Vol. LXII, No. 30
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
(Photo by Bill Allen/NJ SportAction)
CREATIVE ENERGY: Doug Snyder yells out instructions as his William Allen High (Pa.) boys basketball team topped Princeton High 49-31 last Saturday as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Princeton Recreation Department Mens Summer Basketball League. Snyder, the former boys hoops head coach at PHS, was the driving force in the founding of the league in 1989. His special homecoming Saturday culminated when he was inducted along with 10 others into the first class of the summer leagues Hall of Fame.
Doug Snyder dispensed with the usual post-game handshake with the opposing coach after his William Allen High (Pa.) boys basketball team topped Princeton High last Saturday as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Princeton Recreation Department Mens Summer Basketball League.
Instead, Snyder, the ex-PHS head coach, hugged his counterpart, Jason Carter, grinning broadly as he clasped his former player.
That was just one of the many touching moments Snyder enjoyed as he returned to Princeton to take part in the anniversary festivities and get inducted into the first class of the Summer Leagues Hall of Fame.
It was sweltering around the Community Park basketball courts last Saturday evening as the temperature hovered in the mid-90s but the heat didnt keep them away.
As the thuds of bouncing basketballs, shouts of teammates, and the whistles of the refs emanated from the court, the park gradually filled with male and female, young and old, white and black.
They were there to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a venerable community institution, the Princeton Recreation Departments Summer Mens Basketball League.
Jason Read is trained to respond in emergency situations.
As a member of the Amwell Valley Rescue Squad, Read was a first responder following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Read, the squads chief of operations, served on the New Jersey command staff as a communications officer in the aftermath of the attack.
Now, Read, a Hun School alum, is poised to respond, if needed, as an alternate for the U.S. rowing team in the upcoming Beijing Summer Olympics.
In his three seasons with the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team, Mark Madden has endured his share of disappointment.
After producing a promising 11-11 season in 2006, Post 218 went 5-17 last summer and brought a 3-17 record into its game last Wednesday evening against visiting Trenton Post 93.
While the steady diet of losing couldve left Madden disillusioned, the former Princeton Day School standout hasnt lost his competitive spirit.
For a lot of kids, the summer is a time to catch a breath and take a break from the rigors of the school year.
But for a group of local girls, this summer will be remembered as a time when they underwent a stern test of their soccer skills.
The Princeton Soccer Association (PSA)s Under-14 girls team is currently taking its first plunge in the highly competitive Super Y League of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
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