Hampton boys basketball jumps to Quad-A
By Jerry Clark
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
After playing for the WPIAL Class AAA championship in three of the past four years, the Hampton boys basketball team is making the move to Quad-A.
Not only are the Talbots jumping to the bigger classification, the team is jumping into the Quad A Section 3, arguably one of the toughest around.
Hampton may be entering a difficult section, but the team is armed for the battle ahead.
The Talbots primary weapons will be a pair of Division I prospects in Collin and Ryan Luther.
“Ryan is our scoring leader from last year ,and he has continued to develop his game,” coach Joe Lafko said. “Collin is our second leading scorer, and he plays the inside out.”
David Huber is a returning letterwinner who puts in a lot of work as is Joey Lafko, who has developed his game in the offseason. Jon Floss is another letterwinner who will see some starts early for Hampton.
Seniors Tommy Radzminski and Jake Adams are letterwinners from a season ago, and Jack Obringer is a 5-foot-11 junior who developed a lot this summer and figures to make an impact. Richard Ford is a 6-3 senior who will figure into the mix as will 6-1 Trace McConnell, who's good with screensand rebounds, according to Lafko. Guard Hayden Seserko is a good shooter, and guard James Edwards is one of the best freshmen in the WPIAL, according to Lafko.
“We have quite a few contributors and will rely on our depth at the Quad-A level,” Lafko said.
Pat Murry, Jack Morrison and Nathan Hyre are good players who battle in practice, and the competition in practice makes everybody better Lafko said.
“I can see three or four teams from this section being ranked in the top 5 at any point during the season,” Lafko said. “We will be challenged every single night. Every game, every possession will be more meaningful.”
Lafko likened the section schedule to the championship runs his team has made in recent years.
“We face all good teams, and we will be battle-tested,” Lafko said. “It will be fun for the fans and nerve-wracking for the coaches.”
The Talbots will rely on quickness to earn win.
“We have to run the floor and create pressure,” Lafko said. “We have eight Friday night home games. I look for sellouts as the local fans come to see us compete in a different section.
“We have to bring our game every night out, and we have to be ready.”
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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