December 7, 2016

CHAMPIONSHIP RUN: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth heads to the finish line in a 2015 race. This fall, senior star Roth set the pace as PHS produced a season for the ages, winning the Mercer County Championship, the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet, the state Group 4 meet, and the Meet of Champions (MOC). It was the first-ever MOC team title for the Little Tigers and just the second ever for a Mercer County school (WW/P-N boys in 2008). Roth, for his part, placed first individually at the county meet, fourth at the Sectionals, second at the Group meet, and third at the MOC. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into this fall, Alex Roth wasn’t satisfied with his career for the Princeton High boys’ cross country team. more

As the Princeton High boys’ swimming team entered the 400-yard freestyle relay against visiting Notre Dame last Thursday, it had no chance to win the meet.

“I looked at them and said I don’t care what the score is, they may have already won by now but the meet is not over and so we finish that relay and go out there and win,” said PHS head coach Carly Misiewicz.

The quartet of senior Alex Petruso, freshman Jeshurun Reyen, senior Will Kinney, and junior Oliver Hunsbedt followed their coach’s instructions to a tee, coming from behind in thrilling fashion to win the race with the crowd at the John Witherspoon pool roaring in appreciation. more

MAKING WAVES: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Melinda Tang shows her form in a freestyle race last season. Last Thursday, senior star Tang won the 200-yard and 500 freestyle races as PHS fell 97-72 to Notre Dame to move to 0-2. In upcoming action, the Little Tigers host Nottingham on December 8 and then swim at WW/P-N on December 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Months before the season even started, the Princeton High girls’ swimming team suffered a major loss as superstar and state individual champion Abbey Berloco opted to transfer to Notre Dame for the last two years of her high school career. more

BOUNCING BACK: Hun School girls’ basketball player Leah Sutphen heads to the basket in a game last season. Sophomore forward Sutphen figures to be a key weapon in the front court for the Raiders this winter as they look to bounce back from going 1-22 last year. Last Friday, Sutphen scored six points in a losing cause as Hun fell 54-46 to Friends Central (Pa.) The Raiders, who moved to 1-1 with the defeat, host Agnes Irwin School (Pa.) on December 8 and the Baldwin School (Pa.) on December 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having suffered through a rough winter last year with a depleted squad, an influx of new faces has lifted the mood around the Hun School girls’ basketball team. more

UP AND RUNNING: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jalynn Spaulding dribbles up the court in a game last winter. Junior guard Spaulding helped Stuart get the 2016-17 season off to a good start, scoring 13 points as the Tartans defeated the George School (Pa.) 41-24 last Saturday in the finals of the George School Tournament. Stuart, which improved to 2-0 with the win, hosts the Solebury School (Pa.) on December 13.

After posting an impressive 19-9 record last winter, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team is raising the bar this season. more

November 30, 2016

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IN PLAY: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Justin Joyce heads up the ice last winter. On Monday, junior forward Joyce contributed a goal as PHS rolled to a 10-2 win over Nottingham in its season opener. The Little Tigers will look to keep on the winning track when they face Lawrence High on December 5 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Terence Miller has added reason to hope that this winter will be memorable for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team. more

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MAKING A JUMP: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball star Chase Lewis puts up a jumper in the state Prep B title game last season. PDS topped Morristown-Beard in the championship contest to earn its first state title since winning the Prep A crown in 1999. Senior guard Lewis and the Panthers will begin their quest for another title campaign when they open their 2016-17 season by playing at the Solebury School (Pa.) tournament on December 2-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Winning a state Prep B title last winter has the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team hungry for more as it heads into the 2016-17 campaign. more

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READY TO ROLL: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Nic Petruolo controls the puck in a game last season. PDS is expecting junior defenseman Petruolo to be a key performer this winter. The Panthers were slated to get their 2016-17 season underway by hosting Bishop Eustace on November 29 and playing at Seton Hall on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team produced one of the best turnaround stories of the season, going 15-6-3 after winning just three games the year before. more

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ON BOARD: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie David goes after the puck along the boards in action last season. Senior forward David figures to add depth and experience to the Panther offense this winter. PDS opens its 2016-17 season by hosting Pingry on December 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There is a buzz surrounding the Princeton Day School athletics program these days in the wake of a successful fall that saw the PDS boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, and field hockey teams all win state Prep B titles. more

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CORT SENSE: Hun School boys’ basketball player Justin Cort dribbles past a foe in a game last season. Hun will be looking for junior guard Cort to make an impact in the backcourt this season. The Raiders tip off their 2016-17 campaign when they play at the Haverford School (Pa.) on December 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School boys’ basketball team may not tower over the competition this winter, Jon Stone is hoping it can outflank its foes. more

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SHAKE AND BLAKE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown cruises up the ice in a game last year. Senior co-captain and star forward Brown is being depended on to be the offensive catalyst this season for the Raiders. Hun is scheduled to open its 2016-17 season by playing at Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last few years, the Hun School boys’ hockey team thrived on a freewheeling approach, featuring some talented performers whose offensive flair could overcome mistakes. more

November 23, 2016

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LOCKED IN: Princeton University women’s hockey player Carly Bullock, right, battles for the puck in recent action. Last Friday, freshman forward Bullock scored the first goal as Princeton rolled to a 7-2 win over No. 5 and previously undefeated Colgate. A day later, she tallied a goal in a losing cause as the Tigers fell 2-1 to Cornell. Princeton, now 5-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays a two-game set at Boston University on November 25 and 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Carly Bullock established herself as a prolific scorer in the highly competitive world of Minnesota high school girls’ hockey, tallying 278 points on 186 goals and 92 assists in her career for the Blake School in Minneapolis. more

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NET GAIN: Members of the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team were all smiles as they posed for a team shot earlier this fall. PHS made big strides this season, posting a 17-5 record after going 4-12 in 2015. The Little Tigers won the Spiketoberfest WJIVL (West Jersey Interscholastic Volleyball League) tourney and made its first ever experience in the public state tournament along the way. Pictured in the front row, kneeling from left to right, are Kim Cheng, Nicole Barrales, Annie Sullivan-Crowley, Rachel Cheng. In the middle row, from left, are Siyang Liu, Natalia Drobnjak, Amanda Rubin, and Alexandra Garthe. In the back row, from left, are head coach Patty Manhart, Lucia Firbas, Alexandra Colón, Nancy Gray, Anna Cao, Noa Levy, Gill Hauschild, Sara Vigiano, and assistant coach Erin Gannon.

Patty Manhart was satisfied to see her Princeton High girls’ volleyball team make incremental progress in its first two seasons as a varsity program. more

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ALL TOGETHER: Hun School field hockey player Sophia Albanese, left, spearheads the defensive effort in a game this fall. Senior star and team captain Albanese was a claiming force on the back line for the Raiders as they posted a 9-10 record this fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Based on the first two weeks of the season, it looked like the Hun School field hockey team was in for a rough fall as it lost its first four games, getting outscored 15-7 in the process. more

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PARTING SHOT: Hun School boys’ soccer player Patrick Nally, right, controls the ball in a game this season. Senior midfielder Nally ended his Hun career with a bang, notching a goal and an assist as the Raiders fell 5-2 to Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) in their finale. Hun ended the fall with a 5-13 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

At times this fall, the Hun School boys’ soccer team displayed flashes of brilliance. more

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AMAZING RACE: Alex Roth, left, leads the way as the Princeton High boys’ cross country team takes off in a race earlier this fall. Last Saturday at the NJSIAA Cross Country Meet of Champions (MOC) in Holmdel Park, senior Roth took third individually to help PHS win the team title. It was the first-ever MOC team title for the Little Tigers and just the second ever for a Mercer County school (WW/P-N boys in 2008). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) last Saturday at Holmdel Park, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team appeared to be a dark horse for the title. more

November 16, 2016

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JR RETURNS: John Ryan heads up the ice during his stellar career with the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team. Ryan, a 2007 PHS grad who was known as “JR” by his teammates and coaches, holds the program record with 259 points on 149 goals and 110 assists. This Saturday, Ryan will be inducted into the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame.

A year before John Ryan took the ice for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team in 2003, he sensed that he could make an impact for the program. more

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MAKING HISTORY: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro glides to the finish in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star Pinheiro placed 10th individually in the state Group 4 championship meet. Pinheiro’s heroics helped PHS take the team title. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Meet of Champions on November 19 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ cross country team toed the starting line at Holmdel Park last Saturday for the Group 4 championship meet, its runners were confident that they had put in the necessary legwork to earn the program’s first state crown since 1986. more

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GOOD RUN: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Izzy Trenholm heads to the finish line in a race this fall. Last Saturday, senior star Trenholm placed 36th individually in the state Group 4 championship meet at Holmdel Park. The Little Tigers ended up seventh in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After coming up two points short of winning a sectional title a week earlier, the Princeton High girls’ cross country team was primed to be at the front of the pack at the state Group 4 championship meet last Saturday. more

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LAST STAND: Princeton High football player Ethan Guerra battles in the trenches during a game earlier this fall. Senior Guerra starred on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Little Tigers. PHS ended the season by falling 38-13 to Monroe last Saturday in an NJSIAA regional crossover game, leaving it with a final record of 1-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ethan Guerra, getting carried off the field by a group of his teammates after his final game for the Princeton High football team last Saturday was the perfect way to end a memorable four-year ride with the program. more

November 9, 2016

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SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth heads to the finish line in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Roth took fourth individually at the Central Group 4 sectional meet at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, setting the pace as the Little Tigers won the team title. PHS will be looking for another big performance when it runs in the state Group 4 meet in November 12 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Later this month, the 1974 Princeton High boys’ cross country team will be inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Over the course of this fall, the 2016 boys’ squad has been following in the footsteps of its 1974 predecessors, making plenty of history in its own right.  more

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SHOWING HEART: Princeton High girls’ cross country star Annefleur Hartmanshenn gets off to a fast start in a recent race. Last Saturday, senior star Hartmanshenn placed 15th in the Central Group 4 sectional meet to help PHS take second in the team standings. PHS is next in action when it competes in the state Group 4 meet on November 12 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the Central Group 4 sectional meet last Saturday, the runners on the Princeton High girls’ cross country team had a chip on their shoulders. more

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CLOSING STATEMENT: Princeton High field hockey player Kennedy Corrado sends the ball up the field in a 2015 game. Last Wednesday, senior Corrado scored a goal in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell 4-3 to third-seeded Hunterdon Central in the North 2 Group 4 sectional semis. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 14-6-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the second-seeded Princeton High field hockey team fell behind third-seeded Hunterdon Central 2-0 in the first half of the North 2 Group 4 sectional semis last Wednesday, Kennedy Corrado knew it was a do-or-die moment.

“We realized that it was go time; we had to pick it up and do what we needed to do,” said PHS senior forward Corrado. “We executed that really well.” more

Even though the Princeton High girls’ soccer team lost 4-1 to Hunterdon Central in late September, Zoe Tesone wasn’t fazed when the foes met for a rematch in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Friday.

“We watched the game film over and what we saw was that we could actually play against this team,” said PHS senior defender Tesone. more

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GRAY MATTERS: Hun School girls’ soccer player Abby Gray controls the ball in a 2015 game. Last Sunday, senior star Gray ended her Hun career on a high note, scoring a goal to help the Raiders defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 6-0 in the season finale. Hun ended the fall with a record of 7-10-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After a season of nail-biters and some heartbreaking defeats, the Hun School girls’ soccer team enjoyed an afternoon filled with smiles and hugs as they hosted Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Sunday to end the fall. more