September 28, 2016

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COMING THROUGH: Princeton High running back Carson Giles heads through a hole in recent action. Last Friday at WW/P-N, sophomore Giles rushed for 36 yards and touchdown in a losing cause as PHS fell 28-10 to the Northern Knights. The Little Tigers, now 1-2, host Lawrence High (3-0) on October 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its game last Friday night at WW/P-N, the Princeton High football team was concentrating on slowing down the high-powered offense of the Northern Knights.

Getting an early test when WW/P-N got the ball at the PHS 14-yard line in its first possession, the Little Tiger defense passed with flying colors, stopping the Northern Knights on downs.

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CENTURY CLUB: Princeton High field hockey player Avery Peterson races upfield in a game last season. Last Wednesday, senior star Peterson scored two second half goals to help PHS rally to a 2-1 win over visiting Notre Dame. In the process, Peterson passed the 100-point mark in her career with the Little Tigers. On Monday, Peterson contributed an assist to help the Little Tigers defeat Nottingham 8-0 to improve to 5-0-1. PHS plays at WW/P-N on September 28 before hosting Hamilton on September 30 and Burlington Township on October 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High field hockey team trailed Notre Dame 1-0 at halftime last Wednesday, Avery Peterson was confident that they could right the ship.

“We had problems in the beginning working together, we weren’t really communicating,” said PHS senior star forward Peterson.

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GOLD STANDARD: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Andrew Goldsmith, right, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Goldsmith contributed a goal as PHS edged Lawrenceville 4-3. The Little Tigers, now 6-1, host Nottingham on September 29 before playing at Hightstown on October 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for Andrew Goldsmith to face a moment of truth as the Princeton High boys’ soccer team played at the Lawrenceville School last Saturday.

Just 1:30 into the contest, PHS was awarded a penalty kick and senior midfielder and team co-captain Goldsmith stepped up to the spot and coolly rifled the ball into the lower corner to give the Little Tigers a 1-0 lead.

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Although the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team seized control of its game against visiting Solebury School (Pa.) by scoring three unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of action, things remained lively on the PDS bench.

With new Panther head coach Ollie Hilliker inserting reserves into the game, the starting players cheered on the subs, encouraging their efforts, and generally yukking it up with each other as PDS rolled to a 5-0 victory.

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ON THE BALL: Stuart Country Day field hockey player Izy Engel brings the ball up the field last Thursday in a game against visiting Hightstown. Senior midfielder Engel played valiantly in a losing cause as Stuart fell 1-0 to the Rams. The Tartans, who moved to 0-4-2 with a 0-0 tie against Lawrence High last Monday, play at South Hunterdon on September 29 before hosting Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) on October 1 and Solebury School. (Pa.) on October 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Izy Engel was all over the place as the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team hosted Hightstown last Thursday afternoon.

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September 27, 2016

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WEBB MASTER: Princeton High football player Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe earlier this season. Last Friday evening at Hightstown, sophomore receiver Webb enjoyed a breakout game, making six catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Little Tigers rolled to a 33-0 win over the Rams. PHS, now 1-1, plays at WW/P-N (1-1) on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High football team locked in a scoreless tie in the second quarter at Hightstown last Friday evening, Isaac Webb caught the ball in the flat and decided it was time for him to make a breakthrough. more

September 21, 2016

For the Princeton High girls’ tennis program, overcoming perennial power and nemesis WW/P-S has proven to be a tall order through the years.

PHS has been in the running for many a county and district title, only to be denied by the Pirates.

This fall, however, the Little Tigers posted a pair of wins over WW/P-S in the first two weeks of the season, defeating the Pirates 4-1 on September 9 and then prevailing 3-2 in a rematch last Wednesday. more

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FINISHING TOUCH: Gretchen Lindenfeldar goes after the ball in action last season. Junior forward Lindenfeldar has emerged as a key scoring threat for the Panthers this season, tallying a goal in a 2-0 win over South Hunterdon on September 12 and then adding three more goals in a 7-0 rout of Academy of New Church (Pa.) last Wednesday. The Panthers, who improved to 5-0 with a 5-0 win over the George School (Pa.) last Friday, are slated to host Peddie School on September 22 and Blair Academy on September 24 before playing at Northern Burlington on September 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After not scoring a goal in her first two seasons on the Princeton Day School field hockey team, Gretchen Lindenfeldar has mastered the art of finishing this fall. more

While Ed Tseng is pleased to see his Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team produce a 3-1 start, he is more impressed by the approach his players have been taking this season.

“I think the No. 1 thing is that it really is a nice group of girls, everybody gets along and everyone is supportive of everyone else,” said PDS head coach Tseng.

“We are having fun. Also, we set the tone every season and we say look we are going to give our best effort every single day in practice and matches.” more

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SHINING COYNE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Madison Coyne advances the ball up the field in recent action. Junior defender Coyne’s brilliance on the back line has helped PDS produce a 4-0 start this season. The Panthers will look to keep on the winning track as they play at Peddie on September 22 before hosting Blair Academy on September 24 and South Hunterdon on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In recent years, the rivalry between the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team and Hun has been heated, producing a slew of tightly contested one-goal games. more

Joanna Hallac was pleased by the way her Hun School girls’ soccer team performed in the first half as it hosted Princeton Day School last week.

The local rivals were locked in a scoreless tie at halftime in the September 13 contest, with Hun generating some superb chances by Nicole Apuzzi and Bryonna Worthy.

“I thought in the first half we were more dangerous,” said Hun head coach Hallac. “We had better looks at the goal.” more

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NO JOSHING: Hun School football star Joshua Henderson runs to daylight in season-opening action against visiting Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada earlier this month. Sophomore running back Henderson rushed for two touchdowns to help Hun prevail 38-13 in the September 10 contest The Raiders are next in action when they play at Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Conn.) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While it may appear that things came easily for the Hun School football team as it rolled to a 38-13 win over Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada in its season opener, the Raiders faced a number of challenges in the encounter. more

September 14, 2016

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HEADS UP: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Sam Serxner heads the ball up the field last Thursday as PHS edged Hopewell Valley 2-1 in the season opener for both teams. Senior defender Serxner assisted on the winning goal midway through the second half, sending a free kick into the box that Quentin Pompliano headed into the back of the net. The Little Tigers host Notre Dame on September 15 and WW/P-S on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton High boys’ soccer team opened its season by hosting Hopewell Valley last Thursday, Sam Serxner was just one of three returning starters in the lineup for the Little Tigers. more

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ON THE RUN: Princeton High quarterback Vince Doran rolls out to fire a pass last Sunday against Pemberton in the season opener. Junior Doran hit on 19-of-35 passes for 149 yards in his debut as the starting QB but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 33-6 to the Hornets. The Little Tigers will look to get in the win column when they play at Hightstown on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Between the 20-yard lines the Princeton High football team held its own as it hosted Pemberton last Sunday in the season opener for both teams. more

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FANCY FOOTWORK: Hun School girls’ soccer player Kara Borden shows off her ball skills last Saturday against Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams. Junior star Borden notched a goal to help Hun earn a 2-2 draw with the Irish. In upcoming action, the Raiders host Germantown Academy (Pa.) on September 15 and Oak Knoll on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Two years ago, the Hun School girls’ soccer team reached new heights as it defeated perennial power Pennington 2-0 to win the state Prep A title. more

 

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LAW AND ORDER: Hun School field hockey player Delia Lawver marks a foe in action last season. Hun will be depending on senior star Lawver to keep order in the midfield this fall. The Raiders start their 2016 campaign when they play at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) on September 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the years, the Hun School field hockey program has displayed a propensity for coming on strong down the stretch. more

With a horde of players hitting the field this summer the Hun School boys’ soccer program, Pat Quirk has been busy sorting through the talent at his disposal.

“We had 65 kids come out for the three teams that we have, it is very good,” said Hun head coach Quirk, who guided his varsity team to a 5-12 record in 2015.

“They are at about the same level so we are just kind of weeding through that right now. We have a good core of returning kids from the varsity team, for sure, and we got some incoming kids that are very, very skilled. I think are going to jell well together.” more

September 13, 2016

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ON HER TOES: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Zoe Tesone controls the ball during a recent practice session. Senior standout defender Tesone will be leading the PHS back line this fall. The Little Tigers get their 2016 season underway when they play at Hopewell Valley on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Losing 12 seniors to graduation from a squad that advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals in 2015, there were question marks all over the field for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team as it started preseason last month. more

September 7, 2016

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GETTING THEIR KICKS: Members of Princeton High boys’ soccer team enjoy kicking the ball around in a drill at recent practice. PHS, coming off a 16-2-3 campaign last fall, open the 2016 season by hosting Hopewell Valley on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The bar has been set high for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team. more

For Heather Serverson, guiding her Princeton High field hockey team through the preseason has been akin to working on a jigsaw puzzle.

“We have some seasoned players so it really is just a matter of figuring out how we can function best as a team,” said Serverson, who guided PHS to a 13-6-2 record in 2015 and the semifinals of both the Mercer County Tournament and the North 2 Group 4 sectional.

“We have the experience under our belts; we still haven’t quite figured out how we work best together yet.” more

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FLYING SOLO: Princeton High football payer Alex -Solopenkov races up the field in action last fall. Senior receiver -Solopenkov figures to be a key target this fall for PHS. The Little Tigers start their 2016 season when they host Pemberton on September 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Charlie Gallagher acknowledged that his Princeton High football team has been feeling the heat over the last few weeks. more

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LEADING THE WAY: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Abby Atkeson runs through a drill at a recent practice. Senior captain Atkeson will be counted on to provide gritty play in the midfield this fall for the Panthers, who have won two straight state Prep B titles. PDS is slated to open its 2016 campaign by hosting WW/P-S on September 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last few years, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team has provided living proof of the adage that defense wins  more

Growing up in Wales, Ollie Hilliker fell in love with the game of soccer at a young age.

Hilliker rose through the ranks and played for the country’s U-16 national team. He later played for two Welsh semiprofessional teams before heading to the University of Liverpool to study sports science with an emphasis on soccer.

“I played at a decent level; I had good experience playing but also I know the culture of being immersed in the game,” said Hilliker. more

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FRENCH ACCENT: Princeton Day School field hockey player Kiely French controls the ball in action last fall. Senior star French figures to anchor the back line for the Panthers again this season. PDS opens the 2016 season by hosting Stuart Country Day School on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With Heather Farlow entering her second year at the helm of the Princeton Day School field hockey program, the team has hit the ground running this season. more

The players on the Stuart Country Day field hockey team have adopted “hustle and heart” as their mantra for the upcoming season.

Two weeks into preseason, Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik believes that her charges are living up to those words.

“It is going very good in terms of the kids learning, progressing and working hard everyday,” said Bruvik, noting that the team had a productive weekend trip to Washington D.C. in late August where it had two scrimmages and then went 2-0 in play day scrimmages last Wednesday. more