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Lady Pioneers Return to District Semifinals May 25, 2018

After dropping their opening round L-L League playoff game on May 12, the L-S girls' softball team had plenty of time to prepare for their District Three 5A opener against Mechanicsburg last Wednesday. And they wasted little time in getting down to business. The Pioneers batted around in the first inning, pushing five runs across and plated three more in the second for an 8-0 first round win.

"And Brynn Baker threw a no-hitter," pointed out head coach Gene Charles. "That was her first one this year. And in seven innings. It was legit. She struck out nine batters and helped herself at the plate, going 2-4 with two RBIs and a double," he added. "She was lights out. This was one of her best games this year.

"And Jocelyn Branco's diving catch of a blooper to right field saved that no hitter," Charles said.

Base hits by six straight batters (Summer Peters, Hanna Garber, Baker, Chloe Blantz, Cam Beiler and Gabby Drumm) quickly put L-S in front 4-0. A two out single by Julz Garber plated the final run of the inning.

"Eight of our starters had a hit," said Charles. "And our 6-7-8 hitters had three RBI's."

With their bats already warmed up, L-S headed to Millersville University Thursday afternoon for their quarterfinal matchup against a familiar Donegal squad. The Pioneers dropped a 4-2 result to the Indians on April 5 but have since beaten them 9-3 and then 14-3 for the Section Three title. This time a 10-5 win knocked the Indians to the consolation bracket.

"I still wouldn't be surprised if we see them again," said Charles.

One run at a time, L-S built a 3-0 lead after four-and-a-half innings. Then, just like that, it was gone. Donegal loaded the bags and took advantage of an infield error to push across two runs. A sac fly made it 3-3.

Funny thing about momentum, though, it comes and goes without warning.

Undaunted, L-S roared back with five runs in the top of the sixth. Kylie Weaver opened with a walk and Summer Peters followed with a one out infield hit. Hanna Garber was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Baker's popup behind short was misplayed and one run scored. Chloe Blantz added a second straight hit to short that was also misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Freshman Cam Beiler followed that up with a two run double, pushing Lampeter's lead to 8-3.

"We put the pressure on them," Charles stated.

Beiler was the big hitter of the day, going 3-4 with a double and three RBI.

"Cam had a breakout day," said Charles. "She's starting to come into her own. And Brynn's pitching was effective. She moved the ball pretty well and didn't walk anyone.

Peters' triple in the seventh plated J. Garber, who reached on a walk. Peter's then scored on a pickoff error.

Donegal threatened in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on an outfield error. But Baker stopped that momentum with a strikeout of cleanup hitter Sierra Neiss and a pop out to third base.

The Pioneers will face Spring Grove in the semifinals this week.

"They knocked us out last year," noted Charles. "It's payback time."

BASEBALL

The Section Two runner up Pioneers faced the Manheim Central Barons back on April 14 and won handily, 17-5. Fast-forward to last Monday evening where the Pioneers hosted the Barons (15-6) in the District Three Class 5A opener and advanced with a much closer 5-0 result.

"They are a tough team and we knew that we would have a tougher battle on our hands this time around," said head coach Keith Martin.

Fresh off a disappointing L-L League finals loss to Ephrata, the Pioneers, who have qualified for districts 31 times since 1980 including each of the last five years, jumped out early and never looked back. After a double by Kris Pirozzi, a pair of errors played a key role in Todd Shelley's three run double. L-S batted around in that first inning and posted a 5-0 advantage.

The hitting continued in the second inning with Pirrozzi and Dylan Byler cracking singles and Luke Weigel working a walk to load the bags. The Barons made a pitching change at that point, moving first baseman Bryce Eberly to the hill. And for the bulk of the rest of the game, the lefty kept the Pioneers off balance, giving up just two runs over five innings while striking out three and walking two.

"He worked very quickly," said Martin of Eberly. "He was able to keep us from stringing the necessary hits together to put more runs up."

The Barons, on the other hand, knocked on the door a couple of times. They left runners on in each of the next four innings, including loading the bags in the sixth before starting pitcher Dylan Byler, who helped his own cause with two hits, fanned the last two batters of the inning. He finished with ten strikeouts on the day and did not give up a single walk.

Thursday's outing at Ephrata's War Memorial Field featured another familiar L-L League opponent, Ephrata. The Pioneers just faced the Mounts a week ago in the L-L League Championships which Ephrata won 9-6.

Hoping for a different result this time around, L-S battled back from a 2-0 deficit to score three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Pirozzi opened a string of four straight hits. Byler and Luke Weigel, who pushed in Pirozzi, followed while Thomas Shockey's single plated Byler to knot the score at 2-2.

With one out and two on, Cunningham singled in Weigel with the go ahead run.

That momentum, however, was short-lived as Ephrata came back to score two runs in the bottom half to steal the victory. A walk and a hit batter came home when a bunt was misplayed at first and the wild throw was ruled to have gone out of play, pushing in the game-winning run.

With two hits each from Pirozzi, Byler, Cunningham and Blantz, the Pioneers out hit the Mounts 11-5. They finished with five walks and two errors and gave up two earned runs.

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Record-Setting Season for LS Girls' Lacrosse May 21, 2018

Just because the season ends with a loss doesn't mean it wasn't a successful season. While the Lady Pioneer's girls' lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 13-10 result against Wyomissing last Thursday night in the District Three 2A quarterfinals, the girls were more than successful this year.

Their 23-13 district opening win over Trinity Wednesday night at Penn Manor was the first district playoff win in program history. Adding to that was a 12 goal effort by Kelsey Kimmel, the highest single-game total by any L-L League girl's lacrosse player this season. Their 24-goal total matched a single-game program record and is tied for the second-most goals in the 10-year history of the District Three girls' lax tournament. In 2010 the Pioneers scored 24 goals in a regular season game.

Playing under constant rains, and sometimes downpours, the Pioneers fought of a two-goal deficit right from the start. They regrouped, scored four straight goals and avenged last year's 15-14 first round district playoffs loss to Trinity.

Kimmel poured in eight first half goals, sparking Lampeter's 11-7 first half lead. She also finished with 14 draw controls.

"Kelsey played a phenomenal game," praised head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff. "She has been a leader this entire season and continues to impress me with her scoring ability, even when she is being double and triple teamed. She and Brittney Zameroski combined for 25 of our 31 draw controls.

"Even though the score doesn't show it, Trinity played well," she added. "I was proud of my team for not allowing their scoring runs to affect their determination to win our first district game in school history."

Trinity tallied three straight goals midway through the second half, cutting the lead to 16-11 but the Pioneers answered with a four-goal run of their own and eventually, with under four minutes left, had a running clock and a commanding lead.

The No. 5 seed Pioneers got a hat trick of goals and assists from Brittany Zameroski and two goals each from four other players. Hannah Dawson (2g), Savannah Edwards (2g, 1a), Kendal ream (2g, 2a) and Katelyn Smith (1g) all contributed.

In Thursday's outing against No. 4 Wyomissing, the Pioneers again fell behind early but this time failed to rally. The hosts jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the half which proved to be enough despite Lampeter's 7-5 second half advantage.

"The game came down to draw controls, making defensive stops and shot selection in our offensive end," Ovchinnikoff stated. "We made some unforced errors at times and they capitalized. Our goalie, Mary Peticca, was an integral part of keeping us in the game, making 17 saves."

Kimmel's five goal one assist effort led all scorers. Zameroski added one goal and one assist with Hannah Dawson, Smith, Ream and Krebs all finding the back of the net once.

"The team accomplished a lot this year," said Ovchinnikoff. "We set a program record with 13 wins and 4 losses. We beat Hempfield for the first time in school history and it was the first time we won a district game. I am looking forward to building on that success next year."

TRACK

L-S had ten athletes qualify for the District Three Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg, four of them medaled and will compete in the State Meet this weekend back at Shippensburg.

Ezra Mellinger came home with a gold medal after out jumping CV's Jose Barbon (22-6.25) in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-9.5. He also competed in the 100m dash, finishing sixth in his heat but not advancing.

"Ezra medaled last year in districts but missed going to states by half an inch," noted head coach Cal Esh.

Josh Eidemiller was the next highest medal winner, grabbing the bronze medal in the javelin with a 189-03 while Kristen Herr finished in fourth place in the discus with a 119-01.

"It was a cool and wet Saturday with less than optimal throwing conditions," Esh remarked.

Also finishing in fourth place was Gabe Frederick. Seeded seventh, the junior tossed the shot 50-8.5 to not only earn his first district medal but first his first trip to states.

Also competing for the girls was Lilian Hoke and Sydnie Smith who both finished in tenth place. Hoke cleared 4-10 in the high jump and found herself in 10th place on misses as four athletes cleared the same height. Smith posted a 35-6.75 in the triple jump.

Madison Whitaker competed in the 100 hurdles on Friday. She clocked a 16.82, finished seventh in her heat but did not advance.

For the boys, who finished 11th overall, Josiah Zehr finished 17th in the 300 hurdles, Alex Stoeffler was 18th in the javelin and Michael Kuhns was 20th in the 400.

BASEBALL

After getting rained out on Saturday, the Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Monday at Ephrata and advanced with a 2-0 win over Lancaster Catholic. Against Cedar Crest on Tuesday, L-S worked a second shutout, 5-0 and advanced to the finals opposite Section Two Champs Ephrata.

Unfortunately, their quest for the trophy was denied by the hosts 9-6.

This game was back-and-forth. Tied at 2-2 in the first inning, L-S went in front with a single run in the second only to see Ephrata tie the score in the bottom of the third. The Mounts, however, outscored the Pioneers 6-3 over the final 3.5 innings to win the championship.

Ephrata's three run fourth posed the biggest lead of the game. L-S came back with two in the top of the fifth only to see the Mounts forge ahead 9-5 with a 3-2 fifth inning advantage.

L-S got one back in the sixth when a Connor Blantz single to left was misplayed, scoring Kris Pirozzi who opened the inning with a base hit to center.

The Mounts committed four errors in the game and only out hit L-S 7-6. The Pioneers, however, failed to capitalize on those miscues.

Pirozzi and Blantz both went 2-3 on the day with Pirozzi getting a RBI. Aaron Snyder (1RBI) and Eckman also collected hits while Joseph Meck knocked in a run.

On the hill, Todd Shelley, Josh Howells and Doug Schneider combined for four strikeouts, seven walks and gave up nine earned runs.

Tuesday, Luke Weigel went 2-3 with two RBI and a walk as the Pioneers blanked Cedar Crest 5-0. Joseph Meck also went 2-3.

L-S scored lone runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings and pushed two across in the fifth to take control. They finished with eight hits and took advantage of five errors and four walks to advance to the championship game.

The Pioneers opened their league playoff run on Monday, May 14 and prevailed 2-0 over Lancaster Catholic. After a scoreless first, L-S put together all the offense they needed in a two-run second frame. Hunter Cunningham worked a one out walk, moved up on a Blantz single and scored on Meck's double with Blantz coming home on the throw.

Dylan Byler struck out seven, walked two and gave up one hit in six innings of work. Josh Howells pitched one inning and got the save.

At the plate, Pirozzi, Blantz and Meck all connected for one hit with Meck pushing in two runs.

Up next for the Pioneers is the District Three playoffs which get underway this week.

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Mellinger Grabs Gold at League Championships May 15, 2018

In their first post-season action of the year, the Pioneer track and field teams turned in some noteworthy performances at the L-L League Championships held this past Friday and Saturday at Hempfield. Sydnie Smith set a new school record on the girls' side while Ezra Mellinger grabbed a pair of golds to pace the boys' to a seventh place finish overall.

Smith, a senior, grabbed a bronze medal in the triple jump with a school record 36-2 leap and sparked the girls to a 13th place finish.

Top placer for the day was Kristin Herr who matched her second seed (124-10) discus throw with an improved silver medal effort, going 126-08.

Also placing for the girls was the 4x800 relay team (Olivia Gard, Kayla Drouillard, Colleen Gilbert and Sara Boyd) with a sixth place finish (10:22.68) and Lillian Hoke's seventh place effort in the high jump (4-10).

Mellinger continued his winning form with top times in the 100 (11.43) and the long jump (23-2.5). He was seeded first in both events.

"Ezra's finish in the 100 was certainly exciting," noted head coach Cal Esh. "He won it in the last several strides, just edging CV's Jose Barbon (11.44).

"Both teams did well, with lots of PR's, one school record and 17 medals."

Adding to the boys' hardware haul with top three finishes was Josh Eidemiller with a silver in the javelin (192-9) and Gabe Frederick's 51-8 in the shot put for a bronze.

Other medal winners included Alex Stoeffler (5th in the javelin- 166-1), Jacob Long (6th in the discus- 126-11), the 4x800 relay team (Michael Kuhns, Josiah McCarthy, Jansen Miller and Noah Pritchard - 7th in 8:25.46), and Josiah Zehr (8th in the 300 hurdles- 41.5).

The Pioneers capped the regular season in dominating fashion last Monday in New Holland. The boys won every single event on the day and toppled Garden Spot 131-18 while the girls were almost as impressive, winning 117-33.

Mellinger piled up the points, winning the 100 (10.91), the 200 (23.21) and the long (22-1.5) and triple (38-7) jumps.

Zehr was almost as impressive, scoring a hat trick of firsts in the 110 hurdles (15:83), 300 hurdles (42.45) and the pole vault (11-6).

But it was Frederick that set a new school record. The junior won the shot put with a toss of 51-8, breaking the record of 49-2 set by Marlin Bert in 1982!

Other field event winners were Brayden Emmerling in the high jump (5-4), Jacob Long in the discus (128-10) and Eidemiller in the javelin.

Securing key wins on the track was Pritchard in the mile (4:46.22), Nate Erb in the 400 (52.42), Everett Honert in the 800 (2:09.25), Nathan Eberly in the 3200 (11:22.75) and all three relay teams.

Scoring 100 points or more for the third time this season, the lady Pioneers ran away from the Spartans, topping them 73-14 on the track and wrapping up a 4-3 league record. Smith led the charge with three firsts, claiming the 100 (12.96) and the long (14-10.5) and triple (34-0) jumps. She also ran a leg of the 4x100 relay with Lindsay Szymanski, Emma Houck and Herr. Houck went on to win the 200 (27.4) and Herr was tops in the discus (125-5).

Colleen Gilbert was a double winner, taking the mile (5:46.23) and the 800 (2:37.5).

Lampeter's balanced effort included the following individual winners: Madison Whitaker in the 100 hurdles (16.2), Kathryn Sigafoos in the 400 (1:03), Gard in the 300 hurdles (50.26), Ellie Crumpler in the 3200 (13:52.5), Hoke in the high jump (4-10), Cameron Coleman in the pole vault (8-6) and Liana Howe in the javelin (90-11).

TENNIS

In District Three tennis doubles action, the team of Evan Winters and Ari Vaziri dropped a first round outing against CV's backyard rival tandem of Daniel Scala and Andy Wang 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 Friday afternoon at Raquet Club West.

SOFTBALL

While the softball playoff season officially got underway with Saturday's L-L League quarterfinals round, the Pioneers found themselves in must-win situations three times last week.

Monday they edged Northern Lebanon, 4-3, in a game they needed to win if they were to secure the Section Three title.

"That was tougher than I expected," said head coach Gene Charles. "That long bus ride is tough on a Monday and we maybe were looking forward to Donegal. We survived, that's about all I can say."

None the less, L-S, one run at a time, pulled out the win. Both teams scored single runs in the first, third and sixth innings. Lampeter's run in the second broke the tie.

Summer Peters went 2-4 with a pair of triples. Hanna Garber was 1-4 and smoked a lead-off homer in the top of the third to put L-S in front, 3-1.

The visitors held a slim 8-7 advantage in hits. Chloe Blantz started in the circle, striking out five and walking five. Brynn Baker came on in the fourth and finished with five strikeouts and two walks.

Tuesday the team hosted Donegal and needed another win in order to force a tiebreaker for the right to grab the section crown. With both teams collecting eight hits and committing two errors, it was Hanna Garber's fourth inning, two strike, almost grand-slam, that sparked the 9-3 victory.

"We got a little excited on the bases," said Charles. "One base runner passed another and was called out."

The game was tied at 2-2 before Garber's hit sparked a four-run fourth and pushed the lead to 6-2. L-S tallied three more in the sixth to pull away. Daisy Frank (2-3) plated two of those insurance runs.

"I never guessed we'd win 9-2," said Charles.

H. Garber went 4-4 on the day with five RBI. She broke the school record for RBI's with that three-run grand slam. The previous record was 29, shared by her (2016 and 2017) and Katie Lynch (2007). Garber's single in the first drove in her sister, Julz, to tie the record and her single in the third again brought Julz home and broke the record (30).

"Last year we were unbeaten going into the final game and Donegal beat us," recalled Charles. "Then they beat us in the tiebreaker. We're trying to pay that back."

Baker went the distance in this one, striking out five and walking two.

Wednesday night the team's traveled to Warwick for a chance to complete the payback. And complete it they did. Peters collected five of the team's 15 hits and crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to trigger the mercy rule and a 14-3 victory.

"Summer went 5-5 with 5 RBI, 4 runs scored, two triples and that homer," Charles pointed out. "Almost everyone in the lineup hit."

L-S jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, and picked up two more in the second. Donegal closed the gap with a pair in the third and one in the top of the fourth.

"I think what really broke their back was our three runs in the fourth, all with two outs," Charles said.

J. Garber (bunt), Peters (triple), H. Garber (double) and base hits by Baker and Blantz provided those runs.

J. Garber went 3-3 with five runs scored and H. Garber followed, going 3-4 with three runs scored and one RBI.

"And Brynn threw very well," Charles noted. "She was in command of all of her pitches, scattering six hits and walking just one.

The win gave L-S its fourth section title in five years and sixth overall.

The Section Three champs opened Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterfinals action on Saturday afternoon at Penn Manor's Manor Middle School opposite Section One runner-up Warwick. But a 6-2 loss is not what the Pioneers were looking for.

"The bats went silent," said Charles. "We struck out eight times and seven of them were looking. We've had success against their pitcher (Amanda Herr) in the past but not this time."

The Pioneers managed six hits on the day, two each by Kylie Weaver (2-3) and J. Garber (2-4) but Baker gave up 10 hits, including a pair of home runs. One of those homers came in the first inning, as Warwick quickly took a 5-0 lead, and the second was a solo shot in the top of the seventh.

The Pioneers tallied two unearned runs in the bottom half.

Baker started in the circle and took the loss. Gabby Drumm pitched six and two thirds innings in relief, striking out six and walking three.

The Pioneers (16-3) have the week off as they wait for the District Three playoffs to get underway. They will host the opening round on Tuesday, May 22.

BASEBALL

Like the softball team, the baseball team was also in a 'must win' situation last Monday. In the regular season finale against Elizabethtown, the Pioneers needed a win to qualify for a berth in the L-L League playoffs.

The Bears, who topped L-S 12-4 back on April 11, led 2-1 after three innings but the visitors slowly worked their way back, scoring single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to pull out a 4-2, come-from-behind win.

Tied at 2-2 after four complete innings, L-S took the lead in the sixth on Joe Meck's RBI single and added an insurance run when Kris Pirozzi launched an inside-the-park home run.

Pirozzi was also key on the defensive side, relieving starter Josh Howells (1K, 1W) in the fourth inning. He finished with eight strikeouts and three walks and got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning, forcing a groundout to Patrick Holmes who fired to catcher Luke Weigel for the force. Weigel then fired to first to complete the double play.

The Pioneers were slated to open the L-L League playoffs on Saturday but storms moving through the area forced a postponement.

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LS Boys' LAX Wraps Up the League Season May 7, 2018

After winning three of their first four games to start the season, the Pioneers were hoping for a better finish. Last week they ended the regular season with losses to Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic and Hempfield leaving them with a 3-8 league record (4-8 overall).

The Pioneers hosted LCD/LCHS last Monday and got off to a decent start, down just 2-1 after the first quarter. But a 3-0 second frame and a 2-0 fourth quarter contributed to the 9-2 defeat.

Bryce Roberts and Mark Roberts accounted for the scoring with Patrick McClain dishing out an assist. In goal, Dom Reed turned back nine of the 17 shots he faced.

The going only got tougher for L-S as they faced the second place team in the league, Hempfield (10-1) on Thursday. The Pioneers did score in every quarter in this one but an 8-2 second frame advantage by the Knights sparked a 20-9 result. Down 12-4 at the half, L-S hung tougher in the second half but still came up short, 8-5.

Noah Patterson, the team's second leading scorer (22 goals, 13 assists) racked up a team-high four goals and dished out two assists. McClain, with a team-high 23 goals scored on the year, found the back of the net once as did M. Roberts, Dawson Albright, Benjamin Beiler and Zeke Schaefer. Connor Nolt was credited with two assists and Reed recorded another nine save game.

TRACK

A solid performance over hosting Lebanon last Monday moved the boys' track team record to 3-3. The Pioneers won 11 of the 18 events contested and finished on top 89-61.

The girls' team, winning all but three events, picked up an easy 116-38 victory and also improved to 3-3.

Once again, Ezra Mellinger was the team's top scorer, winning the 100 (11.0), the 200 (23.3) and the long jump (22-8). He was also second in the triple (41-9).

"Ezra is undefeated in the sprints and the long jump," noted head coach Calvin Esh. "And he has just one loss in the triple jump."

The Pioneers opened the afternoon with Justin Miller, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Noah Pritchard clocking the top time in the 4x800 relay (9:16). Pritchard followed with a win in the mile (4:44) while Kuhns raced the 400 in 50.3 and also anchored the winning 4x400 relay with Josiah Zehr, Miller, and Nate Erb contributing to the 3:41. Zehr added seconds in both the 110 high and 300 hurdles and the pole vault while Erb was second in the 400.

Also on the track, David Helms won the 3200 in 11:22.

In the field events, Gabe Frederick won the shot (46-8), Jacob Long was tops in the discus (136-5) and Josh Eidemiller took charge in the javelin (170-3).

Contributing with second place efforts was Josiah McCarthy in the mile, Honert in the 800 and Brayden Emmerling in the high jump.

The girls' team got a three-win performance from Sydnie Smith. The senior won the 100 (13.0), and was tops in both the long (15-2.5) and triple jumps (33-6.25). Sophomore Madison Whitaker chipped in with two wins, taking the 110 (17.0) and 300 hurdles (53.0).

Kathryn Sigafoos, Lauren Gard, Micah Gordley and Colleen Gilbert won the first race of the day, the 4x800 in 11:47. Sigafoos went on to capture the 400 (1:04) while Gard posted the top mile time, 6:05 and Gilbert won the 800 (2:37).

L-S also won the 4x100 with Lindsay Szymanski, Emma Houck, Smith and Jess Heisey (54.3). Szymanski grabbed the top time in the 200 (29.4) and ran the first leg of the 4x400 with Houck, Tara Wehibe and Heisey chipping in to record a 4:38.

Other winners included Ellie Crumpler in the 3200 (14:44), Liana Howe in the discus (93-9) and Lillian Hoke clearing 5-2 in the high jump.

With 15 second places and 15 third places up for grabs, L-S secured nine seconds and 11 thirds to pad their lead.

On Saturday the team's competed in the Blue Streak Relays where the girls finished tied for fourth and the boys tied for sixth.

They had just one "team" first on the day. Kristen Herr (1st) and Liana Howe (7th) combined to win the discus and in second place, Ezra Mellinger (1st) and Brayden Emmerling teamed up in the long jump.

"The boys 4x800 team (Miller, Pritchard, Honert and McCarthy came in second in an exciting finish," noted Esh. "Noah was closing fast on the MT runner, but couldn't quite get past him at the line.

"In the first two events (boys and girls 4x1600) the boys had three PR's and the girls followed with three more."

BASEBALL

The baseball team played four of the five teams in Section Two last week, settled for three wins, and improved to 10-5 for second place in the standings. They fall in behind Ephrata (12-3) who hung a 5-3 loss on L-S last Monday.

The Mounts used a four-run sixth inning to jump ahead 5-0. L-S, with just one hit on the day, rallied in the bottom of the seventh, plating three runs only to fall short. The Pioneers opened the frame with two walks and a liner by Derek Eckman loaded the bags with one out. Joseph Meck's groundout plated one run while an error by the Mounts allowed two more runs to score.

Kris Pirozzi gave up five hits and three earned runs, striking out ten and walking two in five innings. Josh Howells added three strikeouts in two innings of relief work.

The Pioneers traveled to Solanco on Tuesday and needed an eighth inning rally to get past the Mules, 5-3. Tied at 3-3 after five complete innings, L-S loaded the bags with one out in the sixth but came up empty. They managed one single in the seventh before the eighth inning rally. Hunter Cunningham and Eckman reached with base hits and scored on Braedon Karpathious' one out, game-winning triple.

Pirozzi, Lampeter's only multiple hitter, went 3-4 with two RBI.

Aaron Snyder, relieving starter Doug Schneider, struck out five, walked one and picked up the win while Patrick Holmes got the save.

At Donegal on Wednesday, L-S scored single runs in five of the seven innings and defeated the Indians 5-1 on the strength of ten hits and flawless defense. Connor Blantz was the top hitter of the day, going 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Luke Weigel (2-2, 1RBI) and Pirozzi (2-4) also recorded multiple hits.

Dylan Byler, with three strikeouts and two walks, gave up three hits, including a solo homer in the second inning, and earned the win. Howells struck out one batter in relief.

Under their home lights Friday night, the Pioneers needed a sixth inning rally to defeat Conestoga Valley 8-6. Up 6-3 after five complete, the Bucks rallied in the top of the sixth to pull even with the hosts and then gave up two runs in the bottom half to fall behind for good. Aaron Snyder's (2-4) two out double plated the game-winning runs. Blantz, who went 2-4 with a two out, two run homer in the fifth , was tops with four RBI and Thomas Shockey added a key one out double in that sixth inning.

Todd Shelley, Aaron Jacoby and Howells all pitched at least two innings and combined for 11 strikeouts and 11 scattered hits.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team played two of the top three teams in the section last week and wrapped up the regular season with one win and one loss against the two teams tied for second place in the standings. Township leads the field at 11-0 while Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic and Hempfield finish at 9-2. The Pioneers and Cocalico fall in next, tied at 8-3.

L-S opened the week with a 15-14 heartbreaking loss to LCD/LCHS last Monday. Down 9-3 at the half, the hosts mounted an impressive rally, outscoring the visitors 11-6 only to fall short.

"I was very proud of the girls for not giving up and fighting back from an eight goal deficit in the second half," said head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff.

The team's leading scorer, Kelsey Kimmel, matched Lauren Wassell goal for goal. Both finished with six. Kendal Ream followed with four goals, McKenna Conklin added three and Brittney Zameroski chipped in with one goal and two assists. Mary Peticca recorded 11 saves in the loss.

Two days later, on a day that celebrated the seniors, the Pioneers outscored Hempfield 10-5 in the second half and posted the program's first victory over the Knights. L-S looked to take control early, scoring the first six goals of the game only to see the visitors fight back. Hempfield not only tied the game at 6-6 but inched ahead with just under three minutes left in the half. A goal by Kimmel, and a pair of saves by Peticca evened the score at 7-7 by halftime.

"During the time Hempfield scored those seven unanswered goals we were not taking care of the ball in transition and losing the draws," explained Ovchinnikoff.

"In the second half, we played more like a team and our defensive unit did a phenomenal job," she continued. "Marissa Denlinger limited their top scorer, Lindsey Durkota, to one goal that half."

Hempfield took a two goal lead early in the second half as they appeared to maintain that late first half momentum. L-S, however, responded with five straight goals and never looked back.

Kimmel led all scorers with eight goals and one assist. She also had ten draw controls. Zameroski dished out a game and season-high eight assists and scored once. Savannah Edwards, McKenna Conklin, and Ream (1a) chipped in with two goals each.

SOFTBALL

The softball team played four straight games last week. Three of them were shutouts and the results of all four were determined in five innings or less. They racked up 67 runs and gave up 1.

"We've only had two league games go a full seven innings," said head coach Gene Charles, "and a non-section game with Penn Manor.

Monday night the girls topped Manheim Central 11-1. "With chasing the section title, I was concerned about Manheim," said Charles. "They were the next best thing to stand in our way. But Brynn Baker threw one of her better games, striking out three, walking one and scattering six hits."

The Pioneers enjoyed a 5-0 cushion after two innings and got a three run homer from Daisy Frank in the fifth that pushed the lead to 11-0.

Julz Garber, Summer Peters and Hannah Garber (3RBI) all collected two hits.

With 12 runs in the first inning and 15 more in the second, the Pioneers easily handled Lebanon Catholic 29-0 on Tuesday. "We didn't bunt and we only stole one base," said Charles. "But they had 12 errors and eight walks."

Chloe Blantz started in the circle and worked a seven strikeout, no walks, no hitter.

Offensively, the Pioneers banged out 16 hits. H. Garber was 4-4 with 4RBI, Blantz (3RBI) and Taryn Hostetter (2RBI) both recorded three hits.

Wednesday's senior night outing at Garett Park resulted in a 15-0 shutout over Elco.

"Cam Beiler had a monster night, going 3-3 with 3RBI and a pair of triples," noted Charles. "Daisy Frank (2-3, 3RBI) also tripled."

Baker, who only gave up one hit and struck out five, along with J. Garber and H. Garber, all went 2-3.

Thursday, using six runs in the second inning, the Pioneers blanked Cocalico 12-1. Baker tossed a one-hitter, striking out five.

"That one hit was the leadoff batter in the first inning," Charles recalled. "But we turned a double play after that. We had 12 hits and are getting production up and down the lineup."

Frank (2-3, 2RBI), Baker (2-3) and Garber (1-3, 1RBI) all cracked triples. Peters was 2-2 with 2RBI.

The Pioneers (13-1) are one game behind Donegal (14-0) with two games left.

"We need to win out to tie for the section title, assuming Donegal does too," said Charles.

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Pioneers Set Sights on Section Three Title April 30, 2018

With six games left in the regular season, the softball team remains focused on grabbing the Section Three title. Standing in the way, however, is Donegal, the last game on the schedule. Prior to that, the Pioneers take on Manheim Central, Lebanon Catholic, Elco, Cocalico (all this week) and Northern Lebanon. L-S beat all of those teams, except Lebanon Catholic, their last crossover game, by a combined 57-10 margin. So, if these last games play out like the first half of the season, and if Donegal remains unbeaten, L-S will need to beat the Indians to force a playoff for the title. But for now, they need to take care of business.

Last Monday L-S crushed Lancaster Catholic 16-1 but that one run spoiled Lampeter's goal of shutting out Section Four opponents.

"After a single and two strikeouts, they doubled in that lone run," explained head coach Gene Charles. "They had three hits for the game and two were in the first inning."

L-S plated seven runs in the first inning, four in the second and ended the game with a five run third. The bottom of the batting order fueled the 12 hit attack. Jocelyn Branco went 2-2 with a pair of doubles and five RBI and Daisy Frank was 2-3 with a triple and four RBI.

Brynne Baker, who struck out five, went 3-3 with a double while Julz Garber and Summer Peters both went 2-3.

In non-league play Tuesday, the Pioneers jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning but failed to score after that, dropping an 8-2 result against Section One's Penn Manor.

"We had six hits against one of the best pitchers (Brittany Hook) around," said Charles. "But we gave up 10 hits, the most we've given up all year.

A two out double by Chloe Blantz gave L-S its short-lived, 2-1 lead.

Hook struck out 10 and walked one to earn the win. Baker started for L-S, walking two in the first three innings, and Gabby Drumm struck out two and walked three in relief.

The Pioneers are currently 9-1 in Section Two play behind Donegal (9-0) and ahead of Manheim Central (7-3).

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team kept pace with Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic last week as both teams stand at 7-2 in Section play and in third place overall, following Township and Hempfield.

The Pioneers rode a five-game win streak into Monday's game against Cocalico but couldn't make it six. They suffered only their second loss of the season. The Eagles, currently 7-3 (9-6 overall), poured in six first half goals, held the visitors to two goals and finished with a 13-8 win, surviving Lampeter's second half, six goal rally.

Kendal Ream and McKenna Conklin both notched hat tricks to pace the Pioneer attack while Hannah Dawson and Brittney Zameroski each scored once and Kenzie Krebs added one assist.

The Pioneers outshot the Eagles 25-19 and Mary Peticca recorded 12 saves in goal.

Thursday afternoon, against a struggling Penn Manor squad, the Pioneers took control early, netting eight first half goals while giving up just two for a six goal lead at the break.

The Comets seven goal second half rally wasn't enough as the Pioneers finished with eight more goals and secured a solid 16-9 victory.

Katelyn Smith and Kelsey Kimmel each scored four times and dished out one assist to lead the way. Savannah Edwards, Kendal Ream (2a) and Zameroski (2a) followed with two goals each while Dawson and McKenna Conklin each tallied one goal.

Peticca earned another 11 saves in goal and L-S outshot the Pioneers 26-20.

In non-league play Saturday, L-S set the tone early, outscoring Eastern York 9-2 before cruising to a 14-4 victory. Kimmel was unstoppable in this one, racking up nine en route to the win. Ream added two goals while Edwards, Katelyn Smith (1a) and Conklin also scored. Zameroski dished out a hat trick of assists with Dawson and Smith.

Peticca recorded nine saves as L-S outshot Eastern 23-23.

TRACK

The track teams came away with a split decision against Cocalico last Monday. The girls' improved to 2-3 with a convincing 91-55 result while the boys' had their hands full against the section leading Eagles (5-0) and bowed out 95-55.

The girls' opened with a win in the 4x800 relay (Crumpler, Drouillard, Olivia Gard and Colleen Gilbert) and slowly pulled away, winning eight other events and sweeping the 400, the 300 hurdles and the high jump.

Kathryn Sigafoos (1:04.4) led the first sweep with Sarah Gawne and Jess Heisey taking the 400 and after the 4x100 relay, Lauren Gard (52.8), Hannah Schultheis and Bella Howells took charge in the 300 hurdles. Gard was also second in the 110 hurdles.

Lampeter's final win on the track was a 4:25.7 by the 4x400 team of Gawne, Shultheis, Sigafoos and Gilbert.

In the field, L-S won all four of the jumping events to lead the charge. Gawne (4-8), Tara Wehibe (4-8) and Lillian Hoke (4-6) provided the sweep while Sydnie Smith (32-10.75) and Megan Breneman, who won the long jump (15-4.5) went 1-2 in the triple jump. In the pole vault, it was Cameron Coleman clearing 8-0 to earn the win.

Also in the field, Kristen Herr had the top throw in the discus (122-6) while Liana Howe placed in two events, taking third in the javelin and the discus.

The going was a bit tougher for the boys' as they were up against the top team in Section Two. Putting forth their best efforts, the Pioneers finished with seven firsts and four of them were the work of Ezra Mellinger. The junior sprinted his way to top times in the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.4) and jumped ahead of the competition in the long (22-7) and triple (39-3.5).

The Pioneers also won the 4x400 relay with Jansen Miller, Noah Pritchard, Nate Erb and Michael Kuhns clocking a 3:41. Josh Eidemiller took the javelin (177-1) and Gabe Frederick landed the shot with a 46-8.

Settling for key second place efforts was Josh Horst in the high hurdles, Kuhns in the 400, Brayden Emmerling in the high jump and Caleb Brunner in the pole vault.

BASEBALL

In a pair of one run games last week, the Pioneers came away with one win and one loss and currently sit behind Ephrata (9-3) in the Section Two standings with a 7-4 record. Monday they scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh against Manheim Township, winning 4-3 and Thursday dropped a 4-3 outing at Penn Manor. It was their fifth one run outing in the last six games played. L-S won three of those.

"We've had our ups and downs this year," said head coach Keith Martin. "Some of that we're responsible for and others beyond our control. Moving forward we need to focus on the controllables and be unfazed by the events of the game as we continue to focus on our team and individual processes."

L-S jumped in front early against Township. After giving up two in the top of the first, including a two run homer, they came back with three runs on two outs to regain the lead. The Streaks knotted the score in the top of the second and neither threatened until the bottom of the seventh. Josh Howells walked and courtesy runner Doug Schneider scored on Dylan Byler's double to center.

Hunter Cunningham, Aaron Snyder, Byler and Nevin Book accounted for Lampeter's four hits on the day. Kris Pirozzi started on the hill, striking out 13 and walking three. Howells came on in relief and fanned three to earn the win.

Thursday's outing involved another rally only this one fell short of a victory over Penn Manor. After giving up four runs in the bottom of the fourth, L-S was faced with needing four runs in the seventh to pull out a win. A one out double by Connor Blantz plated Snyder, who reached on a base hit and a two out liner to left field by Byler plated two more. Book kept the momentum alive with another base hit but a groundout to short ended the rally.

The Pioneers outhit the Comets 9-5 but committed three errors in the loss. Byler went 3-4 with two RBI and Snyder was 2-3 as Lampeter's multiple hitters for the day.

Byler suffered the loss in the circle, striking out two but giving up four hits and two earned runs. Schneider gave up one hit, fanned five and walked one in relief.

"Our pitching staff is very good and we have many guys that we can turn to in different situations but we still need to execute situationally on offense, and be able to make the physical play and be prepared mentally for anything that happens when we're in the field," Martin stated.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boys' lacrosse team suffered a pair of losses last week, falling to two teams ahead of them in the standings, and currently sit at 3-6 in Section One and 4-6 overall.

Last Monday the team hoped to steal a win from Cocalico (4-6) and got off to a great start, winning the first quarter 5-2. But the Eagles slowly gained momentum, outscoring the Pioneers in each of the next three quarters, including a decisive 4-0 third quarter, and finished on top, 13-10.

Joey Jordan led all scorers with five goals and one assist and Josh Koh-Swineford added two. Patrick McClain was tops with three assists and also scored once. Noah Patterson (1g, 2a), Bryce Roberts (1g), Cole Gerz (1a), Dawson Albright (2a) and Hans Watson (1a) also contributed.

In goal, Dom Reed faced 24 shots and came away with 11 saves.

In a game tightly contested through three quarters, a six goal outburst in the final frame proved pivotal as L-S left Millersville with a 10-3 loss. Tied at 1-1 in the first quarter, the Comets took the lead with a two goal second, but L-S hung tough in the third, scoring twice and fell behind just 4-3 and setting the stage for Manor's fourth quarter outburst.

Patterson scored twice for the Pioneers with McClain adding one in the loss. Reed finished with 10 saves.

TENNIS

Last Monday, the tennis team dropped its second 4-3 result of the season, bowing out against Conestoga Valley, the fourth place team in Section One.

The Pioneers secured just one doubles win, a solid 8-2 result by Alex Baker and Tyler Thorius at No. 2. Now faced with needed three singles wins, L-S fell just short. Evan Winters worked a 6-2, 6-2 No. 1 win and Baker was solid at No. 2, notching a 6-2, 6-1 final. Try as they might, Thorius and Ari Vaziri came oh so close to picking up a win. Thorius lost 7-6 (1), 7-5 to Andy Wang and Vaziri dropped a three setter, 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 to Tegan Lapp.

Later in the week the team competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament but struggled to advance. Thorius was the only singles player to advance to the quarterfinals. He defeated Penn Manor's Toby Singer 6-0, 6-1 before suffering a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Township's Max Pan.

The doubles teams fared a bit better with three teams advancing. Seeded fifth in Flight One, Winters and Vaziri defeated McCaskey's Fenimore and Coder 7-5, 7-5 before bowing out with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to fourth seed Martin and Engle of Cocalico.

In Flight Two, Thorius and Baker, seeded first, opened with a round one bye. They defeated Cedar Crest's Brightbill and Hinegardner 8-3 before coming out on the short end of a semifinals result against Hempfield's Harikh and Otto, the fourth seed.

Paul Keller and Cameron Keeler competed in Flight Three and opened with an 8-5 win over Penn Manor's Mowery and karpouzis before bowing out against No. 2 seed Ketcham and Gingrich, of Manheim Township, 8-0.

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Pioneers Post a Three-Out-of-Four Win Week April 23, 2018

It was another busy week for the baseball team, playing four games in five days and bringing their two week total to nine games in 12 days and seven wins against two losses. The Pioneers are currently tied with Ephrata for second place in Section Two at 6-3. Elizabethtown holds down the top spot at 7-2.

The Pioneers opened the week with a 4-3 loss to McCaskey but came back two win two one run games and another by six.

McCaskey, outhitting L-S 11-8, opened the scoring with a two run first inning and L-S took over with three in the third but failed to score after that, giving up single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to fall behind. Weigel's one out homer plated both Nevin Book and Dylan Byler and gave L-S a short-lived lead.

Byler, Weigel (3RBI) and Book all finished with two hits on the day.

Aaron Jacoby, with eight strikeouts, went the distance on the hill, giving up three earned runs.

One day later, L-S posted a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Pequea Valley. Down 1-0 in the first and then tied at 3-3 after four complete, the hosts went up 4-3 on a sac fly by Derek Eckman only to see PV tie the game in the top of the sixth. But a two out single by Kris Pirozzi, who went 3-for-3, in the bottom half proved to be the game-winner.

Aaron Snyder, Trent Petersheim and Josh Howells combined for five strikeouts and five walks and gave up five hits on the day.

Wednesday's outing against Cedar Crest was more of the same. L-S gave up three runs in the first inning and another in the second before mounting its comeback. Single runs in the second and third innings cut the lead to 4-2 while a two out, two run homer by Luke Weigel tied the game in the fourth.

Three innings later, a two out double by Nevin Book plated Hunter Cunningham, who reached on an error, for the game winner.

Pirozzi went 3-for-4 on the day and Weigel was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Book also finished with two hits and two RBI as the Pioneers out hit the Falcons 8-5.

Dylan Byler started on the hill and gave up four runs on four hits in four innings of work. Pirozzi picked up the win, striking out six over three innings.

Opening Friday's game against Hempfield with an early 3-1 advantage, L-S hoped to maintain the lead throughout but didn't. Up 4-3 after four complete, the Knights rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the Pioneers slammed the door shut with six in the top of the seventh. A bases loaded single by Aaron Snyder (3-for-4) and Eckman's one out base hit each pushed in two runs.

Howells went 2-for-3 with one RBI while Byler, Book, Weigel, Cunningham also supplied hits.

Todd Shelley pitched 4.2 innings and finished with six strikeouts and one walk. Howells, with three strikeouts, picked up the win.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Pioneers dominated crossover play last week, recording three wins that failed to reach a complete seven innings. Tuesday they blanked Lancaster Mennonite 19-0 with Brynn Baker (5K) and Gabby Drumm (6K, 1w) combining for a no hitter. Wednesday's outing against Section Four leader Pequea Valley went five innings and resulted in another shutout, 11-0. Their third shutout of the week was Friday's 19-0 result against Columbia that took five innings to complete. Chloe Blantz (4K, 1W) and Drumm (7K, 1W) did not give up a hit.

"In our four crossover games we have scored 62 runs in 18 innings and haven't given up a run," noted head coach Gene Charles. "We have two crossovers left and we want to finish with a Section Four shutout. I expected the Pequea game to go a full seven innings but I understand they were a bit understaffed."

The Pioneers pounded out 14 hits against the Blazers and finished the game with an 11 run third inning. They were led by Julz Garber who went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, four RBI and two doubles as the leadoff batter. Batting No. 9, Daisy Frank also batted in four runs, going 2-3 with three runs scored.

"We had lots of players with multiple hits," Charles said.

A six run third inning against Pequea was the key to ending the game after five innings. Hanna Garber led the 15 hit attack with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. She finished with three RBI and three runs scored. Summer Peters was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Kylie Weaver and Jocelyn Branco combined to go 4-for-5.

"We're hitting the ball up and down the lineup," said Charles. "We're probably 12 deep."

L-S scored seven first inning runs against Columbia and ended the game early with seven more in the top of the fifth. H. Garber went 2-5 with a home run and five RBI. J. Garber was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Peters was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Drumm not only pitched but went 4-for-4 with four RBI and Branco was 2-for-3.

"The girls are just pounding the ball," said Charles. "There are definitely highs and lows in our league and we have to adjust. We're winning these games and we're not just throwing our best pitcher; we're throwing all three of our pitchers.

"We're hoping to be playing our best at the end of the year," he added.

The biggest section game for L-S this week is Friday's home night game against Donegal. "They beat us 4-2 up there but we gave up a 2-0 lead," Charles stated. "This is a huge game."

TRACK

The track teams traveled to Elizabethtown last Wednesday afternoon and came away with mixed results. Ezra Mellinger won four events and the Pioneers posted a lopsided 97-53 win over the Bears while the girls', despite a strong showing in the throws, suffered an 83-67 defeat.

Mellinger opened his busy day by leading a sweep in the 100. He clocked an 11.3 while Nate Erb (11.6) and Cam Neimeyer (12.1) followed. Mellinger (22.9) and Erb (23.9) also went 1-2 in the 200. In the field, Mellinger outdistanced the field in both the long (21-6) and triple jumps (39.5).

Almost as impressive was the performance of Josiah Zehr who won the pole vault with a personal best 11-6, the 110 hurdles (16.6) and ran lead on the 1600 relay team with Noah Pritchard, Erb and Mike Kuhns contributing to the winning 3:39.8. He was also second in the 300 hurdles, just .2 behind Etown's Derek Heisey.

As a group, the throwers carried the weight in the field, giving up just two points. Gabe Frederick' 46-8 led a sweep in the shot put. Josh Eidemiller (40-2.25) and Jacob Long (38-5.75) followed. Long went on to win the discus with a PR 120-1 and Frederick doing his best as well, taking second with a 118.5. In the javelin, it was Eidemiller with a new school record and winning throw of 193-8. Dalton Kreider was second (129-3).

The Pioneers also got an electrifying come-from-behind win (from third to first) from Everett Honert who clocked a personal best 2:09.

Kuhns (53.0) and Erb (53.0) went 1-2 in the 400 and the 4x400 relay team of Kopelman, Smith, Neimeyer and Horst also finished first.

The girls' team may have come up short but they posted a handful of personal bests along the way. Kristen Herr led a discus sweep with a 124-2 PR and Liana Howe threw her best (97-0) to take second. Maddie Eller (88-8) was third. Howe added a second in the javelin behind J. Willard's winning (80-7) and Eller (29-7.25 PR) followed Melissa Long (29-8 PR) who finished second in the shot put.

Sydnie Smith posted a personal best in the triple jump with a winning leap of 33-9.5. Also in the jumps, Megan Breneman added thirds in both the triple and long.

The Pioneers won just three events on the track and two of them were relays. Hannah Schultheis, Emma Houck, Smith and Grace Hess took the 4x100 with a 53.2 and Kat Sigafoos, Micah Gordley, Hannah Schultheis and Sarah Gawne won the 4x400 in 4:28.8.

Sigafoos was a winner in the open 400 (1:04.1) while Smith picked up seconds in the 100 and 200 and Lauran Gard was second in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Gawne added a second in the high jump and was third in the 400.

TENNIS

In their only match last week, the tennis team slipped to 3-4 in section play with a 6-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic (6-2, 7-2 overall). After winning seven of their first eight matches, this was Lampeter's third straight loss.

Alex Baker and Tyler Thorius earned an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles to prevent the shutout. Paul Keller and S Greenwood battled for a second team point but fell shy of the mark, 8-7 at No. 3 doubles.

Baker put up the best numbers in singles play as well, winning the first set 6-1 before bowing out 4-6, 7-10 at No. 2.

BOYS' LACROSSE

In their only league match last week, the boys' lacrosse team pushed out to a 10-0 lead after three quarters and almost pulled off the shutout before Elizabethtown notched it's only goal in the final quarter. Dawson Albright and Noah Patterson each scored twice and combined for five assists. Patrick McClain (1a), the team's leading scorer, and Joey Jordan (1a) also scored twice with Cole Gerz (1a) and Josh Koh-Swinford finding the back of the net once. Bryce Roberts was also credited with one assist.

In goal, Dom Reed saved six of the seven shots he faced, earning Lampeter's third league win of the season.

Friday on the road, the Pioneers battled from behind but fell short against Twin Valley, 8-7. The hosts jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and were up 5-2 at the break. L-S gained some momentum, outscoring TV 4-2, cutting the lead to 7-6 with one frame left. Neither team budged down the final stretch and the score stood with TV on top, 8-7.

L-S is 4-4 overall.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The Lady Pioneers remained tied for second place with Lancaster Country Day/LCHS (6-1) with a 17-9 win over Elizabethtown last Thursday and improved to 9-1 overall with a 17-7 non-league win over Twin Valley on Friday.

L-S held a slim 7-6 first half edge over the Bears but took control after the break, outscoring the hosts 10-3 to pick up the win.

"I shifted a couple of players into different positions toward the end of the first half and that made a big difference," said head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff of the second half advantage.

Kelsey Kimmel, who had two assists, fueled the second half, scoring five of her nine goals. Brittney Zameroski assisted on four of those goals for a season high.

"Kelsey also had 15 draw controls which was a season high," Ovchinnikoff pointed out.

Hannah Dawson, Katelyn Smith and McKenna Conklin scored two goals each while Savannah Edwards and Kendal Ream chipped in with one goal and two assists each.

"Marissa Denlinger and Paige Weidman did an outstanding job on the defensive end," noted Ovchinnikoff. "They were able to slow down Etown's top two scorers (Bucher and Conteh) in the second half. Overall, we moved the ball very well in the second half and played great as a team."

Kimmel racked up another eight goals on Friday as L-S built an 8-4 first half lead over Twin Valley. They did even better in the second half, winning 9-4. Zameroski not only scored three goals but improved her season high in assists with six. Ream and Edwards added two goals each with Smith (1a) and Conklin scoring one.

Mary Peticca recorded a combined 22 saves in earning the wins.

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Lady Pioneers Battle Streaks, Top CV, CC and CY April 16, 2018

Three of Lampeter-Strasburg's sports teams played at least four games last week and all but the tennis team experienced Monday's harsh weather conditions that featured heavy snow flurries. But the Pioneer squads persevered and by the end of the week accumulated a combined 12 wins against seven losses.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Playing four games in five days, the girls' lacrosse team improved to 5-1 in Section One and 7-1 overall with wins against CV, Cedar Crest and Central York offsetting Monday's 18-4 loss to section leader Manheim Township (7-1 overall).

The Streaks exploded for 15 first half goals to take control. Both teams recorded three goals each in the second half.

"We came out flat and they scored a couple of quick goals," said head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff. "There were some points in the game where we did some really good things, but when you play a strong team like Township, you can't have too many lapses."

Kelsey Kimmel paced the Pioneers with two goals. Kendal Ream and McKenna Conklin added one each.

Tuesday the team hosted CV and righted the ship, scoring eight goals in each half en route to a 16-4 victory. Kimmel led all scorers with four goals and unselfishly dished out three assists. Hanna Dawson chipped in with a hat trick while Katelyn Smith scored twice and added two assists. Ream (1a) and Riley Dawson (1a) also scored twice with Savannah Edwards, Conklin and Kelliann Drummond adding one goal each.

"We definitely had a balanced scoring day, which is what I like to see," said Ovchinnikoff. "It makes it more difficult for our opponents to stop us."

The winning continued with Thursday's 16-2 rout over Cedar Crest. Kimmel, pouring in a season-high nine goals, became just the second L-L League player to hit that mark this year. Dawson (2a) and Ream added a pair of goals with Edwards, Brittney Zameroski and Garret finding the net once each. Bella Beiler was credited with two assists as L-S built a 9-1 first half lead and never looked back.

"McKenna had a great all-around game," said Ovchinnikoff, "not only scoring but in transition as well as the defensive end. Riley played well coming off the bench."

In non-league play Friday, L-S overcame a 7-6 first half deficit, outscoring Central York 7-4 after the break to pick up a 13-11 win. Seven different players scored in offsetting a pair of CY hat tricks. Kimmel finished with four goals and one assist. Edwards (2a), Ream (1a) and Dawson added two goals with Zameroski (2a), Dawson and Jeslyn Krebs scoring once each.

SOFTBALL

Playing four games in five days, the softball team scored 57 runs, gave up nine and saw just one game go a full seven innings as they improved to 5-1 in Section Three.

"The top of our order has been the catalyst in our hitting," noted head coach Gene Charles. "But the rest of the team is getting the job done and contributing as well."

L-S opened play with a 20-2 win over Cocalico in last Monday's snow. Brynn Baker not only pitched the victory but went 2-for-2 with two walks, a home run, five RBI and three runs scored. Julz Garber was 2-3 with 2 RBI, Hanna Garber was 2-4 with four runs scored and both Jocelyn Branco and Kylie Weaver add two hits each in the four inning game.

"Tuesday we hosted Manheim Central in what I anticipated as the biggest game of the week," said Charles, "but we blew it open with an eight run first inning which was a great start especially against a team like Manheim."

L-S extended its lead to 11-0 after three complete before giving up four runs in the top of the fourth. They settled down after that, earning the 14-4 win with a three run fifth inning that was highlighted by triples from both Baker and H. Garber.

"Our 2-3-4 hitters combined for nine hits and 11 RBI," said Charles.

Summer Peters was the biggest spark, going 3-for-3 with 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored. H. Garber was 3-for-3 and Baker was 3-for-4. Both had four RBI. J. Garber was 2-for-3 and Blantz was 2-4.

Wednesday it took the Pioneers a full seven innings to hang a 9-3 loss on Lebanon. L-S fell behind 3-2 after the Cedars plated three in the top of the third. But the hosts knotted the score in the bottom half and took the lead for good with four in the fifth.

"Chloe Blantz started in the circle and threw pretty well, striking out seven and walking three," said Charles. "But they loaded the bags in the top of the sixth with no outs so Baker came in and struck out three to get us out of the jam."

J. Garber led the ten hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort. Blantz was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, Peters was 2-for-2 and H. Garber was 1-for 2 with 2 RBI.

L-S closed the week with a 14-0, five inning shutout over Annville-Cleona on Friday. "Just about everyone had a hit," said Charles. "Baker pitched the first two innings and Gabby Drumm threw the final three."

TRACK

The track teams battled the elements and Ephrata last Monday and were dealt a pair of losses. The boys' dropped a hard-fought 77-73 result while the girls' fell 99-51.

"It was a spring meet but it sure looked like winter," said head coach Cal Esh. "It looked worse than it was, maybe, but the runways and throwing circles were wet. It certainly wasn't a day for personal records.

"It was another heart-breaker, especially for the boys'," he added. "It was a little unusual coming back from Friday's meet without a practice but that's how it goes. Both teams gave their best efforts but came up a little short."

The boys', with a 35-20 advantage in the sprints, went 1-3 in both the 100 and 200 with Ezra Mellinger and Nate Erb, who was third in the 400 behind Michael Kuhns, accounting for the placing. Mellinger also won the long jump (20-10.5) and was second in the triple.

Also on the track, Josiah Zehr led a sweep in the 300 hurdles (43.5) with Josh Horst and Noah Pritchard taking second and third. Zehr also won the high hurdles (16.4) and was second in the pole vault while Pritchard added a second in the mile.

In the throwing events, Josh Eidemiller won the javelin (167-4) and was second in the shot behind Gabe Fredrick's winning throw of42-1.25. Frederick was also third in the discus, following Jacob Long's 110-5 and Dalton Kreider picked up a third in the javelin.

The going was a bit tougher for the girls who won just four events. Olivia Gard led the way with top times in the 100 hurdles (17.5) and 300's (52.9). Lilian Hoke won the high jump (4-10) and Kristin Herr was tops in the discus (112-3) and was third in the shot.

Also placing in multiple events was Sydnie Smith with seconds in the triple and the 100 and 200 meter dashes and Colleen Gilbert with seconds in the mile and 800.

BASEBALL

With the most trying schedule of all the teams, the baseball squad played five games in six days and came away with four wins. Connor Blantz gave up one hit, struck out six and walked two in 4 innings and Dylan Byer and Aaron Snyder collected RBI hits as the Pioneers blanked CV, scoring all three of their runs in the top of the sixth. Brandon Miller and Doug Schneider (4K, 2W) pitched in relief.

Tuesday night the Pioneers plated two runs on an error in the second inning and scored two more in the sixth, topping Ephrata 4-2. Their six hit attack was led by Aaron Snyder who went 2-3. Todd Shelly earned the win, surrendering one run on four hits and striking out five in four innings. Josh Howells and Kris Pirozzi, who recorded the last four outs to earn the save, pitched in relief.

Wednesday's outing against Elizabethtown featured a combined 23 hits but the Pioneers committed five errors in the field, gave up seven runs in the top of the second and came away with a 12-4 loss.

With little time to lament, L-S battled Warwick in crossover action Friday afternoon and pulled out a spirited 7-6, come-from-behind victory. The Pioneers, who edged the Warriors 8-7 in hits, collected three homers to lead the way. Trying to keep pace, Warwick hit for two round trippers including a three run shot in the first that gave them a 3-0 lead.

Luke Weigel answered with a two run blast in the bottom half, Pirozzi added a two run shot in the fourth that tied the game at 4-4 and Blantz connected for a two run blast in the sixth, helping L-S to a 7-4 cushion.

Warwick challenged with two runs in the top of the seventh on a walk, two singles and an error.

Saturday afternoon the team pounded out 15 hits, including five home runs, and dominated Manheim Central 17-5 in five innings.

Byler, who went 4-for-4, hit a three run homer in the third and a solo blast in the fourth. Snyder also went 4-for-4 with a homer and seven RBI. Weigel hit his round tripper in Lampeter's seven run third inning and Heiser added another in the fourth.

TENNIS

With three matches last week, the tennis team went 1-2 and saw their league record fall to 3-3. They are 7-3 overall.

L-S opened with a 6-1 home win over Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Ari Vaziri and Evan Winters came away with an 8-5 No. 1 doubles win while Alex Baker and Tyler Thorius easily won 8-0 at No. 2 and Cameron Keeler and Paul Keller won 8-3 at No. 3.

Baker, Thorius and Vaziri all secured straight set singles wins at No. 2 through 4 respectively.

In a surprise result on Wednesday, the Pioneers dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Elco, who secured its first league win with the result. Baker and Thorius commanded the No. 2 doubles action, winning 8-1 with Keeler and Keller turning in a solid 8-3 result at No. 3.

Singles play, however, went to Elco as the Raiders outlasted the Pioneers in two of three tiebreaker matches. Winters fell 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 to Mason Bennetch while Baker lost 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 to Dawson Smith at No. 2. Thorius came back from a 4-6 first set to win 6-2, 10-8.

"That was a very close match," said head coach Mark Trach. "Last year, tied at 3-3 we won a tiebreaker to beat them. This year the same thing but they won."

The locals faced the No. 2 team in Section Two, Pequea Valley, on Thursday and dropped a 5-2 result. Thorius and Baker and Keeler and Keller both secured 8-3 doubles wins as Lampeter's only points of the day.

"We just couldn't find a way to win singles," stated Trach.

BOYS' LACROSSE

A pair of losses last week dropped the boys' lacrosse teams' record to 2-4 in section play, 3-4 overall.

Monday they faced the top team in the league, undefeated Manheim Township (8-0) and came up short 19-3.

The Streaks took charge early, scoring seven in the first quarter and eight in the second while holding the hosts to two goals en route to a 15-2 lead at the break. The second half was much tighter, but the Streaks still finished on top, 4-1.

Patrick McClain scored two of Lampeter's goals with Caden Wise adding one and Noah Patterson assisting on one. Sindorf recorded 8 saves in goal.

Wednesday's outing was definitely closer as visiting Cedar Crest was battling for their first win of the season. Tied at 3-3 in the first, a 3-0 second quarter advantage by the Falcons proved pivotal. L-S won the second half 6-5 but it wasn't enough to cover the second quarter shutout and Crest walked away with an 11-9 victory.

Wise (1 assist) and McClain (2 a) matched Crest's Matt Knoster with a game-high 4 goals while Patterson (1a) was credited with one goal. Mark Roberts chipped in with a game-high three assists and Cole Gertz dished out one. In goal, Dom Reed was credited with 10 saves.

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L-S Boys' Lacrosse Tops CV, Now 3-2 Overall April 9, 2018

With a 3-2 overall record (2-2 in Section One) the boys' lacrosse team is off to a decent start. The Pioneers, not nearly as affected by the temperamental spring weather, sandwiched a 14-10 loss to Ephrata with a season opening 17-4 win over Garden Spot and a March 29 win over Cocalico (8-7) before going 1-1 last week.

First year head coach Steven Tomaszfski's club opened last week with a 12-6 road win over Conestoga Valley. Down 2-1 early in the first quarter, the Pioneers ended the frame with a 4-0 run and never looked back.

The visitors, with a game-high four goals from Noah Patterson, pushed the lead to 7-3 at the half and all but doubled up the Bucks (5-3) after the break.

Caden Wise and Patrick McClain backed Patterson with hat trick efforts while Joey Jordan and Josh Koh-Swineford added one goal each. Logan Bradley was the setup man, dishing out a game-high three assists. In goal, Dom Reed finished with seven saves.

Two days later, a 4-0 third quarter deficit proved to be the turning point in a 12-4 loss to Warwick in Lititz. Tied at 2-2 in the first quarter, the Pioneers were outscored 7-1 over the middle two frames en route to the loss.

Wise, Patterson, McClain and Dawson Albright found the back of the net for the visitors who were outshot 32-18.

TENNIS

Wins over Manheim Central, N. Lebanon and Garden Spot last week pushed the tennis team's record to a perfect 6-0. They sit on top of Section Two with Cocalico, also 3-0.

L-S opened the week with a 4-3 thriller over Manheim Central. "Paul Keller, filling in for Ari Vaziri, won 7-6, 6-3 at No. 4 singles with the score tied at 3-3 for the win," noted head coach Mark Trach.

L-S held a 2-1 edge in doubles play with sophomore Alex Baker and returning starter Tyler Thorius winning 8-6 at No. 2 and Paul Keller and Josh Strauss taking an 8-4 win at No. 3.

Evan Winters, back at No. 1 this season, and Baker both fell in straight sets at No. 1 and 2 respectively while Thorius worked a 6-3, 6-2 (10-4) win at No. 3 to knot the score.

Thursday afternoon the team blanked N. Lebanon, yielding just one game in a match that featured six shutouts. In doubles play, Winters and Paul Keller, and Baker and Thorius both won 8-0.

Singles play was just as strong. Winters, Thorius and Vaziri each won 6-0, 6-0 while Baker settled for a 6-1, 6-0 final at No. 2.

Their third match of the week was another lopsided event as the Pioneers collected a 6-1 home court win. Winters and Vaziri were solid at No. 1, winning 8-1 while Baker and Thorius almost matched that effort, winning 8-2. Keeler and Keller chipped in with an 8-3 win at No. 3.

Singles play was a bit tighter but the Pioneers still prevailed. Winters had the easiest go, winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1. Baker settled for a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2, and Thorius added a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3.

TRACK

The track and field teams, nearing the halfway point of the season, are both 1-1. Both teams defeated Solanco in the season opener back on March 28 and last week fell short against Manheim Central Friday afternoon.

In a close 77-73 loss, the boys' team won 8 of 10 events but just one of three relays and were outscored in the jumps 23-13.

Ezra Mellinger was the top point-getter for the Pioneers, winning the 100 (11.2), the 200 (23.2), the long jump (23-2.25) and adding a second in the triple jump (41-5).

L-S opened the meet with Adam Harnish, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Noah Pritchard taking the 4x800 relay but won just four track events after that. Kuhns led a sweep in the 400 (53.4) with Nate Erb and Josh Eidemiller following and Noah Pritchard won the 3200 (10:48.3).

Wrapping up the firsts was Eidemiller's dominating throw in the javelin (165-5), outdistancing Manheim's second place winner by just over 36 feet. He was also third in the shot (39-8) behind Gabe Frederick's winning 44-10.

For the girls' team, Kristen Herr secured three of the Pioneers' seven wins but it wasn't enough as the Barons prevailed 80-69. Herr tossed the javelin 126-2 and the discus 106-1 and took the shot with a 36-3.75 put. Also scoring wins in the field was Sydnie Smith in the triple jump (32-7) and sophomore Lillian Hoke who cleared 4-10 to lead a sweep in the high jump. Sarah Gawne finished second and Tara Wehibe was third. Both cleared 4-8.

Lampeter's only two wins on the track came via the relay. Sara Boyd, Kyla Drouillard, Micah Gordley and Colleen Gilbert opened the meet with a 10:58.2 in the 4x800 and Lindsay Syzmanski, Emma Houck, Smith and Kristen Herr clocked a 53.3 to win the 4x100. Smith also earned seconds in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

BASEBALL

With the weather delays, the baseball teams' season opener, slated for March 23 against Manheim Central, was pushed back to March 29 and was a 10-0 win over Garden Spot. Kris Pirozzi struck out 15 batters that day and Luke Weigel and Derek Eckman combined for nine RBI and six hits.

Seven days later they opened section play with a 6-3 win over visiting Solanco and the following day dropped a 7-6 thriller against Donegal.

"It was good to finally get some games in," said head coach Keith Martin. "We return 15 players that received varsity time last year. I expect to compete at a high level and have our guys take one game at a time and be unfazed by things they cannot control."

The Pioneers got off to a strong start against the Mules, scoring one in the first inning and picking up three more in the second via RBI by Eckman, Pirozzi and Dylan Byler.

But the Mules made things interesting with a three-spot in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 4-3 with a one out base hit and a two run, two out liner to right field.

L-S countered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of three walks and an error to gain some breathing room.

Aaron Snyder and Byler combined for six strikeouts and two walks to hold off the Mules from the circle. Byler went 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBI and Patrick Holmes was 2-4 with one RBI.

Friday afternoon the Pioneers again took an early lead, scoring a first inning run when Doug Schneider, pinch running for Pirozzi, who led off with a walk, scored on a passed ball.

This time, however, the opposition had the last say. Donegal not only scored three runs in the top of the seventh but held the Pioneers to one run in the bottom of the half and ended the game with a double play to pull out a 7-6 win.

A four-run top of the second put Donegal in front 4-1. L-S came back with two in the bottom half and took the lead in the third on a leadoff homer by Blantz and a bases loaded walk to Joseph Meck.

That lead held for three scoreless innings before Donegal took advantage of three straight walks, a sac fly and a two run error to go in front for good.

Both teams finished with five hits and two errors. Donegal walked seven batters and L-S six but the errors played more to Donegal's favor.

Pirozzi started on the hill and finished with seven strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work. Josh Howells and Todd Shelley pitched in relief.

Pirozzi, Byler, Holmes, Blantz and Thomas Shockey all recorded hits with Byler, Blantz, Nevin Book and Meck recording RBI's.

GIRLS LACROSSE

After back-to-back 11 win seasons, the girls' lacrosse team is on track to match or improve upon that mark as they head into this week with a 4-0 record.

L-S opened the season with two dominating wins, crushing Ephrata 22-3 and halting Garden Spot 20-7.

In back-to-back outings last week, the going was a bit closer but the final outcome still the same, victory. At home last Thursday the locals got off to a quick start, blanking Warwick 6-0 in the first quarter and cruised to a 13-2 final result. Keeper Mary Peticca anchored the defense with 13 saves.

Kendal Ream and Kelsey Kimmel both scored four goals each to lead the way. Savannah Edwards added two goals and one assist while Katelyn Smith (2a), Jeslyn Krebs and Kelliannne Drummond each found the back of the net once.

"Everyone contributed in one way or another in order for us to get both wins this week," said first year head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff, who joins the L-S staff after assisting at Lancaster Country Day (2012-2017). Ovchinnikoff is a former assistant coach at the University of North Carolina and a former four-year starter at Temple where she was an NCAA Division One Offensive Player of the Year.

Friday's outing against visiting Cocalico proved to be their toughest challenge to date but the Pioneers rose to the occasion, holding off the Eagles 17-12 behind a team-high five goals from Hannah Dawson. Ream chipped in with four goals and four assists and Kimmel added four goals in a balanced effort. Krebs added two goals and two assists and Smith and Conklin each scored once.

L-S led from start to finish in this one and survived a couple Cocalico rallies to stay in front. They led 10-7 at the half and outscored the visitors 7-5 after the break. Peticca was again solid in goal, collecting 13 saves.

"Our ability to play as a team helped pull out the win," said Ovchinnikoff. "Our defense had some great stops that led to some great transitions that resulted in goals when we needed them.

"But we still have things to work on," she added. "We need to do a better job with picking up ground balls on a more consistent basis. Considering the weather, it was a good week. I look forward to seeing how much we grow as a team as the season progresses."

SOFTBALL

With three freshmen and three sophomores in the starting lineup, head coach Gene Charles says his squad will be solid this year. "Sure we'll make youthful mistakes but this is a good group and we have good kids on the bench."

But can the Pioneers repeat last year' 18-3 record and a state semifinalist appearance? They lost six seniors, including pitcher Delaney Groff and return just four starters in third baseman Hanna Garber, catcher Kylie Weaver, pitcher Brynne Baker and second baseman Julz Garber.

The Pioneers played twice last week, dropping a 4-2 result at Donegal Thursday and coming back with a 14-1, five inning win over Elco.

"We had a 2-1 lead over Donegal before struggling in the fifth inning," said Charles. "They took advantage of some miscommunication in the outfield and bunched a couple hits. We played well enough to win and had opportunities against a good team."

L-S scored twice in the second on a homer by freshman Chloe Blantz and a RBI double from sophomore Jocelyn Branco.

Summer Peters was the hero in Friday's win over Elco. The sophomore went 4-for-5 with four RBI, a double and a home run.

Up 2-1 after three, L-S scored four runs in the fourth and capped the scoring with an eight run fifth.

"We took advantage of seven errors and ten walks," said Charles. "Brynn pitched well. She gave up four hits and kept us in the game when it was close."

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Pioneer Hoop Teams Fall in PIAA Second Round March 19, 2018

Thirty-two teams qualify for the PIAA Class 5A basketball bracket but only one finishes its season with a win. Unfortunately, neither the Pioneer girls nor boys squads will be the final team standing as both bowed out with second round losses last week.

Both squads opened action as the underdogs but couldn't quite pull off the upset, though the boys managed an overtime period before bowing out Philadelphia power Archbishop Carroll 77-76 at Governor Mifflin last Tuesday night. They finish the year with the single season record 26 wins against 5 losses. And four of those losses were by three points or less.

"The kids just played hard," said second year head coach Ed Berryman. "They left everything on the floor. This was a different level of basketball and the kids played their hearts out."

L-S, the sixth place team out of District Three, sprinted to a 10-0 after just four minutes. But the Patriots, the No. 3 seed out of District 12, ended the quarter on a 10-3 run and closed the gap to 16-12.

Ryan Smith, who led all scorers with 32 points and hauled in 22 rebounds, scored the first eight points of the second quarter while the Patriots went 6-for-6 from the line and scored the last eight points of the frame, leaving the halftime score at 32-26.

AC took its first lead of the night, 41-39, with 3:05 left in the third quarter. They outscored the Pioneers 22-11 that frame and held a 48-43 lead with eight minutes remaining.

The Patriots took its biggest lead, 53-45, with 6:56 left on the clock but the Pioneers rallied. Jordan Sweger converted back-to-back old fashioned three point plays, Smith scored in the paint, and Seth Beers buried a triple to put L-S back in front, 56-53. Over the last 1:23, however, the Pioneers missed four free throws, including the front end of two one-and-ones, leaving the door open for the Patriots. Isaac Beers, who finished with 11 points, was fouled with 13.3 left to play. He hit the front end of the two shot foul to tie the game. Smith rebounded the miss but was mugged down low and eventually lost the ball. AC frantically got off a pair of last second shots but came up empty, forcing the extra period.

That extra period was as tight as the rest of the game. Two free throws by Seth Beers with 1:47 left gave L-S its last lead, 71-70. Two free throws by AJ Hoggard (19 points) gave the Patriots a four-point cushion with 6.7 seconds left, leaving Isaac Beers' three at the buzzer short in the comeback.

Patrick Holmes (7), Zach Kingsley (6) and Peyton Denlinger (4) also contributed to the final points total.

But a season is not defined by the final loss. The Pioneers won the Section Two crown and secured its first ever Lancaster-Lebanon League title. They finished as a District Three 5A quarterfinalist and broke the single season wins record (24) by two games. Individually, Ryan Smith not only went over the 1,000 career points mark but was voted as Section Two Player of the Year. He led the league in scoring with a 20.3 average and was the only L-L player to score 30 or more points multiple times (7) throughout the season. He will continue his education and basketball career at East Stroudsburg. Also in the individual accolades department, Isaac Beers was voted as a Section Two first team all-star and coach Berryman was named Section Two Coach of the Year.

"To win the L-L League championship was awesome," lauded Berryman. "That was definitely a highlight. This senior class (Smith, Beers, Sweger, Denlinger, Cam Neimeyer and Marc Wilson) showed great leadership. They will be missed."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls also faced a tall task, both literally and figuratively, in going up against Southern Lehigh, the District 11 champs at Hamburg High School last Wednesday night. The Spartans (27-2) advanced with a 76-20 mercy rule win over Palumbo in the PIAA opener. They led from start to finish in topping the Pioneers 45-29 in round two. That result was their 21st straight victory this season. They went on to hold off Harrisburg 42-36 and advanced to the PIAA final four for the first time ever.

"They were bigger and stronger," said head coach Tony Fink. "And Amanda Mobley is a D-1 player (Rider University). They are the real deal," he added. "We took it as far as we could. When you are undersized, bigger teams in the playoffs are generally skilled and make you pay."

The Spartans jumped out to a 7-2 lead before a triple by Laura Horner, whose team high 12 points was just under her average this season, a free throw by Emma Gochnauer (10 points) and a jumper by Sarah Gawne closed the gap to 8-7. Two possessions later, Gochnauer's putback knotted the game at 10-10. The Spartans, however, ran off seven straight and never looked back.

They led 17-10 at the end of the frame and opened the second with a steal and a layup. L-S fell behind by as many as ten, 25-15, before a 5-2 run, including four free throws by Horner, closed the half and cut the lead to 27-20.

"We gave up nine offensive rebounds in that second quarter," noted Fink. "But a lot of that was their size. We shot poorly, and missed some bunnies and free throws but their size bothered us."

But a third quarter run, similar to that first quarter, extended the Spartans' advantage. They held L-S to three points - a putback by Gawne (4 points) and a free throw by Hanna Garber (3 points), and pushed the lead to 38-23.

Despite a tightly contested fourth quarter, L-S, still diving on the floor for possession of the ball late in the game, failed to close the gap and capped the season with a 16 point loss.

Olivia Snyder led all scorers with 21 points.

"I love my team and will miss my seniors (Horner, Gawne, Garber) greatly," said Fink. "We finished at 25-5, were Section Two repeat champs, and won the Penn Manor and Hershey tournaments. Our losses were all to district and state playoff teams."

Their team success also featured some individual accolades. Gochnauer, a junior, passed the 1,000 career points plateau and was Lampeter's floor general. She averaged 15.8 ppg was named Section Two Player of the Year and a first team all-star. Garber and Horner were both Second Team all-stars while Brittney Zameroski was selected as an Honorable Mention all-star.

Coach Fink, in his sixth season, went over the 100 win mark, led his team to their second L-L League title at 14-0 and was selected as Section Two Coach of the Year.

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Lady Pioneers Rally Past Dover in District Opener March 14, 2018

After a disappointing shooting night that led to a nine-point loss to Lebanon Catholic in the L-L League playoffs, the Pioneers were looking to get that shooting form back as they hosted Dover in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A tournament last Tuesday.

Hitting just one of its first seven three-point attempts, things were not shaking out as L-S had planned. They fell behind 17-13 before a Hanna Garber layup cut the lead to two. Then, three straight triples by Laura Horner, including a buzzer beater, capped the first half scoring and put the home team in front, 24-18. It was the spark the Pioneers needed as they went on to win 62-50.

"We had the same shots we had against Lebanon Catholic only we knocked them down after a slow start," said Pioneer boss Tony Fink.

The Pioneers, who improved to 22-3, took control with a 21-15 third quarter effort as both teams knocked down 17 fourth quarter points with L-S doing the bulk of the damage from the free throw line. The hosts, who canned 18-of-22 free throws for the game, converted on 15 straight attempts, offsetting Rajah Fink's 13 point fourth quarter.

"Fink (30 points) is a heck of a scorer but we did enough defensively and we won the rebound battle with team effort," said Fink.

Horner finished with 23 points, including five three balls and a 4-for-4 effort from the foul line. Emma Gochnauer was 7-for-8 from the stripe, added a pair of treys and finished with 21 points. Garber put up eight points and was 4-for-6 from the line while Brittney Zameroski (4), Sarah Gawne (4) and Nora Holmes (2) rounded out the scoring.

Due to early deadlines, the results for Lampeter's quarterfinal matchup against defending 5A champ Susquehannock will appear in the March 7 issue.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Fresh off their first ever L-L League Championship, the boys' squad had two days to refocus for the District Three-5A tournament. L-S took care of business last Monday, dispatching No. 16 Northern York 55-35 in the opening round.

Tied at 4-4 early, the top seed used a 14-4 run to take control for good. Ryan Smith, who knocked down seven points in the fourth quarter, and Isaac Beers combined for 10 of Lampeter's 16 first quarter points.

The Section Two champs held the visitors to five second quarter points while building a comfortable 27-13 lead at the break. Zach Kingsley came off the bench with four points that frame and finished with seven for the game.

Northern came out of the half with determination, scoring nine straight over the first 3:25 to cut the lead to 27-22 but that was as close as they would get. Beers, who finished with 17 points and three triples, hit from downtown with 15.2 left in the quarter to extend the lead to 38-26.

The Pioneers finished strong, outscoring Northern 17-9 in the final frame to advance to the quarterfinals opposite No. 8 Lower Dauphin Thursday night. Unfortunately, it was there that Lampeter's hopes of obtaining another title went by the wayside as LD upended the hometown favorite 46-49 in overtime.

The Pioneers appeared to have caught the same bug that bit the girls' team in the L-L playoffs - a poor shooting night. Patrick Holmes had the hot hand, draining four three-pointers and scoring all 13 of Lampeter's second quarter points, but it wasn't enough. The Pioneers connected on just 6-of-24 three point attempts for the game.

Both teams seemed more focused on the defensive end in the first half and neither shot particularly well. The visitors held a slim 9-7 edge in the first quarter before Holmes, who scored all 17 of his points in the first half, fueled a 13-7 second quarter that put L-S in front, 20-16 at the break.

Smith, who was double and triple teamed all night, got going a bit in the third quarter, scoring seven, but L-S struggled to solve LD's zone defense. The visitors, on the other hand, netted the first four points of the second half and neither team led by more than two points the rest of the quarter. The Pioneers, with a chance to take the lead on their last possession, came up empty on three consecutive three point attempts.

LD scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter, a trey with 4:55 left, for a 34-31 advantage. Chase Broderick, fresh off the bench, drilled a three with 2:16 left to knot the score at 36-36 and Jordan Sweger's back-door bucket again tied the game at 38-all with 44 seconds left.

The visitors, looking for the last shot, instead turned the ball over, giving L-S new life and four more minutes to pull out a victory.

That extra period, however, went to Lower Dauphin (19-5) who connected on 9-of-14 free throws and outscored the Pioneers 11-8 to advance to the quarterfinals. Despite the loss, L-S (24-3) did secure a berth in the PIAA Class 5A tournament. They now compete in the consolation bracket for the fifth through eighth seeds for the state tournament.

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Pioneer Hoop Teams Win State Openers March 12, 2018

The Pioneer basketball teams used strong fourth quarter efforts to pull off a pair of PIAA first round victories last week. The boys' team knocked off District 11 runner-up Bangor (22-3) 54-42 while the girls' upended Mastery Charter North 66-58.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Behind a career-high 33 points from Emma Gochnauer, the Lady Pioneers handed Mastery Charter North a 66-58 loss this past Saturday, March 10, in the opening round of the PIAA Championships at South Philly High School. It is their first state game victory since the 2008 season when L-S defeated Villa Maria 47-33 and advanced to the finals where they settled for second place after a 68-45 loss to Archbishop Carroll.

"We were the underdogs and pulled out the upset of the No. 2 team out of Philadelphia," said head coach Tony Fink. "Anybody in the L-L League, other than Lancaster Catholic, would struggle against their athletes. We gave up an early lead and rallied in the last five minutes of the game to win, essentially a home game for Mastery North. That says a lot about the girls and the program."

But this eight point win was closer than it appeared. After falling behind 15-12 in the first quarter, L-S used some long distance shooting to break down the Lady Pumas' 3-2 zone defense and took a 32-26 lead at the break. Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined for five 3-pointers as L-S outscored the home team 20-11 to go in front. Their biggest lead was 32-23 on a Gochnauer three ball with less than two minutes left in the half.

The Pumas, however, extended their defense in the third quarter and took advantage of five Pioneers turnovers to knot the score at 41-41.

The bulk of the fourth quarter, however, proved to be a free throw contest as both squads scored more points from the charity stripe than the field. L-S connected on 17 of 22 attempts and hit four field goals. Gochnauer led the charge with 11 points, including 5-of-8 from the stripe with Horner going 6-for-6 from the line. Mastery also connected on four field goals and went 10-of-14 from the stripe. They did, in fact, take a 48-43 lead with 6:31 left to play.

Four straight free throws by Gochnauer and Horner cut the lead to one, 48-47 but it wasn't until Horner completed a traditional three point play that L-S took its first lead of the final frame, 53-51 with 3:33 left.

Mastery knotted the score at 53-53 but Gochnauer, with seven straight points, provided the Pioneers with their biggest cushion, 60-53 with 1:42 left to play. The visitors closed the game making 7-of-10 free throws. They were 21-of-33 for the game.

Gochnauer's 33 point effort included 8-of-14 free throws and three treys. Horner netted 20 points on four triples and was 6-of-8 from the stripe. Hanna Garber added seven points, and Brittney Zameroski and Sarah Gawne netted three each.

Mastery connected on 12-of-22 free throws and got a 32 point effort from Alanis Hill.

Next up for the Pioneers is three time defending District 11 champ, Southern Lehigh (24-2). That game will take place Wednesday, March 14 at Hamburg High School at 7:30 pm.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

In a back-and-forth game at Easton Area Middle School Friday, March 9, the Pioneers switched defenses in the fourth quarter and used a 16-0 run to hand Bangor a 54-42 loss. Two years ago L-S topped Berwick in the state opener.

"I think our defense was the difference in the fourth quarter," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We went to what I call a reverse triangle and two and they didn't adjust."

Jordan Sweger and Seth Beers went man-to-man on Bangor's top threats and Patrick Homes, Ryan Smith and Isaac Beers guarded the lanes with Smith taking over the baseline. Bangor, averaging around 60 points coming in, tried to close the gap from long range but missed more than they made (2-for-9).

"Their top scorer, Tony Jones (13.5 ppg) was their conference player of the year and Jordan held him to four points," Berryman pointed out. "Ben Holland had 16 points but Seth made him work for those points."

The game was tied seven times and L-S pushed a 10-8 first quarter deficit to a 20-13 second quarter advantage with three straight buckets by Holmes, Sweger and Zack Kingsley. The Pioneers held a 22-18 lead at the break.

Tied at 31-31 with 1:47 left in the third quarter, the Slaters buried a deep three just before the buzzer to go up 34-33 with eight minutes remaining.

Then the momentum started to shift. Tied again at 37-all on a pair of free throws by Ryan Smith at the 6:26 mark, the Pioneers went on a 14-0 run that included back-to-back three balls by Isaac Beers and lasted almost five minutes.

Smith, with just eight points in the first half, sparked the second half effort with 18 points including 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in that fourth quarter run.

"I thought the guys were very patient with trying to get Ryan the ball," said Berryman. "Seth had some excellent lob passes in and Jordan was effective with some quick bounce passes.

"Defensively, though, I felt we needed to minimize their offensive rebound opportunities," he added. "A couple of times they had two and three chances. In fact, both of the 3-pointers they hit in the fourth were on second and third attempts."

The Pioneers also extended that fourth quarter lead with a perfect 13-for-13 performance from the free throw line. They were an impressive 18-for-23 overall while the Slaters were a perfect 8-for-8.

"We haven't shot free throws that well all year," Berryman pointed out.

Backing Smith was Isaac Beers with 13 points, including three triples. Holmes knocked down seven, Sweger and S. Beers added three points each and Kingsley had two.

Next up for the District Three sixth place team is the No. 3 seed out of District 12, Archbishop Carroll (19-7). That game is slated for Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School.

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Smith, Gochnauer Join 1000 Career Points Club March 5, 2018

Scoring 1,000 career points is a feat worthy of recognition. It certainly doesn't happen every day, and for some teams happens rarely. But for the Pioneer basketball squads battling their way through the district brackets last week, two players reached that plateau. Monday night at Warwick, Ryan Smith hit the mark on a free throw in the fourth quarter. He bucketed a game-high 31 points, netting half of Lampeter's 62 in a consolation semifinal over No. 13 Garden Spot.

One night later, again at Warwick and ironically at the same end of the basketball court, Emma Gochnauer, a junior, scored in the paint, joining Smith as the latest Pioneers to achieve the mark.

Smith, a senior, becomes the sixth boys' basketball player and the first one in ten years to reach 1,000. Zac Shaeffer was the last do to so. He finished with 1, 239 career points in 2007. The girls' list now features 12 players with Nevin Hoenninger (1,120) joining the club last year.

Smith was impressive in the 62-53 win over the Spartans, netting 16 points in the first quarter and hitting the 30 or more mark for the seventh time this season. But Smith had help along the way. Isaac Beers knocked down four treys, including the last shot of the first quarter that pushed L-S to a 22-13 advantage. He finished with 18 points. Peyton Denlinger was scrappy on the boards and Jordan Sweger did the bulk of handling the ball and directing the offense.

Garden Spot, deadly from 3-point range with 11 bombs on the night, used that ability to stay in the game. They hit three times in the second quarter, including Keontae Nunn's (16 points) shot at the buzzer that cut the lead to 33-28.

The Spartans had closed the gap to six, 48-42 in the fourth on yet another three-ball, this one by Javi Westmorland (11 points) but the Pioneers went on a 9-3 run, including Smith's momentous free throw, to maintain the momentum. Zack Kingsley came off the bench with eight points, all in the fourth to help seal the win.

Two nights later, at Mechanicsburg, the Pioneers faced No. 6 Hershey (21-5) for the fifth spot in the PIAA playoffs. This one was close for three quarters. Then the Pioneers went five minutes without scoring and the Trojans rallied for a 54-42 win.

A three by Patrick Holmes knotted the score at 5-5. Chase Broderick came off the bench late in the quarter. His putback and three with 3.5 left sandwiched a bucket by Holmes and put L-S in front, 15-10.

The second quarter was just as close. Hershey's Sean Coller dropped a triple that tied the game at 18-18 with 5:25 left in the half and managed to take a 25-24 lead by the end of the frame.

Smith, who finished with 16 points, opened the third with a trey, Beers followed with a jumper and L-S led 29-25. Smith's putback dunk maintained the four point edge and a Holme's triple with 1:32 left gave the home team a five point lead, 36-31.

Hershey closed the quarter with four straight points and opened the fourth with a three-point play. Smith followed with a pair of free throws that tied the game at 38-38 with 7:15 left. The Trojans responded with a 9-0 run over the next five minutes to take the lead for good. A Kingsley trey cut the lead to six but Hershey, with a 19-6 fourth quarter flurry, closed the game with a 7-1 run to finish as the fifth seed.

Holmes finished with 8 points, Beers scored six, Broderick hit for five, Kingsley added four and Stoltzfus finished with three in the loss. The Pioneers (25-4) open PIAA action this week against the District 11 runner-up, Bangor (22-3) on Friday at Easton Area Middle School at 7:30 pm.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Gochnauer needed just three points to hit the 1,000 mark last Tuesday against Palmyra. She collected a steal, was fouled on the shot and hit one of two free throws for the first point of the game. She didn't score again until early in the third quarter when her bucket in the paint cut the lead to 15-21. But L-S rallied down the stretch and pulled out a 38-32 victory.

"We needed to amp up the defense and believe that the next shot was going in," said head coach Tony Fink. "Once that happened, we settled in. And Emma getting the 1,000 relaxed her as well. Our defense bothered them from the second quarter on."

Palmyra took the lead after Gochnauer's free throw and held a 16-9 advantage at the end of eight minutes and 21-11 at the half. But all that changed in the third quarter. Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined to score the first nine points, cutting the lead to 21-20 with 1:10 left. Palmyra scored on a putback with 25 seconds left but Horner dropped a trey just nine seconds later, tying the score at 23-23 with one frame left.

Things were nip-and-tuck early in the fourth. L-S led 30-27 on a bucket by Brittney Zameroski with 5:05 left and were up 32-29 on a pair of free throws by Gochnauer at the 1:15 mark. Zameroski hit four more free throws while Horner and Gochnauer each added one as the Pioneers prevailed 38-32.

Horner finished with 15 points, Gochnauer added nine and Zameroski eight with Hanna Garber (4) and Sarah Gawne (2) also chipping in.

Thursday night, playing for the fifth spot in the upcoming PIAA playoffs, the Pioneers traveled to Penn Manor to take on Solanco. And for the third time this year, L-S prevailed, handing the Mares a 68-59 defeat.

"They are obviously very talented offensively," stated Fink of Solanco's eight made three pointers. Our defense from the second quarter on was not great, but getting and our offense was on against their zone and they had trouble defending our man offense."

Tied at 8-8 midway through the first quarter, Solanco went on an 8-0 run before Olivia Vranich hit two free throws and Gochnauer followed with three more points to cut the lead to three, 16-13.

Solanco opened the second frame with a three ball by Grace Kreider (18 points, 4 threes) but Zameroski and Gochnauer hit back-to-back bombs to tie the score at 19. A Nora Holmes' three ball gave L-S its first lead since 2-0. Jess Cabrera's (17 points, 3 threes) triple tied the game at 26-26 but Gochnauer, who had 14 points in the half, gave the Pioneers a push with a three just before the buzzer.

The first six minutes of the third quarter featured an exciting display of three point shooting. Horner and Cabrera took turns and combined for four straight. That run was interrupted by a Cabrera free throw that tied the game at 35-35. Four straight free throws by Garber put the Pioneers in front for good.

A trey by Solanco's Jenna Dombach cut the lead to one, 39-38 with 3:54 left but Holmes came off the bench and drilled back-to-back threes giving L-S its biggest lead of the night, 45-38.

"We had several unproductive possessions and then they hit those back-to-back threes," said Solanco boss Chad McDowell. "You can't give a team like L-S those opportunities as they will take advantage of them."

Holding a 51-44 lead to start the final eight minutes, Garber hit for eight points to extend the advantage to 60-47. Grace Kreider netted eight points including a pair of threes to keep the Mares close and Solanco opted to send the Pioneers (24-4) to the free throw line in hopes of catching up. That worked, to an extent, as L-S hit just 6-of-14 in the final 2:06. Solanco, however, failed to convert at the other end.

"We were down eight and from then until the fourth quarter we outscored them by 20 until the last minute," noted Fink. "When we shoot well, we are tough to defend."

Gochnauer led all scorers with 22 points. Garber's 14 point effort included six-for-six from the free throw line. Zameroski added 10 points, Holmes and Horner each added nine while Vranich and Gawne finished with two.

The girls' open PIAA action this Saturday at 3:30 pm when they take on District 12 runner-up Mastery North (17-9).

SWIMMING

The Pioneers had a strong showing at the District Three Championships this past weekend at Cumberland Valley High School. With six qualifiers, the girls' squad finished in a tie for sixth place out of 18 teams.

"The girls had a tough regular season with injuries and close meets that we lost," said head coach Kate Whiting. "But they finally hit some fast times, which resulted in three broken team records. Bre Fluhr, Lexi Wagner, Elizabeth Horner and Catherine Horner set a new record in the 200 medley relay (1:56.51), while Bre broke the record in the 100 back (1:00.85) and Lexi did the same in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.45) placing 10th."

The Pioneers also had several top-eight finishes. The 200 medley relay was fifth, Fluhr was sixth in the 100 back, E. Horner was seventh in the 500 free and the 400 free relay of Horner, Horner, Molly Nagle and Abby Nagle was eighth.

Representing the boys' squad was Nathan Eberly, Dylan Grau, Dalton Kreider, Justin Miller and Nate Tobler.

"Nathan (500 free) and Dalton (50 free) swam individual events and our 200 and 400 free relays each placed 15th," noted Whiting.

WRESTLING

Arik Harnish competed in the District Three Championships February 22-24 at the Giant Center in Hershey and came away with a solid sixth place finish at 113 but was just two places shy of extending his season to the PIAA Championships.

The freshman fell behind 4-0 in the round of 16 opposite Jacob Keller of Exeter Township. He rallied with a five point second period en route to a 3:19 fall that pushed him to the quarterfinals opposite Cedar Cliff's Creed Bogardus. Harnish gave up the first takedown in this one as well but tied the score with a late reversal. His second period escape proved to be the difference in a 5-4 decision as both matmen scored two points in the final period.

Harnish ran up against Northeastern's Cole Wilson, the eventual second place finisher, in the semifinals but struggled to a 15-0 tech fall.

Now in the consolations, Harnish fell short 4-2 against Timothy Uhler of New Oxford, giving up all four points in the second period. In a battle for fifth, Harnish came up just short again, 4-2 against Jeffrey Russell of Shippensburg.

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Pioneers Win Program's First L-L League Crown February 19, 2018

After rallying from behind to take care of Lancaster Mennonite last Monday, and holding off a furious Hempfield comeback Wednesday at Penn Manor, Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team captured the program's first Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament title with a 50-40 victory over Lancaster Catholic in front of a packed house at Manheim Township Friday night.

"When we set our goals at the start of the season this was on our list," said second year head coach Ed Berryman. "We got off to a slow start but once we settled in we shot the ball better as the game went."

That slow start saw L-S missing its first five shots of the game and falling behind 6-1. After a jumper by Ryan Smith, who was triple-teamed most of the night, tied the score at 8-8, Isaac Beers, who knocked down a game-high 22 points, drained a trey that put the Section Two champs in front for good, 11-10.

The Pioneers dropped three treys in the second quarter, including back-to-back by Zach Kingsley and Beers for their largest lead of the night, 22-13. L-S capped the quarter when Jordan Sweger snatched not one, but two steals and dished a pass to Beers who converted for a 28-17 lead at the break.

Lampeter's 1-2-2 press and 3-2 zone defense kept the Section Three champ Crusaders on the perimeter where they shot just 16-of-44 from the floor, including 2-of-11 from three-point range.

"Limiting their penetration in the lane, that was the key," said Berryman. "Our defense did a great job. They didn't adjust to our zone press or our box-and-one (Seth Beers on Johny Besecker, 44 treys coming in) very well. It was a solid defensive effort."

L-S, in the meantime, converted at the other end. Smith, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots scored on a putback tip from Patrick Holmes with 3:37 left in the third for a solid 38-24 advantage. Catholic High, however, netted the last five of the quarter, cutting the lead to 38-29 with eight minutes left to play.

The Crusaders (22-3) kept plugging away, eventually closing the gap to seven, 44-37 with 2:07 left but Holmes (8 points), who returned to the lineup after an elbow injury, came off the bench and made 4-of-5 free throws down the stretch to seal Catholic's fate.

"I didn't even know until 12:30 Friday afternoon that Patrick was cleared to play," said Berryman. "That was a nice surprise and adds to our depth. He's a heady player, sees the floor well and communicates on defense.

"This is a great group of guys," said Berryman. "They don't care who scores. They understand their roles and play so unselfishly. That's the unique thing about these guys."

The win improves Lampeter's record to 23-2.

The road to the L-L Tournament title crown started with a home game against Lancaster Mennonite last Monday, February 12. The Pioneers defeated the Blazers 60-49 back on January 3. Smith netted a career-high 34.

This time around L-S came from behind to defeat the visitors 70-60 but the game was closer than those ten points would indicate.

Mennonite went on a 7-0 run and led 13-7 with 1:49 left in the first. Beers canned a triple with 2.3 on the clock to cut the lead to 17-12. The Blazers opened the second frame with another run, this time a 6-0 spurt for a 21-14 advantage. Smith went to work, netting 11 points in the middle of the frame and closing the gap to 26-25 with a putback-and-one at the 3:06 mark. The Blazers, however, maintained the lead and finished the half in front 31-27.

Chase Broderick hit the first bucket of the third quarter and the game was tied six times with Mennonite maintaining a 47-45 edge with eight minutes left. John Gillespie's 23 points fueled the Blazers attack to that point.

But the toll of an intensely paced game played a key roll down the stretch. Mennonite, lacking the depth the Pioneers use, missed the first five shots of the final quarter while L-S got six straight from Smith to go in front for good, 51-47. Back-to-back threes from Kingsley and I. Beers pushed the lead to ten while Beers also added 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute.

Smith led all scorers with a Lancaster-Lebanon League season-high 39 points. I. Beers added 15. Broderick, Austin Stoltzfus and Kingsley added four each with S. Beers and Peyton Denlinger chipping in with two.

Wednesday's 47-45 semifinal win against Section One champ Hempfield at Penn Manor did not mirror Monday's win at all. In fact, it was the exact opposite. The Pioneers, behind three triples by I. Beers and a dunk by Smith raced to a 19-2 first quarter lead and then held on as the Knights slowly clawed their way back into the game only to fall short in a crazy final minute.

A Smith layup with 28 seconds left gave L-S a 45-42 edge. Kingsley hit the second of two free throws with 10.2 on the clock and Hempfield responded with a trey from Ryan Moffatt (17 points) with 2.7 left. The Knights immediately called a timeout only to realize they were out of them.

Whistled for a technical, I. Beers hit the second of two free throws and the ensuing inbounds pass, with four ticks left, was intercepted by Hempfield. A Donovan Green desperation bomb from half-court was off the mark, leaving the Pioneers in front.

Up 28-17 at the half, L-S struggled against Hempfield's 1-2-2 zone and half-court traps and were outscored 10-7 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth.

"We weren't trying to stall, though it looked like it," said Berryman. "We just stopped attacking the rim. But we stayed together and were able to pull out the win."

Beers had the hot hand in this one, netting 22 points, 18 coming in the first half. Smith followed with 16, including 4-of-5 free throws and Kingsley added seven with a big three early in the fourth and pushed the lead to 40-34 with 4:00 left to play.

WRESTLING

The Pioneer matmen had a busy day this past Saturday, competing in the District Three Class 3A Section II wrestling tournament at Hempfield High School where they came away with five medal winners and finished in ninth place out of 15 teams. The top four place winners advance to this weekend's District Three tournament at the Giant Center.

Lampeter's top finisher of the day was Arik Harnish. The freshman 113 pounder settled for second place when he dropped a 16-0 result to Manheim Central's Will Bentacourt in the finals. Harnish advanced with a 9-3 decision over sixth place finisher Dylan Bowers of Donegal and then blanked Hershey's Ethan Ketner, who took fourth, with a 4-0 result.

L-S also got a fifth place finish from Tyler Phenegar at 220. Phenegar opened against second place finisher Carter Ulrich of Central Dauphin and was dealt a 9-5 loss. He rebounded with a 4:47 fall over Central's Dalton Gainer before suffering a 3:30 fall against Mules Desha of Township. The junior grabbed the fifth place medal with a hard-fought 3-2 nod over Etown's Noah Myers.

The Pioneers also had three other medal winners with Michael Hazboun, Connor Penry and Owen Hess all finishing in sixth place.

Wrestling at 132, Hazboun pinned Hershey's Andrew Brown in 1:08 before suffering an 8-1 defeat against Penn Manor's Caden Rogers, the eventual third place winner. He responded with a solid 16-1 tech fall over Hempfield's Joel Dionne before dropping a pair of shutouts to Lower Dauphin's Tyler Walters, the fourth place medal winner, and Solanco's Charles.

At 170, Penry also got off to a strong start, decking Warwick's Andrew Morgan in 3:28 but then met up with eventual champ Ben Root, of Solanco, and was pinned in 1:27. The junior won by default over E-town's David Rich and then lost to fourth place finisher Jose Lao-Cooper, of Township, and Penn Manor's Marquis Sweigart in a tightly contested 5-4 result.

Hess, at 285, was pinned by Central Dauphin's Jaden Baylor, the bronze medal winner, in the opening round. He came back to pin Milton Hershey's R. Boyd in 1:46 before bowing out with a pair of close losses, 3-1 against Donegal's Romeo Harvey, the fourth place winner, and 4-1 to Central's Tyler Dougherty.

BOWLING

At the Lancaster-Lebanon League girls' bowling championships held this past Thursday at Leisure Lanes, Lampeter's Cassie Hatfield qualified for both the district tournament which will be held this weekend in Reading, and the regional tournament at Dutch Lanes on March 2, seeded 18th and 12th respectively.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The girls' hoop team also found itself in the race for a L-L League crown but their road ended with a closer-than-it-appeared 38-29 semifinals loss to Lebanon Catholic Tuesday evening at Warwick High School.

"Normally we hold them under 40 and we win," said head coach Tony Fink. "But this was a rare occasion that we shoot even average.

"We were 2-for-27 from three point range," he added. "Never before and I hope never again. We shoot 4-for-27 and we probably win as we had to foul at the end."

The Pioneers got off to a good start with a pair of layups from Hanna Garber and two more from Emma Gochnauer for an 8-4 lead. The Beavers scored on a putback but Gochnauer launched a half-court bomb that beat the buzzer and put the visitors in front 11-7.

Gochnauer, who netted a game-high 16 points, scored the first bucket of the second quarter and Sarah Gawne added a basket at the 6:02 mark that kept L-S in front, 15-11. Lebanon Catholic then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good, 19-15 at the half.

"We hoped to get them out of the man defense to a zone, knowing that we would get good looks, and we did," Fink said. "They are very athletic and from the half on, we kept them off the offensive boards for the most part and gave ourselves a chance. But our shooters all had off nights."

Both teams struggled at the offensive end in the third quarter, scoring six points each. Gawne, Gochnauer and Brittney Zameroski, with a fast break layup, accounted for six straight points and knotted the score at 21-21 with 3:51 left in the frame. The Beavers, however, scored the last four points of the quarter and four of the first five in the fourth for the largest lead of the night, 29-22 with 2:50 left to play.

A Gochnauer putback and three ball by Laura Horner with 52.4 ticks left cut the lead to 29-27. But that was as close as L-S would get as their cold shooting continued. The Beavers hit 7-of-8 free throws to ice the win.

"Now we move on to districts," Fink stated. "No shame here. Lebanon Catholic is the defending Class A state champ with everyone back. We knew it would be a hard fought game."

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Pioneer Wrestlers Top Kennard-Dale 51-27 February 13, 2018

In a match that lasted about 45 minutes, the Pioneers capped the regular season with a closer than it looks, 51-27 non-league win over visiting Kennard-Dale as a tune-up for this weekend's sectional tournament at Hempfield High School.

"I knew we would have to get some bonus points to win the match," said head coach Brad Heeter. "They had a couple more forfeits (4) than I expected, and all of our wins were by bonus points."

In ten total bouts wrestled, the Pioneers and the Rams each won five. "Each team had one major decision, one tech fall and three pins," Heeter noted. "It was a pretty even match."

L-S got off to a strong start, winning four of the first five bouts. Hunter Erb (106), leading just 2-0 in the first period, came away with an 11-3 decision over Gavin Moxley and Arik Harnish (113) followed with a 16-0 tech fall over Aiden Stewart. Riley Eckman's 3:27 fall over Sam Pistoria at 120 pushed the home team lead to 14-0.

The Rams responded with a major decision at 126, forfeited at 132 and picked up a tech fall at 138 to cut the lead to 20-8. They forfeited again at 145 and then worked back-to-back falls at 152 and 160, cutting the lead to 26-20.

L-S, however, finished strong, earning points in four of the last five bouts. Connor Penry (170) and Johnny Franklin (195) were awarded forfeit points and in between, Logan Davidson turned in a 1:27 fall over Michael Leininger at 182. The 220 match was even quicker as Tyler Phenegar decked Bronson Rineholt in 1:17 to cap the Pioneer scoring.

K-D won the last bout of the night via fall but the outcome was already decided.

"We finished the season at 12-4," noted Heeter. "It's the best dual meet team we've had since I started coaching.

"We're excited for sectionals and look forward to pushing some guys through to districts."

BOWLING

The Pioneer bowlers rolled their last regular match of the season last Tuesday and, despite Andrew O'Connor's 213 match-high single game, came home with a 5-2 loss against Garden Spot, dropping their Section Three record to 46-45. The Spartans finished just ahead of L-S with a 51-40 mark.

L-S got off to a strong start, winning game one by 16 pins. They rolled the exact same total, 788 in game two but the Spartans, with two games over 200, rallied for an 834 to knot the score. They continued their momentum in game three, winning by over 100 pins to seal Lampeter's fate.

O'Connor came away with a team-high 571 series with Cassie Hatfield's 569 (170-208-191) right on his heels. Brent Cox followed with a 470, Steph Mays added a 376 series and Brandon Copeland and Sawyer Lancaster combined for a 322.

Hatfield, Mays and O'Connor will compete in the singles portion of the L-L League playoffs this Thursday at Leisure and Dutch Lanes.

TRACK and FIELD

"Junior Ezra Mellinger is currently No. 1 in the state in the long jump after an incredible effort of 23-5 for first place at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor Carnival at Lehigh University this past Saturday," said head track and field coach Calvin Esh. "Ezra is also tied for #10 nationally at Athletic.net."

Mellinger will compete at the PTFCA indoor state finals in State College on February 25.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

As a tune-up for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, the Pioneers took care of business last week, capping their regular season with a convincing 56-32 result against visiting Cocalico Tuesday night.

Prior to the game, the team recognized its five seniors - Isaac Beers, Peyton Denlinger, Cam Neimeyer, Ryan Smith, Jordan Sweger and Marc Wilson.

Trailing most of the first quarter, the Pioneers went ahead 6-5 on an out-of-bounds bucket by Isaac Beers with 30 seconds left on the clock.

"They tried to slow us down and I guess you could say it worked because we certainly weren't' hitting our shots," recalled head coach Ed Berryman. "We need to be patient at times."

But the home team only got stronger as the game went along. They led 18-11 at halftime and took charge with a 38 point second half while holding the Eagles to 21.

"That's a productive half," said Berryman. "And we got to the free throw line 22 times in the game to Cocalico's four.

The visitors opened the third quarter with a triple but Ryan Smith, putting up a double-double on the day with 15 points and 11 rebounds, scored seven of the next nine points in the game, pushing the lead to 25-16 with 3:40 left. Cocalico dropped in a second trey but L-S countered with an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back treys from Chase Broderick (8 points) for the biggest lead of the night, 33-19.

"Those threes gave us some separation," said Berryman. "We shot 40% (6-15) from behind the arc which was pretty good after our rough start.

"Ryan has been getting hammered inside," he continued. "He's getting double teamed all the time so we've been using Adam Stoltzfus (3 points, 2 blocks) a bit more. He had a slow start to the season coming off a knee injury but has been coming around and gives us another big kid in the paint."

I. Beers backed Smith with 14 points as the only Pioneers to score in double figures. Other contributors included Jordan Sweger (7), Peyton Denlinger (4), Seth Beers (2) and Cam Neimeyer (1).

SWIMMING

The Pioneer swimmers competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships this past weekend at Wilson's Roy G. Snyder Natatorium in West Lawn.

The girls competed on Saturday and settled for a ninth place finish, just behind Penn Manor and Ephrata, who tied for seventh.

Elizabeth Horner was the top place-winner overall grabbing sixth in the 500 free (5:31.50) and seventh in the 200 IM (2:17.96). She also teamed with Brea Fluhr, Lexi Wagner and Catherine Horner to earn a seventh place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:57.52) and was part of the eighth place effort by Molly Nagle, Abby Nagle and C. Horner in the 400 free relay (4:00.85)

The boys competed Friday night but with no one seeded higher than seventh, they failed to place in the top ten as a team.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

After holding Cocalico to single digits in all four quarters and preserving their perfect Section Two record (14-0) last Tuesday night, the Lady Pioneer hoopsters opened the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with another solid win, toppling visiting Northern Lebanon 47-38.

"I was very pleased with how well we stuck to the defensive game plan...pack it in and play Zerman and Voight on drives," said head coach Tony Fink. "They are very good and for us to get 48 points on their defense is impressive."

The Pioneers got out early and often capping a 12-0 run with back-to-back threes from Emma Gochnauer and Laura Horner just 5:45 into the game. Northern Lebanon finally got on board on Sara Zerman's bucket and one with 2:22 left in the quarter. Horner followed with another trey, and L-S led 15-8 after one.

"We made shots, plain and simple," said Fink. "And our free throw shooting in the fourth quarter was huge."

Horner opened the third quarter with yet another three before the Vikings cut a ten point lead in half, twice. Olivia Vranich, however, came off the bench with a pair of buckets and Horner hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to eight.

Again the pesky Vikings, runner's up in Section Three and last year's District Three Class 4A champs, closed the gap, this time to four, 23-19, just 27 seconds before halftime. L-S, however, gained all the momentum they needed when Gochnauer, on a deep inbounds pass from Nora Holmes launched a catch and shoot deep NBA three at the buzzer.

That first half proved to be the difference as both teams battled to an almost even second half, with L-S holding a slim 21-19 edge. They did not connect on a single field goal in the fourth quarter but hit 11-of-12 free throws, and were 17-of-21 from the stripe for the game.

Gochnauer, connecting on 10-of-12 free throws, and Horner handled the bulk of the scoring duties with 20 points each. Garber added a third quarter layup and Sarah Gawne chipped in with a free throw.

Zara Zerman was tops for N. Lebanon with 18 points.

Earlier in the week, Horner hit for 14 points and Holmes came off the bench with 12, including three triples, to pace the Pioneers over Cocalico 42-26. Again the bulk of the damage was accomplished in the first half as L-S jumped out to a 25-11 lead and held just a two point advantage, 17-15, over the final 16 minutes.

The Pioneers dropped in six treys on the night and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

Contributing to the point total was Gochnauer (7), Vranich (6), Brittney Zameroski (2) and Garber (1).

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Pioneer Bowlers Sit Third in Section Three February 5, 2018

The Pioneer keglers went 1-1 last week and sit tied for third place (6-5) in Section Three with Garden Spot. The two teams, in the last regular match of the season, will meet this week for the tie breaker.

Last Tuesday L-S fell 7-0 to the second place Barons (9-1). "Even though we lost, Steph Mays and Brent Cox had their season best series," noted head coach Robert Koenig.

Mays rolled a 380 series with a high game of 133 while Cox finished second for the Pioneers with a 504 series and opened with a 200.

Cassie Hatfield's 549 was a team high. She rolled a 207 in her opening game and finished with the fourth highest score of the match.

L-S opened with an 825 first game total, their highest game of the day but it wasn't enough to knock off the Barons who opened with an 899 and got stronger as the day went, finishing with a 936.

Thursday afternoon L-S earned its fourth shutout of the season, sweeping the series against Elco. Andrew O'Connor's 594 series tied Elco's Jacob Hitz for top series of the day. His 234 third game total was a team high and one pin away from tying Hitz for the top game.

Hatfield got off to another strong start, rolling a 230 and finished with a 551 series. Cox following with a 470, Brandon Copeland added a 412 and Mays rounded out the scoring with a 358.

SWIMMING

The swim teams wrapped up the regular season last Tuesday at the Lititz Rec Center where they defeated Manheim Central. The boys, winning all but three events, won 85-53 while the girls swept the first place finishes to run away with a 118-36 result.

"Manheim has a small team so this meet was pretty laid back," said head coach Kate Whiting. "It was a fun meet with a few best times. Some added excitement was giving by individual swimmers from Garden Spot, Lancaster Mennonite and Donegal who were there to get qualifying times for leagues but couldn't score points."

Nathan Eberly won the 500 free (5:31.82) and the 100 back (1:04.24) and opened the meet by swimming the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay. Dylan Grau, Brandon Prouse and Dalton Kreider, who was second in the 100 free, contributed to the relay.

Grau went on to earn the top 100 breaststroke time (1:12.48) and rounded out the scoring with Everett Honert, Nathan Tobler, who was second in the 200 and 500 free, and Kreider with a first in the 400 free relay.

Honert also earned a first in the 200 free (2:06.36) while Justin Miller, who was second in the 100 back, beat the field in the 200 IM (2:23.37).

Max Cummings added a second in the 100 breaststroke and Kreider, Grau and Prouse went 2-3-4 in the 50 free.

Elizabeth Horner was the top scorer of the day. She not only won the 200 IM (2:30.95) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.52) but swam with two of the winning relays. The freshman anchored the winning 400 free relay with Breanna Fluhr, Lexi Wagner and Abby Nagle and teamed with Fluhr, Emma Kury and Catherine Horner to take the 200 medley in 2:09.28.

Wagner went on to win the 200 free (2:18.11), C. Horner claimed the 50 free (26.27) and A. Nagle was tops in the 100 free (1:02.65). They then joined Anastasia Curran, who was second in the 100 free, to earn the fastest 200 free relay (1:55.11).

Other first place winners included Ellie Parido in the 100 fly (1:11.99), Kury in the 500 free (6:10.96) and Fluhr in the 100 back (1:04.87).

WRESTLING

With three straight matches last week, including the District Three Class 3A team tournament, the Pioneer matmen were more than busy.

"We have not made it to the team tournament in my tenure," noted head coach Brad Heeter. "I believe 1999 was the last team."

L-S, No. 14, traveled to No. 3 Central Dauphin Tuesday night for first round action in the team tournament and came home with a 64-was 3 result.

"CD is a solid team," stated Heeter. "No shame in dropping this one. It was a good experience for the guys to participate in the district duals."

Lampeter's only winner was sophomore Bryan McKim who pulled out a 3-2 result over K. McCullough at 152.

"Bryan wrestled well," said Heeter. "As he develops confidence in himself he is only going to get better. Many of our guys wrestled well also. We were just out matched."

One night later the boys' traveled to Lititz for a matchup against Section One foe Warwick (4-9 overall). The Warriors won nine of the 13 bouts and secured a 41-27 win.

"We knew, due to injuries and illness, that this would be a tough one," said Heeter.

Warwick opened with a tech fall at 285 but L-S quickly responded. Hunter Erb (106) earned a 5:03 fall over Sebastian Olivera and Arik Harnish collected the fastest fall of the night, barely breaking a sweat in pinning Marshall Adams in 14 seconds and putting L-S in front, 12-5.

Warwick took the next two bouts with a decision and another tech fall to briefly go in front, 13-12. L-S again countered with two straight wins. Michael Hazboun (132) picked up a third Pioneer fall, decking Shaun Stafford in 3:59 and at 138, Ramon Estevez recorded an 8-4 decision that pushed the lead to 21-13.

The Warriors, however, went on to win six of the next seven, including two falls, to pull away. Connor Penry (170) was Lampeter's final winner. His 3:35 fall over Andrew Morgan cut the lead to one, 28-27 before the hosts closed out with a major decision, a fall and a straight decision.

In a match that featured four forfeits, the Pioneers pinned their way to an 84-0 result against Lancaster Catholic Thursday. Kaden Campbell (152) was one of five Pioneers to pin in less than a minute, decking his opponent in 36 seconds. Penry (170), Logan Davison (182), Tyler Phenegar (220) and Riley Eckman (120) also made quick work of the Crusaders.

Also pinning for L-S was Owen Hess (285), Hunter Erb (106), Collin Meredith (126), Hazboun (132) and Jeff Elser (160).

BOYS BASKETBALL

A 16 game win streak came to a close Friday night as the Ephrata Mountaineers avenged their first half loss to L-S with a 47-46 thriller at home.

With the seconds ticking off, Chase Broderick attempted a put back of Jordan Sweger's miss and Ryan Smith tipped in Broderick's miss, only just after the buzzer.

"We had a couple looks at the end and Ryan's final tip in was waved off," recalled head coach Ed Berryman. "It was close but I thought the shot was a little late too.

"It was a hard-fought game and they had some players step up," he continued. "We held their top two scorers to seven points but they had three others hit double figures."

The Mounts, who lost to the Section Two Champ Pioneers 54-41 on January 9, used a 19-7 run through the third quarter to overcome a 27-22 first half deficit and grab the lead, 41-30, with eight minutes left to play.

The Pioneers scored the first ten points of the fourth quarter and held a slim one point lead with about three minutes left. It was their last lead as the Mounts prevailed, holding L-S to just two points down the stretch.

Isaac Beers and Patrick Holmes, with eight points in the fourth quarter, led the Pioneers with 11 points each. Smith chipped in with nine.

"The bad news is that Patrick may have fractured his elbow," said Berryman. "He brings a lot to the floor and we just got him back from a collarbone injury.

"They just made a couple more plays than we did," the coach continued. "We did have a very focused practice Saturday, with a renewed sense of urgency."

Tuesday night the Pioneers swept the series against Manheim Central with another lopsided victory, 51-19.

L-S held the Barons to single digits in all four quarters, including two in the second frame and three in the fourth. The Pioneers led 24-11 at the half and stepped it up a notch after the break, outscoring the hosts 27-8 in the second half to cruise to victory.

Manheim scored nine points in the first quarter and ten over the next three.

"We mixed up our defenses a bit and their younger squad didn't handle the pressure," said Berryman.

Holmes knocked down three triples, went 4-for-4 from the foul line and led all scorers with 15 points. Smith chipped in with 13 points (9 in the fourth quarter) and seven rebounds and eight other Pioneers helped pad the lead, including Peyton Denlinger (4 rebounds), Sweger and Chase Broderick all with four points each.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

With the section title locked up two weeks ago, the Lady Pioneers continued to roll along and picked up three more wins last week, pushing their overall record to 19-2.

L-S opened the week with a 46-28 result against a Manheim Central squad fighting for a playoff berth. The Pioneers, however, held the visiting Barons to single digits in three of the four corners as they coasted to a victory Monday night.

Emma Gochnauer led the way with a game-high 14 points. Laura Horner and Olivia Vranich each netted 8 while Brittany Zameroski and Holmes, on a pair of treys, chipped in with six each.

Wednesday night the team traveled to York County for a non-league outing against Red Land but the hosts were no match for L-S. Holding a 12-7 first quarter lead, the visitors extended the advantage with an 11-2 second quarter effort for a 23-9 lead at the half.

With a combined 19 points, scoring slowed in the second half but L-S still held the upper hand 13-6.

Hanna Garber and Gochnauer each scored 14 points and combined to make 7-of-8 free throws. Laura Horner added six points and Sarah Gawne capped the scoring with two.

The girls wrapped up the week with one of their closest wins of the season, a 39-30 result against visiting Ephrata. The Mounts, battling for a playoff spot, found themselves in the hole early as Olivia Vranich accounted for all eight of Lampeter's points while the defense denied a single one in the first quarter.

"Ephrata played stall ball in that first quarter," said head coach Tony Fink. "No shots, just passing. Their coach said to me, 'I knew we could not out score you so we played to keep it close.

"It was our senior night too," he added. "Our focus could have been better but we're happy with the result."

The next three quarters were all but dead even as L-S clung to a 31-30 edge and the Mounts could not overcome that first quarter deficit.

Vranich bucketed a career-high 18 points, scoring 14 in the first half and going a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Gochnauer and Garber combined for 11 in the win.

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Pioneers Clinch Second Straight Section Two Title January 29, 2018

Playing three games in four days last week, the Lady Pioneers not only swept the competition but clinched the Section Two title outright. In the process, head coach Tony Fink earned his 100th victory at the helm.

"Back-to-back section titles is a testament to our girls and our program," said Fink. "I'm so proud and happy for them. The 100 wins belongs to the program and their dedication and hard work over the past five plus years. The school and environment is one word...CLASS!"

The hectic schedule opened on Monday as the Pioneers swept the series with another dominating effort over Donegal, 67-36. But only after pulling away over the middle two frames. Clinging to a 15-13 edge in the first quarter, L-S exploded for 23- second quarter points and held the visitors to 10 as they pushed the lead to 38-23 at the half.

They padded the advantage with another 13 points in the third quarter as the outcome was never in doubt.

Emma Gochnauer poured in a game-high 22 points, Laura Horner netted 19 and Hanna Garber rounded out the trio of double figures scorers with a baker's dozen.

One night later, with a 52-42 win over Solanco, the Pioneers improved to 10-0 in section play.

The Mares were gunning for an upset. Both teams combined for seven first quarter threes with Solanco's Jenna Dombach dropping in one with 2.5 left to knot the score at 18-18.

The second quarter proved to be the difference as Solanco managed just one point, and L-S pushed ahead by nine when Nora Holmes canned a triple at the buzzer.

"They're not a big team but they're scrappy," said Fink of the Mares. "And they had 12 offensive boards to our five. I thought we did a better job defensively in that second quarter when we turned it around."

Both teams refused to budge through the second half. Solanco got to within seven, 31-24, on a free throw by Hanna Phillips while a free throw by Gochenaur with 43 seconds left in the third quarter gave L-S its biggest lead, 41-29.

The scrappy, physical play continued through the final eight minutes. Brittney Zameroski hit both ends of a one-and-one for Lampeter's largest lead of the night, 47-33 but again the visitors whittled away but never got closer than 10.

Gochnauer and Solanco's Grace Kreider shared game-high honors with 14 each while Garber and Horner scored 12 apiece.

On Thursday, another pivotal second quarter propelled the Pioneers to a dominating 56-36 victory over host Garden Spot. Tied at 11-11 after eight minutes, L-S went on an 18-0 run through the second frame to take control. Holmes drained another buzzer beating three and put the Pioneers in the driver's seat with a 29-11 lead at the break.

The Spartans continued to struggle through the second half, managing just 15 points while the Pioneers bucketed 27 to secure their second straight section crown.

Holmes netted four treys on the night and led the way with 12 points while Gochnauer and Gawne chipped in with 10 points each.

BOWLING

With mixed results last week, the Pioneers improved to 32-31 in Section Three and are just three points out of third place, currently occupied by Garden Spot (35-28).

The Pioneers opened with a 5-2 win over Columbia on Monday, dropped a 7-0 result against section leader Cocalico Tuesday and rebounded with a shutout over Lebanon Catholic Thursday.

Cassie Hatfield continued to pace the Pioneers, rolling team-high series' in every match last week. She opened with a 537 against Columbia and secured the highest game of the match with a 202. She matched that total against Cocalico and followed with a 529 on Thursday where she again rolled the highest game of the day, a 193.

The Tide took the first game 669-572 before L-S stormed back to win the second game 660-612 and the third, 745-634. They also collected most pins of the day with a 1977-1919 advantage.

Sawyer Lancaster and Brent Cox each rolled a 377 series with Keith Brubaker adding a 361.

Rebounding from the loss to the Eagles, L-S led from start to finish against Lebanon Catholic. Backing Hatfield was Andrew O'Connor with a 527, Cox with a 456 and Brandon Copeland with a 386. Lancaster, Steph Mays and Katie Lien combined for a 271.

SWIMMING

With three meets in four days last week, the swim teams managed two wins against four losses. The girls' defeated Cocalico 90-80 on Tuesday, lost to Ephrata 118-52 Thursday and ended the week with an 88-82 thriller over Catholic High Friday. The boys', on the other hand, lost all three falling 120-49 against Cocalico, 96-71 to Ephrata and 91-77 to Catholic High.

"The girls' meet against Cocalico came down to the last two races," said head coach Kate Whiting. "We were either tied, up two or down two the whole meet. We lost close races in eight of 11 events, but were able to pull it off at the end."

The Pioneers went 2-3-4 in the 11th event of the night with Lexi Wagner, Abby Nagle and Amanda Hay outscoring the Eagles 9-7 in the breaststroke and pushing the lead to 80-76.

A 1-3 finish in the last event, the 400 free relay, was a 10-4 advantage in points earned and clinched the win. Catherine Horner, Bre Fluhr, Abby Nagle and Elizabeth Horner were the winners with Olivia Honert, Ellie Parido, Anastasia Curran and Emma Kury taking third.

Individual winners on the day included C. Horner with top times in the 50 and 100 free. E. Horner took the 200 free, and Fluhr was tops in the 100 back.

In the loss to Ephrata, C. Horner (100 fly) was the only individual winner but she teamed with Nagle, Curran and E. Horner to win the 200 free relay.

The girls improved to 3-2 with Friday's 88-82 thriller over Lancaster Catholic.

"We won most of the close races this time," said Whiting.

With eight wins on the day, E. Horner (500 free, 200 IM), C. Horner (50 and 200 free) and Fluhr (100 back and 100 fly) each won two individual events and contributed to two relay wins. Fluhr, Wagner, E. Horner and Nagle were tops in the 200 medley while Nagle, Curran, Wagner and C. Horner captured the 200 free event.

In boys' action, the Eagles denied the Pioneers a single first place effort. L-S did, however, pick up three second place finishes with Brandon Prouse (200 fly), Justin Miller (500 free) and freshman Nathan Eberly.

The results against Ephrata were a bit closer with L-S earning three firsts. Eberly, who posted the top 500 free time, teamed with Dylan Grau, Miller and Dalton Kreider to win the 200 medley relay and Everett Honert won the 200 free.

The boys also got a pair of seconds from Kreider in the 50 and 100 free, Miller in the 100 fly and 100 back and Grau in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.

Despite the loss to the Crusaders, the Pioneers swept the relays Miller and Grau teamed with Nathan Tobler and Honert in the 200 medley and Prouse and Kreider in the 200 free while Honert, Prouse, Tobler and Kreider were winners in the 400 free.

"The guys swam well and had a lot of PR's, but we lacked the depth necessary to win, especially with one of our boys absent," Whiting stated.

Kreider sparked the individual winners with firsts in the 50 and 100 free and Miller earned the top time in the 100 back.

WRESTLING

It was a tough week for the Pioneer grapplers who started the week 4-0 in Section Two and finished 4-2 and in third place behind Manheim Central (6-0) and Garden Spot (5-1).

L-S opened the week against the Barons Monday night but won just five bouts, gave up five falls and dropped a 48-19 result.

Bryan McKim opened the match with a 3-1 decision over Ryan Kreider but the Barons responded with four straight wins, picking up bonus points in three of them to push out to a 16-3 advantage.

Jack Eckman's 14-6 major decision over Dalton Gainer at 220 quieted the Manheim crowd but only briefly as the Barons went on another four bout run, again securing bonus points in three of them for a commanding 30-7 advantage.

Mason Blank (126) matched Cade Zeamer's fall at 120 when he decked Zack Zeamer in 1:47 and Michael Hazboun (132) followed with a second Pioneer fall one second faster, closing the gap to 36-19. But back-to-back falls by the Barons ended Lampeter's run and the scoring.

On the road again Wednesday, the Pioneers met up with the Spartans and suffered similar fate, bowing out 49-18. This one was much closer than the final score appeared. While winning just three bouts, all by fall, the visitors were dealt not one, or two, but four one point losses.

Connor Penry (170) came up short 7-6 against Nate Smucker in the second bout of the night. After falls by Johnny Franklin (195) in 2:29 and Jack Eckman (285) in 5:13, Hunter Erb came out on the short end of a 4-3 result to Mason Casey and Arik Harnish (113), in the most exciting bout of the night, suffered a 3-2 utb result against Josh Groff.

Blank's 1:22 fall over Aaron Martin at 126 closed the lead to 28-18 but the Spartans ran off three falls in the last four bouts and escaped with a 5-4 decision over Hector Colon at 145.

The Pioneers competed in the League Championships this past weekend at Garden Spot where they finished tenth out of 22 teams. Harnish (113) with a silver medal finish, was the top medal winner for L-S. Tyler Phenegar (220) added a bronze medal finish. Logan Davidson (182) chipped in with a fifth place effort and Mason Blank (126) was sixth. Hazboun (132) and J. Eckman (285) finished seventh and Erb (106) was eighth.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

As the end of the regular season draws closer, the boys' basketball team continues to take care of business. Playing four games in five days last week, L-S won four times, with the closest being a 53-34 final against Solanco on Tuesday.

"We clinched at least a tie for the Section Two title," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We currently have the top defense in the league and our offense is really in synch right now."

Ryan Smith bucketed 30 points for the fifth time this season and grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds as the Pioneers dominated Donegal 73-44 on Monday. Chase Broderick, with three triples in the fourth quarter, added 12.

Up 27-24 at the half, L-S pushed the tempo and outscored the Indians 46-20 after the break.

Tuesday with Jordan Sweger netting a game-high 11 points and Zack Kingsley hitting double figures with 10, the Pioneers defeated Solanco 53-34.

"They double-teamed Ryan the whole game and that is something we have not seen before," said Berryman, "and we couldn't seem to get into a flow. Even though they hit 9 threes on the night, we held them to just one two-point basket."

Thursday it was L-S knocking down nine treys and dropping in their second highest point total in an 80-31 win over Garden Spot. The Pioneers, behind Smith (16 points), Isaac Beers (14), Patrick Holmes (11) and Kingsley (10) led 16-5 in the first quarter and never looked back. They scored 46 points over the next 16 minutes to put the game out of reach.

"That's the first time we had four players in double figures," noted Berryman.

In non-league action Saturday, L-S jumped out to a 27-0 first quarter and cruised to a 71-25 victory over Oxford.

I. Beers was 5-for-5 from three point range and 3-for-3 from two, all in the first half, and led with 21 points. Holmes and Cam Niemeyer came off the bench with 10 and 7 points respectively and Caleb Smoker netted his first varsity points with four.

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Pioneers Improve to 14-1, Top Etown and CV January 22, 2018

With weather playing havoc on the sports schedule last week, the Pioneers played just two of their three games. Friday night they avenged their only loss of the season and split the series against Elizabethtown, topping the visiting Bears 58-42. Less than 24 hours later, they improved to 14-1 overall (7-1 Section Two) with a solid 61-51 win over Conestoga Valley in Witmer.

Ryan Smith was a one man wrecking crew Friday night. The senior center scored on put backs, in transition, converted some sweet lob passes and stepped out to hit a trey every now and then. The result was his fourth 30 point outing of the season. Smith bucketed 16 of those points in the first quarter as the Pioneers built a 19-13 lead and never looked back.

"Ryan was impressive," said head coach Ed Berryman. "And as a team, we had a focus to make up for that first half loss against E-town and we played like it."

The Bears cut the lead to 21-17 early in the second quarter but that was as close as they would get. Seth Beers responded with a trey, Peyton Denlinger hit one of two free throws, Chase Broderick added a layup and Smith scored twice in the paint to take a 31-24 lead at the break.

E-town scored the first bucket of the third quarter but L-S ran off seven straight, pushing the lead to 12 and, after a pair of E-town free throws, added six more points to cap a 13-4 quarter that extended the lead to 44-28.

Both teams tossed in 14 fourth quarter points with Smith netting six and Zach Kingsley and Isaac Beers each knocking down threes to cap the convincing win.

"The last time we played them, their leading scorer, Larry Locker (14ppg avg) finished with 25 points," recalled Berryman. "Jordan Sweger did not guard him that night but he did this time around and held Locker to seven. He's huge for us on defense and a lot of times that goes unnoticed."

One night later, on the road in Witmer, Sweger held CV's leading scorer, Logan Monroe (18 ppg avg.) to four points and the Pioneers jumped out to a 21-9 first quarter lead and settled for a 61-51 victory.

The Pioneers led from start to finish in this one. Their biggest lead of the night was 61-42 late in the game but the Buck's rallied down the stretch, winning the fourth quarter 17-8.

Smith's 18 points (11 in the first quarter) shared game-high honors with CV's Joseph Cardina. I. Beers hit four triples and fished with 14 points. S. Beers (7), Patrick Holmes (7), Sweger (6), Kingsley (4), Denlinger (3) and Broderick (2) contributed to the balanced scoring effort.

"It's good to have Patrick back and off the injured list," remarked Berryman. "He played last night as well and will add to our balanced scoring."

With four games this week, the Pioneers could be challenged by their schedule as well as their opponents.

"I feel confident in our bench and our depth," stated Berryman. "We can go 10 or 11 deep and confidently. Our mantra this year has been strength in numbers. That depth will come in handy this week."

WRESTLING

With just five bouts actually wrestled, L-S benefited from nine forfeits and picked up four earned wins en route to a crushing result over winless Ephrata last Thursday, 72-3, and remain tied on top of the Section Two standings at 4-0 with Manheim Central.

Bryan McKim (152) opened the action with a 7-2 decision over Kelvin Cruz. After a pair of forfeits, Ephrata earned its only points of the night via an 8-5 decision over Logan Davidson (182).

Johnny Franklin (195) and Tyler Phenegar (285) both earned first period falls, decking their opponents in 30 and 19 seconds respectively.

Five straight Ephrata forfeits pushed the lead to 57-3 and led to Jose Esteves' hard-fought 6-4 decision over Owen Stull at 138 and capped the action for the night.

Over the weekend the Pioneers competed in the New Oxford Tournament where they finished 11th out of 32 teams. While the bulk of the Pioneers contributed at least two wins, three matmen placed. Phenegar settled for fifth place with a 4-2 decision over Montgomery's Ethan Marino while both Arik Harnish (113) and Mason Blank (126) came away with seventh place efforts. Harnish, a freshman, worked a 13-0 major over Line Mountain senior Cameron Hauck while Blank shut out Gettysburg freshman Jared Townsend 5-0.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

With back-to-back games last week, the Lady Pioneers came home from Lebanon with an expected result, posting a 77-28 win over the last place team in Section Two. Less than 24 hours later, they survived Conestoga Valley with a one point thriller, 32-31.

"We knew CV would be tough," said head coach Tony Fink. "We didn't shoot particularly well but we'll take it."

L-S got a career-high 27 points from Laura Horner and a season-high 77 from the team with points in sweeping the winless (0-14) Cedars. Horner, a senior, knocked down three triples, went 8-for-9 from the free throw line and sparked a 24-3 first quarter effort with ten points.

"I sat the starters the entire fourth quarter and three minutes of the third," noted Fink.

Haley Phenegar was the only other double-figure scorer, netting four in the second frame and six in the fourth. Nora Holmes (8), Emma Gochnauer (8), Olivia Vranich (6), Brittney Zameroski (5), Anabeth Groff (5), Sarah Gawne (4) and Emma Drouillard (4) also contributed.

Saturday afternoon the Pioneers, after missing the front end of a one-and-one, held a 32-31 lead over visiting CV. The Bucks called timeout with 17.4 left to set up what they hoped was the final play. They also missed the front end of a one-and-one, got the offensive rebound and missed the shot at the buzzer leaving L-S with a slim victory.

"They hit a three with 45 seconds left to cut it to one," Fink recalled. "Down the stretch it really could have gone either way. But when we went up by seven in the third, we should have closed out. But you have to give CV credit," he added. "They have a nice post player and we struggled to defend. We don't have a post presence and we didn't shoot the ball well."

That poor shooting was a 5-for-21 effort from the three point line. They did, however, go 7-for-10 from the free throw line while the Bucks, who were 9-of-17 at the same stripe, missed four straight free throws early in that fourth quarter.

Gochnauer netted a game-high 17 points and tallied ten in the first half, including a pair of free throws, after being fouled on a put back attempt that tied the game at 16-16 with 1:02 left in the first half. CV's Kenzie Reed, who finished with 16 points in the paint, gave the Bucks a two point advantage at the break, 18-16.

The Pioneers looked poised to take control in the third quarter. Gochnauer scored on another put back, Hanna Garber added a pair of free throws and Sarah Gawne made a sweet save of a ball going out of bounds with a pass to Gochnauer for a 22-18 lead with 3:39 left in the quarter. Gochnauer followed that up with a triple for Lampeter's biggest lead of the day.

CV's Reed provided two free throws for the Bucks' only points in the quarter and back-to-back baskets to start the fourth closed the gap to 25-24 with 5:32 left.

Zameroski nailed her second trey of the game and Vranich canned a baseline jumper with 1:56 remaining to provide a 30-26 advantage. Both teams traded a pair of free throws and CV's Amber High dropped in that trey with 45 ticks left to cut the lead to 32-31.

"I thought in the second half we did a better job of defending their high-low offense in the post," said Fink. "Maybe the Lebanon game was too easy. I don't know. But we needed a tough game and we'll take the win."

The results push Lampeter's overall record to 13-2 and 8-0 in Section Two.

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Matmen Top E-town, Lebanon; Win A-C Duals January 15, 2018

The Pioneer matmen turned in a pair of dominating performances last week and improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in Section Two. Wednesday they topped Elizabethtown 55-13, on the strength of five falls, and one night later handled an undermanned Lebanon squad 66-13.

"The E-town match was a great overall team performance," lauded head coach Brad Heeter.

Mason Blank set the tone early, pinning his 126 pound opponent in 55 seconds. It was one of three under a minute falls by the Pioneers. Jeff Elser (160) decked Cayden Livingston in 47 seconds and Tyler Phenegar put Noah Myers to his back in 31 ticks.

Michael Hazboun (132) earned a hard-fought 7-4 decision over Cameron Olson for a 9-0 Pioneer lead.

"Michael, a co-captain, gave up the first takedown but came back to lead 3-2 at the end of the period," noted Heeter. "He escaped in the second period but then got taken down in the third, tying the match at 4-4. He escaped, defended several shots and finally secured the win with a takedown. That really sparked the team."

A 12-4 major by Ramon Estevez at 138 extended the lead to 13-0.

"Ramon dominated," said Heeter. "He worked for two periods to turn Bobby Walters but couldn't. Up 2-0 in the third, he scored a reversal and four takedowns to win. One of several gritty wins for the Pioneers."

E-town got on board with a decision at 145 but a pair of falls and an OT thriller quickly made it 25-3. Bryan McKim pinned in 1:15 at 152 and Jacob Kopelman followed Elser's fall with a 15-13 OT win.

"Jacob showed a lot of heart," said Heeter. "He was down by as many as five points and tied the match with one second left in the third and got the win with a takedown. This was his first varsity match and to win in overtime was awesome," he added. "The team exploded with celebration. That's what it's all about."

E-town quieted the Pioneer crowd with a major at 182 and a fall at 195, cutting the lead to 25-13. The Pioneers, however, took the next five to finish on top.

After Phenegar's fall, Owen Hess earned forfeit points at 285, Jose Esteves blanked Cayden Spencer 6-0, Arik Harnish pinned Ethan Carl in 4:17 and Riley Eckman picked up more forfeit points.

"Arik was down 2-0 in the third," recalled Heeter. "He chose top and locked up a crossface cradle to secure the fall.

One night later, in a match that featured seven Lebanon forfeits, the Pioneers won four of the seven bouts wrestled and finished the night with three straight falls.

Lebanon opened with a 14-12 decision at 106 but Harnish (113) came back with a 59 second fall to take the lead. The Cedars answered with a tech fall at 120 but then forfeited the next six bouts to fall behind 42-8. They scored their last points of the night with a tech fall at 170 then forfeited at 182, setting the stage for first period falls by Johnny Franklin (1:10 at 195), Phenegar (:10 at 220) and Owen Hess (1:10 at 285).

The Pioneers continued their run over the weekend, going 5-0 at the Dutchmen Duals. L-S opened with a 60-13 win over the hosts, crushed Columbia's one man squad 84-0, toppled East Pennsboro 65-10, handed Middletown its only loss of the day, 42-21, and defeated Section One's Penn Manor 39-30.

SWIMMING

In a nip-and-tuck meet last Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Pioneers won seven of 11 events but found themselves tied with visiting Elizabethtown at the end of the day, 85-85.

"The girls' meet came down to several touch-outs," said head coach Kate Whiting. "The officials did overturn the touchpad results on one race that would have given us the win, too."

Catherine Horner (200 and 100 free) and Elizabeth Horner (200 IM, 500 free) each won two individual events and contributed to two winning relays to top the scoring. They teamed with Anastasia Curran and Abby Nagle to win the 200 free and with A. Nagle and Lexi Wagner to take the 400 free as well.

The Pioneers also got key seconds from Ellie Parido in the 100 fly, Bre Flurh in the 100 back and Wagner in the 100 breaststroke.

The boys' meet was just as close but E-town pulled away with a first and third in the 400 free relay to win 86-83.

"The boys needed to get either first or both second and third in that last event and they got second and fourth," noted Whiting.

Everett Honert (200 free) and Dylan Grau (200 IM) won back-to-back events for Lampeter's first lead of the night. E-town, however, won the next three before L-S went 1-2-3 in the 500 free with Nathan Eberly, Nathan Tobler and Honert putting the Pioneers back on top with four events remaining. L-S took just one first down the stretch when Grau, Justin Miller, Brandon Prouse and Dalton Kreider took the 200 free relay.

Miller (100 fly), Kreider (100 and 50 free), Eberly (100 back) and Grau (100 breaststroke) added key second place finishes.

Thursday's makeup meet with CV found the Buckskin teams improving to 2-0 with convincing performances over L-S. The CV boys won 105-62 while the girls earned a 97-72 victory in Lampeter.

"The girls had a good meet, but lost several key races," said Whiting. "The boys were just outnumbered," she added, "and we lost the relays. We did, however, sweep the 100 back with Nathan Eberly, Justin Miller and Everett Honert."

The Pioneers also got a second from Tobler in the 200 free and Kreider in the 100 free.

Tobler was tops in the 500 free and Eberly claimed the 100 back for Lampeter's only wins.

E. Horner was the top point-getter for the girls, winning the 200 free, the 500 free and teaming with Wagner, A. Nagle and C. Horner, who was tops in the 50 free, to secure the 400 free relay.

Second place winners included Fluhr (200 IM), Parido (100 fly), A. Nagle (100 free) and Wagner (100 breaststroke).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Lady Pioneers wrapped up a perfect first half of Section Two basketball with three convincing wins last week, improved to 7-0 and sit two games ahead of Ephrata (5-2).

Having topped Ephrata 47-43 to win the PM tournament, the Pioneers posted a more dominating finish last Tuesday, 47-32. They jumped out to a 14-5 first quarter, led 21-16 at the break and wrapped up the night with a 26-16 second half.

Emma Gochnauer topped all scorers with 18 points and Hanna Garber hit for double figured with 12.

On the road again Thursday, L-S shook off a 15-12 first quarter deficit with some defensive intensity. They held the Barons to single digits in each of the next three quarters while netting 12, 13 and 14 points each frame respectively to win handily, 51-33.

Manheim's Laura Good more than doubled her average with a game-high 16 points but Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined for 26 points and five triples. Sarah Gawne and Nora Holmes added a combined 14 points with Holmes knocking down a pair of threes.

After four away games, L-S returned home and turned in their most dominating performance to date, a 54-15 victory over a 3-10 Cocalico squad.

By constantly switching defenses, the Pioneers flustered the struggling Eagles and capitalized with numerous steals and transition buckets. Nine different players contributed to the offense and held the visitors to single digits in all four quarters, including one field goal in the third quarter coming with ten seconds left.

Gochnauer scored one more than the entire Cocalico squad and Horner followed with 11. Other scorers included Brittney Zameroski (7), Sarah Gawne (6), Garber (4), Holmes and Anabeth Groff (3), Olivia Vranich and Emma Drouillard (2).

In non-league play Saturday, L-S suffered its second loss of the season, a 50-35 result against Cedar Cliff (10-4). The Colts extended a five point first quarter lead with a 13-5 second frame effort and took the second half 22-20. Gochnauer matched Maddie Stitler for game-high honors with 15. Horner added 11 in a game that saw the Pioneers miss 11 free throws.

BOWLING

In back-to-back matches last week, the Pioneers blanked a winless Lancaster Mennonite squad on Wednesday, held off Garden Spot 4-3 on Thursday and moved into third place in the Section Three standings.

Cassie Hatfield not only rolled the high series of the day (529) but rolled the highest game with a 209. Andrew O'Conner chipped in with a 449 series and Brent Cox was close behind with a 406. Keith Brubaker contributed with a 371 and Sawyer Lancaster and Stephanie Mays combined for a 334.

The going was a big tougher on Thursday as the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the Spartans.

"The key was getting back-to-back marks (spares or strikes) in the eighth and ninth frames when Garden Spot did not and we pulled out two close games," said head coach Robert Koenig, who previously coached at LMH.

LS rolled 742 total pins in the first game, topping the Spartans by 11 pins. Garden Spot came back strong in the second game rolling a 768 to Lampeter's 697. The final game went to L-S 746-732.

Hatfield again was tops for the Pioneers. Her 495 was the second highest score of the day. Cox (475), O'Connor (473) and Brubaker (468) followed with Mays and Lancaster combining for a 274.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team capped the first half of league play with three wins last week and sit in first place in Section Two with a 6-1 record (12-1 overall).

The visiting Mounts outscored the hosts 5-2 in made three pointers but the Pioneers were a stellar 18-for-22 from the free throw line and outscored Ephrata in three of four quarters en route to a 54-41 win.

"That was by far our best effort at the free throw line," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We also finished with 14 steals out of our press. The kids are really embracing defense right now."

L-S held a slim 11-9 edge in the first quarter and led 28-18 at the half. After an even third quarter, the Pioneers wore down the Mounts and won the final frame 14-9.

Ryan Smith, who canned 9-of-10 free throws, led all scorers with 21 points and Isaac Beers added 12.

One night later the team hosted Manheim Central in a battle for sole possession of first place in Section Two. After falling behind 6-2, L-S rallied with a 17-0 run to gain a 21-10 lead at the break.

After a tight 10-9 edge in the third frame, the hosts pulled away for good, outscoring the Barons 17-4 while posting a 48-23 victory.

"They were undefeated coming in," recalled Berryman. "We got off to a slow start but Zach Kingsley came in off the bench with an incredible putback rebound at the buzzer that gave us an 8-6 lead and momentum."

Seth Beers picked up four steals in the Pioneers press and Jordan Sweger held Connor Hostetter, Manheim's leading scorer (16ppg) to 11 points as the defense again took center stage.

"We held them to five field goals for the game," said Berryman, "and two of those were threes in the first quarter. Our defense has been very effective and Jordan is doing a great job of holding the other teams' leading scorer below their average."

Smith dropped in 21 points and snagged 11 rebounds to lead the way. Isaac Beers chipped in with 15 and Chase Broderick came off the bench for 9 points.

In Denver Friday night, Smith was held to a season-low 14 points but I. Beers (13), Broderick (9) and Sweger (7) helped pick up the slack as L-S defeated Cocalico 49-31.

"These last three games we've held our opponent to single digits in the fourth quarter," noted Berryman. "The guys showed great composure in the game and Jordan gave an outstanding effort in holding Aidan Trynosky (15ppg avg) to eight points."

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L-S Earns Non-League Wins Over LMH, Dover January 8, 2018

At one point last year Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team was sitting with a 7-7 record. They went on to qualify for the PIAA tournament.

This year, four weeks into the season, they're sitting at 9-1 overall and are 3-1 in Section Two behind Manheim Central (3-0).

"Our goal is always to win the section first," said head coach Ed Berryman. "That sets up leagues and districts. The boys would like to get to the Giant Center. They've worked hard and I think they just might have it in them."

That hard work has been most evident in the play of center Ryan Smith. The senior has scored 30 points (or more) three times to date, including twice last week.

"Ryan is greatly improved," said Berryman. "He put a lot of time in this summer and now he's reaping the rewards. And we're getting better at getting him the ball. But Ryan is a good passer too, and if they collapse on him he can make the good pass to the perimeter."

Smith paved the way Wednesday night at Lancaster Mennonite, pouring in 34 points as last year's Section Two champs topped last year's Section Three winner 60-49.

Smith poured in ten of Lampeter's 16 first quarter points. That play was a bit overshadowed as the Pioneers turned the ball over seven times and quickly fell behind 9-3.

"It was a big game and a loud crowd," noted Berryman. "I think we were a little anxious. But once we got past that, we were well composed."

Smith, who was also tops with 12 boards, fueled Lampeter's comeback, netting ten of his team's last 13 points of the opening quarter.

L-S controlled the second frame, outscoring the hosts 19-13 and taking their biggest lead on a bucket by Isaac Beers, who finished with nine points, with 5:17 left in the half. They led 35-23 at the break.

The uptempo beat continued through the second half with neither team gaining much ground. The Blazers did rally in the final quarter, cutting the lead to 51-47 with 4:10 left in the game but just as quickly, the Pioneers responded. Jordan Sweger came back with a layup, Smith, who hit 14-of-17 two point attempts, scored in the paint and Beers (4 assists) drained a triple and just like that, L-S held a 58-48 lead with 1:49 left.

"We knew they'd make a comeback but I was pleased that the seniors (Sweger, Smith, Beers) showed their leadership," stated Berryman. "We're also getting some good play from our bench. Zach Kingsley did a nice job and Adam Stoltzfus gave Ryan a breather."

Sweger finished with six points and four rebounds. Peyton Denlinger added three points, four rebounds and three assists. Chase Broderick, and Kingsley also scored three points each and Seth Beers added two points.

In non-league play Saturday at Manheim Central, the Pioneers defeated Dover 65-51 as part of the War of the Roses Tournament. The Eagles were the York-Adams League Division II champs last year and return their top six players. But they didn't quite have what they needed to stop the Pioneers.

A strong first half and another 30 point performance by Smith propelled L-S.

The Pioneers led 19-14 in the first quarter and used a 13-6 edge in the second frame to take a 32-20 lead they never relinquished. L-S outscored the Eagles 18-17 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the fourth to remain in control.

Backing Smith, who went 8-for-11 from the free throw line, was I. Beers, who bucketed a trio of triples and finished with 20 points. Sweger finished with seven and Cam Niemeyer, S. Beers, Broderick and Jarred Getchis all finished with two points each.

BOWLING

In their only match last week, the Pioneer bowlers, under first year Pioneer head coach Robert Koenig, posted a 7-0 win over Elco on Tuesday.

Andrew O'Connor turned in the most consistent day for the Pioneers. He rolled a 178-157-160 for a 495 series. Brent Fox chipped in with a 163-105-164 - 432 series while Sawyer Lancaster added a 99-124-100 - 323. Also contributing, rolling two games each, was Branden Copeland, Cassie Hatfield and Steph Mays.

The Pioneers are 14-28 to date.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Like the boys' basketball team, the girls qualified for the PIAA tournament last year. They finished the season with a 20-8 record and graduated just one senior.

While the Pioneers have yet to play in 2018, they enter a busy week with an overall record of 8-1, lead Section Two at 4-0 and ride a six game winning streak into their four game week.

The Pioneers come into the week after capturing the Hershey Tournament December 27-28. It is their second tournament title of the season, having won the Penn Manor Tip-Off tournament December 8-9.

L-S opened the Hershey tourney with a solid 52-30 win over Middletown. They held the Raiders to single digit scoring in all four quarters, including six in the fourth, to seal the win.

Laura Horner led all scorers with 15 points, including three triples, while Hanna Garber hit for double figures with 10. Emma Gochnauer (8), Sarah Gawne (6), Olivia Vranich (5), Nora Holmes (3), Brittney Zameroski (3) and Emma Drouillard (2) contributed to the balanced attack.

One night later, the Pioneers found themselves in their tightest game to date and pulled out a 37-34 victory over Hershey. While this was their closest final score to date, the Pioneers benefitted from two close games to start the year. They defeated Central York 38-33 in the season opener and then held off Ephrata 47-43.

L-S used a strong first quarter, outscoring the hosts 12-8, to generate momentum. They led 18-13 at the half and 24-18 heading into the final frame. Hershey won that quarter 14-13 but it wasn't enough to claim the tournament crown.

The Pioneers could have enjoyed a more comfortable final result but a dismal 4-of-12 free throws prevented that luxury.

Gochnauer pretty much handled the scoring duties, splashing in a game-high 23. Horner (5), Garber (4), Vranich (2), Gawne (2) and Zameroski (1) also contributed.

SWIMMING

The swim teams enter the 2018 season with a combined record of 1-5. They open Section Two action this week with home meets against Elizabethtown and Conestoga Valley.

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L-S Football Closes Season With District Semis Loss November 19, 2017

This past Friday, the Pioneers put their best foot forward as they faced No. 2 seed Bishop McDevitt but the No. 6 seed didn't quite have enough to pull off the upset. The Mid-Penn powerhouse Crusaders took advantage of turnovers and used some big plays to advance to the District Three Class 4A finals with a 47-17 home game win.

"It's kinda like how our year has gone," said head coach John Manion. "At times we have too many turnovers and we give up too many big plays. Two fumbles in the red zone were costly."

McDevitt (10-2) scored on its opening drive, chewing up six minutes of clock time and settling for a Chase Diehl touchdown pass to Nazir Burnett.

The Pioneers, who finished the season 7-5, looked up to the challenge as they moved the ball all the way to the Crusader 6-yard line before coughing up a fumble with 1:50 left in the first quarter. BM came back with a 90-yard drive that culminated with a 21-yard sprint by Qualik Davis. Joey Underwood blocked the extra point but the hosts were still in front, 13-0 early in the second frame.

Two plays later, the Pioneers fumbled again, and again McDevitt capitalized, this time Diehl, who finished with 221 yards on 13-of-16 passes, found Burnett with a 17-yard strike. L-S finally got on board when Peyton Denlinger booted a 20-yard field goal with 3.3 seconds left in the first half.

L-S opened the second half with possession but couldn't convert and were forced to punt. The Crusaders did not have the same problem. They converted with a 67-yard scamper by Davis who finished the night with 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Down 26-3, the Pioneers kept at it and worked their first TD of the night, an 8-yard burst by Joey Underwood midway through the third quarter. McDevitt countered with a one-yarder by Davis to reclaim the 23 point advantage and then extended that lead early in the fourth when Julian Jordan returned an interception 70-yards.

L-S kept battling, however, and mounted another run that resulted in Todd Shelley finding Kris Pirozzi with an 18-yard strike for the Pioneers' last score of the season. But McDevitt had the last say, capping the action with a five-yard run by CJ Reyes-Diggs.

"The effort was one of our best," said Manion. "The guys fought to the end and played hard."

Shelley finished with 276 passing yards on 22 of 43 attempts. Pirozzi and Cam Neimeyer each hauled in six passes for 79 and 77 yards respectively. Underwood collected four passes and Connor Blantz and Marc Wilson each grabbed three in a balanced effort.

"And we didn't give up a single sack which says a lot about the blocking of Marc Wilson and Drew Smith," Manion pointed out.

Smith led a 109-yard rushing attack with 49 yards and Shelley chipped in with 47.

Defensively, JT Hake led the way with ten solo tackles and Pirozzi added seven. Underwood finished with six, four for a loss and Damian Rosa recorded six tackles, one sack and forced a fumble.

"I thought Cam D'Imperio did a nice job on special teams with three blocks and Ben Cardwell added three tackles," added Manion.

"I felt the game was closer than the score indicates," he said. "They wore us down a bit in the second half.

"You're never happy with a loss but we went down fighting. There were no regrets."

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team officially closed its 2017 season last week with a banquet to celebrate their individual and team success. The following awards were recognized.

Selected to The NFHCA High School National Academic Squad for academic achievement (3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA or higher) while participating in a varsity sport were juniors Amelia Cope, Alexis Glass, Makayla Malcolm, Delaney McCormick and Katelyn Smith and seniors Megan Breneman, Hanna Garber and Laura Horner.

Breneman, Garber and Horner were also selected to the L-L Academic All-Star team as seniors who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout their academic career.

Scholar Athlete Award winners this year include sophomore Julia Smecker, junior Katelyn Smith and senior Megan Breneman.

The Rookie of the Year Award was given to Jocelyn Branco for her strong play at the defensive end of the field. "Jocelyn used her meticulous hand-eye coordination to stop 17 balls that were literally going across the line - that is an incredible number of defensive saves for one season," noted head coach Katrina Swarr.

The Pioneer Award, given to a player who not only demonstrates proficient individual skills, but also demonstrates leadership, commitment, discipline and sportsmanship, was given to Lily Nauman and Amelia Cope. Nauman ended the season as the top JV points leader with 11 goals and seven assists.

The Most Valuable Defensive Player Award went to Jenna Lapp while Outstanding Offensive Awards went to Hanna Garber and Laura Horner, the team's leading scorer with 17 goals and eight assists. Garber finished with 7 goals, eight assists and one defensive save.

The JV Most Valuable Offensive Player Award went to Alexis Glass while Jess Heisey received the JV Most Valuable Defensive Player Award.

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