Haupright selected for Big 30 game

Staff Writer

Hayden Haupright of the Ridgway Elkers was announced this week along with teammate Greg Simon to represent Pennsylvania at the Big 30 Charities Classic . They join teammate Robert Briggs who had been announced in March. Haupright was a huge part of the Ridgway defense. Rare for defensive nose tackles, he had an interception in both his senior and junior seasons. The Johnsonburg student also recovered a fumble as a sophomore. He had 10 solo tackles and was in on another 39 in 2019.
“Hauppy didn’t get anywhere near the credit he deserves when it came to all-star selections. He was a force to be reckoned with. In my opinion and in the opinion of our coaching staff he was a force that allowed our linebackers to roam freely and make big plays. Hayden drew double teams and sometimes triple teams that helped make big things happen for us. It’s an honor for him and I couldn’t be happier for him. I know he was a bit disappointed that he didn’t make any of the all-star teams. He’s quiet and would give you the shirt off his back but once he puts that helmet on I don’t think anyone wants to mess with him,” said Ridgway Head coach Mark Heindl who's assistant coaches Mikey Delhunty, Rick Viglione, Jack Kifer, and Tony Difillipi will be coaching the PA All-stars. Haupright (6’1”, 310-lbs) will be entering the workforce upon graduation. According to the latest Big 30 release, he has been on the High Honor Roll throughout school. His brother Justin played in the Classic in 2014. His most memorable moments were being part of the Elkers District 9 championship teams. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, playing with his dog and hanging out with his friends. His favorite NFL team is the Chargers and his favorite player is receiver Keenan Allen. The game is set for Saturday, Aug. 1 at Bradford's Parkway Field. This will be the 47th edition of the game that pits the graduated PA All-Stars against their New York state counterparts. Proceeds from the yearly game are donated to individuals in need and charitable organizations in the Pennsylvania counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, Potter and Warren, and Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautautauqua counties in New York.