Vol. LXI, No. 25
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
(Photo by Stephen Goldsmith)ARMED FOR SUCCESS: Princeton University baseball star Sal Iacono prepares to wing the ball to first in a game this spring. Iacono, who graduated from Princeton earlier this month, was chosen in the 26th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros. Last week, the Staten Island, N.Y. native signed a contract to play with the organization's Tri-City Valley Cats affiliate in the Class A New York-Penn League. This spring, Iacono produced one of the finest seasons in Princeton baseball history as he hit .413, leading the Tigers in batting average, hits (62), doubles (12), RBIs (35), and slugging percentage (.607).
Establishing himself as one of the top schoolboy baseball players on Staten Island, Sal Iacono naturally harbored dreams of someday becoming a pro player.
During his high school career at Tottenville High, Iacono seemed to be on the path to that goal, batting over .500 as a sophomore, junior, and senior, hitting a walk-off homer at Shea Stadium to win the city championship as a sophomore.
A thunderstorm bombed the Bronx last Saturday afternoon, interrupting the proceedings as the Yankees hosted the Mets in the latest installment of their annual Subway Series.
While the delay was an inconvenience for the baseball fans packing Yankee Stadium, the storm was far more than a minor irritation for Ron Bowman.
As the storm approached, Bowman was swimming in the Hudson River, midway through his second leg in the annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a gruelling 28.5-mile test that attracted 65 swimmers from all over the world.
Scott Goldsmith had high hopes coming into this spring in his debut season as the head coach of the Princeton High baseball team.
With a senior-laden team, PHS was shooting for the .500 record necessary to qualify for the state playoffs.
After one of those seniors, Colin Sarafin, pitched the Little Tigers to early season wins over perennial powers Hamilton and Nottingham, PHS looked like a dangerous team.
Rob Tuckman knows that the Princeton Day School boys' lacrosse team faces an uphill battle every season.
"We're a small school and we play in a very competitive league," said Tuckman, who just completed his first season as the PDS head coach. "We really need to get every ounce of energy out of our players."
The Panthers showed plenty of energy as they got off to a 5-4 start in Tuckman's debut campaign but then things went south as PDS dropped its final six games.
Brad Dewey got into rowing in the fall of 2004, attracted by the teamwork aspect of the sport.
Dewey, though, wasn't the most valuable teammate in his early days with the Mercer Junior Rowing Club (MJRC).
"It took a while to get used to it," recalled Dewey. "It was very, very hard; it takes so much physical strength."
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