Jack Erbeck and Andy Blake did not just want to go out on top. These two soon-to-be Hun School graduates wanted their final game for the Raiders’ baseball team to be a memory neither would soon forget. Erbeck, Blake and seven other final-year players on head coach Tom Monfiletto’s squad got to share in a trophy as Hun defeated Peddie, 12-0, at William Thompson Field to earn the 2019 NJISAA Prep A state title.
The Hun School boys’ lacrosse team was challenged on several occasions during its state Prep A final against Lawrenceville on Monday.
And each time the Raiders rose to the challenge. “We were confident in the guys and the game plan,” said Hun coach MV Whitlow, whose team held off the Big Red for a 10-7 victory in the state Prep A championship game that was played in Princeton. “We made a couple of halftime adjustments and with the senior leadership we have with our captains Devin Cowan and Jack Ruddy, we were confident that they were going to execute those adjustments. They’ve come a long way and their lacrosse IQs are high. They are just young student athletes of great character.”
Four, soon-to-be Hun School graduates, committed to stand-out collegiate athletic programs this week, including Eric Fleming who signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at The College of St. Rose. The student athletes were lauded by their families, coaches, and classmates who turned out for a ceremony in Russell Lounge before classes on Thursday. They join a group that now includes twenty-four members of the senior class.
On April 26th, former colleagues, coaches, and teachers, and beloved family members, from infants to grandparents, turned out to celebrate two Hun employees and four Hun athletes. Honorees were lauded for their contributions to the School and accomplishments here and beyond.
Ally Cowan singlehandedly kept the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team in the game early on as it hosted Blair last Saturday. Junior transfer Cowan scored all three goals for Hun as it fell behind 7-3 midway through the first half. “I know that it is better if I can take control and just be a leader on the field,” said Cowan. “That is the best for the whole team.”
Six Hun School student-athletes made commitments to play NCAA athletics next year at a ceremony in Russell Hall at The Hun School on April 17th. The student-athletes join twenty-one of their classmates who have committed to collegiate programs throughout the year.
Sports aren’t about winning and losing for Tracey Arndt, The Hun School’s new co-director of athletics. Instead, she sees them as integral to a holistic, well-rounded student experience. “The student-athlete experience at The Hun School is about so much more than having a sport to play," says Mrs. Arndt. "It is about creating a culture of success both on and off the field, where the student athlete can cultivate positive physical, social, and mental habits that can carry over into all aspects of his or her life."
Elijah Smarr '19 organized the Playing 4 Change 5v5 indoor soccer tournament, which was held Feb. 2 at Hun. The tournament wound up with 44 players registered on six teams with 16 Hun boys soccer players volunteering as the referees and coaches. The event raised $550 to donate to Goals Beyond the Net, as well as collecteing 30 pairs of soccer cleats and other soccer gear that will be sent to Hatti to help other young boys and girls play the game.
A first-ever Mercer County Tournament (MCT) title for the Hun girls swim team and an astonishing sixth consecutive MCT title for the boys’ ice hockey team. A state championship in foil for Hun fencer Anna Marie Heiser ’21 and a 1000-point milestone for Hun basketball player Jada Jones.
Even before Brian Nelson joined the Hun School boys’ hockey program, he had visions of taking a leading role in a run to the Mercer County Tournament championship.
“I was in 7th grade and I went to the title game and I remember seeing that crowd,” recalled Nelson, who attended William Penn Middle School before coming to Hun in the fall of 2015. “I can’t wait to be that guy.”
Nelson had to be patient, though, playing a supporting role in his first three seasons with the program as standouts like Kyle Mandleur and Blake Brown led the Raiders to MCT titles.
Coming into the 2018-19 campaign, Nelson was ready to assume a starring role.
Nine Hun School of Princeton student athletes made commitments to play NCAA athletics next year at a signing ceremony at the School on February 6th. Three Hun students committed to play for Division 1 schools, including Nicholas Ramsey, lacrosse, at current NCAA Champion Yale University; Andrew Blake, baseball at Columbia University; and Gavin Casey, football, at East Stroudsburg University.
Arturo Rodrigues and Marie-Eve Hebert came to the Hun School swim team this season with vastly different backgrounds in the sport.
Hebert arrived at Hun this fall from Quebec with 10 years experience as a swimmer, most of which has been spent swimming at a high level. Rodrigues arrived at Hun this fall from Belgium with no experience in competitive swimming.
Hun basketball player Jada Jones ’19 joined an exclusive club on January 16thtallying 1,000 points in her high school career, an outstanding achievement last accomplished by a female player at Hun in 2007. A team captain, she got her thousandth point with a free throw in a 55-38 win over Hightstown High School.
In discussing his Hun School ice hockey team, coach Ian McNally smiles when thinking about how physically imposing the Raiders have gotten this year. “In general we’re kind of bigger and older than we’ve been, and it’s nice,” McNally said. “Usually you’re looking at the other team going out for warm-ups and thinking, ‘We’re in a little bit of trouble,’ when you see their size. But I imagine there’s some teams watching us going through warm-ups this year and they’re saying ‘Uh oh,’ and he’s a big reason why.”
"DC couldn't come at a better time," Hun coach Ian McNally said. “Morale was low after the four losses. but everyone showed up in the mood to win and it was one of those tournaments where each game played out different, different heroes, different adversities and found different ways to win. This will be a good example of what we are capable of when similar scenarios come up over the next month of games."
With its roster essentially doubling in size over the last few years, the Hun School swimming program is enjoying new competitive opportunities. Having been limited to fielding one co-ed team in dual meets in recent years, Hun has been rolling out separate boys’ and girls’ squads this winter. Raider head coach Joan Nuse sees the increase in numbers as a boon to the program.
“When I started five years ago, we had either 15 or 16 kids total for co-ed meets, and now we have 31,” said Nuse.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.