Category Archives: Sports

Basketball coach Skye Ettin reflects on his coaching career

By Diana Gonzalez-Castillo
Littlerock, CA

It’s not easy for an Ivy League school to make the NCAA tournament. So when Skye Ettin, an assistant head coach of Princeton’s men’s basketball team, led his players onto the NCAA tournament stage this past March, it was a big deal.

This was his first season as a coach and, at only 25, Ettin is still learning “how to run a program,” he said. But he also considers his age to be a positive.

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A magician on the ice

By Talaya Robinson-Dancy
Dayton, OH

If an Ivy League hockey coach started to describe his favorite player, who would you envision? This player scored the most points in one season in Princeton history, with 61 goals, was the Ivy League rookie of the year, and was named the team’s most valuable player three times.

“I used to watch and [this player] was a magician on the ice,” said Jeff Kampersal, a former Princeton hockey player who is now the women’s hockey coach. Continue reading

Profile: Skye Ettin discusses coaching, family, leadership

By Miriam Garcia
San Fernando, CA

The tall glass windows illuminated the entrance of Jadwin Gym, and hip-hop music thumped in the background as I searched for the coach. In the dome-shaped main gym, lights beamed down, championship flags waved and players thwacked the ball down the court.

This is the second home of Skyelar Ettin, assistant coach for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.  Continue reading

The man helping a team of women break through the ice ceiling

By Katie Marciniak
Chicago, IL

As the players make their way toward the rink, the cool air awakens their nerves. They assess their competition from behind the glass as they skate onto the ice one by one. The referee drops the puck on the ice, the players face off and the game begins.

You may have visualized a hockey game taking place, but did you presume men as the players? People don’t typically associate women with aggressive sports such as hockey. But according to the International Ice Hockey Federation, since the first IIHF women’s season in 1990, the number of female hockey players has ballooned from roughly 6,000 to more than 65,000.  Continue reading

Jets vs. Jaguars: a play-by-play

By Kasandra Gonzalez
Roma, TX

The countdown starts early.

By 5:30 p.m., football fans starving for a new season have already set up tents around the parking lot of MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Mass chattering and the clinking of beers flood the parking lot as fans exchange greetings at their tailgates.

Inside the stadium, both teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets, warm up. On the home side, Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg swiftly passes to wide receiver Anthony Kelly. The crowd starts filing into the stadium as selfies are showcased on the Jumbotron.  Continue reading

To capture a football game: live from the press box

By Tommie Robinson
Jonesboro, GA

There are plenty of things that go unnoticed at any football game. You don’t have to be in love with a game to go to one.

If you are curious enough, you can study everything but the game.

Before a recent pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Meadowlands–my first NFL game–rows and rows of fans barbequed, threw footballs and got drunk in the parking lot. Continue reading