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Bill Bostic

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

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.)

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

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

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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

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.




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!


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.




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


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.


Coach Mac previews the Chambersburg game and shares insights on Defensive Coach Paul Linn’s side gig.


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.