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Johnson State College varsity student-athletes are hitting the courts and the fields as hard as they ever have. But they’re hitting the books even harder than before — and it shows in their GPAs.

Since the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) was established as a pilot in 2014-15 and implemented for all varsity sports last year, JSC has met its goal of at least 50 percent of teams achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For the spring ’16 semester, 11 of JSC’s 15 NCAA Division III teams met the goal — two years earlier than called for in the athletics department’s five-year plan and nearly double the number of teams from the fall ’15 semester. Eighty-four individuals surpassed the 3.0 goal.

“The consistent monitoring of our student-athletes’ success in the classroom throughout the semester is one factor that can be attributed to the increase in GPAs,” says JSC Director of Athletics & Recreation Jamey Ventura. “The second would be introducing our student-athletes to the variety of support services on campus for them to be successful in the classroom and beyond, such as internships, career services help and professional development opportunities.”

ASPSA is based on a system of monitoring and support for students. Each varsity team is tracked every semester. An overall ASPSA goal is “to help keep (students) on track throughout the course of the semester to achieve great success in the classroom each semester,” Ventura says.

To meet that objective, student-athletes attend supervised academic sessions for study and homework completion throughout the week at the library, with hourly attendance requirements. In addition, each student-athlete turns in biweekly academic progress reports that track attendance and grades for each class, which help identify any at-risk students, and first-year student-athletes are paired with a mentor for a year to help them acclimate to academics, athletics and social life.

Varsity team members also participate in workshops offered by the Office of Academic Support Services to all JSC students on such topics as time management, goal-setting, conflict resolution and resume-building.

The improved grades of JSC student-athletes are more significant than numbers alone.

“The success they’re having in the classroom certainly affects everything they are doing. Their self-esteem and confidence are raised, which in turn helps them become better leaders and more involved in the community and on their teams. And they become role models for the first-year students,” Ventura says. He notes that student-retention and graduation rates are higher for student-athletes than for the overall student body at JSC.

With student-athletes more engaged in academics, the whole campus benefits. “Our student-athletes are more committed to their classes,” Ventura says. “Their participation level increases, making for a more robust classroom experience for everybody.”

Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 5 and 6

With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 24 biological reporting stations around the state.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.

“We encourage hunters to bring their deer to one of these biological reporting stations,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer project leader Nick Fortin. “It's a great opportunity to get your deer weighed, aged and examined by a state wildlife biologist, and you will be directly contributing to deer management in Vermont.”

“Examining deer during the youth deer hunting weekend is our best opportunity to assess the deer herd because youth hunters are allowed to harvest any deer, including spike bucks,” said Fortin. “The information collected will help biologists assess the physical condition of Vermont’s deer, and data about age, weight and antler development will help guide future deer management decisions.”

For youth weekend, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will have personnel at the biological reporting stations listed below between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., unless the store closes earlier. Along with having their deer examined and aged by a biologist, youth hunters visiting a biological reporting station will receive a 2016 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course must purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag. The requirements apply to all interested young hunters, including the children of landowners.

The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license. The adult may accompany up to two young hunters. The law requires the adult to have direct control and supervision of the young hunters, including the ability to see and communicate without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars.

Landowner permission is required in order to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend, and youth are encouraged to secure permission well in advance.


Updated: 09/16/2016




Bridport Town Clerk, Bridport – 758-2483
Buxton's Country Store, Orwell – 948-2112
C & S Hunting Supplies, Middlebury – 388-8401
Granville General Store, Granville, - 767-4600
Green Mountain Trails End LLC, Bristol – 453-4679
Jerusalem Corners Country Store, Bristol – 453-4056
Lake Hortonia Country Store, Hubberton – 273-3445
Lincoln General Store, Lincoln – 453-2981
Rack N Reel, New Haven – 453-2000
Vermont Field Sports, Middlebury – 388-3572
Village Green Market, New Haven – 453-2163
West Addison General Store, Addison – 759-2071




Bennington Fish Culture Station, Bennington – 447-2844
Gun Supply of Vermont, Bondville – 375-5183
H N Williams Store, Dorset – 867-5353
JJ Hapgood, Peru – 824-4800
Lost Target Shooting Supplies, Bennington – 442-8953
Manchester Town Clerk, Manchester Center – 362-1315
Marty's Sports & Gunsmithing, Inc., Bennington – 442-8826
Shermans Store, West Rupert – 394-7865
Stamford Town Clerk, Stamford – 694-1361
Tifft's Trading Post, Woodford – 753-7941




Paul's Whistle Stop, McIndoes Falls – 633-4189
Rick's Gun Shop, East Burke – 626-1014
Riteway Sports, Inc., Hardwick – 472-5916
The Village Sport Shop, Lyndonville – 626-8448
Upper Valley Grill, Groton – 584-3101
Wheelock Village Store, Wheelock – 626-8030
West Barnet Quick Stop, West Barnet – 633-2624




Dattilio's Guns & Tackle, South Burlington – 862-5516
Dockside Outdoor Supply, Colchester – 891-9249
Hinesburg General Store, Hinesburg – 482-2820
Jericho General Store, Jericho – 899-4661
Lakeshore Ace Hardware, Colchester – 863-4910




Barnie's Market, Concord – 695-8133
Cunninghams Full Station, Canaan – 266-8900
Lunenburg Variety, Lunenburg – 892-1147
Northern Wildlife, Island Pond – 723-6290




Back Country Sports, St. Albans – 782-8270
Byam’s Quick Stop, Franklin – 933-4100
Franklin General Store, Franklin – 285-2033
Georgia Market, Georgia – 527-1100
M&R Guns & Ammo, Highgate Center – 868-4288
Pauline's Quick Stop, Sheldon Springs – 933-4810
4C’s, Ste. Marie's, Inc., Swanton – 868-3538
The Stick’s Country Store and Deli, Enosburg Falls – 326-4104
West Enosburg Country Store, LLC, Enosburg Falls – 933-5001
Wetherby's Quick Stop, Inc., Richford – 848-3550




A&B Beverage, Inc., Grand Isle – 372-4531
Isle LaMotte Town Clerk, Isle LaMotte – 928-3434




Cambridge Village Market, Cambridge – 644-2272
Fly Rod Shop, Stowe – 253-7346
Ingalls Market & Deli, Eden Mills – 635-2692
The Old Fishing Hole, Morrisville – 888-6210
Wolcott Store, Inc., Wolcott – 888-3792




Coburn's General Store, Inc., South Strafford – 765-4421
East Corinth General Store, East Corinth – 439-5525
Farm 'N Country Hardware, Williamstown – 433-1158
Fifields Auto Repair, West Fairlee- 333-3022
Flanders Market, Chelsea – 685-3085
Floyd's General Store, Randolph Center – 728-5333
Middle Branch Market & Deli, East Randolph – 728-5750
Mid State Guns & Tack, Randolph – 728-3100
Newbury Village Store, Newbury – 866-5681
North Tunbridge General Store, Chelsea – 889-3312
Robert’s Country Store, Washington – 883-2220
Snowsville General Store, Braintree – 728-5252
Thetford Center Village Store, Thetford – 785-4655
Wing's Market, Fairlee – 333-9568




Bob's Quick Stop, Irasburg – 754-2104
C. Village Store, Craftsbury – 586-2554
Currier's Market, Glover – 525-8822
Degre Auction Service, LLC, Westfield – 744-2427
Evansville Trading Post, Brownington – 754-6305
Green Mountain Sporting Goods, Irasburg – 754-6165
Lanoue's General Store, Orleans – 754-6365
Mister O's Sporting Goods, Newport – 334-5525
Smith's Grocery, Greensboro Bend – 533-2631
The Lucier Store, Newport Center – 334-8056
Wright's Enterprises, Newport – 334-6115




Belmont General Store, Belmont – 259-2292
Benson Village Store, Benson – 537-2041
Cones Point General Store, Poultney – 287-9925
Corey’s RV Supplies, Wallingford – 446-0149
Engine Joe's Guns & Bows, Hydeville – 265-8155
G & L General Store, Inc., Benson – 537-4041
Grant's Village Store, Middletown Springs – 235-2251
J A B Restaurant (Bruno’s), West Rutland – 802-342-0330
Junction Store & Deli, Brandon – 247-3794
Keith's Country Store, Inc., Pittsford – 483-6489
Kelley, Betsy A, Poultney – 287-5800
Mart's Sporting Goods, Poultney – 287-9022
Swiss Farm Market, Pittsfield – 746-9939
Tinmouth Town Clerk, Tinmouth – 446-2498
Wooden Barrel Country Store, Chittenden – 775-5355




Harry’s Hardware, Cabot – 563-2291
Kenyon's Hardware & Farm Supply, Northfield – 485-9676
Marshfield Village Store, Marshfield – 426-4321
Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield – 485-7184
Parro's Gun Shop & Police Supplies, Inc., Waterbury – 244-8401
R&L Archery, Barre – 479-9151
Roxbury Country Store, Inc., Roxbury – 485-8857
Maplefields, Plainfield – 454-7111
Village Grocery, Waitsfield – 496-4477
Woodbury Village Store, Woodbury – 472-3500




C&S Beverage and Dairy, Wilmington – 464-8062
D&R General Store, Cambridgeport – 869-2372
Guilford Country Store, Guilford – 490-2233
Newfane Market, Newfane – 365-7775
Mike & Tammy’s Main Street Market/Deli – 824-8100
Putney Sunoco, Putney – 387-2234
Wardsboro Country Store, Wardsboro – 896-6411




Ascutney Farm Stand, Ascutney – 952-9557
Barrows Trading Post, Quechee – 295-1050
Bridgewater Corners Country Store, Bridgewater Corners – 672-6241
Chester Hardware, Chester – 875-2693
Chester Town Clerk, Chester – 875-2173
Locust Creek Outfitters, Bethel – 234-5884
Singleton's Store, Proctorsville – 226-7666
Singleton’s Store, Quechee – 698-8675
Steve's Bait Shop, North Hartland – 296-7331
Teago General Store, South Pomfret – 457-1626
The Hardware at Rochester, Rochester – 767-4200
Tracy's Midway Station, Sharon – 763-8177
Tyson Village Store, Ludlow – 228-2284
Windsor Fire & Ambulance, Windsor – 674-9043

Leashed Tracking Dogs for Recovery of Game

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who will help locate deer, bear or moose that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. The leashed tracking dog owners must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish & Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.

This list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (

2016 Vermont Leashed Tracking Dog Handlers

Name Town Phone Numbers

Tim Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 802-353-6020

Travis Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6505

Chris Peacock Burlington, VT 802-658-3423

Marvin Ainsworth St Johnsbury, VT 802-748-8627

Laura Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6506

Jeff Adams Milton, VT 802-324-6316

Daniel Myers Troy, VT 802-988-4370 802-309-2504

Dennis Roberts Troy, VT 802-988-9632 802-673-5061

Jess Monago Burlington, VT 607-765-0945

Ryan Lewis East Fairfield, VT 802-782-1167

Nicholas Merritt East Fairfield, VT 802-238-3884 802-922-2515

John Konya Bradford, VT 802-439-3838

Kayla Konya East Thetford, VT 802-333-4278

Jacquelyn Magoon Morrisville, VT 802-279-6578

Brandon Sweet Fairfax, VT 802-318-2829

Cody Barnum New Haven, VT 802-458-7070

Mandi Fecteau Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Jacques Marcoux Hyde Park, VT 802-279-7889

Kristie Adams* Pittsford, VT 802-483-6257 802-558-1143

Roger Chauvin Swanton, VT 802-316-2614 802-868-4953 802-782-1608

Chrystal Cleary* Peru, VT 802-824-5394 508-208-6202

Paul L. Choiniere Orleans, VT 802-754-1026

Barry J. Tatro Hardwick, VT 802-535-7259

Tom DiPietro Jr. Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Laura DiPietro Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Calls will be taken at the Handlers discretion and at the availability of the handler.


2016 Johnson State College Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Four individuals and one team were inducted into the Johnson State College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night in a ceremony held in the Stearns Performance Space on the campus of Johnson State College. The induction class of 2016 included Gail Favreau '91, Billy Noyes '11, Frank Ponte '06, Casey Rusin '09, and the 1979 Men's Ski Team.

"Congratulations to our inductees tonight as you will forever have your mark identified in the Johnson State College Hall of Fame," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura in his closing remarks at the banquet. "Thank you again for making this a wonderful night by coming back and sharing your stories. We wish you nothing but future successes and hope you will continue sharing your JSC pride and leaving your mark."

Gail Favreau '91

During her time at Johnson State, Gail Favreau was a four-year member of the cross country team. Favreau enjoyed a decorated career for the Badgers, receiving multiple awards and recognitions for running. In her time at Johnson, Favreau and the Badgers won the NAIA New England Championship three times and competed in the NAIA District 5 Championship all four years, winning in 1989. In her rookie year, Favreau was named to the NAIA All District 5 Team and competed at Nationals in 1988. In 1990, Favreau finished 4th at the Vermont State Race, the highest a Johnson runner had ever finished. Following her senior season, Favreau, a two-year captain, received the Richard E. Anderson award for athletic and academic excellence, as well as great conduct on and off the playing surface. She was also named to the NAIA All New England Team and received the team's Most Valuable Player award. Off the trail, Favreau was a Hotel Hospitality Management Major. Favreau has continued to race since graduating, participating in triathlons and marathons. Favreau currently resides in Massachusetts, where she works as an Executive Director for the American Liver Foundation's New England Division.

Billy Noyes '11

Billy Noyes' impact on Johnson athletics lives on in the Johnson men's lacrosse record books, as he is currently the all-time leader in career points (172) and assists (67), second all-time in goals (105), and fourth all-time in groundballs (166). Noyes also earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) First Team honors in 2008 and 2009 and was an honorable mention in 2007. Noyes was a member of the golf team at Johnson for three seasons, playing under Coach Lou Jarvis. As a student at Johnson, Noyes was a Business Management Major. Noyes currently resides in Avon, Colorado, where he works for Boston Beer Company, covering their Rocky Mountain territory.

Frank Ponte '06

Frank Ponte is one of the most accomplished men's basketball players in Johnson State College history, ranking in the top five of numerous all-time statistical categories. Ponte ranks fifth all-time in points (1489), third all-time in rebounds (563), and third all-time in field goals made (598). Ponte was named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) First Team in 2006, becoming the first Badger to earn that honor. He also earned a NAC Honorable Mention in 2004. Ponte has continued his involvement in basketball since his time at Johnson, coaching youth basketball and playing in recreational leagues. Ponte, a Business Management Major at Johnson, currently lives in Connecticut, where he is a sales representative for Brescome Barton. He has been recognized as Rookie Sales Representative of the Year and is a two-time Zone Sales Representative of the year.

Casey Rusin '09

Casey Rusin was an accomplished two-sport student-athlete at Johnson, participating in soccer and basketball. Rusin is one of the most successful players to step onto the soccer pitch for Johnson State ranking first in numerous career statistical categories including most points (103), goals (43), and games (70) all-time. She also holds the record for most points (12) and goals (5) in a single game. Rusin ranks second all-time in assists (17), and earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Honorable Mention in 2006 and 2007. Rusin was also a successful basketball player, ranking ninth all-time in points (836), sixth in assists (209), and fourth in 3-point field goals made (119). As a student, Rusin was an Anthropology and Sociology Major and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Rusin currently lives in South Burlington, Vermont where she works at MoveWell Spine & Sport.

1979 Men's Ski Team

In the winter of 1979, the Johnson State College Men's ski team capped a stellar race season by winning the Division II Championship at the Norwich University Invitational. Both skiers and jumpers came through for Johnson on this day in February of 1979. The giant slalom race was dominated by Johnson skiers, with Dave Vanderzee in second, Steve Hardy in third and Tim Littlefield in 4th. Johnson skiers took the top spot in the individual cross country race, led by Larry Martell, followed by Steve Hayes in second, and Peter Albright, Eric Smith and Peter Fernett all rounding out spots in the top ten. In the slalom and jumping events, Johnson held its ground and placed well enough for the team to beat out all ten teams and win the 1979 championship with a combined score of 274 points, just ahead of Norwich and Cornell who both had 271.5 points. The team was coached by Rob Broadfoot, who trained and led the skiers on and off the hill. This group of alpine and nordic athletes were all serious and committed racers, with many of them competing at the national level and other race series outside the college circuit. In the mid 70's, the nordic skiers had been groomed and trained by Jim Fredericks '73, who helped develop the athletes and the nordic program. Every member of the 1979 ski team played a crucial role in the team's success, with each athlete supporting their teammates in training and at meets. Many members of the '79 team remain involved in skiing following their time at Johnson.



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