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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.)

Rams b-ballers cruise to victory in Lewistown

The Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball teams made the hour-long trek to Lewistown and came home with three victories over the Mifflin County Huskies.

After the varsity squads ended the first quarter tied at 11, the Rams outscored the Huskies 21-8 in the second and breezed to their ninth victory of the year. Final score was 73-30 for the Rams.

The Rams were led in scoring by Ryan Smith 21, Rance Russo 9, and Keenan Roberts 8.

The win keeps the Rams (9-2 overall, 6-1 conference) in tie for the top spot in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth with the Cumberland Valley Eagles.

The Eagles came back from 13 down to beat Chambersburg 52-47 and to go 10-1 on the season, 6-1 in the conference.

JV Final: Central Dauphin 75, Mifflin County 25. Donovan Hill led the way with 20, followed by Grayson Harford 15, Justice Easter 10.

9th Grade Final: Central Dauphin 63, Mifflin County 37. The Rams were led by Keon Blanding-Dockens with 14, and Caden Hunter with 8.
Pictured is sophomore Ryan Smith who netted 21 points in the win Tuesday over Mifflin County. (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.

Lady Rams add to their trophy case with holiday tourney win

By Joe Gilloway
Linglestown Gazette Sports

Sometimes you have to spoil the party. Tonight was one of those night’s for the CD Lady Rams, as they went into the Manheim Township Holiday Tournament title game and grabbed the hardware away from the host team Lady Blue Streaks.

Lady Rams pose with trophy following tourney win in Lancaster County.

Rams senior guard Sam Gress took home tourney MVP honors with a 25 point performance, to go along with her 16 last night in the opening round against Palmyra. Sophomore guard Maddie LaFrance joined Gress on the all-tourney team.

Junior guard Haleigh Lackner (pictured above) was just … well, Haleigh Lackner. She was all over the court and made things happen on both ends, just when her team needed a spark. Disruption at its basketball best.

The Rams exit the tourney with an overall record of 8-1, and will move on to prepare for arguably their biggest challenge of the season … a Wednesday home game with their West Shore rival, Cumberland Valley.

Congrats to Coach G and his players!

Rams hit for first loss in Lampeter-Strasburg rematch

By Joe Gilloway
Linglestown Gazette Sports

I often say that some nights you’re just not going to beat a team of shooters. And tonight was one of those nights for coach Wayne Fletcher’s Rams. Lampeter-Strasburg came into Thursday’s opening round of the Elizabethtown Holiday Shootout looking for some revenge, and used three-point and free throw shooting to exact it.

The Pioneers drained seven 3s and went 15-20 from the stripe, on their way to a 62-49 win over the Rams, who’d beaten them just weeks ago in Lower Dauphin’s Falcon Tip-Off tourney. That win for the Rams was to take the title. This win for the Pioneers was to ensure the Rams wouldn’t take this one.

Lampeter-Strasburg was led by Zach Kingsley with 19 (three 3s), Chase Broderick with 14 (three 3s), and Seth Beers with 13 (6-6 FTs).

Ryan Smith led the Rams with 13, followed by Rance Russo (pictured above) with 12.

Prior to tonight’s loss, the Rams recorded six wins to start the season. They’re overall record is 6-1, and 4-0 in the Mid Penn Commonwealth conference.
Correction was made to next to last paragraph to correct top scorers for the Rams.

LaFrance delivers relief for Lady Rams in holiday tourney win

By Joe Gilloway
Linglestown Gazette Sports

Someone forgot to tell the Palmyra Lady Cougars that they were supposed to be a bit outclassed in this one tonight. They were a team tied for fourth in the Mid-Penn Keystone division, facing a Central Dauphin team tied at the top of the stronger Commonwealth. Or maybe they knew, and just weren’t having any of it.

The Palmyra girls hit the ground running at the opening tip of tonight’s first round game of the Manheim Township Lady Blue Streaks Holiday Tournament, and got out to an early 10-3 lead on the Lady Rams. Just the start they were looking for. Just the start Rams coach Randy Gambelunghe may have packed some extra Alka Seltzer had he known he’d be in for.

Enter Coach G’s relief … sophomore guard Maddie LaFrance, pictured above. Plop, plop, three, three. Oh what a relief it was. LaFrance, the alpha offensive player asked to take on more of a supporting role to senior guard Sam Gress this season, knew it was her time. Knew her team needed her.

After putting her team’s only points on the board in the opening quarter, via a 3-pointer, LaFrance drained two more huge 3s in the second eight minutes to help her team grind to an 18-all tie at intermission.

But then came the third, and more offensive struggles for the Rams. Oh well, if we can’t score, then neither will they. They held the Cougars to just two buckets in the third, and took a 26-22 lead into the final quarter.

The Rams hardly won going away though, as the Cougars continued to play with the same intensity they had since early in the game. But it was senior Sam Gress’s perfect 8 for 8 from the line in the final minutes that put it on ice. Gress finished 12 of 14 from the charity stripe and led all scorers with 16. LaFrance finished with 12, all from behind the arc.

Senior guard Amelia Baldo led the Cougars with 14, followed her “Big-2” companion, Olivia Richardson, who joined her in double figures with 10. Freshman Zoe Smith added 8.

Next up for the Rams (7-1 overall, 4-0 conference) is a Saturday night championship game matchup with Manheim Township. The tourney host Lady Blue Streaks topped West York 42-37 in the nightcap game.

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.


  • 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.
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.)