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BOYS' VOLLEYBALL: Falcons win monster set, beat Red Land, 3-1

It was the set that seemed it would never end.

Lower Dauphin and Red Land played, and played, and played the first set of a crucial match with District 3 playoff spots on the line. Twenty-five points win the set – but you have to win by two points, and the Falcons finally did. Finally.

Lower Dauphin took the marathon set, 35-33, on its way to a 3-1 victory over Red Land on Thursday, May 5 in Hummelstown.

The win over the Patriots (7-7) improved Lower Dauphin’s standing in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings, which determine the 12 teams in AAA that will qualify for the playoffs. The Falcons (10-3) have climbed to sixth place in the rankings, thanks to a six-match winning streak. Lower Dauphin also beat Cedar Cliff (0-11) and Chambersburg (7-5) during the streak.

Games played through Friday, May 13 count toward determining the final power ratings. Lower Dauphin had three games remaining in its regular season as of Sunday, May 8. The preliminary round of the District 3 playoffs begins on Thursday, May 19, with the top four teams from Class AAA qualifying for the PIAA state championships.

Against Red Land, the Falcons followed their first-set win with a second-set loss, 25-15, then bounced back to win a tense third set, 27-25, and fourth set, 25-23 to claim the victory.

Lower Dauphin’s Jefferson Waters made 20 kills, six blocks and four aces, while teammate Joshua Helfrich made 13 kills, 12 digs and one ace.

Logan Baker chipped in 42 assists, while teammate Daniel Beaver made 6 kills and 6 blocks and Chase Mader added 19 digs.

Lower Dauphin 3
Cedar Cliff 0

John Davis made 8 kills and Baker made 18 assists to lead the Falcons to victory over Cedar Cliff on Tuesday, May 3 on the West Shore.

Lower Dauphin won the first set, 25-20, then claimed the second set, 25-18, and the third set, 25-23.

Ben Baker made 15 assists, Ian Middletworth made 13 digs and Ivan Amato and Beaver each made 2 blocks and 3 kills for Lower Dauphin. Will Bowen added 1 kill and 1 block.

Lower Dauphin 3
Chambersburg 1

The Falcons rebounded from a loss in the first set to sweep the next three sets and claim the victory over Chambersburg on Monday, May 2 in Hummelstown.

After the Trojans jumped in front with a 25-22 win in the first set, Lower Dauphin came back to win, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-19 to win the match.

Waters made 17 kills and 5 blocks for the Falcons, while Helfrich made 7 kills, 14 digs and one block and Beaver made 3 kills and 10 blocks.

Logan Baker made 33 assists.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:37

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TIME OUT: My fondest memories of MAHS? Sports

webgymphoto5 11 16The Middletown Area High School gym, including the painted sign over the home bleachers that declares, "This is Raider country'' – a gift from the Class of 1988 – will be demolished this summer. (Photo by Bill Darrah)

The Middletown Area High School Class of 2016 is getting ready to graduate and will be making history in the process. This group of seniors will be the last to graduate from the current high school. When the final semester is completed, the building will be emptied and demolished and, in the fall, students will take up residence in the new facility being built next door.

At the same time, another class is making plans for its 50th reunion. The current high school was just three years old when the 1966 graduates completed their scholastic years. I know this because I was a member of that class.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:24

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TRACK AND FIELD: Gallatin wins two sprints in Raider track loss

webseniors5 4 16Seniors on the Middletown track and field team and their families were honored before a meet with Northern York.

Middletown sprinter Tyrelle Gallatin won two races, but the Blue Raiders lost to Northern York in boys’ and girls’ track and field on Tuesday, April 26 in Middletown.

Gallatin won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11 seconds and the 200-meter run with a time of 23.6 seconds.

The Raiders honored their senior teammates and their families before the meet.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 16:50

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BASEBALL: Raiders fight but eventually fall to Mechanicsburg, LD

mattesphoto5 4 16Middletown relief pitcher Michael Mattes induced Mechanicsburg's final out of the sixth inning to give the Blue Raiders one last chance against the Wildcats.

The Middletown baseball team endured another pair of losses and a rainout last week as the current season approached the end.

As has been the case the past couple weeks, the Blue Raiders showed their competitive spirit before seeing their hopes of victory elude them against a pair of rivals from the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division.

The Raiders (3-12, 2-10 in the division) hung tough at Mechanicsburg (11-4, 9-3) on Monday, April 25 before the Wildcats scored three late runs to turn away the Middletown squad’s upset bid.

Against Lower Dauphin on Wednesday, April 27, the Raiders held a 1-0 lead through the game’s first 2 ½ innings prior to the Falcons’ four-run rally in the bottom of the third frame. The Middletown side was then held to just one run the rest of the way and the Falcons scored seven times in the bottom of the fifth, eventually posting a 12-2 win over the hard-luck Raiders in Hummelstown.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:24

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