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TRACK AND FIELD: Raiders roll past Columbia, Steel-High

vault4 27 16Middletown's Abel Botterbusch soars over the bar to win the pole vault in this image captured by local photographer Jodi Ocker.

After struggling for victories in the past couple seasons, Middletown’s track and field program has claimed several wins this year – including a rare sweep at a tri-meet against Columbia and Steelton-Highspire on Wednesday, April 20 in Middletown.

The boys’ team defeated Columbia, 112-38, and Steelton-Highspire’s fledgling squad, 132-18, while the girls’ team beat Columbia, 111-28, and Steel-High’s small squad, 130-8.

The Blue Raider boys improved to 3-3, while the Raider girls improved to 4-2.

Middletown saw several athletes win two events.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:51

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BASEBALL: Raiders show improvement, beat Harrisburg during a 1-3 week

harperphoto4 27 16Brandon Harper struck out nine Harrisburg batters in his complete-game pitching victory over the Cougars (Photo by Jodi Ocker).

Last week turned out to be a very busy six-day stretch for the Middletown baseball team. The Blue Raiders played five games during the span and showed improvement despite three losses.

The week also included a win over Harrisburg and a suspended game in a second meeting of a double-header with Harrisburg, with the Raiders leading 13-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The game will be completed at a future date – if Harrisburg decides to do so. If not, it will be ruled a forfeit victory for the Raiders (3-10, 2-8 in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division).  

Middletown Coach Steve Shuleski noted his team’s improved play during the past two weeks and called the progress “baby steps” toward getting more competitive as the season approaches the final third of the schedule. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:35

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TRACK AND FIELD: Landis, Boes win two events as Blue Raiders split tri-meet

hurdles4 20 16Middletown's Chantel Boes, right, soars over a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles at Camp Hill. (Photo by Jodi Ocker)

Hunter Landis won two field events and Chantel Boes won two hurdle races to lead Middletown's track and field team to a split in a tri-meet with Camp Hill and West Shore Christian on Tuesday, April 12 in Camp Hill.

The Blue Raider boys (1-3) beat West Shore Christian, 120-25 – their first victory of the season – and lost to Camp Hill, 93-57 to earn a split. The girls (2-2) beat West Shore Christian, 105-36 and lost to Camp Hill, 80-50 to earn a split.

Landis won the discus with a throw of 144 feet, 3.50 inches and won the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 8.75 inches.

Boes won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.60 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.80.

Middletown claimed first place in both the boys' and girls' pole vault. Abel Botterbusch won the boys' pole vault with a vault of 10 feet, while Jess Knisely won the girls' pole vault with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches.

Middletown's Alexis Ulrich won the girls 200-meter run with a time of 27.60.

Landis and Boes led Middletown in Northern York High School's Arctic Blast Invitational on Saturday, April 16 in Dillsburg.

Landis took second place in the discus with a throw of 140 feet, South Western's Josh Zeroth claimed first place with a throw of 150 feet, 10 inches.

Boes took sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.05. South Western's Lynne Mooradian won first place with a time of 15.50, a meet record.

Boes and three other teammates took sixth place in the 4x100-meter relay. Boes, Ulrich, Jocilyn Koser and Rowan Sessa teamed for a time of 53.92. South Western won the event with a time of 50.78.

The Middletown girls finished in 15th place with seven points, while the Middletown boys finished in 13th place with 12 points. South Western won the girls' team title with 78.50 points over host Northern York (67.5 points), while York Suburban won the boys' team title with 79 points, with Northern York (68 points) and Camp Hill (68) tying for second place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:49

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BASEBALL: Raiders beat Trinity, fall to Palmyra, McDevitt

dintimanpic4 20 16Brendan Dintiman struck out five Trinity batters in three innings to record the victory.

Last week started off great for the Middletown varsity baseball team, as the Blue Raiders claimed their second win of the season in an 11-1 victory over visiting Trinity on Monday, April 11. But that early momentum did not carry over through the rest of the five-day stretch.

The Raiders came out on the short end of 10-0 decision at Palmyra on Wednesday, April 13, and dropped a 9-1 final to visiting Bishop McDevitt on Friday, April 15.

Brendan Dintiman picked up the pitching victory after going three innings on the mound for the winners. Dintiman had five strikeouts and gave up one hit and one unearned run before giving way to relief pitcher Noah Zimmerman, who started the fourth and fifth frames. Zimmerman struck out three and walked two in his two innings of relief.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:24

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SOFTBALL: LD scores 14 in fourth, beats Raiders, 15-0

webfans4 13 16These Middletown students needed blankets to stay warm during the Blue Raiders' softball game against Susquehanna Twp. on Friday, April 8 in Middletown (photo by Don Graham).

For three innings, the Middletown softball team stayed close to unbeaten Lower Dauphin and its star pitcher, Ava Bottiglia.

The Blue Raiders trailed just 1-0 and hoped to get a break against Bottligia, a force on the mound. Middletown (2-6, 2-4 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division) managed just two hits, by pitcher Gabby Krupilis and outfielder Cheyanne Frayre, and played errorless defense to stay in the game.

But the Falcons erupted for 14 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to beat the Raiders, 15-0 on Wednesday, April 6 in Hummelstown.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 16:39

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