Sellout expected for New Castle-Hampton

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New Castle vs. Hampton IV most likely will be Sellout IV.

New Castle will meet Hampton for the fourth time this season, playing in a Class AAAA quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. today at Bethel Park.

New Castle and Hampton played in the WPIAL title game two weeks ago in front of a sellout crowd at Palumbo Center. They also met twice in the regular season and the games were sellouts at Hampton and New Castle.

New Castle and Hampton received 1,200 tickets each Friday to sell at their schools. Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone wasn’t sure the school would sell all 1,200. Any tickets left over, as well as 300 more, will be put on sale at 1 p.m. today at Bethel Park. In the title game two weeks ago, a few hundred tickets were sold the night of the game. People started lining up a few hours before the tickets went on sale.

The game is being played at Bethel Park because other venues were not available. Bethel Park opened a new gymnasium in January 2012 and seating capacity is 2,450. But the gym also has a track above the seats that circles the facility and will accommodate people who have to stand.

Tim O’Malley, executive director of the WPIAL, said officials at Palumbo Center, Sewall Center, Slippery Rock University and Ambridge High School informed the WPIAL earlier this week that their facilities were not available today.

Mike White:, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh.

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