February 15, 2017

HANDLING HIS BUSINESS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook handles the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, Cook scored 19 points and had eight rebounds to help Princeton edge Columbia 61-59. A day earlier, Cook passed the 1,000-point mark in his Princeton career when he tallied nine points in a 69-60 win over Cornell. Princeton, which has posted 11 straight wins and is now 15-6 overall and 8-0 Ivy League, plays at Yale on February 17 and at Brown on February 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Columbia’s Jake Killingsworth lofted a three-pointer with seconds remaining in regulation and the Princeton University men’s basketball team clinging to a 61-59 lead over the Lions, the crowd at Jadwin Gym held its breath as the ball flew to the hoop. more

February 8, 2017

BOUNCING BACK: Princeton University women’s basketball player Kenya Holland dribbles up the court in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, junior guard Holland returned to action after undergoing a knee operation in December and starred off the bench as Princeton defeated Dartmouth 85-55 on Friday and then edged Harvard 63-58 in overtime a day later. The Tigers, now 9-9 overall and 3-2 Ivy League, play at Cornell on February 10 and at Columbia on February 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton University women’s basketball team was excited to return to action from its two-week exam break as it hosted Dartmouth last Friday, nobody was happier than Kenya Holland. more

FIGHTING FOR POSITION: Princeton University women’s hockey player Cassidy Tucker, right, battles a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, senior forward Tucker scored a goal to help Princeton defeat visiting Brown 6-1. The tenth-ranked Tigers, now 15-7-3 overall and 11-5-2 ECAC Hockey, play at No. 4 Clarkson (21-4-5 overall, 15-1-2 ECACH) on February 10, and at No. 3 St. Lawrence (23-3-2 overall, 15-2-1 ECACH) on February 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Riding an 11-game unbeaten streak coming into last weekend, the Princeton University women’s hockey team hit a roadblock as it fell 3-1 to visiting Yale last Friday. more

FANTASTIC FINISH: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track squad celebrate after winning the team title at the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River last Sunday. Trailing Hunterdon Central 41-22 entering the final two events, PHS rallied to pull out the title, paced by a 1-2-3 finish in the 3,200 from senior Alex Roth, junior Will Hare, and junior Alex Ackerman. It was the program’s first-ever indoor sectional crown at the Group 4 level.

On Sunday night, the New England Patriots produced a miraculous comeback in Super Bowl LI, rallying from a 25-point deficit to pull out a 34-28 victory in overtime. more

FAMILY TIES: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Anthony Trainor goes after the puck in recent action. Last Saturday at Baker Rink, senior forward Trainor tallied a goal and an assist to help PHS defeat WW/P 9-0 as the program held its annual Senior Night celebration. Trainor was joined in the ceremony by younger brothers and PHS teammates, sophomore forward Robbie and freshman forward Aidan. In upcoming action, the Little Tigers, now 14-2-4, will be competing in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded first and will face the victor of the Steinert/Paul VI opening round game in the quarterfinals on February 8 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There was a family feeling in the air at Baker Rink last Saturday night as the Princeton High boys’ hockey team held its annual Senior Night celebration. more

LANDING A BLOW: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Coby Auslander races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Auslander contributed three goals and an assist to help second-seeded PDS roll to an 11-1 win over third-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep semis. PDS, now 11-9-2 after a 3-0 win over the Portledge School (N.Y.) last Monday, plays at top-seeded Morristown-Beard in the title game on February 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it hosted Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep semifinals last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team was primed to break out of a recent slump which had seen it lose five of its previous six games. more

TITLE CHASE: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Chase Lewis dribbles up the court in recent action. Recovering from a knee injury suffered in early December, senior guard Lewis recently passed the 1,000-point mark in his PDS career. Last Sunday, he tallied 15 points to help the third-seeded Panthers defeat sixth-seeded Newark Academy 64-48 in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. PDS, now 15-7, will play at second-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Prep B semis on February 12. In addition, PDS will play at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) in a regular season contest on February 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Chase Lewis lay writhing on the floor after driving to the basket in the home opener for the Princeton Day School boys’ hoops team in early December, he feared he might not play again for the Panthers. more

FINAL APPROACH: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Shayla Stevenson drives to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, senior guard Stevenson scored five points in a losing cause as fifth-seeded PDS fell 72-34 at fourth-seeded Pennington in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. The Panthers, who dropped to 7-13 with the defeat, host Delaware Valley on February 9 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Scrapping to the final whistle, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team outscored Pennington 12-9 in the fourth quarter last Sunday as the rivals met in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. more

GOING FOUR IT: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown controls the puck in recent action. This week, senior star Brown and the Raiders will be starting their quest for a fourth straight Mercer County Tournament title. Hun, now 4-15, is seeded 7th in the MCT and was slated to play 10th-seeded Pennington in an opening round contest on February 7 with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal clash against second-seeded Lawrence High on February 8 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Hun School boys’ hockey team is bringing a 4-15 record into the Mercer County Tournament this week as it goes for its fourth straight county crown, the squad believes it can still be dangerous. more

MAKING HIS MOVE: Princeton University wrestler Matt Kolodzik, right, battles a foe in a bout earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman star Kolodzik, currently ranked fourth nationally at 141 pounds with a 20-2 record, posted two wins to help Princeton defeat Brown 32-6 and Harvard 33-3. The Tigers, now 7-6 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, wrestle at Columbia on February 10 and at perennial league champion Cornell on February 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Kolodzik boasts the most glittering resume of any freshman to ever join the Princeton University wrestling program. more

February 7, 2017

JAZZED UP: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jasmine Hansford, left, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Friday, freshman guard Hansford scored a career-high 25 points in a losing cause as Stuart fell 55-46 to Pennington. The Tartans, who moved to 16-5 with a 74-33 loss to Bound Brook last Monday, host Lawrence on February 1 and the Hun School on February 3 before playing at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) on February 7. Stuart has been seeded No. 1 in the state Prep B tournament and is slated to host a semifinal contest on February 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the beginning of the season, Jasmine Hansford deferred to others on the court for the Stuart Country Day School basketball team. more

February 1, 2017

FILLING A NEW ROLE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Alex Filion, right, tries to thwart Princeton Day School’s John McArthur in recent action. Last Friday, senior forward Filion chipped in six points in a losing cause as PHS was edged 52-50 by Hightstown. This winter, Filion is starting at forward after riding the bench in the 2015-16 campaign. The Little Tigers, who moved to 7-7 with the defeat to Hightstown, play at Trenton High on February 3 and at Notre Dame on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Filion was a member of the supporting cast for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team last winter, getting called up to varsity but never seeing any game action. more

Heading into the final county meet in his career with the Princeton High boys swimming team, Alex Petruso drew on his experience.

“When you get older, your best times stop coming out every time,” said senior standout Petruso.

“You have got to work through it. There are specific meets where you train, taper, and work really hard for. This is definitely one of those and I was close to a bunch of best times.” more

On paper, Ben Samara figured that the Mercer County Indoor boys’ track meet last Sunday would come down to a three-horse race between his Princeton High squad along with Trenton and Nottingham.

But with several PHS athletes under the weather, it couldn’t keep up with an inspired Trenton team as the Tornadoes picked up 62 points to take first with the Little Tigers scoring 54 to come in second among the 16 teams that competed on the boys’ side.

“It didn’t end well for us we had a lot of guys sick and we weren’t quite there and Trenton over performed,” lamented PHS boys’ head coach Samara. more

HOLDING THE FORT: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey goalie Logan Kramsky turns away a shot last Thursday as PDS played at Lawrenceville. Senior standout Kramsky made 37 saves in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 3-1 to the Big Red to move to 9-9-2. This week, PDS starts play in the state Prep tournament where it is seeded second and hosts No. 3 Montclair Kimberley Academy in a semifinal contest on February 1 with the victor advancing to the title game on February 8. The Panthers also have a regular season game at the Portledge School (N.Y.) on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Logan Kramsky stood tall in goal for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team as it played at the Lawrenceville School last Thursday evening. more

DARTING THROUGH: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Ashley Dart heads up the ice in a game last winter. Last Friday, senior forward Dart and classmates Ella Quainton and Maggie Herring were honored on the program’s annual Senior Night as PHS hosted Pingry at Baker Rink. The Little Tigers fell 7-0 to the Big Blue. Last Monday, Dart picked up an assist as PHS lost 8-5 to Summit in the State Cup game. In upcoming action, the Little Tigers, now 2-6, face Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on February 2 at the Princeton Day School’s McGraw Rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ashley Dart, joining the Princeton High girls’ hockey team as a freshmen in 2013 filled a void for her. more

BRIDGING THE GAP: Hun School boys’ basketball player Desmond Cambridge goes up for a shot in a game earlier this winter. Last Sunday, post-graduate guard/forward Cambridge scored 12 points in a losing cause as Hun fell to Pope John. The Raiders, now 8-11, host the Phelps School (Pa) on February 2 and Linden on February 4 before playing at Life Center on February 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Desmond Cambridge joined the Hun School boys’ basketball team this winter, he was primed to be the go-to scorer for the squad. more

STATEMENT GAME: Princeton University men’s hockey player David Hallisey controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Hallisey scored two goals as Princeton rallied from a 4-2 third period deficit to defeat No. 4 Penn State 5-4 at the Wells Fargo Center in the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff. The Tigers, now 8-11-2, play at Yale on February 3 and at Brown on February 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a situation that could have gone downhill quickly for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

RECORD PACE: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Melinda Tang displays her butterfly form in a recent meet. Last Saturday, senior star Tang won the 100 butterfly at the Mercer County Swimming Championships to help PHS finish fifth of 14 schools in the team standings at the meet.  Tang established a meet record in the 100 fly in the preliminary round when she clocked a time of 1:02.80. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Public state tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Melinda Tang wasn’t feeling 100 percent physically as she hit the pool last week for the Princeton High girls’ swimming team at the Mercer County Swimming Championships. more

January 25, 2017

BORN LEADER: Tyler Osborne tracks a shot during his career with the Princeton University men’s squash team. Osborne ’15, who helped the Tigers win the 2012 national title in his freshman season, is currently serving as a full-time assistant coach for both the Princeton men‘s and women’s squash programs. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Tyler Osborne came to Princeton University in the fall of 2011 from Canada to join the Tiger men’s squash team as a prized recruit of legendary head coach Bob Callahan. more

ALEX THE GREAT: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Alex Petruso churns through the water in a backstroke race earlier this season. Senior star Petruso helped PHS go 9-3 in regular season action. This week, Petruso and the Little Tigers will be looking to come up big at the Mercer County Championships, which take place from January 26-28 at WW/P-N. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton High boys’ swimming team lost 94-76 to Notre Dame on December 1 to fall to 0-2, it looked like the squad could be in for a long winter. more

WHALE OF AN EFFORT: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Maddie Whaley displays her freestyle form in recent action. Senior star Whaley played a major role as PHS went 9-0-1 in its last 10 meets to finish the regular season at 9-2-1. This week, the Little Tigers will be going for a fifth straight team title as they compete at the Mercer County Championships from January 26-28 at WW/P-N. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High girls’ swimming team goes for a fifth straight team title at Mercer County Championships this week, it faces an uphill battle. more

NICK OF TIME: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Nick Ashcroft controls the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior defenseman Ashcroft scored a goal as PHS tied Robbinsville 2-2 and moved to 11-2-3. The Little Tigers face Middletown North on January 25 and then have a rematch against Robbinsville on January 27, with both games taking place at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nick Ashcroft has bounced around in his high school hockey career. more

DEVINE INTERVENTION: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Erin Devine puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore forward Devine scored a game-high 15 points in a losing cause as PHS fell 47-35 at Montgomery to drop to 4-11. The Little Tigers play at Hightstown on January 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Steve Hennessy knew his Princeton High girls’ basketball team faced a big challenge when it hosted Allentown last Friday. more

FINAL PUSH: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kiely French goes after the puck in recent action. Last Friday, senior defenseman and co-captain French scored a goal to help PDS defeat Oak Knoll 3-0 and improve to 10-5. In upcoming action, the Panthers play at Portledge School (N.Y.) on January 25 before hosting Kent Place on January 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kiely French shrugged her shoulders after scoring a second period goal for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team as it hosted Immaculate Heart Academy last week. more