December 30, 2015
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MAKING WAVES: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Madelene Deardorff displays her breaststroke form in a meet last season. Senior star Deardorff has helped PHS get off to a 6-0 start this season. The Little Tigers return from the holiday break and start 2016 action when they host Hamilton on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)


Due to illness, the Princeton High girls’ swimming team hasn’t fielded its top lineup yet this season.

That must be a sickening thought to its foes as PHS has rolled to a 6-0 start with its closest meet being a 98-72 win over Hightstown on December 22.

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CAN DO: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady dribbles up the floor in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Cannady scored a team-high 17 points to help Princeton defeat Bucknell 89-77. Princeton, which improved to 7-3 with the December 22 win over the Bison, was slated to play at No. 13 Miami on December 29, at Hampton on January 3, and at Norfolk State on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its first three games this season at the friendly confines of Jadwin Gym, the Princeton University men’s basketball team treated its guests roughly, going 3-0 and averaging 90.7 points a game in those wins.

As Princeton prepared to host Bucknell last week, it was determined to keep rolling in its home gym.
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Mirroring the Success Achieved by Pro Women Athletes, Girls Had More Fun on the Local Sporting Scene in 2015

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SUPER SAVER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in a game this season. Junior goalie Johnson starred as the Tigers won the CWPA crown and took sixth in the NCAA tourney. Johnson went on to help the U.S. national team win the FINA world championship in early August. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In a year that saw such women athletes as tennis player Serena Williams, U.S. women’s soccer star and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, and mixed martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey dominate the headlines, it is no wonder that female athletes spiced up the local sporting landscape.

During the winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team thrust itself into the national spotlight as it went 30-0 in the regular season, becoming the first men’s or women’s Ivy League hoops program to accomplish that feat. Coach Courtney Banghart’s squad topped Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to earn the team’s first-ever win in the national tourney and ended the season at 31-1 after falling to Maryland in the second round. Banghart, for her part, was named United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women’s Coach of the Year. more

December 23, 2015

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TAKING HOLD: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner controls a foe in recent action. Junior star and co-captain Harner has been a key performer for the Tigers at 197 pounds as Princeton is continuing its ascension up the ladder of college wrestling. The Tigers recently won the Navy Classic and have been ranked in the Top-25 nationally this season. Princeton is next in action when it competes in the prestigious Midlands Championships from December 29-30 at Northwestern. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Achieving a major breakthrough at the end of last season, the Princeton University wrestling team saw a program-record five performers qualify for the NCAA Championships. more

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MILLER’S TIME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Pete Miller, right, drives to the basket in recent action. Junior forward Miller is second on the Tigers in rebounding with 6.1 game, helping Princeton to a 6-3 star. The Tigers were slated to host Bucknell on December 22 before playing at No. 13 Miami on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With senior star Han Brase getting sidelined by a knee injury before the season began, Pete Miller realized that he would have to shoulder more responsibility in the paint for the Princeton University men’s basketball team. more

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OPENING DRIVE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player -Michael Dowers drives to the hoop last Friday as PHS topped WW/P-S 57-41 in the season opener for both teams. Senior forward Dowers contributed seven points in the win. The Little Tigers play at Morristown on December 23 and at Montgomery on December 28. (Photo by John Dowers)

His nostrils were caked with blood and his upper lip was swollen but Michael Dowers was all smiles last Friday evening after he helped the Princeton High boys’ basketball team top WW/P-S in the season opener. more

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PODCAST: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Nathan Podgalsky controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Freshman forward Podgalsky has caught fire for PHS in recent play, scoring two goals in a 5-0 win over Paul VI on Friday and then contributing two more in a 4-4 tie with with Cranford last Saturday evening at Baker Rink. The Little Tigers, now 4-2-2, are next in action when they play Woodbridge on December 28 in the Old Bridge Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nathan Podgalsky was a defenseman by trade when he joined the Princeton High boys’ hockey team this winter for his freshman campaign. more

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STANDING TALL: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player -Connor Fletcher, center, leads the celebration after a goal in recent action.  While PDS fell 4-3 in overtime to visiting Shady Side Academy (Pa.) last Saturday in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational, the Panthers have enjoyed a big turnaround this season ending December with a 6-2-1 record after winning three games all season in 2014-15. PDS returns to action when it plays at Malvern Prep (Pa.) on January 4 and at the Hill School (Pa.) on January 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Keith Asplundh has displayed a knack for being in the right place at the right time this winter for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team. more

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FRENCH LESSON: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Kiely French controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star French scored a goal but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 2-1 to Mater Dei Prep in the championship game of the Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational. The Panthers, now 4-3-1, are next in action when they play Pingry on January 5 in the Bridgewater Sports Arena. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Mater Dei Prep in the championship game of its Harry Rulon-Miller ’51 Invitational last Saturday, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team controlled the puck in the first two periods but found itself trailing 1-0. more

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COIT TOWER: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David Coit dribbles around a foe in a game earlier this season. Freshman guard Coit has given PDS a burst of energy and some good playmaking as it has gotten off to a 3-3 start. The Panthers are next in action when they play at Princeton High on January 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team trailing the George School (Pa.) by 10 points with just four minutes remaining last Wednesday, David Coit was not about to give up. more

December 16, 2015

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ELBOW ROOM: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley elbows her way around a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, Wheatley scored 15 points to help Princeton defeat Pitt 61-47. On Monday, after being named Ivy League Player of the Week, she produced another strong effort, scoring 15 points and getting six rebounds to help Princeton top Fordham 55-44. The Tigers, now 9-1, play at Ohio State on December 18 and at Dayton on December 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Wheatley was a force in the paint as the Princeton University women’s basketball team raced out to a 28-2 lead over Pittsburgh last Saturday. more

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MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Jaimie McDonell battles a foe on the boards in recent action. Last Friday, senior forward and assistant captain McDonell contributed three assists to help the Tigers beat Penn State 4-1. A day later, she scored a goal as the Tigers topped Penn State 3-2 to sweep the two-game set and give Princeton its sixth straight win. McDonell was later named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 11-4-1 overall, have finished the 2015 portion of their schedule and are back in action when they host Brown on January 1 and Yale a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton University women’s hockey team generated a number of chances in the first period as it hosted Penn State last Friday, it had nothing to show for its industry as the foes were locked in a scoreless stalemate. more

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ON TRACK: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Zoe Tesone heads to the basket in a game last winter. PHS is depending on star forward Tesone to provide toughness and production in the paint this winter. The Little Tigers tip off their 2015-16 campaign on December 18 when they play at WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dan Van Hise helped the Princeton High girls’ basketball team achieve a higher standard of competitiveness last winter in his second season at the helm of the program. more

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HART AND SOUL: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Matt Hart puts up a shot in a game last season. Senior forward Hart, an All-CVC selection last winter,  will be a go-to player for PHS again this season. The Little Tigers get their 2015-16 campaign underway by hosting WW/P-S on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the winter, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team is poised to deliver a one-two punch to its foes. more

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JUSTIN TIME: Princeton High boys’ ice hockey player -Justin Joyce heads up the ice in recent action. Last week, sophomore forward Joyce chipped in a goal and an assist as PHS topped WW/P-S 5-1. The Little Tigers, who moved to 3-1-1 with a 5-1 loss to Pennington last Monday, face Hopewell Valley on December 16 at Mercer County Park, play at Paul VI on December 18, and then host Cranford on December 19 at Baker Rink. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into this season, Justin Joyce was primed to play a bigger role for the Princeton High boys’ hockey team as a sophomore. more

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BEY WATCH: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Bey-Shana Clark, left, looks to put up a shot last Monday against Princeton Day School. Freshman Clark scored a game-high 18 points to help the Tartans edge PDS 40-39 and improve to 5-0. In upcoming action, Stuart plays at Kings Christian School on December 16 before hosting its Stuart Invitational from December 18-21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bey-Shana Clark may be just a freshman on the Stuart Country Day basketball team but she wasn’t fazed by the intensity of her first clash with rival Princeton Day School. more

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FIGHTING FOR RESPECT: Princeton University men’s hockey player David Hallisey, left, battles a foe for the puck in a game earlier this season. Last Friday at Penn State, sophomore forward Hallisey chipped in two assists as Princeton rallied from a 4-0 deficit to draw within one goal before succumbing 6-3. A night later, Hallisey scored the lone goal for Princeton as it fell 4-1 in an exhibition game against the USA Under-18 team. The Tigers, now 4-9 overall, are next in action when they host No. 3 Quinnipiac (15-1-2) on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

David Hallisey is making up for lost time this winter in his sophomore season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

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SHINING SOHN: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Isabelle Sohn takes the puck up the ice in a game last winter. PHS is looking for senior forward and team captain Sohn to provide leadership and production again this season. The Little Tigers, who started their 2015-16 campaign by losing 7-2 to Summit last Wednesday, are slated to play at Princeton Day School on December 16 and at Pingry on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A group of seven seniors helped the Princeton High girls’ hockey team enjoy a memorable season last winter as it went 7-8 and won the ‘B’ bracket at the WILHMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) tournament. more

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NIALLING IT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall -Carpenter looks for an opening in recent action. Last Sunday, senior guard Carpenter scored 13 points to help Hun defeat the Phelps School (Pa.) 73-62 in the third-place game at the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT). Hun, now 3-4, hosts Allentown High on December 19 in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Mercer County Tip-Off Classic and then faces Linden High the next day at Caldwell University in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Niall Carpenter was disappointed by the lack of resolve that the Hun School boys’ basketball team displayed as it fell 62-40 to the Kiski School (Pa.) in the semifinals of the Peddie School Invitational Tournament (PSIT) last Saturday. more

December 9, 2015

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ON FIRE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Amanda Berntsen, right, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Sunday against visiting Michigan, senior guard Berntsen contributed 13 points with four assists and two steals as Princeton pulled away to a 74-57 win over the previously undefeated Wolverines. The Tigers, now 6-1, host Monmouth on December 8, Pittsburgh on December 12, and Fordham on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team produced an epic 31-1 campaign last winter, senior guard Blake Dietrick triggered things, leading the team in points, assists, and three-pointers. more

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FAST START: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Abbey Berloco displays her freestyle form in a race last year. Sophomore sprint star Berloco helped PHS defeat WW/P-S 121-49 last Thursday, winning the  50 and 100 freestyle races and helping PHS take first in both the 200 medley and 400 free relays. The Little Tigers, who improved to 2-0 with the win, have meets at WW/P-N on December 10 and at Steinert on December 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Abbey Berloco enjoyed a sensational freshman campaign last winter for the Princeton High girls’ swimming team.

The sprinting star earned the girls’ Most Valuable Swimmer award at the Mercer County Championships, winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle races as PHS won its third straight county crown and then helped the Little Tigers win the Public B Central Jersey sectional title and advance to the B state final, where they fell 100-70 to Scotch Plains-Fanwood. more

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TAKING THE FLOOR: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Chase Lewis handles the ball in action last winter. PDS will be looking for junior guard Lewis to trigger its offense as it looks to get off to a good start under new head coach Tim Williams. The Panthers were slated to tip off the 2015-16 season by playing at Solebury School (Pa.) on December 8 and at the Pennington School on December 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tim Williams plans to speed things up this winter in his first season as the head coach of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball program. more

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STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Shayla Stevenson heads to the hoop in a game last season. PDS will be looking to junior guard Stevenson to be a key contributor again this winter. Tipping off the 2015-16 campaign by competing in the Hill School (Pa.) Invitational last weekend, PDS topped host Hill 32-15 in the first round on Friday before falling 62-38 to Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) in the championship game. In upcoming action, PDS hosts Pennington on December 9 before playing at Stuart Country Day on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team got better and better as the season unfolded. more

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AROUND THE BEND: Hun School boys’ hockey player Jon Bendorf fires the puck up the ice in recent action. Last Friday, junior forward Bendorf tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Calvert Hall (Md.) 4-1 for its first win of the season. Last Monday, Bendorf contributed a goal in a losing cause as Hun fell 3-2 to Princeton Day School. The Raiders, now 1-2-1, host LaSalle College High (Pa.) on December 9 before playing at Academy of New Church (Pa.) on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jon Bendorf’s future in hockey over the next few years is set as he has committed to join the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s program and was selected in the seventh round of the USHL draft this spring
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DRIVE-THROUGH: Hun School boys’ basketball player Niall Carpenter drives past foes from the Shipley School (Pa.) in action last Sunday. Senior guard Carpenter scored 14 points in the game to help Hun edge Shipley 58-56. The Raiders, now 1-2, play at St. Benedict’s on December 9 before taking part in the Peddie School Invitational Tournament from December 11-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School boys’ basketball team is welcoming a number of new faces this year, Jon Stone has shown a flair for getting the pieces to fit together over his 16 seasons at the helm of the program. more