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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders beat powerful Camp Hill, 52-47, eye district playoffs

webseniors2 3 16Middletown senior players, cheerleaders and dance team members and their parents were honored at the team's last regular-season game at the school gym. The seniors are, left to right: back row, players Caleb Leggore, Brandon Harper and Jordan Jefferies; front row, dance team member Abby Gipe and cheerleaders Morgan Danilowicz, Megan Danilowicz and Katie Beistline.

The 12th victory of the season for the Middletown boys’ basketball team turned out to be the very best. With the echoes of past championships and great competition swirling around their gym, the Blue Raiders finally earned the signature win they had been seeking.

In a Capital Division showdown that was rescheduled because of Winter Storm Jonas, the Raiders handled visiting Camp Hill, 52-47 on Thursday, Jan. 28 in front of a sizeable Senior Night gathering of supportive and appreciative fans.

What a way for the three seniors to end their final appearance on their home court!

Add in the fact that this game marked the final boys’ game ever in the gym and the event had all the potential of a storybook ending. With a new high school under construction next door, scheduled to open in August, the Raiders (13-7, 5-6 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) closed out the history of the gym in fine style.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:19

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ARTFUL DODGERS: Sophomores win Lower Dauphin dodgeball tournament

webwinners2 3 16The Dodgefathers, the winners of Lower Dauphin High School's Mark French Memorial Dodgeball Tournament, pose with their trophy.

A team of sophomores won Lower Dauphin High School's annual Mark French Memorial Dodgeball Tournament, an event that raised $1,000 for a scholarship fund named in honor of a former faculty member.

The Dodgefathers topped nine other teams, including squads of teachers and administrators, to win the title. Team members included Skyler Swartz, Connor Buggy, Jack Atkins, Spencer Smith, Amber Schweiger, Olivia Friedrich and Clay Spencer.

The tournament got its start in 2008 as a fundraiser to provide money and support for French, a former high school teacher and athletic trainer at Lower Dauphin from 1980 to 2008. In 2008, he left the staff to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He died in 2009.

Today the Mark French Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who plans to major in physical therapy, sports medicine, athletic training or a related field of study.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:15

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Raiders fall out of playoff picture; LD goes for title; Steel-High in Class AA race

webjones2 3 16Middletown's Ja'lynn Burton-Jones, shown in an early-season game against West Perry, led the Blue Raiders with 27 points against Camp Hill.

Leah Springer scored 38 points and Camp Hill broke a second-half tie in the forth quarter to defeat Middletown, 65-54 on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Camp Hill.

The loss, the Blue Raiders' only game of the week, dropped Middletown out of the District 3 Class AAA playoff picture.

Middletown (10-10) currently sits in 19th place in Class AAA, with the top 18 teams qualifying for the district playoffs.

In Class AAAA, Lower Dauphin closed in on a Mid-Penn Conference playoff spot and the Keystone Division title, winning three games last week – including a 37-21 win over rival Hershey on Friday, Jan. 29 in Derry Twp.

Lower Dauphin (17-4) will qualify for the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs – the Falcons currently are ranked seventh, with the top 20 teams making the playoffs.

In Class AA, Steelton-Highspire hung on to a District 3 playoff spot despite dropping three games last week.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:03

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BOY'S BASKETBALL: Raiders tripped by Trinity, Milton Hershey; beat Pequea Valley

webluke1 27 16Middletown's Luke Mrakovich makes a layup against Milton Hershey.

The Middletown boys' basketball team nearly pulled off a big win against Trinity on Tuesday, Jan. 19 but came up agonizingly short, 38-36 in Middletown.

The Blue Raiders bounced back, however, to record their 11th victory of the season on Thursday, Jan. 21, beating Pequea Valley, 66-51. The next day, the Raiders had another upset in the making against Milton Hershey, only to have the game slip away in the fourth quarter in a 70-59 loss.

The losses to Trinity and Milton Hershey, two rivals in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division, stung but really showed the competitive nature that this year’s team possesses.  

Middletown (11-7, 4-6 in the division) took visiting Trinity right down to the final buzzer, but the Shamrocks held on.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:32

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders lasso Mustangs, 59-41, move closer to district playoffs

webteam1 20 16The Middletown Blue Raiders line up for the National Anthem before the start of their game against West Perry. Middletown won, 59-41, its 10th victory of the season.

Back in November, when the Middletown boys' basketball team held tryouts and started preseason practices, fans may have guessed that the Blue Raiders could be competitive when the basketball season got under way.  No one knew just how good the Raiders could be – but everyone, including Coach Chris Sattele and his staff, had hopes for a good year.  

Following a 59-41 victory over West Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Middletown, one fan asked, “Who would have thought we would be 10-4 right now?” The answer to that probably wavered somewhere between "some'' and "not many.'' But the Raiders indeed did claim their 10th win of the season in that Capital Division meeting with the visiting Mustangs and took another step towards their goal of reaching the post-season playoffs.

The Raiders, now 10-5 after a close loss to Steelton-Highspire on Friday, Jan. 15 in Steelton, currently are in 12th place in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings, with the top 18 teams qualifying for the playoffs. Steelton-Highspire (8-6) is in 13th place.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:32

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