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Men's hoops, Howe Cup seize campus' attention; world focuses on Nagano

You've probably heard by now (after all, it's Thursday, three whole days after it happened) that our men's basketball team cracked the top-10 in both national polls this week.Perhaps you're aware that women's hoops defeated Harvard last weekend to end the Crimson's 32-game win streak.If you're a real Princeton sports enthusiast you might even know that women's squash is vying for ? and has a good chance of winning ? the Howe Cup this weekend.But outside our Princeton athletic bubble is another event, one that is supposed to unify the world, but isn't getting much student attention: the Winter Olympics.

SPORTS | 02/11/1998

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Out of the shadows

Given all the recent publicity surrounding the men's basketball team's rise in the polls, it isn't too surprising that a Princeton player is seen in the opening sequence of SportsCenter.The logical choice might be senior center Steve Goodrich.

SPORTS | 02/11/1998

Athlete of the Week

The women's basketball game against league-leading Harvard Saturday was billed not as Princeton versus Harvard but rather as Princeton versus Allison Feaster.

SPORTS | 02/09/1998

Women's track tops Penn; Penn St., UConn edge men

Both men's and women's track have hit their stride going into the home stretch of the season, a stretch that sees them face traditional rivals in the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet and also in the upcoming Heptagonal Championships.The weekend saw seven meet records broken, and although the men fell short of victory, the future appears bright for both squads.The women squared-off against Penn, eventually winning handily by 18 points, 68-50.

SPORTS | 02/09/1998

Men's swimming defeats Harvard, Yale, sets two records

Going into this weekend's Harvard-Yale-Princeton Invitational, head coach Rob Orr equated his team's chances of winning to throwing a deck of cards into the wind ? luck would determine who had more aces showing.But for the Tigers, the deck was all aces.With an onslaught of first-place finishes, Princeton (8-0 overall, 8-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League) jumped to a surprisingly large lead on the first day of the two-day meet, en route to convincing victories over both Harvard and Yale.A meet that was supposed to be close turned into a relentless drubbing, as the Tigers beat Harvard (6-2, 5-1), 114-49, and Yale (8-3, 5-3), 141-22."They swam beyond expectations," Orr said.

SPORTS | 02/08/1998

Men's volleyball withers against No. 8 Penn State

No. 9 Penn State men's volleyball (3-6 overall) has lost only twice in the past 20 regular seasons in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.Friday, Princeton looked to make it three times.It didn't happen.After a strong first game which Princeton (2-3) won, 15-12, the Tigers proceeded to drop the next three ? 12-15, 8-15, 11-15 ? losing by a score of 3-1.Fatigue and conditioning were a factor in the loss for the Tigers, whose season is still young, coming off a long, hard match against Juniata Thursday night."We're still getting used to playing a lot, and with two big matches in a row, we were beat up," freshman outside Steve Cooper said. Wrong play, wrong timeKey points did not go the Tigers' way, and errors came at the most inopportune times."We didn't play as well as we could've when we needed to," senior opposite Scott Birdwell said.Overall, Princeton played a consistent match, but Penn State had that extra edge that turned the tide in its favor.Essentially in their second season ? Penn State also has a fall season ? the Nittany Lions were on top of their game, finishing the match with a season-best .508 hitting percentage.The first game, though, was all Princeton, which rattled off a string of points after the score had been tied at eight to take a 14-9 lead.

SPORTS | 02/08/1998