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donationpic7 16 14Submitted photo Presenting a check to the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation for construction of a field house at Falcon Fields are members of the Lower Dauphin High School Class of 2016, their advisors and Superintendent Sherri Smith.School district breaks ground for $1.6 million field house

After three years of fundraising, the Lower Dauphin School District launched the construction of the proposed $1.6 million field house at its Falcon Fields complex at Lower Dauphin Middle School.

District officials were scheduled to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 15 at the site, where the district built two artificial turf fields with lights, a grandstand and press box in 2010. The complex has hosted several varsity, junior varsity and club teams in a variety of sports, including the high school’s reigning state champion field hockey team, since it opened.

Local dignitaries as well as officials from the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation and donors who made significant contributions were scheduled to attend.

The field house will include a concession stand, a ticket booth, public restrooms, a training room for treating athletes with injuries, a changing room for officials, secure rooms for home and visiting teams and a multipurpose room. The building will contain about 6,900 square feet.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been three years,’’ said Superintendent Sherri Smith. “These fields have been a tremendous asset to the district and community at large. We are very excited to be undertaking the next phase in the construction of a field house.’’

The Falcon Foundation spearheaded the fund-raising effort. The Lower Dauphin School Board has committed $500,000 toward the project, and awarded bids for construction in June.
Community organizations have donated about $430,000 toward the field house. Dauphin County awarded the district a $50,000 gaming grant this winter from proceeds the county receives from slot machine revenues at Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

The Lower Dauphin High School Class of 2016 has made a $3,000 donation to the foundation toward the project recently.

The foundation still is raising money for the project. It will host a Falcon Fest from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Giant Center in Hershey. The event will include light fare, beer, wine and a cash bar for $40 a person, a live auction and a silent auction.

For more information or to make a donation, readers may visit the foundation’s website at

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:04

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Local 10U team wins Duncannon tournament


The Suburban Girls’ Softball League’s 10-and-under softball team won the Duncannon Firecracker slow-pitch tournament on Sunday, June 29 to Tuesday, July 1.
The team, featuring players from Londonderry Twp., Lower Swatara Twp. and Hummelstown, defeated Newport, 6-5 in extra innings, coming back from an early deficit to win the game.
Team members were:
Madison White, Hailey Herneisey, Jenna Alford, Serina Gurm, Lacey Zimmerman, Nieves Kohout, Christine Miller, Madison Riccio, Lilliana Oyler, Alexsys Smith and Mia Etnoyer.
The coaches were Mike Varner, Jen Herneisey, Pam Zimmerman and Casey Riccio.
The league will hold sign-ups for players again next winter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:06

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Post 594 struggles, drops 3 of 4



atbatpic7 2 14Photo by Jodi Ocker - Middletown American Legion Post 594’s Ryan Popp (15), knocks a pitch into the field.


Middletown American Legion Post 594 suffered a rough two weeks on the baseball field, losing three of four games to drop from second place to sixth in the Dauphin County American Legion League.


Middletown, comprised of several players from Middletown Area High School’s baseball team, defeated Dauphin, 7-3, for its only victory.


Middletown’s record dropped to 5-5.


Post 594 lost a close contest, 6-4, to Susquehanna (6-5), which climbed ahead of Middletown in the standings.


Undefeated Hummelstown (9-0) defeated Middletown 15-0, while Upper Dauphin (7-5) moved into a tie for second place with Linglestown by beating Post 594, 10-3.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:06

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Middletown girls are quick, but young

The Middletown girls basketball team squeezed into the District 3 Class AAA playoffs last season, claiming the 20th and final playoff spot.

This season, the young Blue Raiders will depend on freshmen and a sophomore to return to the playoffs.
Sophomores Jey Rivera and Halle Marion are the only starters returning on the nine-member Raider team, which depends heavily on young players.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 02:20

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Rollers flatten Millersburg, 21-0, reach Class A district final

Tyquan Walker ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns as Steelton-Highspire eliminated Millersburg, 21-0, in a PIAA District 3 Class A semifinal playoff game on Friday, Nov. 16 at Cottage Hill in Steelton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 19:23

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