Northwood Student-Athletes Have Strong Showing at Empire State Winter Games

Over 20 Northwood student-athletes competed in the 2020 Empire State Winter Games here in Lake Placid. Their events ranged from Alpine Skiing and Ice Hockey to Bobsledding and Ski Jumping.

Northwood skiers placed in the top five in all Super G, Slalom, and GS races. Norah Dempsey ‘21 placed first in Women’s Super G; Madison Kostoss ‘21 came in fourth and MJ Prince ’22 placed 3rd (among U16s). Rowen Norfolk ‘22, who finished eleventh, had the fastest Northwood time in Men’s Super G. In GS, Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 won the entire Women’s race. In the Men’s section, Andrew Van Slyke ‘20 placed second, just behind recent graduate Jake Reynolds ‘19. Coming in first in Women’s Slalom was Jaden Klebba ‘21, while Norfolk finished fourth for Men’s. MJ Prince ’22 placed 6th is slalom among U16 girls.

Senior Braelyn Tebo ‘20, with her partner Maddy Cohen from Lake Placid High School, slid down the bobsled track twice and took home a silver medal. Competing in Heavyweight Bobsled was Kip Morgan ‘20 and Charlie Purcell ‘21; they also won silver.

Both Elise Loescher ‘21 and Caroline Harrison ‘ 22 made the podium in Open Girls’ Ski Jumping. Loescher won gold, and Harrison was close behind with the bronze.


Graphic: Northwood Athletics.

Adria Tebo ‘23 was the only Northwood student to compete in Ice Hockey with her team Sara-Placid Lakers. After playing four games, the team won a well-deserved bronze medal.

This past weekend was successful for all Northwood students who competed in the 40th Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid. All athletes are now preparing for this upcoming weekend.

Skiers, Jumpers, and Sliders Ready for Empire State Games 

All year, especially during the winter, Lake Placid welcomes many different athletes through the different sports and this weekend will be no different. For the 40th year, the Adirondacks will be hosting the 2020 Empire State Winter Games.

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According to the Empire State Winter Games website, the sporting event brings together athletes from across New York State and beyond. With athletes from over fifteen states and three countries competing in over thirty winter sports.

The Olympic hills, tracks, jumps, and rinks are all ready for all the athletes, including twenty-three Northwood students who are getting ready to compete. Northwood will be represented in three sports: alpine skiing, bobsledding, girls’ hockey, and ski jumping.

Gabby Cote ‘21 is one of the many student-athletes representing Northwood. She and many of her teammates will be racing in all three ski races, the Super G, the GS, and the Slalom. “I’m very excited. As a FIS racer, these [Empire State Games] races are more laid back and feel more like a training session,” said Cote. “I always did these as a kid and I always look forward to having a fun weekend doing them with my friends,” she added.


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Elise Loescher ‘21 is one of only two ski jumpers at Northwood. She reflected on this upcoming weekend. “I’m excited to have a competition on my home hill because it gives me an advantage,” said Loescher, “and there is a sense of confidence it gives you, so I am feeling good for this competition.” Loescher will be competing in the jumping competition, which is a Junior National Qualifier.

Also competing are three bobsledders. Kip Morgan ‘20 and Charlie Purcell ‘21 are both new to the sport, while Braelyn Tebo ‘20, who is teamed up with former Northwood student Maddy Cohen, is a veteran Empire State Games competitor.


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Adria Tebo ’23 will also compete in girls hockey with her U14 SaraPlacid Lakers youth hockey team.

Northwood athletes travel globally for their sports and the Northwood athletes competing in the Empire State Winter Games are looking forward to competing on home ground.

With over 2,000 athletes competing this weekend, Lake Placid is ready to welcome all when the games will begin on Friday, January 31.


Huskies Fare Well at Clarkson Carnival

Northwood’s ski team performed well at the Clarkson University Carnival at Whiteface Mountain on the second day of the GS series at the Clarkson Carnival on Saturday, January 25.


Jake Reynolds ’19 (right) on the podium at the 2020 Clarkson University Carnival (Photo: NYSEF).

On the Men’s side, the Huskies had an outstanding representation in the top 30:

Jake Reynolds ’19 (above)placed 2nd
Andrew Van Slyke ’20 placed 15th
Wim Roney ’18 placed 20th
Christope Garon ’20 placed 23rd

On the Women’s side, the Huskies competed against collegiate athletes and improved their international rankings. Results included:

Audrey Higgins-Lopez ’21 placed 31st
Maddie Kostoss ’22 placed 32nd
Gabby Cote ’21 placed 33rd
Jaden Klebba ’21 placed 36th
Julia Geraldi ’20 placed 42nd

Next up for some of these athletes are Empire State Games, January 31 – February 1.

Soccer Teams Take First and Second at Presitigious IMG Cup

After weeks of preparation, the Northwood soccer team traveled to Florida to play in one of the most famous soccer tournaments in the country, the IMG Cup. Once more, the Huskies didn’t disappoint and achieved excellent results.

This was Northwood’s first time competing in the highly-recruited tournament, and the soccer team lived up to their reputation as one of the best prep soccer programs in the country by achieving first place (U19) and second place (U18).


The Winners of the IMG Cup U19 Division (Photo: Black Rock FC)

The tournament started on Friday, December  20th with the U19 team facing A.S.Truitier Haiti, and winning 7-1 in a game completed dominated by the Huskies. After missing a few opportunities, the soccer team scored the first goal and after that, the team kept looking to increase their advantage and the goals kept coming. In the afternoon, it was the U18’s turn and they tied 2-2 against Blast FC on a very split match. In the first half, Northwood dominated the game and got the advantage with goals by Peter Tcheleshev ’22 and an amazing acrobatic kick by Luke Smith ’21. In the second half, the team decreased their intensity and Blast FC scored in the only two chances they had. Despite fighting until the end to obtain victory, the Huskies weren’t able to achieve it.

The second day brought with it strong winds, but not even that was enough to stop both teams from achieving victory. The U19 ‘s faced YPT and won by 8-1, in a match where the goals started early, with Mateo Rodriguez ’20 scoring only four minutes into the game. The Huskies were starving for more and kept scoring throughout the game, completely dominating the match. At the same time, the U18 were facing Chargers SC in a game that ended up in a victory of 3-0 for the Huskies.

The last day of the tournament had the U19 team face Fluminense FC in a game that ended up tied 1-1. This tie was enough to guarantee the first place for the Huskies, who finished their first participation in the tournament as undefeated champions. The U18 team faced IMG Academy U18 team and, just like the U19s, tied the game 1-1. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to place the Huskies in the first place of the group.

The ending of the tournament brought not only happiness and pride, but also some sadness, since two of our players, Ryan Combe ’20 and John Sinclair ’20, left the team and the school, in order to proceed their student-athlete carriers at Akron and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, respectively. We wish them all the luck in the world!

Renowned Climbing Film Comes to Northwood

At Northwood there are many students who are very passionate about rock climbing. A couple of weeks ago, Reel Rock films made a stop at our school for a screening of Reel Rock 14.

I sat down with Kip Morgan ’20 to get more information about what Reel Rock is, who makes it, why the film group decided to come to Northwood and other things.


“What is the Reel Rock Tour and where the films are shown?” was the first question I asked Morgan. He stated, “The tour is a collection of short films that come out, normally 3-5 films, about rock climbing or mountaineering. The films are an annual event that has been going on for 14 years.” The films are shown in more than 500 countries around the world.

I asked Morgan what these films were about and he stated, “There are 4 films in Reel Rock 14. The first one follows Nina Williams climbing a boulder problem called Too High to Flail which is a 50ft tall v-10 boulder…The next short film follows a group of climbers talking about bringing together a community in Joe’s Valley Utah…There was also a short look into a Full-length feature that will be coming out soon. That will look at Marc-André Leclerc’s career as an alpine soloist…The last film was about the speed record on A route on El Capitan called the nose.”

“The film is made by North Face and Sender Films with help from Black Diamond, Yeti, Swell, and a few other brands that give support.” Stated Morgan, when asked about who is all involved in the development of the films. After asking who makes the films I asked him why he thought it would be a good idea for the films to come to Northwood? Morgan Stated, “The tour came to Lake Placid maybe two years ago… the film didn’t end up doing as well as people hoped. I remember having a conversation with Mr. Mellor about how it was a sad turn out for the Climbing community and then a smaller venue it would’ve done rather well.” Deciding that the Northwood auditorium would be the perfect size venue for the films, Morgan contacted Reel Rock and they came to show the films.

Students Try Bobsledding with Their Teacher, a Former Olympian

The teachers at Northwood School always find fun things for students to do on the weekend, and when teachers get to share their passions outside the classroom, the result can be truly special. This is such a story.

Mr. Matt Roy, a physics teacher, and rocketry specialist, took several students to the Olympic bobsled track at Mr. Van Hoevenberg so they could try the sport for themselves. Mr. Roy was a member of the 1988 Olympic Bobsled team, competing in the Calgary Winter Olympic Games. Following his competitive athletic career, he was the Executive Director of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. In other words, he is qualified to introduce students to the sport of bobsledding.

For many years now, Mr.Roy has been taking students to the bobsled track where they participate with the US Junior Bobseld training program. This program will meet about 6-8 times a year, and they will allow young people to come out and try bobsledding for the first time. Mr. Roy has found that the student who tries it one time usually wants to go again, and some of his students have even competed in regional and international races. The sport of bobsledding takes time to get very good at, but it doesn’t take a lot of time to fall in love with.

Bobsledding is a frightening sport, since sleds travel at speeds around 50 miles per hour, but the Northwood students who tried it never felt in danger. “The program is very safe,” said Mr. Roy. “We had one student cut her finger on a sled, but that’s the most serious we’ve had,” he added. Roy noted that junior bobsleds have safety features appropriate for novice sliders. “When the students are sledding, they use round runners, which are very safe since no student has tipped over one since the beginning of the program.”

What other school offers bobsledding as a weekend activity? Northwood offers programs that students wouldn’t be able to do at their normal high school. The students of Northwood should take advantage of all the opportunities that they get here, because after they graduate, they may never be able to fun things like bobsledding ever again.


Young Alumni Make Patriotic College Choice

Two Northwood School alumni from the class of 2019 have decided to combine patriotic service with academics and athletics by committing to play hockey for the United States Military Academy at West Point. Defenseman Andrew Gilbert and goaltender Ryan Wilson recently announced their commitments to West Point on their social media feeds. These former Husky hockey players chose to attend an institution where they not only have an opportunity to play hockey and get a great education but also commit themselves to serve their country as officers in the United States Army.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year Federal service academy on the Hudson River in West Point, New York. The Academy’s mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

Gilbert CommitAndrew Gilbert is from Fairfield CT and he went to Northwood for 2 years. He is currently playing junior hockey for the Jersey Hitmen. In a recent interview, he said. “I chose to commit to West Point because of the great education, the chance to play Division I hockey and also the opportunity to attend one of the best academies for leadership skills.” He went on to describe the requirement to serve after graduation. “After the 4 years of college, you are required to serve in the military for 5 years. After the 5 years I have the choice to stay in the military or to become a civilian,” he said. The coaching staff at West Point was a deciding factor for Gilbert, as was his family connection to the school. “I was compelled to make this decision because the coaches at West Point are some of the best and have really created a great program. My grandfather also attended West Point, and he has nothing but great things to say about the whole process.” The school spirit and atmosphere on campus also impressed Gilbert. “A couple of weeks ago I was at one of their home games and experiencing the atmosphere really sealed the deal for me. I haven’t second-guessed myself once. I am 100% committed and can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Wilson CommitRyan Wilson attended Northwood last year for his senior year and his successful stint playing for Coach Cassidy brought him a great opportunity to play in the North American Hockey League, which is where he is playing now for the Springfield Jr. Blues. “I decided to commit to West Point for a few reasons,” explained Wilson. “Obviously for the great hockey program they have become. Another reason is for the amazing education you receive while you’re there. It’s comparable to an Ivy League,” said Wilson, who also emphasized the benefits of the military and leadership training provided by West Point. “The endless opportunities you have once graduating from there was a big factor in my decision. When I was younger I used to love watching military movies, so getting the opportunity to play hockey, get a great education, and serve our country seemed like an unbelievable decision to make,” said Wilson.

Both former Huskies expect to enroll at West Point over the summer and play varsity hockey for as a cadet during the 2020-21 season.

Hockey Teams Look Forward to Invitational Tournament 

Over the last forty-one years, Northwood has been welcoming many teams and families across both America and Canada to compete in the Northwood Invitational, and this year is no different. From Saturday until Monday the rinks will be busy with over twenty-nine teams competing for championships in Girls, Showcase, U16, and Prep divisions.

With all three Northwood teams competing in this tournament, it will allow them to support each other, which they have not been able to so far this year. The Girls’ Team will start the tournament against NAHA Red when they hope to set a program record with the 34th win of the season.  Following that game, the Boys’ Prep team looks to expand on their four-game win streak when they face off against St. John’s College High School. Finally, the Boys’ Junior team looks to continue their successful start to 2020 as they face off against Upper Canada College.

The Northwood Invitational is the most important tournament of the year for the school and nearly every family will be in attendance. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the sale of the custom-designed Blender Bottles, which is a project of Northwood’s entrepreneurship class.

For the first time in tournament history, Northwood games will be streamed on a dedicated YouTube Channel.

With there being so many games this weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity for everybody in the community to come out and support every team.

For game schedules and more information, visit the tournament web site.

Junior Team Goes 2-1 in True Prep Cup

Coming off the holiday break, Northwood boys traveled to Merrimack College, where they would play in the True Prep Cup.

P1077111Starting off the weekend with a game against Nichols school, the boys looked to capture a win. The game began with both teams getting excellent opportunities, but both goalies kept the door shut for the entire first period. Going into the second period, Northwood knew that they needed to change their offense so that they could take the lead. Jack Schlifke (Forward, 2020) would do that for Northwood as he would score nine minutes into the second period. For the rest of the period, both teams would shut down in the defensive zone making the score 1-0 in favor of the junior team after two periods of play. Knowing that a one-goal lead would not be enough to win, the boys had to score more so that they could secure the win. Just minutes into the final period Elijah Devereaux (Forward, 2020) would double the teams lead with a goal of his own off a feed from Schlifke and Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020). Northwood would keep up their good play, until the last ten minutes of the game where they would take some bad penalties, which would cost them. During those penalties, Nichols was able to score two of their own goals to tie the game at two and send the game to overtime. Being in this situation many times before the boys felt comfortable that they could close out the game and get a win. That is what they did as Felix Trudeau (Forward, 2021) would find the back of the net off a beautiful feed from Jacob Guevin (Defenseman, 2022) and Nate Boak (Defenseman, 2020) to give Northwood a win in their first game of the tournament.

The team’s next challenge would be against Mount St.Charles, who they have seen once earlier in the year. Hoping to get a better result, the team was ready for another battle. Northwood didn’t come off to a good start as Mount would score the first goal of the game just two minutes after the puck dropped. Quickly responding would be Ray Fust (Forward, 2021) as he scored off a feed from Trudeau and Luke French (Defenseman, 2020). After tying the game at one apiece, Mount would then score two of their own goals to take the lead 3-1 in their favor. Just a minute before the period was over, Carson Hall (Forward, 2022) would tap home a rebound goal to cut the deficit to one. Looking to regroup and settle in on defense, the boys were ready for what would be a battle for the rest of the game. About halfway through the second period, French would feed the puck to Trudeau, who would take the puck down the ice and tie the game at three apiece. Less than a minute later, Mount would score another goal to retake the lead, and then again a few minutes later, they would score to make their lead two. After two periods of play, Northwood was down two goals, which meant they needed to bear down for the third. That is what the team did as Fust and Devereaux would both score to tie the game up at five apiece. With just under five minutes to play, Mount had an in-zone faceoff to the left of Northwood’s net.  After the puck dropped, Mount got their first shot stopped, but they would get a second scoring opportunity which they would score on to take the lead and eventually win the game.

After a tough loss the night before, Northwood was ready to get back on track and end the weekend on a good note. In this game, they faced off against Gunnery School. The team would get off to a slow start as Gunnery would find the back of the net to start the game, but then just minutes later, Schlifke would tie the game at one. Only 45 seconds later, Will Donato (Forward, 2021) scored another goal for Northwood to make the score 2-1. Gunnery wouldn’t let Northwood keep the lead for long as they scored another goal to tie the game at two. As the second period started at a tie, both teams would defend well until the last five minutes of the period. During those five minutes, Northwood got goals from Schlifke, Donato, Trudeau, and Mark Monaco (Forward, 2021) to take a 6-2 lead heading into the third. The third period would be the same for Northwood as they would get goals from Schlifke, Patrick Doyle (Forward, 2020), and Hall to finish the game with a 9-2 victory.

Northwood ended third in the tournament. Their next test will be at the Northwood Invitational in Lake Placid, NY.

Norfolk Places 6th Overall Against Top Eastern Racers


Rowan Norfolk ’22 (Image: Northwood Skiing)

Over the holiday break, Northwood Ski Team’s U16 student-athlete, Rowen Norfolk, ’22, qualified and participated in a one-day project bringing the top Eastern U16 athletes together for a GS and SL training session at Sugarloaf Mountain. Following the session, the top Eastern athletes competed over two days in two RPS open races with other U16 athletes. Rowen placed 3rd in the first GS run and came away for the weekend placing 6th overall in GS and just shy of the podium in SL amongst the top Eastern U16 athletes.

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