Vermont Principals’ Association Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015
The Vermont Principals' Association is pleased to announce the selection of twelve outstanding individuals to the VPA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was organized in 2001 to recognize and preserve the heritage of high school interscholastic activities in Vermont. Members of the Hall have distinguished themselves through service and achievement in programs or activities sponsored by the VPA. Members exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and character.
The following individuals have been selected to the Class of 2015 as having met or exceeded the standards for admission to the Hall of Fame. The VPA is pleased to announce the following inductees:
Kevin Riell, Athletic Director, Champlain Valley Union High School.
Always putting students first, Kevin’s vision and commitment shaped the culture of the co-curricular programs at CVU. Kevin served his school and community for thirty years as a coach and administrator. Kevin served in key roles with the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association and served on many VPA committees until his untimely passing in December of 2014.
Kevin Cieplicki, Boys’ Basketball Coach, Rice Memorial High School.
Coaching at his alma mater from 1992 - 2004, Kevin’s Rice Memorial teams amassed a record of 171-93. In those twelve years, Rice reached the Final Four six time, were State Finalists in 1996, and State Champions in 2000. Kevin’s ongoing support helped many of his players achieve success at the collegiate level. Coach Cieplicki continues today to support young athletes to reach their dream of playing at the next level.
Michael Kiser, Nordic Ski Coach, North County Union High School.
Coaching Nordic skiing for thirty-five years, Mike Kiser instilled the spirit to compete and persevere in his student-athletes. Coach Kiser’s work ethic and support helped his skiers develop a team spirit and camaraderie that led to success at the high school and collegiate levels. His words of “Try Hard; Have fun. If you do, good things will happen!” spirited his teams to numerous state team and individual championships. Many of his former NCU athletes currently coach at the high school or collegiate level. Mike also served as NCHUS Athletic Director, retiring in 2014.
Michael Law, Football Coach, Union 32 High School.
A long-time teacher, coach, and advocate of youth, Mike Law’s teams were highly successful on the field and in the classroom. Best known as the architect of the highly successful U-32’s football teams (three state championships), Coach Law’s tenure included stints in soccer, basketball, baseball, track, and gymnastics. A tireless advocate for young people throughout his forty-year career, Mike Law lives the words “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Roxanne Carson Courser, Girls’ Basketball, Danville High School
Roxanne Cason Courser was a standout athlete for the Danville Indians in the late 1970’s. In the time before the three-point shot, Roxanne set the school’s all-time scoring record, amassing 1,712 points. This record stands today, and places her at # 16 of high school women who scored 1,000 points or more. Danville made appearances in the quarterfinals of the basketball tournament in all four years of her high school career. Roxanne went on to star at Lyndon State College, and was a standout coach and teacher at Lyndon Institute.
Regan L. Coffey Torney, Track & Field, Bellows Falls Union High School
Regan Coffey Torney was a standout three-sport athlete at BFUHS from 1993 - 1997. She excelled in soccer and basketball, and was phenomenal in track. In three years of competition, Regan won ten individual state titles. She won the 100, 100 hurdles, and the 200 at the Meet of Champions, and won or placed in three events at the New England Championships her senior year. Regan’s natural ability and solid work ethic earned her a full scholarship to UVM. At the time of her graduation from UVM, she held seven records for individual and team achievement. Regan was selected as a member of the UVM Hall of Fame on her first year of eligibility in 2011.
Susan Dunklee, X-C Running, Nordic Skiing, Track, St. Johnsbury Academy
Susan Dunklee personified the term “Student-Athlete” at St. Johnsbury Academy. At the time of her graduation from the Academy in 2004, Susan earned salutatorian honors, National Honor Society induction, and numerous academic awards. She excelled in her three chosen sports, earning top honors in Cross Country Running as well at the distance events in Track. Susan qualified for New England Junior Olympic Nordic teams throughout high school. She continued her competition at Dartmouth College, earning All Ivy Team honors in X-C (4) and All American Nordic honors (3). Susan competes as a member of the US Winter Olympic Team (2014) and US Biathlon Team.
Matthew Sheftic, Basketball, Essex High School
Matt Sheftic was a four-year varsity basketball player for the Hornets. From 1997 to his graduation in 1999, he was arguably the most dominant player basketball player in Vermont. Combining his tremendous talent with tremendous discipline, Matt led Essex to a state championship in 1998. He ranks first in six categories at Essex: Leading scorer (career); Leading rebounder (career); Minutes played; Field goals made (career); Blocked shots (season) and Blocked shots (career).
Matt continued his academic and basketball career at the University of Vermont, where he led the Catamounts to national prominence. Matt graduated from UVM in 2004 and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, a career he continues today.
Steve Marro, Rutland Recreation Department, Sports Official
Steve Marro has provided a special kind of dedication and leadership to the youth of the greater Rutland area for well over thirty years. His positive and calm demeanor serves as a model for the young student-athletes he works with, and the generations of young officials he mentors. He is further described as selfless, genuine, and caring, having a positive impact throughout his career as a coach, official, and mentor.
Lawrence “Poody” Walsh, Reporter, Bellows Falls, Vermont
Poody Walsh has been a reporter, journalist, and columnist since his graduation from Bellows Falls “some time ago”. He has chronicled the stories of schools and athletes in southern Vermont, and is known for his thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and commitment to publicizing the success of Vermont youth.
Albert Lacroix, Official - Football & Basketball
Al Lacroix refereed basketball over a span of 37 years, from 1967 to 2004, and Al football for 28 years. In both sports, Al Lacroix was known as a consummate professional. He was the highest ranked official in the northern area of Vermont, and was selected to officiate numerous state championships in football and basketball. He officiated two Shrine Football games. A leader in the development of young officials, Al Lacroix consistently modeled traits of professionalism and integrity in his work as an official, and as a mentor to emerging high school and college officials.
Joseph P. O’Brien, Official - Soccer, Hockey & Lacrosse
Perhaps the best three-sport official in the state’s history, Joe O’Brien has performed at the highest level of consistency and professionalism for over three decades. Joe’s ability and knowledge led to his assignment to officiate numerous state championships. He served professional associations as a member, president, and state rules interpreter, and earned several awards on the state and national level. Joe O’Brien is widely respected by athletes, coaches, and his fellow officials, an indication of his dedication, judgment, and integrity throughout his career.
The Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2015 will be held on Friday, May 1 at the Capital Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier, Vermont. The reception begins at 5:00 PM, with a meal and the ceremony following. Please contact Wendy Scott for reservations. Information and forms are also available on the VPA website at www.vpaonline.org. Cash, check, and credit cards cheerfully accepted!
CLINIC FOR NEW BOYS’ LACROSSE OFFICIALS SUNDAY MARCH 22
The Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association (VLOA) will conduct a clinic for new boys’ lacrosse officials on Sunday, March 22 9am-Noon at Randolph High School in Randolph, VT. Registration will begin at 8:30 am.
Classroom discussion will include foul recognition, mechanics, uniform, the basic rules, and other information pertaining to officiating youth and high-school games this spring. On-field instruction will occur approximately a week later in conjunction with high school scrimmages.
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Joe Doud named Vermont Lake Monsters general manager
The Vermont Lake Monsters have announced that Joe Doud has been promoted to General Manager, becoming the sixth GM in the New York-Penn League team's 22-year history. Doud, who has served as the team’s Assistant General Manager for the past four seasons, will focus on the organization’s day-to-day operations.
Nate Cloutier, who has been the team’s General Manager for the past five seasons and been an integral part of the organization since 2002 will now shift his focus on the continued growth of the business and the brand, as the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing.
“I am very excited for Joe and the Vermont Lake Monsters.”, said Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “This is a great opportunity for Joe and Nate to focus on their strengths as we continue to provide the best in summertime entertainment”.
Over the past couple of seasons, the Lake Monsters have seen steady growth, due in part to privately-funded facility improvements to the tune of over $2-million, a successful team rebranding, and a strong organizational nucleus that will remain intact throughout these organizational changes.
Doud will work closely with Bostwick, along with the rest of the organization to continue the growth of the organization with a goal to provide affordable, family entertainment in the Vermont area.
Doud, a Colchester High School graduate and 2009 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College is entering his sixth season with the Lake Monsters, climbing his way through the organization since his beginnings as a summer intern in 2008. After completing a season as a Group Sales Representative, Doud was promoted to the Assistant General Manager in September of 2010.
Doud has been active in the community during his time with the Lake Monsters. He currently sits on the board of directors for Everybody Wins! Vermont, a reading mentorship program and is also the Chair of Membership & Development for the Burlington Young Professionals. In 2013, Doud was named a ‘Rising Star’ of 40 professionals under age 40 in the state of Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine.
“The leadership structure from Kyle and Nate has allowed the organization to take the next step. I am very excited for this opportunity and am looking forward to sharing our continued successes with the great people I work with in the office as well as our fans in the community” Doud says.
The Lake Monsters open the 2015 season on Friday June 19th.
ACT Will Visit 11 Different Tracks in 2015
The American Canadian Tour Late Models will visit 11 different tracks throughout New England, New York and Quebec during the 13 event 2015 season. Officials have announced the schedule, which will kick off on Sunday, April 12 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH and crown a champion on Saturday, October 17 at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.
The ACT Late Models visit two new tracks in 2015. ACT will run their first ever point counting events at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC as a doubleheader with PASS in September and the Late Models will visit Thompson for the first time ever to conclude the season in October.
ACT will also return to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME for two events after a several year hiatus. The April Oxford event will be the inaugural ACT/PASS doubleheader event, while the June event will be a stand alone ACT race. Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will be the only other venue to host two events in 2015. The schedule is highlighted by trips to Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME and Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC.
The 2015 season will also feature several non-point counting special events. The first will be this February 16-17, when the stars of ACT head to New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida for the American Racer Twin 100s. Other special events include the ACT International at Airborne, which will see doubleheader 200s with the PASS series, the 7th Annual Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH and the 53rd running of the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre, VT.
2015 ACT Schedule – Schedule Subject to Change
# DATE DAY TRACK EVENT
** Feb 16-17 Mon-Tue New Smyrna Speedway American Racer Twin 100’s
1 Apr 11-12 Sat-Sun Lee USA NH Gov Cup 150
2 Apr 18 Sat Oxford Plains Speedway ACT/PASS Twin 150’s
3 May 2-3 Sat-Sun Thunder Road Merchants Bank 150
4 May 16 Sat Airborne Park Speedway Spring Green 115
5 May 30 Sat Speedway 51 L'il Joey Generation Next 151
6 Jun 06 Sat Devil’s Bowl Speedway ACT 100
7 Jun 20 Sat White Mountain ACT 150
8 Jun 27 Sat Oxford Plains Speedway ACT 150
** Jul 18-19 Sat-Sun Airborne Park Speedway Int’l Dbl-Header 200’s
9 Aug 08 Sat Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Coastal 150
10 Aug 22 Sat Circuit Riverside Speedway Can-Am 150
11 Sep 12 Sat Chaudiere (ACT US/QC/PASS) Doubleheader 200’s
** Sep 26 Sat New Hampshire Motor Spwy Bond Auto ACT Invitational
12 Oct 03 Sat Airborne Park Speedway Fall Foliage 200
** Oct 10-11 Sat-Sun Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl VT Milk Bowl
13 Oct 16-17 Fri-Sat Thomson Speedway MP ACT Championship 100
[** non-point races]
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PASS Coming to Thunder Road in 2015
Thunder Road International Speedbowl officials announced that the Pro All Star Series (PASS), based in Naples, Maine, will make their first ever appearance at Thunder Road in Barre, VT during the 53rd Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
The Super Late Models of PASS will join Thunder Road’s ACT Late Models in the Memorial Day twin bill. The PASS Super Late Models will race 150 laps, and the Thunder Road Late Models will race for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 honors.
“This is exciting news for our Thunder Road fans. Having the return to Thunder Road’s high banks with Mike and Ben Rowe, joined by Cassius and Johnny Clark, DJ Shaw, and Glen Luce should be a lot of fun to watch. There is also a possibility to see ACT Champions like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Brian Hoar, and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. bringing their PASS cars to Thunder Road for this event,” said Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley.
Thunder Road has run the Memorial Day Classic event with just about every kind of stock car available. From the early days of the flathead coupes and high horsepower modifieds, to the Flying Tigers in the 1960’s, then the NASCAR-type Late Models of the 70’s, and into the 80’s with ACT Pro Stocks, variety has dictated Thunder Road’s Memorial Day Classics. Since 1996, the ACT Late Models have carried on the Thunder Road tradition of opening the summer season with the Memorial Day Classic 100. The twin bill featuring the PASS Super Late Models in a 150-lap event is sure to add another dimension to the race program in 2015.
“I know there is going to be a lot of support and excitement for this show at Thunder Road from both our fans and competitors,” said President of PASS, Tom Mayberry. “I know that numerous times over the past 10 years I have had racers and fans ask me what the chances were that we could race at Thunder Road. It should be a great show, and we are all looking forward to our first time at the tough ¼ mile high banks.”
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Star Series (PASS) are working together to bring both traveling groups to new events during the 2015 race season. An earlier announcement that the first-ever combination event between the two premiere touring series in the Northeast, PASS and ACT, would take place as the opening event of the Oxford Plains Speedway season in Oxford, Maine on Saturday, April 18, 2015. That announcement alone has created a positive outlook for the coming race season. The addition of a second event with PASS at Thunder Road in Barre, VT should add to the anticipation and excitement for the 2015 race season in the region.