June 15, 2016

Ivy League Track and Field Championships

RETIREMENT PARTY: Princeton University women’s track head coach Peter Farrell enjoys a special moment with his athletes in early May at the 2016 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Weaver Stadium. It was the last Heps for Farrell, who recently announced his retirement after 39 years as the only head coach in the history of the Princeton University women’s track and cross country programs. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Peter Farrell doesn’t like to stray too far from his athletes. more

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FRESH APPROACH: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Jerry Gu rips a forehand in a match this spring. Freshman Gu starred at second singles in his debut campaign with the program, helping PHS post a final record of 14-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High boys’ tennis team, its 2016 season was bookended by battling perennial power and eventual state Group 3 champion WW/P-S. more

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CLEAR THINKING: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse goalie Leo Godefroy clears the ball during a game this spring. Junior Godefroy emerged as a star in the cage for PHS this spring as it went 12-5 and advanced to the North Jersey, Group 3 semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It wasn’t easy but the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team advanced to the the sectional semifinals for a fourth straight year. more

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ON THE MARK: Mark Aziz of Ivy Inn heads to the basket in action last year in the Princeton Recreation Men’s Summer Basketball League. Aziz and Ivy Inn will tip off the 2016 campaign when they face Pediatric Therapy Solution on June 15 in an opening night triple-header at the Community Park courts. Ivy Inn won the 2015 title by forfeit when Bring Me Food didn’t have enough players on hard to field a team for the decisive Game 3 of the best-of-three championship series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last 15 years, the Princeton Recreation Men’s Summer Basketball League has generally been comprised of 10 teams. more

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STATE OF JOY: Members of the Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United boys’ squad are all smiles after winning the New Jersey State Cup earlier this month. The PFC squad defeated the Next Level Soccer Academy (NLSA) Raiders 3-0 in the title game on June 5. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are, Andres Redrovan (Trenton High), Chris Harla – captain (Princeton High), Jake Caddeau (PHS), Dwight Donis (PHS), Cole Snyder (PHS), Chase Ealy (PHS), Peter Luther (PHS), Gunnar Schellscheidt (Hun), Jaime Chavez (Trenton). In the back row, from left, are assistant coach Joe Yurcisin, Mark Petrovic (PHS), Oscar Vik (Princeton Day School), Marco Pinheiro (PDS), Sam Serxner (PHS), Owen Lindenfeldar (PHS), Conner Yurcisin – captain (Montgomery High), Matt Cabrera (Montgomery), Kevin Hagan (PDS), Jerry Merino (Trenton), Erik Munguia (Trenton), and head coach Stoyan Pumpalov.

For Stoyan Pumpalov, guiding his Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United boys’ squad to a New Jersey State Cup earlier this month was the culmination of a long-term process. more

June 8, 2016

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HEAVY HITTERS: Senior star Martin Barakso, third from left, helps the Princeton University men’s varsity 8 power through the water in a heat last weekend at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta at Mercer Lake. The Tigers went on to finish third in the Grand Final in the event, trailing champion Cal and Yale. Princeton, which took second in the second varsity 8, first in the third varsity 8 to cap an undefeated season, and second in the varsity 4, was second to Cal in the race for the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, the team points competition, the best Tiger finish since winning the trophy in 1998. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Martin Barakso entered Princeton University in 2012 as a highly decorated rower. more

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BRONZE AGE: The Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity 8 powers through the water in a race earlier this spring. Last Sunday, the boat took third at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta on Mercer Lake, trailing champion Columbia and runner-up Yale. In taking bronze, the Tiger top boat continued a progression up the ladder as it took sixth in the 2013 IRA, fifth in 2014, and fourth in 2015. Princeton also earned medals at the IRA in the two fours events as the four with coxswain held off Yale by 1.3 seconds to take bronze, while the four without coxswain beat Harvard by just over one second for silver. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Crew)

All spring long, Christian Wawrzonek and the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity 8 crew have battled Columbia and Yale for supremacy on the east coast. more

Start of the girls race

GROUP EFFORT: Princeton High distance running stars Lou Mialhe, second from left, and Chloe Taylor, right, compete in a 2015 cross country race. Last weekend, senior Mialhe took 13th in the 3,200 and 15th in the 1,600 at the Group 4 state championship meet while sophomore Taylor was 23rd in the 3,200. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For track coaches, an overriding challenge is fine-tuning athletes to produce their best performances in the biggest meets. more

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DELIVERING THE GOODS: Princeton High pitcher Mike Ramirez delivers a pitch in action this spring. Sophomore Ramirez emerged as a mound star for the Little Tigers this season. PHS posted a final record of 9-14 in 2016, ending the season with a 2-0 loss to eventual champion Hunterdon Central in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it looked like the Princeton High baseball team was in over its head as it played at Hunterdon Central in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. more

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NET GAIN: Hun School girls’ lacrosse goalie Madison McNulty makes a save in a game this season. Junior McNulty’s fine play in the cage helped Hun post a final record of 9-8 this spring.

With a 5-8 record and four games left in the season, the Hun School girls lacrosse team could have gone through the motions down the stretch. more

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LOUISIANA LIGHTNING: Princeton University baseball player Billy Arendt takes a swing in recent action. Last weekend, senior third baseman Arendt starred in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-3 to host Louisiana-Lafayette and 7-2 to Sam Houston State in the NCAA’s Lafayette Regional. Arendt went 4-for-9 on the weekend with three runs scored and a triple.The Ivy League champion Tigers ended the spring with a 24-21 overall record, a remarkable improvement on the 7-32 mark posted in 2015. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University baseball team started play in the NCAA tournament at the Louisiana-Lafayette Regional last Friday evening, the Tigers found themselves in a lion’s den. more

June 7, 2016

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HOMESTAND: Members of Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club Men’s Youth 8 plus Coxswain are all smiles after taking second at the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships at Mercer Lake to secure a spot in the upcoming 2016 USRowing Youth National Championships. Pictured, from left to right, are senior Kevin Borup (South Brunswick High), freshman Jack Gallagher (Council Rock High School North), junior Daniel Stoddard (WW/P-S), junior Grant Barthelmes (Ranney School), junior coxswain Sarah Brune (Lanoka Harbor), junior Carter Levine (Princeton High), senior John Tanguay (Hopewell Valley High), senior Jason Fleurial (Princeton High), and junior Andrew Hickey (Notre Dame High). PNRA/Mercer’s Women’s Youth 8 plus Coxswain, Women’s Youth Lightweight 8 plus Coxswain, and Women’s Lightweight 4 plus Coxswain also qualified for the national championship regatta, which will be held on Mercer Lake from June 10-12.

As the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) hosts the USRowing Youth National Championships for the first time ever, it is hoping that some home cooking will help the four PNRA Mercer Rowing Club crews that qualified for the competition. more

June 2, 2016

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BREAKING AWAY: Princeton High distance running star Alex Roth breaks the tape in winning the Princeton 5k last month. Last weekend, junior star Roth helped PHS take fifth in the Central Jersey Group 4 boys’ sectional meet. He placed second in the 3,200, third in the 1,600 and helped the 4×800 relay take second and set a school record of 7:54.53, breaking a mark set in 1981.

As the Princeton High track teams prepared for the sectional meet last weekend, they knew they were moving up in class.

Having typically competed in Group 3, PHS was elevated to Group 4 this year, facing larger schools and tougher competition. more

June 1, 2016

Princeton women's open crew vs. Duke

WHEELING AND DEALING: Princeton University women’s rowing star Meghan Wheeler powers through the water in a race this spring. Last weekend, senior star and tri-captain Wheeler helped the Princeton women’s open varsity 8 take sixth in the Grand Final at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, Calif. The Tigers finished seventh overall in the team standings as the second varsity 8 took sixth and the varsity four placed seventh. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Meghan Wheeler had a bad taste in her mouth last spring as she wrapped up her junior season with the Princeton University women’s open crew. more

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POWER PITCHER: Princeton University junior star Chad Powers fires a pitch in recent action. Powers, who was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year this spring, will be looking to come up big this weekend as Princeton competes in the NCAA Regional at Lafayette, La. Powers went 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA this spring to help the Tigers post an overall record of 24-19. Princeton, seeded fourth, will play the host and top-seeded University of Louisiana-Lafayette (41-19), on Friday evening in an opening round contest of the double-elimination regional. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The next chapter of the amazing turnaround story written by the Princeton University baseball team this spring will take place down in the Bayou.

The Tigers, who went from 7-32 and the Ivy League cellar in 2015 to 24-19 and the league title this spring, have been sent to Lafayette, La. regional of the NCAA tournament. more

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FOURTH POWER: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis star Lex Decker slams a forehand in a match this spring. Last Thursday, sophomore Decker won the title at second singles at the Prep B state championships, helping PDS to its fourth straight team title at the competition. Senior Scott Altmeyer won the first singles crown for the Panthers while juniors Leo Nye and Noah Liao were the victors at second doubles. PDS piled up 11 points in the team standings with Rutgers Prep and Gill St. Bernard’s tying for second with six. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team hit the court for the opening rounds of the state Prep B tournament last week, it was taking the first steps in its pursuit of a fourth straight title. more

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FOLLOWING THROUGH: Princeton High softball player Natalie Campisi finishes a swing in a game this spring. Senior center fielder Campisi gave the Little Tigers speed and production at the top of the lineup. PHS ended the season at 9-14, advancing to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and making the state tourney in what turned out to be the final season for head coach Dave Boehm, who is stepping down from the program. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at Monroe in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional, the Princeton High softball team got off to a rough start, falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. more

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GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Taylor Lis heads upfield in a game this spring. Senior star and Cornell-bound Lis led PHS with 74 goals, helping the Little Tigers post a final record of 10-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Adding a number of new faces into its lineup with the loss of several probable starters, the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team faced a season of transition this spring. more

May 25, 2016

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KEY HIT: Princeton University softball player Keeley Walsh follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman Walsh slugged a homer to account for Princeton’s only run in a 2-1 loss to Longwood in an elimination game at Harrisonburg (Va.) regional in the NCAA tournament. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 23-28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

ESPN has made a commitment to the NCAA softball tournament, providing wall-to-wall coverage of the event, starting by broadcasting hours of regional action in the first weekend of the event. more

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ON THE SHORTLIST: Princeton University baseball player Danny Hoy takes a swing in recent action. Senior infielder Hoy, who helped Princeton go from last to first in the Ivy League this spring, was one of five seniors named as a finalist for the William Winston Roper Trophy, given to Princeton’s top senior male athlete. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With commencement fast approaching, it is awards season for the Princeton University athletes and the finalists for the two top senior sports honors were revealed last week. more

When Hayden Reyes got called up to the Princeton High varsity baseball team as a freshman in 2013, it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.

“They put me in one game and I wasn’t doing well,” said Reyes.

“Then they moved me up to second in the lineup and I went 2-for-5 that game and ever since then I have never looked back.”

Over the last four seasons, Reyes has been a fixture in the PHS lineup, playing shortstop and batting leadoff.

Earlier this month, Reyes achieved something he never imagined was possible when he made his varsity debut, collecting the 100th hit of his high school career. more

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STILL ROARING: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse star Rory -Helstrom heads to goal last Saturday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North Group 3 state tournament quarterfinals. Helstrom chipped in a goal and three assists as PHS rallied for a 10-9 victory over the fourth-seeded Raiders. The Little Tigers, now 12-4, play at top-seeded Northern Highlands on May 25 in the semis. (Photo by John Dowers)

Rory Helstrom has enjoyed some great moments on the Princeton High turf field, starring as an all-county running back in football and a hard-charging midfielder in lacrosse. more

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GALE FORCE: Princeton Day School senior defender James Fragale pressures a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, he made some big plays down the stretch to help top-seeded PDS edge second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 6-5 in the state Prep B title game. The triumph gave the Panthers a final record of 15-1 and marked its second championship of the spring as the program had won its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title earlier this month. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

James Fragale realized that the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team faced a challenge in containing Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday. more

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HITTING THE GAS: Princeton Day School baseball player Dom Gasparro takes a big swing in a game this season. Last Friday, senior third baseman Gasparro had a double, three runs, and an RBI in a losing cause as PDS fell 9-6 to visiting Hopewell Valley on its annual Senior Day celebration. On Monday, Gasparro and his classmates ended things on a high note as the Panthers defeated New Hope-Solebury (Pa.) 8-1 in its season finale. The win gave PDS a final record of 12-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dom Gasparro found himself in the middle of the action as he played in his Senior Day for the Princeton Day School baseball team against visiting Hopewell Valley last Friday. more

Hun player #17, 3rd from right gets congrats from players after his home run.

FITTING FINALE: Members of the Hun School baseball team celebrate a homer in a game earlier this spring. The Raiders had a lot to celebrate last weekend as they won the state Prep A title, giving a retirement gift to legendary head coach Bill McQuade in his 46th and final season at the helm of the program. After losing earlier in the week in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, the Raiders went up to Blair and posted four straight wins to earn the title. Hun defeated Peddie 3-1 and 4-1 in the finals on Sunday to end the spring with a 16-7 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the state Prep A baseball tournament got underway last week, a major story line centered on whether the top-seeded Hun School team could deliver a retirement gift to legendary head coach Bill McQuade in his 46th and final season at the helm of the program. more