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Vol. LXIV, No. 31
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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IMMERSION TRAINING: Jesse Marsch helps run a training session for the U.S. men’s national soccer team as it went through its pre-World Cup camp at Princeton University this past May. Marsch, a former PU men’s soccer star, joined the U.S. team as an assistant coach earlier this year after retiring from Major League Soccer. Getting a trial by fire as he helped guide the U.S. team through its World Cup run proved to be an invaluable and memorable experience for Marsch.

PU Alum Marsch Gained Valuable Experience in Helping to Guide U.S. Soccer at World Cup

Bill Alden

Jesse Marsch has played in a lot of soccer games over the last 25 years, beginning as a youth star in Wisconsin in the 1980s before earning All-America honors at Princeton and then putting together a 14-year run in Major League Soccer.

But Marsch has seen more soccer this year in his role as assistant coach for the U.S. men’s national team than he had viewed in the last quarter century as he helped the squad gear up for the World Cup.

Former MJRC Star and PU Recruit Popescu Primed to Compete for U.S. at Junior Worlds

Bill Alden

Paul Popescu’s first day with the Mercer Junior Rowing Club (MJRC) turned out to be a shock to his system.

“Not having done other sports, I was not in shape,” said Popescu, recalling his initial practice with the club in 2006 as a Montgomery High freshman.

“I was so sore that first day; I wanted to quit. The coach convinced me to keep coming.”

With Aziz Thriving Nicely in Leading Role, George’s Roasters Wins Hoops Series Opener

Bill Alden

When high-scoring center Scott Findlay blew out his knee last month, things looked bleak for George’s Roasters and Ribs/The Ivy Inn as it chased its third straight title in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League.

But longtime George’s stalwart Mark Aziz filled the void for Findlay, averaging 11.2 points a game as the veteran club went 7-2 and earned the top seed for the summer hoops playoffs.

Aziz, a former College of New Jersey star who played professionally in the Egypt Superleague last winter, earned the summer league’s regular season MVP for his heroics.

New Coach Sichet Enjoys Smooth Transition as CP Bluefish Swimmers Produce Big Season

Bill Alden

Stepping in as the new head coach of the Community Park Bluefish swim team this summer, it didn’t take Andy Sichet long to realize that he had something special on his hands.

Fighting Uphill Battle at PASDA Meet, Nassau Swim Club Shows its Quality

Bill Alden

Carla Tuan personified the spirit displayed by the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings as they competed last week in the Princeton-Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet.

While the Lemmings didn’t have the quantity of competitors to match the larger squads in the six-club Division 1 classification, the Nassau swimmers produced plenty of quality performances.

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