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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.

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Raider wrestlers drop dual meet to Milton Hershey

The Middletown varsity wrestling team visited Milton Hershey on Jan 26, and the Raiders fell just short of securing their ninth dual meet win and a ticket to the Team District competition.

This brings their season record to 8-5 with a 5-2 record in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division. 

Competition started at 285 pounds, and Middletown’s Tariq Potter would score 4 points in the third period, but it would not be enough to overcome Milton Hershey’s Zion Parris, who won the match 5-4. 

The Middletown lightweights put up another dominant performance. At 106, Middletown freshman Luke Fegley scored a quick first-period pin over senior Kevin Minners. 

Ryan Berstler would keep the Blue Raider momentum going at 113 with a pin over Milton Hershey’s Joshua Minners. 

Christopher Joseph earned the Raiders 5 team points with a 20-5 technical fall over Quinton Campbell, and would bring the Blue Raider lead to 17-3. 

At 126, Middletown’s Logan Stoltzfus made quick work of Tim Burge, earning a pin in 1 minute, 16 seconds. 

At 132, Nate Brady would earn another important decision for the Blue Raiders by defeating Brian Cover 8-2. 

Middletown’s Devin Martin put on an impressive display at 138 by defeating Adrian Rosario by a score of 12-5, and bringing the team score to 29-3 in favor of the Raiders. 

However, the Spartans’ depth and strength in the heavyweights would prove too much for a young Blue Raider lineup. 

The Raiders dropped the last seven weight classes to the Spartans, who would win the match by a score of 33-29.

The Blue Raiders wrestling team will be in action next on Feb. 11 at the Twin Valley Duals.

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Lower Dauphin girls win three straight

Three straight wins for the Lower Dauphin girls basketball team kept them in the thick of the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division race.

They stand at 13-6 overall and 9-3 in the division.

The Falcons beat Susquehanna Township on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 36-26, and then beat Milton Hershey, 31-23, on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Both those games were at home. 

They then traveled to Cedar Cliff and picked up a 39-24 win on Friday, Jan. 27.

Against Susquehanna Township, Grace Day led the way with 11 points in a low-scoring affair, which has been the norm for the Lower Dauphin girls team. McKenna Lennox added 9 and Amber Schweiger 7.

The game was tied at 4 after the first period. LD outscored Susquehanna Township 10-2 in the second period to help put the game away.

Against Milton Hershey, Day again led the way with 9 points. Paulina Malinen added 8, including two three-pointers. Livi Friedrich had 6 points on two three-pointers. 

Only four players scored for Milton Hershey.

The defense continued to dominate vs. Cedar Cliff as the Colts failed to score in double digits in any quarter. The score was only 12-7, Lower Dauphin, at the half, as Cedar Cliff scored only 2 points in the second quarter.

Schweiger led the way with 15 points. Friedrich added 8 and Day had 7.

The Falcons played at Mechanicsburg on Tuesday night, then play host to Palmyra on Friday before traveling to Fleetwood on Saturday.

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Falcon boys fall to 10-7 on season

The Lower Dauphin boys basketball team had a rough week, losing twice and winning once to stand at 10-7 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division.

In the 49-45 loss at Susquehanna Township on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Indians jumped out to a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and the Falcons never recovered despite outscoring the home team by 11 points in the second half. 

Will Bowen, who is averaging 15 points a game on the season, had 16 to lead Lower Dauphin. Brady Wilson added 10 points.

In a high-scoring affair at Milton Hershey on Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Falcons again fell short, 78-72.

A slow first quarter again hurt Lower Dauphin, as the Spartans (13-3 overall) led 29-21 after the first period. 

The Falcons outscored Milton Hershey for the rest of the game, but it wasn’t enough.

Bowen and Wilson were the top scorers again, each with 21 points. Blake Cassel added 8.

A return home helped the Falcons get a win on Friday, Jan. 27, as they beat Cedar Cliff, 59-42. This time, they held a 7-point lead after the first quarter and a 32-16 lead at the half.

This time, Wilson — who is averaging almost 18 points a game on the season — led the way with 18. Brian Swist scored 15, and Bowen added 14.

Lower Dauphin played host to Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 31 before traveling to Palmyra on Friday, Feb. 3, and then playing host to Dallastown on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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