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Friday News:

C. Young (9-5) 4.1 IP 2 H 5 ER 6 BB 3 K 2.38 ERA. 93 pitches, 47 strikes.

Chris Young struggled with his control, walking a season-high six while allowing just two hits in San Diego's 8-7 loss to Arizona. Young gave up two runs while he was in the game, leaving with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. The Padres bullpen walked in a run before the bases emptied on Mark Reynolds' three run double, putting the home team in a hole they were not able to climb out of.

It's a little tight right now but on the mound, I didn't think about it," Young said of his back. "I was rusty, that was it. I dug us in a hole and that was tough to overcome. ... I was able to turn loose the ball. It had more life than I've had in months."

Will Venable was 1-3 with a triple as San Antonio won it's third straight, a 4-1 decision over Midland.

Thursday News:

The Padres have taken three straight from Arizona to move into a virtual tie for first place in the NL West. Chris Young returns to the mound as San Diego goes for the sweep of the Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 pm ET.

Will Venable was 0-4 on the night as San Antonio picked up a 5-2 win over Midland.

There have been several tip times and two television broadcasts added to the 2007-08 Princeton schedule. Check it out. We also have a iCal version of the schedule you can subscribe to.

New Recruit - Patrick Saunders.

New England Recruiting Report is reporting that 6'7" New Hampton School forward Patrick Saunders (right) has committed to play basketball at Princeton.

Rivals has the following to say about Saunders in November of last year:

Keep an eye on New Hampton junior Patrick Saunders. The 6-foot-7 forward is a basketball player. He knows what to do with the ball when he has it. He knows what to do without it. A smart passer and a good shooter, Saunders would be a great get for a Princeton-style oriented offense. He was an efficient seven of nine from the floor to the tune of 15 points against the Patterson School.

Saunders is head coach Sydney Johnson's first publicly-known recruit.

Wednesday News:

Will Venable was 2-6 for San Antonio in an eleven inning 6-5 loss to Midland.

Chris Young has been upgraded to "likely" for Thursday's start against Arizona.

"It looks like he's going to, in all probability, [pitch] Thursday. We haven't announced it yet. He feels good today," Padres manager Bud Black said.

A memorial service for former Princeton coach Butch van Breda Kolff will be held on Friday, September 7th beginning at 4:00 pm ET at the Hofstra University Library in Hempstead, Long Island.

Ivy ShootAround.

Some interesting Sydney Johnson quotes in Andy Glockner's preview of the 2007-08 Ivy League season.

"We want players who will compete ... guys who have an extra level of aggressiveness who like to compete and like to play in big games, who have a lot of heart and a little nastiness, if you will," Johnson said.

"We're not one of the best Princeton teams that have come across in the last 10-20 years, but we'll always play good teams. That's who we are," Johnson said. "People want to see our program and our players."

"We need to add talent and maximize the talent that's already on the roster such that we're competing for the Ivy league championship," he said. " ... It's only been one year, but we certainly need to get back to where we're supposed to be competing."

Tuesday News:

Will Venable was 3-5 with a double and a run scored last night as San Antonio beat up on Corpus Christi 8-1. The Missions now lead Frisco by 2.5 games with eight to play.

Venable was also named to the Texas League post-season All-Star team.

The San Diego Padres are cautiously optimistic that Chris Young could start either Thursday or Friday's game this week. Young threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since leaving his start at Shea Stadium with a lower back strain.

The Princeton Packet spoke with Bill Bradley, Gary Walters and Pete Carril about the late Butch van Breda Kolff.

Eagles linebacker Omar Gaither had an offer to play basketball at Princeton?

Brian Taylor.

1981 was the last year until the early 1990s that Topps made basketball trading cards. Each card in this set had three players on it, with perforations that allowed for division into three smaller cards. This is our final Brian Taylor scan, 1981 Topps trading card #216.

Monday News:

Will Venable was 1-4 with a run scored in San Antonio's 9-0 win over Frisco on Friday.

Saturday the Missions started a series with Corpus Christi. Venable drove in the game's only run in the bottom of the fifth as the Hooks were shut out 1-0.

"I knew he was going to throw me a fastball," Venable said.

"He left it up, and fortunately, I was ready for it."

Corpus Christi scored two runs in the top of the seventh to best San Antonio 3-2 in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader. Will Venable was 0-3 at the plate in the loss. In the nightcap Venable hit his eighth home run of the year as the Missions shut out the Hooks 4-0. San Antonio has a 1.5 game lead on Frisco in the southern division of the Texas League with nine games to play.

Cole Hamels says Chris Young should call him if he wants any advice on his back.

Daily Breeze writer Mike Waldner shares stories from the life of Butch van Breda Kolff.

During one late night session, the discussion turned to how various coaches attacked gimmick defenses. Butch was dismissive. To him the game was a simple matter of balance, movement and crisp, accurate passes.

"What do you do against a diamond-and-two?" he was asked.

"Just tell my scorer to go stand in the corner and let the rest of the team play four-on-three," he said.

"Are you really going to take your top scorer out of your offense?" the reporter said.

"Ask Pete," Butch said.

It just so happened that Pete Carril, who played for VBK at Lafayette and followed him as the Princeton coach, was visiting that night.

"Pete, Pete," VBK commanded. "Come over here and tell them what we do against a diamond-and-two."

"Tell your scorer to go stand in the corner and let the rest of the team play four-on-three," Carril said.

Friday News:

Associated Press/Christopher Barth

In the wake of the passing of Butch van Breda Kolff (right), the majority of today's articles are about his life.

The Princeton athletic department press release has the following quote from head coach Sydney Johnson:

"We lost one of our program's most important figures yesterday," says Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson '97. "He was a central figure in establishing Princeton as one of the top 20 college basketball programs of all time. Our players, coaches and fans are honored to be associated with Coach van Breda Kolff and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and dear friends."

Harvey Yavener of the Trenton Times talks to former Princeton coach Pete Carril and current Tigers Athletic Director Gary Walters about the man they called "Coach."

The New York Times remembers Uncle Butch.

Columnist Ed Laubach with the Express-Times writes about the life of Butch van Breda Kolff, speaking to Moravian College president Chris Thomforde along with Coach Carril (who mentions he would like to coach again as an assistant).

But I think my favorite find while searching the newswire was this 1967 piece from Time Magazine, "Tiger In The Ivy."

The Princeton Packet's Bob Nuse would still love to see the "Carril Classic" happen at Jadwin Gym. While Nuse knows this would never come together, what about having three teams from the "Princeton family" of coaches play three different teams in a tripleheader at Jadwin?

Will Venable homered for the second consecutive game, but Frisco got the better of San Antonio, 6-4.

While Chris Young won't be rejoining his Padres teammates in Philadelphia this weekend, there is hope that he will return to the rotation next week.

Butch van Breda Kolff 1922-2007.

Former Princeton basketball coach Willem "Butch" van Breda Kolff passed away yesterday in Spokane, Washington at the age of 84 after a lengthy illness.

van Breda Kolff paced the sidelines at Princeton from 1962-1967, leaving the Tigers for a job coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. van Breda Kolff assembled a 103-31 record with four Ivy League titles in his five seasons at Princeton and led the Tigers to the program's only Final Four appearance in 1965.

If you have any memories or stories about Butch van Breda Kolff you would like to share, please feel free to leave them in our comments section. I hope that his still-memorable speech from the 100 Years of Princeton Basketball dinner in 2001 can someday be archived on-line.

Thursday News:

A big night for Will Venable, who was 4-6 with his sixth home run of the season as San Antonio took the second game of their series with Frisco 14-3.

Padres manager Bud Black says Chris Young may avoid the disabled list. A MRI on Young's back did not show any serious problems.

Young to miss Philadelphia start. is reporting that Chris Young flew to San Diego today to see a specialist about the tightness he is experiencing in his lower back. Young has been scratched from Sunday's scheduled start in Philadelphia.

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