In no particular order, we've gathered our favorite recent Peddie athletics highlights.
1. Former Peddie coach Sean Casey inducted into the Mercer County Basketball Hall of Fame
Legendary former Peddie girls’ basketball coach Sean Casey was inducted into the Mercer County Basketball Hall of Fame during an April ceremony at Mercer Oaks Country Club.
A member of the Peddie Sports Hall of Fame (2016), Casey posted a final career record of 329–89 (.787) during his 17 seasons (1993–2010) on the bench. Casey steered the Falcons to 14 consecutive Prep A State championships and 12 straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles with a perfect 77–0 mark. During his tenure, Casey sent 17 student-athletes to Division I programs, including three McDonald's High School All-Americans, Crystal Goring ’05 (Richmond), Bridgette Mitchell ’06 (Duke) and Haley Peters ’10 (Duke).
2. Luke Treese ’23 throws no-hitter in win over Blair
In April, Luke Treese ’23 tossed a no-hitter, striking out five and walking three to lead the Falcons to a 4-0 win over Blair Academy. Treese retired 16 Bucs in a row before issuing his second free pass with one out in the sixth.
Treese allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh and buckled down from there, getting a strikeout, a force out at second and a game-ending ground out to shortstop Matt Schwartz ’22.
3. Morgan Beggs ’22 strikes out 47 batters in 30 innings
Behind the solid pitching of Morgan Beggs ’22, Peddie softball completed the sweep of the home-and-home series with Mid-Atlantic Prep League rivals Blair and Lawrenceville. Beggs struck out 47 batters in 30 innings, while timely hitting from Sofia Caballero ’23, Chloe Salapatas ’25 and Faith Szarvas ’23 proved key to the Falcons’ (4-1, 4-1 MAPL) early-season success.
4. Donavan Jeng ’23 is The Trenton Times’ boys Swimmer of the Year
Peddie Boys Swimming Team Co-Captain Donavan Jeng ’23 returned to campus last fall for the first time since his freshman year. "The sophomores and most of the juniors didn't really have a true experience of what Peddie is and what Peddie swimming was until this year," Coach Emmett Walling told the Trenton Times earlier this month, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic. "He [Jeng] absolutely came in in August with a mission, and I think he lived up to what he wanted to accomplish and what the coaching staff really thought he was capable of accomplishing."
50 free: 20.62
100 free: 44.81
200 IM: 1:52.63
100 back: 51.21
100 fly: 51.89
5. A perfect tryout for Tair Sarsenov ’23
Tair Sarsenov ’23 landed his first-ever hole-in-one on the uphill 177-yard par-3 17th last month while trying out for the Peddie gold team. It's the only hole-in-one a Peddie player has ever scored during tryouts in the past 17 years. What are the odds? According to the American Hole 'N One, the average golfer's chances of making a hole-in-one on a par-3 hole are 12,500 to 1!