October 4, 2017

VALUE ADDED: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany, left, controls the ball in recent action. Last Monday, junior star midfielder Radvany helped PDS defeat Pennington 4-0. The Panthers, now 6-3, host the Hill School (Pa.) on October 4 before playing at Hopewell Valley on October 7 and at Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Hosting Lawrenceville last Thursday in a rematch of the 2016 Mercer County tournament final, the Princeton Day School field hockey dug an early 2-0 hole.

But PDS, which fell 3-0 to Lawrenceville in that MCT showdown last fall, didn’t fold.

“We had a lot of energy,” said PDS star junior midfielder Val Radvany. more

September 27, 2017

SAVE SITUATION: Hun School field hockey goalie M.C. Shea guards the cage in recent action. Last Friday, junior star Shea made 17 saves in a losing cause as Hun fell 3-0 to Montgomery. The Raiders, who moved to 0-3-1 with the setback, play at WW/P-North on September 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

M.C. Shea has been a busy girl this fall for the Hun School field hockey team.

The junior goalie had averaged 16 saves in Hun’s first three games coming into its game against visiting Montgomery last Friday. more

CENTER STAGE: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Ali Hannah sends the ball up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday senior center back Hannah scored a goal to help Stuart defeat Mount St. Mary 2-0. The Tartans, who improved to 3-2-1 with the victory, are slated to host Lawrence on September 29 and WW/P-North on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ali Hannah prides herself on bringing a special vision to the game for the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team.

“I am the center back, it is a good role for me,” said senior star Hannah. 

“It fits my personality because I see the big picture. I see that during the game. When I see my opportunity to go up and help out on the offensive end, I take advantage of that.” more

By Bill Alden

The Princeton High boys’ cross country team may have a target on its back this fall but it isn’t running scared.

Last fall, PHS produced a season for the ages, winning the county meet, the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional crown, and the state Group 4 title before culminating 2016 by winning the Meet of Champions for the first time in the program’s history. more

By Bill Alden

After producing a breakthrough 17-5 campaign in 2016, the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team couldn’t wait to get back on the court this fall.

“The message was that it feels like we are picking up where we left off,” said PHS head coach Patty Manhart.

“When you don’t graduate too many starters, it is a huge difference moving forward from last year to this year.”

In the wake of last season’s success, Manhart has raised the bar schedule-wise. more

GIFT OF GRAB: Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Patrick Jacobs scoops up the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star Jacobs made 10 saves in a losing cause as PHS fell 3-0 to visiting Westfield. The Little Tigers, who moved to 4-1-1 with the setback, host Hightstown on September 28 before playing at Hamilton on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a 5-0 win over Lawrence High a day earlier, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team found itself in an uphill battle when it hosted powerful Westfield last Wednesday. 

Although generating some scoring chances, PHS couldn’t stymie Westfield and surrendered a pair of goals to trail 2-0 at halftime. more

SPRINTING TO VICTORY: Princeton University football player Charlie Volker eludes a foe in 2016 action. Last Saturday at Lafayette, junior running back Volker, an Ivy League champion sprinter, rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to help the Tigers cruise to a 38-17 win over the Leopards. Princeton, now 2-0, hosts Columbia (2-0) on September 30 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into its clash at Lafayette last Saturday, the Princeton University football team was determined to unleash its ground attack.

“We felt that we weren’t tight enough in our run blocking; we weren’t doing a great job on our double teams, getting at the backers,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. more

BACK ON TRACK: Princeton University field hockey player Maddie Bacskai controls the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, senior star Bacskai scored the lone goal as 17th-ranked Princeton defeated No. 24 Boston University 1-0 to post its third straight win. The Tigers, now 4-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, host Yale on September 29 and play at No. 6 Syracuse on October 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Running through a gauntlet of nationally ranked foes, the Princeton University field hockey team went winless in its first four contests against Top 20 squads this fall.

Last week, 17th-ranked Princeton broke through against No. 10 Maryland, posting a dramatic 2-1 win over the Terps on September 19, taking a 2-0 lead and then holding off a furious charge from their foes. more

SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High girls’ distance runner Chloe Taylor competes in a track meet this past spring. Last Saturday, senior star Taylor helped the PHS girls’ cross country team take fourth in the Girls Varsity 1 race at the Bowdoin Cross Country Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Taylor placed seventh individually, covering the 5,000-meter course in 20:38.40. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Jim Smirk, guiding the Princeton High girls’ cross country team this fall has centered on blending some key veterans with precocious newcomers.

A pair of seniors, Chloe Taylor and Lauren Cleary, along with freshmen Charlotte Gilmore and Chloe Ayers, and sophomores Erica Oake and Lizzy Hare, have been running at the front of the pack for PHS. more

September 20, 2017

IN GOOD HANDS: Hun School girls’ soccer goalie Leah Sutphen gathers in the ball last Thursday against Princeton Day School. Junior goalie Sutphen played a superb game in a losing cause, making nine saves as Hun fell 1-0 to PDS in overtime on an own goal. The Raiders, who improved to 3-1 with a 1-0 win over Monroe, play at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on September 22 before hosting Pennington on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Joanna Hallac sensed that her Hun School girls’ soccer team was going to find itself in a nail-biter as it played at Princeton Day School last Thursday.

With the local rivals having played a number of one-goal games in recent years, the 2017 meeting between the local rivals followed that script. more

By Bill Alden

With his Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team having posted three 3-2 wins on the way to a 4-0 start, Ed Tseng is seeing parallels between the squad and a storied baseball team of the 1990s.

“We have a pretty deep team, I look at it as like the 1996 Yankees where nobody was a superstar but everyone stepped up,” said PDS head coach Tseng. more

TIGHT BATTLE: Princeton Day School girls soccer star Maddie Coyne, left, battles Bryonna Worthy of the Hun School for the ball last Thursday. Senior defender Coyne’s free kick in overtime led to an own goal against Hun which gave the Panthers a hard-fought 1-0 victory over their local rivals. PDS, which moved to 3-2 with a 1-0 win over Wardlaw-Hartridge last Monday, plays at Blair Academy on September 23 before hosting Peddie on September 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Maddie Coyne wasn’t trying to do anything fancy for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team as she launched a free kick early in overtime against Hun last Thursday.

“I was looking to get into the general direction of goal, that is always my goal on those,” said PDS senior star center back and co-captain Coyne. more

HIGH WATTAGE: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Spencer Watts smacks a forehand last fall. Sophomore Watts has moved up to the first singles spot this fall for PHS, starring as the Little Tigers have produced a 6-0 start. PHS was slated to play at Hightstown on September 19 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament on September 25 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although it is just a few weeks into the 2017 season, the Princeton High girls’ tennis team has already experienced more than its share of upheaval. more

EARLY SALVO: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Devon Lis controls the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday against visiting WW/P-South, Lis scored an early goal to set the tone as PHS pulled away to a 3-0 win over the Pirates. The Little Tigers, who tied Robbinsville 0-0 last Friday in moving to 2-2-1, host Nottingham on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Devon Lis is primed to shoulder more responsibility this fall in her senior season with the Princeton High girls’ soccer tam.

“I am definitely stepping up into that leadership position, I want to push our team,” said Lis, who is serving as the co-captain of the squad with classmate Colette Marciano. more

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s soccer team, the cozy confines of its Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium have been decidedly unfriendly so far this season.

In its home opener against Seton Hall on September 7, the Tigers squandered a 3-0 lead on the way to a 4-3 defeat in overtime. more

ATTACK MODE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mikaela Symanovich controls the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, senior defender Symanovich tallied a goal as 20th-ranked Princeton defeated Delaware 3-0. The Tigers, now 7-1, host Yale on September 23 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Mikaela Symanovich has established herself as a stalwart on the back line for the Princeton University women’s soccer team, that doesn’t mean she can’t be a threat on the attacking end as well. more

STRONG START: Princeton University football player Stephen Carlson heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted the University of San Diego in its season opener. Making his first career start, junior receiver Carlson came up big, making six catches for 94 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tigers prevail 27-17. Princeton plays at Lafayette on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Fireworks exploded over one side of Powers Field as the Princeton University football team ran on the field for its season opener last Saturday against visiting University of San Diego.

Minutes later, Princeton junior receiver Stephen Carlson helped ignite fireworks on the field for the Tigers. more

BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton High football player Evan Angelucci eludes a tackler in recent action. Junior running back Angelucci has emerged as a bright spot for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers, who moved to 0-3 with a 53-18 loss to Hightstown last Saturday, are next in action when they play at Lawrence High on September 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having been outscored 75-0 in losing its first two games, the Princeton High football team reached into its bag of tricks as it hosted Hightstown last Saturday.

Looking to catch the Rams by surprise, PHS started the game with an onside kick. The gamble paid off as the Little Tigers recovered the ball and proceeded to march to the Hightstown five-yard-line. more

CLAWING BACK: Hun School field hockey player Claudine Chiminski goes after the ball in recent action. Senior captain Chiminski is bringing experience to the Hun midfield. The Raiders, who fell to 0-1-1 with a 3-2 loss to Pennington last Thursday, host Montgomery on September 22 before playing at Stuart County Day School on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Kathy Quirk acknowledges that her Hun School field hockey team lacks experience, she believes it possesses a lot of grit.

“We lost 12 seniors last year and the year before that we lost 13,” said Hun head coach Quirk. more

September 13, 2017

ON THE BALL: Hun School girls’ soccer player Kendall Dandridge, right, battles for the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Dandridge figures to be a force on the back line in her final campaign for the Raiders. Last Saturday, Dandridge and the Raiders got things off on the right foot, edging Ewing 2-1 in their season opener. Hun plays at Princeton Day School on September 14, hosts Monroe Township High on September 16, and then plays at Oak Knoll on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Hun School girls’ soccer doesn’t boast quantity in terms of numbers this fall, it does possess quality all over the field.

“Our numbers are pretty thin but the core group that we have coming back is good and strong,” said Hun head coach Joanna Hallac, who guided the Raiders to a 7-10-2 record in 2016. “We have added a couple of newcomers.”

The  Hun defense figures to be the strength of the team this fall, featuring senior Kendall Dandridge, junior Olivia McNulty, senior Jenna Jarvis, freshman Amanda Jenkins, and junior Brenna Wehner. more

It didn’t take long for the Hun School football team to pick up where it left off last year as it hosted Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada in its 2017 opener on Saturday.

Coming off an 8-0 campaign and riding a 22-game winning streak, Hun jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest, opening the floodgates for a rout. By the end of the first quarter, the Raiders led 35-0 and never looked back on the way to a 63-6 victory over the Knights. more

By Bill Alden

Wesley Leggett had his foot encased in an ice pack after the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team played its season opener last Wednesday but he was all smiles.

PDS junior star Leggett tallied the initial goal of what turned out to a be a 5-0 win for the Panthers over visiting Wardlaw-Hartridge. more

FAST START: Princeton Day School field hockey player Sasha Sindhwani, left, goes after the ball in a game last season. Last Friday, Sindhwani scored two goals and chipped in an assist to help PDS defeat South Hunterdon 6-0 and improve to 2-0. A day earlier, Sindhwani had a goal and an assist as the Panthers topped Stuart Country Day 6-0 in their season opener. The Panthers are slated to host George School (Pa.) on September 15 before playing at Peddie on September 18 and at Hun on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sasha Sindhwani came out firing as the Princeton Day School field hockey team hosted South Hunterdon last Friday.

PDS junior forward Sindhwani scored 58 seconds into the contest and added another tally late in the first half, helping the Panthers roll to a 6-0 victory.

“We just went out there with all that we have got,” said Sindhwani.  more

HEADS UP: Princeton High boys’ soccer star Quentin Pompliano, left, heads a ball in a 2016 game. Last Thursday, senior Pompliano, who has moved to forward this year after playing on the back line last fall, scored the initial tally as PHS defeated Steinert 5-1 in its season opener. The Little Tigers, who tied Notre Dame 0-0 last Monday to move to 1-0-1, host Robbinsville on September 15 and Lawrence High on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After starring on the back line for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team last fall, Quentin Pompliano has been moved up the field to play forward for the 2017 campaign.

For senior Pompliano, going to striker has been like a homecoming for him. more

COACHES’ CORNER: Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace talks with his coaches during the program’s recently held Media Day. Princeton is coming off an 8-2 campaign last fall that saw it share the Ivy League title with Penn. The Tigers get their 2017 season underway when they host the University of San Diego on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University football team is coming off an 8-2 campaign in 2016 that saw it tie Penn for the Ivy League title and has been picked to finish first along with Harvard for the upcoming season by the media poll, Bob Surace doesn’t view his squad as a powerhouse just yet. more