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Lower Dauphin boys squad beats Pottstown

The visiting Lower Dauphin boys basketball team had little trouble at Pottstown on Dec. 30, winning 54-34.

The Falcons led only 22-20 at halftime but outscored the hosts 32-14 in the second half. Will Bowen scored 26 for Lower Dauphin and Brady Wilson added 16.

The Falcons visited Cedar Cliff on Tuesday night, Jan. 3. They will visit Mechanicsburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then play host to Palmyra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 10.

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Falcon girls finish third in their holiday tournament

The Lower Dauphin girls basketball team finished third in its holiday tournament, losing a heartbreaker to West York, 41-40, before topping Dallastown a day later, 40-18.

Grace Day had 19 for the Falcons in the opener Dec. 27, including four three-pointers, and Amber Schweiger added 11. Lower Dauphin couldn’t get the ball in the basket on their last possession, however.

In the Dec. 28 win, LD outscored Dallastown 26-10 in the second half. Paulina Malinen scored 17 points for the Falcons. Schweiger scored 9. Livi Friedrich had 8.

West York beat Greencastle-Antrim in the finals of the tournament, 52-24.

On Dec. 30, LD beat Middletown, 39-13. (See story, page B1)

The team played host to Cedar Cliff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and will play host to Mechanicsburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday. They visit Palmyra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Raider girls split two games

The Middletown Blue Raiders girls basketball team stands at 2-4 on the season and 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division after splitting games last week.

Bianca Jasper scored 22 points in Middletown’s 52-44 win at East Pennsboro on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in a Capital Division game.

The Blue Raiders jumped out to a 17-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back, leading the entire game.

Makaila Nester added 13 points for Middletown. Kate Fitzpatrick had nine rebounds to lead the team. The Blue Raiders made seven three-pointers.

Middletown was no match for Bishop McDevitt in another Mid-Penn clash on Friday, Dec. 23, losing 58-28.

Jasper once again led the team in scoring, with 13, and Nester added 7. But it wasn’t nearly enough as Middletown trailed 20-2 after the first quarter. They were outscored 18-10 in the second and 16-4 in the third to trail 54-16 going into the fourth, but outscored McDevitt 12-4 in the period.

The team played at Hershey on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and will travel to Lower Dauphin on Friday. They play at Camp Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and will play host to Donegal on Wednesday, Jan. 4 and Trinity on Friday, Jan. 6. All games are at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2016 16:03

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Blue Raider wrestlers top East Pennsboro, fall to Bishop McDevitt

The Middletown Blue Raiders wrestlers split a pair of matches last week, beating East Pennsboro 38-28 before losing to Bishop McDevitt 50-21.

The Blue Raiders are now 2-1 on the season. The team’s next action will be at the Governor Mifflin Tournament on Dec 28-30. 

ABEL BOTTERBUSCH EAST PENN FOR PJ  TWOAt 152 pounds, Abel Botterbusch of Middletown took down Kyle Bowser of East Pennsboro. The Blue Raiders visited an undefeated Bishop McDevitt Crusaders wrestling team on Thursday night, Dec. 22. Middletown’s Nathan Brady scored an impressive pin over McDevitt’s Thomas Jenkins at 132 pounds.  

Senior Abel Botterbusch scored his second big victory of the week, defeating Justin Piper 7-2 at 160 pounds.  

The Blue Raiders played East Pennsboro in their first dual match at the new high school on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

LoganAt 126 pounds, Logan Stoltzfus of Middletown beat Sam Mastrine of East Pennsboro by fall. Action started at 160 pounds. The Panthers won seven straight matches to take a 30-0 lead.  Middletown rallied back winning the final seven matches, including five pins and a technical fall.  Middletown was assisted by three unsportsmanlike conduct points being deducted from the visiting team. 


vs. East Pennsboro

160 pounds: Dillon Stuter (East Pennsboro) over Zachary Dailey (Middletown) (decision, 9-4) 

170: Matthew Danner (East Pennsboro) over Wyatt Smith (Middletown) (injury [time]) 

182: Robert Copp (East Pennsboro) over Zach Souders (Middletown) (major decision, 17-4) 

195: Austin Sipe (East Pennsboro) over Quincy Reinnagel (Middletown) (decision, 7-6) 

220: Anthony Pallotta (East Pennsboro) over Ethan Miller (Middletown) (fall, 2:44) 

285: Robert Schnarrs (East Pennsboro) over Salvatore Coretti (Middletown) (fall, 0:19) 

106: Adam Jacob (East Pennsboro) over Luke Fegley (Middletown) (decision, 6-0) 

113: Ryan Berstler (Middletown) over Noah Pritchard (East Pennsboro) (fall, 2:39) 

120: Christopher Joseph (Middletown) over Colin Reddick (East Pennsboro) (fall, 1:48) 

126: Logan Stoltzfus (Middletown) over Sam Mastrine (East Pennsboro) (fall, 0:42) 

132: Mason Stoltzfus (Middletown) over Jared Little (East Pennsboro) (fall, 0:27) 

138: Nathan Brady (Middletown) over Owen Mostoller (East Pennsboro) (decision, 9-3)

DEVIN MARTIN EAST PENN FOR PJDevin Martin battles Mason Winchester (East Pennsboro).145: Devin Martin (Middletown) over Mason Winchester (East Pennsboro) (technical fall, 17-2, 4:37) 

152: Abel Botterbusch (Middletown) over Kyle Bowser (East Pennsboro) (fall, 1:36) 

Three unsportsmanlike points were deducted from East Pennsboro.


vs. Bishop McDevitt

182 pounds: Elisha Cooksey (Bishop McDevitt) over Zach Souders (Middletown) (fall, 5:44)

195: Cole Nye (Bishop McDevitt) over Ethan Miller (Middletown) (fall, 2:41) 

220: Dray Donley (Bishop McDevitt) over Quincy Reinnagel (Middletown) (decision, 20-13) 

285: Michael Cross (Bishop McDevitt) over Salvatore Coretti (Middletown) (fall, 0.54)

106: Nate Smith (Bishop McDevitt) over Luke Feeley (Middletown) (technical fall, 22-7, 0:00)

113: Chase Shields (Bishop McDevitt) over Ryan Berstler (Middletown) (fall, 1:42) 

120: Christopher Joseph (Middletown) (forfeit) 

126: Mason Stoltzfus (Middletown) (forfeit) 

132: Bodee Tolbert (Bishop McDevitt) over Logan Stoltzfus (Middletown) (major decision, 12-4)

138: Nathan Brady (Middletown) over Thomas Jenkins (Bishop McDevitt) (fall, 0.48)

145: Jayden Johnson (Bishop McDevitt) over Devin Martin (Middletown) (major decision, 13-3)

152: John Pipa (Bishop McDevitt) over Joseph Spear (Middletown) (fall, 0:42) 

160: Abel Botterbusch (Middletown) over Justin Piper (Bishop McDevitt) (decision, 7-2)

170: Griffin Hanes (Bishop McDevitt) over Wyatt Smith (Middletown) (major decision,11-1)

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Middletown boys jump to 3-0

For the Middletown boys varsity basketball team, there was nothing better than owning a 3-0 record heading into the Christmas break.

After a season-opening win over Steelton-Highspire to start the week, the Blue Raiders followed with victories over East Pennsboro on Wednesday and Bishop McDevitt on Friday to kick off the delayed start to their season in style. 

3M1A3260Chris Plummer watches the ball at the hoop.While the games against Steel-High and East Pennsboro were Capital Division contests, giving the Raiders a 2-0 start in division, the matchup with McDevitt on Friday was not. 

The team is unbeaten in its new gym, and is scheduled to host a holiday tournament this week. 


Middletown 67, East Pennsboro 50

On Wednesday evening, the Blue Raiders faced visiting East Pennsboro and the game turned out to be yet another highly competitive matchup between a pair of longtime rivals. 

The Blue Raiders led by just three points at the end of the first quarter and by just 4 at the halfway point of the second. By halftime, however, the Middletown lead had grown to 9 and a strong final period allowed the Raiders to secure the 17-point victory. 

3M1A3083Luke Mrakovich drives vs. East Pennsboro on Wednesday, Dec. 21.The Raiders jumped out to a 5-0 lead on points by Ryan Hughes and Chris Plummer to start the game before the Panthers got on the board. After Hughes picked up a loose ball and scored to make it 7-2, the Panthers went back-to-back to cut into the lead. Plummer made one of two free throws to keep the Raiders ahead, but East Penn’s Onassis Neely tied the score 20 seconds later. A putback by Michael Mattes broke the tie. 

Following another tying basket by the guests, Tre Leach, Luke Mrakovich and Mattes scored 7 straight points to put the Raiders ahead 17-10. A late trey by the Panthers’ Mitch Henry cut the spread to three, 20-17, at the end of the period. 

The Panthers picked up four straight points from Nik Karoly and pulled to within two at the 5:30 mark of the second stanza, but East Penn would get no closer than that the rest of the way. Mrakovich drove inside for a basket and then converted a steal and assist from Tyreer Mills into a 28-22 lead at 4:35. Although the Raiders defense forced several turnovers during the balance of the period, the Middletown offense missed several chances to go up by double digits in the time span after connecting on just 3 of 8 foul shots in the last two minutes. But the Panthers struggled as well, and the home team was able to build a 36-27 advantage by the halftime break.

3M1A3181Tyreer Mills skies for a shot vs. East Pennsboro.The Raiders came out running to start the second half, and coupled with a solid defensive effort, the Middletown side ran off the first seven points of the third quarter to gain a 43-27 lead. Hughes led it off with a trey from a Mills assist, pushed in a follow off a teammate’s miss following a Panther turnover and then dished to Leach for another Raider goal at the 6:40 mark. That run gave the Raiders a 43-27 lead. Mrakovich went back-to-back following a Panther score to give the home team a 47-29 command. 

The Middletown defense held the Panthers at bay, and the lead was enough to absorb a late run by East Pennsboro. The third period ended with the Raiders up 50-42. 

The Panthers picked up some momentum to start the final frame when Braedon Fries pushed in a runner off a Raider miscue, but the Middletown side went on to score the game’s next 10 points. With the 60-44 lead, the Middletown squad outscored the Panthers 7-6 in the final 2:34 to secure the win. A late steal and basket by Plummer, followed by a putback by Kobe Sprecher with 23 seconds left, iced the victory. 


Middletown 78, Bishop McDevitt 70

When Middletown head coach Chris Sattele played his high school basketball at Palmyra, his coach was Mike Gaffey, who now leads the Bishop McDevitt program. 

The two have a great friendship along with a ton of mutual respect for each other. And, so, this nondivisional matchup pitted the two against one another. It is understandable, then, that the feelings were mixed on Friday at a nearly full Middletown gym. 

In the end, Sattele’s team won an exciting 78-70 game over the visiting Crusaders. As the two coaches matched basketball smarts, they watched as their respective teams put on a really good show for the bipartisan crowd. As it turned out, the outcome was not decided until the final minutes after McDevitt came charging back from an 11-point deficit to start the game’s final period. 

After making just 15 of 30 foul shots in their win over East Pennsboro on Wednesday, the victory over the Crusaders came down to free throw shooting. Mrakovich, who was held to just two points through three full quarters by really good defensive guard play by the Crusaders, made 9 of 10 foul shots in the fourth period and helped key the win. That clutch shooting, along with a terrific defensive effort led by Leach, Mills and Plummer throughout the game, turned out to be the saving grace. 

Hughes, who recorded a team-high 22 points for the Raiders, picked up 10 of his points in the opening period to lead Middletown to a 17-13 lead. After the Crusaders had gone ahead on five straight points by Ben Green (who also scored 22 points) Plummer’s putback, a layup by Mills off a McDevitt miss and a turnaround jumper by Hughes off a Leach assist gave the home team its four-point lead. 

Back-to-back goals by Hughes and Kyle Truesdale — both off Mills’ assists — expanded the Middletown lead to 21-15 with 6:22 left in the second stanza. The Raiders then cashed in on Crusader misses with a 9-0 run and a surprising 30-19 advantage with 3:12 left. Keyed by a pair of McDevitt turnovers in the final 15 seconds, another run from Leach, Plummer and Mills resulted in a 40-26 lead by the home team at halftime. 

That lead grew to 42-26 when Leach scored off yet another Mills assist at the 6:42 mark of the third period. McDevitt, however, scored six straight points to get back on track as the lead dwindled to 42-32. But the Blue Raiders answered with a six-point run of their own on goals by Plummer, Hughes and Leach to climb back up to a 48-32 lead with just under four minutes to play in the third. 

The Crusaders kept battling and managed to cut the difference to 11, 55-44, heading into the final frame. 

The lead narrowed to eight on a drive and foul shot by Green to start the final eight minutes. Things got a bit tense when Green’s triple cut the lead to five, 60-55, with 4:22 on the clock. But Mrakovich recorded his first field goal of the game at 4:07 and Hughes made one of two free throws at 3:45 to give the Raiders a little breathing room at 63-55. 

Mrakovich and Plummer answered baskets by the Crusaders and Leach sank a pair of free throws at 1:35 to make it a 10-point game. 

After McDevitt’s Luke Husic swished a trey that trimmed the lead to seven points, Leach made one of two foul shots at 1:19. In the final minute, Mrakovich and Hughes made 8-of-8 free throws to lock up the victory. 

“That was a great win for us,” Sattele said, happy that his team was able to make the important foul shots at the end that secured the triumph.  


Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2016 15:37

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