Anatomy of a Choke: Bills at Dolphins Week 3 

Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) sacks Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) causing a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Before I begin with this solo output of sodium chloride, I must first explain what’s going on here. Why wasn’t this game covered in my usual recap, you might be wondering. Allow me to explain. This game was so bonkers that I still have no place in my head for what on earth transpired. Plus, it involved the Bills losing, so throw in some undiluted (and unnecessary) rage as well. This will serve as an in-depth breakdown and longer recap of sorts over the key points of what happened, hence the title. Without further ado, let’s begin this next volume of pain and misery.  

As mentioned in the Week 3 recap, this game was a marquee injury bowl. We will get into the in-game injuries as we go on, but for now we can go over who was out to begin the game. For Buffalo, their huge win over the Titans on Monday came at a staggering cost. Micah Hyde out for the year. Dane Jackson was carted off in an ambulance. Jordan Poyer out with a foot injury. Tim Settle and Jordan Phillips sidelined. Add that to an already injured Ed Oliver and the Bills’ defense for this game would be a glorified practice squad. Their starting secondary would consist of Benford and Elam at corner, and two backup 6th round picks at the safety positions who are mostly used during garbage time.  

Miami Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead (4) sees the ball go backwards after attempting a punt during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sept. 25, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The play resulted in a safety for the Buffalo Bills. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)

Enough about the pregame injuries, let’s get into the actual game. Before the game, in an outstanding display of sportsmanship, Miami decided to wear white uniforms, forcing the Bills into their dark blue jerseys. They also chose the sideline that was in the shade, forcing the Bills into the sun for the entire game. In 100-degree heat. Peak sportsmanship.  

The game started out like a lot of people expected it to. The Bills marched down the field in 10 plays to score on their opening drive for the 8th straight game. The drive was capped off by Josh Allen exposing a blitz package and finding a wide-open Devin Singletary for a touchdown on 4th and goal. This led to a Dolphins 3-and-out. Bills fans were understandably optimistic at this point. The defense held the line. “The Bills are going to the Super bowl” their fans proclaimed. They would march right back down the field and take a 2-score lead – or so I thought.  

Instead, Allen decided that it was the perfect time to develop butterfingers and fumbled the ball on his own 12-yard line. This led to an easy Dolphins touchdown to tie the game. As the first quarter ended, Buffalo was moving the ball down the field, and were in another goal-to-go situation. They were able to convert. They punched it in on 3rd down with a dart to Knox to go back up by 7. This is when we realize that the Bills defense consists of a bunch of wet plywood and Miami marched all over them to tie the game. You can thank the penalties for making it easier for them. The Bills promptly do nothing with the ball and punt it back to the Dolphins.  

On the next drive, though, Tua was sent to the locker room after a big hit by Matt Milano, and Teddy Bridgewater came in to lead the Dolphins to absolutely nowhere. Buffalo still has a chance. They got into field goal range and grossly mismanaged the clock before halftime and missed out on 3 points. 

At halftime, I wasn’t too concerned, except that the turnovers and the heat were starting to get to the Bills. The second half would start with a 3-and-out for the Dolphins, with Tua back in the game. Miami punted the ball back to Buffalo, and so began the longest drive of the game. This was also when most of the injuries happened. On this 20-play, 10-minute-long drive, Xavien Howard, Stefon Diggs, Dawson Knox, Gabe Davis, and Reggie Gilliam all left with cramps. In addition, the Bills center Charlie Van Roten also went down with injury, meaning that they would be stuck with a third stringer converted from guard for the rest of the game. On this drive, the withered remains of the Bills offense stalled out in the red zone and were forced to kick a field goal.  

This was Miami’s chance to break the game open. They instead went 3 and out and gave the ball back to Buffalo. The Bills marched down the field, and once again failed to get anything going once they got in the red zone and again settled for a field goal. On comes the kicking unit once again, as Tyler Bass malfunctions and misses a chip-shot 31 yarder. Maybe it had something to do with the heat. Who knows? Now Miami has another chance. They slowly pushed down the field, but the Bills defense looked to have held firm. That was until they gave up a 3rd and 22 to set up Miami on the goal line. And gave up a touchdown to relinquish the hard-earned lead.  

Now trailing for the first time this season, the Bills offense would have to respond in kind. Josh Allen put the team on his back and marched down the field and got it to first and goal from the 1. Four tries, and Dorsey goes for some of the most predictable plays called Run-Run-Pass. Even the Dolphins can see through that. Now it’s 4th down. Allen had an open receiver but chose to revert to rookie form and miss what would have been an easy touchdown.  

Now Miami has the ball back with a minute left, but they’re on their own 1. They needed a first down to seal the game. This is where the defense finally shows up. They forced a 3-and-out, forcing Miami to punt from their own endzone. This is where the true magic begins. The Dolphins punter lines up to punt and hits the ball into his own lineman’s posterior for a safety. The Butt Punt has now been relegated to instant memedom and will be a hallmark of the Buffalo-Miami rivalry for years to come.  

Now down by only two at 21-19, the Bills could win with a field goal. Josh Allen does his thing and gets the Bills into field goal range, but a holding penalty backs them up. They have one last chance to get into range and spike it. Allen pulls off some heroics, dumps the ball to McKenzie, who is tackled inbounds. The Bills ran out of time and lost the game in heartbreaking fashion. Miami goes to 3-0 and looks like the class of the AFC. As for Buffalo, lamentation.  

Even now, days after the game, I still have no idea how on earth the game ended in the way it did. I had a feeling the Bills would somehow lose this game, but never in my wildest dreams did I think the ending would be that much of a rollercoaster. The loss can be blamed on two things: The injuries and awful play calling in the red zone. Let me put the latter into context. They had the ball for twice as long as the Dolphins and outgained them by over 350 yards, and still lost.  

The injuries on defense speak for themselves, but the rookies in the secondary held their own for the most part. What on earth happened to that offense? The group that looked borderline unstoppable the past two weeks suddenly decided to imitate The Hack and did absolutely nothing in the red zone. Josh Allen threw for 400 yards and that offense still only put up 17 points against a team without that great of a defense.  

Next week, they go to Baltimore. It is not going to get any easier from this point out. That defense isn’t getting any healthier either. Poyer will be back, thank God, but everyone else will be out for a while. At least they get Tre White back in a few weeks, so the rookies aren’t taking all the burden at corner. With how banged up they are on defense; the Bills could theoretically start the season 4-4. That is alarming. They’ll still probably win the division, but their #1 seed hopes are significantly decreased by this loss.  

I will now return to my regularly scheduled misery.  

Players and Coaches Optimistic About Soccer Season

Husky soccer players huddle before a match at the Jay Brady Kickoff Tournament in Vermont (Photo provided).

The Northwood soccer program is off to a great start, with 9 matches having been played through September 18. The U17 squad is undefeated so far and the U19s have won the Jay Brady kick-off tournament.

This is the first full year that the new on campus artificial turf field will be Northwood’s home pitch, allowing the Northwood family to support the soccer team year round.

Mr. Kelvin Martinez, the U17 head coach, is happy with his team’s start. “So far it has been really good,” Martinez said. “Guys are getting to know each other well, there is a good energy. Tactically, everyone is binding to the system and individually everyone is fighting hard to be on the starting line-up,” he said. “Our number one goal is to develop everyone so that all the players at the end of the year have improved and that they have developed a lot in the time they have been here. As a team, we want to play our best football, offensively and defensively, and for the team to fully execute the game plan for the full 90 minutes,” Martinez added.

Players are also optimistic for the year. “We have gotten off to a good start, and I believe that the U17 has a lot of potential to grow from here and that we’re going to do very well this season,” said U17 player Lohkoah Paye ‘24.

U19 veteran Noah Leddel ‘23 is hopeful about his squad. “The U19 team has had a good start, but there is still more we need to work on, but the season is looking incredibly positive,” Leddel said.

The soccer team is looking very promising this year and everyone is working extremely hard to keep this team successful and to grow on the success of last season.

FIS Alpine Ski Racers Train in Chile [Slideshow]

Photo: Lea Lambert ‘ 24

On September 11th, four of Northwood’s FIS (Federation of International Ski) alpine ski athletes traveled to Valle Nevado, Chile. Each year, Northwood’s ski team travels to various places around the world in search of the best snow for preseason training. Usually, the best option is traveling to glaciers in Europe. However, the summer of 2022 brought Europe a heat wave that heavily affected its snow. Due to this, Northwood’s FIS team decided to travel to Chile for their fall pre-season.

While in Chile, these athletes have been extremely busy. Each day, the athletes spend around 4 hours in the morning training on the hill. Each athlete has specific areas they need to improve in which they focus on during training. Lea Lambert, a junior at Northwood training in Chile, says, “I am working on cleaning my turns and keeping my shoulders square.”

Olivia Levesque, another Northwood athlete, says, “I am currently working on my transition technique, which will help me go faster!”

Training is followed by a lunch break before heading off to study hall. The athletes meet in the lobby of the hotel where they have desks and tables to complete schoolwork. Study hall is two and a half hours long, giving them enough time to stay on top of all their work.

Athletes receive videos of their skiing after each training day to know where they need to improve. After study hall, athletes meet with coaches for a debrief of the training session where they review footage and discuss.

Finally, the athletes will have some free time at the end of each day. Most of this time is spent preparing skis and tuning them for the next training session. During additional free time or days when the athletes are not on the snow, they keep themselves active and busy. These skiers have various dryland activities they work on off the hill, consisting of agility work, hiking, and lifting in the gym.

Northwoods FIS skiers will be in Chile for a total of thirteen days before returning to school. The team is working hard and improving every day, while enjoying every minute of their time in Chile.

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Three Legendary Defensemen Retire from NHL

This week, we saw three players in the National Hockey League make retirement decisions. P.K. Subban, Keith Yandle, and Zdeno Chara, each “franchise defensemen” during their careers, retired from the NHL.  

Subban with the Canadiens (Photo: Twitter).

P.K. Subban has decided after thirteen seasons in the NHL to retire. He had a very admirable career, one lots of hockey players looked up to. Being an African American in a predominantly Caucasian league, he showed younger audiences that with perseverance and dedication, anything is possible. He was very thankful to all the organizations he was a part of, including the Montreal Canadians, Nashville Predators, and the New Jersey Devils. In 832 games, he scored 115 goals and had 352 assists. 

Yandle with the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo: NHL).

Keith Yandle has retired after 16 seasons in the NHL. Last season, Yandle was on a 989 consecutive game streak. His streak ended when he was scratched by the Philadelphia Flyers deep into the season. Yandle has spoken about retiring before, but he found it to be a difficult process because hockey is all he knows. In Yandle’s record-breaking 989 consecutive games, he scored 103 goals and 516 assists.  

Illustration: Boston Bruins

Zdeno Chara is the last to retire. This is an end to his 24-season career. Born in 1977, in Trenčín, Slovakia, he moved to America after being drafted to the NHL. Over his 24 seasons in the NHL, he had many accomplishments and set records. Some facts about him: at 6’ 9”, he is the tallest player to ever play in the NHL; he was the captain of the Boston Bruins when they went to the 2011, 2013, and 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, in which the Bruins won the championship in 2011; and in 2009 he won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL.  Charra signed a one-day contract with the Bruins this week so that he could official retire with the team where he spent most of his career.

All three of these defensemen will be missed on the NHL stage as we move into the new age of players. We are coming to the end of an era—who will replace them as legendary defensemen? 

Fabric of Boys’ Prep Hockey Team Begins to Show

The 2022-23 Prep hockey team during September action at the Olympic Center (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

As tryouts came to an end and the boy’s hockey teams began their seasons, the Prep Team had their first tests against CP Dynamo and Mount St. Charles. With only 5 returners and the rest of the roster consisting of new players, it was safe to say that the team needed to get some experience playing with each other so the chemistry could develop. Here is how the first games played out.  

The games versus Dynamo stood as a good opener for the team, by allowing the boys to get moving and see how they could mesh. Northwood had a promising, dominant start to the season against the Dynamo with two wins, one tallying in at 6-0 and another 7-1. A handful of new Huskies like Ritter Coombs ‘25 and Owen Flynn ‘24 tallied their first goals for the team, building confidence in the mostly new team. Beyond the sensational victories, however, it was more important that they are prepared for the next weekend’s games versus a daunting Mount St. Charles—a member of the Prep Hockey Conference and last year’s U18 National Champions.   

Looking back on the games, CP Dynamo was just a warmup for the real challenge against Mount St. Charles. These games would show what the team really needed to work on and how they would stack up against elite competition. Going into the weekend confident from the performance of the previous weekend, the team would quickly realize that Mount was much different than CP Dynamo.  

The first game on Saturday was a huge wake up call for what the team had to dial in on. With a stunning 4-1 loss, the coaches knew there was more effort to give and preparation that needed to be done for the next game. As Coach Morris said, “I am a bad loser and I want you guys to hate it like I do.” It was clear that the team needed to bounce back and buy into what needed to be done.  

Daniel Buchbinder ’23 during action at the Olympic Center in September 2022 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

Against a cocky Mount St. Charles team that was ready to play the second game, the Huskies looked light-years better than the night before. The team played stronger defense and was able to fend off the Saints until late in the third period. Ultimately, the game ended 1-0 in favor of Mount St. Charles. Despite the result, the performance was far superior compared to the night before.  

Some of the players recalled what Coach Morris declared in the locker room: “The fabric of the team was starting to show.” This was a much more prospective statement, one that gave the team confidence in knowing that they were heading in the right direction. 

The perspective of how the team veterans view the first games of the season is no less important. Senior Daniel Buchbinder, a three-year veteran of the team, said, “It was a great first test for our team and for our new players to get their first league games under their belt. I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”  

It will be exciting to see how the team grows from these games and progresses throughout the season. 

Girls’ Hockey Off to a Promising Start 

Postgrad Natalie Zarcone is the captain of the 2022-23 Girls’ Hockey team.

The Northwood girls’ hockey team is off to a slow but encouraging start with a 4-6 record. The team has extreme potential which is exciting for Northwood. The girls are playing in a new league called the Junior Women’s Hockey League, and this will be the first year they participate in this league, which is considered the best pre-college girls’ hockey league in North America. This will be a big challenge for the team, but Coach Gilligan believes that they are up for it.  

“Our hockey team this year has been fantastic. There are 11 new girls, so it will take time for the girls to settle in and understand each other as players and people. I am very encouraged with the amount of progress the girls have made in such a short period of time,” said Head Coach Trevor Gilligan ’03. “This is a very special team that I am really looking forward to work with. This year our leaders in the team are Natalie Zarcone and Georgia Bailey. They have impressed me with their leadership so far this year,” Gilligan added. 

Head Coach Trevor Gilligan ’03

The team has already travelled to Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Stoney Creek, Ontario. This weekend, they are at Harvard University to play 4 showcase games and to tour Harvard. The girls are really looking forward to this fantastic opportunity. Their first home game will be during family weekend, on October 7th. This will be a very big game for them, and Northwood encourages everyone to attend home games.  

This year, the captain of the girl’s hockey team is postgrad Natalie Zarcone. Natalie is a senior here at Northwood who is a leader on and off the ice. “We had 11 new girls that came in this year, and they were a perfect fit,” Zarcone said. “Our whole team is willing to put the work in on and off the ice, whether that’s in the classroom, practice, or fitness center. We have only had two weeks of practice and two weekends of games, but when we step on the ice, we make improvement each time,” she added. “I’m super excited for our team to continue to grow and bond off the ice while on the ice we show teams how good Northwood girls’ hockey is,” Zarcone said. 

Chloe Lewis ‘23 is a new player for the hockey team this year. She describes her experience with the team as “Really fun. The girls are awesome and we’re really coming together as a team on and off the ice. It’s already starting to feel like a family.”  

The girls’ hockey team is very exciting this year. There are several new players who have impressed the coaches and will continue working hard to get better. Coach Gilligan is a fantastic coach who is constantly caring for his players. The team has several leaders this year which will definitely help them achieve big things. Once again, their first home game will be on October 7th, so make sure to show them your support. 

NFL Week 2 Recap

Eagles fans, as annoying as they are, have a lot to celebrate after Monday night’s game. A.J. Brown (left) and Jalen Hurts are key elements of the Eagles’ offense. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Here I was thinking I would get a break from the drama. Let’s just say week 2 in the NFL made all of week one look like a walk in the park. Let’s crack into it.  


Chargers 24, Chiefs 27 

The NFL on Amazon Prime. It is a novelty, but at least we get Al Michaels on the call to add an ounce of familiarity. Last week I wondered if the Chiefs were in fact good or if they just faced a bad defense? I think we have our answer. Mahomes could get nothing going in the first half, suffocated by the Charger D. However, in the 2nd half, they woke up and did just enough for them not to get jumped by their fans outside the stadium after the game. That, and an ill-timed pick-6 by Herbert led to the Chiefs claiming victory. Speaking of Herbert, he went down in the 4th quarter. He probably broke a couple of ribs, but the guy played through it and made his best throw of the game while toughing out the injury. He may have lost this contest, but he showed resolve and grit in the face of defeat. The sad part is the Chargers will probably waste his career because that’s just how they operate.
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Catching Up with Carson Hall ‘22 

Here at Northwood School, a lot of students wonder about the lives of alumni who have moved on into the life of college. This week, I wanted to share about the life of a student that was at Northwood for 4 years and has since moved onto Hamilton University. His name is Carson Hall.  

Carson has continued to excel in the classroom and on the ice playing for Hamilton’s Division 3 Team. As I spoke with Carson, I was interested in hearing the specifics of life at Hamilton. Carson elaborated with me about how he was able to adjust from a small campus like Northwood to Hamilton. Carson stressed the importance of finding something that keeps you on track, something to structure your life around. “School, hockey, and family” was the center of what he used to excel. He said the key to his success so far was “creating a routine that compartmentalized [his] priorities.”  

As all of us complain about the study hall hours that we are subjected to every night, Carson was happy to say how much he felt it positively impacted his transition to the bigger workload of Hamilton. “Northwood sets you up for success… the regimented lifestyle has allowed me to hit the ground running in college.” For all the students not happy about being in study hall, it is great to hear about its benefit from someone that has lived through it. Nothing is better than seeing the work done at Northwood come to fruition like it has with Carson, both academically and athletically.  

Speaking of athletics, I really wanted to hear how hockey has been for Carson, given he had such an impact on the Northwood team. When asked about hockey, Carson was quick to give credit to the Northwood hockey team for helping prepare him for college hockey. “I would not have the opportunity to play college hockey if it wasn’t for Northwood’s program and incredible coaching staff.” That’s a huge compliment to Northwood and a huge encouragement for hockey players coming through the school. I loved hearing the enthusiasm Carson had for the year ahead and the building of his new “family,” as he put it.  

Carson was at Northwood for 4 years, a feat that not many of us can say we have done. He has put countless hours of work into not only academics, but also into the pursuit of his athletic dreams. For those who haven’t had the honor of meeting him in person, he is someone that is a model of Northwood’s values and someone that we can all look up to. Nothing makes the Northwood community happier than seeing a person like Carson transition smoothly into his life beyond Northwood.  

When speaking with Carson a few phrases resonated with me. He said “It is important to have fun. However, it is equally if not more important to stay focused on your goals and aspirations. To work at them every day. To choose success instead of waiting for it to come around.” I hope that inspires the Northwood community like it did me, because that is something that all of us should take to heart and live by. I hope to continue to explore the lives of recent graduates and I hope you all enjoyed Catching up with Carson Hall.  

No School in January Because of the FISU Games. What is FISU? 

Students learned over the spring and summer that the 2022-23 school year would be different: the traditional December holiday break will continue almost through the end of January. This drastic change is due to the FISU Winter Games coming to Lake Placid. 

What is FISU? FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). It is an organization hosting sporting and educational events for university students. FISU was founded in 1949 led by Dr. Paul Schleimer from Luxembourg. In total, FISU events include over 60 sports and students, between 17 and 25, from more than 150 countries. Biannually, FISU organizes summer and winter sporting competitions called the FISU World University Games in different cities. Lake Placid is extremely fortunate and will be hosting the Winter World University Games in January of 2023. 

The World University Games began far before the creation of FISU, with the first event taking place in Paris, 1923. The games were hosted every 2 years by the International Confederation of Students (ICS), founded in 1919 and led by Jean Petitjean. This would continue until 1939, when it was interrupted by the beginning of World War II. 

After the war, ICS, now the International Union of Students (IUS), wanted to host the games once again. However, conflict was raised as a result of the IUS wanting to use the World University Games to spread propaganda. This led to the splitting into FISU and IUS in 1949. By 1959, both FISU and the ICS agreed to participate in the Universiade in Turin, which featured 1,407 athletes from 43 countries, all students.  

As of 2021, FISU has hosted 30 summer and 29 winter Universiade events, with the highest registered students being 11,759 from 159 countries during the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. 

Returning to the present, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games will take place on the 12th of January until the 22nd. The last time FISU was hosted in North America was in 1993, in Buffalo. This will also be the first FISU Winter Games to take place in a city that has already hosted the event (Lake Placid, 1972). 

Twelve sports will be featured in this event: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle and freeski, ice hockey, nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating. 

Crew Team Prepares For Fall Regattas 

A doubles shell represents Northwood at the 2019 New York State Championships (photo: Caroline Harrison ’22).

Northwood’s crew team is not considered one of the “big three” programs at Northwood—those being soccer, hockey, and alpine ski racing. That isn’t to say it doesn’t have pedigree, however. 

David Garvey ‘22, who rowed at Northwood for two years, recently made the D1 team at Hobart College as a freshman. This year, Northwood’s roster of rowers has experienced some losses. Two of the top athletes from last year, Garvey and Caroline Harrison ‘22, both graduated and are now pursuing the sport at a higher level. Returning athletes make up only about half of the team this year. Those returners are Amanda Nelson ‘23, Christie-Ann Nelson, ‘23, Ashley Guevara ‘24, Colin Kis ‘24, and Gus Garvey ‘25. In addition to the returners, 4 new crew athletes have joined to try their hand in the sport. Those are Jesse Schoch ‘25, Sophia Sherman ‘25, Hung Nguyen ‘25, and Avery Novia ‘24.  

One thing that is of concern to many new crew athletes is the steep learning curve that comes with rowing a shell. First, the mechanics are difficult to get right. Every little detail has to be perfect in order to move the boat forward. Furthermore, the boats are not very sturdy, and are supported by keeping one or both of the long oars in the “feather” position—that is, flat along the surface of the water to cover the most surface area. This is in addition to the fact that any major mistake usually results in the boat flipping, sending the rower into Mirror Lake, joining springtime whitewater athletes as members of the (unofficial) Northwood swim team.  

It’s definitely harder than I expected it to be,” said Sophia Sherman ‘25. “Just learning to balance and coordinate your oars is a challenge. Although I haven’t had much time for it either, I’m excited to get to fully learn the sport”.  

However, there are many variables when it comes to training. Rain and wind sometimes keep athletes off the water. Alternative training involves endurance training, through running and machine workouts on the ergometers in the Fitness Center. In addition, new athletes who are uneasy about the conditions can usually ask to run instead, at coach Howard “H” Runyon’s discretion.  

Jesse Schoch ‘25 commented, “I find it to be pretty fun. I would like to be out in the boats more, but it’s cool. I’m not feeling ready for races yet, though.” All of the novice rowers this year seem to be enjoying themselves, and the only athlete who has actually fallen into the lake so far is a returner.  

“I fell into the water because my oar lock was loose and came out.” said Colin Kis ‘24, who rowed for the Huskies last season. “During the capsizing when I was in the water, all I was thinking about was that I wanted to get out of the water and back into the boat as soon as possible,” he said. It was his first time falling in, but he didn’t seem too rattled by it. All he reported was a bit of soreness the next day, as he treaded water for over 30 minutes whilst trying to climb back into the shell.  

The crew team will have two races this fall. One is coming up on Saturday, September 24th. It takes place on the Fish Creek of Saratoga Springs, in a regatta known as the Tail of the Fish. The other, also in Saratoga Springs, is called the Head of the Fish, which occurs in late October and will be on the same course as the September race.  

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