November 16, 2016

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JR RETURNS: John Ryan heads up the ice during his stellar career with the Princeton High boys’ ice hockey team. Ryan, a 2007 PHS grad who was known as “JR” by his teammates and coaches, holds the program record with 259 points on 149 goals and 110 assists. This Saturday, Ryan will be inducted into the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame.

A year before John Ryan took the ice for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team in 2003, he sensed that he could make an impact for the program. more

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MAKING HISTORY: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro glides to the finish in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star Pinheiro placed 10th individually in the state Group 4 championship meet. Pinheiro’s heroics helped PHS take the team title. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Meet of Champions on November 19 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ cross country team toed the starting line at Holmdel Park last Saturday for the Group 4 championship meet, its runners were confident that they had put in the necessary legwork to earn the program’s first state crown since 1986. more

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GOOD RUN: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Izzy Trenholm heads to the finish line in a race this fall. Last Saturday, senior star Trenholm placed 36th individually in the state Group 4 championship meet at Holmdel Park. The Little Tigers ended up seventh in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After coming up two points short of winning a sectional title a week earlier, the Princeton High girls’ cross country team was primed to be at the front of the pack at the state Group 4 championship meet last Saturday. more

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LAST STAND: Princeton High football player Ethan Guerra battles in the trenches during a game earlier this fall. Senior Guerra starred on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Little Tigers. PHS ended the season by falling 38-13 to Monroe last Saturday in an NJSIAA regional crossover game, leaving it with a final record of 1-9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ethan Guerra, getting carried off the field by a group of his teammates after his final game for the Princeton High football team last Saturday was the perfect way to end a memorable four-year ride with the program. more

November 9, 2016

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SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth heads to the finish line in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Roth took fourth individually at the Central Group 4 sectional meet at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, setting the pace as the Little Tigers won the team title. PHS will be looking for another big performance when it runs in the state Group 4 meet in November 12 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Later this month, the 1974 Princeton High boys’ cross country team will be inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Over the course of this fall, the 2016 boys’ squad has been following in the footsteps of its 1974 predecessors, making plenty of history in its own right.  more

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SHOWING HEART: Princeton High girls’ cross country star Annefleur Hartmanshenn gets off to a fast start in a recent race. Last Saturday, senior star Hartmanshenn placed 15th in the Central Group 4 sectional meet to help PHS take second in the team standings. PHS is next in action when it competes in the state Group 4 meet on November 12 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the Central Group 4 sectional meet last Saturday, the runners on the Princeton High girls’ cross country team had a chip on their shoulders. more

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CLOSING STATEMENT: Princeton High field hockey player Kennedy Corrado sends the ball up the field in a 2015 game. Last Wednesday, senior Corrado scored a goal in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell 4-3 to third-seeded Hunterdon Central in the North 2 Group 4 sectional semis. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 14-6-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the second-seeded Princeton High field hockey team fell behind third-seeded Hunterdon Central 2-0 in the first half of the North 2 Group 4 sectional semis last Wednesday, Kennedy Corrado knew it was a do-or-die moment.

“We realized that it was go time; we had to pick it up and do what we needed to do,” said PHS senior forward Corrado. “We executed that really well.” more

Even though the Princeton High girls’ soccer team lost 4-1 to Hunterdon Central in late September, Zoe Tesone wasn’t fazed when the foes met for a rematch in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Friday.

“We watched the game film over and what we saw was that we could actually play against this team,” said PHS senior defender Tesone. more

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GRAY MATTERS: Hun School girls’ soccer player Abby Gray controls the ball in a 2015 game. Last Sunday, senior star Gray ended her Hun career on a high note, scoring a goal to help the Raiders defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 6-0 in the season finale. Hun ended the fall with a record of 7-10-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After a season of nail-biters and some heartbreaking defeats, the Hun School girls’ soccer team enjoyed an afternoon filled with smiles and hugs as they hosted Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Sunday to end the fall. more

November 2, 2016

 

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FAST COMPANY: Members of the Princeton high boys’ cross country team, from left, Alex Roth, Cy Watsky, and Will Hare take off in the boys’ varsity race in the Mercer County Cross Country Championships last Friday at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Senior Roth ended up first individually with junior Hare taking second and senior Watsky placing 17th. The Little Tigers placed first overall, their first team title since 1992. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a number that Will Hare couldn’t get out of his head since the 2015 Mercer County Cross Country Championships. more

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FINISHING KICK: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Annie Walker heads to the finish line at the Mercer County Cross Country Championships last Friday at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Senior standout Walker finished third individually in the girls’ varsity race, covering the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19:10.08. Her stellar performance helped PHS place second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Annie Walker has endured a star-crossed career for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team. more

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DRAWN OUT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer controls the ball in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday against Pennington. Junior midfielder Beamer had an assist to help second-seeded PHS rally for a 1-1 draw with the top-seeded Red Raiders as the teams shared the title. Last Monday, Beamer had a goal and an assist in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell to 15th-seeded Manalapan on penalty kicks in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 tourney after the teams played to a 2-2 draw through regulation and two overtimes. The loss left the Little Tigers with a final record of 17-1-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing in his first Mercer County Tournament boys’ soccer championship game last Thursday evening, Drew Beamer was focused on keeping a cool head as Princeton High faced Pennington. more

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TWO GOOD: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany, left, battles a Stuart Country Day defender last Sunday in the state Prep B championship game. Sophomore star Radvany scored two goals in the game as top-seeded PDS edged seventh-seeded Stuart 2-0. PDS, which went 6-13-1 in 2015, ended the fall at 16-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Val Radvany was determined to make her mark this fall in her sophomore season for the Princeton Day School field hockey team. more

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ALL IN: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player Jack Amaral controls the ball in 2015 action. Last Sunday, senior defender Amaral helped the second-seeded Panthers edge fifth-seeded Newark Academy 1-0 in the state Prep B championship game. PDS, which last won the Prep B tourney in 2010, ended the fall with a 12-5-3 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jack Amaral and the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team brought a sense of urgency to the field as they hosted Morristown-Beard in the state Prep B semifinals last Wednesday. more

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LEAP OF FAITH: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer goalie Grace Barbara leaps to make a save against Montclair Kimberly Academy last Sunday in the state Prep B title game. Junior star Barbara made five saves as the teams played to a 0-0 tie in a contest shortened by a thunderstorms that rumbled through the area, leaving the foes as co-champions. PDS, which has now won three straight Prep B titles, ended the fall at 17-1-4.

It was the third straight state Prep B championship game for Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star goalie Grace Barbara and she knew that visiting Montclair Kimberley Academy would put her under fire.  more

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DOWN PAT: Hun School quarterback Patrick Holly prepares to throw a pass in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Peddie, junior star Holly shook off a second quarter injury to hit on 9-of-16 passes for 143 yards, helping Hun rally from a 14-0 third quarter deficit to pull out a 23-14 win. The victory improved Hun to 7-0 and extended its winning streak to 21. The Raiders wrap up the season by hosting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on November 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Patrick Holly got off to a rough start for the Hun School football team as it played at Peddie last Saturday in a Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) showdown. more

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FINAL PUSH: Stuart Country Day field hockey player Catherine Biava pushes the ball up the field last Sunday against Princeton Day School in the state Prep B championship game. Junior Biava and the seventh-seeded Tartans battled valiantly in falling 2-0 to top-seeded PDS in the title game. Stuart finished the season with a final record of 5-11-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In early September, the Stuart Country Day field hockey team opened the season with a disappointing 7-0 loss at Princeton Day School. more

October 26, 2016

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YOUNG SINGER: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Samantha Singer hits a backhand in a recent match. Last Thursday, freshman Singer battled valiantly in a 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Kruti Navin of Ridge at first singles as PHS fell 4-1 to the Red Devils in the state Group 4 semifinals. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 17-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Maggie Herring’s career with the Princeton High girls’ tennis team ended in defeat as she and partner Nicole Samios fell in straight sets at first doubles to Ridge in the state Group 4 semis last Thursday, she wasn’t hanging her head.  more

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SEEING RED: Princeton High field hockey star Georgia McLean heads up the field last Thursday as fourth-seeded PHS faced eighth-seeded Lawrenceville in the semifinals of the Mercer County Tournament. Senior midfielder McLean and the Little Tigers fell behind 3-0 midway through the first half and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they lost 6-0  to the Big Red, the eventual county champion. The Little Tigers, who moved to 13-3-1 with the loss, will host Freehold on October 27 and play at Pennington on October 29 before starting action in the state tournament. PHS is seeded second in the North 2, Group 4 sectional and is slated to host a second-round contest on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Georgia McLean liked the way things were going early on as the fourth-seeded Princeton High field hockey team battled eighth-seeded Lawrenceville last Thursday evening in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

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STICKING WITH IT: Princeton Day School field hockey player Kiely French, left, marks a foe from Allentown last Thursday as the teams met in the semifinals of the Mercer County Tournament. Senior defender and captain French helped the second-seeded Panthers pull out a 3-2 win in overtime against the third-seeded and defending champion Redbirds. PDS fell 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lawrenceville School in the MCT title game on Saturday. The Panthers, now 14-4, will be competing in the state Prep B tourney where they are seeded first and host fourth-seeded Pennington in the semifinals on October 27 with the winner advancing to the title game on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kiely French couldn’t stop smiling after the Princeton Day School field hockey team rallied to edge Allentown 3-2 in overtime last Thursday evening in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

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OVERJOYED: Princeton Day School field hockey player Sasha Sindhwani enjoys the moment after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime as second-seeded PDS edged third-seeded and defending champion Allentown 3-2 in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday. The Panthers went on to fall 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lawrenceville 3-0 in the MCT title game two nights later. PDS, now 14-4, will be competing in the state Prep B tourney where it is seeded first and hosts fourth-seeded Pennington in the semifinals on October 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On October 1, the Princeton Day School field hockey team battled Lawrenceville tooth and nail before falling 1-0.

Last Saturday, exactly three weeks later, the rivals met in the Mercer County Tournament championship game and it appeared that another tense contest was in the offing. more

David Cedeno and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team were on a mission as they hosted Golda Och in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament last Thursday.

“We were definitely excited because it is tournament time and all the momentum was coming into this game,” said senior midfielder Cedeno.

“What we want to do is to go out and completely out-work, out-score, out-possess the competition, and be the better team in every situation.” more

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CHARGING AHEAD: Hun School football player Tucker Strycharz heads up field in recent action. Last Saturday, post-graduate Strycharz scored a touchdown and made an interception to help Hun defeat Lawrenceville School 46-13. The Raiders, now 6-0 and riding a 19-game winning streak, play at Peddie School (5-1) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tucker Strycharz knows all about night games, having played high school football in Virginia where Friday night lights is the norm. more

October 19, 2016

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SERVING UP A WINNER: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Elise Gerdes blasts a serve in a match earlier this season. Last Monday, senior star Gerdes rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Stephanie Ji of WW/P-S at second singles to help PHS edge the Pirates 3-2 in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional final. The Little Tigers, now 15-2, advanced to the state Group 4 semifinals on October 20 at Mercer County Park against the winner of the Ridge-J.P Stevens North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Elise Gerdes knew that she got a break as the top-seeded Princeton High girls’ tennis team hosted fourth-seeded Montgomery in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional semifinals last Friday. more

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SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High girls’ cross country star Chloe Taylor shows her form in a 2015 race. This fall, junior star Taylor has been at the front of the pack for PHS, which recently placed second of 23 teams in the Varsity C race in the prestigious Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park. PHS has its sights set on contending for the title at the upcoming Mercer County Championships on October 28 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, competing in the prestigious Shore Coaches Invitational was a chance to make a statement. more