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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders win regular season finale, await Eastern York in district tournament

webluke2 10 16Middletown's Luke Mrakovich (3), shown in a game earlier in the season against Camp Hill, led the Blue Raiders with 17 points in their regular-season finale against Waynesboro.

The Middletown boys’ basketball team’s climb up the ladder in the District 3 Class AAA playoff rankings took a hit on Tuesday, Feb. 2 in a disappointing overtime loss to East Pennsboro.

But the resilient Blue Raiders bounced back on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with a regular-season finale victory at Waynesboro and held onto a coveted spot in the postseason standings.

With the win, the Raiders (14-8) claimed the 13th position in the district and qualified for the playoffs that start in a few days. The Raiders are scheduled to take on Eastern York in a first-round on Tuesday, Feb. 16. 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:58

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For Raiders, and gym, the end comes in win over East Pennsboro

webseniors2 10 16Blue Raider seniors Ja'lynn Burton-Jones, front row left, and Ava Mrakovich, front row right, pose for a final photo after the game with Coach Ron Stetler Jr., back row left, and assistant coaches Amanda Jones and Mike Thomas.

It went out a winner.

Middletown Area High School's venerable 50-something-year-old gym, its wooden bleachers, its sturdy, heavily-trodden floor, its leak-stained ceiling and musty closeness – became history on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The final basketball game was played that night – the school will be demolished this summer and replaced next August by a new building under construction up the road – and Middletown won. Reigned, actually.

The Blue Raider girls' basketball team beat East Pennsboro, 49-31, running away from the visiting Panthers in a dominant third quarter. With alumni and the school district superintendent looking on, the Raiders blitzed East Pennsboro with an 8-0 run midway through the quarter, turning a 31-27 game into a 39-27 advantage, then holding the Panthers to one lousy basket in the fourth quarter.

For Middletown, the game was an emotional one – as Raider Ava Mrakovich explained afterward, "getting the privilege to play the last game'' meant a lot.


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Raiders, Falcons, Rollers reach District 3 basketball playoffs

webdunkMiddletown's Brandon Harper  Four local teams have qualified for the District 3 high school basketball  playoffs that begin this week.

  The Middletown and Steelton-Highspire boys' basketball teams qualified  for the district's Class AAA playoffs, while the Lower Dauphin girls'  basketball team qualified for the district's Class AAAA playoffs and the  Steelton-Highspire girls' basketball team qualified for the district's Class AA  playoffs.

  All four will play first-round games on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

   Here's the schedule:

 BOYS

 • Middletown (14-8) at Eastern York (18-4), 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16

 • Steelton-Highspire (12-9) at ELCO (19-3), 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16

GIRLS

• Cocalico (18-4) at Lower Dauphin (17-5), 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16

• Upper Dauphin (12-10) at Steelton-Highspire (7-14), 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:08

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Five Steel-High athletes commit to colleges

steelsignees2 10 16Steelton-Highspire High School teachers, administrators and community members congratulate, from left, front row, Quentin Taylor-Porter, Shamari Jones, Bryce Carter, Jaron Grayer and Chris Penny.

Five Steelton-Highspire student-athletes committed to colleges on Wednesday, Feb. 3 – national Letter of Intent Day.

Two committed to play football at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, while a third committed to play football and run track at a Division II school. The remaining two athletes will join sports teams at junior colleges next fall.

Jaron Grayer committed to play football for Division I Maine, Orono, Ma. Maine is a member of the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.

Bryce Carter committed to play football for Division I Towson St., Towson, Md. Towson is a member of the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.

Quentin Taylor-Porter committed to play football and run track at Division II Cheyney University, Chester and Delaware counties.

Shamari Jones will play football at Lackawanna College, Scranton

Chris Penny will participate in track and field at Malcolm X College, Chicago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 13:51

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MIDDLETOWN'S MYERS SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT WITH WEST VIRGINIA

webmyers2 10 16Brooke Myers, the goalkeeper for the Middletown girls' soccer team, signed a letter of intent with West Virginia.

The goalkeeper for the Middletown Area High School girls' soccer team signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with Division I West Virginia.

Brooke Myers, daughter of Steve and Michelle Myers, started in the net for the Blue Raiders for four years and served as team captain last fall.

Middletown (14-6) qualified for the District 3 Class AA playoffs last October, beating Donegal 2-1 in a first-round game before losing to Northern York, 2-0 in the second round.

West Virginia has made 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and won six Big 12 Conference titles.

Myers was one of four signees announced by West Virginia.

"I'm really excited about our 2016 class – each athlete brings tremendous success with her to Morgantown,'' West Virginia Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said on the university's Web site.

Myers, who is 5-11, was a three-year member of Penn Legacy '97 Black, a club team that was ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania in 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:12

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