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Middletown wrestlers honored on Senior Night

Four Middletown wrestlers were honored on Senior Night on Jan. 11 vs. Palmyra.

image002Blue Raiders wrestlers Corbin Stetler, Abel Botterbusch. Wyatt Smith and Logan Stoltzfus.

image007Abel Botterbusch with parents Bill and Emily Botterbusch.

image009Wyatt Smith with parents Scot and Kris Smith.

image011Corbin Stetler, who is recovering from surgery, with parents Ron and Kristin Stetler.

image013Logan Stoltzfus with parents Doug and Tara Stoltzfus.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:01

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Falcon boys win two, stand at 8-4

The Lower Dauphin boys basketball team registered two wins last week to run their record to 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division.

The Falcons won a close battle at home vs. Palmyra on Tuesday, Jan. 10, outscoring the visitors 13-8 in the final period to secure the victory.

Palmyra is one of the best teams in the Keystone, with an overall record of 12-2, 6-2 in the division.

Will Bowen continued his fine season, scoring 17 to lead the way for Lower Dauphin. Josh Saufley and Jackson Becher both added 9. 

Isaac Blatt scored 22 for Palmyra and Bryand Willis added 16, but it wasn’t enough as the rest of the Cougars combined for only 12 points. 

The Falcons had an easier time of it Friday, Jan. 13, vs. visiting Red Land, winning 50-29.

Lower Dauphin overcame a slow start, leading only 6-5 after the first quarter. But they dominated the second and third quarters, outscoring the Patriots 34-11 combined.

Bowen had 15 and Brian Swist had 11. Ryan Becher added 8 points.

Eight Red Land players scored, but none had more than 5 points. 

The Falcons traveled to Hershey on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and will play host to Bishop McDevitt at 7:30 p.m. Friday before traveling to Susquehanna Township at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:44

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Lower Dauphin girls score only 25 points in win

The Lower Dauphin girls team scored only 25 points on Friday, Jan. 13, vs. Red Land, but it was enough for a 10-point victory. 

The Falcons managed only 31 points in a loss at Palmyra on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Their record stands at 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division.

Red Land, now 2-11 overall and 0-8 in the Keystone, managed only 2 points in the second half as Lower Dauphin overcame a 1-point halftime deficit. The Falcons didn’t fill up the hoop either, managing only 13 points in the second half. 

No player on either team scored more than 5 points. Livi Friedrich and Paulina Malinen led Lower Dauphin with 5 each, as seven players scored for the Falcons. Both made a three-pointer.

Six players scored for Red Land, but no one had more than 3 points. 

In Palmyra’s 44-31 win, the Cougars made eight three-pointers. They now stand at 6-2 in the division and 9-5 overall before play Tuesday night, in a four-way tie with LD, Cedar Cliff and Bishop McDevitt in the Keystone.

Malinen had 12 points and Amber Schweiger 11 in the game. 

Lower Dauphin played Hershey at home Tuesday night, Jan. 17 and will play at McDevitt at 7:30 p.m. Friday and then at Central York at 7:30 p.m. Saturday before returning home to play host to Susquehanna Township at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:43

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Middletown boys pick up three wins

tre leachTre Leach fights for the ball vs. an Annville-Cleona player during the Blue Raiders’ 61-36 win on Thursday, Jan. 12.

There is no better way for a team to rebound from a pair of tough losses than to win its next three games. 

The Middletown boys team did just that last week, claiming three victories to run its record to 9-2 and 4-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division. 

The Blue Raiders topped West Perry on Tuesday and followed with a pair of non-divisional triumphs over Annville-Cleona and Mifflin County on Thursday and Saturday. Those wins came following losses to Spring Grove and Trinity the week before. 

This week, the Raiders were scheduled to take on Milton Hershey at home (Tuesday, Jan. 17), and Northern Lebanon (Thursday, Jan. 19) and Steelton-Highspire (Friday, Jan. 20) on the road in a busy five-day span. They will play at East Pennsboro on Monday, Jan. 23. All games are at 7:30 p.m.


Middletown 61, West Perry 35

Because of pending inclement weather, Tuesday’s game was played at 4 p.m. with only the varsity teams playing. 

hughes stuffedRyan Hughes gets some attention on the way to the basket.The Blue Raiders got off to a fast start and kept distancing themselves from visiting West Perry before closing out the 61-35 victory in Mid-Penn Capital action. Four Middletown players scored in double figures with Ryan Hughes recording a game-high 13 points. Chris Plummer added 12 while Tyreer Mills and Luke Mrakovich put up 10 each in the win. Six other Raiders scored in the game. 

Hughes opened up the scoring 45 seconds into the game on a put-back and the Raiders outscored their guests 12-5 over the next four minutes to take a 14-5 lead. A last-second triple by Mills that banked off the glass pushed the Raiders up to a 19-10 lead at the end of the first period. A foul shot by Mrakovich and a trey by Hughes to start the second stanza opened up a 23-10 advantage for the home team and the Raiders were never threatened after that. 

Good defense caused the Mustangs to commit six turnovers in the second quarter and a pair of treys by Mrakovich and Mills off transitions pushed the Middletown lead to 33-16 with a minute left. A late triple by West Perry’s Ben Moyer shaved three points off the lead at the halftime break. A tap-in by Tristen Maxwell and a driving layup by Hughes off a West Perry turnover started off the second half as the lead swelled to 37-19. Points by Kyle Truesdale and Plummer helped lead the Raiders to an 18-10 point advantage in the third quarter and a 51-29 upper hand heading into the final frame. 

Paced by the Tre Leach-led defense that limited scoring opportunities for the Mustangs, the Blue Raiders held West Perry to just 6 points in the last eight minutes. Late points by reserves David Alcock and Jerrod Myers closed out the scoring. 


Middletown 61, Annville-Cleona 36

Middletown coach Chris Sattele welcomed former assistant Chris Bradford to the Middletown gym in a non-league game on Thursday night. 

trey michalTrey Michal heads to the bakset.Bradford, a teacher at Middletown, has been steadily rebuilding the basketball program in Annville and had the Little Dutchmen player competitively, winning games in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Sattele expected a tough game from Bradford’s charges. But the athleticism of the Blue Raiders turned out to be the major difference as the Raiders ran away with the win. 

The Dutchmen got off to a good start, winning the opening tipoff and taking an early lead on a three-pointer by Cole Walhausen at 7:21 of the first period. And, after Hughes went back-to-back for a 4-3 Middletown lead, Donald Friday pushed home a runner that put Annville-Cleona back in front, 5-4, at the 4:28 mark. But that would turn out to be their last lead of the game as the Raiders went off on a 9-0 run to grab control. 

Hughes, Plummer, Mrakovich and Michael Mattes chipped in points in the streak. The Dutchmen picked up a pair of late scores but trailed 16-9 heading into the second stanza. 

Following a rough start for both teams in the early minutes of period two, the Raiders finally broke the ice on a triple by Mills, who then made one of two free throws following an Annville-Cleona miss. Plummer converted a blocked shot by Hughes with a goal 30 seconds later and Leach’s follow after another Dutchmen miss pushed the Raiders up to a 24-9 lead with 5:11 left in the first half. Against Middletown’s swarming defense and blocked shots, the Dutchmen struggled on offense and ended up with just 4 points in the quarter as they fell behind by a 34-13 count at the break. 

Numerous turnovers by the Dutchmen were offset by the Raiders’ cooled-down shooting in the third quarter and points were few on both sides. Big man Noah Myers did manage to score 8 of his 11 points in the frame to keep Annville-Cleona even as the Raiders scored just 11 points in the frame. But the home team still led by a comfortable 45-23 count to start the fourth period. 

Again playing even with the Raiders in the final quarter, the Dutchmen had their best scoring effort of the game with 13 points. But the lead was too much to overcome and the Raiders gained more ground with 16 points in the frame. 

Sattele went to his bench by the midway point of the quarter as the reserves closed out the win. Braedon Thomas collected 6 points to pace the Middletown offense down the stretch. Hughes led all scorers with 19 points while Myers led the Dutchmen with 11. 


Middletown 77, Mifflin County 45

This game was originally scheduled for the season-opening Lower Dauphin Tip Off Tournament but was rescheduled due to Middletown’s late start caused by the extended football season. But Mifflin County still wanted to play and the contest was held on Saturday, Jan. 14 instead. The Huskies compete in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division and have been having a tough year. Mifflin County is a 6-A school. 

mattes maybe betterMichael Mattes goes for the block.The Huskies’ troubles continued against the Blue Raiders in Lower Dauphin’s gym on Saturday as the Middletown squad ran away with an easy 77-45 victory. The Raiders outscored their opponents in every quarter except the fourth when the two teams each put up 10 points. Hughes again led all scorers with 18 points while Mrakovich and Plummer teamed for 25 more in the victory. Ryan Walker led the Huskies with 12 points. 

Once again, Middletown’s athleticism and speed proved to be the winning factor in the league crossover contest. Behind the scoring of Mrakovich, Hughes and Mattes, the Raiders jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back. 

Mifflin County’s Logan Peachey broke the early string with a triple at 6:23 and the Huskies cut Middletown’s lead to 8-5 on a pair of foul shots by Walker at 5:57, but the Huskies would get no closer than 6 points the rest of the way. 

A three-pointer by Hughes off a Mills’ assist and a jumper off a pass from Leach was followed by a low-post basket by Truesdale after a Huskies’ turnover and keyed a late 7-0 run by the Raiders that made it a 21-8 game to start the second stanza. Although not exceptionally sharp on offense in the second quarter, the Raiders still managed to pump in 20 more points prior to the break. A late trey by Plummer gave the Raiders a 41-20 cushion at the end of the first half. 

Mrakovich dropped in 10 of his points in the third quarter to lead the Blue Raiders to a 26-point barrage against the overmatched Huskies, who led off the half with a three-pointer by Walker. But an overwhelming 17-0 run by Middletown over the next two minutes turned the game into a rout as the Blue Raiders flew out to a commanding 58-23 lead. The Huskies did pick up 15 points in the period but still lost ground to the running Raiders. 

With a comfortable 67-35 lead and the game well in hand, Sattele went to his bench to start the final frame and the subs held their own against the Huskies. Maxwell, Thomas, Myers and Mitch Lee teamed for 10 points to keep the game safely out of reach.   


 MG 9612 Chris Plummer takes a shot.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:30

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Blue Raider wrestlers go 4-2 on the week

image017Abel Botterbusch gets the pin on Senior Night vs. Palmyra on Jan. 11.

The Middletown varsity wrestling team had a busy week of action, playing host to Palmyra on Jan. 11 and participating in the Dutchman Duals at Annville-Cleona on Jan. 14. 

The Raiders came away with four wins and two losses, bringing their season record to 7-4 with a 4-1 record in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division.


Middletown 57, Palmyra 12

The Blue Raiders got off to a fast start at home on Jan. 11 by earning pins in five of the first six weight classes, and they kept that momentum going throughout the match. Nathan Brady opened things up at 132 with a pin over Palmyra’s Zach Machinga. Devin Martin and Joey Spear would follow suit with pins over Tyler Corty at 138 and Ethan Burkholder at 145. Middletown’s Zach Dailey pulled out an exciting overtime win at 152 pounds. 

image030Logan Stoltzfus strong-arms his opponent.

Middletown seniors Abel Botterbusch and Wyatt Smith both scored first-period pins, defeating Ryan Turner at 160 and Austin Shuey at 170. Middletown’s Zach Souders earned a win by forfeit at 182 and Quincy Reinnagel defeated Palmyra’s Sean Cleveland by major decision 10-2 at 195 pounds. 

Palmyra would earn a couple of wins at 220 and 285 with Leo Higgins defeating Middletown’s Ethan Miller and Garrett Miller defeating Middletown’s Salvatore Coretti. Luke Fegley would get things back on track for the Raiders, earning at technical fall 15-0 over Grant Whitney at 106 pounds. Middletown’s Ryan Berstler would earn a pin over Matt Carroll at 113 and Mason Stoltzfus took care of Nick Carroll by a score of 4-1 at 120 pounds. 

Senior Logan Stoltzfus gave his home crowd an exciting performance 126 pounds, but would eventually come out on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision with Josh Myers from Palmyra.


CD East 39, Middletown 27

Middletown came out strong against the Panthers of Central Dauphin East, winning six of the first seven matches and taking a commanding 27-6 lead. 

Middletown’s Zach Malay started the team off with a win by forfeit at 106 pounds. Luke Fegley earned a 14-2 major decision win over East’s Michael Dunleavy at 113. Middletown’s Ryan Berstler would score a pin over Nykarri Cunningham at 120.

Logan Stoltzfus secured a solid 9-2 decision over Devin Vajda at 132 pounds. Middletown’s Nate Brady would dominate Devyn Williams in route to an 18-3 technical fall at 138, and Devin Martin would earn a 5-1 decision over Joseph Vought at 145.

The CD East heavyweights would prove to be too much for the Blue Raiders who would eventually fall by a score of 39-27. 


Penn Manor 45, Middletown 24

IMG 3168Devin Martin earned six points by pinning his opponent at 145 pounds in the Dutchman Duals vs. Penn Manor.Still reeling from a hard-fought loss to CD East, the Blue Raiders struggled against a solid Penn Manor squad. Middletown’s Ryan Berstler did his best to get the team off to a good start by securing a 15-0 technical fall at 113 pounds. Raider senior Logan Stoltzfus earned a 10-2 major decision win at 132 and Nate Brady pulled out a 3-2 win at 138. Devin Martin and Joey Spear would both earn the Raiders six points by pinning their opponents at 145 and 152 pounds.


Middletown 72, Columbia 12

After losing the first two matches at the Dutchman Duals, the Blue Raiders would get things back on track, winning the next three matches. The Blue Raiders won 12 of 14 matches against Columbia, and all but one came by pin or forfeit in route to a 72-12 victory. 

Middletown scored pins with Nate Brady at 132, Abel Botterbusch at 160 and Wyatt Smith at 170 pounds. Logan Stoltzfus dominated Columbia’s Brandon Derr in route to a 15-0 technical fall. Middletown would receive eight wins by forfeit: Luke Fegley at 106, Ryan Berstler at 113, Mason Stoltzfus at 120, Devin Martin at 138, Joey Spear at 145, Marcus Williams at 170, Ethan Miller at 195, and Quincy Reinnagel at 220.


Middletown 69,  Greencastle Antrim 9

Middletown would again win 12 of 14 matches against the Blue Devils, with most coming by pin or forfeit on their way to a 69-9 win. 

Luke Fegley, Mason Stoltzfus and Logan Stoltzfus each scored pins at 106, 126 and 132 pounds. Middletown would earn a series of wins by forfeit including Ryan Berstler at 113, Nate Brady at 138, Devin Martin at 145, Abel Botterbusch at 160, Wyatt Smith at 170, Zach Souders at 182, Quincy Reinnagel at 195 and Salvatore Coretti at 285.

Middletown freshman Chris Joseph earned an exciting 5-0 win over Greencastle’s Joshua Pine at 120 pounds to cap off the Blue Raider victory.


Middletown 41, Annville-Cleona 30

The Blue Raiders closed out the Dutchmen Duals on a high note with a 41-30 win over Annville-Cleona. 

The team got some big pins from Mason Stoltzfus at 126, Nate Brady at 138, Devin Martin at 145, Joey Spear at 152 and Abel Botterbusch at 160 pounds. Middletown freshman Zach Malay would receive a win by forfeit at 106 pounds, and another pair of Blue Raider freshmen, Luke Fegley and Quincy Reinnagel, would each score wins by major decision at 106 and 220 pounds. 

The Raiders will visit Camp Hill for an important conference matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and will travel down to New Oxford for a two-day tournament on Jan. 20-21.


image019Ryan Berstler takes control of his match against Palmyra

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:56

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