Boys Basketball: Hampton gets off to fast start

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Justin Criado profiles the Hampton boys basketball team.

"How do you replace the program's single-most productive player?

Simply put, you don't, but what Hampton basketball coach Joe Lafko lost in Ryan Luther, and his twin brother, Collin, he's making up in numbers this year.

"We graduated the all-time leading scorer in Hampton basketball history in Ryan Luther and Collin was also a four-year starter for us," Lafko said. "An advantage for us this year is some of the depth we're able to put out there. I think we can go at least eight deep and that will be a good rotation.""



Hockey: Hampton winning 'old style'

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Marky Billson profiles the Hampton hockey team.

2014 1211 Hampton Hockey(Photo: Hampton's Emmett Clark, right, skates away with the puck past Joe Sala of Erie Cathedral Prep during a PIHL game earlier this season. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"To fans of the movie "Slap Shot," the term "old-time hockey" summons up images of physical hockey from a long ago era.

But for Hampton's hockey team, the phrase defines the current system employed by the Talbots.

"We like to play 'old time hockey,'" coach Matt Ranallo said. "Play all three zones. Come out of defensive zones as a team. Come out and attack with support."

What "support" means is the players are asked to stay close as a unit, both on and off the ice."


Alumni Update - Caleb Smithco (Slippery Rock)

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Slippery Rock University men's indoor track and field team produced three NCAA provisional qualifying marks and 18 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship qualifying performances at the YSU Icebreaker Friday night at the Watson and Tressel Training Site and added another NCAA provisional mark Saturday at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala.


Caleb Smithco, a Hampton graduate, led all Rock athletes by winning the triple jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 14.76 meters.

The jump also broke the SRU indoor triple jump record of 14.64 meters that was set in 2011 by former Rock great, and current assistant coach, Terrece Draper. Smithco also surpassed the PSAC qualifying standard in the long jump with a leap of 6.50 meters.

The distance was good enough for fourth place Friday.




Hockey: Talbots enter break with nice win

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Hampton won’t play again until Dec. 11, so it will have a long time to think about its win over one of the top teams in Class AA.

The Talbots jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went on to beat Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-1, Tuesday night. The win improved the Talbots to 6-1-1, while the 2014 Class AA Penguins Cup runner-up Ramblers fell to 6-2.

As he has done all season, Ethan Homitz provided a spark up front with two goals to give him 14 on the season. That’s the third-highest total in Class AA.

Hampton’s goaltender, Sam Commendatore also climbed the leaderboard in wins with his sixth victory of the season. He is currently tied for second in the classification, one behind Shaler’s Vincent Evans. Evans and the Titans handed Commendatore his only loss of the season. 


Hockey: Despite key losses in personnel, Talbots stay strong

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Led by Zachary Kosick’s 41 points and Cam Raidna’s 13 wins and four shutouts, Hampton finished in the top five in the regular season in PIHL Class AA last season and advanced to the Penguins Cup semifinals before losing to Bishop Canevin.

Kosick and Raidna graduated, but the Talbots haven’t skipped a beat yet this season, remaining unbeaten (2-0-1) through three games.

Ethan Homitz, who was second on the team last season with 36 points, has started out hot this season. The Talbots forward has netted seven goals in just two games, including five in an 8-4 victory against a strong Armstrong squad.