Written by Jim Lewis
Call it fate, karma, or the perfect alignment of the stars. The basketball gods smiled radiantly on John Harper’s teammates in the biggest game of their lives, at the best moment possible, in an arena in, of all places, Buffalo, N.Y.
Harper’s team, from tiny Lebanon Valley College, a school with 950 students, trailed gigantic New York University, a school with 49,000, by 2 points with less than 3 seconds left in the 1994 NCAA Division III championship game. A Lebanon Valley player caught an inbound pass from a teammate and desperately launched it from just inside the 3-point arc toward the basket. The shot was deflected by an opponent, and the carom was grabbed by Harper, who desperately threw it back toward the basket – and missed.
But one of Harper’s teammates, Jason Say, grabbed the rebound of Harper’s missed shot and sank the game-tying basket.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:48
Written by Jim Lewis
They tackled and broke tackles, blocked and ran and threw and gave it all they had. The Middletown Blue Raiders gathered one last time this season – not to play football, but to share a meal.
The annual Raider Club Football Banquet, held on Sunday, Nov. 23 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Middletown, celebrated the season and honored the work, dedication and effort of the players.
Middletown finished the season with a 4-6 record.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:35
Written by Jim Lewis
Lower Dauphin's clash with Central Dauphin in the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs was a defensive battle. No, make that a Defensive Battle. Capital letters seem appropriate.
It was Central Dauphin's defense – a big, tough squad that choked Lower Dauphin's running attack – that gave the Rams a 14-7 victory in the district semifinals on Friday, Nov. 14 at Central Dauphin Middle School's George "Speed'' Ebersole Stadium.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:39
Written by Dan Miller
Three student-athletes from Middletown Area School District signed letters of intent to commit to their respective colleges and universities during National Letter of Intent Day on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Halle Marion, daughter of Ken and Traci Marion of Middletown, a standout in softball, will attend St. Francis University, Loretto, Cambria County, where she will play softball and major in physical therapy.
Nathan Ocker, son of Keith and Jodi Ocker of Middletown, a standout pitcher, will attend the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., where he will play baseball and major in exercise science.
Zachary Sims, son of Aimee Sims of Middletown, a standout pitcher, will play baseball for Shippensburg University, where he will play baseball and major in entrepreneurship, with the goal of owning his own business someday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:34
Written by Jim Hazen
Ten Lower Dauphin High School student athletes announced their college choices on National Letter of Intent Day on Wednesday, Nov. 12 in the school cafeteria before parents, teachers and classmates.
Students who signed letters with colleges were:
• Blair Lewis, son of Clifford and Susan Lewis, a member of the baseball team, who will play for the University of Pittsburgh.
• Morgan Bitting, daughter of David and Tracey Bitting, a captain and four-year starter on the field hockey team, who will play for Duke.
• Gini Bramley, daughter of Harry and Karen Bramley, a captain and four-year starter for the field hockey team, who will play for Penn State.
• Ashley Ceschini, daughter of Donna Ceschini and Susie Seth, a captain of the field hockey team, who will play for East Stroudsburg University and major in nursing.
• Joely Helder, daughter of Darren and Marianne Helder, a member of the field hockey team, who will play for St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia and major in sports marketing and food marketing.
• Abby Julius, daughter of Larry and Patty Julius, a member of the field hockey team, who will play for the University of Louisville.
• Aliza Mizak, daughter of Steve and Susan Mizak, a member of the field hockey team, who will play for Millersville University and major in special education.
• Maddie O’Neill, daughter of Roy and Irene O’Neill, a member of the field hockey team, who will play for Michigan State and major in kinesiology.
• Morgan Fridey, daughter of Dave and Kelly Fridey, who will compete in gymnastics for Ball State University and major in physical therapy.
• Maggie Tamburro, daughter of Robert Tamburro and Patricia Gordon, who will compete in gymnastics at North Carolina State University and major in biomedical engineering.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:27