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Golf: Balish gives Hampton a big boost

Written by Joe Koch on .

Marissa Balish was one of the top competitors a year ago at the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship. At that event, she placed fourth with an 8-over-par round of 81.

As things stand, she has a very good chance of returning to the championship round along with six of the other top seven competitors who return this year.

Balish has had plenty of chances to hone her game as she has competed for the Hampton High boys team this year as the school doesn't offer the sport to girls.

On Wednesday, she will join the other female competitors at the WPIAL Individual Qualifier. She'll likely compete at Phesant Ridge. On Tuesday, she had a good tune-up for the postseason as she fired an even-par round of 36 to lead the Talbots to a 200-210 victory over Plum in a Section 8-AAA match at Willowbrook Country Club.

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Alumni Update - Vanessa Ceravolo (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH, PA – Vanessa Ceravolo, a Hampton graduate, scored twice and Destiney DavisCeravolo LaRochoe made 11 saves in La Roche women's soccer's 2-2 2OT draw with Waynesburg University on Saturday. Chloe McGinnis added an assist for the Lady Redhawks while Karleigh Murphy and Melanie Byer scored goals for Waynesburg.

The game came after La Roche College unveiled the new field and before they honored both the 1996 women's soccer team and the 1990 men's soccer team.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Football: Hampton opens season in fine fashion

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Hampton football team.

"After each week of the high school football season, the contenders and pretenders start to take shape.

After Week 1, one of the more impressive performances was turned in by the Hampton Talbots. They throttled Albert Gallatin in a Class AAA non-conference game, 55-0, on the road.

"Obviously, starting 1-0 is a good start for the kids, but there is always stuff to improve upon," said Jacque DeMatteo, in his seventh season as Hampton's head coach. "They are working hard and it is paying off for the kids. We are just trying to improve each week. The competition is getting harder each week."

Against the Colonials, the Talbots were hitting on all cylinders, starting with the opening kickoff."

 

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Alumni Update – Emily Rabenold (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Emily Rabenold, a Hampton graduate, opened the 2014 season Friday by winning BuffaloRabenold GC State’s Daniel Walker Invitational. She completed the course in 19 minutes, 22 seconds, helping Grove City take second overall.

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Hampton 2014 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Talbots coach Jacque DeMatteo begins his seventh season with hopes of returning to the WPIAL playoffs. Hampton qualified for the WPIAL playoffs after finishing in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Greater Allegheny Conference. The Talbots finished with a 4-6 record after losing to Thomas Jefferson in the first round.

Hampton's top returnee is Nick Grabowski (6-3, 215, Sr., QB/LB), who completed 89 of 197 yards for 1,368 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 184 yards on 70 carries.

"Nick has mentally and physically matured since last season," DeMatteo said. "He has a great demeanor for a quarterback. He doesn't get rattled. He also plays lacrosse."