February 6, 2019

SENIOR LEADER: Hun School girls’ basketball player Leah Sutphen, left, handles the ball in a game last season. This past Saturday, senior forward Sutphen scored eight points to help Hun defeat Pingry 57-39, coming up big as the program held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Raiders, now 9-10, play at Pennington on February 6 before competing in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament from February 8-10 at the Peddie School.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Leah Sutphen was determined to give her all last Saturday, playing in the final home game of her Hun School girls’ basketball career.

“It was a little bit upsetting, but I knew we should make the most of it and I think we did,” said Sutphen, reflecting on the emotions triggered by the ceremony that took part before the Raiders played Pingry.

With 5’6 forward and team co-captain Sutphen providing her usual brand of gritty play in the paint, Hun jumped out to a 26-14 halftime lead on the way to a 57-39 triumph over the Big Blue. more

AIDING AND ABETTING: Hun School boys’ hockey player Aidan McDowell goes after the puck in a game earlier this season. Senior defenseman McDowell’s production on the blue line has helped Hun go 12-8-1. In upcoming action, Hun will be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament as it goes after its sixth straight county crown. The Raiders are seeded first and are slated to play a quarterfinal contest on February 6 at the Mercer County Park rink with the victor advancing to the semis on February 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Aidan McDowell, the Senior Night celebration for the Hun School boys’ hockey team last week had special meaning even though he transferred into the program.

“Coming into Senior Night for us, it was a great moment for me and my family,” said Hun senior defenseman McDowell. “Just going through four years; coming here last year (from Manalapan) and having fun with the boys.”

Hosting Notre Dame in the January 29 contest at the Ice Land Skating Center, Hun had a lot of fun in the early going, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. more

January 30, 2019

SLAMMING SAM: Princeton University women’s squash player Sam Chai follows through on a shot in recent action. Senior Chai has starred at No. 5, helping the Tigers go 9-0 overall and 2-0 Ivy League. Princeton, currently ranked No. 1 in the Dunlop Women’s College Squash Association Team Rankings, hosts No. 5 Penn on January 30, No. 2 Harvard on February 2, and No. 9 Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

With her Princeton University women’s squash team lineup containing three freshmen and three sophomores in the top nine, Gail Ramsay wasn’t sure what to expect coming into the winter.

It didn’t take long for longtime Princeton head coach Ramsay to realize that her young squad could be something special this season.

Facing No. 4 Stanford on November 17 in its second match of the season, Princeton cruised to a 7-2 victory, making an early statement.

“They were a top 5 team, they are strong at the top,” said Ramsay, who is in her 25th season at the helm of the Tiger program. “I was really concerned.” more

RYAN’S HOPE: Princeton University men’s basketball player Ryan Schwieger puts on the defensive pressure in a game last year. This past Sunday, sophomore guard Schwieger scored a career-high 15 points, going 6-of-6 from the floor, as Princeton defeated Division III foe Wesley 91-62 in returning from a 15-day hiatus for exams. The Tigers, now 10-5 overall, resume Ivy League play with games at Columbia on February 1 and at Cornell on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s basketball team was on a 15-day hiatus for exams starting in mid-January, Ryan Schwieger managed to get his reps in.

“I have been working hard; I didn’t have that many exams so I was in the gym a lot, working with the guys,” said Schweiger. “We all got better over this little break.”

Schwieger’s hard work paid dividends as the Tigers returned to action last Sunday by hosting Division III foe Wesley. He tallied a career-high 15 points, going 6-of-6 from the floor, helping Princeton roll to a 91-62 win, improving to 10-5 overall. more

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: Hun School girls’ swimmer Marie-Eve Hebert heads to victory in the 200-meter freestyle at the Mercer County Championships last Saturday. Junior Hebert also prevailed in the 400 free, helping Hun to the team title, its first county crown in program history. The Raiders piled up 207 points in taking the championship, with WW/P-South coming in second at 175. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Standing in the starting blocks before swimming the anchor leg on the girls’ 400-meter freestyle relay last Saturday at the Mercer County Championships, Marie-Eve Hebert gave each of her arms a slap, readying herself for a big effort.

The Hun School junior transfer exploded into the water at the WW/P-North pool, churning out a blistering swim that helped the Raiders take second in the race.

That performance put the finishing touch on a remarkable day for the Hun girls as they earned the first county team title in program history. The Raiders piled up 207 points in taking the crown with WW/P-South coming in second at 175.  more

CO-STARRING: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Gefen Bar-Cohen heads to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, Bar-Cohen tallied 17 points to to help PHS edge Princeton Day School 70-68. The Tigers, who fell 58-56 to Hamilton last Friday in moving to 8-7, play at Robbinsville on February 1 and then host Notre Dame on February 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gefen Bar-Cohen served as a swing player for the Princeton High boys’ basketball program last winter as a sophomore.

He started the season on the junior varsity and was promoted to the varsity midway through the campaign.

Last Wednesday at Princeton Day School, Bar-Cohen helped swing a nip-and-tuck battle between the crosstown rivals in the favor of PHS, starring in the fourth quarter as the Tigers pulled out a 70-68 win.

Bar-Cohen made some key rebounds and hit four key free throws in the waning moments as the Tigers weathered the PDS surge.

“I have really been working on my free throws this year; I just knew that if I hit them the game was over,” said Bar-Cohen, who ended the evening with 17 points. “We have been in this position many times, so we just had to keep our composure and finish it out.” more

PASSING JUDGMENT: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Shaylah Marciano passes the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior point guard Marciano scored 12 points with six assists and six steals to help PHS defeat Princeton Day School 61-17. Two days later, Marciano contributed six points and eight assists as the Tigers defeated Hamilton 41-20 and improved to 12-4. PHS plays at Notre Dame on February 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Shaylah Marciano stays busy athletically throughout the school year for Princeton High.

Marciano is a star goalie for the PHS girls’ soccer team in the fall, a point guard for the basketball team in the winter, and a playmaking midfield for the lacrosse squad in the spring who was among the state leaders in assists last spring.

As a result, junior Marciano has developed a game sense and ability to see plays develop before they happen.

Last Wednesday, her savvy was on display as the PHS girls’ hoops team headed across town to face Princeton Day School.

With Marciano triggering the offense, the Tigers jumped out to a 16-5 lead. more

TEN SPEED: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Owen Tennant competes in the 200-meter individual medley last Saturday in the Mercer County Championships at the WW/P-North pool. Sophomore Tennant placed sixth in both the 200 IM and in the 100 backstroke, helping PHS take fifth of 13 schools in the boys’ team standings. The Tiger girls, led by junior Cameron Davis, finished sixth in their team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Carly Misiewicz would have liked to see her Princeton High boys’ and girls’ swimming squads in the hunt for team titles at the Mercer County Championships last Saturday at WW/P-North, she believes the program laid the foundation for future success.

Featuring a number of talented freshman performers, the PHS girls took sixth in their meet, which was won by the Hun School.

“I think the girls did a great job overall; our freshmen this year really stepped up,” said PHS head coach Misiewicz, citing the efforts of newcomers Abby Walden, Katie DiVenti, and Tracey Liu. “They were really excited about this meet coming into it, they had a little bit of nerves but nerves are good.” more

LINING IT UP: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Caroline Haggerty goes after the puck in a game last winter. Last Friday, junior defenseman Haggerty scored a goal to help PDS edge Immaculate Heart 2-1. On Monday, Haggerty chipped in a goal and two assists as the Panthers topped Princeton High 6-1 to improve to 9-9. PDS hosts Chatham Madison on January 30 before getting into postseason play. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In mid-January, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team edged Immaculate Heart Academy 3-2.

When the foes met for a rematch last Friday at PDS, it appeared that Immaculate Heart might be turning the tables on the Panthers as it took 1-0 lead early in the second period.

PHS junior defenseman Caroline Haggerty acknowledged that she felt a little edgy about round two with the Blue Eagles. more

COLD WAR: Princeton Day School boys’ player Ty Eastman, right, battles a Lawrenceville School player for the puck last Thursday as the rivals met in Hobey Baker Rink. Senior forward Eastman scored two goals in a losing cause as PDS fell 5-4 to the Big Red. The Panthers, who moved to 11-9-1 with the setback, play at St. Augustine on January 30 before hosting Seton Hall Prep on January 31 and Chatham High on February 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

A raucous throng of fans flocked to Hobey Baker Rink last Wednesday as the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team faced Lawrenceville in the latest installment of their heated local rivalry.

Minutes into the contest, the blue-clad PDS supporters were stunned into an uneasy silence as Lawrenceville jumped out to an early lead, scoring three unanswered goals in the first 12 minutes of the contest.

While that certainly wasn’t the game plan for the Panthers, senior forward Ty Eastman was confident that PDS could dig out of that hole. more

January 23, 2019

TALKING HEADS: Noah Savage, right and Derek Jones get ready to broadcast a Princeton University men’s basketball game at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Savage ’08, a former Princeton men’s hoops star, has joined the ESPN college hoops broadcasting team this winter as a color commentator.

By Bill Alden

Getting into standup comedy after graduating from Princeton University in 2008, Noah Savage has performed at such venues as Caroline’s and Gotham Comedy Club in New York City along with underground room and colleges on the east coast.

Last week, Savage brought his wit to a national stage in another context: providing color commentary for ESPN college men’s basketball broadcasts in Philadelphia and Tennessee, working the Davidson-Saint Joseph’s game on January 14 and the Tennessee State-Tennessee Tech contest last Thursday as part of his debut season with the network. more

EVIDENTLY GOOD: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Tim Evidente puts up a shot in recent action. Last Friday, sophomore guard Evidente scored four points as PHS fell 68-55 to visiting Allentown. The Little Tigers, who moved to 6-6 with the setback, were slated to play at Princeton Day School on January 23, host Hamilton on January 25 and then play at Trenton Central on January 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The pressure was on Tim Evidente as he stepped to the foul line for the Princeton High boys’ basketball team in the waning seconds of regulation last week against visiting WW/P-South last week.

PHS was clinging to a 38-36 lead over the Pirates in the January 15 contest and sophomore guard Evidente earned a one-and-one opportunity after getting fouled in the backcourt. more

By Bill Alden

Trailing Lawrence High 63-47 with four events left in a meet last Thursday, the Princeton High boys’ swimming team could have given up.

But by winning the 200 freestyle relay and then getting a victory from Jeshurun Reyen in the 100 breaststroke, PHS had a chance to win the meet if it placed one-two in the 400 free relay, the final event of the day.

While the Little Tigers ended up taking second in the relay to fall 92-78 to the visiting Cardinals at the John Witherspoon pool, PHS head coach Carly Misiewicz was proud that her swimmers kept fighting to the end. more

FREE FLOWING: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Cameron Davis displays her freestyle form in a race earlier this season. Last Thursday against visiting Lawrence High, junior star Davis prevailed in both the 100 and 200 freestyle races to help PHS win the meet 116-54. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete at the Mercer County Championship meet at WW/P-North from January 24-26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Cameron Davis didn’t feel 100 percent as the Princeton High girls’ swimming team hosted Lawrence High last Thursday, but that didn’t keep her from producing a superb performance in the meet.

PHS junior star Davis posted wins in both the 100-yard and 200 freestyle races as the Little Tigers cruised to a 116-54 victory over the Cardinals.

“I am feeling a little sick today so the swims were not as good as they could have been,” said Davis. “I am not mad about it, I think they were pretty solid.” more

PINNING IT DOWN: Princeton High wrestler Chloe Ayres, top, takes control in a bout at 106 pounds against Nottingham High’s Stalin Arpi, which she won by a pin. Sophomore Ayres and the PHS wrestlers will be in action this weekend as they compete in the Mercer County Tournament at Robbinsville High on January 26.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High wrestling team lost 11 of its first 13 dual matches, Rashone Johnson is still getting plenty of quality performances from his athletes.

“I have half of a lineup that has experience, with veterans ready to step up and try to have a breakthrough season,” said PHS head coach Johnson.

“Then I have the other half of my lineup that is brand new. They are young and they lack experience. I find victories in all of my matches.” more

COLE POWER: Hun School boys’ hockey goalie Jackson Cole tracks the puck in a game last winter. Last Wednesday, junior goalie Cole made 35 saves in a losing cause as Hun fell 3-1 to the Hill School (Pa.). The Raiders, now 9-7, play at the Portledge School (N.Y.) on January 23 and at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) on January 25 before hosting Notre Dame on January 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was a shaky start for Jackson Cole as the Hun School boys’ hockey team hosted the Hill School (Pa.) last Wednesday.

The Hun junior goalie yielded three goals in the first five minutes of the contest as the Raiders dug a 3-0 hole.

“When you go down so early like that, you just think to yourself it has already gotten this bad so you might as well play as hard as you can,” said Cole.

Playing hard, Cole got in a groove after withstanding the early barrage, repeatedly thwarting the high-powered Hill attack.

“I started to feel like I was back on my feet after the first couple goals,” said Cole. more

DRIVE THROUGH: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit dribbles past a Doane Academy player in action last Friday night. Senior star Coit scored 21 points in the game to help PDS pull away to a 75-58 victory and improve to 10-6. The Panthers host Princeton High on January 23, play at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on January 26, and then host Pennington on January 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

David “Diggy” Coit passed the 1,000-point mark in his Princeton Day School career last year as a junior and he has been averaging a team-high 20 points a game so far this winter.

But when the dynamic guard didn’t score a point the first quarter last Friday as PDS hosted Doane Academy, he kept his cool.

“We were just trying to see what they were throwing at us,” said Coit. “Our motto is ‘always take it calm’ because if I get frustrated in the first quarter, that is going to set the tone for my team. It is all about being a leader. They were in a box and one and they were trying to take me out of the game. So my team helped me, we just did what we do and we were aggressive.” more

January 16, 2019

PHILLY SPECIAL: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jerome Desrosiers puts on the defensive pressure in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore forward Desrosiers contributed nine rebounds to help Princeton to defeat Penn 62-53 in Philadelphia. The win gave the Tigers, now 9-5 overall and 2-0 Ivy League, a sweep of the season series with the Quakers. Princeton is currently on exam break and returns to action when it hosts Division III foe Wesley on January 27.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Jerome Desrosiers didn’t have a point, an assist, a block or a steal, but the Princeton University men’s basketball team wouldn’t have beaten Penn last weekend without him.

The sophomore forward contributed nine rebounds to the Tigers’ staggering 55-34 rebounding edge as they swept the season series with a 62-53 win over Penn last Saturday in Philadelphia before a crowd of 6,179 at The Palestra.

“It feels great,” said Desrosiers. “They’re our rivals, so getting those two wins to start the year feels good. The guys are happy. We have the momentum going. We just want to keep it going.” more

RICHE AND FAMOUS: Princeton University men’s hockey player Alex Riche looks for the puck in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior forward Riche scored a goal to help Princeton defeat Harvard 4-2 for its first win over the Crimson since 2013. The Tigers, who fell 5-0 to Dartmouth a night later to move to 6-11-2 overall and 4-7-1 ECAC Hockey, are currently on exam hiatus and return to action when they play at St. Lawrence on February 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton University men’s hockey team prepared to host Harvard last Friday, Ron Fogarty decided to shake things up.

“We switched up lines a little bit,” said Princeton head coach Fogarty, whose team was looking to snap an 11-game winless streak against Harvard.

“It made them not assume. It was just ‘do your job and make sure that the plays were there when making them.’” more

IN SYNC: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Erin Devine puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Senior star Devine scored 17 points in a losing cause as PHS fell 40-37 to Hillsborough last Saturday. The Little Tigers, who moved to 8-3 with the setback, play at Allentown on January 18 and at Nottingham on January 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton High girls’ basketball team hosted Hightstown last week, it didn’t waste any time setting the tone.

Excelling at both ends of the court, PHS jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the January 8 contest.

“I don’t think we played our best on Saturday against New Egypt (a 32-13 win on January 5) so coming in we thought we were just going to put our best foot forward,” said PHS senior forward and team co-captain Erin Devine.

“We wanted to get going in the beginning to get momentum and keep going from there. We definitely wanted to get to the line more this game and we wanted to get layups.” more

TAKING HIS SHOT: Princeton High boys’ track thrower Paul Brennan gets ready to unload the shot put in competition last spring. Senior star Brennan has been enjoying a big winter season, recently hitting a mark of 54’11.5 in the shot, the top throw in the state so far this season. In upcoming action, PHS will be competing in the State Relays on January 19 and the county meet from January 25-26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It has been a rough ride for the Princeton High track program so far this winter.

The boys’ team has been hit with the injury bug, with such star performers as Nils Wildberg, Acasio Pinheiro, and Matt Perello currently sidelined.

While that has made the squad less formidable in the short term, it could have long range benefits.

“It has given a chance for our younger guys to step into the void and get some really good experience, which actually has been a silver lining,” said PHS head coach Ben Samara. more

CHIPPING AWAY: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Chip Hamlett controls the puck in recent action. Senior star defenseman and assistant captain Hamlett has been a stalwart as the Panthers have started 9-7-1. PDS, which topped Bishop Eustace 10-1 last Monday, hosts LaSalle College High (Pa.) on January 16 before playing at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) on January 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the last month, the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team has been tested by a gauntlet of quality foes.

In mid-December, PDS headed up to New England for the Barber Invitational at St Mark’s School (Mass.), where the Panthers lost to Vermont Academy (Vt.) 2-1, defeated Worcester Academy (Mass.) 7-1, and tied Kents Hill (Me.) 1-1.

The team started 2019 by playing at Don Bosco (a 4-1 loss on January 2) and then hosted Albany Academy (a 6-1 loss on January 4) and Vermont Academy (a 2-1 win on January 5) in its annual Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational.

As PDS came into its Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) matchup against visiting Hill School (Pa.) last Wednesday, senior defenseman and assistant captain Chip Hamlett believed the squad was battle-tested. more

UP IN ARMS: Hun School girls’ basketball player Jada Jones puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior guard and team captain Jones scored 18 points in a losing cause as Hun fell 51-42 to visiting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.). Jones moved to 989 points in her high school career with her output against the Blue Storm. The Raiders, who dropped to 3-7 with the setback, play at Hightstown on January 16, host Freire Charter School (Pa.) on January 17, play at Hopewell Valley on January 19 and host Nottingham on January 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jada Jones knows that she has to be the offensive catalyst for the Hun School girls’ basketball team.

“If my shot is not falling, it is hard,” said Hun senior guard and two-time team captain Jones. “I try to make sure that everyone is involved. You feel better when you are scoring.”

Last Saturday again visiting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), Hun fell behind 10-6 and Jones started hitting shots, tallying eight points in the second quarter as the Raiders found themselves down 23-18 at the half. Jones chipped in seven points in the third and hit a bucket early in the fourth to draw Hun to within 36-34. But the Blue Storm responded with an 11-1 run to pull away to 51-42 win.

“It has been a long week for us, we have been having games back to back,” said the 5’8 Jones, who ended up with 18 points in the game as the Raiders dropped to 3-7. more

By Bill Alden

It hasn’t been easy for Liam Gunnarsson to get on the court this winter in his first season with the Hun School boys’ basketball team.

The junior transfer guard, who previously played for Glen Ridge High, was sidelined for the first 10 games of the season due to back and rib problems.

As Gunnarsson prepared for his return to action, practicing with his new teammates helped get him up to speed.

“With how deep we are and how talented we are, I see a lot of improvement in myself,” said the 6’1 Gunnarsson. “I work every day in practice to be able to perform with the best of the best.” more

January 9, 2019

BOUND FOR GLORY: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens, left, snags a rebound last Saturday against Penn. Senior star Stephens grabbed a career-high boards and scored 11 points to help Princeton edge the Quakers 68-65 in overtime in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 8-5 overall, will have a rematch against Penn on January 12 in Philadelphia at The Palestra. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Myles Stephens has been battling an injured knee in recent weeks, but he was determined to block out the pain as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Penn last Saturday in the Ivy League opener.

“I haven’t played much this past week, trying to get it better,” said senior guard Stephens, a native of nearby  Lawrenceville. “It is Penn, so ‘by any means necessary’ is what we say.”

The 6’5, 210-pound Stephens displayed a mean game in the paint against the Quakers, pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds and chipping in 11 points to help Princeton pull out a 68-65 overtime nail-biter in front of a throng of 4,212 packing Jadwin Gym. more