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SHOWDOWN: Rollers beat Raiders on Homecoming, 19-7

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Visits by alumni, class reunions, a parade, other gatherings and great weather made for a near-perfect weekend for Middletown’s annual Homecoming festivities. The only thing that kept it from perfection was a disappointing loss by the football team at sunny War Memorial Field on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Despite the hard-working, determined efforts of this year’s team, the Blue Raiders came away on the short end of a 19-7 decision against division rival Steelton-Highspire. As in some of the other losses the Raiders (4-5, 2-4 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) suffered this season, the youth factor once again came into play.

“We have just four seniors starting on defense and three on offense,” Middletown Coach Brett Myers said. “The others are underclassmen. We made some mistakes, especially on special teams, that hurt us. We have to work on that part of the game.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 16:55

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Raider boys, girls end successful soccer season

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It's good to have goals. It's even better to exceed them.

When Larry Kapenstein took over as coach of the Middletown boys' soccer team last August, he hoped his squad would at least win as many games as it lost. Under former coach Sergei Koreba, the Blue Raiders struggled, and Koreba's stern style – sometimes practices amounted only to running and performing crunches under the frustrated former coach – deflated the morale of the players, Kapenstein said.

Some players would feign injury to get out of Koreba's practices, Kapenstein said. "He sort of treated the kids, I guess you could say, like soldiers – like professional players,'' Kapenstein said. "I don't believe you have to break a kid down and build them up again.''

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 16:45

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POWER OUTAGE: Palmyra plays lights-out defense, throttles Raiders, 31-7

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With 1:16 left in the third quarter of Middletown's football game against Palmyra on Friday, Oct. 17, the lights shut down at Palmyra’s Buck Swank Stadium, leaving the field in darkness for 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the lights also went out on Middletown’s offense, and the Cougars went on to post a 31-7 win over the Blue Raiders.

Trailing by just 7-0 at halftime, the Raiders (4-4, 2-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) came out in the second half with a quick scoring drive to tie the game 1:30 into the third quarter. But Palmyra (4-4, 3-2) went back on top less than a minute later, and the Cougar defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way to counter the efforts of the visiting Middletown squad.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:45

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Raider boys, girls fall in District 3 soccer playoffs

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Middletown Area High School's boys and girls soccer teams were eliminated in the District 3 soccer playoffs on Monday, Oct. 20.

The boys lost to West York, 2-0 in York County, while the girls lost on place kicks to Northern York after the two teams played to a 2-2 tie through overtime at War Memorial Field.

In the regular-season finale, Middletown graciously changed its schedule to accommodate Camp Hill's christening of its renovated home soccer field, Seibert Park Stadium, rearranging a game so that both the Lions' boys and girls teams could host their first games on the new turf.

It was senior recognition night for the Lions, and the student body cheering section was out in force for the games on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The Camp Hill boys scored a goal late in the game to beat the Blue Raiders, 1-0. The Raider girls had graciously agreed to change their schedule so Camp Hill could host their game as well, then walloped the Lions, 5-0, on a hat trick by Braelyn Zavoda.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:35

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Falcons effective, but not perfect, in 21-0 victory over rival Hershey

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It was a victory over their geographic rivals. And a shutout, no less. On Homecoming weekend. Still, Lower Dauphin left Hersheypark Stadium after its 21-0 victory over neighboring Hershey on Friday, Oct. 17 a little unsatisfied, slightly disappointed in its performance.

The underdog Trojans proved to be tough on defense, and trailed LD by only a touchdown at the half.

The Falcons (7-1, 4-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division) pulled away late in the third quarter on a George Hatalowich 14-yard touchdown run, and put the game out of reach midway through the final quarter on a clutch 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Klock to Adam Zeiders. Zeiders pulled the toss down in the end zone with two Hershey defenders on him, clinching a hard-earned victory over the Trojans (2-6, 0-4) that seemed too close for too long.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:27

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