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MAHS bowling drops matches to Mechanicsburg

 MG 8690Mitch Carson rolled a 214 game last Thursday vs. Mechanicsburg at ABC East Lanes.

 The Middletown varsity bowling team lost both games to Mechanicsburg on Thursday night at ABC East Lanes. Their season record stands at seven wins and 11 losses. 

Cody Brunner was high on the team with a  250 game and a 195 game for a two-game set of 445.

Mitch Carson rolled a 214 game.

Other members that have bowled on varsity are Caleb Orner, Logan Dibert, Mason Davis and Justin Srogota.

 MG 8689Caleb Orner

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:56

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Raider wrestlers split with Lower Dauphin, Trinity

At 132 pounds, Middletown’s Nate Brady earned a 9-3 win over Daniel Kosinski on Thursday, Jan. 5.At 132 pounds, Middletown’s Nate Brady earned a 9-3 win over Daniel Kosinski on Thursday, Jan. 5.

The Blue Raider wrestlers split a pair of meets last week.

Middletown, now 3-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division and 3-2 overall, will play host to Palmyra at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, and travel to Annville-Cleona for the Dutchman Duals on Saturday, Jan. 14.


Lower Dauphin 35, Middletown 25

On Jan. 4, the Middletown varsity wrestling team visited Lower Dauphin (2-1). 

Action started at 160 pounds, where Middletown senior Abel Botterbusch would give Middletown an early 6-0 lead by pinning LD senior David DeNotaris.

LD would quickly gain the momentum and a 24-6 lead by scoring wins in the next six weight classes. At 170 pounds LD’s Etwarth Bernal-Noriega would score a 7-0 win over Middletown’s Wyatt Smith. At 182 pounds, Zach Souders would drop a close 5-2 match against LD’s Gannon Ulrey. At 195 and 220 pounds, LD earned back-to-back pins with LD Junior Brendan Shaffer defeating Middletown freshman Quincy Reinnagel and LD senior Hunter Harnish defeating Middletown sophomore Ethan Miller. 

LD also would earn wins at 285 and 106 with Kyler Wuestner defeating Tariq Potter 7-0 and Jacob Vale defeating Luke Fegley 6-1. 

With the team score now at 24-6 in favor of LD, Middletown would respond by winning the next five matches and taking a 25-24 lead. Ryan Berstler scored a 10-2 major decision win over LD’s Sean Donnelly at 113 pounds. Middletown freshman Mason Stoltzfus pinned LD’s Carlos Merced at 120. At 126 pounds, Logan Stoltzfus defeated LD’s Tyler Walters by a score of 7-3. Middletown sophomore Nate Brady would earn a 10-4 win over senior Cody Wagner at 132. At 138 pounds Middletown junior Devin Martin would earn an impressive 9-6 win over LD’s TT Elhajj, and would give Middletown the lead with two matches remaining. 

The Falcons would prove to be too strong for the Blue Raiders with Clayton Ulrey scoring a pin over Middletown’s Zac Dailey at 145 and Christian Vaughn scoring a technical fall over Joey Spear to give the Falcons their third win of the season.


Middletown 63, Trinity 15

On Jan. 5, the Blue Raiders hosted the Trinity Shamrocks. 

Trinity would give up a forfeit to Abel Botterbusch at 160 pounds, giving Middletown a 6-0 lead. At 170 pounds Middletown senior Wyatt Smith earned an impressive pin over Trinity's Christian Cirelli. 

Trinity would give up another forfeit to Middletown's Zach Souders at 182 pounds, bringing the Middletown lead to 18-0. 

Trinity would respond by winning the next three matches and earning their only points of the evening. At 195, Trinity senior Colten Drawbaugh pinned Middletown freshman Quincy Reinnagel. At 195, Middletown’s Ethan Miller would also lose by pin at the hands of Trinity's Colby Rigg. At 285 pounds, Trinity’s Maximus McMurray would get the better of Tariq Potter by a score of 7-1.

With the team score now at 18-15, the Blue Raiders would pull away to a 63-15 win. 

Blue Raiders Luke Fegley (106), Ryan Berstler (113), Mason Stoltzfus (120) and Logan Stoltzfus (126) would each earn wins by forfeit. bringing the team score to 42-15.

At 132 pounds, Middletown’s Nate Brady would earn a 9-3 win over Daniel Kosinski. Middletown's Devin Martin would receive another forfeit at 138 pounds, pulling the Blue Raider lead to 51-15. Middletown would seal the victory in impressive fashion with freshman Joey Spear pinning Derek Borza at 145 and Zach Dailey coming from behind to earn an exciting third-period pin over Brian Bodle at 152 pounds.

Zach Dailey came from behind to earn an exciting third-period pin over Trinity’s Brian Bodle at 152 pounds on Thursday, Jan. 5.Zach Dailey came from behind to earn an exciting third-period pin over Trinity’s Brian Bodle at 152 pounds on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:12

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Blue Raider girls go 1-2 for week

 MG 8563All five Middletown Blue Raiders go after the ball vs. Donegal on Jan. 4. No. 1 is Bianca Jasper, 2 is Makaila Nester, 3 is Jordyn Dupes, 4 is Katie Fitzpatrick, and 5 is Jocilyn Koser.

Like the Blue Raiders boys basketball team, the girls won one and lost two in action last week.

The team stands at 4-8 on the season and 1-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division.

The team visited West Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 10. It will travel to Annville-Cleona on Thursday, Jan. 12, and then go to Milton Hershey on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Both those games are at 7:30 p.m.


Camp Hill 64, Middletown 53

Camp Hill jumped out to a 26-13 lead after one quarter and Middletown couldn’t recover in a 64-53 loss on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Three Blue Raiders scored in double digits. Bianca Jasper, fresh off scoring her 1,000th career point the week before, led the way with 18. Katie Fitzpatrick added 15, and Makalia Nester had 10.

Middletown outscored Camp Hill in quarters two through four, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 13-point deficit.

Diamond Bragg scored 24 points for Camp Hill.


Middletown 60, Donegal 55

Two Blue Raiders reached the 20-point mark in a 60-55 home win Wednesday, Jan. 4 vs. Donegal.

 MG 9168Makaila Nester drives from the outside for a shot vs. Trinity.

Bianca Jasper had 24 and Katie Fitzpatrick added 20 to lead Middletown.

The home team trailed by a point entering the fourth period but outscored the visitors 17-11 to secure the win.

Makaila Nester added nine points.


Trinity 40, Middletown 36

Katie Fitzpatrick continued to be a standout for the Blue Raiders, scoring almost half her team’s points in a 40-36 loss to Trinity on Friday, Jan. 6.

Fitzpatrick had 15 as Trinity held Bianca Jasper to just four points.

The game was tied at 26 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Shamrocks outscored the Blue Raiders 14-10 in the final period.

Makaila Nester had six points, all on three-pointers, and so did Jocilyn Koser, who also hit two three-pointers. Jaelynn Keller added five points.


 MG 8509Bianca Jasper goes in for two points under the basket.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:38

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Middletown boys suffer first two losses of the basketball season


The new year started off great for the Middletown boys basketball team as the Blue Raiders won their sixth straight game with an impressive 83-67 victory over visiting Camp Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

But the unbeaten string was broken Wednesday in a non-league loss at Spring Grove. The Raiders suffered another setback Friday at Trinity to slip to 6-2.

With head coach Chris Sattele missing the first two games because of illness, the Raiders were led by assistant coaches Matt Klinefelter, Dave Coffey and Aaron Lupia. They turned in a good start-to-finish effort in the win over Camp Hill and followed with an exciting but tough loss at Spring Grove. Sattele returned for the Trinity game, but the host Shamrocks simply had too much firepower on their home court as they ran their unbeaten record to 10-0.

The Raiders were scheduled for three games this week, against West Perry on Tuesday, Annville-Cleona on Thursday (both at home) and Mifflin County at Lower Dauphin on Saturday, aiming to get back on the winning track.


Middletown 83, Camp Hill 67

Except for a brief time late in the first period, the Blue Raiders led the Capital Division matchup throughout against the visiting Lions on Tuesday. Luke Mrakovich scored a game-high 24 points, Ryan Hughes added 21 and Tre Leach chipped in 15 to lead the Middletown offense in the win. 

Camp Hill picked up a combined 51 points from Zach Kuntz, Darien Perez and Casey Caruso in the loss.

Leach’s foul shot and Chris Plummer’s putback gave the Raiders a 3-0 lead to start the game. Kuntz’s dunk got the Lions on the scoreboard but a triple by Mrakovich 20 seconds later made it a 6-2 lead for the home team.After Camp Hill rallied to take a 14-13 lead later, the Raiders scored the last six points of the quarter on goals by Hughes, Tyreer Mills and Leach to go back in front 19-14 heading into the second stanza. The Middletown squad would not trail again in the game.

A 16-13 scoring advantage in the second quarter led the Raiders to a 35-27 lead at halftime. Sub Kyle Truesdale assisted on another trey by Mrakovich and then added his own goal off an offensive rebound to push the Raiders to a 31-22 lead with 2:21 left. Michael Mattes’ follow with one second left gave the home side the 35-27 cushion at the break.

In the third quarter, the Blue Raiders put the game away with a 27-16 scoring advantage on their way to a commanding 62-43 lead to start the final frame. Leach collected nine of his points in the period as six players added points in the romp. 

The 6-foot-7 Kuntz led the Lions with eight points, but the Raiders rebounded well and took advantage of several Camp Hill turnovers to build on their lead. Hughes, Mills, Chris Plummer, Mrakovich and reserve Kobe Sprecher added points in the dominating period.

The Raiders expanded their lead to 65-43 to start the final frame and from that point on it was simply a matter of maintaining control. Camp Hill ended with a slight edge in scoring after that, but the big Middletown lead held up as the Raiders closed out the victory.

Spring Grove 79, Middletown 77

The Blue Raiders ran into a good Spring Grove team on Wednesday in York County and fell victim to the Rockets, who were led by Eli Brooks, a phenomenal player who scored 39 points in the win.

The Blue Raiders trailed throughout the game and found themselves on the short end of a 55-41 score early in the final period. But the Middletown side, led by an outstanding effort by Plummer on both ends of the court, rallied in the game’s last seven minutes and had a chance to win in the final seconds. A last-second shot by Hughes just missed the mark and the Rockets held on for the win. 

Brooks, limited to seven points in the first half, exploded for 15 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth to keep the Rockets ahead as the Blue Raiders tried to rally. 

A slow start pushed the Raiders into an early 6-0 hole and the first period ended with the Middletown side down 17-11. 

Games in York County have not been the best for Raider teams in the past, and this one showed all the signs of yet another difficult road trip.

As they tried to adjust to the way the game was being called, the Blue Raiders struggled on both ends of the court. Hughes scored six of his 17 points in the second stanza, but the Raiders registered just 10 total in the 8-minute span. Fortunately, the Middletown defense did a good job keeping the Rockets in check as well, and the first half ended with Spring Grove holding onto a 27-21 lead.

Leach closed the gap to 27-23 to start the second half, but Spring Grove answered with a triple by Jake Messersmith. The Raiders pulled closer again on back-to-back goals by Leach and Hughes and then pared the lead to two, 39-37, on Mrakovich’s pullup jumper with 3:25 left in the third quarter. But Brooks collected 11 of his points in the last two minutes to spot the Rockets a 51-41 advantage heading into the last period.

After the Rockets opened up the final quarter with a 4-0 run, it appeared as if the Raiders were done. But Plummer and his teammates were not ready to quit, even though their hosts had climbed up to a 59-47 lead with six minutes left. The Raiders defended well the rest of the way and the offense staged a terrific rally that chipped away at the Spring Grove lead. Hughes, Plummer, Truesdale and Leach converted chances on the offensive end and cut the Rockets’ lead to six, 69-63, with 2:56 left. Brooks, getting help after Leach had fouled out with 2:08 on the clock, scored five straight for the Rockets to push the lead back up to 74-63 with 1:40 left.

Still, the Blue Raiders would not fold. Mrakovich drilled a triple at 1:01 and Hughes followed a pair of missed foul shots by the Rockets with a driving layup with 45 seconds to go. Two missed free throws by Brooks left the door open, and the Raiders took advantage with another trey by Mrakovich with 26 seconds on the clock.

After Brooks made one of two free throws, Hughes drove to the hoop and cut the lead to 79-77 with eight seconds left.

Another pair of missed foul shots by the Rockets gave the Blue Raiders one last chance to pull out either a tie or a win. 

But Hughes’ off-balance jumper with the clock winding down hit the side of the rim instead, denying the Raiders the successful rally.

Trinity 66, Middletown 47

It has been quite some time since the Blue Raiders last recorded a victory on Trinity’s home court, and this much-anticipated Capital Division showdown ended like so many others as the Shamrocks turned away the Middletown side once again in a 66-47 win. 

Austin Gilbertson and Timmy Edwards teamed for 44 points and the Shamrocks outscored the Raiders in three of the four quarters to secure the win.

The teams each registered 12 points in the third period. Plummer collected 13 points and Hughes added 12 in the loss.

Unbeaten Trinity got off to a typical fast start with an early 5-0 lead that grew to 9-2 midway through the opening period. The first quarter ended with the Shamrocks in control at 21-10.

The Blue Raiders, led by Plummer’s eight points, registered 17 in the second period but Trinity, behind Gilbertson’s eight, scored 19 on its way to a 40-27 halftime lead. The Shamrocks held the 13-point spread by the end of the third quarter as the teams each collected a dozen markers.The Raiders did not have one turnover in the segment but shot just 5 for 15 from the floor.

After Trinity’s Jack Bucher opened up the final frame with back-to-back baskets, Hughes and Mrakovich scored five straight to give the Raiders a lift. But, after cutting Trinity’s lead to 56-44 in the run, the Middletown side went scoreless over the next three minutes as the Shamrocks padded their lead.

Down 63-44 with 2:57 left, the Raiders picked up a pair of points on a driving layup by Sprecher. But that ended the Middletown scoring for the night. The Raiders hurt themselves at the foul line, making just 4 of 17 free throws in the game. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:40

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Falcon boys split games, stand at 6-4 on season

The Lower Dauphin boys basketball team split a pair of games last week and stand at 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division.

The team played host to Palmyra on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will welcome Red Land at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 before traveling to Hershey at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Lower Dauphin 63, Cedar Cliff 55

Brady Wilson scored 19, including two three-pointers, and Will Bowen added 12 in the road win on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Jackson Becher scored 10.

A 21-10 edge in the second quarter was the difference in the game.


Mechanicsburg 39,  Lower Dauphin 32

Lower Dauphin scored 16 points in the first three quarters combined and then exploded for 16 in the fourth quarter alone, but it wasn’t enough to beat the homestanding Mechanicsburg squad.

The Falcons shut out Mechanicsburg in the third quarter but scored only five points themselves. 

Mechanicsburg had 20 points for the game going into the fourth quarter, but scored 19 in the fourth to seal the win.

Brady Wilson had 15 for Lower Dauphin. 

Will Bowen added eight.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:00

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