MIDDLETOWN BLUE RAIDERS
Weekly Athletic Department Newsletter 2.15.21
JV/V Boys Basketball v. Upper Dauphin - canceled
JV/V Girls Basketball @ Trinity (6:00/7:30pm)**
V Boys Basketball v. Trinity (PPD 2/26)*
JV Boys Basketball v. Trinity - canceled
JH JV/V Boys Basketball v. Mifflin Co. @ TBD (3:45/5:00pm)**
JH V/JV Girls Basketball @ Mifflin Co. (4:00/5:00pm)**
JH JV/V Girls Basketball v. Mifflin Co. @ MAHS (3:45/5:00pm)*
JH V/JV Boys Basketball @ Mifflin Co. (4:00/5:00pm)**
JV/V Girls Basketball v. Susquehanna (6:30/8:00pm)*
JH JV/V Girls Basketball @ Palmyra (3:45/5:00pm)**
JV/V Girls Basketball v. Bishop McDevitt (6:00/7:30pm)*
JH JV/V Boys Basketball v. Palmyra (3:45/5:00pm)**
JV/V Boys Basketball @ Bishop McDevitt (6:00/7:30pm)**
Spectator Policy Revisited Bi-Weekly (2.16.21)
^^Spectators asked to limit two per student
*Spectator Policy (Parents Only with pre-approved tickets/roster)
**No Spectators permitted
Blue Raiders Scoreboard:
Varsity Record (1-5)
2/9 v. Camp Hill (L 67-50)
2/11 @ Lower Dauphin (L 61-27)
2/12 v. East Pennsboro (W 51-37)
Junior Varsity Record (1-3)
2/9 v. Camp Hill (L 39-32)
2/12 v. East Pennsboro (L 33-28)
Junior High Varsity Record (8-0)
2/8 @ West Perry (W 36-25)
2/10 @ Hershey (W 52-13)
2/11 v. Palmyra (W 45-9)
2/12 v. Hershey (W 46-19)
Junior High JV Record (2-5)
2/8 @ West Perry (W 20-12)
2/10 @ Hershey (L 20-18)
2/11 v. Palmyra (L 25-28)
2/12 v. Hershey (W 28-14)
Varsity Record (9-2)
2/9 @ Camp Hill (W 67-66)
2/11 @ Lower Dauphin (W 50-41)
2/12 @ East Pennsboro (L 64-62)
Junior Varsity Record (8-2)
2/9 @ Camp Hill (W 55-43)
2/11 @ Lower Dauphin (W 46-44)
2/12 @ East Pennsboro
Junior High Varsity Record (3-2)
2/10 v. Hershey (W 28-22)
2/11 @ Palmyra
2/12 @ Hershey
Junior High JV Record (0-4)
2/10 v. Hershey (L 44-16)
2/11 @ Palmyra
2/12 @ Hershey
Varsity Record (3-14)
2/9 @ Northern Lebanon (L 59-6)
2/10 @ Elizabethtown (L 54-14)
2/11 v. Lower Dauphin (L 60-9)
2/13 v. Harrisburg (L 50-15)
2/13 v. Steelton (W 36-12)
Junior High Record (1-0)
2/9 @ Northern Lebanon
2/10 @ Elizabethtown
2/11 v. Lower Dauphin
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NEWS AND HEADLINES
Raiders Continue to Roll
Sarah Beaudet and Roman Cipolla both qualified for the PIAA District III Individual Bowling Tournament. Sarah (sophomore) picked a good time to roll her career best 3 games series. She rolled games of 213-208-184 for a 605 series and qualified 2ndin the girls division. Roman (freshman) qualified 4th in the boys division with games of 230-245-205 for a 680 series. The top 4 girls and top 4 boys from the qualifying event held at ABC North Lanes on Saturday advanced and will compete in the District 3 Championships to be held at Hiester Lanes in Reading on Saturday, February 27. Beaudet and Cipolla along with the other 3 boys and girls from the Independent Qualifier will be competing against the top bowlers from the Lancaster-Lebanon and Berks Leagues for the District title.
The Middletown bowling team was well represented by 3 other Blue Raiders that had qualified for this event. Madysan Fallinger rolled games of 140-244-175 for a 559 series and qualified 8th in the girls division. Zachary Conrad rolled games of 236-187-225 for a 648 series and qualified 6th and Cameron Wegert rolled a 223 game on the way to a 26th place finish amongst the boys.
~ Coach Bower
Wrestling Week of February 1st by Larry Etter
The boys team had their six-game winning streak broken last Thursday but got back on the winning track on Saturday afternoon at home against visiting Susquehanna Township. With their unbeaten record in division play the Blue Raiders were sitting alone in first place in the Capital Division. The loss came against a Lancaster County charter school, while the win came in an overtime thriller against the Indians.
MIDDLETOWN 66, SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP 57
On January 29 the Blue Raiders defeated the Indians on their home court in a 69-55 decision, but this second matchup would prove to be a taller task. In the first game Susquehanna’s top player did not play, but he was suited up for the rematch. And, while Kevin Coleman did make a bit of a difference on Thursday for the Indians, the grit and determination of the Middletown team came through in the extra period as the Blue Raiders pulled out the victory.
In the overtime session, which came about due to Coleman making the tying point with 4.9 seconds left, the Blue Raiders outscored their guests 11-2 to lock up the win. Foul shooting late in regulation nearly doomed the Raiders who could have secured the victory in the late minutes. Instead with the missed free throws the teams were forced to play an extra four-minute, overtime period.
The Blue Raiders got off to a good start in the opening quarter and ran out to a 15-4 lead with 1:42 left. The Indians picked up a pair of late goals around a basket by Tony Powell and made it a 17-9 game heading into the second stanza. From that point on it became a closely played contest. Susquehanna Township picked up its scoring in the second, outpointing the Raiders 22-12 in the frame to take a 31-29 lead at the halftime break.
The home team pulled a reversal in the third quarter, using a 14-6 scoring edge to forge a 43-37 lead at the end of three periods. The Middletown squad charged ahead 48-40 with an 8-3 run to open the fourth on goals by Tymir Jackson, Tate Leach and Tajae Broadie. But the Indians rallied and made it a two-point game, 54-52 with 1:51 left. And that was when the woes at the free throw line denied the Raiders from locking up the win. The Raiders made just 1 of 8 down the stretch. Lemar Lester scored on a drive with 1:25 left and Coleman made just one of two foul shots to tie the score at 55-55.
Susquehanna took the lead 45 seconds into overtime, but the hustling Raiders, keyed by solid defensive work, went back-to-back on buckets by Broadie and Tony Powell to pick up the go-ahead points. Then, with 1:20 left, Coleman was whistled for his fifth foul and was called for a technical foul as he protested. Freshman Tyson Leach became a hero as he calmly sank both free throws, T.J. Daniels scored from the baseline following a Susquehanna miss and added a foul shot for a 64-57 lead, and then iced the victory with a steal and drive to the basket with 29 seconds left.
Broadie led all scorers with 25 points, Powell had 15 and Daniels recorded 12 in the win. Jackson, the team’s leading scorer, had an off night with just 4.
LA ACADEMIA 55, MIDDLETOWN 53
Earlier in the week the Blue Raiders hosted La Academia Partnership Charter School out of Lancaster and saw their previous winning streak ended at the final buzzer in the non-league contest. Reserve player Eliyah Gantt scored his only points of the game, hitting the winning shot with no time on the clock to give the Panthers the win.
With no practice time due to the weather shutdown of the school the Blue Raiders appeared to be a bit rusty from the layoff and just could not put the visiting Panthers away. The guests shot extremely well in the game, getting 30 of their points from three-point range.
The Raiders led 19-17 at the end of the first period, trailed 31-29 at halftime and held a 43-40 lead after three quarters of action. But the three-point bombs by the Panthers in the final frame kept La Academia even in the last 8 minutes.as the home team nursed its slim lead. Tony Powell’s basket off a T.J. Daniels’ assist with 1:42 left edged the Raiders to a 53-52 lead, but a costly turnover following a Panthers’ miscue at 1:28 led to the final conclusion. After a foul call against the Middletown defense on a scramble for a loose ball, the Panthers inbounded with just 0.5 on the clock. Gantt slipped uncovered into the left corner and launched the game winner as time ran out. The shot counted and the guests walked off with the two-point win. Jackson had a game-high 20 points in the loss while Powell added 13.
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Wrestling Week of February 1st by Larry Etter
Middletown wrestling coach Daniel Riggs is still dealing with roster shortages, which are keeping his team out of contention on the mats. While some other area teams are also feeling the effects as well, forfeits have crippled the Blue Raiders each week. The Raiders suffered a pair of losses last week, which also saw its scheduled Tri-Meet reduced to just two teams.
UPPER DAUPHIN 75, MIDDLETOWN 0
On Friday at home the Raiders were dealt a humbling shutout by a very solid Upper Dauphin team. The Raiders were forced to forfeit matches at 120, 126, 138, 145, 152 and 172 and wrestled in just 7 weight classes. The best matchup came at 215 where Matt Mitchell lost a 6-0 decision to Dillon Johns. In the other weights all were decided by pins. Sam Miller at 106, Chance Sweeny at 113, Rha’Kye Wise at 132, Vince Corradi at 160, Ayden Miller at 189 and Sebastian Dash at 285 all fell victims to the Trojans’ superior wrestlers.
WEST YORK 28, MIDDLETOWN 15
The match at West York on Saturday morning turned out to be more competitive for the Blue Raiders. At 189 Ayden Miller pinned Seamus McNicholas to get the Raiders first points. Matt Mitchell was awarded a forfeit at 285 and Chance Sweeny decisioned Matt Conde 4-0 at 113. Wise lost at 113 and there were no matches at 138, 145 and 152. After Vince Corradi lost at 160, there was another no match at 172. Miller’s win made it a 12-6 score, but Dash lost a major decision at 215. The Raiders forfeited at 285, there was no match at 120 and the Raiders again forfeited a 126, handing the Bulldogs the 28-15 win.
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Middletown defends, gets 18 points from Tymir Jackson in victory at Lower Dauphin
Thursday’s dance down the back road from Middletown won’t help the Blue Raiders chase down a Mid-Penn Capital Division title.
This one does look good on the District 3 resume, though.
Guard Tymir Jackson pumped in 18 points, forward Tony Powell added 10, and Middletown turned away every Lower Dauphin comeback to script a 50-41 boys basketball win in Hummelstown.
The crossover battle saw Middletown (9-2) erupt for the game’s first 9 points, a 13-0 Falcons’ run through the third quarter that led to a 35-34 Lower Dauphin lead with 7:20 play, and a frenzied, confident finish by the Blue Raiders, who used a 14-4 surge from the 7:02 mark to win going away.
Guards Tate and Tyson Leach (8 points) were key assets in the win, as were forward Powell fellow forward Tajae Broadie, part of the defensive unit assigned to slow down LD’s long post players.
Caleb Gibbs did manage a team-high 17 points, but guard Josh Gardner (16 points) was the Falcons’ only scoring option beyond the 6-foot-7 senior.
The Falcons (9-2) suffered behind 1-for-18 shooting from long-range and managed a single deuce, a Charlie Fortney jumper, in the second quarter.
The win was Middletown’s third straight and it cut down a four-game win streak for Lower Dauphin.
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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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Wrestling the 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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Meet PennLive’s Mid-Penn ‘Off-the-Radar’ boys basketball team
Buzz: He’s one of the toughest athletes in the Mid-Penn. After all, how many guys do you see who handle a team’s rushing load at tailback and then turn around and play in the middle on the defensive front? Jackson did it for the Blue Raiders, and now he is showing he is a pretty good basketball player, too, helping Middletown get off to a nice start by averaging 17.3 points per game.
Shellenberger’s 26 points help East Pennsboro boys score upset of Middletown
East Pennsboro wasn’t supposed to beat Middletown Friday.
At least not on paper
The Blue Raiders were 9-2 and coming off a big win over 9-2 Lower Dauphin Thursday. The Panthers, meanwhile, limped into the matchup at 2-5 and coming off a loss to Trinity.
And none of it mattered to Devin Shellenberger and his East Pennsboro teammates as they pulled off the 64-62 upset.
“This was big,” Shellenberger said. “Every win counts the same … but this was a starting point for us. This is the game that we think can turn our whole season around.”
And if that turns out to be the case, Shellenberger will be the guy who really helped get it going because he finished with a game-high 26 points against the Blue Raiders. The included five 3s. But he wasn’t the only Panthers player to show up on the offensive end. Evan Farling added 13 points and Grant Anderson 10 to get a trio of East Pennsboro players into double-figures. Adnan Sbai added 8.
That offensive flurry helped negate a 25-point effort from Middletown’s Tajae Broadie.
But, in a game which came down to East Pennsboro forcing a turnover on Middletown’s final possession, offense wasn’t the only thing that punched the winning ticket.
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Lower Dauphin girls down Middletown, extend winning streak to six games
Some teams search long and wide to establish an identity that can deliver wins with regularity. In such a staggered girls basketball season, some will never find it.
Lower Dauphin head coach Tim Goss doesn’t have the problem.
The Falcons may have needed a boost through the early minutes of the season, but it didn’t take long for LD’s senior cast to put that experience to work.
On Thursday, Lower Dauphin bumped its current win streak to six games, riding Katie Weigle’s 19 points to a 61-27 Mid-Penn crossover win against Middletown.
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Mid-Penn boys basketball leaders: Scoring, 3-pointers, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks through Feb. 7
The Mid-Penn boys basketball season is underway, and PennLive is putting together the list of the leaders this season in the conference in several statistics.
PennLive has received stats from coaches around the league for games through Monday, Feb. 8, and published the leaders in points per game, 3-pointers, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
PennLive will publish boys basketball stats every Wednesday through the remainder of the regular season. Coaches are encouraged to send stats to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Monday each week.
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Middletown Teammates of the Week
Week of February 14, 2021
Tyson Snyder, JH Boys Basketball, 7th – Discipline
“Tyson has emerged as one of the leaders on our JH JV team over the past few weeks, and continues to work hard at practice and at games. As a 7th grader, he is a great role model in how he stays disciplined.” ~ 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