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Lady Rams lax gets job done against Patriots

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.

After a tough loss to Cumberland Valley, the Central Dauphin Girls Lacrosse team improved to a 3-1 record by taking down the Red Land Patriots 10-5.

After the Rams got off to a slow start, senior defender Emili Ihm fired up her team by leaping and stretching high for a one-handed interception. A few minutes later she followed up that amazing play by snaring another interception and turning it into the first goal of her career.

After going into halftime with a 4-3 lead, Rams junior attacker Sarah Doherty led a second half charge that resulted in her scoring a career high of four goals.

Senior goalkeeper Caroline Reichelderfer complemented a rock solid defense with five saves.

The JV squad also produced and exciting game with 6-5 victory. Freshman Charlotte Tenny had a great all-around game, scoring two goals and controlling two draws. Freshman Abby Grenoble continued her hot streak with two goals, giving her a total of six on the year.

The Rams visit Cedar Crest on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Sarah Doherty – 4 goals
Skyler Oken – 2goals, 1 assist
Erin Zieber – 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 draw controls
Haleigh Lackner – 1 goals, 2 assists, 1 draw control, 10 ground balls
Emili Ihm – 1 goal, 2 interceptions, 2 ground balls
Rylee Gabrielson – 2 assists, 2 ground balls

Senior defenders Hailey Pratt and Emili Ihm are interviewed by today’s leading scorer Sarah Doherty.

Rams lax overcomes slow start to defeat Patriots

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team. Pictured above (l. to r.) is senior Tyler Glass, #44, and senior Derrick Hillman, #34.

The Rams had a road trip on Thursday against the Red Land Patriots. Coming off a difficult loss Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley, the Rams play was sluggish at the start. The Patriots were looking to capitalize on this.

The Rams scored the first two goals and looked like they were getting the game in control. The Patriots repeatedly fought back and by halftime had brought the score within two at 5-3 in CD’s favor.

The third quarter went the Patriots way for most of the time and saw the score knotted at six goals apiece.

The Rams had enough by the opening of the fourth quarter and rattled off several goals midway through the frame. As the game drew closer to the end, the Rams keep-away strategy worked to seal the game. Final score was 10-6.

CD’s ability to consistency execute on ground balls and clears were critical throughout the day.

Boys Lacrosse moves to 4-1 on the season.

Rams will next face Cedar Crest at home on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Max Anderson – 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 6 Ground Balls
Reese Tyndale – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Dawson Smith – 8 Ground Balls, 7 Takeaways, 8 Face-Off Wins


Rams senior defender Carter Laporte, #50, and sophomore attack man Reese Tyndale comment on the team’s road win against Red Land Patriots.

Lady Rams lacrosse rolls to win over Wildcats

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.
Central Dauphin Lady Rams lacrosse varsity team rolled over the Mechanicsburg Lady Wildcats on Saturday at home 18-5.

This contest was pretty much decided in the first half with the Rams breaking out to an 11-2 lead by the break.

The Rams had to start a freshman in goal, Tyler Hollister, who just took up the sport this year and earned the win with five saves.

Skyler Oken and Marley Kostelec each had four goals.

In the JV game, the Rams and Wildcats tied 7-7.

Doing the honors post-game for Lady Rams were (l. to r.) junior Haley Lackner, senior Sadie Smith and senior Erin Zieber.

Rams dominate Wildcats in road lacrosse win

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team.

By Mike Tyndale

The third game of the Ram’s season Saturday ended with a 19-6 victory over the Mechanicsburg Wildcats that improved the team’s record to 3-0.

The offense was sharp from the first whistle and put on a show for the CD fans in attendance with nine first-quarter goals.

The team was quick and physical all afternoon, keeping the game in their favor throughout. The defense had another strong performance, giving the Wildcats few scoring chances.

The Rams had eight players find the back of the net with six multi-goal scorers.

Next up is a road rivalry game with Cumberland Valley on Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m.

Brenden Yingling – 5 goals, 1 Assist
Max Anderson – 4 goals, 4 assists
Gavin Yingling – 2 goals, 3 assists
Derrick Hillman – 3 goals, 2 assists
Adam Burkhart – 1 goal, 7 ground balls
Kyle Tyndale – 4 ground balls, 4 takeaways

Senior midfielder Adam Burkhart, #46, and sophomore midfielder Brody Rock weigh in on Saturday’s win over Mechanicsburg.

CD Rams Boys Lacrosse rolls over Polar Bears

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team.

By Mike Tyndale

The second game of the season Thursday for the Rams featured some better weather and another dominant performance that resulted in an 11-3 win over Northern York Polar Bears out of Dillsburg.

The Rams didn’t repeat the slow start they experienced Monday in the season opener by jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter.

The scoring slowed for the Rams but the defense held strong despite a few penalties to make the score 5-0 at the half. The third quarter saw Northern York pull the game back within reach to 5-2. The offense quickly responded and put the game away early in the final frame.

The defense was solid again and gave the Polar Bears very few scoring chances all afternoon. David DeSousa had another strong game in the net and the man-down unit was impressive again.

Offensively CD moved the ball very well all afternoon and had Northern scrambling to match-up. Through two games CD has outscored their opponents 24-5.

Saturday’s game is away against the Mechancisburg Wildcats at 11:00 a.m. The field is located at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Park, 1 Memorial Park Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055.


Rams defenders (l. to r.) Ben Berger, #23, and Kyle Tyndale, #26, give their take on the win over Northern York.

Brenden Yingling – 5 goals, 2 assists
Max Anderson – 3 goals
Ben Berger – 9 ground balls
Dawson Smith – 5 ground balls

Rams boys lacrosse crushes Trojans in season opener

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team.

By Mike Tyndale and Jeff Kolakowski

The Rams started the 2019 campaign with a 13-2 victory over the Chambersburg Trojans on a cold and rainy afternoon.

A stingy defense gave up few chances and dealt some punishment for the few opportunities the Trojans had. The defensive clears and relentless midfield pressure proved to be too much for Chambersburg.

The midfield dominated ground balls and transition opportunities to keep CD in an uptempo pace throughout the game. The ball movement on the offensive side of the field was fun to watch for the home Rams crowd. The attack unit for CD turned it on in the second half to create a multitude of scoring opportunities to put the game out of reach. A balanced attack saw six Rams find the back of the net with five multi-goal scorers.

The defense was stellar as it was holding the Trojan shooting to a minimum. When they did get a shot off the goalie play was solid. CD won a majority of the face off battles. Dylan Hess led the ground ball game coming up with 11. Max Anderson led the scoring effort with 4 goals and 4 assists.

The Rams controlled the afternoon in all three phases and set the tone for the 2019 season.

Next up is a home game with Northern York on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Max Anderson 4 Goals 4 Assists
Brenden Yingling 2 Goals, 2 Assists
Gavin Yingling 2 Goals, 2 Assists
Dylan Hess 11 Ground Balls
David DeSousa 12 Saves
Post-game interview with senior midfielder Derek Krug, #18, and junior attackman Max Anderson, #7.

CD Boys Lacrosse records preseason win

Submitted by Central Dauphin Boys Lacrosse Coach Bob Miller

CD Boys Lacrosse entered preseason games on the road Tuesday against Exeter Township and Conestoga Valley in a doubleheader and came how with two Ws.

Below is a post-game interview with junior David DeSousa and sophomore Dawson Smith, and game reports are below the video.

The Rams were down 1-0 early in the first game with Exeter Township, but quickly gained control of the game and won 4-2 thanks to strong face-work and ground ball play.

In a game that had a lot of transition play, Ram midfielders dominated ground balls and possessions on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Solid goalie play saw the game stay under CD’s control.

The second game of the evening had numerous early scoring opportunities for the green and white but failure to find the back of the net. This would allow Conestoga Valley to take a 2-0 lead and the momentum into the second half.

CD’s offense got in rhythm and took control of the game to put them ahead 4-2 down the stretch. Despite numerous penalties throughout the game, the Rams defense, particularly the man down unit, held strong to complete the come-from-behind win.

Central Dauphin Boys Lacrosse next game will be March 22 when they travel to Trinity High School for the season opener.

Freshman plays key role in Lady Rams’ win

By Joe Gilloway

CD HIGH SCHOOL (Feb. 1) – Mid-Penn Commonwealth, meet Caroline. In a game where Central Dauphin coach Randy Gambelunghe was looking for a bit more toughness out of his Lady Rams players, freshman forward Caroline Shiery was all in.

Shiery controlled the boards all night in CD’s 54-44 win over the Harrisburg Lady Cougars, and joined teammates Sam Gress and Maddie LaFrance in double-figure scoring with 10 points that didn’t come easy. Gress finished with 17, most in the paint, and LaFrance with 12, which included two big 3-pointers.

The Rams defense was ferocious throughout, holding all-state forward Dajanae Brannon to just 5 second half points, and 11 for the game. Delaney and Haleigh Lackner did what they do best … disruption.

The Rams move to 14-6 on the season, 9-5 in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth division. Up next for them is a trip to Mifflin County on Tuesday, before closing out their season with a Senior Night home game next Friday.
CD freshman forward Caroline Shiery, #11, is pictured. Photo by Neil Renaldi.

CD Boys Hoops defeat CV in thriller

By Joe Gilloway

CENTRAL DAUPHIN HS (Jan. 28) — Two rules for the high school basketball fan … (1) If you’re on the fence, go to the game. You never know what you may miss. And (2) if you think it’s over, stick around anyway. It may not be.

In arguably the biggest game in recent Central Dauphin boys basketball history, you had to be there, and you had to stay ’til the end. The Rams executed a frenzied 9-2 run down the stretch to overtake their cross-river rival, Cumberland Valley, and come away with a 62-61 brink-of-elimination win. Had things gone the other way, it was wave bye bye to a chance at the Commonwealth division title.

Senior captain Ben Stubljar led the way for the Rams with 19, matching the offensive output of CV senior Omar Tandir. It was a tale of two 19s though. Stubljar knocked down 12 of his in the second half, while 11 of Tandir’s came before the break.

The Eagles led by as much as 17 in the first half, but whatever CD coach Wayne Fletcher was putting down during their locker room breather, his team picked it up. They came out an altogether different team, and outscored CV 18-10 in the third, to cut the lead to two at the end of three. It was Disruption 101, and it carried over to the fourth quarter.

CD Rams senior forward Jaraud Smith (Photo by Neil Renaldi)

The Eagles spent most of the final 8:00 pushing back everything the Rams had to offer. They’d had the lead since 5-4 in the first, and played like a team who would somehow find a way to not give it up. But the Rams out-hustled and out-gutted the Eagles over the final three minutes, and a short baseline running jumper by CD’s Rance Russo with :03 left tied it at 61s. Oh yeah, and the foul!

After a Cumberland Valley timeout, Russo stepped to the line and coolly drained his and-1 shot. It was his team’s first lead since 4-2 … much, much earlier. CV then threw a 3/4-court inbounds pass that wasn’t able to get the Eagles the look they were hoping for. Buzzer sounds. Rams win. Court is rushed. Packed gym goes nuts.

Senior forward Jaraud Smith was an anchor for the Rams, scoring 11, playing great defense, and grabbing some crucial rebounds down the stretch. On the Eagles side, seniors Dylan Buzalka and Ty Banach had 14 and 11, to go along with teammate Tandir’s 19.

Noteworthy was both team’s execution from the free throw line. The Rams went 17-20 (85%), and the Eagles 20-26 (77%). The Eagles attempted 20 first-half free throws, but just six in the third and fourth quarters combined.
Pictured at top is the senior Rams captain Ben Stubjlar. (Photo by Neil Renaldi.)

Lady Rams flip switch on high-scoring Williamsport squad

By Joe Gilloway

The Central Dauphin Lady Rams rode into Williamsport earlier this evening with the task of slowing down a Lady Millionaires team who could just flat-out score. Four games with 70+ points (and another with 68) in just twelve games is not an offensive output you’re used to seeing from a girls high school basketball team.

Sophomore guard/forward Izzy Vogel (Photo by Neil Renaldi)

The Rams rode back out of town having flipped the switch on the Millionaires, with an offensive output which saw them on the good end of a 69-36, “everyone has fun” victory. The point total matched their season high, and should give them some much-needed confidence heading back to a Commonwealth schedule which resumes tomorrow night at rival CD East.

Senior guard Sam Gress led all scorers with a career-high 29, five of which came from behind the 3-point arc. She’d entered the game just 52 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

Freshman forward Caroline Shiery, who’s been finding her offensive groove as of late, was again in double-figures with 12. The sophomore 1-2 punch of Maddie LaFrance and Izzy Vogel each added 8.

The Lady Rams moved to 11-5 on the season.
Pictured at top is sophomore guard Maddie LaFrance. (Photo by Neil Renaldi)

CD Lady Rams run up against a rising Altoona team

By Joe Gilloway

Altoona’s Bridgid Fox , #45, was the game’s top scorer with 22.

I suppose it’s starting to sink in; the reality of just how challenging this season’s Mid-Penn Commonwealth division really is. On the road tonight in Altoona, the Lady Rams were up against arguably the top team on their schedule at this point.

The Mountain Lions are healthy, loaded with talent, and starting to play well against the cream of the Commonwealth crop. Their 54-35 victory tonight over the Rams, after a Wednesday night road win at Harrisburg, is all we needed to see.

Lions senior Bridgid Fox led all scorers with 22. Sam Gress (pictured above) led the way for the Rams with 19, and is now just 52 points shy of 1,000 in her career at CD.

Lady Rams right ship with win over Carlisle

By Joe Gilloway

The CD Lady Rams walked onto Coach Lebo Court in Carlisle’s Gene Evans Gym tonight coming off a stretch of games that was unfamiliar territory for Coach Randy Gambelunghe’s teams in recent years. Three losses in their last four games, albeit to some strong opponents, had probably left some doubts in some of the younger players’ minds.

Were they the team who went into that stretch on an eight-game winning streak, and loaded with confidence? Or the one who may have since developed some newfound doubt? Well, they walked out Evans Gym with a forty point win, and a much-needed Mid-Penn Commonwealth division win. The final…74-34.

Senior guard Sam Gress led all scorers with 27 … 21 via the long ball. Her 27 points put her back into the top-five in Mid-Penn Conference scoring. Her seven 3-pointers pushed her season total to 39, comfortably ahead of her closest challenger. And Gress is now just 71 points from reaching 1,000 for her career.

Freshman forward Caroline Shiery (pictured above) added a career-high 18. Fellow big, junior Audrey Weigl, added 9. The team’s 74 points was their biggest output of the season.

Up next for the Lady Rams is a long drive Friday to Altoona, and a very tough Lady Mountain Lions team waiting for them. The Lions boast three of the Mid-Penn’s best players, and will be looking to avenge a loss to the Rams back on December 17th.
Photo by Neil Renaldi