November 30, 2016

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ON BOARD: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie David goes after the puck along the boards in action last season. Senior forward David figures to add depth and experience to the Panther offense this winter. PDS opens its 2016-17 season by hosting Pingry on December 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There is a buzz surrounding the Princeton Day School athletics program these days in the wake of a successful fall that saw the PDS boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, and field hockey teams all win state Prep B titles. more

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CORT SENSE: Hun School boys’ basketball player Justin Cort dribbles past a foe in a game last season. Hun will be looking for junior guard Cort to make an impact in the backcourt this season. The Raiders tip off their 2016-17 campaign when they play at the Haverford School (Pa.) on December 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School boys’ basketball team may not tower over the competition this winter, Jon Stone is hoping it can outflank its foes. more

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SHAKE AND BLAKE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown cruises up the ice in a game last year. Senior co-captain and star forward Brown is being depended on to be the offensive catalyst this season for the Raiders. Hun is scheduled to open its 2016-17 season by playing at Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last few years, the Hun School boys’ hockey team thrived on a freewheeling approach, featuring some talented performers whose offensive flair could overcome mistakes. more

November 23, 2016

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HAPPY ENDING: Princeton University tight end Scott Carpenter heads upfield in a game this season. Last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth, senior star Carpenter made a key fourth quarter touchdown reception as Princeton rolled to a 38-21 win over the Big Green, clinching a share of the Ivy League title. Princeton finished at 8-2 overall and 6-1 Ivy, tying Penn (7-3 overall, 6-1 Ivy) for the crown, the 11th in program history. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ever since Bob Surace took the helm of the Princeton University football team in 2010, Dartmouth has been a thorn in the side for the Tigers. more

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STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro, right, battles for the ball in a game this fall. Last Friday, senior star Caro scored a goal in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to Delaware in the NCAA semifinals in Norfolk, Va.  The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 12-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton University field hockey team, its run to the NCAA Final 4 amounted to something of a revenge tour. more

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LOCKED IN: Princeton University women’s hockey player Carly Bullock, right, battles for the puck in recent action. Last Friday, freshman forward Bullock scored the first goal as Princeton rolled to a 7-2 win over No. 5 and previously undefeated Colgate. A day later, she tallied a goal in a losing cause as the Tigers fell 2-1 to Cornell. Princeton, now 5-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays a two-game set at Boston University on November 25 and 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Carly Bullock established herself as a prolific scorer in the highly competitive world of Minnesota high school girls’ hockey, tallying 278 points on 186 goals and 92 assists in her career for the Blake School in Minneapolis. more

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NET GAIN: Members of the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team were all smiles as they posed for a team shot earlier this fall. PHS made big strides this season, posting a 17-5 record after going 4-12 in 2015. The Little Tigers won the Spiketoberfest WJIVL (West Jersey Interscholastic Volleyball League) tourney and made its first ever experience in the public state tournament along the way. Pictured in the front row, kneeling from left to right, are Kim Cheng, Nicole Barrales, Annie Sullivan-Crowley, Rachel Cheng. In the middle row, from left, are Siyang Liu, Natalia Drobnjak, Amanda Rubin, and Alexandra Garthe. In the back row, from left, are head coach Patty Manhart, Lucia Firbas, Alexandra Colón, Nancy Gray, Anna Cao, Noa Levy, Gill Hauschild, Sara Vigiano, and assistant coach Erin Gannon.

Patty Manhart was satisfied to see her Princeton High girls’ volleyball team make incremental progress in its first two seasons as a varsity program. more

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ALL TOGETHER: Hun School field hockey player Sophia Albanese, left, spearheads the defensive effort in a game this fall. Senior star and team captain Albanese was a claiming force on the back line for the Raiders as they posted a 9-10 record this fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Based on the first two weeks of the season, it looked like the Hun School field hockey team was in for a rough fall as it lost its first four games, getting outscored 15-7 in the process. more

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PARTING SHOT: Hun School boys’ soccer player Patrick Nally, right, controls the ball in a game this season. Senior midfielder Nally ended his Hun career with a bang, notching a goal and an assist as the Raiders fell 5-2 to Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) in their finale. Hun ended the fall with a 5-13 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

At times this fall, the Hun School boys’ soccer team displayed flashes of brilliance. more

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AMAZING RACE: Alex Roth, left, leads the way as the Princeton High boys’ cross country team takes off in a race earlier this fall. Last Saturday at the NJSIAA Cross Country Meet of Champions (MOC) in Holmdel Park, senior Roth took third individually to help PHS win the team title. It was the first-ever MOC team title for the Little Tigers and just the second ever for a Mercer County school (WW/P-N boys in 2008). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) last Saturday at Holmdel Park, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team appeared to be a dark horse for the title. more

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