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REDEMPTION: Falcons corral Colts, 21-18

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Who needs fiery speeches to motivate an athlete? All Lower Dauphin football Coach Rob Klock needed was a dictionary and some paper.

Days before Lower Dauphin faced league rival Cedar Cliff, a team that thrashed them by 20 points in the regular season, in the first round of the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs, each Falcon player received a piece of paper with the definition of a single word written on it.


Atoning for a mistake or fault; deliverance.

The mistake? The Falcons' 27-7 loss to Cedar Cliff in late September, a game in which the Colts outmuscled Lower Dauphin. The atonement? A victory in the rematch – the first-round playoff game.

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Penn Manor ends LD field hockey team's title streak, 1-0

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Penn Manor scored a goal late in the first half and held off a furious Lower Dauphin attack to eliminate the Falcons, 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the PIAA state championships on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Milton Hershey School.

The loss ended Lower Dauphin's string of Class AAA state titles. The Falcons had won two consecutive state championships.
Brionna Kline scored for Penn Manor with about 4:45 left in the first half to give the Comets the victory. The Falcons (24-2) pressed for the tying goal, earning 18 corners to just 5 for Penn Manor in the game, but could not get the equalizer.

Penn Manor moved on to face Central Bucks South in a semifinal game on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Lower Dauphin reached the quarterfinals with a 6-0 victory over Phoenixville in the opening round of the Class AAA state playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Milton Hershey School.

Maddie O'Neill scored three goals for the Falcons, while Abby Julius, Taylor Bracale and Joely Heider also scored goals. Lower Dauphin outshoot Phoenixville, 14-1.


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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.


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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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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Middletown girls are quick, but young

The Middletown girls basketball team squeezed into the District 3 Class AAA playoffs last season, claiming the 20th and final playoff spot.

This season, the young Blue Raiders will depend on freshmen and a sophomore to return to the playoffs.
Sophomores Jey Rivera and Halle Marion are the only starters returning on the nine-member Raider team, which depends heavily on young players.

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