December 27, 2017

YOUNG GUN: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Freddie Young, left,  jumps around a defender in recent action. Last Sunday, freshman standout Young scored 22 points in a losing cause as PDS fell 76-59 to Friends Central (Pa.) in the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) tournament. The Panthers, now 3-4, are next in action when they compete in the Prime Time Shootout at Trenton Catholic Academy from December 27 and 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team went 0-2 at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) tournament last week, Kerry Foderingham liked what he saw from his players.

“I was very excited and pleased with how we played, especially our last game,” said PDS head coach Foderingham, whose team fell 70-62 to the Solebury School (Pa.) last Friday and then lost 76-59 to Friends Central (Pa.) two days later. more

December 20, 2017

HARD DRIVING: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Maddie Coyne heads to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior star Coyne played well in a losing cause, contributing 12 points and 10 rebounds as PDS fell 60-35 at Stuart Country Day. The Panthers, now 1-5, are next in action when they compete in the Stuart Invitational Tournament from December 26-29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the final 21 minutes of its game at Stuart Country Day School last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team outscored the host Tartans 35-34.

But having fallen behind 26-0 in the first 11 minutes of the contest, the solid finish by PDS kept things respectable as Stuart prevailed 60-35.  more

G-FORCE: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Gia Massari sends the puck up the ice in recent action. Last weekend at PDS’s annual Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational, sophomore defenseman Massari starred at both ends of the ice. On Friday, she tallied three goals and an assist as the Panthers topped Summit 6-2 in an opening round contest. A day later, she scored the lone goal for PDS as it fell 4-1 to Chatham-Madison in the championship game. The Panthers, now 2-5, host Princeton High on January 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team fell behind visiting Chatham-Madison 2-0 in the second period last Saturday in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational, Gia Massari took matters into her own hands.

“When we were down, I was trying to carry the puck more to get us more opportunities to score,” said PDS sophomore defenseman Massari. more

By Bill Alden

Brendan Rougas toiled for the Princeton High junior varsity boy’s basketball squad last winter.

Last Friday, junior guard Rougas made his first varsity start as PHS hosted Lawrence High in its season opener, and he didn’t waste any time making an impact.

Rising to the occasion, Rougas drained a three-pointer to open the contest and added another bucket moments later, setting the tone as the Little Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back on the way to a 60-34 victory. more

MAX EFFORT: Hun School boys’ basketball Max Gussen looks to unload the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior forward Gussen scored 14 points but it wasn’t enough as Hun lost 67-57 to the Perkiomen School (Pa.). The Raiders, who fell 69-58 to The Master’s School (N.Y.) on Saturday to drop to 2-7, are next in action when they host the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Max Gussen took a hit early on as the Hun School boys’ basketball team hosted the Perkiomen School (Pa.) last Thursday evening.

“I was a little off because I had the bloody nose in the beginning of the game so that took me off rhythm,” said senior forward Gussen. “Coming back I felt pretty good.” more

LOCKED IN: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey goalie Boris Gorelenkov prepares to stop a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, Gorelenkov made 24 saves as PDS edged perennial powerhouse Delbarton 1-0. The Panthers, who defeated Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 7-0 last Thursday to improve to 6-3, are next in action when they host their annual Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational from December 29-30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Boris Gorelenkov realized that the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team faced a major challenge as it hosted perennial powerhouse Delbarton last Wednesday.

“We knew that they were a team that has won 95 percent of their games over the last 10-15 years,” said PDS senior goalie Gorelenkov. more

GRAND MOMENT: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jalynn Spaulding dribbles upcourt in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior guard Spaulding eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her career as Stuart rolled to a 60-35 win over Princeton Day School. Spaulding scored 15 points in the victory to give her 1,008 points in her career. The Tartans, who improved to 5-1 with a 45-19 win over New Hope-Solebury High (Pa.) last Friday, are next in action when they host their annual Stuart Invitational Tournament from December 26-29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jalynn Spaulding knew she was seven points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark in her career as the Stuart Country Day School basketball team hosted Princeton Day School last Wednesday but she wasn’t focused on that milestone. more

December 13, 2017

MAN AMONG BOYS: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur heads up the ice last Friday against Morristown-Beard. Junior forward Mandleur scored three goals in the game as Hun pulled away to a 5-2 victory over the Crimson. The Raiders, now 2-1-1, play at the Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 14 before hosting Pingry on December 15 and Glen Rock High on December 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Hun School boys’ hockey team fell behind Morristown-Beard 2-1 early in the second period last Friday, Kyle Mandleur wasn’t overly concerned.

“We are pretty confident that we are a good team; they popped out and got a few on us,” said Hun junior forward Mandleur. “We always say we can score five a game so it didn’t really bother us.” more

By Bill Alden

Although her Princeton High girls’ swimming team suffered a lopsided defeat to WW/P-North last Thursday, Carly Misiewicz doesn’t view that result as a harbinger of things to come this winter.

“I don’t think today was the best demonstration or display of our potential and everything that we have,” said PHS head coach Misiewicz, noting that she was missing some key swimmers due to club commitments and a band trip as the Little Tigers fell to 2-2. “When everyone is here, that gives us a true showing of who we are and who we have.” more

DYING TO WIN: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich passes the ball in action last season. Junior forward Dyevich figures to be a go-to player for PHS this winter. The Little Tigers, who are welcoming new head coach Dave Kosa, tip off the 2017-18 season when they play at Lawrence High on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dave Kosa has experience guiding a varsity basketball program at Princeton High, having served as the head coach of the boys’ squad from 2002-07.

Over the last decade, Kosa turned his focus to the girls and expanded his hoops resume, working as assistant coach for the St. Rose girls’ team before stints as the head coach of the Haddonfield and Piscataway girls’ programs. more

WEBB SEARCH: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Isaac Webb dribbles the ball in a game last year. PHS is looking for junior guard Webb to provide production and athleticism from the perimeter this winter. The Little Tigers get their 2017-18 campaign underway when they host Lawrence High on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Zahrion Blue was a one-man show last winter for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team, averaging 22.3 points a game in his senior campaign.

As PHS head coach Pat Noone looks ahead to the upcoming season, which tips off when the Little Tiger host Lawrence on December 15, he will be employing a share-the-wealth approach. more

By Bill Alden

As it hosted WW/P-North last Thursday, the Princeton High boys’ swimming team sensed that it faced a big challenge.

“I knew that North was pretty good this year from scouting reports and hearsay from kids on our team,” said PHS head coach Carly Misiewicz. “In the beginning of the meet we were a little unsure of what was going to happen.”

The Little Tigers made things happen, battling the Northern Knights throughout the meet on the way to a narrow 90-80 defeat. more

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey Coby Auslander races up the ice in a game last year. Last Wednesday, junior forward and co-captain Auslander enjoyed a career game, tallying five goals and three assists to help PDS defeat the Portledge School (Pa.) 9-5. Over the weekend, the Panthers went 2-1 at the Albany Academy (N.Y. ) Rider Cup tournament as they moved to 4-3 on the season. In upcoming action, PDS hosts the Delbarton School on December 13 before playing at Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a frustrating 1-0 loss to North Yarmouth Academy (Me.), Coby Auslander and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team were looking to break the ice early as they hosted Portledge School (N.Y.) last Wednesday.

“We always look to get that first goal,” said junior forward and team co-captain Auslander. “It is important to score that first one and get the boys going.” more

December 6, 2017

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson goes after the puck in a game last season. Junior forward Patterson scored two goals as PDS topped Pingry 7-2 in its season opener on November 28. The Panthers, who moved to 1-1 with a 6-1 loss to Morristown-Beard last Friday, host Hill School (Pa.) on December 6 and Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on December 8 before playing at the Portledge School (N.Y.) on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With just two seniors on its roster this winter, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team is going to be a work in progress.

“We have a really good group, they are really good to each other and they are really supportive already so it is a good start,” said PDS head coach Lorna Cook, who guided the Panthers to a 15-11-1 record last season. more

DIGGING IN: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit dribbles up the court in a game last season. Junior captain and star guard Coit started the 2017-18 season with a bang last weekend at the Solebury School (Pa.) tournament. He scored 34 points in a 90-71 loss to Pennington last Friday in the opening round of the tourney and then tallied 18 points in a 76-59 win over the George School (Pa) on Saturday in a consolation contest. The Panthers, now 1-1, host the George School on December 8 in a rematch of the consolation game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Kerry Foderingham has been preaching a positive message in taking the helm of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team.

“The things I have been emphasizing a lot with them is confidence and not being afraid to make mistakes,” said Foderingham, the successor to Tim Williams, the PDS athletics director who guided the Panthers to one Prep B title in his four seasons at the helm. more

HIGH BEAM: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer controls the ball in a game this fall. Senior midfielder Beamer led PHS with 22 goals this fall, helping the Little Tigers advance to the state Group 4 title game and finish with a 17-6-1 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Will Hare was the understudy to frontrunner Alex Roth for the Princeton High boys’ cross country team in 2016 while Drew Beamer provided cover in the midfield for the PHS boys’ soccer team last season as senior stars led the way.

This fall, however, Hare shot to the front of the pack for the Little Tigers with Roth having graduated and competing at Penn while Beamer emerged as one of the top scorers in the area. more

IN SYNCH: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jalynn Spaulding dribbles upcourt in a game last season. Last weekend, senior guard Spaulding helped Stuart reach the final of the Peddie School Girls Tip-Off tournament as it started the 2018-19 campaign. On Friday, she scored 10 points to help the Tartans edge host Peddie 44-43 in an opening round contest. A day later, she tallied six points in a losing cause as Stuart fell 50-26 to Pennington in the title game. The Tartans are next in action when they compete in the Mercersburg (Pa.) showcase where they face St. Ann Bayfield on December 8 and Stone Ridge (Md.) on December 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Justin Leith is looking to up the ante for his Stuart Country Day basketball team this winter.

“We are trying to step up the schedule and take the program to the next level,” said Stuart head coach Justin Leith.

“We had won the George School (Pa.) tournament at least two years in a row, it wasn’t as competitive. We were invited to the Peddie tournament and we decided to enter.” more

November 29, 2017

HARD DRIVING: Hun School girls’ basketball player Nicole Angelini drives to the hoop in action last season. Hun is depending on sophomore guard Angelini, who also stars at soccer, to provide athleticism and hustle. The Raiders get their 2017-18 season underway this week by hosting Germantown Friends (Pa.) on November 28 and then playing at Padua Academy (Del.) on December 2 and at Lawrenceville on December 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last winter, the Hun School girls’ basketball team authored an inspiring turnaround story, posting a 10-14 record after going 1-22 in 2015-16.

Adding some promising newcomers to go with a superb contingent of returners, the Raiders are poised to make more progress this season. more

IN THE FAST LANE: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niels Lane puts up a shot in a game last season. Sophomore guard Lane figures to be a go-to player for the Raiders this winter. Hun tips off its 2017-18 campaign when it hosts the Haverford School (Pa.) on November 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Hun School boys’ basketball team is welcoming back a solid core of returners, it still has room for growth.

“We are coming along,” said Hun head coach Jon Stone, who guided the Raiders to an 11-15 record last winter. “We have a lot returning but the guys are still young.” more

OPENING SALVO: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Justin Joyce controls the puck in a 2016-17 contest. Last Monday, senior forward Joyce contributed a goal and three assists to help PHS defeat Nottingham 11-1 in its season opener and first game under new head coach Tim Chase. The Little Tigers play the Hun School on December 1 at the Ice Land Skating Center before facing Lawrence on December 4 at the Mercer County Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tim Chase enjoyed a superb hockey career, starring at Brown University before joining the Montreal Canadiens organization in 1993 and making several stops in his stint as a pro.

After hanging up his skates during the 2005-06 season, Chase went into the financial sector as a trader. more

SHERMAN’S MARCH: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Eric Sherman controls the puck in a game last winter. Senior star defenseman and captain Sherman is primed to produce a big final campaign. PDS starts its 2017-18 season this week by hosting Seton Hall Prep on November 28, St. Joe’s Metuchen on November 30, and North Yarmouth Academy (Maine) on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Scott Bertoli isn’t sure whether his Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team is going to be dominant this winter, he is certain that it will provide plenty of entertainment.

“Our speed is a tremendous asset and that has been really evident through the first three scrimmages and even just watching them practice,” said PDS head coach Scott Bertoli, who guided the Panthers to a 13-11-2 record last winter as they won the state Prep title. more

ACTION JACKSON: Hun School boys’ hockey goalie Jackson Cole dives to make a save in a game last winter. Sophomore Cole will be looking to build on a solid debut season for the Raiders. Hun gets its 2017-18 campaign underway this week by playing at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) on November 29 before hosting Princeton High on December 1 and LaSalle College High (Pa.) on December 6 at the Ice Land Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Quality over quantity is going to be the theme for the Hun School boys’ hockey team this winter.

“We have got a barebones team, we will have a core of 13 varsity skaters, three lines of forwards, four defensemen, and a goalie,” said head coach Ian McNally, who guided Hun to an 8-16 record last season and its fourth straight Mercer County Tournament title. more

November 22, 2017

MO ON THE GO: Princeton High football player Moses Mahiri fights for yardage in a game this fall. Senior running back/linebacker Mahiri set a positive tone along with his classmates as PHS went 0-10 this fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After losing all nine of its regular season games, the Princeton High football team was primed to end the fall with a victory as it played at North Plainfield in an NJSIAA regional crossover game.

But in a microcosm of the 2017 campaign, PHS lost starting quarterback Ryan Benattar to injury early in the November 9 contest as it dug a big hole on the way to a 54-0 loss. more

SMART SET: Princeton High girls’ volleyball player Rachel Cheng sets up a ball in a match this season. Senior star Cheng helped PHS post a 31-2 record this fall. The program, which was in its fifth season on the varsity level, earned its first-ever wins in state tournament play, advancing to the Group 4 quarterfinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Making history, the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team posted its first-ever wins in state tournament play as it advanced to the Group 4 quarterfinals.

But in a measure of how far the program has come in its five years on the varsity level, the players weren’t satisfied with that tourney run.

“It definitely feels good, it is exciting; we made it to the point of what the seeding would dictate, a fourth against a fifth, which was good,” said PHS head coach Patty Manhart, whose team fell 2-1 to Westfield in the state quarters on November 4 as the Blue Devils prevailed 25-16, 15-25, 25-17. more

By Bill Alden

Competing in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) last Saturday at Holmdel Park, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team took another step in solidifying itself as one of the elite programs in the state.

After placing first at the MOC in 2016, PHS finished a strong fourth in this year’s race, just seven points out of third as it had a score of 118 with Hopewell Valley coming in at 111 to make the top three.

“Obviously we will always talk about the fact that we won the MOC last year but now we have been on the podium two years in a row,” said PHS head coach Jim Smirk, reflecting on the competition which was won by Christian Brothers Academy. more