October 21, 2015

After experiencing a bit of a roller-coaster ride last winter in going 15-14-2, the Princeton University women’s hockey team hopes to be on a more even keel in the upcoming season.

“I think the thing we are working on is mental and physical toughness, being consistent every day, no matter who we play,” said Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal, a former Tiger men’s hockey star who is entering his 20th season guiding the women’s program, compiling a 285-242-53 record.

“It is just giving our best effort. If we have a big win, we need to show up the next day. If we don’t do well in a particular game we need to show up better the next day.” more

Coming into the fall, Jim Smirk sensed that people had doubts as to whether his Princeton High girls’ cross country team could regain its standing as a perennial power.

“We have been working all season on trying to put together our identity; we had a lot of seniors last year and they were a good group of seniors,” said PHS head coach Smirk.

“There were a lot of question marks, more so from other people than ourselves, about how good we could be. A lot of people were floating around that it is a rebuilding year; there was this idea that it was OK if we weren’t very good.” more


TITLE RACE: Princeton High boys’ soccer star Chris Harla, right, races after the ball last week against Notre Dame. Senior co-captain and star defender Harla helped key a tough defense and scored the lone goal as PHS prevailed 1-0 over the Irish in the October 13 contest.  The Little Tigers improved to 12-0-3 with a 1-0 win over Hightstown last Monday. PHS will start action in the Mercer County Tournament this week where the Little Tigers are seeded first and slated to host 17th-seeded Nottingham on October 21 in a first-round contest. (Photo by John Dowers)

Chris Harla has been a defensive stalwart for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team over the last few years, bringing skill and physicality to the back line. more



GREEN LIGHT: Princeton High football player Jakob Green lines up at wide receiver in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore standout Green was a one-man show for PHS making two interceptions, making a 69-yard touchdown reception, and kicking three extra points in a 46-21 loss to Winslow. The Little Tigers, now 2-4, play at WW/P-S on October 23. (Photo by John Dowers)

With the Princeton High football team trailing Winslow 12-0 early in the second quarter last Saturday, Jakob Green put on a one-man show to get the Little Tigers back in the game. more

The Senior Day ceremony for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team took place last Thursday before it hosted perennial power Pennington and it didn’t last long as Izzy Meyercord was the only member of the Class of 2016 on the squad.

But for defender and co-captain Meyercord, it was a long, hard road to that day, having suffered broken legs that sidelined her as a sophomore and junior.

That injury history had Meyercord concerned as she entered the 2015 campaign. more













SPECIAL CAY: Hun School field hockey player Mariesa Cay goes after the ball in recent action. Senior star Cay has provided energy and production in the midfield for Hun this fall as it has gone 6-6-1. In upcoming action, the Raiders will host Ewing on October 21 in a Mercer County Tournament consolation game before playing at Lawrenceville School on October 24, at Moorestown Friends on October 26 and then starting action in the state Prep A tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its Mercer County Tournament opening round contest against visiting Hightstown last Friday, the Hun School field hockey team was mired in a three-game losing streak. more


KICKING INTO GEAR: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mikaela Symanovich kicks the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore defender Symanovich contributed two assists to help Princeton defeat Columbia 3-1 and win its ninth straight game. The Tigers, now 11-3 overall and 4-0 Ivy League, head to New England this Saturday for a pivotal clash at defending league champion Harvard (7-6-1 overall, 4-0 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite moving to defense from midfield this fall in her sophomore season on the Princeton University women’s soccer team, Mikaela Symanovich has emerged as an offensive catalyst for the Tigers. more

October 14, 2015

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SURE FOOTED: Princeton University women’s soccer player Emily Sura patrols the field in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior captain and star defender Sura contributed a goal as Princeton defeated Army West Point 4-1. On Saturday, Sura and the Tigers topped Brown 4-0 to improve to 9-3 overall and 3-0 Ivy League and with their seventh straight game. Princeton hosts Lehigh on October 14 and Columbia on October 17. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Emily Sura is trying to make up for lost time this fall as she plays in her senior campaign for the Princeton University women’s soccer team. more

Mark Shelley is dealing with a problem this fall that would be the envy of most cross country coaches.

“We are so deep this year, we have been trying to give all of our quicker guys a chance to run a varsity meet,” said Princeton High boys’ cross country head coach Shelley.

“We had 11 guys go sub-18:00 at Holmdel at the Shore Coaches meet. It is a positive competition. They like each other, it pushes them. At the end of the season it is going to be hard to make those final spot determinations.” more


FRESH APPROACH: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany fires the ball up the field in recent action. Last Thursday, freshman star Radvany tallied a goal and an assist to help PDS top Northern Burlington 2-0. On Monday, Radvany chipped in an assist as the Panthers edged South Hunterdon 2-1 to move to 3-10. PDS hosts Hopewell Valley on October 14 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having lost nine straight games, the Princeton Day School field hockey team was determined to end that victory drought as it hosted Northern Burlington last Thursday. more

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GOING FOURTH: Princeton University star safety Dorian Williams, center, gets ready for a play in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday against Colgate, junior Williams made a critical pass breakup in the fourth quarter to help shut the door on the Raiders as the Tigers pulled away to a 44-20 win and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2006. Princeton, who is 1-0 in Ivy League action, will look to keep on the winning track as it plays at Brown, 2-2 overall and 0-1 Ivy, on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Twenty years ago, a deep and hard-hitting Princeton University football team won the Ivy League title. more


NICK OF TIME: Princeton University field hockey player Nicole Catalino controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday against visiting Columbia, freshman Catalino scored the game-tying goal and game-winning tally in overtime as the 19th-ranked Tigers rallied from a 3-2 deficit to pull out a 4-3 victory. Princeton, now 6-4 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, plays at Brown on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After a powerful thunderstorm delayed the start of the last Friday evening’s showdown between the Princeton University field hockey team and visiting Columbia for 90 minutes, Nicole Catalino was hit with a jolt. more

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ON PACE: Mary Sutton competes in a race this fall in her freshman season with the Loyola University women’s cross country team. Former Princeton High star Sutton is making an immediate impact for Loyola, emerging as a top runner for the squad. This Saturday, Sutton will enjoy a homecoming as she competes in the Princeton Invitational. (Photo Courtesy of Loyola’s Office of Athletic Communications)

During her Princeton High running career, Mary Sutton honed her speed at the West Windsor Fields course. more


ON THE BALL: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player Kevin Hagan goes after the ball in a recent game. Last Friday, senior forward Hagan contributed two goals and an assist as PDS topped Morrisville High (Pa.) 6-0. The Panthers improved to 8-4 with the win as they posted their fifth straight victory. PDS was slated to host Hun on October 13 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament and the state Prep B tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Kevin Hagan and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team, defeating Lawrenceville 1-0 earlier this month was a watershed moment. more

October 7, 2015

Teresa Benvenuti was down in the dumps for a few weeks last fall during her junior season with the Princeton University field hockey team, missing six games due to a broken nose.

This fall, the upbeat Benvenuti is at full strength and is savoring every minute she has been on the field.

“Someone was saying that we have six weeks left of the season and then I am a retired athlete,” said star midfielder Benvenuti with a chuckle. more

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HAND IN HAND: Princeton High girls’ tennis first double players, Rachel Kleiman, left, and Nikhita Salgame celebrate a point during their 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Stephanie Ji and Kim Wong of WW/P-S in the finals of the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) last Wednesday. The win by Kleiman and Salgame at first doubles was a highlight as PHS finished second in the team standings to champion WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In mid-September, the Princeton High girls’ tennis first doubles team of seniors Nikhita Salgame and Rachel Kleiman fell in straight sets to the WW/PS pair of Stephanie Ji and Kim Wong in a regular season match. more


TAKING CONTROL: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star Hannah Bunce controls the ball in recent action. Last Monday, junior midfielder Bunce chipped in an assist as PDS defeated Lawrence High 2-0 to improve to 9-0-1 and record its eighth straight shutout. The Panthers will look to keep on the winning track when they play at Hill School (Pa.) on October 7 and at Morristown on October 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team having gone undefeated in its first eight games coming into its clash against visiting Lawrenceville last Saturday, the squad’s calling card has been an even distribution of talent. more

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SHINING SUN: Princeton Day School girls’ tennis player Renee Karchere-Sun hits a backhand last Wednesday in the first singles final at the Mercer County Tournament. Senior Karchere-Sun fell to WW/P-S’s Claudia Siniakowicz in three sets in the title match. PDS ended up taking fifth in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton Day School girls’ tennis squad was out of the running for the team title at the Mercer County Tournament, by the time the singles finals started, Renee Karchere-Sun was primed to produce a championship performance. more

Last November, Ashley Maziarz blasted in a free kick from about 30 yards out in the first half to give the Hun School girls’ soccer team a 1-0 lead over Pennington in the state Prep A title game.

Maziarz’s thunderbolt helped spark Hun to a 2-0 victory over Pennington, snapping its 11-year title streak.

When the rivals met last week for the first time since that historic contest, Kendall Dandridge did her best Maziarz imitation. more


COLD SHOULDER: Hun School boys’ soccer player Chris Andrews, center, thwarts a foe as Elijah Smarr, left, backs up the play. Last Saturday, Hun got two goals from Michael Campbell as it edged the George School (Pa.) 2-1 to improve to 4-2. In upcoming action, the Raiders play at the Blair Academy on October 10 and at Princeton Day School on October 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

At first glance, it doesn’t appear that freshman defender Elijah Smarr is likely to have a major impact when he comes off the bench for the Hun School boys’ soccer team. more


RAIN MAN: Princeton University running back Joe Rhattigan heads upfield in recent action. Last Friday night, junior star Rhattigan sloshed through the rain for 85 yards rushing to help Princeton top Columbia 10-5 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 3-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Colgate on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The conditions were miserable as the Princeton University football team hosted Columbia last Friday evening in the Ivy League opener for both squads, with a driving rain, winds gusting over 20 miles an hour, and the temperature hovering in the high 40s. more


GREEN DAY: Princeton University men’s soccer player Patrick Barba heads the ball in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, junior defender Barba and Princeton came up just short as the Tigers fell 1-0 at Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, which dropped to 3-3-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy with the loss to the Big Green, play at Brown (5-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having started 1-2, the Princeton University men’s soccer team appeared to be on the right track, winning two straight games by a combined margin of 5-2 as it edged Boston University 2-1 before topping Binghamton 3-1. more


STORMING THROUGH: Princeton High running back Rory Helstrom runs to daylight in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Helstrom rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown to help PHS top Lawrence 20-6. The Little Tigers, now 2-2, play at Steinert (2-1) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Rory Helstrom sensed that the ground game would be critical as the Princeton High football team played at Lawrence High last Saturday. more

October 4, 2015


HIGH INTENSITY: Princeton University receiver Seth DeValve leaps up for a pass last Saturday against Lehigh. Senior star and co-captain DeValve made four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown to help Princeton rout Lehigh 52-26. The Tigers, now 2-0, start Ivy League play when they host Columbia (0-2) on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite falling behind Lehigh 13-10 in the second quarter last Saturday evening to trail for the first time in 2015, the Princeton University football team was unfazed. more

September 30, 2015


TOP OF THE PODIUM: Princeton University fencer Katharine Holmes celebrates after winning the gold medal in the individual epee this summer at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Holmes, who has taken a leave of absence from Princeton to maximize her chances of making the U.S. squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, also helped the U.S. to the team epee gold at the Pan Am Games. (Photo Courtesy of the Holmes Family)

Having entered Princeton University in the fall of 2011, Katharine Holmes was scheduled to graduate this past June. more