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Vol. LXIII, No. 2
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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FLYING START: Princeton University women’s basketball freshman star Lauren Edwards flies up the court in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Edwards made an impressive Ivy League debut as she scored a game-high 16 points to help Princeton to a 64-49 win over Penn in the league opener for both teams.

Edwards Comes Up Big in Ivy Debut as PU Women’s Hoops Whips Penn

Bill Alden

Exuding physical grace and a low-key demeanor, Los Angeles native Lauren Edwards personifies the image of the laid back Southern Californian.

But as the Princeton University women’s basketball team got ready to host Penn last Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both teams, Tiger freshman forward Edwards was not feeling mellow.

“I think we all came out more excited about this game than we have before any other game because it was the first game for the Ivies and it was on our home court,” said Edwards. “We came out with a lot of intensity and that was good for us.”

With Maddox Displaying All-Around Game, Tiger Men’s Hoops Turns Tables on Lehigh

Bill Alden

It was one of the bleakest moments in a rough winter for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Playing at Lehigh last January, Princeton fell behind 41-19 at halftime and trailed by 27 points late in the game on the way to getting routed 68-49.

Last Wednesday when 10-3 Lehigh came to Jadwin Gym, last season’s game was very much on the minds of the Princeton players.

“It definitely did,” said Tiger sophomore forward Kareem Maddox, when asked if the loss gave Princeton some extra motivation. “I think we got kind of run out of the gym up there.”

As MacKenzie Gets Back on Board, PHS Boys’ Swimming Gets a Big Boost

Bill Alden

It was a seemingly routine 200 freestyle race last week as the Princeton High boys’ swimming team hosted Hamilton.

But as the swimmers took the blocks at the John Witherspoon Middle School pools, cries of “Sean, Sean” rose above the din in the deck area.

Standing in lane four was PHS senior Sean MacKenzie, who was making his first appearance for the Little Tigers since the 2006-07 season.

With Ettin Adjusting to New Position, PHS Boys’ Hoops Looking Formidable

Bill Alden

Skye Ettin made a name for himself last winter on the Princeton High boys’ basketball team as a slashing forward.

With PHS having more depth inside this winter, Ettin has been moved to the perimeter as a small forward in taking over the ‘3’ spot in the PHS lineup.

The 6’4 junior star acknowledges that the transition to the new position has been a little tricky.

“There is definitely an adjustment to the ‘3’,” said Ettin. “Now I have to see the court and the positions on the floor. It opens a lot of things up so I have to keep my eyes open. Coach is teaching me; I am trying to pick it up the best I can.”

PDS Boys’ Hoops Snaps Losing Streak, Needs Sharper Focus to Get On a Roll

Bill Alden

Last winter, the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team turned heads as it reeled off nine straight wins to start the season.

This season, the PDS players have spent a lot of time hanging their heads as they got out of the gate with a 1-9 mark.

This past Friday, the Panthers took out some of their frustration over their rough start by routing Wardlaw-Hartridge 65-29 to get in the victory column for the first time since an opening day win over George School on December 9.

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