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Raiders wallop Rollers, 3-0 in volleyball

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Taylor Kolish made seven aces and two kills and Rachel Applegate added seven aces and 1 kill as Middletown defeated Steelton-Highspire, 3-0 in a girls' volleyball match on Monday, Sept. 22 in Middletown.

Sydney Alexander made six aces and six kills in the victory.

The Blue Raiders (3-9, 3-6 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Colonial Division) won the first game easily, 25-7, then took the second game, 25-13. The Raiders clinched the match with a 25-14 victory in the third game. Steelton-Highspire (0-11, 0-9) remained winless on the season.

Middletown split four matches last week, beating Harrisburg 3-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and losing to Milton Hershey, 3-2 on Thursday, Sept. 25 and to Northern York, 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27.


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Middletown blitzes Mustangs, 42-14 in junior high football

Tre Leach raced 79 yards for a touchdown on the Blue Raiders’ first offensive play of the game and Tyreer Mills added scoring runs of 28 and 15 yards as the Middletown Area junior high football team claimed a dominating 42-14 victory over West Perry on Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Middletown.

Kyle Truesdale chipped in three extra point kicks, all in the first quarter, as the Middletown junior high football team raced to a 21-0 lead. The defense gave up minimal yards and zero first downs through the first two and a half quarters.   

Early in the second quarter, Leach broke loose for a 51-yard touchdown sprint to pad the Middletown lead to 28-0. Offensive linemen Gabe Wisniewski, Zac Souders, Joe Gusler, Logan Witmer and Brendan Douglass dominated up front in the first-half rush. On defense, Leach recovered a pair of Mustang fumbles while Mills and Logan Greenfield recorded pass interceptions that kept the visitors off the scoreboard in the first half.

Mills opened the second half with a 75-yard kickoff return for another Middletown score and, following a pass theft by Witmer, Devin Martin got into the scoring act with a 37-yard run with 5:28 left in the third quarter. Truesdale’s extra-point kick made it 42-0.

The Mustangs finally broke their scoreless drought with a long touchdown run against Middletown’s second defensive unit late in the third period and then added another score with just 1:40 left in the game.

In between those touchdowns, the Raiders could have added to their high point total when Mills picked up a Mustang fumble, but he intentionally took a knee instead.


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GROUNDED: Raiders stymied by Boiling Springs, 28-13

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Flying high one week, grounded the next.  

Such was the fate of the Middletown Area varsity football team in the past two weeks. After claiming a big win against Elizabethtown in Week No. 3 of the current scholastic season, the Blue Raiders were rudely brought down to earth on Friday, Sept. 19 as visiting Boiling Springs shocked the locals with a 28-13 win.  

The main factor in the loss for the Raiders (2-2, 0-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) was the inability to stop Bubbler running back John Vaughn, who surprisingly ran through the Middletown defense for 215 yards and four touchdowns behind a solid offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage throughout.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:57

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UNBEATEN: Falcon linemen shine in 30-15 win over Indians

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Here's a sign that your offensive line is playing well: On fourth-and-inches, it opens a hole in the opposing defensive line so big that your running back dashes 58 yards for a touchdown.

Why settle for inches when you can gain yards?

That's what Lower Dauphin's offensive line did against Susquehanna Twp., the first Keystone Division rival it met so far this season in Mid-Penn Conference football. On fourth-and-inches, the opening that Falcon running back George Hatalowich saw was so big that he ran through it and beyond – 58 yards beyond, for the first touchdown of the game about midway through the first quarter.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:58

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ANOTHER OVERTIME: Rollers fall to Spartans on blocked kick, 27-26

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Deja vu? As the buzzer signaling the end of regulation rang at Cottage Hill on Friday, Sept. 19, Steelton-Highspire found itself in the same position it was in the week before – a tie game.

This time, the Rollers were hoping for the same outcome against Milton Hershey that they earned against Newport seven days prior – a victory. They didn't get it.

Milton Hershey edged Steel-High, 27-26 in overtime, handing the Rollers (1-3, 0-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) their first loss in league play at War Veterans Memorial Field.

“We didn’t give up. We didn’t quit. We fought to the end,” Roller Coach Andrew Erby said. “It is unfortunate, but it was a hell of a ball game from both teams and a good effort – but at the end of the day we came up short.”

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