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HIGH SCHOOL TRACK: Raiders fall to East Pennsboro; five head to district championships

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Sprinter Kurt Dey won three events and field specialist Brianna Bennett won two as the Middletown boys' and girls' track and field teams lost to East Pennsboro on Tuesday, May 5 in Middletown.

Dey, Bennett and three other teammates – pole vaulter Scott Shaffer, sprinter Alexis Ulrich and javelin thrower Mackenzie Lombardi – qualified for the District 3 Class AAA track and field championships on Friday, May 15 at Saturday, May 16 at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:12

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Raiders throttle Spartans in season opener, 6-2


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The Middletown Blue Raiders boys’ soccer team started off the 2014 season on the right foot with a strong 6-2 win over Milton Hershey on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Middletown.

Middletown’s Bubba Finsterbush had a hat trick in the victory, the first of his career.

The Blue Raiders (1-1, 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) led at halftime 2-1, then tacked on another goal to take a 3-1 lead early in the second half . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:10

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1,000 THE HARD WAY: His journey to a milestone wasn't easy


Reaching 1,000 points is a coveted milestone for any basketball player in his career. For Anthony Wright, it almost didn’t happen.


AnthonyWrightPhoto by Noelle Barrett - Steelton-Highspire's Anthony Wright sports a haircut that commemorates his milestone.Not because the Steelton-Highspire basketball star didn’t have the passion or drive or talent.


Wright has held a basketball in his hands since he was 2 years old – and, for the most part, he hasn’t let go. But three years ago, he didn’t have a choice. He had to let go for a while.


Wright, who plays with everything he has until he has nothing left, literally did just that.


“He was playing for so many teams, playing in different leagues, and it just tore his body down,” his mother, Annesta Russell recalled. “Somewhere down the line, he got a bad strain of MRSA where it seeped into his bones.”


MRSA is a bacterium that causes severe infections. So it wasn’t just a question of whether or not Wright would pick up a basketball again, but whether he would see tomorrow, or the next day.


“To hear the doctors say, ‘There’s nothing else we can do, just keep him comfortable,’ as a mother, I was just, like, ‘no,’ ” Russell said. “They said he wasn’t going to make it. They said if he did, he might not walk again.”


The experience was scary for Wright, who spent four months in the hospital.


“I was just thinking, ‘Am I going to make it or not?’ ” Wright said. “It was just a blessing to make it out of there and accomplish the things I do now.”


Having MRSA not only took him away from the game, but away from his home. As a Steel-High freshman, Wright was a starter on the basketball team. But he moved to Central Dauphin School District after getting sick, and after the death of his grandmother.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 10:37

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Middletown girls are quick, but young

The Middletown girls basketball team squeezed into the District 3 Class AAA playoffs last season, claiming the 20th and final playoff spot.

This season, the young Blue Raiders will depend on freshmen and a sophomore to return to the playoffs.
Sophomores Jey Rivera and Halle Marion are the only starters returning on the nine-member Raider team, which depends heavily on young players.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 21:20

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Rollers flatten Millersburg, 21-0, reach Class A district final

Tyquan Walker ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns as Steelton-Highspire eliminated Millersburg, 21-0, in a PIAA District 3 Class A semifinal playoff game on Friday, Nov. 16 at Cottage Hill in Steelton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:23

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