November 2, 2016

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LEAP OF FAITH: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer goalie Grace Barbara leaps to make a save against Montclair Kimberly Academy last Sunday in the state Prep B title game. Junior star Barbara made five saves as the teams played to a 0-0 tie in a contest shortened by a thunderstorms that rumbled through the area, leaving the foes as co-champions. PDS, which has now won three straight Prep B titles, ended the fall at 17-1-4.

It was the third straight state Prep B championship game for Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star goalie Grace Barbara and she knew that visiting Montclair Kimberley Academy would put her under fire.  more

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DOWN PAT: Hun School quarterback Patrick Holly prepares to throw a pass in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Peddie, junior star Holly shook off a second quarter injury to hit on 9-of-16 passes for 143 yards, helping Hun rally from a 14-0 third quarter deficit to pull out a 23-14 win. The victory improved Hun to 7-0 and extended its winning streak to 21. The Raiders wrap up the season by hosting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on November 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Patrick Holly got off to a rough start for the Hun School football team as it played at Peddie last Saturday in a Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) showdown. more

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FINAL PUSH: Stuart Country Day field hockey player Catherine Biava pushes the ball up the field last Sunday against Princeton Day School in the state Prep B championship game. Junior Biava and the seventh-seeded Tartans battled valiantly in falling 2-0 to top-seeded PDS in the title game. Stuart finished the season with a final record of 5-11-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In early September, the Stuart Country Day field hockey team opened the season with a disappointing 7-0 loss at Princeton Day School. more

October 26, 2016

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YOUNG SINGER: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Samantha Singer hits a backhand in a recent match. Last Thursday, freshman Singer battled valiantly in a 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Kruti Navin of Ridge at first singles as PHS fell 4-1 to the Red Devils in the state Group 4 semifinals. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 17-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Maggie Herring’s career with the Princeton High girls’ tennis team ended in defeat as she and partner Nicole Samios fell in straight sets at first doubles to Ridge in the state Group 4 semis last Thursday, she wasn’t hanging her head.  more

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SEEING RED: Princeton High field hockey star Georgia McLean heads up the field last Thursday as fourth-seeded PHS faced eighth-seeded Lawrenceville in the semifinals of the Mercer County Tournament. Senior midfielder McLean and the Little Tigers fell behind 3-0 midway through the first half and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they lost 6-0  to the Big Red, the eventual county champion. The Little Tigers, who moved to 13-3-1 with the loss, will host Freehold on October 27 and play at Pennington on October 29 before starting action in the state tournament. PHS is seeded second in the North 2, Group 4 sectional and is slated to host a second-round contest on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Georgia McLean liked the way things were going early on as the fourth-seeded Princeton High field hockey team battled eighth-seeded Lawrenceville last Thursday evening in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

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STICKING WITH IT: Princeton Day School field hockey player Kiely French, left, marks a foe from Allentown last Thursday as the teams met in the semifinals of the Mercer County Tournament. Senior defender and captain French helped the second-seeded Panthers pull out a 3-2 win in overtime against the third-seeded and defending champion Redbirds. PDS fell 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lawrenceville School in the MCT title game on Saturday. The Panthers, now 14-4, will be competing in the state Prep B tourney where they are seeded first and host fourth-seeded Pennington in the semifinals on October 27 with the winner advancing to the title game on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kiely French couldn’t stop smiling after the Princeton Day School field hockey team rallied to edge Allentown 3-2 in overtime last Thursday evening in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

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OVERJOYED: Princeton Day School field hockey player Sasha Sindhwani enjoys the moment after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime as second-seeded PDS edged third-seeded and defending champion Allentown 3-2 in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday. The Panthers went on to fall 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lawrenceville 3-0 in the MCT title game two nights later. PDS, now 14-4, will be competing in the state Prep B tourney where it is seeded first and hosts fourth-seeded Pennington in the semifinals on October 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On October 1, the Princeton Day School field hockey team battled Lawrenceville tooth and nail before falling 1-0.

Last Saturday, exactly three weeks later, the rivals met in the Mercer County Tournament championship game and it appeared that another tense contest was in the offing. more

David Cedeno and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team were on a mission as they hosted Golda Och in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament last Thursday.

“We were definitely excited because it is tournament time and all the momentum was coming into this game,” said senior midfielder Cedeno.

“What we want to do is to go out and completely out-work, out-score, out-possess the competition, and be the better team in every situation.” more

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CHARGING AHEAD: Hun School football player Tucker Strycharz heads up field in recent action. Last Saturday, post-graduate Strycharz scored a touchdown and made an interception to help Hun defeat Lawrenceville School 46-13. The Raiders, now 6-0 and riding a 19-game winning streak, play at Peddie School (5-1) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tucker Strycharz knows all about night games, having played high school football in Virginia where Friday night lights is the norm. more

October 19, 2016

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SERVING UP A WINNER: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Elise Gerdes blasts a serve in a match earlier this season. Last Monday, senior star Gerdes rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Stephanie Ji of WW/P-S at second singles to help PHS edge the Pirates 3-2 in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional final. The Little Tigers, now 15-2, advanced to the state Group 4 semifinals on October 20 at Mercer County Park against the winner of the Ridge-J.P Stevens North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Elise Gerdes knew that she got a break as the top-seeded Princeton High girls’ tennis team hosted fourth-seeded Montgomery in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional semifinals last Friday. more

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SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High girls’ cross country star Chloe Taylor shows her form in a 2015 race. This fall, junior star Taylor has been at the front of the pack for PHS, which recently placed second of 23 teams in the Varsity C race in the prestigious Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park. PHS has its sights set on contending for the title at the upcoming Mercer County Championships on October 28 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, competing in the prestigious Shore Coaches Invitational was a chance to make a statement. more

It was the annual Friday night lights homecoming game for the Princeton High football team and there was an electric atmosphere as the program hosted WW/P-S.

There was a throng filling the stands on the crisp autumn evening, led by a spirited PHS student section and a rocking jazz band.

Little Tiger sophomore running back Carson Giles got caught up in the buzz. more

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ON A ROLL: Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Patrick Jacobs rolls the ball up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior Jacobs made eight saves as PHS edged Trenton 1-0 in a key Colonial Valley Conference showdown. The Little Tigers, now 14-1, are starting play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded second and host a first round contest on October 20 against the victor of the MCT play-in game between Hightstown and Nottingham. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the years, a long line of top flight goalies has helped form the foundation of the highly successful Princeton High boys’ soccer program. more

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ABBY ROAD: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Abby Atkeson controls the ball in recent action. Senior midfielder and team captain Atkeson’s gritty play and leadership has helped PDS get off to a 13-0-1 start. The Panthers will be getting underway in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded third and host No. 14 Hun in a first round contest on October 19. Two-time defending champion PDS is seeded first in the state Prep B tourney and will host a semifinal contest in that competition on October 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The players were hopping up and down on the field right before kickoff as the undefeated Princeton Day school girls’ soccer team played at undefeated Pennington. more

October 12, 2016

Last fall, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team was disappointed to just miss out on the country crown as it finished second, a mere three points behind champion Robbinsville.

With its top runners returning this season, the frustration from that near miss has been a key motivating factor for the squad.

“Missing counties by a couple of points has changed the focus a little bit,” said PHS head coach Jim Smirk, the longtime coach of the Little Tiger girls’ program who is now guiding the boys as well. more

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RAISING CANE: Princeton High field hockey player Jordyn Cane fires a shot against Burlington last Wednesday. Senior Cane scored two goals in the game but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 3-2. The Little Tigers, who moved to 10-2-1 with a 3-0 win over Lawrence High last Monday, are next in action when they play in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jordyn Cane is determined to savor her final season on the Princeton High field hockey team. more

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COMING ON STRONG: Princeton Day School field hockey player Gwen Allen goes after the ball last Thursday against Pennington. Sophomore Allen scored two goals in the game to help PDS prevail 3-2 over the Red Raiders. Last Monday, Allen contributed an assist in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 3-2 to Germantown Academy (Pa.) in overtime. PDS, now 11-3, is next in action when it competes in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gwen Allen decided to just fire away when she received the ball on a penalty corner with the Princeton Day School field hockey team locked in a 2-2 tie with Pennington last Thursday. more

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SPARK PLUG: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer goalie Ryan Sparks surveys the action in a 2015 game. Last Saturday, senior standout Sparks came up big in a 1-0 victory over Hopewell Valley, making eight saves to earn the shutout. The Panthers, who moved to 8-4-1 with a 3-0 loss to South Kent (Conn.) last Monday, play at Hun School on October 13, at Wardlaw-Hartridge on October 15, and at Montclair Kimberley on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Sparks has grown a lot over the last few years in his role as the starting goalie for the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team. more

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EVASIVE ACTION: Hun School football player Joshua Henderson eludes a tackler in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday against visiting Blair Academy, sophomore star Henderson rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders rolled to a 35-0 win. Hun, now 4-0 and riding a 17-game winning streak, plays at the Hill School (Pa.) on October 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After traveling to Hartford, Conn. and Washington, D.C. for its last two games, the Hun School football team was thrilled to be hosting Blair Academy last Saturday. more

With the Hun School boys’ soccer team having lost five straight games, getting outscored 23-6 in that stretch, it was looking for a break-out game when it hosted Life Center Academy last week.

Taking out its frustrations, Hun exploded for six goals, cruising to a much-needed 6-0 victory in the October 11 contest.

Junior forward Michael Campbell, who scored two goals in the victory, saw the win as a big step forward for the Raiders. more

October 5, 2016

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Princeton High girls’ tennis second doubles player Brinda Suppiah warms up before the finals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Senior Suppiah and sophomore Adriana Todorova went on to defeat Manogna Konduri and Haijia Wang of WW/P-S, 6-2, 6-3 to earn the title. Their victory helped PHS tie WW/P-S for second in the team standings behind champion Hightstown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the final day of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday, the Princeton High girls’ tennis team faced an uphill battle in contending for the title.

PHS stood fourth in the team standings, trailing Hightstown, WW/P-S, and Hopewell Valley. more

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SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Elise Gerdes fires a backhand at the Mercer County Tournament last week. Senior Gerdes took second at second singles, helping PHS tie WW/P-S for second place in the team standings behind champion Hightstown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Spencer Watts was thrilled to be playing in her first Mercer County Tournament for the Princeton High girls’ tennis team while teammate Elise Gerdes brought a sense of urgency into her final appearance at the event.  more

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THINKING IT OVER: Princeton High quarterback Vince Doran surveys the action during a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior quarterback Doran completed 19-of-32 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 16-7 to undefeated Lawrence High. The Little Tigers, now 1-3, play at Steinert (1-2) on October 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Vince Doran and his teammates on the Princeton High football team were pumped up for the chance to knock off undefeated Lawrence High as the foes met last Saturday.

“We were definitely excited; we knew that they were a good team,” said PHS junior quarterback Doran. more

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ON TARGET: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Devon Lis controls the ball in recent action. Junior midfielder Lis has five goals in her last three games, sparking PHS to a 2-0 win over Lawrence on September 27, a 3-2 win over Nottingham two days later and 1-0 triumph over Hightstown last Saturday. The Little Tigers, now 5-4, play at Hamilton on October 5, host WW/P-N on October 7, and play at Ewing on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High girls’ soccer team started the season with three straight losses, getting outscored 11-1 in the process, Devon Lis was not discouraged.

“We played very hard competition and it was really important for us to not get down on ourselves,” said PHS junior midfielder Lis. more

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MOVING FORWARD: Hun School field hockey player Kate Davis tracks down the ball in a 2015 game. Last Friday, senior star forward Davis scored the winning goal as Hun edged WW/P-N 3-2, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit. The Raiders, now 3-4, host Lawrence on October 5, Blair Academy on October 8, and Academy of New Church (Pa.) on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a 4-1 victory over Stuart Country Day School to snap a four-game losing streak, the Hun School field hockey team was determined to get off to a fast start when it hosted WW/P-N last Friday.

Instead, Hun stumbled out of the gate against the Northern Knights, yielding two unanswered goals in the first 3:17 of the contest. more