Hampton gears up for homecoming
The upcoming annual Talbot Tailgate, homecoming game and homecoming court presentation make for a big weekend for the Hampton Township School District.
The tailgate kicks off the event on Oct. 13 at the middle school from 3:30 to 7 p.m., where there will be food, games and plenty of Hampton spirit.
It preps the crowd for the home game at 7 p.m. against West Allegheny High School.
“It's going to be a good game. I think they'll be ready,” said Bill Cardone, athletic director for the district, when discussing the football team.
Cardone expects a tough battle, as West Allegheny has one of the top programs in the WPIAL. The Indians were WPIAL Class 5A football champions last year.
“Our students are awesome at supporting the football team and the team feeds off the big crowds,” said Cardone.
With the game at the middle school, there will be a free shuttle bus from the high school to alleviate traffic and overcome limited parking, according to the district website. It will run from 3:15 p.m. to after the end of the game.
And since it's homecoming, he said there will be more community and alumni there to see the game, pregame, halftime shows and homecoming court, when the king and queen will be taking the field, he said.
High school teacher Kevin Green, the student council advisor, said the student body picked the 2017 homecoming court last week.
It includes: Jocelyn Coholich, Alison Collins, Rachel Hirst, Emily Januck, Mary Kerr, Jessica McGinley, Chloe Nelligan, Julia Powers, Hailey Pritts, Hannah Syglowski, and Julia Tush, Ross Andersson, Zach Barger, Ryan Bates, Brian Bongiovi, Joey Cafaro, Ted Donegan, Joshua (Andy) Kubay, James McDaid, Blaise Smith, Greg Susi, and Doug Wright.
Green said they will be recognizing the class of 1987.
“It's their 30th anniversary and we always recognize a class to come back and crown the king and a queen,” said Green.
He added the presentation will have a fall theme – the female court members will hold fall bouquets and the 1987 class will receive a dozen yellow roses.
The theme of the Homcoming dance the following night is “Evening in Paris,” said Green.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.