August 31, 2016

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WINNING SPIRIT: Zack DiGregorio handles the ball in action last fall for the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team. Former Princeton High star quarterback DiGregorio is entering his junior season for the Quakers. Last fall, he threw two TD passes in helping the Quakers go 5-2 and was the recipient of the program’s Benjamin F. Wagner Spirit Award.

After starring at quarterback for the Princeton High football team in 2012 and then doing a post-graduate year at the Hun School where he played for its squad, Zack DiGregorio had his sights set on continuing his career with a Division III college program. more

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SAM’S CLUB: Princeton High alum Sam Smallzman, right, shares a moment with former PHS teammate Zack DiGregorio last fall during a game with the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team. Smallzman enjoyed a superb debut campaign last fall for the Quakers, leading the team with seven sacks (third-best in the Collegiate Sprint Football League) while also adding 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble as he earned second-team All-CSFL honors.

During his senior season with the Princeton High football team in 2014, Sam Smallzman turned a lot of heads.

Emerging as a tackle machine at linebacker as he returned to action after being sidelined by a knee injury during his junior season, Smallzman starred as PHS went 8-2, producing a remarkable turnaround from a 0-10 campaign a year earlier. more

JohnMirandaOver the last two weeks, Princeton High athletes have been gearing up for the upcoming fall season, undergoing grueling practice sessions from the Valley Road complex to the turf field on campus.

But as last Monday morning dawned sunny and clear, a pall was cast over the school and fields as the news that John Miranda, the district’s popular Athletic Director and Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, had passed away.

In a statement issued Monday on the Princeton Public Schools website, it was revealed that Mr. Miranda, 57, died “suddenly” on August 28. He had taken a leave of absence this past spring due to health issues.

The stocky, silver-haired athletic director was a constant presence on the sidelines of PHS games, chatting affably with players, coaches, and officials alike as he oversaw the action. more

August 24, 2016

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WATTS UP: Sydney Watts sends the ball up the field in action for the Amherst College field hockey last fall during her junior campaign. Watts, a former Princeton High standout, has been a starter on defense for Amherst the last two seasons and will serve as a co-captain of the team this fall. (Photo Courtesy of Amherst Athletic Communications)

A rash of injuries paved the way for Sydney Watts to get some playing time during the latter stages of her freshman season with the Amherst College field hockey team in the fall of 2013. more

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BEARING DOWN: Marco Pinheiro, left, chases down the ball in action last fall during his freshman season for the Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School boys’ soccer star, made the WashU varsity squad as a walk-on as a freshman. He ended up getting into 15 games and making four starts. He is currently in preseason training at WashU as the squad prepares for its season opener at Webster on September 1.

When Marco Pinheiro started looking at colleges, he was initially focusing on schools that would further his soccer career. more

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A NEW SPIN: Former Hun School and Princeton University basketball star Douglas Davis, right, works with a camper on his shooting form last week at the inaugural TopSpin Hoops Academy. The program was an overnight basketball camp that took place from August 12-16 on the Hun campus. (Photo Courtesy of Pete Farnsworth)

In common parlance, “top spin” usually refers to a stroke in racquet sports where the ball is hit with a rising action and then dips over the net, making it hard to return. more

August 17, 2016

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PROFESSIONAL APPROACH: John Gallucci, the president and CEO of JAG Physical Therapy, administers to a New York Red Bulls player. Gallucci, whose company recently expanded its Princeton office, has been named as the Chair of the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Gallucci also serves as the medical coordinator of Major League Soccer. (Photo Courtesy of Steinlight Media)

As John Gallucci, Jr. looked to expand his JAG Physical Therapy business, some personal history led him to consider the Princeton area.

“I have a close relationship in the area because my uncle taught for years at the Hun School,” said Gallucci, the president and CEO of JAG, which he founded in 2005.

“I have many colleagues in the sports medicine division at Princeton University. I thought based on the quality of care we were giving, that Princeton would be an ideal location for growth.”

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MAKING HIS MARK: Chris Harla controls the ball and thwarts a foe in action last fall during his senior season for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team. Earlier this summer, star defender Harla helped the Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United travel team win the New Jersey State Cup. This week, Harla is heading to Carnegie Mellon University to start preseason training for his freshman season with the men’s soccer program. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Chris Harla and his teammates on the Princeton Football Club (PFC) U-19 United travel soccer team went though the 2015-16 season, they savored their time together.

“About half the team is going to be playing in college next year so it was the last year for a lot of us; it was a fun thing to play around,” said Harla, a star defender for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team who graduated in June.

“It wasn’t as much about winning, it was more about having fun and enjoying our last year.”

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Oliver Hamit heads upfield in action this spring during his junior season for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team. This summer, Hamit competed for Australia in the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia. Playing in the midfield and on defense, Hamit helped Australia take fourth in the competition. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While Oliver Hamit was sidelined by a shoulder injury for much of this spring in his junior season on the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team, he wasn’t about to miss his shot to play for Australia in the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia this summer.

“I was going through rehab, seeing doctors and doing physical therapy all of the time,” said Hamit, who hails from Melbourne and moved to Princeton in 2005.

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August 10, 2016

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NET GAIN: Mira Shane guards the net this spring during her freshman season with University of Michigan women’s lacrosse team. The former Princeton High standout produced a solid debut campaign, playing in 17 games with four starts and posting a goals against average of 8.99 with 67 saves. (Photo Courtesy of University of Michigan Athletics Communications)

Initially, Mira Shane focused on Ivy League schools as she looked at college women’s lacrosse programs. more

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AMAZING GRACE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star goalie Grace Barbara cradles the trophy earned by her club team, the PDA Gunners, for winning the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) U16 national championship last month in Oceanside, Calif. Rising PDS junior Barbara, who recently committed to attend Princeton University and play for its women’s soccer program, helped the Gunners post an overall record of 41-0-4 in their title run.

Having emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in the area during her freshman season for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team in 2014, Grace Barbara faced a critical decision the following spring. more

August 3, 2016

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SOLID FOUNDATION: Eric Murdock, Jr. of Majeski Foundation, left, passes the ball last Friday at Community Park in game two of the best-of-three championship series in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Murdock scored a game-high 19 points to help Majeski to a 62-55 win over King’s Pizzarama as it swept the series 2-0 to earn the title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After missing the opening game of the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League championship series, Eric Murdock was determined to make an impact when he hit the court for Majeski Foundation in game two last Friday. more

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BACK ON TOP: Eric Liu powers through the water in a recent backstroke race for the Community Park Bluefish swimming team. Liu helped the Bluefish go 5-0 in dual meet action this summer as the program enjoyed its second straight undefeated campaign in Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) Division 1 action. Liu culminated the summer by taking first in the Division 1 boys’ 18-and-under breaststroke at the PASDA championship meet as the host Bluefish rolled to the Division 1 team title at the meet. CP swimmers piled up 3,805 points in winning the meet with Flemington-Raritan second with 2,158. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Community Park Bluefish coming off an undefeated season in 2015, Mike Uchrin was looking forward to seeing what his swimmers could do this summer. more

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GAIL FORCE: Becca Adlai-Gail displays her breaststroke form in a race this summer for the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings. Last week, Adlai-Gail won the Division 2 girls’ 18-and-under 100-yard individual medley, took second in the 50 freestyle, and third in the 50 butterfly at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. Her performance helped the Lemmings place second in the Division 2 team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Liz Noles has fond memories of wiling away summer days with the Lenape Swim Club program. more

July 27, 2016

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Colette Marciano boots the ball in action for Players Development Academy (PDA) Splash U15 squad. Marciano, a rising junior at Princeton High, starred in the midfield as the Splash competed in the Elite Clubs National League Playoffs last month in San Diego. 

For Colette Marciano, spending a weekend in San Diego in late June should make her a more skilled performer when she starts preseason training next month for her junior campaign on the Princeton High girls’ soccer team.

Marciano headed west with the Players Development Academy (PDA) Splash U15 squad as it competed in the Elite Clubs National League Playoffs. more

July 20, 2016

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TOUGH DRAW: Emilia Lopez-Ona handles the ball this spring in her sophomore season with the Penn women’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton High star Lopez-Ona battled through injury to become a top draw specialist for the Quakers, coming up with 39 draws and adding a goal and three assists. Penn ended up going 15-5 in 2016 and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. (Photo by Don Felice/Penn Athletics)

Emerging as a standout from the start of her career with the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team as a freshman in 2011, it didn’t take long for Emilia Lopez-Ona to draw the attention of some of the top college programs in the sport. more

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BALL HAWK: Cody Triolo heads to goal in action this spring during his junior season for the Lehigh University men’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout Triolo had two goals and two assists this spring for the Mountain Hawks in a two-way midfield role. (Photo courtesy of Lehigh’s Office of Athletic Communications)

For Cody Triolo, playing tough defense for the Lehigh University men’s lacrosse team helped give him the chance to display his scoring skills. more

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INSIDE STUFF: Jordan Glover goes up for a stuff in recent action in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Last Monday, Glover scored 10 points to help first-seeded Majeski defeat eighth-seeded Pediatric Therapy Solutions 74-60 in the league quarterfinals. Majeski will face fourth-seeded Rogue’s Gallery, a winner over fifth-seeded Clarke Insurance in the other quarterfinal Monday, in the semis on July 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 1989, Jimmy Glover starred as Trenton State College men’s basketball team enjoyed the best season in program history, going 30-2 on the way to the NCAA Division III championship game. more

July 13, 2016

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HAVING A BALL: Julia Blake waits for a pitch in action this spring during her freshman season for the Haverford College softball team. Former Hun School standout Blake enjoyed a superb debut campaign for the Fords, batting .331 as Haverford won the Centennial Conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division III Super Regional, finishing with a 28-22 record. Second baseman Blake was named as an honorable mention All-Centennial Conference selection and made the Norfolk, Virginia NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. (Photo by David Sinclair, Haverford Sports Information)

When Julia Blake was in middle school, she became fascinated with college softball. more

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HIGH VELOCITY: Cole McManimon fires a pitch this spring during his freshman season with the Lehigh University baseball team. Former Princeton Day School standout McManimon went 0-0 this spring with 30 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings and a 6.41 ERA in 11 appearances with four starts. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

In his sophomore season with the Princeton Day School baseball team, Cole McManimon produced a mound gem against rival Pennington School. more

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BRINGING HIS A-GAME: A.J. Surace takes a big cut in District 12 playoff action last summer. Last week, Surace, the son of Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace, starred on the mound and at the plate for the Princeton Little League’s (PLL) 10-year-old all-star squad as it went 1-2 in District 12 competition. PLL started the tourney by defeating Millstone-Roosevelt 11-7 and then fell 13-10 to Lawrence last Thursday and 19-6 to Robbinsville two days later to get eliminated from the tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to an 11-7 win over Millstone-Roosevelt in its opening game of the District 12 tournament play, the Princeton Little League (PLL) 10-year-old all-star squad ran into some adversity when it faced Lawrence last Thursday evening. more

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ON THE BALL: Davon Black passes the ball in action last year in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Former Princeton High star Black has helped Clarke Insurance catch fire in recent summer hoops action. Last Wednesday, Black scored 23 points as Clarke topped King’s Pizzarama 51-46. Two nights later, Black tallied 17 points as Clarke defeated Dr. Palmer 69-38 to improve to 4-4.  In action last Monday evening, Majeski Foundation defeated King’s Pizzarama 78-57 while Dr. Palmer edged Ivy Inn 46-44 and Jesse Krasna Hoops Training posted a 72-49 win over Rogue’s Gallery. Krasna is currently in first place with an 8-1 record with Majeski next at 7-1. The regular season concludes on July 13 with the playoffs beginning on July 18, featuring two quarterfinal contests at the Community Park courts. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was sweltering last Wednesday evening at the Community Park basketball courts, with the temperature hovering around 90 and the air thick with humidity. more

July 6, 2016

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IN GOOD HANDS: Hun School star Luke Apuzzi gathers in a pass for the West team in the Sunshine Football Classic all star game last Thursday. Williams College-bound receiver Apuzzi caught two touchdown passes from PHS quarterback David Beamer to help the West to a 31-6 victory. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Luke Apuzzi sensed that the West squad possessed the firepower to light up the scoreboard at the Sunshine Football Classic all-star game last Thursday evening. more

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MAKING A SPLASH: Rena White powers through the water this spring in the stroke seat for the Stanford University women’s lightweight varsity 8 during her freshman campaign with the program. Princeton High alumna White led Stanford to an undefeated season and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship. She was named as a first-team All-American and was one of three recipients of Stanford’s Block “S” Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete Award. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Joining the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA)/Mercer Rowing program as an 8th grader in 2010, Rena White emerged as a star for the club and set her sights on competing in college crew. more

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GOING FOURTH: Members of the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA)/ Mercer Rowing varsity women’s 8 plus coxswain crew enjoy the moment after placing fourth in the nation at the 2016 US Rowing Youth National Championships last month. Pictured, from left to right, are: senior captain Kate Hickey (Notre Dame High), sophomore Sara Hansen (WW/P-S High), junior Laila Shehab (Hopewell Valley High), senior Caitlin Cleary (Princeton High), senior coxswain Colleen Gillis (Freehold Township High), junior Katie Lustig (Council Rock North), sophomore Bridget Parker (PHS), senior Rachel Mumau (Millstone Township), and sophomore Mia Barkenbush (WW/P-S High).

Although this spring marked Caitlin Cleary’s third year on the top women’s 8 for Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA)/Mercer Rowing, she had to deal with plenty of change. more