Hampton 2014 Football Preview

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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."


Basketball: Hampton grad Luther preparing for 'leap' to Pitt

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Hayes Gardner profiles Hampton graduate Ryan Luther, now a freshman at Pitt.

"Were it not for his 6-foot-9, 215-pound frame, one might confuse Pitt freshman Ryan Luther for a child. That is, until he starts playing basketball.

As this baby-faced 18 year old finishes reverse layups and knocks down jump shots with ease at the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Summer League, it becomes more and more apparent that he is not a child — far from it.

Competing on the same court with veteran college players, professionals competing overseas, and even a few past their professional career, Luther, a recent graduate of Hampton High School, looks right at home."



Alumni Update – Emily Rabenold (Grove City)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Two Grove City College women's track and field athletes have qualified for theRabenold GC NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held Thursday-Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Sophomore Eliza Lowe (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) has qualified in the 100-meter high hurdles and classmate Emily Rabenold will compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Rabenold, a Hampton graduate, owns the school record in the steeplechase. She also qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in cross country last fall. Rabenold took 179th out of 280 runners at the national meet November 23 in Hanover, Ind.

Rabenold will compete in the steeplechase preliminaries Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The steeplechase finals are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. 


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Boys Lacrosse: Hampton coach encouraged with returning players

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Hampton's first-year coach Pete Tumbas had high hopes for his Talbots in the 2014 season. But a 13-9 loss to border rival North Allegheny this past Wednesday dashed the Talbots' playoff hopes.

"The biggest challenge we had this year was losing last year's senior class," he said. "This year's senior class did not have the same level of varsity experience. Every game this group was in this year was brand new for them. When they were trailing for the first time in the first quarter, that was a new experience. The same with trailing late in the second half. This was all-new for these guys. We had seniors on the team, but we were very young."

What is encouraging is that seven of the players in the Talbots' 10-player lineup. One of those returnees is junior goalie Chris Geraud, who fired a 50-yard pass to a wide-open Dante DiBucci, who went on to fire a shot past North Allegheny goalie John Abbondanza with 9:56 left in the game. DiBucci, a sophomore, later added another goal just before time ran out. But it was that long pass from Geraud to DiBucci that energized the small, but vocal crowd.


Track: Hampton's Sloan emerging as WPIAL title threat

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Joe Koch profiles Hampton track standout Nate Sloan.

2014 0501 Hampton BTrack(Photo: Hampton's Nate Sloan, right, beats Seneca Valley's Brett Foster to the finish line to win the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:21 at the Mars Invitational last Friday. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"As the high school track and field season moves into the final month of competition, Hampton High School senior Nate Sloan has his sights set on some lofty goals forged during a solid season.

"I'm very pleased with how [the season] has gone," said this 18-year-old Hampton resident who already has signed a letter-of-intent to compete for the University of Pittsburgh in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track while pursing a degree in mechanical engineering. "Last year was a breakout season for me in track, and I'm excited with my times thus far and see how things go. I want to peak at the right time."

Hampton track coach Derek Brinkley said Sloan doesn't short-change himself or his team, either during practice or at meets.

"He has a very impressive work ethic, and he's probably the best boys runner I've ever coached," said Brinkley, who is in his 11th season as Hampton's coach. "He's always willing to try to get better, and he treats every day -- even practice days -- as a meet.""