November 30, 2016

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KILLING IT: Princeton University women’s volleyball player Cara Mattaliano goes up for the ball in recent action. Senior star Mattaliano, who currently stands 11th all-time at Princeton in kills with 1,101, was recently named the Ivy League Player of the Year after helping Princeton go 19-4 overall and 13-1 Ivy on the way to winning the league title outright and punching its first ticket to the NCAA tournament since 2007. This Friday, the Tigers start NCAA action by playing at 13th-seeded BYU (27-3) in a first round contest in Provo, Utah. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s office of Athletic Communications)

Cara Mattaliano has firmly established herself as one of the top performers in the history of Princeton University women’s volleyball. more

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HOME COOKING: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jose Morales races upcourt last Friday as Princeton hosted Rowan University in its home opener. Former Hun School star and freshman guard Morales contributed 10 points to help the Tigers roll to a 106-48 win over the Division III Profs. Princeton, which improved to 2-2 with the win, was slated to play at VCU on November 29 before heading to Honolulu, Hawaii to face Cal on December 6 and Hawaii in December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After playing for the Hun School boys’ basketball team as a post-graduate last winter, Jose Morales made his way across town to join the Princeton University men’s hoops program. more

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STEPPING UP: Princeton University women’s basketball player Tia Weledji dribbles the ball in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Weledji scored 12 points and had four steals in 21 minutes of action off the bench as Princeton defeated Rutgers 64-34 to earn their first win after four straight losses to start the season. The Tigers, who topped UMBC 69-58 last Sunday in improving to 2-4, host Seton Hall on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the season, the Princeton University women’s basketball team needed Tia Weledji to be tougher on the court. more

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MIGHTY QUIN: Princeton University men’s hockey player Quin Pompi controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday senior defenseman Pompi scored a third period goal to help Princeton defeat 10th-ranked Bemidji State 3-1 to complete a sweep of a two-game set with the Beavers. Princeton, now 2-6-1 overall and 0-5-1 ECAC Hockey, hosts Union on December 2 and Rensselaer on December 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team brought a 0-6-1 record into its two-game set at 10th-ranked Bemidji State after Thanksgiving, Ron Fogarty believed the Tigers were on the verge of a breakthrough. more

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IN PLAY: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Justin Joyce heads up the ice last winter. On Monday, junior forward Joyce contributed a goal as PHS rolled to a 10-2 win over Nottingham in its season opener. The Little Tigers will look to keep on the winning track when they face Lawrence High on December 5 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Terence Miller has added reason to hope that this winter will be memorable for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team. more

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MAKING A JUMP: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball star Chase Lewis puts up a jumper in the state Prep B title game last season. PDS topped Morristown-Beard in the championship contest to earn its first state title since winning the Prep A crown in 1999. Senior guard Lewis and the Panthers will begin their quest for another title campaign when they open their 2016-17 season by playing at the Solebury School (Pa.) tournament on December 2-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Winning a state Prep B title last winter has the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team hungry for more as it heads into the 2016-17 campaign. more

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READY TO ROLL: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Nic Petruolo controls the puck in a game last season. PDS is expecting junior defenseman Petruolo to be a key performer this winter. The Panthers were slated to get their 2016-17 season underway by hosting Bishop Eustace on November 29 and playing at Seton Hall on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team produced one of the best turnaround stories of the season, going 15-6-3 after winning just three games the year before. more

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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