Written by Noelle Barrett
There were just too many hurdles for the Middletown girls’ basketball team when it faced off against Mechanicsburg in the Mid-Penn Conference semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The Blue Raiders tried to hang on in the final minutes of the game, but Mechanicsburg had already run away for the victory, handing Middletown a 51-35 loss.
“We took some time off at moments tonight,’’ said Middletown Coach Chris Hunter. “I was disappointed in that, but we did a lot of positives tonight, too. There were some times that we looked very good against the third- or fourth-best team in [Class] AAAA, so that was a positive.”
The first hurdle Middletown faced: the Wildcats’ height. Cecily Carl stands at 6-feet-3 inches tall, while teammate Hannah Brown stands at 6-feet tall.
It was enough to rattle the Raiders, as Carl and Brown dominated in rebounding and scoring from the inside. Carl led the Wildcats with 21 points, and Brown added 14 points.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 19:26
Written by Noelle Barrett
Looking for redemption after a loss to Bishop McDevitt the week before, the Steelton-Highspire boys’ basketball team pulled out all the stops in its rematch with the Crusaders during the Mid-Penn Conference semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Cumberland Valley High School.
The Rollers and Crusaders each took turns leading the game – neither held a lead of more than 7 points – but in the end Bishop McDevitt edged Steel-High, 81-78.
Foul trouble hurt the Rollers, with the Crusaders shooting 22-for-26 from the free throw line. Steelton-Highspire (17-6) nabbed 10 of 14 free shots.
“It really hampered us, especially in the first half,” Steel-High Coach Tramayne Hawthorne said. “In the second half, we couldn’t play the style of play that we like to play because there was so much foul trouble early.”
Anthony Ferguson earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Rollers. Jaki Haywood also scored 16 points, Anthony Wright posted 14 points and Jaki Bowman tallied 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Bishop McDevitt’s Dyllon Hudson-Emory and Justin McCarthur were the game’s leading scorers, each tallying 17 points, while Donte Vaughn scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
In the first quarter, the Rollers trailed slightly, but continued to keep pace with the Crusaders (22-1). Wright’s first points were two free throws halfway through the quarter, pushing him to a landmark: They gave him 1,000 career points.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 19:53
PIAA District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff game vs. West Perry, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Middletown Area High School.
PIAA District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff game vs. Lancaster Mennonite, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Lancaster Mennonite High School.
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PIAA District 3 Class AAAA first-round playoff game vs. Central Dauphin East, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at Central Dauphin East High School.
PIAA District 3 Class A first-round playoff game vs. Antietam, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Steelton-Highspire High School.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:17
Written by Jim Lewis and Noelle Barrett
When Nick Drawbaugh and Steven Cain visited Shippensburg University to consider a playing football there, they were impressed by the cheering crowd, the support the college, town and alumni give to the sport.
So it was an easy choice to make on National Letter of Intent Day for the pair and other high school student-athletes: The two defensive stars from last season’s Middletown Area High School football team signed with Shippensburg on Thursday, Feb. 6, two of six Middletown students who signed letters of intent with colleges to continue their sports career.
At Lower Dauphin, 12 student-athletes signed letters of intent during a ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 6, one of the largest senior classes to sign with colleges, said David Bitting, Lower Dauphin’s athletic director. Five of the students played with Lower Dauphin’s two-time state champion field hockey team.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:40
Written by Noelle Barrett
It was a night full of emotions as the Lower Dauphin girls’ basketball team suited up for its last home game on Thursday, Feb. 6. With the excitement in the crowd, the last home game for the seniors and TV cameras on the sidelines, the Falcons didn’t let pressure get the best of them – they defeated Cedar Cliff, 45-22.
“It’s an emotional night. I thought for Senior Night they played pretty well,” said Coach Bob Heusser. “It’s hard to control your emotions and excitement and so-forth…all the seniors did well for the type of night it was.”
For Lower Dauphin’s Erika Noss, the last home game of the season was motivation. The Falcons (12-10, 9-7 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division) did not qualify for the District 3 playoffs.
“I think it really motivated us and fueled us to play our hardest, and play our hearts out because it was the last time we were going to be playing on that floor,” Noss said.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:35