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Seven Sorrows takes two from Halifax; playoffs next

Seven Sorrows won two of three games against Halifax it its regular-season finale on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Halifax. Now the Eagles' three teams in the peewee, midget and pony divisions all qualified for the league playoffs that begin on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The peewee division Eagles play Big Spring at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Big Spring High School. The Pony division Eagles play Susquenita at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Boiling Springs High School, while the Midget division Eagles play Boiling Springs at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Boiling Springs High School.

The Seven Sorrows Smurf division team played in the league's Smurf Bowl, a weekend championship tournament, where the Eagles made it to the third-place game.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:00

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Power outages force McDevitt to change football showdown with Lower Dauphin

Lower Dauphin's looming title showdown with unbeaten Bishop McDevitt has been moved from Friday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov. 1 because of power outages at McDevitt's new stadium.

The game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 31, will be played at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, a move made after outages plagued the school's year-old Rocco Ortenzio Stadium.

Power went out at the stadium, which opened in 2013, during Bishop McDevitt's game against Cedar Cliff on Friday, Oct. 10 – the Crusaders' Homecoming game, no less.

The stadium was struck by a couple temporary power outages during a game Sept. 12 against Cumberland Valley.

Lower Dauphin (6-1) is 3-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division, a game behind Bishop McDevitt (7-0, 4-0 in the division).


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:29

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SHAMROCKED: Raiders' first-half blitz too much for Trinity, 36-8

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Asked what his week was like leading up to Middletown's Capital Division clash with visiting Trinity on Friday, Oct. 10, Blue Raider Coach Brett Myers answered with a telling reply: “It was a week following a loss.”

Myers was referring, of course, to his team’s setback against Milton Hershey the previous week, a game in which the Raiders saw their chances for an upset fade away in the second half. So Myers and his staff had to again challenge their team to step up its level of play in preparation of its meeting with Trinity.

And the hard work and determination the staff got from the players paid huge dividends. The Raiders absorbed an early shot by the Shamrocks before staging a dominating comeback and posting an impressive 36-8 victory under the lights at War Memorial Field.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:26

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GOT 'ER DONE: Strong second half leads LD over Wildcats, 38-21

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After a half filled with highs and lows, missed opportunities in the red zone and a missed defensive assignment that led to the opponent's first touchdown, Lower Dauphin Coach Rob Klock issued this halftime message to his team in the locker room: I am feeling frustrated.

Frustrated that offensive drives stall and scoring opportunities slip away. Frustrated that each defensive mistake seems to result in the ultimate football punishment: A touchdown by the opposition. Frustrated that his Falcons only led Mechanicsburg by three points, 17-14, at the half.

"I thought we were better than three points better than that team,'' Klock said. "We really should have had two more touchdowns. We need to wake up and find some consistency.''

The Falcons did awaken in the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter by mixing an effective passing attack with a strong running game to subdue the Wildcats, 38-21 on Friday, Oct. 10 in Mechanicsburg.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:21

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Raiders beat Bears, 3-1, in boys' high school soccer, eye District 3 playoffs

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Eddie Arnold scored his first hat trick of the season, single-handedly laying waste to Northern York's defense as Middletown beat the Polar Bears, 3-1 in a boys' soccer game on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at War Memorial Field.

It was the fifth victory in a row for the Blue Raiders, (12-5, 7-4 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division), who are poised to qualify for the District 3 Class AA playoffs. The Raiders were rated ninth in the district's power rankings, with the top 18 teams qualifying for a playoff spot.

It was a special night for the Raiders, who honored hometown soccer hero Ben Olsen, a Middletown grad and pro soccer star who currently coaches Major League Soccer's DC United.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:18

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