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Vol. LXIV, No. 29
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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(Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers)

POWER TRIP: Darroll Powe chases down the puck in action this past winter for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. Former Princeton University standout Powe helped the Flyers make the Stanley Cup finals last month and is still savoring the team’s playoff run.

After Helping Flyers Make Stanley Cup Finals, PU Alum Powe Still Savoring Playoff Journey

Ed Benkin

Skating in front of the Princeton University fans at Baker Rink was a huge thrill for men’s hockey star Darroll Powe.

But the hockey adventure that culminated for Powe in late June put him on a much bigger stage.

Powe, a second-year player with the Philadelphia Flyers, helped the club make a remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Maturing Into PU Men’s Lightweight Star, Klein Now Rowing for U.S. at U-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

After going through an up-and-down freshman season with the Princeton University men’s lightweight crew team, Christian Klein spent much of the summer of 2008 in the basement of his family’s home.

“I had an ERG (ergometer rowing machine) in my basement and I trained hard over the summer for the first time,” said Klein.

“I ended up getting really fast. We did the fall testing and I was third. It was a wow moment, it made me think maybe I can do this.”

PU Runner Banfich Enjoying Summer in Paris After Making All-America in 5,000 This Spring

Bill Alden

While cycling superstar Lance Armstrong has struggled on the road this month in the Tour de France, another American athlete has been flying around the boulevards of Paris.

Princeton University distance running star Alex Banfich has been logging plenty of miles when she isn’t working as a teacher in the classroom.

“I’m doing an internship through Princeton teaching English to French children ages 3-10 — its been extremely rewarding and I’ve had a great time so far,” said rising junior Banfich. “I’ve found plenty of parks to run in here so training is going just fine.”

With 3 Squads Heading to AAU Nationals, Princeton Basketball Club Showing Growth

Bill Alden

When some of the young basketball players in Princeton decided that they wanted to get more serious about their game, Clarence White took action.

White, the travel basketball supervisor for the Princeton Recreation Department, combined with Mike Finnen, the parent of one of the ambitious hoops players, to form the Princeton Basketball Club (PBC) in the spring of 2007.

“The kids wanted to play more,” recalled White. “We have the Dillon League and travel basketball. But the competition level by the time they get to high school is tougher and they weren’t up to snuff in terms of playing tougher competition. Ben Stentz (a Rec Department Program Supervisor) suggested that we get an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team together and Mike Finnen did the legwork.”

Overcoming Adversity to Click at Right Time, Princeton 11s Advance in District 12 Tourney

Bill Alden

Matt Frawley didn’t like what he saw in the early going last Friday evening as his Princeton Little League 11-year-old all stars faced East Windsor in District 12 tournament play.

With Princeton coming off a disappointing lost to Cranbury-Plainsboro and then having two games postponed due to rainouts, manager Frawley cringed as the team started the bottom of the first inning by making two easy outs.

Frawley brightened up as his team scratched out a run in the frame to take a 1-0 lead. Princeton got into a rhythm later in the contest as it scored two runs in the third and then tacked on four in the fourth on the way to a 7-2 victory.


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