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BASEBALL: Raiders' season ends with loss: "they did all we asked,'' coach says

fitzpatrickphoto5 25 16Middletown's Jimmy Fitzpatrick, a relief pitcher for the Blue Raiders, held Bishop McDevitt in check in the Raiders' season finale.



The Middletown varsity baseball team closed the books on its 2016 season early last week. The season turned out to be one of rebuilding, with a lot of new faces in starting positions, and one of few rewards as far as victories go. But it was a season that showed progress as the year went on.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:32

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Four Raider athletes sign with colleges

websignees5 25 16Middletown Area High School student-athletes who signed letters of intent to colleges are, from left, Andrew Yeich, who will play soccer at Juniata College, Huntingdon County; Alexis Ulrich, who will play soccer at Juniata College; Madalyn Jorich, who will play soccer at Penn State-Altoona; and Michael Osayi, who will play football at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre.

Four Middletown Area High School student-athletes signed letters of intent with colleges on Thursday, May 12, earning more than $280,000 in academic scholarships.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:26

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SOFTBALL: Raiders drop season finale; LD wins league title

webseniors5 25 16Middletown's three senior players, who saw their last game as Blue Raiders, are, from left, Cheyanne Frayre, Maddy Jorich and Rachel Applegate. (Don Graham photo)

Playoff-bound Bishop McDevitt broke open a close game with five runs in the third inning to defeat Middletown, 12-1 in softball in the Blue Raiders’ season finale on Monday, May 16 in Middletown.

Three Raider seniors played their final game as Middletown ended the season with a 5-15 record (5-11 in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division). Bishop McDevitt improved to 13-7 and moved on to the District 3 Class AAA playoffs against East Pennsboro (14-3).

Lower Dauphin 6
Chambersburg 3

Lower Dauphin pitching ace Ava Bottiglia gave up just two runs on six hits and struck out seven batters, and four Falcons drove in runs in as LD won the Mid-Penn Conference championship with a victory over Chambersburg on Thursday, May 16 in Newville.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:15

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BOYS' VOLLEYBALL: Falcons fall to Red Lion in District 3 playoffs

Lower Dauphin bowed out of the District 3 Class AAA playoffs in boys’ volleyball, but the Falcons didn’t leave quietly.

The Falcons were eliminated in the first round by Red Lion, 3-0, losing three close sets, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22 on Tuesday, May 19 in Dallastown.

Justin McIntyre had 6 kills, 2 aces and 1 block for Lower Dauphin, while teammate Jefferson Water had 5 kills, 1 ace and 5 blocks.

The Falcons saw a number of players contribute in the tough loss. Joshua Helfrich had 4 kills; Ivan Amato had 3 kills and 7 blocks; Kyle Korcyzski had 2 kills; John Davis had 1 kill and 1 block; Chase Mader had 15 digs; Logan Baker had 12 assists; and Daniel Beaver had 3 blocks.

The Falcons (10-6) rode a late-season winning streak into the playoffs. Red Lion improved its record to 14-3.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:02

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BOYS' VOLLEYBALL: Falcons win monster set, beat Red Land, 3-1

It was the set that seemed it would never end.

Lower Dauphin and Red Land played, and played, and played the first set of a crucial match with District 3 playoff spots on the line. Twenty-five points win the set – but you have to win by two points, and the Falcons finally did. Finally.

Lower Dauphin took the marathon set, 35-33, on its way to a 3-1 victory over Red Land on Thursday, May 5 in Hummelstown.

The win over the Patriots (7-7) improved Lower Dauphin’s standing in the District 3 Class AAA power rankings, which determine the 12 teams in AAA that will qualify for the playoffs. The Falcons (10-3) have climbed to sixth place in the rankings, thanks to a six-match winning streak. Lower Dauphin also beat Cedar Cliff (0-11) and Chambersburg (7-5) during the streak.

Games played through Friday, May 13 count toward determining the final power ratings. Lower Dauphin had three games remaining in its regular season as of Sunday, May 8. The preliminary round of the District 3 playoffs begins on Thursday, May 19, with the top four teams from Class AAA qualifying for the PIAA state championships.

Against Red Land, the Falcons followed their first-set win with a second-set loss, 25-15, then bounced back to win a tense third set, 27-25, and fourth set, 25-23 to claim the victory.

Lower Dauphin’s Jefferson Waters made 20 kills, six blocks and four aces, while teammate Joshua Helfrich made 13 kills, 12 digs and one ace.

Logan Baker chipped in 42 assists, while teammate Daniel Beaver made 6 kills and 6 blocks and Chase Mader added 19 digs.

Lower Dauphin 3
Cedar Cliff 0

John Davis made 8 kills and Baker made 18 assists to lead the Falcons to victory over Cedar Cliff on Tuesday, May 3 on the West Shore.

Lower Dauphin won the first set, 25-20, then claimed the second set, 25-18, and the third set, 25-23.

Ben Baker made 15 assists, Ian Middletworth made 13 digs and Ivan Amato and Beaver each made 2 blocks and 3 kills for Lower Dauphin. Will Bowen added 1 kill and 1 block.

Lower Dauphin 3
Chambersburg 1

The Falcons rebounded from a loss in the first set to sweep the next three sets and claim the victory over Chambersburg on Monday, May 2 in Hummelstown.

After the Trojans jumped in front with a 25-22 win in the first set, Lower Dauphin came back to win, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-19 to win the match.

Waters made 17 kills and 5 blocks for the Falcons, while Helfrich made 7 kills, 14 digs and one block and Beaver made 3 kills and 10 blocks.

Logan Baker made 33 assists.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:37

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