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Falcons ax Wood, 2-0, advance to state semifinals in boys' soccer

Jackson Becher and Steven Schankweiler scored goals and goalkeeper Isaiah Pettis stopped six shots to give Lower Dauphin a 2-0 victory over Archbishop Wood on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Chambersburg and a spot in the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA state championships.

The Falcons (18-5-1) continued their run through the District 3 and state playoffs in a PIAA state title semifinal game against Peters Twp., the champion of western Pennsylvania's District 7, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Altoona. The winner was scheduled to meet the winner of another semifinal game between Mechanicsburg and Great Valley in the state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Hersheypark Stadium.

Against Archbishop Wood, Becher scored on an assist from Matthew Perri in the 24th minute to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead at intermission. Schankweiler scored a goal on an assist from Perri in the 53rd minute and Lower Dauphin's defense held throughout.

It was Pettis' second consecutive shutout in the PIAA championships. He shut out Upper St. Clair, a Pittsburgh-area powerhouse, in a 2-0 victory in the first round on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Chambersburg.

Against Upper St. Clair, NIck Sincavage scored both Falcon goals and Pettis again made six saves for the victory.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 17:13

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THE JOURNEY ENDS: Raiders fall in finale to Camp Hill, 51-21

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With time running out on their 2014 football season, the scrappy Middletown Blue Raiders still had a little fight left in them.

Down by an overwhelming 51-14 deficit with 8:45 left in the season finale at Camp Hill on Friday, Oct. 31, the Raiders put together a final scoring drive, reaching the end zone one last time to help soothe the loss.

Certainly the 11 Middletown seniors did not want their season to end in a lopsided defeat, but Camp Hill proved to be as good as their record showed and was the better team on this night. Better, and lucky.

“They have to be the luckiest team I’ve seen,” Middletown Coach Brett Myers said, referring to a couple of lucky breaks for Camp Hill’s defense and a couple of terrific plays on offense that keyed the Lions' 51-21 win.

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After physical loss, LD prepares for playoffs

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Two days after a grueling, hard-hitting 35-14 loss to unbeaten Bishop McDevitt in a division title showdown, Lower Dauphin lingered only on the sore muscles it suffered in the defeat.

The Falcons' first practice after the loss on Monday, Nov. 3 in preparation of their first District 3 playoff game was spent on stretching and light weightlifting instead of the usual distance running and heavy lifting. Oh, and watching film – not of their loss to McDevitt, but of the game they lost earlier in the season to their first District 3 playoff opponent, Cedar Cliff.

Lower Dauphin fell to the Colts, 27-7, in late September, in a game in which Cedar Cliff beat the physical Falcons at their own game, according to LD Coach Rob Klock. Now, when the Falcons (8-2), the 11th seed in the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs, meet the sixth-seeded Colts (8-2) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 at West Shore Stadium, they hope to be the biggest beast on the field.

"We're excited for a chance at redemption,'' Klock said. "We feel they played our style of football, and they were really more physical than we were – we want to take that back.''

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A PERFECT SEASON: Freshmen Raiders rout Exeter, finish 8-0

Middletown’s freshman football team closed out its stellar season with yet another big victory on Thursday, Oct. 30 and, in the process, finished the year with a perfect 8-0 record.

The final win came under the lights of War Memorial Field in an impressive 40-8 triumph over visiting Exeter Twp..  The closing win came after the young Blue Raiders had soundly defeated Susquehannock 37-7 in an away game in York County the previous week.  

Games were not always easy to find for the team, which resulted in playing teams such as Susquehannock and Exeter, which are outside the Mid-Penn Conference. “We wanted to play schools that were equal to our size,” said Coach Scott Pettis, adding, “some of the schools in the league have dropped their freshman programs.”

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Raiders throttle Spartans in season opener, 6-2


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The Middletown Blue Raiders boys’ soccer team started off the 2014 season on the right foot with a strong 6-2 win over Milton Hershey on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Middletown.

Middletown’s Bubba Finsterbush had a hat trick in the victory, the first of his career.

The Blue Raiders (1-1, 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) led at halftime 2-1, then tacked on another goal to take a 3-1 lead early in the second half . . .

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