January 11, 2017

RUSH HOUR: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush handles the ball last Saturday against Penn. Sophomore guard Rush scored a career-high 15 points but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Penn 62-57 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, now 6-8 overall and 0-1 Ivy, hosts Brown on January 13 and Yale on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gabrielle Rush was a member of the supporting cast last winter for the Princeton University women’s basketball team in her freshman season. more

ON A ROLL: Princeton University women’s hockey player Claire Thompson fires the puck up the ice last Friday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman defenseman Thompson contributed three assists in the game to help Princeton prevail 4-0. A day later, Thompson and the Tigers edged Harvard 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to eight. Princeton, now 12-6-2 overall and 8-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Cornell on January 13 and at Colgate a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s hockey team struggled to a 5-6-1 start this season, one of the low points came in mid-November when the Tigers fell 3-2 in overtime to previously winless Dartmouth. more

STREAK BUSTERS: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Max Garlock controls the puck in action last Friday against Notre Dame. Junior defenseman Garlock had two assists in the contest as PHS edged the Irish 4-3, snapping their 81-game winning streak against Colonial Valley Conference foes. The Little Tigers, now 10-0-2, have a rematch against Notre Dame on January 11 at the Mercer County Park rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High boys’ hockey team, last Friday was a date that had been circled on its calendar for a while. more

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Ryan Lisk races up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior forward Lisk scored two goals to help PDS top Wyoming Seminary in a game decided by a shootout after the teams tied at 2-2 through regulation and overtime. On Monday, Lisk chipped in a goal and an assist as PDS defeated Hun 5-1 and improved to 8-4-2. In upcoming action, the Panthers host the Hill School (Pa.) on January 11 before heading to New England to face Northfield Mt. Hermon (Mass.) on January 13 at Amherst College and play at the Pomfret School (Conn.) on January 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Lisk isn’t the biggest, fastest, or most skilled forward on the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team.

But while Lisk doesn’t stand out, his wily play in the crease has helped him emerge as a clutch goal scorer for PDS. more

SHOOTING STAR: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Bridget Kane puts up a jump shot in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior guard and team captain Kane scored 10 points to help PDS edge Princeton High 38-32. On Monday, Kane scored eight points in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 48-42 to Pennington. PDS, now 4-6, hosts Kings Christian on January 11 and Lawrenceville on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trailing 26-15 at halftime against visiting Hun School last Thursday, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team wasn’t about to throw in the towel against its crosstown rival. more

It hasn’t taken long for Jada Jones to find a home with the Hun School girls’ basketball team.

The sophomore transfer from Randolph is thriving on and off the court at her new school.

“I  like it a lot better; here I am playing my true position and they are also giving me the green light to stretch out,” said Jones.

“My true position is shooting guard and last year I was playing point guard. I am glad I came. I like the whole vibe of the team, everything is better, I love coach (Bill) Holup. I love the school.” more

MAN POWER: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur  controls the puck in a game last season. Last week, sophomore forward Mandleur tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun overcome a 2-0 first period deficit on the way to a 3-2 win over St. Joseph High (Metuchen). Hun, which fell 5-1 to Princeton Day School last Monday to move to 4-8, plays at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 11 before hosting Lawrenceville on January 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last winter, Kyle Mandleur made an impact for the Hun School boys’ hockey team as a freshman by virtue of his imposing 6’3 frame and a powerful shot.  more

January 4, 2017

FLYING HIGH: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook flies upcourt in recent action. Last Sunday against visiting Cal Poly, senior star Cook scored a game-high 24 points to help the Tigers prevail 81-52 and post their third straight win. Cook was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Princeton, now 7-6, opens Ivy play by hosting Penn on January 7. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s basketball team fell 96-90 at Monmouth on December 20, Mitch Henderson saw that performance as a turning point for the Tigers. more

CAT FIGHT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer controls the puck. Last Sunday, senior star and team captain Koelzer contributed two assists to help Princeton defeat Quinnipiac 3-2. It marked Princeton’s first win over the Bobcats since January, 2011 as it went 0-12-2 in the rivalry over the last six years. The Tigers, now 10-6-2 overall and 6-4-1 ECAC Hockey, host Dartmouth on January 6 and Harvard on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning to action after a 20-day holiday hiatus, the Princeton University women’s hockey team looked rusty as it hosted Penn State last Saturday. more

PARTING SHOT: Zach Halliday, left, holds off a foe in action for the Tufts University men’s soccer team this past fall in its run to the NCAA Division III national title. Senior midfielder and co-captain Halliday, a former Princeton High standout, scored the game-winning goal in the national semis on an assist from his younger brother, Kevin, a junior midfielder for the Jumbos. (Photo by Alonso Nichols/Tufts)

Stumbling out of the gate with a 3-3-1 record this past fall, the Tufts University men’s soccer team didn’t appear to be on its way to a championship campaign. more

BREAKING OUT: Mary Travers, middle, goes after the ball in postseason action this past fall for the Tufts University field hockey team. Junior star Travers, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped Tufts advance to the NCAA Division III title game where the Jumbos fell to Messiah on penalty strokes after the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime. Travers enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, tallying nine goals and eight assists, earning first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and second-team All-American honors along the way. (Photo by Anna Miller/Tufts)

Disappointed by how things went in her sophomore season with the Tufts University field hockey team in 2015, Mary Travers was hungry to step up this past fall. more

DYE HARD: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Catherine Dyevich passes the ball in action last week at the Stuart Invitational Basketball Tournament. Sophomore Dyevich earned All-Tournament honors as the Little Tigers went 1-2 at the tourney to take fourth place. PHS, now 3-3, plays at Hamilton on January 6, hosts Princeton Day School on January 7, and WW/P-N on January 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Catherine Dyevich was confident that she could make an impact in moving up to the Princeton High girls’ varsity basketball team on a full-time basis this winter as a sophomore. more

PASSING GAME: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark passes the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, sophomore forward Clark scored 14 points but it wasn’t enough as the Tartans fell 48-42 to Kent Place in overtime in the championship game of their Stuart Invitational Basketball Tournament. It was the first loss of the season for the Tartans, who moved to 9-1. In upcoming action, Stuart hosts Nottingham on January 5 and Randolph on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bey-Shana Clark had reason to be upset after the Stuart Country Day School basketball team fell short of winning its annual holiday invitational tournament, squandering a late lead in losing to Kent Place in overtime last Friday in the championship game of the tourney. more

December 28, 2016

GOLD STANDARD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson makes a save for the U.S. national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rising Princeton University senior Johnson helped the U.S. go on an undefeated run to the gold medal at the Rio Games. (Photo Courtesy of U.S.A. Water Polo)

Across the sporting landscape, 2016 was a year of turbulence and unpredictability featuring such startling developments as the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908, the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals and earn that city’s first major pro title since 1964, and Villanova capping an unlikely run to the NCAA men’s basketball title with a buzzer beater for the ages. Of course, on the political scene, Donald Trump’s stunning win in the U.S. presidential election was the shocker of shockers. more

DRIVING FORCE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith drives to the basket in a game during the 2015-16 season. Last Wednesday, senior co-captain Smith scored 12 points to help Princeton rout Wagner 107-44 as the Tigers set a program record for most points in a game, breaking the mark set against Portland State (104) on December 19, 2014. Princeton, now 5-6, plays at Georgia Tech on December 29 and at Lipscomb on December 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Vanessa Smith got off to a slow start this season for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, getting up to speed after dealing with a foot injury over the offseason. more

WALL BANGER: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon McCormick heads up the ice in recent action. Last Thursday against Wall High at Baker Rink, senior star forward and captain McCormick tallied three goals and an assist to help PHS rally from a 5-2 deficit to pull out a 5-5 tie. The Little Tigers, now 7-0-2, are next in action when they face Steinert on January 3 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High boys’ hockey team trailing Wall Township 3-0 last in the first period last Thursday at Baker Rink, Brendon McCormick gave PHS a much-needed spark.

Senior star forward and captain McCormick battled in the crease and found the back of the net to narrow the gap to 3-1 heading into the first intermission. more

MAN UP: Hun School boys’ hockey player Kyle Mandleur controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Sophomore forward Mandleur tallied three goals for Hun as it defeated Academy of New Church (Pa.) 8-0 on December 16 to improve to 2-3. The Raiders are in action this week when they compete in the Purple Puck tournament in the Washington, D.C. area from December 28-30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing three of its first four games, the Hun School boys’ hockey team was hoping for a breakout game when it hosted Academy of New Church (Pa.) earlier this month. more

December 21, 2016

ACTION JACKSON: Princeton University men’s hockey player Jackson Cressey heads up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman forward Cressey tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-4 to No. 19 Minnesota State, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Tigers. Going 7-2 after an 0-6-1 start, Princeton brings a 7-8-1 overall record into the holiday break and a shot of confidence as it looks forward to the second half of the season. The Tigers are on a hiatus until they play at Dartmouth on January 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University men’s hockey team trailing No. 19 Minnesota State 2-0 heading into the second period last Saturday, the Tiger players realized that they just had to be themselves to make a rally.  more

MYLES TO GO: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens drives around a foe in a game last winter. Last Wednesday against visiting Saint Joseph’s, sophomore guard Stephens, a former Pennington School standout, made his first career start for Princeton, contributing 12 points and six rebounds in a losing cause as the Tigers fell 76-68 to the Hawks. Princeton, which moved to 4-5 with the defeat, was slated to play at Monmouth on December 20 and at Bucknell on December 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Myles Stephens was in the starting lineup for the first time in his career and Devin Cannady was making his fourth-ever start as Princeton University men’s basketball team welcomed Saint Joseph’s to Jadwin Gym last Wednesday. more

ON POINT: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Sam Serxner looks to pass the ball last Friday night as PHS opened the season against visiting WW/P-S. Senior point guard Serxner scored a team-high 17 points to help PHS prevail 57-41 in the debut for new head coach Pat Noone. The Little Tigers host Nottingham on December 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With new coach Pat Noone taking the helm of the Princeton High boys’ hoops program, the intensity level has been racheted up. more

GETTING AFTER IT: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Alexa Zammit heads up the ice in a game last season. Junior defenseman and assistant captain Zammit has tallied a goal and an assist so far this season as PHS has gotten off to a 0-2 start, falling 7-4 to Pingry in its opener on December 13 and then losing 9-3 to Princeton Day School a day later. The Little Tigers play at Mater Dei on December 22 before going on holiday break. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although his Princeton High girls’ hockey team lost its first two games this winter, Christian Herzog has seen some encouraging signs. more

STRONG COFFEY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Tyler Coffey heads up ice in game last season. Over the weekend, junior forward Coffey starred as PDS won the championship at its 47th annual Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. On Friday, Coffey scored three goals to help PDS defeat Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 8-1 in an opening round contest. A day later, Coffey chipped in two assists as the Panthers topped Chatham High 4-0 in the championship game. PDS, which improved to 6-3-1 with the win over Chatham, was slated to play at Don Bosco on December 20 before taking a holiday hiatus. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having missed some games earlier this season with a leg injury, Tyler Coffey made up for lost time last weekend as the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team hosted its 47th annual Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kristi Serafin controls the puck in recent action. Last weekend, senior captain and star defenseman Serafin starred as PDS won its Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. On Friday, Serafin tallied a goal and two assists to help PDS defeat Summit 13-4 in an opening round game. A day later, Serafin chipped in two assists as the Panthers topped Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 6-1 in the championship game. PDS, now 5-1, is next in action when it hosts Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kristi Serafin and her teammates on the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team were determined to give a little more at both ends of the ice as they hosted Rye Country Day (N.Y.) in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. more

KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Hun School girls’ basketball player Jada Jones puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. The addition of sophomore transfer Jones has helped the Raiders get off to a 2-4 start, already doubling last year’s win total when they went 1-22. Hun is next in action when it plays at Princeton Day School on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For many basketball teams, getting off to a 2-4 start would be a cause for concern. more

LEADING THE WAY: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Maddie Michaels drives to the hoop in recent action. Last Thursday against Princeton Day School, junior forward and team captain Michaels scored eight points to help Stuart prevail 62-32. The Tartans, who improved to 7-0 with a 52-33 win over Manville last Monday, are next in action when they host their Stuart Invitational on December 27, 28, and 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting its Great Road rival Princeton Day School last Thursday, the Stuart Country Day basketball team had plenty of reason to be fired up. more