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Vol. LXI, No. 24
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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HANDS ON TRAINING: Princeton University fencing head coach Zoltan Dudas, left, makes a point to one of his athletes. Dudas, who started coaching in his native Hungary as a 19-year-old, recently completed his debut season at the helm of the Princeton program. Dudas guided the men's team to third place in the Ivy League Championship with the Tiger women taking fourth.

In Coaching Saga That Began in Hungary, Dudas Enjoyed Debut With PU Fencers

Bill Alden

As a 19-year-old fencing star for his club in Hungary, Zoltan Dudas had his sights set on going as far as he could in his competitive career.

But then a novel offer came his way that ultimately changed the course of Dudas' life.

"The coach in my club got another job and the club didn't have any other coach," recalled Dudas. "Fencing is a sport where you have to have a skilled coach. The head of the club came to me to see if I would fence and be a coach simultaneously."

PHS Star Bliss Battles to Medal at MOC, Primed for Nike Meet, PU Track Career

Bill Alden

Libby Bliss was looking for some redemption as she toed the starting line for the 800-meter run last Wednesday at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.

After turning heads last spring when she won the Group III title in the 800, the Princeton High senior star was disappointed to finish fourth in this year's group final.

Post 218 Baseball Brimming With Optimism; Believes It Can Finally Make MCALL Playoffs

Lance Williams

After 17 seasons at the helm of the Princeton Post 218 baseball team, manager Tommy Parker has yet to lead his team to the Mercer County American Legion League (MCALL) playoffs.

But Parker has never let this fact temper his optimism for Post 218 before — and this year is no different. Coming off of an 11-11 season in which the team finished only two games out of the playoff picture, Parker is as confident as ever that his squad will get over the hump and end its streak of futility this season.

Summer Men's Hoops Tips Off Monday as Starts Title Defense

Bill Alden

Last year, the team staggered to a 2-6 start in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men's Basketball League.

The squad brought a sixth-seed into the league playoffs and figured to be headed to an early exit.

But sparked by the leadership and sharp shooting of former Princeton High and Springfield College star Shahid Abdul-Karim, advanced to the best-of-three championship series against SMB/Dr. Palmer.

McIsaac Cruises to Another Fete 10k Title While Kirsch Ends Up as Top Female Finisher

Bill Alden

Glenn McIsaac is known in local road-running circles for his prowess in relatively shorter events.

Earlier this month, the 48-year-old Princeton resident flew to a second place finish in the Hillsborough Hop 5k, clocking a time of 16:29 as he got nipped at the line.

Despite his preference for that distance, he looks forward to doubling up things every year at the June Fete 10k Run.

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