Blair Bucs Ruffle Falcon Feathers on the Court

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By: Tanvi Dange ’17
Section Editor

The Peddie basketball teams faced perennial rival Blair Academy on Jan. 21. Boys JV and 3rds teams beat the Bucs, but Blair trumped the Falcons in girls varsity, boys varsity, and girls JV games.

Although any face-off between Blair and Peddie attracts a large crowd, these varsity games reached an even larger audience because they were live-streamed.

“Our goal this year is to stream games with [the Strive network] in each season,” Director of Athletics Jim Domoracki said. “In the fall we streamed home games in football, boys and girls soccer and field hockey. ​We have an arrangement with Blair to co-sponsor games as well, so Blair used Strive for the Blair Day football game and in return we used Strive for the home basketball games.”

The Peddie varsity boys basketball team pictured here played rival Blair Academy on Jan. 21 along with Peddie's other basketball teams. Photographer: Hanako Kurita '18

The Peddie varsity boys basketball team pictured here played rival Blair Academy on Jan. 21 along with Peddie’s other basketball teams. Photographer: Hanako Kurita ’18

Described by Monty Fortenbaugh ’15 as “the biggest home game this year”, the boys varsity competition was well-attended. Hundreds of students came down to the athletic center to support their fellow Falcons. However, the Bucs emerged victorious in the last second, pulling out a 55-54 win.

Girls varsity similarly battled on the court against a quality Blair team. Despite notable performances from post-graduate Lindsay Powers, senior Michaela Nieuwenhuizen, junior Kathleen Hill and freshman Natalie Stralkus, the Falcons could not overcome a weak first quarter and lost 42-67.

In spite of disappointing performances against Blair, Peddie rebounded with victories over Lawrenceville in boys varsity, girls varsity and girls JV games on Jan. 24.

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