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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



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)

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.