Hampton Earns Several Bids to the Fall WPIAL Championships


Garrett Gess, Writer

Fall Sports for Hampton has had many new successes. Not only did the football team start 10-0, but Hamptons’ boys cross country, boys soccer, and volleyball teams have had their best season in quite some time to make it to the WPIAL Championship. Now all still have a chance to make this season even better.

Boys Cross Country: A handful of runners from Hampton will be heading east on I-76 to make the trip to Hershey for the PIAA Championships this Saturday. The Talbots won the 2A WPIAL Championship this year, and the top runners on the season were Jacob Bonner, Nathan Garrett, Dale Hall, and the Belch brothers. Hampton is in its second season back in 2A and placed 11th  at the WPIAL team championships last year. Getting to 1st place after being outside the top 10 just a year prior is a big testament to the hard work and training the cross country team put in for the summer offseason.

Boys Soccer: The Talbots will be competing in the 3A WPIAL Championship at the beautiful Highmark Stadium this Saturday. To get to this point, Hampton escaped with 1-0 victories over Moon and Franklin Regional. The Talbots will face West Allegheny for the WPIAL Championship. West Allegheny is currently 21-0, has a goal differential of 106-6, and is among the best soccer teams in the state, not just 3A. They will be Hampton’s toughest matchup by far, but the Talbots have already won several games against quality teams. Win or lose, both teams will make the PIAA 3A Tournament. The winner will play the winner of District 6 (Hollidaysburg), and the loser will play the winner of District 9 (Bradford).

Volleyball: Hampton will face off against their section rival Freeport in the 3A WPIAL Championship at Robert Morris University this Saturday. In the semifinals, the Talbots were down 2-0 as Plum gave Hampton all they could handle. The Talbots came storming back, winning the following three sets to punch their ticket to the championship. Hampton matches up very even against Freeport, making this game a tossup. In September, the Talbots hosted Freeport and won 3-2. In October, the Talbots went on the road to Freeport and lost 3-2. Hampton and Freeport will get to display who’s the better team on a neutral site and may even face off again in the PIAA tournament, depending on how the bracket shapes out.