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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.)

Gazette Sports Chat – Meet CD Rams new boys b-ball coach

For the first time in a decade, the Central Dauphin Rams have a new head coach for the boys basketball team – and there’s a buzz around town that good things are in the works.

Gazette Sports Chat host Joe Gilloway recently set up shop at St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House in Linglestown to interview Wayne Fletcher.

Without a doubt, investing 20 minutes to watch this video from state to finish will be a worthwhile use of your precious time.

Why? Because Coach Fletcher is the real deal and has a plan for sometime soon putting a product on the floor that will fill the CD High gym with fans like days gone by.

By the way, this episode was recorded in late April 2018.

‘For Sale’ sign concerns youth soccer group

The appearance of a “for sale” sign at Sports City Harrisburg indoor soccer facility has raised eyebrows among parents and coaches affiliated Capital Area Soccer Association, or CASA. The area’s largest youth soccer organization has been based at Sports City for about three years.

Concerns that the group would lose its home base went through the roof when an article in Central Penn Business Journal quoted the landlord saying CASA may be leaving the facility.

To get the full story, CLICK HERE for a report filed with PennLive.com by independent journalist Bill Bostic.

Ted’s Bar & Grill visits Gazette Sports Chat

Gazette sports director Joe Gilloway visits with the co-owner of Ted’s Bar & Grill, Romeo LeMarco, in this episode of Gazette Sports Chat that was recorded on May 9, 2019.

The sports bar is a big backer of Central Dauphin athletics and was the first sponsor to sign on to support the Gazette’s sports department after it was started last summer.

Please take a few minutes to learn about the offerings at Ted’s, including a top-notch catering service, daily promotions and live music.

Next up on Gazette Sports Chat is an interview with the new Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball head coach, Wayne Fletcher. Look for this episode to be published sometime in the next week or so.

CD Rams record walk-off win over Mifflin County

As Yogi Berra once opined, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Nowhere was that more apparent than a beautiful Tuesday afternoon at Central Dauphin High School as the Rams baseball team pulled off a come from behind seventh inning victory over the visiting Huskies of Mifflin County.

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Rams wasted no time heating up the bats. After a Scotty McManamon double, centerfielder, Troy Schreffler (2-2, 2B, HR, 4 RBI,) launched his third round-tripper of the year with a towering ball to left.

Mifflin County would add four runs in the third inning off starter Jack Clemente.

The Rams stayed relaxed and answered in the bottom of the third inning to cut the deficit to 6-5. Left fielder Anthony Dorris led off with a walk and stole second. Mifflin County then committed an error, allowing Dorris to score as Dustin Sites, who walked, and Scotty McManamon advanced. Schrefflers sacrifice fly would plate Sites, and then Christopher Smith (2-3, RBI) smacked a laser that scored McManamon.

Mifflin County pushed a run across in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead.

After a few missed opportunities, the Rams came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. McManamon led off with a walk, stole second and third to set up the tying run. After a Troy Schreffler walk and defensive indifference that allowed him to advance to second, Mifflin County played the odds and walked the hot hitting Smith to load the bases and set up a force play.

That was just what senior catcher Carson Beleski needed. After falling behind with a 1-2 count, Beleski got just enough of his bat on the pitch and the ball dribbled down the first base line as McManamon raced home. The throw to force McManamon out at home went wide of the catcher, allowing Schreffler to sprint home with the game winner!

Reilly Shafer, a freshman, entered the game in relief of Clemente and held the Huskies bats in check over the next four innings, striking out four and scattering four hits to earn his first varsity win.

The Rams are back in action on Thursday at home against Commonwealth rival Red Land at 4:15 p.m.

Rams upend Panthers in Four Diamonds baseball game

By Brian Zellers, Special to Linglestown Gazette

The third annual Four Diamonds on the diamond game took place Monday at Lebanon Valley College’s McGill Field and saw the CD High Rams outduel rival CD East High Panthers 8-0.

The Rams got on the board in the first inning scoring two runs when Scotty McManamon (3-4, 2 runs, RBI) singled home Cameron Scott, and Christopher Smith’s sacrifice fly plated McManamon.

Those runs proved to be all the offense CD would need with lights out Dylan Sims on the mound. Sims, earning his second win of the season, went six strong innings, striking out three while allowing only four hits.

Strong infield defense and great catches by outfielders Troy Schreffler and Logan Galloway helped the effort.

The Rams offense was far from done though. Carson Beleski’s towering three-run home run in the fourth inning added some insurance as did Christian Bate’s (2-2, 2 RBI) two out, two run single.

The Rams are back in action on Tuesday at home against Mifflin County and Thursday again at home against Red Land. Both games begin at 4:15 p.m.

CD boys lacrosse nails down 9th win

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The Central Dauphin Rams met the Mechanicsburg Wildcats at Landis Field on Thursday night to take their record to 7-6 in the Mid Penn Conference, 9-7 overall.

Central Dauphin controlled play for much of the first three quarters, but Mechanicsburg played hard and the score stayed close. The score evened at 5-5 in the third quarter on a CD own goal off a failed defense to goalie hand off.

CD kept their composure through a very lopsided extra man ratio where Mechanicsburg was man up at least three times as much as the Rams.

The Rams got their rhythm late in the game and with five unanswered goals to finish out the game with a final score of 10-5.

Nick Koussis led all scorers with 5 G & 1A, Brenden Yingling had 2 G & 4 A, Max Anderson had 1 G, Kyle Mayberry 1 G and Derreck Hillman had 1 G.

The defense did a good job of controlling Mechanicsburg in 6 v 6 situations and David DeSousa played very solid in goal to help assure the win. Brian Madden got better at the faceoff x as the game went on and that helped CD control the game and the scoring.

CD next match up is at Cedar Crest on Monday May 7th at 4:00 p.m.

CD lacrosse nails down two victories

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The Central Dauphin Rams boys lacrosse team found some good form in recent days that led to their seventh and eighth victories on the season. (8-6 overall, 6-5 Mid Penn Conference)

CD 15 – Chambersburg 6

The Central Dauphin Rams took on the Chambersburg Trojans Thursday afternoon at CD High School. The Rams were looking to bounce back after a couple close losses and did just that.

Early scores from Max Anderson and Marco Bressi helped CD jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Chambersburg answered late in the first quarter with a pair of goals to bring the score to 3-2.

It would be all Rams from there as CD went on a 6-1 run into the third quarter and would never look back.

It was a dominant offensive day for the attack group lead by Brenden Yingling with six goals and three assists. Max Anderson distributed the ball extremely well and tallied five assists to go with his two goals. Marco Bressi had four goals of his own with two assists.

Other notable offensive stats came from Noah Gerard with two goals and Mason Beaver netting a goal.

The defensive unit continues to perform well and looked very in sync down the stretch. Brian Madden had seven ground balls and Matt Strickler had four of his own.

CD 10 – Exeter Township 7

The Central Dauphin Rams continued their post-season quest with 10-7 victory over Exeter Township on Monday afternoon.

CD got out to an early 3-1 lead, but Exeter fought back to make it 5-3 at the half.

The Rams found some separation going up 8-3 at the end of the third frame. They played a smart ball-control style of offense to close out the win 10-7.

Another great performance was turned in by the defense and goalie David DeSousa as they held strong in a number of man-down situations due to penalties.

The offense was led by midfielder Kyle Mayberry (3 goals, 1 assist) and attackman Brenden Yingling (3 goals, 1 assist). Senior Noah Gerard had two goals and one assist.

CD Rams get new head b-ball coach

There were some tense moments during Monday evening’s Central Dauphin school board meeting, but a recommendation to hire Wayne Fletcher to lead the Rams boys basketball team got a thumbs-up by a 5-4 vote.

Check out the video by Linglestown Gazette sports director Joe Gilloway for more details on what went down during the meeting. He also provides a brief bio of Coach Fletcher. (CLICK HERE for a PennLive story about his last coach gig at Camp Hill High School.)

Photo courtesy of PennLive.com

Sports on CD School Board’s agenda

By Joe Gilloway
Linglestown Gazette sports director

Linglestown Gazette Sports will be in attendance at tonight’s Central Dauphin School Board meeting to bring you coverage of a couple things we find important.

First, there’s a vote scheduled on the proposed candidate for the open position of Central Dauphin boys head basketball coach. If affirmed, we will bring you a live interview with the new coach following the proceedings.

And second, Lady Rams senior guard Faith St. Clair, a member of this year’s District-3 championship basketball team and the Linglestown Gazette Sports FAB15, will be on hand at the meeting to discuss the current state of her school. Among the topics she’ll touch on will be charity events, spring sports programs, prom, and graduation.

Faith will be continuing her academic and athletic careers at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The school board meeting kicks off at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall at Central Dauphin East High School.
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Photo of Faith St. Clair courtesy of Neil Renaldi Photolgraphy

Joe Gilloway is one of the midstate’s top authorities on scholastic sports, especially football and basketball. In addition to his work with the Gazette, he is the voice of the Central Dauphin Lady Rams basketball team at home games.

CD boys lacrosse update, week of 4/15/18

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Central Dauphin boys lacrosse team finished the week with two losses to two tough opponents. According to MaxPreps, CD’s record is 6-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
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CD @ Hershey High School Trojans

The Rams lost a tough game against the Hershey High School Trojans on Thursday afternoon at Hershey.

In a match-up that was close for much of the game, CD came up a little bit short in the end.

Hershey took an early 2-0 lead and never relinquished the lead although CD battled back and put on a fourth quarter run that saw them close the gap to a single goal. Down 8-7 in the final minutes of the game with a few chances to tie, Hershey held on and added a goal in the final two minutes to close it out.

The defense did a nice job of limiting a talented offensive Hershey squad. David DeSousa played big in goal with 13 saves. Faceoffs and ground balls were a battle all through the game with neither team having a marked advantage.

Brenden Yingling led the team on points with 2 goals and 3 assists; Nick Koussis added 3 goals and 1 assist. Kyle Mayberry scooped up 7 ground balls and added a goal for the team. Marco Bressi rounded out the scoring with a goal.

Penn Manor Comets @ CD

The Rams lost Saturday’s home non-conference game against Penn Manor (Millersville, Pa.) by a score of 9-7.

LOOKING AHEAD – The Rams travel to Trinity for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday and then host Chambersburg at CD High on Thursday at 4 p.m.

CD boys lacrosse rolls over McDevitt

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The Central Dauphin Rams took on the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders Tuesday evening at Landis field under the lights and in the snow. That’s correct – in the snow!

CD was wearing their throwback black uniforms in a game that was billed as a black-out, but the fourth quarter treated all the black clad fans to a white-out instead.

The Rams controlled this game from the start, leading 3-1 at the end of the first quarter, and 8-1 by the half. Final score was CD 15 and Bishop McDevitt 3.

Brian Madden was key in controlling of the game with an impressive 13-3 win/loss record at faceoffs and six ground balls.

On offense, the attack did their job and tallied 12 of the Rams goals. Defense was solid and gave the Crusaders very few good scoring opportunities. Midfield did a good job on both sides of the field and saw a marked improvement in clears.

SCORING STATS – Brenden Yingling 2G & 5A; Nick Koussis 4G & 3A; Max Anderson 4G; Marco Bressi 1G & 1A; Kyle Mayberry 2G; Derrick Hillman 1G and Matt Strickler 1A.

CD’s next game is a tough away match on Thursday, April 19, against Hershey at 4:15 p.m.