August 16, 2017

HIGH INTENSITY: Trish Reilly looks for the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Lehigh University field hockey team. Former Princeton High standout Reilly saw time at midfield and defense during the 2016 campaign, receiving the program’s Coaches Award. Reilly, who has been voted as a team captain, is looking to earn a starting role on defense this fall for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh begins its 2017 campaign when it hosts LIU-Brooklyn on August 25. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

For Trish Reilly, playing college sports was a matter of following family tradition.

Her father, George, played football and competed at track at Brown University, while her mother, Ann, was a field hockey player for the Bears. Reilly’s oldest sister, Meg, played for the Muhlenberg College lacrosse program while older sister Katie was a lacrosse player at Amherst College. more

August 14, 2017

STRETCHING THE LIMITS: Matthew Michibata of the Princeton Tennis Program has been named to the second USTA Junior Leadership Team. (Photo Credit: Erica M. Cardenas)

Written by Erica M. Cardenas

Matthew Michibata, who trains with Princeton Tennis Program, has been named to the second USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes the finest U.S. junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship, and character on and off the court. more

August 9, 2017

RIVETING EXPERIENCE: Julia “Cheeky” Herr flies up the ice during her career with the Trinity College women’s hockey team. Princeton native Herr skated with New York Riveters of the NWHL last year and recently signed a contract to comeback for another season with the club. (Photo Courtesy of Trinity College Sports Communications)

After enjoying a superb career for the Trinity College women’s hockey team, Julia “Cheeky” Herr was thrilled to get a tryout with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) last spring.

But after hitting the ice to show her skills to the Riveters coaching staff, Herr didn’t get any feedback from the team for weeks. more

ON THE MOVE: Ross Colton heads up the ice last winter during his freshman season for the University of Vermont men’s hockey team. Former Princeton Day School standout Colton enjoyed a big debut campaign for the Catamounts, scoring a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists to tie for second on the team in points with 27 and earn Hockey East All-Rookie honors. Colton, a fourth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 NHL Draft, skated with the pro club this summer at its Development Camp. (Photo Zourtesy of University of Vermont Sports Information)

Ross Colton made quite an impact when he hit the ice for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team in 2011.

Starring from day one as a freshman that winter, Colton tallied 32 points on 24 goals and 8 assists to quickly establish himself as one of the top scoring forwards in the area. A year later, Colton raised his game, amassing 47 points on 25 goals and 22 assists. more

SO GOOD: Nassau Swim Club’s Sophia Burton shows her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Burton helped the Lemmings place third in Division 2 at the recently-held Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. Burton took first in the 12-and-under 100 individual medley and second in both the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It would be understandable if the Nassau Swimming Club Lemmings felt like they were in over their heads as they competed in the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last month.

The Lemmings were vastly outnumbered by many of the clubs on hand for the meet at the Community Park pool at Princeton on July 24 and 25. more

August 7, 2017

Photography by Erica M. Cardenas

The Annual James E. Cryan Memorial Tournament took place July 29 through August 5, 2017 at the Mercer County Tennis Center, located at 1638 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Established in 1965, the Tournament honors Mr. Cryan for his contributions to the sport of tennis in Trenton, NJ prior to his death from Hodgkins Disease in 1964 at age 42. more

August 2, 2017

LEADING ROLE: Khalid Lewis of Packer Hall All-Stars, left dribbles the ball against Majeski Foundation last Wednesday at the Community Park courts in the best-of-three championship series in the Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Lewis led seventh-seeded Packer Hall to a two-game sweep of top-seeded Majeski in the series, winning the opener 30-29 on July 24 and then prevailing 46-43 in the title clincher last Wednesday. Lewis was named as the Foreal Wooten Playoff MVP. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Packer Hall All-Stars fell behind Majeski Foundation 9-0 early in game two of the best-of-three championships series in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League last Wednesday, Khalid Lewis and his teammates weren’t fazed. more

BLUE WAVE: Kent Hong of the Community Park Bluefish displays his freestyle form in a recent meet, competing in the boys’ 10-and-under age group. Last week, Hong helped the host Bluefish produce a dominant performance at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. CP rolled to the PASDA Division 1 title, piling up 3,746 points to finish first of six teams with runner-up Lawrenceville Swim Association finishing more than 1,500 points behind as it tallied 2,215.50. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was raining on and off throughout the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet last week, but that didn’t dampen the parade of victories for the host Community Park Bluefish. more

BRACKETT BUSTER: Nick Brackett, right, of Packer Hall All-Stars battles with Elias Bermudez of Majeski Foundation last Wednesday at the Community Park courts in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League best-of-three championship series. Brackett helped lead seventh-seeded Packer Hall to an unlikely title run as it swept top-seeded and defending champion Majeski to win the championship. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nick Brackett enjoyed two campaigns with the The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team after transferring from Delaware State where he had played football. more

July 26, 2017

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Teddy Durbin delivers a pitch for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Babe Ruth 15-year-old All Stars last week in the Southern New Jersey state tournament. Last Friday, rising Princeton High junior Durbin got the win on the mound as West Windsor-Plainsboro defeat Hamilton-Northern Burlington 7-4 to win the crown. West Windsor will now compete in the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Naskayunk, N.Y. with that tourney wrapping up this weekend.

Teddy Durbin celebrated his 16th birthday last Sunday but he already received a special gift two days earlier.

Pitching for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Babe Ruth 15-year-old All Stars, rising Princeton High junior Durbin helped the squad defeat Hamilton-Northern Burlington 7-4 as the program captured its first ever Southern New Jersey state title. more

EAGLE EYE: Jake Alu takes a swing in action this spring during his sophomore season for the Boston College baseball team. Former Princeton Day School standout Alu enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2017, leading the Eagles with a .331 batting average, producing 55 hits, a double, 23 RBIs, 15 walks, and 12 stolen bases. Alu earned third-team New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England honors.  (Photo provided by Boston College Athletics/John Quackenbos)

Jake Alu was a star from day one of his baseball career at Princeton Day School.

Alu started at shortstop as a freshman in the spring of 2012, hitting at the top of the order for PDS. He was a fixture in that spot all four years, exceeding the 100-hit mark in his career, becoming the program’s all-time hits leader. Along the way, Alu earned All-Prep B accolades each season of his career, included first-team honors as a senior. more

PACKER NATION: Kevin Johnson dribbles the ball in recent action for the Packer Hall All-Stars in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Last Monday, Johnson scored seven pouts as seventh-seeded packer edged top-seeded majesty Foundation in the first game of the league’s best-of-three championship series. Game two is slated for July 26 at the Community Park courts.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last year, Kevin Johnson helped the Majeski Foundation win the title in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. more

July 24, 2017

DOING WELL: Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball player Zach Dudeck takes a cut in recent action. Last Wednesday, center fielder and lead-off batter Dudeck contributed a double and a walk in a losing cause as Post 218 fell 19-2 to South Brunswick. The defeat left Princeton with a final record of 2-20 this summer. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Zach Dudeck, changing his priorities helped him enjoy a breakout year this spring in his senior campaign for the Princeton Day School baseball team.

The center fielder starred as PDS posted a 10-10 record, hitting .322 with 16 runs and 17 RBIs.

“I started focusing mainly on baseball; before I was trying to do soccer and baseball,” said Dudeck, reflecting on his final high school campaign. more

July 19, 2017

When Thomas Walker took up rowing in 2012 at the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer), he was quickly inspired to someday make an impact in the sport on a national level.

“We shared that boathouse with the women’s national team and it was pretty awesome to look at the best people in the world,” said Walker, who was a junior at Princeton High when he joined PNRA/Mercer. “I always had that goal to be able to race for the U.S.A. in some capacity.” more

COMING THROUGH: Jordan Glover bulls through two defenders in playoff action last year in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. On Monday, Glover scored 12 points to help top-seeded and defending champion Majestic Foundation top eighth-seeded King’s Pizzarama 59-38 in a quarterfinal clash. In other quarterfinal action on Monday, seventh-seeded Packer Hall All-Stars upset second-seeded LoyalTees 58-51. The two other quarterfinal games take place on Wednesday at the Community Park courts with third-seeded Princeton Special Sports facing sixth-seeded NJAC and fourth-seeded PEAC Performance playing fifth-seeded PA Blue Devils. The semifinals are slated for Friday with the best-of-three championship series starting on July 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Majestic Foundation posted an 8-0 record in regular season play in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League and is the defending champion, the squad wasn’t overconfident as it opened its title defense last Monday.  more

July 12, 2017

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Evan Barratt controls the puck during his career with the Hun School boys’ hockey team. Barratt, who played at Hun from 2013-15, moved on to the U.S.A. Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Last month, Barratt, who has committed to play his college hockey at Penn State, was chosen in the third round of the NHL draft by the Chicago Blackhawks as the 90th pick overall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Evan Barratt, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

After helping the Hun School boys’ hockey team win the state Prep title and its second straight Mercer County Tournament crown during his sophomore season in 2014-15, star forward Barratt was asked by U.S.A. Hockey to try out for its National Team Development Program. more

IN CHARGE: Having been involved in athletics administration in the Princeton Public Schools for nearly 20 years, Brian Dzbenski is well suited for his new role as the district’s Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletic Director (AD). After serving as interim Athletic Director in the wake of the passing of former AD John Miranda last August, Dzbenski was named to the position this spring.

Princeton High held graduation in late June and the 4th of July holiday has come and gone but that doesn’t mean it is time for Brian Dzbenski to take a summer break.

As the recently hired Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletic Director for the Princeton district, Dzbenski has a lot on his plate even though school is out. more

LOYALTY POINTS: Davon Black puts up a shot for LoyalTees in recent action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Monday, former Princeton High boy’s hoops star Black scored 18 points to help LoyalTees top King’s Pizzarama 58-52 to improve to 5-2. In other games on Monday, Majeski Foundation defeated the PA Blue Devils 72-53 to improve to 7-0 and Princeton Special Sports/Liquid Outdoor Advertising edged PEAC Performance 66-63. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the LoyalTees team was put together just weeks before the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League started action this June, the squad has come together quickly.

The team jumped out to a 2-0 start in the first week of league play and is battling for second place in the eight-team league. more

LEADING THE WAY: Members of the Princeton High boys’ cross country team take off at the start of the Mercer County Championships last fall. The PHS cross county squad produced a season for the ages last fall, winning the state Group 4 title and the Meet of Champions, finishing the campaign as the top-ranked team in the state. The heroics of the Little Tiger distance runners helped PHS get ranked 50th in a list of the Top 50 programs for 2016-17 compiled by NJ.com. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Capping off a superb year for Princeton High athletics, the school has been included in a ranking of the Top 50 programs for 2016-17 compiled by NJ.com.

The rankings were created by analyzing the accomplishments of each athletic program — individual team rankings, championships, individual awards and accolades, etc. — during the recently completed school year. more

HERE COMES THE SUN: Davon Reed dribbles up the court during his career with the University of Miami men’s basketball team. Reed, a former Princeton Day School standout, was recently chosen in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns as the 32nd pick overall. Last Friday, he made his debut for the Suns, scoring 17 points as the Suns defeated the Sacramento Kings 89-85 in their NBA Summer League opener. (Photo Courtesy of Miami’s Office of Athletic Communications)

As a youngster, Davon Reed knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“When people ask you what you want to be, some people say like a doctor or a teacher or an airplane pilot, I always said that I want to play in the NBA,” said Reed, a former Princeton Day School hoops star who went on to enjoy a superb career for the University of Miami. “That is what I have been saying all of my life.” more

July 5, 2017

LOCKED IN: Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball player John Girouard waits for a pitch in recent action. Last Wednesday, Girouard, a rising Princeton High senior, went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in a losing cause as Princeton fell 10-9 to Trenton Post 93/182. Princeton, which moved to 2-13 with a 10-1 loss to Hightstown Post 148 last Friday, plays at Ewing Post 314 on July 5, hosts Hopewell Post 339 on July 6, South Brunswick on July 7, plays at Hamilton Post 31 on July 9 and at Hopewell on July 10, and then hosts Allentown on July 11.

John Girouard and his teammates on the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team didn’t hang their heads when they fell behind visiting Trenton Post 93/182 in the top of the first inning last Wednesday evening. more

Last winter, Jack Coolahan assumed a supporting role for the Babson College men’s basketball team when it won the NCAA Division III national championship.

As a freshman guard for the Beavers, the 6’4, 185-pound Coolahan, a native of Newtown, Pa., averaged 1.8 points a game in nine appearances.

This past Friday in the Princeton Men’s Summer Hoops League, Coolahan stepped into a leading role for the PA Blue Devils, scoring a team-high 21 points to help them pull away to a 70-60 win over King’s Pizzarama at the Community Park courts. more

BLOCK PARTY: Matt Hawes, right, delivers a block in the Sunshine Football Classic last Thursday evening at The College of New Jersey. Recently graduated Princeton High standout Hawes helped the West to a 24-7 win over the East in the 21st edition of the all-star game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Hawes will never forget the last play of his high school football career. more

BANNER DAY: Members of the Princeton Little League (PLL) team enjoy the moment after they defeated West End 10-3 last Wednesday at Farmview Fields to win the District 12 Intermediate 50/70 tournament. Over the weekend, PLL went 2-1 at the Section 3 tournament to earn a spot in the final round against Freehold. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Jonathan Tao, Jack Durbin, Eli Sofer, Jensen Bergman, Theo Steiger, Jake Zuckerman, James Petrone, and Bobby Kuczynski. In the back row, from left, are coach Gary Zuckerman, coach Jeff Bergman, Carl Birge, Dhillon Choudhri, Andrew Lambert, Jaxon Petrone, Palmer Maurer, and manager Jon Durbin.

One of the traditional spoils of victory when a Little League team wins a district title involves the players brandishing the championship banner collectively in the post-game celebration. more

June 28, 2017

HANDS ON: Princeton High football player Ethan Guerra, left, battles in the trenches during a game last fall. Recently graduated star lineman Guerra will play the final game of his football career as he competes for the West team in the 21st annual Sunshine Football Classic at The College of New Jersey on June 29. He will be joined on the squad by PHS teammates Alex Solopenkov and Matt Hawes. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ethan Guerra experienced plenty of ups and downs during his career with the Princeton High football team. more