Vonn Returns to Northwood as Alpine Technical Director

Thomas Vonn is a new addition to the NYSEF/Northwood coaching staff. He is returning to his high school roots after spending twenty years away from Northwood as an Olympic and World Cup alpine ski racer and, later, a world-class coach, known mostly for coaching the technical aspects of ski racing.   [Read more…]

Ski Racers Struggle to Keep up with Schoolwork on the Road

Sarah Bennett is a junior at Northwood and is one of the top North American ski racers in her age group. In this essay, she describes the challenges ski racers face to stay on top of their school work during the ski season.

When it comes to ski racers, especially on the FIS level, missing school is common. Missing five school days in a week can be pretty normal during the season. Compared to any other sport offered at the school, skiing is the most time-consuming. Even though Northwood is accommodating for students to be able to miss some school, the busy ski racing schedule makes it very difficult to catch up on all the assignments that I miss, especially after being absent for a couple weeks.


On an average race day, inspection starts at 9am and the race usually goes until 2pm. If the race occurred at the end of a race series, nets will have to be taken down the hill, which could take up to an hour. When I arrive back at the hotel, I have to prep my skis for the following races. With this kind of schedule, it is very hard to fit in any type of work.

Since mountains are usually not close to each other and far from Lake Placid, I have a lot of time on the road, which means missing more school to travel. Some camps and races involve taking a plane and traveling to places in different time zones, which can make communicating with teachers difficult.

Northwood’s traditional academic schedule involves having all students take every class every day, and it’s challenging to have to focus on every class every day. If we had a block schedule, with longer classes that don’t meet every day, it would be easier to catch up on work by having to focus on fewer classes each day. Off periods would also be longer, allowing more time to meet with teachers.

Another helpful solution would be for teachers who take a lot of notes on the board, to use an interactive SMART Board, which allows everything written on the board to be saved and shared. Sure, a student who attended class can send the traveling student the notes by taking pictures of their notebook pages, but the notes are often incomplete or inaccurate, and the photo can be difficult to read. I have found that most of the best note-takers in my classes are involved in other sports, so their notes are missing pages from the days they missed. Having a SMART Board in a classroom where teachers take lots of notes on the board would mean that the teachers could send all of the notes taken during class, directly to the student. Mr. Ben Runyon was my geometry teacher, and he uses a SMART Board, which was very helpful. Having his class notes while I was away from school made it much easier to understand the concepts. I wasn’t the same as being in class, but it was close.

Although Northwood is a school where teachers are accommodating for students who miss school for their sport, I think the suggestions I made here could make the school even more welcoming to elite student-athletes. The number of students who miss school often because of their sport or co-curricular activity will only increase at Northwood. The school has to adapt to these changes and use technology to facilitate the student’s ability to learn while not being in class.

Boys’ Lacrosse Has Historic Season [Photo Album]

It was an historic year for the boys’ lacrosse team. The group started the year strong and finished the same way, concluding the season with some home games and one tough road opponent and earning the school’s best-ever single-season lacrosse record.

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The first home game of the year was a rematch against Plattsburgh. In the first meeting, the Huskies had their number, but the guys knew Plattsburgh would come out strong. The Huskies scored early and never looked back. Goals were scored by numerous players, including Drew Rose, Nate Boak, Jack Pensa, Elijah Deveaux, Will Arquette and more. With a final score of 18-3, the Huskies swept Plattsburgh in the home and home series.

The next game, a road match against Massena, would be the toughest of the year. Massena is one of the best teams in the North Country. The guys knew they would need to bring their best effort in order to come out on top. Just as they did vs Plattsburgh, the Huskies scored first and continued to stay on top. With the score only 3-0 at halftime, it was a defensive battle. Massena’s goaltender made huge saves that kept the score close, but the Huskies continued to fire shots. Massena was able to score a few in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. The Huskies won 7-3. “It was a big one for sure,” said Nate Boak (Attack, 2020). Massena is always a tough test. It was a good road win”.

The final two games of the year were played at home versus Kuper Academy. It was a fun two games for the boys. Playing Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the team won both games. Cisco Delliquadri ‘20 and Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 played goalie for the two games, each splitting time. Sam Debitetto (Attack, 2018) notched his first Northwood Lacrosse goal. DiBitetto was electric after the game. “I’ve waited two years for this,” he said. “Nothing feels better.”

The team’s final record of 8-1 is the best record in Northwood Lacrosse history*. It was a great year for all the guys, and the boys want to wish all of the seniors, Patrick Callahan, Sam Debitetto, Logan Stewart, Martin Simanek and Jack Pensa the best of luck in college and beyond. You will be missed.


* Thorough records of past lacrosse seasons are not available. Northwood staff with extensive historical knowledge of the school believe no other Northwood lacrosse had a more successful season.


Nineteen Students Take Home Awards at Banquet



Award-winners posed with their plaques following the 2018 Co-Curricular Awards Banquet.


The Annual Co-Curricular Awards Banquet awarded twenty awards to nineteen student-athletes. This was the last formal dinner before graduation, recognizing individual athletes that are characterized by the concept that there is no “I” in team. Each coach chooses one student that they thought represented each award best and shared attributes of the athlete. [Read more…]

Will Warriors Repeat? NBA Playoff Predictions

It’s the most exciting time of year: the NHL playoffs are going on and the anticipated NBA playoffs are just starting to heat up. With the addition of a new basketball program at Northwood School, many students are enthusiastic about the NBA. [Read more…]

Ski Racer Higgins-Lopez Wins Fifth National Ski Cross Title

Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 came to Northwood an accomplished alpine ski racer and earned top-ten finishes at numerous alpine races for Northwood/NYSEF at the U16 age group this season. She ended her first season a national champion in ski cross, an entirely different discipline.  On April 10th, Higgins-Lopez competed in USASA’s 14-15 Freeski National Championship, racing against the top young women in her age group. It’s her fifth national title in the sport. [Read more…]

NHL Playoff Predictions

PlayoffsThe best time of the year is here for all hockey fanatics around the world. Playoff hockey has begun. And this year, all the talk is about the Las Vegas Golden Knights and their phenomenal regular season and tremendous 4-0 start in the playoffs, clinching the first round series against 2014 and 2012 Stanley Cup champions LA Kings.  Two of The Mirror’s staff reporters have their Stanley Cup predictions. [Read more…]

Bennett Sets Sights on National Team

The Northwood ski team has had a great season this year. Over spring break many NWS athletes were competing in CO, landing on the podium multiple times. In particular, Sarah Bennett ’19 has had an exceptional season that gave her the opportunity to be invited to a Quebec Team Evaluation Camp at Mont Edouard, Canada, where she is training with some of the best young Canadian ski racers. Also attending the camp is Erik Guay, a three-time Olympian, and Canada’s most successful male alpine skier. Bennett is currently ranked one of the best in North America for her age. [Read more…]

Hockey Players Hit Gym in Offseason Workouts

The hockey season may be over, but the boys are still at it. Yes, it is the offseason, but that only means go harder. Spring workouts are here and in full swing. [Read more…]

Lax Trounces Plattsburgh

Lax in Plattsburgh

Sophomore Elijah Devereaux (left) and senior Jack Pensa on the turf field at Plattsburgh. (Photo: Sam DiBitetto ’18)

Northwood Lacrosse started out the year strong by beating Canton in their first scrimmage of the year, but the Huskies were still hungry and looking forward to picking up their second straight win to remain undefeated. Their next game was in Plattsburgh a couple days before spring break.

“We were feeling very confident and were looking to build on our recent success,” said Junior attack player Will Arquiett. With more practices together to work on their chemistry and sharpen up their skills, the Huskies were bound to take off. And they did just that in the 2nd game.

When the game started, the energy on the field was electric from both teams. Many big hits at the beginning of the game set the tone early. Jack Pensa ‘18 took the home crowd out of the game by scoring early in the 1st quarter and later setting up Drew Rose ‘19 for his 6th of the year. Plattsburgh got a couple of chances, but the play of Matt Shanklin ‘19 in goal was too good as he only let up 2 goals the whole game. Northwood fed off Shanklin’s energy throughout the game finishing on many opportunities as many players chipped in to help the team be successful. John Biechler ‘19 stood out scoring four goals in the performance. Elijah Devereaux 20’ was also solid, scoring a couple highlight reel goals faking one away and dancing to the other side to score. Arquiett added three goals to give himself his second hat trick of the year.

Northwood never let up and won 15-2. Sutton Allard ‘19 stepped up in the game by doing whatever he could to help. Whether it was playing forward, grabbing a long pole and playing defense or taking faceoffs: Allard did it all.

Describing his team’s early success, Patrick Callahan ‘18 said, “we have won a couple games and that’s been great, but we can not forget about the small details that it takes to be successful. That’s something a winning team never forgets.”

Northwood Lacrosse is hungry for games; however, with the unfortunate weather, upcoming games against St.Lawrence Central have been canceled due to field conditions. The team is looking forward to their next game and to continuing their early success.

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