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Vol. LXII, No. 24
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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GUT CHECK: Members of the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity boat go through a recent training session on Lake Carnegie. Last Saturday, the Tigers set the tone in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) grand final, leading the race for the first 1,500 meters. The Tigers ended up finishing a close fourth as Cornell won its third straight IRA title.

Despite Battling Hard at IRA Championships, Tiger Rowers Come Up Short in Medal Chase

Bill Alden

Coming into the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last weekend, the Princeton University men’s heavyweight and men’s lightweight crews both decided to do a little bit of tinkering.

The heavyweight boat made a lineup change for the competition on the Cooper River in Camden while their lightweight counterparts opted for a more aggressive tactical approach.

Men’s Summer Hoops Hitting Milestone as 20th Season to Tip Off Next Monday

Bill Alden

According to local legend, it all started from an offhand conversation in 1988.

A former Princeton High football player named Mike Riddick mentioned to the PHS basketball head coach Doug Snyder that it would be a good idea to start a basketball league for the college kids back in town for the summer.

Snyder liked the idea and went to the Princeton Recreation Department to see if it would be interested in supporting such a venture. The Rec Department gave its backing and the league tipped off in the summer of 1989.

Princeton Post 218 Showing Promise; Looking to Surprise Foes This Summer

Bill Alden

Playing in mid-90 degree temperatures that made Smoyer Park feel like a blast furnace, the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team faced a trial by fire last Sunday as it opened the season.

PHS’ Orcutt Headed to Rowing Nationals, Hopes to End MJRC Career With a Bang

Bill Alden

After deciding that he wasn’t big enough to make an impact for the Princeton High football team, Cameron Orcutt turned to rowing.

But on his first day of practice with the Mercer Junior Rowing Club (MJRC) in 2004 as a PHS freshman, Orcutt was left wondering whether he had made the right move.

PHS Boys’ Lax Took Its Lumps but Sees Long-Term Dividends

Bill Alden

There is no question that the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team took plenty of lumps this spring.

Forced to go with a youth movement in the absence of a core of seniors, PHS went 4-10 and missed out on its seemingly annual trip to the state tournament.

While longtime head coach Peter Stanton was not happy with his team’s final record, he believes his younger players learned some lessons that will benefit the program down the line.

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