Sports Roundup X
Where we’re going, and where we’ve been, in sports.
This past week:
- Pingry Ski Racing had their first race of the season on Friday night at the National Winter Activities Center in Vernon, NJ. In Girls Ski Racing, Helen Pols '25 was the race winner and boosted the girls to a 5th place finish. In addition to Helen, Sam Schnur '25 was 22nd, Katia Krishtopa '24 was 26th, Ella Tabish '25 was 30th, and Megan Soos '27 was 31st.
- And Boys Ski Racing showed it’s a serious championship contender by winning their race in dominating fashion. Pingry took 6 of the top 9 spots, including a sweep of the podium and finishing over 50 seconds ahead of the second-place team. Dylan Jay '24, Cam Collins '25, and Parker Junger '26 were respectively 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the boys’ race. Will Brisson '26 was 6th, Max Naseef '24 was 7th, and Trey Frear '27 was 9th.
- NJ.com #4 Pingry Girls Ice Hockey finished an unbeaten week, tying a talented Chatham team on Thursday, before Goalie Kate Niccolai ’24 earned her first shut-out of the season on Friday against Randolph in a 4–0 victory. Captain Alexis Glasofer ’25 had her second hat trick of the season in the win.
- NJ.com #18 Pingry Boys Ice Hockey has cranked up the offense in 2024, averaging over seven goals per game since the new year. The boys have won three straight, all on the road, including a 7–4 statement win over NJ.com #19 Morristown Beard yesterday. Charlie Sherman ’24 and Freddie Field ’25 each contributed a goal and two assists in the victory.
- As Evan Xie ’24 tells it, the team has set their sights high. “The ice hockey season is going great so far,” he says. “We had a little bit of a rough start, but we've managed to win some key matchups and build some strong momentum in the past few games. I'd definitely attribute a lot of our current success to the depth and commitment of everyone on our team, a culture that our coaches have worked very hard to build. From new freshmen to veteran seniors, everyone has embraced their role, whether that means scoring game-winning goals, shutting down opposing offenses on the penalty kill, or even pushing the pace during practice. We've all bought into the same vision—another conference championship and a state title run—and hopefully, through our camaraderie and dedication, we can bring that vision to life.”
- Pingry Girls Basketball boasts an impressive 7–3 record, stringing together four straight wins before dropping a tough battle against Mendham on Saturday. Debra Hill ’25 collected her 100th rebound of the season in the game, while leading scorer Taylor Francis ’25 had a game-high 15 points and added 4 steals.
- Pingry Boys Basketball is 7–2, coming off of a big win against Princeton High School on Saturday. Donnie Gregory ’26 scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots in the win.
- For Josh Woodford ’24, the strong team bond is driving the team’s success this season. “The season is going well so far, we're off to a better start this year, and it feels great,” he says. “The team has great chemistry and we all feel connected in a way where we can trust and support each other.”
- Pingry Wrestling made headlines when NJ.com ranked freshman Jack Abramson ’27 as the 8th best 113-lb wrestler in the state. As Big Blue continues to compete with pride, check out this article about Jack from earlier in the season.
- Both Boys and Girls Fencing earned a "W" vs. Princeton High School last Thursday, Big Blue’s first combined dual meet win of the season. In Boys Fencing, the overall score was 15–12 with foil racking up more than half of Pingry’s points, going 8–1 on the day. The Girls Fencing crushed Princeton with a score of 19–8. Girls epee had an incredible performance, sweeping Princeton 9–0.
- Pingry Boys and Girls Squash is a combined 8–1, with the girls’ only loss coming in their season opener.
- NJ.com #9 Pingry Girls Swimming is unbeaten at 5–0 and on Friday, they won the 2024 Skyland Conference Championship. After falling out of first place, Big Blue didn’t sweat, expecting to regain the points lead with their signature event—the breaststroke— and it went just as planned. Daniela Karnaugh ’24 and Emily Gao ’24 finished 1-2 respectively to get Pingry back in championship position for good.
- NJ.com #19 Pingry Boys Swimming is undefeated at 4–0 and delivered a fantastic performance at the Skyland Conference Championships on Friday. Derek Chen ’24 won two events—the 100- and 200-freestyle—guiding Pingry to 2nd place team finish.
- The Girls Winter Track Distance Medley Relay Team of Sari Berman ’26, Sophia Deeney ’24, Hannah Diao ’26, and Kayla Kerr ’25 finished third in the NJSIAA Non-Public A Relay races last week.
- In Boys Winter Track competition at The Armory Hispanic Games earlier this month, Graham Houghton ’25 placed second in the 55-meter dash by running a blazing 6.40, a new school record, and the 7th-fastest time recorded by any high school athlete in the country this season. Tom Goydan ’24 also medaled, finishing 5th in the Pole Vault.
- Boys and Girls Squash teams will be tested tomorrow in a showdown with rival Lawrenceville.
- Pingry Fencing is back in action on Thursday, with a big home match-up against Somerville.
- Pingry Girls Swimming look to extend their win streak to six next Tuesday when they face NJ.com #1 Ridge at Beinecke Pool. Mark Tuesday, January 23 on your calendar and come out to support the team in this battle of girls swimming state powers.
- And Boys Swimming will also face off against Ridge on Tuesday at Beinecke—all the more reason to come out and show your support.
- And finally, Big Blue Wrestling is training hard for their next meet on Wednesday, January 24.
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