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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders lasso Mustangs, 59-41, move closer to district playoffs

webteam1 20 16The Middletown Blue Raiders line up for the National Anthem before the start of their game against West Perry. Middletown won, 59-41, its 10th victory of the season.

Back in November, when the Middletown boys' basketball team held tryouts and started preseason practices, fans may have guessed that the Blue Raiders could be competitive when the basketball season got under way.  No one knew just how good the Raiders could be – but everyone, including Coach Chris Sattele and his staff, had hopes for a good year.  

Following a 59-41 victory over West Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Middletown, one fan asked, “Who would have thought we would be 10-4 right now?” The answer to that probably wavered somewhere between "some'' and "not many.'' But the Raiders indeed did claim their 10th win of the season in that Capital Division meeting with the visiting Mustangs and took another step towards their goal of reaching the post-season playoffs.

The Raiders, now 10-5 after a close loss to Steelton-Highspire on Friday, Jan. 15 in Steelton, currently are in 12th place in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings, with the top 18 teams qualifying for the playoffs. Steelton-Highspire (8-6) is in 13th place.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:32

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Raiders hold off Steel-High, 49-43, move into playoff contention

webnoon1 20 16Middletown's Morgan Noon shoots and sinks a free throw against Steelton-Highspire.

A number of times this season the Middletown girls’ basketball team held leads late in games only to see those leads slip away, turning possible victories into disappointing defeats. That's exactly what happened the first time the Blue Raiders played Steelton-Highspire.

The Rollers came back to win that game in the last minutes of the fourth quarter, 38-32 on Dec. 11 in Middletown. There were some fears among Middletown fans that it could happen again in the fourth quarter of the rematch on Friday, Jan. 15, as the Raiders watched an eight-point lead evaporate early in the fourth against the Steel-High in Steelton.

But after the Rollers had trimmed the Middletown lead to just one point, 41-40, with 4:09 left in the game, the Raiders recovered to save the day. After closing the tense game with an 8-3 run, the Middletown side held on for a 49-43 triumph.

The victory helped Middletown (9-8) move into the 18th and final District 3 playoff spot in Class AAA.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:55

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WRESTLING: Raiders fall in last match at timeworn MAHS

webgym1 20 16The Middletown Blue Raiders warm up before they face Mechanicsburg in their final match in the old MAHS gym.

In its 53 years, the gym at Middletown Area High School has hosted many varsity wrestling matches, the cheers of joy, the screams flung at referees, the struggles and successes and pain and sweat all wrapped within its walls.

Ten district champions have called it home, a rather austere room with serviceable wooden bleachers, a place that will soon become history.

The gym, along with the remainder of the school, is scheduled to be demolished in June, replaced by a new building next door. For Middletown's wrestlers – particularly alumni who were members of the team in years past – the Blue Raiders' wrestling match against Mechanicsburg on Thursday, Jan. 14 was a bittersweet goodbye, the last varsity match in the venerable gym.

Middletown won its first match in the old gym in 1963, 35-21 over Steelton-Highspire. Against Mechanicsburg on Thursday, the Raiders took an early lead, fell behind, then waged a comeback that fell short, 45-33 in a match that followed the recognition of five seniors and their families and a nod to former Blue Raiders sitting in the audience.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:18

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MIddletown Area High School Students of the Month for January 2016

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Katelynn Kennedy and Mark Zachary Wagner were named Students of the Month for January at Middletown Area High School.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:15

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