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Track and Field Enjoying Awesome Year

trackThe Randolph Union High School Track and Field Teams traveled to Burlington High School on Saturday to compete in the Burlington Invitational. This meet, now in its forty-sixth year, draws teams from all four divisions across the state, as well as a few who travel across the border from Quebec. 

This year, the Ghosts qualified a program-record eleven athletes for the meet. Leading the way for the Lady Ghosts were senior Erica Terwilliger and junior Tori Palmer. Terwilliger had the Ghosts' best finish of the day, with a sixth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, an event in which she won a state championship in 2016 and was state runner-up in 2017. Her time of 51.25 is her second-fastest finish ever and ranks her second in Division III. She added to her sixth-place finish with a twelfth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, an event in which she is ranked third in the state.

Palmer, the 2017 state runner-up in the 100-meter dash, ran the eighth-fastest time in the preliminary rounds of that event on Saturday, although she failed to pass on to the final eight due to the structure of the qualifications. Her time of 13.42 ranks the second-fastest in Division III this year. She added to her 100-meter finish with a twelfth-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 27.82 is her fastest time ever in the event, a new school record, and ranks her third in Division III. Also competing for the girls' team were sophomores Natalie Strand (400-meter dash,) and Sarah Garvin (800-meter run and 1500-meter run). 

On the boys' side, the Ghosts were paced by junior Isaac Kaplan. Kaplan, the reigning Division II champion in the Indoor 3000-meter run, placed eighth in both the 1500-meter run and the 3000-meter run on Saturday. His time of 4:19.16 in the 1500, a new personal record, is the top time in Division III for that distance, as was his time of 9:26.66 in the 3000. Joining Kaplan on the boys' side were juniors Brandon Ryan (800m run) and Ng'oma Lungu (300m hurdles), Sam Kimball (3000m run), and Des Piccicuto (1500m run). Lungu and Kimball are both ranked in the top 10 in Division III in their respective events. 

Co-Coach Ben Weir was enthusiastic about the results. "Tori, Erica, and Isaac all had great performances, but if you look a little deeper in the results, you'll see that we had eleven season-best times on Saturday. With the athletes still not at their sharpest due to tough training weeks, hopefully they'll be even faster as we get closer to states." 

The Ghosts are back in action this week, with four separate meets: On Tuesday the juniors and seniors travel to Milton, on Thursday the freshmen and sophomores travel to U-32, on Friday the boys travel to BFA St. Albans, and on Saturday, the girls travel to South Burlington. 

Emily Grady is Capital League Player of the Year!
Rielle Brassard and Kasey Mills Named to All Star Teams for 2018
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A big congratulations to Randolph Union High School's senior girls basketball players Emily Grady, Rielle Brassard, and Kasie Mills!

Brassard and Mills were named Times Argus basketball All Stars for 2017-18, and Grady was named the Capital League's Girls Basketball Player of the Year for winter 2017-18!

Grady earned recognition as a 1st team selection by coaches from around the Capital League for her consistent & dominant play throughout the year. Earning the highest number of votes from all the league coaches combined, Grady also earned Player of the Year honors!

Read more about her outstanding accomplishments HERE, courtesy of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, April 11, 2018.

And, after leading the Lady Ghosts to a 16-4 regular season record and winning 2 playoff games to earn a trip to the Barre Auditorium, Coach Scott Lafreniere also received top honors as the Capital League's Coach of the Year.

Congratulations to Emily Grady to Coach Lafreniere! Another great day to be a Ghost!! 

RUHS has a new State Champion in Snowboard Giant Slalom - That Title Now Belongs to Sophomore, Ethan Farmer.

After a phenomenal regular season and sitting in first place in points, Ethan competed in Thursday’s state snowboarding contest at Okemo Mountain. There, Ethan placed 1st overall in the giant slalom competition & was also named State Runner-Up for “overall snowboarder” (which combines scores in all 3 snowboarding disciplines - Giant slalom, Halfpipe, and Slopestyle). Here, he placed 1st in giant slalom, 3rd in the half pipe, and 5th in Slopestyle.

Ethan overcame a great deal of adversity to claim the top spot among all athletes in Vermont. The snowboard Ethan had used all season long broke a week before the state contest, so he was riding a very different board during Thursday’s state event. His boots also had to be duct taped shut, because the tightening system failed as he was putting them on just before his first competition.

Adversity, determination, grit, visualization. All demonstrated with supreme focus & a hunger to successfully earn his rightful place atop the podium. Congratulations, Ethan Farmer – RU’s newest state champion! A proud day to be a Ghost!!

Congratulations to the Varsity Bowling Team!

The team competed at Twin City Lanes in Barre! Earning a first-round bye, the #2 seed Ghosts posted a perfect 4-game victory in the quarter-finals over #7 Burlington. In the semi-finals, Randolph was returned the favor by #3 seed Essex in 4-straight games (2 of those games, however, were decided by 7 pins or less). Kolby Carpenter will represent Randolph next Saturday 3.10 as a member of Vermont's Senior Classic team where the top 10 senior bowlers from Vermont take on New Hampshire's Top 10 senior athletes.

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!

Gymnastics Update

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.

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