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Winter 2017-2018 Season Wrap Up!

Basketball Boys PHS:  

The Boys Basketball were able to end the season winning 3 of their last 5 games include a MCT playoff game at Lawrence. The record didn’t reflect the amount of time and hard work the boys put in all season. The Boys Basketball team was a cohesive unit that they formed relationships with each other for the rest of their live, including how to deal with adversity when thing don’t go the way they want them too. Tom Doran a Senior captain was selected to the All CVC team honorable mention averaging 10 pts a game.


Basketball Girls PHS:

The Varsity Girls Basketball team finished the season 14-14, an 8 game improvement from the previous year.  Our season’s highlights included 2 hard-fought victories over Trenton (one of them at Trenton), winning the first round of the CJ Group 4 State Tournament over South Brunswick (a 12 seed beating a 5 seed), and making marked improvement in a lot of our games by competing against the top teams in Mercer County well into the 3rd and 4th quarters.  One statistic that we were very proud of was that we finished with the 3rd best defense in the CVC. We were also ranked 14th in the Final Trentonian All Area Poll. Individual honors went to Catherine Dyevich who was selected 3rd Team All Conference. All in all, our PEACH (Positive, Enthusiastic, Aggressive, Communication, and Hard Work) mantra was very successful in allowing our student-athletes to rally behind a common thread that they will carry with them in years to come.


Fencing PHS:

2017-2018 was a strong year for team development

Girls Saber Several new freshman fencers with some experience came to the team today to support upper classmen that continue to develop. Meet results were good if not exceptional. The strength of Women’s saber in NJ continues to turn out many exceptional fencers so the bar in NJ HS fencing is very high. A recurring theme is that Varsity level fencers that want to perform at a State’s level need to participate in off-season USFA and Club fencing competitions. Overall with a new core of Girls Saber forming around Freshman and Sophomores that are helping to develop each other I expect the next few years will be on the upswing.


Girls Foil Girls foil is still rebuilding, we have no fencers that are fencing in USFA tournaments or have competitive experience. Our team captain graduating this year clears out our depth of experience in the field. Several freshman girls have decided to pursue foil in future years which will fill holes in the team next season. Results for this year in Girls Foil were very poor. I will wait to see how these girls develop under local club fencing and start to learn more fundamentals.


Elsa Fleurial is expecting to continue fencing at University in Scotland


Girls Epee Is coming building, several freshman girls have decided to pursue epee and we have one sophomore that is competing in USFA and national level events. Results were on par this year with last years performance. I am looking forward to the development of this new core of underclassmen forming around the women’s epee squad. Overall the freshman girls epee show a high level of coachability that makes me very hopeful for future seasons. Club development of these fencers will be crucial for their learning process.


Leah WIlliamson expects to continue fencing in college.


Boys Saber had a very weak year after last year. The graduation of one of our top athletes and the transfer of another to private school left the team with little core to form around. A few freshman have joined this year with club experience but very little enthusiasm. Team captain Charlie Luo is working hard to try and rally the squad to achieve their potential and engage in USFA fencing.


Boys Foil Has some very solid fencers this year in the freshmen and sophomores that joined the team. Results were mixed because of scheduling conflicts kept some of our best fencers from the states points meets. The potential of these young fencers is very encouraging. Boys foil definitely stood out in our dual meet performances and during the UFC championships. The Varsity squad are all engaging in USFA fencing outside of HS and will develop some important experience along the way.


Michael Shen is expecting to walk on as a fencer at U-Penn


Boys Epee has had a decent year with the best results of any of the squads. Despite losing all our Varsity fencers last year. Most  are all club fencing with the local club that is developing very strong fencers at South and North as well so there is some very good competition in the area. Results this year were on par with the results of last year and more of our fencers are engaging in USFA competition to develop further. The level of men’s epee in NJ is very high which is also helping develop athletes throughout the state.


Charles Crider is expecting to continue fencing but is not sure what college he will be accepted to.


Ice Hockey Boys PHS:  Princeton Boys Varsity High School Ice Hockey Team had another great run in the State playoffs.  Our team, led by our captains Max Garlock and Justin Joyce, made it to the semi finals for the second year in a row, but fell to the eventual champions.  The team worked hard to learn a different playing style under a new coach and we went on the road alot to play strong competition. The team finished first in the CVC, but lost in the Mercer County finals to a strong Hun team, which we had tied earlier in the season.  Offensively, we were led by Aidan Trainor, who was named player of the year for the CVC and season MVP for Princeton. Benjamin Drenzner received the Tiger Award for being the player that best exemplifies the players what we want with his hard work and tenacity on the ice.  Patrick McDonald was our Rookie of the Year recipient as he was a mainstay on our defense and logged many minutes every game as a freshmen. Next season is shaping up to be even better as we return many talented players. Our goal is to win the State’s next season and we will be working hard towards that goal.


Ice Hockey Girls PHS :  The Princeton High School Girls Ice Hockey Team had a very successful 2017-18 season.  We continue to compete in the W.I.H.L.M.A (Women’s Ice Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) and continue to be the only public school able to compete with all private schools.  This year the team finished the season in second place after losing in the Championship game in Pittsburgh, PA at Shady Side Academy. The team posted an overall record of 9-7-3.  Our losses were much closer games in comparison to previous years and the players continue to improve. Other notable achievements for the team include: two players recording over 40 points each (Victoria Zammit and Maddie Samaan) which is very rare in Girls Ice Hockey, Sydney Rubin being selected as the recipient of the Harry Rulon Miller Sportsmanship Award and Olivia Corrodi, Cathy Liu and Anna Schmult all earned recognition on the league All W.I.H.L.M.A. Academic Team which recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes.  Additionally, Alexa Zammit, Victoria Zammit and Maddie Samaan were all selected by coaches within the league to make the All W.I.H.L.M.A. Miran Division All Star Team (only 6 total players in the league make it). This year’s team Most Valuable Player was Victoria Zammit with 32goals and 12 assists for a total of 44pts during the 2017-18 season. The players and coaches can’t wait for the opportunity to continue our successful education through athletics next season.


Swimming Boys PHS: The PHS Boys swim team had an extremely successful season as well after graduating over 8 seniors last year - some of whom are swimming collegiately. The boys team finished the season 9-4 after falling to Manasquan in the State Sectional Semifinal meet. The boys also finished 5th at the Mercer County Championship meet after a tough fought meet and season. There were some impressive swims at the county meet with Senior Dan Barberis and sophomore Jeshurun reyen both finishing in the top 6 of the 50 and 100 freestyle, junior Oliver Tennant finishing in the top 12 of the 200 free and 100 free, freshman Will Murray finishing in the top 12 of the 200 IM and 100 Fly, freshman Owen Tennant also finishing in the top 12 of the 100 backstroke. This season was more of a building year for the boys side seeing as we lost many seniors to graduation. Our team is still very young but there is a great deal of promise for the future! The swimmers and coaches are all excited about the coming season and wishes all Princeton sports team good luck! GO TIGERS!

Freshman, Will Murray qualified and completed in the 2018 Eastern Zone Short Course Age Group Championships back in March 29-31, 2018 in Webster, NY.


Swimming Girls PHS: The PHS Girls swim team had an extremely successful season after graduation of a large senior class. The girls team finished the season 10-4 and fell to Middleton South in the State Sectional Quarterfinal meet. The girls also finished 3rd at the Mercer County Tournament, after not even expecting to place. They just missed finishing second by 5 points. A very hard fought meet! Freshman Becca DellaRocca won the 400 freestyle at the Mercer County Championship meet and was later named to the first team all CVC in the 400 freestyle. The 400 Free Relay team of freshman Becca DellaRocca, senior Emily Curran, senior Nicole Saengtawesin, and sophomore Cameron Davis finished 1st in the 400 Free Relay at the Mercer County Tournament by more than 5 seconds after surprising the entire county with the win! With this win, the quartet was the named to the All Area First Team as well as to the All CVC First Team for their amazing finish at the Mercer County Championship meet. We are graduating 6 senior girls and 1 is continuing on to swim in college; Emily Curran will be swimming for Rollins College in Florida come the fall of 2018. The swimmers and coaches are looking forward to an even more successful season next year! GO TIGERS! Freshman Rebecca DellaRocca qualified for the  2018 Speedo Sectionals Region 1 (North), which she competed at during March 22-25, 2018, Ithaca, NY.


Winter Track PHS: The PHS winter track teams had a very successful season. The boys team won its first indoor MCT title ever and first indoor or outdoor MCT title since 1982. The boys team also tied for the NJSIAA Sectional Championship, its third straight indoor Sectional title. On the County level, Paul Brennan (shot put), Simon Schenk (pole vault), Will Hare (3200), and Varun Narayan (long jump) won individual county titles. Simon Schenk captured an NJSIAA Group IV championship in the pole vault as well. The girls season was highlighted by the 4x400m relay, consisting of Jackie Patterson, Colleen Linko, Justice Taylor and Michelle Vassilev. The girls won the MCT title in that event.


Wrestling PHS:


This year the wrestling team had another successful season.  The schedule was purposely made more challenging for our wrestlers this year.  We started the season by going to the tough TCNJ Pride tournament followed by the Collingswood Tournament.  They proved to be as tough as advertised. We had wrestlers win and medal in both tournaments. This also marked the sixth year in a row that PHS has had multiple finalist and champs.  This year Alec Bobchin won his 3rd consecutive MCT title, and Daniel Monahan won his first MCT title. Senior Reinaldo Zephirin and Sophomore Rayshawn Kelly placed 5th. Alec became the first PHS wrestler to win two District Titles!  Rayshawn also took 4th in the district. Alec made history again by becoming the 4th person in school history to win a Region 5 title. The following week he won his 100th career match in the State Tournament and placed 8th becoming the second state placer person from PHS.


Miscellaneous Student Athlete Achievements Outside Of PHS (i.e. Crew Div. 1 Signing)

Della Rocca, Rebecca  2018 Speedo Sectionals Region 1 (North), March 22-25, 2018, Ithaca, NY


Will Murray 2018 Eastern Zone SC Age Group Championship, March 29-31, 2018, Webster, NY

Author: PHS Head Coaches