December 13, 2017

MAN AMONG BOYS: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur heads up the ice last Friday against Morristown-Beard. Junior forward Mandleur scored three goals in the game as Hun pulled away to a 5-2 victory over the Crimson. The Raiders, now 2-1-1, play at the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 14 before hosting Pingry on December 15 and Glen Rock High on December 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Hun School boys’ hockey team fell behind Morristown-Beard 2-1 early in the second period last Friday, Kyle Mandleur wasn’t overly concerned.

“We are pretty confident that we are a good team; they popped out and got a few on us,” said Hun junior forward Mandleur. “We always say we can score five a game so it didn’t really bother us.” more

By Bill Alden

Although her Princeton High girls’ swimming team suffered a lopsided defeat to WW/P-North last Thursday, Carly Misiewicz doesn’t view that result as a harbinger of things to come this winter.

“I don’t think today was the best demonstration or display of our potential and everything that we have,” said PHS head coach Misiewicz, noting that she was missing some key swimmers due to club commitments and a band trip as the Little Tigers fell to 2-2. “When everyone is here, that gives us a true showing of who we are and who we have.” more

DYING TO WIN: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich passes the ball in action last season. Junior forward Dyevich figures to be a go-to player for PHS this winter. The Little Tigers, who are welcoming new head coach Dave Kosa, tip off the 2017-18 season when they play at Lawrence High on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dave Kosa has experience guiding a varsity basketball program at Princeton High, having served as the head coach of the boys’ squad from 2002-07.

Over the last decade, Kosa turned his focus to the girls and expanded his hoops resume, working as assistant coach for the St. Rose girls’ team before stints as the head coach of the Haddonfield and Piscataway girls’ programs. more

WEBB SEARCH: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Isaac Webb dribbles the ball in a game last year. PHS is looking for junior guard Webb to provide production and athleticism from the perimeter this winter. The Little Tigers get their 2017-18 campaign underway when they host Lawrence High on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Zahrion Blue was a one-man show last winter for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team, averaging 22.3 points a game in his senior campaign.

As PHS head coach Pat Noone looks ahead to the upcoming season, which tips off when the Little Tiger host Lawrence on December 15, he will be employing a share-the-wealth approach. more

By Bill Alden

As it hosted WW/P-North last Thursday, the Princeton High boys’ swimming team sensed that it faced a big challenge.

“I knew that North was pretty good this year from scouting reports and hearsay from kids on our team,” said PHS head coach Carly Misiewicz. “In the beginning of the meet we were a little unsure of what was going to happen.”

The Little Tigers made things happen, battling the Northern Knights throughout the meet on the way to a narrow 90-80 defeat. more

COACHING ICON: Princeton University men’s track head coach Fred Samara, left, instructs one of his athletes on the finer points of pole vaulting. This week, Samara, a former Olympic decathlete, will be one of six coaches inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame in Phoenix, Ariz. During Samara’s tenure as the head coach at Princeton since 1979, the Tigers have won 41 Ivy League Heptagonal titles, including 20 indoor crowns, 17 outdoor crowns and four in cross country, as he served as cross country coach from 1992-98 and again from 2004-07. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

A year after ending a brilliant track career that culminated by competing in the decathlon for the U.S. team at the 1976 Summer Olympics, Fred Samara ran into a crossroads.

In deciding what to do with the rest of his life, Samara had the choice of taking a marketing job for a running magazine or becoming an assistant men’s track coach at Princeton University. more

HOT HAND: Princeton University women’s hockey player Keiko DeClerck controls the puck in a game last season. Last Friday, junior forward DeClerck scored a goal to help Princeton defeat Quinnipiac 3-0. It marked the fourth straight game in which DeClerck scored a goal. Her scoring streak was snapped a day later when the Tigers fell 3-1 at Quinnipiac to drop to 4-9-3 overall and 4-7-1 in ECAC Hockey play. Princeton resumes action when it hosts Boston University for a two-game set on December 30 and 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In her first 73 games with the Princeton University women’s hockey team, Keiko DeClerck scored seven goals.

But with Princeton short on numbers this year, junior forward DeClerck realized that she needed to be more productive at the offensive end.  more

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey Coby Auslander races up the ice in a game last year. Last Wednesday, junior forward and co-captain Auslander enjoyed a career game, tallying five goals and three assists to help PDS defeat the Portledge School (Pa.) 9-5. Over the weekend, the Panthers went 2-1 at the Albany Academy (N.Y. ) Rider Cup tournament as they moved to 4-3 on the season. In upcoming action, PDS hosts the Delbarton School on December 13 before playing at Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a frustrating 1-0 loss to North Yarmouth Academy (Me.), Coby Auslander and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team were looking to break the ice early as they hosted Portledge School (N.Y.) last Wednesday.

“We always look to get that first goal,” said junior forward and team co-captain Auslander. “It is important to score that first one and get the boys going.” more

December 6, 2017

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson goes after the puck in a game last season. Junior forward Patterson scored two goals as PDS topped Pingry 7-2 in its season opener on November 28. The Panthers, who moved to 1-1 with a 6-1 loss to Morristown-Beard last Friday, host Hill School (Pa.) on December 6 and Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on December 8 before playing at the Portledge School (N.Y.) on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With just two seniors on its roster this winter, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team is going to be a work in progress.

“We have a really good group, they are really good to each other and they are really supportive already so it is a good start,” said PDS head coach Lorna Cook, who guided the Panthers to a 15-11-1 record last season. more

DIGGING IN: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit dribbles up the court in a game last season. Junior captain and star guard Coit started the 2017-18 season with a bang last weekend at the Solebury School (Pa.) tournament. He scored 34 points in a 90-71 loss to Pennington last Friday in the opening round of the tourney and then tallied 18 points in a 76-59 win over the George School (Pa) on Saturday in a consolation contest. The Panthers, now 1-1, host the George School on December 8 in a rematch of the consolation game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Kerry Foderingham has been preaching a positive message in taking the helm of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team.

“The things I have been emphasizing a lot with them is confidence and not being afraid to make mistakes,” said Foderingham, the successor to Tim Williams, the PDS athletics director who guided the Panthers to one Prep B title in his four seasons at the helm. more

ON GUARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jose Morales shows focus on the defensive end in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore guard Morales, a former Hun School standout, contributed eight points, two rebounds, and an assist in 25 minutes off the bench to give the Tigers a spark as they lost 85-76 to Lehigh. Princeton, which dropped to 2-5 with an 80-52 loss at No. 10 Miami last Saturday, plays at George Washington on December 6 before hosting Monmouth on December 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s basketball team, its performance against visiting Lehigh in the first half Wednesday was out of character for the proud program.

The Tigers found themselves trailing the Mountain Hawks 47-25 at intermission, getting outplayed and outworked at both ends of the court. more

SEEING AHEAD: Princeton University men’s hockey David Hallisey, right, goes after the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, senior forward Hallisey tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-2 to Harvard. The Tigers, now 5-6-1 overall and 3-5-1 ECAC Hockey, are heading west for a two-game set at Arizona State on December 8 and 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was a roller coaster week for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it hosted the final three contests of a seven-game homestand.

Princeton started the week by falling 6-2 to Quinnipiac on November 28. more

IRON MIKE: Princeton University wrestler Mike D’Angelo, right, controls Lehigh’s Ian Brown last Friday at 157 pounds. Junior D’Angelo overcame a 6-0 deficit to prevail 17-7 in the match. D’Angelo’s heroics weren’t enough as Princeton fell 25-13 to fifth-ranked Lehigh. Princeton faces No. 10 Virginia Tech on December 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University wrestling team fell 25-13 to fifth-ranked Lehigh last Friday in its first dual match of the season, Chris Ayres won’t soon forget what he saw on the mat from his athletes.

“I told the guys that there were two matches in that dual that were some of the most inspired I have seen in the wrestlers I have coached,” said Ayres. more

HIGH BEAM: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer controls the ball in a game this fall. Senior midfielder Beamer led PHS with 22 goals this fall, helping the Little Tigers advance to the state Group 4 title game and finish with a 17-6-1 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Will Hare was the understudy to frontrunner Alex Roth for the Princeton High boys’ cross country team in 2016 while Drew Beamer provided cover in the midfield for the PHS boys’ soccer team last season as senior stars led the way.

This fall, however, Hare shot to the front of the pack for the Little Tigers with Roth having graduated and competing at Penn while Beamer emerged as one of the top scorers in the area. more

IN SYNCH: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jalynn Spaulding dribbles upcourt in a game last season. Last weekend, senior guard Spaulding helped Stuart reach the final of the Peddie School Girls Tip-Off tournament as it started the 2018-19 campaign. On Friday, she scored 10 points to help the Tartans edge host Peddie 44-43 in an opening round contest. A day later, she tallied six points in a losing cause as Stuart fell 50-26 to Pennington in the title game. The Tartans are next in action when they compete in the Mercersburg (Pa.) showcase where they face St. Ann Bayfield on December 8 and Stone Ridge (Md.) on December 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Justin Leith is looking to up the ante for his Stuart Country Day basketball team this winter.

“We are trying to step up the schedule and take the program to the next level,” said Stuart head coach Justin Leith.

“We had won the George School (Pa.) tournament at least two years in a row, it wasn’t as competitive. We were invited to the Peddie tournament and we decided to enter.” more

November 29, 2017

HARD DRIVING: Hun School girls’ basketball player Nicole Angelini drives to the hoop in action last season. Hun is depending on sophomore guard Angelini, who also stars at soccer, to provide athleticism and hustle. The Raiders get their 2017-18 season underway this week by hosting Germantown Friends (Pa.) on November 28 and then playing at Padua Academy (Del.) on December 2 and at Lawrenceville on December 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last winter, the Hun School girls’ basketball team authored an inspiring turnaround story, posting a 10-14 record after going 1-22 in 2015-16.

Adding some promising newcomers to go with a superb contingent of returners, the Raiders are poised to make more progress this season. more

IN THE FAST LANE: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niels Lane puts up a shot in a game last season. Sophomore guard Lane figures to be a go-to player for the Raiders this winter. Hun tips off its 2017-18 campaign when it hosts the Haverford School (Pa.) on November 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Hun School boys’ basketball team is welcoming back a solid core of returners, it still has room for growth.

“We are coming along,” said Hun head coach Jon Stone, who guided the Raiders to an 11-15 record last winter. “We have a lot returning but the guys are still young.” more

OPENING SALVO: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Justin Joyce controls the puck in a 2016-17 contest. Last Monday, senior forward Joyce contributed a goal and three assists to help PHS defeat Nottingham 11-1 in its season opener and first game under new head coach Tim Chase. The Little Tigers play the Hun School on December 1 at the Ice Land Skating Center before facing Lawrence on December 4 at the Mercer County Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tim Chase enjoyed a superb hockey career, starring at Brown University before joining the Montreal Canadiens organization in 1993 and making several stops in his stint as a pro.

After hanging up his skates during the 2005-06 season, Chase went into the financial sector as a trader. more

DOUBLE THREAT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Bella Alarie heads to the hoop in a game last season. Last Saturday, sophomore star Alarie tallied a game-high 21 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Princeton to a 63-57 win at Davidson. It marked Alarie’s third straight double-double. The Tigers, now 3-1 host Villanova on November 29 and Delaware on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Looking ahead to the season, Courtney Banghart believed that she had put together a challenging schedule that would force her Princeton University women’s basketball team to compete, and not just play.

Displaying competitive zeal, the Tigers have been up to the task, producing a 3-1 start, topping George Washington (72-52 on November 10) and Seton Hall (85-83 on November 16) and then falling to Georgia Tech (67-56 on November 19) before rebounding with a 63-57 win at Davidson last Saturday. more

END OF THE ROAD: Princeton University women’s soccer player Katie Pratt-Thompson boots the ball in NCAA tournament action. Last Saturday, senior star defender and co-captain Pratt-Thompson saw her college career come to an end as 13th-ranked Princeton fell 3-1 at fourth-ranked UCLA in the NCAA quarterfinals. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 16-3-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Throughout the fall, the players on the Princeton University women’s soccer team proved to be the ultimate road warriors, posting a 7-0 record in regular season away games and then winning two NCAA tournament games in Cary, N.C. on the way to the national quarterfinals. more

MUCH NEEDED: Princeton University men’s basketball player Sebastian Much dribbles into the paint in recent action. Last Sunday, freshman forward Much scored nine points off the bench to help Princeton defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 83-76 as the Tigers posted their second straight win. Princeton, now 2-3, hosts Lehigh on November 29 before playing at Miami on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Sebastian Much spent most of the first half on the bench as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Lafayette last Wednesday, he still had his head in the game.

“I was feeding off of Richmond [Aririguzoh] because he brought such an intensity to the game,” said freshman forward Much of his sophomore teammate. more

KUFF LINK: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ryan Kuffner races up ice in a 2016-17 game. Last Saturday, junior forward Kuffner tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat Bemidji State 4-1 and improve to 4-4-1 overall. In upcoming action, the Tigers host Dartmouth on December 1 and Harvard on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team fell behind Bemidji State 1-0 after just 17 seconds last Friday evening, Ryan Kuffner and his teammates weren’t concerned.

“We have a lot of guys coming back who can skate and move the puck,” said junior forward Kuffner, a 6’1, 195-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario. more

SHERMAN’S MARCH: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Eric Sherman controls the puck in a game last winter. Senior star defenseman and captain Sherman is primed to produce a big final campaign. PDS starts its 2017-18 season this week by hosting Seton Hall Prep on November 28, St. Joe’s Metuchen on November 30, and North Yarmouth Academy (Maine) on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Scott Bertoli isn’t sure whether his Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team is going to be dominant this winter, he is certain that it will provide plenty of entertainment.

“Our speed is a tremendous asset and that has been really evident through the first three scrimmages and even just watching them practice,” said PDS head coach Scott Bertoli, who guided the Panthers to a 13-11-2 record last winter as they won the state Prep title. more

ACTION JACKSON: Hun School boys’ hockey goalie Jackson Cole dives to make a save in a game last winter. Sophomore Cole will be looking to build on a solid debut season for the Raiders. Hun gets its 2017-18 campaign underway this week by playing at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) on November 29 before hosting Princeton High on December 1 and LaSalle College High (Pa.) on December 6 at the Ice Land Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Quality over quantity is going to be the theme for the Hun School boys’ hockey team this winter.

“We have got a barebones team, we will have a core of 13 varsity skaters, three lines of forwards, four defensemen, and a goalie,” said head coach Ian McNally, who guided Hun to an 8-16 record last season and its fourth straight Mercer County Tournament title. more

November 22, 2017

MO ON THE GO: Princeton High football player Moses Mahiri fights for yardage in a game this fall. Senior running back/linebacker Mahiri set a positive tone along with his classmates as PHS went 0-10 this fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After losing all nine of its regular season games, the Princeton High football team was primed to end the fall with a victory as it played at North Plainfield in an NJSIAA regional crossover game.

But in a microcosm of the 2017 campaign, PHS lost starting quarterback Ryan Benattar to injury early in the November 9 contest as it dug a big hole on the way to a 54-0 loss. more