May 12, 2016

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IN THE SWING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Augustus follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Monday, senior outfielder Augustus helped PDS top Holy Cross 9-0 as it improved to 10-4. PDS will be starting play in the state Prep B tournament this week, where it is seeded second and will host No. 7 Wardlaw Hartridge in a quarterfinal game on May 12. The semis are slated for May 17 with the championship game set for May 19. The Panthers are also scheduled to play regular season games at Nottingham on May 13 and at Hamilton on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a spectacular catch worthy of the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 as Princeton Day School star Ryan Augustus crashed into the left field fence at full speed to track down a long fly in the fifth inning last Thursday against Nottingham in the MCT quarterfinals. more

May 11, 2016

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PRO POTENTIAL: Princeton University football star and team captain Seth DeValve enjoys a light moment during the program’s annual media day last September. Despite battling injury, DeValve went on to make 33 receptions for 337 yards and a touchdown in his final college campaign in 2015. In late April, DeValve was selected with the 138th pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Seth DeValve knows what it’s like to help revitalize a football program.

At Manchester (Conn.) High, DeValve starred at quarterback and safety as he helped a new coaching staff transform the program into a winner after years of mediocrity. more

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LYNCH-PIN: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Maddy Lynch holds the fort in a game this season. Last Friday, senior defender Lynch and the Tigers fought valiantly in falling 10-9 to Cornell in overtime in the Ivy League semifinals. That loss didn’t end the Tigers’ season as they learned on Sunday that they had earned an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, now 11-5, will face Massachusetts (18-1) in a first round game on May 13 in Ithaca, N.Y. The winner of that game will advance to the second round on Sunday against the winner of the first round clash between host Cornell and Canisius. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Reflecting the increased parity nationwide, Ivy League women’s lacrosse has featured one dogfight after another this spring. more

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TITLE PURSUIT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Tooker -Callaway, left, pursues a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star and co-captain Callaway helped key the defensive effort as second-seeded PHS defeated No. 7 Hightstown 14-5 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, who improved to 10-3 with the win, were slated to face third-seeded Robbinsvillle in the MCT semis on May 10 with the winner advancing to the title game on May 12 at WW/P-N to face the victor of the other semi, which pitted top-seeded Princeton Day School against fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tooker Callaway got a battlefield promotion in the preseason for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team when his leadership on defense prompted the coaches to make him a team captain. more

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MAKING HAY: Princeton High baseball player Hayden Reyes, far right, gets congratulated by his teammates in a game earlier this season. Senior shortstop Reyes, a four-year starter, came into the week with 95 career hits. Last Monday, he helped PHS edge Lawrence High 6-5 in 10 innings. The Little Tigers, now 8-7, play at WW/P-N on May 12 and at Ewing on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

From April 28 to May 7, the Princeton High baseball team had five out of six games postponed due to rain or wet fields.  more

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COOL HAND LUKE: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Luke Prybylski, left, tries to get past a Lawrenceville School defender last Monday in the state Prep A finals. Post-graduate and Villanova-bound Prybylski scored four goals in a losing cause as top-seeded Hun fell 13-6 to the second-seeded Big Red. The Raiders, now 9-6, host Montgomery on May 12 and Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 14 before starting play in the 2016 Inter-Ac Challenge on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team played at Lawrenceville School in early April, its offense clicked from the start as it jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead on the way to a 12-8 triumph over the visitors. more

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POWERBALL: Hun School softball player Megan Donahue rips the ball in a game earlier this season. Freshman first baseman Donahue’s power hitting has helped the Raiders get off to an 11-2 start. In upcoming action, the Raiders will be competing in the state Prep A tournament, where they are seeded second and will host seventh-seeded Kent Place in the quarterfinals on May 12. The Prep A semis are slated for May 17 with the title game scheduled for May 19. Hun will also be hosting the Hill School (Pa.) on May 11 in a regular season contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School softball team, it was an aberration in an otherwise terrific spring as it fell 10-0 at Pingry last Thursday. more

May 4, 2016

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CATCHING ON: Princeton University baseball player Andrew Christie takes a swing in action this spring. After getting just eight at-bats in his first three college seasons, senior catcher Christie emerged as a dependable performer for the Tigers this spring as they have won the Gehrig Division title, delivering some clutch hits and providing good work behind the plate. Last Saturday, Christie contributed an RBI double as Princeton defeated Cornell 7-2 in the nightcap to earn a split and the right to host the upcoming best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In his book, Resilience, former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens provides some common sense advice for overcoming obstacles in life. more

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WELL DONE: Princeton University softball head coach Lisa Van Ackeren, left, congratulates pitcher Claire Klausner, right, as catcher Skye Jerpbak looks on in a game this spring. Last weekend, Van Ackeren guided the Tigers to a four-game sweep of Cornell as Princeton clinched its first Ivy South title in her four-year tenure at the helm and the program’s first since 2008. The Tigers, now 21-25 overall and 14-6 Ivy, will play at either Harvard or Dartmouth, who are still battling for the Ivy North crown, this weekend in the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After coming in second in the Ivy League South Division the last three seasons, the Princeton University softball team wasn’t leaving anything to chance as it took a two-game lead into its four-game series with Cornell in the final weekend of regular season play. more

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LAST STAND: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Matt O’Connor guards the cage. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell in the season finale,  senior O’Connor came off the bench after halftime and starred, making 11 saves in the second half as Princeton prevailed 7-6. The win gave the Tigers a final record of 5-8 overall and 2-4 Ivy. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt O’Connor made some history in the first game of his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team in 2013, becoming just the third freshman goalie to start the opener in the last 25 years. more

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ENJOYING THE MOMENT: Princeton High boys’ tennis star Kevin Yang is all smiles as he takes a break between matches at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Sophomore Yang had a lot to smile about as he placed second at third singles, helping PHS take second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kevin Yang has moved to third singles from second doubles for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team this spring and is enjoying flying solo on the court.

“It is more fun, I like singles better,” said sophomore Yang. “Everything depends on yourself.” more

With the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse mired in a three-game losing streak coming into last week, Eamonn McDonald and his teammates righted the ship against North Hunterdon.

Junior attackman McDonald scored two goals to help PHS pull out a 6-4 victory.

“We practiced really hard for our North Hunterdon game; we came out really strong and probably played our best game of the year,” said McDonald, reflecting on the April 25 contest. “It was a great win for us.” more

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NO FAKING: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Christopher Fake, right, defends a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior star and co-captain Fake helped key a stifling defensive effort and chipped in a goal as top-seeded Hun defeated fourth-seeded Peddie 18-0 in the state Prep A semifinals. Hun, now 8-4, will host second-seeded Lawrenceville in the Prep A title game on May 9. In addition, the Raiders will host the Hill School (Pa.) on May 4 and the Hill Academy (Canada) on May 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team, hosting Peddie in the state Prep A semifinals last Monday served as an opportunity to get rolling as it looks for a big final push this spring.  more

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GROWING FORCE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker blasts a forehand last week in action at the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Decker took third at second singles to help PDS place sixth in the team standings at the event. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Lex Decker displayed the growth in his tennis game by the way he started his second singles semifinal at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. more

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GOING FOR IT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player -Connor Fletcher, left, goes to goal in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Fletcher tallied two goals and three assists as PDS defeated South Brunswick 16-4 and improved to 9-1. The Panthers will start action in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded first and will host a quarterfinal contest on May 7 with the semis slated for May 10. PDS is also seeded first in the state Prep B tournament and will host a semifinal contest on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last three years, Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse star Connor Fletcher has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the area. more

May 2, 2016

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SHINING LIGHTS: The Princeton University men’s lightweight -varsity 8 crew displays its form in a race earlier this spring. Last weekend, the second-ranked Tigers defeated Penn and Georgetown to win the Wood-Hammond Cup, improving to 7-1. On April 30, Princeton will host No. 1 Yale and fifth-ranked Harvard on Lake Carnegie in the annual HYP regatta. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Crew)

Starting April with its first clash against a top-five boat, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight came up short, falling to third-ranked Columbia. more

April 27, 2016

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ABOVE WATER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Haley Wan, right, pressures a foe in a game earlier this season. Sophomore Wan has starred this season for the No. 15 Tigers, scoring a team-high 50 goals. Princeton, now 17-6, plays in the CWPA Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championships this weekend at Cambridge, Mass. where it will face host Harvard in the quarterfinals on April 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It has been a youth movement by necessity this season for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. more

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LETTING IT FLY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett sends the ball up the field in a game earlier this spring. Last Saturday, freshman midfielder Hallett chipped in two goals and an assist as Princeton defeated Columbia 14-9 to bounce back from a 12-7 loss to Penn three days earlier. The No. 12 Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, are locked in a three-way tie atop the league with No. 10 Penn (11-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy) and No. 16 Cornell (11-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy). The Tigers end regular season play with a game at Brown (6-8 overall, 1-5 Ivy) on April 30. Princeton has already clinched a spot in the upcoming Ivy postseason tournament and will host the competition if it beats the Bears and Cornell defeats Penn in their clash this Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 15 Penn in a critical Ivy League clash last Wednesday evening, the 11th-ranked Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug an early hole. more

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FINISHING KICK: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Taylor Lis races upfield in recent action. Last Thursday, senior midfielder and Cornell-bound Lis scored four goals to help PHS defeat Allentown 11-8 on the program’s annual Senior Day. On Monday, Lis had a goal and two assists in a losing cause as the Little Tigers fell 13-8 to undefeated Lawrenceville. PHS, who moved to 5-5 with the loss to the Big Red, will start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where the Little Tigers are seeded fourth and will host No. 13 WW/P-S in a first round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taylor Lis and her classmates on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team viewed their Senior Day last Thursday as an opportunity to display their growth on the field. more

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SWINGING AWAY: Princeton High softball player Kelli Swedish takes a cut in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior third baseman Swedish had two hits and a run on the day to help PHS win the John Czeterko Highwaywomen Softball Classic in Teaneck as it topped Bogota 8-3 in the semis and then outlasted Teaneck 4-0 in nine innings in the title game. The Little Tigers, now 5-5, will look to keep on the winning track as they play at WW/P-S on April 27 and at Trenton on April 29 before hosting Hopewell Valley on May 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having lost 4-0 to WW/P-N a week earlier, the Princeton High softball team was primed for the rematch with the Northern Knights last Friday. more

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SPLIT DECISION: Hun School baseball player Alex Mumme follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, senior outfielder Mumme went 1-for-4 with a run to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 6-2 as the Raiders salvaged a split in a doubleheader with the Blue Storm after falling 4-1 in the opener. Hun, now 8-4, plays at Hill School (Pa.) on April 27 before hosting Blair Academy on April 30 and Peddie on May 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Displaying the nose for the ball that has made him a star receiver on the football field, Luke Apuzzi has turned heads this spring, coming up with a number of circus catches in center field for the Hun School baseball team. more

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READY TO STRIKE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Kate Davis gets ready to go after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior midfielder/attacker Davis scored four goals to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-5. Hun, who defeated Monroe 16-11 on Monday and improving to 5-6, plays at Pennington School on April 27 and hosts Hights-town on April 28. In addition, the Raiders will be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded 10th and slated to play at No. 7 Pennington on April 30 in a first round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Kate Davis hit the field for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team last Saturday against visiting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), she had the word “focus” scrawled in black ink on her left arm. more

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COMING AROUND: Princeton Day School softball player Julie Patterson rounds second base in recent action. Last week, freshman catcher Patterson had a triple, a single, a run and two RBIs in a 19-8 loss to Hopewell Valley. PDS, now 1-4, plays at Pennington School on April 28 before hosting Morrisville High (Pa.) on April 30 and Willingboro High on May 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Julie Patterson had a level of comfort as the Princeton Day School softball team faced the Hopewell Valley junior varsity squad last week. more

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STICKING WITH IT: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse star -Julia Maser looks to get by a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star and Colby College bound Maser scored four goals in a losing cause as Stuart fell 17-5 to South Brunswick. Stuart, who moved to 1-6 with the loss to South Brunswick, hosts Lawrence High on April 27 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where the 14th-seeded Tartans are slated to play at No. 3 Lawrenceville in a first round contest on April 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team misfired in a 17-5 loss to South Brunswick last Wednesday, Julia Maser was on target. more

April 25, 2016

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ON POINT: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Madison Mundenar controls the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, sophomore star Mundenar had three goals and two assists to help PDS defeat Pennington 18-15. The Panthers, now 6-3, play at Blair Academy on April 20 and at Hopewell Valley on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Madison Mundenar is looking to be a more versatile performer on attack this spring in her sophomore campaign for the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team. more