November 15, 2017

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, competing at the Group 4 state championship meet last Saturday was a valuable learning experience for the young squad.

“We had a little bit of an uneven day for us; I would have like to have seen us be a little bit more aggressive early on,” said PHS head coach Jim Smirk, whose lineup for the race at Holmdel Park included three freshmen and one sophomore. more

DOUBLE PLAY: Fraser Graham displays the form in hockey and golf that helped him make history for Princeton High in both sports. Graham, a 2011 PHS grad who went on to play college golf at the University of Delaware, is being inducted into the Princeton High Athletics Hall of Fame on November 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Fraser Graham entered Princeton High in 2007 focusing on hockey but he ended up making history on the golf course as well as the ice.

Graham enjoyed a superb hockey career, scoring a total of 176 points and helping the Little Tigers win the Mercer County Tournament as a senior in the 2010-11 season. He saved his best for last on the ice, tallying 68 points on 27 goals and 41 assists in his final campaign. more

GOLDEN GOAL: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday, senior star Beamer scored the winning goal as third-seeded PHS defeated top-seeded Hunterdon Central 1-0 in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final. As a result, PHS, now 16-5-1, will face Washington Township (21-2-1) in the Group 4 state semis on November 14 with the victor advancing to the title game on November 19 at Kean University. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, the experience gained from five losses over the season proved to be a blessing in disguise as it faced a gauntlet of tough foes on the way to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title.

“My team had the opportunity to play some high level competition this year and has been on the wrong end of it at times,” said PHS head coach Wayne Sutcliffe. more

GROUP LEADER: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Will Hare heads to the finish line on the way to taking first in the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships in late October. Last Saturday, senior star and Penn-bound Hare took another title, placing first at the state Group 4 meet in Holmdel Park. Hare’s performance helped PHS take second in the team standings and qualify for the Meet of Champions on November 18 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In 2016, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team cruised to the title in the Group 4 state championship meet, easily outpointing runner-up Cherokee.

Last Saturday, PHS dropped to second at this year’s Group 4 meet as Kingsway raced to the title but head coach Jim Smirk had no qualms with the effort he got from his runners. more

Members of the Pure Insurance Steelers celebrate after winning the championship game of the Princeton Junior Football League’s (PJFL) junior division (ages 8-10) last Sunday. The Steelers defeated Cardinals 27-7 in the title contest as Travis Petrone rushed for three touchdowns to lead the way. Pictured in the top row, from left to right, are coaches Jonathon Lebouef, James Hendershot,  and Jason Petrone. In the middle row, from left, are Hayden Kostopolis, Colton Monica, Braden Barlag, Travis Petrone, Kellen Murdock, and Alexander Paul. In the bottom row, from left, are Eli Salganik, Ian Lansky, Nolan Maurer, Alex Lebouef, and Alec Lansky.

NICK OF TIME: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Nick Petruso flies after the ball in recent state tournament action. Last Wednesday, freshman striker Petruso, who was called up to the varsity team in October, scored two goals to help third-seeded PHS edge second-seeded Monroe 2-1 in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semis. Petruso and the Little Tigers went on to edge top-seeded and defending Group 4 champion Hunterdon Central 1-0 in overtime in the sectional final on Friday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Nick Petruso started the fall playing on the freshman squad for the Princeton High boys’ soccer program.

It didn’t take long for the precocious striker to move up the ranks. Dominating at the freshman level and then starring for the junior varsity, Petruso ended up on the varsity team by October. more

November 8, 2017

FINAL SALVO: Hun School girls’ soccer player Nicole Apuzzi boots the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, senior star and co-captain Apuzzi tallied a goal as Hun defeated the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 3-0 in their season finale. The win gave the Raiders a final record of 10-7 and helped them clinch the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title outright as they went 5-0 in league play. Earlier, second-seeded Hun fell 3-0 at top-seeded Pennington in the state Prep A title game on November 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Playing at powerhouse Pennington School in the state Prep A girls’ soccer championship game last Thursday evening, the Hun School squad came into the contest shorthanded.

“It was unfortunate that our main forward, Breezy (Bryonna Worthy) was out with a concussion,” said Hun senior midfielder and co-captain Nicole Apuzzi “We had to adapt and that was hard.”

Second-seeded Hun found it hard to get into a rhythm offensively as top-seeded Pennington controlled possession and pulled away to a 3-0 win. more

HIGH FIVE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Becca Kuzmicz goes after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior defender and co-captain Kuzmicz helped second-seeded PDS hold the fort as it tied top-seeded Montclair Kimberley 0-0 through regulation and two overtimes in the state Prep B championship game. The win marked the fifth straight Prep B title for the Panthers, who finished the fall with a 12-6-1 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It has become clear that the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team is evenly matched with Montclair Kimberley Academy.

In 2015, the foes met in the state Prep B title game and PDS pulled out a 1-0 win in overtime.

Last year, the teams had a rematch in the Prep B championship contest and they played to a scoreless tie in a game shortened by thunderstorms. more

KEY MAN: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Josh Nieman, left, goes after the ball against Long Branch in the Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals last Friday. Junior midfielder Nieman scored a goal to help third-seeded PHS edge the 11th-seeded Green Wave 2-1. The Little Tigers, who improved to 14-5-1 with the win, were slated to play at second-seeded Monroe in the sectional semi on November 7 with the victor advancing to the title game on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Josh Nieman wasn’t sure how much he could contribute this fall for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

Recovering from a stress fracture in his pelvis, Nieman couldn’t play this past spring for his club team and didn’t see any game action for PHS until mid-October.

“I think there were some points where I thought it was going too be hard to come back,” said junior midfielder Nieman. “I have to thank my coaches, especially coach [Carlos] Salazar. I am still getting back into 100 percent shape but I am just super lucky to be on the field and playing soccer with my friends.” more

MORE TO COME: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Siena Moran displays her form in a race earlier this fall. Last Saturday, junior Moran placed 10th individually at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional to help PHS finish fourth in the team standings and advance to the state Group 4 meet on November 11 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Joining the Princeton High girls’ cross country team this fall after having competed for the American School of London program, Siena Moran had trouble keeping up with her new teammates at first.

“It was definitely more intense here,” said junior Moran. “When I came for the first two weeks of practice, it literally destroyed me. I was so not used to that level of training.” more

RETURN ENGAGEMENT: Members of the Princeton High boys’ cross county team take off at the start of the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park in Jamesburg on October 20 on the way to winning the title. Last Saturday, PHS returned to Thompson Park and won another championship as it placed first in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional for the second straight year. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the state Group 4 meet on November 11 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Jackson Donahue ran well at Thompson Park in Jamesburg as the Princeton High boys’ cross county team placed first at the Mercer County Championships in late October, he knew he had more to give.

“I was looking at my times the other day and I realized that I haven’t PR’d since last season,” said senior Donahue, who took 18th at the county meet with a time of 16:47.81 over the 5,000-meter course. more

November 1, 2017

RARE AIR: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Ariana Jones, right, heads the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore forward Jones tallied a goal and an assist to help second-seeded PDS top sixth-seeded Newark Academy 6-0 in the Prep B semis. The Panthers, who improved to 12-6 in the win, play at top-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the Prep B title game on November 1. PDS will be going for its fifth straight Prep B crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After getting pushed around in a 1-0 loss to Steinert in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals on October 21, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team realized it had to toughen up as it turned its focus to pursuing a state Prep B title. more

PULLED DOWN: Hun School football player Jackson Barletta, right, gets stymied in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Hun ran into a buzz-saw as it fell 61-7 to visiting Peddie, snapping its 29-game winning streak. Hun, now 7-1, plays at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on November 5, needing a win to clinch a share of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After it was over last Saturday afternoon, the Peddie School football team exulted by jumping and screaming in unison while the Hun players knelt quietly in a circle with their heads down.

The contrast in emotions was understandable considering that Peddie had just routed the Raiders 61-7, snapping the Hun’s 29-game winning streak. more

ALL IN: Princeton Day School field hockey player Gwen Allen, left, controls the ball as PDS hosted Stuart Country Day School in the state Prep B semifinals last Wednesday. Junior star Allen tallied a goal and an assist to help the second-seeded Panthers top third-seeded Stuart 3-0. PDS fell just short of a second straight Prep B title as it lost 2-1 in overtime to fourth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the championship game last Monday to end the fall with a 12-6 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton Day School field hockey team entered postseason play, Gwen Allen was asked to take a greater role in the offense.

“I was playing right mid and I got pushed to right forward so I am getting more room in the front and a lot more scoring opportunities,” said Allen. more

By Bill Alden

As it went for a second straight state Prep B title, the Princeton Day School field hockey team dug an early hole against visiting Montclair Kimberley Academy in the  championship game last Monday.

Scoring off of a penalty corner, fourth-seeded MKA jumped out to a 1-0 lead over second-seeded PDS with 7:44 remaining in the first half. more

STICK FIGHT: Princeton High field hockey player Chloe Koehler, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior Koehler had an assist in a losing cause as fifth-seeded PHS fell 4-1 to fourth-seeded Lenape in a Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinal contest. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 10-7-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton High field hockey team suffered losses to Lawrenceville and Allentown in the middle of the season, it didn’t appear to be heading for a strong finish.

But PHS head coach Heather Serverson believes her players learned lessons from those setbacks that served them well coming down the stretch. more

HAPPY ENDING: Princeton High girls tennis player Helen Bennett displays her forehand form in a match this fall. Senior Bennett enjoyed a solid final campaign as she stepped up to second singles. PHS topped Hopewell Valley 4-1 in its season finale last Wednesday to finish the fall with a record of 15-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton High girls’ tennis team fell 3-2 to South Brunswick in a Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinal match on October 10, Sarah Hibbert feared that her players might go through the motions as they wrapped up the regular season. more

October 25, 2017

By Bill Alden

Martin Adams personifies the perseverance and progress displayed by the Hun School boys’ cross country team this fall.

After suffering hip fractures early in the 2016 season, Adams diligently rehabbed and has emerged as a star for Hun this fall. more

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton High boys’ soccer team played Allentown earlier this month, it dug a 2-0 hole before pulling out a dramatic 3-2 win.

Last Saturday, the rivals met for a rematch in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament and third-seeded PHS utilized a new look in an effort to stifle the sixth-seeded Redbirds. more

KILLING IT: Princeton High girls’ volleyball player Gillian Hauschild celebrates a point as PHS defeated Hillsborough 2-0 (25-14, 25-17) last Wednesday. Sophomore star Hauschild helped second-seeded PHS defeat top-seeded Rancocas Valley 2-0 (25-21, 25-12) in the WJIVL (West Jersey Interscholastic Volleyball League) title game last Monday at Rider University. The Little Tigers, now 28-1, host Lawrenceville on October 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Anna Cao was looking for a change athletically when she entered the eighth grade in 2013.

“I used to swim but that took up a lot of time so I started something new in volleyball,” said Cao. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton High field hockey player Mariana Lopez-Ona races upfield in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Junior midfielder Lopez-Ona tallied a goal and an assist to help sixth-seeded PHS defeat second-seeded Allentown 2-1 in overtime in the MCT semis last Thursday. PHS went on to fall 5-0 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the title game two days later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It turned into a case of dèjá vu for Mariana Lopez-Ona and the Princeton High field hockey team as they faced Allentown in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday.

After having lost 2-1 in overtime to Allentown earlier in October, PHS battled the Redbirds to a 1-1 stalemate through regulation in the MCT contest, forcing another extra session. more

RED ALERT: Princeton High field hockey goalie Kate Rogers (No. 88) holds the fort as sixth-seeded PHS battled top-seeded and defending champion Lawrenceville in the Mercer County Tournament title game last Saturday at Mercer County Community College. Senior star goalie Rogers made 13 saves but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 5-0 to the powerful Big Red, the winners of six of the last seven MCT crowns. PHS, now 10-6-2, starts play in the public state tournament later this week, where it is seeded fifth in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional and plays at No. 4 Lenape in a quarterfinal contest on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High field hockey team, its run to the Mercer County tournament final amounted to a revenge tour.

Sixth-seeded PHS avenged regular season defeats as it topped third-seeded Robbinsville 2-1 in the MCT quarterfinals on October 17 and second-seeded Allentown 2-1 in overtime in the semis last Thursday. more

WILL TO WIN: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Will Hare pulls away from the pack Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Senior star and Penn-bound Hare placed first, covering the 5,000-meter course in a time of 15:46.22. Hare’s heroics helped PHS win its second straight team title at the event. The Little Tigers will go after another championship when they compete in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Princeton High boys’ cross country star Will Hare was considered to be the favorite to win the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday, he needed a pep talk the night before to get his mind right. more

TAYLOR MADE: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Chloe Taylor shows her form last Friday on the way to taking second in the Girls’ Varsity race in the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park. Senior star Taylor’s performance helped PHS take second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-South. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into the fall, Chloe Taylor realized that she needed to set the pace for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team.

“I am the oldest now, before there used to be a lot of older kids there,” said senior Taylor. “There is more pressure on me to lead the team.” more

MAKING STRIDES: Princeton Day School boys’ cross country runner Kevin Dougherty competes at Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park in Jamesburg last Friday. Sophomore Dougherty led the way for PDS, taking 65th individually in a time of 18:16.96 over the 5,000-meter course. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team finished 16th of 19 teams in the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday, John Woodside was all smiles afterward.

“I have to say that our team’s performance for the whole year has been tremendous,” said PDS head coach Woodside. more