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AN ENCOURAGING DEBUT: Young Raiders beat Northern Lebanon, reach tournament final

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The young Middletown boys' basketball team started off the new season in a positive way with an exciting 50-48 victory over Northern Lebanon in the first game of the Annville-Cleona Tip Off Tournament in Annville on Friday, Dec. 5.

The win earned the Blue Raiders a spot in the tourney championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6 – but the team could not carry that early momentum into the contest, and fell to Fleetwood instead, 54-37.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:46

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RAIDER GIRLS WIN BIG SPRING BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

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The Middletown girls' basketball team opened a promising season by winning the Big Spring Tip-Off Tournament, defeating South Western, 47-42 in its debut on Friday, Dec. 5, then beating East Pennsboro, 44-33 in the championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Two Blue Raiders, Bianca Jasper, at left in the photo, and Jalynn Burton-Jones, were named to the all-tournament team. Burton-Jones led the Raiders (2-0) in scoring in both games, tallying 19 points against South Western (1-1) and 13 against the Panthers (1-1). Jasper scored 11 against South Western and 12 against East Pennsboro.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 18:29

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Rollers rebound from loss, beat Reading, 49-43

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After the Steelton-Highspire girls' basketball team lost its season opener to Pope John Paul II on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Lady Cougar Classic in Harrisburg, the Rollers kept their heads and confidence up. “We’re going to be fine,” Coach Jeffrey Chisholm said. “We’ll get a win tomorrow.”

And they did.

After the 57-45 loss to the Golden Panthers, the Rollers regrouped and recovered, edging Reading 49-43 in the tournament’s consolation game on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:38

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Bowen scores 20 as LD downs Donegal, 59-44

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Tommy Bowen scored 20 points and Matt Seip added 14 as Lower Dauphin roared back from a four-point halftime deficit to wallop Donegal, 59-44 on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Hummelstown.

It was the first victory of the season for the Falcons (1-1).

Down 24-20 at halftime, Lower Dauphin blitzed Donegal with a 26-10 third-quarter run to take a 46-34 lead into the final quarter.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:35

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MIDDLETOWN BOY'S BASKETBALL: Young Raiders' hurdles: inexperience, tough division

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There appears to be a youth movement underway within the ranks of the Middletown boys’ basketball team in the new season.

Seven seniors graduated from last year’s team that finished with a 9-13 record (7-7 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) that kept the Blue Raiders out of the post-season playoff picture.  

This year, Coach Chris Sattele greeted just three seniors for the first day of practice, none of whom were varsity starters last winter. Sattele is now looking at underclassmen to fill out the roster and is reaching down as far as the freshman class to put together a new squad that he hopes will be a competitive fixture within the division.

While seniors Dagen Hughes and Harry Kapenstein did get some limited varsity time last winter, fellow 12th-grader Nik Moose did not. Other issues kept another senior, who was a starter last year, out of the picture.

Along with the senior departures and lack of experience, the team will also have to fill a void left when another starter from last year decided to forgo his junior season while concentrating on a different sport.

Being competitive will be a daunting task for the young Raiders, especially with the likes of East Pennsboro, Milton Hershey, Steelton-Highspire and Trinity tucked into the division along with Camp Hill, Northern York and West Perry.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 16:23

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