Vol. LXIV, No. 26
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
(Photo Courtesy of Princeton Crew/Tom Nowak)
ITALIAN JOB: Princeton University mens lightweight rower Gianthomas Volpe savors the feeling earlier this month after Princeton won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta. Volpe, a native of Italy, will be returning to Europe this week to compete for a Princeton coxed four in the Henley Royal Regatta near London.
Like millions of young boys in Italy, Gianthomas Volpe dreamed of becoming a soccer star.
But struggling with a knee injury as a middle schooler in his native Napoli some eight years ago, Volpe was given the option of recovering on the water.
The doctor said I could row instead of doing rehab, said Volpe. I started rowing and never went back to soccer.
Mike Olentine thought he played his last football game when Princeton High lost to Monroe last fall in the state playoffs.
The senior quarterback turned his thoughts to his main sport, lacrosse, and helping a veteran PHS squad to a big spring.
But while the high-scoring attackman and Dartmouth recruit was leading the Little Tigers lax squad to the state finals, he learned that he was going to get one last shot at football as he was named to play for the East squad in the 14th annual Sunshine Classic all-star game.
Attracting crowds of thousands and featuring the areas top senior players from last fall, the annual Sunshine Classic all-star football game can be a pressure-cooker for its participants.
For recently graduated Hun School offensive lineman John Law, playing for the West squad in the Sunshine Classic this Thursday night at The College of New Jersey amounts to the latest test in a series of challenges he has faced in his football career.
Tenacity and tireless play were Maddy Sturms hallmarks during her career with the Princeton High girls hockey team.
Sturm starred from the backline as a top defenseman and served as a team captain for the Little Tigers.
The qualities that Sturm displayed on the ice will come in handy this summer as the rising sophomore at Dartmouth College hits the road for the journey of a lifetime.
Matthew Cavuto has dabbled in baseball, soccer, and golf as he looked to find his best sport.
But Cavuto found his athletic niche in the spring of 2009 in fencing when he switched to epee from saber as an eighth grader at Princeton Day School.
I did saber for about a year; saber is 1-2-3 and run into each other, it is who can hit people first, said Cavuto.
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