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Great job to the ‘other sports,’ and to Kaylor: Editorial

Posted 11/6/19

Football is a very popular sport for the Middletown Area School District, and rightfully so.

Football is a popular sport across the United States. The NFL has risen to the top of all the …

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Great job to the ‘other sports,’ and to Kaylor: Editorial

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Football is a very popular sport for the Middletown Area School District, and rightfully so.

Football is a popular sport across the United States. The NFL has risen to the top of all the professional leagues. The Blue Raiders have had amazing success on the gridiron in recent years, and this Friday start their playoff trek to try to reach a fourth straight state championship game. It’s an amazing accomplishment.

But there are other sports, too, that deserve attention.

Look at the volleyball team, led by coach Lisa Huber. They reached the districts for the first time last year but fell short in their first game. This year, they improved their record and reached the districts again — and picked up their first win, against Linville Hill Christian. They were unable to keep the streak alive, but losing to top seed Trinity on their home court is nothing to be ashamed of.

There were seven seniors on the team: Cassie Ebersole, Jaelynn Keller, Courtney Shaffer, Kendall Stiffler, Victoria Lopez, Nicole Altland and Anna Shank. We commend all of their hard work and the new heights to which they took the program, under Huber’s guidance.

Look at the field hockey team. It didn’t make the playoffs, but maybe we will see that happen in the not-so-distant future.

The team wrapped up its season Oct. 10 with a 9-0 win against the York County School of Technology. That got it to five wins on the season — the most it has had since 2011.

Center midfielder Kiera Guckavan will play at Rider University next fall, a huge accomplishment.

“We will be sending off nine seniors, and they will certainly be missed,” said second-year head coach Sierra Lenker.

They are Deja Washington, Natasha Manfred, Andrea Rivas, Caroline Gill, Alyssa Martz, Marie Schopf, Kiera Guckavan, Noelle Zimmerman and Paige Burger.

“With this program, I believe we should be striving for progress, not perfection. This season, we have improved tremendously in so many ways and accomplished a lot. We scored more goals than we have in my past two years in the program combined (and then some). We’ve had the most program wins since 2011. We decreased our margin of loss against nearly every team,” Lenker told the Press & Journal.

“This team, and this class of seniors, has come such a long way, and I hope they recognize what an impact they have made on the program,” Lenker added.

Well said, coach. Hard work pays off.

And speaking of hard work, think about the work that goes into 50 years and 7,441 games of Middletown sports.

Robert A. “Bobby” Kaylor Jr. was a scorer and timekeeper for MAHS sports for that span. What an accomplishment, and what a man. We were proud to profile him on page B1 in this edition. He was more than just someone who sat at the scorer’s table. He offered guidance to generations of athletes and never missed a game he was scheduled to work.

Middletown sports fans will miss you, but we are happy to hear you will keep attending games even if your workload during them has gone away.

While sports isn’t the be-all end-all of high school existence, they play a key role in developing our leaders. We are happy for the recent success of many of the MAHS sports teams, but the long-term benefits to playing these sports will be seen in the years to come, when these athletes turn into the leaders of our community.