December 9, 2015

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FAST START: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Abbey Berloco displays her freestyle form in a race last year. Sophomore sprint star Berloco helped PHS defeat WW/P-S 121-49 last Thursday, winning the  50 and 100 freestyle races and helping PHS take first in both the 200 medley and 400 free relays. The Little Tigers, who improved to 2-0 with the win, have meets at WW/P-N on December 10 and at Steinert on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Abbey Berloco enjoyed a sensational freshman campaign last winter for the Princeton High girls’ swimming team.

The sprinting star earned the girls’ Most Valuable Swimmer award at the Mercer County Championships, winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle races as PHS won its third straight county crown and then helped the Little Tigers win the Public B Central Jersey sectional title and advance to the B state final, where they fell 100-70 to Scotch Plains-Fanwood. more

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TAKING THE FLOOR: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Chase Lewis handles the ball in action last winter. PDS will be looking for junior guard Lewis to trigger its offense as it looks to get off to a good start under new head coach Tim Williams. The Panthers were slated to tip off the 2015-16 season by playing at Solebury School (Pa.) on December 8 and at the Pennington School on December 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tim Williams plans to speed things up this winter in his first season as the head coach of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball program. more

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STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Shayla Stevenson heads to the hoop in a game last season. PDS will be looking to junior guard Stevenson to be a key contributor again this winter. Tipping off the 2015-16 campaign by competing in the Hill School (Pa.) Invitational last weekend, PDS topped host Hill 32-15 in the first round on Friday before falling 62-38 to Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) in the championship game. In upcoming action, PDS hosts Pennington on December 9 before playing at Stuart Country Day on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team got better and better as the season unfolded. more

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AROUND THE BEND: Hun School boys’ hockey player Jon Bendorf fires the puck up the ice in recent action. Last Friday, junior forward Bendorf tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Calvert Hall (Md.) 4-1 for its first win of the season. Last Monday, Bendorf contributed a goal in a losing cause as Hun fell 3-2 to Princeton Day School. The Raiders, now 1-2-1, host LaSalle College High (Pa.) on December 9 before playing at Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jon Bendorf’s future in hockey over the next few years is set as he has committed to join the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s program and was selected in the seventh round of the USHL draft this spring
by the Madison Capitols. more

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DRIVE-THROUGH: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall Carpenter drives past foes from the Shipley School (Pa.) in action last Sunday. Senior guard Carpenter scored 14 points in the game to help Hun edge Shipley 58-56. The Raiders, now 1-2, play at St. Benedict’s on December 9 before taking part in the Peddie School Invitational Tournament from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School boys’ basketball team is welcoming a number of new faces this year, Jon Stone has shown a flair for getting the pieces to fit together over his 16 seasons at the helm of the program. more

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HOT COFFEY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey goes after the puck in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Coffey scored two goals to help PDS top Montclair Kimberley Academy 4-0. Last Monday, he chipped in a goal and an assist as the Panthers edged Hun 3-2 to improve to 3-0. PDS will take part in the Albany Academy (N.Y.) Tourney from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Tyler Coffey, his freshman season with the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team last winter turned into a bit of a nightmare. more

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ROSY OUTLOOK: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Rose Tetnowski brings the ball up the court in a game last winter. Senior guard Tetnowski will be counted on to provide leadership and production this winter for Stuart. Tetnowski and the Tartans came up big last weekend as they won the George School (Pa.) Invitational, defeating the Solebury School (Pa.) 48-30 in the opening round on Friday before topping Calvary Christian 54-27 in the title game on Saturday. Stuart, now 3-0, plays at Villa Victoria on December 9 before hosting Princeton Day School on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking the helm of the Stuart Country Day School girls’ basketball team last winter, Justin Leith aimed to have his players show a deeper commitment to the game.

As Leith looked ahead to the 2015-16 campaign, he believes that his approach is resonating with his players. more

December 2, 2015

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GOAL-ORIENTED: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Hannah Bunce dribbles the ball in a game this fall. Junior star Bunce emerged as the go-to scorer for PDS as the Panthers won the state Prep B title and posted a 17-2-1 record. Bunce scored a team-high 17 goals for PDS and tallied the winning goal in overtime as PDS edged Montclair Kimberley 1-0 in the state Prep B final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last spring, Hannah Bunce emerged as a go-to scorer for the Princeton Day School girls lacrosse team, helping it roll to the state Prep B title.

Coming into the fall, PDS girls’ soccer head coach Pat Trombetta was hoping that junior Bunce could fill the same role for his squad.

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DIESEL POWER: Hun School boys’ hockey goalie Diesel Pelke makes a save in action last season. Hun will be relying on senior star Pelke to have a big year as it looks to maintain its place among New Jersey’s elite teams after going 22-3-3 last year in winning both the state Prep title and the Mercer County Tournament crown. The Raiders, who started their 2015-16 season by losing 5-2 to Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 18, host Don Bosco Prep on December 2 and Calvert Hall (Md.) on December 5 at Ice Land Skating Center before playing at Princeton Day School on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, the Hun School boys’ hockey team went 6-0-1 in its first seven games on the way to producing one of the great seasons in the program’s history as it went 22-3-3, winning both the state Prep title and the Mercer County Tournament crown.

Hun started this season by losing to 5-2 to Holy Ghost (Pa.) on November 18, giving graphic evidence that it will have to modify its style to maintain its place among New Jersey’s elite teams. more

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LEADING ROLE: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Ashley Cavuto races up the ice in a game last winter. PDS is looking to junior star Cavuto to provide leadership and production for a squad welcoming a number of new faces. The Panthers team was slated to open its 2015-16 season by playing at Wyoming Seminary (Pa. ) on December 1 before hosting Portledge School (N.Y. ) on December 3 and Summit High on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As preseason practice began for the Princeton Day School girls’ ice hockey team last month, head coach Lorna Cook may have felt like she needed a program to identify her players.

There were only five returners among the 19 players who hit the ice for the Panthers with eight freshmen, four sophomore newcomers, and two new juniors. more

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BIG MAC: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon -McCormick controls the puck in a game last season. Junior forward -McCormick  figures to be a go-to scorer for PHS this winter. The Little Tigers start their 2015-16 campaign by facing Nottingham on December 3 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton High boys’ hockey team has suffered some heavy graduation losses, saying goodbye to eight seniors from last year, the formula for success remains the same. more

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ON THE DEFENSIVE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Gianluca Travia guards the blue line in a game last season. Junior Travia is being counted on to spearhead the PDS defense this winter as it looks to bounce back from a 3-16-1 season last year. The Panthers were slated to start the 2015-16 campaign by hosting St. Joe’s Prep on December 1, Montclair Kimberly on December 2, and the Hun School on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School boy’s hockey team took its lumps.

As the proud program endured a 3-16-1 campaign, its younger players were fighting a losing battle on a nightly basis. more

November 25, 2015

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CLEAR-MINDED: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Zoe -Tesone clears the ball in action this fall. Junior defender Tesone shored up the PHS back line, helping the Little Tigers reach the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals. PHS ended the season with an 11-5-1 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at fourth-seeded Monroe in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Princeton High girls’ soccer team felt it had the blueprint for an upset. more

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FINAL ROAR: Princeton High running back Rory Helstrom tries to break a tackle in a game this season. Senior star Helstrom scored the lone touchdown as PHS ended its season by falling 35-7 to visiting Millburn in a regional crossover game earlier this month. The Little Tigers finished the fall with a 4-6 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High football team got ready to host Millburn in a season-ending regional crossover game earlier this month, Charlie Gallagher was expecting a tight contest.

“I thought we matched up well against them,” said PHS head coach Gallagher. more

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NEW STAR: Stuart Country Day School field hockey goalie Alexxa Newman makes a save in a game this season. Junior Newman emerged as a star for the Tartans, recording six shutouts this fall in her first campaign as a starter. Newman’s heroics helped the Tartans win its last three games to post a 6-12-1 final record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Princeton Day School in the opening round of the state Prep B playoffs in late October, the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team could have gone through the motions in its remaining games. more

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SENIOR LEADER: Stuart Country Day school cross country runner Lindsay Craig displays her form in a race this fall. Senior star Craig placed 20th individually in the state Prep B meet this fall even though she wasn’t at full strength for much of the season. She helped Stuart finish fifth in the team standings at the Prep B meet and post a 10-0 record in dual meets. Craig earned All-Prep B honors all four years of her career.

Len Klepack was cautiously optimistic as his Stuart Country Day cross country team prepared for the fall.

“We felt we had a better team than we have had in the past,” said Stuart head coach Klepack. more

November 18, 2015

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LEAD GROUP: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth, left, races with the frontrunners in a recent meet. Last Saturday, junior star Roth took sixth individually at the Group 4 state championship meet at Holmdel, covering the 5-kilometer course in a time of 16:11. Roth’s heroics helped PHS finish fifth in the team standings and earn a wild card spot in the Meet of Champions (MOC), slated for November 21 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ cross country team hit the track to sharpen up for the Group 4 state championship meet with its final speed session, it was met with a drenching rain. more

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KNOCKED OUT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Alex Ratzan, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last week, Ratzan and third-seeded PHS fell 3-1 to seventh-seeded Freehold Township in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals. The defeat in the November 10 contest left the Little Tigers with a final record of 16-2-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A downpour pelted the players the Princeton High boys’ soccer team as it hosted Freehold Township last week in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals. more

November 11, 2015

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TITLE FIGHT: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Hannah Bunce, left, fights for the ball in recent action. Last week, junior star Bunce scored the winning goal as top-seeded PDS defeated second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 1-0 in overtime in Prep B title game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, the 2015 state Prep B girls’ soccer championship game had the makings of a nail biter as top-seeded Princeton Day School hosted second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy. more

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LAX BROS: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse stars, from left, Bobby Campbell, Chris Cahill, and Johnny Morris pose for the team photo before their senior season in 1978. The trio of Campbell, Cahill, and Morris were team tri-captains and formed one of the great midfield units in program history. This Saturday, Morris will be inducted into the tenth class of the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame.

As a kid growing up in Princeton in the late 1960s, Johnny Morris gave baseball a try but things didn’t go well.

“My father and brother would throw a baseball at me and I would put my head away,” said Morris. “I was scared to death of a fly ball.” more

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RISING TO THE OCCASION: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Nick Halliday, left, heads the ball in recent action. Last Friday, senior midfielder Halliday helped set up two goals as third-seeded PHS topped sixth-seeded East Brunswick 3-1 in the Central Jersey Group 4 section quarterfinals. The win earned the Little Tigers a spot in the sectional semifinals where they were slated to host seventh-seeded Freehold Township on November 10 with the winner advancing to the title game on November 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although Nick Halliday isn’t one of the headliners on the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, he has a vital role on the squad. more

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ON THE BEAM: Princeton High quarterback Dave Beamer fires a pass in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Beamer connected on a touchdown pass in a losing cause as PHS fell 48-38 to WW/PN. The Little Tigers, who finished the regular season with a 4-5 record, will host Millburn on November 14 in a NJSIAA regional crossover game to wrap up the fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High football team was trailing WW/P-N 48-38 when it got the ball with 54.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Dave Beamer wasn’t about to give up. more

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PACK MENTALITY: Princeton High boys’ cross country runners take off at the start of the county meet last month at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Last Saturday, PHS returned to Thompson Park for the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet and took third in the team standings to earn a spot in the upcoming state Group 4 meet at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After finishing second in the county meet at Thompson Park in Jamesburg in late October, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team posted slower times on the course last Saturday in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet. more

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FRONTRUNNERS: Princeton High girls’ cross country runners, Lou Mialhe, left, and Chloe Taylor compete in a recent race. Last Saturday at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet, senior Mialhe placed ninth individually and sophomore Taylor took 10th to help PHS finish fifth in the team standings and secure the last qualifying spot for the upcoming state Group 4 meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High girls’ cross county team competed at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional meet last Saturday, its frontrunners did their job. more

November 4, 2015

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HAIL STORM: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Haley -Bodden boots the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, senior midfielder Bodden contributed a goal and an assist as fifth-seeded PHS routed No. 12 Sayreville 8-2 in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional. PHS, now 10-4-1, is slated to play at fourth-seeded Monroe in the sectional quarterfinals on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Haley Bodden was ready to leave it all on the field as the Princeton High girls’ soccer team faced Sayreville in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional last Monday.

“Definitely as a senior I wanted to put my all into this game,” said Bodden. more