February 3, 2016

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MOVING FORWARD: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian drives to the basket last Saturday against Yale. Senior forward and tri-captain Tarakchian scored 12 points and had eight rebounds on the day to help Princeton defeat the Bulldogs 65-50. Princeton, now 13-4 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, plays at Dartmouth on February 5 and at Harvard on February 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Starting its Ivy League campaign by losing at Penn in early January just before going on a lengthy exam-break hiatus prompted some soul searching for the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

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MAINSTAY: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Brianna Romaine heads to victory in the 100-meter backstroke in the finals of the Mercer County Swimming Championships last Saturday at WW/P-N. Senior star Romaine also won the 100 freestyle and helped PHS to victories and meet records in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. The Little Tigers cruised to the team title as they won their fourth straight county crown. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Brianna Romaine helped set the tone for the Princeton High girls’ squad as it competed in the finals of the Mercer County Swimming Championships last Saturday at WW/P-N.  more

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CHRISTIAN VALUE: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Christian Chiang powers to a second place finish in the 100-meter butterfly final last Saturday in the Mercer County Swimming Championships at WW/P-N. Chiang also took second in the 100 breaststroke to help PHS place third in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Christian Chiang didn’t stand still in the blocks as he got ready to compete in the 100-meter butterfly final in the Mercer County Swimming Championships at WW/P-N last Saturday, jumping up and down and pumping his arms with a grin on his face. more

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CREASE CONTROL: Princeton High girls’ hockey senior goalie Callie Urisko guards the crease in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, Urisko came up big on the program’s annual Senior Night, making 35 saves as PHS defeated Pingry 6-4. Senior forward Isabelle Sohn tallied three goals and an assist to trigger the offense for the Little Tigers in the victory. PHS, now 2-8, hosts Portledge School (N.Y.) on February 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Callie Urisko joined the Princeton High girls’ hockey team in the winter of 2012-13 as a rookie goalie, she had a lot to learn about the position. more

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DRAWING A CROWD: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Sam Serxner dribbles the ball in the paint against a group of foes in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Serxner scored nine points in a losing cause as PHS fell 59-54 to WW/P-N to drop to 4-11.  The Little Tigers play at Notre Dame on February 5 and host Hillsborough on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Sam Serxner knew that the Princeton High boys’ basketball team needed him to be more productive offensively as it hosted WW/P-N last Friday. more

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BACK IN FORM: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kristi Serafin flies up the ice in a  game last year. Last Thursday, junior defenseman Serafin scored the lone goal for PDS as it fell 2-1 to Morristown-Beard. On Monday, she contributed a goal and two assists as the Panthers defeated Pingry 7-0. PDS, now 9-7-1, hosts Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on February 3 and Immaculate Heart on February 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Kristi Serafin, getting back on the ice this January for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team after being sidelined since the beginning of the season due to a hand injury couldn’t come soon enough. more

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SHOWING PRIDE: Kelly Cooke heads up the ice in recent action for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Former Princeton University women’s hockey standout Cooke has enjoyed a solid season for the Pride, tallying three points on one goal and two assists in 14 appearances as the team has produced a 10-3-1 start. (Photo Courtesy of NWHL)

After Kelly Cooke wrapped up her career for the Princeton University women’s hockey team in 2013 with a superb senior season that saw her pile up 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists, it looked like that might be her last hurrah on the ice. more

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TOMMY CRUISE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Tommy Davis brings the puck up the ice in recent action. Junior defenseman Davis assisted on the winning goal in Princeton’s 1-0 victory over American International College on January 29. On Friday, he scored the lone goal for the Tigers in a 4-1 loss at No. 7 Harvard. A day later, Princeton didn’t find the back of the net as it fell 2-0 at Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 5-14-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey, host Colgate on February 5 and Cornell on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning from an 18-day exam break, the Princeton University men’s hockey team shook off some rust as it pulled out a 1-0 win over American International College (AIC) last week. more

January 27, 2016

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TUNING UP: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook gets around a defender in recent action. Last Sunday, junior forward Cook scored 14 points with three assists and three rebounds to help Princeton defeat Division III foe Bryn Athyn 100-44 as it returned from a 15-day exam hiatus. The Tigers, now 11-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, head into the thick of their league schedule as they play at Brown (5-11 overall, 0-2 Ivy) on January 29 and at Yale (11-5 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on January 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Steven Cook didn’t show one bit of rust as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Bryn Athyn last Sunday as it returned to action after a 15-day exam hiatus. more

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CRYSTAL CLEAR: Princeton High girls’ basketball player -Crystal Wang brings the ball up the court in recent action. Last Thursday, senior guard Wang scored five points in a losing cause as PHS fell 69-43 to Allentown. The Little Tigers, now 3-9, play at Trenton on January 28 and at WW/P-N on January 29 before hosting Trenton on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, playing mad against Nottingham helped fuel victory. more

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PRESSURE POINT: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Helen Healey, right, puts the pressure on a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior forward Healey scored four points in a losing cause as PDS fell 56-17 to WW/P-N. and dropped to 6-9. The Panthers play at Pennington on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Helen Healey has come a long way since she joined the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team as a freshman in the 2012-13 season. more

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COURTING SUCCESS: Jackson Rho displays his squash form. Rho, an 8th grader at John Witherspoon Middle School who took up the sport through the Princeton Junior Squash program, is currently ranked 26th nationally among U-15 boys.

Jackson Rho was looking for a new winter activity five years ago and his mom came up with an idea.

“At the time I was playing tennis and a little bit of baseball in the winter,” said Rho, 14, an eighth grader at John Witherspoon Middle School. more

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VITAL COG: Hun School boys’ hockey player Frank Vitucci, right, tangles with a foe in a game last season. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Vitucci tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Gloucester Catholic 5-2. The win, which was Hun’s fifth straight and 10th in the last 11 games, improved the Raiders to 11-5-2. Hun is slated to play at St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) on January 27 before starting play in the state Prep tournament where the third-seeded Raiders will play at No. 2 Princeton Day School in the semifinals on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Frank Vitucci was primed to make a bigger impact this winter in his sophomore season with the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more

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MR. BIG SHOT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Austin -Harriott puts up a shot over a Lawrenceville player last week. Senior forward Harriott hit a three-pointer at the end of first overtime in the January 19 contest to help spark Hun to a thrilling 68-66 win over the Big Red in double overtime. The Raiders, who improved to 7-7 with the triumph, play at Peddie on January 27 and at the Solebury School (Pa.) on January 30 before facing St. Anthony High on January 31 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for the Mater Dei/Valerie Fund Basketball Challenge Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The fate of the Hun School boys’ basketball team was in the hands of Austin Harriott as it trailed visiting Lawrenceville by three points in the waning seconds of overtime last week. more

January 20, 2016

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LEADING THE WAY: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Tooker Callaway powers past a foe in recent action. Last Friday, junior defenseman and assistant captain Callaway scored two third period goals to help PHS earn a 5-5 tie at South Brunswick. The Little Tigers, who moved to 7-4-3 with the tie, are slated to play Notre Dame on January 22 and Robbinsville on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tooker Callaway and Eamonn McDonald are the Lennon and McCartney of the Princeton High boys’ hockey team when it comes to producing hits on the blue line. more

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KYLE-DRIVER: Princeton High wrestler Kyle Angelucci, top, takes control in a bout at 182 pounds against Paul Milo of Robbinsville last Wednesday. Junior Angelucci ended up pinning Milo but it wasn’t enough as PHS lost 48-33. The Little Tigers, who went 2-1 in a quad meet last Saturday, are slated to host Steinert on January 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Mercer County Tournament just around the corner, Rashone Johnson believes his Princeton High wrestling team could do some damage in the competition. more

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RYAN’S HOPE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Ryan Lisk controls the puck in a game last season. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Lisk scored two goals to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 6-3. The Panthers, now 9-3-2, play at LaSalle (Pa.) on January 20 before hosting Notre Dame on January 21 and Portledge School (N.Y.) on January 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Lisk and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team were chomping at the bit to get at visiting Lawrenceville School as the local rivals met last Wednesday at a packed McGraw Rink. more

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DOWN PAT: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson heads down the ice in recent action. Last Thursday, freshman forward Patterson scored a goal to help PDS defeat Princeton High 6-1. The Panthers, now 7-4-1, host the Hill School (Pa.) on January 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Julie Patterson is just a freshman for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team, she has been around the game a long time. more

145 lb. bout Miers picking up near-fall points on his Nottingham opponent.

LIONHEARTED: Star wrestler Thomas Miers controls a foe in a bout last winter during his senior season with Princeton High. Miers is currently competing at the college level for Columbia. He has posted a 1-2 record so far in his freshman campaign for the Lions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Tom Brady was a rookie backup quarterback for New England in 2000, he viewed each practice like a game, competing as hard as he could every day, even in walk-through drills. more

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MARSHALLING HIS RESOURCES: Lior Levy dribbles the ball in recent action during his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team. Levy, a former Princeton High standout, is averaging 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds a game off the bench for the 17th-ranked Diplomats, who are off to a 13-2 start. (Photo Courtesy of F&M Athletic Communications)

Heading into his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team, Lior Levy decided to put his nose to the grindstone. more

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ON THE FLY: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Stephen Kratzer heads to victory in the 100 butterfly in a win over Hamilton earlier this month. Senior star and co-captain Kratzer has starred in the sprinting events this winter for PHS as it has posted a 6-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team got off to a rough start this season, losing three of its first five meets, Stephen Kratzer believed that experiencing those setbacks toughened up the squad.  more

January 13, 2016

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PAINFUL EXPERIENCE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley winces as she battles a foe in the paint in recent action. Last Saturday at Penn, senior forward Wheatley scored a team-high 12 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 50-48 to the Quakers in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 11-4 overall and 0-1 Ivy, are on exam break and will return to action when they host Brown on January 29 and Yale on January 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Courtney Banghart has been urging her Princeton University women’s basketball team to deliver the first punch against foes this season to set the tone in games. more

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NO JOSHING: Princeton University men’s hockey player Josh Teves takes the puck up the ice in recent action. Last Friday against visiting Union, freshman defenseman Teves scored a key goal in the third period as the teams skated to a 4-4 tie. The Tigers, now 4-12-2 overall and 3-7-2 ECAC Hockey, are currently on exam break and return to action when they host American International College on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University men’s hockey team locked in a 3-3 tie against visiting Union in the third period last Friday evening, Josh Teves produced a brilliant one-man sequence that had the Baker Rink crowd roaring. more

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TRUE BLUE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue heads to the hoop in recent action. Last Friday, Blue scored 28 points to help lead PHS to a 70-65 win at Steinert. Against WW/P-N on Monday, Blue netted 25 but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 61-54 to the Northern Knights. PHS, now 3-6, plays at Nottingham on January 13, hosts Notre Dame on January 15, and Hopewell Valley on January 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Zahrion Blue wasn’t much of a factor for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team in the first half as it hosted Lawrence last week. more

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BIG MAC: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player John McArthur dribbles upcourt in a game earlier this season. Junior transfer McArthur, a 6’5 forward, has emerged as the top inside threat for the Panthers. PDS, which posted a 56-27 win over Morrisville High (Pa.) last Monday to improve to 6-5, hosts Calvary Christian on January 15 and Newark Academy on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team, its 76-63 loss to Rutgers Prep last Saturday was a microcosm of its up-and-down season. more