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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Raiders rally twice, but fall to Trinity

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When Middletown's defense runs at full-throttle, it's dangerous. What seems like a swarm of quick guards swat away the basketball from opposing dribblers and steal hurried passes.

When the Blue Raiders buzzed on defense, they tormented Trinity in a Mid-Penn Conference girls' basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 13 in Middletown. They stepped on the gas pedal to bounce back from two large deficits, turning Shamrock turnovers into fast breaks and claiming the lead late in each of the game's two halves.

But Trinity survived, escaping with a 50-46 victory in which Middletown's leading scorer, Ja'lynn Burton-Jones, scored her 1,000th career point.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:19

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Two Middletown players named CPIHL all-stars

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Two Middletown players were selected to play in the CPIHL's All-Star Game at 715 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Klick Lewis Arena in Annville.

Forwards Nick Maneval, a senior at Middletown Area High School, and Noah Zimmerman, a sophomore at MAHS, were among the players chosen from the league's 23 teams during an NHL-style draft held on Sunday, Jan. 11 at Central Dauphin East Middle School.

Maneval leads Middletown in goals, with 20, and is 10th overall in points in the league's Tier 3. He also plays for the Hershey Junior Bears 18A traveling team.

It is the second time Maneval was chosen to play in the All-Star Game.

Zimmerman leads Middletown in points, with 14 goals and 15 assists, and is eighth overall in points in Tier 3. He is one of only 11 sophomores chosen for the All-Star Game.

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Raiders upset unbeaten West Perry, 39-31

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The Middletown girls' basketball team made the most of a big opportunity by posting the major upset against a previously-unbeaten West Perry squad.

Ranked in the top 10 in Class AAA in the state, the Mustangs were decidedly the favorites to win this key clash in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division. But with a solid record of their own to rely on, and a determination to play well against their division rivals, the Blue Raiders turned in an excellent defensive game designed by Coach Ron Stetler Jr. to win, 39-31 on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Middletown.

With regular starter Halle Marion sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, Middletown (10-4, 3-3 in the division) had to face their adversaries a bit shorthanded. But her teammates played well in her absence thanks to the defensive strategy.

Middletown 55, Steelton-Highspire 51

Coming off their big victory over West Perry, Middletown was the favorite to beat the Rollers, who were winless in the division.

But the Raiders got off to a bit of a shaky start against Steelton-Highspire (3-9, 0-6) on Saturday, Jan. 9 in Steelton, and trailed on the scoreboard by three points, 15-12, at the end of the opening period.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:51

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders corral Mustangs, fall to Steelton-Highspire

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The Middletown boys’ basketball team claimed its fourth victory of the season, posting a 52-37 triumph over West Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Middletown.

The Blue Raiders trailed just once in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division clash, 3-2 a minute into the game, and turned in a solid effort in the win. Freshman Ryan Hughes registered a game-high 21 points while Caleb Leggore and Dagen Hughes teamed for 21 more to lead the Middletown (4-10, 1-5 in the division) in the win.

Steelton-Highspire 83, Middletown 40   

Local fans know that the youthful 2014-2015 Middletown team is going to get better over the next couple seasons, and they also are realistic about the strides the Raiders will need to take before they can physically compete with teams like the athletic Steelton-Highspire Rollers.

But the gutsy Raiders gave it a shot on Friday, Jan. 9 in Steelton and hung tough with their hosts through the game’s first half.  
But any hopes of a shocking upset were dashed in the third quarter as the running, gunning Rollers took advantage of their clear dominance on the boards following numerous missed shots by the Raiders after the halftime break.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:42

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JUNIOR HIGH WRESTLING: Raiders ride pins to 64-34 win over Mechanicsburg

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The Middletown junior high wrestling team claimed seven pins to defeat Mechanicsburg, 64-34 on Thursday, Jan. 8 in Mechanicsburg.

The Blue Raiders benefit from two forfeits, at 75 pounds and 95 pounds, as well in the victory.

The Raiders' Luke Fegley pinned Mechanicsburg's Asa Brunk at 80 pounds, while Joey Spear pinned the Wildcats' Keegan Neill at 105.

Other Middletown pins were recorded by Nate Brady, over Mechanicsburg's Luis Gomez at 110 pounds; Mason Stoltzful at 115 pounds; Gage Radabaugh, over Seth Kenes at 130 pounds; Gabe Flasher, over Jeremy Onofre at 145 pounds; and Avery Williams, over Patrick O'Brien at 210 pounds.

In other Middletown wins, Ryan Berstler claimed a 13-2 major decision over Mechanicsburg's Logan Ledebohm at 85 pounds; Austin Williams claimed a 12-6 decision over Derek Blair at 122 pounds; and Zach Souders claimed a 4-2 decision over Kyle Fake at 138 pounds.


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