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Falcon boys wrap up season with a victory

The Lower Dauphin boys basketball team dropped a pair of games before closing out the season with a win vs. Dallastown.

They finished at 11-9 on the season and 7-7 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division.

In a 58-51 home loss to Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Falcons couldn’t hold a fourth-quarter lead, getting outscored 23-13 in that period to lose by 7.

Brady Wilson and Will Bowen each had 14 for Lower Dauphin, while Ryan Becher scored 9.

On the road at Palmyra on Friday, Feb. 3, the Falcons lost 52-41 as the home team pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visitors 19-12 on the Cougars’ Senior Night.

Three players scored in double figures for Lower Dauphin — Josh Saufley had 11 and Bowen and Wilson each scored 10.

The fourth quarter finally went the Falcons’ way in their Saturday, Feb. 4 home win vs. Dallastown.

Tied at 48 after three quarters, Lower Dauphin outscored the visitors 19-11 to post a 67-59 win.

Wilson had 17, Bowen 15, Becher 15 and Brian Swist 10 for Lower Dauphin.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:27

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13 Lower Dauphin athletes announce college choices

athlete tweetFront row, McKenzy Lilliock, Savannah Mushinski, Kelly Palmer, Kasey Curtis, Emma Durantine and Sarita Walters. Back row, Jarred Dunkle, Zack Fails, Justin McIntyre, Daniel Beaver, Michael Yarrish, Timmy Townsend and Luke Romanoski


Thirteen Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes announced their college choices where they will continue their academic and athletic careers.

In a National Letter of Intent signing day ceremony in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the student-athletes, representing eight sports made their announcements before parents, coaches, teachers and classmates.



Jared Dunkle – Jared is the son of Billie Jo and Ray Dunkle. He is an honorable mention Mid-Penn Division all-star. He will continue his education and playing career at Marywood University, where he will major in athletic training.


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Emma Durantine – Emma is the daughter of Peter and Angela Durantine. She is two-year varsity starter on the field hockey team and was a co-captain her senior year. She is a second-team all-star and was named to the 2015 NFHCA National Academic Squad as a scholar of distinction. She will attend Franklin & Marshall College and continue her playing career while majoring in microbiology.

McKenzy Lilliock – McKenzy is a three-year varsity starter, a NFHCA National Academic Squad member and was also named to the state’s all-academic squad. She will attend Alvernia University, major in sports management and continue her playing career.



Daniel Beaver – Daniel is the son of Lori and Mark Beaver and was a first-team all-star on offense and a second-team defense all-star. He was a team captain and a MiniMax award recipient. He will continue his education and playing career at the University of Pennsylvania and major in business.

Justin McIntyre – Justin is the son of Tim and Denise McIntyre. He was a second-team Mid-Penn all-star at defensive end his senior year and has earned a combined six varsity letters in football, basketball and volleyball. He will attend Saint Francis University, where he will continue his football career and major in business management and marketing.



Zack Fails – Zack is the son of Bill and Jennifer Fails. He was a Mid-Penn, District 3 and Regional qualifier in golf and was a first-team Mid-Penn All-Star. He will continue his education and playing career at West Chester University, where he will major in business.



Michael Yarrish – Michael is the son of Karen and Paul Yarrish. He is a four-year varsity starter in lacrosse and was a second-team Mid-Penn all-star. He is also a two-year starter in ice hockey. He will attend Ithaca College and major in business while continuing his lacrosse playing career.



Kasey Curtis – Kasey is the daughter of Melanie Mowery and Kevin Curtis. She was co-captain of the girls soccer team and was a second-team Mid-Penn all-star. She also played club soccer in the community. She will attend Millersville University, where she will continue her academic and athletic careers and major in psychology.

Savannah Mushinski – Savannah is the daughter of Kristin and Bob Mushinski. She is a four-year varsity soccer starter and earned Mid-Penn all-star first team honors once and second team honors twice. Her senior year she was also the team most valuable player and earned the Al Hershey Award. She plans to continue her education and playing career at West Chester University, where she will pursue a major in the medical field.

Luke Romanoski – Luke is the son of Laurie Peiffer and David Romanoski. He is a varsity letter-winner in soccer and track and earned the soccer team’s heart-hustle award. He will attend Penn State’s Berks Campus, major in electro-mechanical engineering, and play soccer.

Timmy Townsend – Timmy is the son of Tom and Lori Townsend. He was a team captain on the state champion boys soccer team this past season and was named an All-American as well as being named first-team all-state and  Mid-Penn Division Player of the Year. He will continue his education and playing career at the University of Pittsburgh, where he will major in business.

Sarita Walters – Sarita is the daughter of Scott and Justine Walters. She is a four-year starter and was a first-team Mid-Penn divisional all-star her senior year and was twice named a second-team all-star. She also played club soccer in the community. She will attend Virginia Military Institute, where she will major in international studies and continue her playing career.



Kelly Palmer – Kelly is the daughter of Lynne and Dennis Palmer. She is a three-year letter winner on varsity heading into her senior season. She will attend Wesley College, major in nursing and continue her softball career.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:54

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Raiders roll to four more wins

Screen Shot 2017 02 02 at 12.00.00 PMThe Middletown boys basketball team rolled through four more opponents last week, running away with victories against East Pennsboro, Eastern Lebanon County, Camp Hill and Tulpehocken to move to 16-2 on the season. 

In the process, the Blue Raiders solidified their spot as the top AAAA team in District III. 

Tied for first place and setting their sights on a Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division title, the Raiders are scheduled to face off against co-leaders Trinity and Milton Hershey this week as the regular season winds down to its final two weeks.  


Middletown 74,
East Pennsboro 60

Traveling to Enola to take on the East Pennsboro Panthers is always an adventure for the Blue Raiders, and the anticipated result of the Monday, Jan. 23 matchup was unpredictable at best.

After one quarter of action, the host team was hanging on to an 18-17 lead and had the Middletown fans feeling a bit edgy. But a 25-13 scoring advantage in period two changed the flow of the game and the Blue Raiders went on to claim the 74-60 decision. 

The Middletown offense produced double-digit scorers in Chris Plummer (19), Ryan Hughes (18) and Tyreer Mills (12) while the defense held the Panthers to a combined 23 points in the middle periods to key the division victory. 

Mills and Hughes went back-to-back to give the Raiders an early 4-0 lead before the Panthers scored at 6:42. Plummer’s trey and another triple by Mills following an East Penn miss pushed the Middletown lead to 10-2 a minute later. But the Panthers came right back with a 9-0 run to take the lead. 

A drive and foul shot by Tre Leach tied the score at 13-13 and a layup by Hughes again knotted the score at 15-15. Mitch Henry’s triple at 2:25 eased the hosts back in front 18-15. Two minutes later Plummer’s putback closed out the first quarter scoring. 

After the Panthers increased their lead to 25-19 three minutes into the second stanza, the Middletown offense picked up the pace. Keyed by the defense that forced turnovers and missed shots by the Panthers the Raiders ran off 8 straight points to take over the lead at 27-25. 

East Penn would get one more lead in the game, that one coming on a trey by Jake Henry at 2:25. 

From that point on, it was Middletown’s game and the Raiders closed out the first half with a 42-31 lead. The Raiders scored 25 points in the frame to take control. 

The lead grew to 54-33 at the halfway point of the third quarter as Plummer, Mills, Michael Mattes and Luke Mrakovich provided the points. 

An 18-10 scoring advantage in the period gave the Raiders a comfortable 60-41 lead heading into the final frame. 

Screen Shot 2017 02 02 at 12.03.12 PMWith a 20-point lead in hand with 5:10 left in the game Middletown coach Chris Sattele let his reserve players finish the game. 

Mitch Henry registered 11 of his game-high 25 points in the final eight minutes, but they were not nearly enough to rally the Panthers to a win. 


Middletown 81,
Eastern Lebanon County 61

The Blue Raiders made their first-ever road trip to Myerstown to take on the Eastern Lebanon County Raiders last Wednesday and returned home with an 81-61 victory in their pockets. But, like the trip to Enola two days prior, the Middletown squad was tested early by the Lancaster-Lebanon League team. 

After creeping out to a 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Blue Raiders were stung by a 26-point eruption by ELCO’s rejuvenated offense that was led by a combined 19 points from Nathan Beamer and Devin Stoops. 

ELCO’s 26-18 scoring advantage in the 8-minute span led to a 39-39 deadlock at halftime. The message Sattele and his assistant coaches passed on to the team at the intermission was about defense. Simply put, the Blue Raiders had to start playing with that in mind to start the second half. 

By forcing missed shots and turnovers because of increased defensive pressure, the Blue Raiders broke away from the tie score with a pivotal 12-0 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter, churning out a 51-39 lead and setting the ELCO team back on its heels. Seven Middletown players scored in the 24-point outburst while ELCO was held to just 10 points. 

While the run was good for the Middletown squad, the team suffered a scare when Mills went down with an ankle injury with 39 seconds left. Mills would not return but was back in action two days later. 

Mrakovich scored 8 of his team-high 20 points in first half of the fourth quarter as the Blue Raiders out-pointed their hosts 18-12 in the final segment. And, again, Sattele was able to use his bench to close out the non-league victory. 

Hughes scored 18 points while Leach added 16 and Plummer chipped in 13 in the win. 


Middletown 82, Camp Hill 62

In the season’s first-half matchup on their home court, the Blue Raiders topped Camp Hill 83-67. In that game, the Lions were at full strength and the Middletown victory proved to be a big one because of it. 

This time at Camp Hill, the Lions — who always play extremely well at home — were without big man Zach Kuntz, who was sidelined with a broken thumb. And that turned out to be a real plus in Middletown’s favor. Although the Raiders won the first meeting, Kuntz scored 18 points in the clash and led the game in rebounds. 

Without him on Friday, the Lions were outrebounded by Leach, Plummer and others and Camp Hill was limited mostly to single shots at the basket throughout the night. Sattele noted that Kuntz’s absence was big for his team. 

While Casey Caruso (19) and Darien Perez (12) led Camp Hill in scoring, the lack of second chances hurt the Lions’ offense. At the other end of the court, the Blue Raiders placed four players in double figures to spark the rout. Plummer led the way with 22 points, Hughes added 20, Leach popped in 18 and Mrakovich chipped in 11 while six others scored for the winners. 

Hughes and Plummer evenly split 12 points in the game’s opening period to pace the Middletown side to a 19-12 lead to start the second stanza. Leach started off the scoring in the second quarter with a foul shot and then, keyed by an assist from Hughes, added a three-point play 23 seconds later to increase Middletown’s lead to 23-12. Plummer’s tap-in off a missed free throw pushed the Raiders’ lead to 27-17 with 5:10 left in the first half. After Camp Hill’s Reid Silva hit a trey to cut the lead the Blue Raiders took off on a 9-0 run that produced a 36-20 lead with just under two minutes left in the half. After the Lions had pulled to within 12 points with just seconds left, Leach launched a half-court heave that banked in for a crowd-pleasing triple at the buzzer and the Raiders owned a 43-28 advantage at the break. 

Midway through the third quarter, the Raiders put together a 12-0 run with most of the points coming off transitions following Camp Hill misses. Mrakovich made two foul shots to start the run, Hughes went back-to-back from the baseline, Mrakovich drove inside for a layup and Plummer converted a pair of Mills assists in the streak that elevated the Middletown side to an overwhelming 60-32 lead. From that point on it was simply a matter of maintaining their advantage. Mission accomplished. 

The Raiders led 65-40 at the end of the third period and produced 17 points in the fourth to stay comfortably ahead of their hosts. Caruso scored 9 of his 19 points in the final frame to try to rally his team. But the deficit proved to be much too big to make that happen. 


Middletown 81,
Tulpehocken 50

Tradition at Middletown under coach Chris Sattele’s leadership dictates that the senior players start the annual Senior Recognition game, and Saturday’s contest was no exception. With the afternoon starting time, seniors Tristen Maxwell, Braedon Thomas, Kobe Sprecher, Michael Mattes and Trey Michal took the floor for the opening tipoff against visiting Tulpehocken. The sixth senior, Luke Mrakovich, who has been a starter all year, sat out the first several minutes of the game, unselfishly giving his spot to one of his classmates. 

And, the group of 12th-graders who usually play backup roles made the most of their time on the court. Thomas and Sprecher teamed for 16 points in the opening period to stake the Blue Raiders a comfortable early lead against their guests from Bernville. And, when Mrakovich got into the game, he quickly registered 12 of his game-high 20 points as the home team raced out to a 32-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. Down by that early count the Trojans never recovered and the Blue Raiders ran off with an 81-50 non-league victory. 

As regular starters Hughes, Plummer, Leach and Mills eased into the action, the Raiders proved to be too much for the Berks County League Trojans, who came into the contest with just three wins to their credit. The Trojans did pick up their scoring in the middle two periods by totaling 28 points but still were on the short end of a 54-35 score entering the game’s final 8 minutes. 

Any hopes Tulpehocken had of making a late run were cast aside as the Raiders rang up 27 points in the fourth quarter to complete the rout. Nine Middletown players scored in the late rush while the defense limited the Trojans to 15 markers. 

Mrakovich finished the game with a game-high 20 points to lead the way while Thomas and Sprecher collected 11 each in the win. Underclassmen Jarrod Myers, Antonia Gamble, David Alcock and Mitch Lee also chipped in points for the winners.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:08

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Thompson a Mr. PA finalist, will play football at Towson

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Middletown Blue Raiders running back Jaelen Thompson is one of five finalists for the Small School 2016 Mr. PA Football, and he also announced this week his intention to play football at Towson University in Maryland.

Middletown’s all-time leading rusher helped the Blue Raiders reach the 2016 PIAA AAA championship game. He rushed for 3,940 yards to pass the 3,409 yards by Rodney Ramsey, whose last season was in 2008.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound senior played defensive back as well as running back.

On Sunday, he tweeted: “Proud to announce that I’ll be furthering my academic and football career at Towson University.”

Thompson was a Mid-Penn All-Star. He was named to the PA Writers All State Team and the All Eastern PA Team, and was selected as Eastern PA Football Player of the Year.

The other Small School finalists are Collin Smith of Ligonier Valley, quarterback/defensive back; Lamont Wade of Clairton, running back/defensive back; Paris Ford of Steel Valley, wide receiver/defensive back; and Andrew Irwin of Bishop Guilfoyle, linebacker/running back.

Towson, in Towson, Maryland, plays in the Colonial Athletic Association in the Football Championship Series, or FCS. They went 4-7 in 2016.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:22

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Blue Raider girls fall at home to Camp Hill, with 2 games this week

Screen Shot 2017 02 02 at 11.48.19 AMThe Middletown girls basketball team stands at 6-12 on the season and 2-7 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division after a 56-49 home loss to Camp Hill on Friday, Jan. 27.

Kate Fitzpatrick continued her stellar play as a freshman, scoring 18 to lead the team. She’s averaging more than 11 points a game on the season. 

Bianca Jasper, the team’s leading scorer at about 16.5 points a game, added 14 in the loss. 

Makaila Nester scored 9 points for the Blue Raiders.

Trailing by 15 at halftime, 32-17, the Blue Raiders made it a game in the third period, outscoring the Lions 19-8 to pull within four. 

But the visitors, who are first in the Capital Division at 16-3 overall and 10-1 in the league, outscored Middletown 16-13 in the final period to hold on to the win. 

Diamond Bragg scored 24 and Sheridan Reid added 19 for Camp Hill.

The season is winding down. The team traveled to Trinity on Tuesday night and will finish the season with two home games, vs. West Perry on Friday, Feb. 3 and vs. Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:58

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