January 11, 2017

STREAK BUSTERS: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Max Garlock controls the puck in action last Friday against Notre Dame. Junior defenseman Garlock had two assists in the contest as PHS edged the Irish 4-3, snapping their 81-game winning streak against Colonial Valley Conference foes. The Little Tigers, now 10-0-2, have a rematch against Notre Dame on January 11 at the Mercer County Park rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High boys’ hockey team, last Friday was a date that had been circled on its calendar for a while. more

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Ryan Lisk races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior forward Lisk scored two goals to help PDS top Wyoming Seminary in a game decided by a shootout after the teams tied at 2-2 through regulation and overtime. On Monday, Lisk chipped in a goal and an assist as PDS defeated Hun 5-1 and improved to 8-4-2. In upcoming action, the Panthers host the Hill School (Pa.) on January 11 before heading to New England to face Northfield Mt. Hermon (Mass.) on January 13 at Amherst College and play at the Pomfret School (Conn.) on January 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Lisk isn’t the biggest, fastest, or most skilled forward on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team.

But while Lisk doesn’t stand out, his wily play in the crease has helped him emerge as a clutch goal scorer for PDS. more

SHOOTING STAR: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Bridget Kane puts up a jump shot in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior guard and team captain Kane scored 10 points to help PDS edge Princeton High 38-32. On Monday, Kane scored eight points in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 48-42 to Pennington. PDS, now 4-6, hosts Kings Christian on January 11 and Lawrenceville on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trailing 26-15 at halftime against visiting Hun School last Thursday, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team wasn’t about to throw in the towel against its crosstown rival. more

It hasn’t taken long for Jada Jones to find a home with the Hun School girls’ basketball team.

The sophomore transfer from Randolph is thriving on and off the court at her new school.

“I  like it a lot better; here I am playing my true position and they are also giving me the green light to stretch out,” said Jones.

“My true position is shooting guard and last year I was playing point guard. I am glad I came. I like the whole vibe of the team, everything is better, I love coach (Bill) Holup. I love the school.” more

MAN POWER: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur  controls the puck in a game last season. Last week, sophomore forward Mandleur tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun overcome a 2-0 first period deficit on the way to a 3-2 win over St. Joseph High (Metuchen). Hun, which fell 5-1 to Princeton Day School last Monday to move to 4-8, plays at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 11 before hosting Lawrenceville on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, Kyle Mandleur made an impact for the Hun School boys’ hockey team as a freshman by virtue of his imposing 6’3 frame and a powerful shot.  more

January 4, 2017

PARTING SHOT: Zach Halliday, left, holds off a foe in action for the Tufts University men’s soccer team this past fall in its run to the NCAA Division III national title. Senior midfielder and co-captain Halliday, a former Princeton High standout, scored the game-winning goal in the national semis on an assist from his younger brother, Kevin, a junior midfielder for the Jumbos. (Photo by Alonso Nichols/Tufts)

Stumbling out of the gate with a 3-3-1 record this past fall, the Tufts University men’s soccer team didn’t appear to be on its way to a championship campaign. more

BREAKING OUT: Mary Travers, middle, goes after the ball in postseason action this past fall for the Tufts University field hockey team. Junior star Travers, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped Tufts advance to the NCAA Division III title game where the Jumbos fell to Messiah on penalty strokes after the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime. Travers enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, tallying nine goals and eight assists, earning first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and second-team All-American honors along the way. (Photo by Anna Miller/Tufts)

Disappointed by how things went in her sophomore season with the Tufts University field hockey team in 2015, Mary Travers was hungry to step up this past fall. more

DYE HARD: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich passes the ball in action last week at the Stuart Invitational Basketball Tournament. Sophomore Dyevich earned All-Tournament honors as the Little Tigers went 1-2 at the tourney to take fourth place. PHS, now 3-3, plays at Hamilton on January 6, hosts Princeton Day School on January 7, and WW/P-N on January 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Catherine Dyevich was confident that she could make an impact in moving up to the Princeton High girls’ varsity basketball team on a full-time basis this winter as a sophomore. more

PASSING GAME: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark passes the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, sophomore forward Clark scored 14 points but it wasn’t enough as the Tartans fell 48-42 to Kent Place in overtime in the championship game of their Stuart Invitational Basketball Tournament. It was the first loss of the season for the Tartans, who moved to 9-1. In upcoming action, Stuart hosts Nottingham on January 5 and Randolph on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bey-Shana Clark had reason to be upset after the Stuart Country Day School basketball team fell short of winning its annual holiday invitational tournament, squandering a late lead in losing to Kent Place in overtime last Friday in the championship game of the tourney. more

December 28, 2016

GOLD STANDARD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson makes a save for the U.S. national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rising Princeton University senior Johnson helped the U.S. go on an undefeated run to the gold medal at the Rio Games. (Photo Courtesy of U.S.A. Water Polo)

Across the sporting landscape, 2016 was a year of turbulence and unpredictability featuring such startling developments as the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908, the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals and earn that city’s first major pro title since 1964, and Villanova capping an unlikely run to the NCAA men’s basketball title with a buzzer beater for the ages. Of course, on the political scene, Donald Trump’s stunning win in the U.S. presidential election was the shocker of shockers. more

WALL BANGER: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon McCormick heads up the ice in recent action. Last Thursday against Wall High at Baker Rink, senior star forward and captain McCormick tallied three goals and an assist to help PHS rally from a 5-2 deficit to pull out a 5-5 tie. The Little Tigers, now 7-0-2, are next in action when they face Steinert on January 3 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High boys’ hockey team trailing Wall Township 3-0 last in the first period last Thursday at Baker Rink, Brendon McCormick gave PHS a much-needed spark.

Senior star forward and captain McCormick battled in the crease and found the back of the net to narrow the gap to 3-1 heading into the first intermission. more

MAN UP: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Sophomore forward Mandleur tallied three goals for Hun as it defeated Academy of New Church (Pa.) 8-0 on December 16 to improve to 2-3. The Raiders are in action this week when they compete in the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington, D.C. area from December 28-30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing three of its first four games, the Hun School boys’ hockey team was hoping for a breakout game when it hosted Academy of New Church (Pa.) earlier this month. more

December 21, 2016

ON POINT: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Sam Serxner looks to pass the ball last Friday night as PHS opened the season against visiting WW/P-S. Senior point guard Serxner scored a team-high 17 points to help PHS prevail 57-41 in the debut for new head coach Pat Noone. The Little Tigers host Nottingham on December 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With new coach Pat Noone taking the helm of the Princeton High boys’ hoops program, the intensity level has been racheted up. more

GETTING AFTER IT: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Alexa Zammit heads up the ice in a game last season. Junior defenseman and assistant captain Zammit has tallied a goal and an assist so far this season as PHS has gotten off to a 0-2 start, falling 7-4 to Pingry in its opener on December 13 and then losing 9-3 to Princeton Day School a day later. The Little Tigers play at Mater Dei on December 22 before going on holiday break. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although his Princeton High girls’ hockey team lost its first two games this winter, Christian Herzog has seen some encouraging signs. more

STRONG COFFEY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey heads up ice in game last season. Over the weekend, junior forward Coffey starred as PDS won the championship at its 47th annual Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. On Friday, Coffey scored three goals to help PDS defeat Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 8-1 in an opening round contest. A day later, Coffey chipped in two assists as the Panthers topped Chatham High 4-0 in the championship game. PDS, which improved to 6-3-1 with the win over Chatham, was slated to play at Don Bosco on December 20 before taking a holiday hiatus. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having missed some games earlier this season with a leg injury, Tyler Coffey made up for lost time last weekend as the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team hosted its 47th annual Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kristi Serafin controls the puck in recent action. Last weekend, senior captain and star defenseman Serafin starred as PDS won its Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. On Friday, Serafin tallied a goal and two assists to help PDS defeat Summit 13-4 in an opening round game. A day later, Serafin chipped in two assists as the Panthers topped Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 6-1 in the championship game. PDS, now 5-1, is next in action when it hosts Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kristi Serafin and her teammates on the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team were determined to give a little more at both ends of the ice as they hosted Rye Country Day (N.Y.) in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. more

KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Hun School girls’ basketball player Jada Jones puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. The addition of sophomore transfer Jones has helped the Raiders get off to a 2-4 start, already doubling last year’s win total when they went 1-22. Hun is next in action when it plays at Princeton Day School on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For many basketball teams, getting off to a 2-4 start would be a cause for concern. more

LEADING THE WAY: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Maddie Michaels drives to the hoop in recent action. Last Thursday against Princeton Day School, junior forward and team captain Michaels scored eight points to help Stuart prevail 62-32. The Tartans, who improved to 7-0 with a 52-33 win over Manville last Monday, are next in action when they host their Stuart Invitational on December 27, 28, and 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting its Great Road rival Princeton Day School last Thursday, the Stuart Country Day basketball team had plenty of reason to be fired up. more

December 14, 2016

ROCK AND ROLL: Princeton High boy’ hockey player Rocco Salvato heads up the ice last Monday as PHS played Hopewell Valley. Freshman Salvato contributed an assist to help the Little Tigers prevail 4-0 and improve to 5-0-1. PHS will look to keep on the winning track when it plays at Pennington on December 14 and at Monroe on December 16 before hosting Wall on December 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Rocco Salvato is only a freshman but he has been thrust into a key role for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team this winter. more

MAKING A GRAB: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Jamaica Ponder grabs a rebound in action last season. PHS will be looking for senior guard Ponder to provide scrappy play again this winter. The Little Tigers tip-off the 2016-17 season by playing at WW/P-S in their first game under new head coach Steve Hennessy. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Steve Hennessy has proven to be a man for all seasons when it comes to coaching. more

MIGHTY MAC: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball star John MacArthur makes a pass in a game last season. Senior forward MacArthur’s emergence as a go-to scorer has helped PDS get off to a 5-0 start this winter. The Panthers are next in action when they compete in the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) Tournament from December 16-18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

John McArthur was having a relatively quiet game through three quarters as the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team hosted Abington Friends last Thursday in its home opener. more

After falling 62-61 to Lawrenceville School in the semifinals of the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT) on Saturday, the Hun School boys’ basketball team found itself in another nailbiter a day later as it faced Gilman School (Md.) in the third-place game of the tournament.

Having lost three games by a total of five points already this season, Hun picked up the intensity at both ends of the court to pull out a 67-66 win over the Greyhounds in a game that was tied at 50-50 entering the fourth quarter. more

COMING THROUGH: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Brooke Smukler drives through two defenders in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Smukler scored nine points to help PDS defeat the George School (Pa.) 42-26 and improve to 2-2. The Panthers play at Stuart Country Day on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team doesn’t have a player taller than 5’9 on its roster this season, Kamau Bailey believes the squad can still do big things. more

NIC OF TIME: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Nic Petruolo heads up the ice in recent action. Last week, junior defenseman Petruolo scored two goals to help PDS pull out a 3-3 tie against St. Joseph High (Metuchen). The Panthers, now 3-3-1, will be hosting their 47th annual Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational from December 16-17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey missing star goalie Logan Kramsky and high-scoring forward Tyler Coffey as it hosted St. Joseph High (Metuchen) last week, Nic Petruolo was ready to shoulder more responsibility. more

December 7, 2016

CHAMPIONSHIP RUN: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth heads to the finish line in a 2015 race. This fall, senior star Roth set the pace as PHS produced a season for the ages, winning the Mercer County Championship, the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet, the state Group 4 meet, and the Meet of Champions (MOC). It was the first-ever MOC team title for the Little Tigers and just the second ever for a Mercer County school (WW/P-N boys in 2008). Roth, for his part, placed first individually at the county meet, fourth at the Sectionals, second at the Group meet, and third at the MOC. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into this fall, Alex Roth wasn’t satisfied with his career for the Princeton High boys’ cross country team. more