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L-S Football Crushes Elco in District Opener November 5, 2018

Quarterback Sean McTaggart carried a wet and muddy football 20 times for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the tenth seed Pioneers past No. 7 Elco, 37-0, in a first-round game of the District Three Class 4A playoffs this past Friday night.

"We expected a closer game on the road against a team with eight wins," said head coach John Manion. "It was just incredible how well we hung on to the ball. All three phases of the game we played well. The offensive line did a great job opening holes and 11 different guys on defense had two tackles or more. It was a great team effort, especially on the defensive end."

The Pioneers, who entered the playoffs with a 5-5 record, opened the scoring with a 12-play, 70-yard march that culminated with McTaggart scoring from three yards out. He also ran for the first of three two-point conversions.

McTaggart's second TD of the night was a one-yard plunge, then a second two-point conversion that pushed the first quarter lead to 16-0. That touchdown was set up by Bryan McKim's 57-yard burst. McKim added 119-yards on 11 carries.

Lampeter's only score of the second quarter was another long march that went 60 yards in eight plays and finished with an Alex Knapp 3-yard scoring run, extending the lead to 24-0 at the break. The Pioneers outgained the Raiders (7-2 in Section Three) 228-52 in the first half, working 15 first downs to Elco's 2. The Raiders, who were 2-8 a year ago, finished with 97 total yards to Lampeter's 313.

The visitors tacked on two third quarter touchdowns to cap the scoring. McTaggart found pay dirt, or mud rather, from 20 yards out and Jacob Kopelman blocked a punt that was recovered by Joey Underwood in the end zone. A Seth Beers PAT settled the shutout.

"Joey does a lot of little things that probably go unnoticed," said Manion. "He had a 40-yard kickoff return, recovered that blocked punt and finished with six tackles, four for a loss. He had a tremendous all around effort."

Joining Underwood with six blocks each was Gabe Frederick and Jake Hines with Kopelman, who also had one sack, Joey Jordan, and Marcus Rosa joining a group effort in the defensive highlights.

Next up for the Pioneers, who finished 2-4 in Section Two, is a trip to Berks Catholic (8-2) for a quarterfinals clash.

"This week will certainly be a challenge," stated Manion. "Nobody thinks we can do it so we can play a bit more carefree."

TENNIS

After working her way through the District Three bracket, Sarah Capoferri settled for third place and qualified for the PIAA Championships which got underway this past Friday morning at the Hershey Raquet Club. Capoferri, a senior who ran cross country last year while recovering from a shoulder injury, suffered a 6-0, 6-0 opening round loss to Ashley Huang of North Allegheny, the eventual second place finisher.

SOCCER

Despite ending their season with a second round, 3-1, District Three loss to Lower Dauphin, the Pioneers earned a 10-7-4 overall record and received a handful of accolades for their efforts throughout the year. Elli Strauss (2 goals, 5 assists) and Emma Houck (2 goals, 3 assists) received First Team All-Star recognition. Strauss was also voted as an All L-L League Player. Second Team All-Stars included Lizzie Deardorff and Jenna Daveler while Maya Horst was an Academic All-Star. As a team, the Pioneers received the Sportsmanship Award and the coaching staff received the Coach of the Year Award.

"Our record was not what we had hoped for, but I was very pleased with our performance against high-level teams and I am proud of the girls for making it to the quarterfinals in districts for the second consecutive year," said head coach Emily Lebo.

VOLLEYBALL

Like the soccer team, the volleyball team found themselves on the playoff stage as well. Their season, however, ended with a L-L League playoff loss against top ranked Hempfield. The Pioneers, third in Section Two, ended the year with an 8-6 record and three all-stars. Haley Hoover and Betsy Brenneman, both middle blockers, received First Team all-star recognition while Lilly Hoke, an outside hitter, was a Second team selection.

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Pioneer Teams Compete In District Playoffs October 29, 2018

Last week was a big one for Lampeter-Strasburg athletes as five teams competed in the District Three playoffs.

The soccer teams got the post-season rolling last Monday. The girls', seeded 11th with a 7-6-4 record, traveled to No. 6 Susquehannock (10-5-1) for the opening round of the 3A bracket and came home with a 3-2 overtime upset victory. Having advanced to the District Three Class AAA semifinals last year and earning a berth in States, the Pioneers were no strangers to the playoffs.

The visitors took the opening lead 24 minutes into the first half when Maya Horst assisted Elli Strauss who served a rocket into the upper corner of the goal cage from the 18.

"Susquehannock had some quick transitions which were very dangerous," said head coach Emily Lebo, "but I would say we controlled the game."

Down 1-0 at the half, Susquehannock rose to the challenge and not only tied the score at the four minute mark but charged ahead 2-1.

The Pioneers, confident after notching that first half tally, tied the game with 2:30 left in regulation. Toby Harnish got in behind the defense, received a perfectly slotted ball by Lizzie Deardorff, and placed a shot to the back post.

With momentum in their favor, L-S came out strong in the extra period, scoring the game-winner in the 103rd minute. Strauss played a quick ball up the middle, finding Harnish in stride. "Toby took a few quick touches and chipped the ball over the keeper as she started to come off the line," Lebo recalled.

"Defensively, Jenna Daveler was a standout," Lebo added. "She handled their top player, who scored a majority of their goals this year."

Thursday, playing in the district quarterfinals for the second year in a row, the Pioneers traveled to Hummelstown to face No. 3 seed Lower Dauphin. The upset mojo, however, did not continue as the visitors' season, and a chance to qualify for states, ended with a 3-1 loss.

LD opened the scoring on a goal by Janessa Swartz eight minutes in. L-S battled back and knotted the game when McKenna Conklin redirected a shot that Strauss sent to the far post in the 25th minute.

Tied at the half, the Falcons took a 2-1 lead when Swartz connected for the second time. L-S appeared to be headed for a penalty kick less than a minute later but an apparent hand ball in the box was waved off.

Lower Dauphin (12-4-2) iced the victory with just over six minutes left.

Bella DiCamillo recorded seven saves in a game where L-S was outshot 10-6.

Also last Monday, the boys' soccer team opened district play with a road game at No. 6 West York but their season ended with a 2-0 loss.

The Bulldogs came in with a 13-3-1 record and shared the York-Adams League title with Susquehannock. The Pioneers were the fourth place team in Section Two (7-8 overall).

Aidan Clark put the Bulldogs on the board midway through the first half with teammate Alex McClellan adding a second half insurance goal.

"I thought we played pretty well," said head coach Gino DiSomma. "We just couldn't find the back of the net. The first goal they scored we were actually trying to send the ball back to the keeper to switch the play but the ball got caught up in the grass field and stopped halfway to the keeper. They beat us to the ball and finished.

"They had a good bit of size on us," he continued, "but I felt we were playing good soccer and generating some nice chances. Their keeper made some big saves. The last 20 minutes we pushed numbers forward, trying to get a goal or two. We did pin West York in their half most of that time but we just could not score. The seniors left it all out on the pitch."

Derek Eckman, with 12 goals and 4 assists, was the team's leading scorer this year. Caden Wise chipped in with 7 goals while Logan Heister added 3 goals and 5 assists.

Last year the Pioneers defeated Twin Valley 3-1 in the opening round of district play but lost a 2-0 result in the second round.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team made the short trip to Penn Manor last Wednesday night for their District Three opening round playoff game against a familiar New Oxford squad. The Pioneers, who opened districts last year with a 2-1 win over Susquehannock, lost 1-0 to New Oxford in the consolations. The Colonials survived this year as well, upending the Pioneers with a 2-1, come-from-behind final.

"I am shocked that we are done," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "This is definitely the most talented team I have coached since I have been here. They deserve to still be playing. This group of seniors has been a part of post-season play all four years," she continued. "This is the fourth year in a row we qualified for districts."

This time around L-S looked poised to avenge last year's loss. They controlled the tempo of play in the first half and took a 1-0 lead on their fourth corner of the game. Julz Garber sent the penalty corner insert to Chloe Blantz who fired a shot to the back of the cage.

New Oxford looked to even the score right before half but Summer Peters intercepted a cross in the final seconds of the half that more than likely would have knotted the score.

"Summer came out of nowhere to intercept that ball," stated Swarr. "She played very well and has improved throughout the season."

The Pioneers dominated the first half of the second 30 as well, working seven corners but coming up empty. The Colonials, however, got back in the game with a reverse stick goal at the 13:21 mark. They earned four more corners before taking a 2-1 lead on a breakaway goal with 2:10 left to play.

L-S (13-6 overall) worked the final two corners of the game but failed to cash in.

"I felt the game got extremely rough at the end but that doesn't take away the opportunities that we missed," Swarr said. "When they scored their first goal, we totally backed down and we really needed to step it up.

"I am losing some quality seniors; that is a tough way for them to go out," she added. "However, I hope that they have many positive memories and that they can look back and smile because that is what I think high school sports are all about."

For their efforts both on the field and in the classroom, the Pioneers were well represented in receiving all-star recognition. Academic all-stars included Amelia Cope, Alexis Glass, Kelsey Kimmel, Delaney McCormick, Makayla Malcolm and Katelyn Smith. Chloe Blantz, Daisy Frank, Abigail Thorius and Jocelyn Branco, who made another defensive save against New Oxford, are First Team all-stars. Julz Garber and Katelyn Smith were voted as Second Team selections while Julia Smecker is an Honorable Mention Selection.

VOLLEYBALL

After bowing out of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, the volleyball team had one week to regroup for District Three play which got underway this past Saturday. Seeded 11th, the Pioneers went up against No. 6 Dover (12-5) at York Suburban High School and saw their season come to an end with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-5 decision.

L-S battled in the first set and were within striking distance, 18-14, before the Eagles pulled away for the 25-19 win.

They regrouped in the second set and took an early lead behind some strong serving. Abbie Powell recorded three aces to spark a 7-2 advantage. L-S clung to a 12-10 lead before Dover went on a 9-2 run to go in front. Lillian Hoke put the Pioneers back on top, 20-19, with a kill and an ace but the Eagles scored six of the last seven points to finish on top.

Disappointed in the result, L-S came out flat in the third set. Dover charged ahead, scoring 14 straight points from the service line, 10 of them aces, and never looked back in the 25-5 victory.

CROSS COUNTRY

In the rain, and on a muddy course, the cross country teams competed in the District Three Championships at Big Spring High School this past Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, that is where their season ended as no run finished high enough to qualify for this weekend's PIAA Championships.

Jansen Miller, a senior, turned in the highest finish of the day, placing 45th (17:49) in a field of 241 runners and showing great improvement over last year's 206th place finish in 19:01.

Dan McMichael ran second for L-S, clocking a 19:09 for 187th place. Freshman Luka Vranich was close behind, placing 20th (19:24) with Thomas Sellers (249, 20:04) and Nathan Eberly (251st, 20:12) rounding out the counters. David Helms (252, 20:22) and Colten Morris (255, 20:22) rounded out the lineup.

The girls' squad was once again led by Michal Gordley. The junior, who clocked a 23:24 a year ago, crossed the line in 21:47 for 98th place. Junior teammate Colleen Gilbert was 12 places back with a 21:57. Kyla Drouillard, a senior improved 42 places with her 110th place finish in 21:57

Rounding out the top five was freshman Tori Smith (195th, 23:51) and Madi Helm (203rd, 24:08) with Molly Wissler (211, 24:25) and Hanna Schultheis (223, 25:18) also competing.

FOOTBALL

The Pioneers, with hopes of qualifying for the District Three playoffs, hosted second place Cocalico (5-1) this past Friday night in the last Section Two game of the season. While the hosts did not pull off the upset, suffering a lopsided 62-23 loss, they did qualify for playoffs and will travel to Elco this Friday night for first round action.

This one was close early. Cocalico jumped in front with an impressive 62-yard run by Noah Palm and L-S countered with a 12-yard strike from Sean McTaggart (14-27, 287 yds, 2 TD, 1 int) to Jacob Kopelman, knotting the score at 7-7.

The Eagles struck again, this time with a short 5-yard run by Garrett Longenecker while L-S settled for a 20-yard Seth Beers field goal, cutting the lead to 14-10.

The middle two frames, however, proved to be the difference as Cocalico exploded for 41 points while holding the hosts to 13, pushing the lead to 55-23 with one quarter left.

Alex Knapp scored a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Kopelman, who hauled in four passes for 90 yards, snagged a second TD pass from McTaggart, this one for 47 yards, in the third frame. Austin Stoltzfus finished with three catches for 87 yards.

The Pioneers committed two turnovers on the night and were held to 76 rushing yards, 39 belonging to Knapp.

Defensively, the Pioneers gave up 433 rushing yards. Cocalico QB Noah Palm led that attack with 235 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns.

Kopelman and Gabe Frederick highlighted the defensive efforts with seven tackles each with James Hake and Cam D'Imperio adding six apiece.

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L-S Football Upends Visiting Elizabethtown October 22, 2018

The Pioneer football team broke up a three game losing streak with a 20-13 come-from-behind win over Elizabethtown this past Friday night, leaving the homecoming crowd with something to cheer about.

The Bears came in riding a three game winning streak and were averaging 380 yards off offense. Their quarterback, Cole Patrick, is the L-L passing leader. But none of that seemed to matter to the Pioneer defense. L-S held Patrick to 168 passing yards and picked the senior signal caller three times. They also held the Bears to a mere one-yard rushing thanks to six sacks.

"We definitely needed a win in our last two games to have a chance at playoffs," said head coach John Manion. "And, between the whistles, I couldn't have been more proud of our team, especially the defense. After a couple rough weeks, the defense played, by far, their best game in years."

J.T. Hake and Cam D'Imperio anchored that defense with 10 tackles each. Hake also had four defensed passes while D'Imperio added a sack and three hurries. Joey Underwood chipped in with five tackles for a loss, including 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.

"Logan Bradley stood out in the secondary with his best game of the year," Manion pointed out. "He finished with five tackles a two interceptions."

Meanwhile the Elizabethtown defense struggled to stop the Pioneer offense which racked up 232 rushing yards. Sean McTaggart finished with 80 yards and one TD. Alex Knapp added 56 yards and a TD and Underwood finished with 54 yards and a rushing score.

Underwood opened the scoring with a 10-yard run in the first quarter. The Bears responded with a solid second quarter, scoring first a 38-yard field goal before picking up a 45-yard TD pass from Patrick to Alex Diahn to go in front 10-7. The Bears were poised to extend the lead and grab some momentum before the break but instead the Pioneer defense made a goal line stand with time running out.

"We gained some momentum when we stopped them before the half," said Manion, "and then we scored on our first drive of the second half."

That drive ended with a 3-yard run by Knapp and put L-S in front 13-10. But not for long as E-town came back to knot the score with a 28-yard field goal late in the third.

The Pioneers scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over four minutes left when McTaggart ran it in from nine yards out. Seth Beers connected on his second PAT of the night for the 20-13 lead.

"It was a nice win for the homecoming crowd and gives us a chance at qualifying for districts," Manion said. "We finish the regular season with a home game against Cocalico. It's going to be a tough week, but the kids are motivated for the challenge."

VOLLEYBALL

The girls' volleyball team, on the brink of the L-L League playoffs, wrapped up the regular season with a shutout over Manheim Central on Monday and a 3-1 result over Solanco two nights later. They followed that up with an opening round playoff loss to Manheim Township Friday night.

While the Pioneers blanked the Barons, it wasn't a walk in the park. They pulled out 25-22 wins in each of the first two sets and took the third 25-14.

"We were giving up strings of points in the first two sets and had to fight our way out," said assistant coach Chad Brenneman. "Our serve receive was solid but we couldn't connect on the outside and had too many unforced errors. We battled through those struggles and got back to form in set three, winning easily," he continued. "We gave them a goal of holding Manheim to no more than six points after a Baron time out and they held them to four."

Betsy Brenneman turned in a solid night all around, leading with 4 aces, 9 digs and 3 blocks. Lilly Hoke was a bright spot with 9 kills.

Wednesday the Pioneers hosted Solanco on a night they celebrated seniors Haley Hoover, Sarah Stoltzfus, Alexa Troiano, Betsy Brenneman and Marissa Petersheim. They grabbed some early momentum, winning 25-19 in the first set but struggled in the second, falling short 25-21. L-S regrouped and took care of business, winning 25-16, 25-13.

"We started a modified lineup and tried to get as many girls as possible, time on the court," noted Brenneman. "But that second set loss was due to poor passing, miscommunication and not making smart plays by all the girls. We got refocused in the last two sets and put the match away."

Brenneman's 12 kills, along with 7 aces by Petersheim, sparked the offense, along with 35 assists by Stoltzfus. Hoover recorded 15 digs and Petersheim put up a pair of blocks as the Pioneers improved to 8-6 overall.

Friday's opening round of the League Playoffs at Lancaster Mennonite pitted L-S against Section One champ Hempfield. The undefeated Knights advanced with an easy sweep, winning 25-8, 25-16, 25-4.

Holding a 9-5 lead in the first set, Hempfield pulled away with a 16-3 run. L-S picked it up a notch in the second set, rallying from a ten point deficit, 17-7, to pull within four, 19-15 but it wasn't enough. The Knights closed out the match with an 11-0 third set run.

Hoke led with 3 kills, Brenneman served one ace and put up one block, Sofia Campbill scrambled for 3 digs and Stoltzfus added 7 setter assists.

The Pioneers will continue their post-season in the District Three tournament this week.

FIELD HOCKEY

After wrapping up a third place finish in Section Two, the field hockey team opened its post-season last Tuesday night in Millersville where they met Section One heavyweight, Penn Manor.

The Comets, undefeated in section play, were looking to get back to the championship game and were not about to let L-S stand in their way. The hosts went in front, not quite two minutes in, on a penalty stroke by Emma DeBerdine, and never looked back. DeBerdine and Gabby Bitts both recorded hat tricks as the Comets, with six different scorers, advanced with an 11-0 victory.

The Pioneers almost prevented the shutout, scoring what looked to be a goal off a corner late in the first half but "the ball never came out of the circle and was denied," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I really thought we could stay in the game with them.

"Delaney McCormick (7 saves) and Alexis Garrett (2) both had some really nice saves and did well in goal," she added.

"Right now we need to focus on scoring and stick-to-stick passing," she added. "Our defense has been pretty solid."

The Pioneers open District Three play Wednesday against New Oxford. The game is slated for 5:30 at Comet Field. "I have very high hopes for us," Swarr stated.

CROSS COUNTRY

The harrier teams competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School and came home with a pair of medals. Micah Gordley, who was 81st a year ago, and Jansen Miller both finished in 20th place to lead their respective teams.

The girls finished 12th out of 19 teams and finished ahead of both Octorara and Elco who were the third and fourth place teams, respectively, in Section Two, ahead of Lampeter's fifth place effort. Gordley's 20:34 was the top Pioneer time. Golleen Gilbert, also a junior, placed 29th with a 21:05 with freshman Tori Smith running third for L-S and clocking a 22:20 for 61st place. Rounding out the top five counters was senior Kayla Drouillard (90th, 23:23) and Madi Helms (96th, 23:39) with Hannah Schultheis (97th, 23:40), Molly Wissler (99th, 23:42) and Gabrielle Burdge (101st, 23:51) close behind.

"All but one of the girls ran personal best times," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "They ran very well overall."

On the boy's side, Miller, who was 25th a year ago, clocked a 17:10 and will be recognized as a Section Two first team all-star. Joining him will be David Helms and Gordley as second team all-stars.

The Pioneers placed 18th as a team, four places behind Manheim Central, whom they shared the Section Two title with. Colton Morris ran second for L-S, placing 96th with a personal best 18:57. Luka Vranich (108th, 19:08) followed and was the 15th freshman to cross the line. Rounding out the top five was Daniel McMichael (116th, 19:18) and senior Thomas Sellers (119th, 19:24). Sophomore Nathan Eberly (121st, 19:28), Zack Kingsley (123rd, 19:35) and David Helms (135th, 19:56) rounded out the lineup.

Both squads qualify for the District Three Championships which take place this weekend at Big Spring High School.

GOLF

Katie Lapinsky was Lampeter's lone representative in the PIAA Eastern Regional Golf Championships held last Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood. While the sophomore was just eight strokes from qualifying for states, head coach Mike Chioda felt she was ahead of schedule.

"Katie shot an 88 and the cut was 81," Chioda noted. "But she's a year ahead of schedule. To get to Regionals as a sophomore is a great accomplishment. She was nine over par on four holes but has grown by leaps and bounds this season."

Pennsbury's Jade Gu, with a 1-under par 72 was the overall winner. The top 13 qualified for states. Lapinsky carded the eighth lowest sophomore score.

GIRLS' SOCCER

In their last scheduled game of the season, the girls' soccer team gained some much needed momentum as they pulled off a 2-1 home victory over Hershey last Monday afternoon. They finish the regular season at 8-6-4 overall.

McKenna Conklin put the hosts in front with a first half goal while M Horst provided not only her first goal of the season but what proved to be the game-winner in the second half. Hershey, despite being outshot 12-6, kept things interesting and scored their only goal of the game after intermission.

The Pioneers open District Three competition this week as the 11th seed.

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Boys' XC and Golf Team Secure Section Titles October 15, 2018

Last week two Pioneer squads secured section titles. The boys' cross country team, on Tuesday, defeated Annville-Cleona, 18-47, and Lancaster Mennonite, 28-33, to secure their first ever Section Two title while the golf team followed up with a sweep in their last league meet of the season, securing their eighth section crown.

On the road Tuesday, Jansen Miller and David Helms finished 3rd (18:16) and 4th (19:16) overall, following two Blazers to the finish line and placing ahead of another. But the Pioneers' Daniel McMichael (19:23), Thomas Sellers (19:48), Zach Kingsley (20:03) and Luka Vranich (20:03) packed it in after that, securing 7th through 11th, respectively, to sweep the competition. Jacob Long (14th), Nathan Eberly (15th), Jared Chin (18th), Grant Kuhn (19th) and Nick Smucker (20th) added top 20 finishes.

The girls' team pulled out a 27-28 thriller over Annville-Cleona and topped the Blazers 27-37. Micah Gordley (3rd, 22:27) and Colleen Gilbert (4th, 22:27) continue to lead the pack with Tori Smith (7th, 23:43), Kyla Drouillard (8th, 23:51) and Hanna Schultheis (11th, 24:59) rounding out the top five. Madeline Helm (15th), Gabrielle Burdge (16th), Molly Wissler (17th), Megan Stratton (19th) and Jasmine Thompson (20th) earned top 20 finishes.

GOLF

The golf team, just two games ahead of Octorara, swept the field Tuesday afternoon at Meadia Heights to claim their section title. "I felt it would be a long shot for Octorara to catch us," said head coach Mike Chioda. "But we went to Solanco one year with a two game lead and did not come home with the title. It helped that Octorara was missing two starters."

Austin Lauver's 77 was the second lowest score of the day and led the way. Matt Wilson (80), Pat Holmes (84) and Katie Lapinsky (87) rounded out the top four counters with Gehrig Harsh right on pace with a 91.

"Austin was a big help this year," noted Chioda. "He lived in Florida last year so it was good to have him back. And Pat missed the first two matches with a baseball injury and wasn't sure he'd be able to play at all so that was a welcome addition as well."

TENNIS

The Pioneers competed individually in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament which concluded early last week at Conestoga Valley. Lampeter's No. 1 player, Sarah Capoferri, was knocked to the consolations which a 6-1, 6-4 semifinals loss to Township's Emily Garvin and then settled for fourth place in Flight One after dropping a 6-2, 6-3 result against Township' Avery Palandjian.

Also advancing to Monday's action was Ryan Gerhardt, in Flight Four. Gerhardt outlasted CV's Sophia Steed 7-5, 7-5 in the semis and then came from behind to claim the Flight Four championship with a 5-7, 6-2, 11-9 win over Claire Andrews of Cedar Crest.

She also teamed with Kendal Winters in the Flight Three doubles championships and pulled out a 9-7 title win in the 8 game pro set over CV's Steed and Hannah Kapchinske.

Capoferri continued her post-season play in the District 3 Class 3A singles competition which got underway this past Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. The senior posted a 6-0, 6-4 win over CV's Catherine Scala and then pulled out a 7-6 (5), 6-3 quarterfinals win over Alexa Schwab of Central Dauphin.

In Saturday's semifinal match, Capoferri fell short 6-3, 6-3 against Conrad Weiser's Alex Pancu but kept her season alive with a 6-5, 7-5 third place win over Cedar Cliff's Kali Aughenbaugh. The top three medalists advance to the PIAA Championships.

BOYS' SOCCER

With playoffs here, the boys' soccer team was looking to improve their record with a pair of league wins last week. Unfortunately, they came up a bit short, twice, and sit in fourth place in Section Two with a 4-6 record and are 7-8 overall.

Monday afternoon the team hosted Elizabethtown (10-5-2 overall) and gave the Bears a run for their money in a 2-1 overtime loss.

The Bears, who won 2-0 in their first half meeting, took a 1-0 lead on a goal in the 14th minute and held that lead at the break.

"We showed up in the second half with a lot more intensity and passion and started to take it to them," said head coach Gino DiSomma. "With so many injuries, we were just coming around to having a full squad. We pressed them up high and were really knocking the last 25 minutes until we finally put one in."

L-S knotted the score on a set piece won from 35 yards out. Seth Beers took the kick and placed it right on Logan Heister's head as he made a run in the box and flicked the header over E-town's keeper.

"It was a beautiful goal but sadly we lost Nick Salagado on that play," said DiSomma. "He is out for the season. We had two good chances to win in regulation but the keeper made a nice save on one and the other was just wide."

The Bears scored the game-winner just seven minutes into the extra period. "We got caught off guard and with a quick counter and they scored," DiSomma recalled. "The mental aspect of this game is so crucial. We have struggled with that this year and it has cost us. Hopefully it comes together for a nice district run."

Wednesday the Pioneers traveled to Ephrata for the Mounts senior night but came home with a 1-0 loss.

"They knew a win would get them into the post season," stated DiSomma. "We played some beautiful soccer for 65 of the 80 minutes. It was one of our best games of the season and we had some good chances that just didn't go our way."

With both teams collecting 9 shots, Ephrata scored on a header in the first half. "We came out very passionate in the second half but their keeper made some good saves down the stretch to hold onto the win."

FIELD HOCKEY

With the post season here, the field hockey team took care of business last week, collecting three wins and pushing their league record to 10-4-0 for third place in Section Two.

They opened the week with a harder-than-it-needed-to-be 3-2 overtime victory at Garden Spot on Monday. The Pioneers doubled the Spartans in corners (10-5) and led 15-7 in shots on goal but still needed OT to win.

"We struggle every time we play at Garden Spot," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "And we still haven't solved the corner issue. We either struggle receiving the pass or struggle to get the shot off. Thank goodness for our defensive saves (1 each for Kimmel and Malcolm); they keep us in games."

Spot jumped in front with a goal in the ninth minute. Julia Smecker's goal in the 15th minute knotted the score. That lasted almost 15 minutes as the hosts pushed ahead with a go ahead goal just seconds before the halftime buzzer.

Smecker found the back of the cage early in the second half, tying the score at 2-2 and neither team budged after that, sending the game to extra minutes.

It was there that L-S had the last say. Julz Garber picked up a ball that was coming out of the circle and sent it to Daisy Frank, whose timing was perfect. She dribbled toward the keeper, pulled to her right and slammed it to the back of the cage at the 2:55 mark.

Wednesday the Pioneers hosted Cocalico for senior night and collected their second win of the week, 3-1. Chloe Blantz scored early, Summer Peters tipped one in late, and Cocalico scored in between for a 2-1 Pioneer lead at the break. Smecker's second half goal provided a little insurance. Frank added two assists.

"All seven seniors started and played half of the game," said Swarr. "That left my top two scorers (Blantz and Frank) out for longer than usual. Chloe entered the game and 30 seconds later found the back of the cage."

Despite a 0-0 first half score against a struggling McCaskey squad, L-S rallied with three second half goals to earn their third win of the week. Frank, Garber and Smecker handled the scoring with Blantz recording one assist.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The girls' soccer team capped their regular season with a hard-fought 0-0 tie against Ephrata (16-2-1) last Wednesday night at home. They finish 4-4-2 in Section Two and are 7-6-4 overall.

"That sure felt like a win," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Considering they have won all but two games this year and we have been struggling to get in the positive, I was very happy with our performance. It could have easily been a win had we not had two shots hit the post.

"As a team, they all stood out defensively," she added. "I do feel that we have one of the strongest defensive teams in all of the L-L League. Everyone has come together and we are high pressure defense all over the field. That defense has been led by senior Elli Strauss and freshman Jenna Daveler."

The Pioneers were ranked 12th in districts, before the Ephrata game.

On Tuesday, a first half goal by Toby Harnish and a second half tally by Emma Gochnauer propelled the Pioneers to a 2-1 win over Elizabethtown. Strauss dished out one assist and Bella DiCamillo, who recorded eight saves against Ephrata, needed just one against the Bears to earn the win.

VOLLEYBALL

In their only league match last week, the volleyball team slipped to 6-4 in Section Two with a 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-14) loss to second place Elizabethtown on Tuesday.

The Pioneers served up nine aces on the night, three each by Elizabeth Brenneman, Haley Hoover and Sarah Stoltzfus, but it wasn't enough. Hoover chipped in with 7 kills but it didn't quite offset E-town's Rebecca Epps who put down 10. Sofia Campbell added 11 digs, Stoltzfus put up 19 assists and Brenneman added a pair of blocks as L-S sits in third place in the standings.

FOOTBALL

The football team traveled to Quarryville Friday night in hopes of retaining the Milk Jug Trophy. Instead, they came home empty handed as the Mules used a 27-0 run through the second quarter to propel them to a 48-27 win on senior night.

"Their offense is very good and we didn't execute as well as we wanted to," said head coach John Manion. "They were just the better team."

The Pioneers scored the first touchdown of the night, a 3-yard scamper by Sean McTaggart, and the last two touchdowns of the game; a 12-yard run by McTaggart and a 70-yard scoring pass from McTaggart to Jake Kopelman (7 solo tackles). In between, however, the Mules piled up seven touchdowns, including six straight that ran a 7-7 tie to a 41-7 Solanco advantage.

L-S slowed the bleeding with a 73-yard pass play from McTaggart to Bryan McKim (75 yards on 7 carries) in the third quarter. They outscored the Mules 20-14 in the second half.

McTaggart completed 11 of 22 attempts for 251 yards with three of them going to Joey Underwood.

"Sean threw well," said Manion. "A couple of those passes were just dropped. I thought the O-line was solid too, especially Jack Eckman, and Kopelman, at safety and receiver had a good night.

"The kids were ready to play but when we fell behind, we kind of got away from what we wanted," he added. "We have homecoming this week so we should be able to bounce back."

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Pioneers Break Out With 6-0 Win Over McCaskey October 8, 2018

With three games last week, the Pioneers were hoping a 6-0 victory over McCaskey on Tuesday would have ignited some momentum for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, a 1-0 loss to Mechanicsburg and a 0-0 tie with Garden Spot played out the week.

Jenna Daveler and Makena Conklin each scored twice to pace the attack against the winless Red Tornado.

Thursday's outing against the top ranked AAA school was not a walk in the park. The Pioneers fought to lead 8-6 in shots on goal but were out cornered 6-3 and failed to find the back of the net.

"I was pleased with our play," said head coach Emily Lebo. "We were the first team to hold them to just one goal. The girls' gave a gutsy performance and showed they can play with anyone."

Unfortunately that showing didn't result in a win on Friday as the Pioneers battled Garden Spot to a 0-0 tie despite holding a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal.

FOOTBALL

The football team went against some stiff competition this past Friday night and came home with an even stiffer 43-7 loss to the undefeated Barons of Manheim Central.

The Barons wasted little time in setting the tone for their homecoming game, taking the opening kickoff 85-yards to the house and never looking back. Manheim led 19-0 in the first quarter, outscored the visitors 17-7 in the second frame and scored the only touchdown of the second half, a 14-yard strike that completed the scoring.

"They were, by far, the better team," said head coach John Manion. "They outplayed us. I do think our defense improved in the second half. Offensively, we had three nice drive for the game."

Lampeter's lone score came early in the second quarter when Sean McTaggart found Joey Underwood with a 31-yard strike. McTaggart completed 16-of-29 attempts for 113 yards with Underwood hauling in five of them for 31 yards. Bryan McKim and Austin Stoltzfus also had three receptions for a combined 42 yards.

In the rushing department, however, the Pioneers were slow to get going and finished with just 47 yards. McKim had 18 of those yards.

"Defensively, Joey and Gabe Frederick just played great," said Manion. "They each finished with 16 tackles. It would have been a much longer night without them on the field.

"Jacob Kopelman should also be complimented," he continued. "He had five tackles, a sack and two blocked punts but even more noticeable was that he had the right attitude all night."

The Pioneers travel to Quarryville this week to defend the Milk Jug Trophy.

"Their offense is clicking and we're coming off a tough game," stated Manion of the matchup with Solanco. "We're going to have to find our motivation quick."

GOLF

Austin Lauver, Matt Wilson and Kate Lapinsky competed in the District Three Golf Championships that got underway at Briarwood Golf Course last Friday. Lauver' 78 tied for the ninth lowest score on Friday. Lapinsky, playing on the West Course, carded an 80, tying for the fifth lowest score on the par-71 course. Both golfers qualified for day two. Wilson, however missed the 80 cut by one stroke.

"He's just a freshman so this was a good start for him," said head coach Mike Chioda.

Saturday action saw Lauver miss the two-day 156 cut for Regionals by three strokes.

"For 34 of 36 holes, Austin was in position to qualify for Regionals," said Chioda. "He just had a tough break on 17 with a double bogey.

"Kate, however, did qualify," he continued. "Her 80 on Friday along with Saturday's 79 were her two best rounds of the season. I think her prior best was an 84 and this course is a bit longer than what she's used to," he added. "Last year, as a freshman, she qualified for day one but didn't make the Regional cut. This year she finished alone in sixth place."

Regionals will take place October 15 at Golden Oaks. Prior to that, the Pioneers will look to claim the Section Two crown in their last section match of the season this week.

VOLLEYBALL

Playing twice last week, the volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to the top team in Section Two, Garden Spot, on Tuesday but bounced back with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ephrata on Thursday.

The Pioneers got off to a slow start against the Spartans, falling behind 9-0 in the first set and never quite getting on a roll. They lost 25-11, 25-15, 25-20.

"We did get stronger as the match continued but couldn't find our passing groove," said assistant coach Chad Brenneman. "They served tough (10 aces) and our serve receive wasn't where we needed it to be. Plus we made too many serving errors.

"Our net play wasn't bad and our middle blockers, Haley Hoover and Betsy Brenneman, led the way with three kills each," he added.

Brenneman also led with three aces and added a pair of blocks while Hoover recorded four digs. Also contributing was Sarah Stoltzfus with 10 assists.

After blanking Ephrata 3-0 at home back on Sept. 11, the Pioneers found the going a bit tougher on the road but pulled out a 3-2 thriller.

"We went with a completely new lineup and rotation to try and maximize our serve receive success," said Brenneman. "Unfortunately the experiment didn't go as planned and we dropped the first and third sets, but came out on top in the fifth set after returning to our original lineup."

The hosts jumped out with a 25-11 first set win and rode that momentum the rest of the night, making L-S work for every point. The Pioneers came back in the second set and pulled out a 25-23 thriller only to see Ephrata answer with a 30-28 third set win. L-S stifled that momentum with a solid 25-18 fourth set and recorded the win with a tougher 16-14 final set.

Kyra Hersh served up 8 aces on the night and Brenneman added five solo blocks.

TENNIS

Playing in both the team playoffs and the L-L League Flight Tournament made for a busy week for the girls tennis team.

Monday they faced Lancaster Country Day at CV and came away with a 3-1 victory. Sarah Capoferri, at No. 1, and Izzy Brown, playing No. 3, both secured straight set wins while Sierra Stoltzfus and Nora Holmes earned a come-from-behind three set win in doubles to cap the result.

In Tuesday's semifinal round, moved to Racquet Club West, the girls battled Manheim Township, the top team in Section One, and were dealt a 3-0 setback. The Streaks went on to beat CV for the team title.

In the Flight Tournament, Capoferri, seeded 3rd, will battle for third place this week having advanced to the semifinals with straight set wins over Penn Manor's Julia Ward and MC's Hanna Kowalski. She was bounced to the consolation bracket with a straight set loss to Township's Emily Gavin.

In Flight 2, fourth seed Larson Kessler opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Garden Spot's Paige Kemper before bowing out with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Catholic's Angelle San Jose.

Brown, also seeded fourth, bowed out with a 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 loss to PV's Adalie Clemmer while Ryan Gerhardt, playing No. 4, had the best showing of all, advancing all the way to the finals. She opened with a straight set win over Spot's Leah Strausser and dispatched Hempfield's Tierney Cantwell 6-1, 6-1 before working a 6-3, 6-1 upset over top seed Sophie Steed of CV.

Gerhardt will face No. 2 seed Claire Andrews, of Cedar Crest, in this week's finals.

CROSS COUNTRY

The boys' cross country team kept pace with Manheim Central last week, collecting wins over Columbia and Garden Spot to remain in a tie for first place with a 10-1 record. In their only home meet of the season, the Pioneers blanked a depleted Columbia squad 15-55 and dominated the Spartans as well, 18-45.

Jansen Miller outran the field with a first place time of 17:18. David Helms clocked an 18:23, along with Garden Spot's Jeremy Risser, but earned second by a nudge. Daniel McMichael (18:38), Nathan Eberly (18:41), and Luka Vranich (18:47) claimed 4th through 6th to round out the counters while Thomas Sellers (8th, 19:09) and Colten Morris (9th, 19:10) finished in the top ten.

"Finally a nice day to run but our course has been muddy all season," noted head coach Mari Cunningham. "Our course is usually pretty fast but the muddy conditions slow you down. Despite the conditions, and the fact that the other two teams were pretty small, half of our team clocked season personal records," she added. "Jansen pulled away fairly early in the race and was never challenged."

The girls' posted similar results, blanking the Tide, 15-55 and cruising past the Spartans, 20-42. Micah Gordley pushed out to a first place finish in 21:36 with teammate Colleen Gilbert just ten seconds back in second. Tori Smith split up a pair of Spartan runners for fourth (22:56) with the pack of Kyla Drouillard (6th, 23:34), Molly Wissler (7th, 23:56) and Hannah Schultheis (8th, 24:08) closing out the scoring. Gabrielle Burdge also earned a top ten finish, placing 10th in 24:33.

"Micah ran well in the lead for the girls," said Cunningham.

FIELD HOCKEY

Despite scoring a season-high 12 goals in a win over Solanco on Friday, the field hockey team went just 1-2 on the week, suffering a 9-1 defeat against undefeated Donegal on Monday and a 1-0 overtime loss against Manheim Central Wednesday.

"I thought our defense was outstanding against Donegal," praised head coach Katrina Swarr. "Kate Smith and Makayla Malcom each had one defensive save and Jocelyn Branco had three. They stalled many opportunities. And it is nice to score against them," Swarr added of Malcom's second half tally that was assisted by Chloe Blantz.

Unfortunately, Donegal has MacKenzie Allessie, who went over 300 career goals earlier in the week and finished with seven against the Pioneers.

Looking to avenge a 3-1 first half loss to the Barons on Wednesday, L-S again controlled the stats department, holding a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 13-4 lead in corners. That, however, did not lead to a goal scored. Scoreless through regulation, the Barons broke through at the 12:28 mark in overtime.

"Our corners just aren't working right now," explained Swarr. "We were struggling to get the shot off recently but Wednesday we struggled to receive the insert. Hopefully we can correct those issue quickly. I still think we are the better team but we could not finish!

"We did move a couple players around to have some more help on defense, who played extremely well, but maybe that wasn't such a good idea," she added.

Friday's dominating win over Solanco featured eight different goal scorers with Kelsey Kimmel's hat trick leading the way. Daisy Frank, who assisted three times, and Julia Smecker, with two assists, chipped in with two goals each. Abby Thorius, Branco, Summer Peters, and Blantz each added one goal as L-S tallied seven goals in the first half.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team picked up a pair of wins last week and improved to 4-4 in Section Two and 7-6 overall.

Derek Eckman's two goal first half provided all the offense L-S needed in a 2-1 win over McCaskey last Tuesday. Logan Heister was credited with one assist and Calieb Wigley needed just four saves to pick up the win.

Playing at home again on Friday, the Pioneers got off to another strong start, scoring three goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 win over Garden Spot. Eckman picked up two more goals and was joined by Caden Wise who also found the back of the net twice.

Wrigley (5) and Collin Reinacher (1) both saw time in goal and combined for six saves while Jared Rice and Noah Davis dished out their first assists of the season.

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Miller Wins But Barons Hold Off Pioneers October 1, 2018

In a battle to stay on top of the Section Two standings, the Pioneers went up against Manheim Central and Lancaster Catholic last Tuesday on a wet and muddy course at Franklin and Marshall. The top three teams in the section went toe-to-toe and when the final runner crossed the line, it was Manheim Central pushing to the top. The Barons barely defeated L-S 27-29 and improved to 8-1. The Pioneers defeated the Crusaders 15-47 and sit in second place at 7-2.

"This was a big meet for the boys," said Mari Cunningham. "Coming in, Catholic was undefeated, like us, and Manheim had one loss. The boys were excited and ran well."

Jansen Miller and Central's Carson Hepner ran side-by-side through most of the race so it was no surprise that the two sprinted to the finish the same way. Miller, however, nudged ahead by less than a second as both clocked an 18:32.

Lampeter's David Helm crossed in fourth place overall with an 18:50 and Luka Vranich followed two Barons to the line, placing 7th in 19:17. Teammates Daniel McMichael (8th, 19:32) and Zach Kingsley (9th, 19:35) were right behind with Nathan Eberly rounding out the top five in 11th place (19:41).

Thomas Sellers (14th), Colten Morris (20th), Jared Chin (21st) and Josiah Zehr (25th) also placed in the top 25.

"Although the times didn't reflect it, all the boys put forth a great effort," said Cunningham.

The girls' team had a bigger challenge as they faced an undefeated Baron squad and a Crusader team that was fighting to stay with L-S in the standings. The Barons, with three of the top four place-winners, defeated the Pioneers 22-33. L-S, however, earned a 22-39 victory over the Crusaders and move to 4-5 in the standings.

Micah Gordley (5th, 22:33), Colleen Gilbert (6th, 23:15) and Kyla Drouillard (7th, 23:36) were top three for L-S with Tori Smith (9th, 23:52) placing in front of Catholic's two and three runners. Madeline Helm (25:23), Molly Wissler (25:27), Hannah Schultheis (25:37) and Gabrielle Burdge (26:08) sealed Catholic's fate, placing 13th through 16th respectively. Danae Ranck also contributed with an 18th place finish.

"The girls' were competitive as well," lauded Cunningham. "The course was very muddy by the time they ran but they did their best for the conditions. Micah ran a great race," she continued, "and stayed close to the top MC and LC girls the whole time. And our three freshmen are adding a lot to the team, running as part of our top eight!"

GOLF

On a soggy Conestoga Country Club course last Monday, three Pioneer golfers qualified for districts with their performance at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships.

Austin Lauver, with an 80, was Lampeter's top finisher, carding the fifth lowest score while Matt Wilson tied for the ninth lowest score of the day with an 84.

"Austin is probably fifth or sixth in 3A," said head coach Mike Chioda, "and they only take 20 so to be in the top 10 is a nice effort."

On the girls' side, Katie Lapinsky, who needed to score a 104 or better to qualify, carded an 85 and finished third overall.

Also competing at the league championships was Pat Holmes, Gehrig Harsh, Steward McClain, and Julian Lauver.

TENNIS

Playing twice last week, the tennis team, at 5-0, remained on top of the standings with wins over Donegal and Manheim Central.

The Pioneers earned their 8th shutout on Monday against the Indians. Sarah Capoferri and Larson Kessler scored an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles while Sierra Stoltzfus and Izzy Brown put up the best numbers with an 8-2 result at No. 2. Ryan Gerhardt and Kendall Winters wrapped up doubles play with an 8-6 win.

Capoferri, Kessler, Brown and Gerhardt rounded out the scoring with straight set wins at No. 1 through 4 singles, respectively. Kessler's win was a 6-0, 6-0 shutout.

Expecting a tougher challenge against a 6-1 Baron squad, L-S dominated. Capoferri and Nora Holmes cruised to an 8-1 No. 1 win while Brown and Stoltzfus had the toughest draw of the day but prevailed 8-5 at No. 2. Gerhardt and Winters gave L-S a 3-0 lead with an 8-3 win.

Capoferri, Kessler and Brown all won in straight sets to secure the team win. Gerhardt tried to make it a clean sweep but lost 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team battled the top two teams in Section Two last week and posted mixed results. Monday they scored a 1-0 upset over Ephrata, the top squad in the section, 1-0 and Thursday came out on the wrong side of a 3-1 result against Manheim Central.

Seth Beers scored what proved to be the game winner just 11 minutes into the first half despite the Mounts, previously undefeated in section play, holding a 9-1 advantage in corners.

"It was a beautiful volley by Seth from outside the 18," said head coach Gino DiSomma. "And we were able to hold on despite giving up a ton of corners and playing without Derek Eckman (illness) and Chase Petersheim (concussion). The team dug deep and everyone pitched in, one way or another,"

Thursday's outing saw the Barons, who led the section in goals scored with 22, find the back of the net three times in the first half to take control. The Pioneers sured up the defense after the break and prevented the shutout with a goal by Caden Wise just two minutes in.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team, as expected, improved to 5-2 in Section Two play last week, defeating a pair of teams with just one win each.

Tuesday, with a mixed lineup, L-S defeated Solanco 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 18-25, 25-19) and Thursday blanked Lebanon (25-13, 25-10, 25-15).

"We started a different lineup in the first and third sets against Solanco," noted assistant coach Chad Brenneman. "We started three freshmen and a sophomore. This was an opportunity for the younger girls to get some court time. They did fall behind 9-0 in that first set but came back without substituting the starters back in. It was great to see them face that adversity and not get rattled."

The starters returned to the court in the second set where Betsy Brenneman and setter Sara Stoltzfus (29 assists) found a rhythm and were able to control the middle attack well.

Set three gave the reserves another opportunity. "We made a conscious decision to let them play out the set, win or lose," said Brenneman.

The fourth set proved to be more difficult than need be as untimely errors let Solanco hang around. "Ultimately, we served well and got our serve receive under control to close it out," Brenneman said.

Brenneman led the attack with 11 kills and 4 aces. Haley Hoover also chipped in with 5 aces and Anya Myers added 4 kills. Camryn Beiler and Leah Denlinger anchored the defense with 6 digs each.

Hoover led the way on Thursday, recording 5 kills, 3 blocks and 11 digs against Lebanon. Kyra Hersh turned in 7 aces and Stoltzfus put up 21 assists to round out the stat leaders.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Playing four games in six days, the girls' soccer team slipped to 4-5-2 overall as they managed just one win, a 2-1 nod over Penn Manor on Wednesday.

"With a handful of injuries and moving players to new positions, I was thrilled to put two balls in the back of the net," said head coach Emily Lebo.

Toby Harnish opened the scoring just 4:30 in and Emma Gochnauer made it a 2-0 game in the 33rd minute. Danielle Dipace and Kim Kouterick were credited with the assists.

The Comets prevented the shutout with a goal midway through the second half but Bella DiCamillo, with six saves, kept the score from getting closer.

L-S opened the week with a 3-1 loss to undefeated Ephrata on Monday. The Mounts took a 2-0 lead midway through the first half before L-S got on board when Kouterick assisted Brenneman with Lampeter's lone goal. The Mounts added an insurance goal with six minutes left in the half.

"They are by far the best team we have played," stated Lebo. "Lizzie Deardorff and Elli Strauss did a nice job handling their attack in the second half and Lane Kopelman came off the bench and created some calm in the middle of the field."

Thursday's outing was just the opposite of Monday's. The Pioneers, poised for an upset over Manheim Central, took a 1-0 lead on a first half goal by Jenna Daveler only to turn around and give up four second half tallies in a lopsided 4-1 loss.

L-S played another strong first half on Saturday, forcing a 1-1 tie with Warwick before giving up two goals on penalty kicks and suffering a 2-1 defeat. Emma Houck scored her second goal of the season in the 33rd minute.

FOOTBALL

In crossover action this past Friday night, the Pioneers fell behind early and then fell short in their comeback bid against Hempfield, 28-26.

"I thought we played our best game, considering the competition, after the first quarter," said head coach John Manion. "We had momentum and three times we drove into the red zone but didn't score.

"We executed better in the second half," he added. "Hempfield earned what they got."

Hempfield scored once in the first quarter, a 53-yard passing TD, and again in the second, with another passing strike, before L-S got on the board with a 3-yard run by Bryan McKim (15 carries for 71 yards) but the PAT was no good. Hempfield responded with yet another passing score to go in front 21-6. The Pioneers cut into that lead just before the half when McKim scored on a 2-yard plunge. The two-point attempt fell short.

L-S opened the second half with Owen Fikkert's 45-yard burst to the end zone, cutting the lead to 21-19 but just two minutes later, the Knights went back in front with an 8-yard run.

The Pioneers denied the hosts in the fourth quarter and picked up their final score on a 15-yard toss from Sean McTaggert to Connor Blantz (4 catches for 111 yards) but it wasn't quite enough.

"Sean threw for 200 yards and ran for 50 against our toughest opponent yet," noted Manion. "I thought the kids stepped up. Gabe Frederick (13 tackles), Jacob Kopelman (10 tackles) and Tyler Phenegar (6 tackles) all played well defensively and Christian Garver had four tackles on special teams, a fumble recovery and an interception. He had some big plays.

"Zac Shelley had his best game as a sophomore starter and Jack Eckman also played well," he continued.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team maintained second place in the Section Two standings with a pair of lopsided wins last week. Tuesday the squad reached double digit scoring for the first time this year, crushing McCaskey 10-1. Daisy Frank led the charge with a hat trick and one assist with Chloe Blantz adding two goals and an assist. Abby Thorius, Makayla Malcolm and Lexi Glass all scored once and assisted once while Julz Garber dished out three assists with one goal scored. Jess Heisey also found the back of the cage.

"Chloe has a fantastic game sense, great ball control, and perfect timing," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Daisy has been instrumental in almost every goal we have scored, and converted a beautiful stroke today."

Two days later they found themselves in a dogfight against Elizabethtown. Clinging to a 2-1 lead at the half, L-S exploded with three unanswered second half goals and finished on top, 5-1. Blantz led the way with a hat trick with Julia Smecker and Thorius chipping in. Malcolm and Frank each collected two assists.

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Field Hockey Team Wins Four Games in Five Days September 24, 2018

Playing four games in five days, the Pioneers racked up 22 goals on the week, gave up just one and improved to 4-2 in section play and 7-2 overall with four straight victories.

Monday in Quarryville the Pioneers earned their first shutout with a 7-0 result over Solanco. Julz Garber and Chloe Blantz each scored twice as L-S extended its 3-0 first half lead. Abby Thorius, Julia Smecker and Kelsey Kimmel, with her first goal of the year, rounded out the scoring.

"The fact that I have many capable scorers is a blessing," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I am amazed at their ability to read the defense and decide to pass, shoot or play 1 v 1 on the goalie."

At home on Tuesday, L-S put up identical numbers. With 31 shots on goal, the Pioneers scored seven times and denied visiting Elizabethtown. Garber led the way with another two goal game while Frank, who also dished out three assists, matched her efforts. Smecker, Thorius and Blantz also found the back of the cage. Makayla Malcolm added three assists and Delaney McCormick needed just one save to preserve the shutout.

One day later, L-S found itself in a much tighter game with visiting Garden Spot but again came out on top, this time 3-1. Scoring twice within five minutes, Garber and Smecker put L-S in front 2-0 in the first half. The visitors cut that led in half with a goal in the 26th minute, but, with a 19-6 advantage in shots on goal, Blantz knocked in a second half tally to pad the lead.

"Playing our third game in a row, I think we ran out of a little steam at the end of the first half," noted Swarr. "The first half was our best, though. Our speed was a factor in possessing the ball and capitalizing on opportunities."

McCormick was busy this time out, recording seven saves on the day and getting some help with a defensive save by Jocelyn Branco.

"I thought we defended well," she added. "Kate Smith once again prevented many opportunities."

Friday on the road, Thorius netted two first half goals to spark a 5-0 shutout over Cocalico. Summer Peters made it 3-zip at the half while Blantz and Frank extended the lead after the break.

FOOTBALL

With a total team effort, the football team rebounded after Sept. 15ths loss to CV with a dominating 42-0 shutout over visiting Garden Spot.

"We played our best game in all three phases of the game," noted head coach John Manion. "The defense recorded its second shutout, holding them to 125 yards and JT Hake (8 tackles), Gabe Frederick (7 tackles) and Christian Garver (6 tackles) stood out against the run," he continued. "And Logan Bradley had his best game in the secondary with three defensed passes and Johnny Franklin made three special teams tackles."

Alex Knapp led the scoring with a 10 yard run and then hauled in a 47 yard pass from Sean McTaggart for a 14-0 first quarter lead. He also hauled in a 21-yard pass to end the first half and put the Pioneers in front 35-0. McTaggart's 8 yard TD run in the third quarter capped the scoring.

"Sean had a strong game with 7-of-11 passing for 164 yards," noted Manion. "He also led with 52 rushing yards. Alex Knapp was a standout receiver with three catches for 98 yards and one touchdown."

Seth Beers returned from an injury and was 6-for-6 in extra points. He is 22-for-22 on the year.

Joey Underwood added the first score of the second quarter, a 29-yard scamper, and a one yard plunge by Drew Harris accounted for the only TD of the second half.

VOLLEYBALL

In non-league play last Monday, the Pioneers found themselves in a tight contest with Eastern York but failed to come out on top. The hosts prevailed 25-18, 25-10, 23-25, 25-21.

Haley Hoover, with a strong presence at the net, recorded 7 kills and 7 blocks but it wasn't enough to offset Eastern's Sarah Moore who put down 15. Sierra Stoltzfus recorded 30 assists on the day and served up 3 aces while Elizabeth Breneman anchored the defense with 15 digs.

CROSS COUNTRY

The harrier teams traveled to Linden Hall last Thursday for non-league competition. Both squads suffered losses to Palmyra but defeated Ephrata and the girls defeated Linden Hall as well.

"Eighty-five percent of both teams combined earned PR's," noted head coach Mari Cunningham.

Jansen Miller led the way with a third place time of 17:06. David Helms (7th, 18:26) and Thomas Sellers (10th, 18:52) both cracked the top ten while Luka Vranich (12th, 19:04) and Nathan Eberly (13th, 19:06) rounded out the top five. Other top 25 finishers included Zach Kingsley (15th), Josiah Zehr (16th), Jacob Long (20th), Grant Kuhn (23rd) and Jared Chin (24th).

Micah Gordley matched Miller's third place effort to lead the girls. She clocked a 21:35. Colleen Gilbert wrapped up 7th place in 22:18 with Tori Smith (22:36) and Kyla Drouillard (22:45) placing 10th and 11th respectively. Hannah Schultheis rounded out the counters with a 21st place effort in 23:51 while Molly Wissler (23rd) and Gabrielle Burdge (24th) were close behind.

On September 15 the teams traveled to Big Spring High School to compete in the Ben Bloser Invitational. In the AAA Division, the boys' finished in 22nd place out of 31 teams. Miller's 66th place in 18:08 was the best finish of the day. Helms followed in 88th with an 18:32. Vranich (126th, 19:05) was Lampeter's third runner to cross the line and the 13th freshman to place.

The girls' team followed Penn Manor to the finish line placing 19th overall. Gordley (55th, 22:08), Gilbert (77th, 22:57) and Drouillard (96th, 23:42) all placed in the top 100. Smith, with a 24:09, was the 24th freshman to finish. She was 103rd overall.

GOLF

The Pioneers defeated the field at Pine Meadows Golf Course last Monday. It was the second time this season the team swept the opposition. In the 9-hole event (due to weather), L-S carded a 157 and pushed their overall record to 22-3. They are currently in first place in Section Three with one league match left.

Austin Lauver shot the lowest round of the day with a 35. Matt Wilson (39), Pat Holmes (41) and Katie Lapinsky (42) rounded out the counters.

Cocalico (178) and Octorara (179) battled it out for second place and will challenge the Pioneers for the section title in the last match of the season.

BOYS' SOCCER

In another busy week, the Pioneers picked up two wins against a single loss and sit in fourth place in Section Two at 1-3.

L-S opened the week with a non-section game against the last place team in Section One, Penn Manor. The Pioneers fell behind 1-0 in the first half but continued to work for the equalizer. That came eight minutes into the second half on a goal by senior captain Logan Heister.

"I told them at halftime that we needed one goal to get us back into the game," said head coach Gino DiSomma. "After that goal you could tell the momentum was on our side."

Despite being outshot 14-5, L-S continued to press. That effort led to overtime where senior captain Derek Eckman ripped a left footed shot for the win.

"The team played together from start to finish," DiSomma said. "Inconsistency with passion and fuel to show up every game has been a weakness this year and is a must in Section Two as every game is a dog fight.

"Our back four, along with freshman Calieb Wigley (8 saves) held us in the game, especially in the first half," he added.

On the road Wednesday night, the Pioneers worked a 3-0 final over winless Garden Spot.

Gavin Shue put L-S on the board when he beat the center back one-on-one and finished with a low shot to the right side in the 27th minute. Seven minutes later, Eckman boosted the lead to 2-0 while Caden Wise netted Lampeter's final goal in the second half.

"This was another great team effort," stated DiSomma. "Everyone got playing time and it was our fourth game with a different back four on defense due to injuries."

Looking for a third straight win in their third straight away game, the Pioneers faced Elizabethtown (7-2), one of the top teams in the second and bowed out 2-0. L-S fell to 4-5.

"This was a tough loss," DiSomma said. "And I feel if we played our style of soccer, and not theirs, that we could beat them. Unfortunately, we did not do that.

"On the plus side, we did play our style the last 15 minutes but they put all 11 guys back and cleared any threats," he added. "We look forward to playing them at home."

TENNIS

Playing three matches last week, the tennis team worked their seventh shutout of the season against Solanco but dropped a 4-3 clash with undefeated Lancaster Catholic (10-0) and a 4-2 result against Section One's Hempfield.

Sarah Capoferri and Larson Kessler blanked Solanco' No. 1 doubles team on Tuesday but came up short against both the Crusaders (8-5) and Hempfield (8-0).

At No. 2, Izzy Brown and Sierra Stoltzfus earned a hard-fight 8-5 win against the Mares for their only win of the week. They dropped a tight 8-5 match against the Crusaders and lost an even tighter 9-7 result against the Black Knights on Thursday.

Kendall Winters and Ryan Gerhardt, at No. 3, topped Solanco 8-3, fell 8-0 to Catholic and topped Hempfield 8-3.

Capoferri cruised to a straight set win over Solanco but dropped a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) outing against undefeated Riley Smith of Catholic High. She then fell 6-3, 6-2 against Hempfield.

Kessler opened with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over Solanco, beat Catholic's No. 2, who retired, and but fell 6-2, 6-3 against the Knights.

Brown turned in a clean sweep at No. 3. She won 6-1, 6-1 over Solanco, outlasted Catholic's Meg Grasberger 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) and defeated Hempfield's Rory Cantwell 6-4, 6-4.

Playing No. 4, Gerhardt worked a 6-3, 6-1 win over Solanco before coming up short 6-1, 6-1 against the Crusaders' undefeated Angelle San Jose.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The lady booters found themselves in a pair of overtime games last week and finished with mixed results. Tuesday they dominated every aspect of the game but suffered a 1-0 loss when the Spartan's Deanna Phillips notched her first goal of the season with three seconds left in the first overtime.

L-S held a commanding 19-6 advantage in shots on goal and outcornered the visitors 6-1. Bella DiCamillo recorded five saves.

"The girls played very well," said head coach Emily Lebo. "They were aggressive and kept control of the ball. Unfortunately, we could not find the back of the net. Their goal popped high and right under the crossbar. It was devastating to say the least.

"We can play with any team, and for that matter, beat any team we play this year," she continued. "The only thing holding us back is our ability to find the net. If the girls can figure out how to score, the sky will be the limit."

Friday afternoon's contest with Elizabethtown was a bit tighter. L-S held a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal and led 3-2 in corners but this time notched the game-winner. After 90 scoreless minutes, and the second extra period winding down, Sarah Doutrich tallied her first goal of the season just 30 seconds before the buzzer.

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L-S Tennis Scores 6th Shutout, Now 6-1 Overall September 17, 2018

The Pioneer racket club, with their sixth shutout of the season, improved to 6-1 overall and leads the Section Two pack with a 3-0 mark after last Wednesday's hard-fought result against Garden Spot.

Sarah Capoferri improved to 7-0 with a 6-2, 6-1, No. 1 win over Elle Hallquist while Larson Kessler had a tougher battle at No. 2 but survived Paige Kemper 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. Izzy Brown pulled away with a No. 3 win over Ashley Risser, 6-4, 7-5 and Ryan Gerhardt turned in a solid 6-3, 6-2 result at No. 4.

Capoferri and Kessler secured the easiest win at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, while both Brown and Sierra Stoltzfus, at No. 2, and Kendal Winters and Gerhardt, playing No. 3, picked up 8-5 results.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team hosted Manheim Central in the season opener last Monday afternoon. The result was not what head coach Gino DiSomma was looking for.

Things were looking good when Derek Eckman converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute of the first half but the Pioneers struggled after that. In fact, L-S finished with just one corner and one shot on the day. The Barons, last year's District Three runners-up, were awarded 10 corners, delivered 9 shots and cruised to a 4-1 win.

On the road Thursday, L-S again got off to a good start when Logan Heister assisted Caden Wise with the first goal of the game just three minutes in. McCaskey tied the game in the 39th minute and then took control with not just one, but two second half goals in a game where the stats were fairly even. McCaskey held a 5-4 edge in shots and led 8-6 in corners.

In non-league play Friday, the Pioneers fell to 2-4 on the season with a 1-0 double overtime loss to Hershey. Calieb Wigley denied 14 of Hershey's 15 shots on goal but that final shot, in the 96th minute, proved to be the difference.

GIRLS' SOCCER

On Saturday, September 8, the Pioneers unleashed 23 shots on goal, gave up just four and only came away with a 1-1 tie against Northeastern.

Last Monday they were hoping to continue that offensive onslaught and convert a couple more shots into goal. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The visitors were outshot 8-4 and suffered a 2-0 loss to Manheim Central in the Section Two opener.

The Barons' jumped in front when Maddie Carper delivered a 40-yard shot that sailed over Bella DiCamillo in the 13th minute. They added an insurance goal in the 61st minute.

"It was an unfortunate goal," said head coach Emily Lebo. "It always is when it is put in from that far out. I felt that we controlled much of the game and that the shot count did not accurately reflect the pace.

"Our struggle right now, as a team, is to recognize when to get "selfish" and shoot the ball," she continued. "We were intense and played the ball at our feet for an equal amount of time as Central, if not more. The difference between us and them currently is Manheim's ability to capitalize on moments," she added. "We need to find a way to do that if we want to be successful this season."

Thursday afternoon six different players found the back of the net and the Pioneers gained some confidence with a 6-0 victory over McCaskey. McKenna Conklin opened the scoring midway through the first half with Kendal Hadesty and Emma Gochnauer scoring within two minutes of each other for a 3-0 lead at the break.

Two more quick goals sparked the second half with Emma Houck, who assisted twice, finding the net just 20 seconds in and Danielle Dipace matching her effort 2:35 later. Jenna Daveler tallied the final goal in a game where L-S unleashed 34 shots.

That momentum, however, did not carry into Saturday's game against Manheim Township as the squads settled for a 0-0 tie. The closely contested game saw L-S hold a 7-5 edge in shots while the Streaks led 6-5 in corners.

DiCamillo secured five saves to earn the draw.

CROSS COUNTRY

At Octorara last Tuesday, the lady harriers placed five runners in the top 15 but it wasn't enough for a sweep. The Pioneers blanked Cocalico 15-55 but suffered a 17-45 loss to Donegal and dropped a close one, 25-31, to Octorara.

Micah Gordley followed three Donegal runners and one from Octorara to the finish line, leading the Pioneers with a 5th place finish in 23:00 flat. Colleen Gilbert ran second, taking 10th place in 23:53 while Kyla Drouillard (13th, 24:41), Tori Smith (14th, 24:51) and Hannah Schultheis (15th, 25:11) rounded out the top five. Close behind was Madeline Helm (17th), Molly Wissler (19th), Gabrielle Burdge (20th) and Payton King (21st).

"We had a great effort on a very muddy and wet course," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "Our pack did a nice job but they need to finish a bit higher."

The boys' team, on the other hand, remained undefeated. They dominated Octorara 15-55, beat Donegal 18-47 and snuck past Cocalico 28-30.

The Eagles snagged three of the top four places but the Pioneers packed it in after that, pushing four runners across the finish line before Cocalico's fourth runner.

Jansen Miller led the way with a second place finish in 18:08, just 12 seconds behind Cocalico's Evan Kreider.

"Jansen ran a great race and stayed with Kreider most of the way," Cunningham said.

Leading the pack was Daniel McMichael (6th, 19:17) and following was David Helms (7th, 19:27), Zach Kingsley (8th, 19:36) and Colten Morris (9th, 19:40). Also placing in the top 15 was Nathan Eberly (11th, 19:44), Luka Vranich (12th, 19:47) and Thomas Sellers (14th, 20:06).

VOLLEYBALL

With mixed results last week, the volleyball team sits at 2-2 in Section Two, along with Manheim Central, and behind Garden Spot and E-town, both 3-0.

L-S opened the week with a sweep over Ephrata (25-18, 25-18, 25-19) despite Haley Hoover out of the starting lineup with an ankle injury. Kyra Hersh, Lily Hoke and Betsy Brenneman however, picked up the slack. Brenneman recorded 10 kills, put up 4 blocks and settled for 8 digs and Hersh delivered timely aces throughout to keep L-S in front.

The Mounts, coming off a three-set loss to Penn Manor the night before, took a 10-8 lead in the third set before Hersh sparked a pair of 4-0 runs to put the hosts comfortably back in front.

Two nights later, L-S traveled to defending Section Two champ Elizabethtown and suffered a 3-0 loss (25-20, 25-17, 25-16).

Hoke came up big in this one, putting down 6 kills and serving up 2 aces but it wasn't enough to offset a 13 kill effort from the Bear's Sydney Stewart.

FOOTBALL

The battle for the Lampeter Bowl took place in Witmer this past Friday night as the Pioneers traveled to CV to defend their trophy. That, unfortunately did not happen as four costly turnovers proved to be Lampeter's undoing in a 20-7 loss.

"I thought we did a lot of things well," said Pioneer boss John Manion. "After the first quarter we did a nice job stopping their run and we owned the third quarter but came up empty with missed opportunities. It came down to execution and we didn't execute."

CV chewed up 9:44 of the clock in the first quarter and wound up missing a field goal. They went in front early in the second quarter, needing four plays in just over a minute to find the end zone. L-S responded with a 15 play drive that covered 65 yards in seven minutes and resulted in a Joey Underwood (10 rushes, 38 yards) one yard spurt that knotted the game at 7-7 with 1:41 left in the half.

L-S started the second half with a 67 yard drive that ended with a fumble. Their next possession ended with an interception at the CV 11. In all, the Pioneers committed four turnovers.

The Bucks went in front early in the fourth quarter when QB Bradley Stoltzfus hit Joe Cardina with a 34-yard score. A fumble recovery late in the game set up their third score, a three yard run.

"Joey Underwood ran the ball well," said Manion, "and Gabe Frederick (8 solo, 5 assists) and Cam D'Imperio (7 solo, 4 assists) both tackled well. Plus Tyler Phenegar came up with, for the second game in a row, three sacks.

"The defense gave up 20 points in a game where the offense needed to find more," he added. "This week (against Garden Spot 0-4) we need to see how we rebound after a tough loss."

FIELD HOCKEY

Donegal's field hockey team finished second in the state last year. Their leading scorer, Mackenzie Allessie, did not graduate and did the bulk of the heavy lifting in the Indians' 12-3 win over visiting Lampeter-Strasburg last Tuesday. Allessie, who has 29 goals on the year to date, poured in seven with five of them coming in the second half.

The Pioneers fell behind 5-0 in the first half but head coach Katrina Swarr was encouraged when her team scored three after the break.

"It was fun to see how excited my team was to score when we were already down," said Swarr. "And then we scored back-to-back goals."

Daisy Frank netted the first goal, followed by Abby Thorius. Julz Garber scored on a reverse shot after playing man-to-man on Allessie all night.

"And we had more opportunities, for sure," Swarr added. "I still say this is by far the best offensive unit that I have coached.

"I thought we looked intimidated to start and then we settled down and played much better," the coach continued. "Allessie and our high number of turnovers were major problems.

"Defensively, Kate Smith and Jocelyn Branco came up big and prevented even more scoring opportunities for Donegal," noted Swarr. "And Makayla Malcolm worked the entire 60 minutes."

Two nights later, L-S built a 16-4 advantage in corners and led 12-5 in shots on goal over visiting Manheim Central but, believe it or not, it wasn't enough as the Barons tallied two unanswered goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and finish on top.

"I don't even know what to say," stated Swarr. "We completely dominated the game. The defense was outstanding. Kate and Jocelyn were rock stars! Jocelyn even had one defensive save and was key to keeping the ball from even getting into the circle. And Kate's timing in picking off passes was right on. And Makayla had a huge defensive save as well."

Manheim went in front with a goal at the 14 minute mark but L-S found the equalizer six minutes later. Thorius received a corner insert from Garber and sent the ball to the right post where Daisy Frank deflected it past the Baron keeper.

"We had so many beautiful shots," Swarr recalled. "And Chloe Blantz and Julia Smecker rocked it on the line as well."

But the Barons came up big in the second half, taking the lead on a penalty stroke with just under eight minutes left and icing the game with 1:23 left to play.

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Lady Booters Top Mares, Golfers Sit In First September 10, 2018

Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' soccer team returns seven starters from a squad that went 13-5 a year ago so it should be expected that they will at least reach that mark this year if not surpass it.

The girls opened the season last Tuesday afternoon with a 4-2, non-league road win over Solanco but games against Hershey and Northeastern were postponed due to weather.

After 33 minutes of scoreless ball against Solanco, the visitors broke the game open with four goals over the next eight minutes. Toby Harnish scored twice in a minute to break the ice while Danielle Dipace and McKena Conklin extended the advantage scoring within two minutes of each other.

Despite not having the luxury of Lampeter's depth, Solanco rallied with a pair of second half goals but could get no closer.

"You're always happy to get a win, but I was disappointed in our overall performance in the second half," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Solanco was relentless and deserves recognition for playing the whole game and persevering through the heat and their halftime deficit.

"We have a great group of returning players and have the skill and ability this year to make some moves but we need to learn to put together a full 80 minutes of soccer and that includes finding the net with quality goals," she added. "Our team unity and cohesiveness will prove to be our biggest strength if the girls can continue to hold on to it as the season progresses."

GOLF

At the midway point of the golf season, the Pioneers sit in a first place tie with Octorara, both with a 16-4 record. Cocalico, at 15-5, is right in the mix.

With the high temperatures last week, the golfers played just nine hole at Iron Valley and finished in second place, one stroke behind Cocalico's 157.

Austin Lauver tied Cocalico's Ammala Moua with a 38 while Katherine Lapinsky and Patrick Holmes, both with a 39, matched the Eagles' Ian Martin and Matt Slovik. But it was Cocalico's Bradley Steiert that proved to be the difference. His 41 was just a single stroke better than Matt Wilson and Gehrig Harsh who both carded 42's.

At Mocassin Run a week earlier, Lauver recorded the lowest total of the day (71) but the Pioneers finished one stroke behind Octorara (325).

Their first league match of the season was just as tight. Lauver tied Octorara's Hunter King with a match-low 72 but the Eagles finished on top with a 234 and the Braves nipped the Pioneers again by a single stroke.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Pioneer harriers opened the 2018 season at Northern Lebanon last Tuesday and came home with a pair of hard earned wins. The team battled the uncomfortable weather conditions and earned a 25-33 win over the hosts and held off Elco as well, 29-32.

Jansen Miller led the way with a fifth place finish in 19:00 but teammates David Helms (7th, 19:13), Daniel McMichael (8th, 19:23), freshman Luka Vranich (9th, 19:30) and Thomas Sellers (10th, 19:31) were close behind and finished ahead of Elco's fourth and fifth place runners.

"We have five freshmen boys and a senior who hasn't run since junior high," noted head coach Mari Cunningham.

The girls' team also found themselves in a tight race with Elco but came up short, 27-28, after blanking Northern Lebanon 15-55. The Pioneers actually had their fifth runner place before Elco's fifth but the Raiders' earned the top two finishes of the day to help pull out the win.

Kayla Drouillard (3rd, 23:32), Colleen Gilbert (4th, 23;35) and Micah Gordley (5th, 23:35) were Lampeter's top finishers while Hannah Schultheis (8th, 24:32) and Payton King (11th, 25:27) rounded out the top five.

"Losing our top three runners from last year will create a challenge this season," said Cunningham, "but this team has bonded quickly and are excited to encourage one another throughout the season. The girls had a nice pack with Kayla, Colleen and Micah coming within three seconds of each other," she added. "It's disappointing to think that one switch of runners with Elco would have changed the win, but encouraging to know that it was a competitive race."

TENNIS

Just about at the midway point of their season, the girls' tennis team sits at 5-1 with five shutouts to their credit. Their lone loss was a 4-3 heartbreaker against Lancaster Mennonite on August 24.

Last week the girls blanked Lebanon, E-town and Ephrata. Sarah Capoferri (1), Larson Kessler (2), Kendall Winters (3) and Sierra Stoltzfus (4) dominated singles playing giving up just two singles games while the doubles teams of Capoferri and Stoltzfus, Kessler and Izzy Brown and Winters and Ryan Gerhardt all posted 8-0 wins against the Cedars.

E-town was able to take a few more games but the final result was another Pioneer shutout. Brown, playing No. 3, put up the toughest singles battle of the day, outlasting her opponent 7-5, 6-7, 10-7.

The doubles teams of Capoferri and Kessler, Stoltzfus and Brown and Winters and Gerhardt all posted 8-2 wins.

The girls' rounded out the week with yet another solid performance in blanking Ephrata. The doubles teams yielded just three games with Brown and Stoltzfus posting a shutout. Singles play was just as strong as Ephrata managed to take just five games on the day.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team, with nine starters back, is off and running. They opened the season with a pair of dominating wins; 8-1 over Ephrata and 6-1 over Lancaster Mennonite last Tuesday. And Saturday morning blanked CV, out of Section One, 2-0.

"We are better than last year," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "We are solid all over the field. We have multiple scorers. We have really good ballhandlers and we are absolutely loving the turf."

Against the Blazers, Chloe Blantz notched a hat trick and dished out one assist. Daisy Frank, who set up the offense with three assists, Julz Garber and Abby Thorius helped pad the lead.

Saturday morning's contest was a bit closer but the Pioneers prevailed. After a scoreless first half, L-S punched in two second half goals despite being out cornered 11-7. Blantz, assisted by Frank, put the hosts in front in the 17th minute and then, taking a feed from Julia Smecker, iced the win just 22 seconds before the final horn sounded."

"I was a little concerned because they have one player, Abby Morley, who seems to do the bulk of their scoring," noted Swarr. "And CV always plays us tough."

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team opened its season with mixed results last week. Tuesday they overcame a sluggish first game loss, 25-19, and rallied for three straight wins, including a 25-22 set four thriller, to pull off a 3-1 victory at Lebanon.

Two days later, against perennial Section Two power Garden Spot, the girls' got off to another slow start, losing the first set 25-22, but this time never recovered. The hosts went on to win 25-10, 25-16.

Haley Hoover led the way with six kills but it wasn't enough to stop Garden Spot's Shawna Zeiset (16). She also recorded eight digs and four blocks. Sierra Stoltzfus chipped in with 20 assists and Lillian Hoke dished out three assists.

BOYS' SOCCER

Looking to get back to the post-season, the boys' soccer team opened the year with a dominating 8-0 shutout over Section Three Solanco last Tuesday and then dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker against Section One's Warwick on Thursday.

With temperatures in the 90's, Lampeter's depth played a role in their shutout over the Mules. Holding a 3-0 lead at the break, the hosts racked up five second half tallies to put the game out of reach.

Derek Eckman's hat trick, along with two assists, ignited the offense. Caden Wise added two goals while Logan Heister, who led with three assists, Lucas Baker, and Max Franco also found the back of the net once.

In goal, Braedon Karpathios and Calieb Wigley each recorded one save.

Thursday's game in Lititz was decided on a second half goal as both teams scored twice in the opening half. Eckman and Seth Beers both lit the board for the Pioneers.

FOOTBALL

The Pioneer football team shook off a 14-0 first quarter deficit and broke a fourth quarter tie en route to a 35-28 thriller in their home opener over West York last Friday night.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and we figured it would be close," said head coach John Manion. "We did a nice job executing the offense and we made some big plays on defense when we needed to."

With 4:46 left in the game, and the score tied at 28, L-S started its game-winning drive that resulted in a four-yard run by Joey Underwood (85yds on 11 carries). Not to be out done, West York threatened to counter, driving to the Pioneer 24 but an interception in the end zone by Cam D'Imperio sealed the visitor's fate.

"Cam made that interception and recovered a fumble, both in the fourth quarter," noted Manion. "That was big. And defensively we had four sacks, 2.5 by Tyler Phenegar, who also had three hurries. Putting the pressure on their quarterback all night helped."

Sean McTaggert's (117 yards) six yard scamper put the locals on the board early in the second frame but West York countered with a 65-yard passing TD for a 20-7 lead. McTaggert answered that score with a 16-yard run to paydirt and then then found Jacob Kopelman with a 20 yard scoring strike that put L-S in front, 21-20 at the break.

After a scoreless third, Bryan McKim's two-yard TD run was answered by West York's 5-yard passing TD and two point conversion that set the stage for Underwood (7 catches, 52 yards).

McTaggert completed 12-of-16 passes for 160 yards and McKim rushed 73 yards on nine carries. "Sean was a bit more accurate tonight and Bryan put together his third strong game of the year," noted Manion. "I also thought JT Hake and Gabe Frederick played really well on run support."

The Pioneers open Section Two play this week against their biggest opponent to date, Conestoga Valley. "We have to negate their size with our speed," Manion said.

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Pioneers Claim First PIAA Softball Championship June 18, 2018

STATE CHAMPS! Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' softball team defeated West Allegheny 6-2 last Thursday afternoon at Penn State's Beard Field at the Nittany Lion Softball Park to win its first state title and deny West Allegheny the same accomplishment.

L-S finished second in the PIAA Class 3A tournament two years ago, losing 1-0 to Yough, and last year were bumped from the bracket by Donegal in the semifinals. The Indians went on to win the state crown.

"What a game," said head coach Gene Charles.

L-S led from start to finish in this one, though the Indians did challenge midway through the game. The Pioneers loaded the bags in the first inning. Summer Peters singled up the middle, Hanna Garber beat out an infield hit to deep second and Brynne Baker walked. A Chloe Blantz ground out pushed in the first run.

They made it 2-0 in the third inning. With two outs, H. Garber singled up the middle, stole second and scored on Baker's single past third base.

Lampeter pushed the tempo again in the fourth inning as Cam Byler and Gabby Drumm both singled up the middle and moved up on a passed ball. Daisy Frank's full count, fielder's choice ground out plated Byler and pushed the lead to 3-0.

The Indians (22-2) challenged in the bottom half but came up empty. Mackenzie Partyka was hit by a pitch and Britney Wilson followed with a double to the center field fence. After a groundout to third, Ashley Seamon grounded to Blantz at short who fired to Cam Byler at first. Byler in turn threw to catcher Kylie Weaver who caught Merrin Prevade in a rundown and eventually completed the double play with H. Garber getting Prevade for the final out.

L-S looked to break things open in the fifth but instead left the bases loaded. Peters singled up the middle, H. Garber walked and Baker succumbed to a fielder's choice. Blantz came back with a single to right that loaded the bases but a strikeout and a pop up ended the threat.

West Allegheny finally got on board in the bottom of the fifth. Megan Pollinger lined a shot off Frank's glove and Amy Nolte's sacrifice bunt was misplayed. A run scoring single by Angela Costa prevented the shutout. A walk loaded the bases with one out. Partyka's sac fly to left field made it 3-2 but Baker works a pop out to end the rally.

"Julz Garber did a nice job running that ball down in left field," said Charles. "They got a sac fly out of it but it could have been worse."

As they did against Solanco, L-S bounced right back. Frank cracked a full count single that eluded the shortstop and Weaver reached on an error. With one out, and runners on second and third, Peters smacked a two run single to left field before a popup and a groundout ended the inning.

West Allegheny went three up, three down in the bottom half and L-S collected one more run in the top of the seventh when Drumm crushed her first homer of the year, pushing the lead to 6-2.

The Indians looked to close the gap in the bottom half, loading the bases with three singles and a lineout. Batting third, Partyka stepped to the plate and, with one strike, hit a shot to H. Garber, at third, who fired to Weaver at home for the force out. Weaver, in turn, threw to Byler at first who completed the game ending double play.

"Gosh there were so many things that could have gone wrong," stated Charles, "but didn't. That was the second time Partyka was up with the bases loaded and we got out of it. It was nice to see the two seniors end the game with that play," he added.

"Early on, their pitcher had us off balance a bit," Charles noted. "We were reaching for the ball but adjusted as the game went on. Peters finished with three of our 12 hits with H. Garber, Blantz and Drumm adding two each. Summer (Peters) is just unflappable," Charles said. "She had a nice game and Blantz hit that bases loaded grounder to get us on the board. Plus Gabby gets her first home run. And our defense, with just one error, played well.

"We wanted to be playing our best at the end of the year and I pretty much think we did," he said. "We knew we would go as far as Brynne would take us and she took us to the Promised Land. She did what she had to do. And to think we started the season 0-2. Our young kids came through and improved as the season went."

"What an incredible experience," said senior Kylie Weaver. "To be able to get here not only once, but twice. Some people never get the chance. Two years ago I played here with my sister and now the Garber sisters get to share the same thing. It's just incredible."

Earlier in the week the Pioneers outlasted Solanco, 6-4, in the semifinals at Millersville's Seaber Softball Stadium. L-S broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh to end Solanco's (24-3) season.

"That was a huge game against a team with just two losses," noted Charles. "They play a tough schedule too. And Brynne was sick that morning so we weren't even sure she'd play but I can honestly say I believe that's the best I ever saw her pitch."

In front of the largest crowd of the season, L-S went in front early. Byler walked with one out in the second inning and with two outs, No. 8 hitter, Frank, singled to right field. Typically a routine catch for outfielder Skyla Townsley, but on this particular day, the sun proved to be more than enough to handle. Byler scored and Frank settled in at third before Solanco pitcher Hanna Phillips coaxed a pop out to end the inning.

The Pioneers, who left two runners on in both the third and fourth innings, made it 2-0 in the fifth. H. Garber singled with one out, took third on a two-out, dropped infield popup and scored on an error at short.

Solanco finally got on board in the fifth, putting an end to Baker's (4K, 0W, 5 hits) perfect game. Jade Eshleman doubled to right field. Jocelyn Branco had the same 'sun' troubles Townsley did and Eshleman wound up on third when Branco bobbled the ball. Sierra Dean followed with a run scoring base hit and Townsley redeemed herself with a triple to the fence that tied the game at 2-2.

With one out, Solanco's bunt specialist Alyssa Henretty put down a safety squeeze that was thrown over first base, scoring Townsley with the go ahead run, 3-2. Ally McDowell reached on another bunt that was misplayed. This time it was the Pioneers responding. Kara McClune's shallow pop to center field was caught by Peters who then fired to second, doubling off McDowell.

Lampeter used that momentum to regroup and forged ahead, 4-3 in the top of the sixth. Blantz tripled in the leadoff spot and J. Garber not only beat out a bunt but took second when no one covered the base. Solanco head coach Brett Miller elected to walk H. Garber intentionally, loading the bags and setting the stage for Baker who collected her first hit of the night, a two-run single up the middle and put L-S back in front, 4-3.

Solanco countered with one run in the bottom half. With two outs, Dean singled past short and Townsley blooped a shot into right field, tying the game at 4-4.

Then, in the seventh, Byler worked a walk, Phillips' seventh of the game (2 intentional), and Drumm singled to center. With two outs, J. Garber connected for a two-run single up the middle before a groundout ended more damage.

Solanco, hoping to rally, went three up, three down to end the game.

Phillips finished with five strikeouts, seven walks and scattered six hits.

"The girls just don't quit," stated Charles. "We did have six errors so our defense let us down a bit and let them back in the game. But, as we have all year, we battled back.

"Last year we got to the semifinals and the year before to the finals," he continued. "It's been a great run."

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Softball State Champs Parade Announced June 17, 2018

A Lampeter-Strasburg Softball State Champion Victory Parade will be held Thursday, June 28. The parade will start at the Strasburg Railroad. Any person, organization or business who wants to participate should contact Tina Byler, Parade Coordinator, at 717-951-4785 or email tina.rocksports@gmail.com.

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Pioneers Advance to Third Straight PIAA Semis June 11, 2018

A pair of PIAA wins last week vaulted Lampeter-Strasburg's softball team to the PIAA semifinals for the third straight year. Last year they lost to Donegal, a team they defeated three times this season.

L-S opened its quest to get back to the PIAA finals with a pretty convincing 9-0 victory over Penncrest (17-7) last Monday at Millersville University's Seaber Softball Stadium. Thursday afternoon, at Avon Grove High School, they earned another solid win, this one 8-2 over District 12 champ, Archbishop Ryan.

"We've been scoring early and that's been giving us momentum and putting our opponent on their heels," said head coach Gene Charles.

L-S scored the only run they really needed in the first inning, and without a hit. Summer Peters walked, stole second and tagged up for third on Hanna Garber's sac fly to center. The throw to third base, however, was wide and Peters raced home.

"They (Penncrest) committed five errors," noted Charles. "I was surprised by that."

The locals left two stranded in the second inning but pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair in the third. A Chloe Blantz double plated both Peters and H. Garber. Two innings later, H. Garber, who finished with four RBI on the day, tripled in Peters for a 4-0 lead.

Then, in the sixth, L-S finally broke the game open. They batted around, scoring five runs on three hits and three errors. H. Garber's two out, bases loaded double cleared the bags and did the most damage. Blantz picked up a triple that frame and Julz Garber added a single.

The Lions looked to get on board in the seventh, loading the bases with a single and two hit batters but Pioneer hurler Brynne Baker got out unscathed and preserved the shutout.

"Brynne pitched well," said Charles of the two-hitter. "She struck out five and didn't give up a walk, just those two hit batters but then got out of it.

"And we finished with ten hits, five of which were for extra bases," he noted.

In the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon, the Pioneers got off to an even stronger start, plating four first inning runs against freshman pitcher Dana Bell and never looked back. Picking up where they left off against Penncrest, L-S batted around in the opening frame and took control. Peters poked a one out single, H. Garber doubled and Baker singled in both. Blantz reached on an error and scored on Cam Byler's sac fly. Baker scored before that on a wild pitch.

"We did have some key defensive plays as well," recalled Charles. "Jocelyn Branco made a sliding catch in right field and later tracked down a long fly ball and Hanna added a pair of diving grabs at third base. Plays like these rob your opponent of hits."

The Ragdolls (23-3) got on board with a solo home in the second inning but that was pretty much negated when L-S scored one in the fourth. J. Garber singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a Peters base hit.

L-S gained some breathing room with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gabby Drumm singled, Daisy Frank walk and both moved up on a Kylie Weaver sacrifice bunt. J. Garber singled in one run and Baker singled in two.

"That was interesting," noted Charles. "They intentionally walked Hanna to get to Brynne, who made them pay with a two run base hit. She was 2-4 on the day with four RBI. And in the circle, she kept them off-balance, striking out five, walking two and scattering six hits."

The Ragdolls got one back in the seventh on two base hits and a walk but by then the damage was done.

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Pioneers Finish Second in District 3 Class 5A June 4, 2018

When a team pounds out 11 hits, including five doubles and a pair of home runs, one might expect that team to win. That was not the case last Wednesday afternoon in the District Three Class 5A final at Lebanon Valley College where the post-season tested Pioneers were outhit 15-11 in a high scoring 10-6 loss to No. 4 seed Twin Valley. What did come in to play, however, were the five errors committed by L-S (19-5).

"The errors certainly did not help," said head coach Gene Charles. "At this point in the season, we can't have that happen.

"We also had a few unlucky breaks that possibly could have turned the momentum," he continued.

Those unlucky breaks came in the second and fifth innings. With the bases loaded in the second, Hanna Garber's hard liner up the middle ricocheted off the TV pitcher's glove and right to short for a routine ground out.

"We were down 3-1 at that point," noted Charles. "That would have scored some runs. Then in the fifth we got doubled off second base on a double to the outfield. Sometimes it is a game of inches."

L-S took the first lead on Brynne Baker's RBI double to left, scoring Summer Peters who walked. Baker finished with three doubles on the day.

TV responded with a base hit, a triple and two doubles to go in front 3-1. They went on to score runs in each of the next four innings and denied the Pioneers in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings to pull away.

L-S got two runs back in the top of the third when Chloe Blantz crushed her second homer of the year, pushing in Baker who doubled as the lead off and cut the lead to 5-3.

Two scoreless innings, however, proved pivotal as the Raiders (20-4) picked up three more runs and extended their advantage to 10-3.

The never day die Pioneers, though, responded with their biggest inning of the day, plating three runs in the sixth. Cam Beiler opened with a lead-off homer and Peters' two out double cut the lead to 10-6. Neither team threatened after that.

Baker started in the circle but was relieved in the third, with the bases loaded, by Gabby Drumm. The two combined for one strikeout and three walks and gave up 15 hits.

"We just couldn't stop them," said Charles.

The Raiders had played in three of the last six championship games but this was their first title since 1980.

The Pioneers defeated Donegal in 2007 for the district crown. "This may have only been our second time to the district final," Charles contemplated. "We were hoping for a better outcome and welcome a rematch."

To get to the finals the Pioneers had to get past Spring Grove, the team that knocked them out of the tournament a year ago. Despite three errors, they returned the favor in dominating fashion, blanking the Rockets 6-0.

"They were a little short-handed," stated Charles. "Their starting pitcher was out with wrist surgery."

And while the end result was dominating, L-S got off to a shaky start, committing two errors before turning a double play to end the first inning. After that, it was all Pioneers.

L-S scored three runs in the first inning, all with two outs, and never looked back. H. Garber singled and scored on Baker's double. Blantz followed with a run scoring triple and Beiler's fly ball behind second was dropped, making it 3-0.

Peter's two run triple in the second pushed in Kylie Weaver, who reached on an error, and Julz Garber, who singled to right.

Their final run came in the fourth on a two out error. L-S left the bases loaded that frame and didn't threaten after that.

"Scoring those three runs, all with two outs, was the key," stated Charles. "We lost to them 10-3 last year, but I only recognized three names on their roster so I think they lost a lot due to graduation.

"Brynne pitched very well," he continued. "She struck out four, scattered four hits and did not give up a single walk."

TRACK

Josh Eidemiller was Lampeter's only medal winner in the PIAA Track and Field Championships held May 25-26 at Shippensburg University.

"Josh finished fourth in the javelin with his best throw of the day, a 187-4," stated head coach Calvin Esh.

Wyoming Area's Marc Minichello, with a 204-1, was the gold medal winner.

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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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