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CD boys top CD East in b-ball rivalry

By Bill Bostic

The Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball team lead throughout a 79-61 win Tuesday in a rivalry game against the Central Dauphin East Panthers at the CD High gym

TV broadcasters on High School Sports Live credited CD’s Da’von Haggans, a sophomore power forward, for providing the Rams the spark they needed to outscore the Panthers 27-13 in the third quarter and seal the victory. He scored eight in the quarter.

Other keys to CD’s victory were only turning over the ball seven times and using full-court pressure at various times to force numerous giveaways by the Panthers.

The Rams’ top scorer was Rance Russo with 16. Other Rams who hit double-digits were Ryan Smith (15), Nick Chimienti (12), and Haggans (12).

The Panthers were led by Amir Jackson (15), Aaron Jones (11), and Xavier Samuels (10).

The win allows CD to stay at or close to the top spot in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth division with an 8-3 record (12-4 overall).

On Friday, the Rams travel to Chambersburg to take on the Trojans, and the Panthers (3-8 division, 6-8 overall) host Altoona.
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Pictured is CD junior Nick Chimienti who contributed 12 points Tuesday against CD East. (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.
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Photo by Neil Renaldi

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.

 

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 dominate Panthers in boys lacrosse

Story, photo and video submitted by CD Rams boys lacrosse team

Central Dauphin Rams hosted the Central Dauphin East Panthers on Tuesday in game two of their 2018 season.

CD took an early lead and kept that momentum throughout the game.

CD was effective in their rides and regained possession on a number CD East clear attempts. The extra possessions translated into many scoring opportunities.

CD East continued to work hard throughout the game and their effort and persistence paid off later in the matchup with four goals.

CD ultimately prevailed by a final score of 20-4.

CD takes on State College at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at CD High School in what has historically been a very competitive matchup. CD edged State College last year by one goal, so the Little Lions are sure to be looking to avenge.

STATS
Brenden Yingling – 5 Goals
Marco Bressi – 1 Goal, 3 Assists
Nick Koussis – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Mason Beaver – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Noah Gerard – 3 Assists
Kyle Mayberry – 2 Goals
Derek Krug – 2 Goals
Dylan Hess – 1 Goal
Matt Strickler – 1 Goal
Tyler Glass – 1 Goal

Meet the Singers, CD’s first family of basketball

Part 1 of episode 6 of Gazette Sports Chat uncovers Central Dauphin High basketball royalty.

You’ll meet Scott and Gabby Singer, a father-daughter duo, who were top performers on Rams basketball teams. And Gabby topped things off by playing a key role in the Lady Rams’ run in 2008 that produced a state championship.

The Singers are using their basketball prowess these days to help basketball players advance their games at their training facility, Next Level Basketball Performance Academy.

“This a must-watch for anyone into high school hoops,” said show host Joe Gilloway.