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Getting ready to ride

Getting ready to ride

Ian Major

April 27, 2017

As mountain resorts across the state all begin to end their winter seasons by stopping their lifts, mountain bikers eagerly await for their trails to dry out so they can ride.   Connecticut native and JSC senior Brendan Walsh notes that he gets excited each time the winter season comes to a...

Racing retro at Jay Peak

Racing retro at Jay Peak

Ian Major

April 27, 2017

The skies were cloudy with a misty rainfall during the afternoon on April 12 at Jay Peak Resort, with the mercury hovering around the 55 degrees Fahrenheit mark. The trails, on the other hand, counteracted the sun as they were filled with flashing neon colors for the mountain’s annual retro day.   Nearing...

Winter resorts pin hopes on snowmaking advances

Winter resorts pin hopes on snowmaking  advances

Ian Major

April 14, 2017

As winter resorts across Vermont look towards sustainability and future investments, snowmaking continues to be a top priority for some of the state’s larger resorts like Jay Peak, Okemo, Stowe, Killington, Smugglers Notch and Sugarbush.   Snowmaking is the combination of water and air, where...

Riding for a good cause at Jay Peak

Hope on the Slopes Participants

Ian Major

March 23, 2017

On Sunday, March 5, skiers and riders took to Jay Peak Resort for their annual Hope on the Slopes (HOTS) event that raises money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and promotes cancer awareness.   Jay is one of the only resorts on the East Coast to host the event. To participate, each person...

Filling the seasonal gaps at Vermont ski resorts

Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark

Ian Major

March 23, 2017

With Vermont projected to receive primarily rain precipitation year round in roughly 30 to 40 years according to vt.climate.org, the theme for the future seems to be technology and weatherproof investments when it comes to the state’s mountain resort recreation.   At this point, the larger...

Woo’s World

Woo’s World

Patrick Bell

March 9, 2017

It’s an AAU basketball game. Thirteen seconds left, down by two. The ball is brought up the court with Woo playing decoy while his teammate, Melvin, prepares to take the shot to send it to overtime or win the game.   Melvin calls for a double screen at the top of the key, goes past the screen...

For mountain resorts, coping with climate change is key

Jon Trembley at Jay Peak

Ian Major

March 9, 2017

As the effects of climate change seem to become more and more of a reality, Vermont resorts like Jay Peak, Okemo and Smugglers Notch are taking advantage of all the new technologies that they can.   Jay Peak Resort General Manager Steve Wright says that looking at climate change varies by resort,...

Capen hired to coach women’s LAX team

Capen hired to coach women’s LAX team

Ian Major

February 16, 2017

JSC graduate Jeff Capen has been appointed women’s lacrosse coach for the spring 2017 season. Capen has coached soccer for over 20 years but has had little to no experience when it comes to lacrosse.   JSC Director of Athletics Jamey Ventura says that an opening for the position was first...

Use of new technologies increases energy efficiency at Vermont ski resorts

Jay Peak Stateside Hotel

Ian Major

February 16, 2017

Mountain resorts eat up a lot of energy to operate on their seasonal schedules. Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Killington and Okemo are all aware of this and understand that sustainability needs to be a huge focus when looking to the future of skiing and snowboarding in Vermont.   Bonnie MacPherson, director...

A brief overview of JSC athletics

courtesy JSC athletics

February 2, 2017

The Johnson State College women’s basketball team defeated UMaine-Farmington 72-46 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game on Saturday afternoon.   The Badgers improve to 9-9 overall and 6-6 in the NAC, while the Beavers drop to 3-13 on the season and 3-9 in the conference.     1st Quarter...

Mountain recreation is crucial to Vermont’s overall economic health

Nick Garcia slashing over a knuckle at Jay Peak

Ian Major

February 2, 2017

It’s no secret that Vermont is highly associated with the skiing and snowboarding industry. With climate change and global warming warnings on the rise, what could potentially be at stake for The Green Mountain State when considering its future business with winter mountain resort recreation?   Resorts...

Good omens for snow

Jay Peak Opening Day

Ian Major

December 8, 2016

With opening dates striking the East Coast, skiers and riders took to the hills the day after Thanksgiving to burn off some calories with some snow related recreational fun on Friday, Nov. 25.   After approximately six months of waiting, New England ski resorts are opening up from southern Vermont...

Johnson Comes Up Short in Conference Opener

JSC athletics

December 8, 2016

HENNIKER, N.H. – The Johnson State College women’s basketball team was defeated by New England College 63-54 in their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Badgers fall to 2-3 and are 0-1 in the NAC, while NEC improves to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in...

An hour’s struggle for five minutes of pure joy

Pre-season Jay Peak powder

Ian Major

November 10, 2016

Most skiers, watching the light snowfalls of late October, are anxiously waiting for word that the lifts have opened. Some people just can’t wait.   Skiers and riders took to the hills following the first measurable snowfall for some of Vermont’s mountains, taking place from the evening...

Setting the new pace

Briana Walsh

November 10, 2016

A new pace has been set for the Johnson women’s cross country team. Emily McCarthy is a freshman on the team and has been the top finisher for all but one race.   McCarthy started her running career when she joined her middle school cross country team in the seventh grade, which makes this...

Reflecting on a Red Sox legend

David Ortiz

Ian Major

October 31, 2016

Where can you even begin? Major League Baseball said goodbye to a legend this month and, no matter which team you may be rooting for, he will be missed throughout the league.   Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, played his final MLB postseason game on Monday, Oct. 10,...

A spectacular season for JSC women’s tennis

Patrick Musgrave-Losey

October 31, 2016

The women’s tennis team at Johnson has done spectacularly this season. For the first time under their head coach, Michele Whitmore, they had a winning record in the season, winning nine and losing five.   The women started the season off on fire, winning the first three meets in a row. The...

Badgers cruise by Lyndon 6-0

Aleia Augsberger

JSC athletics

October 31, 2016

The Johnson State College women’s soccer team picked up a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) win against in-state opponent Lyndon State College 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Johnson improves to (2-12-0, 2-7-0) and Lyndon State falls to (2-11-1, 0-8-1).     SCORING First Half: Johnson St...

This week in JSC sports

JSC athletics

October 31, 2016

Johnson State College sophomore Austin Walters (Grantham, N.H.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men’s Golf Rookie of the Year.   Walters has had a notable rookie campaign for the Badgers. At the 2016 NAC Championship, he recorded a 76 on Day 1 and a 79 on Day 2 for...

Athlete of the week: Kali Covell

Kali Covell

Thomas O’Leary

October 13, 2016

Johnson State College women’s tennis player Kali Covell has been selected as the “Basement Medicine” athlete of the week.   Covell, a junior from Hartford, Vermont, debuted in the sport during middle school. “I started playing tennis in seventh grade just because it was something that...

JSC women’s soccer beats Green Mountain College 3-1

Patrick Musgrave-Losey

October 13, 2016

The JSC women’s soccer team got off to a rocky start this season, but restored a measure of hope to their fans with a three-to-one victory over Green Mountain College on September 27.     The JSC women were looking for their first win when they hit the road to Poultney for their...

The quest for the Rolly-Grail

Sending the final drop on Jester.

Ian Major

October 13, 2016

A group of friends and I headed to Burke Bike Park for a day of adrenaline-packed downhill (DH) mountain biking on Sep. 25.   Burke Bike Park is located in East Burke at Burke Mountain Resort. Burke Mountain is a traditional ski area by winter and one of the few lift-served MTB destinations...

Fantasy football stock watch: Week 4

Fantasy football stock watch: Week 4

Thomas O’Leary

October 13, 2016

Let me start by saying I am not a fantasy football expert. What I am is a very passionate and well-informed fan who has been playing fantasy sports for 12 years. On average, I play in six football leagues a year and finish in the money (top three) in about half of them. I have watched, read reports and/or...

Athlete of the week: Jacob Greenia goes the extra mile

Jacob Greenia

Thomas O’Leary

September 22, 2016

Johnson State College cross country runner Jacob Greenia has been chosen as the “Basement Medicine” athlete of the week.   Greenia, who is in his junior year as a journalism major, began cross country running in 2010 at Bellows Free Academy (BFA) in St. Albans, Vt.   “I started...

JSC grad returns to coach cross country team

John Dabrowski

Briana Walsh

September 22, 2016

Some of you may have noticed a familiar face on campus. First he ran for the cross country team, and now he is a coach for the team. John Dabrowski, member of the Johnson State College class of 2015, has returned to our campus in the role of assistant men’s and women’s cross country coach.   Dabrowski...

Fantasy football stock watch: Week 1

Fantasy football stock watch: Week 1

September 22, 2016

Let me start by saying I am not a fantasy football expert. But I am a very passionate and well-informed fan who has been playing fantasy sports for 12 years. On average, I play in six football leagues a year and finish in the money (top three) in about half of them. I have watched, read reports and/or...

Badgers versus Hornets

Badgers versus Hornets

Thomas O’Leary

September 8, 2016

With the proposed unification of Johnson State College and Lyndon State College, there are numerous concerns and questions throughout both institutions. Among the most common is what will happen to the schools’ athletic departments, both of which reside and compete in the North Atlantic Conference...

New athletic staff member excited to start

Cameron Creamer

Thomas O’Leary

September 8, 2016

After an extensive search that included 60 resumes, 10 phone interviews, and five in-person interviews, the Johnson State College Athletic Department hired Cameron Creamer as the new assistant athletic director for internal and external communications, filling the void created by Elaine Harvey’s departure...

Bunch makes Waves in Orlando

Rahim Bunch

Thomas O’Leary

September 8, 2016

Former Johnson State College men’s basketball standout, Rahim Bunch, has joined the professional American Basketball Association’s (ABA) Orlando Waves for their inaugural season.   Although Bunch, who graduated this past June, only played one season for the Badgers after transferring from...

Empty hearts, empty stadium

Empty hearts, empty stadium

Tom O'Leary

May 5, 2016

“I hope tonight is a statement,” said Pedro Martinez, a hall of fame Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, to over 50,000 applauding fans, “that Montreal is a baseball city. Whatever we can do to bring baseball back to Montreal, we need to do it. And we need to do it now.” These words were...

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