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Sunday News:

AP Photo/Chris Park

Will Venable drove in two runs as San Diego defeated Colorado 9-4. The North County Times says Venable is already "playing like a veteran."

Chris Young will come off the disabled list tomorrow at Los Angeles, not today versus the Rockies.

Saturday News:

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

Will Venable became just the second player in San Diego Padres history and the first in 39 years to hit a triple in his first career at-bat.

Starting in center field and batting sixth in the lineup, Venable was 1-4 at the plate in his major league debut, the first Princeton alum to make the pros as a position player since John Easton in 1959.

The Marin Independent Journal tracked down Venable at the Portland airport on his way to San Diego. Venable also spoke to before yesterday's action.

From the "I couldn't make this up if I tried" file: The Knicks traded the rights to 1999 bust Frederic Weis for Georgetown grad Patrick Ewing Jr.

Friday News: reports that San Diego will purchase the contract of Will Venable and call him up to the major leagues. Venable will replace the injured Scott Hairston on the Padres' roster.

Venable and Chris Young could both be in the same line-up on Sunday, as Young is expected to return to the rotation then.

The Princeton Packet speaks with MCCC head coach Howie Levy.

Two Princeton alums make Yardbarker's Top 5 Middle-Aged Ballers on Earth.

Craig Robinson was a proud brother at Delegate Service Day.

The Journal Gazette invites you to meet Pete Hegseth.

2008-2009 results.

November 2008
Fri. 11/14 Central Michigan (184/185) - 7:00 pm ET - 55-53 L (0-1 / 0-0 Ivy)
Wed. 11/19 Maine (327/322) - 7:00 pm ET - 58-55 OT L (0-2 / 0-0 Ivy)
Sun. 11/23 at Army (212/268) - 2:30 pm ET - 55-43 W (1-2 / 0-0 Ivy)
Wed. 11/26 at Fordham (167/140) - 7:00 pm ET - 73-61 W (2-2 / 0-0 Ivy)

December 2008
Tue. 12/02 South Carolina (138/88) - 7:00 pm ET - 84-58 L (2-3 / 0-0 Ivy)
Sat. 12/06 at St. Bonaventure (264/191) - 7:00 pm ET - 60-53 L (2-4 / 0-0 Ivy)
Wed. 12/10 Rutgers (211/164) - 7:00 pm ET - 49-44 L (2-5 / 0-0 Ivy)
Sun. 12/14 at Manhattan (274/226) - 4:00 pm ET - 70-60 L (2-6 / 0-0 Ivy)
Sat. 12/20 at Central Connecticut St (208/205) - 1:00 pm ET - 67-56 L (2-7 / 0-0 Ivy)
Tue. 12/30 at Lafayette (175/197) - 7:00 pm ET - 54-53 L (2-8 / 0-0 Ivy)

January 2009
Sat. 1/03 UNC Greensboro (125/115) - 12:00 pm ET - 65-55 W (3-8 / 0-0 Ivy)
Wed. 1/07 Lehigh (245/242) - 7:00 pm ET - 73-64 W (4-8 / 0-0 Ivy)
Sun. 01/25 Concordia (NY) - 5:00 pm ET - 64-44 W (5-8 / 0-0 Ivy)
Fri. 01/30 at Dartmouth (300/312) - 7:00 pm ET - 59-54 W (6-8 / 1-0 Ivy)
Sat. 01/31 at Harvard (307/284) - 7:00 pm ET - 77-71 W (7-8 / 2-0 Ivy)

February 2009
Fri. 02/06 Cornell (65/135) - 7:00 pm ET - 61-41 W (8-8 / 3-0 Ivy)
Sat. 02/07 Columbia (220/267) - 6:00 pm ET - 63-35 W (9-8 / 4-0 Ivy)
Fri. 02/13 at Yale (183/236) - 7:00 pm ET - 60-48 L (9-9 / 4-1 Ivy)
Sat. 02/14 at Brown (106/151) - 7:00 pm ET - 61-43 L (9-10 / 4-2 Ivy)
Tue. 02/17 Penn (261/278) - 7:00 pm ET - 62-55 OT L (9-11 / 4-3 Ivy)
Fri. 02/20 Harvard (307/284) - 7:00 pm ET - 58-55 W (10-11 / 5-3 Ivy)
Sat. 02/21 Dartmouth (300/312) - 6:00 pm ET - 66-63 L (10-12 / 5-4 Ivy)
Fri. 02/27 Brown (106/151) - 7:00 pm ET - 56-48 W (11-12 / 6-4 Ivy)
Sat. 02/28 Yale (183/236) - 6:00 pm ET - 62-54 W (12-12 / 7-4 Ivy)

March 2009
Fri. 03/06 at Columbia (220/267) - 7:00 pm ET- 58-44 L (12-13 / 7-5 Ivy)
Sat. 03/07 at Cornell (65/135) - 7:00 pm ET - 60-51 L (12-14 / 7-6 Ivy)
Tue. 03/10 at Penn (261/278) - 8:00 pm ET - 59-56 W (13-14 / 8-6 Ivy)

Shirt of the year.

Here's one I demand to see all over Jadwin.

Designed by Jay McPhillips.

Wednesday News:

Both Richmond and Denver have released their 2008-09 schedules.

Chris Young could start Sunday versus Colorado.

Will Venable was a finalist for Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year.

Finally, Pete Carril acknowledges a lapse in judgement.

Is Central Michigan the season opener?

Princeton hosts Central Michigan on Friday, November 14th. We have now pinpointed dates for nine 2008-09 non-conference games, with home games against South Carolina and Rutgers still to be added to the calendar. The complete schedule must be almost ready!

One more for the schedule: at Fordham.

Princeton will apparently spend much of 2008 on the road. The Tigers play Fordham in the Bronx on Wednesday, November 26th.

Maggie likes her new shirt.

Maggie hangs out on the couch and wonders if November could get here sooner...

Tuesday News:

An excerpt of Craig Robinson introducing his sister, Michelle Obama, at last night's Democratic National Convention. While I continue to look for video of the full speech, you can read a transcript here.

Robinson was also interviewed by Katie Couric for the CBS Evening News.

Chris Young will throw a simulated game in Arizona today and could "easily slide back into the rotation if no problems arise."

A 6'3" local guard made an unofficial visit to Princeton and his head coach spoke highly of the job Tigers coach Sydney Johnson is doing recruiting him.

An interview with Howie Levy.

I had a chance to speak with new Mercer County Community College head coach Howie Levy earlier today. A transcript of our conversation follows. - JS


Thanks. Should be fun.

Was a head coaching position something that was on your radar since you stopped coaching at Princeton, or did this job kind of find you?

A little bit of both. Last spring I actually tried to get the Princeton High School job, which I didn't get. I think that it is ok that I didn't get it. I knew I wanted my next coaching job to be some sort of head coaching job and I was thinking over the last year - "what would be a good job for me?" I wanted to find somewhere where I was not moving my family and I said Mercer would be a good job. I liked the idea of helping kids that need some help and might not necessarily be in the educational system.

The AD at Mercer is a guy named John Simone, who was a long-time high school coach in the area. I think he called me during last season. I can't remember how it started but I want to say I was thinking about them and he happened to call me. He had a pretty good inkling that Kelly Williams, who was the head coach last year, was going to have a real good shot at the College of New Jersey job and asked if I would be interested. I said yes and from there we stayed in contact for a while. When Kelly got the job he called me and we talked and it worked out.

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Howard Levy Selected as MCCC Basketball Coach

Howie Levy with MCCC Athletics Director John Simone

Here is the official release. I hope to get a few words from Coach Levy today. - JS

Howard Levy Selected as Head Coach for MCCC Men’s Basketball

West Windsor, N.J. -- Howard Levy, whose basketball resume includes championship success as a player and coach on both the Division I and international levels, has been named the head men's basketball coach at Mercer County Community College, Director of Athletics John Simone announced today. Levy served as assistant coach for men’s basketball at Princeton University from 1996-2007 and is an alumnus of Princeton, where he was a center for the Tigers for four seasons.

According to Simone, the selection of Levy is a real asset for the Mercer program. “Howard has an in-depth understanding of the game and the elements that contribute to team success. He comes to Mercer with a wealth of experience that includes his many years as a player and a coach. Through his work with student-athletes, he truly understands the importance of excelling both on the court and in the classroom. We are fortunate that he will join our coaching staff.”

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