MIDDLETOWN BLUE RAIDERS
Weekly Athletic Department Newsletter 2.7.21
JH V/JV Girls Basketball @ West Perry (3:45/5:00pm)**
JV/V Girls Basketball v. Camp Hill (6:00/7:30pm)*
JV/V Boys Basketball @ Camp Hill (6:00/7:30pm)**
JH/V Wrestling @ Northern Lebanon (5:30/7:00pm)**
JH JV/V Boys Basketball v. Hershey (3:45/5:00pm)**
JH JV/V Girls Basketball @ Hershey (3:45/5:00pm)**
JH/V Wrestling @ Elizabethtown (4:00/7:00pm)**
JH JV/V Girls Basketball v. Palmyra (3:45/5:00pm)**
JH/V Wrestling v. Lower Dauphin (6:00/7:00pm)*
JH JV/V Boys Basketball @ Palmyra (3:45/5:00pm)**
JV/V Boys Basketball @ Lower Dauphin (4:30/6:00pm)**
V Girls Basketball @ Lower Dauphin (7:30pm)**
JH JV/V Girls Basketball v. Hershey (3:45/5:00pm)**
JV/V Girls Basketball v. East Pennsboro (6:00/7:30pm)*
JH JV/V Boys Basketball @ Hershey (3:45/5:00pm)**
JV/V Boys Basketball @ East Pennsboro (6:00/7:30pm)**
V Wrestling v. Harrisburg (11:00am)*
V Wrestling v. Steelton (1:00pm)*
Spectator Policy Revisited Bi-Weekly (2.13.21)
^^Spectators asked to limit two per student
*Spectator Policy (Parents Only with pre-approved tickets/roster)
**No Spectators permitted
Blue Raiders Scoreboard:
Varsity Record (0-3)
Junior Varsity Record (1-1)
Junior High Varsity Record (4-0)
Junior High JV Record (0-3)
Varsity Record (7-2)
2/4 v. La Academia (L 55-53)
2/6 v. Susquehanna (W 66-57 OT)
Junior Varsity Record (6-2)
2/6 v. Susquehanna (W 48-23)
Junior High Varsity Record (2-2)
2/4 v. Steelton (W 36-27)
Junior High JV Record (0-3)
2/4 v. Steelton (Canceled)
Varsity Record (2-10)
2/3 v. Newport (Canceled)
2/5 v. Upper Dauphin (L 75-0)
2/6 @ West York (L 28-15)
Junior High Record (1-0)
2/3 v. Newport (Canceled)
NEWS AND HEADLINES
Wrestling Week of January 24th by Larry Etter
Middletown’s wrestlers had a busy week with three matches last week. On Wednesday the Blue Raiders won their second match of the season in a 30-27 decision at Kennard-Dale. On Thursday at home the Raiders came up on the short end of a 33-30 score against visiting East Pennsboro and on Saturday the grapplers were dealt a 42-27 setback at Northeastern. Those two losses were directly affected by a shortage of wrestlers due to virus issues and injuries.
Middletown 30, Kennard-Dale 27
The match in Fawn Grove, PA on Wednesday, January 27 turned out to be a successful trip for the Middletown wrestlers. It started at 113 lbs. where Chance Sweeny won by forfeit. There were no matches at 120 and 126 and the Raiders were awarded another forfeit at 132. Kennard-Dale won the next two matches at 138 and 145 by pins that tied the score at 12-12. No match at 152 and a forfeit to the hosts at 160 put the Rams ahead 18-12. Following a loss at 172 the Blue Raiders were facing a 24-12 deficit, but the Middletown squad pulled out the victory by winning 3 of the final 4 matches. Ayden Miller won by forfeit at 189, but Matt Mitchell lost an 11-5 decision at 215 to put victory in doubt. However, Sebastian Dash pinned his opponent at 285 and the Rams were forced to forfeit at 106, giving the win to the Blue Raiders.
East Pennsboro 33, Middletown 30
Forfeits really crushed Middletown’s hopes of victory against visiting East Pennsboro on Thursday, January 28 at home. Ayden Miller’s pin at 189 turned out to be the only physical match won by the Raiders. Others were forfeit at 172, 215, 106 and 113, as the Panthers, too, were short-handed. The match was decided by at pair of pins at 132 and 138, a decision at 285 and forfeits at three other weights.
Northeastern 42, Middletown 27
The Blue Raiders were forced to forfeit 5 matches at Northeastern on Saturday, January 30 and the lack of wrestlers led to the loss to the Bobcats. Winners for the Middletown squad were Matt Mitchell (pin at 285), Rha’kye Wise (5-1 decision at 132), Dominic Corradi (pin in just 24 seconds at 138) Ayden Miller (pin in 1:32 at 189) and Sebasstian Dash (pin at 215).
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Boys Basketball Week of January 24th by Larry Etter
Boys Basketball records two big victories
On Tuesday, January 26 the Middletown boys hosted visiting Bishop McDevitt and turned in a solid effort, defeating the Crusaders 55-39. And, on Friday the Blue Raiders traveled to Susquehanna Township in suburban Harrisburg and returned home with a 69-55 victory in their hands. Both teams returned to the Mid Penn Capital Division this year and, with the wins, the Blue Raiders are sitting on top of the division in first place.
Middletown 55, Bishop McDevitt 39
Tymir Jackson (14), T.J. Daniels (12) and Tajae Broadie (12) each reached double figures in scoring and the Middletown defense did not allow a single McDevitt player to score more than 5 points in the dominating effort.
The Raiders got off to a slow start in the early part of the game offensively and made just 2 of 14 shots from the floor, falling behind their guests. Those two successful shots were a pair of treys by junior guard Tate Leach, but the home team trailed 13-8 at the end of the first period. The Blue Raiders picked up the scoring in the second stanza and collected 17 points while limiting the Crusaders to 9 on their way to a 25-22 halftime lead. Jackson scored 8 of his game-high 14 in the period.
After McDevitt’s Sam Deily opened up the second half with a triple to tie the score, the Blue Raiders ran off an 8-0 string to gain control at 33-25. With the defense forcing 8 McDevitt turnovers while limiting the guests scoring to just 4 more points, the Raiders put up 7 more points while cruising to a 40-29 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter the Crusaders’ effort to catch up came up short. Jackson and Tony Powell went back-to-back in the early minutes to push the home team up to a commanding 44-31 lead. Following a basket by McDevitt with 6:04 left, the Blue Raiders used an 11-8 scoring edge down the stretch to win going away. Daniels started the run at 5:35 and reserve Bamm Appleby ended it with a baseline goal with 10 seconds left to wrap up the pleasing victory.
Middletown 69, Susquehanna Township 55
After a gap of several years this old rivalry was renewed as Sussquhanna Township rejoined the Capital Division for the winter season. Many hard-fought contests occurred during the history of local scholastic basketball in the past between the two rivals and this one had the expectations of another classic contest. But, in actually, the current Middletown players had no recollections of those heated games and the team entered the storied gym on Progress Avenue confident in its winning streak and ready to continue its winning ways. As it ended up the Raiders showed they are for real and came away with their 7th victory of the season with the 69-55 win.
The Raiders trailed their hosts 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and could have bowed to the athleticism of the Indians. But, getting a nice lift from a buzzer-beating trey by Tate Leach at the end of the first frame, that momentum carried int the second as the hustling Raiders eased past the Indians 22-21 halfway through the quarter. Keyed by turnover-forcing defense and 10 points from Tymir Jackson the Middletown five went on to outscore their hosts 20-11 on their way to a 34-29 lead at the break.
The Indians did score the first 5 points of the second half to tie the score at 34 and then went up by a 39-36 count with 4:26 left in the third as the Raiders were stung by 4 early turnovers. But, with the Indians’ 6’5” big man Keein Ward delegated to the bench with four fouls the Middletown squad started controlling the boards and fought their way to a 44-41 lead with 2:40 left in the third. Gavin Parson’s drive pulled the Indians to within a single point at 3:16 but the Raiders ripped off an 11-2 scoring run and closed out the period with a 53-43 lead.
Ward re-entered the game to start the fourth but immediately drew his fifth foul and Leach made both free throws in the bonus. Broadie followed with back-to-back buckets, the first coming after his steal and the second coming off a rebound and assist from Daniels. From there the Blue Raiders locked up the win, mainly from the foul line by connecting on 8 of 13 free throws and a late goal by Powell with 1:39 left. Jackson finished with a game-high 22 points, Broadie had 17, Leach had 16 and Powell had 12.
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Broadie, Powell, Daniels all hit double-figures as Middletown downs Susquehanna Township
By Tom De Martini
MIDDLETOWN – Success at the free throw line wins close basketball games and Middletown head coach Chris Bradford watched helplessly throughout the fourth quarter as his Blue Raiders missed eight attempts while trying to close out a victory over Susquehanna Township Saturday afternoon.
So, when the Indians gifted the Blue Raiders two technical foul free throws with 1:20 remaining in overtime, Bradford reached deep into his bench and selected freshman Tyson Leach.
Leach calmly sank the free throws to give Middletown a 3-point lead and TJ Daniels did the rest, scoring 5 points in the last minute to secure a hard-fought 66-57 Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division win over Susquehanna Township.
The turning point of the overtime session occurred during a Susquehanna Township possession with the Indians trailing, 59-57. A double foul was whistled against Susquehanna’s Kevin Coleman and Middletown’s TJ Daniels, who were jousting with each other. The foul was Coleman’s fifth and final and a technical was assessed when he realized the call and slammed the ball to the court in frustration.
The Raiders shot 26 percent (6-for-23) from the free throw line in regulation and with senior Tymir Jackson already fouled out, Bradford was left with a vexing decision.
“We’ve got to decide who is shooting the free throws. I’ve got Ryan Hughes and Tyler Petrosky who are former (Middletown) players and Division 3 college players on the bench. Their seasons are lost, but when they’re in town, they’re certified volunteer assistant coaches. I’m thinking, ‘who do we get to the line?’ Both said the freshman. I’m thinking ‘are you crazy’ but Tymir was fouled out. I put the freshman on the line and he steps up and hits two free throws,” Bradford said.
Daniels followed with two consecutive strong moves to the bucket for layups, and was fouled both times, which sealed the win for the Raiders, who remain undefeated in Capital Division play at 7-0. Middletown is 7-2 overall. Susquehanna Township is 4-3 over and 4-2 in the division.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way our guys composed themselves and won this one. They deserve to enjoy this one,” Bradford said.
This Capital Division tussle was truly a game of runs and basically came down to which club was shooting best in the final minutes.
Middletown zoomed out to a 12-2 lead five minutes into the game but Susquehanna counterpunched with 10-2 second quarter run, part of a 22-point second stanza, to post a 31-29 halftime edge.
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Middletown defensive end Tajae Broadie adds another college offer
By Brian Linder
Tajae Broadie added another college offer to his list Wednesday.
The Middletown junior defensive end said Western Michigan has entered the mix for his services.
The 6-foot-4, 240 pounder exploded onto the scene as a sophomore with 53 tackles — 21 for loss — and six sacks. Most of his production in 2020 came on the offensive side.
Broadie’s list of offers also includes Coastal Carolina, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Syracuse, Bowling Green, West Virginia, Kent State, Akron, Central Michigan, UConn, Old Dominion and Buffalo.
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Middletown Teammates of the Week
Week of January 31, 2021
Kam Chisholm, Boys Basketball, 9th – Excellence
“Kam was leading scorer in our game against Steel-High. He brings positive energy to the court each and every game, and strives to be the best player/teammate he can.” ~ Coach Vaughn
Each week, Student-Athletes, Coaches and Faculty can nominate someone they feel is a great teammate for the past week.
The week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday at midnight. The list will be collected Monday of the next week and published to all the coaches and faculty members at Middletown area High School each Tuesday.
What makes a good teammate? Multiple reasons!
Here is a great quote by Kobe Bryant that can help sum it up:
"I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot."
The Blue Raiders instill the following leadership qualities P,R,I,D,E. When nominating a fellow Blue Raider, please list one of these qualities in your description.
P-erseverance, R-espect, I-ntegrity, D-iscipline, E-xcellence
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Blue Raiders Championships and Awards
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Championships and Awards
The lists provided have been researched through the PIAA, District III and Mid-Penn Conference websites.
If you know of any missing accolades or have any corrections, please complete our form to be sent to our Director of Athletics, Mr. Richard Reed.
Boys & Girls Cross Country (Junior High / Varsity) AA
Cheerleading (Junior High / JV / Varsity)
Field Hockey (Junior High / JV) AA
Football (Freshman / JV / Varsity) AAA
Golf (Varsity) AA
Boys Soccer (JV / Varsity) AA
Girls Soccer (JV / Varsity) AA
Girls Tennis (Varsity) AA
Girls Volleyball (JV / Varsity) AAA
Boys Basketball (Junior High / JV / Varsity) AAAA
Girls Basketball (Junior High / JV / Varsity ) AAAA
Cheerleading (JV / Varsity)
Wrestling (Freshman / Varsity) AA
Baseball (JV / Varsity) AAAA
Boys Lacrosse** (Varsity)
Boys Soccer (Junior High)
Girls Soccer (Junior High)
Softball (JV / Varsity) AAAA
Boys Tennis (Varsity) AA
Boys Track & Field (Junior High / Varsity) AAA
Girls Track & Field (Junior High / Varsity) AAA
**Co-Op with Bishop McDevitt
Middletown Athletic Hall of Fame
The committee of the newly formed Middletown Athletic Hall of Fame has selected the inaugural class of inductees.
Congratulations to the following MAHS alumnae who have been inducted in the Class of 2020 Middletown Hall of Fame!
Earl Brown '74
Tony Colston '64
Dave Grabuloff '93
Ben Olsen '95
Missy Stewart '86
Dave Twardzik '68
Paula Wilkins '90
Coach Ed Brunner
Coach Dennis Iezzi
Coach John Rowan
1968 Boys Basketball Team