They have little margin for error, but currently the Hampton Talbots are in first place in Section 5-AAA and can at least ensure a share of a section title if they were to win out. The Talbots (8-2, 7-1) cling to a half-game lead over Mars (7-4, 6-1) in the section with Knoch (7-7, 4-4) and Highlands (4-4, 4-4) right behind. Hampton notched a crucial 10-9 win at Knoch last week thanks to a six-run seventh inning. Kat Bittner's RBI single capped the inning for Hampton. Hampton's lone section loss came to Mars on Apr. 21, 11-5. Hampton had defeated Mars earlier in the season. The win at Knoch came just two days after the Mars defeat. Hampton closes out its section schedule by hosting Oakland Catholic on Tuesday and traveling to Highlands on Thursday.
Following a two-year experiment with some success in Division 1, the Hampton High boys lacrosse team is flourishing in Division 2 with an overall record of 8-4 and a Division 2, Section 2 record of 4-0.
The Talbots began the season with a 5-4 loss to Division 2, Section 4 member Shaler Area. Since that setback, however, the Talbots have won nine of their past 11 games. Their only losses came against three solid Division 1 programs: Division 1, Section 1 power Peters Township (11-6), neighboring rival North Allegheny (15-4), the Division 1, Section 2 leader that is the top-ranked team in Western Pennsylvania, according to Laxpower.com, and Fox Chapel (13-3), the No. 4 team in Western Pennsylvania according to Laxpower.com.
The Talbots visit another Division 1 team, Pine-Richland on Monday, before closing out the regular season with games against Division 2 foes Allderdice, Mars, Aquinas Academy and Knoch.
Joe Vita improved to 3-0 on the season after recording a nine-inning, complete-game shutout in the Presidents' 4-0 win over Saint Vincent Saturday.
He was in command all evening, needing just 99 pitches to work through the Bearcats' lineup.
The sophomore surrendered just five hits, walked two and struck out one, getting 17 outs via ground balls while lowering his earned-run average to 0.71.
The complete game was Vita's first this season after being lifted twice following 8.0 inning efforts.
The Hampton graduate earned PAC Pitcher of the Week for his performance.
(photo of Washington and Jefferson College)
Ken Wunderley profiles former Hampton wrestling coach Joe Bursick. Read his story below.
Joe Bursick has stepped down after 20 seasons as Hampton's head wrestling coach to spend more time with his family, but his coaching career is not over.
"My son, Avery, will be a freshman at Fox Chapel in September and I want to be able to follow his career," Bursick said. "It would be tough to do that while coaching at Hampton."
In fact, Bursick's resignation at Hampton doesn't mean he's stopped coaching. Bursick has already been working with Avery.
"I put a mat in our basement and we've been drilling a couple times a week," Bursick said. "And when next season rolls around, I will probably be helping at some of Fox Chapel's practices as a volunteer."
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The Grove City College softball team played its first games since returning from spring break on Tuesday afternoon, rolling to a doubleheader road sweep of Franciscan.
The Wolverines took game one 13-0 in five innings and also shut out the Lady Barons 15-0 in five innings in the second game.
Senior outfielder Erica Gmuer, a Hampton graduate, led the Wolverine offense by going 4-5 in the doubleheader with a pair of doubles.