December 4, 2019

IN THE ZONE: Hun School football player Ian Franzoni races up the field this fall. Senior running back and Brown commit Franzoni had a huge final campaign for the Raiders, gaining 1,178 yards rushing on 87 attempts for an average gain of 13.5 yards a carry. He ran for 12 touchdowns and also made 12 receptions for 322 yards and four TDs. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ian Franzoni was primed to assume a leading role this fall for the Hun School football team.

After paying his dues the previous three seasons as the backup to star running back Josh Henderson, now playing for the University of North Carolina, Franzoni stepped into the starting tailback spot for the season opener at Cheshire Academy (Conn.) in early September.

In a sign of things to come, Franzoni piled up more than 300 yards total offense against Cheshire, including kick returns, rushing, and receiving as the Raiders rolled to a 44-7 win.

A week later, Franzoni showed that his opening salvo was no fluke, rushing for 275 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries in the victory as Hun routed Canada Prep 50-8. more

MAC ATTACK: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Drew McConaughy chases down the puck in a game last winter. Junior forward McConaughy figures to be a key offensive threat for the Panthers this season. PDS opens its 2019-20 campaign on December 4 by facing St. Joe’s Prep School (Pa.) at the University of Pennsylvania 1923 Rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the graduation of its big three of star forwards — Coby Auslander and Ty Eastman along with standout defenseman Chip Hamlett — there will be new faces in new places this winter for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team.

“We are definitely going to have a young group, we have 12 new players,” said PDS head coach Scott Bertoli, who led the Panthers to a 14-12-1 record last winter.

“It is a group that is buying into what we are doing. The kids are excited, they are eager, and they want to learn.”

PDS opens its 2019-20 campaign on December 4 by facing St. Joe’s Prep School (Pa.) at the University of Pennsylvania 1923 Rink, resulting in a steep learning curve for the young Panthers. more

READY TO ROCK: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Rocco Salvato controls the puck in action last winter. Senior star Salvato is looking to have a big final campaign for PHS. The Tigers, who will be guided by new head coach Joe Bensky, are scheduled to face Lawrence High on December 4 at Mercer County Park in their first game of the 2019-20 season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Joe Bensky has spent a lot of time around Colonial Valley Conference (CVC) hockey.

He starred for the WW/P-North boys’ hockey team from 2009-12 and later served as an assistant coach for the WW/P coop squad in the 2017-18 season.

Now Bensky is taking on a big role with another CVC program as he is taking the helm of the Princeton High boys’ hockey program, succeeding Tim Chase as the head coach of the team.

When Bensky, who played club hockey at East Stroudsburg University and The College of New Jersey and works as school counselor at Ewing High, found out that he got the PHS job, he was elated.

“I was really, really excited, I knew they were a pretty talented group,” said Bensky, who is taking over a team that went 14-10-3 last winter, advancing to the Mercer County Tournament final and the quarterfinals of the state Public B tourney. more

KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION: Hun School basketball player Kennedy Jardine dribbles the ball in a game last season. Junior guard Jardine figures to be a go-scorer for the Raiders this winter. Hun was slated to open its 2019-20 campaign this week by hosting Germantown Friends (Pa.) on December 3 and then playing at the St. Luke’s School (Conn.) on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

There is a good vibe around the Hun School girls’ basketball team as it gets ready to tip off its 2019-20 campaign.

“We have had a couple of scrimmages and the girls have played extremely well,” said Hun head coach Bill Holup, who led the Raiders to a 9-14 record last winter and is in his 21st season guiding the program. “They are very positive and upbeat.”

Holup is expecting a positive contribution from junior star guard Kennedy Jardine as she has refined her game.

“Kennedy is stronger and better; she is looking to attack the basket more,” said Holup, whose team tips off the season this week by hosting Germantown Friends (Pa.) on December 3 and then playing at the St. Luke’s School (Conn.) on December 7.

“She still has her three-point shot but she has really expanded her game. Her ball handling is good. In the past, she pretty much stayed on the perimeter. It is good to be more than one-dimensional.” more

X-MAN: Hun School boys’ basketball player Xander Alvarado gets the ball upcourt in a game last winter. Senior point guard Alvarado will be counted on to trigger the Hun offense this winter. The Raiders were slated to tip off their 2019-20 season by hosting the Haverford School (Pa.) on December 3 and then playing at St. Benedict’s Prep on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jon Stone is dealing with a problem regarding his Hun School boys’ basketball team this winter that would be the envy of many coaches.

“It is a little unique this year, I have 11 guys who can play, there are definitely some interchangeable positions,” said Hun head coach Stone, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the program and guided the Raiders to an 11-14 record last winter. “We are just incredibly deep. Figuring out the rotation is going to be my biggest challenge without a doubt.”

Hun’s rotation boasts four returning guards in senior Xander Alvarado, senior Liam Gunnarson, senior Dylan Knight, and sophomore Daniel Vessey. more

B-LINE: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Nia Melvin heads upcourt in a 2018 game. Junior guard Melvin, who has helped Stuart win state Prep B titles in her first two seasons with the program, has emerged as a key leader for the squad. The Tartans open their 2019-20 season by hosting Kings Christian on December 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While bombing three-point shots has become a predominant focus at all levels of basketball in recent years, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team will be employing a bit of an old school approach this season.  more

November 27, 2019

By Bill Alden

Will Asch knew that his Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team faced an uphill battle as they competed in the state Prep B tournament in late October to culminate the season.

“There were some incredibly good singles players in the Prep B this year, two on Ranney and two on Gill St. Bernard’s; certainly all four of them would have been among the best in Mercer County,” said PDS head coach Asch.

“There wasn’t really much of a chance at first or second singles for anybody else.”

But making the most of its chances in the other flights, PDS got state titles at third singles from freshman Neha Khandkar and at first doubles from juniors Hayden Masia and Hannah Van Dusen.

As a result, PDS took second in the team standings behind champion Gill St. Bernard’s. more

TOP GUN: Princeton Day School boys’ cross country star Gunnar Clingman heads to the finish line in a race earlier this fall. Junior Clingman placed second individually in the state Prep B championship meet to help PDS take fourth in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Things looked bleak for the Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team as it convened for its 2019 campaign.

“We lost two of our top three runners that were supposed to come back and I was thinking this was going to be a disaster,” said PDS head coach John Woodside.

But with some veterans making progress and some newcomers stepping up, the Panthers made strides through the fall and culminated the season by finishing a strong fourth at the state Prep B championship meet  at Blair Academy earlier this month.

“We showed very well, it was the best we had done there in a while,” said Woodside, whose team had 102 points in taking fourth with Newark Academy winning the meet with a score of 28. more

ALEX THE GREAT: Hun School boys’ soccer goalie Alex Donahue sends the ball up the field in a game this fall. Junior Donahue emerged as a star for Hun, earning All-Prep A first team honors. The Raiders advanced to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and the state Prep A semis on the way to posting a 6-10-3 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the early stages of the 2019 season, the Hun School boys’ soccer team didn’t look like it was destined to do any damage in postseason play.

The Raiders suffered three straight losses in the first two weeks of the season, getting outscored 10-5 in those setbacks. 

Undeterred by the shaky start, Hun regrouped and ended up advancing to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals and the state Prep A semis.

“It is the first time we won a county game and a state game in the same year a while,” said Hun head coach Pat Quirk, whose team ended 2019 with a final record of 6-10-3. “It was good for the younger guys to see what it takes to win in those tournaments.”

Two of the squad’s older guys, senior Brian Spencer and junior Amar Anand came through in a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against Blair in the opening round of the Prep A tourney.

“It was a back and forth game; it was a battle,” recalled Quirk. more

STICKING WITH IT: Hun School field hockey player Catherine Argiriou dribbles the ball in a game this fall. Senior Argiriou provided leadership and production for Hun as it showed improvement down the stretch. After starting 0-9, the Raiders ended up with a 3-15 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Hun School field hockey team started this fall by losing its first nine games, it would have been understandable if its players had simply thrown in the towel on the season.

Instead, the Raiders didn’t stop grinding, sharpening their skills and earning three wins over the last few weeks of the season.

“They kept getting better,” said Hun head coach Tracey Arndt, who was in her first season guiding the program.

“I was really proud of them that they continued to work hard no matter what with the setbacks and adversity they had.”

Displaying that progress, the Raiders gave second-seeded Lawrence a battle in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament, falling 2-0 after having lost to the Cardinals 6-0 two weeks earlier in a regular season contest. more

November 20, 2019

MILES TO GO: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Miles Ryan controls the ball in a game this fall. Sophomore midfielder Ryan was one of several young players who stepped up this season for PHS as it went 14-7 and advanced to the Mercer County Tournament semifinals and the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarters. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Wayne Sutcliffe has never guided such a young Princeton High boys’ soccer team in his 23 years as head coach of the program as he had this fall.

There was not a senior on the field when fifth-seeded PHS lost 1-0 to 13th-seeded and eventual sectional finalist, Long Branch, on November 1 in the Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinal.

While the harsh finality of the result stung, the Tigers could look ahead with justified optimism to the 2020 season.

“There’s clear desire on their part to win some silverware next year,” said Sutcliffe.  more

SPOILS OF VICTORY: Members of the Princeton Football Club (PFC) Porto U-12 boys team show off the trophy and medals they earned for winning the New Jersey Youth Soccer State President’s Cup earlier this month. The PFC team edged Cinnaminson SC Union 2-1 in overtime in the championship game on November 3 at the Capelli Sports Complex in Tinton Falls. By winning the New Jersey title, PFC qualified to compete in the East Regional, which will be held next June in Barboursville and Charleston, W. Va. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Nishanth Balaji, Mario Radzicki, Quinn Shannon, Gus Shapiro, Siddarth Goyal, and Logan Miller. In the back row, from left, are Coach Yordan Hristov, Aaron Thyrum, Vidur Jain, Trey McFadden,  Billy Crawshaw, Declan Hughes, Christian Tharney, Ivan Marinov, and Aahil Sikkander.

By Bill Alden

Yordan Hristov sensed that his PFC Porto U-12 boys’ soccer team was poised for a championship run this fall.

Hardened by losing in the state quarterfinals last spring as the bounces didn’t go the club’s way, Hristov saw a greater resolve in his players.

“I felt going into this season that we have something special going on,” said PFC Porto head coach Hristov.

“We are more prepared a little more mature and smarter. We have a little bit more determination and we all have a better understanding and the experience of the past.” more

November 13, 2019

MIDFIELD MAESTRO: Zoe Sarnak displays two of her many talents, recently performing on stage, left, and playing soccer for the Harvard women’s soccer team in 2006. Sarnak, a stellar midfielder for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team from 2001-04, will be inducted in the PHS Athletic Hall of Fame this Saturday. (Photos provided by Zoe Sarnak and Harvard Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

As an award-winning composer and lyricist, Zoe Sarnak relishes the process of combining her talents with others to create productions.

For Sarnak, working together to achieve something special stems naturally from her experience as a star midfielder for the Princeton High girls’ soccer program more than a decade ago.

“Team sports were really good because they taught me how to play a certain leadership role on a team; I definitely think they helped me in my career,” said Sarnak, a 2005 PHS grad now based in New York City whose professional resume includes such theater and songwriting honors as winning the Jonathan Larson Award and the Davenport Contest and being named as a finalist for the Fred Ebb Award, Kleban Prize, Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, and the NY Stage & Film’s Founders Award. more

SERVE AND PROTECT: Princeton High girls’ volleyball player Emily Dobler blasts a serve in a match last season. Last Thursday, senior libero Dobler contributed 10 digs and nine service points in a losing cause as seventh-seeded PHS fell 2-1 to 10th-seeded East Brunswick in the second round of the state Group 4 tournament. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 19-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into the fall, the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team was looking for someone to fill the critical libero role.

“The libero serves as a defensive specialist and playmaker, wearing a different color jersey than her teammates to signify her unique responsibilities.

While PHS senior Emily Dobler had never played that position before, she reluctantly agreed to give it a shot.

“This is my first year paying libero, I used to be a hitter on the front row,” said Dobler.

“I wasn’t that excited about it at the beginning of the year, but it is really fun to work on getting the passes there and getting them up. I am improving on that because I never thought of myself as a passer.” more

FAST COMPANY: Members of the Princeton High girls’ cross country team take off at the start of the Mercer County Championships last month. This past Saturday, PHS took third in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet. As a result of making the top five, the Tigers qualified to compete in the state Group 4 meet this Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Three apples a day keeps the Princeton High girls’ cross country season going.

“We’ve all been eating apples all year,” said PHS veteran stalwart Lizzy Hare with a laugh. “That’s the key.”

Last Saturday at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, Hare, the lone senior in the Tiger top seven, posted a personal record of 20:37 over the 5,000-meter course to come in fourth out PHS’s scoring five runners and help the squad place third in the meet.

“I think it’s very inspiring,” said Hare. “It’s really pushing us. We want to hopefully make it to Meet of Champs this year. It’s a big goal. We’ll have another hard week of training to hopefully make it out next week.” more

November 6, 2019

THRUST AND PARI: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Tulsi Pari gets the ball up the field last Friday against Newark Academy in the state Prep B final. Senior defender Pari helped top-seeded PDS edge Newark Academy 2-1 to earn the program’s sixth straight Prep title. The Panthers finished the fall with a 16-3-1 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for Tulsi Pari to realize that playing for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team meant that you had a bull’s-eye squarely on your back.

“It is a lot of pressure because coming in freshman year we already had that legacy and everything,” said senior defender Pari.

“Riley [Felsher], Bri [Astbury] and Ariana [Jones] are all in this together with me. The whole team has worked hard to keep this legacy up.”

Last Friday, Pari and classmates Felsher, Astbury, and Jones helped write another chapter in the program’s storied legacy as the top-seeded Panthers edged third-seeded Newark Academy 2-1 in the state Prep B final to earn their sixth straight state title and end the fall at 16-3-1. more

COMING TOGETHER: Princeton High girls’ soccer players Morgan Beamer, left, and Vanessa Ponce celebrate a goal in recent action. Fueled by team chemistry, PHS went 8-6-3 this fall, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament before getting edged 1-0 at Old Bridge in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the PHS girls’ soccer team didn’t go as far in postseason play as it had hoped, Val Rodriguez believes that her senior group helped the squad accomplish something special.

“I had a group of girls that I enjoy spending time with; they are good kids, they are fun kids with good character who care about each other,” said PHS head coach Rodriguez, whose senior group included Morgan Beamer, Caroline Ealy, Molly Frain, Kirin Kunukkasseril, Shaylah Marciano, Eva Petrone, Voula Papakonstantinou, and Lauren Rougas.

“I finally reached my goal here, creating a team like that, being part of a team like that. They made that a priority this year and they stayed committed to it from start to finish. The seniors work hard, they are committed to the game and a lot of them are going on to the next level to play college sports of some kind, either lacrosse or soccer.” more

October 30, 2019

GILMORE GIRL: Princeton High girls cross country runner Charlotte Gilmore displays her form on the way to finishing third individually at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Gilmore’s strong performance helped PHS take fourth in the team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having emerged as the leader of the pack for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, Charlotte Gilmore is gaining strength from numbers.

“Working as a pack has been our main focus this season and it has helped everyone,” said junior standout Gilmore.

“It has helped me individually because I know that when I pass someone, that makes it easier for the people behind me to pass them. It helps knowing that I am not just running for myself but for everyone and having that duality.”

Last Friday at the Mercer County Championships, Gilmore passed just about everybody, placing third individually in the girls’ varsity race, helping PHS take fourth in the team standings behind champion Allentown and runner-up WW/P-North and WW/P-South.

“Last year I came in 14th here, so that is exciting,” said Gilmore, who clocked a time of 19:27 over the 5,000-meter course.

“It was really cool to know from the opening to see everyone go to the front of the race and to know I am running with them.”

Running with a full squad helped PHS stay near the front of the race. more

SHEER BRILLIANCE: Princeton Day School field hockey goalie Lexie Hausheer goes to her knees to guard the cage in a 2018 game. Last Wednesday, senior star Hausheer came up big to help second-seeded PDS blank third-seeded Stuart Country Day 1-0 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers went on to fall 2-0 at top-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Prep B final last Monday to end the fall 8-7-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Lexie Hausheer has been a fixture in goal for the Princeton Day School field hockey team, starting from day one as a freshman in 2016.

Over the last four seasons, Hausheer has established herself as one of the top goalies in the area, helping the Panthers to a state Prep B title, two runner-up prep finishes, and two appearances in the Mercer County tournament final.

So when second-seeded PDS hosted third-seeded Stuart Country Day School in this year’s Prep B semis last Wednesday afternoon, Hausheer was determined to extend her career for one more game.

“I did not want my high school career to end today and I know that none of our seniors did,” said Hausheer. “We did lose a couple of key players but the whole season, this was the goal.” more

By Bill Alden

John Woodside knew that his Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team wasn’t going to be in the hunt for a title as it ran in the Mercer County Championships last Friday.

“This race today for us is not about where we are going to place, we are not able to compete with this level,” said PDS head coach Woodside.

Instead, Woodside was looking for his runners to compete hard in the competition held at Washington Crossing Park.

“We try to go out and have each one of them run their best,” said Woodside. “I think they had great spirit and great effort. The results were good.”

PDS got a very good effort from junior Gunnar Clingman, who took 31st individually in the boys’ varsity race, clocking a time of 17:11 over the 5,000-meter course. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Aislynn Macco, right, goes after the ball in recent action. Last Monday, sophomore midfielder Macco tallied a goal with 25 seconds left in regulation to help top-seeded PDS rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat fifth-seeded Montclair Kimberley 2-1 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers, now 15-3-1, will host third-seeded Newark Academy in the Prep B title game on November 1 as they go for their sixth straight Prep crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After his Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team edged Princeton High 2-1 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals to follow up a regular season win over the crosstown rival, Pat Trombetta noted how tough it is to beat a good foe twice in the same campaign.

PDS faced the same situation in the MCT semis when the second-seeded Panthers took on a third-seeded Pennington School team it had defeated 3-1 on September 19 during regular season play.

In the rematch, a fired-up Pennington squad put the pressure on from the opening whistle, jumping out to a 1-0 halftime lead.

“In the first half, they were all over us,” said PDS head coach Trombetta. more

FINAL PUSH: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Caroline Mullen pushes the ball upfield in recent action. Senior star and co-captain Mullen enjoyed a big final campaign, helping Stuart go 11-4-1 and reach both the Mercer County Tournament final and the state Prep B semis. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When it was over, the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team didn’t want to leave the field.

Long after falling 1-0 to Princeton Day School last Wednesday in the state Prep B semis to end its season, the Stuart players sat in a circle on the ground near the bench talking things over.

Surveying the scene, Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik wasn’t surprised to see her players lingering together for one last chat with the squad’s senior group of Caroline Mullen, Aditi Mehndiratta, and Caroline Letrent. more

WILD ABOUT HARRY: Hun School boys’ cross country star Harry Carter heads to the finish line at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Sophomore Carter finished 11th individually to help Hun take eighth place in the team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Hun School boys’ cross country star Harry Carter didn’t achieve his goal coming into the Mercer County Championships but he was still all smiles after the meet last Friday afternoon at Washington Crossing Park.

“I was shooting for a particular place, 10th, so I was one short,” said sophomore Carter, who clocked a time of 16:30 over the 5,000-meter course in taking 11th in the boys’ varsity race. “Last year I was 52nd so I did a lot better than last year.”

In reflecting on that progress, Carter credited coaching and some inspiration from one of team’s previous stars.

“Our new coach [Kurt Wayton] is really good,” said Carter, whose effort helped Hun take eighth place in the team standings at the event won by WW/P-North.

“Literally, he has helped me with everything. He has taught me so many new techniques and so many new types of training to get much better. Also, my former teammate from last year, Martin Adams motivated me to keep pushing and training.”

Pushing harder in training has helped Carter reach a higher level. “I have upped my mileage a lot in particular,” said Carter. “I am doing more like 50-60 miles a week now; last year I was at 20-30.” more

TRIPPED UP: Hun School football player Ian Franzoni gets corralled in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Franzoni rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause as Hun fell 35-32 to Peddie. The Raiders, now 6-2, wrap up their season by playing at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Ian Franzoni scored three long touchdowns for the Hun School football team, but it was small-yardage situations that were the undoing for the Raiders in a 35-32 loss to visiting Peddie last Saturday.

“Those types of things made a difference,” said Hun senior star running back and captain Franzoni. “We missed on three or four two-point conversions. We missed on the fourth down, that’s on me. It is what it is. We worked really hard. Those little short yardage things could have made a difference. You can’t change it now.”

Peddie improved to 7-0 while Hun dropped to 6-2. Their only other loss came at the hands of Life Christian Academy, a school in Virginia that plays a national schedule. Hun hadn’t won a game by less than 37 points on the field with a 44-7 win over Chesire Academy (Conn.) on September 7 being its closest game coming into Saturday. Hill forfeited to them October 12 and Hun routed Blair 50-12 on October 5 and Lawrenceville 54-7 on October 19. The sixth Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) school, Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), dropped football this year. Those circumstances made the game feel even bigger Saturday. more

October 23, 2019

TARTAN PRIDE: Members of the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team celebrate after scoring a goal against Allentown in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday night. Seventh-seeded Stuart upset the third-seeded Redbirds 4-0 to make the final for the first time since 2008. Two days later, the Tartans went on to fall 1-0 to top-seeded and four-time defending country champion Lawrenceville in the final. This week, Stuart will pursue another title as it competes in the state Prep B tourney. The third-seeded Tartans topped Newark Academy 3-0 in an opening round contest last Monday to improve to 11-3-1 and will play at second-seeded Princeton Day School in the semis on October 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Missy Bruvik wasn’t sure that she had the pieces in place to mold the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team into a championship contender as the squad hit the field for preseason this August.

Missing players due to injury, travel, and other commitments, Stuart had only 11 or 12 people show up for some training sessions.

But once the school year started, things started to look up for the Tartans as the roster filled out. more