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Bill Bostic

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Bill Bostic is the founder and publisher of the Linglestown Gazette.

CD Rams win team title in sectional wrestling

Central Dauphin Rams Wrestling brought home six gold medals to win the team title Saturday at the PIAA District-3 Class 3A sectional tournament held at Hempfield High School in Lancaster County.

Here’s a summary of CD’s top finishers this weekend:

CD’s Josh Miller defeated Ethan Ketner of Hershey 5-3 to win the 113-pound class

In the 132-pound weight class, CD’s Bryce Buckman took third place by defeating Owen Rohrer of Penn Manor 12-3

CD Ram Tye Weathersby won the 138-pound class by defeating Manheim Central’s Conner Zeamer 17-3.

At 145 pounds, Mitchell Arch grabbed another gold medal for the Rams by defeating David Over of Manheim Township 12-4

CD’s Hunter Bentz finshed third in the 152-pound class by defeating Hempfield’s Ian Edwards 10-4

Ethan Pae of CD grabbed fourth place in the 160-pound class.

CD Ram Tim Smith brought home the gold in 170 with a 1-0 win over Milton Hershey’s Darius Briggs

CD’s Nathaniel Mosey finished fifth in 182.

Jackson Talbott won the 195-pound class with a 16-5 victory over T.J. Keener of Penn Manor

Bringing home another gold medal at 220 for CD was Marques Holten with a 6-3 decision over Tyler Phenegar of Lampeter-Strasburg

And Jayden Baylor of the CD Rams finished second in the 285-pound class

Next up for the Rams is the district tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 at Hersheypark Arena.

Rams Wrestling gets 4th place in D-3 team tourney

Article revised Saturday, 2/2/19 at 10:15 pm with updated info for the PIAA Team Championships – see last paragraph. 

Central Dauphin Rams wrestling competed for the bronze medal Saturday afternoon in the District 3 Class 3A team championships against arch rival Cumberland Valley Eagles.

Going into the final bout at Spartan Center at Milton Hershey School, CD led Cumberland Valley 28-24.

The Eagles needed something special to happen in the final match. And CV’s Jacob Lucas earned a 20-5 technical fall over CD’s Ethan Pae in the 182-pound class. The decision pushed the Eagles past the Rams by a point, 29-28.

Cedar Cliff Colts won the 3A title by defeating top-seeded Dallastown 39-28 to win the District 3 Class 3A team title.

Despite losing to CV, the Rams earned a spot in the state Team Wrestling Championships. They are scheduled to compete in a preliminary round dual Monday, 7:30 pm against District 11 second seed Northampton at Catasauqua High School in Northampton.

CD boys top CD East in b-ball rivalry

By Bill Bostic

The Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball team lead throughout a 79-61 win Tuesday in a rivalry game against the Central Dauphin East Panthers at the CD High gym

TV broadcasters on High School Sports Live credited CD’s Da’von Haggans, a sophomore power forward, for providing the Rams the spark they needed to outscore the Panthers 27-13 in the third quarter and seal the victory. He scored eight in the quarter.

Other keys to CD’s victory were only turning over the ball seven times and using full-court pressure at various times to force numerous giveaways by the Panthers.

The Rams’ top scorer was Rance Russo with 16. Other Rams who hit double-digits were Ryan Smith (15), Nick Chimienti (12), and Haggans (12).

The Panthers were led by Amir Jackson (15), Aaron Jones (11), and Xavier Samuels (10).

The win allows CD to stay at or close to the top spot in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth division with an 8-3 record (12-4 overall).

On Friday, the Rams travel to Chambersburg to take on the Trojans, and the Panthers (3-8 division, 6-8 overall) host Altoona.
Pictured is CD junior Nick Chimienti who contributed 12 points Tuesday against CD East. (Photo by Neil Renaldi)

Carlisle avenges early season loss to Rams

By Bill Bostic

The Carlisle Area Thundering Herd used a tough to crack zone defense and an outstanding 26-point offensive performance by guard Howie Rankine to upend the Central Dauphin Rams on Wednesday 55-48 at the CD gym.

The Rams scratched out a 23-21 lead in the first half, but Carlisle outpointed the Rams 19-9 in the third quarter to take command of this contest. Plus, Carlisle had the benefit of having penalty free throws starting late in the third quarter, and netted 22 of 28 from the charity line in the second half.

Rams’ top scorer Wednesday was Ryan Smith, #22, with 16 points. Photo by Neil Renaldi.

But the Rams didn’t go away quietly. Down by 10 early in the fourth quarter, CD clawed their way back to within two points of the Herd with 1:33 on the clock.

The Rams had two good looks late that did not go down – Ryan Smith failed to convert a reverse layup with about a minute to go and Tyrese Fuller just missed on a layup with 30 ticks left on the clock after driving the lane.

Carlisle then sealed their victory by hitting free throws when the Rams put them on the line during desperation time.

Scoring leaders for the Rams were Ryan Smith (16) and Rance Russo (11).

The loss put the Rams’ at 7-2 in the division (11-3 overall), which most likely puts them in a tie for the conference lead with Cumberland Valley and Harrisburg.

CD hosts the Altoona Mountain Lions on Friday. Junior varsity game starts at 5 pm and the varsity at 6:30 pm.
Pictured at top is Carlisle’s Howie Rankin who burned the Rams for 26 points Wednesday. He is one the premier guards in the Mid-Penn Conference. (Photo by

CD Rams ride big first half to win over State College

By Bill Bostic

Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball team played a stellar first half Friday and held off a late run by the visiting State College Little Lions to win 61-54 and get into double figures for wins this season (10-2 overall, 7-1 conference).

The victory keeps the Rams in a tie at the top of the Mid-Penn Commonwealth with the Cumberland Valley Eagles, who pulled out a road win Friday over Altoona by a score of 56-53.

CD sophomore shooting guard Ryan Smith was on fire in the first quarter with 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. He was the game’s top scorer with 20.

“We shot the lights out,” said CD head coach Wayne Fletcher. “I don’t know that we shot the ball that well in a half before. It was pretty nice.”

The second quarter featured a scoring barrage from CD senior shooting guard Niko Santiago, who nailed three three-pointers on his way to an 11-point quarter. And senior power forward Jaraud Smith played some sterling defense with multiple steals that helped the Rams take a 42-27 lead into the locker room.

The Little Lions clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter by pressuring the perimeter on defense and getting balanced scoring from their lineup. They outscored the Rams 27-19 in second half and got the lead down to four with 2:30 to go in the fourth quarter.

Smith choked off State College’s comeback attempt by going five for eight from the charity line in the fourth quarter.

“We want to ride this as long as we can, said Fletcher. “Lots of things can change but we just want to enjoy this and work as hard as we can every time we lace them up.”

The Little Lions were led offensively by junior Johnny Freiberg and senior Cam Villarouel who both scored 16.

Next week the Rams play three home games: A non-conference game Monday against Cedar Cliff Colts and conference games Wednesday and Friday against the Carlisle Thundering Herd and the Altoona Mountain Lions respectively.
Pictured above is Nikos Santiago who netted 11 points in the first half to help the Rams in the Friday’s State College game. He finished with 14. (Photo by Neil Renaldi.)

Lady Rams get back on track against Mifflin County

By Joe Gilloway

Coming off a week where one of the state’s toughest leagues reared its ugly head on his Lady Rams team, coach Randy Gambelunghe was looking to keep them grounded and confident when the Lady Huskies from Mifflin County hit the Central Dauphin Sports Complex gym.

And after an offensively sluggish first eight minutes, there were no signs of hangover. They finished on the good end of a 51-16 contest that was competitive for around the first four minutes of the game.

Huskies’ head coach Roger Herto employed an effective box-and-one defense, with the “one” being his pesky sophomore guard, Hannah Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was tasked with keeping senior guard Sam Gress without good looks from behind the 3-point arc, and for the better part of the night it worked.

But then came junior guard Haleigh Lackner and her eighty-four feet of mayhem. Lackner had nine steals in the first half alone, added four more in the third quarter, and finished the game in the mid-teens. Yes, this is steals we’re talking about.

The Rams defense held the Huskies to just 8 first-half points, and then shut them out in the third. With the help of a couple late, mop-up 3’s in the fourth by Huskies reserve guard Mya Aumiller, Mifflin County was able to squeeze out 16 points on the night. But it was a squeeze.

Gress, despite the aggressive defense played against her all night, led all scorers with 15, including three 3’s. Sophomore guard Izzy Vogel added 9, followed by Haleigh Lackner’s 7.

6′ 2″ sophomore Molly Wagoner, the biggest offensive challenge coming in for the Rams, finished the game with 5 points, all in the first half. Rittenhouse, with her two 3’s, led the Huskies in scoring with 6.
Pictured: Senior guard Sam Gress was tightly guarded but still poured in 15 against Mifflin County to lead all scorers. (Photo by Neil Renaldi.)

Bishop McDevitt boys earn hard-fought W over Trinity

By John Vellios

If you were at Bishop Mcdevitt High School tonight to watch the doubleheader boys and girls games against the Trinity Shamrocks, you were in for a treat.

Tarajae Davis, #5, of Bishop McDevitt.

After the McDevitt girls defeated Trinity, it was time for the boys to play. With the clock ticking down to one minute until tip off, the announcer informed the crowd that they were no longer allowing spectators to enter the gym. People sat in aisles, stood in all four corners of the basketball court and crammed against one another in the stands.

Bishop Mcdevitt boys pulled out a hard-fought 78-72 victory. It was a physical, hard hitting, tough game from both teams. Tempers flared and trash talking traveled back and forth.

It started out slowly as McDevitt led 10-8 after the first quarter and then 30-19 at the half.

Both teams turned up the offense in the second half that was laden with dozens of fouls by each team. The Crusaders and Shamrocks were both in the double penalty by the end of the third quarter that closed with McDevitt still holding a 54-45 lead.

Trinity coach Larry Kostelac kept the rotation of players moving in and out as multiple players were in foul trouble. Almost mirroring each other’s tactics, McDevitt coach Mike Gaffey substituted players hoping to delay anyone fouling out.

In the end, McDevitt prevailed by making their free throws when it was crunch time.

The stars of both teams were evident, Jake Kelly led McDevitt scorers with 25 points and Tarajae Davis finished with 23. Trinity’s showcase guard, Chance Westry, led all scorers with 27 points followed by Matt Long’s 10 points, the only other Shamrock to hit double digits.

With the win, McDevitt’s record goes to 9-1 and they’ve won nine games in a row. The Crusaders’ next game is Tuesday on the road against Cedar Cliff.
Pictured at top is Bishop McDevitt’s Jake Kelly. Both photos were take by Vicki Vellios (@vickivellios).

CLICK HERE for a game report by Eric Epler of PennLive.

CD boys b-ballers get signature win over Cougars

By Bill Bostic

The Central Dauphin Rams basketball team’s turnaround season under first-year head coach Wayne Fletcher continued Friday with a stirring 67-63 win over the Harrisburg Cougars at a packed gym on Piketown Road.

CD boys attract big home crowd for Harrisburg game.

This win was the biggest victory for the Rams in years and serves notice to the rest of the Mid-Penn Commonwealth that this team is playing some top-shelf basketball.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that was knotted at 47 after three quarters. CD hit a series of clutch free throws in the closing seconds of the game to nail down the win.

Jaraud Smith led the way for the Rams with 14, followed by Tyrese Fuller 11, Niko Santiago 10, and Ryan Smith 9.

The win keeps the Rams (5-1 Mid-Penn Commonwealth, 8-2 overall) atop the conference standings with the Cumberland Valley Eagles. CV came up big tonight in overtime to edge the Central Dauphin East Panthers 69-66.

The loss pushes Harrisburg (4-2 Mid-Penn Commonwealth, 6-3 overall) back into second place in the conference standings.

The Rams go on the road Tuesday to face the Mifflin County Huskies in Lewistown.
Pictured at top is Vince Gambelunghe who scored five points in tonight’s victory.

Photos by Neil Renaldi Photography.

Cougar’s Brannon shines in win over CD Lady Rams

By Bill Bostic

The Harrisburg Lady Cougars basketball team rode a fast start and a 28-point night by Dajahnae Brannon to get a 61-55 home win over the Central Dauphin Lady Rams.

Harrisburg’s Dajahnae_Brannon (Photo by

The Cougars were up 21-10 after the first quarter and 37-20 at halftime. Harrisburg found a way to shut down the Rams top scorers in the first half, limiting senior Sam Gress to four points and blanking sophomore Maddie LaFrance.

CD clawed back into the game in the second half, cutting the lead to as little as four points with about a minute to go, according to Gazette reporter Tom Gingerich. The deficit was too big and time wasn’t on CD’s side, he said.

Gingerich added that CD head coach Randy Gambelunghe tried almost every combination of players imaginable to crawl back into the game.

Top scorer for the Rams was junior forward Audrey Weigl (pictured above) with 10 points, scoring nine of them in the second half. Also having good offensive showings were senior Delaney Lackner and Gress with nine points each.

With the loss, the Rams are now 4-2 in the Mid Penn Commonwealth and 8-3 overall. Harrisburg also is 4-2 in conference play.

The Cumberland Valley Eagles are on the top of the division with a 6-0 record. They defeated the Central Dauphin East Lady Panthers tonight 57-38.

The Lady Rams will host the Mifflin County Lady Huskies at home on Tuesday.
Tom Gingerich contributed to this report. Photo at top by Neil Renaldi Photography.

CD East Girls dominate Chambersburg

By Arion Claggett
For Linglestown Gazette Sports

CD East Lady Panthers 68 – Chambersburg Lady Trojans 27

The game began with the Lady Panthers jumping out to an early 21-9 lead in the first quarter lead by a strong offensive performance from Onnie Yates.

In second quarter, Coach Aaron Blanding went to his bench and inserted Aaliyah Bradford who imposed her will from within the paint and Alivia Edmonds who applied tenacious defense to force Chambersburg into numerous turnovers. Mikayla Wright dazzled the crowd with multiple three-pointers to increase the lead to 47-12 by halftime.

The Lady Panthers continued the pressure through the third and fourth quarters which resulted in a league victory.

Leading Scores
Mikayla Wright-13 points
Onnie Yates- 12 points
Aaliyah Bradford – 11 points
Taja Colbert- 10 points, 4 steals

Junior Varsity
CD East Lady Panthers 42 – Chambersburg Lady Trojans 34

Makayla Claggett (11 points) and Aaliyah Bradford (9 points) led the charge in defeating Chambersburg.

Roslyn Diehl paced Chambersburg with 17 points.
Photo by Arion Claggett

CV nips CD Lady Rams in hard-court classic

By Bill Bostic
Linglestown Gazette

I was told before tonight’s girls basketball game at Central Dauphin High School that the Lady Rams were going to have their hands full with a more experienced Cumberland Valley squad. The prediction turned out to be spot on as the CV girls closed a 10-point deficit in the last four minutes of the game to nip the Rams 49-46.

The fans who attended this game were treated to a game with multiple momentum swings.

The Lady Eagles, coached by former CD girls skipper and multiple state champion coach Bill Wolf, methodically built a 10-point lead with balanced scoring in the first half and appeared to be in complete control.

CD head coach Randy Gambelunghe worked some magic at halftime and Rams came out and dominated play in the third, outscoring CV 20 to 3 to take a 37-30 lead into the fourth quarter. Gazette reader Dave Ziser credited CD head coach Randy Gambelunghe’s decision to switch from a man-to-man to a zone defense for spearheading the turnaround.

The Lady Rams appeared to have the game in hand when junior Ram guard Haleigh Lackner banked in a three-point buzzer-beater to close out the third quarter.

CV’s players didn’t panic though. They got a three-pointer followed by another quick bucket and they were back in business in a flash. The ball suddenly started finding the bottom of the net and CV took the lead for good with a 1:17 to go in the fourth.

The Lady Rams are a young team and this loss hopefully will be a stepping stone toward learning how to close out games against top-notch opponents.

CD’s leading scorer was Sam Gress with 18, and Maddie LaFrance netted nine and Audrey Weigl had eight.

CV’s win puts them on top of the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division with a 5-0 record. CD drops to second place at 4-1 (8-2 overall).

Up next for the Rams are the Harrisburg Lady Cougars this Friday at Harrisburg High’s gym. Tip-off for the varsity is at 7:30 pm.
Photo from PennLive shows CD’s Sam Gress in action against CV in a past season.

Lower Paxton community leader honored

Lower Paxton resident, Central Dauphin School Board member and political activist Eric Epstein was recognized last week by Stray Winds Area Neighbors for his longtime service to the community watchdog group. He is stepping down as the group’s president, a position he has held for about 13 years.

A view of Stray Winds Farm prior to development as a residential community.

He was presented with a painting of the John Goodway Sycamore, which is located in the Linglestown Road corridor and is one of the oldest trees in Pennsylvania.

SWAN was founded to address traffic, environmental and recreational issues related to the development of the Stray Winds Farm estate by Lower Paxton-based Triple Crown Corporation. After years of delays due to litigation, construction of homes at Stray Winds is now well under way. It is located south of Linglestown Road between Colonial and Crums Mill roads, and McIntosh Road runs through the middle of the development.

Over the years SWAN has expanded its role in the community to be a watchdog group of land use and environmental issues on a township-wide basis in Lower Paxton. Members of the group attend most township meetings to keep tabs on what is being addressed by local officials.



Fun holiday event coming to CD High

Submitted item

It’s holiday mayhem for a troupe of traveling actors performing Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol.

The actors playing Scrooge and Tiny Tim have suddenly quit, but the show must go on. The stage manager and prop boy have stepped in to fill their roles with only one small problem; they do
not know how to act. What is the cast to do?

Come see how this zany group of actors save the show and the holidays with Doris Baizley’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Performances will take place on Thursday November 29th, Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st at 7:00 pm, and Sunday December 2nd at 1:00 pm. Tickets for students, seniors, and
alumni are $5 and adults are $8. All tickets are sold at the door.

The Sunday matinee will benefit Toys for Tots. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to receive one free admission.

There will be live music before the show and during intermission, plus concessions complete with Christmas cookies and holiday drinks.

It’s a fun holiday event for the whole family and a great start to the holiday season.

Central Dauphin High school is located at 437 Piketown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112. For more information and to see the cast of characters, CLICK HERE or email Tricia Larson at