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Vol. LXII, No. 42
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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JORDAN RULES: Princeton University junior running back Jordan Culbreath looks for yardage in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Culbreath rushed for a career-high 153 yards but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 27-24 at Colgate.

PU Football Battles Hard at Colgate but Falls 27-24 on Last-Second FG

Bill Alden

With Princeton leading the Raiders 16-14 at the break, Hughes conveyed a simple message to his players in the locker room.

“I told the guys we were in a heckuva football game,” said Hughes. “There is nowhere you would rather be; this is what we do.”

By the end of the contest, however, the Princeton dressing room was not a great place to be as the Tigers dealt with the disappointment of a 27-24 loss to the Raiders which saw Colgate score the winning points on a last-second field goal.

Busch Fires Up Princeton Men’s Soccer but Tigers Drop Heartbreaker to Brown

Bill Alden

Brandon Busch made no effort to hide his emotions.

After scoring a first half goal last Saturday to give the Princeton University men’s soccer team a 1-0 lead over visiting Brown, the 5’3 Busch raced to the wall at Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium and leaped up to high five cheering fans.

With QB Ryan Keeping Cool and Firing Away, PHS Football Tops Steinert With Stunning Rally

Bill Alden

Although the senior quarterback had hit on several big passes as PHS battled visiting Steinert last Saturday, he had also thrown two interceptions which had helped put the Little Tigers in a 16-7 hole with 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“Of course we were getting frustrated,” said Ryan. “I threw two bad passes that ended up in interceptions.”

Over the final minutes of the contest, Ryan turned that frustration into a personal highlight film as he engineered a stunning comeback.

PHS Girls’ Cross Country Making Progress, Building Strong Pack for the Big Meets Ahead

Bill Alden

For the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, it was the first major test of the young season.

Facing perennial powers WW/P-N and WW/P-S last week at Veterans Park in Hamilton, PHS saw the meet as a measuring stick with the county and state competitions just around the corner.

While PHS didn’t prevail, it gave its highly regarded foes a run for their money. Led by precocious freshman Jenna Cody, who placed sixth individually, the Little Tigers lost 24-31 to WW/P-N and 25-30 to WW/P-S.

PHS head coach James Smirk, for his part, was pleasantly surprised by his team’s effort.

PDS Girls’ Soccer Falters in Peddie Loss but Is Optimistic as Postseason Looms

Bill Alden

Having won three straight games coming into its clash at the Peddie School last week, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team seemed poised to keep up its hot streak.

PDS was tied 1-1 with the Falcons heading into the waning stages of the first half. But making some uncharacteristic miscues, the Panthers surrendered two goals and found themselves trailing 3-1 by intermission.

In the final 40 minutes, PDS did score a goal but it wasn’t nearly enough as Peddie cruised to a 5-2 triumph.

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