June 20, 2018

HOMECOMING: Addie Micir, center, surveys the action during her role as an assistant coach for the Dartmouth College women’s basketball team. Micir, a 2011 Princeton University alum and former star for the Tigers women’s hoops program, is coming home to serve as an assistant coach for her alma mater. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill  Alden

When Addie Micir arrived at Princeton University in the fall of 2007 and joined the women’s basketball team, she developed an instant rapport with head coach Courtney Banghart.

“She has been a mentor of mine since day one when I stepped on campus and she was my coach,” said Micir. more

FLYING HIGH: Princeton High boys’ track star Varun Narayan competes in a meet this spring. Last weekend at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., senior star and Carnegie Mellon-bound Narayan posted a mark of 23’ 2.5 in the long jump to finish sixth and earn All-American honors. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After dominating the New Jersey competition this spring by winning the Mercer County Championships, the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet, and the state Group 4 title, the Princeton High boys’ track team excelled on the national stage last weekend.

Competing at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., two of the boys’ entries earned All-America honors. more

FILLING IN: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Evan Filion heads to goal in a game this spring. Junior midfielder Filion was a bright spot for PHS this season, tallying 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists. The Little Tigers posted a final record of 5-12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team edged Allentown 6-5 in late April, it reached the .500 mark for the first time this spring as it improved to 5-5.

That win turned out to be the high water mark for PHS as it ended the season on a tailspin, losing its last seven games to finish with a 5-12 record. more

GINNED UP:  Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Gin Gin Plehn looks for an opening in a game this season. Senior star Plehn enjoyed a productive senior campaign as Stuart went 5-11-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the course of the spring, the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team proved to be a study in persistence.

“It really became about everybody doing their part to contribute,” said Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik, whose squad posted a final record of 5-11-1. “Nobody ever gave up all season long. Every day was a positive atmosphere.” more

CONTACT HITTER: Princeton Day School softball player Julie Patterson makes contact in a game this spring. Junior catcher Patterson starred at the plate and in the field for PDS, who posted a final record of 1-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton Day School softball team, defeating Peddie in early April provided a glimpse of its potential.

“It is the absolute highlight,” said PDS head coach Paul Lano, reflecting on the 21-13 triumph over the Falcons. more

NICK OF TIME: Nick Brackett, right, of the Packer Hall All-Stars battles with Elias Bermudez of Majeski Foundation last summer at the Community Park courts in Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League action. Last Monday, Brackett scored 12 points to help defending league champion Packer Hall defeat Apex Sport 72-56 in the opening night of the 2018 season. In other action on Monday, Majeski defeated Gomo Health 47-32 and LoyalTees edged NJ Spiritwear 60-55. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The Packer Hall All-Stars didn’t look like a title contender in the Princeton Department Summer Men’s Basketball League last year when it lost its first three games on the way to a 2-6 regular season record.

But the squad caught fire at the right time, advancing to the best-of-three championship series as the seventh seed and then proceeding to sweep top-seeded and defending champion Majeski Foundation to culminate an unlikely title run. more

June 13, 2018

PRO PROSPECT: Ben Gross fires a pitch this spring in his senior season for the Princeton University baseball team. The former Princeton High standout enjoyed a superb final campaign, going 4-5 with 52 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings and a 4.47 ERA as he earned second-team All-Ivy League honors. Last week, he was selected by the Houston Astros in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a breakthrough junior season in 2017 which saw Ben Gross emerge as a star pitcher for the Princeton University baseball team after two years of struggling with injury, the senior righty got off to a rough start this spring. more

WILD RIDE: Princeton High boys’ track star Nils Wildberg flies through the air in the long jump at the Meet of Champions last Saturday at Northern Burlington High. Junior Wildberg took second in the event with a personal record leap of 23’ 8.5. Wildberg is one of 16 athletes from PHS who will be competing at the New Balance Nationals next weekend in Greensboro, N.C. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Nils Wildberg was looking for a new activity in his freshman year at Princeton High and made a fateful decision.

“I first started track in my freshman year in high school in the winter,” said Wildberg, who had focused on soccer prior to entering PHS in 2015. more

SPECIAL K: Princeton High softball player Kylee Tucholski makes a play in a game this spring. Freshman pitcher Tucholski was a bright spot for PHS as it finished with a 2-18 record.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton High softball team ended the season by falling 10-0 to South Brunswick in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional, it marked an important step for the youthful squad.

“We didn’t expect to make the state tournament; we had a lot of girls on the team that were new to the varsity level,” said PHS head coach Marissa Soprano, whose team was seeded 16th in the sectional. more

CLOSING STATEMENT: Princeton High baseball player Alec Silverman follows through on a swing in a game this spring. Senior catcher and Macalester College-bound Silverman enjoyed a big year, batting .400 with a team-high 19 RBIs in helping PHS go 13-9 and advance to the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. It marked the program’s first winning season since 2001. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Enjoying its first winning season since 2001, the Princeton High baseball team boasted a potent mix of pitching, hitting, and fielding in going 13-9.

But PHS head coach Dave Roberts will tell you that the key ingredient to his squad’s success this spring was togetherness. more

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Teddy Durbin delivers a pitch last week for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team as it hosted Trenton Post 93/182. Rising Princeton High senior Durbin produced a superb mound effort in the June 5 contest, giving up a run and striking out 10 in six innings of work as the teams tied 2-2 after eight innings in a game to be completed on June 23. Post 218, which dropped to 0-4 after being swept 5-0 and 8-1 by Broad Street Post 313 last Saturday, will look to get on the winning track as it hosts South Brunswick Post 401 on June 13, plays at Hamilton Post 31 on June 14, and then hosts Hopewell Post 339 on June 15, Lawrence Post 414 on June 16, and North Hamilton on June 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a superb spring as the ace for the Princeton High baseball pitching staff, Teddy Durbin picked up where he left off as he took the mound for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball last week against Trenton Post 93/182.

The lanky lefty displayed some dominant form, giving up a run and striking out 10 in six innings of work in the June 5 contest. more

TURNING 30: Zavon Johnson goes after the ball in action last year in the championship series in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Johnson helped the underdog Packer Hall All-Stars defeat Majeski to earn the title. Johnson and Packer Hall will be back to defend their title in the league, which tips off its 30th year of action next week with opening night slated for June 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League tips off its 30th year of action this week, the core of 20-something players will be looking to knock off a veteran outfit.

Last summer, the Packer Hall All-Stars, a team comprised mainly of relatively grizzled former College of New Jersey players, produced an unlikely title run, as the seventh-seeded squad swept top-seeded and defending champ Majeski Foundation in the best-of-three championship series. more

June 6, 2018

CLEARING OUT: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Abaigeal Ryan, left, battles a foe in a game this season. Senior star and Temple-bound Ryan tallied two goals in a losing cause as PHS fell 20-7 to Clearview last week in the state Group 4 semifinals. The loss in the May 29 contest left the Little Tigers with a final record of 13-11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Facing powerhouse Clearview in the state Group 4 semifinals last week, the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team trailed 10-5 at halftime but knew the deficit wasn’t insurmountable.

A week earlier in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final, PHS fell behind Rancocas Valley 8-3 early in the second half only to reel off six unanswered goals to win 9-8 and book its place in the state semis.

But this time a rally wasn’t in the cards for the Little Tigers, as Clearview pulled away to a 20-7 win in the May 29 contest. more

HOGAN’S HEROES: Danny Hogan, far right, helps the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight take second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last Sunday on Mercer Lake. The Tigers just missed the national title as they finished just behind victorious Columbia, clocking a time of 6:19.514 over the 2,000-meter course with the Lions coming at 6:18.782. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was a daily reminder for Danny Hogan and Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight of the main obstacle that stood between them and a national title.

Having lost twice to Columbia for its only two defeats of the spring, the boat had its sights firmly set defeating Columbia when the two crews met at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta. more

LIGHT MOMENT: The Princeton University women’s lightweight varsity eight enjoys the moment after taking third place at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last Sunday at Mercer Lake. It was the second straight bronze medal for Princeton’s top boat at the IRAs. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Megan Mirabella was hoarse but happy after piloting the Princeton University women’s lightweight varsity eight to a third place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last Sunday at Mercer Lake.

“Working with Paul [Princeton head coach Paul Rassam], we are able to use the time between sprints and IRAs really well,” said a raspy Mirabella, a senior coxswain from North Wales, Pa. “We were really excited to show our improvements and really battle them a lot closer than last year.” more

HEAVY DUTY: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity eight churns through the water as it competed in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta grand final last Sunday on Mercer Lake. The Tigers took fifth in the race, which was won by Yale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It became a nightmare scenario for the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity eight as it warmed up for the grand final at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last Sunday morning.

An oar on the Princeton boat got caught in the choppy water on Mercer Lake and snapped back, breaking a stay on the boat. more

LEGENDS OF THE FALL: Princeton University women’s soccer midfielder Vanessa Gregoire, left, and football quarterback Chad Kanoff are shown in action last fall. The two senior standouts won the major awards when the Princeton University Department of Athletics held its Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet at Jadwin Gym. Gregoire earned the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award as the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete while Kanoff received the William Winston Roper Trophy as the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Women’s soccer midfielder Vanessa Gregoire and football quarterback Chad Kanoff produced record-breaking campaigns last fall as they culminated their Princeton University careers.

Gregoire and Kanoff were both named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in their respective sports. more

GROUP EFFORT: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track team show off the plaque they earned for winning the state Group 4 state title last Saturday at Franklin High. PHS scored 81 points to edge runner-up East Orange, which totaled 76. It marked program’s first outdoor Group state title since 1981. PHS is next in action when its athletes compete in the Meet of Champions in June 9 at Northern Burlington High.

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High boys’ track team, its quest for the state Group 4 title last weekend turned into a two-horse race with perennial power East Orange.

By the end of action on Friday in the two-day competition at Franklin High, PHS was clearly in the mix for the championship. more

IN THE ZONE: Princeton Day School baseball player Luke Franzoni takes a swing in a game this spring. Senior star and Xavier University-bound Franzoni produced a superb final campaign for PDS, batting .538 with 28 hits, 29 runs seven doubles, four triples, 10 homers, and 25 RBIs in 18 games. His heroics helped the Panthers go 8-11 and advance to state Prep B semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into this spring, Luke Franzoni was ready to shoulder more responsibility for the Princeton Day School baseball team.

“Clearly we lost some key guys from last year with seniors like Paul [Franzoni], Ryan [Sparks], Chase [Fleming], and Zach [Dudeck],” said the 6’2, 175-pound Franzoni, an infielder/pitcher. “I just wanted to come in with a positive mindset being a senior this year, knowing I am going to be a leader.” more

May 30, 2018

NO QUIT: Princeton High boys’ tennis star Noah Lilienthal hits a backhand as he competed at first singles against WW/P-South in the NJSIAA Group 3 state team final last Wednesday at Mercer County Park. Senior Lilienthal defeated Robert Siniakowicz 0-6, 6-4, 10-3 (tiebreak) to provide a highlight as PHS lost 4-1 to the Pirates. The Little Tigers wrapped up the spring by defeating Hopewell Valley 4-1 in a regular season match last Thursday to end with a final record of 20-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Princeton High boys’ tennis star Noah Lilienthal, it would have been understandable if he had thrown in the towel early in the second set as he faced Robert Siniakowicz of WW/P-South in the NJSIAA Group 3 state team final match last Wednesday.

Having lost the first set 6-0 in the clash of first singles stars at Mercer County Park, Lilienthal jumped out to an early lead in the second set only to feel a twinge in his left shoulder. more

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton University women’s open varsity eight placed a disappointing ninth at the 2017 NCAA Championships, it was time for some immediate soul searching.

The rowers met with head coach Lori Dauphiny as soon as they made the short trip from Mercer Lake to their boathouse for a frank exchange of views.

“It was a time for reflection when it happened. It was challenging because it was very emotional,” said Dauphiny. more

LIGHTS OUT: Members of the Princeton University men’s lightweight third varsity eight celebrate their win at the Eastern Sprints earlier this month. Princeton came up big at the Sprints as the varsity eight took second with second varsity placing third and the fourth varsity coming in first along with the 3V. The Tigers are hoping for another strong performance this weekend as they take part in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta at Mercer Lake in West Windsor from June 1-3. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Over the course of the spring, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight has separated itself from just about all of its competition.

In regular season action, Princeton’s top boat posted victories over Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Penn, Dartmouth, Navy, and Georgetown, among others. more

HEAVY MEDAL: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight second varsity eight celebrates after earning gold earlier this month at the Eastern Sprints. It was one of four medals earned by Princeton at the competition held on May 13 in Worcester, Mass. as the fourth varsity placed first with the third varsity and fifth varsity both coming in second. Tiger rowers will be looking for more medals this weekend as they compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta at Mercer Lake in West Windsor from June 1-3.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity eight just missed earning a medal at Eastern Sprints earlier this month, the crew showed it can compete with any boat in the nation.

“It was an awesome race. It was one of those things in rowing that you don’t get to see very often where there were three boats there and it was a drag race in the last 500 meters,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes, whose top boat placed fourth in its final at 5:58.728 over the 2,000-meter course with Brown coming in third at 5:58.232, Harvard taking second in 5:58.072, and Yale posting a winning time of 5:54.668. more

HISTORIC EFFORT: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track team celebrate after they won the Central Jersey Group 4 championship meet last Saturday at Howell High. Displaying its depth and talent, PHS cruised to the title, piling up 105 points with runner-up Franklin coming in at 63. It marked the first outdoor sectional title for the program since 1989. The Little Tigers will go for another title when they compete in the state Group 4 meet from June 1-2 at Franklin High.

By Bill Alden

Earlier this month, the Princeton High boys’ track  produced a breakthrough performance when it won the Mercer County outdoor championship meet for the first time since 1982.

Last Saturday, PHS added another chapter to its historic 2018 campaign, cruising to first place at the Central Jersey Group 4 championship meet, earning the program’s first outdoor sectional crown since 1989. more

DEVIL OF A TIME: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Kathryn DeMilt, middle, draws a crowd of Rancocas Valley defenders as the teams met in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional
final last Thursday. Junior attacker DeMilt scored the winning goal as top-seeded PHS prevailed 9-8 over the second-seeded Red Devils, overcoming an 8-3 second half deficit. The Little Tigers, now 13-10, were slated to face South Jersey Group 4 champion Clearview (14-6) in the state Group 4 semis on May 29 with the victor advancing to the title game on June 2.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The hopes of a sectional title for the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team rested on the stick of Kathryn DeMilt.

With top-seeded PHS locked in an 8-8 tie with second-seeded Rancocas Valley in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional final last Thursday, PHS junior star midfielder DeMilt was awarded a free position opportunity in front of the Red Devil goal with 1:50 left in regulation. more