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EMPTY-HANDED: Raiders work hard, but drop three games

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Three good efforts showed promise but simply were not quite good enough for the Middletown boys’ basketball team. Instead, the Blue Raiders suffered through a winless streak in last week’s basketball action.

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Raiders (1-4, 0-2 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) worked hard from start to finish but fell short in a 51-39 loss to visiting Trinity.

The next day, Middletown had victory in its sight but let it slip away, as Columbia rallied in the fourth quarter to steal a 65-60 win in Middletown.

And on Friday, Dec. 12, the squad saw a good first-half performance fall by the wayside in the second half as Milton Hershey dominated the final two periods to outdistance the Raiders, 76-51.

Despite the losses, Middletown Coach Chris Sattele could not fault the efforts of his team thus far in the new season.

“The kids really work hard and don’t quit,” he said.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:45

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Raiders beat Spartans thanks to big night by Burton-Jones

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Jalynn Burton-Jones scored 23 points and Bianca Jasper added 13 as Middletown defeated Milton Hershey, 52-36 on Friday, Dec. 12 at Middletown.

The Blue Raiders (4-1, 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) stormed to a 33-16 lead at halftime and never looked back.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:41

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Raiders fall to LD, Hershey in high school wrestling

The young Middletown Blue Raider wrestling team dropped two divisional dual meets to rival Lower Dauphin and Hershey in its first full week of the season.

Middletown lost to Lower Dauphin, 59-10 on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Hummelstown, as the Falcons started with two pins by Joey Stoak and Lee Cassell at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively.

The Blue Raiders (0-3, 0-2 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division) got on the board at 145 pounds when Corbin Stetler won by decision over Lower Dauphin's Christian Vaughn, 7-3.

But the Falcons won the next seven matches to push their lead to 53-3.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:38

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JUNIOR HIGH WRESTLING: Raiders rebound to beat LD, Hershey

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After dropping a tough match to Boiling Springs, 53-42, on Tuesday, Dec. 9 to open its season, the Middletown junior high wrestling team rebounded with two strong performances in a 51-37 victory over Lower Dauphin and a 63-21 win over Hershey.

Mason Trexler gave the Blue Raiders (2-1) an early lead with a 3-point decision at 90 pounds in their victory over Lower Dauphin on Thursday, Dec. 11 at Hummelstown.

After Middletown suffered losses at 95 and 100 pounds, Joey Spear got the Raiders a quick pin at 105 to tie the score, 9-9.

The Raiders gave up another pin at 110 pounds, and bumped up Nathan Brady to 115 to face Lower Dauphin's Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling place winner, Clay Ulrey. Brady gave a gutsy performance and held Ulrey to a 4-point decision.

Mason Stoltzfus, a 7th-grader, was also bumped up a weight class, where he defeated LD freshman Adam Hoy.

After giving up a pin at 130, the Raiders got back on track, earning 6 points from Zach Souders at 138 pounds, team captain Gabe Flasher at 145 pounds and Quincy Reinnagel at 155 pounds.

A few forfeits on both sides gave Middletown a 42-37 lead with two matches to go.  Strong performances by Maxx Trexler at 85 pounds and team captain Ryan Berstler at 90 sealed Middletown’s victory.

The Raiders’ win at Hershey on Saturday, Dec. 13 was also impressive.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:19

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Students of the Month: Lower Dauphin High School for November


Victoria Yohe was named Young Woman of the Month for November at Lower Dauphin High School by the Hummelstown Women’s Club, while Dan Davis was named Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Hummelstown.


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Yohe, daughter of Lizabeth and Michael Yohe, is a four-year member of the volleyball team and the Envirothon Team, and is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society and Latin Honor Society.


She plays the clarinet and is a four-year member of the marching band and concert band. She received an AP Scholar Award with Distinction and three gold medals in the National Latin Exam.


In the community, she participates in club volleyball and Londonderry Athletic Association softball and tutors elementary students at Conewago Elementary through Lower Dauphin Communities That Care’s Homework Buddies program.


She plans to attend Bucknell University, Lewisburg, and major in biology.


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Davis, son of Chip and DeFord Davis, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Commended National Merit Scholar. He is president and a three-year member of the Spanish National Society; secretary and two-year member of the National Math Honor Society; three-year member of the National Honor Society; two-year member of the National Science Honor Society; four-year member of the Quiz Bowl squad and the Envirothon team; three-year member of the BrainBusters team; four-year member of the cross country team and baseball team; and four-year member of the BIG Club and Ski Club. He also plays guitar in the jazz band.


In the community, he is active with TOPS Soccer and works as an intern and volunteer at the Hummelstown Historical Society.


 He plans to attend Brown University, Providence, R.I. and major in history.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:10

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