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Hampton to induct 6 into Athletic Hall of Fame

| Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

During Jim Anderson's senior year on the Hampton High School football team more than 50 years ago, he helped make a play that ensured a win over the then undefeated Oakmont High School team.

Facing a 0-0 tie with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Oakmont intercepted a lateral pass made by Hampton for a touchdown. Anderson blocked the kick for the extra point.

Hampton took the ball and ran 10 plays to score a touchdown and then kicked the extra point for a 7-6 win over Oakmont.

“It was the biggest game Hampton ever played in,” said Anderson, of Hampton. “Ten-thousand people at that game that night ... under temporary lighting.”

This month, Anderson and five other athletes will be recognized for their athletic accomplishments by being inducted into the Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame.

“It's been so long ago it's hard to fathom,” Anderson said of being recognized 59 years after he graduated. “It's nice.”

This year's inductee class includes Anderson, Class of 1955; Dave Howell, Class of 1971; Jodie Luther, Class of 2008; Matt Madia, Class of 2009; Steve Risnear, Class of 1983; and Dave Robinson, Class of 1966.

In addition to lettering all four years in football, Anderson also lettered three years in basketball and track and field.

Howell lettered three years in baseball, and two years in football and wrestling. He was captain and MVP in football and baseball in 1971.

Luther lettered four years in basketball and was team captain in 2007 and 2008 and MVP in 2007. The team was section and WPIAL champions in 2008. Luther was leading scorer in 2008 and eclipsed 1,000 points in her high school career. She also was the valedictorian of the Class of 2008.

Madia received three varsity letters in basketball. He led the team in assists in 2008 and 2009 and was the leading scorer in 2009. Madia was team captain in 2009 when the team won the WPIAL and section championships as well as being a PIAA semi-finalists.

Risnear received varsity letters for three years in wrestling. He was named Athlete of the Year in 1982 and was part of the Section 4 team champions and WPIAL Champions in 1983.

Robinson excelled in football, wrestling and track and field. The Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame committee members have been unable to locate a current address or phone number for Robinson.

Athletes must be nominated to be in the Athletic Hall of Fame and be at least five years post Hampton High School graduation unless the nominee was a coach. The nominations are reviewed and voted on by a committee of nine people.

The six athletes were scheduled to be recognized during a pre-game ceremony at the Sept. 5 football game against Indiana, and all Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were scheduled to be officially inducted during a dinner reception at Treesdale Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 6.

“I just think of the accomplishments that they have provided the school district with, not only on the field but off the field,” said Bill Cardone, athletic director. “They were good athletes and good academicians.”

“I pretty much know all these people personally and it provides a sense of community pride to come back and see what has transpired from when they played here. Some played on a grass field at Fridley Field.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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