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BOYS' TENNIS: Raiders beat E-town in season opener, 3-2

Middletown swept all three singles matches to defeat Elizabethtown, 3-2, in its boys' tennis season opener on Thursday, March 12 in Middletown.

Harry Kapenstein won the No. 1 singles match, rebounding from a first-set loss to beat E-town's Joel Hess, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and stake the Blue Raiders (1-1) to a 1-0 lead.

Middletown's Eric Belles won the No. 2 singles match, beating Connor Beck, 6-2, 6-0, while the Raiders' Matt Anthony won the No. 3 singles match, defeating Kenton Travis 6-2, 6-0.

Elizabethtown (0-1) swept two close doubles matches to make the score close. Jeff Grimes and Dan Husmann defeated Middletown's No. 1 doubles team, Garret Deyle and Travis Patry, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Connor Babinchak and Dean McBride beat Middletown's No. 2 doubles team, Connor Gambini and Blake Gill, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Palmyra 3,
Middletown 2

Palmyra swept the final three matches to beat the Raiders on Friday, March 13 in Palmyra.

Middletown took the top two singles matches. Kapenstein won the No. 1 singles match, beating Eric Lynn, 7-5, 6-3, while Belles won the No. 2 singles match, beating Ben Rusling, 6-3, 6-4.

The Cougars (1-0) won the No. 3 singles match when Eric Kohl defeated Anthony 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Palmyra swept the doubles matches for the victory. Juan Cruz and Campbell Graff beat Middletown's Deye and Patry,  6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 doubles match, while Adam Lerro and Quinn Marcus beat Middletown's Gambini and Gill, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in the No. 2 doubles match.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:06

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Middletown bowler wins shot at state high school title

Middletown bowler Eric Belles qualified for a shot at a state high school bowling title by finishing second in the Pennsylvania Eastern Regional Bowling Championships on Friday, March 6 at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster.

Belles is the second Middletown bowler to compete in the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships, which will be held on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata. Teammate Cole Kautz was the first, reaching the state championships last year.

Belles led all boys' bowlers after a five-game qualifying round with scores of 257, 269, 255, 206 and 225 for a pin total of 1,208.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:08

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: After 100 years, Rollers face Tamaqua, eliminate Raiders from playoffs

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The last time Steelton-Highspire played Tamaqua in basketball, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call from New York to San Francisco, Pluto was photographed for the first time and World War I was fought with zeppelins.

It was 1915, the final year of a three-year basketball rivalry between the schools – Steelton-Highspire was simply Steelton High School then – that the Rollers dominated, winning all three clashes. The final two losses were the closest games – both 17-point Steelton victories, 31-14 in 1915 and 34-17 in 1914.

One hundred years later, the Rollers faced Tamaqua once again. But this wasn't your grandfather's Steelton-Tamaqua rivalry that opened the Rollers' foray into the PIAA Class AAA championships.

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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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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.


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