Halbur finishes lax career at JSC
by By Jack Deming
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Chandler Halbur
Chandler Halbur
JOHNSON- In the spring of 2010, Twin Valley graduate Chandler Halbur, a freshman at Johnson State College, was recruited by friends to play lacrosse for the Johnson State Badgers. Halbur had two qualifications: he had played soccer, which meant he was in shape, and he knew how to handle a lacrosse stick, even though Twin Valley did not have a varsity program.

Halbur would stay on the team for all four years, and while in that time the Badgers failed to have a winning season, Halbur would play an important role, one that required more endurance than finesse.

Before his freshman season, Halbur had never set foot on a lacrosse field, he had only played with crosse sticks in his backyard after a friend from Connecticut introduced him to the game. “They (Johnson State) just needed legs,” said Halbur. “I had never worn the helmet or gear before, and using my left hand was uncomfortable.”

The pace of the game and physicality of scrums for groundballs were also a culture shock for Halbur, but he improved his game with each season. “From beginning to end of my first year I improved,” said Halbur. “I got more confident and comfortable and by junior year I started feeling natural using both hands.”

Halbur played in all 12 games this spring as a midfielder, a position that sprints in after faceoffs, and provides both defensive and offensive support. Midfield is the most physical part of the field, where possession control is marked by scrums of hacking and shoving, and midfielders provide the transition play with support and assists. Halbur finished his 43-game career with four goals, including one this season in a 19-5 blowout of Regis College.

Halbur graduated from TVHS in 2009 where he played golf, soccer, and was a member of the snowboard team.

According to Halbur, lacrosse was at times more enjoyable than playing soccer. “I knew my limits and contributed what I could. We (Johnson State) never really did that well in the standings, with the program being so young, and with not much recruiting involved, but we had fun.

“It’s a tough sport. It’s like hockey in its rules, and it’s a quick-paced game that’s easier to learn.”

Halbur graduated from Johnson State with a degree in history, and soon starts work on a Native American archeological dig in Swanton, on the Missiquoi River.

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