December 16, 2015

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JUSTIN TIME: Princeton High boys’ ice hockey player -Justin Joyce heads up the ice in recent action. Last week, sophomore forward Joyce chipped in a goal and an assist as PHS topped WW/P-S 5-1. The Little Tigers, who moved to 3-1-1 with a 5-1 loss to Pennington last Monday, face Hopewell Valley on December 16 at Mercer County Park, play at Paul VI on December 18, and then host Cranford on December 19 at Baker Rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into this season, Justin Joyce was primed to play a bigger role for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team as a sophomore. more

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BEY WATCH: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark, left, looks to put up a shot last Monday against Princeton Day School. Freshman Clark scored a game-high 18 points to help the Tartans edge PDS 40-39 and improve to 5-0. In upcoming action, Stuart plays at Kings Christian School on December 16 before hosting its Stuart Invitational from December 18-21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bey-Shana Clark may be just a freshman on the Stuart Country Day basketball team but she wasn’t fazed by the intensity of her first clash with rival Princeton Day School. more

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FIGHTING FOR RESPECT: Princeton University men’s hockey player David Hallisey, left, battles a foe for the puck in a game earlier this season. Last Friday at Penn State, sophomore forward Hallisey chipped in two assists as Princeton rallied from a 4-0 deficit to draw within one goal before succumbing 6-3. A night later, Hallisey scored the lone goal for Princeton as it fell 4-1 in an exhibition game against the USA Under-18 team. The Tigers, now 4-9 overall, are next in action when they host No. 3 Quinnipiac (15-1-2) on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

David Hallisey is making up for lost time this winter in his sophomore season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

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SHINING SOHN: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Isabelle Sohn takes the puck up the ice in a game last winter. PHS is looking for senior forward and team captain Sohn to provide leadership and production again this season. The Little Tigers, who started their 2015-16 campaign by losing 7-2 to Summit last Wednesday, are slated to play at Princeton Day School on December 16 and at Pingry on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A group of seven seniors helped the Princeton High girls’ hockey team enjoy a memorable season last winter as it went 7-8 and won the ‘B’ bracket at the WILHMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) tournament. more

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NIALLING IT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall -Carpenter looks for an opening in recent action. Last Sunday, senior guard Carpenter scored 13 points to help Hun defeat the Phelps School (Pa.) 73-62 in the third-place game at the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT). Hun, now 3-4, hosts Allentown High on December 19 in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Mercer County Tip-Off Classic and then faces Linden High the next day at Caldwell University in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Niall Carpenter was disappointed by the lack of resolve that the Hun School boys’ basketball team displayed as it fell 62-40 to the Kiski School (Pa.) in the semifinals of the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT) last Saturday. more

December 9, 2015

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ON FIRE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Amanda Berntsen, right, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Sunday against visiting Michigan, senior guard Berntsen contributed 13 points with four assists and two steals as Princeton pulled away to a 74-57 win over the previously undefeated Wolverines. The Tigers, now 6-1, host Monmouth on December 8, Pittsburgh on December 12, and Fordham on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team produced an epic 31-1 campaign last winter, senior guard Blake Dietrick triggered things, leading the team in points, assists, and three-pointers. more

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FAST START: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Abbey Berloco displays her freestyle form in a race last year. Sophomore sprint star Berloco helped PHS defeat WW/P-S 121-49 last Thursday, winning the  50 and 100 freestyle races and helping PHS take first in both the 200 medley and 400 free relays. The Little Tigers, who improved to 2-0 with the win, have meets at WW/P-N on December 10 and at Steinert on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Abbey Berloco enjoyed a sensational freshman campaign last winter for the Princeton High girls’ swimming team.

The sprinting star earned the girls’ Most Valuable Swimmer award at the Mercer County Championships, winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle races as PHS won its third straight county crown and then helped the Little Tigers win the Public B Central Jersey sectional title and advance to the B state final, where they fell 100-70 to Scotch Plains-Fanwood. more

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TAKING THE FLOOR: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Chase Lewis handles the ball in action last winter. PDS will be looking for junior guard Lewis to trigger its offense as it looks to get off to a good start under new head coach Tim Williams. The Panthers were slated to tip off the 2015-16 season by playing at Solebury School (Pa.) on December 8 and at the Pennington School on December 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tim Williams plans to speed things up this winter in his first season as the head coach of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball program. more

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STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Shayla Stevenson heads to the hoop in a game last season. PDS will be looking to junior guard Stevenson to be a key contributor again this winter. Tipping off the 2015-16 campaign by competing in the Hill School (Pa.) Invitational last weekend, PDS topped host Hill 32-15 in the first round on Friday before falling 62-38 to Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) in the championship game. In upcoming action, PDS hosts Pennington on December 9 before playing at Stuart Country Day on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team got better and better as the season unfolded. more

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AROUND THE BEND: Hun School boys’ hockey player Jon Bendorf fires the puck up the ice in recent action. Last Friday, junior forward Bendorf tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Calvert Hall (Md.) 4-1 for its first win of the season. Last Monday, Bendorf contributed a goal in a losing cause as Hun fell 3-2 to Princeton Day School. The Raiders, now 1-2-1, host LaSalle College High (Pa.) on December 9 before playing at Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jon Bendorf’s future in hockey over the next few years is set as he has committed to join the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s program and was selected in the seventh round of the USHL draft this spring
by the Madison Capitols. more

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DRIVE-THROUGH: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall Carpenter drives past foes from the Shipley School (Pa.) in action last Sunday. Senior guard Carpenter scored 14 points in the game to help Hun edge Shipley 58-56. The Raiders, now 1-2, play at St. Benedict’s on December 9 before taking part in the Peddie School Invitational Tournament from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School boys’ basketball team is welcoming a number of new faces this year, Jon Stone has shown a flair for getting the pieces to fit together over his 16 seasons at the helm of the program. more

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SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Karlie Lund, left, gets position in the crease last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman star Lund tallied a goal and two assists in a five-minute stretch in the second period as the Tigers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Big Green 4-1. Lund, the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for November, leads the Tigers with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists. Princeton, which has posted four straight wins in improving to 9-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 ECACH, hosts Penn State for a two-game set on December 11 and 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the span of five minutes of action last Saturday, Karlie Lund of the Princeton University women’s hockey team displayed the skills that have made her one of the top rookies in ECAC Hockey this winter. more

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HOT COFFEY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey goes after the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Coffey scored two goals to help PDS top Montclair Kimberley Academy 4-0. Last Monday, he chipped in a goal and an assist as the Panthers edged Hun 3-2 to improve to 3-0. PDS will take part in the Albany Academy (N.Y.) Tourney from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Tyler Coffey, his freshman season with the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team last winter turned into a bit of a nightmare. more

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ROSY OUTLOOK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Rose Tetnowski brings the ball up the court in a game last winter. Senior guard Tetnowski will be counted on to provide leadership and production this winter for Stuart. Tetnowski and the Tartans came up big last weekend as they won the George School (Pa.) Invitational, defeating the Solebury School (Pa.) 48-30 in the opening round on Friday before topping Calvary Christian 54-27 in the title game on Saturday. Stuart, now 3-0, plays at Villa Victoria on December 9 before hosting Princeton Day School on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking the helm of the Stuart Country Day School girls’ basketball team last winter, Justin Leith aimed to have his players show a deeper commitment to the game.

As Leith looked ahead to the 2015-16 campaign, he believes that his approach is resonating with his players. more

December 2, 2015

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COOKING UP A WINNER: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook drives to the hoop against Lafayette last Wednesday. Junior forward Cook achieved his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the game, helping the Tigers to a 104-52 win over the Leopards. On Monday, Cook chipped in 17 points and six rebounds as the Tigers kept rolling with a 91-61 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Princeton, now 4-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season, plays at Stony Brook on December 5 and at Saint Joseph’s on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After starting its season by pulling out a pair of nail-biters in tight wins over Rider and Saint Peter’s, the Princeton University men’s basketball team went on cruise control against visiting Lafayette last Wednesday. more

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ROCK SOLID: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kiersten Falck heads up the ice in a game last winter. This past Saturday, sophomore forward Falck chipped in a goal and an assist as Princeton defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 6-1. The win gave the Tigers a sweep of the two-game set at RIT as they won 4-0 in the opener on Friday. Princeton, now 7-4-1 overall, hosts Harvard on December 4 and Dartmouth on December 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a tough weekend in upstate New York which saw it lose nailbiters at St. Lawrence and Clarkson, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was primed to come out on fire last Friday when it returned to the area to start a two-game set at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). more

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ENDING WITH A BANG: Princeton University men’s soccer player Nico Hurtado boots the ball in a game this season. Senior midfielder Hurtado and his classmates ended their Princeton career with a bang as the Tigers defeated Yale 3-0 in the season finale. All nine seniors started the contest and all three Princeton goals came from members of the Class of 2016. The win gave Princeton a final record of 10-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the seniors on the Princeton University men’s soccer team, the season finale against visiting Yale earlier this month left them with memories that will last a lifetime.  more

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GOAL-ORIENTED: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Hannah Bunce dribbles the ball in a game this fall. Junior star Bunce emerged as the go-to scorer for PDS as the Panthers won the state Prep B title and posted a 17-2-1 record. Bunce scored a team-high 17 goals for PDS and tallied the winning goal in overtime as PDS edged Montclair Kimberley 1-0 in the state Prep B final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last spring, Hannah Bunce emerged as a go-to scorer for the Princeton Day School girls lacrosse team, helping it roll to the state Prep B title.

Coming into the fall, PDS girls’ soccer head coach Pat Trombetta was hoping that junior Bunce could fill the same role for his squad.

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DIESEL POWER: Hun School boys’ hockey goalie Diesel Pelke makes a save in action last season. Hun will be relying on senior star Pelke to have a big year as it looks to maintain its place among New Jersey’s elite teams after going 22-3-3 last year in winning both the state Prep title and the Mercer County Tournament crown. The Raiders, who started their 2015-16 season by losing 5-2 to Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 18, host Don Bosco Prep on December 2 and Calvert Hall (Md.) on December 5 at Ice Land Skating Center before playing at Princeton Day School on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, the Hun School boys’ hockey team went 6-0-1 in its first seven games on the way to producing one of the great seasons in the program’s history as it went 22-3-3, winning both the state Prep title and the Mercer County Tournament crown.

Hun started this season by losing to 5-2 to Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 18, giving graphic evidence that it will have to modify its style to maintain its place among New Jersey’s elite teams. more

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LEADING ROLE: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Ashley Cavuto races up the ice in a game last winter. PDS is looking to junior star Cavuto to provide leadership and production for a squad welcoming a number of new faces. The Panthers team was slated to open its 2015-16 season by playing at Wyoming Seminary (Pa. ) on December 1 before hosting Portledge School (N.Y. ) on December 3 and Summit High on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As preseason practice began for the Princeton Day School girls’ ice hockey team last month, head coach Lorna Cook may have felt like she needed a program to identify her players.

There were only five returners among the 19 players who hit the ice for the Panthers with eight freshmen, four sophomore newcomers, and two new juniors. more

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TAKING FLIGHT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian, right, battles a Rider player for the ball as the teams met last week. Senior star and tri-captain -Tarakchian poured in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Princeton top the Broncs 78-59 in the November 24 contest. Over the weekend, Tarakchian starred as the Tigers headed to her native California and won the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles by beating UC-Irvine 83-42 in the opening round on Friday and then defeating Seattle 85-48 the next day in the title game. The Tigers, now 5-1, host Michigan on December 6 and Monmouth on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Annie Tarakchian suffered through a rare off night when the Princeton University women’s basketball team lost at Seton Hall to see its 32-game regular season winning streak come to an end.

The senior star and tri-captain hit just 1-of-11 shots from the floor and had three points as the Tigers fell 71-64 to the Pirates in the November 19 contest.

As Princeton hit the court last week for its next game at Rider, Tarakchian was chomping at the bit to get back into action.

“It was frustrating last game, honestly I just wanted to get back out there and play another game because not having a game for a while after a rough one makes you think about it longer,” said Tarakchian, a 6’0 native of West Hills, Calif. more

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BIG MAC: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon -McCormick controls the puck in a game last season. Junior forward -McCormick  figures to be a go-to scorer for PHS this winter. The Little Tigers start their 2015-16 campaign by facing Nottingham on December 3 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton High boys’ hockey team has suffered some heavy graduation losses, saying goodbye to eight seniors from last year, the formula for success remains the same. more

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ON THE DEFENSIVE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Gianluca Travia guards the blue line in a game last season. Junior Travia is being counted on to spearhead the PDS defense this winter as it looks to bounce back from a 3-16-1 season last year. The Panthers were slated to start the 2015-16 campaign by hosting St. Joe’s Prep on December 1, Montclair Kimberly on December 2, and the Hun School on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School boy’s hockey team took its lumps.

As the proud program endured a 3-16-1 campaign, its younger players were fighting a losing battle on a nightly basis. more

November 25, 2015

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END RUN: Princeton University women’s soccer player -Vanessa Gregoire dribbles past a defender in Princeton’s 4-2 win over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Last Friday, sophomore midfielder Gregoire and the Tigers saw their superb season come to an end as they fell 3-0 to No. 11 University of Southern California in the Round of 32 at the NCAA tourney. Princeton, who was 12-0-1 in its last 13 contests heading into Friday, ended the season with a final record of 14-4-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a thrilling 4-2 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Princeton University women’s soccer team was fired up to keep rolling as it faced No. 11 University of Southern California last Friday in the Round of 32. more

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THROWBACK: Princeton University men’s basketball player Henry Caruso drives to the basket in a game last winter. Last Saturday, junior forward Caruso tallied a game-high 23 points as Princeton topped Saint Peter’s 75-72 at Dillon Gym. It was the first game at the venerable venue for the Tigers since January 11, 1969. Princeton, now 2-0, returns to action and Jadwin Gym on November 25 when it hosts Lafayette. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bill Bradley took over many a game at Dillon Gym to thwart visiting foes during his legendary career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team in the 1960s. more