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Vol. LXIII, No. 6
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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ON THE RISE: Princeton University men’s basketball star Kareem Maddox flies to the hoop last Saturday in Princeton’s 63-35 win over Columbia. Sophomore forward Maddox chipped in nine points and five rebounds as Princeton won its seventh straight game and improved to 9-8 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League play. The Tigers, who now sit atop the league standings, will look to keep rolling when they play at Yale on February 13 and at Brown on February 14.

Getting Stingy in Routs of Cornell, Columbia, Tiger Men’s Basketball Vaults Into Ivy Lead

Bill Alden

The fans started filing out of Jadwin Gym with about five minutes to go in the game last Saturday as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Columbia.

But unlike the past two seasons when the supporters left early as the losses piled up for struggling Princeton, the exodus Saturday was prompted by a second Tiger blowout win in two nights.

On Friday night, Princeton stunned defending Ivy League champion Cornell, pounding the Big Red 61-41 and ending their 19-game winning streak in league play.

With Senior Goalie Young Raising Her Game, PU Women’s Hockey Gains in ECACH Race

Bill Alden

Over the first 16 games of the season for the Princeton University women’s hockey team, senior goalie Kristen Young gave up a total of 41 goals.

While that amounts to a more than respectable 2.6 goals against average, Young realized that she wasn’t at her sharpest.

“I knew I had to step it up,” said Young, reflecting on her play early in the season.

PHS Boys’ Swimmers Place 3rd at Counties While Girls’ Team Shows Spirit in Taking 7th

Bill Alden

It was the eighth swim in two days for each of them and the Princeton High boys’ team had been eliminated from title contention in the Mercer County Swimming Championships.

But the members of the PHS 400-meter freestyle relay team were determined to go out with a bang in the last event of the meet last Saturday at Lawrence High.

The quartet of Alex Zantal, Matt Kuhlik, Peter Deardorff, and Sean MacKenzie fought through fatigue to win the race in memorable fashion, setting a school and meet record with a time of 3:39.89.

Bayles and Sturm Step Up on Senior Day as PHS Girls’ Hockey Edged By Portledge

Bill Alden

Olivia Bayles has worked tirelessly over the last two years to make herself into a star goalie for the Princeton High girls’ hockey team while Maddy Sturm moved to defense from forward to make the team stronger.

“I did a lot of clinics and a lot of camps over the past two years and summers,” said Bayles.

“I have been playing hockey constantly throughout the year. I haven’t had an offseason.”

Senior Standout Popkin Guns in Two Goals as PDS Boys’ Hockey Tops Hun in Prep Semis

Bill Alden

Max Popkin was sidelined with an injured shoulder this past December when the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team fell 4-1 to crosstown rival Hun.

Last Monday, senior forward and team captain Popkin inflicted pain on Hun, scoring two goals to help PDS edge the Raiders 4-3 in the state Prep semifinals at the Ice Land Skating Center.

Afterward, a smiling Popkin acknowledged that he and his teammates brought plenty of emotion into the rematch with Hun.

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