November 16, 2016

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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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PENNED IN: Princeton University football player James Gales brings down a Penn player last Saturday. Senior defensive back Gales had an interception and six tackles to help the Tigers beat the Quakers 28-0. Princeton, which improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 Ivy League with the win, plays at Yale (2-6 overall, 2-3 Ivy) on November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last fall, a blocked field goal on the last play of regulation helped doom the Princeton University football team to a 26-23 overtime loss at Penn. more

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HIGH HOPES: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson, center, talks to his players after a recent practice session. Returning all of its starters from last year’s team that went 22-7 and make a trip to the NIT, Princeton is brimming with optimism as it heads into the 2016-17 campaign.  The Tigers tip off regular season play with a game at BYU on November 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Mitch Henderson makes no effort to downplay the high hopes surrounding the Princeton University men’s basketball team as it starts the 2016-17 campaign. more

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NEW LOOK: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart, right, enjoys a light moment with sophomore guard Jordan Muhammad last week at the program’s annual media day. Banghart faces a major challenge this winter as the program lost five stellar seniors and 92 percent of its scoring from a 2015-16 squad that went 23-6 and earned the Ivy League’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA basketball tourney. Princeton opens its 2016-17 season by hosting Rider on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having taken the Princeton University women’s basketball team from the  bottom of the Ivy League to five league crowns and six trips to the NCAA tournament in nine seasons at the helm, Courtney Banghart knows something about rebuilding. more

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CREASE CONTROL: Princeton University women’s ice hockey goalie Alysia DaSilva guards the crease in action last weekend. Junior DaSilva made 38 saves in a 3-1 loss to St. Lawrence on Friday and then had 28 stops in a 4-2 loss to Clarkson a day later. Princeton, now 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Harvard on November 11 and at Dartmouth on November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The first home weekend of the season for the Princeton University women’s hockey started last Friday evening with banners being unfurled on the wall of Baker Rink with 2016 added to each. more

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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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TOUGH TO STOP: Princeton University football player Isaiah Barnes fights for extra yardage in recent action. Last Saturday at Cornell, senior receiver Barnes enjoyed a career game, making seven catches for 170 yards, including a 95-yard TD reception, as Princeton rolled to a 56-7 win over the Big Red. It was the second-longest touchdown pass in Princeton history, trailing only a 99-yard connection between Matt Verbit and Clinton Wu in a 2003 win at Brown. Princeton, now 5-2 overall and 3-1 Ivy League, hosts Penn (5-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy) in a crucial league contest on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the wake of the Princeton University football team’s painful overtime loss to Harvard on October 22, Bob Surace admonished his players to move on.  more

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ATTACKING POSITION: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom establishes position in a game earlier this season. Sophomore Asom came up big last week, scoring the lone goal for Princeton in a 1-1 tie against Bucknell on October 25 and then notching three tallies in a 6-1 win at Cornell last Saturday. She was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her production. Princeton, now 10-4-2 and 2-3-1 Ivy League, concludes regular season play by hosting Penn on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its game last week against visiting Bucknell, the Princeton University women’s soccer team was a frustrated bunch. more

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MAX EFFORT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Veronneau races up the ice in action last season. Sophomore forward Veronneau had an assist in a losing cause as Princeton opened its 2016-17 campaign by falling 6-2 at Michigan State last Friday. A night later against the USA-Under-18 team, the Tigers showed progress, rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 5-4 win in the overtime contest. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend by playing at St. Lawrence on November 4 and at Clarkson on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ron Fogarty, it was a homecoming when the Princeton University men’s hockey team opened its season by heading to Michigan last weekend. more

 

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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 28, 2016

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DEFENSIVE FORCE: Princeton University football player Kurt Holuba heads upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, junior defensive end Holuba recorded a career-best 10 tackles and three sacks in a losing cause as Princeton fell 23-20 in overtime to visiting Harvard. Holuba was later named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week for his performance The Tigers, now 4-2 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, play at Cornell (3-3 overall, 1-2 Ivy) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University football team trailing Harvard 14-0 at halftime last Saturday in a clash of Ivy League unbeatens, it got a spark from an unlikely source. more

October 26, 2016

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SUPER SAVER: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney makes a save in action last year on his way to producing a program single-season record 1,058 stops and earning second-team All-Ivy League honors. The Tigers will be depending on Phinney to stand tall again between the pipes this season as they look to improve on the 5-23-3 record they posted last season. Princeton opens its 2016-17 campaign by playing at Michigan State on October 28 and facing the U.S. Under-18 team in an exhibition game a day later in Plymouth, Mich. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In his first two years guiding the Princeton University men’s hockey team, Ron Fogarty has preached patience as he has built the foundation to get the program back on the winning track. more

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OPENING SALVO: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Contini controls the puck along the boards in a game last season. Last weekend, senior forward and assistant captain Contini starred as the seventh-ranked Tigers opened the season by topping Providence College 4-2 and 7-3 in a two-game set. Contini scored two goals in the opener and then added a goal and two assists a day later. Princeton, now 2-0, plays at Brown (2-0) on October 28 and at Yale (2-0) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After enduring weeks of grueling preseason training, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was primed for the regular season as it played a two-game set at Providence College to open its 2016-17 campaign. more

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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