Weekly Athletic Department Newsletter 11.1.20

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Weekly Schedule:


JH V/JV Field Hockey v. Camp Hill 3:30/4:30pm


JH V/JV Field Hockey @ Cedar Cliff 4:00/5:15pm*

Freshman Football @ Hempfield 6:00pm*


JV/V Volleyball @ Red Land 5:30/6:30pm*

Winter/Spring Sports Physicals @ MAHS 6:00pm


JV/V Volleyball v. Bishop McDevitt 4:00/5:30pm*

JH V Field Hockey @ Susquehanna 3:30pm*


Varsity Football v. Wyomissing 7:00pm**$ (District Playoffs)


^^Spectators asked to limit two per student

*Spectator Policy (Parents Only with pre-approved tickets/roster)

**No Spectators permitted

$Admission Fee

Blue Raiders Scoreboard:


Varsity Record (18-18)


Varsity Record (4-1)

10/30 Middletown v. Bermudian Springs (W 46-7)

Junior Varsity Record (1-0)

Game Canceled

Freshman Record (0-4)

Game Canceled

Girls Soccer:

Varsity Record (9-3)

10/27 Middletown v. Bishop McDevitt (L 3-2)

10/29 Middletown @ Camp Hill (L 2-0)

Junior Varsity Record (2-1)

10/27 Middletown v. Bishop McDevitt

10/29 Middletown @ Camp Hill - Canceled

Boys Soccer:

Varsity Record (7-4-1)

10/27 Middletown @ Bishop McDevitt (L 2-0)

10/29 Middletown @ Camp Hill (L 1-0)

Junior Varsity Record (1-7-2)

10/27 Middletown @ Bishop McDevitt (L 3-0)

10/29 Middletown v. Camp Hill - Canceled

Girls Tennis:

Varsity Record (6-8)

Field Hockey:

Junior High Varsity Record (2-3)

10/29 Middletown @ CD East (Postponed 11/9)

Junior High JV Record (0-1-1)

10/29 Middletown @ CD East (Postponed 11/9)

Varsity Record (7-4)

10/27 Middletown @ CD East (W 3-2)

10/28 Middletown @ Trinity (L 3-0)

10/29 Middletown v. Steelton (W 3-0)

Junior Varsity Record (9-1)

10/27 Middletown @ CD East (W 2-1)

10/28 Middletown @ Trinity (L 2-0)

10/29 Middletown v. Steelton (W 2-0)

Cross Country:

No Team Meets



By Larry Etter

Following an impressive 46-7 victory over visiting Bermudian Springs on Friday, October 30 at home the Middletown Blue Raiders earned themselves a spot in the District III-AAA

championship game this week. The game will be played at War Memorial Field against district nemesis Wyomissing, a team that defeated the Raiders in last year’s championship contest.

The loss last November broke the string of three straight titles for the Blue Raiders and the Middletown team will be looking to reclaim the championship in the rematch. Wyomissing made it back this year with a solid win over Boiling Springs last week.

This past week’s triumph over Bermudian featured offensive excitement from both teams, but, following a close first half, it was the Middletown defense that took control after halftime which led to 34 second-half points for the home team.

(Read more on the link below)

Middletown rolls over Bermudian Springs, 46-7

MIDDLETOWN – Football coaches at any level will tell you that success in the sport comes down to two things – blocking and tackling.

Middletown head football coach Brett Myers pointed to the Raiders' ability to take those basic aspects to the next level Friday night and planted 34 second half points on the scoreboard en route to a 46-7 victory over Bermudian Springs in a PIAA District 3, Class 3A semifinal at War Memorial Stadium.

Senior running back Tymir Jackson led the offensive thrust, torching the Eagles defense for 195 yards and five touchdowns, However, Jackson and most if his Middletown teammates weren’t allowed to express their sentiments over their successful first-round playoff performance.

“Tymir won’t be doing interviews tonight,” Myers said, after ordering the Raiders immediately to the locker room.

The Raiders offense came to life after a rather listless first half with Jackson providing the majority of the fireworks.

“We blocked and tackled better. We missed plays and tackles through the first half,” Myers said. “We kept better direction, executed and just played better football. I give the kids a lot of credit. Our defense coordinator made adjustments in the second half against their running game and we finished plays by tackling people.”

(Read more on link below)

District 3 boys cross country preview: Expect big things from Weber Long again; other runners to watch


The fastest qualifying runner across all leagues and classifications was Greencastle-Antrim junior Weber Long, who decimated the Mid-Penn Class 2A field en route to a 15:48 performance. He will be an overwhelming favorite on Saturday, and will be a strong contender for the PIAA title as well after finishing third as a sophomore last year.

Other 2A individuals chasing one of the six individual qualifying positions include Middletown’s William Brown, who finished as runner-up to Long last weekend, Susquenita’s Michael Singley, Lampeter-Strasburg’s Colin Whitaker and Annville-Cleona’s Jack Tshudy.

Boiling Springs was the class of the Mid-Penn 2A team field, led by individual top-5 finishes from Gibran Varahrami and Evan Kase. They’ll face a tall order in overcoming York County-based Kennard-Dale, which looks to be the strongest team on paper after defeating 3A rival York Suburban twice this fall.

(Read more on link below)


LaSonda Dixon, MAHS Class of 2000, returns to the Middletown basketball court but this time on the sidelines as the head coach. Dixon is a mother of six, five of whom are athletes, and holds a daytime job in human resources. Somehow, she still finds time to coach a travel youth girls’ basketball team which she launched in 2018, play in various Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) tournaments, and even serve as the Sprint Relay Team Coach and Assistant Sprint Coach for the Middletown boys/girls Varsity Track and Field Team in 2019.
Dixon is a MAHS girls’ basketball alumna and was a member of the ‘97-‘98 team that placed 3rd in Districts and went to the sweet 16 in states. She was also a District medalist in track and field and a member of a 4x400 relay team that holds the current school record.
Dixon has over 17 years of coaching experience in youth girls’ basketball. “I have always had a love of the game, and I have a passion for coaching,” says Dixon. “I value family, schoolwork, respect, discipline, confidence, teamwork, and hard work.” Dixon will meet her Lady Raiders in November as they prepare for their 22-game season which will begin on December 7 with a home scrimmage against Elizabethtown. “I believe that my role as a coach not only teaches young girls how to play the game, but also teaches them life lessons.”
Welcome home, Coach Dixon!

(Read more on link below)


After several years on the sidelines, Justin Smith is getting his chance to get “in the game,” as the new Assistant Athletic Director. From his years in high school playing baseball to coaching baseball and basketball while in college at West Chester University, and most recently as the Co-Head Coach of the Junior High Cross Country team this season and 7th Grade Basketball Coach and Junior High Track and Field Coach for the past two seasons, Justin is looking forward to fusing his love of all types of athletics with the high academic standards and relationships formed in the classroom.

His fourteen years teaching in the Middletown Area School District at the third, fifth, and now sixth grade levels as well as his perspective having coached athletics at various levels gives him a unique perspective. “What every educator loves is having the opportunity to see their students succeed within as well as outside of the classroom. Even more rewarding is seeing those same students a few years later and noticing how that time spent with you in the classroom, on the field, on the court has made them better each and every day; and now it’s paying off.” Director of Athletics, Mr. Reed stated, “You would be hard pressed to find someone more dedicated to Middletown Area School District than Justin.” Justin looks forward to seeing our Blue Raiders getting better every day, every way; one day at a time.

Scholarship Information: NIAAA Scholar Essay Application

Information on the 2020 NIAAA Scholarship is available at http://psada.org. Click on the Awards tab on the top menu bar. Please note, the deadline has been extended to November 30, 2020.

PIAA District III AA Qualifiers

8 teams and an additional 40 individual qualifiers will make up the field for the 2020 District III AAA XC Championships. Take a look at who is in, below, along with their place in their respective league championship meet.

Boy’s Team Qualifiers:

(Read more on link below)


PIAA District III is excited to present its first online championship program and livestreaming links to this weekend's games.

Below is the link to our 2020-2021 District III M&T Bank Football Championship program.


Mid-Penn Conference football defensive leaders through 10/28/20

PennLive will publish Mid-Penn defensive leaders in tackles, TFLs, sacks and interceptions every week through the regular season. Statistics are based on numbers reported to and compiled by PennLive.

Coaches are encouraged to submit updated statistics to eepler@pennlive.com by 6 p.m. Monday each week. Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Harrisburg, Shippensburg, Susquehanna Township, Steel-High, James Buchanan and Susquenita did not submit updated statistics and are not included in leaders.

Mid-Penn Conference football offensive leaders through 10/27/20

With four weeks of the Mid-Penn season in the books, PennLive has put together its list of offensive stat leaders in the conference.

After each week, PennLive will publish leaders in rushing, passing and receiving on Thursday throughout the regular season. Statistics are based on stats reported to and compiled by PennLive.

Coaches are encouraged to submit updated offensive statistics to esutelan@pennlive.com by 12 p.m. Monday each week.

(Read more on link below)

High school football scores, highlights for Oct. 30

There are plenty of treats in store for high school football fans this Halloween weekend, as the District 3 playoffs begin for a handful of teams in three of the district's six classifications, while those left out of the postseason race square off in regular-season action.

Here's this week's slate of games. FOX43 will get you ready for the action with the High School Football Frenzy at 6 p.m., update the scores right here as the games are in progress, and will wrap everything up with highlights at 10 p.m.

Preview: 2020 PIAA District III Class AA Championship

Boy’s Race

The team race in boys class AA may be the most lopsided of all of the races on Saturday. This isn’t a knock against the other teams, its a compliment to the boys of Kennard-Dale. In our pre-meet individual rankings, we have 4 KD runners in our top 10. They are very likely one of the top 2 or 3 teams in the state. They are coming off an impressive victory over class AAA York Suburban at the YAIAA Championships last weekend. Susquehannock, Boiling Springs, and Lampeter-Strasburg are all closely matched and will likely be battling for the team runner-up spot.

Individually, this appears to be Weber Long’s race. The Greencastle-Antrim junior won the Mid-Penn class A/AA title last Saturday, nearly breaking the meet record in the process. His time of 15:48 beat the field by nearly 1:15. While he won’t win by that much this weekend, he is the favorite heading into it. Kennard-Dale’s trio of Garrett Quinan (jr), Dan Gibney (sr), and Collin Wolf (sr) all figure to challenge for top 3 finishes. Berks County runner-up, Luke Seymour (jr, Schuylkill County), Lampeter-Strasburg’s Colin Whitaker (fr), and Susquehannock’s Mathew O’Brien (so) all also figure to be near the front of the pack.

(Read more on link below)

The Mid-Penn’s top high school football performances from Friday night, Oct. 30

Tymir Jackson, RB, Middletown — Jackson ran for 197 yards on 23 carries with five touchdowns in a 46-7 win against Bermudian Springs.

(Read more on link below)


MIDDLETOWN TO THE TITLE GAME: The Blue Raiders used a steady diet of Tymir Jackson to take down Bermudian 46-7!

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Meet the Mid-Penn’s strongest high school football players

Amir Potter

School: Middletown

Position: OL

HT/WT: 5-10, 310

Class: Senior

Buzz: His coach said he can bench 330 and squat 595.

Save the Date: Winter/Spring Sports Physicals

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 6pm

1155 North Union Street

Middletown, PA

Appointments: Please sign-up online for an appointment time online. Appointment times can be chosen up until the day before the physical date. To pick a time slot, go to www.ptcfast.com/reg1. When you are asked for an entry code enter A4R1305770



Purchase your favorite Blue Raider attire from the convenience of home at Raiderville's online platform. Visit the link below to see which sport specific stores are open. Portions of all proceeds are donated to Middletown Area School District.


Register Online to Participate

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online athletic registration through FamilyID (familyid.com). FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to minimize paper transactions, be more administratively efficient, and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple athletic programs.


Blue Raiders, please continue to promote our official athletics website as all scores, schedules, team information, etc. will be posted on this site. It is the BEST way to house all of our information regarding our programs.

Schedule Alerts

As a fan of Middletown Area High School you can follow your favorite teams to receive game change & score alerts via email and/or text.

Watch our Blue Raiders on the NFHS Network

The NFHS Network is the leader in streaming Live and On Demand high school sports.
The NFHS Network covers 27 different regular season and postseason sports, as well as other high school activities, celebrating the accomplishments of students-athletes, student broadcasters, and high schools across the country.
Partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations, 44+ high school state athletic/activities associations, and PlayOn! Sports, the NFHS Network is a joint venture created to provide fans with the ability to stream high school sports on any device, from wherever they are.
All NFHS Network events are available to watch online at www.NFHSnetwork.com and through the NFHS Network Live App for iOS and Android. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Watching high school sports and events has never been easier.

Online Tickets via Ticket Spicket

Middletown will be offering Online Ticket services to all spectators that are permitted to attend home events at War Memorial Field and MAHS Gym. All tickets will be sent via their registered email address.

Season passes will not be available for use at this time.

Share your Photos

Raider fans, please share your favorite photos with everyone by uploading them to our website.

Captured the action!? You can upload those amazing game photos directly to your team so that moment can be immortalized for all time!

Blue Raider Twitter Accounts

Here are the following Twitter accounts for each team and program:

@BlueRaidersMASD (Athletic Department)
@MASDFieldHockey (Field Hockey)

@MAMS_BlueRaider (Middletown Area Middle School)

@MiddletownGirl1 (Girls Basketball)

@MtownBoysSoccer (Boys Soccer)

@AndMiddletown (Track & Field)

@MWrestlin (Wrestling)

@M_TownGSoccer (Girls Soccer)

@MTownFBInfo (Football)

@MTownTennis (Tennis)

@MTownRaiderBall (Baseball)

@BlueRaiderCheer (Cheerleading)

@MTownHoops (Boys Basketball)

@middletownASD (MASD)

Please follow our accounts for the most updated news and alerts.

Middletown Teammates of the Week

Week of October 25, 2020

Aaron Nordai, Freshman Football, 9th – Excellence
“Aaron Nordai is emblematic of what we call a Middletown kid, undersized but beyond tough. Aaron dedication to offseason workouts was the beginning of his successful season. Aaron has consistently demonstrated toughness, determination and a strong drive to succeed. Aaron has evolved into one of our best players. Aaron is a good student, a Middletown legacy and exemplifies Raider Pride.” ~ Coach Pettis

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


Blue Raiders Championships and Awards

Middletown Blue Raiders

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.

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Sports Seasons

Fall Sports:

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

Winter Sports:

Boys Basketball (Junior High / JV / Varsity) AAAA

Girls Basketball (Junior High / JV / Varsity ) AAAA
Cheerleading (JV / Varsity)

Wrestling (Freshman / Varsity) AA

Spring Sports:

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

Booster Club Information

More Information Coming Soon!

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

NCAA Information

Coaches if you have any questions regarding collegiate athletics, please check the following site and or please feel free to ask the Director of Athletics for more information.

Technical Support Information & Department Apps




NFHS Network


FamilyID Tech Support (click here)

HUDL Tech Support (click here)

Mid Penn Conference

Official Athletic Site of the Mid-Penn Conference

District III

Official Athletic Site of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District III


The Official site for the PIAA