Hempfield and Laurel win 2022 WPIAL Spirits Championships


Saturday 8 January 2022 | 19:39

Clean and crispy.

That’s what Laurel coach Jenn Horodyski wanted to see from her team’s performance when she stepped on the mat for the WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championships on Saturday at Hempfield.

She got that and more as Laurel delivered a no-deduction performance to get away with the WPIAL Class 2A Championship.

A year ago, Laurel had over nine points deducted from her score due to falls and jumps during the 2 minute and 30 second routine. These deductions prevented the Spartans from qualifying for the States. It didn’t happen again.

“Redemption. Yeah, and that feels good,” said Horodyski. “I never looked back to watch last year’s performance. I kind of stuck it out of my mind.

“We knew what we could do, and what cleaner and better we could do, and that’s exactly what we did today.”

It was the second WPIAL title in the past three years for Laurel, who was one of 15 schools to qualify for the PIAA Championships later this month in Hershey.

Hempfield closed the day with his second consecutive championship in Class 3A, edging reigning two-time state champion South Fayette by a tenth of a point.

“I’m not at all surprised,” Hempfield coach Suzy Meyer said of the close competition. “Everyone has gotten so good here. “

Eleven 3A schools have qualified for the PIAA Championships. Baldwin, Pine-Richland, Thomas Jefferson, Penn-Trafford, Norwin, Seneca Valley, North Hills, Plum and Butler joined Hempfield and South Fayette.

Tags: Hempfield, Hopewell, Laurel