle school state title while Bryce Thamert won a JV state title. Best of luck to all those competing at New Englands in a few weeks."
Kaplan Wins Second Title; Breaks RUHS Record in Track & Field
RU Athletics congratulates Isaac Kaplan for a phenomenally well-run 3000m race on Friday evening, February 9, at the University of Vermont. Making a defining surge with four laps remaining, Kaplan sealed the Division II Indoor Track & Field State Title - his second in 2 years in that distance. He also set a new Randolph Union school record, posting a time of 9:27.11, qualifying him for the New England Track &Field meet on March 3 at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston, MA. Congratulations, Isaac!
The RU varsity gymnastics team brought the season to a close on Saturday at the state championships in Essex, coming in 8th with a combined event team score of 105.825, five points higher than their season average. Judging is often stricter and the pressure and competition tougher at the state meet but the Ghost gymnasts persevered to improve nearly all individual scores across the four events. CVU took the top team honors this year with a 142.325, ending a long streak of dominating championship wins by home team Essex Hornets.
In a sport where every hesitation and misstep decreases the score, precision and confidence is key. Throughout the season, RU’s four strong all around athletes modeled consistency and bravery as they added new moves and refined current skills. Senior Krystin Skoda will be missed next year as she steadily improved her scores, especially on vault, scoring a 6.55, over a point higher than her season average. Juniors Lilly Myrick and Courtney Clement scored 8.05 and 8.0 on balance beam, leading their team to place 6th in the beam scores, and achieving the 17th and 18th highest scores of the state meet in beam. Finally, freshman Makayla Clement had a strong start to her varsity career, averaging 25 points for the team at each meet and bringing her total to 26 at the state meet.
The event specialists on the team can always be counted on to set a strong tone for each event. Sophomore Olivia Campbell is recovering from a sprained ankle and the team missed her on beam and floor at the state meet. Freshman Yelena Merriam started the Ghosts off on floor with strong leaps and graceful dance while classmates Phoebe Hickin started the team on bars and followed Isabell Graham on beam. The six freshmen members of the team look forward to expanding their event expertise next season with routines that include more of the varsity requirements. Christin Nolan will add a floor routine to an already impressive beam routine and Mackenzie McLendon will refine floor and beam routines.
Freshman Ella Tallman, competing as an independent gymnast for Sharon Academy, had a successful season as a varsity freshman as well. To be eligible for participation in the state meet, an independent gymnast must compete in at least five regular season meets. Ella improved her combined vault, beam and floor scores by nearly two points in the state meet, scoring season highs of 5.9 on floor and 6.4 on beam.
With so many eighth graders moving on to join the varsity team as freshman, RU’s middle school gymnastics team, made of 7th graders Vivvy Davis, Rosa Barden, Beatrice Lake, Liz St. Denis, Autumn Smith, Aleah Murawski, Amelia Mather, and Aiden Lopez-Nolet, along with Whitcomb independent Claire Allen traveled to Middlebury last Friday to compete in the middle school state championship. The young team posted a fifth place score of 114.7 and boasted several individual medals and ribbons. The Middlebury Tigers took first place with a 128.45, closely followed by the South Burlington Wolves with a 127.9.
Second year team members Vivvy Davis and Rosa Barden did well on all events, placing nearly every time. Davis took 6th on vault and bars and 7th on beam, leading her to place 6th in the all around. Barden followed in 7th on bars and 9th on floor, for another strong all around finish. Teammate Liz St. Denis came out strong on vault for a 9th place ribbon while Beatrice Lake placed 13th on floor. Claire Allen took 13th on beam and looks forward to adding a bar routine for an all around score next season.
With all team members planning to return next year, the middle school team can’t wait to hit the ground running and improve on their experience this year!
RUHS Bowling Travels to NH for Final Match Of Regular Season
By Sheyenne Miller
The Randolph Union High School Galloping Ghost Varsity Bowling Team traveled down south to Maple Lanes in Claremont, New Hampshire, where they rolled off against the Wolves of South Burlington High School, the Yellow Jackets of Windsor High School, and the Olympians of Oxbow Union High School
The Ghosts had some strong rollers at the match. Senior Brittany Joyal rolled games of 154 and 159. Junior Logan Lumbra rolled good games of 187 and 198. Sophomore Adam Messier rolled high games as well with scores of 199 and 149. The first of the two high rollers for the Ghosts was Junior Jarid Wheeler who rolled strongly as usual with games of 175 and 212. Senior Kolby Carpenter was the second high roller for the Ghosts with games of 172 and 212. The Ghosts seeded first with a total pinfall of 1,773 total pins. The Wolves seeded second with a total pinfall of 1,738, the Yellow Jackets seeded third with a total pinfall of 1,585, and the Olympians seeded fourth with a total pinfall of 1,379.
With the Ghosts seeding first they rolled off against the Olympians who seeded fourth. The Ghosts defeated the Olympians in a best two out of three matches, winning 2-0 with games of 217-121 and 177-108, the Ghosts moved into the finals match to roll off against the Wolves who defeated the Yellow Jackets in the first round of baker style matches. The Ghosts the rolled off against the Wolves and won in two games with scores of 205-173 and 205-185. While the Ghosts won the second game it was hard fought as the two teams actually ended in a tie of 156-156 before competing in a 9th and 10th frame roll off to see who would clinch the win of that game.
Junior Varsity Side:
The Ghost Junior Varsity team has had little to no competition this year since there are only a few JV bowling teams in the state. While not being able to compete against other schools as often as they would like, it gives them that chance to practice their skills. The JV Ghosts were able to have some real competition during this match as there was more than just RUHS with a JV team. The Ghosts rolled off against the Wolves of South Burlington High School and Yellow Jackets of Windsor High School. Eighth Grader Howard Stockwell was the high roller for the Ghosts on the Junior Varsity side with scores of 217 and 216 earning a average of 216.5 for the day. Eighth Grader Hannah Bryan and Senior Shelby Doyle rolled some high games for the Ghost JV team with scores of 148, 166 respectively.
The Ghosts seeded first with a total pin-fall of 1,334. The Wolves seeded second with a total pin-fall of 1,331 only three pins short of seeding first. The Yellow Jackets seeded third with a total pin-fall of 1,140. The Wolves and Yellow Jackets faced off in the first round of baker style play, while the Ghosts had a bye the first round. The Wolves closely defeated the Yellow Jackets in 2 games of baker style matches, with scores of 113-102 and 147-116. The Wolves then moved on to face the number one seeded Ghosts. The Ghosts had no problem defeating the Wolves in 2 games of baker style matches, with scores of 148-95 and 135-128.
Preview Of Upcoming Matches:
While the regular season is over for the Ghosts, all of the other teams across the state have to make up one or two matches due to inclement weather. The Ghosts don’t have a match this upcoming Saturday, February 17th, 2018, but their next match is for the playoffs. The match is the Individual State Tournament or as most call it, The Top 32. The Top 32 is where the top 32 bowlers in grades 9-12 who have been competing in the matches from week to week go to compete. The Top 32 will be held at Champlain Lanes in South Burlington, Vermont, kicking off at 10:00 am.
RUHS XC Ranked #1
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."
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