Keven John Named Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach/Administrator

Johnson State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura announced on Thursday the hiring of Keven John as Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach/Administrator. John will be the first men's volleyball coach in program history, while serving as the third head coach for the women's program.

"Keven has an outstanding volleyball and administrative background that we feel made him the perfect candidate for this position," says Ventura. "We are confident that he will do a fantastic job building our new men's volleyball program, bringing our women's program to a competitive level in the conference, and assisting our athletic department as an administrator."

John comes to Johnson following four seasons as head women's volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Western State Colorado University. John was named RMAC Coach of the Year in 2015, the same year he led the program to its first conference tournament appearance in 12 years. In his time with the Mountaineers, John coached eight players to earn all-conference honors.

Prior to his time at Western State Colorado, John was head women's volleyball coach at NJCAA Division I Snow College in Utah for three seasons. While at Snow, John led the Badgers to #8 in the NJCAA National Rankings and 13 wins against top 20 teams. He coached 11 All-Conference players, three All-Americans, and eight Academic All-Americans. John previously spent time as an assistant coach at Marietta College and Colorado Northwestern Community College, and also founded and led Black Forest Volleyball Club from 1997 to 2005.

"I am pleased to be part of the new Northern Vermont University tradition," says John. "I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and help establish a winning mindset among the women's program this fall and men's program next spring."

John earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in 2010.

 
Vermont’s Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9

Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 this year, and it will be highlighted by a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle as well as opening day of the state’s regular bass fishing season.

“Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Fishing is an activity that can be shared with friends and family or easily taught to newcomers while enjoying quality time together.”

Free Fishing Day in Vermont also will be celebrated at the “Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival,” to be held at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station at 14 Bell Hill Road in Grand Isle. The festival will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Designed for young anglers and families, this exciting event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a hatchery pond. No prior fishing experience is needed, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be supplying fishing rods, reels and bait for use by participants.

The festival will also highlight the newly updated Ed Weed Fish Culture Station visitor center, so fishing festival participants will be able to see the new educational exhibits and learn how to identify Lake Champlain fish species in the exhibit aquariums.


Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 9, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the northeast. The season opens each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November.

Fish & Wildlife also has teamed up with Vermont State Parks to offer the ‘Reel Fun Fishing’ program to be scheduled by park interpreters on Free Fishing Day and during the summer at some state parks. The program provides loaner tackle kits and fishing clinics free of charge to anyone interested in fishing at a Vermont State Park. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 15 or older except on Free Fishing Day. Information on Reel Fun Fishing can be found at https://vtstateparks.com/fishing.html.

 
ACT, Thunder Road Add Race Monitor Service for 2018 Season

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road officials announced today they have agreed to offer the Race Monitor live timing service for fans and racers during the 2018 racing season. The subscription-based service allows those with the Race Monitor app to view live lap times on smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices.

Race Monitor is used by tracks and series worldwide, allowing spectators to see how their favorite drivers are doing compared to the competition. Information such as a driver’s last lap time, best lap, and distance behind the leader are streamed directly from a track’s electronic timing and scoring system. Both basic and “Plus” app subscriptions are available on Android and Apple iOS devices.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve fan engagement,” ACT and Thunder Road co-owner Cris Michaud said. “After looking at what Race Monitor has to offer, the decision to add it was a no-brainer. We think it will add a lot to the fan experience at the track for those who use it.”

ACT fans will get to view Race Monitor in action for the first time as part of the season-opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 15. Thunder Road fans will be introduced to the service during the 20th Annual Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. The Race Monitor service will be offered for all 2018 ACT & Thunder Road racing events where electronic timing and scoring is used.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.thunderroadvt.com

 
PASS, NEMST to Headline “Milk Bowl Friday” at Thunder Road

Thunder Road officials announced today that both the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models and the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) have been added to the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend presented by Northfield Savings Bank in 2018. The two series will be part of a special “Milk Bowl Friday” event to be held on Friday, September 28.

It will be the second PASS North visit of the 2018 season to the Barre high banks, joining the Memorial Day Classic event that has been on the PASS calendar since 2015. For NEMST, they will make the trip to Thunder Road for the second time in their history and the first since 2013.

Milk Bowl Friday will be a one-day event for both series, with the PASS Super Late Models running a 150-lap main event and NEMST scheduled for a 50-lap feature. The V8 Street Stock Showdown Series and Thunder Road’s Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will round out the card. Post time is set for 6:00pm.

The addition of Milk Bowl Friday makes the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl a true three-day event, with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day on Saturday, September 29 and the Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, September 30. The

Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and New England Dwarf Cars will be on the card for Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadvt.com.

Thunder Road Announces 19-Event Schedule for 2018 Season

Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2018 schedule of events at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”. Nineteen racing events are planned for the Barre high banks spanning late April until late September.

The 58th season of racing will open with the 20th annual Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will make the first of two visits to Thunder Road in 2018. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will kick off their seasons as well. The Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” chase will begin at the 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 27, which will again feature a visit from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models.

Weekly competition gets underway with a special Friday night event on June 8. Thursday night events will begin on June 14 and run through August 23. Highlights of the Thunder Road summer of racing include the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3; the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 19; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 26; and the 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 5. The Myers Container Services Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers will return in 2018 with dates to be announced.

The 2017 “King of the Road” will be crowned at the Thursday finale on August 23 as part of Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. The Flying Tigers and Street Stocks will crown their 2018 champions at the 40th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, September 2, which features the second visit of the year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

The season will conclude with the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend, which has been expanded to three days of competition in 2018. A special “Milk Bowl Friday” event will be held Friday, September 28. Details of the event will be announced shortly. Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 with the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, September 30.

Season passes for the 2018 Thunder Road season are now available and can be ordered by contacting the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the 2018 season, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.thunderroadvt.com.

2018 Thunder Road Schedule of Events

# DAY DATE EVENT

-- Sat Apr 28 Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1 Sun Apr 29 20th Community Bank 150 – ACT Tour

2 Sun May 27 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100/PASS 150

3 Fri Jun 8 Regular Event

4 Thu Jun 14 Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5 Thu Jun 21 North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6 Thu Jun 28 Community College of Vermont Night

7 Tue Jul 03 Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8 Thu Jul 05 Premium Mortgage Night

9 Thu Jul 12 Fairpoint Communications Night

10 Thu Jul 19 39th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

11 Thu Jul 26 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

12 Thu Aug 02 WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

13 Sun Aug 05 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – Street Stock Special

14 Thu Aug 09 Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night

15 Thu Aug 16 U.S. Army Recruiting Night

16 Thu Aug 23 Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing – Run What-U-Brung

17 Sun Sep 02 40th Coca Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Tour

18 Fri Sep 28 Milk Bowl Friday Special Event – Details TBA

19 Sat Sep 29 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day

Sun Sep 30 56th Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

Schedule subject to change

 
 

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