January 20, 2016

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MARSHALLING HIS RESOURCES: Lior Levy dribbles the ball in recent action during his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team. Levy, a former Princeton High standout, is averaging 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds a game off the bench for the 17th-ranked Diplomats, who are off to a 13-2 start. (Photo Courtesy of F&M Athletic Communications)

Heading into his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team, Lior Levy decided to put his nose to the grindstone. more

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ON THE FLY: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Stephen Kratzer heads to victory in the 100 butterfly in a win over Hamilton earlier this month. Senior star and co-captain Kratzer has starred in the sprinting events this winter for PHS as it has posted a 6-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team got off to a rough start this season, losing three of its first five meets, Stephen Kratzer believed that experiencing those setbacks toughened up the squad.  more

January 13, 2016

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TRUE BLUE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue heads to the hoop in recent action. Last Friday, Blue scored 28 points to help lead PHS to a 70-65 win at Steinert. Against WW/P-N on Monday, Blue netted 25 but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 61-54 to the Northern Knights. PHS, now 3-6, plays at Nottingham on January 13, hosts Notre Dame on January 15, and Hopewell Valley on January 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Zahrion Blue wasn’t much of a factor for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team in the first half as it hosted Lawrence last week. more

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BIG MAC: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player John McArthur dribbles upcourt in a game earlier this season. Junior transfer McArthur, a 6’5 forward, has emerged as the top inside threat for the Panthers. PDS, which posted a 56-27 win over Morrisville High (Pa.) last Monday to improve to 6-5, hosts Calvary Christian on January 15 and Newark Academy on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team, its 76-63 loss to Rutgers Prep last Saturday was a microcosm of its up-and-down season. more

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SETTING THE TONE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Pettoni races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior forward Pettoni contributed two goals as Hun defeated Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). The Raiders, who defeated Lawrenceville 3-2 in overtime last Monday to improve to 8-5-2, plays at St. Augustine on January 13 and at Bishop Eustace on January 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kyle Pettoni doesn’t mind doing the dirty work around goal for the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more

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POSITIVE ENERGY: Hun School girls’ basketball player Maura Kelly heads to the basket last Saturday against the Hill School (Pa.). Senior forward Kelly scored eight points in a losing cause as Hun fell 41-19. The Raiders, now 1-9, hosts Blair Academy on January 13 and plays at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was another rough day at the office for the Hun School girls’ basketball team last Saturday as it hosted the Hill School (Pa.).

Missing three key players due to injury, Hun lost 41-19, falling to 1-9 and suffering its seventh straight defeat. more

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PASSING ATTACK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Harley Guzman makes a pass in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior guard Guzman scored 14 points to help Stuart defeat King’s Christian 61-20. The Tartans, who dropped to 11-4 with a 49-32 loss to Bound Brook last Monday, play at Princeton Day School on January 13 before hosting Trinity Hall on January 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the starting point guard for the Stuart Country Day School basketball team, Harley Guzman generally focuses on facilitating things for her teammates.

But last Friday as Stuart hosted King’s Christian School, Guzman decided to take the ball to the hoop, repeatedly driving through the Knights defense. She scored six points as the Tartans jumped out to a 19-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 61-20 win. more

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MOVING FORWARD: Princeton High girls’ hockey player -Maggie Herring controls the puck in recent action. Junior forward Herring has triggered the offense this winter for the Little Tigers. She tallied four goals and an assist in PHS’s 5-3 win over Pingry in late December. PHS, now 1-6, plays at Princeton Day School on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton High girls’ hockey team fell behind Pingry 3-1 after one period in its final game of December, it looked like the Little Tigers were headed to their fifth straight loss to start the season. more

January 6, 2016

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ON TARGET: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Julia Ryan prepares to launch an outside shot. Last Wednesday, senior star Ryan scored a game-high 16 points as PHS edged Lacey 32-31 in the championship game of the Zebra Classic in New Brunswick. The Little Tigers, who moved to 2-3 with a 42-25 loss to Princeton Day School last Monday, host Steinert on January 8 and WW/P-N on January 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, competing in the Zebra Classic in New Brunswick last week was an opportunity to build some confidence after a tough start to the season. more

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ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Frank Vitucci, left, battles a foe for position in recent action. Sophomore forward Vitucci starred last week as Hun won the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington. D.C area for a second straight year. The Raiders, who edged St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) 5-4 in an overtime shootout last Thursday to win the tournament and improve to 6-4-2, host Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 6 before playing at Lawrenceville on January 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having sputtered to a 1-4-2 start this season, the Hun School boys’ hockey team saw its annual trip south to the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington, D.C. area as a chance to right the ship. more

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TURNING THE CORNER: Princeton Day school girls’ basketball player Ryan Robinson dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Monday, sophomore star Robinson contributed eight points to help PDS defeat Princeton High 42-25. The Panthers, now 5-4, play at the Hun School on January 7 and at Rutgers Prep on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Already matching its win total from last winter when it went 5-16, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team is reaping the benefits of focusing on the basics. more

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PUTTING UP A FIGHT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Mike Ambrosia, left, tangles with Devon Toews of Quinnipiac last week. Princeton dropped both games of the home-and-home set with the No. 3 Bobcats, falling 6-0 at Baker Rink on December 29 and then losing 4-3 a day later at Quinnipiac. Last Saturday, senior captain and forward Ambrosia tallied a goal as the Tigers lost 4-3 at Holy Cross to move to 4-12 overall. Princeton hosts Rensselaer on January 7 and Union on January 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 3 Quinnipiac last week in its first game since December 12, the Princeton University men’s hockey team looked like it was still on holiday break in the early stages of the contest.  more

December 30, 2015
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MAKING WAVES: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Madelene Deardorff displays her breaststroke form in a meet last season. Senior star Deardorff has helped PHS get off to a 6-0 start this season. The Little Tigers return from the holiday break and start 2016 action when they host Hamilton on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)


Due to illness, the Princeton High girls’ swimming team hasn’t fielded its top lineup yet this season.

That must be a sickening thought to its foes as PHS has rolled to a 6-0 start with its closest meet being a 98-72 win over Hightstown on December 22.

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Mirroring the Success Achieved by Pro Women Athletes, Girls Had More Fun on the Local Sporting Scene in 2015

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SUPER SAVER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in a game this season. Junior goalie Johnson starred as the Tigers won the CWPA crown and took sixth in the NCAA tourney. Johnson went on to help the U.S. national team win the FINA world championship in early August. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In a year that saw such women athletes as tennis player Serena Williams, U.S. women’s soccer star and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, and mixed martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey dominate the headlines, it is no wonder that female athletes spiced up the local sporting landscape.

During the winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team thrust itself into the national spotlight as it went 30-0 in the regular season, becoming the first men’s or women’s Ivy League hoops program to accomplish that feat. Coach Courtney Banghart’s squad topped Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to earn the team’s first-ever win in the national tourney and ended the season at 31-1 after falling to Maryland in the second round. Banghart, for her part, was named United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women’s Coach of the Year. more

December 23, 2015

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OPENING DRIVE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player -Michael Dowers drives to the hoop last Friday as PHS topped WW/P-S 57-41 in the season opener for both teams. Senior forward Dowers contributed seven points in the win. The Little Tigers play at Morristown on December 23 and at Montgomery on December 28. (Photo by John Dowers)

His nostrils were caked with blood and his upper lip was swollen but Michael Dowers was all smiles last Friday evening after he helped the Princeton High boys’ basketball team top WW/P-S in the season opener. more

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PODCAST: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Nathan Podgalsky controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Freshman forward Podgalsky has caught fire for PHS in recent play, scoring two goals in a 5-0 win over Paul VI on Friday and then contributing two more in a 4-4 tie with with Cranford last Saturday evening at Baker Rink. The Little Tigers, now 4-2-2, are next in action when they play Woodbridge on December 28 in the Old Bridge Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nathan Podgalsky was a defenseman by trade when he joined the Princeton High boys’ hockey team this winter for his freshman campaign. more

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STANDING TALL: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player -Connor Fletcher, center, leads the celebration after a goal in recent action.  While PDS fell 4-3 in overtime to visiting Shady Side Academy (Pa.) last Saturday in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational, the Panthers have enjoyed a big turnaround this season ending December with a 6-2-1 record after winning three games all season in 2014-15. PDS returns to action when it plays at Malvern Prep (Pa.) on January 4 and at the Hill School (Pa.) on January 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Keith Asplundh has displayed a knack for being in the right place at the right time this winter for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team. more

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FRENCH LESSON: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kiely French controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star French scored a goal but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 2-1 to Mater Dei Prep in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. The Panthers, now 4-3-1, are next in action when they play Pingry on January 5 in the Bridgewater Sports Arena. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Mater Dei Prep in the championship game of its Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational last Saturday, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team controlled the puck in the first two periods but found itself trailing 1-0. more

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COIT TOWER: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David Coit dribbles around a foe in a game earlier this season. Freshman guard Coit has given PDS a burst of energy and some good playmaking as it has gotten off to a 3-3 start. The Panthers are next in action when they play at Princeton High on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team trailing the George School (Pa.) by 10 points with just four minutes remaining last Wednesday, David Coit was not about to give up. more

December 16, 2015

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ON TRACK: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Zoe Tesone heads to the basket in a game last winter. PHS is depending on star forward Tesone to provide toughness and production in the paint this winter. The Little Tigers tip off their 2015-16 campaign on December 18 when they play at WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dan Van Hise helped the Princeton High girls’ basketball team achieve a higher standard of competitiveness last winter in his second season at the helm of the program. more

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HART AND SOUL: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Matt Hart puts up a shot in a game last season. Senior forward Hart, an All-CVC selection last winter,  will be a go-to player for PHS again this season. The Little Tigers get their 2015-16 campaign underway by hosting WW/P-S on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the winter, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team is poised to deliver a one-two punch to its foes. more

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JUSTIN TIME: Princeton High boys’ ice hockey player -Justin Joyce heads up the ice in recent action. Last week, sophomore forward Joyce chipped in a goal and an assist as PHS topped WW/P-S 5-1. The Little Tigers, who moved to 3-1-1 with a 5-1 loss to Pennington last Monday, face Hopewell Valley on December 16 at Mercer County Park, play at Paul VI on December 18, and then host Cranford on December 19 at Baker Rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into this season, Justin Joyce was primed to play a bigger role for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team as a sophomore. more

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BEY WATCH: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark, left, looks to put up a shot last Monday against Princeton Day School. Freshman Clark scored a game-high 18 points to help the Tartans edge PDS 40-39 and improve to 5-0. In upcoming action, Stuart plays at Kings Christian School on December 16 before hosting its Stuart Invitational from December 18-21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bey-Shana Clark may be just a freshman on the Stuart Country Day basketball team but she wasn’t fazed by the intensity of her first clash with rival Princeton Day School. more

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SHINING SOHN: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Isabelle Sohn takes the puck up the ice in a game last winter. PHS is looking for senior forward and team captain Sohn to provide leadership and production again this season. The Little Tigers, who started their 2015-16 campaign by losing 7-2 to Summit last Wednesday, are slated to play at Princeton Day School on December 16 and at Pingry on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A group of seven seniors helped the Princeton High girls’ hockey team enjoy a memorable season last winter as it went 7-8 and won the ‘B’ bracket at the WILHMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) tournament. more

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NIALLING IT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall -Carpenter looks for an opening in recent action. Last Sunday, senior guard Carpenter scored 13 points to help Hun defeat the Phelps School (Pa.) 73-62 in the third-place game at the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT). Hun, now 3-4, hosts Allentown High on December 19 in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Mercer County Tip-Off Classic and then faces Linden High the next day at Caldwell University in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Niall Carpenter was disappointed by the lack of resolve that the Hun School boys’ basketball team displayed as it fell 62-40 to the Kiski School (Pa.) in the semifinals of the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT) last Saturday. more