May 10, 2017

STICKING WITH IT: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Chris Fake, right, stymies a foe in a 2016 game. Last Monday, senior star defender and Yale-bound Fake fought hard in a losing cause as second-seeded Hun fell 11-5 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the state Prep A title game. The Raiders, now 6-6, play at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 13 before starting play in the prestigious Inter-Ac Invitational. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Chris Fake and his teammates on the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team faced a major challenge when they played at Lawrenceville in the state Prep A final last Monday evening. more

SPARKS FLYING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Sparks runs the bases in recent action. Last week, senior star Sparks contributed on the mound and at the plate to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 9-8. Last Saturday, the Panthers topped Hightstown 7-1 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament to move to 9-8. Eighth-seeded PDS was slated to play top-seeded Steinert in the MCT quarterfinals on May 9 with the winner advancing to the semis on May 13. The Panthers will also be starting play in the Prep B tournament where they are hosting Newark Academy in an opening round contest on May 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Sparks is determined to be a jack-of-all trades this spring in his senior season for the Princeton Day School baseball team. more

ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Princeton University softball pitcher Claire Klausner delivers a pitch against Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series (ILCS) last Saturday. Senior Klausner pitched a six-hit shutout as Princeton prevailed 1-0 in the opener. The Tigers won the nightcap 13-4 to sweep the best-of-three series and earn their second straight Ivy League crown. Princeton, now 25-18, will learn its NCAA assignment on May 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Claire Klausner is affectionately called the “ice woman” by her teammates on the Princeton University softball team and she has come to embrace that nickname. more

May 8, 2017

WILL TO WIN: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Will Brossman heads to goal in recent action. Last Sunday, senior star and Middlebury College-bound Brossman tallied four goals to help PDS defeat Albany Academy (N.Y.) 14-6. The Panthers, now 8-2, play at Newark Academy on May 3. In addition, PDS will start play in the Mercer County Tournament where it is seeded first and will host a quarterfinal game on May 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Will Brossman, doing some extensive homework four years ago helped make him into a dead-eye shooter for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team. more

May 4, 2017

END OF AN ERA: Princeton University women’s water polo goalie Ashleigh Johnson stymies a foe in a game this season. Last weekend, senior star and Olympic gold medalist Johnson ended her stellar Tiger career by starring in the CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championship. She made 35 saves in three games, helping ninth-ranked Princeton advance to the title game, where it fell 5-4 to seventh-ranked Michigan. The Tigers ended the season with a 24-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking advantage of a two-week hiatus from competition between the end of the regular season and the CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championship, the Princeton University women’s water polo team got to recharge its batteries. more

May 3, 2017

SIMON SAYS: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Simon Hwang fires a serve in action at the Mercer Country Tournament last Wednesday. Sophomore Hwang finished fourth at second singles to help PHS take sixth in the team standings at the MCT. In upcoming matches, the Little Tigers, who topped Trenton 5-0 last Monday to improve to 8-2 in dual match action, play at Notre Dame on May 3, at WW/P-South on May 4, and at Robbinsville on May 8 before hosting Nottingham on May 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Acknowledging that the Princeton High boys’ tennis team doesn’t boast the top-end players this season that it has featured over the years, Sarah Hibbert has emphasized daily improvement. more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Georgia McLean looks to pass the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday the senior midfielder tallied three goals and two assists to help PHS defeat Pennington School 15-4 as the program held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Little Tigers, who improved to 9-5 with the win, start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week. PHS is seeded seventh in the MCT and will host a second round contest on May 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Georgia McLean was looking to recapture her childhood as the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team held its annual Senior Day celebration when it hosted Pennington last Friday. more

GOING FOURTH: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis star Lex Decker follows through on a serve at the Mercer County Tournament last week. Junior Decker took fourth at first singles to help the Panthers place fourth of 18 schools in the team standings at the MCT. In upcoming dual match action, PDS hosts WW/P-North on May 4 before playing at the Hill School (Pa.) on May 5 and at Haddonfield on May 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The final day of the Mercer County Tournament didn’t turn out as Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker had hoped. more

BECK AND CALL: Hun School baseball player Jack Erbeck follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore Erbeck starred on the mound and with the bat as Hun defeated the Hill School (Pa.) 4-1. Erbeck went six innings on the mound, striking out seven, allowing four hits, and one run in getting the win. He also added an RBI single to help his cause. Hun, which improved to 7-6 with a 9-2 win over Blair Academy last Saturday, hosts Trenton Catholic on May 3. In addition, the Raiders will be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded 11th and play at sixth-seeded Robbinsville in a first round game on May 6.

Jack Erbeck set the tone on the mound for the Hun School baseball team as it hosted the Hill School (Pa.) last Thursday. more

HIGHER LEAVELL: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Amanda Leavell heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior defender Leavell chipped in an assist, two caused turnovers, and three ground balls to help Princeton defeat Columbia 18-11. The win improved Princeton to 12-3 overall and 6-1 Ivy League. The ninth-ranked Tigers earned their fourth straight Ivy regular season crown as they tied for first with Penn and Cornell. Princeton will now compete in the Ivy postseason tournament where they will face No. 7 Penn in a semifinal contest on May 5 with the winner advancing to the title game on May 7 to play for the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Amanda Leavell is a defensive stalwart for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team but she went on the attack against Columbia last Saturday in her last regular season home appearance. more

April 28, 2017

RETURN TO FORM: Ben Gross delivers a pitch this spring for the Princeton University baseball team. Former Princeton High standout Gross has overcome shoulder problems to emerge as a front line starter in his junior campaign with the Tigers. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

In the spring of 2013, Ben Gross enjoyed a dominant season on the mound for the Princeton High baseball team, with 53 strikeouts in 51 innings and a sparkling 2.47 ERA. more

April 26, 2017

REYNOLDS RAP: Princeton University softball star Marissa Reynolds takes a cut in recent action. Last weekend, senior star Reynolds helped Princeton go 3-1 against Columbia as the Tigers clinched the Ivy League South Division title. The Tigers, now 21-16 overall and 13-3 Ivy, end regular season play by facing Cornell in doubleheaders on April 29 and April 30, with the first twinbill taking place in Princeton and the second in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into her senior season on the Princeton University softball team, Marissa Reynolds was determined to be less fidgety when she was at bat. more

Bear Goldstein hails from the heart of Texas but he has deep ties to Princeton University.

Goldstein’s mother went to Princeton in the 1980s and competed for the track team and his grandfather played football for the Tigers and was a member of the Class of 1951.

So when the Dallas native was considering where to attend college and continue his lacrosse career, coming north to Princeton was a no-brainer.

“I never had a choice of where to go, not that I would have wanted one,” said the 6’0, 180-pound Goldstein, who starred at lacrosse and football at the St. Mark’s School of Texas. more

FANTASTIC FINISH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Colby Chanenchuk heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Cornell, Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, including the game-winning tally in overtime, as the Tigers rallied from a late two-goal deficit to prevail 12-11. No. 9 Princeton, now 11-3 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, wraps up regular season play by hosting Columbia (7-7 overall, 2-4 Ivy) on April 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last Wednesday evening, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug a 9-2 hole at Penn on the way to a 17-12 loss as a late rally fell short. more

MAC ATTACK: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Eamonn McDonald heads to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior star attackman McDonald scored four goals in a losing cause as PHS fell 11-10 to Robbinsville in triple overtime. The Little Tigers, who moved to 4-5 with a 16-7 defeat at Lawrenceville last Saturday, play at North Hunterdon on April 26 and host WW/P-North on April 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last May, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team lost an 11-9 heartbreaker to Robbinsville in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

FIRING AWAY: Princeton High pitcher Kayla Volante fires a pitch in a game earlier this season. Senior star Volante has been a stalwart for PHS, handling the pitching duties and batting in the middle of the order. After starting 0-4, the Little Tigers have gotten on the right track, going 5-3 in their next eight games. PHS, now 5-8 after falling 2-0 at Hightstown last Monday, hosts Hightstown on April 26, plays at Robbinsville on April 28, and hosts Hopewell Valley on May 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the first nine days of the season, the Princeton High softball team went 0-4, getting outscored 45-2 in the process. more

SPECIAL K: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Andrew Kaye unloads the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior attackman Kaye contributed three assists as Hun rolled to a 19-4 win over Peddie. The Raiders, now 4-3, play at the Brunswick School (Conn.) on April 26 and face Haverford School (Pa.) in the KSF Tournament on April 29 at Radnor High (Pa.). In addition, Hun will be competing in the state Prep A tourney where it is seeded second and will host third-seeded Peddie in a semifinal contest on May 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Andrew Kaye didn’t score a goal as the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team rolled to a 19-4 win over Peddie School last Thursday. more

Members of the Princeton University women’s golf team celebrate after winning the Ivy League championship tournament last weekend at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The Tigers produced a dominant performance in earning their first Ivy crown since 2005, firing a cumulative total of 891 (+27) in the three-round event, 31 strokes in front of second-place Harvard. Sophomore Amber Wang led four Tigers in the top seven to win medalist honors at +2, carding a 1-under 71 Sunday to finish three strokes in front of freshman teammate Allison Chang Wang who is the first Tiger to win the individual title since Kelly Shon ’14 in 2013. With the win, Princeton gains the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 8-10 at four locations. (Photo Courtesy of the Ivy League)

GOAL ORIENTED: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Ali Hannah heads upfield in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior star Hannah tallied nine goals to help Stuart defeat Trinity Hall 15-10 and improve 5-3. The Tartans host Hightstown on April 27 before starting play in the state Prep B tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ali Hannah decided that she had to be ready to go the distance in order to make a greater impact this season for the Stuart Country Day lacrosse team. more

April 19, 2017

EARNING HIS STRIPES: Hun School baseball player Ryan Strype takes a big cut in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior catcher and team captain Strype hit a two-run homer to help Hun rally for a 10-5 win over Princeton Day School. The Raiders, who edged Pennington 3-2 last Thursday to move to 4-3, play at Lawrenceville on April 20, head to Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) for a doubleheader on April 22, and then host Trenton Catholic on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Ryan Strype is the captain of the Hun School baseball team, he is not a rah-rah guy.

“I am not the loudest; I am not the type of captain to just scream out,” said senior catcher Strype.

“I try and do everything I can to lead by example and do everything I can to keep my head up and keep the guys up in the dugout.” more

STROKE OF BRILLIANCE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker hits a forehand in a match last season. Junior star Decker is leading the way at first singles for PDS this spring. The Panthers, now 2-1 in dual match action, play at Hopewell Valley on April 19, at Pennington on April 20, and host Upper Canada College on April 22 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament on April 24 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things weren’t going well initially for the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team as it hosted Pingry last Thursday.

While PDS junior star Lex Decker was cruising to a straight set victory at first singles, the other four matches were very much in doubt. more

IN THE ZONE: Princeton Day School baseball player Paul Franzoni makes contact in recent action. Last Thursday, senior star catcher Franzoni hit a three-run homer to help PDS defeat Peddie 12-0 and improve to 4-2. The Panthers host the Hill School (Pa.) on April 19, host Hamilton on April 20, play at Princeton High on April 22, and then face Gill St. Bernard’s on April 24 at TD Bank Ballpark. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heading across town to play at the Hun School last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School baseball team came out swinging. more

Before the 2017 season even started, the Princeton High boys’ tennis team suffered some big losses.

The squad’s two top returning singles players, junior Noah Lilienthal and sophomore Jerry Gu, opted not to compete for PHS this spring due to other commitments.

As a result, Little Tiger head coach Sarah Hibbert has been forced to go with some new faces.

“Kevin Yang is the only full-time starter returning from last year’s lineup,” said Hibbert of the junior who is playing at first singles. more

GROSS PROFIT: Princeton High baseball player Dan Gross follows through on a swing in a game earlier this spring. Last Monday, senior outfielder Gross went 3-for-4 with a triple, four runs, and an RBI to help PHS defeat Trenton 18-7 and improve to 2-4. The Little Tigers host Nottingham on April 19, South River on April 20, play at Allentown on April 21, host Princeton Day School on April 22, and then play at Hightstown on April 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High baseball team getting four games postponed in the first week of the season, Dan Gross had trouble finding his hitting stroke. more

OPEN THROTTLE: Members of the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 power through the water in a race earlier this season. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat edged Yale to win the Eisenberg Cup. The sixth-ranked Tigers, now 7-0, row at Dartmouth on April 22. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

It didn’t take long for the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 to make a statement this spring.

Opening the season by hosting nemesis Brown and Michigan State in late March, the Tigers posted an impressive victory covering the 2,000-meter course on Lake Carnegie in 6:28.5 with the Bears taking second in 6:30.9 and the Spartans coming in third at 6:31.5.  more