March 8, 2017

PARTING SHOT: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Tooker Callaway fires the puck in a game this season. Last Thursday, senior defenseman and assistant captain Callaway scored a goal in a losing cause as ninth-seeded PHS fell 6-3 to 13th-seeded Watchung Hills in the state Public A semis. It was program’s first-ever appearance in the state semis. PHS finished the winter at 19-4-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ hockey team started play in the Public A state tournament, it didn’t view being seeded ninth as an impediment to making a deep run in the competition. more

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Alexa Zammit controls the puck in a game this season. Junior defenseman Zammit anchored PHS along the blue line this season as the Little Tigers went 3-10. Zammit earned All-WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) Miran Division honors for her play this winter. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Christian Herzog was losing some sleep over the prospects for his Princeton High girls’ hockey team as the winter approached. more

March 1, 2017

UPSET SPECIAL: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Aidan Trainor goes after the puck in a game this season. Last Monday, freshman star Trainor scored four goals as ninth-seeded PHS stunned top-seeded Morris Knolls 5-2 in the Public A state tournament  quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, now 19-3-4, will face 13th-seeded Watchung Hills in the Public A semis on March 2 at the Codey Arena in South Orange with the winner advancing to the title game on March 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at eighth-seeded Southern in the second round of the state Public A tournament last Thursday, the ninth-seeded Princeton High boys’ hockey team realized it faced a big test. more

DIGGING DEEP: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit dribbles up the court in recent action. Sophomore guard Coit enjoyed a superb campaign, averaging a team-high 21.7 points a game as PDS went 18-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the last few weeks of the season, the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team suffered some disappointing playoff defeats. more

FINISHING STRONG: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie David heads up the ice in recent action. Last Thursday, senior forward David ended her career on a high note, scoring a third period goal as PDS defeated Mater Dei 5-2 in its season finale. The win lifted the Panthers to a final record of 15-11-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After playing her first two years of high school hockey at the Pomfret School (Conn.) as a boarding student, Julie David returned to New Jersey in the fall of 2015 and joined the Princeton Day School girls’ program. more

February 22, 2017

HAPPY ENDING: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown controls the puck during the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Friday evening. Senior star forward and co-captain Brown had two assists to help seventh-seeded Hun defeat top-seeded Princeton High 4-3 and win their fourth straight county crown. The Raiders finished the season with a final record of 8-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a special show of unity heading in the Mercer County Tournament, the players on the Hun School boys’ hockey team shaved grooves into the sides of the hair on their heads. more

IN PLAY: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Justin Joyce goes after the puck last Friday against Hun in the Mercer County Tournament title game. Junior forward Joyce tallied a goal and an assist as top-seeded PHS fell 4-3 to seventh-seeded Hun, giving the Raiders their fourth straight county crown. On Monday in state tournament action, Joyce scored a goal as the ninth-seeded Little Tigers defeated 24th-seeded Ridgewood 6-3 in the opening round of the state Public A tourney. PHS plays at eighth-seeded Southern in the second round of the Public A tournament on February 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Battling three-time defending champion Hun in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Friday, the Princeton High boys hockey team suffered a 10-second lapse in the first period. more

BLUE BLOOD: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue dribbles the ball up the court in recent action. Last Monday, senior star Blue scored 26 points in a losing cause as 10th-seeded PHS fell 78-50 to second-seeded Nottingham in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament. The Little Tigers, now 11-12, host Hillsborough on February 23 and play at Wall on February 25 before starting action in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional where they are seeded 13th and will play at 4th-seeded Marlboro in an opening round contest on February 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Getting routed 85-42 by Notre Dame in its regular season finale last Wednesday wouldn’t seem to be the ideal way for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team to get ready for postseason play. more

NET GAIN: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey goalie Annika Asplundh guards the net in the state Prep championship game last week. Senior star Asplundh made 36 saves in a losing cause as PDS fell 2-1 to Morristown-Beard in the February 14 contest as the tournament was revived after an 11-year absence. Last Sunday, Asplundh and the Panthers turned the tables on Mo-Beard, edging the Crimson 3-2 in the WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) Hengerer Division third-place game. PDS, now 14-11-1, hosts Mater Dei on February 23 to wrap up its season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the state Prep girls’ hockey tournament being played for the first time since 2006, Annika Asplundh and her teammates on the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team were fired up to host Morristown-Beard in the title game last week. more

GOING THE DISTANCE: Princeton High boys’ track distance stars, from left, junior Alex Ackerman, junior Will Hare, and senior Alex Roth celebrate after helping PHS place first at the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet earlier this month. Last Friday in the state Group 4 indoor championship meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River, Roth and Hare scored all 26 points as the Little Tigers finished in a tie for third with Egg Harbor behind champion East Orange (41 points) and runner-up Trenton (36 points). Roth and Hare will be competing in the Meet of Champions on February 25.

It turned into a two-man show for the Princeton High boys’ track team as it found itself in title contention at the state Group 4 indoor championship meet last Friday. more

February 15, 2017

TITLE SHOT: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey controls the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior star Coffey scored a first period goal to help second-seeded PDS defeat top-seeded Morristown-Beard 2-1 in the state Prep title game. The Panthers, now 13-10-2 will be taking part in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) playoffs this week, where they are seeded fourth and are playing at top-seeded LaSalle College High (Pa.) in the semis on February 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last February, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team couldn’t catch a break as it fell 3-0 to Morristown-Beard in the state Prep title game. more

IN STRIDE: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Olivia Intartaglia, left, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday against WW/P-South, sophomore guard Intartaglia scored eight points off the bench but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 32-24. The Little Tigers, who moved to 5-16 with a 40-27 loss to Steinert last Monday, are next in action when they compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded 14th and play at third-seeded Allentown in a first round contest on February 17. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off the bench this season for the Princeton High girls basketball team, Olivia Intartaglia is determined to provide a spark. more

FINAL PUSH: Princeton High wrestler Ethan Guerra, right, controls a foe in recent action. Senior star Guerra has been a stalwart at 195 pounds for the Little Tigers, taking second in the Mercer County Tournament in late January. Guerra and his teammates will be competing in the District 19 tournament at Old Bridge from February 17-18. 17-18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Murphy’s law has reigned this winter for the Princeton High wrestling team. more

ON A MISSION: Hun School boys’ hockey player Tanner Preston fires the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior defenseman and co-captain Preston tallied a goal and two assists to help seventh-seeded Hun defeat second-seeded Lawrence 7-0 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and improve to 6-15. The Raiders, who are going after their fourth straight MCT crown, were slated to play third-seeded Notre Dame in the semis on February 14 with the winner advancing to the title game on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Facing second-seeded Lawrence High in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday, the three-time defending champion Hun School boys’ hockey team had a chip on its shoulder. more

PENNED IN: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark gets thwarted by a Pennington School player last Sunday in the state Prep B semifinals. Sophomore star Clark scored seven points in a losing cause as top-seeded Stuart fell 48-23 to fourth-seeded and defending champion Pennington. The Tartans, now 18-8, are next in action when they compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded eighth and will be hosting ninth-seeded Nottingham in an opening round contest on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting a run-and-gun Pennington School squad in the state Prep B semis last Sunday afternoon, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team was looking to slow things down. more

February 8, 2017

FANTASTIC FINISH: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track squad celebrate after winning the team title at the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River last Sunday. Trailing Hunterdon Central 41-22 entering the final two events, PHS rallied to pull out the title, paced by a 1-2-3 finish in the 3,200 from senior Alex Roth, junior Will Hare, and junior Alex Ackerman. It was the program’s first-ever indoor sectional crown at the Group 4 level.

On Sunday night, the New England Patriots produced a miraculous comeback in Super Bowl LI, rallying from a 25-point deficit to pull out a 34-28 victory in overtime. more

FAMILY TIES: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Anthony Trainor goes after the puck in recent action. Last Saturday at Baker Rink, senior forward Trainor tallied a goal and an assist to help PHS defeat WW/P 9-0 as the program held its annual Senior Night celebration. Trainor was joined in the ceremony by younger brothers and PHS teammates, sophomore forward Robbie and freshman forward Aidan. In upcoming action, the Little Tigers, now 14-2-4, will be competing in the Mercer County Tournament, where they are seeded first and will face the victor of the Steinert/Paul VI opening round game in the quarterfinals on February 8 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There was a family feeling in the air at Baker Rink last Saturday night as the Princeton High boys’ hockey team held its annual Senior Night celebration. more

LANDING A BLOW: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Coby Auslander races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Auslander contributed three goals and an assist to help second-seeded PDS roll to an 11-1 win over third-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep semis. PDS, now 11-9-2 after a 3-0 win over the Portledge School (N.Y.) last Monday, plays at top-seeded Morristown-Beard in the title game on February 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it hosted Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep semifinals last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team was primed to break out of a recent slump which had seen it lose five of its previous six games. more

TITLE CHASE: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Chase Lewis dribbles up the court in recent action. Recovering from a knee injury suffered in early December, senior guard Lewis recently passed the 1,000-point mark in his PDS career. Last Sunday, he tallied 15 points to help the third-seeded Panthers defeat sixth-seeded Newark Academy 64-48 in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. PDS, now 15-7, will play at second-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Prep B semis on February 12. In addition, PDS will play at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) in a regular season contest on February 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Chase Lewis lay writhing on the floor after driving to the basket in the home opener for the Princeton Day School boys’ hoops team in early December, he feared he might not play again for the Panthers. more

FINAL APPROACH: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Shayla Stevenson drives to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, senior guard Stevenson scored five points in a losing cause as fifth-seeded PDS fell 72-34 at fourth-seeded Pennington in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. The Panthers, who dropped to 7-13 with the defeat, host Delaware Valley on February 9 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Scrapping to the final whistle, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team outscored Pennington 12-9 in the fourth quarter last Sunday as the rivals met in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. more

GOING FOUR IT: Hun School boys’ hockey player Blake Brown controls the puck in recent action. This week, senior star Brown and the Raiders will be starting their quest for a fourth straight Mercer County Tournament title. Hun, now 4-15, is seeded 7th in the MCT and was slated to play 10th-seeded Pennington in an opening round contest on February 7 with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal clash against second-seeded Lawrence High on February 8 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Hun School boys’ hockey team is bringing a 4-15 record into the Mercer County Tournament this week as it goes for its fourth straight county crown, the squad believes it can still be dangerous. more

February 7, 2017

JAZZED UP: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jasmine Hansford, left, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Friday, freshman guard Hansford scored a career-high 25 points in a losing cause as Stuart fell 55-46 to Pennington. The Tartans, who moved to 16-5 with a 74-33 loss to Bound Brook last Monday, host Lawrence on February 1 and the Hun School on February 3 before playing at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) on February 7. Stuart has been seeded No. 1 in the state Prep B tournament and is slated to host a semifinal contest on February 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the beginning of the season, Jasmine Hansford deferred to others on the court for the Stuart Country Day School basketball team. more

February 1, 2017

FILLING A NEW ROLE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Alex Filion, right, tries to thwart Princeton Day School’s John McArthur in recent action. Last Friday, senior forward Filion chipped in six points in a losing cause as PHS was edged 52-50 by Hightstown. This winter, Filion is starting at forward after riding the bench in the 2015-16 campaign. The Little Tigers, who moved to 7-7 with the defeat to Hightstown, play at Trenton High on February 3 and at Notre Dame on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Filion was a member of the supporting cast for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team last winter, getting called up to varsity but never seeing any game action. more

Heading into the final county meet in his career with the Princeton High boys swimming team, Alex Petruso drew on his experience.

“When you get older, your best times stop coming out every time,” said senior standout Petruso.

“You have got to work through it. There are specific meets where you train, taper, and work really hard for. This is definitely one of those and I was close to a bunch of best times.” more

On paper, Ben Samara figured that the Mercer County Indoor boys’ track meet last Sunday would come down to a three-horse race between his Princeton High squad along with Trenton and Nottingham.

But with several PHS athletes under the weather, it couldn’t keep up with an inspired Trenton team as the Tornadoes picked up 62 points to take first with the Little Tigers scoring 54 to come in second among the 16 teams that competed on the boys’ side.

“It didn’t end well for us we had a lot of guys sick and we weren’t quite there and Trenton over performed,” lamented PHS boys’ head coach Samara. more