Author: John Grupp


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’s Gage Galuska competes during an early-season meet in 2021.
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’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’s Gage Galuska competes during an early-season meet in 2021.
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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