May 24, 2017

ON THE BALL: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Kevin Yang slams a backhand in recent action. Junior Yang’s superb play at first singles helped PHS go 14-5 this season and advance to the North 2 Group 3 sectional quarterfinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The spring ended on a down note last week for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team as it fell to Summit in the North 2 Group 3 sectional quarterfinals and to Hopewell Valley in its regular season finale.  more

Over the course of of his career with the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team, Jack Amaral has grown into a leader of its defensive unit.

“I started as a shortstick freshman year and then I made a move to longstick at the beginning of junior year,” said Amaral. more

TRIPLE CROWN: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse star Morgan Mills unloads the ball in the state Prep B title game last week. Senior star and Princeton University-bound Mills tallied eight goals and two assists to help second-seeded PDS top fourth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 19-13 in the May 16 title contest. It was the third straight Prep B title for the Panthers, who posted a final record of 10-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Before Morgan Mills even came to Princeton Day School, she sensed that there was something special about its girls’ lacrosse program. more

BRINGING HER A-GAME: Hun School softball pitcher Alanna Pearson fires the ball in the state Prep A title game against the Blair Academy last Thursday. Junior star Pearson hurled a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts as Hun prevailed 7-0, earning its first Prep A crown since 2004. She also went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs at the plate to help herself out. The Raiders ended the spring with a 14-2 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alanna Pearson was looking to come out firing as the Hun School softball team hosted Blair Academy in the state Prep A title game last Thursday. more

COMING UP BIG: Hun School baseball player Joaquin Hernandez-Burt delivers a pitch in the final round of the state Prep A tournament last Sunday. Post-graduate pitcher Hernandez-Burt, a former Princeton High standout, starred as Hun defeated Lawrenceville 15-3 last Sunday to clinch the title, striking out four and giving up six hits and two runs over six innings to get the win. It was the second straight Prep A title for Hun, who ended the season at 13-10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Joaquin Hernandez-Burt and Mike Pedota, sticking to basics was the overriding theme as the Hun School baseball team pursued a second consecutive state Prep A title. more

TAKING HIS SHOT: Princeton High boys’ track star thrower Paul Brennan competes at the shot put in a meet earlier this spring. Last Saturday at the Mercer County Championships, sophomore star Brennan won the discus and took second in the shot put to help PHS take second in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ben Samara knew that the Princeton High boys’ track team was in for a dogfight as it went after the title at the Mercer County Championships last Saturday. more

May 17, 2017

CLOSING THE DEAL: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Delia Lawver races upfield in recent action. Last Friday, the senior star ended her career on a high note, tallying four goals and an assist as Hun defeated Robbinsville 16-10 in its season finale. The victory gave the Raiders a final record of 12-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Delia Lawver took the field for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team last Friday in the final appearance of her high school career, she scrawled the word “bold” on her left arm.

“This is my last game, I have to give it all I have,” said Lawver. “We all have an individual word and bold is my word for the whole season. It is how I want to play.” more

IN THE CLEAR: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Ian Jacobs carries the ball upfield last Thursday in the Mercer County Tournament title game. Junior defender Jacobs fought hard as third-seeded PHS fell 9-5 to top-seeded Princeton Day School in the title game. The Little Tigers, who moved to 8-8 with a 9-8 loss at Westfield last Saturday, start play in the North Group 3 tournament this week where they are seeded sixth and will host 11th-seeded Warren Hills in an opening round contest on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Looking to make its first Mercer County Tournament title game since 2014, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team had to rely on a late defensive stand to hold off upset-minded Allentown.

With third-seeded PHS clinging to an 8-7 lead over the seventh-seeded Redbirds in an MCT semifinal contest on May 9 at Hopewell Valley High, Allentown had possession with 23 seconds left in regulation. more

GREEN DAY: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse goalie Connor Green guards the cage in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Green starred as top-seeded PDS defeated fifth-seeded Notre Dame 11-4 in the MCT semis on May 9 and then topped third-seeded Princeton High 9-5 in the title game last Thursday. Green made 11 saves in the win over Notre Dame and then had eight stops in the victory over the Little Tigers as the Panthers earned their second straight county crown. PDS, now 13-2, will go for another title as the top-seeded Panthers host third-seeded Rutgers Prep in the state Prep B title game on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After earning his stripes last spring as a freshman starting goalie for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team, Connor Green was determined to assume a more commanding presence this season.

“I think I have found my spot and I know what I need to be doing to help our team win where last year I was playing not to mess up,” said Green. more

EMBRACING THE MOMENT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse players Peter Shannon, left, and Jack Amaral embrace after PDS defeated Princeton High 9-5 in the Mercer County Tournament title game last Thursday. Senior stars Shannon and Amaral both played key roles as PDS won its second straight crown. The Panthers, now 13-2, will go for another title as top-seeded PDS defeated fourth-seeded Newark Academy 10-2 in the state Prep B semis last Monday and will host third-seeded Rutgers Prep in the final on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Peter Shannon couldn’t stop beaming as he clutched the championship plaque after helping the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team win its second straight Mercer County Tournament title last Thursday night. more

Members of the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team celebrate after they defeated Princeton High 9-5 in the Mercer County Tournament title game last Thursday. It was the second straight MCT crown for PDS. The Panthers will go for one more championship this spring when they host Rutgers Prep in the state Prep B final on May 17. See page 30 for more details on the county title game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

May 10, 2017

 

JUST RESULT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Justin Marciano battles a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Marciano contributed four assists to help third-seeded PHS defeat sixth-seeded Hopewell Valley 7-5 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, who improved to 7-6 with the win, were slated to face seventh-seeded Allentown in the MCT semis on May 9 with the victor advancing to the title game on May 11 to be played at WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having defeated Hopewell Valley 9-5 earlier in the week, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team struggled to get on track when the foes met for a rematch in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Saturday. more

FULL SWING: Princeton High baseball player Paul Cooke follows through on a swing in recent action. Junior outfielder Cooke has helped spark the PHS hitting attack this spring. The Little Tigers, who tied Lawrenceville 5-5 last Monday in 11 innings to move to 3-13-1, host WW/P-South on May 10, host South Hunterdon on May 11, play at Lawrence High on May 12, and host Hightstown on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High baseball team ended April, it seemed poised to get on a roll. more

COMING THROUGH: Hun School softball player Meghan Donohue taking a swing in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore star Donohue had two hits and an RBI to help Hun defeat WW/P-North 5-0. The Raiders, who defeated Hopewell Valley 10-0 last Monday to post their 12th straight win and improve to 12-1, play at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on May 13 and then start play in the state Prep A tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a sophomore, Meghan Donohue has taken on new roles this spring for the Hun School softball team. more

STICKING WITH IT: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Chris Fake, right, stymies a foe in a 2016 game. Last Monday, senior star defender and Yale-bound Fake fought hard in a losing cause as second-seeded Hun fell 11-5 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the state Prep A title game. The Raiders, now 6-6, play at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 13 before starting play in the prestigious Inter-Ac Invitational. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Chris Fake and his teammates on the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team faced a major challenge when they played at Lawrenceville in the state Prep A final last Monday evening. more

SPARKS FLYING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Sparks runs the bases in recent action. Last week, senior star Sparks contributed on the mound and at the plate to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 9-8. Last Saturday, the Panthers topped Hightstown 7-1 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament to move to 9-8. Eighth-seeded PDS was slated to play top-seeded Steinert in the MCT quarterfinals on May 9 with the winner advancing to the semis on May 13. The Panthers will also be starting play in the Prep B tournament where they are hosting Newark Academy in an opening round contest on May 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Sparks is determined to be a jack-of-all trades this spring in his senior season for the Princeton Day School baseball team. more

May 8, 2017

WILL TO WIN: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Will Brossman heads to goal in recent action. Last Sunday, senior star and Middlebury College-bound Brossman tallied four goals to help PDS defeat Albany Academy (N.Y.) 14-6. The Panthers, now 8-2, play at Newark Academy on May 3. In addition, PDS will start play in the Mercer County Tournament where it is seeded first and will host a quarterfinal game on May 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Will Brossman, doing some extensive homework four years ago helped make him into a dead-eye shooter for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team. more

May 3, 2017

SIMON SAYS: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Simon Hwang fires a serve in action at the Mercer Country Tournament last Wednesday. Sophomore Hwang finished fourth at second singles to help PHS take sixth in the team standings at the MCT. In upcoming matches, the Little Tigers, who topped Trenton 5-0 last Monday to improve to 8-2 in dual match action, play at Notre Dame on May 3, at WW/P-South on May 4, and at Robbinsville on May 8 before hosting Nottingham on May 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Acknowledging that the Princeton High boys’ tennis team doesn’t boast the top-end players this season that it has featured over the years, Sarah Hibbert has emphasized daily improvement. more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Georgia McLean looks to pass the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday the senior midfielder tallied three goals and two assists to help PHS defeat Pennington School 15-4 as the program held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Little Tigers, who improved to 9-5 with the win, start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week. PHS is seeded seventh in the MCT and will host a second round contest on May 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Georgia McLean was looking to recapture her childhood as the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team held its annual Senior Day celebration when it hosted Pennington last Friday. more

GOING FOURTH: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis star Lex Decker follows through on a serve at the Mercer County Tournament last week. Junior Decker took fourth at first singles to help the Panthers place fourth of 18 schools in the team standings at the MCT. In upcoming dual match action, PDS hosts WW/P-North on May 4 before playing at the Hill School (Pa.) on May 5 and at Haddonfield on May 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The final day of the Mercer County Tournament didn’t turn out as Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker had hoped. more

BECK AND CALL: Hun School baseball player Jack Erbeck follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore Erbeck starred on the mound and with the bat as Hun defeated the Hill School (Pa.) 4-1. Erbeck went six innings on the mound, striking out seven, allowing four hits, and one run in getting the win. He also added an RBI single to help his cause. Hun, which improved to 7-6 with a 9-2 win over Blair Academy last Saturday, hosts Trenton Catholic on May 3. In addition, the Raiders will be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded 11th and play at sixth-seeded Robbinsville in a first round game on May 6.

Jack Erbeck set the tone on the mound for the Hun School baseball team as it hosted the Hill School (Pa.) last Thursday. more

April 28, 2017

RETURN TO FORM: Ben Gross delivers a pitch this spring for the Princeton University baseball team. Former Princeton High standout Gross has overcome shoulder problems to emerge as a front line starter in his junior campaign with the Tigers. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

In the spring of 2013, Ben Gross enjoyed a dominant season on the mound for the Princeton High baseball team, with 53 strikeouts in 51 innings and a sparkling 2.47 ERA. more

April 26, 2017

REYNOLDS RAP: Princeton University softball star Marissa Reynolds takes a cut in recent action. Last weekend, senior star Reynolds helped Princeton go 3-1 against Columbia as the Tigers clinched the Ivy League South Division title. The Tigers, now 21-16 overall and 13-3 Ivy, end regular season play by facing Cornell in doubleheaders on April 29 and April 30, with the first twinbill taking place in Princeton and the second in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into her senior season on the Princeton University softball team, Marissa Reynolds was determined to be less fidgety when she was at bat. more

FANTASTIC FINISH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Colby Chanenchuk heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Cornell, Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, including the game-winning tally in overtime, as the Tigers rallied from a late two-goal deficit to prevail 12-11. No. 9 Princeton, now 11-3 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, wraps up regular season play by hosting Columbia (7-7 overall, 2-4 Ivy) on April 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last Wednesday evening, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug a 9-2 hole at Penn on the way to a 17-12 loss as a late rally fell short. more

MAC ATTACK: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Eamonn McDonald heads to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior star attackman McDonald scored four goals in a losing cause as PHS fell 11-10 to Robbinsville in triple overtime. The Little Tigers, who moved to 4-5 with a 16-7 defeat at Lawrenceville last Saturday, play at North Hunterdon on April 26 and host WW/P-North on April 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last May, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team lost an 11-9 heartbreaker to Robbinsville in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more