January 13, 2016

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SETTING THE TONE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Pettoni races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior forward Pettoni contributed two goals as Hun defeated Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). The Raiders, who defeated Lawrenceville 3-2 in overtime last Monday to improve to 8-5-2, plays at St. Augustine on January 13 and at Bishop Eustace on January 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kyle Pettoni doesn’t mind doing the dirty work around goal for the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more

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POSITIVE ENERGY: Hun School girls’ basketball player Maura Kelly heads to the basket last Saturday against the Hill School (Pa.). Senior forward Kelly scored eight points in a losing cause as Hun fell 41-19. The Raiders, now 1-9, hosts Blair Academy on January 13 and plays at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was another rough day at the office for the Hun School girls’ basketball team last Saturday as it hosted the Hill School (Pa.).

Missing three key players due to injury, Hun lost 41-19, falling to 1-9 and suffering its seventh straight defeat. more

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PASSING ATTACK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Harley Guzman makes a pass in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior guard Guzman scored 14 points to help Stuart defeat King’s Christian 61-20. The Tartans, who dropped to 11-4 with a 49-32 loss to Bound Brook last Monday, play at Princeton Day School on January 13 before hosting Trinity Hall on January 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the starting point guard for the Stuart Country Day School basketball team, Harley Guzman generally focuses on facilitating things for her teammates.

But last Friday as Stuart hosted King’s Christian School, Guzman decided to take the ball to the hoop, repeatedly driving through the Knights defense. She scored six points as the Tartans jumped out to a 19-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 61-20 win. more

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COMEBACK KIDS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz guards a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Penn, junior forward Weisz scored 10 points and had three rebounds to help Princeton rally from a late 11-point deficit to pull out a 73-71 overtime win against the Quakers at the Palestra in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy, are on exam break and will next be in action when they host Division III foe Bryn Athyn on January 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The photo of Mitch Henderson leaping for joy after he helped the Princeton University men’s basketball team stun defending national champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament is one of the iconic images in program history. more

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MOVING FORWARD: Princeton High girls’ hockey player -Maggie Herring controls the puck in recent action. Junior forward Herring has triggered the offense this winter for the Little Tigers. She tallied four goals and an assist in PHS’s 5-3 win over Pingry in late December. PHS, now 1-6, plays at Princeton Day School on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton High girls’ hockey team fell behind Pingry 3-1 after one period in its final game of December, it looked like the Little Tigers were headed to their fifth straight loss to start the season. more

January 12, 2016

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HOT STREAK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer heads up the ice. Last weekend, junior defenseman Koelzer came up big. On Friday, Koelzer scored three goals in a 6-1 win over Brown for her first career hat trick and then chipped in a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory over Yale a day later as the Tigers posted their eighth straight win. Princeton, now 13-4-1 overall and 7-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Union on January 8 and at Rensselaer on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski).

Taking a six-game winning streak into the holiday break, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was determined to keep its foot on the gas when it resumed action last weekend with games against Brown and Yale.

“We had 20 days off so we worked super hard this past week,” said junior defenseman Kelsey Koelzer.

“It was like we never left, we just picked up where we left off. We have a good streak going, which is awesome to keep morale up. It is exactly the way we know we can play. We have a lot of skill, we have a lot of talent but, most importantly, we work really hard.” more

January 6, 2016

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ON THE BALL: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith goes up for the ball last Sunday in Princeton’s 79-55 win over visiting Hampton in its final non-conference game. Junior forward Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds to help the Tigers improve to 11-3. Defending Ivy League champion Princeton tips off its conference campaign with a game at Penn (9-2) on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last season as a top reserve for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, Vanessa Smith averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. more

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ON TARGET: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Julia Ryan prepares to launch an outside shot. Last Wednesday, senior star Ryan scored a game-high 16 points as PHS edged Lacey 32-31 in the championship game of the Zebra Classic in New Brunswick. The Little Tigers, who moved to 2-3 with a 42-25 loss to Princeton Day School last Monday, host Steinert on January 8 and WW/P-N on January 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, competing in the Zebra Classic in New Brunswick last week was an opportunity to build some confidence after a tough start to the season. more

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ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Frank Vitucci, left, battles a foe for position in recent action. Sophomore forward Vitucci starred last week as Hun won the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington. D.C area for a second straight year. The Raiders, who edged St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) 5-4 in an overtime shootout last Thursday to win the tournament and improve to 6-4-2, host Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 6 before playing at Lawrenceville on January 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having sputtered to a 1-4-2 start this season, the Hun School boys’ hockey team saw its annual trip south to the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington, D.C. area as a chance to right the ship. more

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TURNING THE CORNER: Princeton Day school girls’ basketball player Ryan Robinson dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Monday, sophomore star Robinson contributed eight points to help PDS defeat Princeton High 42-25. The Panthers, now 5-4, play at the Hun School on January 7 and at Rutgers Prep on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Already matching its win total from last winter when it went 5-16, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team is reaping the benefits of focusing on the basics. more

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PUTTING UP A FIGHT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Mike Ambrosia, left, tangles with Devon Toews of Quinnipiac last week. Princeton dropped both games of the home-and-home set with the No. 3 Bobcats, falling 6-0 at Baker Rink on December 29 and then losing 4-3 a day later at Quinnipiac. Last Saturday, senior captain and forward Ambrosia tallied a goal as the Tigers lost 4-3 at Holy Cross to move to 4-12 overall. Princeton hosts Rensselaer on January 7 and Union on January 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 3 Quinnipiac last week in its first game since December 12, the Princeton University men’s hockey team looked like it was still on holiday break in the early stages of the contest.  more

December 30, 2015
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MAKING WAVES: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Madelene Deardorff displays her breaststroke form in a meet last season. Senior star Deardorff has helped PHS get off to a 6-0 start this season. The Little Tigers return from the holiday break and start 2016 action when they host Hamilton on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)


Due to illness, the Princeton High girls’ swimming team hasn’t fielded its top lineup yet this season.

That must be a sickening thought to its foes as PHS has rolled to a 6-0 start with its closest meet being a 98-72 win over Hightstown on December 22.

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CAN DO: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady dribbles up the floor in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Cannady scored a team-high 17 points to help Princeton defeat Bucknell 89-77. Princeton, which improved to 7-3 with the December 22 win over the Bison, was slated to play at No. 13 Miami on December 29, at Hampton on January 3, and at Norfolk State on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its first three games this season at the friendly confines of Jadwin Gym, the Princeton University men’s basketball team treated its guests roughly, going 3-0 and averaging 90.7 points a game in those wins.

As Princeton prepared to host Bucknell last week, it was determined to keep rolling in its home gym.
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Mirroring the Success Achieved by Pro Women Athletes, Girls Had More Fun on the Local Sporting Scene in 2015

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SUPER SAVER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in a game this season. Junior goalie Johnson starred as the Tigers won the CWPA crown and took sixth in the NCAA tourney. Johnson went on to help the U.S. national team win the FINA world championship in early August. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In a year that saw such women athletes as tennis player Serena Williams, U.S. women’s soccer star and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, and mixed martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey dominate the headlines, it is no wonder that female athletes spiced up the local sporting landscape.

During the winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team thrust itself into the national spotlight as it went 30-0 in the regular season, becoming the first men’s or women’s Ivy League hoops program to accomplish that feat. Coach Courtney Banghart’s squad topped Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to earn the team’s first-ever win in the national tourney and ended the season at 31-1 after falling to Maryland in the second round. Banghart, for her part, was named United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women’s Coach of the Year. more

December 23, 2015

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TAKING HOLD: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner controls a foe in recent action. Junior star and co-captain Harner has been a key performer for the Tigers at 197 pounds as Princeton is continuing its ascension up the ladder of college wrestling. The Tigers recently won the Navy Classic and have been ranked in the Top-25 nationally this season. Princeton is next in action when it competes in the prestigious Midlands Championships from December 29-30 at Northwestern. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Achieving a major breakthrough at the end of last season, the Princeton University wrestling team saw a program-record five performers qualify for the NCAA Championships. more

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MILLER’S TIME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Pete Miller, right, drives to the basket in recent action. Junior forward Miller is second on the Tigers in rebounding with 6.1 game, helping Princeton to a 6-3 star. The Tigers were slated to host Bucknell on December 22 before playing at No. 13 Miami on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With senior star Han Brase getting sidelined by a knee injury before the season began, Pete Miller realized that he would have to shoulder more responsibility in the paint for the Princeton University men’s basketball team. more

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OPENING DRIVE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player -Michael Dowers drives to the hoop last Friday as PHS topped WW/P-S 57-41 in the season opener for both teams. Senior forward Dowers contributed seven points in the win. The Little Tigers play at Morristown on December 23 and at Montgomery on December 28. (Photo by John Dowers)

His nostrils were caked with blood and his upper lip was swollen but Michael Dowers was all smiles last Friday evening after he helped the Princeton High boys’ basketball team top WW/P-S in the season opener. more

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PODCAST: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Nathan Podgalsky controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Freshman forward Podgalsky has caught fire for PHS in recent play, scoring two goals in a 5-0 win over Paul VI on Friday and then contributing two more in a 4-4 tie with with Cranford last Saturday evening at Baker Rink. The Little Tigers, now 4-2-2, are next in action when they play Woodbridge on December 28 in the Old Bridge Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nathan Podgalsky was a defenseman by trade when he joined the Princeton High boys’ hockey team this winter for his freshman campaign. more

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STANDING TALL: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player -Connor Fletcher, center, leads the celebration after a goal in recent action.  While PDS fell 4-3 in overtime to visiting Shady Side Academy (Pa.) last Saturday in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational, the Panthers have enjoyed a big turnaround this season ending December with a 6-2-1 record after winning three games all season in 2014-15. PDS returns to action when it plays at Malvern Prep (Pa.) on January 4 and at the Hill School (Pa.) on January 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Keith Asplundh has displayed a knack for being in the right place at the right time this winter for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team. more

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FRENCH LESSON: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kiely French controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star French scored a goal but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 2-1 to Mater Dei Prep in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. The Panthers, now 4-3-1, are next in action when they play Pingry on January 5 in the Bridgewater Sports Arena. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Mater Dei Prep in the championship game of its Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational last Saturday, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team controlled the puck in the first two periods but found itself trailing 1-0. more

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COIT TOWER: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David Coit dribbles around a foe in a game earlier this season. Freshman guard Coit has given PDS a burst of energy and some good playmaking as it has gotten off to a 3-3 start. The Panthers are next in action when they play at Princeton High on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team trailing the George School (Pa.) by 10 points with just four minutes remaining last Wednesday, David Coit was not about to give up. more

December 16, 2015

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ELBOW ROOM: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley elbows her way around a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, Wheatley scored 15 points to help Princeton defeat Pitt 61-47. On Monday, after being named Ivy League Player of the Week, she produced another strong effort, scoring 15 points and getting six rebounds to help Princeton top Fordham 55-44. The Tigers, now 9-1, play at Ohio State on December 18 and at Dayton on December 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Wheatley was a force in the paint as the Princeton University women’s basketball team raced out to a 28-2 lead over Pittsburgh last Saturday. more

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MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Jaimie McDonell battles a foe on the boards in recent action. Last Friday, senior forward and assistant captain McDonell contributed three assists to help the Tigers beat Penn State 4-1. A day later, she scored a goal as the Tigers topped Penn State 3-2 to sweep the two-game set and give Princeton its sixth straight win. McDonell was later named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 11-4-1 overall, have finished the 2015 portion of their schedule and are back in action when they host Brown on January 1 and Yale a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton University women’s hockey team generated a number of chances in the first period as it hosted Penn State last Friday, it had nothing to show for its industry as the foes were locked in a scoreless stalemate. more

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ON TRACK: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Zoe Tesone heads to the basket in a game last winter. PHS is depending on star forward Tesone to provide toughness and production in the paint this winter. The Little Tigers tip off their 2015-16 campaign on December 18 when they play at WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dan Van Hise helped the Princeton High girls’ basketball team achieve a higher standard of competitiveness last winter in his second season at the helm of the program. more

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HART AND SOUL: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Matt Hart puts up a shot in a game last season. Senior forward Hart, an All-CVC selection last winter,  will be a go-to player for PHS again this season. The Little Tigers get their 2015-16 campaign underway by hosting WW/P-S on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the winter, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team is poised to deliver a one-two punch to its foes. more