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Burton-Jones still sits atop all-time Raider girls scoring list

Posted 1/16/19

If Katie Fitzpatrick keeps up this year’s scoring average of 21.9 points per game, she will challenge the all-time scoring record in Middletown Area High School girls basketball history in her …

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Burton-Jones still sits atop all-time Raider girls scoring list

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If Katie Fitzpatrick keeps up this year’s scoring average of 21.9 points per game, she will challenge the all-time scoring record in Middletown Area High School girls basketball history in her senior season next year.

The all-time leading girls scorer for the Blue Raiders is Ja'Lynn Burton-Jones, who graduated in 2016. According to Middletown Area High School records, she totaled 1,586 points. She is now a sophomore at Central Penn College averaging 31.3 points per game and 10.1 rebounds in 11 games this season playing guard.

Bianca Jasper was the last Raider for the girls team to reach 1,000 points, which she did as a senior in December 2016. She finished her Blue Raider career with 1,224 points.

Jasper is now a sophomore at California (Pa.). This season, she has started all 14 games for the Vulcans, averaging 5.8 points per game at guard along with 3 rebounds and 1.6 steals. She leads the team in assists, averaging 4.6 a game.

Here are the all-time leading girls scorers in Middletown history.

• Ja’Lynn Burton-Jones: 1,586

• Kris Smith: 1,295

• Amy Holman: 1,232

• Bianca Jasper: 1,224

• Alicia Hall: 1,159

• Amanda Jones: 1,073

• Kelly Guenther: 1,040

• Katie Fitzpatrick: 1,017

Ryan Hughes reached the 1,000-point mark for the boys team in the 2016-17 season when he was a junior. He is now a freshman at Ursinus College, where he has started 8 of 15 games and averages 7.9 points per game.

He averaged 21.6 points per game as a Raider senior and was named to the Class 4A Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball second team.

Hughes closed out his scholastic career with 1,838 total points, according to statistics from MAHS, second on the all-time scoring record at Middletown.

Dave Grabuloff is the all-time leading scorer for boys or girls in Middletown history. He scored 2,000 points in the 1990s and went on to play at Florida State and William & Mary, averaging 6.9 points in his college career.

Dave Twardzik is third on the boys list at 1,069 points. He was the starting point guard on the 1968 MAHS team that won the Class B state championship. He was a Division II All-American at Old Dominion University, and then a member of the Portland Trailblazers team that won the NBA championship in 1977, along with superstar center Bill Walton. The Trailblazers retired Twardzik’s No. 13 jersey.

After he finished playing, Twardzik began an NBA coaching and front office career with Portland, Indiana, Detroit, Charlotte, the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, and Denver.

In 2003, he became director of player personnel for the Orlando Magic and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2005, a position he held until 2012. In late 2013 Twardzik returned to Old Dominion to do color commentary for the radio broadcasting team.