May 18, 2016

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PANTHER PRIDE: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Joey Levine enjoys the moment after top-seeded PDS defeated Robbinsville 17-8 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday at WW/P-N. Senior star Levine scored four goals to help the Panthers earn the program’s first-ever county crown. PDS improved to 14-1 with a 15-3 win over Morristown-Beard last Monday in the state Prep B semis, and will go for a second title when it hosts Montclair Kimberley in the championship game on May 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the view of Joey Levine, reading the backs of the t-shirts worn by the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team is all one needs to do in order to understand how the squad rolled to its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title. more

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MILESTONE MOMENTS: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jonah Tuckman celebrates during the Mercer County Tournament championship game. Senior star and co-captain Tuckman scored five goals and had an assist to help first-seeded PDS top third-seeded Robbinsville 17-8 in the title game as the program earned its first-ever county crown. Tuckman hit the 100-goal mark in his career with his performance. Tuckman also starred in the MCT semis, tallying two goals and an assist as the Panthers edged fifth-seeded and defending champions Hopewell Valley 4-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at nemesis Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team misfired in the early going. more

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ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Morgan Mills, left, goes after the ball in the state Prep B title game against Pennington last Monday. Junior Mills scored four goals to help top-seeded PDS post an 18-11 win over the second-seeded Red Raiders and win its second straight Prep B crown. The win gave the Panthers a final record of 13-5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Late in the second half of the state Prep B girls’ lacrosse championship game last Monday, Princeton Day School junior star Morgan Mills lay prone on the turf, gasping for air. more

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FINAL SWING: Princeton High softball player Emily DiLella takes a big swing in recent action. Senior first baseman and team co-captain DiLella’s production and leadership has helped PHS go 9-9 this spring with a run to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers play at Robbinsville on May 19, at Allentown on May 20, and at Hightstown on May 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After splitting its two regular season games with WW/P-S, the Princeton High softball team took care of business in style in the rubber match as the foes met in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. more

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PAINT IT BLACK: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Owen Black heads upfield in recent action. Last Monday, senior star and Villanova-bound Black helped Hun defeat the Shipley School (Pa.) 14-8 in the opening round of the Inter-Ac Challenge. Two days, earlier, Black enjoyed a big Senior Day, scoring three goals to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-4 and clinch its second straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. Hun, now 11-6, will face Lawrencville in the Inter-Ac quarterfinals on May 18 in Conshohocken, Pa. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Owen Black has devoted more than a third of his life to playing lacrosse at the Hun School. more

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Members of the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team celebrate after defeating Robbinsville 17-8 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday at WW/P-N. It was the first-ever county crown for the boys’ lax program. PDS, now 14-1, will go for a second title when it hosts Montclair Kimberley in the state Prep B championship game on May 18. For details on the MCT final, see page 32. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

May 12, 2016

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IN THE SWING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Augustus follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Monday, senior outfielder Augustus helped PDS top Holy Cross 9-0 as it improved to 10-4. PDS will be starting play in the state Prep B tournament this week, where it is seeded second and will host No. 7 Wardlaw Hartridge in a quarterfinal game on May 12. The semis are slated for May 17 with the championship game set for May 19. The Panthers are also scheduled to play regular season games at Nottingham on May 13 and at Hamilton on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a spectacular catch worthy of the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 as Princeton Day School star Ryan Augustus crashed into the left field fence at full speed to track down a long fly in the fifth inning last Thursday against Nottingham in the MCT quarterfinals. more

May 11, 2016

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TITLE PURSUIT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Tooker -Callaway, left, pursues a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star and co-captain Callaway helped key the defensive effort as second-seeded PHS defeated No. 7 Hightstown 14-5 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, who improved to 10-3 with the win, were slated to face third-seeded Robbinsvillle in the MCT semis on May 10 with the winner advancing to the title game on May 12 at WW/P-N to face the victor of the other semi, which pitted top-seeded Princeton Day School against fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tooker Callaway got a battlefield promotion in the preseason for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team when his leadership on defense prompted the coaches to make him a team captain. more

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MAKING HAY: Princeton High baseball player Hayden Reyes, far right, gets congratulated by his teammates in a game earlier this season. Senior shortstop Reyes, a four-year starter, came into the week with 95 career hits. Last Monday, he helped PHS edge Lawrence High 6-5 in 10 innings. The Little Tigers, now 8-7, play at WW/P-N on May 12 and at Ewing on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

From April 28 to May 7, the Princeton High baseball team had five out of six games postponed due to rain or wet fields.  more

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COOL HAND LUKE: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Luke Prybylski, left, tries to get past a Lawrenceville School defender last Monday in the state Prep A finals. Post-graduate and Villanova-bound Prybylski scored four goals in a losing cause as top-seeded Hun fell 13-6 to the second-seeded Big Red. The Raiders, now 9-6, host Montgomery on May 12 and Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 14 before starting play in the 2016 Inter-Ac Challenge on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team played at Lawrenceville School in early April, its offense clicked from the start as it jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead on the way to a 12-8 triumph over the visitors. more

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POWERBALL: Hun School softball player Megan Donahue rips the ball in a game earlier this season. Freshman first baseman Donahue’s power hitting has helped the Raiders get off to an 11-2 start. In upcoming action, the Raiders will be competing in the state Prep A tournament, where they are seeded second and will host seventh-seeded Kent Place in the quarterfinals on May 12. The Prep A semis are slated for May 17 with the title game scheduled for May 19. Hun will also be hosting the Hill School (Pa.) on May 11 in a regular season contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School softball team, it was an aberration in an otherwise terrific spring as it fell 10-0 at Pingry last Thursday. more

May 4, 2016

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ENJOYING THE MOMENT: Princeton High boys’ tennis star Kevin Yang is all smiles as he takes a break between matches at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Sophomore Yang had a lot to smile about as he placed second at third singles, helping PHS take second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kevin Yang has moved to third singles from second doubles for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team this spring and is enjoying flying solo on the court.

“It is more fun, I like singles better,” said sophomore Yang. “Everything depends on yourself.” more

With the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse mired in a three-game losing streak coming into last week, Eamonn McDonald and his teammates righted the ship against North Hunterdon.

Junior attackman McDonald scored two goals to help PHS pull out a 6-4 victory.

“We practiced really hard for our North Hunterdon game; we came out really strong and probably played our best game of the year,” said McDonald, reflecting on the April 25 contest. “It was a great win for us.” more

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NO FAKING: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Christopher Fake, right, defends a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior star and co-captain Fake helped key a stifling defensive effort and chipped in a goal as top-seeded Hun defeated fourth-seeded Peddie 18-0 in the state Prep A semifinals. Hun, now 8-4, will host second-seeded Lawrenceville in the Prep A title game on May 9. In addition, the Raiders will host the Hill School (Pa.) on May 4 and the Hill Academy (Canada) on May 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team, hosting Peddie in the state Prep A semifinals last Monday served as an opportunity to get rolling as it looks for a big final push this spring.  more

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GROWING FORCE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker blasts a forehand last week in action at the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Decker took third at second singles to help PDS place sixth in the team standings at the event. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Lex Decker displayed the growth in his tennis game by the way he started his second singles semifinal at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. more

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GOING FOR IT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player -Connor Fletcher, left, goes to goal in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Fletcher tallied two goals and three assists as PDS defeated South Brunswick 16-4 and improved to 9-1. The Panthers will start action in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded first and will host a quarterfinal contest on May 7 with the semis slated for May 10. PDS is also seeded first in the state Prep B tournament and will host a semifinal contest on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last three years, Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse star Connor Fletcher has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the area. more

April 27, 2016

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FINISHING KICK: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Taylor Lis races upfield in recent action. Last Thursday, senior midfielder and Cornell-bound Lis scored four goals to help PHS defeat Allentown 11-8 on the program’s annual Senior Day. On Monday, Lis had a goal and two assists in a losing cause as the Little Tigers fell 13-8 to undefeated Lawrenceville. PHS, who moved to 5-5 with the loss to the Big Red, will start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where the Little Tigers are seeded fourth and will host No. 13 WW/P-S in a first round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taylor Lis and her classmates on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team viewed their Senior Day last Thursday as an opportunity to display their growth on the field. more

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SWINGING AWAY: Princeton High softball player Kelli Swedish takes a cut in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior third baseman Swedish had two hits and a run on the day to help PHS win the John Czeterko Highwaywomen Softball Classic in Teaneck as it topped Bogota 8-3 in the semis and then outlasted Teaneck 4-0 in nine innings in the title game. The Little Tigers, now 5-5, will look to keep on the winning track as they play at WW/P-S on April 27 and at Trenton on April 29 before hosting Hopewell Valley on May 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having lost 4-0 to WW/P-N a week earlier, the Princeton High softball team was primed for the rematch with the Northern Knights last Friday. more

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SPLIT DECISION: Hun School baseball player Alex Mumme follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, senior outfielder Mumme went 1-for-4 with a run to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 6-2 as the Raiders salvaged a split in a doubleheader with the Blue Storm after falling 4-1 in the opener. Hun, now 8-4, plays at Hill School (Pa.) on April 27 before hosting Blair Academy on April 30 and Peddie on May 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Displaying the nose for the ball that has made him a star receiver on the football field, Luke Apuzzi has turned heads this spring, coming up with a number of circus catches in center field for the Hun School baseball team. more

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READY TO STRIKE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Kate Davis gets ready to go after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior midfielder/attacker Davis scored four goals to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-5. Hun, who defeated Monroe 16-11 on Monday and improving to 5-6, plays at Pennington School on April 27 and hosts Hights-town on April 28. In addition, the Raiders will be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded 10th and slated to play at No. 7 Pennington on April 30 in a first round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Kate Davis hit the field for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team last Saturday against visiting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), she had the word “focus” scrawled in black ink on her left arm. more

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COMING AROUND: Princeton Day School softball player Julie Patterson rounds second base in recent action. Last week, freshman catcher Patterson had a triple, a single, a run and two RBIs in a 19-8 loss to Hopewell Valley. PDS, now 1-4, plays at Pennington School on April 28 before hosting Morrisville High (Pa.) on April 30 and Willingboro High on May 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Julie Patterson had a level of comfort as the Princeton Day School softball team faced the Hopewell Valley junior varsity squad last week. more

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STICKING WITH IT: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse star -Julia Maser looks to get by a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star and Colby College bound Maser scored four goals in a losing cause as Stuart fell 17-5 to South Brunswick. Stuart, who moved to 1-6 with the loss to South Brunswick, hosts Lawrence High on April 27 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where the 14th-seeded Tartans are slated to play at No. 3 Lawrenceville in a first round contest on April 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team misfired in a 17-5 loss to South Brunswick last Wednesday, Julia Maser was on target. more

April 25, 2016

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ON POINT: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Madison Mundenar controls the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, sophomore star Mundenar had three goals and two assists to help PDS defeat Pennington 18-15. The Panthers, now 6-3, play at Blair Academy on April 20 and at Hopewell Valley on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Madison Mundenar is looking to be a more versatile performer on attack this spring in her sophomore campaign for the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team. more

April 20, 2016

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SINGULAR TALENT: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Noah Lilienthal hits a forehand on the way to winning the first singles title at the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Lilienthal is back in the top singles spot for PHS, which has gotten off to a 6-1 start in 2016. The Little Tigers host Notre Dame on April 20 and play at WW/P-N on April 22 before getting into action in the Mercer County Tournament on April 25 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Youth is being served at the top of the lineup this spring for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team. more

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ON THE FLY: Princeton Day School baseball player Russell Kirczow gathers in a fly ball in recent action. Last Friday, junior Kirczow pitched a two-hit shutout as PDS defeated Willingboro 13-0 in five innings. The Panthers, who topped the Hill School (Pa.) 9-1 last Monday to move to 5-1, host Gill St. Bernard’s on April 21, play at Blair Academy on April 25, and host Pennington on April 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Russell Kirczow was looking to keep things simple as he took the mound for the Princeton Day School baseball team against visiting Willingboro High last Friday. more