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Vol. LXIII, No. 44
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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TREY BIEN: Princeton University receiver Trey Peacock races down the sideline on his way to a game-winning 78-yard touchdown reception in Princeton’s 17-13 win over Cornell last Saturday. Peacock made three catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns as Princeton snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in Ivy League play.

Culbreath’s Presence, Peacock’s Big Plays Spark PU Football to Victory Over Cornell

Bill Alden

The cards were stacked against the Princeton University football team last Saturday as it hosted Cornell.

Gershkovich Provides Tricks and Treats as PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins 3rd MCT

Bill Alden

Evan Gershkovich has been a part of some very big wins since he joined the Princeton High boys’ soccer team in the fall of 2006.

As a freshman, Gershkovich was a reserve on a PHS team that won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III title.

In his sophomore and junior years, midfielder Gershkovich was a key performer for the Tigers as they won the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) title each season.

But last Saturday evening, Gershkovich enjoyed the sweetest win to date of his PHS career, helping the Little Tigers to a gritty 2-1 win over WW/P-S in this year’s MCT championship game as they improved to 15-0-4 on the season.

With Senior Star Celestin Dazzling in Midfield, PHS Girls’ Soccer Aiming to Make State Run

Bill Alden

Chantal Celestin and her teammates on the Princeton High girls’ soccer team could have been intimidated when they faced powerful Pennington last Thursday in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals.

The nationally-ranked and top-seeded Red Raiders have won the last four MCT titles and boasted a potent one-two punch of Renee Washington and Kaitlyn Kerr.

Pennington’s reputation and championship tradition, though, didn’t faze senior midfielder Celestin and third-seeded PHS.

Hun’s McQuade Going Back to Roots In Joining PHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Bill Alden

When you walk into the William McQuade Upper School Academic Office at the Hun School, you are greeted with a panel on the front desk laying out the bedrock values of the school.

The sign reads “Academic Excellence, Integrity, Kindness, Respect, Trust and Commitment.”

The person for whom the office is named, the longtime Head of the Upper School, Bill McQuade, learned those values on the playgrounds of Princeton in the 1950s and ‘60s as he developed into a star athlete and eager student.

Gamble Pays Off for PDS Girls’ Tennis as Panthers Take Prep A Championship

Bill Alden

For Patty Headley, seeing her Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team end this fall by winning a second straight state Prep B title would have been just fine.

But as the PDS players looked ahead to the 2009 campaign, they had higher aspirations.

“We won Prep B pretty handily last year they said before the season ‘why don’t we play Prep A,’” recalled PDS head coach Headley. “I said ‘what if you don’t win Prep A’ and they said, ‘don’t worry, we will.’ ”

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