November 16, 2016

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BUZZER BEATER: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta heads upfield in recent action. Last Sunday, sophomore star Tornetta scored the winning goal in the last second of regulation as Princeton defeated Virginia 3-2 in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Tigers, now 12-7 overall, face Delaware in the NCAA semis on November 19 in Norfolk, Va. with the victor advancing to the title game on November 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton University field hockey team lost to Harvard and Cornell on consecutive weekends in late October, its hopes for a 12th straight Ivy League title were dashed. more

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DESIRE TO SUCCEED: Princeton University defensive lineman Ty Desire is wreaking havoc in recent action. Last Saturday, junior defensive end Desire made two tackles as Princeton rolled to a 31-3 win at Yale. The Tigers, now 7-2 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, host Dartmouth (4-5 overall, 1-5 Ivy) on November 19 in its finale. Princeton will be playing for the Ivy title as it is currently locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings with Harvard (7-2 overall, 5-1 Ivy) and Penn (6-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

About 12 hours prior to its game at Yale last Saturday, the Princeton University football team got a major boost in its quest for an Ivy League title. more

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READY FOR BATTLE: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner controls a foe in a bout last season at 197 pounds. Senior All-American Harner and the Tigers will be looking to come up big as they face local rival Rutgers in the “Battle at the Birthplace” at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last November, the University of Iowa wrestling team hosted Oklahoma State at its football stadium in the “Grapple on the Gridiron,” making history as the teams drew a crowd of 42,287, the largest ever for a college dual match. more

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GETTING AFTER IT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Eric Robinson, right, battles a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Robinson scored two goals to help Princeton skate to a 2-2 tie with visiting Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 0-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Colgate on November 18 and at Cornell on November 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Eric Robinson is living out a childhood dream by playing for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

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INSTANT IMPACT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Bella Alarie lofts a jumper last Friday against Rider in the season opener. Freshman Alarie enjoyed a superb debut, scoring a game-high 24 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton lost 70-62 to the Broncs. The Tigers, who fell 56-45 to George Washington on Sunday to move to 0-2, host Dayton on November 19 before playing at Delaware on November 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for Bella Alarie to make an impact last Friday in her debut for the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

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JR RETURNS: John Ryan heads up the ice during his stellar career with the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team. Ryan, a 2007 PHS grad who was known as “JR” by his teammates and coaches, holds the program record with 259 points on 149 goals and 110 assists. This Saturday, Ryan will be inducted into the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame.

A year before John Ryan took the ice for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team in 2003, he sensed that he could make an impact for the program. more

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MAKING HISTORY: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro glides to the finish in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star Pinheiro placed 10th individually in the state Group 4 championship meet. Pinheiro’s heroics helped PHS take the team title. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Meet of Champions on November 19 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ cross country team toed the starting line at Holmdel Park last Saturday for the Group 4 championship meet, its runners were confident that they had put in the necessary legwork to earn the program’s first state crown since 1986. more

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GOOD RUN: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Izzy Trenholm heads to the finish line in a race this fall. Last Saturday, senior star Trenholm placed 36th individually in the state Group 4 championship meet at Holmdel Park. The Little Tigers ended up seventh in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After coming up two points short of winning a sectional title a week earlier, the Princeton High girls’ cross country team was primed to be at the front of the pack at the state Group 4 championship meet last Saturday. more

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LAST STAND: Princeton High football player Ethan Guerra battles in the trenches during a game earlier this fall. Senior Guerra starred on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Little Tigers. PHS ended the season by falling 38-13 to Monroe last Saturday in an NJSIAA regional crossover game, leaving it with a final record of 1-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ethan Guerra, getting carried off the field by a group of his teammates after his final game for the Princeton High football team last Saturday was the perfect way to end a memorable four-year ride with the program. more

November 9, 2016

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PENNED IN: Princeton University football player James Gales brings down a Penn player last Saturday. Senior defensive back Gales had an interception and six tackles to help the Tigers beat the Quakers 28-0. Princeton, which improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 Ivy League with the win, plays at Yale (2-6 overall, 2-3 Ivy) on November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last fall, a blocked field goal on the last play of regulation helped doom the Princeton University football team to a 26-23 overtime loss at Penn. more

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HIGH HOPES: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson, center, talks to his players after a recent practice session. Returning all of its starters from last year’s team that went 22-7 and make a trip to the NIT, Princeton is brimming with optimism as it heads into the 2016-17 campaign.  The Tigers tip off regular season play with a game at BYU on November 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Mitch Henderson makes no effort to downplay the high hopes surrounding the Princeton University men’s basketball team as it starts the 2016-17 campaign. more

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NEW LOOK: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart, right, enjoys a light moment with sophomore guard Jordan Muhammad last week at the program’s annual media day. Banghart faces a major challenge this winter as the program lost five stellar seniors and 92 percent of its scoring from a 2015-16 squad that went 23-6 and earned the Ivy League’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA basketball tourney. Princeton opens its 2016-17 season by hosting Rider on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having taken the Princeton University women’s basketball team from the  bottom of the Ivy League to five league crowns and six trips to the NCAA tournament in nine seasons at the helm, Courtney Banghart knows something about rebuilding. more

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CREASE CONTROL: Princeton University women’s ice hockey goalie Alysia DaSilva guards the crease in action last weekend. Junior DaSilva made 38 saves in a 3-1 loss to St. Lawrence on Friday and then had 28 stops in a 4-2 loss to Clarkson a day later. Princeton, now 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Harvard on November 11 and at Dartmouth on November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The first home weekend of the season for the Princeton University women’s hockey started last Friday evening with banners being unfurled on the wall of Baker Rink with 2016 added to each. more

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SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth heads to the finish line in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Roth took fourth individually at the Central Group 4 sectional meet at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, setting the pace as the Little Tigers won the team title. PHS will be looking for another big performance when it runs in the state Group 4 meet in November 12 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Later this month, the 1974 Princeton High boys’ cross country team will be inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Over the course of this fall, the 2016 boys’ squad has been following in the footsteps of its 1974 predecessors, making plenty of history in its own right.  more

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SHOWING HEART: Princeton High girls’ cross country star Annefleur Hartmanshenn gets off to a fast start in a recent race. Last Saturday, senior star Hartmanshenn placed 15th in the Central Group 4 sectional meet to help PHS take second in the team standings. PHS is next in action when it competes in the state Group 4 meet on November 12 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the Central Group 4 sectional meet last Saturday, the runners on the Princeton High girls’ cross country team had a chip on their shoulders. more

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CLOSING STATEMENT: Princeton High field hockey player Kennedy Corrado sends the ball up the field in a 2015 game. Last Wednesday, senior Corrado scored a goal in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell 4-3 to third-seeded Hunterdon Central in the North 2 Group 4 sectional semis. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 14-6-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the second-seeded Princeton High field hockey team fell behind third-seeded Hunterdon Central 2-0 in the first half of the North 2 Group 4 sectional semis last Wednesday, Kennedy Corrado knew it was a do-or-die moment.

“We realized that it was go time; we had to pick it up and do what we needed to do,” said PHS senior forward Corrado. “We executed that really well.” more

Even though the Princeton High girls’ soccer team lost 4-1 to Hunterdon Central in late September, Zoe Tesone wasn’t fazed when the foes met for a rematch in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Friday.

“We watched the game film over and what we saw was that we could actually play against this team,” said PHS senior defender Tesone. more

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GRAY MATTERS: Hun School girls’ soccer player Abby Gray controls the ball in a 2015 game. Last Sunday, senior star Gray ended her Hun career on a high note, scoring a goal to help the Raiders defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 6-0 in the season finale. Hun ended the fall with a record of 7-10-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After a season of nail-biters and some heartbreaking defeats, the Hun School girls’ soccer team enjoyed an afternoon filled with smiles and hugs as they hosted Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Sunday to end the fall. more

November 2, 2016

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TOUGH TO STOP: Princeton University football player Isaiah Barnes fights for extra yardage in recent action. Last Saturday at Cornell, senior receiver Barnes enjoyed a career game, making seven catches for 170 yards, including a 95-yard TD reception, as Princeton rolled to a 56-7 win over the Big Red. It was the second-longest touchdown pass in Princeton history, trailing only a 99-yard connection between Matt Verbit and Clinton Wu in a 2003 win at Brown. Princeton, now 5-2 overall and 3-1 Ivy League, hosts Penn (5-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy) in a crucial league contest on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the wake of the Princeton University football team’s painful overtime loss to Harvard on October 22, Bob Surace admonished his players to move on.  more

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ATTACKING POSITION: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom establishes position in a game earlier this season. Sophomore Asom came up big last week, scoring the lone goal for Princeton in a 1-1 tie against Bucknell on October 25 and then notching three tallies in a 6-1 win at Cornell last Saturday. She was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her production. Princeton, now 10-4-2 and 2-3-1 Ivy League, concludes regular season play by hosting Penn on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its game last week against visiting Bucknell, the Princeton University women’s soccer team was a frustrated bunch. more

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MAX EFFORT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Veronneau races up the ice in action last season. Sophomore forward Veronneau had an assist in a losing cause as Princeton opened its 2016-17 campaign by falling 6-2 at Michigan State last Friday. A night later against the USA-Under-18 team, the Tigers showed progress, rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 5-4 win in the overtime contest. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend by playing at St. Lawrence on November 4 and at Clarkson on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ron Fogarty, it was a homecoming when the Princeton University men’s hockey team opened its season by heading to Michigan last weekend. more

 

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FAST COMPANY: Members of the Princeton high boys’ cross country team, from left, Alex Roth, Cy Watsky, and Will Hare take off in the boys’ varsity race in the Mercer County Cross Country Championships last Friday at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Senior Roth ended up first individually with junior Hare taking second and senior Watsky placing 17th. The Little Tigers placed first overall, their first team title since 1992. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a number that Will Hare couldn’t get out of his head since the 2015 Mercer County Cross Country Championships. more

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FINISHING KICK: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Annie Walker heads to the finish line at the Mercer County Cross Country Championships last Friday at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Senior standout Walker finished third individually in the girls’ varsity race, covering the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19:10.08. Her stellar performance helped PHS place second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Annie Walker has endured a star-crossed career for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team. more

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DRAWN OUT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer controls the ball in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday against Pennington. Junior midfielder Beamer had an assist to help second-seeded PHS rally for a 1-1 draw with the top-seeded Red Raiders as the teams shared the title. Last Monday, Beamer had a goal and an assist in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell to 15th-seeded Manalapan on penalty kicks in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 tourney after the teams played to a 2-2 draw through regulation and two overtimes. The loss left the Little Tigers with a final record of 17-1-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing in his first Mercer County Tournament boys’ soccer championship game last Thursday evening, Drew Beamer was focused on keeping a cool head as Princeton High faced Pennington. more

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TWO GOOD: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany, left, battles a Stuart Country Day defender last Sunday in the state Prep B championship game. Sophomore star Radvany scored two goals in the game as top-seeded PDS edged seventh-seeded Stuart 2-0. PDS, which went 6-13-1 in 2015, ended the fall at 16-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Val Radvany was determined to make her mark this fall in her sophomore season for the Princeton Day School field hockey team. more