October 12, 2016

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SPARK PLUG: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer goalie Ryan Sparks surveys the action in a 2015 game. Last Saturday, senior standout Sparks came up big in a 1-0 victory over Hopewell Valley, making eight saves to earn the shutout. The Panthers, who moved to 8-4-1 with a 3-0 loss to South Kent (Conn.) last Monday, play at Hun School on October 13, at Wardlaw-Hartridge on October 15, and at Montclair Kimberley on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Sparks has grown a lot over the last few years in his role as the starting goalie for the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team. more

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EVASIVE ACTION: Hun School football player Joshua Henderson eludes a tackler in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday against visiting Blair Academy, sophomore star Henderson rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders rolled to a 35-0 win. Hun, now 4-0 and riding a 17-game winning streak, plays at the Hill School (Pa.) on October 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After traveling to Hartford, Conn. and Washington, D.C. for its last two games, the Hun School football team was thrilled to be hosting Blair Academy last Saturday. more

With the Hun School boys’ soccer team having lost five straight games, getting outscored 23-6 in that stretch, it was looking for a break-out game when it hosted Life Center Academy last week.

Taking out its frustrations, Hun exploded for six goals, cruising to a much-needed 6-0 victory in the October 11 contest.

Junior forward Michael Campbell, who scored two goals in the victory, saw the win as a big step forward for the Raiders. more

October 5, 2016

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Princeton High girls’ tennis second doubles player Brinda Suppiah warms up before the finals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Senior Suppiah and sophomore Adriana Todorova went on to defeat Manogna Konduri and Haijia Wang of WW/P-S, 6-2, 6-3 to earn the title. Their victory helped PHS tie WW/P-S for second in the team standings behind champion Hightstown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the final day of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday, the Princeton High girls’ tennis team faced an uphill battle in contending for the title.

PHS stood fourth in the team standings, trailing Hightstown, WW/P-S, and Hopewell Valley. more

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SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Elise Gerdes fires a backhand at the Mercer County Tournament last week. Senior Gerdes took second at second singles, helping PHS tie WW/P-S for second place in the team standings behind champion Hightstown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Spencer Watts was thrilled to be playing in her first Mercer County Tournament for the Princeton High girls’ tennis team while teammate Elise Gerdes brought a sense of urgency into her final appearance at the event.  more

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THINKING IT OVER: Princeton High quarterback Vince Doran surveys the action during a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior quarterback Doran completed 19-of-32 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 16-7 to undefeated Lawrence High. The Little Tigers, now 1-3, play at Steinert (1-2) on October 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Vince Doran and his teammates on the Princeton High football team were pumped up for the chance to knock off undefeated Lawrence High as the foes met last Saturday.

“We were definitely excited; we knew that they were a good team,” said PHS junior quarterback Doran. more

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ON TARGET: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Devon Lis controls the ball in recent action. Junior midfielder Lis has five goals in her last three games, sparking PHS to a 2-0 win over Lawrence on September 27, a 3-2 win over Nottingham two days later and 1-0 triumph over Hightstown last Saturday. The Little Tigers, now 5-4, play at Hamilton on October 5, host WW/P-N on October 7, and play at Ewing on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High girls’ soccer team started the season with three straight losses, getting outscored 11-1 in the process, Devon Lis was not discouraged.

“We played very hard competition and it was really important for us to not get down on ourselves,” said PHS junior midfielder Lis. more

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MOVING FORWARD: Hun School field hockey player Kate Davis tracks down the ball in a 2015 game. Last Friday, senior star forward Davis scored the winning goal as Hun edged WW/P-N 3-2, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit. The Raiders, now 3-4, host Lawrence on October 5, Blair Academy on October 8, and Academy of New Church (Pa.) on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a 4-1 victory over Stuart Country Day School to snap a four-game losing streak, the Hun School field hockey team was determined to get off to a fast start when it hosted WW/P-N last Friday.

Instead, Hun stumbled out of the gate against the Northern Knights, yielding two unanswered goals in the first 3:17 of the contest. more

September 28, 2016

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COMING THROUGH: Princeton High running back Carson Giles heads through a hole in recent action. Last Friday at WW/P-N, sophomore Giles rushed for 36 yards and touchdown in a losing cause as PHS fell 28-10 to the Northern Knights. The Little Tigers, now 1-2, host Lawrence High (3-0) on October 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its game last Friday night at WW/P-N, the Princeton High football team was concentrating on slowing down the high-powered offense of the Northern Knights.

Getting an early test when WW/P-N got the ball at the PHS 14-yard line in its first possession, the Little Tiger defense passed with flying colors, stopping the Northern Knights on downs.

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CENTURY CLUB: Princeton High field hockey player Avery Peterson races upfield in a game last season. Last Wednesday, senior star Peterson scored two second half goals to help PHS rally to a 2-1 win over visiting Notre Dame. In the process, Peterson passed the 100-point mark in her career with the Little Tigers. On Monday, Peterson contributed an assist to help the Little Tigers defeat Nottingham 8-0 to improve to 5-0-1. PHS plays at WW/P-N on September 28 before hosting Hamilton on September 30 and Burlington Township on October 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High field hockey team trailed Notre Dame 1-0 at halftime last Wednesday, Avery Peterson was confident that they could right the ship.

“We had problems in the beginning working together, we weren’t really communicating,” said PHS senior star forward Peterson.

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GOLD STANDARD: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Andrew Goldsmith, right, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Goldsmith contributed a goal as PHS edged Lawrenceville 4-3. The Little Tigers, now 6-1, host Nottingham on September 29 before playing at Hightstown on October 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for Andrew Goldsmith to face a moment of truth as the Princeton High boys’ soccer team played at the Lawrenceville School last Saturday.

Just 1:30 into the contest, PHS was awarded a penalty kick and senior midfielder and team co-captain Goldsmith stepped up to the spot and coolly rifled the ball into the lower corner to give the Little Tigers a 1-0 lead.

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Although the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team seized control of its game against visiting Solebury School (Pa.) by scoring three unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of action, things remained lively on the PDS bench.

With new Panther head coach Ollie Hilliker inserting reserves into the game, the starting players cheered on the subs, encouraging their efforts, and generally yukking it up with each other as PDS rolled to a 5-0 victory.

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ON THE BALL: Stuart Country Day field hockey player Izy Engel brings the ball up the field last Thursday in a game against visiting Hightstown. Senior midfielder Engel played valiantly in a losing cause as Stuart fell 1-0 to the Rams. The Tartans, who moved to 0-4-2 with a 0-0 tie against Lawrence High last Monday, play at South Hunterdon on September 29 before hosting Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) on October 1 and Solebury School. (Pa.) on October 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Izy Engel was all over the place as the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team hosted Hightstown last Thursday afternoon.

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September 27, 2016

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WEBB MASTER: Princeton High football player Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe earlier this season. Last Friday evening at Hightstown, sophomore receiver Webb enjoyed a breakout game, making six catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Little Tigers rolled to a 33-0 win over the Rams. PHS, now 1-1, plays at WW/P-N (1-1) on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High football team locked in a scoreless tie in the second quarter at Hightstown last Friday evening, Isaac Webb caught the ball in the flat and decided it was time for him to make a breakthrough. more

September 21, 2016

For the Princeton High girls’ tennis program, overcoming perennial power and nemesis WW/P-S has proven to be a tall order through the years.

PHS has been in the running for many a county and district title, only to be denied by the Pirates.

This fall, however, the Little Tigers posted a pair of wins over WW/P-S in the first two weeks of the season, defeating the Pirates 4-1 on September 9 and then prevailing 3-2 in a rematch last Wednesday. more

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FINISHING TOUCH: Gretchen Lindenfeldar goes after the ball in action last season. Junior forward Lindenfeldar has emerged as a key scoring threat for the Panthers this season, tallying a goal in a 2-0 win over South Hunterdon on September 12 and then adding three more goals in a 7-0 rout of Academy of New Church (Pa.) last Wednesday. The Panthers, who improved to 5-0 with a 5-0 win over the George School (Pa.) last Friday, are slated to host Peddie School on September 22 and Blair Academy on September 24 before playing at Northern Burlington on September 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After not scoring a goal in her first two seasons on the Princeton Day School field hockey team, Gretchen Lindenfeldar has mastered the art of finishing this fall. more

While Ed Tseng is pleased to see his Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team produce a 3-1 start, he is more impressed by the approach his players have been taking this season.

“I think the No. 1 thing is that it really is a nice group of girls, everybody gets along and everyone is supportive of everyone else,” said PDS head coach Tseng.

“We are having fun. Also, we set the tone every season and we say look we are going to give our best effort every single day in practice and matches.” more

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SHINING COYNE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Madison Coyne advances the ball up the field in recent action. Junior defender Coyne’s brilliance on the back line has helped PDS produce a 4-0 start this season. The Panthers will look to keep on the winning track as they play at Peddie on September 22 before hosting Blair Academy on September 24 and South Hunterdon on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In recent years, the rivalry between the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team and Hun has been heated, producing a slew of tightly contested one-goal games. more

Joanna Hallac was pleased by the way her Hun School girls’ soccer team performed in the first half as it hosted Princeton Day School last week.

The local rivals were locked in a scoreless tie at halftime in the September 13 contest, with Hun generating some superb chances by Nicole Apuzzi and Bryonna Worthy.

“I thought in the first half we were more dangerous,” said Hun head coach Hallac. “We had better looks at the goal.” more

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NO JOSHING: Hun School football star Joshua Henderson runs to daylight in season-opening action against visiting Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada earlier this month. Sophomore running back Henderson rushed for two touchdowns to help Hun prevail 38-13 in the September 10 contest The Raiders are next in action when they play at Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Conn.) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While it may appear that things came easily for the Hun School football team as it rolled to a 38-13 win over Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada in its season opener, the Raiders faced a number of challenges in the encounter. more

September 14, 2016

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HEADS UP: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Sam Serxner heads the ball up the field last Thursday as PHS edged Hopewell Valley 2-1 in the season opener for both teams. Senior defender Serxner assisted on the winning goal midway through the second half, sending a free kick into the box that Quentin Pompliano headed into the back of the net. The Little Tigers host Notre Dame on September 15 and WW/P-S on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton High boys’ soccer team opened its season by hosting Hopewell Valley last Thursday, Sam Serxner was just one of three returning starters in the lineup for the Little Tigers. more

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ON THE RUN: Princeton High quarterback Vince Doran rolls out to fire a pass last Sunday against Pemberton in the season opener. Junior Doran hit on 19-of-35 passes for 149 yards in his debut as the starting QB but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 33-6 to the Hornets. The Little Tigers will look to get in the win column when they play at Hightstown on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Between the 20-yard lines the Princeton High football team held its own as it hosted Pemberton last Sunday in the season opener for both teams. more

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FANCY FOOTWORK: Hun School girls’ soccer player Kara Borden shows off her ball skills last Saturday against Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams. Junior star Borden notched a goal to help Hun earn a 2-2 draw with the Irish. In upcoming action, the Raiders host Germantown Academy (Pa.) on September 15 and Oak Knoll on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Two years ago, the Hun School girls’ soccer team reached new heights as it defeated perennial power Pennington 2-0 to win the state Prep A title. more

 

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LAW AND ORDER: Hun School field hockey player Delia Lawver marks a foe in action last season. Hun will be depending on senior star Lawver to keep order in the midfield this fall. The Raiders start their 2016 campaign when they play at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) on September 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the years, the Hun School field hockey program has displayed a propensity for coming on strong down the stretch. more

With a horde of players hitting the field this summer the Hun School boys’ soccer program, Pat Quirk has been busy sorting through the talent at his disposal.

“We had 65 kids come out for the three teams that we have, it is very good,” said Hun head coach Quirk, who guided his varsity team to a 5-12 record in 2015.

“They are at about the same level so we are just kind of weeding through that right now. We have a good core of returning kids from the varsity team, for sure, and we got some incoming kids that are very, very skilled. I think are going to jell well together.” more