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LD Falcons reboot after championship season


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How do you top a championship season, a surprising, historic football campaign like the one Lower Dauphin had in 2013?

The Falcons won the District 3 Class AAAA championship last year, their first district title since 2003, shared the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division crown and shut out six opponents. With several stars from that time gone because of graduation, and a tough division schedule awaiting this fall, how do to tackle a new campaign? 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:55

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Will success breed success for Blue Raiders?


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On the first official day of preseason football camp, Middletown Coach Brett Myers considered the expectations placed on his Blue Raiders this year. “New uniforms, new paint scheme on the helmets and a new practice field. Expectations are high,” he quipped.

Following last year’s surprise 6-4 record during Myers’ first season as the head of the Raiders’ football program, expectations for a repeat or better performance will be swirling among Middletown fans. With some big shoes to fill due to the graduation of a solid number of key seniors in June, Myers and his capable staff of assistant coaches have their work cut out for them . . .


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:57

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AN 'A' FOR EFFORT: Seniors impress in Raiders’ first scrimmage, coach says


defense8 20 14Photo by Bill Darrah: The Blue Raider defense pressured Boyertown’s quarterback frequently.


They didn’t keep score in Middletown’s first scrimmage of the football season, a get-together with Boyertown on Saturday, Aug. 16 at War Memorial Field – but Blue Raider Coach Brett Myers said he learned a little about his senior players.


The seniors “as a whole’’ showed leadership in the scrimmage, as the Raiders made a difficult transition from hard practices to game scenarios against opposing foes, Myers said.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:19

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football8 20 14Photo by Jodi Ocker: Quarterbacks practice taking snaps during a drill of the Middletown Area High School Blue Raiders.


Race car driver Bobby Unser, who won the Indianapolis 500 in three different decades, once observed, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.’’      

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:05

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Two Middletown players shine on baseball field in Keystone State Games



Two Middletown Area High School baseball players almost won bronze medals at the Keystone State Games on Sunday, Aug. 3.

But their team, the Capital Region, lost the third-place game in the junior division – teams with players who will be sophomores and freshmen this fall – to Lehigh Valley on Sunday, at Susquehanna Twp.’s Veterans Park.

Jimmy Fitzpatrick, a pitcher, catcher and infielder, and Noah Zimmerman, an outfielder, contributed to Capital’s run for a medal. Fitzpatrick pitched Capital into the bronze-medal game, getting out of a bases-loaded jam with no one out in the first inning of a game against Delaware Valley to secure the victory and give Capital a chance at third place.

Fitzpatrick, who won a bronze medal last year with Capital’s baseball team, added an RBI in the six games.


Zimmerman drove in two runs in Capital’s first game, a victory over Nittany. He also drove in a run in a victory over Pocono.

Two other Middletown Blue Raiders, Zack Sims and Jordan Flowers, won gold medals when their team, Capital Region, won the scholastic division – seniors and juniors – by beating Lehigh Valley 4-3 in the championship game final of the Keystone State Games.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 20:21

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