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Vol. LXI, No. 14
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
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SETTING A STANDARD: Members of the Princeton University men's heavyweight crew cruise through the water in action last season. The heavyweight rowers in the Class of 2006 left an indelible mark on the program's storied history as they helped Princeton win two titles at the Henley Royal Regatta and take second twice at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships. This year's top boat made a nice start in following that legacy as they cruised to a 14-second win over Navy last Saturday in their first race of the spring.

Tiger Men's Heavyweight Rowers Excited as They Follow Legacy Left by Class of '06

Bill Alden

Combining talent and intensity, the men's heavyweight rowers in the Class of 2006 left an indelible mark on the program's storied history.

The class members got their college career off to a roaring start in the spring of 2003 as they went undefeated in the regular, winning the freshman national title in the process. Not content to dominate in U.S. collegiate circles, the group went to England that summer and won the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

PU Field Hockey Coach Holmes-Winn Bringing Champion's Edge to Stuart

Bill Alden

Kristen Holmes-Winn was upset when the U.S. national field hockey failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics and she decided to do something to prevent future disappointment.

"I looked at my teammates and I thought these girls are so talented," recalled Holmes-Winn, a field hockey star at the University of Iowa who has been the head coach of the Princeton University program since 2003.

Hit With Injuries in PHS Sports Career, Koch Finds Calling as Athletic Trainer

Bill Alden

Shannon Koch couldn't beat the injury bug some 16 years ago during her sophomore year at Princeton High.

Koch, a soccer and lacrosse player, found herself spending more and more time in the training room, getting her injuries tended to by PHS head athletic trainer Carlos Salazar.

One day, Salazar turned to Koch and suggested that she might want to try being a student trainer.

Koch enjoyed that work from the start and by the end of her sophomore year had decided to make sports training her career.

Hun Baseball Boasts Good Balance; Pieces in Place for Banner Season

Bill Alden

Although Bill McQuade is in his 37th year coaching the Hun School baseball team, he still looks forward to practice everyday.

"You may be getting old but you feel young for the two hours you're out in the field," said McQuade, whose team was slated to start 2007 play by hosting Peddie on April 3 before playing at Lawrenceville on April 5. "You come to practice and feel good about getting to work with the kids that we have."

Freewheeling Hun School Boys' Lax Aims to Have Fun, Produce Surprises

Bill Alden

The regular season hasn't even started and the Hun School boys' lacrosse team is already facing some stiff challenges.

Over the preseason, three of Hun's key performers, seniors A.J. Blackburn and Jon Gray together with post-graduate Chris Trombino, suffered injuries.

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