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Fort Hill's Liam Hamilton named Co-Offensive Player of the Year

Feb. 14—CUMBERLAND — Fort Hill sophomore Liam Hamilton was named a co-recipient of the Dr. Raul Felipa Offensive Player of the Year.

He shares the award with Allegany's Mason Salvadge. The award is chosen by the area coaches.

Hamilton is the third Sentinel to receive the honor and the first since 1998 when Steven Brett won. Mike Waltz, in 1993, is the other Fort Hill recipient.

It's the first time someone from a Cumberland school has won since 2018's Nick Fultz of Bishop Walsh. It also marks the first time a Cumberland public school won since Dakota Bierman of Allegany shared it with Haven Mackie of BW in 2012.

Hamilton has started both years on varsity and scored 13 goals with 11 assists this past season.

"He is the prototypical playmaker at the CAM (central attacking midfielder) position," Fort Hill head coach Zach Steckman said. "He is a quiet leader and competitor, letting his play do the talking. He is respectful and very intelligent on the field, he understands tactics that others do not, and he soaks everything in and continuously wants to improve."

Hamilton accounted for 24 of the Sentinels' 39 goals, about 62%. He recorded a hat trick against Southern and had four games with two goals.

Hamilton scored twice against Keyser, Bishop Walsh, Northern and Frankfort.

"He is attentive and vocal in film, he studies his opponents in person, and knows the scouting report," Steckman said. "I honestly felt his chances for this award were slim due to some of the firepower on offense in the area (and due to being a sophomore), but he is a great kid and talent and his 13 goals and 11 assists as a sophomore deserved to be recognized. I wanted to give him his chance because without Liam Hamilton, it's likely Fort Hill isn't 9-3."

He scored game-winning goals against Southern and Frankfort.

Hamilton recorded three assists in a game against Northern and two against Mountain Ridge.

"On the soccer field, Liam was the catalyst to our turnaround this year and the most valuable player in our attack," Steckman said.

Hamilton also competes in track and basketball. He also plays on Fort Hill's Unified Flag football team with the special education students while also competing year round in several travel sports.

Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.