Author: John Grupp


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 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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.”

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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