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Vol. LXIV, No. 13
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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FINISHING UP: Princeton University men’s basketball senior guard Marcus Schroeder finishes a drive in Princeton’s 65-51 win over Duquesne in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Schroeder and the Tigers ended up advancing to the CBI semis where they fell to St. Louis 69-59 last Wednesday.

Tiger Men’s Basketball Falls in CBI Semifinals; but Schroeder, Fellow Seniors Enjoyed the Ride

Bill Alden

With 9:01 remaining on the second half of its College Basketball Invitational (CBI) quarterfinal contest at IUPUI last week, the Princeton University men’s basketball team found itself trailing by 10 points.

Having already won its CBI opener over Duquesne and having achieved the 20-win plateau, Princeton could have rested on its laurels and lost the will to fight before a hostile crowd.

Instead, showing the tenacity that has become its hallmark this winter, the Tigers outscored the Jaguars 19-9 to force overtime with the teams knotted at 63-63 at the end of regulation.

Utilizing MJRC and Stuart Country Day Background, Thompson Excels In Rowing, Studies at Georgetown

Bill Alden

After suffering a herniated disc during her sophomore year in high school, Katharine Thompson could have drifted away from the sport of rowing.

But Thompson wasn’t about to stop competing for the Mercer Junior Rowing Club (MJRC) due to some back pain.

“The MJRC was a group that I clicked with and rowing was sport I took to; I liked everything about it,” said Thompson, a Princeton native who joined the MJRC in the 2002-03 season as a freshman at the Stuart Country Day School. “Crew is a sport where you get out of it what you put into it. I like to work hard and I like to see the results of my hard work.”

Battling through her back pain, Thompson’s work yielded a silver medal in the youth nationals as a member of the MJRC women’s lightweight 8 during her junior year in high school.

Featuring Powerful Attack, Athletic Midfield, PHS Boys’ Lacrosse Primed for Big Season

Bill Alden

Peter Stanton has been coaching high school lacrosse long enough to know that a program’s fortunes goes in cycles, with down years leading to big seasons.

As Stanton enters his 15th year at the helm of the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse program, he believes his 2010 squad is headed toward the peak of the curve.

“We look at where we were when our season ended last year and we were playing our best lacrosse at the end,” said Stanton, whose team posted a 13-7 record in 2009.

PHS Football Head Coach Everette Stepping Down; Proud of His Work in Leading Program’s Renaissance

Bill Alden

Heading into the fall of 2002, the Princeton High football team badly needed a jolt of energy.

The moribund Little Tigers had become the doormat of the Colonial Valley Conference, struggling to a 6-52 record over the six previous seasons.

Things started to change that fall when Steve Everette came in as the new head coach and breathed new life into the program.

The animated, intense Everette undertook the rebuilding job with gusto, working overtime to attract more players to the program and make the Little Tigers more competitive. Although PHS went 3-17 in Everette’s first two seasons, the groundwork was in place for a reversal of fortune.

Kelso Taking Helm of Hun Boys’ Lacrosse; Well Versed in Program’s Winning Tradition

Bill Alden

Tom Kelso is coming full circle in terms of his involvement with the Hun School boys’ lacrosse program.

Kelso, a 2001 Hun graduate, played goalie for the Raiders as a high schooler and then came back to his alma mater and served as the JV boys’ lax coach in 2006 and 2007 and as an assistant for the varsity squad the last two springs.

Now, Kelso is stepping up to the head coaching post as he takes over for athletic director Bill Quirk, who guided the Raiders to a 14-1 mark last spring in his one season at the helm.

As a result of Kelso’s long background with the program, he plans to perpetuate its culture.

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