March 29, 2017

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

TURNING THE CORNER: Hun School girls’ basketball player Julie Fassl dribbles around a foe in a game this winter. Senior guard Fassl’s scrappy play helped Hun finish with a final record of 10-14, a marked improvement on the 1-22 mark posted in 2015-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Hun School girls’ basketball team wasn’t in the running for a title at the end of the season, it culminated the winter with a memorable triumph. more

March 15, 2017

FINAL FLIGHT: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue flies to the hoop in a game last winter. Senior star Blue enjoyed a stellar final season, averaging 22.3 points per game and eclipsing the 1,000-point mark in his career along the way. PHS finished the winter with a record of 12-14 under first-year head Coach Pat Noone. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ basketball team ended the winter by falling 63-41 to Marlboro in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional, the squad produced a couple of memorable wins over the last 10 days of the season. more

UP AND COMING: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Marissa Lewis dribbles up the court in game this season. Junior guard Lewis helped the Tartans post a 18-10 record this winter. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the winter, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team looked to save its best for last, setting its sights on a state Prep B title and a deep run in the Mercer County Tournament.

So losing to eventual champion Pennington in the Prep B finals and getting eliminated in the first round of the MCT on a buzzer beater in overtime wasn’t exactly the ending the team envisioned. more

March 8, 2017

PARTING SHOT: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Tooker Callaway fires the puck in a game this season. Last Thursday, senior defenseman and assistant captain Callaway scored a goal in a losing cause as ninth-seeded PHS fell 6-3 to 13th-seeded Watchung Hills in the state Public A semis. It was program’s first-ever appearance in the state semis. PHS finished the winter at 19-4-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ hockey team started play in the Public A state tournament, it didn’t view being seeded ninth as an impediment to making a deep run in the competition. more

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Alexa Zammit controls the puck in a game this season. Junior defenseman Zammit anchored PHS along the blue line this season as the Little Tigers went 3-10. Zammit earned All-WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) Miran Division honors for her play this winter. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Christian Herzog was losing some sleep over the prospects for his Princeton High girls’ hockey team as the winter approached. more

March 1, 2017

UPSET SPECIAL: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Aidan Trainor goes after the puck in a game this season. Last Monday, freshman star Trainor scored four goals as ninth-seeded PHS stunned top-seeded Morris Knolls 5-2 in the Public A state tournament  quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, now 19-3-4, will face 13th-seeded Watchung Hills in the Public A semis on March 2 at the Codey Arena in South Orange with the winner advancing to the title game on March 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at eighth-seeded Southern in the second round of the state Public A tournament last Thursday, the ninth-seeded Princeton High boys’ hockey team realized it faced a big test. more

DIGGING DEEP: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit dribbles up the court in recent action. Sophomore guard Coit enjoyed a superb campaign, averaging a team-high 21.7 points a game as PDS went 18-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the last few weeks of the season, the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team suffered some disappointing playoff defeats. more

FINISHING STRONG: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie David heads up the ice in recent action. Last Thursday, senior forward David ended her career on a high note, scoring a third period goal as PDS defeated Mater Dei 5-2 in its season finale. The win lifted the Panthers to a final record of 15-11-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After playing her first two years of high school hockey at the Pomfret School (Conn.) as a boarding student, Julie David returned to New Jersey in the fall of 2015 and joined the Princeton Day School girls’ program. more

February 22, 2017

HAPPY ENDING: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown controls the puck during the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Friday evening. Senior star forward and co-captain Brown had two assists to help seventh-seeded Hun defeat top-seeded Princeton High 4-3 and win their fourth straight county crown. The Raiders finished the season with a final record of 8-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a special show of unity heading in the Mercer County Tournament, the players on the Hun School boys’ hockey team shaved grooves into the sides of the hair on their heads. more

IN PLAY: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Justin Joyce goes after the puck last Friday against Hun in the Mercer County Tournament title game. Junior forward Joyce tallied a goal and an assist as top-seeded PHS fell 4-3 to seventh-seeded Hun, giving the Raiders their fourth straight county crown. On Monday in state tournament action, Joyce scored a goal as the ninth-seeded Little Tigers defeated 24th-seeded Ridgewood 6-3 in the opening round of the state Public A tourney. PHS plays at eighth-seeded Southern in the second round of the Public A tournament on February 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Battling three-time defending champion Hun in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Friday, the Princeton High boys hockey team suffered a 10-second lapse in the first period. more

BLUE BLOOD: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue dribbles the ball up the court in recent action. Last Monday, senior star Blue scored 26 points in a losing cause as 10th-seeded PHS fell 78-50 to second-seeded Nottingham in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament. The Little Tigers, now 11-12, host Hillsborough on February 23 and play at Wall on February 25 before starting action in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional where they are seeded 13th and will play at 4th-seeded Marlboro in an opening round contest on February 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Getting routed 85-42 by Notre Dame in its regular season finale last Wednesday wouldn’t seem to be the ideal way for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team to get ready for postseason play. more

NET GAIN: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey goalie Annika Asplundh guards the net in the state Prep championship game last week. Senior star Asplundh made 36 saves in a losing cause as PDS fell 2-1 to Morristown-Beard in the February 14 contest as the tournament was revived after an 11-year absence. Last Sunday, Asplundh and the Panthers turned the tables on Mo-Beard, edging the Crimson 3-2 in the WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) Hengerer Division third-place game. PDS, now 14-11-1, hosts Mater Dei on February 23 to wrap up its season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the state Prep girls’ hockey tournament being played for the first time since 2006, Annika Asplundh and her teammates on the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team were fired up to host Morristown-Beard in the title game last week. more

GOING THE DISTANCE: Princeton High boys’ track distance stars, from left, junior Alex Ackerman, junior Will Hare, and senior Alex Roth celebrate after helping PHS place first at the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet earlier this month. Last Friday in the state Group 4 indoor championship meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River, Roth and Hare scored all 26 points as the Little Tigers finished in a tie for third with Egg Harbor behind champion East Orange (41 points) and runner-up Trenton (36 points). Roth and Hare will be competing in the Meet of Champions on February 25.

It turned into a two-man show for the Princeton High boys’ track team as it found itself in title contention at the state Group 4 indoor championship meet last Friday. more

February 15, 2017

TITLE SHOT: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey controls the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior star Coffey scored a first period goal to help second-seeded PDS defeat top-seeded Morristown-Beard 2-1 in the state Prep title game. The Panthers, now 13-10-2 will be taking part in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) playoffs this week, where they are seeded fourth and are playing at top-seeded LaSalle College High (Pa.) in the semis on February 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last February, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team couldn’t catch a break as it fell 3-0 to Morristown-Beard in the state Prep title game. more

IN STRIDE: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Olivia Intartaglia, left, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday against WW/P-South, sophomore guard Intartaglia scored eight points off the bench but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 32-24. The Little Tigers, who moved to 5-16 with a 40-27 loss to Steinert last Monday, are next in action when they compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded 14th and play at third-seeded Allentown in a first round contest on February 17. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off the bench this season for the Princeton High girls basketball team, Olivia Intartaglia is determined to provide a spark. more

FINAL PUSH: Princeton High wrestler Ethan Guerra, right, controls a foe in recent action. Senior star Guerra has been a stalwart at 195 pounds for the Little Tigers, taking second in the Mercer County Tournament in late January. Guerra and his teammates will be competing in the District 19 tournament at Old Bridge from February 17-18. 17-18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Murphy’s law has reigned this winter for the Princeton High wrestling team. more

ON A MISSION: Hun School boys’ hockey player Tanner Preston fires the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior defenseman and co-captain Preston tallied a goal and two assists to help seventh-seeded Hun defeat second-seeded Lawrence 7-0 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and improve to 6-15. The Raiders, who are going after their fourth straight MCT crown, were slated to play third-seeded Notre Dame in the semis on February 14 with the winner advancing to the title game on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Facing second-seeded Lawrence High in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday, the three-time defending champion Hun School boys’ hockey team had a chip on its shoulder. more

PENNED IN: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark gets thwarted by a Pennington School player last Sunday in the state Prep B semifinals. Sophomore star Clark scored seven points in a losing cause as top-seeded Stuart fell 48-23 to fourth-seeded and defending champion Pennington. The Tartans, now 18-8, are next in action when they compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded eighth and will be hosting ninth-seeded Nottingham in an opening round contest on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting a run-and-gun Pennington School squad in the state Prep B semis last Sunday afternoon, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team was looking to slow things down. more