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When the basketball season started, Justin Conway didn't see himself as a potentially pivotal player for the Princeton University men's squad.
Instead, Conway, who fought his way into the program as a walk-on, was preoccupied with working hard in practice to maintain his precarious spot on the roster.
But with Princeton getting off to a poor start and the coaching staff looking for answers, Conway's consistency and effectiveness in practice started to turn heads.
Last Sunday started on a down note for Meagan Cowher.
At midnight, the sophomore forward for the Princeton University women's team was in the middle of a long bus ride with her teammates as they travelled back to New Jersey from New England after losing 49-47 to Brown.
But 22 hours later, Cowher was on top of the world, celebrating with her father, Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Bill Cowher on Ford Field in Detroit in the wake of Pittsburgh's 21-10 win over Seattle in Super Bowl XL.
As Nina Rossi stood in the blocks waiting to swim the anchor leg in the 400-meter freestyle relay last Saturday at the Mercer County Swimming Championship meet, the Princeton High senior star was determined to do something special.
A.J. Blackburn and his teammates on the Hun School boys' hockey team glided off the ice with their heads down after the second period of their clash last Wednesday with Princeton High.
Hun trailed once-beaten PHS 5-2 and seemed to be on the verge of getting blown off the ice at Baker Rink.
Upon emerging from the locker room for the third period, the Raiders looked like a different team. With Blackburn and freshman Brendan Gallagher each scoring two goals, Hun pulled out a dramatic 7-5 win.
After winning seven straight Prep B titles, the Princeton Day School boys' hockey team may have been getting blasé about their success.
Last winter, however, PDS got a major wake-up call as Morristown-Beard came into town and beat the Panthers 3-2 to take the crown and snap the title streak.
That stinging defeat was on the minds of the PDS players last Monday as they hosted Montclair Kimberley in the state Prep semifinals.