February 15, 2017

TURNING THE CORNER: Princeton University men’s hockey player Josh Teves races up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, sophomore defenseman Teves tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat No. 18 St. Lawrence 3-1. A day later, Teves contributed a goal and an assist as the Tigers overcame a 2-0 third period deficit to defeat Clarkson 3-2 in overtime and extend their unbeaten streak to six. Princeton, now 11-11-3 overall and 6-9-3 ECAC Hockey, plays at Rensselaer on February 17 and at Union on February 18.

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team found itself trailing No. 18 St. Lawrence 1-0 midway through the first period last Friday at Baker Rink, Josh Teves wasn’t fazed. more

GOAL-ORIENTED: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe heads to goal in a game last season. Senior star attacker and tri-captain Hompe figures to be Princeton’s top offensive threat again this season after scoring 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists as a junior. The Tigers open their 2017 campaign by hosting Temple on February 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The six seniors on the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team have already accomplished a lot in their careers. more

MAC ATTACK: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride heads upfield in action last year. Senior attackman and co-captain McBride is the team’s leading returning scorer, having tallied 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists last season. Princeton, which is being guided by new head coach Matt Madalon, opens its 2017 campaign by hosting NJIT on February 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team, getting the chance to go on an overseas trip to Portugal last fall could not have come at a better time. more

TITLE SHOT: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey controls the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior star Coffey scored a first period goal to help second-seeded PDS defeat top-seeded Morristown-Beard 2-1 in the state Prep title game. The Panthers, now 13-10-2 will be taking part in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) playoffs this week, where they are seeded fourth and are playing at top-seeded LaSalle College High (Pa.) in the semis on February 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last February, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team couldn’t catch a break as it fell 3-0 to Morristown-Beard in the state Prep title game. more

IN STRIDE: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Olivia Intartaglia, left, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday against WW/P-South, sophomore guard Intartaglia scored eight points off the bench but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 32-24. The Little Tigers, who moved to 5-16 with a 40-27 loss to Steinert last Monday, are next in action when they compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded 14th and play at third-seeded Allentown in a first round contest on February 17. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off the bench this season for the Princeton High girls basketball team, Olivia Intartaglia is determined to provide a spark. more

FINAL PUSH: Princeton High wrestler Ethan Guerra, right, controls a foe in recent action. Senior star Guerra has been a stalwart at 195 pounds for the Little Tigers, taking second in the Mercer County Tournament in late January. Guerra and his teammates will be competing in the District 19 tournament at Old Bridge from February 17-18. 17-18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Murphy’s law has reigned this winter for the Princeton High wrestling team. more

ON A MISSION: Hun School boys’ hockey player Tanner Preston fires the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior defenseman and co-captain Preston tallied a goal and two assists to help seventh-seeded Hun defeat second-seeded Lawrence 7-0 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and improve to 6-15. The Raiders, who are going after their fourth straight MCT crown, were slated to play third-seeded Notre Dame in the semis on February 14 with the winner advancing to the title game on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Facing second-seeded Lawrence High in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday, the three-time defending champion Hun School boys’ hockey team had a chip on its shoulder. more

PENNED IN: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark gets thwarted by a Pennington School player last Sunday in the state Prep B semifinals. Sophomore star Clark scored seven points in a losing cause as top-seeded Stuart fell 48-23 to fourth-seeded and defending champion Pennington. The Tartans, now 18-8, are next in action when they compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded eighth and will be hosting ninth-seeded Nottingham in an opening round contest on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting a run-and-gun Pennington School squad in the state Prep B semis last Sunday afternoon, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team was looking to slow things down. more

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