October 11, 2017

DEFENSIVE STAND: Hun School boys’ soccer player Dylan Smith, right, marks a foe in a game last season. Senior Smith has helped to shore up the Hun defensive unit this fall. The Raiders, now 2-7, play at Princeton Day School on October 12 before hosting the Hill School (Pa.) on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

On paper, it looked to be a mismatch when the Hun School boys’ soccer team hosted Pennington in mid-September.

Hun entered the September 19 contest winless while powerful Pennington, which started the season ranked No. 1 nationally, had just one loss. more

FRESH APPROACH: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Kelly Beal dribbles the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, freshman forward Beal contributed a goal and an assist as PDS defeated the Hill School (Pa.) 4-2. The Panthers, now 9-3, were slated to play at Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on October 10 before hosting Pennington on October 12 and Portledge School (N.Y.) on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The kids are proving to be alright this fall for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team.

Featuring a number of freshmen and sophomores in its rotation, PDS has produced a 9-3 start.

“I am happy with where we are; eight of 11 of our starters are underclassmen and we are starting five freshmen,” said PDS head coach Pat Trombetta. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Colette Marciano controls the ball in a game last season. Last Friday, senior midfielder and Columbia-bound Marciano tallied two goals to help PHS defeat Ewing 5-2 for its fifth straight victory as it improved to 7-3-1. The Little Tigers host Trenton High on October 12 and Hopewell Valley on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Colette Marciano is making up for lost time after being sidelined for the first few weeks this fall in her senior season with the Princeton High girls’ soccer team.

“I had an injury with my hamstring and I missed the first four or five games,” said Marciano. “It was killing me; I am glad I am back now and we are on a roll.” more

By Bill Alden

Mary Kate Neff has faced a steep learning curve this fall in her freshman season with the Princeton University field hockey team.

“It is just learning to play the system and play the role the team needs me to play,” said Neff.

“It is a higher speed, it is a lot of aggression and just being able to sustain that level to play smart and make good decisions throughout the whole game. I find myself all over the field but I really do enjoy midfield, getting to play on both sides of the field and helping out where I can.” more

SHARP TOOL: Princeton University men’s soccer player Kevin O’Toole dribbles the ball against Villanova last Wednesday. Freshman midfielder O’Toole contributed a goal and an assist to help Princeton earn a 2-0 win over the Wildcats. The Tigers, who lost 1-0 at Brown last Saturday to fall to 2-6-2 overall and 0-2 Ivy League, host Columbia on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The bounces had gone against the Princeton University men’s soccer team this fall as it started 1-5-2 with each of the defeats coming by one goal.

Last Wednesday evening against visiting Villanova, Princeton freshman midfielder Kevin O’Toole kicked the Tigers into the win column, assisting on a goal by Benji Issroff in the first minute of the contest and later curling the ball into the top corner of the net with 18 minutes remaining in the second half for his first career tally and the finishing touch on a 2-0 win. more

BY GEORGE: Princeton University football player Jesper Horsted races upfield last Saturday against visiting Georgetown. Junior star receiver Horsted made nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown to help Princeton rally from a 10-0 deficit on the way to a 50-30 win over the Hoyas. Princeton, now 3-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy League, plays at Brown (2-2 overall, 0-1 Ivy) on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the leadoff hitter for the Princeton University baseball team, Jesper Horsted looks to start rallies for the Tigers.

Doubling as a star receiver for the Princeton football team, Horsted displayed his ability to start a rally on the gridiron as the Tigers hosted Georgetown last Saturday. more

HEAD FIRST: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer (No. 23) heads the ball last week as PHS hosted WW/P-North. Senior midfielder Beamer scored two goals in the contest as PHS prevailed 4-0. The Little Tigers, who moved to 8-2-1 with a 2-1 loss at Ewing last Friday, are slated to play at Trenton High on October 12 and at Hopewell Valley on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Drew Beamer has grown into a top scorer for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

Having broken into the lineup as a defender in his freshman season in the fall of 2014, Beamer eventually moved into the midfield due to his athleticism and versatility. more

TARTAN PRIDE: Members of the Stuart Country Day School cross country team gather together after a recent race at Rosedale Park. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Sharon Song, Melanie Burgess, Diana Tian, Jasmine Hansford, and Kathryn Ix. In the back row, from left, are Miranda Maley, Alexandra Rounds, Sonia Mohandas, and Grace Sheppard. The Tartans have won 22 straight dual meets with their last defeat coming against Lawrenceville in 2014.

By Bill Alden

With talented frontrunner Casey Nelson graduating this past spring, the Stuart Country Day School cross country team figured to take a step back.

But featuring a mix of battle-tested veterans and talented newcomers, Stuart has continued to make strides. more

October 4, 2017

By Bill Alden

Hoping that familiarity could breed success, Stuart Woody decided to have his Hun School girls’ tennis team spend more time together coming into this fall.

“We boarded this year for the first time during preseason,” said second-year head coach Woody. more

FRIENDLY FIRE: Hun School running back Josh Henderson looks for an opening last Friday against Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.). Junior star Henderson rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and made a key fourth quarter interception to help Hun prevail 20-8. The win improved the Raiders to 4-0 and extended their winning streak to 26. Hun starts Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) play with a game at the Blair Academy on October 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Josh Henderson knew that he would have to shoulder a heavier load than usual when the Hun School football team hosted Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) last Friday afternoon.

With starting quarterback Patrick Holly sidelined with an ankle injury, junior star running back Henderson figured to get more carries. In addition, with the Hun defense missing a defensive back and a lineman, Henderson moved to linebacker from his usual safety spot. more

PUMPED UP: Princeton Day School girls’ tennis players, Emma Dries, right, and Guilia Gerschel celebrate a point last week at the Mercer County Tournament. The second doubles pair of Dries and Gerschel ended up winning the title in their flight at the MCT, helping PDS take second of 18 schools in the team standings at the event.

By Bill Alden

Consistent serves and solid groundstrokes helped the Princeton Day School girls’ tennis second doubles team of Guilia Gerschel and Emma Dries reach the finals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday.

But it was expressing their emotions on the court that ultimately sparked them to a title in their flight. more

RALLY TIME: Princeton Day School girls’ tennis players Arya Jha, left, and Tarika Kumar celebrate after winning the first doubles title at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Seniors Jha and Kumar rallied from one-set deficits in both the semifinals and the final to earn the crown. Their heroics helped PDS finish second of 18 schools in the team standings at the event.

By Bill Alden

Having prevailed in a grueling three-set semifinal in the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday morning, the Princeton Day School girls’ tennis first doubles team of Arya Jha and Tarika Kumar appeared to run out gas in the final.

The pair lost the first set 6-1 to the Princeton High team of Caroline Tan and Denise Yang, looking sluggish and misfiring on their shots. more

INSTANT CHEMISTRY: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Denise Yang, foreground, covers the net as Caroline Tan hits a forehand in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. The first doubles pair of senior Yang and junior Tan, who had just played one match together before the MCT, took second in their flight. PHS ended up fifth in the team standings at the event. The Little Tigers will start play in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional this week where they are seeded third and are slated to host a quarterfinal match on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Caroline Tan and Denise Yang didn’t have much time to prepare for the Mercer County Tournament.

Due to the reshuffling in the lineup of the Princeton High girls’ tennis team, junior Tan and senior Yang were paired together at first doubles just days before the MCT started on September 25. more

By Bill Alden

Isabel Kinney and her teammates on the Princeton High field hockey team were determined to produce a strong start when they hosted WW/P-North last Wednesday.

“Before every game, we say we want to come out with intensity right off the bat there, and I think that really helps us set the tone,” said junior forward Kinney. more

INTO THE LIONS’ DEN: Princeton University running back Collin Eaddy gets stymied in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman Eaddy rushed for 62 yards on seven carries in a losing cause as Princeton fell 28-24 to visiting Columbia in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 2-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy, host Georgetown (1-3) on October 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last fall, the Princeton University football team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Harvard in late October but bounced back to run the table with four straight wins and earn a share of the Ivy League title.

The 2017 Tigers will need to display that same brand of resilience in order to be an Ivy title contender this fall, suffering a stunning 28-24 loss to visiting Columbia last Saturday which saw the Lions score the winning touchdown on a 63-yard scoring strike from Anders Hill to Ronald Smith II with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. more

PAYNE CONTROL: Princeton University men’s water polo player Matt Payne gets ready to unload the ball in recent action. Last weekend, junior star Payne came up big as the 11th-ranked Tigers opened Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) play with wins over Harvard (11-9 on Saturday), MIT (13-11 on Sunday), and Brown (9-8 on Sunday). The Tigers, now 12-3 overall and 3-0 NWPC, are next in action when they host Wagner on October 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over its recent four-game swing in California, the Princeton University men’s water polo team squandered some opportunities in going 2-2.

With an 11-8 defeat to No. 6 Long Beach State on September 22 sticking in his mind, Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao knows that his squad was on the verge of a great trip. more

VALUE ADDED: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany, left, controls the ball in recent action. Last Monday, junior star midfielder Radvany helped PDS defeat Pennington 4-0. The Panthers, now 6-3, host the Hill School (Pa.) on October 4 before playing at Hopewell Valley on October 7 and at Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Hosting Lawrenceville last Thursday in a rematch of the 2016 Mercer County tournament final, the Princeton Day School field hockey dug an early 2-0 hole.

But PDS, which fell 3-0 to Lawrenceville in that MCT showdown last fall, didn’t fold.

“We had a lot of energy,” said PDS star junior midfielder Val Radvany. more

September 27, 2017

SAVE SITUATION: Hun School field hockey goalie M.C. Shea guards the cage in recent action. Last Friday, junior star Shea made 17 saves in a losing cause as Hun fell 3-0 to Montgomery. The Raiders, who moved to 0-3-1 with the setback, play at WW/P-North on September 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

M.C. Shea has been a busy girl this fall for the Hun School field hockey team.

The junior goalie had averaged 16 saves in Hun’s first three games coming into its game against visiting Montgomery last Friday. more

CENTER STAGE: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Ali Hannah sends the ball up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday senior center back Hannah scored a goal to help Stuart defeat Mount St. Mary 2-0. The Tartans, who improved to 3-2-1 with the victory, are slated to host Lawrence on September 29 and WW/P-North on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ali Hannah prides herself on bringing a special vision to the game for the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team.

“I am the center back, it is a good role for me,” said senior star Hannah. 

“It fits my personality because I see the big picture. I see that during the game. When I see my opportunity to go up and help out on the offensive end, I take advantage of that.” more

By Bill Alden

The Princeton High boys’ cross country team may have a target on its back this fall but it isn’t running scared.

Last fall, PHS produced a season for the ages, winning the county meet, the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional crown, and the state Group 4 title before culminating 2016 by winning the Meet of Champions for the first time in the program’s history. more

By Bill Alden

After producing a breakthrough 17-5 campaign in 2016, the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team couldn’t wait to get back on the court this fall.

“The message was that it feels like we are picking up where we left off,” said PHS head coach Patty Manhart.

“When you don’t graduate too many starters, it is a huge difference moving forward from last year to this year.”

In the wake of last season’s success, Manhart has raised the bar schedule-wise. more

GIFT OF GRAB: Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Patrick Jacobs scoops up the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star Jacobs made 10 saves in a losing cause as PHS fell 3-0 to visiting Westfield. The Little Tigers, who moved to 4-1-1 with the setback, host Hightstown on September 28 before playing at Hamilton on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a 5-0 win over Lawrence High a day earlier, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team found itself in an uphill battle when it hosted powerful Westfield last Wednesday. 

Although generating some scoring chances, PHS couldn’t stymie Westfield and surrendered a pair of goals to trail 2-0 at halftime. more

SPRINTING TO VICTORY: Princeton University football player Charlie Volker eludes a foe in 2016 action. Last Saturday at Lafayette, junior running back Volker, an Ivy League champion sprinter, rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to help the Tigers cruise to a 38-17 win over the Leopards. Princeton, now 2-0, hosts Columbia (2-0) on September 30 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into its clash at Lafayette last Saturday, the Princeton University football team was determined to unleash its ground attack.

“We felt that we weren’t tight enough in our run blocking; we weren’t doing a great job on our double teams, getting at the backers,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. more

BACK ON TRACK: Princeton University field hockey player Maddie Bacskai controls the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, senior star Bacskai scored the lone goal as 17th-ranked Princeton defeated No. 24 Boston University 1-0 to post its third straight win. The Tigers, now 4-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, host Yale on September 29 and play at No. 6 Syracuse on October 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Running through a gauntlet of nationally ranked foes, the Princeton University field hockey team went winless in its first four contests against Top 20 squads this fall.

Last week, 17th-ranked Princeton broke through against No. 10 Maryland, posting a dramatic 2-1 win over the Terps on September 19, taking a 2-0 lead and then holding off a furious charge from their foes. more

SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High girls’ distance runner Chloe Taylor competes in a track meet this past spring. Last Saturday, senior star Taylor helped the PHS girls’ cross country team take fourth in the Girls Varsity 1 race at the Bowdoin Cross Country Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Taylor placed seventh individually, covering the 5,000-meter course in 20:38.40. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Jim Smirk, guiding the Princeton High girls’ cross country team this fall has centered on blending some key veterans with precocious newcomers.

A pair of seniors, Chloe Taylor and Lauren Cleary, along with freshmen Charlotte Gilmore and Chloe Ayers, and sophomores Erica Oake and Lizzy Hare, have been running at the front of the pack for PHS. more