Author: John Grupp


Hampton coach Nick Endres
Roster depth, move to Class 2A boost Hampton wrestling team
November 26, 2022
For the first time in program history, the Hampton wrestling team can try to pick on someone its own size.

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Hampton’s Ben Sheets competes in the 100 backstroke during the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships.
Hampton boys swim team in search of WPIAL 3-peat with new-look roster
The Hampton boys swimming team will need to take a different lane to a third consecutive WPIAL Class 2A title.

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Hampton’s Emmy Schrom, hitting against Freeport in last year’s WPIAL finals, was an all-WPIAL first-team pick this season.
Plenty of highlights for Hampton volleyball despite quick WPIAL playoff exit
November 19, 2022
The Hampton girls volleyball team made history during a season that turned into the past sooner than anyone expected.

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Hampton’s Brock Borgo was a first-team all-conference pick this season.
Hampton football team racks up postseason accolades
Hampton senior defensive lineman Gabe Harris was surprised to earn all-Greater Allegheny Conference honors, but maybe he shouldn’t have been startled at all.

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Hampton’s Eric Weeks finds a hole against Highlands last season.
Hampton football looks ahead following heartbreaking loss
November 12, 2022
Hampton senior Eric Weeks has replayed the final moments of the Talbots’ 34-33 gut-wrenching last-second WPIAL Class 4A playoff loss to Montour over and over again.

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Hampton’s Skye Bierker battles Mars’ Ainsley Ray for a header during their game on Sept. 26.
Bittersweet ending for seniors on Hampton girls soccer team
November 5, 2022
Hidden beneath the emotional hugs following Hampton’s first-round playoff loss was a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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Aquinas Academy field hockey gains ground with wins over rival, trip to WPIAL finals
The Aquinas Academy field hockey team last year became the school’s first team to reach the WPIAL finals in any sport.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig makes a diving touchdown catch as Thomas Jefferson’s Angelo Volomino defends last season.
Hampton wide receiver Benny Haselrig catching eye of colleges
October 29, 2022
The struggle was real last season for Hampton all-conference wide receiver Benny Haselrig.

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Hampton boys soccer team’s WPIAL reign ends suddenly
Hampton boys soccer coach Matt McAwley is practical enough to know this season wasn’t going to end anything like last season.

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Hampton’s Sean Sullivan competes at the 2022 USA Hockey 16U national championships March 31-April 4, 2022, at Troy, Mich.
Rebuilding Hampton hopes to overcome smallest roster in PIHL
October 22, 2022
The Hampton hockey team will be skating uphill this season.

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Hampton’s Joey Mayer was injured during a 38-0 victory over Kiski Area on Sept. 16.
Hampton’s Joey Mayer makes ‘remarkable’ return
Hampton senior quarterback Joey Mayer climbed into an ambulance in mid-September with a dislocated left elbow and a broken heart.

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Hampton boys soccer team braces for title defense
October 15, 2022
The defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Hampton boys soccer team is ready to try to make another postseason run.

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Hampton’s Joey O’Donnell competes during the 2022 golf season.
Hampton golfer Joey O’Donnell caps long road with WPIAL bid
October 8, 2022
Hampton senior Joey O’Donnell’s disappointing 23-over 94 at the WPIAL Class 3A individual golf semifinals was only a letdown if one ignores how far he came just to get there.

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Aquinas Academy’s Alexis Abbett competes in the PIAA Foundation meet in Hershey Sept. 24, 2022.
Aquinas Academy junior Alexis Abbett proving to be hard to catch
When Aquinas Academy junior Alexis Abbett was a toddler, she loved to run.

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Libero Avery Koontz gets her digs in for Hampton girls volleyball
October 1, 2022
As libero for Hampton’s No. 2-ranked girls volleyball team, Avery Koontz is not allowed to jump above the height of the net or attack the ball.

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The Zebrine sisters (from left), Maria, Olivia and Sophia, are part of 11 sets of siblings within the Hampton girls and boys soccer programs. Maria and Sophia are sophomore twins, and Olivia is a freshman.
Sets of siblings fill Hampton soccer rosters
Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich learned early this season he needed to be on a first-name basis with his players.

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Hampton’s Grace Stitt plays in the WPIAL Class 2A girls singles tennis consolation match Thursday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Hampton Community Park.
Hampton sophomore serves up WPIAL tournament bid
September 24, 2022
Moments after Hampton’s Grace Stitt lost in her section singles semifinal match Sept. 14, coach Sara Longo reminded her of what was at stake the following day.

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Hampton wide receiver Benny Haselrig runs during drills at a preseason practice at Fridley Field.
Hampton football opens up passing attack
The Hampton football team has gone airborne this season.

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Aquinas Academy all-section senior midfielder Isabella Hite looks to play the ball in a game against Mohawk.
Confidence growing for Aquinas Academy girls soccer
September 17, 2022
The smallest school in WPIAL girls soccer is starting to think big.

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Tough breaks test Aquinas Academy boys soccer team
Aquinas Academy left the field following last season’s WPIAL Class A boys soccer playoff loss to Sewickley Academy with bright hopes for 2022.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Hampton cross country team working on encore after historic season
September 10, 2022
The Hampton boys cross country team is learning how to run with a target on its back.

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Hampton’s Lauren Gale plays against Freeport during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A volleyball championships.
Runner-up finishes motivate Hampton girls volleyball to grab gold
The most successful season in program history was just the start for the Hampton girls volleyball team.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst controls the ball next to Franklin Regional’s Mauriana Dorsch during a game last season.
Realignment adds tall hurdle, but Hampton girls soccer team remains optimistic
September 3, 2022
Two years ago, the Hampton girls soccer team won its first section title since 2008.

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The Hampton boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating West Allegheny, 1-0, in the Class 3A final Nov. 6 at Highmark Stadium.
Defending WPIAL boys soccer champion Hampton embarks on extensive rebuild
The reigning WPIAL and PIAA champion Hampton boys soccer team faces a massive rebuild this season.

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Hampton girls tennis player Emma Spiess prepares for a match Aug. 25, 2022, at Hampton.
Realignment gives Hampton tennis team high hopes
August 27, 2022
The tennis courts at Hampton Community Park haven’t changed since last year. They are still 78 feet long by 36 feet wide.

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Hampton junior Matt Erka returns for the Talbots after qualifying for the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals last season.
After roster shuffle, Hampton golf team has young but talented lineup
Hampton lost its top golfer to a prep school in New England but gained a No. 1 golfer from a private school in Fox Chapel.

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Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA during section play this past spring and earned first-team All-Section 2-5A honors in 2022.
Hampton’s Ryan Apaliski commits to James Madison after strong audition at summer camp
August 20, 2022
Hampton senior left-hander Ryan Apaliski needed only two innings to help secure a home for the next four years.

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Hampton head coach Steve Sciullo gives instruction to players during practice at Fridley Field on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
Hampton remains hungry after 11-win season
August 14, 2022
No one needs to tell Hampton first-year coach Steve Sciullo about the importance of an offensive line.

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North Catholic running back Chase Arrington catches a ball at North Catholic High School on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
North Catholic embraces new challenge in Class 4A
North Catholic enters the 2022 season in a new classification with a different home field, a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback and many new starters.

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Hampton’s Anthony Bucci drives in a pair of runs with a base hit against Fox Chapel on April 20 at Fox Chapel.
Hampton infielder finds pop over summer
August 13, 2022
During his first two seasons as Hampton’s starting second baseman, Anthony Bucci was known as a flashy fielder without much pop in his bat.

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Hampton’s Isabella McNutt works against Sal Barbarino at 106 pounds during their Section 1-3A match Jan. 5.
Hampton wrestler performs on national stage
July 31, 2022
Hampton’s Isabella McNutt only started wrestling a year ago, but that didn’t stop her from reaching the nation’s biggest event this summer.

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Former Hampton golfer Justin Griffith competes for Towson during the 2021-22 season.
Ex-Hampton golfer’s game heats up during successful summer
July 23, 2022
Former Hampton golfer Justin Griffith is getting two more swings at his first state title.

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Hampton won the Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer league freshman championship.
‘Fired up’ Hampton freshmen win summer basketball title
July 16, 2022
Summer basketball leagues are built around staying in shape and building team chemistry.

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Hampton coach Joe Lafko has compiled 499 career wins.
Hampton announces latest class for Athletic Hall of Fame
July 9, 2022
Former Hampton cross country coach Tom Tobin knows all about Halls of Fame.

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Hampton volleyball coach Annie Bozzo, shown in 2020 against Freeport, resigned and will coach Shaler.
Hampton volleyball coach’s departure ‘heartbreaking’
June 18, 2022
Hampton didn’t have to look far to find its new girls volleyball coach.

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Shady Side Academy’s Peter Kramer scores next to Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Standout guard Peter Kramer returning to Hampton
June 11, 2022
The Hampton boys basketball team will get some excitement this upcoming season when coach Joe Lafko collects his 500th career coaching victory.

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Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA during section play this past spring and earned first-team All-Section 2-5A honors in 2022.
Hampton ace Apaliski aims to build on breakout season
If Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski improves this summer as much as he did last summer, Talbots coach Kellen Wheeler may start running out of superlatives.

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Hampton’s Ava Vitiello ran a personal best in the 1,600 at the state meet.
Hampton quartet fares well at PIAA track
June 4, 2022
Hampton brought back one state medal, one personal-best time and a vanload of memories from the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 27-28 at Shippensburg.

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Hampton junior midfielder Emi DiLiberto scored 74 goals this season, the second-most in program history as the Talbots reached the WPIAL girls lacrosse semifinals for the sixth straight season.
Hampton girls lacrosse team delights in exceeding expectations
The Hampton girls lacrosse team entered the 2022 season with tepid expectations after graduation losses decimated last year’s WPIAL Class 2A semifinalist.

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Sean Donlan was one of four Hampton boys lacrosse players to earn first-team all-Section 2-2A honors this season.
Bright future for Hampton boys lacrosse
May 28, 2022
Hampton boys lacrosse coach Andy DeMichiei and his wife, Kristen, welcomed their first child, Owen, on May 10.

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Hampton pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel during the second game of a doubleheader on April 20.
Disputed call haunts Hampton baseball team
Hampton baseball coach Kellen Wheeler said he “couldn’t even sleep that night” after the Talbots’ controversial WPIAL playoff loss to Penn-Trafford.

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Hampton catcher Bella Henzler fields the ball at home plate during a 2021 playoff game.
Catcher Bella Henzler ends Hampton career with flourish
May 21, 2022
The Hampton softball team will return almost everyone from this year’s WPIAL Class 5A playoff qualifier, but one loss is going to sting.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo breaks up a pass intended for Greensburg Salem’s Donavin Waller last season.
Busy Matt DeMatteo ready to represent Hampton in Big 33
Memorial Day weekend should be a memorable one for Matt DeMatteo.

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Steve Sciullo, a 1998 Shaler Area High School graduate and lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX presented the district with a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson to mark the district’s membership in the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.
Steve Sciullo settles into top spot at Hampton
May 14, 2022
Hampton first-year football coach Steve Sciullo likes what he sees from his new view atop the program.

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Hampton goalie Kaden Hoolahan plays against Fox Chapel on April 6 at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Youthful Hampton lacrosse team shrugs off slow start
The Hampton boys lacrosse team expected to take some lumps this season as it tried to replace 13 seniors.

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Reese’s walk-off home run highlights emotional week for Hampton softball
May 7, 2022
Hampton sophomore Mackenzie Reese was looking for an inside pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning against Seneca Valley on April 22.

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Hampton’s Ava Vitiello competes during the 2022 season.
Hampton junior strides toward WPIAL track championships
Qualifying for the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships this spring won’t be enough for Ava Vitiello.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo competes in the triple jump finals at the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
Hampton 3-sport star Matt DeMatteo to run track at Duquesne
May 4, 2022
Hampton three-sport athlete Matt DeMatteo has committed to attend Duquesne on a track scholarship.

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Hampton left fielder Luke Staggers makes a lunging catch against Fox Chapel during the second game of a doubleheader on April 20.
Hampton soccer standout thrives in return to diamond
April 30, 2022
When Luke Staggers picked up a baseball bat for the first time in five years, what happened was just about what anyone would expect.

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Hobbled Hampton senior stays positive, hopes to return for lacrosse playoffs
Hampton’s Rachel Dolan rode a stationary bike on the track at Fridley Field during girls lacrosse practice in mid-April.

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Hampton’s Sean Sullivan competes at the 2022 USA Hockey 16U national championships March 31-April 4, 2022, at Troy, Mich.
Hampton sophomore skates to national hockey championship
April 23, 2022
Hampton sophomore Sean Sullivan felt a range of emotions after the Steel City Ice Renegades won a 2022 USA Hockey 16U national championship earlier this month.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether hits past Freeport’s Autumn English during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball finals.
Pair of Hampton standouts win WPIAL scholar-athlete awards
A banner year for Hampton athletics just got even more special.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
Hampton 3-sport standout picks basketball, makes college choice
April 16, 2022
Sophia Kelly’s answer was exactly what Mercyhurst women’s basketball coach Brooklyn Kohlheim wanted to hear.

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After cold start, Hampton boys tennis team warming up
Hampton boys tennis coach Grant McKinney peeked outside on a wintry Monday in late March and figured practice was a long shot.

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Hampton girls lacrosse looking for new scorers to step forward
April 9, 2022
The Hampton girls lacrosse team will try to fill the shoes of one All-American with the hands and feet of many.

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Hampton’s Luke Hartle plays against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Hampton boys lacrosse team features new look
The Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Andy DeMichiei this past summer for his exploits on the lacrosse field.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo competes in the triple jump finals at the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
Coaching continuity helps Hampton track team enter season with confidence
April 2, 2022
When Derek Brinkley stepped down as Hampton track and field coach after 18 seasons this offseason, a priority for athletic director Bill Cardone was keeping the staff as intact as possible.

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Hampton’s Will Retsch competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Class 2A championships.
Will Retsch ends Hampton swimming career with record-shattering flourish
Hampton swimmer Will Retsch is proof that water is the universal solvent.

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Battery powers Hampton softball team
March 26, 2022
The Hampton softball team this season will use its battery to make up for some lost power.

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Hampton junior pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel last season. He went 4-2 as a pitcher and scored a team-high 18 runs.
High hopes for Hampton baseball after up-and-down playoff season
The Hampton baseball team was taking indoor batting practice earlier this month when players were asked to close the gymnasium doors to accommodate a meeting in the adjacent cafeteria.

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Hampton’s Alan Wolfe works against Highlands’ Angelo Markey at 172 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Hampton senior Wolfe enjoying best season after biding his time as junior backup
February 19, 2022
Hampton wrestler Alan Wolfe refused to get discouraged last season, stuck on the bench behind a two-time WPIAL qualifier.

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The 2021-22 Aquinas Academy girls basketball team.
Aquinas Academy girls eye next step after defending section title
February 12, 2022
The Aquinas Academy girls basketball team is hitting stride at just the right time.

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With full lineups, Hampton bowling teams enjoy season
February 5, 2022
Hampton bowling coach Bob Wallace doesn’t stress over wins and losses with his fifth-year program.

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Belle Donato is a senior swimmer on the 2021-22 Hampton swim team.
Hampton swimmer Donato glides toward WPIALs
January 29, 2022
Belle Donato’s watchful parents urged her to trust them and take the plunge.

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Hampton’s Isabella McNutt works against Sal Barbarino at 106 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Isabella McNutt hears the cheers on Hampton wrestling team
January 22, 2022
Hampton sophomore Isabella McNutt began martial arts at age 4 and earned her Taekwondo black belt at age 7.

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Hampton’s Brock Mattiuz is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run against Fox Chapel last season. The baseball team is one of seven teams at Hampton dropping in class next school year.
Realignment sends several Hampton sports teams down in class
Seven Hampton athletics teams will be getting new scenery for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 sports seasons.

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Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler shoots a 3-pointer during the Talbots’ Section 2-5A opener against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
Hampton girls basketball turns up pressure during fast start
January 15, 2022
The Hampton girls basketball team was perfect in December by letting no opposing teams win and by barely allowing them to breathe.

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The 2021-22 Hampton bocce team.
Bocce provides team sports experience to Hampton students with disabilities
There is something special and unifying about the Hampton High School bocce team.

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Hampton’s Will Retsch competes in the 200 yard individual medley during last year’s WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships at Upper St. Clair.
Hampton senior shows off all-around ability in IM
January 8, 2022
Hampton swimming coach Morgan Zweygardt quickly spotted something about then-freshman Will Retsch.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig celebrates with Brock Borgo after his touchdown reception in the second half at Highlands on Sept. 24.
Accolades pile up after Hampton football’s record-breaking season
December 18, 2021
When the Hampton football players turned in their equipment after the winningest season in program history, their coaches gave them something in return.

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Hampton’s Logan Scanlon pressures Franklin Regional’s Zach Abdallah during a 2019 game.
Senior’s 7-goal game highlights Hampton hockey’s move to Class A
Hampton hockey coach Luke Leya figured Logan Scanlon was bound to break out one of these nights.

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Boost in numbers gives Hampton wrestling optimism despite graduation losses
December 12, 2021
The Hampton wrestling team is aiming to focus on quantity rather than quality.

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Hampton’s Ben Sheets competes in the boys’ 200 IM at last season’s WPIAL meet.
Hampton can count on depth in quest to repeat at WPIAL Class 2A boys swim champs
The reigning WPIAL Class 2A champion Hampton boys swimming team hopes deeper is better when it comes to the pool.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum last season.
Veteran backcourt has Hampton girls basketball thinking big
December 5, 2021
Hampton girls basketball coach Tony Howard has a good feeling entering the 2021-22 season.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo guards Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan during a game last season.
Hampton boys basketball poised to rebound with multi-sport athletes
The Hampton boys basketball team will try to bounce back from one of the worst seasons in program history with a bunch of players who have won a lot lately.

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Hampton celebrates beating Plum in five sets during the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball semifinals on Nov. 2.
Hampton athletes rack up championships during historic fall season
November 28, 2021
One year after a pandemic rattled WPIAL athletics, something else proved to be contagious at Hampton — winning.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class 2A boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 28.
Future bright for Hampton cross country teams
November 20, 2021
The Hampton boys and girls cross country teams each have a lot to look forward to next season.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig makes a diving touchdown catch as Thomas Jefferson’s Angelo Volomino defends on Nov. 12 at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Hampton football wraps up historic season
Following their WPIAL playoff loss to Thomas Jefferson, the Hampton senior football players gathered at midfield inside a quiet, emptied Fridley Field.

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Hampton’s Emmy Schrom hits past the Freeport block during the WPIAL Class 3A volleyball championship Nov. 6.
Hampton girls volleyball’s ‘amazing’ year highlighted by WPIAL finals trip, PIAA win
November 13, 2021
The Hampton girls volleyball team found a silver lining in its WPIAL Class 3A runner-up season.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (second from left) celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy with teammates Luke Staggers, Holden Pritts and Dylan Beranek.
‘Special group’ brings WPIAL boys soccer championship to Hampton
Hampton’s journey to the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer championship began when many of the players were still in elementary school.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Oct. 28 at California University of Pa.
Coach pays off bet as Hampton wins school’s 1st WPIAL cross country title
November 6, 2021
Hampton boys cross country coach Dean Longwell dyed his hair bleach blonde on Oct. 31, but it had nothing to do with Halloween.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly celebrates her goal with teammates late in the second half against Franklin Regional on Oct. 6.
Hampton girls soccer team came a long way during another playoff season
A girls soccer season that began with the program’s most lopsided loss in a decade ended with the players’ heads held high.

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Hampton’s students get ready for kickoff in their first round game with Plum on Nov. 5, 2021, at Hampton’s Fridley Field.
Hampton holds off Plum in WPIAL Class 4A 1st round, stays unbeaten
November 5, 2021
The No. 4-seeded Hampton Talbots remained perfect, but they used an imperfect performance to stay that way.

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Hampton’s Michael Morgano drives for yardage against Greensburg Salem on Oct 1.
Hampton marches into WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2021
Each Saturday morning, the Hampton football team gathers for its weekly film study to break down the previous night’s game.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly celebrates a penalty against Franklin Regional during a game on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at Frildey Field in Hampton.
Hampton 3-sport standout Kelly helps guide girls soccer team to WPIAL playoff berth
October 23, 2021
Sophia Kelly had a tough decision to make this past summer.

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Hampton’s Kevyn Fish finished second overall at the John Sample Invitational on Oct. 2, 2021, at Grove City.
Hampton freshman runner Fish off to fast start
October 9, 2021
Hampton’s Kevyn Fish proudly held out her left hand and showed her dad the “6:22” written on her palm.

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Hampton’s inside linebacker Jayden Resch plays against Greensburg Salem on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Resch provides physical, intelligent presence in middle of Hampton defense
Hampton’s Jacque DeMatteo has sought two traits in his middle linebacker during 22 seasons as a WPIAL football coach.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong last season.
Hampton girls soccer shakes off slow start
October 2, 2021
The Hampton girls soccer team is getting healthy at the right time.

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Hampton’s Holden Pritts celebrates his goal next to Mars’ Mason Meyer during their game on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Mars. Hampton won, 2-0.
Smothering defense helps Hampton start season strong
September 25, 2021
Hampton senior Thomas Bradfield is one of the top goalkeepers in WPIAL Class 3A soccer.

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Former Hampton star takes reins of school’s boys lacrosse program
September 18, 2021
One of the winningest coaches in the history of Hampton boys lacrosse is being replaced by one of the program’s top players of all time.

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Hampton’s Amy (Lindsey) Shane (left) and Fox Chapel’s Cara Zimmer fight for the ball during a 1997 WPIAL girls soccer playoff game.
Hampton to welcome doubled-up class into sports hall of fame
Former girls soccer star Amy Lindsey Shane waited more than two decades to get into the Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame, so one extra year wasn’t going to matter.

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Senior’s return helps spark Hampton girls tennis team to early-season wins
September 11, 2021
On the first day of Hampton girls tennis practice last month, coach Grant McKinney could hardly believe his eyes.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo said his skill players have taken on an unselfish “lineman attitude” this season.
Hampton football making noise with super start
On the bus ride home from their 51-13 victory at Fox Chapel on Sept. 3, the Hampton football players couldn’t play any music during their joyful postgame celebration.

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Hampton sophomore Lydia Bailey was the Talbots’ top finisher at the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA cross country Championships last season.
Fresh start energizes talented, young Hampton cross country team
August 28, 2021
A youthful Hampton girls cross country team is about to get even younger.

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Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) celebrates a goal with Luke Staggers (20) and Zach Panza during a 2020 WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area.
Hampton boys soccer seniors driven to make most of last chance
Since going undefeated as eighth graders, the seniors on the Hampton boys soccer team have held lofty expectations.

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Hampton girls tennis vows to show improvement after winless season
August 22, 2021
Junior Abi Green is hoping to put a new spin on her 2021 season with the Hampton girls tennis team.

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Mars receiver Noah Nesselroad catches a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Mars Athletic Complex.
Big, experienced line leads charge for Mars
August 20, 2021
Mars senior left tackle Matt Detisch spent this offseason doing bear crawls on a big hill at his home.

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Hampton’s Jayden Resch participates in a 7 on 7 high school football tournament Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Hampton determined to build on playoff season
Hampton all-conference wide receiver Benny Haselrig played last season with the letters “IWNBD CH” written on his wrist tape.

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North Hills quarterback John Green throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Martorelli Stadium.
New dual-threat QB brings excitement to North Hills
August 19, 2021
North Hills is talented and experienced on defense this season, and a little bit Green at quarterback.

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North Catholic quarterback Joey Prentice throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
North Catholic looks to clear semifinal hurdle
August 15, 2021
The seniors on the North Catholic football team have more conference titles than regular-season losses.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether plays against Freeport last season.
‘Thankful’ Talbots eye girls volleyball section repeat
August 14, 2021
Inside a nearly empty Hampton High School earlier this month, unmistakable sounds echoed from the main gym.

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Hampton junior Daniel Venture
Youthful Talbots swing into golf season
The Hampton golf team has gone from experienced and good to inexperienced and maybe good.

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Avonworth quarterback Nate Harper throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
‘Unheard-of’ playoff miss drives Avonworth
In the past 20 years, 663 schools have finished with a winning percentage of .750 or better in WPIAL conference play.

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Hampton senior football player Mike Witherup and his father, Darin, show off their catches at the Fishers of Men Legacy National Tournament on Lake Wheeler, Ala. on July 31, 2021.
Hampton senior tight end is the reel deal
August 8, 2021
Depending on the setting, Mike Witherup can catch a pass or catch a bass.

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Hampton center fielder Adam Dembowski, who will be a senior this fall, is batting .380 this summer for the US Elite Mid-Atlantic travel baseball team.
Traveling summer baseball teams keep Hampton players sharp
July 31, 2021
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Hampton graduate Tyler Bischke is a shortstop on the 2021 Murray State College baseball team.
Hampton grad Tyler Bischke picks New Orleans
Former Hampton infielder Tyler Bischke has committed to Division I New Orleans after excelling during his lone season at a tiny junior college in Oklahoma.

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From left, outgoing head coach Chris Hart poses with former Hampton wrestlers Justin Hart and Dawson Dietz and incoming head coach Nick Endres.
Hampton wrestling shakes up coaching staff
July 11, 2021
When Chris Hart told his Hampton wrestlers at their season-ending banquet last month that he was stepping down as head coach, their next coach was standing only a couple of feet away.

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Hampton graduate Ben Huber, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon in May, played last month in the nation’s toughest U.S. Open qualifier in a field that included four former PGA Tour major champions.
Hampton grad competes at U.S. Open qualifier, NCAA tournament in golf season to remember
July 3, 2021
Hampton graduate Ben Huber this spring was part of the best golf team in Carnegie Mellon history and struggled to an 80th-place finish at an event in Columbus, Ohio.

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North Hills’ Robert Dickerson
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Robert Dickerson, North Hills
July 1, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Hampton junior guard Matt DeMatteo is also the school’s starting quarterback.
Summer league basketball gives Hampton chance to build chemistry
June 25, 2021
High school basketball season is still five months away, but the Hampton boys are getting a running start.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo instructs during preseason workouts last year.
Hampton football carries momentum into offseason program
Success is becoming contagious for the Hampton football team.

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Hampton’s Emi Suyama, who graduated earlier this month, is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during a skiing accident in December 2020.
Hampton’s Suyama presses on after covid cancellations, torn ACL deny her final 2 lacrosse seasons
June 19, 2021
Emi Suyama knows life can throw a lot at you.

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Mars’ Luke Whittaker makes a move past Chartiers Valley senior midfielder Jackson Fodor in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL championship game on May 27, 2021.
Mars out to make history again in PIAA boys lacrosse finals
June 10, 2021
For more than a decade, the only way a WPIAL team could reach the PIAA lacrosse championships was with a ticket.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska wins the 400-meter dash at the WPIAL Class AAA championships May 19.
Hampton’s Galuska keeps his cool at states, medals in 400
June 5, 2021
Hampton senior Gage Galuska was a little slower — and a lot colder — at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Hampton’s Megan Cook scored 85 goals as a senior, the team’s single-season record.
Hampton girls lacrosse star racks up eye-popping stats in abbreviated career
Hampton girls lacrosse coach Kelsey Viets felt disbelief as she tabulated star midfielder Megan Cook’s career statistics.

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Hampton boys lacrosse sends off ‘special’ senior class
May 29, 2021
Hampton All-WPIAL attack Max Saltrelli realized four years ago his then-freshman class was going to be “something special.”

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Hampton’s Cam Marshalwitz throws a pitch on May 6.
Hampton baseball turns focus to next season after up-and-down year
The final out of Hampton’s 2021 baseball season was a deep drive against West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 5A playoff opener.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska, left, and Butler’s Guinness Brown compete in the 400-meter dash finals at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 19, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
Joy, pain for Hampton track team at WPIAL meet
May 22, 2021
Two Hampton seniors showed at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships that a fraction of an inch or a hundredth of a second can be the difference between elation and heartache.

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Penn-Trafford’s Allie Prady scores past Hampton catcher Bella Henzler during their WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game on May 18.
Power-hitting Hampton softball squad cools down at inopportune time
The most prolific home run-hitting Hampton softball team in at least two decades picked a lousy time to go quiet.

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Hampton boys lacrosse surges into postseason
May 15, 2021
Hampton senior defender Gus Wolf hopes history repeats itself in the WPIAL Class AA boys lacrosse playoffs.

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Hampton runners, from left, Corey Letterle, Joey Mayer, Gage Galuska and Matt DeMatteo, compete at the Butler Invitational on April 24, 2021, at Butler.
Hampton athletes sprint toward WPIAL track championship meet
The Hampton boys track and field team last month won its first section title in 36 years.

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Hampton’s Hannah Bradfield competes during the 2021 softball season.
Tape-measure homer shows Hampton softball slugger’s eye-popping power
May 8, 2021
Hampton’s Hannah Bradfield hit six home runs in a four-game stretch in late April, but only one of them left nearly everybody shocked.

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Hampton senior Jillian Stennett recently returned after missing a month with a concussion.
Hampton’s Stennett returns to girls lacrosse after missing month with concussion
April Fool’s Day was no joke for Hampton lacrosse player Jillian Stennett.

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Tennis courts at Hampton Community Park
Hampton tennis reaches WPIAL playoffs thanks to unexpected help from section foe Indiana
May 1, 2021
The pizza and cupcakes started to taste a little bit better to the Hampton boys tennis team.

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Hampton junior pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel on April 19, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Talbots baseball armed for another WPIAL playoff bid behind Kosko, Marshalwitz
A pair of lefties have the Hampton baseball team on the right side of the WPIAL playoff picture.

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Hampton catcher Bella Henzler is a James Madison recruit.
Division I-bound catcher Bella Henzler is big hit for Hampton
April 24, 2021
The first time Hampton coach Ron Fedell saw star catcher Bella Henzler playing softball he wondered if the diminutive seventh-grader had a future behind the plate.

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Hampton’s Hannah Schepner competes during an early-season meet in 2021.
Hampton girls track team off to quick start behind versatile senior jumper
April 17, 2021
Hampton senior Hannah Schepner still is unsure about her best event in track and field.

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Hampton senior Gage Galuska is one of the top 400-meter runners in the WPIAL.
Hampton football players give boost to boys track and field team
If the Hampton boys track and field team can reach the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs for only the second time in a decade, it will have another Hampton team to thank.

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Hampton’s Megan Cook competes against Oakland Catholic in a 2019 girls lacrosse match.
Loaded senior class has Hampton girls lacrosse seeking 3rd WPIAL title since ’17
April 10, 2021
On the eve of each home section game, the Hampton girls lacrosse players gather after practice for a team dinner.

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Hampton eyes another run to WPIAL boys lacrosse finals
The Hampton boys lacrosse team waited 667 days between matches.

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Hampton tennis off to quick start in return to Class AA
April 3, 2021
The Hampton boys tennis team is hoping to make a racket this season.

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Hampton defenseman Owen Cirlingione finished the 2020-21 season with five goals and six assists.
Hampton hockey rolls with punches
The youthful Hampton hockey team endured a lot of growing pains this season.

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Richie Donato
Silver lining, record finish for Hampton swimmer Donato
March 27, 2021
The Hampton 100-yard breaststroke record stood for 25 years until senior Richie Donato broke it March 6.

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Hampton’s Bella Henzler is one of the top catchers in the WPIAL.
Hampton softball has ‘a lot of games to win’ after coach’s covid scare
They were simple get-well cards. Some were store-bought, some caringly drawn by hand.

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Hampton pitcher Michael Kosko throws during a scrimmage against Butler last season.
Hampton baseball deals with numbers crunch
Turns out the pandemic isn’t finished with the Hampton baseball team.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart celebrates his win over Bellefonte Area’s Ethan Rossman in the 189-pound Class AAA semifinal March 13 during PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hampton wrestler Hart rebounds from cracked ribs to earn PIAA silver
March 20, 2021
In mid-January, Hampton senior Justin Hart couldn’t laugh without it hurting.

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Hampton High School wins the championship in boys’ AA swimming on Saturday, March 6, 2021 during the WPIAL swimming championships at Upper St. Clair High School.
Relay win sparks Hampton boys to 1st WPIAL team swim title since 1999
March 15, 2021
The Hampton boys swimming team needed 1 minute, 36 seconds to set into motion something that hadn’t happened in 22 years.

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Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler (left) and Addie Klocko defend Latrobe’s Emma Blair during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal March 8.
Hampton reflects on breakthrough season after playoff run ends
After the final horn sounded on her senior season, Hampton guard Liv Bianco slowly walked off the court and placed the basketball on the scorer’s table.

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Hampton junior guard Matt DeMatteo is also the school’s starting quarterback.
Hampton boys look to grow from tough season
March 6, 2021
A season that began with a delay ended with a dud for the Hampton boys basketball team.

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Hampton siblings Brennan Murray and Meghan Murray compete for the 2020-21 Talbots basketball teams.
Hampton’s Murray siblings show drive to succeed
February 27, 2021
For years, Brennan and Meghan Murray have squared off at the basketball hoop in the driveway of their Hampton home.

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Koda Carslaw is a member of the 2020-21 Hampton diving team.
Diving no longer ‘secondary thing’ for Hampton’s Carslaw
When Koda Carslaw took up diving last season, he admits it was “more of a secondary thing.”

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Hampton wrestler overcomes size disadvantage to have big senior season
February 20, 2021
Nearly every time Conrad Harold stepped on the wrestling mat this season, he was facing someone bigger than him.

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Hampton’s Biz Watson (right) and Olivia Bianco tie up Plum’s Kai Johnson battles during their game on Jan. 21.
Talented juniors lead Hampton girls basketball renaissance
Every once in a while — it doesn’t happen often — one of the top players on the Hampton girls basketball team will toss up a wildly off-target shot at practice.

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Aquinas Academy’s Laura Richthammer defends Monessen’s Kendall Weston in a WPIAL Class A playoff game last season.
Tiny Aquinas Academy showing it belongs among WPIAL girls basketball contenders
February 7, 2021
The second-smallest school in WPIAL girls basketball is eyeing bigger things this season.

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Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini led the WPIAL in scoring last season.
Led by scoring sensation Vinnie Cugini, Aquinas Academy boys seek playoff success
Aquinas Academy star guard Vinnie Cugini knows the Crusaders will make the WPIAL Class A playoffs this season for the first time in program history. 

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Aquinas Academy sophomore Vinnie Cugini scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 29, 2021, against Leechburg.
Aquinas Academy sophomore Vinnie Cugini makes WPIAL history
January 31, 2021
There weren’t many fans to witness it, but Aquinas Academy sophomore Vinnie Cugini made WPIAL history Friday night.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum on Jan. 21. Kelly scored a team-high 18 points in Hampton’s 68-41 victory.
Hampton girls off to red-hot start after adopting up-tempo style
January 30, 2021
Not even a pandemic — or having to run pregame drills in the school cafeteria — can slow down the Hampton girls basketball team.

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Hampton competitive spirit squad adapting to all-new calendar
The Hampton competitive spirit team still hasn’t started its 2020-21 season, when in any other year it would almost be over.

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Hampton wrestler Dawson Dietz (right) works in practice last season.
Hampton heavyweight eager to test himself against Powerade field
January 23, 2021
Hampton’s Dawson Dietz left the Powerade Wrestling Tournament two years ago with a season-ending torn labrum.

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Hampton’s Owen Cirlingione defends Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner on Nov. 24, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Hampton hockey focuses on defense to stop slump
The slumping Hampton hockey team is slowing things down in hopes of heating things up.

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Hampton’s Jayden Resch was a WPIAL qualifier last season.
Hampton wrestler steps up to help teammate who lost home in fire
January 16, 2021
On a school night in early November, Hampton’s Jayden Resch disappeared into a spare bedroom for a few hours.

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Hampton girls basketball coach Tony Howard oversees a practice last season.
Hampton girls basketball carries momentum through ‘pause’
January 10, 2021
Hampton had the “best, most intense” three-week preseason in Tony Howard’s 14 years as a girls basketball coach.

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Hampton’s Quinn Morrow shoots during practice last season.
Hampton boys basketball eager for restart
Joe Lafko has seen a lot in three decades as a basketball coach, but this is the first season he has held court at a computer screen.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch (32) eyes the basket against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game at Petersen Events Center last season.
Last season’s abrupt ending motivates North Allegheny girls basketball
December 13, 2020
After having its state title hopes dashed last season by the covid-19 pandemic, the North Allegheny girls basketball team isn’t worried about a couple of inconveniences.

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Hampton’s Catie Kress competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the 2020 Class AAA WPIAL swimming and diving championship at Trees Pool.
Hampton girls swimmers get up to speed quickly in preseason
With most swimming pools shut down for much of the offseason, Hampton coach Morgan Zweygardt was unsure what to expect from her girls team when practices began.

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Hampton’s Ethan Apaliski competes in the boys 100 breaststroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA swimming and diving championship at Trees Pool.
Hampton boys swimmers a WPIAL title threat in Class AA
The Hampton boys swimming team is looking forward to picking on someone its own size.

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North Allegheny coach Spencer Stefko calls in a play during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game against Upper St. Clair Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
North Allegheny girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko returns after battling covid
December 8, 2020
North Allegheny’s Spencer Stefko, the reigning PIAA Class 6A girls basketball coach of the year, will never forget this past Thanksgiving.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart flattens out Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel.
Led by state qualifiers, Hampton wrestling looks strong in upper weights
December 5, 2020
If Hampton senior Justin Hart ever says “uncle” in the wrestling room, it will have nothing to do with giving up.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Hampton High School.
Hampton athletes earn postseason honors after historic fall season
The most challenging, unusual sports season in WPIAL history included something else that has never been seen before.

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Kayla Hoehler was Hampton’s leading scorer with 12.6 points per game last season.
Girls basketball preview: Hampton aims to get back on track with up-tempo attack
November 28, 2020
The Hampton girls basketball team is going small in the hopes of something big.

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Hampton’s Seth Koontz (right) is one of two returning starters on the roster.
Boys basketball preview: Hampton getting ready for season unlike any other
There are a lot of new faces on the Hampton boys basketball team, even if coach Joe Lafko can’t quite see them right now.

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Hampton bowlers aiming high with deeper rosters
November 21, 2020
The Hampton bowling team is turning to a familiar face for a season the likes of which it has never seen before.

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Plum’s Makyala Jackson (left) celebrates a point with teammates Oct. 20 at Kiski Area.
Plum volleyball team savors remarkable turnaround season
Plum entered this season with the expressed goal of reaching the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball playoffs.

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Hampton’s Owen Cirlingione (17) looks to gain possession against Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden last season.
Hampton hockey making dramatic improvements
November 17, 2020
The Hampton hockey team last season needed three months to reach two wins.

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Hampton’s Holden Pritts (right) celebrates his goal with Gabe Viszlay during their WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area on Oct. 24.
Hampton teams walk through covid minefield to complete successful fall season
November 14, 2020
Bill Cardone was sitting in the parking lot at Pittsburgh International Airport on Aug. 21, waiting to pick up his wife, when he got the news.

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JV success points to bright future for Hampton football
Hampton reached the WPIAL football playoffs for the first time in five years this season, and a lot more help is on the way.

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Hampton’s Corey Scherer celebrates his goal during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area on Oct. 24.
Hampton notebook: Strong boys soccer season ends in OT loss to No. 1 Mars
November 7, 2020
Hampton senior Corey Scherer needed some time to ease the sting of a 1-0 double-overtime playoff loss to nemesis Mars.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo guided his team to the WPIAL playoffs just four years after a winless season.
Hampton football takes huge step forward
Hampton senior lineman Dawson Dietz stood along a chainlink fence at Aliquippa’s Carl Aschman Stadium, wearing a muddy uniform and a smile.

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Hampton’s Arianna Erka competes in a match during the 2020 season.
Pair of birdies highlight Oakmont experience for Hampton’s Arianna Erka
October 25, 2020
There was a time when back-to-back triple bogeys at the WPIAL golf championships would have ruined Arianna Erka.

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Freeport’s Christopher Doerr (12) works against Hampton’s Liam Nichols during their game Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Freeport.
Longtime friends, teammates Nichols, Viszlay lead Hampton soccer into postseason
October 24, 2020
Hampton’s Liam Nichols and Gabe Viszlay are dynamic teammates on the field and the best of friends away from it.

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Hampton girls tennis players have no trouble finding silver linings in season
October 17, 2020
The Hampton girls tennis team is proof a season that looks dreadful on paper can look pretty good in person.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Hampton High School.
Freshman phenom brings scoring punch to Hampton girls soccer team
Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich needed one workout to realize freshman Madison Hurst had a chance to be special.

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New Hampton volleyball coach ‘strong leader’
October 10, 2020
Annie Bozzo is Hampton’s third girls volleyball coach in as many years, but the transition appears to be smooth.

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Hampton’s Julia Resch competes during a recent game.
Hampton senior Resch vocal leader for volleyball team
For the past two years, Hampton’s Julia Resch has drawn loud cheers before her volleyball matches even start.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska (16) makes a catch behind Kiski Area’s Kryell Hutcherson last year at Hampton.
Gage Galuska part of turnaround season for Hampton football
Hampton three-sport senior Gage Galuska plays football in the fall, wrestles in the winter and runs track in the spring.

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Members of the Hampton girls cross country team, from left, Kendall Solkovy, Ava Vitiello, Ciara Evans and Lydia Bailey, compete at Hartwood Acres during the 2020 season.
Hampton girls cross country ‘moving in the right direction’
October 3, 2020
The Hampton girls cross county team has hit the ground running.

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Hampton’s Jackson McGrath (left) and Aidan Sawyer (right) compete at Hartwood Acres during the 2020 season.
Hampton cross country team finds its stride in Class AA
Talk about a kick to the shins.

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Hamption golfer Ruzomberka on quest for redemption
September 26, 2020
Hampton senior Matt Ruzomberka has played thousands of holes of golf since his father introduced him to the sport growing up in England a decade ago.

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Hampton quarterback Matt DeMatteo after beating Armstrong: “That feeling after a win, you want that to keep coming back. We came back to practice even hungrier.”
Hampton upbeat after rare shutout win
A 3-by-3-foot white board hangs on the wall inside the clubhouse at Hampton’s Fridley Field to commemorate “Football Shutouts.”

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Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich led the Talbots to a 12-6-1 record last season.
Rebuilding Hampton girls eye 5th straight postseason berth
September 19, 2020
Emmy Chismer got a head start on what 2020 would bring.

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Hampton’s Max Saltrelli brings the ball upfield during a game at Freeport.
Saltrelli’s return to midfield bolsters Hampton boys soccer team
Max Saltrelli is a starting center midfielder for the Hampton boys soccer team and a 40-goal scorer for the school’s lacrosse program.

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Northgate quarterback Christian Davin throws a pass during practice Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Bellevue.
Northgate optimistic after nightmare season in 2018
August 20, 2019
One season after the Northgate Flames were barely an ember, second-year coach Mike Fulmore is feeling a bit more optimistic.

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Seneca Valley’s Josh Kaltenberger is a Purdue recruit.
High expectations for Class 6A Seneca Valley after WPIAL title-game run
August 15, 2019
Seneca Valley used mainly its experience and size to reach last year’s WPIAL Class 6A title game.

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Butler receiver Charlie Kreinbucher (right) works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
Class 6A Butler faces debilitating lack of numbers
After going 0-10 in his first full season as coach at his alma mater, Butler’s Eric Christy knows the real challenge is about to begin.

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Hampton coach Nick Endres
Roster depth, move to Class 2A boost Hampton wrestling team
November 26, 2022
For the first time in program history, the Hampton wrestling team can try to pick on someone its own size.

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Hampton’s Ben Sheets competes in the 100 backstroke during the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships.
Hampton boys swim team in search of WPIAL 3-peat with new-look roster
The Hampton boys swimming team will need to take a different lane to a third consecutive WPIAL Class 2A title.

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Hampton’s Emmy Schrom, hitting against Freeport in last year’s WPIAL finals, was an all-WPIAL first-team pick this season.
Plenty of highlights for Hampton volleyball despite quick WPIAL playoff exit
November 19, 2022
The Hampton girls volleyball team made history during a season that turned into the past sooner than anyone expected.

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Hampton’s Brock Borgo was a first-team all-conference pick this season.
Hampton football team racks up postseason accolades
Hampton senior defensive lineman Gabe Harris was surprised to earn all-Greater Allegheny Conference honors, but maybe he shouldn’t have been startled at all.

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Hampton’s Eric Weeks finds a hole against Highlands last season.
Hampton football looks ahead following heartbreaking loss
November 12, 2022
Hampton senior Eric Weeks has replayed the final moments of the Talbots’ 34-33 gut-wrenching last-second WPIAL Class 4A playoff loss to Montour over and over again.

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Hampton’s Skye Bierker battles Mars’ Ainsley Ray for a header during their game on Sept. 26.
Bittersweet ending for seniors on Hampton girls soccer team
November 5, 2022
Hidden beneath the emotional hugs following Hampton’s first-round playoff loss was a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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Aquinas Academy field hockey gains ground with wins over rival, trip to WPIAL finals
The Aquinas Academy field hockey team last year became the school’s first team to reach the WPIAL finals in any sport.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig makes a diving touchdown catch as Thomas Jefferson’s Angelo Volomino defends last season.
Hampton wide receiver Benny Haselrig catching eye of colleges
October 29, 2022
The struggle was real last season for Hampton all-conference wide receiver Benny Haselrig.

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Hampton boys soccer team’s WPIAL reign ends suddenly
Hampton boys soccer coach Matt McAwley is practical enough to know this season wasn’t going to end anything like last season.

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Hampton’s Sean Sullivan competes at the 2022 USA Hockey 16U national championships March 31-April 4, 2022, at Troy, Mich.
Rebuilding Hampton hopes to overcome smallest roster in PIHL
October 22, 2022
The Hampton hockey team will be skating uphill this season.

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Hampton’s Joey Mayer was injured during a 38-0 victory over Kiski Area on Sept. 16.
Hampton’s Joey Mayer makes ‘remarkable’ return
Hampton senior quarterback Joey Mayer climbed into an ambulance in mid-September with a dislocated left elbow and a broken heart.

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Hampton boys soccer team braces for title defense
October 15, 2022
The defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Hampton boys soccer team is ready to try to make another postseason run.

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Hampton’s Joey O’Donnell competes during the 2022 golf season.
Hampton golfer Joey O’Donnell caps long road with WPIAL bid
October 8, 2022
Hampton senior Joey O’Donnell’s disappointing 23-over 94 at the WPIAL Class 3A individual golf semifinals was only a letdown if one ignores how far he came just to get there.

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Aquinas Academy’s Alexis Abbett competes in the PIAA Foundation meet in Hershey Sept. 24, 2022.
Aquinas Academy junior Alexis Abbett proving to be hard to catch
When Aquinas Academy junior Alexis Abbett was a toddler, she loved to run.

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Libero Avery Koontz gets her digs in for Hampton girls volleyball
October 1, 2022
As libero for Hampton’s No. 2-ranked girls volleyball team, Avery Koontz is not allowed to jump above the height of the net or attack the ball.

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The Zebrine sisters (from left), Maria, Olivia and Sophia, are part of 11 sets of siblings within the Hampton girls and boys soccer programs. Maria and Sophia are sophomore twins, and Olivia is a freshman.
Sets of siblings fill Hampton soccer rosters
Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich learned early this season he needed to be on a first-name basis with his players.

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Hampton’s Grace Stitt plays in the WPIAL Class 2A girls singles tennis consolation match Thursday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Hampton Community Park.
Hampton sophomore serves up WPIAL tournament bid
September 24, 2022
Moments after Hampton’s Grace Stitt lost in her section singles semifinal match Sept. 14, coach Sara Longo reminded her of what was at stake the following day.

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Hampton wide receiver Benny Haselrig runs during drills at a preseason practice at Fridley Field.
Hampton football opens up passing attack
The Hampton football team has gone airborne this season.

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Aquinas Academy all-section senior midfielder Isabella Hite looks to play the ball in a game against Mohawk.
Confidence growing for Aquinas Academy girls soccer
September 17, 2022
The smallest school in WPIAL girls soccer is starting to think big.

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Tough breaks test Aquinas Academy boys soccer team
Aquinas Academy left the field following last season’s WPIAL Class A boys soccer playoff loss to Sewickley Academy with bright hopes for 2022.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Hampton cross country team working on encore after historic season
September 10, 2022
The Hampton boys cross country team is learning how to run with a target on its back.

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Hampton’s Lauren Gale plays against Freeport during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A volleyball championships.
Runner-up finishes motivate Hampton girls volleyball to grab gold
The most successful season in program history was just the start for the Hampton girls volleyball team.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst controls the ball next to Franklin Regional’s Mauriana Dorsch during a game last season.
Realignment adds tall hurdle, but Hampton girls soccer team remains optimistic
September 3, 2022
Two years ago, the Hampton girls soccer team won its first section title since 2008.

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The Hampton boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating West Allegheny, 1-0, in the Class 3A final Nov. 6 at Highmark Stadium.
Defending WPIAL boys soccer champion Hampton embarks on extensive rebuild
The reigning WPIAL and PIAA champion Hampton boys soccer team faces a massive rebuild this season.

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Hampton girls tennis player Emma Spiess prepares for a match Aug. 25, 2022, at Hampton.
Realignment gives Hampton tennis team high hopes
August 27, 2022
The tennis courts at Hampton Community Park haven’t changed since last year. They are still 78 feet long by 36 feet wide.

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Hampton junior Matt Erka returns for the Talbots after qualifying for the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals last season.
After roster shuffle, Hampton golf team has young but talented lineup
Hampton lost its top golfer to a prep school in New England but gained a No. 1 golfer from a private school in Fox Chapel.

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Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA during section play this past spring and earned first-team All-Section 2-5A honors in 2022.
Hampton’s Ryan Apaliski commits to James Madison after strong audition at summer camp
August 20, 2022
Hampton senior left-hander Ryan Apaliski needed only two innings to help secure a home for the next four years.

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Hampton head coach Steve Sciullo gives instruction to players during practice at Fridley Field on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
Hampton remains hungry after 11-win season
August 14, 2022
No one needs to tell Hampton first-year coach Steve Sciullo about the importance of an offensive line.

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North Catholic running back Chase Arrington catches a ball at North Catholic High School on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
North Catholic embraces new challenge in Class 4A
North Catholic enters the 2022 season in a new classification with a different home field, a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback and many new starters.

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Hampton’s Anthony Bucci drives in a pair of runs with a base hit against Fox Chapel on April 20 at Fox Chapel.
Hampton infielder finds pop over summer
August 13, 2022
During his first two seasons as Hampton’s starting second baseman, Anthony Bucci was known as a flashy fielder without much pop in his bat.

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Hampton’s Isabella McNutt works against Sal Barbarino at 106 pounds during their Section 1-3A match Jan. 5.
Hampton wrestler performs on national stage
July 31, 2022
Hampton’s Isabella McNutt only started wrestling a year ago, but that didn’t stop her from reaching the nation’s biggest event this summer.

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Former Hampton golfer Justin Griffith competes for Towson during the 2021-22 season.
Ex-Hampton golfer’s game heats up during successful summer
July 23, 2022
Former Hampton golfer Justin Griffith is getting two more swings at his first state title.

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Hampton won the Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer league freshman championship.
‘Fired up’ Hampton freshmen win summer basketball title
July 16, 2022
Summer basketball leagues are built around staying in shape and building team chemistry.

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Hampton coach Joe Lafko has compiled 499 career wins.
Hampton announces latest class for Athletic Hall of Fame
July 9, 2022
Former Hampton cross country coach Tom Tobin knows all about Halls of Fame.

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Hampton volleyball coach Annie Bozzo, shown in 2020 against Freeport, resigned and will coach Shaler.
Hampton volleyball coach’s departure ‘heartbreaking’
June 18, 2022
Hampton didn’t have to look far to find its new girls volleyball coach.

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Shady Side Academy’s Peter Kramer scores next to Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Standout guard Peter Kramer returning to Hampton
June 11, 2022
The Hampton boys basketball team will get some excitement this upcoming season when coach Joe Lafko collects his 500th career coaching victory.

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Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA during section play this past spring and earned first-team All-Section 2-5A honors in 2022.
Hampton ace Apaliski aims to build on breakout season
If Hampton left-hander Ryan Apaliski improves this summer as much as he did last summer, Talbots coach Kellen Wheeler may start running out of superlatives.

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Hampton’s Ava Vitiello ran a personal best in the 1,600 at the state meet.
Hampton quartet fares well at PIAA track
June 4, 2022
Hampton brought back one state medal, one personal-best time and a vanload of memories from the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 27-28 at Shippensburg.

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Hampton junior midfielder Emi DiLiberto scored 74 goals this season, the second-most in program history as the Talbots reached the WPIAL girls lacrosse semifinals for the sixth straight season.
Hampton girls lacrosse team delights in exceeding expectations
The Hampton girls lacrosse team entered the 2022 season with tepid expectations after graduation losses decimated last year’s WPIAL Class 2A semifinalist.

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Sean Donlan was one of four Hampton boys lacrosse players to earn first-team all-Section 2-2A honors this season.
Bright future for Hampton boys lacrosse
May 28, 2022
Hampton boys lacrosse coach Andy DeMichiei and his wife, Kristen, welcomed their first child, Owen, on May 10.

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Hampton pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel during the second game of a doubleheader on April 20.
Disputed call haunts Hampton baseball team
Hampton baseball coach Kellen Wheeler said he “couldn’t even sleep that night” after the Talbots’ controversial WPIAL playoff loss to Penn-Trafford.

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Hampton catcher Bella Henzler fields the ball at home plate during a 2021 playoff game.
Catcher Bella Henzler ends Hampton career with flourish
May 21, 2022
The Hampton softball team will return almost everyone from this year’s WPIAL Class 5A playoff qualifier, but one loss is going to sting.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo breaks up a pass intended for Greensburg Salem’s Donavin Waller last season.
Busy Matt DeMatteo ready to represent Hampton in Big 33
Memorial Day weekend should be a memorable one for Matt DeMatteo.

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Steve Sciullo, a 1998 Shaler Area High School graduate and lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX presented the district with a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson to mark the district’s membership in the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.
Steve Sciullo settles into top spot at Hampton
May 14, 2022
Hampton first-year football coach Steve Sciullo likes what he sees from his new view atop the program.

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Hampton goalie Kaden Hoolahan plays against Fox Chapel on April 6 at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Youthful Hampton lacrosse team shrugs off slow start
The Hampton boys lacrosse team expected to take some lumps this season as it tried to replace 13 seniors.

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Reese’s walk-off home run highlights emotional week for Hampton softball
May 7, 2022
Hampton sophomore Mackenzie Reese was looking for an inside pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning against Seneca Valley on April 22.

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Hampton’s Ava Vitiello competes during the 2022 season.
Hampton junior strides toward WPIAL track championships
Qualifying for the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships this spring won’t be enough for Ava Vitiello.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo competes in the triple jump finals at the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
Hampton 3-sport star Matt DeMatteo to run track at Duquesne
May 4, 2022
Hampton three-sport athlete Matt DeMatteo has committed to attend Duquesne on a track scholarship.

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Hampton left fielder Luke Staggers makes a lunging catch against Fox Chapel during the second game of a doubleheader on April 20.
Hampton soccer standout thrives in return to diamond
April 30, 2022
When Luke Staggers picked up a baseball bat for the first time in five years, what happened was just about what anyone would expect.

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Hobbled Hampton senior stays positive, hopes to return for lacrosse playoffs
Hampton’s Rachel Dolan rode a stationary bike on the track at Fridley Field during girls lacrosse practice in mid-April.

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Hampton’s Sean Sullivan competes at the 2022 USA Hockey 16U national championships March 31-April 4, 2022, at Troy, Mich.
Hampton sophomore skates to national hockey championship
April 23, 2022
Hampton sophomore Sean Sullivan felt a range of emotions after the Steel City Ice Renegades won a 2022 USA Hockey 16U national championship earlier this month.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether hits past Freeport’s Autumn English during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball finals.
Pair of Hampton standouts win WPIAL scholar-athlete awards
A banner year for Hampton athletics just got even more special.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
Hampton 3-sport standout picks basketball, makes college choice
April 16, 2022
Sophia Kelly’s answer was exactly what Mercyhurst women’s basketball coach Brooklyn Kohlheim wanted to hear.

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After cold start, Hampton boys tennis team warming up
Hampton boys tennis coach Grant McKinney peeked outside on a wintry Monday in late March and figured practice was a long shot.

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Hampton girls lacrosse looking for new scorers to step forward
April 9, 2022
The Hampton girls lacrosse team will try to fill the shoes of one All-American with the hands and feet of many.

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Hampton’s Luke Hartle plays against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Hampton boys lacrosse team features new look
The Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Andy DeMichiei this past summer for his exploits on the lacrosse field.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo competes in the triple jump finals at the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships at Slippery Rock University.
Coaching continuity helps Hampton track team enter season with confidence
April 2, 2022
When Derek Brinkley stepped down as Hampton track and field coach after 18 seasons this offseason, a priority for athletic director Bill Cardone was keeping the staff as intact as possible.

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Hampton’s Will Retsch competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Class 2A championships.
Will Retsch ends Hampton swimming career with record-shattering flourish
Hampton swimmer Will Retsch is proof that water is the universal solvent.

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Battery powers Hampton softball team
March 26, 2022
The Hampton softball team this season will use its battery to make up for some lost power.

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Hampton junior pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel last season. He went 4-2 as a pitcher and scored a team-high 18 runs.
High hopes for Hampton baseball after up-and-down playoff season
The Hampton baseball team was taking indoor batting practice earlier this month when players were asked to close the gymnasium doors to accommodate a meeting in the adjacent cafeteria.

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Hampton’s Alan Wolfe works against Highlands’ Angelo Markey at 172 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Hampton senior Wolfe enjoying best season after biding his time as junior backup
February 19, 2022
Hampton wrestler Alan Wolfe refused to get discouraged last season, stuck on the bench behind a two-time WPIAL qualifier.

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The 2021-22 Aquinas Academy girls basketball team.
Aquinas Academy girls eye next step after defending section title
February 12, 2022
The Aquinas Academy girls basketball team is hitting stride at just the right time.

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With full lineups, Hampton bowling teams enjoy season
February 5, 2022
Hampton bowling coach Bob Wallace doesn’t stress over wins and losses with his fifth-year program.

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Belle Donato is a senior swimmer on the 2021-22 Hampton swim team.
Hampton swimmer Donato glides toward WPIALs
January 29, 2022
Belle Donato’s watchful parents urged her to trust them and take the plunge.

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Hampton’s Isabella McNutt works against Sal Barbarino at 106 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Highlands.
Isabella McNutt hears the cheers on Hampton wrestling team
January 22, 2022
Hampton sophomore Isabella McNutt began martial arts at age 4 and earned her Taekwondo black belt at age 7.

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Hampton’s Brock Mattiuz is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run against Fox Chapel last season. The baseball team is one of seven teams at Hampton dropping in class next school year.
Realignment sends several Hampton sports teams down in class
Seven Hampton athletics teams will be getting new scenery for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 sports seasons.

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Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler shoots a 3-pointer during the Talbots’ Section 2-5A opener against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
Hampton girls basketball turns up pressure during fast start
January 15, 2022
The Hampton girls basketball team was perfect in December by letting no opposing teams win and by barely allowing them to breathe.

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The 2021-22 Hampton bocce team.
Bocce provides team sports experience to Hampton students with disabilities
There is something special and unifying about the Hampton High School bocce team.

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Hampton’s Will Retsch competes in the 200 yard individual medley during last year’s WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships at Upper St. Clair.
Hampton senior shows off all-around ability in IM
January 8, 2022
Hampton swimming coach Morgan Zweygardt quickly spotted something about then-freshman Will Retsch.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig celebrates with Brock Borgo after his touchdown reception in the second half at Highlands on Sept. 24.
Accolades pile up after Hampton football’s record-breaking season
December 18, 2021
When the Hampton football players turned in their equipment after the winningest season in program history, their coaches gave them something in return.

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Hampton’s Logan Scanlon pressures Franklin Regional’s Zach Abdallah during a 2019 game.
Senior’s 7-goal game highlights Hampton hockey’s move to Class A
Hampton hockey coach Luke Leya figured Logan Scanlon was bound to break out one of these nights.

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Boost in numbers gives Hampton wrestling optimism despite graduation losses
December 12, 2021
The Hampton wrestling team is aiming to focus on quantity rather than quality.

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Hampton’s Ben Sheets competes in the boys’ 200 IM at last season’s WPIAL meet.
Hampton can count on depth in quest to repeat at WPIAL Class 2A boys swim champs
The reigning WPIAL Class 2A champion Hampton boys swimming team hopes deeper is better when it comes to the pool.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum last season.
Veteran backcourt has Hampton girls basketball thinking big
December 5, 2021
Hampton girls basketball coach Tony Howard has a good feeling entering the 2021-22 season.

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Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo guards Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan during a game last season.
Hampton boys basketball poised to rebound with multi-sport athletes
The Hampton boys basketball team will try to bounce back from one of the worst seasons in program history with a bunch of players who have won a lot lately.

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Hampton celebrates beating Plum in five sets during the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball semifinals on Nov. 2.
Hampton athletes rack up championships during historic fall season
November 28, 2021
One year after a pandemic rattled WPIAL athletics, something else proved to be contagious at Hampton — winning.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class 2A boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 28.
Future bright for Hampton cross country teams
November 20, 2021
The Hampton boys and girls cross country teams each have a lot to look forward to next season.

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Hampton’s Benny Haselrig makes a diving touchdown catch as Thomas Jefferson’s Angelo Volomino defends on Nov. 12 at Fridley Field in Hampton.
Hampton football wraps up historic season
Following their WPIAL playoff loss to Thomas Jefferson, the Hampton senior football players gathered at midfield inside a quiet, emptied Fridley Field.

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Hampton’s Emmy Schrom hits past the Freeport block during the WPIAL Class 3A volleyball championship Nov. 6.
Hampton girls volleyball’s ‘amazing’ year highlighted by WPIAL finals trip, PIAA win
November 13, 2021
The Hampton girls volleyball team found a silver lining in its WPIAL Class 3A runner-up season.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (second from left) celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy with teammates Luke Staggers, Holden Pritts and Dylan Beranek.
‘Special group’ brings WPIAL boys soccer championship to Hampton
Hampton’s journey to the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer championship began when many of the players were still in elementary school.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Oct. 28 at California University of Pa.
Coach pays off bet as Hampton wins school’s 1st WPIAL cross country title
November 6, 2021
Hampton boys cross country coach Dean Longwell dyed his hair bleach blonde on Oct. 31, but it had nothing to do with Halloween.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly celebrates her goal with teammates late in the second half against Franklin Regional on Oct. 6.
Hampton girls soccer team came a long way during another playoff season
A girls soccer season that began with the program’s most lopsided loss in a decade ended with the players’ heads held high.

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Hampton’s students get ready for kickoff in their first round game with Plum on Nov. 5, 2021, at Hampton’s Fridley Field.
Hampton holds off Plum in WPIAL Class 4A 1st round, stays unbeaten
November 5, 2021
The No. 4-seeded Hampton Talbots remained perfect, but they used an imperfect performance to stay that way.

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Hampton’s Michael Morgano drives for yardage against Greensburg Salem on Oct 1.
Hampton marches into WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2021
Each Saturday morning, the Hampton football team gathers for its weekly film study to break down the previous night’s game.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly celebrates a penalty against Franklin Regional during a game on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at Frildey Field in Hampton.
Hampton 3-sport standout Kelly helps guide girls soccer team to WPIAL playoff berth
October 23, 2021
Sophia Kelly had a tough decision to make this past summer.

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Hampton’s Kevyn Fish finished second overall at the John Sample Invitational on Oct. 2, 2021, at Grove City.
Hampton freshman runner Fish off to fast start
October 9, 2021
Hampton’s Kevyn Fish proudly held out her left hand and showed her dad the “6:22” written on her palm.

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Hampton’s inside linebacker Jayden Resch plays against Greensburg Salem on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Resch provides physical, intelligent presence in middle of Hampton defense
Hampton’s Jacque DeMatteo has sought two traits in his middle linebacker during 22 seasons as a WPIAL football coach.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong last season.
Hampton girls soccer shakes off slow start
October 2, 2021
The Hampton girls soccer team is getting healthy at the right time.

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Hampton’s Holden Pritts celebrates his goal next to Mars’ Mason Meyer during their game on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Mars. Hampton won, 2-0.
Smothering defense helps Hampton start season strong
September 25, 2021
Hampton senior Thomas Bradfield is one of the top goalkeepers in WPIAL Class 3A soccer.

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Former Hampton star takes reins of school’s boys lacrosse program
September 18, 2021
One of the winningest coaches in the history of Hampton boys lacrosse is being replaced by one of the program’s top players of all time.

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Hampton’s Amy (Lindsey) Shane (left) and Fox Chapel’s Cara Zimmer fight for the ball during a 1997 WPIAL girls soccer playoff game.
Hampton to welcome doubled-up class into sports hall of fame
Former girls soccer star Amy Lindsey Shane waited more than two decades to get into the Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame, so one extra year wasn’t going to matter.

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Senior’s return helps spark Hampton girls tennis team to early-season wins
September 11, 2021
On the first day of Hampton girls tennis practice last month, coach Grant McKinney could hardly believe his eyes.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo said his skill players have taken on an unselfish “lineman attitude” this season.
Hampton football making noise with super start
On the bus ride home from their 51-13 victory at Fox Chapel on Sept. 3, the Hampton football players couldn’t play any music during their joyful postgame celebration.

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Hampton sophomore Lydia Bailey was the Talbots’ top finisher at the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA cross country Championships last season.
Fresh start energizes talented, young Hampton cross country team
August 28, 2021
A youthful Hampton girls cross country team is about to get even younger.

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Hampton’s Gabe Viszlay (16) celebrates a goal with Luke Staggers (20) and Zach Panza during a 2020 WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area.
Hampton boys soccer seniors driven to make most of last chance
Since going undefeated as eighth graders, the seniors on the Hampton boys soccer team have held lofty expectations.

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Hampton girls tennis vows to show improvement after winless season
August 22, 2021
Junior Abi Green is hoping to put a new spin on her 2021 season with the Hampton girls tennis team.

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Mars receiver Noah Nesselroad catches a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Mars Athletic Complex.
Big, experienced line leads charge for Mars
August 20, 2021
Mars senior left tackle Matt Detisch spent this offseason doing bear crawls on a big hill at his home.

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Hampton’s Jayden Resch participates in a 7 on 7 high school football tournament Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Hampton determined to build on playoff season
Hampton all-conference wide receiver Benny Haselrig played last season with the letters “IWNBD CH” written on his wrist tape.

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North Hills quarterback John Green throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Martorelli Stadium.
New dual-threat QB brings excitement to North Hills
August 19, 2021
North Hills is talented and experienced on defense this season, and a little bit Green at quarterback.

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North Catholic quarterback Joey Prentice throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
North Catholic looks to clear semifinal hurdle
August 15, 2021
The seniors on the North Catholic football team have more conference titles than regular-season losses.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether plays against Freeport last season.
‘Thankful’ Talbots eye girls volleyball section repeat
August 14, 2021
Inside a nearly empty Hampton High School earlier this month, unmistakable sounds echoed from the main gym.

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Hampton junior Daniel Venture
Youthful Talbots swing into golf season
The Hampton golf team has gone from experienced and good to inexperienced and maybe good.

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Avonworth quarterback Nate Harper throws a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
‘Unheard-of’ playoff miss drives Avonworth
In the past 20 years, 663 schools have finished with a winning percentage of .750 or better in WPIAL conference play.

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Hampton senior football player Mike Witherup and his father, Darin, show off their catches at the Fishers of Men Legacy National Tournament on Lake Wheeler, Ala. on July 31, 2021.
Hampton senior tight end is the reel deal
August 8, 2021
Depending on the setting, Mike Witherup can catch a pass or catch a bass.

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Hampton center fielder Adam Dembowski, who will be a senior this fall, is batting .380 this summer for the US Elite Mid-Atlantic travel baseball team.
Traveling summer baseball teams keep Hampton players sharp
July 31, 2021
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Hampton graduate Tyler Bischke is a shortstop on the 2021 Murray State College baseball team.
Hampton grad Tyler Bischke picks New Orleans
Former Hampton infielder Tyler Bischke has committed to Division I New Orleans after excelling during his lone season at a tiny junior college in Oklahoma.

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From left, outgoing head coach Chris Hart poses with former Hampton wrestlers Justin Hart and Dawson Dietz and incoming head coach Nick Endres.
Hampton wrestling shakes up coaching staff
July 11, 2021
When Chris Hart told his Hampton wrestlers at their season-ending banquet last month that he was stepping down as head coach, their next coach was standing only a couple of feet away.

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Hampton graduate Ben Huber, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon in May, played last month in the nation’s toughest U.S. Open qualifier in a field that included four former PGA Tour major champions.
Hampton grad competes at U.S. Open qualifier, NCAA tournament in golf season to remember
July 3, 2021
Hampton graduate Ben Huber this spring was part of the best golf team in Carnegie Mellon history and struggled to an 80th-place finish at an event in Columbus, Ohio.

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North Hills’ Robert Dickerson
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Robert Dickerson, North Hills
July 1, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Hampton junior guard Matt DeMatteo is also the school’s starting quarterback.
Summer league basketball gives Hampton chance to build chemistry
June 25, 2021
High school basketball season is still five months away, but the Hampton boys are getting a running start.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo instructs during preseason workouts last year.
Hampton football carries momentum into offseason program
Success is becoming contagious for the Hampton football team.

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Hampton’s Emi Suyama, who graduated earlier this month, is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during a skiing accident in December 2020.
Hampton’s Suyama presses on after covid cancellations, torn ACL deny her final 2 lacrosse seasons
June 19, 2021
Emi Suyama knows life can throw a lot at you.

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Mars’ Luke Whittaker makes a move past Chartiers Valley senior midfielder Jackson Fodor in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL championship game on May 27, 2021.
Mars out to make history again in PIAA boys lacrosse finals
June 10, 2021
For more than a decade, the only way a WPIAL team could reach the PIAA lacrosse championships was with a ticket.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska wins the 400-meter dash at the WPIAL Class AAA championships May 19.
Hampton’s Galuska keeps his cool at states, medals in 400
June 5, 2021
Hampton senior Gage Galuska was a little slower — and a lot colder — at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships.

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Hampton’s Megan Cook scored 85 goals as a senior, the team’s single-season record.
Hampton girls lacrosse star racks up eye-popping stats in abbreviated career
Hampton girls lacrosse coach Kelsey Viets felt disbelief as she tabulated star midfielder Megan Cook’s career statistics.

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Hampton boys lacrosse sends off ‘special’ senior class
May 29, 2021
Hampton All-WPIAL attack Max Saltrelli realized four years ago his then-freshman class was going to be “something special.”

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Hampton’s Cam Marshalwitz throws a pitch on May 6.
Hampton baseball turns focus to next season after up-and-down year
The final out of Hampton’s 2021 baseball season was a deep drive against West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 5A playoff opener.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska, left, and Butler’s Guinness Brown compete in the 400-meter dash finals at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 19, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
Joy, pain for Hampton track team at WPIAL meet
May 22, 2021
Two Hampton seniors showed at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships that a fraction of an inch or a hundredth of a second can be the difference between elation and heartache.

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Penn-Trafford’s Allie Prady scores past Hampton catcher Bella Henzler during their WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game on May 18.
Power-hitting Hampton softball squad cools down at inopportune time
The most prolific home run-hitting Hampton softball team in at least two decades picked a lousy time to go quiet.

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Hampton boys lacrosse surges into postseason
May 15, 2021
Hampton senior defender Gus Wolf hopes history repeats itself in the WPIAL Class AA boys lacrosse playoffs.

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Hampton runners, from left, Corey Letterle, Joey Mayer, Gage Galuska and Matt DeMatteo, compete at the Butler Invitational on April 24, 2021, at Butler.
Hampton athletes sprint toward WPIAL track championship meet
The Hampton boys track and field team last month won its first section title in 36 years.

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Hampton’s Hannah Bradfield competes during the 2021 softball season.
Tape-measure homer shows Hampton softball slugger’s eye-popping power
May 8, 2021
Hampton’s Hannah Bradfield hit six home runs in a four-game stretch in late April, but only one of them left nearly everybody shocked.

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Hampton senior Jillian Stennett recently returned after missing a month with a concussion.
Hampton’s Stennett returns to girls lacrosse after missing month with concussion
April Fool’s Day was no joke for Hampton lacrosse player Jillian Stennett.

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Tennis courts at Hampton Community Park
Hampton tennis reaches WPIAL playoffs thanks to unexpected help from section foe Indiana
May 1, 2021
The pizza and cupcakes started to taste a little bit better to the Hampton boys tennis team.

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Hampton junior pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel on April 19, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Talbots baseball armed for another WPIAL playoff bid behind Kosko, Marshalwitz
A pair of lefties have the Hampton baseball team on the right side of the WPIAL playoff picture.

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Hampton catcher Bella Henzler is a James Madison recruit.
Division I-bound catcher Bella Henzler is big hit for Hampton
April 24, 2021
The first time Hampton coach Ron Fedell saw star catcher Bella Henzler playing softball he wondered if the diminutive seventh-grader had a future behind the plate.

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Hampton’s Hannah Schepner competes during an early-season meet in 2021.
Hampton girls track team off to quick start behind versatile senior jumper
April 17, 2021
Hampton senior Hannah Schepner still is unsure about her best event in track and field.

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Hampton senior Gage Galuska is one of the top 400-meter runners in the WPIAL.
Hampton football players give boost to boys track and field team
If the Hampton boys track and field team can reach the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs for only the second time in a decade, it will have another Hampton team to thank.

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Hampton’s Megan Cook competes against Oakland Catholic in a 2019 girls lacrosse match.
Loaded senior class has Hampton girls lacrosse seeking 3rd WPIAL title since ’17
April 10, 2021
On the eve of each home section game, the Hampton girls lacrosse players gather after practice for a team dinner.

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Hampton eyes another run to WPIAL boys lacrosse finals
The Hampton boys lacrosse team waited 667 days between matches.

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Hampton tennis off to quick start in return to Class AA
April 3, 2021
The Hampton boys tennis team is hoping to make a racket this season.

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Hampton defenseman Owen Cirlingione finished the 2020-21 season with five goals and six assists.
Hampton hockey rolls with punches
The youthful Hampton hockey team endured a lot of growing pains this season.

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Richie Donato
Silver lining, record finish for Hampton swimmer Donato
March 27, 2021
The Hampton 100-yard breaststroke record stood for 25 years until senior Richie Donato broke it March 6.

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Hampton’s Bella Henzler is one of the top catchers in the WPIAL.
Hampton softball has ‘a lot of games to win’ after coach’s covid scare
They were simple get-well cards. Some were store-bought, some caringly drawn by hand.

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Hampton pitcher Michael Kosko throws during a scrimmage against Butler last season.
Hampton baseball deals with numbers crunch
Turns out the pandemic isn’t finished with the Hampton baseball team.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart celebrates his win over Bellefonte Area’s Ethan Rossman in the 189-pound Class AAA semifinal March 13 during PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hampton wrestler Hart rebounds from cracked ribs to earn PIAA silver
March 20, 2021
In mid-January, Hampton senior Justin Hart couldn’t laugh without it hurting.

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Hampton High School wins the championship in boys’ AA swimming on Saturday, March 6, 2021 during the WPIAL swimming championships at Upper St. Clair High School.
Relay win sparks Hampton boys to 1st WPIAL team swim title since 1999
March 15, 2021
The Hampton boys swimming team needed 1 minute, 36 seconds to set into motion something that hadn’t happened in 22 years.

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Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler (left) and Addie Klocko defend Latrobe’s Emma Blair during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal March 8.
Hampton reflects on breakthrough season after playoff run ends
After the final horn sounded on her senior season, Hampton guard Liv Bianco slowly walked off the court and placed the basketball on the scorer’s table.

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Hampton junior guard Matt DeMatteo is also the school’s starting quarterback.
Hampton boys look to grow from tough season
March 6, 2021
A season that began with a delay ended with a dud for the Hampton boys basketball team.

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Hampton siblings Brennan Murray and Meghan Murray compete for the 2020-21 Talbots basketball teams.
Hampton’s Murray siblings show drive to succeed
February 27, 2021
For years, Brennan and Meghan Murray have squared off at the basketball hoop in the driveway of their Hampton home.

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Koda Carslaw is a member of the 2020-21 Hampton diving team.
Diving no longer ‘secondary thing’ for Hampton’s Carslaw
When Koda Carslaw took up diving last season, he admits it was “more of a secondary thing.”

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Hampton wrestler overcomes size disadvantage to have big senior season
February 20, 2021
Nearly every time Conrad Harold stepped on the wrestling mat this season, he was facing someone bigger than him.

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Hampton’s Biz Watson (right) and Olivia Bianco tie up Plum’s Kai Johnson battles during their game on Jan. 21.
Talented juniors lead Hampton girls basketball renaissance
Every once in a while — it doesn’t happen often — one of the top players on the Hampton girls basketball team will toss up a wildly off-target shot at practice.

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Aquinas Academy’s Laura Richthammer defends Monessen’s Kendall Weston in a WPIAL Class A playoff game last season.
Tiny Aquinas Academy showing it belongs among WPIAL girls basketball contenders
February 7, 2021
The second-smallest school in WPIAL girls basketball is eyeing bigger things this season.

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Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini led the WPIAL in scoring last season.
Led by scoring sensation Vinnie Cugini, Aquinas Academy boys seek playoff success
Aquinas Academy star guard Vinnie Cugini knows the Crusaders will make the WPIAL Class A playoffs this season for the first time in program history. 

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Aquinas Academy sophomore Vinnie Cugini scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 29, 2021, against Leechburg.
Aquinas Academy sophomore Vinnie Cugini makes WPIAL history
January 31, 2021
There weren’t many fans to witness it, but Aquinas Academy sophomore Vinnie Cugini made WPIAL history Friday night.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum on Jan. 21. Kelly scored a team-high 18 points in Hampton’s 68-41 victory.
Hampton girls off to red-hot start after adopting up-tempo style
January 30, 2021
Not even a pandemic — or having to run pregame drills in the school cafeteria — can slow down the Hampton girls basketball team.

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Hampton competitive spirit squad adapting to all-new calendar
The Hampton competitive spirit team still hasn’t started its 2020-21 season, when in any other year it would almost be over.

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Hampton wrestler Dawson Dietz (right) works in practice last season.
Hampton heavyweight eager to test himself against Powerade field
January 23, 2021
Hampton’s Dawson Dietz left the Powerade Wrestling Tournament two years ago with a season-ending torn labrum.

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Hampton’s Owen Cirlingione defends Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner on Nov. 24, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Hampton hockey focuses on defense to stop slump
The slumping Hampton hockey team is slowing things down in hopes of heating things up.

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Hampton’s Jayden Resch was a WPIAL qualifier last season.
Hampton wrestler steps up to help teammate who lost home in fire
January 16, 2021
On a school night in early November, Hampton’s Jayden Resch disappeared into a spare bedroom for a few hours.

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Hampton girls basketball coach Tony Howard oversees a practice last season.
Hampton girls basketball carries momentum through ‘pause’
January 10, 2021
Hampton had the “best, most intense” three-week preseason in Tony Howard’s 14 years as a girls basketball coach.

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Hampton’s Quinn Morrow shoots during practice last season.
Hampton boys basketball eager for restart
Joe Lafko has seen a lot in three decades as a basketball coach, but this is the first season he has held court at a computer screen.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch (32) eyes the basket against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game at Petersen Events Center last season.
Last season’s abrupt ending motivates North Allegheny girls basketball
December 13, 2020
After having its state title hopes dashed last season by the covid-19 pandemic, the North Allegheny girls basketball team isn’t worried about a couple of inconveniences.

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Hampton’s Catie Kress competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the 2020 Class AAA WPIAL swimming and diving championship at Trees Pool.
Hampton girls swimmers get up to speed quickly in preseason
With most swimming pools shut down for much of the offseason, Hampton coach Morgan Zweygardt was unsure what to expect from her girls team when practices began.

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Hampton’s Ethan Apaliski competes in the boys 100 breaststroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA swimming and diving championship at Trees Pool.
Hampton boys swimmers a WPIAL title threat in Class AA
The Hampton boys swimming team is looking forward to picking on someone its own size.

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North Allegheny coach Spencer Stefko calls in a play during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game against Upper St. Clair Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
North Allegheny girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko returns after battling covid
December 8, 2020
North Allegheny’s Spencer Stefko, the reigning PIAA Class 6A girls basketball coach of the year, will never forget this past Thanksgiving.

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Hampton’s Justin Hart flattens out Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel.
Led by state qualifiers, Hampton wrestling looks strong in upper weights
December 5, 2020
If Hampton senior Justin Hart ever says “uncle” in the wrestling room, it will have nothing to do with giving up.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Hampton High School.
Hampton athletes earn postseason honors after historic fall season
The most challenging, unusual sports season in WPIAL history included something else that has never been seen before.

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Kayla Hoehler was Hampton’s leading scorer with 12.6 points per game last season.
Girls basketball preview: Hampton aims to get back on track with up-tempo attack
November 28, 2020
The Hampton girls basketball team is going small in the hopes of something big.

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Hampton’s Seth Koontz (right) is one of two returning starters on the roster.
Boys basketball preview: Hampton getting ready for season unlike any other
There are a lot of new faces on the Hampton boys basketball team, even if coach Joe Lafko can’t quite see them right now.

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Hampton bowlers aiming high with deeper rosters
November 21, 2020
The Hampton bowling team is turning to a familiar face for a season the likes of which it has never seen before.

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Plum’s Makyala Jackson (left) celebrates a point with teammates Oct. 20 at Kiski Area.
Plum volleyball team savors remarkable turnaround season
Plum entered this season with the expressed goal of reaching the WPIAL Class 3A girls volleyball playoffs.

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Hampton’s Owen Cirlingione (17) looks to gain possession against Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden last season.
Hampton hockey making dramatic improvements
November 17, 2020
The Hampton hockey team last season needed three months to reach two wins.

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Hampton’s Holden Pritts (right) celebrates his goal with Gabe Viszlay during their WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area on Oct. 24.
Hampton teams walk through covid minefield to complete successful fall season
November 14, 2020
Bill Cardone was sitting in the parking lot at Pittsburgh International Airport on Aug. 21, waiting to pick up his wife, when he got the news.

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JV success points to bright future for Hampton football
Hampton reached the WPIAL football playoffs for the first time in five years this season, and a lot more help is on the way.

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Hampton’s Corey Scherer celebrates his goal during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Kiski Area on Oct. 24.
Hampton notebook: Strong boys soccer season ends in OT loss to No. 1 Mars
November 7, 2020
Hampton senior Corey Scherer needed some time to ease the sting of a 1-0 double-overtime playoff loss to nemesis Mars.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo guided his team to the WPIAL playoffs just four years after a winless season.
Hampton football takes huge step forward
Hampton senior lineman Dawson Dietz stood along a chainlink fence at Aliquippa’s Carl Aschman Stadium, wearing a muddy uniform and a smile.

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Hampton’s Arianna Erka competes in a match during the 2020 season.
Pair of birdies highlight Oakmont experience for Hampton’s Arianna Erka
October 25, 2020
There was a time when back-to-back triple bogeys at the WPIAL golf championships would have ruined Arianna Erka.

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Freeport’s Christopher Doerr (12) works against Hampton’s Liam Nichols during their game Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Freeport.
Longtime friends, teammates Nichols, Viszlay lead Hampton soccer into postseason
October 24, 2020
Hampton’s Liam Nichols and Gabe Viszlay are dynamic teammates on the field and the best of friends away from it.

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Hampton girls tennis players have no trouble finding silver linings in season
October 17, 2020
The Hampton girls tennis team is proof a season that looks dreadful on paper can look pretty good in person.

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Hampton’s Madison Hurst plays against Armstrong Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Hampton High School.
Freshman phenom brings scoring punch to Hampton girls soccer team
Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich needed one workout to realize freshman Madison Hurst had a chance to be special.

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New Hampton volleyball coach ‘strong leader’
October 10, 2020
Annie Bozzo is Hampton’s third girls volleyball coach in as many years, but the transition appears to be smooth.

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Hampton’s Julia Resch competes during a recent game.
Hampton senior Resch vocal leader for volleyball team
For the past two years, Hampton’s Julia Resch has drawn loud cheers before her volleyball matches even start.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska (16) makes a catch behind Kiski Area’s Kryell Hutcherson last year at Hampton.
Gage Galuska part of turnaround season for Hampton football
Hampton three-sport senior Gage Galuska plays football in the fall, wrestles in the winter and runs track in the spring.

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Members of the Hampton girls cross country team, from left, Kendall Solkovy, Ava Vitiello, Ciara Evans and Lydia Bailey, compete at Hartwood Acres during the 2020 season.
Hampton girls cross country ‘moving in the right direction’
October 3, 2020
The Hampton girls cross county team has hit the ground running.

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Hampton’s Jackson McGrath (left) and Aidan Sawyer (right) compete at Hartwood Acres during the 2020 season.
Hampton cross country team finds its stride in Class AA
Talk about a kick to the shins.

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Hamption golfer Ruzomberka on quest for redemption
September 26, 2020
Hampton senior Matt Ruzomberka has played thousands of holes of golf since his father introduced him to the sport growing up in England a decade ago.

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Hampton quarterback Matt DeMatteo after beating Armstrong: “That feeling after a win, you want that to keep coming back. We came back to practice even hungrier.”
Hampton upbeat after rare shutout win
A 3-by-3-foot white board hangs on the wall inside the clubhouse at Hampton’s Fridley Field to commemorate “Football Shutouts.”

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Hampton girls soccer coach Bill Paholich led the Talbots to a 12-6-1 record last season.
Rebuilding Hampton girls eye 5th straight postseason berth
September 19, 2020
Emmy Chismer got a head start on what 2020 would bring.

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Hampton’s Max Saltrelli brings the ball upfield during a game at Freeport.
Saltrelli’s return to midfield bolsters Hampton boys soccer team
Max Saltrelli is a starting center midfielder for the Hampton boys soccer team and a 40-goal scorer for the school’s lacrosse program.

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Northgate quarterback Christian Davin throws a pass during practice Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Bellevue.
Northgate optimistic after nightmare season in 2018
August 20, 2019
One season after the Northgate Flames were barely an ember, second-year coach Mike Fulmore is feeling a bit more optimistic.

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Seneca Valley’s Josh Kaltenberger is a Purdue recruit.
High expectations for Class 6A Seneca Valley after WPIAL title-game run
August 15, 2019
Seneca Valley used mainly its experience and size to reach last year’s WPIAL Class 6A title game.

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Butler receiver Charlie Kreinbucher (right) works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
Class 6A Butler faces debilitating lack of numbers
After going 0-10 in his first full season as coach at his alma mater, Butler’s Eric Christy knows the real challenge is about to begin.

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