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'I LIKE WINNING': Raider coach praises team after two big division wins

A welcomed attitude adjustment within the Middletown baseball team’s ranks produced positive results last week, as the Blue Raiders got on the winning track with a pair of victories in the Keystone Division of the Mid-Penn Conference.tinyslide4 9 14Photo by Jodi Ocker - Middletown’s Brett Altland (3), above, is thrown out at home plate by Palmyra despite his slide. The Blue Raiders still won the game, 1-0.


The adjustment showed up on Tuesday, April 1 when the Raiders toughed out a 1-0 win over visiting Palmyra, and again on Thursday, April 3 in a big 8-0 triumph over Mechanicsburg.


The pair of wins evened the Middletown squad’s record at 2-2 and showed the real potential of this year’s squad.


Coach Steve Shuleski noted that in the Raiders’ two previous losses the players needed to start playing as a team – and the Raiders responded by pulling together last week.


By beating two quality programs like Palmyra and Mechanicsburg, the Raiders proved they can be legitimate contenders in 2014.  


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:39

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MAHS students complete course for nurse aides

nurseaidephoto4 9 14Three Middletown Area High School students graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College’s nurse aide training program during a ceremony on Friday, March 14 at Frey Village.
Students Allison Shipkowski, Jordan Flowers and Lindsay Truesdale completed HACC’s 120-hour program, offered to area high school students who wish to become a state certified nurse aide for elderly clients.

Upon successful completion of the course, students are prepared to take the Pennsylvania State Certification Exam for nurse aides.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:23

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Raiders fall to East Pennsboro on errors, walks

Middletown punched out nine hits but, once again, the Blue Raiders were hampered by errors and unearned runs in a 4-3 baseball loss to visiting East Pennsboro on Thursday, March 27.tinyhitterpic4 2 14Photo by Jodi Ocker - Middletown’s Cody Fox (5) takes a swing at an East Pennsboro pitch.


Although the Panthers produced just one hit against Middletown pitching, East Pennsboro took advantage of several walks and a couple fielding miscues to rally from an early 2-0 deficit for the win.  


And despite the high number of hits by the Middletown batters, the Raiders (0-2) let several scoring chances get away during the course of the non-divisional contest on a cold, windy afternoon. In all, nine runners were left on base.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:32

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Kapenstein to coach Raiders

The Middletown Area School Board has appointed Larry Kapenstein as the new head coach for the boys’ varsity soccer team next fall, the board announced at a meeting on Monday, March 24.


Kapenstein replaces Sergei Koreba, who, after one year at Middletown, led the Blue Raiders to a 4-14 overall record in 2013.


“Larry is a familiar face to many of our student athletes and we look forward to the new season this fall under Larry’s leadership,” said Superintendent Lori Suski.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:29

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Raiders’ hitting, defense falters in 2-0 loss to E-town


The pitching was great. The hitting was not. And the defense made a couple of crucial errors as the Middletown baseball team dropped its season opener 2-0 to visiting Elizabethtown on Friday, March 21.tinyhitter3 26 14Photo by Jodi Ocker - Middletown's Ryan Popp, right, was the Blue Raiders' hitting star, going 3-for-3 at the plate.


Middletown starter pitcher Nathan Ocker picked up where he left off last year, getting 11 strikeouts while giving up just two hits and a walk in five innings. But he was victimized by the errors, which led to a pair of unearned runs in the loss.


Reliever Zach Sims was in top form as well, pitching the last two innings without yielding a hit or walk to the Bears.


Despite punching out five hits and drawing three walks, Middletown (0-1) simply could not put runs on the board.


The non-league season opener was originally scheduled to take place at Elizabethtown, but was switched to Middletown because of field conditions at the Lancaster County school. The Blue Raiders were excited to kick off the season with new Coach Steve Shuleski – unfortunately, things did not go their way as the Raiders failed to pick up a victory.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 18:58

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