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Sports Roundup XI
Sara Courtney

Where we’re going, and where we’ve been, in sports.

 

This past week:

 

  • NJ.com #18-ranked Pingry Boys Ice Hockey took charge in wins of 8-1 over North Hunterdon-Voorhees and 6-2 over Hun last week and ran its winning streak to six games. Ever since the calendar turned to 2024 the Big Blue have been a scoring machine and have outscored opponents, 58-23.

 

  • NJ.com #5-ranked Pingry Girls Ice Hockey has dropped three of their last four despite outshooting their opponent in each contest. The girls will keep grinding, and will be well-rested as they enter a big week.

 

  • Big Blue Boys Basketball boasts an impressive 11-3 record and are preparing to make a deep playoff run. Senior Trey Maultsby ‘24 and Sophomore Donnie Gregory ‘26 pace the offense, combining for over 33 points per game on average.

 

  • Pingry Girls Basketball is 6-1 in the Skyland Conference Valley Division and 10-5 overall. Coach Hoepfl has the girls playing tough, and with sustained team success comes individual milestones, such as junior Debra Hill ‘25 collecting her 500th career rebound and junior Taylor Francis ‘25 sitting at 998 career points.

 

  • Big Blue Wrestling is showing its resiliency, competing with pride and scoring points against state powers. With veteran leadership guiding the way, the future is bright for Pingry Wrestling, especially with freshman Jack Abramson ‘27 doing serious damage at the 113lb division. Jack is currently the #6-ranked 113lb wrestler in all of New Jersey, and after dominant performances all season, he’s looking to make serious noise come tournament time.

 

  • The Pingry Boys' Ski Team won their second race of the season finishing 1 minute and 14 seconds ahead of the second place team.  Leading the way for the Boys team were Dylan Jay '24 in 1st place overall (also his second win of the season), Cam Collins '25 in 2nd place, Parker Junger '26 in 3rd place, Will Brisson '26 in 5th place, and Matt Lombardo '24 in 10th place.  This was the second race in a row that Pingry swept the podium. 

 

  • The Pingry Girls' Ski Team had a strong night finishing in second place out of the 9 teams racing.  Pingry had the top female racer with Ella Tabish '25 coming in 1st place overall. She was followed by Helen Pols '25 in 2nd place, Megan Soos '27 in 18th place, Katia Krishtopa '24 in 22nd place, and Aanya Shah '24 in 37th place. 

 

  • Boys Fencing is 5-2 overall, and started last week with a dominant thrashing of Hunterdon Central (won saber 8-1, swept foil 9-0), followed by a gritty comeback victory over Voorhees. Freshman Bora Akyamac ‘27 is now 21-0 on the season for Pingry and is rattling the club fencing scene too, as he took home the gold in USA Fencing’s Fairfax Challenge last Saturday in Virginia, before driving back to NJ to compete for Pingry. 

 

  • Despite being plagued by illness and injury, our Girls Fencing student-athletes are giving opponents all they can handle. Last week against Hunterdon Central, Freshmen Fiona Shmuler ‘27 went undefeated and followed that with another undefeated afternoon against Voorhees. Senior star Anika Sinha ‘24 returned to the lineup against Voorhees and also went undefeated, as Girls Saber carried the team, going 7-1 as a squad. 

 

  • NJ.com #11-ranked Girls Swimming is having a fantastic season at 6-1, with the only loss coming to the #1 team in the state by a small margin. The girls crushed #19 Hillsborough a week ago, 104-66. Senior breaststroke specialist Daniela Karnaugh ‘24 showed her versatility by breaking Pingry’s 200m freestyle record last week.

 

  • NJ.com #14-ranked Boys Swimming is also enjoying great success this season with their 5-1 record. Their only loss came against #11 Hillsborough. Senior Derek Cheng ‘24 seems to win a couple races every meet.

 

 

  • Big Blue Squash is off to a sizzling start, with the Boys’ and Girls’ varsity squads combining for a 13-3 record. Junior Ethan Chan ‘25 has been a beast at the #1 spot for the boys, while Girls’ #1 Sasha Bauhs ‘25 has been an absolute force. In fact, there is simply no weakness up and down the entire lineup.

 

  • Graham Houghton ‘25 and Sebastian Talarek ‘24 have delivered some record breaking performances for the Boys Winter Track team this season. After setting a school record in the 55mm dash earlier in January, he took first place at the Skyland Conference meet to become a three-time champion. Sebastian set the 300m mark last week at the Armory Officials Hall of Fame Meet.

 

  • On the Girls Winter Track side last week, it was junior Lucy Ambrogio ‘25 setting the pace—and Pingry’s school record—in the 1000m event. The girls also had a great Skyland conference meet, with Lucy taking third place in the 1600m and Kayla Kerr '25 finishing third in the 3200m.

 

Coming up:

  • A huge game today for Boys Ice Hockey, as they face off against Ridge to secure the #1 seed in Skyland Conference playoffs.

 

  • Girls Ice Hockey is facing #4 Immaculate Heart and #2 Princeton Day School this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

 

  • Big Blue Boys Basketball will travel to Hillsborough tonight for a 7:00pm tip-off.

 

  • Pingry Girls Basketball will host Ridge this afternoon in Bristol Gymnasium. Taylor Francis ‘25 is going for a thousand career points heading into today’s home matchup at 4:15pm.

 

  • The Pingry Ski Team returns to action on Friday, February 2, 2024 with our first Giant Slalom race of the season at Mt. Peter in Warwick, NY at 5pm

 

  • Girls Swimming has a huge matchup this Thursday at #7 Bridgewater-Raritan as they look to climb the rankings.

 

  • Boys Swimming will see where they stand among the state’s elite teams when they face #1 Bridgewater-Raritan on Thursday in Bridgewater.

 

  • Girls Squash will host Blair on Thursday while Boys Squash will host Delbarton on Monday. 

 

 

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