Written by Jim Lewis
Kelly Schulenberger scored two goals, the second coming 2:25 into overtime, to give Big Spring a 3-2 victory over Middletown in the Blue Raiders' field hockey season finale on Monday, Oct. 13 at Newville.
Bailey Gojmerac and Karlee Deibler scored the goals for Middletown (4-14), with Riley Elhaj assisting on Gojmerac's goal.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:14
Written by Larry Etter
Middletown’s junior high football team has been on quite a roll during the past several weeks.
After posting an exciting 45-28 victory over East Pennsboro on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at East Pennsboro, the young Blue Raiders rallied from a 14-8 halftime deficit with a dominating second half that resulted in a big 34-14 triumph at Gettysburg the following week.
The Raiders completed their three-game sweep with a 44-0 rout of Palmyra on Thursday, October 16 in Middletown.
Coach Scott Pettis was pleased with the effort of his team in each of the victories, especially the first two when his charges responded to some adversity with second-half performances that turned the games around.
The East Pennsboro game contained just about as much excitement as one could hope for in a junior high football game. Assistant coach Adam Shaffer called it “the most exciting game I’ve ever coached in.”
The Raiders scored the first points of the high-scoring contest on their first drive of the game. Quarterback Blake Jacoby hooked up with Ryan Hughes on a 9-yard touchdown pass to cap a 50-yard march and Kyle Truesdale added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
A fumble recovery by the Middletown defense set up a second score. The Raiders' Tre Leach went up the middle from 5 yards out for the touchdown with 3:21 left in the first quarter.
After East Pennsboro scored with 1:46 left in the first, the Raiders struck quickly, this time on a dazzling 80-yard sprint by Tyreer Mills.
The Panthers scored early in the second quarter to make it a 19-14 game and then turned a Middletown fumble into the go-ahead points, 21-19, a minute later.
After a pass interception by the Panthers stopped the Raiders’ next drive, the Middletown defense returned the favor five plays later. Mills came up with the pick and raced 41 yards for a touchdown. Jacoby’s 2-point run gave the Middletown side a 27-21 lead.
But the Panthers responded and regained the edge at 28-27 just five plays later.
Not to be outdone, however, the Blue & Gold went back on top, 33-28, on a 63-yard TD pass from Jacoby to Hughes with 51 seconds left in the half.
Three plays into the third quarter, Truesdale intercepted a Panther pass and ran 49 yards to the end zone to push the Middletown lead to 39-28.
The Panthers would not score in the second half and the Raiders added one more tally, a 1-yard dive by Leach with 1:55 left to lock up the win.
Middletown 34, Gettysburg 14
Looking a bit flat early at Gettysburg, the Raiders picked up their game on both sides of the ball in the second half and romped past the host Warriors.
Gettysburg took the opening kickoff and marched down the field in 12 plays to take an 8-0 lead. But the Raiders answered with a long drive of their own that ended with a 19-yard touchdown reception by Mills in the first minute of the second quarter.
But the Warriors scored again and then held on for a 14-8 lead at halftime.
The Raiders came out of their funk right from the outset of the second half and used an 11-yard completion from Jacoby to Hughes and Truesdale’s kick to squeeze out a 15-14 lead.
A pass theft by Hughes stopped Gettysburg’s ensuing drive, and the Raiders turned the turnover into another touchdown. Again it was the Jacoby-to-Hughes connection, this time from 15 yards out that produced the points and a 21-14 lead.
Jacoby and Hughes were not done yet. The pair hooked up again two plays into the fourth quarter. After making the catch, Hughes made three cuts to avoid defenders on his way to the 65-yard touchdown run.
Led by the blocking up front by Gabe Wisniewski, Zac Souders, Joe Gusler, Logan Witmer and Brendan Douglass, the Middletown offense clicked in the second half. With 6:19 left in the gam,e Devin Martin dashed through a gap in the line, made a sharp cut at the Gettysburg 6-yard line and capped a quick drive with his 25-yard scoring run that put the game out of reach at 34-14.
A late pass interception by Middletown's Logan Greenfield ended any hopes the Warriors had of closing the gap.
Middletown 44, Palmyra 0
Visiting Palmyra was simply no match for the Middletown squad on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Middletown Area Middle School.
A pass interception by Martin on the first series of the game set the tone for a dominating defensive performance by the Raiders. Two plays after the interception, Mills raced 73 yards for the Raiders’ first score.
What followed was nothing short of remarkable.
Palmyra’s next three possessions all ended in interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, all three by Hughes. His first pick went for 83 yards, his second covered 43 yards and his third went for 61 yards. With 18 seconds left in the opening period the Blue Raiders had constructed a 30-0 lead and the visitors never recovered.
Martin scored on a 4-yard run to push the Middletown advantage to 37-0 with 6:39 left in the first half and Leach added a 55-yard touchdown run just before halftime to make it a 44-0 game.
Pettis substituted his troops freely in the second half, and the Raider defense completed the shutout with a solid effort during the final two quarters.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:10
Written by Jim Lewis
The Middletown Area girls' volleyball team won its last three games to end the regular season on a high note.
Middletown shut down Harrisburg, 3-0 on Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Middletown.
Mackenzie Lombardi had seven aces while teammate Sydney Alexander had 11 kills and Kassidy Deibler had two aces and five kills.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:06
Written by Bob Stone
Seven Sorrows won two of three games against Halifax it its regular-season finale on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Halifax. Now the Eagles' three teams in the peewee, midget and pony divisions all qualified for the league playoffs that begin on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The peewee division Eagles play Big Spring at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Big Spring High School. The Pony division Eagles play Susquenita at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Boiling Springs High School, while the Midget division Eagles play Boiling Springs at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Boiling Springs High School.
The Seven Sorrows Smurf division team played in the league's Smurf Bowl, a weekend championship tournament, where the Eagles made it to the third-place game.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:00
Written by Jim Lewis
Lower Dauphin's looming title showdown with unbeaten Bishop McDevitt has been moved from Friday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov. 1 because of power outages at McDevitt's new stadium.
The game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 31, will be played at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, a move made after outages plagued the school's year-old Rocco Ortenzio Stadium.
Power went out at the stadium, which opened in 2013, during Bishop McDevitt's game against Cedar Cliff on Friday, Oct. 10 – the Crusaders' Homecoming game, no less.
The stadium was struck by a couple temporary power outages during a game Sept. 12 against Cumberland Valley.
Lower Dauphin (6-1) is 3-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division, a game behind Bishop McDevitt (7-0, 4-0 in the division).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:29