August 16, 2017

MAX EFFORT: Max Veronneau battles in front of the goal in action last winter during his sophomore season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. This summer, rising junior Veronneau took part in two National Hockey League Development Camps, skating with the Vegas Golden Knights and the Calgary Flames. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Max Veronneau got the chance to enjoy himself in Las Vegas for a few days this summer, but it had nothing to do with hitting the casinos or sampling the city’s glittering nightlife.

Instead, Princeton University men’s hockey star forward Veronneau spent his time in Sin City on the ice, taking part in the inaugural Development Camp for the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team in the National Hockey League that is making its debut in the 2017-18 season. more

OFF THE KUFF: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ryan Kuffner glides up the ice in action for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. After a big sophomore season this past winter for the Tigers, Kuffner honed his skills this summer by skating for the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets at its Development Camp. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Kuffner isn’t about to take a day off when it comes to pursuing his goals in hockey.

“I work hard every day in the offseason and then in practice as well to try to give myself the best chance to play at the next level when I get the chance,” said Kuffner, a rising junior forward on the Princeton University men’s hockey team.  more

UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE: Claire Klausner gets carried off the field by her U.S. teammates after they won the gold medal in softball at the Maccabiah Games in Israel earlier this summer. The triumph capped off a superb year for the recently graduated Princeton University star who was named the 2017 Ivy Pitcher of the Year in her senior season after she helped the Tigers win their second straight league title. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Over the course of her senior season this spring with the Princeton University softball team, pitching ace Claire Klausner rose to the occasion under playoff pressure.

In the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series against Harvard, Klausner pitched a six-hit shutout as the Tigers prevailed 1-0 in the opener on the way to a series sweep. more

HIGH INTENSITY: Trish Reilly looks for the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Lehigh University field hockey team. Former Princeton High standout Reilly saw time at midfield and defense during the 2016 campaign, receiving the program’s Coaches Award. Reilly, who has been voted as a team captain, is looking to earn a starting role on defense this fall for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh begins its 2017 campaign when it hosts LIU-Brooklyn on August 25. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

For Trish Reilly, playing college sports was a matter of following family tradition.

Her father, George, played football and competed at track at Brown University, while her mother, Ann, was a field hockey player for the Bears. Reilly’s oldest sister, Meg, played for the Muhlenberg College lacrosse program while older sister Katie was a lacrosse player at Amherst College. more

August 14, 2017

STRETCHING THE LIMITS: Matthew Michibata of the Princeton Tennis Program has been named to the second USTA Junior Leadership Team. (Photo Credit: Erica M. Cardenas)

Written by Erica M. Cardenas

Matthew Michibata, who trains with Princeton Tennis Program, has been named to the second USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes the finest U.S. junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship, and character on and off the court. more

August 9, 2017

RIVETING EXPERIENCE: Julia “Cheeky” Herr flies up the ice during her career with the Trinity College women’s hockey team. Princeton native Herr skated with New York Riveters of the NWHL last year and recently signed a contract to comeback for another season with the club. (Photo Courtesy of Trinity College Sports Communications)

After enjoying a superb career for the Trinity College women’s hockey team, Julia “Cheeky” Herr was thrilled to get a tryout with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) last spring.

But after hitting the ice to show her skills to the Riveters coaching staff, Herr didn’t get any feedback from the team for weeks. more

ON THE MOVE: Ross Colton heads up the ice last winter during his freshman season for the University of Vermont men’s hockey team. Former Princeton Day School standout Colton enjoyed a big debut campaign for the Catamounts, scoring a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists to tie for second on the team in points with 27 and earn Hockey East All-Rookie honors. Colton, a fourth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 NHL Draft, skated with the pro club this summer at its Development Camp. (Photo Zourtesy of University of Vermont Sports Information)

Ross Colton made quite an impact when he hit the ice for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team in 2011.

Starring from day one as a freshman that winter, Colton tallied 32 points on 24 goals and 8 assists to quickly establish himself as one of the top scoring forwards in the area. A year later, Colton raised his game, amassing 47 points on 25 goals and 22 assists. more

DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE: Eric Robinson glides up the ice last winter in his junior season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. After totaling 15 points in his first two years with the Tigers, star forward Robinson tallied 21 points on 13 goals and eight assists in the 2016-17 campaign. This summer, Robinson skated in development camps with the Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins of the NHL. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, Eric Robinson harnessed his speed to put together a sterling junior campaign for the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

After totaling 15 points in his first two seasons, the 6’2, 200-pound forward from Bellmawr tallied 21 points on 13 goals and eight assists in the 2016-17 season. more

BRONZE STAR: Olivia Hompe looks for the ball in action for England at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup last month. Recently graduated Princeton University player Hompe starred as host England took the bronze medal at the competition. (Photo From England Lacrosse, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Staying in the moment helped Olivia Hompe produce a lot of big moments for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team over the last four years.

Star attacker Hompe graduated from Princeton this June as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 282 points and top goal scorer with 195 goals and finished second all-time in assists with 87.  more

SO GOOD: Nassau Swim Club’s Sophia Burton shows her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Burton helped the Lemmings place third in Division 2 at the recently-held Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. Burton took first in the 12-and-under 100 individual medley and second in both the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It would be understandable if the Nassau Swimming Club Lemmings felt like they were in over their heads as they competed in the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last month.

The Lemmings were vastly outnumbered by many of the clubs on hand for the meet at the Community Park pool at Princeton on July 24 and 25. more

August 7, 2017

Photography by Erica M. Cardenas

The Annual James E. Cryan Memorial Tournament took place July 29 through August 5, 2017 at the Mercer County Tennis Center, located at 1638 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Established in 1965, the Tournament honors Mr. Cryan for his contributions to the sport of tennis in Trenton, NJ prior to his death from Hodgkins Disease in 1964 at age 42. more

August 2, 2017

LEADING ROLE: Khalid Lewis of Packer Hall All-Stars, left dribbles the ball against Majeski Foundation last Wednesday at the Community Park courts in the best-of-three championship series in the Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Lewis led seventh-seeded Packer Hall to a two-game sweep of top-seeded Majeski in the series, winning the opener 30-29 on July 24 and then prevailing 46-43 in the title clincher last Wednesday. Lewis was named as the Foreal Wooten Playoff MVP. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Packer Hall All-Stars fell behind Majeski Foundation 9-0 early in game two of the best-of-three championships series in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League last Wednesday, Khalid Lewis and his teammates weren’t fazed. more

BLUE WAVE: Kent Hong of the Community Park Bluefish displays his freestyle form in a recent meet, competing in the boys’ 10-and-under age group. Last week, Hong helped the host Bluefish produce a dominant performance at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. CP rolled to the PASDA Division 1 title, piling up 3,746 points to finish first of six teams with runner-up Lawrenceville Swim Association finishing more than 1,500 points behind as it tallied 2,215.50. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was raining on and off throughout the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last week, but that didn’t dampen the parade of victories for the host Community Park Bluefish. more

MANNING UP: Colton Phinney makes a save this past winter during his senior season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. Phinney ended his career as the all-time leader in saves at Princeton with 3,696 – the most by an active goalie in the NCAA, the third-most saves by a goalie in ECAC Hockey history, and the eighth in NCAA history. He recently signed with the Manitoba Moose, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, and will be starting his pro career this fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last two years of his Princeton University men’s hockey career, star goalie Colton Phinney gained a special mentor. more

SHOWING HEART: Kate Hickey is rowing in the stroke seat for the Stanford women’s lightweight varsity 8 this spring during her freshman campaign. Former Princeton National Rowing Association Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer) standout overcame a cardiac issue to help Stanford win its third straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national title. (Photo by David Bernal, Courtesy of Stanford’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Kate Hickey was having the time of her life coming into this spring.

The former Princeton National Rowing Association Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer) standout was rowing on the top varsity women’s lightweight 8 at Stanford University, her dream school. more

BRACKETT BUSTER: Nick Brackett, right, of Packer Hall All-Stars battles with Elias Bermudez of Majeski Foundation last Wednesday at the Community Park courts in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League best-of-three championship series. Brackett helped lead seventh-seeded Packer Hall to an unlikely title run as it swept top-seeded and defending champion Majeski to win the championship. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nick Brackett enjoyed two campaigns with the The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team after transferring from Delaware State where he had played football. more

July 26, 2017

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Teddy Durbin delivers a pitch for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Babe Ruth 15-year-old All Stars last week in the Southern New Jersey state tournament. Last Friday, rising Princeton High junior Durbin got the win on the mound as West Windsor-Plainsboro defeat Hamilton-Northern Burlington 7-4 to win the crown. West Windsor will now compete in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Naskayunk, N.Y. with that tourney wrapping up this weekend.

Teddy Durbin celebrated his 16th birthday last Sunday but he already received a special gift two days earlier.

Pitching for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Babe Ruth 15-year-old All Stars, rising Princeton High junior Durbin helped the squad defeat Hamilton-Northern Burlington 7-4 as the program captured its first ever Southern New Jersey state title. more

EAGLE EYE: Jake Alu takes a swing in action this spring during his sophomore season for the Boston College baseball team. Former Princeton Day School standout Alu enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2017, leading the Eagles with a .331 batting average, producing 55 hits, a double, 23 RBIs, 15 walks, and 12 stolen bases. Alu earned third-team New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England honors.  (Photo provided by Boston College Athletics/John Quackenbos)

Jake Alu was a star from day one of his baseball career at Princeton Day School.

Alu started at shortstop as a freshman in the spring of 2012, hitting at the top of the order for PDS. He was a fixture in that spot all four years, exceeding the 100-hit mark in his career, becoming the program’s all-time hits leader. Along the way, Alu earned All-Prep B accolades each season of his career, included first-team honors as a senior. more

ON THE RISE: Seth DeValve leaps for the ball during his career with the Princeton University football team. DeValve is getting ready for his second training camp with the Cleveland Browns, which starts this Thursday in Berea, Ohio. Tight end DeValve made 10 catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns last fall in his rookie campaign. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite being hampered by injuries that caused him to miss a big chunk of playing time in his final two seasons with the Princeton University football team, Seth DeValve caught the eye of the National Football League.

The star receiver was chosen as the 138th pick in the fourth round of the 2016 National Football League draft by the Cleveland Browns, the highest-drafted Tiger in the modern era. more

RED ALERT: Connor Fletcher head upfield this spring in his freshman campaign for the Cornell University men’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout Fletcher enjoyed a big debut season for the Big Red, tallying 32 points on 22 goals and 10 assists. (Photo by Dari Zehr, provided courtesy of Cornell’s Office of Athletics Communications)

It didn’t take long for Connor Fletcher to make an impact in his freshmen season for the Cornell University men’s lacrosse team. more

PACKER NATION: Kevin Johnson dribbles the ball in recent action for the Packer Hall All-Stars in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Last Monday, Johnson scored seven pouts as seventh-seeded packer edged top-seeded majesty Foundation in the first game of the league’s best-of-three championship series. Game two is slated for July 26 at the Community Park courts.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last year, Kevin Johnson helped the Majeski Foundation win the title in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. more

July 24, 2017

DOING WELL: Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball player Zach Dudeck takes a cut in recent action. Last Wednesday, center fielder and lead-off batter Dudeck contributed a double and a walk in a losing cause as Post 218 fell 19-2 to South Brunswick. The defeat left Princeton with a final record of 2-20 this summer. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Zach Dudeck, changing his priorities helped him enjoy a breakout year this spring in his senior campaign for the Princeton Day School baseball team.

The center fielder starred as PDS posted a 10-10 record, hitting .322 with 16 runs and 17 RBIs.

“I started focusing mainly on baseball; before I was trying to do soccer and baseball,” said Dudeck, reflecting on his final high school campaign. more

July 19, 2017

When Thomas Walker took up rowing in 2012 at the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer), he was quickly inspired to someday make an impact in the sport on a national level.

“We shared that boathouse with the women’s national team and it was pretty awesome to look at the best people in the world,” said Walker, who was a junior at Princeton High when he joined PNRA/Mercer. “I always had that goal to be able to race for the U.S.A. in some capacity.” more

TURNING THE CORNER: Dana Smith races upfield this spring in her junior season with the Lafayette College women’s lacrosse team. Smith, a former Princeton High girls’ soccer and lacrosse standout, helped Lafayette go 10-8 in 2017 and make the Patriot League postseason tournament for the first time since 2013. It was the program’s best record since 2002, when it went 13-7. Defender Smith was twice named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this season. (Photo Provided by Lafayette Sports Information)

Even though her Lafayette College women’s lacrosse team posted a 6-11 record in 2016, Dana Smith believed the squad was on the verge of turning the corner. more

MORE TO COME: Cara Morey surveys the action during her six-year tenure as assistant coach for the Princeton University women’s hockey team. Morey was recently named as the head coach of the program, succeeding Jeff Kampersal, who left Princeton to guide the Penn State women’s hockey team. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Cara Morey had never coached at the college level before joining the staff of the Princeton University women’s hockey team in 2011.

Over the last six years, Morey gained a wealth of experience, being involved in every phase of the operation under the tutelage of head coach Jeff Kampersal. more