Girls Basketball: Hampton hopes to right ship soon

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Hampton has faced three solid opponents in its first three games, and the Talbots hope the tough sledding will pay off.

The Talbots lost both games in the Seneca Valley tournament to the host school (63-55) and to Fox Chapel (57-42), which features Duke recruit Erin Mathias.

This past Tuesday, the Talbots fell to what likely is the top team in all of Class A girls basketball, the Vincentian Academy Royals. After holding a halftime lead, the Talbots fell to the Royals, 62-58. The Talbots then earned their first victory of the season this past Thursday with a 48-37 nonsection victory over host Mount Pleasant. Coach Mary Bukovac has an experienced -- but young -- team with just five seniors on the 14-player roster. The Rams host Highlands at 7:30 p.m. today.


Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Ryan Luther, Hampton

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Name: Ryan Luther
School: Hampton
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard-Forward

Background: Luther, a 6-foot-8 guard-forward, became Hampton's all-time leading scorer in Saturday's 74-34 win against Norwin. One of the most highly recruited players in this season's senior class, Luther signed with Pitt last month. Luther is a three-year starter and averaged 21.2 points per game as a junior. Hampton (2-0) is ranked No. 2 in WPIAL Class AAAA and is looking to make it to the WPIAL championship for the third season in a row.


Boys Basketball: Hampton looks to take another step

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Hampton boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"Ryan Luther's basketball resume is quite impressive.

A 6-foot-8 senior at Hampton High School, he is a two-time first-team all-section performer, a Post-Gazette Fab 5 selection last season and recently, a University of Pittsburgh recruit.

But there is still one thing missing from his list of accomplishments -- a WPIAL championship.

That could change this season, however, as the Talbots return four starters from last season's WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up.

"Maybe in the past we were content just to get [to the WPIAL championship game]," Luther said. "But not this year. Our goal is to win it.""



Hockey: Experienced Talbots off to fast start

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Hampton returned two PIHL all-star forwards and a veteran goaltender from its 2013 quarterfinal team, and that returning talent has helped the Talbots get a head start on the competition.

Hampton is 5-0 after its 9-0 victory Tuesday night against Plum. The Talbots have outscored their opponents, 30-10.

Junior Ethan Homitz and senior Zack Kosick have led the offense.


Boys Basketball: Hampton's Luther commits to Pitt

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Post-Gazette writer Mike White reports that Hampton basketball star Ryan Luther made a verbal commitment to Pitt on Thursday night. Click here to read his story.

"The Pitt basketball team got into the recruiting race for Ryan Luther a little late. But the Panthers ended up finishing first.

Luther, a 6-foot-8 senior guard/forward at Hampton High School and one of the top players in Western Pennsylvania, made a verbal commitment Thursday night to Pitt. Duquesne and Dayton were his other top choices and he also visited George Washington.

Pitt offered Luther a scholarship only last month.

"They recruited me lightly at the beginning, but toward the end of the summer they really picked up their recruitment," Luther said. "It's pretty hard to turn down a school I've liked since I was a little kid. The opportunity to play in your hometown and have your friends and family be at games is nice, and they have a great coach, great team and play in one of the best, if not the best, conference in the country.""