April 19, 2017

EARNING HIS STRIPES: Hun School baseball player Ryan Strype takes a big cut in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior catcher and team captain Strype hit a two-run homer to help Hun rally for a 10-5 win over Princeton Day School. The Raiders, who edged Pennington 3-2 last Thursday to move to 4-3, play at Lawrenceville on April 20, head to Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) for a doubleheader on April 22, and then host Trenton Catholic on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Ryan Strype is the captain of the Hun School baseball team, he is not a rah-rah guy.

“I am not the loudest; I am not the type of captain to just scream out,” said senior catcher Strype.

“I try and do everything I can to lead by example and do everything I can to keep my head up and keep the guys up in the dugout.” more

STROKE OF BRILLIANCE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker hits a forehand in a match last season. Junior star Decker is leading the way at first singles for PDS this spring. The Panthers, now 2-1 in dual match action, play at Hopewell Valley on April 19, at Pennington on April 20, and host Upper Canada College on April 22 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament on April 24 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things weren’t going well initially for the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team as it hosted Pingry last Thursday.

While PDS junior star Lex Decker was cruising to a straight set victory at first singles, the other four matches were very much in doubt. more

IN THE ZONE: Princeton Day School baseball player Paul Franzoni makes contact in recent action. Last Thursday, senior star catcher Franzoni hit a three-run homer to help PDS defeat Peddie 12-0 and improve to 4-2. The Panthers host the Hill School (Pa.) on April 19, host Hamilton on April 20, play at Princeton High on April 22, and then face Gill St. Bernard’s on April 24 at TD Bank Ballpark. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heading across town to play at the Hun School last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School baseball team came out swinging. more

Before the 2017 season even started, the Princeton High boys’ tennis team suffered some big losses.

The squad’s two top returning singles players, junior Noah Lilienthal and sophomore Jerry Gu, opted not to compete for PHS this spring due to other commitments.

As a result, Little Tiger head coach Sarah Hibbert has been forced to go with some new faces.

“Kevin Yang is the only full-time starter returning from last year’s lineup,” said Hibbert of the junior who is playing at first singles. more

GROSS PROFIT: Princeton High baseball player Dan Gross follows through on a swing in a game earlier this spring. Last Monday, senior outfielder Gross went 3-for-4 with a triple, four runs, and an RBI to help PHS defeat Trenton 18-7 and improve to 2-4. The Little Tigers host Nottingham on April 19, South River on April 20, play at Allentown on April 21, host Princeton Day School on April 22, and then play at Hightstown on April 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High baseball team getting four games postponed in the first week of the season, Dan Gross had trouble finding his hitting stroke. more

ON THE BALL: Hun School softball player Julie Fassl hones in on the ball last week against Lawrenceville. Senior star catcher Fassl went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, and an RBI to help Hun top Lawrenceville 9-1 in the April 11 contest, The Raiders, who improved to 3-1 with a 20-0 win over Rutgers Prep last Thursday, play at Lawrenceville on April 20, host Academy of New Church (Pa.) on April 22, and play at Princeton Day School on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The temperature soared into the 80s as the Hun School softball team hosted Lawrenceville last week.

Not having played in eight days before the April 11 contest, the Hun players came out on fire with their bats, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. more

April 12, 2017

IN CONTACT: Princeton High softball player Christina Cuomo bunts the ball in recent action. PHS is depending on senior catcher Cuomo to provide leadership in the field and at the plate. The Little Tigers, who dropped to 0-3 with a 9-0 loss to WW/P-South last Friday, will look to get on the winning track as they play at Notre Dame on April 12, host Trenton on April 13, play at Trenton on April 17, and then host Hamilton on April 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After the Princeton High softball team fell 11-0 to WW/P-South last Wednesday, the players gathered in left field to get a post-game message from new head coach Marissa Soprano. more

GALE FORCE: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Abaigeal Ryan fires the ball up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior  standout Ryan tallied a game-high four goals as PHS defeated Robbinsville 17-2. The Little Tigers, now 6-1, play at Washington Township on April 12 before hosting Notre Dame on April 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In her first two years on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team, Abaigeal Ryan toiled on the squad’s defensive unit while her older sister, Julia, helped spark the attack. more

LOOKING TO SCORE: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Bridget Kane looks for the ball in 2016 action. Last Saturday, junior star Kane tallied four goals as PDS defeated Peddie 19-8. The Panthers, now 4-1, play at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on April 13 and at Pennington School on April 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bridget Kane enjoyed a big season this past winter for the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team, leading the squad in scoring and earning All-Prep B honors. more

ON FIRE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Shannon Dudeck heads to goal last Friday against Stuart Country Day School. Senior star Dudeck scored five goals to help Hun defeat Stuart 17-4. The Raiders, who improved to 3-2 with the win, are next in action when they play at Peddie School April 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things didn’t go well for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team in its first two games last week. more

April 5, 2017

FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Eamonn McDonald heads to goal in a game last season. Last Saturday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood, senior star McDonald scored three goals but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 6-5. The Little Tigers, now 2-1, play at WW/P-S on April 5 before hosting Notre Dame on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A year ago, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team pulled out a dramatic 10-9 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North Group 3 state tournament quarterfinals. more

SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jake Bennett controls the ball against Hun last Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. Freshman attack man Bennett made a memorable debut for PDS, scoring four goals, including the game-winning tally, as the Panthers prevailed 9-8 in double overtime. PDS, which improved to 2-0 with a 14-5 win over Pennington last Monday, plays at Lawrenceville School on April 5 before hosting Robbinsville on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jake Bennett felt some butterflies in his stomach as he made his debut for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team last Wednesday against a powerhouse Hun School squad. more

COACH’S CORNER: Princeton Day School baseball new head coach Brian Dudeck, left, gives advice to Luke Franzoni in recent action. The Panthers have gotten off to a 1-1 start under Dudeck, edging Conwell-Egan (Pa.) 6-5 last Wednesday in their season opener before falling 5-4 to Pennington a day later. PDS hosts Blair Academy on April 5, Lawrenceville on April 6, and Shipley School (Pa.) on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Brian Dudeck is bringing a family feeling to the Princeton Day School baseball team as he moves into the head coaching role for the program. more

Tom Monfiletto is filling some big shoes as he takes the helm of the Hun School baseball program.

While succeeding legendary Bill McQuade, who coached the team for 46 seasons and guided the Raiders to the state Prep A title last spring in an emotional finale, is a daunting proposition, Monfiletto believes he can maintain the program’s winning tradition.

“Coach McQuade built the foundation that was incredibly successful; it is not my idea to really change the whole deal,” said Monfiletto, a former Hun baseball and football standout who served as an assistant to McQuade for the last seven seasons.  more

LOOKING FORWARD: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player John Salcedo looks for an opening last Wednesday against Princeton Day School. Senior midfielder Salcedo tallied a goal and two assists in the contest but it wasn’t enough as Hun fell 9-8 in overtime to PDS. The Raiders, who defeated Blair Academy 15-0 last Saturday to move to 1-1, host Montgomery on April 6 and Bergen Catholic on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting crosstown rival Princeton Day School in its season opener last Wednesday, the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team raced out of the gate on fire. more

READY TO GO: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Kate Davis is poised for action in a game last spring. Last Monday, senior star Davis had an assist in a losing cause as Hun fell 12-11 to Princeton Day School. The Raiders, now 2-1, host Lawrenceville School on April 5 and Stuart Country Day on April 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the desert may not seem to be a welcoming environment for serious training, the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team thrived on its recent preseason trip to Arizona. more

Missy Bruvik has enjoyed a legendary tenure as the head coach of the Stuart Country Day School field hockey program, winning a slew of county and prep titles along the way.

This spring, Bruvik is taking the helm of the Stuart lacrosse program and she is looking to instill that positive spirit in her new team.

“For me, it was just an opportunity to coach both fall and spring this year; it is a lot of the same kids,” said Bruvik, who has served as an assistant coach in the Stuart lax program over the years under three head coaches. more

March 29, 2017

MILLER TIME: Princeton High boys’ hockey head coach Terrence Miller surveys the action in a game this season. Miller led PHS to one of the greatest seasons in program history as the Little Tigers went 19-4-4 and made its first-ever appearance in the state Public A semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

During his freshman season with the Hun School boys’ hockey team in 2013-14, Blake Brown made an immediate impact as a star on the squad’s so-called “Killer B’s” line. more

When the Hun School boys’ basketball team hosted Blair Academy in mid-January, it absorbed a lopsided 68-46 loss.

The rivals met again in two tournament games in February during the last week of the season and the games took on a far different tone.

In the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) semis, Hun took a 54-48 lead into the fourth quarter before falling 77-72. Five days later, the foes matched up in the state Prep A semis and the Raiders led 51-48 after three quarters before succumbing 70-61. more

OFF AND RUNNING: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Morgan Mills sprints up the field in 2016 action. Senior star and co-captain Mills figures to be a top offensive threat for PDS this spring as it goes after a third straight state Prep B title. The Princeton University-bound Mills tallied two goals and two assists as the Panthers opened their season with a 13-12 win over Oak Hall (Fla.) last Friday. PDS will look to keep on the winning track as it hosts Princeton High on March 30 and Hun on April 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jill Thomas is hoping the way that her Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team played in its season opener last week is a harbinger of things to come this spring. more

MIDDLE GROUND: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Georgia McLean controls the ball in a game last spring. PHS is looking for senior star McLean to be its engine in the midfield again this season. The Little Tigers open their 2017 campaign by hosting WW/P-North on March 29. It will be the program’s first game under new head coach Sara Doran, who is succeeding David Schlesinger. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Sara Doran, playing on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team in the 1980s proved to be an unforgettable experience. more

SWING TIME: Hun School softball player Meghan Donohue takes a big swing in a game last spring. Sophomore standout Donohue will provide a punch in the middle of the lineup for the Raiders. Hun opens its 2017 season by playing at the Blair Academy on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a snowstorm hit the Princeton area earlier this month, the Hun School softball team headed south. more

THE RIGHT STUFF: Princeton High pitcher Mike Ramirez delivers a pitch in a 2016 game. Junior Ramirez emerged as a mound star for the Little Tigers last spring and is now the ace of the staff. PHS opens its season by hosting Hamilton on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High baseball team lost seven seniors to graduation from last year’s squad, the cupboard isn’t bare. more

March 22, 2017

MAKING A POINT: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Anna Intartaglia calls out instructions in a game this winter. Sophomore point guard Intartaglia’s floor leadership was a big plus for PHS this season as it went 6-20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, defeating Princeton Day School in a Mercer County Tournament consolation game in the final week of the season reflected how much progress it had made this winter. more

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Ryan Robinson heads up the floor in a game this winter. Star forward Robinson produced a big junior campaign for PDS, leading the team in rebounds, blocked shots, and steals in addition to being the second top scorer. The Panthers finished the winter with an 8-17 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team entered the season, Kamau Bailey realized that scrappiness and heart needed to be the squad’s calling cards. more