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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders corral Mustangs, fall to Steelton-Highspire

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The Middletown boys’ basketball team claimed its fourth victory of the season, posting a 52-37 triumph over West Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Middletown.

The Blue Raiders trailed just once in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division clash, 3-2 a minute into the game, and turned in a solid effort in the win. Freshman Ryan Hughes registered a game-high 21 points while Caleb Leggore and Dagen Hughes teamed for 21 more to lead the Middletown (4-10, 1-5 in the division) in the win.

Steelton-Highspire 83, Middletown 40   

Local fans know that the youthful 2014-2015 Middletown team is going to get better over the next couple seasons, and they also are realistic about the strides the Raiders will need to take before they can physically compete with teams like the athletic Steelton-Highspire Rollers.

But the gutsy Raiders gave it a shot on Friday, Jan. 9 in Steelton and hung tough with their hosts through the game’s first half.  
But any hopes of a shocking upset were dashed in the third quarter as the running, gunning Rollers took advantage of their clear dominance on the boards following numerous missed shots by the Raiders after the halftime break.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:42

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JUNIOR HIGH WRESTLING: Raiders ride pins to 64-34 win over Mechanicsburg

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The Middletown junior high wrestling team claimed seven pins to defeat Mechanicsburg, 64-34 on Thursday, Jan. 8 in Mechanicsburg.

The Blue Raiders benefit from two forfeits, at 75 pounds and 95 pounds, as well in the victory.

The Raiders' Luke Fegley pinned Mechanicsburg's Asa Brunk at 80 pounds, while Joey Spear pinned the Wildcats' Keegan Neill at 105.

Other Middletown pins were recorded by Nate Brady, over Mechanicsburg's Luis Gomez at 110 pounds; Mason Stoltzful at 115 pounds; Gage Radabaugh, over Seth Kenes at 130 pounds; Gabe Flasher, over Jeremy Onofre at 145 pounds; and Avery Williams, over Patrick O'Brien at 210 pounds.

In other Middletown wins, Ryan Berstler claimed a 13-2 major decision over Mechanicsburg's Logan Ledebohm at 85 pounds; Austin Williams claimed a 12-6 decision over Derek Blair at 122 pounds; and Zach Souders claimed a 4-2 decision over Kyle Fake at 138 pounds.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:30

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MIDDLETOWN BOYS' BASKETBALL: Raiders beat A-C, fall to Barons; Shippensburg thwarts upset hopes

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The Middletown boys' basketball team picked up its third victory of the season last week in the nightcap of the Blue Raiders’ own Holiday Tournament, beating Annville-Cleona on Monday, Dec. 29 to earn a berth in the championship game the following night.

Unfortunately, the Raiders had to face a good Manheim Central team (11-1) in the tourney title tilt and fell to the Barons on Tuesday, Dec. 30 in their last action of 2014.

The Raiders (3-9) started off the new year with a road trip to Shippensburg on Saturday, Jan. 3 and came home with another loss as the Greyhounds (8-3) turned aside the upset-minded Middletown squad.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:55

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MIDDLETOWN GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Hershey pulls away late, beats Raiders in tournament

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So close.

Middletown trailed Hershey by just one point after three quarters in the championship game of the Hershey Holiday Tournament. But the Blue Raiders couldn't stop the Trojans' Gabriela Blackburn – and couldn't get a wished-for Hershey miss at the free throw line.

Blackburn scored a career-high 26 points, including six 3-point baskets, and the Trojans sank 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter to give Hershey the tournament title, 51-39 over the Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 30 in Derry Twp.

Middletown (8-4) overcame a five-point halftime deficit to trail by only one point, 31-30, after three quarters. But the Trojans (5-4) rode Blackburn's big night to victory.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:49

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MIDDLETOWN WRESTLING: Johnson reaches 160-pound finals at Governor Mifflin tournament

Two Middletown wrestlers finished in the top eight in their weigh class in the 22-team Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament on Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30 in Shillington.

Bobby Johnson, a senior on the young Blue Raider squad, finished in second place at 160 pounds, while Logan Stoltzfus finished in eighth place at 113 pounds.

The Raiders finished 16th among the 22 teams, earning 62.5 points to finish ahead of Dover, Wyomissing, Northeastern, Allentown Central Catholic, Pine Grove and Lake Norman, N.C.

Southern Regional, N.J., won the team title with 213 points, while Governor Mifflin (201.5 points) finished second and Upper Darby (164) finished third.

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