September 23, 2015

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ROARING BACK: Princeton High running back Rory Helstrom heads upfield in 2014 action. Last Friday at Ewing, senior star Helstrom rushed for 236 yards to help PHS rally from a 20-7 first half deficit and pull out a 34-27 victory. The Little Tigers, now 1-1, host Hightstown on September 25 under the lights at Harris Field. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing to Hamilton in its season opener on September 12, the Princeton High football team felt a heightened sense of urgency as it got ready for its game at Ewing last Friday night. more

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TIME TO CELEBRATE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star Damali Simon-Ponte celebrates after a goal in a game earlier this fall. Last week, sophomore star Simon-Ponte scored the winning goal as PDS edged Hun 2-1 in a battle of defending state prep champions. The Panthers, who topped Montgomery 1-0 last Monday to improve to 3-0-1, host Peddie on September 24, play at Blair Academy on September 26, and host Hamilton on September 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a clash of defending state prep champions last week as the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team, the 2014 Prep B victor, hosted the Hun School, the winner of last year’s Prep A tournament. more

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FORWARD PROGRESS: Princeton Day School field hockey player Madison Mundenar goes after the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore forward Mundenar chipped in a goal and an assist in a losing cause as PDS fell 7-2 to Germantown Academy (Pa.). The Panthers, who lost 1-0 to Hun last Monday to move to 1-4, play at Peddie on September 24 and at Blair on September 26 before hosting Morrisville High (Pa.) on September 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its game against visiting Germantown Academy last Thursday, the Princeton Day School field hockey team had one main point of emphasis. more

Last fall, the Hun School girls’ soccer team started the season with a 2-1 defeat to South Brunswick but hardly lost again, going 14-4-1 on the way to the state Prep A title.

Playing at Princeton Day School, the defending Prep B champs, on September 15 to open its 2015 campaign, Hun dropped a 2-1 nail-biter. more

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ON THE MOVE: Hun School football player Luke Apuzzi makes a move last Friday in Hun’s 70-6 season-opening win over Wyoming Seminary. Senior wide receiver Apuzzi, a transfer from rival Lawrenceville, made five receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Hun plays at Poly Prep (N.Y.) on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There is no doubt that one of the more heated rivalries in local high school football circles pits the Hun School against the Lawrenceville School. more

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SERVICE ORIENTED: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Sam Servis surveys the action in a game earlier this season. Senior midfielder and co-captain Servis has been a steadying force for Stuart this season. The Tartans, who fell to 0-5 with a 4-0 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday, host Blair Academy on September 23, WW/P-S on September 26, and Hun on September 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team has gotten off to a 0-5 start this season, Missy Bruvik is far from discouraged.

“I think what is exciting is that we have kids who are learning and each game we take something from it,” said Stuart head coach Bruvik. more

September 16, 2015

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GREEN DAY: Princeton High football player Jakob Green punts the ball during a preseason scrimmage. Sophomore receiver/defensive back Green made a solid debut last Saturday as PHS fell 10-7 at Hamilton in the season opener for both teams. Green had four catches for 66 yards and capably handled the kicking duties for the Little Tigers. PHS will look to get on the winning track when it plays at Ewing (1-0) on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it rolled to an 8-2 campaign last fall, the Princeton High football team was held to seven points just once. more

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USING HIS HEAD: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player Isaac Rosenthal heads the ball against the George School (Pa.) last Friday. Senior star Rosenthal scored on a header in the game to give PDS a 1-0 victory. The Panthers, who improved to 2-0 with the triumph, play at Hamilton on September 18 and at Hopewell Valley on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Displaying its skill, the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team dominated possession from the opening whistle last Friday as it hosted the George School (Pa.). more

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MOVING FORWARD: Hun School field hockey player Julie Fassl patrols the field in action last season. Hun is looking for junior Fassl to be a catalyst on the forward line this season. The Raiders start their 2015 season by hosting Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) on September 16 and Pennington on September 17 before playing at WW/P-S on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School field hockey team boasts plenty of depth, Kathy Quirk is still figuring out the best way to utilize her  resources. more

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TAYLOR SWIFT: Princeton High girls’ soccer Taylor Lis races up the field in action last fall. Senior midfielder and tri-captain Lis should be a top offensive weapon for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers were slated to get their 2015 season underway by hosting Robbinsville on September 15 and playing at Hamilton on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High girls’ soccer team boasting a slew of battle-tested players, Val Rodriguez sees a maturity around her squad. more

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ON THE BALL: Hun School boys’ soccer player Alex Semler chases down the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Semler has been a mainstay on the back line for the Raiders since his freshman season. Hun gets its 2015 season underway this week by playing at Morristown-Beard on September 15 and at the Life Center Academy on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ soccer team, the 2015 season couldn’t come soon enough. more

September 9, 2015

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STANDING TALL Princeton High senior quarterback Dave Beamer unloads the ball during a recent scrimmage. Beamer’s passing prowess helped PHS go 8-2 last fall on the way to West Jersey Football League’s Valley Division title and an appearance in the state playoffs. The Little Tigers kick off 2015 regular season play with a game at Hamilton on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There was some apprehension around the Princeton High football team as it entered the 2014 season. more

CLUTCH PLAY: Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Owen Lindenfeldar clutches the ball last Saturday as PHS hosted Westfield in the season opener for both teams. Senior Lindenfeldar posted a shutout as the Little Tigers prevailed 1-0 in overtime. PHS is next in action when it hosts Trenton on September 11. (Photo by John Dowers)

Owen Lindenfeldar and his teammates on the Princeton High boys’ soccer team knew they were facing a challenge when they hosted Westfield last Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both squads. more

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ON THE STICK: Princeton High field hockey star Trish Reilly, right, displays her stick work in a game last fall. Senior midfielder Reilly figures to be a key offensive threat for a powerful PHS team that is coming off an 18-4 season last fall that included a trip to the county final and sectional semis. PHS was scheduled to open its season by hosting Princeton Day School on September 8 and Allentown on September 10 before playing at Lawrenceville on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heather Serverson is putting on her chef’s hat as she looks to find the recipe for success this fall for the Princeton High field hockey team, mixing and matching the ingredients at her disposal. more

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IN CONTROL: Hun School girls’ soccer player Jess -Johnson controls the ball in action last fall. Senior defender -Johnson’s skilled play and calming presence on the back line will be critical as Hun looks to defend its state Prep A crown. The Raiders open their 2015 season by playing at Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on September 10 and at Princeton Day School on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Catching fire down the stretch last year, the Hun School girls’ soccer team emerged as one of the pleasant surprises of the fall season. more

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READY TO STRIKE: Princeton Day School field hockey player -Elizabeth Brennan prepares to hit the ball in action last fall. Sophomore midfielder/back Brennan figures to be a key performer this fall for PDS. The Panthers were slated to get their 2015 campaign underway by playing at Princeton High on September 8 and at Stuart Country Day on September 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Heather Farlow, playing field hockey at Rutgers University in the mid-1990s was a transformative experience.  more

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MADISON AVENUE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star Madison Coyne controls the ball in a game last year. Sophomore standout Coyne will be spearheading the PDS back line as the Panthers look to defend their state Prep B title. PDS was scheduled to kick off its 2015 season by playing at the George School (Pa.) on September 8 and hosting the Hun School on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With only one senior on the roster this fall for the Princeton Day School girls’ team, it may appear that the squad lacks experience. more

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LOOSE BALL: Princeton University women’s soccer player Tyler Lussi, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, junior star Lussi scored a goal in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to visiting Duquesne. Princeton, now 2-2, hosts Delaware on September 10 before playing at Villanova on September 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to a 2-0 start, outscoring its foes 8-1 in the process, the Princeton University women’s soccer team hit some bumps in the road last week. more

September 2, 2015

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HARD CHALLENGE: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Chris Harla thwarts a foe in a recent preseason scrimmage. Senior defender and tri-captain Harla figures to be a key performer this fall for the Little Tigers who are coming off a 2014 season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 title game. The Little Tigers open their regular season play by hosting Westfield on September 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High boys’ soccer team is stocked with seniors and is coming off a season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 championship game, Wayne Sutcliffe knows those factors don’t guarantee success this fall. more

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NEW YORK JET: Olivia Braender-Carr chases down a ball in action last fall during her freshman campaign with the New York University women’s soccer team. Former Hun school star Braender-Carr tallied a goal on the season and helped the Violets advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. She was slated to get her sophomore season underway on September 1 as NYU hosted Johnson and Wales in its season opener. (Photo Courtesy of NYU Sports Information)

After playing defense for most of her career with the Hun School girls’ soccer team, Olivia Braender-Carr was sent up the field as she made her debut last fall for the NYU women’s squad. more

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FINAL RUN: Rui Pinheiro races up the field in action last fall during his junior season with the Tufts University men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped the Jumbos win the NCAA Division III title in 2014. The midfielder will get his senior campaign underway on September 8 when Tufts plays at Endicott in its season opener. (Photo by Alonso Nichols /Tufts)

Coming into the 2014 season, Rui Pinheiro and his teammates on the Tufts University men’s soccer team were just hoping to have a chance to play in the postseason. more

August 26, 2015

FINISHING KICK: Ben Davis kicks the ball in action for the Lehigh University men’s soccer team. Davis, a former Princeton High standout, is heading into his final campaign for the Mountain Hawks. Defender Davis and Lehigh start the 2015 campaign on August 28 when the Mountain Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson.(Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

FINISHING KICK: Ben Davis kicks the ball in action for the Lehigh University men’s soccer team. Davis, a former Princeton High standout, is heading into his final campaign for the Mountain Hawks. Defender Davis and Lehigh start the 2015 campaign on August 28 when the Mountain Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

Despite emerging as an All-State defender for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, Ben Davis was not heavily recruited by college programs.

“I didn’t put that much emphasis on playing soccer when I was looking at schools,” said Davis, a 2012 PHS grad who helped PHS win a state title in 2009 and county crowns in 2009 and 2011. more

August 19, 2015

LANDMARK VICTORY: Victory Sports basketball director Bryan Caver, second from left, presents the Maselli & Warren Law Firm team with the trophy it earned for winning the Victory Sports Pro-Am League championship in the league’s inaugural season. Maselli & Warren edged CertaPro Painters 67-64 in the title game last Thursday evening at the Hun School gym.

It turned out to be a win-win scenario for the Victory Sports Pro-Am League as the Maselli & Warren Law Firm faced CertaPro Painters in the first-ever championship game of the new hoops league at the Hun School gym last Thursday evening. more

FITTING FINALE: Ted Sobolewski, the manager of rowing programs and girls’ head coach for the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer), addresses some of his rowers at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month. It was the final competition at PNRA/ Mercer for Sobolewski before he leaves to assume the role of associate head coach for men’s rowing at Northeastern University and his rowers gave him a big send-off. The PNRA/Mercer girls won seven of the nine events they entered. The boys’ rowers added to the gold medal haul for the club, winning two events to record their first-ever victories at the competition.

FITTING FINALE: Ted Sobolewski, the manager of rowing programs and girls’ head coach for the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer), addresses some of his rowers at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month. It was the final competition at PNRA/ Mercer for Sobolewski before he leaves to assume the role of associate head coach for men’s rowing at Northeastern University and his rowers gave him a big send-off. The PNRA/Mercer girls won seven of the nine events they entered. The boys’ rowers added to the gold medal haul for the club, winning two events to record their first-ever victories at the competition.

As the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer) girls rowers headed into the 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month, they brought some extra emotion across the border. more

FLYING HIGH: Boston College receiver David Dudeck eludes a Penn State defender in action last December in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Dudeck, a former baseball and football star at the Hun School, made a 21-yard touchdown reception in overtime in the game as Boston College lost 31-30. Dudeck is currently in preseason camp for his senior campaign with the Eagles.(Photo Courtesy of Boston College Athletic Communications)

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David Dudeck starred in baseball at the Hun School but he made it to Yankee Stadium last year as a member of the Boston College (BC) football team. more