June 1, 2016

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GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Taylor Lis heads upfield in a game this spring. Senior star and Cornell-bound Lis led PHS with 74 goals, helping the Little Tigers post a final record of 10-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Adding a number of new faces into its lineup with the loss of several probable starters, the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team faced a season of transition this spring. more

May 25, 2016

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KEY HIT: Princeton University softball player Keeley Walsh follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman Walsh slugged a homer to account for Princeton’s only run in a 2-1 loss to Longwood in an elimination game at Harrisonburg (Va.) regional in the NCAA tournament. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 23-28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

ESPN has made a commitment to the NCAA softball tournament, providing wall-to-wall coverage of the event, starting by broadcasting hours of regional action in the first weekend of the event. more

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ON THE SHORTLIST: Princeton University baseball player Danny Hoy takes a swing in recent action. Senior infielder Hoy, who helped Princeton go from last to first in the Ivy League this spring, was one of five seniors named as a finalist for the William Winston Roper Trophy, given to Princeton’s top senior male athlete. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With commencement fast approaching, it is awards season for the Princeton University athletes and the finalists for the two top senior sports honors were revealed last week. more

When Hayden Reyes got called up to the Princeton High varsity baseball team as a freshman in 2013, it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.

“They put me in one game and I wasn’t doing well,” said Reyes.

“Then they moved me up to second in the lineup and I went 2-for-5 that game and ever since then I have never looked back.”

Over the last four seasons, Reyes has been a fixture in the PHS lineup, playing shortstop and batting leadoff.

Earlier this month, Reyes achieved something he never imagined was possible when he made his varsity debut, collecting the 100th hit of his high school career. more

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STILL ROARING: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse star Rory -Helstrom heads to goal last Saturday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North Group 3 state tournament quarterfinals. Helstrom chipped in a goal and three assists as PHS rallied for a 10-9 victory over the fourth-seeded Raiders. The Little Tigers, now 12-4, play at top-seeded Northern Highlands on May 25 in the semis. (Photo by John Dowers)

Rory Helstrom has enjoyed some great moments on the Princeton High turf field, starring as an all-county running back in football and a hard-charging midfielder in lacrosse. more

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GALE FORCE: Princeton Day School senior defender James Fragale pressures a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, he made some big plays down the stretch to help top-seeded PDS edge second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 6-5 in the state Prep B title game. The triumph gave the Panthers a final record of 15-1 and marked its second championship of the spring as the program had won its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title earlier this month. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

James Fragale realized that the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team faced a challenge in containing Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday. more

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HITTING THE GAS: Princeton Day School baseball player Dom Gasparro takes a big swing in a game this season. Last Friday, senior third baseman Gasparro had a double, three runs, and an RBI in a losing cause as PDS fell 9-6 to visiting Hopewell Valley on its annual Senior Day celebration. On Monday, Gasparro and his classmates ended things on a high note as the Panthers defeated New Hope-Solebury (Pa.) 8-1 in its season finale. The win gave PDS a final record of 12-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dom Gasparro found himself in the middle of the action as he played in his Senior Day for the Princeton Day School baseball team against visiting Hopewell Valley last Friday. more

Hun player #17, 3rd from right gets congrats from players after his home run.

FITTING FINALE: Members of the Hun School baseball team celebrate a homer in a game earlier this spring. The Raiders had a lot to celebrate last weekend as they won the state Prep A title, giving a retirement gift to legendary head coach Bill McQuade in his 46th and final season at the helm of the program. After losing earlier in the week in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, the Raiders went up to Blair and posted four straight wins to earn the title. Hun defeated Peddie 3-1 and 4-1 in the finals on Sunday to end the spring with a 16-7 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the state Prep A baseball tournament got underway last week, a major story line centered on whether the top-seeded Hun School team could deliver a retirement gift to legendary head coach Bill McQuade in his 46th and final season at the helm of the program. more

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MIGHTY KACEY: Hun School softball player Kacey Abitz takes a cut in the state Prep A semifinals against Peddie last Wednesday. Senior third baseman/pitcher Abitz and the Raiders went down to a 7-0 defeat to the Falcons in the contest. Hun finished the spring with a 13-3 record, winning the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title along the way. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School softball team, starting the spring with an 11-10 victory over nemesis Peddie gave it a heavy dose of self belief. more

May 19, 2016

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GRAND FEELING: Members of the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 celebrate after they won the grand final at the Ivy League Championships last Sunday on Lake Carnegie. The ninth-ranked Tigers upset No. 1 Brown in the final, clocking a time of 6:28.039 over the 2,000-meter course with the Bears taking second in  6:31.588. Princeton is next in action when it competes at the NCAA Championship at Gold River, Calif. from May 27-29. (Photo by Erik Dresser/Row2k.com, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 fell to Brown by nearly three seconds in its season-opening regatta in late March, Lori Dauphiny saw the performance as a sign that her top boat had good speed. more

May 18, 2016

#23 and #10 get high 5's from team mates after scoring

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: Members of the Princeton University baseball team celebrate a run during the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series last weekend at Clarke Field. After dropping game one 8-7 on Saturday, the Tigers came back on Sunday and won game two 6-2 before producing a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning of game three to win the finale 2-1 and its first Ivy crown since 2011. Princeton, now 24-18 after going 7-32 in 2015, will find out its NCAA assignment on May 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It wasn’t easy for pitcher Cameron Mingo to reach the penultimate moment of his college career, toeing the rubber for the Princeton University baseball team last Sunday afternoon to start the decisive game of the Ivy League Championship Series. more

With a two-week hiatus from competition coming into the Eastern Sprints last weekend, the Princeton University men’s heavyweight crew was able to fine-tune some things.

“We had worked on some really great changes over the couple of weeks that we had since the end of the regular season,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes.

That work paid dividends as Princeton won the Rowe Cup team points title at the regatta, which took place at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.

“I look at it as a great step forward for the whole team, everybody had their best race of the season up there and that is ultimately the goal and that led to Rowe Cup,” said Hughes. more

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HITTING THE NATIONAL STAGE: Princeton University softball player Marissa Reynolds goes after a pitch in recent action. Junior outfielder Reynolds has hit .271 this spring and started 44 games for the Ivy League champion Tigers. Princeton, now 23-26 overall, will be playing in the NCAA tournament this weekend. The Tigers were sent to the Harrisonburg (Va.) Regional, where they will face host No. 7 James Madison (46-4) on May 20 in the first game of the double-elimination competition with North Carolina (31-23) and Longwood (38-18) the other two teams playing at the site. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton University softball team, its best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series at Harvard earlier this month turned into a Boston Marathon. more

#22 gets a hug from #45 after #22 scored a goal

STICKING TOGETHER: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, left, celebrates a goal with senior teammate Anya Gersoff in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, Hompe tallied two goals and an assist, including a leaping game-tying tally with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 13-12 in overtime to the University of Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 11-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It turned into an unfortunate case of deja vu for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team as it battled the University of Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Friday. more

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PANTHER PRIDE: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Joey Levine enjoys the moment after top-seeded PDS defeated Robbinsville 17-8 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday at WW/P-N. Senior star Levine scored four goals to help the Panthers earn the program’s first-ever county crown. PDS improved to 14-1 with a 15-3 win over Morristown-Beard last Monday in the state Prep B semis, and will go for a second title when it hosts Montclair Kimberley in the championship game on May 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the view of Joey Levine, reading the backs of the t-shirts worn by the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team is all one needs to do in order to understand how the squad rolled to its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title. more

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MILESTONE MOMENTS: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jonah Tuckman celebrates during the Mercer County Tournament championship game. Senior star and co-captain Tuckman scored five goals and had an assist to help first-seeded PDS top third-seeded Robbinsville 17-8 in the title game as the program earned its first-ever county crown. Tuckman hit the 100-goal mark in his career with his performance. Tuckman also starred in the MCT semis, tallying two goals and an assist as the Panthers edged fifth-seeded and defending champions Hopewell Valley 4-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at nemesis Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team misfired in the early going. more

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ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Morgan Mills, left, goes after the ball in the state Prep B title game against Pennington last Monday. Junior Mills scored four goals to help top-seeded PDS post an 18-11 win over the second-seeded Red Raiders and win its second straight Prep B crown. The win gave the Panthers a final record of 13-5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Late in the second half of the state Prep B girls’ lacrosse championship game last Monday, Princeton Day School junior star Morgan Mills lay prone on the turf, gasping for air. more

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FINAL SWING: Princeton High softball player Emily DiLella takes a big swing in recent action. Senior first baseman and team co-captain DiLella’s production and leadership has helped PHS go 9-9 this spring with a run to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers play at Robbinsville on May 19, at Allentown on May 20, and at Hightstown on May 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After splitting its two regular season games with WW/P-S, the Princeton High softball team took care of business in style in the rubber match as the foes met in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. more

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PAINT IT BLACK: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Owen Black heads upfield in recent action. Last Monday, senior star and Villanova-bound Black helped Hun defeat the Shipley School (Pa.) 14-8 in the opening round of the Inter-Ac Challenge. Two days, earlier, Black enjoyed a big Senior Day, scoring three goals to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-4 and clinch its second straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. Hun, now 11-6, will face Lawrencville in the Inter-Ac quarterfinals on May 18 in Conshohocken, Pa. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Owen Black has devoted more than a third of his life to playing lacrosse at the Hun School. more

May 12, 2016

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IN THE SWING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Augustus follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Monday, senior outfielder Augustus helped PDS top Holy Cross 9-0 as it improved to 10-4. PDS will be starting play in the state Prep B tournament this week, where it is seeded second and will host No. 7 Wardlaw Hartridge in a quarterfinal game on May 12. The semis are slated for May 17 with the championship game set for May 19. The Panthers are also scheduled to play regular season games at Nottingham on May 13 and at Hamilton on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a spectacular catch worthy of the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 as Princeton Day School star Ryan Augustus crashed into the left field fence at full speed to track down a long fly in the fifth inning last Thursday against Nottingham in the MCT quarterfinals. more

May 11, 2016

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PRO POTENTIAL: Princeton University football star and team captain Seth DeValve enjoys a light moment during the program’s annual media day last September. Despite battling injury, DeValve went on to make 33 receptions for 337 yards and a touchdown in his final college campaign in 2015. In late April, DeValve was selected with the 138th pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Seth DeValve knows what it’s like to help revitalize a football program.

At Manchester (Conn.) High, DeValve starred at quarterback and safety as he helped a new coaching staff transform the program into a winner after years of mediocrity. more

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LYNCH-PIN: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Maddy Lynch holds the fort in a game this season. Last Friday, senior defender Lynch and the Tigers fought valiantly in falling 10-9 to Cornell in overtime in the Ivy League semifinals. That loss didn’t end the Tigers’ season as they learned on Sunday that they had earned an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, now 11-5, will face Massachusetts (18-1) in a first round game on May 13 in Ithaca, N.Y. The winner of that game will advance to the second round on Sunday against the winner of the first round clash between host Cornell and Canisius. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Reflecting the increased parity nationwide, Ivy League women’s lacrosse has featured one dogfight after another this spring. more

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TITLE PURSUIT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Tooker -Callaway, left, pursues a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star and co-captain Callaway helped key the defensive effort as second-seeded PHS defeated No. 7 Hightstown 14-5 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, who improved to 10-3 with the win, were slated to face third-seeded Robbinsvillle in the MCT semis on May 10 with the winner advancing to the title game on May 12 at WW/P-N to face the victor of the other semi, which pitted top-seeded Princeton Day School against fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tooker Callaway got a battlefield promotion in the preseason for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team when his leadership on defense prompted the coaches to make him a team captain. more

#7 on right get congrats from team mates after scoring

MAKING HAY: Princeton High baseball player Hayden Reyes, far right, gets congratulated by his teammates in a game earlier this season. Senior shortstop Reyes, a four-year starter, came into the week with 95 career hits. Last Monday, he helped PHS edge Lawrence High 6-5 in 10 innings. The Little Tigers, now 8-7, play at WW/P-N on May 12 and at Ewing on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

From April 28 to May 7, the Princeton High baseball team had five out of six games postponed due to rain or wet fields.  more

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COOL HAND LUKE: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Luke Prybylski, left, tries to get past a Lawrenceville School defender last Monday in the state Prep A finals. Post-graduate and Villanova-bound Prybylski scored four goals in a losing cause as top-seeded Hun fell 13-6 to the second-seeded Big Red. The Raiders, now 9-6, host Montgomery on May 12 and Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 14 before starting play in the 2016 Inter-Ac Challenge on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team played at Lawrenceville School in early April, its offense clicked from the start as it jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead on the way to a 12-8 triumph over the visitors. more