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Vol. LXII, No. 35
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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BOOT CAMP: Princeton University punter Ryan Coyle boots the ball in action last season. Coyle, a Princeton native and former star at the Lawrenceville School, earned All-Ivy League honors last season after averaging 43.1 yards a kick. This week, Coyle is starting preseason camp with the Tigers as he prepares for his final college campaign.

Rising from Walk-On to All-Ivy Punter at PU, Hometown Product Coyle Getting Last Kicks

Bill Alden

Ryan Coyle was right under the noses of the Princeton University football coaches but he wasn’t on their radar screen when it came time for serious recruiting.

The Princeton resident was a star kicker and punter for nearby Lawrenceville School but after a subpar performance at the PU program’s summer camp in 2003, the Tiger coaches cooled on him.

Although Coyle was recruited by Davidson College and Amherst College, he decided to apply to Princeton because he wanted to take a shot at getting an Ivy League education even if his football prospects looked dim.

Coyle was ultimately accepted by Princeton and he decided to give the Tiger coaching staff another shot at obtaining his kicking services.

After Seeing Action for PU Football in 2007, Hun Alum Gallagher Primed for Final Season

Bill Alden

The Princeton University football team got its 2007 season underway with a kickoff return by Pete Ploszek.

Ploszek’s 25-yard gallop will go down as a minor footnote in a 31-20 loss to Lehigh which started Princeton on the road to a disappointing 4-6 season.

Yet for Tiger defensive lineman Pat Gallagher, that play marked a moment he’ll never forget.

Former PHS Standout Nie-Medalia Ready to Step Up for PU Field Hockey

Bill Alden

May-Ying Nie-Medalia is not afraid to do some globetrotting when it comes to honing her field hockey skills.

Prior to graduating from Princeton High in 2008, Nie-Medalia spent a semester playing for a school in Johannesburg, South Africa and also toured the Netherlands with her Edge club team.

This week, though, Nie-Medalia isn’t even leaving her hometown to start the next chapter in the sport as she starts preseason practice with the Princeton University field hockey team.

Hoppenot Grew Into a Standout for PDS, Now Bringing Skills to PU Men’s Soccer

Bill Alden

As a freshman on the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team, Antoine Hoppenot barely came up to the shoulders of most of the players on the field.

Utilizing his intensity, speed and ball skills, the fiery Hoppenot was able to hold his own as he moved up to the high school level.

The dazzling Hoppenot eventually grew into a star forward for PDS, earning All-Prep honors in his last two seasons with the Panthers.

As It Celebrates Fifth Anniversary, High Hoops Program Branches Out

Bill Alden

In the summer of 2003, Jackie Dorman decided that she wanted to create a basketball skills summer program for young girls living in Trenton housing projects.

Developing her leadership and organizational skills, Dorman, then a rising senior at Princeton High, succeeded in making her dream a reality as the “High Hoops” camp had a successful six-week run at the Donnelly Homes gym.

Now, five years later, High Hoops has branched out well beyond the hardwood, giving its campers a shot at developing other life skills.


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