June 29, 2016

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POSITIVE IMPACT: Bill McQuade smiles as he surveys the action this spring in his 46th and final season coaching the Hun School baseball program. McQuade announced his retirement from the school early this year after having served as the math department chairman, the Head of the Upper School, and an assistant headmaster for administrative projects in addition to guiding the baseball program. The ebullient and upbeat McQuade is leaving a special legacy on and off the field. He ended his baseball career on a high note, guiding the Raiders to the state Prep A title this May in his final weekend on the job.

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the small office tucked away in a hallway on the first floor of Russell Hall at the Hun School. more

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BACK AT IT: Bobby Brackett, right, looks to get around a defender in recent action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Monday, -Brackett scored a game-high 16 points as Majeski Foundation, The College of New Jersey entry in the league, topped Dr. Palmer 65-47 and improved to 4-0.  Brackett, a star forward at TCNJ, is back in action after having been sidelined since last summer due to a torn achilles tendon. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last year, Bobby Brackett was on the sidelines when The College of New Jersey entry in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League advanced to the semis. more

When the Princeton Little League (PLL) squad fell 6-3 to Millstone-Roosevelt last Saturday in the opening game of the double elimination competition between the teams for the District 12 Intermediate 50/70 title, Ed Kuczynski sensed that his players needed to loosen up.

“They were very nervous, they were very tight,” said PLL head coach Kuczynski, reflecting on the defeat. “They were afraid to hit the ball, they didn’t want to swing.”

To get the squad back in the groove, Kuczynski had his players get into the swing with some extra reps. more

June 22, 2016

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WILD ROSE: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Rose Tetnowski heads up the field in a game this spring. Senior Tetnowski provided senior leadership to the Stuart back line as the Tartans won two of their last three games to go 5-12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having posted just three wins all spring as of May 10, the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team nearly doubled that total in the last week of the season. more

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STANDING TALL: Stuart Country Day School track athletes, from front to back, Priscilla Francois, Juliet McGowen, Lindsay Craig, and Madeleine Michaels, were all smiles as they came together to compete in a relay this spring. Stuart enjoyed a stellar season in 2016, going 9-1 in dual meet competition and standing second at the state Prep B championship meet through eight events before it was called off due to inclement weather. The Tartans set or tied 11 school records this spring and earned medals in their division at the Penn Relays in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Although the Stuart Country Day School track team didn’t look dominant in a season-opening win in a quad-meet against George School (Pa.), Solebury School (Pa,) and Pennington School, Len Klepack was very encouraged by what he saw. more

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COACH ON THE COURT: Skye Ettin brings the ball up the court for Ivy Inn last Wednesday evening at the Community Park courts during opening night action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Ettin, a former standout for Princeton High and The College of New Jersey and current assistant coach for the Princeton University men’s hoops program, scored a game-high 13 points to help Ivy Inn to a 41-37 win over Pediatric Therapy Solutions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Skye Ettin took the court at Community Park for the Ivy Inn last Wednesday for opening night action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League, he was primed to apply lessons from his day job. more

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TOUGH SUMMER: Chris Sumners takes a big swing in recent action for the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team. Post 218, which has struggled to a 1-9 start, will look to get on the winning track as it hosts Trenton Post 93/182 on June 22 and Hopewell Post 339 on June 23 before playing at Lawrence Post 414 on June 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After falling 11-0 at West Windsor Plainsboro last week, the players on the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team trudged to right field with their heads down for their post-game talk. more

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PARTING SHOT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse senior star Connor Fletcher prepares to fire the ball in a game this spring. Cornell-bound Fletcher tallied 46 points this season on 20 goals and 26 assists to help the Panthers win both the Mercer County Tournament and state Prep B tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team lacking some offensive firepower coming into the spring due to graduation, attrition, and transfer, Julia Ryan was asked to take on a new role in her senior campaign. more

June 17, 2016

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VAULTING AHEAD: Princeton High track star Nick Birnie heads down the runway in the pole vault last Wednesday at the Meet of Champions at Central Regional High in Bayville. Senior Birnie, the Group 4 champion in the pole vault, cleared a personal record 14’0 in taking fourth at the prestigious competition. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Nick Birnie, hurting his back competing in rowing helped put him on the track to stardom in the pole vault for Princeton High. more

June 15, 2016

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FRESH APPROACH: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Jerry Gu rips a forehand in a match this spring. Freshman Gu starred at second singles in his debut campaign with the program, helping PHS post a final record of 14-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High boys’ tennis team, its 2016 season was bookended by battling perennial power and eventual state Group 3 champion WW/P-S. more

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CLEAR THINKING: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse goalie Leo Godefroy clears the ball during a game this spring. Junior Godefroy emerged as a star in the cage for PHS this spring as it went 12-5 and advanced to the North Jersey, Group 3 semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It wasn’t easy but the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team advanced to the the sectional semifinals for a fourth straight year. more

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ON THE MARK: Mark Aziz of Ivy Inn heads to the basket in action last year in the Princeton Recreation Men’s Summer Basketball League. Aziz and Ivy Inn will tip off the 2016 campaign when they face Pediatric Therapy Solution on June 15 in an opening night triple-header at the Community Park courts. Ivy Inn won the 2015 title by forfeit when Bring Me Food didn’t have enough players on hard to field a team for the decisive Game 3 of the best-of-three championship series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last 15 years, the Princeton Recreation Men’s Summer Basketball League has generally been comprised of 10 teams. more

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STATE OF JOY: Members of the Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United boys’ squad are all smiles after winning the New Jersey State Cup earlier this month. The PFC squad defeated the Next Level Soccer Academy (NLSA) Raiders 3-0 in the title game on June 5. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are, Andres Redrovan (Trenton High), Chris Harla – captain (Princeton High), Jake Caddeau (PHS), Dwight Donis (PHS), Cole Snyder (PHS), Chase Ealy (PHS), Peter Luther (PHS), Gunnar Schellscheidt (Hun), Jaime Chavez (Trenton). In the back row, from left, are assistant coach Joe Yurcisin, Mark Petrovic (PHS), Oscar Vik (Princeton Day School), Marco Pinheiro (PDS), Sam Serxner (PHS), Owen Lindenfeldar (PHS), Conner Yurcisin – captain (Montgomery High), Matt Cabrera (Montgomery), Kevin Hagan (PDS), Jerry Merino (Trenton), Erik Munguia (Trenton), and head coach Stoyan Pumpalov.

For Stoyan Pumpalov, guiding his Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United boys’ squad to a New Jersey State Cup earlier this month was the culmination of a long-term process. more

June 8, 2016

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BRONZE AGE: The Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity 8 powers through the water in a race earlier this spring. Last Sunday, the boat took third at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta on Mercer Lake, trailing champion Columbia and runner-up Yale. In taking bronze, the Tiger top boat continued a progression up the ladder as it took sixth in the 2013 IRA, fifth in 2014, and fourth in 2015. Princeton also earned medals at the IRA in the two fours events as the four with coxswain held off Yale by 1.3 seconds to take bronze, while the four without coxswain beat Harvard by just over one second for silver. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Crew)

All spring long, Christian Wawrzonek and the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity 8 crew have battled Columbia and Yale for supremacy on the east coast. more

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GROUP EFFORT: Princeton High distance running stars Lou Mialhe, second from left, and Chloe Taylor, right, compete in a 2015 cross country race. Last weekend, senior Mialhe took 13th in the 3,200 and 15th in the 1,600 at the Group 4 state championship meet while sophomore Taylor was 23rd in the 3,200. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For track coaches, an overriding challenge is fine-tuning athletes to produce their best performances in the biggest meets. more

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DELIVERING THE GOODS: Princeton High pitcher Mike Ramirez delivers a pitch in action this spring. Sophomore Ramirez emerged as a mound star for the Little Tigers this season. PHS posted a final record of 9-14 in 2016, ending the season with a 2-0 loss to eventual champion Hunterdon Central in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it looked like the Princeton High baseball team was in over its head as it played at Hunterdon Central in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. more

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NET GAIN: Hun School girls’ lacrosse goalie Madison McNulty makes a save in a game this season. Junior McNulty’s fine play in the cage helped Hun post a final record of 9-8 this spring.

With a 5-8 record and four games left in the season, the Hun School girls lacrosse team could have gone through the motions down the stretch. more

June 7, 2016

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HOMESTAND: Members of Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club Men’s Youth 8 plus Coxswain are all smiles after taking second at the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships at Mercer Lake to secure a spot in the upcoming 2016 USRowing Youth National Championships. Pictured, from left to right, are senior Kevin Borup (South Brunswick High), freshman Jack Gallagher (Council Rock High School North), junior Daniel Stoddard (WW/P-S), junior Grant Barthelmes (Ranney School), junior coxswain Sarah Brune (Lanoka Harbor), junior Carter Levine (Princeton High), senior John Tanguay (Hopewell Valley High), senior Jason Fleurial (Princeton High), and junior Andrew Hickey (Notre Dame High). PNRA/Mercer’s Women’s Youth 8 plus Coxswain, Women’s Youth Lightweight 8 plus Coxswain, and Women’s Lightweight 4 plus Coxswain also qualified for the national championship regatta, which will be held on Mercer Lake from June 10-12.

As the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) hosts the USRowing Youth National Championships for the first time ever, it is hoping that some home cooking will help the four PNRA Mercer Rowing Club crews that qualified for the competition. more

June 2, 2016

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BREAKING AWAY: Princeton High distance running star Alex Roth breaks the tape in winning the Princeton 5k last month. Last weekend, junior star Roth helped PHS take fifth in the Central Jersey Group 4 boys’ sectional meet. He placed second in the 3,200, third in the 1,600 and helped the 4×800 relay take second and set a school record of 7:54.53, breaking a mark set in 1981.

As the Princeton High track teams prepared for the sectional meet last weekend, they knew they were moving up in class.

Having typically competed in Group 3, PHS was elevated to Group 4 this year, facing larger schools and tougher competition. more

June 1, 2016

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FOURTH POWER: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis star Lex Decker slams a forehand in a match this spring. Last Thursday, sophomore Decker won the title at second singles at the Prep B state championships, helping PDS to its fourth straight team title at the competition. Senior Scott Altmeyer won the first singles crown for the Panthers while juniors Leo Nye and Noah Liao were the victors at second doubles. PDS piled up 11 points in the team standings with Rutgers Prep and Gill St. Bernard’s tying for second with six. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team hit the court for the opening rounds of the state Prep B tournament last week, it was taking the first steps in its pursuit of a fourth straight title. more

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FOLLOWING THROUGH: Princeton High softball player Natalie Campisi finishes a swing in a game this spring. Senior center fielder Campisi gave the Little Tigers speed and production at the top of the lineup. PHS ended the season at 9-14, advancing to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and making the state tourney in what turned out to be the final season for head coach Dave Boehm, who is stepping down from the program. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at Monroe in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional, the Princeton High softball team got off to a rough start, falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. more

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GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Taylor Lis heads upfield in a game this spring. Senior star and Cornell-bound Lis led PHS with 74 goals, helping the Little Tigers post a final record of 10-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Adding a number of new faces into its lineup with the loss of several probable starters, the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team faced a season of transition this spring. more

May 25, 2016

When Hayden Reyes got called up to the Princeton High varsity baseball team as a freshman in 2013, it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.

“They put me in one game and I wasn’t doing well,” said Reyes.

“Then they moved me up to second in the lineup and I went 2-for-5 that game and ever since then I have never looked back.”

Over the last four seasons, Reyes has been a fixture in the PHS lineup, playing shortstop and batting leadoff.

Earlier this month, Reyes achieved something he never imagined was possible when he made his varsity debut, collecting the 100th hit of his high school career. more

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STILL ROARING: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse star Rory -Helstrom heads to goal last Saturday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North Group 3 state tournament quarterfinals. Helstrom chipped in a goal and three assists as PHS rallied for a 10-9 victory over the fourth-seeded Raiders. The Little Tigers, now 12-4, play at top-seeded Northern Highlands on May 25 in the semis. (Photo by John Dowers)

Rory Helstrom has enjoyed some great moments on the Princeton High turf field, starring as an all-county running back in football and a hard-charging midfielder in lacrosse. more

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GALE FORCE: Princeton Day School senior defender James Fragale pressures a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, he made some big plays down the stretch to help top-seeded PDS edge second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 6-5 in the state Prep B title game. The triumph gave the Panthers a final record of 15-1 and marked its second championship of the spring as the program had won its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title earlier this month. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

James Fragale realized that the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team faced a challenge in containing Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday. more