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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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SOFTBALL: Panthers rip Raiders, 3-2, on home run

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Kayla Warhola hit a two-run double and Middletown out-hit Central Dauphin East, but the Blue Raiders lost, 3-2 to the Panthers on Senior Day on Tuesday, May 5 in Middletown.

Lexi Huffman hit a 3-run home run for Central Dauphin East (12-8, 9-7 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division) in the third inning, then held off Middletown (4-14, 4-12).

Susquehanna Twp. 7, Middletown 0

Chayanne Frayre went 2-for-3 in Middletown's loss to Susquehanna Twp. (10-11, 8-8) on Thursday, May 7 in Susquehanna Twp.

Bishop McDevitt 11, Middletown 1

Frayre drove in the Raiders' only run in their loss to the Crusaders (13-6, 11-5) with a triple that scored Hall and pulled Middletown close, 3-1 in the third inning.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:03

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BOYS' VOLLEYBALL: Falcons beat Palmyra, but miss district playoffs

Zach Nugent and John Davis recorded five kills and teammate Chase Mader made 15 digs to help Lower Dauphin to a 3-1 victory over Palmyra in boys' volleyball on Tuesday, May 5.

Craig Zemitis recorded 16 assists, Ivan Amato served three aces and Jefferson Waters recorded four kills in the victory.

The Falcons (9-6) won the first two sets, 25-14 and 27-25, before losing the third set, 25-19. But Lower Dauphin pulled away from the Cougars (4-11)in the fourth set and won, 25-12.

Dallastown 3, Lower Dauphin 1

Zemitis recorded 27 assists and Dylan Oum made 15 digs, but the Falcons lost to Dallastown in York County.

Dallastown (8-6) took the 10th seed in the 12-team District 3 Class AAA boys' volleyball championships in Friday, May 14. The falcons finished in 15th place in the district's power rankings.

Nugent had seven kills and three blocks, while teammate Tommy Bowen had eight kills and one ace and teammate Tyler Maiman had 12 digs and three kills.

Dallastown won the first two sets, 25-15, 25-15, but Lower Dauphin bounced back to win the third set, 25-18. Dallastown took the fourth set, 25-10.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 16:52

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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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