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DISTRICT 3 PLAYOFFS: Raiders eliminated, Rollers reach title game

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Middletown was eliminated from the District 3 Class AAA girls' basketball playoffs, falling to top-seeded and unbeaten West York, 81-43 in a first-round game on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at West York High School.

Steelton-Highspire reached the District 3 Class AAA boys' basketball championship game, upsetting top-seeded Susquehanna Twp., 64-59 on Monday, Feb. 23 in a semifinal game at the Giant Center.

The Rollers will face Bishop McDevitt, a 64-52 winner over Manheim Central in the other semifinal, in the title game at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Giant Center. Both teams have clinched a spot in the PIAA state championships.

Middletown (13-11), which eliminated Big Spring 57-48 in a preliminary round game. The 17th-seeded Blue Raiders fell behind the Bulldogs early – 25-11 after the first quarter – but pulled within 29-23 in the second stanza.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:17

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SURVIVORS: Blue Raiders recover from star's injury, beat Big Spring in playoffs

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It looked ugly at first.

After a 30-some mile trip, Middletown arrived in Newville for a preliminary round game against Big Spring in the District 3 Class AAA girls' basketball tournament to find a big, loud crowd. Then Middletown's leading scorer suffers a leg injury in the first quarter and is pulled from the game – and the Blue Raiders already have lost two other starters to season-ending injuries, thinning out the bench.

Feeling lucky?

Middletown's bench glued the pieces back together on offense after teammate Ja'lynn Burton-Jones left in the opening quarter, with two subs in particular contributing greatly to the Blue Raider offense, and Middletown, the district's 17th seed, used a full-court press in the second half after Burton-Jones' return to collar the 16th-seeded Bulldogs, 57-48 on Friday, Feb. 13 and turn dire straits into success.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 18:32

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Seven local wrestlers compete in District 3 championships

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For seven local high school wrestlers, the dream of a state title is still alive.

The seven qualifiers will compete in the District 3 Class AAA Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at Hersheypark Arena.

Middletown will send sophomore Logan Stoltzfus, who compiled a 19-6 record against his opponents at 106 pounds. He will face Gov. Mifflin's Elijah Horst in a first-round match.

Lower Dauphin will send six wrestlers: Tyler Walters (106 pounds), Jordan Foreman (126), Joey Stoak (132), Lee Cassel (138), Bailey Shutt (160) and Evan Morrill (182).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 18:26

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PLAYOFF BOUND: Raiders beat Rollers to clinch postseason berth

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Although the Middletown girls’ basketball team won just one of two games last week in a finish to their regular season schedule, the Blue Raiders made the final week memorable. The win earned the team a spot in the District 3 post-season playoff picture with a 12-10 overall record. The Raiders finished in 17th place among Class AAA teams, with the top 18 making the playoffs.  

In the first game of a boys/girls home double-header on Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Raiders rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit with a strong second half in a 64-55 victory over Steelton-Highspire.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Raiders hosted Greencastle-Antrim, winners of the Mid-Penn Conference's Colonial Division title, and gave the 19-2 Blue Devils all they could handle in a well-played 52-47 loss.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:03

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Rollers pummel Raiders with 3-pointers, win 93-41

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When the Middletown Blue Raiders lost to visiting Steelton-Highspire on Tuesday, Feb. 3, it was no real surprise. The Rollers, winners of the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division, stormed onto the court in the Middletown gym and put on an impressive display of offense right from the opening tipoff, running past the shorthanded Raiders, 93-41.   

Fallout that carried over from the problems at West Perry four nights before affected the Middletown side in its final game of the year, as two starting players and Coach Chris Sattele were forced to sit out the game. While those absences did have some influence on the way the team played, it may not have mattered very much anyway, judging by the way the Rollers performed.

Led by three-point shooter Jaqui Jenkins, who made four triples in the first period, the Rollers (18-4, 11-1 in the division) jumped out to a 30-13 lead by the end of the opening quarter and never let up the rest of the way.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:58

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