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VOLLEYBALL: LD rebounds to beat MIlton Hershey, 3-1

Alex Leader had 18 kills and Erin Stoner had 35 assists to lead the Lower Dauphin girls' volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Milton Hershey on Friday, Sept. 25 in Hershey.

Leader added 16 digs, while Stoner recorded 10 digs.

The Spartans (4-4, 3-4 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Colonial Division) won the first set, 26-24, but the Falcons (4-4, 4-3) swept the next three, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-22.

The Falcons won two of three other matches last week.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 15:25

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COMEBACK: Raiders edge E-town on two late TDs

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After his Middletown football team erased a 13-0 deficit to beat Elizabethtown 14-13 on Friday, Sept. 18 in Lancaster County, Coach Brett Myers was relieved by the comeback win. “I like the way our kids responded,” he said.

“We should all be proud of the way they came back to win the game,” Myers said, after the Blue Raiders (2-1) bounced back with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win.

Elizabethtown, a team that was looking to break a 15-game losing streak, appeared ready to do just that, dominating play for nearly three full quarters in the non-league matchup.

But the Bears (0-3) again suffered through another loss as the Raiders found the strength and guts to rally for the win with the two late scores.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:47

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BOYS' SOCCER: Raiders stop Trinity, fall to East Pennsboro

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The Middletown boys' soccer team played two hard-fought games last week – a 2-1 victory over Trinity on Monday, Sept. 14 in Shiremanstown and a 4-2 loss to East Pennsboro on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Middletown.

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Middletown (2-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Divison) started strong against Trinity (0-3 in the division), keeping the ball in Trinity territory for much of the first 10 minutes.
But the Shamrocks took control of the game for the next 30 minutes, peppering Middletown goalkeeper Andrew Yeich with several shots.

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The Raiders returned home against experienced East Pennsboro (3-0, 4-2 overall), and the Panthers dominated much of the first half with several quality chances.
Despite Yeich remaining strong in goal (8 saves), the Panthers scored two quick goals to take a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the game.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:43

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CROSS COUNTRY: Raiders' Shaffer earns spot in district title race

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Several good high school cross country teams signed up for the Big Spring Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 19 to get a preview of the course that will host the District 3 championships later this year.

The sneak peek proved to be valuable to Middletown's Justin Shaffer.

Shaffer qualified for the District 3 championships by completing the Cumberland County course in 18:47. He'll see the Big Spring High School course again.

Middletown and Lower Dauphin were two of the 28 teams that competed in the invitational. Hempfield's boys' team and Chambersburg's girls' team won their respective divisions.

The Blue Raiders competed in a tri-meet against Lower Dauphin and Red Land on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Lower Dauphin beat both Middletown and Red Land in both the boys' and girls' competitions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:35

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VOLLEYBALL: Raiders start strong, fall to Trinity, 3-1

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It was a strong start.

Middletown took the first game from Trinity in a Mid-Penn Conference girls' volleyball match, 28-26 on Thursday, Sept. 17 in Middletown.

But the Shamrocks eventually wore down the Blue Raiders, winning the second game, 25-17, then claiming the final two, 25-13 and 25-19, to take the triumph in the Colonial Division match.

Taylor Kolish had 15 digs and 7 kills for Middletown (1-4, 0-3 in the division). Kassidy Deibler had 7 kills, 4 aces and 4 blocks, while teammate Riley Zimmerman had 7 kills.

Kate Lindholm led Trinity (2-1, 2-1) with 15 kills and 4 aces, while teammate Hailey Donson had 8 kills and 4 aces.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:27

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