February 10, 2016

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WINNING TRACK: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track squad celebrate after winning the team title at the North 2 Group 3 indoor sectional meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River. It was the program’s first-ever indoor sectional crown and the first sectional title for PHS boys’ winter or spring track since 1989.

This past fall, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team ended a long dry spell, advancing to the Meet of Champions for the first time since 1986. more

152 lb. bout James Verbeyst

CARRIED AWAY: Princeton High wrestler James Verbeyst, right, battles a foe in recent action. Earlier this month, junior Verbeyst won the title at 145 pounds at the Mercer County Tournament. It was the first county crown for Verbeyst, who had placed second at 113 in the MCT as a freshman and second at 126 last season. Verbeyst posted a 22-2 record in his first 24 matches this winter. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having advanced to the finals of the Mercer County Tournament in his first two seasons with the Princeton High wrestling team, James Verbeyst was primed to take the next step as he headed into this year’s county competition.  more

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TITLE FIGHT: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey senior star forward and captain Connor Fletcher, left, controls the puck against Morristown-Beard last Thursday in the state Prep championship game. Fletcher and the Panthers battled hard but lost 3-0 to the Crimson to fall just short of the crown. PDS, who dropped a 4-1 decision to St. Augustine on Monday to move to 12-7-2, hosts Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on February 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Connor Fletcher earned a battlefield promotion last winter when he was made the captain of the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team during his junior campaign when the coaches realized that he was holding the squad together as it struggled to a 3-17-4 record. more

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ON POINT: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Chase Lewis puts up a shot in action last season. Junior guard Lewis has helped the Panthers catch fire in recent play as they have won eight of their last nine games and boast an overall record of 13-6. PDS hosts Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on February 12 and then competes in the state Prep B tournament where the first-seeded Panthers host No. 4 Wardlaw-Hartridge in the semis on February 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Chase Lewis was a solo act for the Princeton Day School boys’ hoops team at times last winter.

Despite being just a sophomore, Lewis was the team’s top scorer and main ball handler. more

February 8, 2016

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Princeton High girls’ swimmer Abbey Berloco, right, enjoys the moment with Maria Nitti of Notre Dame after winning the 50-meter freestyle final last Saturday in the Mercer County Swimming Championships at WW/P-N. Sophomore Berloco also prevailed in the 400 free and helped PHS win the team title at the meet, its fourth straight county crown. See page 26 for more details on the competition. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

February 3, 2016

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MAINSTAY: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Brianna Romaine heads to victory in the 100-meter backstroke in the finals of the Mercer County Swimming Championships last Saturday at WW/P-N. Senior star Romaine also won the 100 freestyle and helped PHS to victories and meet records in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. The Little Tigers cruised to the team title as they won their fourth straight county crown. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Brianna Romaine helped set the tone for the Princeton High girls’ squad as it competed in the finals of the Mercer County Swimming Championships last Saturday at WW/P-N.  more

200 fly Christian Chiang

CHRISTIAN VALUE: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Christian Chiang powers to a second place finish in the 100-meter butterfly final last Saturday in the Mercer County Swimming Championships at WW/P-N. Chiang also took second in the 100 breaststroke to help PHS place third in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Christian Chiang didn’t stand still in the blocks as he got ready to compete in the 100-meter butterfly final in the Mercer County Swimming Championships at WW/P-N last Saturday, jumping up and down and pumping his arms with a grin on his face. more

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CREASE CONTROL: Princeton High girls’ hockey senior goalie Callie Urisko guards the crease in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, Urisko came up big on the program’s annual Senior Night, making 35 saves as PHS defeated Pingry 6-4. Senior forward Isabelle Sohn tallied three goals and an assist to trigger the offense for the Little Tigers in the victory. PHS, now 2-8, hosts Portledge School (N.Y.) on February 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Callie Urisko joined the Princeton High girls’ hockey team in the winter of 2012-13 as a rookie goalie, she had a lot to learn about the position. more

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DRAWING A CROWD: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Sam Serxner dribbles the ball in the paint against a group of foes in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Serxner scored nine points in a losing cause as PHS fell 59-54 to WW/P-N to drop to 4-11.  The Little Tigers play at Notre Dame on February 5 and host Hillsborough on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Sam Serxner knew that the Princeton High boys’ basketball team needed him to be more productive offensively as it hosted WW/P-N last Friday. more

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BACK IN FORM: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kristi Serafin flies up the ice in a  game last year. Last Thursday, junior defenseman Serafin scored the lone goal for PDS as it fell 2-1 to Morristown-Beard. On Monday, she contributed a goal and two assists as the Panthers defeated Pingry 7-0. PDS, now 9-7-1, hosts Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on February 3 and Immaculate Heart on February 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Kristi Serafin, getting back on the ice this January for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team after being sidelined since the beginning of the season due to a hand injury couldn’t come soon enough. more

January 27, 2016

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CRYSTAL CLEAR: Princeton High girls’ basketball player -Crystal Wang brings the ball up the court in recent action. Last Thursday, senior guard Wang scored five points in a losing cause as PHS fell 69-43 to Allentown. The Little Tigers, now 3-9, play at Trenton on January 28 and at WW/P-N on January 29 before hosting Trenton on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, playing mad against Nottingham helped fuel victory. more

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PRESSURE POINT: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Helen Healey, right, puts the pressure on a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior forward Healey scored four points in a losing cause as PDS fell 56-17 to WW/P-N. and dropped to 6-9. The Panthers play at Pennington on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Helen Healey has come a long way since she joined the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team as a freshman in the 2012-13 season. more

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COURTING SUCCESS: Jackson Rho displays his squash form. Rho, an 8th grader at John Witherspoon Middle School who took up the sport through the Princeton Junior Squash program, is currently ranked 26th nationally among U-15 boys.

Jackson Rho was looking for a new winter activity five years ago and his mom came up with an idea.

“At the time I was playing tennis and a little bit of baseball in the winter,” said Rho, 14, an eighth grader at John Witherspoon Middle School. more

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VITAL COG: Hun School boys’ hockey player Frank Vitucci, right, tangles with a foe in a game last season. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Vitucci tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Gloucester Catholic 5-2. The win, which was Hun’s fifth straight and 10th in the last 11 games, improved the Raiders to 11-5-2. Hun is slated to play at St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) on January 27 before starting play in the state Prep tournament where the third-seeded Raiders will play at No. 2 Princeton Day School in the semifinals on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Frank Vitucci was primed to make a bigger impact this winter in his sophomore season with the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more

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MR. BIG SHOT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Austin -Harriott puts up a shot over a Lawrenceville player last week. Senior forward Harriott hit a three-pointer at the end of first overtime in the January 19 contest to help spark Hun to a thrilling 68-66 win over the Big Red in double overtime. The Raiders, who improved to 7-7 with the triumph, play at Peddie on January 27 and at the Solebury School (Pa.) on January 30 before facing St. Anthony High on January 31 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for the Mater Dei/Valerie Fund Basketball Challenge Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The fate of the Hun School boys’ basketball team was in the hands of Austin Harriott as it trailed visiting Lawrenceville by three points in the waning seconds of overtime last week. more

January 20, 2016

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LEADING THE WAY: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Tooker Callaway powers past a foe in recent action. Last Friday, junior defenseman and assistant captain Callaway scored two third period goals to help PHS earn a 5-5 tie at South Brunswick. The Little Tigers, who moved to 7-4-3 with the tie, are slated to play Notre Dame on January 22 and Robbinsville on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tooker Callaway and Eamonn McDonald are the Lennon and McCartney of the Princeton High boys’ hockey team when it comes to producing hits on the blue line. more

182 lb. bout Kyle Angelucci

KYLE-DRIVER: Princeton High wrestler Kyle Angelucci, top, takes control in a bout at 182 pounds against Paul Milo of Robbinsville last Wednesday. Junior Angelucci ended up pinning Milo but it wasn’t enough as PHS lost 48-33. The Little Tigers, who went 2-1 in a quad meet last Saturday, are slated to host Steinert on January 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Mercer County Tournament just around the corner, Rashone Johnson believes his Princeton High wrestling team could do some damage in the competition. more

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RYAN’S HOPE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Ryan Lisk controls the puck in a game last season. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Lisk scored two goals to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 6-3. The Panthers, now 9-3-2, play at LaSalle (Pa.) on January 20 before hosting Notre Dame on January 21 and Portledge School (N.Y.) on January 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Lisk and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team were chomping at the bit to get at visiting Lawrenceville School as the local rivals met last Wednesday at a packed McGraw Rink. more

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DOWN PAT: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson heads down the ice in recent action. Last Thursday, freshman forward Patterson scored a goal to help PDS defeat Princeton High 6-1. The Panthers, now 7-4-1, host the Hill School (Pa.) on January 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Julie Patterson is just a freshman for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team, she has been around the game a long time. more

145 lb. bout Miers picking up near-fall points on his Nottingham opponent.

LIONHEARTED: Star wrestler Thomas Miers controls a foe in a bout last winter during his senior season with Princeton High. Miers is currently competing at the college level for Columbia. He has posted a 1-2 record so far in his freshman campaign for the Lions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Tom Brady was a rookie backup quarterback for New England in 2000, he viewed each practice like a game, competing as hard as he could every day, even in walk-through drills. more

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MARSHALLING HIS RESOURCES: Lior Levy dribbles the ball in recent action during his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team. Levy, a former Princeton High standout, is averaging 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds a game off the bench for the 17th-ranked Diplomats, who are off to a 13-2 start. (Photo Courtesy of F&M Athletic Communications)

Heading into his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team, Lior Levy decided to put his nose to the grindstone. more

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ON THE FLY: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Stephen Kratzer heads to victory in the 100 butterfly in a win over Hamilton earlier this month. Senior star and co-captain Kratzer has starred in the sprinting events this winter for PHS as it has posted a 6-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team got off to a rough start this season, losing three of its first five meets, Stephen Kratzer believed that experiencing those setbacks toughened up the squad.  more

January 13, 2016

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TRUE BLUE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue heads to the hoop in recent action. Last Friday, Blue scored 28 points to help lead PHS to a 70-65 win at Steinert. Against WW/P-N on Monday, Blue netted 25 but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 61-54 to the Northern Knights. PHS, now 3-6, plays at Nottingham on January 13, hosts Notre Dame on January 15, and Hopewell Valley on January 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Zahrion Blue wasn’t much of a factor for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team in the first half as it hosted Lawrence last week. more

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BIG MAC: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player John McArthur dribbles upcourt in a game earlier this season. Junior transfer McArthur, a 6’5 forward, has emerged as the top inside threat for the Panthers. PDS, which posted a 56-27 win over Morrisville High (Pa.) last Monday to improve to 6-5, hosts Calvary Christian on January 15 and Newark Academy on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team, its 76-63 loss to Rutgers Prep last Saturday was a microcosm of its up-and-down season. more

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SETTING THE TONE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Pettoni races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior forward Pettoni contributed two goals as Hun defeated Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). The Raiders, who defeated Lawrenceville 3-2 in overtime last Monday to improve to 8-5-2, plays at St. Augustine on January 13 and at Bishop Eustace on January 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kyle Pettoni doesn’t mind doing the dirty work around goal for the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more