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RAIDER FOOTBALL: Competition is keen for big Middletown squad

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The key word floating through the ranks of the Middletown Area High School football team in 2015 is “competition.” With approximately 55 players from grades 10, 11 and 12 suiting up for pre-season practices, there is a lot of competition going on as the players strive for starting positions.

Unlike several years in the past, there is little set in stone position-wise as the Blue Raider hopefuls take to the field to begin their grueling practice sessions, prepping for the new season.

And second-year Coach Brett Myers is very happy to deal with that.

“With the good numbers we have out, the veterans are now competing against other varsity players, not junior varsity players, this year,” he said. “There is a lot of competition all over the field for playing time. With competition you can only get better.”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:21

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BLUE-COLLAR BALL: Hard work and grit are Falcons' strengths again this season

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They're not flashy. No arsenal of gadget plays. No aerial circus on offense. Ask Coach Rob Klock to describe his Lower Dauphin football team, and he chooses the hardened adjectives and phrases typically used to describe the blue-collar existence.

Hard working. Tough. Players who hit the weight room religiously. A defense he calls "bend but don't break.'' A grinding ground game on offense.

"We're not an up-tempo team, but we're going to grind the ball,'' Klock said.

The Falcons have ridden their blue-collar philosophy to success in the past two years, winning the District 3 Class AAAA championship in 2013 – a 24-21 victory over Cumberland Valley – and reaching the semifinals in 2014. They're 22-5 over the past two seasons, thanks to a powerful running attack and a stalwart defense.

This season promises to offer more of the same.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 14:07

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BUTTING HEADS: Girls are suffering from concussions and other injuries in lacrosse, soccer and other sports. Are mandatory helmets the answer?

 

Decades ago, girls were warned not to become too ‘’mannish” by concentrating on athletics. “The modern girl is trying to do too much with [soccer],’’ scoffed A.W. Cunninghame, headmistress of Victoria College, in a Washington Post article published on Oct. 8, 1922. “Her charm, balance and poise will all be lost, and her dignity lowered if she endeavors to emulate man too closely.’’

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:09

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Middletown's Burton-Jones honored by national scholars' society

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A national society of scholars has honored Middletown Area high School student Ja'lynn Burton-Jones, the leading scorer on the girls' basketball team, for her academic achievements and community service.

The National Society of High School Scholars, of Atlanta, named Burton-Jones as a member based on her academics, leadership and commitment to the community.

"I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Ja'lynn has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,'' said Claes Nobel, founder of the society and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:22

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