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

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

January 10, 2018

ROAD WORK: Hun School boys’ hockey Guillaume Hebert heads up the ice in a game earlier this season. Senior forward Hebert has emerged as a scoring threat for Hun this winter. The Raiders, who fell 8-1 to Don Bosco last Wednesday at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. after competing in the Purple Puck Tournament in the Washington, D.C. area from December 29-30, are back in New Jersey for a busy week. Hun, now 7-4-1, hosts Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 10 and Seton Hall Prep on January 11 before playing at Lawrenceville on January 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the last few weeks, the Hun School boys’ hockey team has been on quite an odyssey.

From December 28-30, Hun was based in the Washington D.C. area as it competed in the Purple Puck Tournament. The Raiders started 2018 by making a trip to Flushing, N.Y. last Wednesday where they faced Don Bosco at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, the site of the NHL’s Winter Classic two days earlier. more

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Members of the Hun School swimming team enjoy the moment after they defeated Hamilton West 99-71 last Saturday. The Raiders, now 1-1, swim at Blair Academy on January 10.

By Bill Alden

For Joan Nuse, the main focus in coaching the Hun School swimming program is more on development than the win-loss record.

“The main thing for all of our kids is just to watch them get better and work on improving,” said Hun head coach Nuse, whose coed team topped Hamilton West 99-71 last Saturday to improve 1-1. more

BIG BEN: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Ben Drezner goes after the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, Drezner tallied three goals and an assist as PHS defeated Steinert 10-1 in its first game of 2018. The Little Tigers, who dropped to 7-2-2 with a 2-0 loss at Wayne Hills last Sunday, play Notre Dame on January 10 at the Mercer County Skating Center, South Brunswick on January 12 at Pro Skate, and Westfield on January 13 at the Union Sports Arena. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Tim Chase was disappointed by the result as his Princeton High boys’ hockey team fell 2-0 to Wayne Hills last Sunday evening, he views the game as a valuable learning experience for his squad. more

STICK FIGHT: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Nic Petruolo, left, battles a foe in a game last season. Senior defenseman and Union-bound Petruolo chipped in an assist to help PDS defeat Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 3-0 last Wednesday. The Panthers, now 8-4, play at Hill School (Pa.) on January 10 before heading to New England to play at Portsmouth Abbey School (R.I.) on January 12 and at Worcester Academy (Mass.) on January 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Nic Petruolo relished the challenge as the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team hosted powerhouse Don Bosco in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational.

“Coming into this game, they were rated as the best team in the state right now so as a player being a competitor, this is one of the games that you want to play your best,” said Petruolo. “All of our guys battled.” more

January 3, 2018

FRESH APPROACH: Stuart County Day School basketball player Nia Melvin puts up a shot in recent action. Last Wednesday, freshman guard Melvin scored 12 points and had nine rebounds to help Stuart defeat Princeton High 40-18 in the opening round of the Stuart Invitational Tournament. A day later, Melvin contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause as the Tartans fell 46-42 to Trinity Hall in the semis to move to 6-2.  Stuart, which was slated to face Villa Walsh on December 29 in the third place game at the tourney, will start 2018 action by hosting Trenton Catholic Academy on January 3 before playing at Lawrenceville on January 5 and at Trinity Hall on January 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Nia Melvin has kept a cool head in assuming the starting point guard role for the Stuart County Day School basketball team this winter as a freshman.

“My role is to get the right people the ball at the right time,” said Melvin. “I try not to get too excited.” more

FINAL RUN: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Bridget Kane dribbles around a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior guard Kane scored 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, in a losing cause as PDS fell 52-46 to St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.) in a consolation game at the Stuart Invitational Tournament. The Panthers, who dropped to 1-7 with the loss, were slated to face Princeton High in the tournament’s seventh place game on December 29. The Panthers will get into 2018 action by playing at the Hun School on January 4 and at Montgomery High on January 5 before hosting Pennington on January 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bridget Kane struggled to get into a shooting groove as the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team faced St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.) in a consolation game at the Stuart Invitational Tournament last Wednesday.

The senior guard hit just one 3-pointer in the first quarter as the Panthers found themselves trailing 16-12. more

STONEWALL: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Taylor Stone works in the paint during a game last season. Last Wednesday, senior star and captain Stone scored a game-high 10 points in a losing cause as PHS fell 42-22 to Randolph in a consolation game in the Stuart Invitational Tournament. The Little Tigers, who dropped to 2-3 with the setback, will get the 2018 portion of their schedule underway when they host Hamilton on January 3 and then play at WW/P-North on January 5 and at Robbinsville on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Taylor Stone’s right index finger was swollen and taped but that didn’t stop her from carrying the load last Wednesday as the Princeton High girls’ basketball team faced Randolph in a consolation game in the Stuart Invitational Tournament.

With PHS lacking four players for the game due to other commitments, senior center and captain Stone knew that the squad was relying on her to come up big in the paint. more

A-TRAIN: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Aidan Trainor controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Sophomore forward Trainor scored two goals to help PHS rally from a 3-0 deficit as it defeated Cranford 5-4 on December 22. The Little Tigers, who improved to 6-1-2 with the win, start the 2018 portion of their schedule when they face Steinert on January 3 and Notre Dame on January 5 at the Mercer County Skating Center and then play at Wayne Valley on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton High boys’ hockey team fell behind Cranford 3-0 in the first period of its final game in 2017, Aidan Trainor wasn’t fazed.

“That was kind of rough falling down early,” said PHS sophomore forward Trainor, reflecting on the December 22 contest played at Baker Rink. “We knew we had the offensive power to come back.” more

December 27, 2017

LIVING LARGE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, left, looks to unload the ball in game this spring. Senior star Hompe ended her career with a bang, setting the Princeton single-season record for points (with 110) and goals (with 75) as she helped the Tigers reach the NCAA quarterfinals. She graduated as program’s all-time leading scorer and goal-scorer with 285 points on 198 goals and 87 assists. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

A number of memorable and somewhat improbable title runs spiced up the pro sports world in 2017. Sloane Stephens shocked the world of women’s tennis when the unseeded and 83rd ranked American won the U.S. Open to earn her first major title. On the diamond, the Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers on the way to winning the first World Series title in franchise history, bringing joy to a city ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. In college football, the Clemson Tigers avenged a defeat to powerhouse Alabama in 2016 in the national final to win its first national title since the 1981 season. more

DEVELOPING SITUATION: Princeton High girls’ ice hockey player Victoria Zammit brings the puck up the ice last week against the Pingry School at Baker Rink. Sophomore forward and assistant captain Zammit tallied three goals and an assist in a losing cause as PHS fell 11-6 to Pingry in the December 19 contest. The Little Tigers, who moved to 1-2 with an 11-4 loss at Summit last Wednesday, return to action when they play at Princeton Day School on January 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Victoria Zammit has hit the ice for her sophomore season with the Princeton High girls’ hockey team, she is showing a maturity as a player and a leader.

The forward has five goals and four assists through three games while shouldering extra responsibility as an assistant captain. more

YOUNG GUN: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Freddie Young, left,  jumps around a defender in recent action. Last Sunday, freshman standout Young scored 22 points in a losing cause as PDS fell 76-59 to Friends Central (Pa.) in the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) tournament. The Panthers, now 3-4, are next in action when they compete in the Prime Time Shootout at Trenton Catholic Academy from December 27 and 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team went 0-2 at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) tournament last week, Kerry Foderingham liked what he saw from his players.

“I was very excited and pleased with how we played, especially our last game,” said PDS head coach Foderingham, whose team fell 70-62 to the Solebury School (Pa.) last Friday and then lost 76-59 to Friends Central (Pa.) two days later. more

December 20, 2017

HARD DRIVING: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Maddie Coyne heads to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior star Coyne played well in a losing cause, contributing 12 points and 10 rebounds as PDS fell 60-35 at Stuart Country Day. The Panthers, now 1-5, are next in action when they compete in the Stuart Invitational Tournament from December 26-29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the final 21 minutes of its game at Stuart Country Day School last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team outscored the host Tartans 35-34.

But having fallen behind 26-0 in the first 11 minutes of the contest, the solid finish by PDS kept things respectable as Stuart prevailed 60-35.  more

G-FORCE: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Gia Massari sends the puck up the ice in recent action. Last weekend at PDS’s annual Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational, sophomore defenseman Massari starred at both ends of the ice. On Friday, she tallied three goals and an assist as the Panthers topped Summit 6-2 in an opening round contest. A day later, she scored the lone goal for PDS as it fell 4-1 to Chatham-Madison in the championship game. The Panthers, now 2-5, host Princeton High on January 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team fell behind visiting Chatham-Madison 2-0 in the second period last Saturday in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational, Gia Massari took matters into her own hands.

“When we were down, I was trying to carry the puck more to get us more opportunities to score,” said PDS sophomore defenseman Massari. more

By Bill Alden

Brendan Rougas toiled for the Princeton High junior varsity boy’s basketball squad last winter.

Last Friday, junior guard Rougas made his first varsity start as PHS hosted Lawrence High in its season opener, and he didn’t waste any time making an impact.

Rising to the occasion, Rougas drained a three-pointer to open the contest and added another bucket moments later, setting the tone as the Little Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back on the way to a 60-34 victory. more

MAX EFFORT: Hun School boys’ basketball Max Gussen looks to unload the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior forward Gussen scored 14 points but it wasn’t enough as Hun lost 67-57 to the Perkiomen School (Pa.). The Raiders, who fell 69-58 to The Master’s School (N.Y.) on Saturday to drop to 2-7, are next in action when they host the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Max Gussen took a hit early on as the Hun School boys’ basketball team hosted the Perkiomen School (Pa.) last Thursday evening.

“I was a little off because I had the bloody nose in the beginning of the game so that took me off rhythm,” said senior forward Gussen. “Coming back I felt pretty good.” more

LOCKED IN: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey goalie Boris Gorelenkov prepares to stop a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, Gorelenkov made 24 saves as PDS edged perennial powerhouse Delbarton 1-0. The Panthers, who defeated Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 7-0 last Thursday to improve to 6-3, are next in action when they host their annual Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational from December 29-30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Boris Gorelenkov realized that the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team faced a major challenge as it hosted perennial powerhouse Delbarton last Wednesday.

“We knew that they were a team that has won 95 percent of their games over the last 10-15 years,” said PDS senior goalie Gorelenkov. more

GRAND MOMENT: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jalynn Spaulding dribbles upcourt in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior guard Spaulding eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her career as Stuart rolled to a 60-35 win over Princeton Day School. Spaulding scored 15 points in the victory to give her 1,008 points in her career. The Tartans, who improved to 5-1 with a 45-19 win over New Hope-Solebury High (Pa.) last Friday, are next in action when they host their annual Stuart Invitational Tournament from December 26-29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jalynn Spaulding knew she was seven points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark in her career as the Stuart Country Day School basketball team hosted Princeton Day School last Wednesday but she wasn’t focused on that milestone. more

December 13, 2017

MAN AMONG BOYS: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur heads up the ice last Friday against Morristown-Beard. Junior forward Mandleur scored three goals in the game as Hun pulled away to a 5-2 victory over the Crimson. The Raiders, now 2-1-1, play at the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 14 before hosting Pingry on December 15 and Glen Rock High on December 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Hun School boys’ hockey team fell behind Morristown-Beard 2-1 early in the second period last Friday, Kyle Mandleur wasn’t overly concerned.

“We are pretty confident that we are a good team; they popped out and got a few on us,” said Hun junior forward Mandleur. “We always say we can score five a game so it didn’t really bother us.” more

By Bill Alden

Although her Princeton High girls’ swimming team suffered a lopsided defeat to WW/P-North last Thursday, Carly Misiewicz doesn’t view that result as a harbinger of things to come this winter.

“I don’t think today was the best demonstration or display of our potential and everything that we have,” said PHS head coach Misiewicz, noting that she was missing some key swimmers due to club commitments and a band trip as the Little Tigers fell to 2-2. “When everyone is here, that gives us a true showing of who we are and who we have.” more

DYING TO WIN: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich passes the ball in action last season. Junior forward Dyevich figures to be a go-to player for PHS this winter. The Little Tigers, who are welcoming new head coach Dave Kosa, tip off the 2017-18 season when they play at Lawrence High on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dave Kosa has experience guiding a varsity basketball program at Princeton High, having served as the head coach of the boys’ squad from 2002-07.

Over the last decade, Kosa turned his focus to the girls and expanded his hoops resume, working as assistant coach for the St. Rose girls’ team before stints as the head coach of the Haddonfield and Piscataway girls’ programs. more