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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.

CD Rams advance four to state wrestling championships

Central Dauphin Rams finished fourth in the PIAA District 3 Individual Wrestling Championships with 80.5 points. They trailed Chambersburg (103), Dallastown (120.5), and first-place Cedar Cliff (124.5).

Top finishers for the Rams who advance to the PIAA wrestling championships in two weeks at Hershey’s Giant Center are listed below:

Josh Miller finished second in 113 pounds. He narrowly lost the final to Cumberland Valley’s Ben Monn 5-4.

In 138 pounds, Tye Weathersby finished third by defeating Brooks Gable of Dallastown 2-1.

CD’s Jackson Talbott came in fourth in 195 pounds. Big Springs’s Hunter Hefflefinger defeated Jackson 5-4 in the consolation match.

And in 220 pounds, Marques Holten brought home a silver medal. He was pinned by Dallastown’s Jamal Brandon at 7:48 in the championship match.
Josh Miller is pictured battling Cumberland Valleys’s Ben Monn in the District 3 3A individual wrestling championship finals Saturday at Hersheypark Arena. Photo by PennLive.

CD Rams win team title in sectional wrestling

Central Dauphin Rams Wrestling brought home six gold medals to win the team title Saturday at the PIAA District-3 Class 3A sectional tournament held at Hempfield High School in Lancaster County.

Here’s a summary of CD’s top finishers this weekend:

CD’s Josh Miller defeated Ethan Ketner of Hershey 5-3 to win the 113-pound class

In the 132-pound weight class, CD’s Bryce Buckman took third place by defeating Owen Rohrer of Penn Manor 12-3

CD Ram Tye Weathersby won the 138-pound class by defeating Manheim Central’s Conner Zeamer 17-3.

At 145 pounds, Mitchell Arch grabbed another gold medal for the Rams by defeating David Over of Manheim Township 12-4

CD’s Hunter Bentz finshed third in the 152-pound class by defeating Hempfield’s Ian Edwards 10-4

Ethan Pae of CD grabbed fourth place in the 160-pound class.

CD Ram Tim Smith brought home the gold in 170 with a 1-0 win over Milton Hershey’s Darius Briggs

CD’s Nathaniel Mosey finished fifth in 182.

Jackson Talbott won the 195-pound class with a 16-5 victory over T.J. Keener of Penn Manor

Bringing home another gold medal at 220 for CD was Marques Holten with a 6-3 decision over Tyler Phenegar of Lampeter-Strasburg

And Jayden Baylor of the CD Rams finished second in the 285-pound class

Next up for the Rams is the district tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 at Hersheypark Arena.

Rams Wrestling gets 4th place in D-3 team tourney

Article revised Saturday, 2/2/19 at 10:15 pm with updated info for the PIAA Team Championships – see last paragraph. 

Central Dauphin Rams wrestling competed for the bronze medal Saturday afternoon in the District 3 Class 3A team championships against arch rival Cumberland Valley Eagles.

Going into the final bout at Spartan Center at Milton Hershey School, CD led Cumberland Valley 28-24.

The Eagles needed something special to happen in the final match. And CV’s Jacob Lucas earned a 20-5 technical fall over CD’s Ethan Pae in the 182-pound class. The decision pushed the Eagles past the Rams by a point, 29-28.

Cedar Cliff Colts won the 3A title by defeating top-seeded Dallastown 39-28 to win the District 3 Class 3A team title.

Despite losing to CV, the Rams earned a spot in the state Team Wrestling Championships. They are scheduled to compete in a preliminary round dual Monday, 7:30 pm against District 11 second seed Northampton at Catasauqua High School in Northampton.

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.)

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.
Pictured is CD junior Nick Chimienti who contributed 12 points Tuesday against CD East. (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

Carlisle avenges early season loss to Rams

By Bill Bostic

The Carlisle Area Thundering Herd used a tough to crack zone defense and an outstanding 26-point offensive performance by guard Howie Rankine to upend the Central Dauphin Rams on Wednesday 55-48 at the CD gym.

The Rams scratched out a 23-21 lead in the first half, but Carlisle outpointed the Rams 19-9 in the third quarter to take command of this contest. Plus, Carlisle had the benefit of having penalty free throws starting late in the third quarter, and netted 22 of 28 from the charity line in the second half.

Rams’ top scorer Wednesday was Ryan Smith, #22, with 16 points. Photo by Neil Renaldi.

But the Rams didn’t go away quietly. Down by 10 early in the fourth quarter, CD clawed their way back to within two points of the Herd with 1:33 on the clock.

The Rams had two good looks late that did not go down – Ryan Smith failed to convert a reverse layup with about a minute to go and Tyrese Fuller just missed on a layup with 30 ticks left on the clock after driving the lane.

Carlisle then sealed their victory by hitting free throws when the Rams put them on the line during desperation time.

Scoring leaders for the Rams were Ryan Smith (16) and Rance Russo (11).

The loss put the Rams’ at 7-2 in the division (11-3 overall), which most likely puts them in a tie for the conference lead with Cumberland Valley and Harrisburg.

CD hosts the Altoona Mountain Lions on Friday. Junior varsity game starts at 5 pm and the varsity at 6:30 pm.
Pictured at top is Carlisle’s Howie Rankin who burned the Rams for 26 points Wednesday. He is one the premier guards in the Mid-Penn Conference. (Photo by

CD Rams ride big first half to win over State College

By Bill Bostic

Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball team played a stellar first half Friday and held off a late run by the visiting State College Little Lions to win 61-54 and get into double figures for wins this season (10-2 overall, 7-1 conference).

The victory keeps the Rams in a tie at the top of the Mid-Penn Commonwealth with the Cumberland Valley Eagles, who pulled out a road win Friday over Altoona by a score of 56-53.

CD sophomore shooting guard Ryan Smith was on fire in the first quarter with 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. He was the game’s top scorer with 20.

“We shot the lights out,” said CD head coach Wayne Fletcher. “I don’t know that we shot the ball that well in a half before. It was pretty nice.”

The second quarter featured a scoring barrage from CD senior shooting guard Niko Santiago, who nailed three three-pointers on his way to an 11-point quarter. And senior power forward Jaraud Smith played some sterling defense with multiple steals that helped the Rams take a 42-27 lead into the locker room.

The Little Lions clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter by pressuring the perimeter on defense and getting balanced scoring from their lineup. They outscored the Rams 27-19 in second half and got the lead down to four with 2:30 to go in the fourth quarter.

Smith choked off State College’s comeback attempt by going five for eight from the charity line in the fourth quarter.

“We want to ride this as long as we can, said Fletcher. “Lots of things can change but we just want to enjoy this and work as hard as we can every time we lace them up.”

The Little Lions were led offensively by junior Johnny Freiberg and senior Cam Villarouel who both scored 16.

Next week the Rams play three home games: A non-conference game Monday against Cedar Cliff Colts and conference games Wednesday and Friday against the Carlisle Thundering Herd and the Altoona Mountain Lions respectively.
Pictured above is Nikos Santiago who netted 11 points in the first half to help the Rams in the Friday’s State College game. He finished with 14. (Photo by Neil Renaldi.)