August 10, 2016


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


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


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

boys 17/U 50 back Eric Liu

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

Becca Adlai-Gail girls 17/U 50 breast

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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TRAINING SESSION: Jesse Krasna dribbles up court during 2014 action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. This summer, Krasna has formed his own team, Jesse Krasna Hoops Training, and has guided the squad to a strong start as it improved to 5-1 with a 61-53 win over Ivy Inn last Friday. In other summer hoops action last Friday, Dr. Palmer edged Pediatric Therapy Solutions 54-53 and Rogue’s Gallery defeated Majeski Foundation 69-64. Krasna and Majeski are currently tied for first place in the league standings with Rogue’s Gallery and King’s Pizzarama just behind with 4-2 records. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jesse Krasna has devoted himself to teaching and coaching. more

June 29, 2016

100 back

TRIAL PERIOD: Will Stange heads to victory in a backstroke race during his career with the Princeton High boys’ swimming team. This week, Stange, a rising junior at Cornell who took third in the 200 backstroke in the 2016 Ivy League Championships for the Big Red, is competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Will Stange was taking it easy last week, chilling at home after wrapping up his sophomore year at Cornell. more


LAST FLING: Princeton High quarterback David Beamer flings a pass in a game last fall. This week, Beamer will wrap up his high school football career as he plays for the West squad in the 20th annual Sunshine Football Classic at The College of New Jersey on June 30. He will be joined on the team by PHS teammates Matt Toplin and Rory Helstrom along with Hun’s Luke Apuzzi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

David Beamer started his football career by battling in the trenches as a center for his Pop Warner team. more


POSITIVE IMPACT: Bill McQuade smiles as he surveys the action this spring in his 46th and final season coaching the Hun School baseball program. McQuade announced his retirement from the school early this year after having served as the math department chairman, the Head of the Upper School, and an assistant headmaster for administrative projects in addition to guiding the baseball program. The ebullient and upbeat McQuade is leaving a special legacy on and off the field. He ended his baseball career on a high note, guiding the Raiders to the state Prep A title this May in his final weekend on the job.

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the small office tucked away in a hallway on the first floor of Russell Hall at the Hun School. more


BACK AT IT: Bobby Brackett, right, looks to get around a defender in recent action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Monday, -Brackett scored a game-high 16 points as Majeski Foundation, The College of New Jersey entry in the league, topped Dr. Palmer 65-47 and improved to 4-0.  Brackett, a star forward at TCNJ, is back in action after having been sidelined since last summer due to a torn achilles tendon. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last year, Bobby Brackett was on the sidelines when The College of New Jersey entry in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League advanced to the semis. more

When the Princeton Little League (PLL) squad fell 6-3 to Millstone-Roosevelt last Saturday in the opening game of the double elimination competition between the teams for the District 12 Intermediate 50/70 title, Ed Kuczynski sensed that his players needed to loosen up.

“They were very nervous, they were very tight,” said PLL head coach Kuczynski, reflecting on the defeat. “They were afraid to hit the ball, they didn’t want to swing.”

To get the squad back in the groove, Kuczynski had his players get into the swing with some extra reps. more

June 22, 2016


WILD ROSE: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Rose Tetnowski heads up the field in a game this spring. Senior Tetnowski provided senior leadership to the Stuart back line as the Tartans won two of their last three games to go 5-12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having posted just three wins all spring as of May 10, the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team nearly doubled that total in the last week of the season. more


STANDING TALL: Stuart Country Day School track athletes, from front to back, Priscilla Francois, Juliet McGowen, Lindsay Craig, and Madeleine Michaels, were all smiles as they came together to compete in a relay this spring. Stuart enjoyed a stellar season in 2016, going 9-1 in dual meet competition and standing second at the state Prep B championship meet through eight events before it was called off due to inclement weather. The Tartans set or tied 11 school records this spring and earned medals in their division at the Penn Relays in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Although the Stuart Country Day School track team didn’t look dominant in a season-opening win in a quad-meet against George School (Pa.), Solebury School (Pa,) and Pennington School, Len Klepack was very encouraged by what he saw. more


COACH ON THE COURT: Skye Ettin brings the ball up the court for Ivy Inn last Wednesday evening at the Community Park courts during opening night action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Ettin, a former standout for Princeton High and The College of New Jersey and current assistant coach for the Princeton University men’s hoops program, scored a game-high 13 points to help Ivy Inn to a 41-37 win over Pediatric Therapy Solutions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Skye Ettin took the court at Community Park for the Ivy Inn last Wednesday for opening night action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League, he was primed to apply lessons from his day job. more