MIDDLETOWN BLUE RAIDERS
Weekly Athletic Department Newsletter 11.8.20
JH V Field Hockey @ CD East 3:45pm^^
National Letter of Intent Signing Day
JH V/JV Field Hockey @ Mifflin Co. (Canceled)
JH V/JV Field Hockey v. Red Land 3:30/4:30pm
^^Spectators asked to limit two per student
*Spectator Policy (Parents Only with pre-approved tickets/roster)
**No Spectators permitted
Blue Raiders Scoreboard:
Varsity Record (18-18)
Varsity Record (4-2)
11/6 Middletown v. Wyomissing (L 38-16)
Junior Varsity Record (1-0)
Freshman Record (0-4)
Varsity Record (9-3)
Junior Varsity Record (2-1)
Varsity Record (7-4-1)
Junior Varsity Record (1-7-2)
Varsity Record (6-8)
Junior High Varsity Record (3-4-1)
11/2 Middletown v. Camp Hill (W 1-0)
11/3 Middletown @ Cedar Cliff (L 4-0)
11/5 Middletown @ Susquehanna (T 0-0)
Junior High JV Record (0-1-1)
11/2 Middletown v. Camp Hill
11/3 Middletown @ Cedar Cliff
Varsity Record (9-4)
11/3 Middletown v. Harrisburg (Canceled)
11/4 Middletown @ Red Land (W 3-2)
11/5 Middletown v. Bishop McDevitt (W 3-0)
Junior Varsity Record (10-2)
11/3 Middletown v. Harrisburg (Canceled)
11/4 Middletown @ Red Land (L 2-0)
11/5 Middletown v. Bishop McDevitt (W 2-0)
No Team Meets
NEWS AND HEADLINES
BLUE RAIDERS TO PLAY FOR DISTRICT TITLE
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.
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Wyomissing dominates the line, shuts down Middletown’s offense to win district championship
MIDDLETOWN — It seems to be almost an annual tradition at this point that Middletown and Wyomissing meet for the District 3, Class 3A football championship game.
Last year, the Blue Raiders were at Wyomissing. This year, they hosted the Spartans. Both years, the outcome was the same.
For the second straight season, Wyomissing claimed the championship, defeating Middletown 38-16 on Friday to raise their ninth district trophy in program history.
In four of the past five title games, these two teams have met against one another. Middletown won two of the matchups, including its most recent district championship back in 2018. Wyomissing evened the score on Friday with its second consecutive win against Middletown.
Wyomissing fullback Evan Niedrowski remembered walking back into the locker rooms in Middletown after the district loss two years ago, and felt that it was redemption to hoist the trophy on the same field.
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Wyomissing gets 2nd straight District 3 football title with 38-16 win over Middletown
MIDDLETOWN >> Wyomissing got kicked around pretty good by Middletown in some past district championship games, but the Spartans made it clear right from the start Friday night that they were in charge.
Four plays into the game, the Spartans went for it on fourth-and-2 from their own 41 and sent 240-pound fullback Evan Niedrowski crashing into the line for a first down.
"That definitely showed 'em that we weren’t here to mess around," said senior Darren Brunner. "We were coming to pound it right down their throats."
"They know we’re coming after them (after that)," said Niedrowski, who rushed for a career-high 170 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans dominated 38-16 to claim their second straight District 3 Class 3A championship.
They also beat the Blue Raiders in last year's championship game but that one was a squeaker, 24-21.
Wyomissing advances to play at District 2 champ Lakeland next weekend in the PIAA quarterfinals.
The second-seeded Spartans (7-0) left little doubt about this one, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions to lead 21-7 after one quarter. The top-seeded Blue Raiders (4-2) threatened several times in the second quarter but Wyomissing's defense turned them back repeatedly and the Spartans came away with their ninth district championship.
Wyomissing allowed just 52 total yards and three first downs in the first half, and 155 total yards overall.
The Spartans won back-to-back titles for just the second time; they also did it in 1990 and 1991.
"When you get to this point it’s special, no matter how many times you’ve done it," said Bob Wolfrum, the Wyomissing coach for all nine championships.
This was special in that it came against a team that had won three straight district titles, that it came on their home field and that it was achieved after a difficult season that was in doubt four months ago because of the coronavirus.
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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.
Mid-Penn Conference football defensive leaders through 11/4/20
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 email@example.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 11/4/20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 p.m. Monday each week.
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Middletown Teammates of the Week
Week of November 8, 2020
Michael Keating, Freshman Football, 9th – Perseverance
“Michael “Tally” Keating was a faithful participant at summer workouts in preparation for the upcoming season. Tally demonstrated that sort of commitment for the past 5 months. Tally through grit, determination and a strong will to succeed, achieved steady progress and an important role on the team. Tally is a good student, popular with teammates and coaches and a Blue Raider legacy.” ~ Coach Pettis
Week of November 1, 2020
Derek Brooks, Freshman Football, 9th – Perseverance
“Derek Brooks worked hard at summer lifting and conditioning that helped to prepare him for the regular season. Derek has shone at drills and conditioning. Derek has shown steady improvement both at practice and in games. Derek is a solid student. He also is a member of concert, marching and jazz band. Derek represents the well rounded person we want to develop and an exceptional example of 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
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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.
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