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Vol. LXIV, No. 27
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
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CATCHING ON: Former Princeton High standout Steven Fuchs receives the ball in his role as a back-up catcher for the Princeton University baseball team. Fuchs was not recruited by the PU baseball program and survived a try-out last fall to make the Tigers as a walk-on.

PHS Alum Fuchs Battled to Make PU Baseball; Applying College Experience for Post 218 Squad

Bill Alden

For Steven Fuchs, his work isn’t done this summer with the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team when the final out is recorded.

On most nights, Fuchs stays after games to run laps around the field in his catcher’s gear to get in some extra conditioning.

Utilizing that sterling work ethic, the former Princeton High standout made the Princeton University baseball team as a walk-on this season in his freshman year.

Taking Leadership Role for PU Men’s Lax, Former PHS Star Moni Named Tri-Captain

Bill Alden

Tyler Moni got off to a hot start this spring in his junior season playing at offensive midfielder for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team.

The former Princeton High standout posted consecutive two-goal performances as the Tigers began the season with wins over Hofstra and Johns Hopkins.

But midway through the season, Moni was asked by new Princeton head coach Chris Bates to make a sacrifice for the team.

PU Baseball’s Barnes Overcomes Arm Injury; Now Living Out Dream of Playing at Pro Level

Bill Alden

It looked like Dan Barnes’ dream to play pro baseball might be shattered during his sophomore season with the Princeton University baseball team.

In his third start of the season, Barnes felt a twinge in his right arm. At first, he didn’t think it was serious but he quickly learned otherwise.

“It hurt a little that day but it felt OK the next day,” recalled Barnes.

“But after that, I couldn’t get the muscles to fire. It turned out that I had a pinched nerve in my bicep. It takes a long time to heal. I didn’t know what was going to happen or when I was going to be able to pitch again.”

PHS Running Back Barsamian Shows Versatility; Stars in Trenches as East Wins Sunshine Classic

Bill Alden

Trevor Barsamian made his name in local football circles as a hard-charging running back for the Princeton High squad.

In the 2009 season, the 5’11, 250-pound Barsamian rumbled for 762 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in his senior year to help PHS go 7-3 and make the state playoffs.

This September, Barsamian is joining the Franklin and Marshall football program where he is slotted in at running back.

But last Thursday night at the Sunshine Classic all-star football game at The College of New Jersey, Barsamian showed he can be a force on defense, making several key plays at nose tackle for the East squad.

Princeton 12s Show Progress in District Softball; With Two Wins and Near Miss in Extra Innings

Bill Alden

In their District 12 tournament opener on June 25, the Princeton/Cranbury-Plainsboro 12-year-old softball all-stars went down meekly, falling 11-0 to Millstone-Roosevelt.

In the Pool A play rematch between the teams five days later, it appeared that history was repeating itself as Princeton fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning.

But showing grit and marked improvement, Princeton turned the contest into an two-and-a-half hour extra-inning marathon before dropping a 6-4 nailbiter.

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