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Bill Bostic

About Bill Bostic

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

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 tlarson@cdschools.org.

SCHEDULE CHANGE – Rams face Cougars for D-3 gridiron crown

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT
Championship Game
District 3 – Class 6A Playoffs

Central Dauphin vs Harrisburg Cougars

Game scheduled for Nov. 16 has been postponed due to field conditions until Friday, Nov. 23, at Central York High School at 7 pm until Saturday, Nov. 17, at Landis Field in Colonial Park with a 6 pm kickoff, according to PIAA District 3 website.

The Rams are looking to turn the tables on Harrisburg after losing 20-5 to the Cougars in week #4 of the season at Landis Field. After trailing 5-0 at the half, the Cougars torched the Rams for 20 points in the third quarter on two touchdown passes and a pick-6 to grab the win.

Defense was the bright spot for the Rams in the September game. They held the high-scoring Cougars to only 20 points, the lowest point total by area teams. Only Coatesville, the state’s second ranked team, did better in a week #1 game when the Cougars only had 6 points.

The winner of Friday’s game takes home the PIAA District 3 – Class 6A crown and moves into state tournament play.

LAST WEEK: The Rams were clicking on all phases of the game and rolled over the Manheim Township Blue Streaks 27-0 on a drizzly night in Lancaster County.

COACH INTERVIEW – GLEN MCNAMEE

CD head football coach Glen McNamee was upbeat about the team’s practice sessions this week for the D-3 championship game.

Coach Mac (wearing winter hat) talks with a Fox 43 reporter following last week’s win over Manheim Twp.

Despite winter storm Avery causing a short school day Thursday, McNamee said the team was granted permission to put in some practice time while classes were taking place.

He’s hoping the Rams offense can avoid untimely penalties that put several drives off schedule in the team’s regular season game against the Cougars.

The team moved the ball, but couldn’t find the end zone. In fact, the Rams had one of their best passing games against the Cougars, completing 21 passes to nine different receivers, said McNamee.

OPPONENT PREVIEW – HARRISBURG COUGARS

The Cougars are led offensively by senior quarterback Kane Everson, #7, who will be playing college ball for the Army Black Knights. Everson is fast and elusive and gave the Rams defenders headaches while trying to track him down earlier this season. Last season, he rallied the Central East Panthers to a victory over the Rams.

Look for Everson to target junior wide receiver Donte Kent, #9, who recorded a touchdown against the Rams in teams’ first meeting.

On defense for the Cougars, keep an eye out for hard-hitting, junior linebacker Jai Burney, #4.

The Cougars rolled over Wilson last Saturday 36-12 to get into the district championship tilt with the Rams.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

Defensive coordinator Sean Rosler cheers on a good play turned in by Malachi Bowman, #14, during last week’s shutout win over Manheim Twp.

Rams face tough 2nd round playoff test

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT
2nd Round, District 3 – Class 6A Playoffs

Central Dauphin vs Manheim Twp Blue Streaks

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
7 pm kickoff, Kruis Field at War Memorial Stadium in Lancaster

The task this week is to upend a team that’s on a three-game winning streak against our team over the last two seasons.

The #3 seed Central Dauphin Rams (8-3 overall, ranked 16th in state by MaxPreps) will face #2 seed Manheim Township Blue Streaks (10-1 overall, ranked 14th in state by MaxPreps) in suburban Lancaster.

The Rams faced the Blue Streaks in week #3 of this season. After the Rams went out to a 12-0 lead in the first half, the Streaks dominated the second half and left Landis Field with a 22-12 victory.

The Streaks got the best of the Rams twice last year, so the Rams are overdue to get a W against this pesky team.

LAST WEEK: The Rams piled up 42 first-half points on the Central York Panthers in a downpour at Landis Field on their way to an easy 49-21 first-round playoff win.

COACH INTERVIEW – SEAN ROSLER

CD Rams assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Sean Rosler breaks down what happened in last week’s first-round playoff game and looks ahead to Friday’s District 3 semifinal match-up with the Manheim Township Blue Streaks.

PLAYER INTERVIEW – GABE BOLLINGER, #70

The Rams’ O-line takes the spotlight this week with Gabe Bollinger, #70, doing the honors for a unit that has steadily improved over the course of the 2018 season.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

CD’s O-line blows open a hole for Tyler Leisher in the monsoon at Landis Field last Friday against the Central York Panthers.

Get ready for CD Rams playoff football

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT
1st Round, District 3 – Class 6A Playoffs

Central Dauphin vs Central York Panthers

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
7 pm kickoff at Landis Field

It’s a new season as play-until-you-lose time has arrived with the start of the PIAA District 3 playoffs.

The #3 seed Central Dauphin Rams (7-3 overall, 5-2 conference, ranked 22nd in state by MaxPreps) will face #6 seed Central York Panthers (8-2 overall, 5-2 league, ranked 90th in state by MaxPreps) at Landis Field to kick things off.

LAST WEEK: The Rams rolled over the Central Dauphin East Panthers 37-12 to close out the regular season. The Panthers mounted a comeback in the second period when the Rams committed three turnovers, but the green and white turned on the jets in the second half to win going away.

PLAYER INTERVIEW – #44 SAM SCHMIDT

COACH INTERVIEW – GLEN MCNAMEE

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

CD Rams offensive line dominated CD East Panthers last Friday by blowing open big holes for runners like this one for Tyler Leisher, #25.

It’s Rams-Panthers gridiron rivalry time!

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT – Week #10

Central Dauphin vs Central Dauphin East

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
7 pm kickoff at Landis Field (CD East is the home team)

The regular season closes out with the annual cross-district grudge match between the homestanding Central Dauphin East Panthers (3-6 overall, 2-4 conference, ranked 138rd in state by MaxPreps) against the Central Dauphin Rams (6-3 overall, 4-2 conference, ranked 23rd in state by MaxPreps)

The Rams on paper appear to be a clear favorite, but the Panthers sport several athletic kids who play hard and things don’t always go as planned in rivalry games.

LAST WEEK: The Rams turned things around after a week #8 home loss to State College by traveling down I-81 to Chambersburg and downing the Trojans 35-14 on the strength of a stellar first half.

COACH INTERVIEW – PAUL LINN

PLAYER INTERVIEW – #23 MASON GRIFFITHS, #46 ADAM BURKHART, AND #13 NOAH HOFFMAN

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

Nick Chimienti, #3 in white, catches a pass in traffic against the Trojans last Friday. He had five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Rams football faces much improved Trojans

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT – Week #9

Central Dauphin at Chambersburg

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
7 pm kickoff

Here’s this week’s CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING for Friday, 10/19/18, when the Rams (5-3 overall 3-2 conference) meet the Chambersburg Trojans (6-2 overall, 3-2 conference) in noisy Trojan Stadium. Go Rams!

So noisy is the gridiron at Chambersburg High that the Rams used recorded band music played at a high volume and had players yelling and screaming during their Wednesday practice to simulate game conditions.

LAST WEEK: The Rams lost a slugfest at Landis Field against the State College Little Rams 35-28. State College clicked off a handful of big plays that made the difference in this one – none bigger than a fake punt and pass that kept a third-quarter scoring drive by the Little Lions alive.

PLAYER INTERVIEW – TYLER LEISHER, #25

COACH INTERVIEW – GLEN MCNAMEE
Coach Mac previews the Chambersburg game and shares insights on Defensive Coach Paul Linn’s side gig.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

Senior running back Adam Burkhart, #46, was the player of the game despite the Rams’ loss with a bone-crushing 194 yards on 28 carries and three rushing TDs.

 

Lower Paxton has new top gun

Lower Paxton Township supervisors voted 4-1 last night to hire Bradley Gotshall, as the township’s new manager. He currently is the manager of Millersville Borough in Lancaster County.

For details, click here for a story by Bill Bostic that was published by PennLive.com. And here’s a link to Gotshall’s resume on LinkedIn.

Bostic did a quick interview with Gotshall following his hiring.

 

 

Rams to face Little Lions on gridiron

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT – Week #8

Central Dauphin vs State College

Senior Night & Pink Out

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
Landis Field
7 pm kickoff

The final phase of the 2018 season starts off with a bang as the Little Lions (6-1 overall, 3-1 conference) roll into Landis for a key Mid-Penn Commonwealth contest with the Rams (5-2 overall, 4-2 conference).

LAST WEEK: State College took it on the nose losing 32-17 against the hard-charging Harrisburg Cougars at Severance Field. Meanwhile, CD spoiled Altoona’s homecoming by easily rolling over Mountain Lions by a count of 49-7.

This week’s Linglestown American Legion Post 272’s Scouting Report includes an interview with one the 2018 season’s most surprising players, a look at the Little Lions with a coach, and a tribute to a fallen warrior.

PLAYER INTERVIEW – DEREK KRUG, #92

COACH INTERVIEW – SEAN ROSLER

Tribute to #62

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

The Rams O line blew open big holes all night for Rams running backs last week at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.

GO RAMS!

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Get ready for the Rams–Mountain Lions game

Here’s this week’s CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING for the week #7 match-up with the Altoona Mountain Lions.

This week’s report features a Coach Spotlight segment with Thom Carmo, Ram special teams coordinator, and a Player Interview with #3, junior slot receiver and defensive safety Nick Chimienti.

Looking ahead to next week’s Pink Out game at Landis Field against State College, this report will feature photography from the Neil Renaldi who is affiliated with Linglestown Gazette Sports.

Finally, please ask you friends and family members to sign up for this free service. Here’s the link to send them:

http://bit.ly/RamsScoutingReport

Go Rams!
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CORRECTION: Correct spelling of Coach Carmos’ first name is Thom. It’s shown incorrectly on the video.

Rams bang the gong to a big gridiron win

By Bill Bostic
Gazette sports columnist

Believe or not, sideline reporting at Central Dauphin Rams games is worthy of a hazardous pay rate.

CD Ram Shamarr Joppy gets a hand on a Berks Catholic’s punt in the first period of CD’s 7-0 win.

I nearly got mowed down by a herd of stampeding Rams defenders Friday night in Reading after they blocked a field goal attempt by the Berkshire Catholic Saints.

Next they huddled near the bench to hold a celebration that was capped off by the banging of a newly purchased Chinese gong.

The gong got plenty of use in a shutout win over a team that finished second in the PIAA 4A classification last season and reportedly has a better team this year.

By the way, the Rams have only given up seven points in the first two games, but the first team has not allowed a point.

Let me tell you, Friday night’s 7-0 Rams win is one that will stick with me for a long time – maybe until my dying day.

Tyler Leisher, #25 in white, runs for 35-yards during the Rams’ winning drive.

For starters, the Rams were the underdog in this one because the Saints had the upper hand in most skill positions, including a big dude playing running back and middle linebacker who is headed to the Pitt Panthers. (His name is Brandon George for those of you keeping score at home.)

Plus, the Saints seemed to be bigger than the Rams, and believe me size matters in football.

I reported after the game that the Rams gutted out this win by dominating the line of scrimmage, but it was more than that – they won the psychological battle that is waged in all sporting events.

Coach Glen MacNamee had the Rams mentally and physically ready to take on Berks Catholic.

Give credit to the coaching staff and team leaders for mentally being at the zenith of their game for the entire 48-minute contest. Anything less could have easily resulted in a loss.

Keep in mind the Rams entered this one without starting quarterback and linebacker Noah Hoffman due to an ankle injury suffered in the first game against Wilson.

Plus, a significant number of players got nicked up against Berks Catholic, forcing second and a few third stringers into action.

For whatever reason, all the pieces came together for the Rams on the brand new artificial turf at Forino Sports Complex in a win that will cause their Mid Penn Commonwealth foes to take notice.

I went to sleep Friday night – actually early Saturday morning – with the sound of a gong going off in my brain. I bet some Berks Catholic coaches and players did the same thing.

GAME BALLS

  • CD’s defense for pitching a shutout that included a partially blocked punt and a blocked field goal in the first period.
  • Adam Burkhart, #46, for scoring the game’s only touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the third period, and then keeping Berks Catholic off the field late in the game with a series of runs.
  • Fill-in quarterbacks junior Tyrese Fuller, #1, and freshman Max Mosey, #16, for playing steady and not turning over the ball.
  • Senior kicker Derek Krug for nailing a point-after-touchdown after the Rams got hit with a 15-yard penalty following Burkhart’s touchdown.
  • And the coaching staff for a stellar job getting the team ready to play.

NEXT UP for the Rams (2-0) is the start of the so-called “Revenge Tour” against teams that slapped losses on CD last year. First up is a non-conference game against the defending District 3 6A champs Manheim Township Blue Streaks (2-0), who doled out losses to the Rams in 2017 in week #2 of the season and in a first-round playoff game. The game will be played at Landis Stadium in Colonial Park this Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 pm.

The Blue Streaks downed Central Dauphin East 17-10 at Landis Field during week #1 this season.
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Photos by Neil Renaldi

Photo at the top of this article shows Adam Burkhart scoring the winning touchdown Friday against Berks Catholic.

Gazette Sports Chat with George Chaump

Gazette Sports Chat host Joe Gilloway had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with storied football coach George Chaump.

If you love football, this is a must-see video no matter if you know Coach Chaump or have never heard of him. (Recorded on July 22, 2018 at Ted’s Bar & Grill in Harrisburg, Pa.)

Longtime LP leader passes away

Longtime Lower Paxton Supervisor Bill Hawk passed away Saturday.

He served as a supervisor for over 20 years and was the board chairman during most of those years. This spring he was elected as president of a statewide association of township officials.

“Hawk was proud that the Lower Paxton supervisors always tried to be a ‘listening board’ whenever citizens had opinions and ideas to share at meetings or during private conversations,” said Bill Bostic, publisher and editor of Linglestown Gazette. “He was a true public servant and a man that I count as a role model. Bill will be greatly missed.”

“Bill’s impact on Lower Paxton has been immeasurable,” said Lowman Henry, chairman of the township Board of Supervisors. “Lower Paxton developed into a major township over his years in office.”

“Bill made sure the township grew in an orderly fashion. He touched every facet of life in Lower Paxton over the last 20 years, and he was supportive of the effort to develop George Park and worked to assist the township’s first responders.”

Township Supervisor Chris Judd remembered Hawk in a Facebook post: “Politics can harden the heart, but I don’t know anyone who could detect an ounce of cynicism in Bill over his many years as a civic leader.”

No funeral plans were available at the time this update was published.

The township will have to fill Hawk’s seat during the next month or so. Contact the township office if you want to apply for the position.