Old versus new ... 1990 PIAA champs to take on 2010 PIAA champs
Sports fans love to try to compare teams from yesteryear to present day. How would the Steelers of the 2000s stack up with those teams of the 1970s? Wouldn't it be great if all those players could reconvene over a holiday weekend and dawn the pads and find out?
This Nov. 24, at 1 p.m., at Fridley Field, the 1990 PIAA champion Hampton Talbots soccer team will square off against the 2010 PIAA champion Hampton Talbots soccer team to see just which state champion is the best state champion.
“I'm sure many people remember the legendary Hampton boys soccer team from the fall of 2010,” said Mark Farabaugh, a local soccer dad. “That team won the section, WPIAL and PIAA Class AA championship. That team finished with a record of 25-1, the best record ever in Hampton boys' soccer history. What people might not know is that exactly 20 years earlier, another group of talented young men from Hampton accomplished almost exactly the same thing.
“The 1990 team was crowned PIAA co-champions with Great Valley. That state championship ended in a scoreless tie after numerous overtime periods. The 1990 team record stands at 25-1-1.”
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Talbots soccer program is a family, and both teams figured what better way to celebrate two great teams than get together with the community that followed them so avidly.
Mike Jones was the starting goalie for the 1990 squad, and in addition to earning the state title, his team squared off against the Class AAA PIAA champions Fox Chapel from that year during the regular season. The Talbots bested the Foxes, having them feel pretty good about the season as a whole.
Both squads have an impressive resume, and in the interest of fun and family, they are looking forward to playing the game.
“It is going to be fantastic,” said Bryan Margaria, a junior midfielder from the 2010 team. “I look forward to seeing the alumni and my old teammates. It will be great to see other kids I grew up with too.
“The 1990 team is working out and we both have a lot of good players. It will be a fairly serious game. We are all going to have fun and playing the older team will be cool.”
Keith Weinheimer was a senior on the 2010 team, and he said when Farabaugh put the word out, he was interested.
“Hampton has always had a good soccer reputation, and had a lot of success the last 20 years,” Weinheimer said. “I am really excited to see old friends and see if we still have it or not.
“I think we will pick up where we left off.”
While Farabaugh helped get the newer version of the historic Talbots tandem together, Jones said the power of Facebook helped bring the 1990 team back full circle.
The 1990 team is ready, and even will be supported by coaches Mark Perry, Jerry Hare and Brian Lesser. Even the team bus driver, Tom Rapp, will be at the game.
In addition to Jones, Kevin Jones, Chris Lesser, Tom Hahn, Sean Hauk, Chuck Kuba, Chris Shiring, Chris Condeluci, Graham Gerlach, Ed Child, Blair Gerlach, Bill McCabe, Jason Bujaky, Chris Rihn and Kevin Miles to represent the 1990s squad.
For the 2012 team, Weinheimer and Margaria will be joined by Matt Brodman, Erik Donatelli, Matt Doutt, Albert Efkeman, Adam Farabaugh, Grant Kovac, Tyler Kurkiewicz, Stefano Watch, Ben Wilt, Josh Gialanella, Stephen Mottola, Quay Sobotka, Justin Carter, Chris Delposen Zach Kocak, Grant Smith, Simon Stasko and Jeremy Taylor. Anthony Beilstein will be on hand to coach the 2012 team.
“Hampton has not had many state titles, so there has been talk of which team was better,” Jones said. “It will be a competitive, and fun to be together for the holiday weekend, I hope the community comes out.”
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.