February 7, 2018

SPOILS OF VICTORY: Members of the Stuart Country Day School team show off the plaque they earned for placing first in the state Prep B indoor championship meet last Saturday at Lawrenceville. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Heather Kwafo, Alex Ottomanelli, Priscilla Francois, and Cara Carr. In the back row, from left, are senior captains Alison Walsh, Kendra Brenya, Michelle Kwafo, and Sonia Mohandas. Not pictured are Michaela Meyer, Miranda Maley, Taj’hana Tyson, Sarah Girgis, and Olivia Giblin. It marked the first-ever state indoor crown for the Tartans.

By Bill Alden

Coming into the state Prep B indoor championship meet last Saturday, Len Klepack wasn’t expecting his Stuart Country Day team to end up with the title.

“I thought we would maybe be in the top three because Villa Walsh would have too much distance strength; I think they won four of the last five titles and it would be very difficult to beat them,” said Stuart head coach Len Klepack in assessing the competition that was held in the Lavino Field House at the Lawrenceville School. “We planned on getting the most points that we could with the squad we had.” more

January 31, 2018

CANADIAN CONNECTION: Hun School boys’ hockey player Guillaume Hebert heads up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior forward and assistant captain Hebert, a native of Quebec City, Quebec, picked up two assists as Hun fell 9-5 to the Portledge School (N.Y.). The Raiders, who lost 6-2 to Gloucester Catholic last Monday to fall to 9-8-2, play at St. Augustine on February 9 before starting action in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was Guillaume Hebert’s dream to play ice hockey at an American prep school.

The Quebec City, Quebec native found a home in New Jersey in 2016 after crossing paths with Hun School hockey coach Ian McNally. more

FREED UP: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Russell Friedman races up the ice in recent action. Last Thursday, senior forward and assistant captain Friedman scored the winning goal as PDS topped Lawrenceville 3-1. The Panthers, who topped Bishop Eustace 6-2 last Monday to improve to 13-6-1, host Malvern Prep (Pa.) on January 31 and Chatham on February 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Russell Friedman had January 25 circled on his calendar for a while as it marked the annual clash between the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team and local rival Lawrenceville.

“It is my favorite day of the year and being a senior it is super special,” said PDS forward and assistant captain Friedman. more

By Bill Alden

Dan Barberis and Jeshurun Reyen have formed a potent one-two punch in the sprinting events this winter for the Princeton High boys’ swimming team.

Last Saturday at the Mercer County Championships held in the WW/P-North pool, the pair worked side by side, literally, to help PHS take fifth in the team standings at the competition won by Notre Dame. more

TOP CAT: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich puts up a shot in recent action. Last week, junior star Dyevich scored 20 points in consecutive games as PHS defeated Hightstown 60-28 on January 23 and then beat Princeton Day School 57-32 last Friday. On Saturday, Dyevich contributed 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Little Tigers fell 55-48 to Stuart Country Day in a result under protest due to PHS head coach David Kosa’s contention that the Tartans used a player in more than the limit of five quarters between the junior varsity and varsity games. The Little Tigers are slated to play at Notre Dame on February 1 and at WW/P-South on February 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having lost 26-24 to Hightstown in late December, the Princeton High girls’ basketball team was eager for the rematch when the foes met last week.

“We were very fired up, we really wanted revenge,” said PHS junior star Catherine Dyevich. more

ROCK STAR: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Becca Della Rocca displays her freestyle form in a meet earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman star Della Rocca made a superb debut as she competed in her first Mercer County Swimming Championships. Della Rocca placed first in the 400-meter freestyle, second in the 100 butterfly and did the anchor leg for the victorious 400 free relay team to help PHS take third in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Becca Della Rocca fed off the constant din of cheering, starting guns, and team chants filling the air at the WW/P-North pool last Saturday as she competed in her first Mercer County Swimming Championships. more

YOUNG GUN: Princeton University men’s squash player Youssef Ibrahim displays his form in a recent match. Freshman Ibrahim is undefeated at No. 1 as Princeton has posted a 7-1 record and risen to No. 6 in the national rankings. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they play at Penn on January 31, at Harvard on February 3, and at Dartmouth on February 4. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Youth is being served this winter as the Princeton University men’s squash team is enjoying a breakthrough campaign.

After going 6-13 last season and 4-10 the year before, Princeton has started 7-1 this winter and is ranked sixth nationally, going with a lineup featuring four freshmen (Youssef Ibrahim at No. 1, Cole Becker at No. 3, Duncan Joyce at No. 6, and Alex Engstrom at No. 9) and two sophomores (Adhitya Raghavan at No. 2 and Gabriel Morgan at No. 7). more

RICH EXPERIENCE: Princeton University men’s basketball player Richmond Aririguzoh grabs a rebound in recent action. Last Sunday, sophomore forward Aririguzoh tallied eight points and eight rebounds to help Princeton defeat Division III Rowan 86-60 in its first game after a 15-day hiatus for exams. The Tigers, now 10-8 overall, resume Ivy League play when they host Yale on February 2, Brown on February 3, and Penn on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

He is the guy from Trenton Catholic, but Richmond Aririguzoh brings a lot more than local flavor to the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Born in Italy, Aririguzoh speaks four languages and is handling a pre-med class load. more

LIVING IT UP: Princeton University women’s squash player Olivia Fiechter covers the court in recent action. Senior star Fiechter is 8-0 at No. 1 so far this season, helping Princeton post a 9-0 start on the way to being ranked No. 1 nationally. In upcoming action, the Tigers hit the road for matches at Penn in January 31, at Harvard on February 3, and at Dartmouth on February 4. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communication)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s squash team, inserting three freshmen into its starting lineup has made it stronger from top to bottom.

“We have a good mix, people that were higher are now in the middle,” said Princeton head coach Gail Ramsay, whose squad is 9-0 and now ranked No. 1 nationally. “We are competitive with everybody because we are deeper.” more

CELEBRATING HISTORY: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track team celebrate last Sunday after they placed first at the Mercer County Track Indoor Championships in the Lavino Field House at the Lawrenceville School. It was the first-ever indoor county crown for the program, which last earned the outdoor county title in 1982.

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High boys’ track team appeared to have the pieces in place to win the Mercer County Track Indoor Championships last Sunday, Ben Samara knew nothing was guaranteed.

“We knew we were the favorites going in, but as I said to the guys on the bus, that doesn’t really matter because we were the favorites indoors and outdoors last year too,” said PHS boys’ head coach Samara, noting that PHS had never won the indoor county title and last earned the outdoor crown in 1982. “You have to get the job done and that is the bottom line.” more

January 24, 2018

LO AND BEHOLD: Hun School boys’ basketball player Lorenzo Spinazzi goes after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last week, senior Spinazzi tallied 12 points in a losing cause as Hun fell 77-62 to Lawrenceville on January 16. The Raiders, who moved to 2-12 with a 67-64 loss to St. Luke’s School (Conn.) last Saturday, play at the Peddie School on January 24, face Wayne Hills High at Mater Dei Prep in the Valerie Fund Challenge on January 27, and then host the Phelps School (Pa.) on January 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Lorenzo Spinazzi was determined to give his all for the Hun School boys’ basketball team as it found itself trailing Lawrenceville 24-16 heading into the second quarter last week.

The 6’4, 190-pound senior guard/forward was all over the court, diving for loose balls, going after rebounds, and driving to the hoop, ending up with seven points in the quarter as the Raiders pulled even 32-32 at halftime in the January 16 contest. more

JOYFUL NIGHT: Princeton High boys’ hockey Justin Joyce brings the puck up the ice in a recent game. Last Saturday evening, senior star and co-captain Joyce tallied a goal to help PHS defeat WW-P 9-2 at Baker Rink as the program held its annual Senior Night celebration. The Little Tigers, who defeated Hopewell Valley 8-2 last Monday to improve to 11-5-2, play at Bishop Eustace on January 24 and then face Robbinsville on January 26 at the Mercer Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Justin Joyce grinned broadly as his family gathered with him on the ice at Baker Rink last Saturday evening when the Princeton High boys’ hockey team held its annual Senior Night celebration.

“It has been great, just looking back on everything I have done in high school hockey and just be able to recognize that,” said senior forward and co-captain Joyce. “My parents supported me the whole way.” more

MAD GOOD: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Maddie Samaan races up the ice in a game earlier this winter. Freshman forward Samaan tallied four goals and an assist to help PHS defeat Immaculate Heart Academy 9-4 last Thursday at Baker Rink. The Little Tigers, who improved to 4-3-3 with the win, play at the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on January 25 before hosting Chatham on January 26 and Summit on January 30 at Baker Rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Maddie Samaan, walking around the lobby of Baker Rink in 2014 provided her with special inspiration.

The walls at the rink feature a photo montage of Princeton University hockey standouts with Samaan’s mother, former Tiger women’s hockey star Mollie Marcoux Samaan, prominently displayed.

“When I first moved here, I saw her picture on the wall,” said Samaan, a freshman forward for the Princeton High girls’ hockey team who came to town when her mother became the Director of Athletics at Princeton in 2014. “I was like, I would someday like to get to half that level.” more

CATCHING ON: Hans Brase gathers in the ball in action this winter for the Iowa State men’s basketball team. Brase, a former star for the Princeton University men’s hoops program who had a year of eligibility left due to time missed by injury, has emerged as a solid performer off the bench for the 11-8 Cyclones, averaging 3.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 appearances. (Photo Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics Communications)

By Bill Alden

Hans Brase was a constant presence for the Princeton University men’s basketball team last winter as it rolled to the Ivy League title and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2011.

But due to a right knee injury suffered in the fifth game of the season, senior center Brase’s role became limited to providing support from the sidelines. more

GIRL POWER: Princeton High freshman wrestler Chloe Ayres, top, takes control in a recent bout. Ayres, one of two girls on the PHS squad along with sophomore Jasmine Aizley, has emerged as a solid performer at 106 pounds for the Little Tigers. Ayres and her PHS teammates will be looking to step up as they compete in the Mercer County Tournament from January 26-27 at Robbinsville. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Chloe Ayres started running competitively in the third grade, but harbored a desire to take up a new athletic pursuit by the time she got to middle school.

With her father, Chris Ayres, having served as the head coach of the Princeton University wrestling team since 2006, Ayres had spent a lot of time around the sport and decided to get on the mat. more

FIGHTING ON: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson controls the puck in recent action. Last Friday, junior star and assistant captain Patterson scored a goal in a losing cause as PDS fell 9-2 to Morristown-Beard. The Panthers, now 5-8-1, play at the Hill School (Pa.) on January 24 and at Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Trailing Morristown-Beard 7-1 entering the third period last Friday, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team could have gone through the motions over the last 15 minutes of the contest.

Instead, PDS produced a spirited display, skating hard and getting a goal from Ellie Schofield on the way to a 9-2 loss.

Panther head coach Lorna Cook was proud of the way her team fought to the final buzzer as it moved to 5-8-1. more

BEY AREA: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark dribbles upcourt in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Clark tallied 14 points to help Stuart defeat Kent Place 52-33. The Tartans, who improved to 11-5 with a 57-44 win over Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) last Monday, play at Pennington on January 24 and at Princeton High on January 27 before hosting Bound Brook High on January 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bey-Shana Clark displayed the growth in her game as the Stuart Country Day School basketball team hosted Kent Place last Saturday.

The junior forward employed some deft inside moves, hit mid-range jumpers, and drained six free throws on the way to a team-high 14 points as Stuart pulled away to a 52-33 win over the Dragons. more

January 17, 2018

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High boys’ basketball team trailed Robbinsville 45-29 heading into the fourth quarter last week, Tommy Doran wasn’t about to give up.

PHS senior guard Doran scored nine points to help spark a late rally that saw the Little Tigers cut the deficit to nine points before they fell 60-47 in the January 9 contest. more

By Bill Alden

Facing rival Notre Dame last Wednesday evening at the Mercer County Skating Center, the Princeton High boys’ hockey team generated a number of scoring chances.

Although PHS outshot the Irish 22-8 through the first two periods, the Little Tigers were trailing 2-1 heading onto the third period.

PHS sophomore forward Stephen Avis acknowledged that the Little Tigers squandered that advantage.

“We were a little flat,” said Avis. “Even through we were outshooting them, we weren’t putting our opportunities into the goal.” more

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton University women’s hockey star Karlie Lund controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Lund picked up two assists in a 3-0 win over Yale, hitting the 100-point mark in her Princeton career. The Tigers, now 8-10-4 overall and 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey, are next in action when they play at Penn State on January 30 and face former head coach Jeff Kampersal. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The Lund family from Minnesota made its annual sojourn to Baker Rink last weekend to cheer on its favorite player, Princeton University women’s hockey star Karlie Lund.

Wearing T-shirts made for the occasion and taping posters to the glass, the clan changed sections each period to be near the goal when junior forward Lund skated into the offensive zone.

Lund, for her part, drew extra inspiration from her special cheering section. more

ROSY OUTLOOK: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jerome Desrosiers shows his intensity on the defensive end in recent action. Last weekend, freshman forward Desrosiers starred off the bench, scoring 12 points in 12 minutes in a 72-56 win over Columbia on Friday and then chipping in 14 points in 16 minutes in a 91-54 rout of Cornell the next day. Desrosiers was later named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his output. The Tigers, now 9-8 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, are next in action when they host Rowan on January 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jerome Desrosiers is exuding confidence as he heads into his first round of fall exams at Princeton University.

“I think I am actually ready,” said Desrosiers. “I just have to finish up one paper and start studying; nothing too crazy for me personally.”

On the basketball court, freshman Desrosiers is starting to become a force for the Tigers. Last weekend, Desrosiers starred off the bench, scoring 12 points in 12 minutes in a 72-56 win over Columbia on Friday and then chipping in 14 points in 16 minutes in a 91-54 rout of Cornell the next day. more

FIELD GENERAL: Princeton University women’s basketball player Carlie Littlefield heads upcourt in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman point guard Littlefield contributed eight points and four assists as Princeton pulled away to a 75-54 win over Cornell. The Tigers, now 13-3 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, are currently on exam break and return to action when they play at Yale on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Carlie Littlefield had a quiet first half for the Princeton University women’s basketball team as it hosted Cornell last Saturday.

Princeton freshman point guard Littlefield was held scoreless and had just one assist in nine minutes of action as Princeton clung to a 36-34 lead at halftime.

“We were kind of probing on the first half so that is what I was doing too,” said Littlefield, a 5’ 9 native of Waukee, Iowa. more

SHOOTING STAR: Hun School girls’ basketball player Jada Jones puts up a shot in recent action. Last Saturday, junior guard and team captain Jones scored 20 points to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 66-40. The Raiders, who improved to 4-6 with the win, play Immaculate Conception High at Felician University on January 18, host Sinai Christian Academy on January 20, and then play at Nottingham High on January 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jada Jones was looking to fit in with the Hun School girls’ basketball team last winter as she joined the program after transferring from Randolph High.

The sharp-shooting guard emerged as a go-to scorer, bonding quickly with her new teammates.

This season, junior Jones has moved up the pecking order, serving as the team’s sole captain. “Last year I was getting used to the team,” said Jones. “This year, it is me really trying to evolve as a player and learn my playing type.” more

SPEED RACER: Princeton High boys’ swimming star Daniel Barberis displays his freestyle form earlier ths season. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Barberis won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races to help PHS defeat Hopewell Valley 102-68. The Little Tigers, who improved to 7-3 with the victory, were slated to face WW/P-South on January 16 in their final regular season meet before taking part in the Mercer County Championships from January 25-27 at WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Daniel Barberis doesn’t like to linger in the water, but that hasn’t kept him from emerging as a star for the Princeton High boys’ swimming team.

Getting into the sport as a grade-schooler in Laramie, Wyoming, Barberis gravitated to the the shorter events.

“I was a sprinter right from the start, I tried long distance before but I just don’t have the build to stay swimming for a long time,” said Barberis, who joined the PHS swim team as a freshman after his family moved to the area. “I do more of the blasts out rather than spend a lot of time in the water.” more

FLYING HIGH: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit flies in for a lay-up in a game this season. Last Saturday, junior star and captain Coit tallied 27 points to help PDS defeat Doane Academy 74-71 in overtime. The Panthers, who improved to 5-7 with the win, host the Solebury School (Pa.) on January 18 and Allentown on January 20 before playing at Hamilton West on January 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the graduation of senior stars and 1,000-point scorers Chase Lewis and John McArthur last June, David “Diggy” Coit was primed to be the man this winter for the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team.

“This is what I wanted,” said Coit. “I wanted to be the leader, I wanted all eyes to be on me, so it is just about adjusting and making it happen.” more