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Vol. LXIV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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MAKING A SPLASH: Princeton University men’s track star Donn Cabral competes in a steeplechase race this season. Earlier this month, sophomore Cabral, who took up the event this spring, placed second in the steeplechase at the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Ore. This week, Cabral will be competing in the USA Track Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

PU’s Cabral Making a Splash in Steeplechase, Takes 2nd at NCAAs, Headed to USA Meet

Bill Alden

Donn Cabral was dragged into giving the steeplechase a try this spring for the Princeton University men’s track team.

“I wasn’t too excited about it even though I knew I could be good at it,” said sophomore Cabral reflecting on his debut in the gut-busting 3,000-meter event that features a series of barriers and water jumps.

“My first steeplechase was against teammate Trevor Van Ackeren; he is a good runner and a great athlete. He kicked my butt; he beat me by 10 seconds.”

Undeterred by that shaky debut, Cabral beat the competition all spring in his new event, taking first at the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships and placing second at the NCAA East regional meet.

Former PU Coach Tierney Broadened Horizons In Guiding Denver Lax to NCAA Tournament

Bill Alden

Last June, the world of college lacrosse was rocked when Hall of Fame coach Bill Tierney left the Princeton University men’s lax program to take over the squad at the University of Denver.

During his 22-year tenure at Princeton, Tierney established himself as the face of Tiger lacrosse, guiding the team to six national titles and a 238-86 record.

A year after his stunning move, Tierney acknowledged that he was a bit uneasy about heading west.

After 12-Year Tenure as PDS Athletics Director, Levandowski Heading Home to New England

Bill Alden

John Levandowski cut his teeth in sports on the playing fields of New England.

A Webster, Mass. native, Levandowski became a star athlete at Nichols College just miles from his hometown, making All-New England in his junior and senior years in both football and lacrosse.

Staying in sports after graduation, Levandowski took a job as a coach and a teacher at Greenwich Country Day in Connecticut.

Cordonnier Providing Versatility, Leadership As Post 218 Baseball Has Breakthrough Week

Bill Alden

After a solid season last summer for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team, Luke Cordonnier is ready to shoulder more responsibility in his second campaign with the club.

“This year I am stepping up more as a leader than I did last year,” said Cordonnier, a Princeton High junior who played well for the Little Tigers this spring. “I am cheering the team on; I am picking them up in the infield.”

Last week, Cordonnier drew plenty of cheers from his teammates as he made solid contributions in Post 218’s first two wins of the season in Mercer County American Legion League play.

Ference Struggles at U.S. Open Challenge but Love of Golf Deepened by Experience

Bill Alden

Peggy Ference had already made history when she stepped up to the first tee at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 9 to start her round in the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge.

The Skillman resident and Cherry Valley Club member was the first woman to win the nationwide vote in the contest in which the five finalists vie for the chance to play a round alongside three celebrities under U.S. Open conditions at the site of the event.

As she teed off with her celebrity partners, Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, and actor Mark Wahlberg, Ference hoped to become the first contest winner to break 100 in the event which started in 2008 after Tiger Woods famously said in a post-round U.S. Open interview at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club that a 10-handicapper couldn’t break 100 on that course.

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