On October 26th under the lights, Ibrahima Diop, the two time All-American showed why he might be the top player in the country, and the best player to ever grace the pitches of Mercer County. For the second time in three years, second-seeded Pennington and fourth-seeded West Windsor-Plainsboro South met to determine Mercer County Tournament supremacy. Just like two years ago, it was the Red Raiders that came away with the win, 2-0 over the Pirates. The victory is Pennington's third straight MCT crown, and its fourth overall. The Red Raiders are the first team to three-peat since the 2007-2009 Princeton teams.

Pictured: The Red Raiders celebrate their three-peat.


Third-seeded Steinert won its first Mercer County title since 2006 with a 3-0 victory over the top-seeded Allentown Redbirds on October 26th at The College of New Jersey. Emily Gulsby and Gabby DeLisa each found the back of the net in the championship win for the Spartans, which earned a bit of revenge after falling to Allentown during the regular season. Steinert's offense was fierce all night and put up three goals on a defense that had previously surrendered just five scores all season and had not given up a goal in over three weeks.The Spartans put the final touch on its title run two days after advancing in penalty kicks against Pennington in the county semifinals on October 24th.

Pictured: The celebration of the MCT title is on for the Spartans.


Lawrenceville made it look easy on October 21st in the championship game of the Mercer County Tournament, as the top-seeded Big Red cruised to a 5-0 victory over sixth-seeded Princeton at Mercer County Community College. The Big Red got three goals from Tess Maloney and a pair of scores from Annie Morgan to power the win, which earned the victors their sixth MCT title in seven seasons.

Pictured: The Lawrenceville School Big Red celebrate another MCT title.


For the first time since the Mercer County Championship team title was initially awarded in 1978, a team has won six straight, with WW-P South passing Steinert's 1978-82 teams as the only one to accomplish the feat. The Pirates' 59-point margin at Thompson Park on October 20, 34-93 over runner-up Allentown, was WW-P South's second-biggest margin of victory during the run. WW-P South put all five of its scoring runners in the top 12. Kelsey Kobus was third overall in 19:46.69 to lead the team behind Allentown's Devon Hoernlein in 18:54.86 and Princeton's Chloe Taylor in 19:41.22.

Pictured: West Windsor-Plainsboro South's Kelsey Kobus.


When it counted, Princeton's boys cross-country team's boys cross-country team was there. A week and a half after a dual-meet loss to West Windsor-Plainsboro South, Princeton made sure it wouldn’t finish behind any team in a successful Mercer County title defense on October 20 at Thompson Park, holding off runner-up Hopewell Valley, 50-58. Will Hare and Acasio Pinheiro finished at the top for Princeton to give a hint that it would be the Tigers' day. Hare clocked 15:46.22 to finish eight seconds in front of Pinheiro with Hopewell Valley's Teddy Meredith in third in 16:00.21.

Pictured: Princeton's Will Hare.


Defending the Mercer County Tournament title this year was a different feeling for the Hightstown High School's girls' tennis team, but the Rams did it by rolling up 27.5 points to finish atop the 18-team field by eight and a half points over runner-up Princeton Day School on September 27th at the Mercer County Tennis Center. Hightstown had the top seeds in all three of the singles brackets and defended them, with Avnika Naraparaju at first, Anusha Rangu at second and Ritika Yadav at third. On the doubles side, both Hightstown teams at least made their semifinals.

Pictured: The Hightstown Rams celebrate their second straight MCT title.