January 18, 2017

UPPING HIS GAME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens goes up for a bucket in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Stephens scored a career-high 19 points to help Princeton defeat Yale 66-58. He was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, are currently on exam hiatus and will be back in action when they play at Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Myles Stephens established himself as a defensive stopper from the minute he stepped on the court for the Princeton University men’s basketball team last winter in his freshman campaign. more

FOR THE RECORD: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney prepares to ward off a shot last Friday as Princeton fell 5-1 to visiting Cornell. Senior goalie Phinney recorded 21 saves in the contest, making history in the process as his fifth stop gave him 2,952 in his career, passing the previous program record of 2,951 set by Ronald Dennis in 1983. A night later, Phinney added to his record total, making 37 saves as Princeton tied Colgate 2-2 as it moved to 7-11-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey. The Tigers are currently on a hiatus for exams and return to action when they face top-ranked Penn State on January 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Colton Phinney has endured a lot of disappointment in his time with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

DOUBLE PLAY: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the basket in recent action. Last Saturday against visiting Yale, junior Robinson contributed a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Princeton rally to 74-62 win over the Bulldogs. A night earlier, Robinson produced another double-double in a 98-88 loss to Brown, scoring a career-high 21 points with 11 rebounds. The Tigers, now 7-9 overall and 1-2 Ivy League, are on exam hiatus and return to action when they host Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was only mid-January but the Princeton University women’s basketball team was badly in need of a win when it hosted Yale last Saturday evening. more

TRUE BLUE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue drives around a foe in recent action. Last Friday, senior star Blue poured in 24 points in a losing cause as PHS fell 63-50 at Robbinsville to move to 6-4. The Little Tigers will look to get back on the winning track as they play at Allentown on January 20 before hosting Trenton on January 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at West Windsor/Plainsboro-North last week, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team looked like it might get run out of the gym in the early stages of the contest. more

HEARTFELT: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Maggie Herring controls the puck in recent action. Last Thursday, senior forward and captain Herring tallied two goals and two assists as PHS defeated visiting Immaculate Heart Academy 12-5. The Little Tigers, who moved to 2-4 with the win, host Pingry on January 27 at Baker Rink for the program’s annual Senior Night Celebration. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite having defeated Immaculate Heart Academy by 10 goals earlier this month, the Princeton High girls’ hockey team wasn’t about to go through the motions when the foes met for a rematch last Thursday at Baker Rink. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David Coit races up the court in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Coit scored 13 points in a losing cause as PDS fell 58-54 at Montgomery in dropping to 9-5. The Panthers play at Pingry on January 20 before hosting Hamilton on January 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After getting off to a sizzling 9-1 start, the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team has hit a rough patch, losing four of its last five games. more

SPIN CONTROL: Hun School boys’ basketball player Lorenzo Spinazzi handles the ball in a game last winter. On Sunday, Spinazzi scored nine points to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy 68-37 and improve to 4-9. In upcoming action, Hun hosts Trenton Catholic on January 19 and then faces The Master’s School (Conn.) on January 21 in the Mel Henderson Memorial Showcase at Hackensack High. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Lorenzo Spinazzi may not be in the starting lineup for the Hun School boys’ basketball team but he is emerging as one of the squad’s key players. more

January 11, 2017

ANSWERING THE BELL: Princeton University men’s basketball player Amir Bell dribbles the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, junior guard Bell had 12 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench to help Princeton defeat Penn 61-52 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 8-6 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Brown on January 13 and Yale on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s basketball team jumped out to a 39-18 lead against visiting Penn early in the second half last Saturday evening, Mitch Henderson knew that game was far from over. more

RUSH HOUR: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush handles the ball last Saturday against Penn. Sophomore guard Rush scored a career-high 15 points but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Penn 62-57 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, now 6-8 overall and 0-1 Ivy, hosts Brown on January 13 and Yale on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gabrielle Rush was a member of the supporting cast last winter for the Princeton University women’s basketball team in her freshman season. more

ON A ROLL: Princeton University women’s hockey player Claire Thompson fires the puck up the ice last Friday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman defenseman Thompson contributed three assists in the game to help Princeton prevail 4-0. A day later, Thompson and the Tigers edged Harvard 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to eight. Princeton, now 12-6-2 overall and 8-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Cornell on January 13 and at Colgate a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s hockey team struggled to a 5-6-1 start this season, one of the low points came in mid-November when the Tigers fell 3-2 in overtime to previously winless Dartmouth. more

STREAK BUSTERS: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Max Garlock controls the puck in action last Friday against Notre Dame. Junior defenseman Garlock had two assists in the contest as PHS edged the Irish 4-3, snapping their 81-game winning streak against Colonial Valley Conference foes. The Little Tigers, now 10-0-2, have a rematch against Notre Dame on January 11 at the Mercer County Park rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High boys’ hockey team, last Friday was a date that had been circled on its calendar for a while. more

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Ryan Lisk races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior forward Lisk scored two goals to help PDS top Wyoming Seminary in a game decided by a shootout after the teams tied at 2-2 through regulation and overtime. On Monday, Lisk chipped in a goal and an assist as PDS defeated Hun 5-1 and improved to 8-4-2. In upcoming action, the Panthers host the Hill School (Pa.) on January 11 before heading to New England to face Northfield Mt. Hermon (Mass.) on January 13 at Amherst College and play at the Pomfret School (Conn.) on January 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Lisk isn’t the biggest, fastest, or most skilled forward on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team.

But while Lisk doesn’t stand out, his wily play in the crease has helped him emerge as a clutch goal scorer for PDS. more

SHOOTING STAR: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Bridget Kane puts up a jump shot in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior guard and team captain Kane scored 10 points to help PDS edge Princeton High 38-32. On Monday, Kane scored eight points in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 48-42 to Pennington. PDS, now 4-6, hosts Kings Christian on January 11 and Lawrenceville on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trailing 26-15 at halftime against visiting Hun School last Thursday, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team wasn’t about to throw in the towel against its crosstown rival. more

It hasn’t taken long for Jada Jones to find a home with the Hun School girls’ basketball team.

The sophomore transfer from Randolph is thriving on and off the court at her new school.

“I  like it a lot better; here I am playing my true position and they are also giving me the green light to stretch out,” said Jones.

“My true position is shooting guard and last year I was playing point guard. I am glad I came. I like the whole vibe of the team, everything is better, I love coach (Bill) Holup. I love the school.” more

MAN POWER: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur  controls the puck in a game last season. Last week, sophomore forward Mandleur tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun overcome a 2-0 first period deficit on the way to a 3-2 win over St. Joseph High (Metuchen). Hun, which fell 5-1 to Princeton Day School last Monday to move to 4-8, plays at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 11 before hosting Lawrenceville on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, Kyle Mandleur made an impact for the Hun School boys’ hockey team as a freshman by virtue of his imposing 6’3 frame and a powerful shot.  more

January 4, 2017

FLYING HIGH: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook flies upcourt in recent action. Last Sunday against visiting Cal Poly, senior star Cook scored a game-high 24 points to help the Tigers prevail 81-52 and post their third straight win. Cook was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Princeton, now 7-6, opens Ivy play by hosting Penn on January 7. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s basketball team fell 96-90 at Monmouth on December 20, Mitch Henderson saw that performance as a turning point for the Tigers. more

CAT FIGHT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer controls the puck. Last Sunday, senior star and team captain Koelzer contributed two assists to help Princeton defeat Quinnipiac 3-2. It marked Princeton’s first win over the Bobcats since January, 2011 as it went 0-12-2 in the rivalry over the last six years. The Tigers, now 10-6-2 overall and 6-4-1 ECAC Hockey, host Dartmouth on January 6 and Harvard on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning to action after a 20-day holiday hiatus, the Princeton University women’s hockey team looked rusty as it hosted Penn State last Saturday. more

PARTING SHOT: Zach Halliday, left, holds off a foe in action for the Tufts University men’s soccer team this past fall in its run to the NCAA Division III national title. Senior midfielder and co-captain Halliday, a former Princeton High standout, scored the game-winning goal in the national semis on an assist from his younger brother, Kevin, a junior midfielder for the Jumbos. (Photo by Alonso Nichols/Tufts)

Stumbling out of the gate with a 3-3-1 record this past fall, the Tufts University men’s soccer team didn’t appear to be on its way to a championship campaign. more

BREAKING OUT: Mary Travers, middle, goes after the ball in postseason action this past fall for the Tufts University field hockey team. Junior star Travers, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped Tufts advance to the NCAA Division III title game where the Jumbos fell to Messiah on penalty strokes after the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime. Travers enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, tallying nine goals and eight assists, earning first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and second-team All-American honors along the way. (Photo by Anna Miller/Tufts)

Disappointed by how things went in her sophomore season with the Tufts University field hockey team in 2015, Mary Travers was hungry to step up this past fall. more

DYE HARD: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich passes the ball in action last week at the Stuart Invitational Basketball Tournament. Sophomore Dyevich earned All-Tournament honors as the Little Tigers went 1-2 at the tourney to take fourth place. PHS, now 3-3, plays at Hamilton on January 6, hosts Princeton Day School on January 7, and WW/P-N on January 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Catherine Dyevich was confident that she could make an impact in moving up to the Princeton High girls’ varsity basketball team on a full-time basis this winter as a sophomore. more

PASSING GAME: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark passes the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, sophomore forward Clark scored 14 points but it wasn’t enough as the Tartans fell 48-42 to Kent Place in overtime in the championship game of their Stuart Invitational Basketball Tournament. It was the first loss of the season for the Tartans, who moved to 9-1. In upcoming action, Stuart hosts Nottingham on January 5 and Randolph on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bey-Shana Clark had reason to be upset after the Stuart Country Day School basketball team fell short of winning its annual holiday invitational tournament, squandering a late lead in losing to Kent Place in overtime last Friday in the championship game of the tourney. more

December 28, 2016

GOLD STANDARD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson makes a save for the U.S. national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rising Princeton University senior Johnson helped the U.S. go on an undefeated run to the gold medal at the Rio Games. (Photo Courtesy of U.S.A. Water Polo)

Across the sporting landscape, 2016 was a year of turbulence and unpredictability featuring such startling developments as the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908, the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals and earn that city’s first major pro title since 1964, and Villanova capping an unlikely run to the NCAA men’s basketball title with a buzzer beater for the ages. Of course, on the political scene, Donald Trump’s stunning win in the U.S. presidential election was the shocker of shockers. more

DRIVING FORCE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith drives to the basket in a game during the 2015-16 season. Last Wednesday, senior co-captain Smith scored 12 points to help Princeton rout Wagner 107-44 as the Tigers set a program record for most points in a game, breaking the mark set against Portland State (104) on December 19, 2014. Princeton, now 5-6, plays at Georgia Tech on December 29 and at Lipscomb on December 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Vanessa Smith got off to a slow start this season for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, getting up to speed after dealing with a foot injury over the offseason. more

WALL BANGER: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon McCormick heads up the ice in recent action. Last Thursday against Wall High at Baker Rink, senior star forward and captain McCormick tallied three goals and an assist to help PHS rally from a 5-2 deficit to pull out a 5-5 tie. The Little Tigers, now 7-0-2, are next in action when they face Steinert on January 3 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High boys’ hockey team trailing Wall Township 3-0 last in the first period last Thursday at Baker Rink, Brendon McCormick gave PHS a much-needed spark.

Senior star forward and captain McCormick battled in the crease and found the back of the net to narrow the gap to 3-1 heading into the first intermission. more

MAN UP: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Sophomore forward Mandleur tallied three goals for Hun as it defeated Academy of New Church (Pa.) 8-0 on December 16 to improve to 2-3. The Raiders are in action this week when they compete in the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington, D.C. area from December 28-30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing three of its first four games, the Hun School boys’ hockey team was hoping for a breakout game when it hosted Academy of New Church (Pa.) earlier this month. more