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Pioneers End Season With PIAA Loss to Pottsville March 11, 2019

Lampeter-Strasburg looked more than ready for a challenge in the opening round of the PIAA Class 5A Tournament at Blue Mountain High School this past Friday night. The Pioneers, with a triple by Chase Broderick and two straight threes by Seth Beers exploded for a 12-2 lead over District 11 champ Pottsville just six minutes into the game. L-S, with nine points from Beers, led 14-3 with 33.8 left in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide (24-3), however, recovered quickly, using a 17-8 second quarter run to fuel the momentum needed to pick up a hard-fought 56-51 victory.

Trevor Sherakas sparked that second quarter run, knocking down three triples, including a buzzer beater that put the Tide in front, 23-22 at the half. He finished with a game-high 25 points, including seven three-pointers, after not scoring a single field goal in the first frame.

"They're ranked No. 4 in the state," said Pioneer boss Ed Berryman. "And they were a bit quicker than us. But the guys played hard, really hard. We just had a few too many turnovers.

"And Sherakas killed us," he added. "I watched three of their games on film and he didn't make close to seven three pointers."

The teams played pretty even in the third quarter. Nevin Book worked inside for five points and Beers drained a pair of threes but it was Pottsville, with three more trifectas from Sherakas, that won the quarter 15-12 and held a 38-34 lead.

But it was Pottsville's 8-2, fourth quarter opening run that seemed to provide an added spark. Down 46-36 with 6:12 remaining, Zack Kingsley dropped in a three and Adam Stoltzfus scored on an out of bounds play, cutting the lead to five with just over five minutes remaining. The Pioneers, however, missed three straight free throws, including the front end of a one-and-one. With 2:56 left, L-S faced a 49-41 deficit but couldn't seem to catch a spark.

Pottsville hit 7-of-13 free throws down the stretch and L-S, with another three from Kingsley and a bucket by Stoltzfus, held a 5-2 run over the final 30 seconds but it wasn't enough.

"I told them to remember that last year we were down 10 to Archbishop Carroll and scored 11 straight to force overtime," noted Berryman. "We responded, but Pottsville's a good team. They're a good defensive team and that wears you down, mentally," he added. "That contributed. Plus we lost a few guys on defense late in the game and they got easy buckets."

Beers, with 18 points, was the only double-digit scorer for the Pioneers. Book followed with nine, Kingsley added six, Broderick and Stoltzfus combined for 11 and Patrick Holmes settled for seven.

The Pioneers warmed up wearing crimson red t-shirts that read 'in honor of JT - Big Springs.'

"We played Big Springs two Mondays ago and one week after that, one of their players passed away," Berryman explained. "It kind of hit the kids hard and they wanted to do something.

"It was a great season and a great experience having those district home games," said Berryman. "Not too many teams finish the season with a win. The guys gave 100% and, as a coach, I couldn't ask for more."

Post-season awards this year included Beers as a unanimous first-team Section Three all-star selection. Holmes, Broderick, Stoltzfus and Kingsley all received second team all-star recognition.

"They are all deserving of this recognition," Berryman said. "Especially Adam who, with a hole in in patella tendon, played in pain all year.

"None of these guys were all-stars last year," he added. "They all worked so hard."

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Pioneers Finish 5th in Districts, Open States Friday March 5, 2019

Entering the District Three Class 5A championships as the No. 2 seed, Lampeter-Strasburg opened with a win over Big Spring (50-37) but were derailed in the quarterfinals, suffering a 60-49 loss to the eventual second place winner, Muhlenberg.

"Lower Dauphin beat Muhlenberg in the finals," noted head coach Ed Berrymore. "We beat Lower Dauphin in the first game of the season."

Battling back through the consolation bracket last week, L-S handled a 14-10 Northeastern squad 65-33 on Monday and then settled for fifth place overall when they avenged a L-L League playoff loss to Elizabethtown with a convincing 54-44 win on Thursday.

"Monday's result was kind of unexpected," stated Berrymore. "I wasn't expecting to win that big but I understand that three of their starters did not start due to missing school or practice.

"We mixed up our starting lineup as well," he added. "Jarred Getchis and Nevin Book are both seniors and I wanted to give them the opportunity to be announced at home."

Seth Beers dropped in 11 first quarter points, including three triples, Chase Broderick hit twice from down town and Nevin Book (6 points) scored twice in the paint as the Pioneers took a commanding 21-4 first quarter lead over Northeastern last Monday, February 25.

Beers canned three more treys and led with a game-high 24 points, all in the first three quarters. Broderick hit two more three-pointers and settled for 14 points while Zack Kingsley also finished in double figures with 11. He too hit a pair threes, adding to Lampeter's 12 for the game.

The scoring slowed in the second period with the visitors holding an 11-6 edge but Lampeter ended all doubt with a 22 point outburst in the third quarter, extending the lead to 49-33. That dominating run featured two players each connecting twice from behind the arc and Beers finishing with 10 points. Beers opened the quarter with a three ball and Kingsley matched that effort not once, but twice as the Pioneers quickly extended the lead to 36-15 with 5:50 left in the quarter.

Head coach Ed Berryman went deep into the bench in this one as all 15 players that dressed saw time on the court. Aaron Snyder came off the bench with six fourth quarter points to keep L-S in front down the stretch.

"The kids responded well after the loss to Muhlenberg," said Berryman. "It was a good win. Seth, who was 6-for-7 from three point range, and Chase shot well. And Seth and Patrick Holmes each had six assists."

Three nights later and just 15 days after suffering a 47-44 L-L League opening round loss to Elizabethtown, the Pioneers hosted the Bears in a battle for fifth place.

Beers again ignited the home team, scoring eight straight on a baseline jumper and a pair of threes. The Pioneers held a 14-8 first quarter lead.

Back-to-back threes by Getchis and Beers pushed the lead to 20-10 in the second quarter but the Bears, using a 6-0 run, closed the lead to 25-20 with 2:04 left in the half. Kingsley knocked down a three and Larry Locker, who netted 12 for the Bears, followed with a jumper that cut the lead to 28-22 at the break.

Adam Stoltzfus scored twice in the paint and Broderick added a trey to supply Lampeter's only third quarter scoring. The Bears had five different scorers and ended the frame with a 6-0 run, including a three by Brody Beach that tied the game at 35-35 with .10 on the clock.

"It was exciting for a while," Berryman said. "Then we pulled away. I think we played harder this time around."

Showing determination down the stretch, Holmes provided some senior leadership and fueled a 19-9 fourth quarter run. His traditional three point play just 25 seconds in made it 38-35. He turned a steal into a layup with 2:26 on the clock and pushed the lead to six, 47-41. Then, with about a minute remaining, he scored on an out of bounds play under the basket, making it 50-42. L-S also connected on four straight free throws in the final 37 seconds to claim the victory.

Beers, with 15 points, led a balanced attack. Getchis finished with 9 points, Kingsley netted 8, Holmes collected 7, all in that fourth quarter, and Broderick and Book combined for nine to round out the scoring.

"Jarred and Nevin played very well," said Berryman. "Nevin brings an intensity, with his toughness and grit that we don't always have."

L-S knocked down six threes and were 10-for-14 from the free throw line. The Bears hit just twice from beyond the arc and were a slim 2-for-4 from the charity stripe.

The Pioneers will open PIAA playoff action this Friday, March 8, against Pottsville at Blue Mountain High School.

SWIMMING

The Pioneer swimmers competed in the District Three championships at Cumberland Valley High School last Friday and Saturday, March 1-2 and brought home a handful of medals.

Catherine Horner was the team's top finisher, improving on her fifth seed in the 100 backstroke with a fourth place effort in a time of 58.13. She also anchored the 200 medley relay team with Bre Fluhr, Lexi Wagner and Elizabeth Horner leading off. The team was seeded 11th with a 1:55.08 and moved into eighth place with a 1:52.32.

"Most of the kids seemed to peak at the league meet but that was a best time for the relay team by about three seconds and they broke their own team record," lauded head coach Kate Rohrbaugh.

Fluhr also finished in 10th place in the 100 back while Wagner, with a season best in the 100 breaststroke, moved from 28th with a 1:12.74 to 26th with a 1:11.80.

The Pioneers, who grabbed a second eighth place medal with E. Horner's 5:18.88 in the 500 free, also finished in 10th place overall.

"I was really pleased that the girls placed so well, especially considering they switched to AAA this year and had much tougher competition," Rohrbaugh noted. "None of the girls have a guaranteed spot at states, but we're expecting that Catherine's backstroke will make it and possibly Elizabeth's 500.

"For the boys, Nathan Eberly got a best time in his 200 free (5:25.30) where he finished in 19th place," the coach added. He was the fifth sophomore to place.

Eberly also finished in 19th place in the 500 free and Justin Miller was 19th in the 100 backstroke.

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Wrestlers Compete in District Championships February 25, 2019

After placing fourth, with nine place-winners, in the sectional tournament held at Hempfield High School on February 16, Lampeter-Strasburg qualified six wrestlers to the District Three Class 3A Championships this past weekend at the Hersheypark Arena. But only one, Tyler Phenegar, placed.

The 220-pounder, who was second at sectionals, finished in fifth place when Garden Spot's Dustin Swanson forfeited. The top four place-winners qualify for states with the fifth place finisher on call in case there is need for a replacement.

Phenegar, tied at 3-3 after two periods, gave up a third period takedown and suffered a 5-3 opening round loss to Exeter Township's Robbie Unruh. He did however bounce back with three straight consolation round wins. A takedown just 48 seconds into the first period proved to be all Phenegar needed in a 2-0 final over Lucas Reed of Central York.

He followed that with a solid 9-4 decision over Wyatt Hull, of Chambersburg, using a nearfall and takedown in the third period to pull away.

Gaining momentum, Phenegar needed just 2:40 on the mat against Dylan White of Carlisle before suffering a hard-fought 2-1 battle against Dylan Rodenhaber. All the scoring took place in the third period, leaving Phenegar with that forfeit win to medal.

Logan Davidson, a fourth place finisher at sectionals, and Arik Harnish (120) both went 2-2 on the weekend.

At 182, Davidson suffered a 16-1 opening round loss to Cumberland Valley's Jake Lucas, the eventual second place finisher, but came back with a dominating win over Brian Czaus of Muhlenberg, leading 14-0 before securing a 4:45 fall. His second win was a come-from-behind 4:11 fall over Dylan Forbes of new Oxford. His season, however, came to an end with a 12-4 loss to eventual fifth place finisher Jarrett Feeney of Dallastown.

Harnish got off to a strong start, posting a 5-0 decision over Chase Stehman of Daniel Boone. In the quarterfinals, however, he was dealt an 8-1 setback Susquehannock Township's Kody Evans, the eventual bronze medal winner.

Harnish came back strong, shutting out Elizabethtown's Cameron Olson 7-0 before ending his season with a 6-4 overtime loss to eventual fourth place finisher, Jeff Russell of Shippensburg.

Fresh off a gold medal performance at sectionals, Andrew Bliss opened with a 2:40 fall over Lance Beckner of New Oxford before suffering a 14-1 major in the quarterfinals. Chambersburg's Cole Grove led 10-0 after the second period and went on to finish in third place at 126.

In the consolations, Bliss held a 3-2 lead after two periods before yielding three nearfall points in the third and ending his season with a 5-3 loss to Dylan Ramsey, of Shippensburg, the fifth place finisher.

Hunter Erb (113) and Zach Shelley (285) also competed in Hershey but suffered two straight losses. Shelley suffered an opening round fall to eventual second place winner Raymond Christas, of Dallastown and was pinned in the consolations by Osvaldo Alvarez of Carlisle.

Erb suffered a third period fall to fourth place finisher Gavin Richard, of Daniel Boone, and then dropped a 15-0 tech fall to Zach Emory of York Suburban.

For their individual efforts this year, nine Pioneers were recognized as Section Two all-stars. Bliss, Bradey Cunningham (145) and Johnny Franklin (195), who was sixth at sectionals, were first team selections while Harnish, Davidson and Shelley received second team votes. Honorable mention all-stars included Erb, Connor Penry, a fifth place sectional winner, and Phenegar.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team, after suffering losses to Garden Spot and Elizabethtown, opened the second portion of their post-season with a solid 50-37 victory over Big Spring in the first-round of the District Three Class 5A playoffs last Monday. But the No. 2 seed, looking to improve on last year's sixth place finish, was hoping to get past round two as well. That wasn't the case as L-S suffered a 60-49 loss to No. 7 Muhlenburg in Thursday's quarterfinals. Their first round win locked up a berth in the upcoming PIAA Class 5A Championships which include the district's top nine teams.

L-S jumped out to a 7-0 start against Big Spring but found the score tied at 10-10 at the end of the first.

A jumper and a trey by Patrick Holmes pushed L-S to a 15-10 advantage but the Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run for their first and only lead of the night, 17-15. The determined Pioneers countered, running off 11 straight points, including a pair of treys by Chase Broderick, to push out to a 26-17 lead at the half.

L-S, showing patience against the Bulldogs' zone defense, extended its 11-0 run with eight straight points to start the third frame. A three-ball by Beers and Broderick sandwiched a pair of free throws by Adam Stoltzfus for a commanding 34-17 lead. Broderick dropped in two more threes and Zach Kingsley added another as the hosts took control, 45-24 after three.

"I thought we stepped up in the second quarter and made a nice run in the third," said head coach Ed Berryman.

And while the final eight minutes favored the visitors, 13-5, it wasn't enough to offset Lampeter's commanding lead. Big Spring missed 20 two-point attempts on the night and leading scorer Matthew Ward was held scoreless.

"Ward, a freshman, hit 63 three-pointers coming in," noted Berryman. "Chase did a great job defending him. Our defense overall created the separation."

Broderick led all scorers with 18 points on six treys and Beers hit for double figures with 10. Holmes followed with eight points and Stoltzfus and Kingsley rounded out the scorers with seven each.

The Pioneers hit 10-of-21 three point attempts and were 8-of-17 from the free throw line.

Looking to get to the semifinals, L-S faced Muhlenberg Thursday night but couldn't match the Muhls long range shooting or speed and suffered a 60-49 defeat after batting to a 36-36 tie after three quarters.

L-S looked to take control early, scoring 10 straight points including a pair of threes by Beers. But the Muhls, with more than 200 three-pointers coming in, started knocking down shots, hitting back-to-back triples with 2:50 left, and cut the lead to 15-12 with a running three at the first quarter buzzer.

The No. 7 seed, on the strength of three triples, took a 21-19 lead with 5:10 left in the half and never trailed. Back-to-back jumpers by Stoltzfus and Beers tied the game at 26-26 at the half.

The third quarter was nip-and-tuck with L-S answering the Muhls, who advanced with a 67-66 OT win over No. 10 Milton Hershey, with every run. A bucket by Jarred Getchis and a pair of free throws by Kingsley erased a 36-32 deficit and tied the game at the quarter's end.

Muhlenberg's Kipp and Colon hit threes on consecutive trips and sparked a 15-3 run that pushed the lead to 51-39 with 2:46 left. L-S managed ten points down the stretch but were outscored 24-13 in the frame.

"It was a disappointing fourth quarter," Berryman stated. "They were definitely more physical and went to the ball a bit harder. Their speed was a factor too. We lacked the consistency we needed and we also seemed hesitant at times."

Beers led the team with 15 points but 13 came in the first half. Kingsley battled for eight points, Broderick added seven while Stoltzfus and Nevin Book finished with five each and Getchis and Holmes combined for eight. The Pioneers were 10-of-16 from the free throw line. Muhlenberg, collecting its first district playoff win in nine years, hit 13-of-22 attempts and finished with nine threes in the upset win.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

No stranger to the post-season, the lady Pioneers, qualifying for the seventh straight season, opened the District Three Class 5A playoffs as the No. 5 seed hosting No. 12 Palmyra. Sounds like a safe matchup, right?

"Palmyra had the highest strength of schedule of any team in 5A or 6A and they returned their two best players from last year," noted head coach Tony Fink. "Plus their point guard is faster than any guard we saw this year. I saw this as a toss-up game," he continued. "They just made a few more plays than we did."

That point guard, Amelia Baldo lit up for a game-high 19 points, including nine straight in the second quarter. After an even 7-7 first quarter, the Cougars (13-10) held a 22-16 lead at the break.

L-S (17-8) picked up the pace in the third quarter and knotted the score at 25-25. Emma Gochnauer's bucket in the paint and a trey by Jackie Martin (6 points) put L-S in front, 30-28, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Cougars' Olivia Richardson, a Millersville University recruit, responded with six straight points to go back in front, 34-30. They never trailed after that, finishing the game with a 13-5 advantage and ending Lampeter's season.

"They banked in a three in the third quarter that hurt and we missed some free throws that we normally make," stated Fink. "Every missed opportunity is big in these close games."

Brittney Zameroski finished with a team-high 15 points, including hitting five-of-six free throws, while Gochnauer, who moved into second place on Lampeter's all-time career scoring list, and Nora Holmes combined for 13.

"Coming into this year I wanted us to achieve a winning record and qualify for districts," said Fink. "We won 17 games after losing three quality players from last year and Zameroski was out for almost half the season (concussion). We achieved a lot," he added. "I'm not happy that it ended this way but we have to look at the big picture. We defended our back-to-back section titles almost to the wire and qualified for leagues and districts. And we were No. 1 in the district for a short time," he continued. "We had some good wins, including winning the Hershey Christmas Tournament for the third year in a row. Saying goodbye to our seniors (Emma Gochnauer, Hayley Phenegar and Brittney Zameroski) is very hard."

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Pioneers Fall in L-L League Playoff Quarters February 15, 2019

Defending L-L League champ Lampeter-Strasburg, aiming for a second straight semifinals appearance, a first for the program, suffered just its third loss of the season, a 47-44 final against Elizabethtown last Wednesday at home.

The tightly contested, physical game that see-sawed back-and-forth became clear with six seconds remaining in the contest. A Pioneer turnover, off a double-team at midcourt, eventually found Larry Locker with a layup and a foul and erased a 44-44 tie, knotted by a Seth Beers triple with 1:35 left to play.

"It was a good game," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We just came up short. We missed some open shots that we normally hit and we had some turnovers, though not many, at inopportune times and they capitalized. We couldn't seem to hold the momentum."

Elizabethtown, with its pesky zone defense, shook off a 3-0 start behind the hot hand of Dylan Sweger. The senior knocked down three of his five triples in a first quarter that had the visitors in front, 11-7.

"We wanted to attack that zone from inside," said Berryman, "but we didn't do that consistently."

After 2:20 of scoreless play to start the second period, Patrick Holmes, who led the Pioneers with 13 points, opened the scoring with a three ball. Both teams traded baskets until an 8-0 run sparked the home team. A Jarred Getchis bucket in the paint knotted the score at 16. Seth Beers followed with a triple and hit the second of two free throws for a 20-16 lead with 2:12 left in the half.

L-S won the quarter 16-8 but Sweger, who led all scorers with 15 points, had the last say, dropping in a three with .5 left and cutting the lead to 20-19 at the break.

"They shot the ball really well," said Berryman. "But I don't feel we were playing our best basketball."

The Bears came out strong in the third quarter, taking the lead with the first four points and pushing out to a 28-23 advantage on a triple by Ryan Parise (9 points) with 4:45 left. Before a Chase Broderick (8 points, all in the second half) triple closed the gap to 30-28. E-town again had the last say, posting a 5-2 run for a 35-30 lead with one quarter remaining.

L-S looked determined to start the fourth, using an 11-5 run and a triple by Beers (12 points) for a 41-40 lead with 4:28 left to play. Unfortunately, the Pioneers managed just one more field goal, a trey by Beers that tied the game with 1:35 left, setting the stage for that untimely turnover and E-town's finish.

The Bears were 7-of-8 from the free throw line. L-S managed 3-of-8.

"It's hard to stay at the top once you get there," Berryman stated. "Obviously it's disappointing for everyone. But if you don't learn from a loss then it serves no purpose. Now we have a bit more time to focus on districts.

"It's win or go home now so hopefully we can make some noise in districts," he continued. "We didn't do what we wanted to last year."

L-S, at 20-3, enters the tournament this week as the No. 2 seed in the 5A bracket and will take on No. 15 Big Spring (13-8). Results will appear in the February 27 edition.

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L-S Tops Garden Spot, Competes in L-L Playoffs February 11, 2019

The girls' basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a win over Garden Spot last Monday, opened the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with a win over Pequea Valley on Wednesday and dropped their quarterfinals game against Cedar Crest Saturday, all without starting point guard Brittney Zameroski, who continues to suffer symptoms from a concussion.

The Pioneers, in a game that honored seniors Emma Gochnauer, Hayley Phenegar and Zameroski, broke a 4-4 tie with a 13-2 run through the first quarter and never looked back in a lopsided 39-18 win over Garden Spot, the last place team in Section Two.

L-S held Spot to a single free throw in the second quarter while building a 26-7 halftime lead. With everyone seeing action, the Pioneers outscored the visitors 13-11 in the second half.

Gochnauer, Emma Drouillard and Olivia Vranich each netted eight points to lead a balanced attack. Nora Holmes (6), Jackie Martin (3), Jackie Schultz (2), Phenegar (2) and Maggie Visniski (2) also contributed.

Two nights later, the Pioneers opened L-L League playoff action with a hard-fought, 50-41 win over Pequea Valley at Garden Spot. Gochnauer fueled a 13-7 first quarter effort with six points. Marlena Ferry netted all seven of the Braves' points.

Martin sparked Lampeter's 20-point second quarter with a pair of triples and eight points while Vranich put up six points in the paint and Holmes added five as L-S pushed out to a 33-21 lead.

The Braves, in the L-L playoffs for the first time in program history, held L-S to four third quarter points. Annabeth Groff netted their only bucket of the frame, a triple that put the Pioneers in front 36-26. PV, however, went on a mini run and cut the lead to 37-31 with eight minutes left.

L-S went 11-for-17 at the free throw in the fourth quarter and Gochnauer added a field goal to push the Pioneers into the quarterfinals.

Gochnauer and Martin finished with 13 points each, offsetting Ferry's game-high 19 for PV. Vranich and Holmes combined for 17 and Drouillard and Groff each added 3.

In quarterfinal action Saturday night, the Pioneers traveled to Lebanon to take on Section One champ Cedar Crest and came home with a 43-28 loss.

The Falcons (17-5) posted identical 11-4 quarters in the first and third frames and outscored L-S 12-8 down the stretch, offsetting the Pioneers' 12-9 second quarter advantage.

The Pioneers (9-4, 17-7 overall), on a triple by Gochnauer, cut the lead to 26-20 midway through the third quarter but did not score again in that frame. Crest, on the other hand, dropped in a buzzer-beating trey for a 31-20 lead.

Gochnauer, who leads the team with just over a 16 ppg average, dropped in a game-high 14 points. Drouillard followed with six with Holmes (3), Martin (2), Phenegar (2) and Vranich (1) rounding out the point-getters.

Next up for the Lady Pioneers (17-6), seeded fifth in the District Three Class 5A playoffs, is a first round home game against No. 12 Palmyra (12-10) on Tuesday, February 19.

BOWLING

On the lanes last Monday, the Pioneer bowlers were dealt a 7-0 loss to Section Three leader, Cocalico (73-4) at Dutch Lanes. Brent Cox, who averages just over 181 per game, rolled a 231 in his third game and led the Pioneers with a 581 series. It was the third highest series of the match.

Three days later, at Columbia, Cox, with a 546 series, led the way but it was the Tide that finished on top, 5-2.

SWIMMING

The Lady Pioneer swimmers hosted Ephrata, the top team in Section Two last Wednesday but, despite winning six straight events, failed to pull off the upset and instead suffered a 101-69 loss.

Elizabeth Horner started the six event run with the top time in the 200 free (1:58.94) and ended the run with a 5:45.18 winning time in the 500 free with Ellie Parido, the top finisher in the 100 butterfly, grabbing third.

Also picking up two wins was Catherine Horner who touched first in the 50 free (25.53) and the 100 free (57.57) while Bre Fluhr picked up a win in the 200 IM (2:23.58) and was second in the 100 back.

The boys' suffered similar fate against the Mounts, winning just two events in a 92-54 defeat.

Nathan Eberly not only won the 500 free in 5:28.06 but anchored the winning 400 free relay with Justin Miller, Cooper Honert and Andrew Reidenbaugh teaming for a 4:06.90. He was also second ion the 100 breaststroke with Nathaniel Young, who was third in the 50 free, taking third.

Miller also picked up a pair of seconds, placing in the 200 IM and the 500 free.

On Friday and Saturday, February 8-9 at Wilson High School, the Pioneers competed in the L-L League playoffs where the girls', with a record setting weekend, finished tied for fifth place.

The girls earned seven top eight finishes and five of them were with new school records! C. Horner led the medal-winners with a gold medal school record in the 100 back (57.91). Fluhr was close behind with a second place effort in 59.16.

C. Horner also broke her own record in the 50 free with a second place time of 24.79.

E. Horner was just as impressive, breaking her own record in the 200 IM (2:14.38), taking fifth place and posting a 5:14.76 in the 500 free for fourth place.

Both Horner's teamed with Fluhr and Wagner for a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay, breaking their own school record with a 1:55.08.

The Pioneers also picked up a seventh place finish in the 400 free relay with E. Horner, Curran, Fluhr and C. Horner with a 3:53.21.

"Andrew Reidenbaugh, Nathan Eberly, Justin Miller and Nathaniel Young also competed," said head coach Kate Rohrbaugh, "and while they did not place, they all swam best times.

"We look forward to districts and posting more best times and new records!"

WRESTLING

In non-league action on the mats last week, the Pioneers posted mixed results, toppling Warwick 51-17 on Monday before Wednesday's 33-32 loss to Red Land.

Warwick got off to a strong start, winning each of the first three bouts for a 10-0 lead but secured just two wins after that. They forfeited 285, 106, 113, 138 and the 145 weight classes.

Logan Davidson (182) put L-S on the board with a 1:59 fall and, after Johnny Franklin's 6-4 loss at 195, Tyler Phenegar worked an 11-7 decision over Hayen Benner, cutting the lead to 11-7. Three straight forfeit wins put the hosts in front for good.

Arik Harnish (120) and Andrew Bliss (126) both earned first period falls to round out the L-S scoring.

On Wednesday, the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with Red Land but, despite winning 6 of 14 bouts all with bonus points, fell one point shy.

L-S dropped a pair of major decisions to open the match but got on board when Davidson worked a 3:40 fall over Connor Taylor at 182 and Franklin followed with a major decision to go in front 10-8.

The match went back-and-forth over the next couple of bouts before Zach Shelley's 5:33 fall over Kyle Ritter at 285, along with back-to-back falls by Harnish (120) over Reese Polulak in 1:26 and Bliss (126) over Mason Eisner in 2:57 gave L-S their biggest lead of the night, 28-20.

Unfortunately, the hosts had the last say, winning three of the last four bouts and picking up a couple bonus points along the way. A Red Land fall at 132 and a tech fall at 138 put the hosts in front, 31-28. Brady Cunningham's 11-1 major decision cut the lead to one and left the outcome for the last match of the night, which Red Land won by decision, 8-2. The Red Knights were deducted one team point at 120 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The streak is over. After racking up 19 straight wins, Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team suffered a 63-57 double overtime loss to Garden Spot in their last league game of the season in New Holland last Tuesday.

"If there is a good time to lose, maybe this was it," said head coach Ed Berryman. "Now we can get things back into perspective and refocus."

The second place Spartans lost a 19 point outing in Lampeter on January 18 but kept pace with the Pioneers this time around. Both teams were neck-and-neck through the entire game. L-S held a 20-19 lead in the first quarter but the hosts were up 25-24 at the half.

"It really was back-and-forth the whole time," said Berryman. "It kind of felt like no matter what we did, we weren't going to win. Garden Spot wanted it more. They got the 50/50 balls and the extra rebounds. They had very few turnovers and they made the plays. They also hit 16-of-18 free throws."

Both teams scored 11 third quarter points and L-S got that one point back with an 11-10 effort in the fourth quarter. Zach Kingsley snagged an offensive rebound in the final seconds but his stick back fell short in ending the game during regulation.

Spot's Andrew Zentner canned a triple to end the first overtime and Matt Sharp canned his first three of the game and brother Joe banked in a jumper and then made two free throws to ice a 10-4 second overtime and the win.

"Our first loss of the season was in overtime against Central Dauphin," recalled Berryman. "That game I felt we lost. This game...Garden Spot beat us. It was their senior night and they came out with energy. It was also the first time in 12 years that they've beaten us."

Adam Stoltzfus tied Keontae Nunn for game-high honors with 17 points. Kingsley netted 12 and Patrick Holmes rounded out the double figure scorers with 10. Chase Broderick (7), Seth Beers (5), Nevin Book (4), and Jarred Getchis (2) also contributed.

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Pioneers Win 19th Straight, Clinch Section Title February 4, 2019

Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team defeated Lancaster Catholic on the road last Wednesday, and hung a lopsided loss on Cocalico at home on Friday to clinch the Section Three championship with a perfect 12-0 mark to date.

The top team in Section Three, L-S, and the top team in Section Four, Lancaster Catholic, met in Lancaster Wednesday night. While the temps were dropping outside, the action heated up in the gym.

The Crusaders, controlling the boards, held an 18-10 lead after eight minutes. L-S, typically a strong three-point shooting team, missed seven treys in the second quarter while the Crusaders converted in the paint. Both teams knocked down 12 quarter points and the spread remained eight points at the break.

"We played poorly on the defensive end in that first half," said head coach Ed Berryman. "But Catholic did a nice job. I told the guys coming in that Catholic isn't a team, it's a program and just because they were missing a couple kids didn't mean they wouldn't be ready."

The Pioneers zeroed in from behind the arc in the third quarter, outshot the hosts 19-7, and took a 41-37 lead after three. Seth Beers opened the frame with a triple that cut the lead to 30-25. Chase Broderick hit the first of his three triples at the midway point with the Crusaders still in front, 35-29. But with 3:30 left, L-S turned it up a notch. Zach Kingsley scored in the paint and then converted a steal by Beers into a layup. Adam Stoltzfus hit a jumper from the free throw line and Broderick drained back-to-back treys, the second with 3.8 ticks left, to put L-S in front for good, 41-37.

L-S led 46-40 with a layup and one of two free throws by Patrick Holmes (11 points, 5 assists) with just under three minutes remaining. The Crusaders outscored the visitors 7-3 down the stretch but it wasn't enough. L-S missed three free throws in the final 37 seconds, including the front end of a pair of one-and-ones, to give the Crusaders hope.

"They were focusing on Seth and Zach stepped up," said Berryman. "He was 6-for-7 from two-point range.

"It was good to have the pressure on us in the fourth quarter, especially at this time of year," he added.

Kingsley led all scorers with 18 points. Broderick netted nine, all on threes, Stoltzfus finished with 6, and Seth Beers, Jarred Getchis and Nevin Book combined for 5 as the Pioneers improved to 19-1 overall.

Cocalico, the third place team in Section Three came to Lampeter Friday night and were feeling pretty good at halftime, holding a 21-18 lead after outscoring the hosts 12-6 in the second quarter.

"I'm not sure if it was senior night or what, but we certainly got out to a slow start," Berryman said. "We certainly weren't overly focused on defense and we talked about that at the half."

L-S went to work in the second half, scoring 21 third quarter points and pouring in 23 more in the fourth while holding the Eagles to a combined 21 points. Beers scored 12 of his team-high 18 to spark the third quarter while Broderick nailed back-to-back threes early in the fourth to provide more separation.

"We shot 29 free throws in the second half so we were definitely more aggressive in getting to the basket," noted Berryman. "And Adam Stoltzfus had 10 of his 12 points in the second half. He had the size advantage inside and we made a better effort to get him the ball. He's playing with confidence now."

The result was a convincing 62-42 section-clinching victory, Lampeter's 19th straight this season.

Connor Mack outscored the field with 19 points. Beers finished with 18 but had a lot of supporting help. Stoltzfus finished with 12 points while Broderick and Holmes (5 assists, 7 rebounds) each netted nine. Kingsley (6), Jarred Getchis (4) and Nevin Book (4) also contributed.

The Pioneers, currently the top 5A team in the district, took, and made, twice as many free throws as the Eagles, going 20-for-32 at the line.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In crossover action last Wednesday, Section Four leader Lancaster Catholic traveled to Lampeter to take on the second place Pioneers. Looking to remain unbeaten on the season, the Crusaders (20-0) jumped out to an 11-1 lead and never looked back in a 63-40 triumph. For the Pioneers, who have dropped two of their last three games, it was their most lopsided loss of the season. And again they were playing without starting point-guard Brittney Zameroski and forward Emma Drouillard (out five games).

"We were down two starters but still got the score down to four with five minutes left in the third quarter," said head coach Tony Fink. "That felt like a win.

"We're not too down. Two of our three losses we were shorthanded," he added. "Solanco is pretty good and Catholic High is defending state champs. We also got a gutsy win at Township so I don't feel too down."

Emma Gochnauer netted six of Lampeter's nine first quarter points but the Crusaders, who got six from Kiki Jefferson, led 17-9 after eight minutes.

A seven point effort by Nora Holmes sparked a 10 point second quarter but the visitors matched that, plus one, with Peyton Jaquis scoring eight, including a pair of three's. She finished with five triples on the night and 17 points to back Jefferson's game-high 24.

Down 28-19 at the break, L-S struggled to get on track in the second half while the Crusaders picked up the pace. Jefferson tallied ten of the team's 15 third quarter points and six players chipped in to score 20 in the fourth.

Holmes was solid from three-point range after the break, canning three of her four but it wasn't enough. She dropped in a team-high 16 points with Gochnauer adding 13 and Olivia Vranich chipping in with eight.

Drouillard was back in action Friday night and Gochnauer poured in a game-high 22 points but it wasn't enough to hold off the third place team in Section Three, Cocalico (6-5, 13-7 overall).

L-S got off to a strong start, taking an 18-13 lead after eight minutes. The Eagles returned the favor, outscoring the visitors 18-13 to pull within one, 31-30, at the half. That momentum carried into the third frame as well, with the hosts taking a 43-36 lead after outscoring L-S 13-5. Neither team really got going down the stretch, scoring just single digits. L-S won the quarter 7-6, but lost the war.

"We didn't play well defensively in that first half," said Fink, "and they gained confidence. Plus we allowed three open three-pointers in the third quarter and dug a hole.

"We need to clean up the defense moving forward," he added. "Every game now is a playoff game."

Gochnauer, who was 6-for-8 from the free throw line, scored 20 points or more for the fifth time this year. Drouillard settled for nine points while Olivia Vranich (5), Haley Phenegar (4) and Jackie Martin (3) rounded out the scoring.

Corrie Lescoe anchored the Eagles' attack, splashing in a game-high six three pointers and finishing with 19 points.

WRESTLING

Lampeter's run through the post-season continued in the District Three Team Championships last week. The Pioneers, seeded 11th, traveled to Cedar Cliff on Wednesday night and opened with a solid 39-28 win over No. 6 Daniel Boone. That, however, pushed them into the quarterfinals opposite No. 3 Cedar Cliff where they were dealt a 59-6 defeat. One day later, at Spring Grove, Lampeter's run ended with a 54-25 loss to Gettysburg.

Nine wins, including five falls and a major decision, highlighted Lampeter's win over Daniel Boone. After giving up a tech fall in the opening bout of the night, 120, a 5-4 thriller by Arik Harnish (126) and a 5:30 fall by Andrew Bliss (132) put L-S in front, 9-5.

Over the next nine bouts, however, L-S took control, winning seven of them and picking up bonus points in five. Brady Cunningham's 53 second fall and Hector Colon's (152) 16-2 major decision put the Pioneers in front for good.

DB, making its first trip to the District Three team tournament, closed the gap to 19-17 but L-S won the next five straight to pull away. Parker Owens (170) started the run with a 6-2 decision and Zach Shelley (285) ended it with a tight 3-1 decision. In between, Logan Davidson (182), Johnny Franklin (195) and Tyler Phenegar (220) all secured falls, with two of them coming in the first period.

Phenegar's 1:42 fall broke up Cedar Cliff's nine bout run and was the only bout the Pioneers would win. But the loss was closer than the score indicates. L-S gave up four falls, four tech falls and five decisions. But four of those decisions were by three points or less, including Owens' 3-2 loss in overtime.

In the consolation quarterfinals the following night at Spring Grove, L-S (13-3) faced No. 7 Gettysburg (16-4) where their run through the bracket ended.

Franklin secured his third win of the tournament with a 4:55 fall over Christian Conner, and, after suffering three straight falls, put L-S on the board, 18-6.

Phenegar followed with a 1:50 fall over Dru Hartman and Shelley worked an 8-2 decision over Robert Hatfield, closing the gap to 18-15. Gettysburg, however, won six of the next eight bouts all by fall.

Harnish's 2:38 fall over Ethan Dalton at 120 and an 11-0 major by Bliss over Jacob Cherry closed the scoring for the Pioneers.

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Reiff's Pin Anchors Pioneer's Win Over Barons January 28, 2019

A pair of Section Two heavyweights duked it out last Monday night in Lampeter and when the final horn sounded, the Pioneers' half of the gym exploded as sophomore Austin Reiff pinned Manheim Central freshman Uriah Warner 43 seconds into the third period of the last bout of the night. The fall not only erased Reiff's 6-5 third quarter deficit but pushed L-S to a 39-35 victory, and for all intents and purposes, clinched the section title, a first for L-S since 2002, and their eighth overall.

"What a great atmosphere," said head coach Brad Heeter. "I knew it was going to be close. Bonus points were going to win us the match and all of our wins were by bonus points."

The Pioneers improved to 6-0 in the section and 11-1 overall while the two-time defending Section Two champ Barons fell to 5-1, 6-2 overall.

"In a dual this tight, every match is a key matchup and every point matters," Heeter stated. "One point in one individual match can win or lose the dual meet. The entire team did their job. It was a complete effort."

The whole night was back-and-forth. Each team won seven bouts, but bonus points were the key with L-S claiming five falls and a forfeit win while the Barons pinned four times and picked up a tech fall in the second bout of the night, erasing the 4-0 lead Hunter Erb gave L-S with an 8-0 major decision over Josiah Lutz in the opening 113 bout.

The hosts went back in front with a 1:06 fall by Andrew Bliss (126) over Dakota Thomas. The Barons countered with two straight falls. Cade Zeamer pinned Riley Eckman in 2:32 and Conner Zeamer put Ethan Cramer to his back in 30 seconds for the biggest lead of the night, 17-10.

Brady Cunningham's 2:29 fall over Logan Hess (145) cut the lead to one but that was short-lived. The Barons responded with a 12-6 decision by Clay Bedi over Hector Holon (152) and a 1:26 fall by Austin Sauder over Dylan Reading for a ten point lead (26-16) with six bouts left.

Connor Penry halted Central's run with a first period fall over Connor Carvell but Manheim matched that effort when Keegan McCord broke a 4-4 third period tie, turning Logan Davidson for a fall and setting the stage for Lampeter's comeback.

Johnny Franklin scored a 3:01 fall over Owen VonStetten (195) and Tyler Phenegar earned a forfeit at 220 to put the Pioneers in front, 34-32. After a scoreless first period, Manheim's Tyler Dougherty came away with a 9-3 decision, leaving the outcome to Reiff.

The sophomore fell behind 3-2 in the first period, scored the first takedown of the second period for a brief 4-3 lead before Warner escaped and scored a quick takedown for a 6-4 lead after two. Warner let Reiff out to start the final period. Reiff shot and took Warner to his back for a quick fall and the team victory.

"Reiff and Warner were both one match under .500 so I knew it was a good matchup," Heeter noted. "Although undersized, Austin always pushes the pace. I knew he wouldn't quit. What a great job. He really rose to the challenge."

Two nights later the Pioneers capped a perfect Section Two record (7-0, 8-0 overall) with an uneventful 69-12 win over a short-handed Ephrata squad. In a match that featured just six bouts, Ephrata forfeited eight weight classes, L-S won four of them. Arik Harnish (120) pinned Blake Jones in 52 seconds, and Eckman went the distance and then some, working a 6:21 sudden victory fall over Tyler Hackman at 132. It was the second sudden victory bout of the night as Ephrata's Austin Brass (113) pinned Colin McDonald in 6:32.

Cunningham settled for a 9-4 decision over Kayde Althouse at 145 and Penry (170) decked Owen Morongiello in 1:12 to cap the scoring.

Lampeter's busy week concluded with a 5th (out of 23) place finish in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships held at Garden Spot. Franklin, (195), Phenegar (220) and Shelly (285) all reached the finals on day two of wrestling but settle for second place finishes.

Franklin pinned NL's Larson Stichler (1:35), Penn Manor's TJ Keener (2:27) and Octorara's Jacob Eckman (3:08) to get to the finals where he came up short, 5-3 against Warwick's Roland McClune.

Phenegar's path was similar. He pinned Central's Martin (2:32), and Hempfield's Luke Dreyer (4:24) before pulling out a 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker over Cedar Crest's TJ Moore. He faced Garden Spot's Dustin Swanson in the finals but suffered a 4-2 decision.

Shelley pinned his way to the finals as well, but the suffered a 2:49 fall against Central's Tyler Dougherty, ultimately clinching the team title for the Barons. Shelley pinned CV's Yodhe Desta (5:11) and Crest's Nick Stout to advance.

Other place-winners included Davidson's bronze medal finish at 182, a fourth by Bliss at 126, and a seventh by Harnish (120). Davidson was knocked to the consis after getting pinned by eventual champ Keegan McCord, of Manheim Central, but rebounded with a 1:41 fall over Solanco's Nick Yannutz and then pinned Warwick's Charles Lumene to take third.

SWIMMING

The Pioneer swim team posted mixed results last Tuesday with the girls, who won all but one race, collecting a lopsided 108-62 win over Lancaster Catholic and the boys suffering a 127-33 loss.

Lexi Wagner, Elizabeth Horner and Catherine Horner all secured a pair of individual wins and contributed to the relay success. Wagner touched first in the 200 IM (2:30.18) and the 100 breaststroke (1:17.25), E. Horner beat the field in the 200 free (2:06.76) and the 100 butterfly (1:07.13) while C. Horner specialized in the 50 free (25.58) and the 100 back (1:01.88).

Wagner and C. Horner, along with Ellie Parido and Abby Nagle opened the meet with the top time in the 200 medley relay (2:07.02).

Nagle and Bre Fluhr joined Wagner and E. Horner for a win in the 200 free relay while the 400 free relay featured Emily Kury, Fluhr, and the Horners with a 4:07.15.

Also collecting a solo win was Anastasia Curran with a 1:05.17 in the 100 freestyle.

The going was much tougher for the boys as Justin Miller was the only Pioneer swimmer able to capture a first place finish and he did it twice, taking the 50 free with a 24.73 and coming back with the top time in the 100 backstroke (1:02.28).

Other key points were earned by Nathan Eberly with a 2nd in the 500 free and a 3rd in the 100 breaststroke while freshmen Grant Beiler and Andrew Reidenbaugh added 4ths in the 100 and 50 free respectively. Nathaniel Young was also 4th in the 200 IM.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

With three games last week, Lampeter's toughest game came from a 3-15 Solanco squad Thursday night. The Mules outscored the visitors 15-4 in the first and 13-9 in the fourth but fell short of the upset, 58-48.

"The way they played us, I was surprised by their record," said head coach Ed Berryman. "They played us tough."

L-S broke the game open with an 18-9 second quarter run and never looked back. Zach Kingsley put up a team-high 14 points, Patrick Holmes added 11 and Seth Beers rounded out the double figure scorers with 10.

On Tuesday, a 21-14 run through the first quarter sparked a lopsided 52-38 win over fourth place Manheim Central. Beers, who led all scorers with 18 points, and Holmes, who finished with 16, sparked that early run, scoring 16 of the team's 21 points.

"Their Josh Young scored 12 of his 13 in the first half so we put Adam Stoltzfus on him in the second half and he neutralized that threat," noted Berryman.

Beers poured in a career-high 27 points and the Pioneers connected on 9-of-18 three pointers to turn back Lancaster Mennonite, 71-50.

L-S extended a three point first quarter edge with a 21-9 second frame effort. Beers led the charge, knocking down three of his six treys and scoring 11 points. Stoltzfus added six of his 14 as L-S built a 35-20 lead at the break.

"Adam also had a baseline drive dunk in the third quarter that provided momentum," noted Berryman. "And as a team, we made 14-of-16 free throws."

Darren Landis (2 treys), Nevin Book and Caleb Smoker all provided six points each.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In a key Section Three clash last Thursday in Lampeter, the Lady Pioneers fell short in avenging their first round loss to Solanco and slipped out of first place in the standings with a disappointing 44-25 result on their home court.

"They have chased us for two years and with four starters back, they played with intensity and shot better," stated head coach Tony Fink. "They were the better team tonight and their depth helped them. It is not easy to outplay and LS girls' team but Solanco's will to win was high. We will be back."

Emma Gochnauer (team-high 11 points) scored off the tip and then again on a pair of free throws. Solanco's Jade Eshleman answered with a traditional three point play before Olivia Vranich canned two more free throws for a 6-3 L-S lead. Grace Kreider, with a game-high 14 points, knocked down the first of her four triples, tying the game at 6-6. Jess Cabrera converted a turnover, and Kara McClune scored in the paint for a 10-6 lead the Mares wouldn't relinquish.

Solanco started to pull away with a 10-0 run in the second frame. After Gochnauer's triple cut the lead to 12-9, Cabrera drained back-to-back threes, Aleska Burger scored in transition and Kreider scored off a turnover, pushing the lead to 22-9. Jackie Martin's three-ball with 56 seconds left closed the gap to ten but didn't dampen Solanco's momentum.

In a low scoring third quarter (9-7 Solanco), Solanco used a 7-0 run to push out to a 29-14 advantage but a basket by Gochnauer and a three-ball by Nora Holmes (6 points) cut the lead to 10 before Cabrera's bucket at the buzzer again provided momentum.

A 5-0 run early in the fourth favored the visitors. Holmes and Zameroski canned a pair of threes but it wasn't enough as the Mares finished the game with a 13-6 quarter advantage.

Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers traveled to Neffsville to take on the Section One Blue Streaks and came home with a 56-44 victory. Gochnauer, with 17 points, including 9-of-12 free throws, led a trio of double figure scorers. Martin went 6-for-8 from the free throw line and knocked down three trey in the first half to post a season-high 15 points and Holmes, who also hit three times from behind the arc, added 12.

L-S wasted little time in setting the tone, sprinting to a 23-13 first quarter advantage. They won the next two frames by a combined 21-16 edge for a 44-29 lead with eight minutes left. The Pioneers were held without a field goal in the final quarter but went 12-for-17 from the foul line to stay in front.

Earlier in the week, Gochnauer poured in 23 points, hitting twice from behind the arc and going 7-for-8 from the foul line, and the Pioneers outscored hosting Manheim Central in every quarter en route to a 55-31 road win.

Gochnauer, with a pair of triples and two free throws, netted 8 of Lampeter's 12 first quarter points while Holmes, also with a pair of threes, scored 8 of her 11 in the second quarter as L-S sprinted to a 28-15 lead at the break.

Gochnauer tallied eight more points in the third quarter and six different players contributed to the visitors' 14 fourth quarter points with Holmes and Martin (6 points) each knocking down triples.

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Pioneers Earn 3 Wins, Push Streak to 13 Straight January 20, 2019

Facing the second and third place teams in Section Three last week, the boys' basketball team took care of business as the race for the section crown draws ever closer. The Pioneers recorded a pair of 19 point victories over their Section Three competitors and then collected a 51-39 non-league win over Conestoga Valley Saturday afternoon.

Last Tuesday they traveled to Denver to take on Cocalico and came home with a convincing 50-31 victory. After falling behind 11-10 in the first quarter, L-S literally took control, exploding for 19 points while holding the hosts to a mere four and jumping to a 29-15 lead they never relinquished. Patrick Holmes netted seven of his nine points to lead the way.

"We went to a 1-3-1 trapping zone and they turned the ball over," stated head coach Ed Berryman.

The Eagles kept pace with L-S in the third frame with both squads netting 11 points but the visitors doubled up their hosts down the stretch, 10-5, to extend the advantage.

L-S dropped in eight treys on the night for a 24-9 advantage in that department. Chase Broderick scored all nine of his points from down town while Holmes hit two triples.

Adam Stoltzfus led a balanced attack with 11 points. Seth Beers (7), Zach Kingsley (5), Caleb Smoker (4), Nevin Book (3) and Aaron Rockensock (2) also contributed.

In Friday's home victory over Garden Spot, the Pioneers matched their season high with 11 three-pointers, placed four players in double figures and led from start to finish in a 66-47 win.

L-S held the Spot's leading scorer, Keontae Nunn (15 ppg), to four points, dominated the glass (9 offensive rebounds) and forced three straight turnovers to start the third quarter as they extended a 33-23 lead to 50-33. An 8-0 run late in the quarter pushed a 35-27 lead to 42-27 with less than three minutes left in the frame. A triple by Nevin Book (4 points) and a transition bucket by Zach Kingsley (9 points), gave L-S its biggest lead of the night, 50-31.

Caleb Smoker, who came off the bench for 10 points, gave L-S a 20-point advantage with a 3-pointer to start the fourth. Spot rallied with eight straight, cutting the lead to 12, but it wasn't enough. Smoker dropped in another triple and L-S went 8-for-12 at the free throw line down the stretch to deny the Spartans an upset.

"Caleb did a great job," praised Berryman. "He hit 3-of-3 three pointers. After an early season ankle injury, he's starting to get his confidence back.

"We had 18 assists on 20 field goals," Berryman continued. "That just shows unselfish passing and finding the open man. And we only had six turnovers for the game."

Stoltzfus led all scorers with 16 points, including 6-of-7 free throws. Beers followed with 15 (3 triples), and Broderick added 11 (3 triples) to round out the double-digit scorers.

At home again Saturday afternoon, L-S secured its 13th straight victory with a come-from-behind result over Section Two foe, Conestoga Valley.

LS fell behind 13-10 in the first quarter but turned things around for good with a 10-3 second frame effort. Broderick netted three of his four triples in the third quarter to keep the momentum going.

"We shot just 2-of-19 from 3-point range in that first half," stated Berryman. "We were 6-for-11 in the second half. We're shooting 37% from behind the arc for the season so that's pretty good.

We did play pretty good defense, holding them to 39 points," he added.

Broderick and Stoltzfus both netted 12 points while Beers and Holmes scored 8 points each. Other scorers included Kingsley (6), Book (3) and Getchis (2).

WRESTLING

In keeping pace with Manheim Central, and with their sights set on meeting the Barons for a chance to claim the Section Two crown, the wrestling team made short work of Lebanon last Wednesday night, toppling the Cedars 70-6 with five falls and five forfeit victories.

Dylan Reading (160) posted the first fall of the night, decking Maury Bedolla in 3:53 after Hector Colon opened the night with a solid 14-4 major over Dedro DeArce at 152.

The Cedars scored half of their points when Dallin Ocasio pulled out a 5-3 decision over Connor Penry (170) but then forfeited to Logan Davidson (182), Johnny Franklin (195) and Zach Shelley (285) after Tyler Phenegar secured the fastest fall of the night, decking Jenner Beckley in 16 seconds.

Austin Reiff's 5:32 fall over Brian Santiago at 106 extended the lead to 40-3 before another two forfeits padded the advantage.

Riley Eckman (126) and Andrew Bliss (132) worked back-to-back pinfalls in 1:13 and 2:48 respectively and pushed the lead to 64-3.

The Cedars secured their second win of the night in another tight outing, this one an 8-7 thriller by Allen Fake over Ethan Cramer.

Brady Cunningham's 1:02 fall over Franklin LirianoSena at 145 capped the scoring and leave the Pioneers with a 5-0 Section Two record. The Barons moved to 5-0 as well, halting Garden Spot 45-27.

In non-league action the very next night, L-S posted a dominating 64-14 result over Lancaster Catholic, recording eight falls along the way.

The Section Three Crusaders (1-3) won the first of their three bouts in the first match of the night. The Pioneers took control after that. Hunter Erb (113) and Harnish (120) scored back-to-back first period falls and Eckman (126) made it three straight with a 5:50 decking of Sam Lobeck.

Catholic forfeited the next two weight classes and L-S won six of the last eight bouts.

Colon scored a 2:57 fall at 152, pushing the lead to 40-4, before Catholic scored a third period fall at 160 and a major decision at 170, closing the gap to 40-14.

Lampeter's Davidson (1:30), Franklin (3:41), Phenegar (3:16) and Shelley (1:50) put the match out of reach with the last four falls of the night.

BOWLING

The bowlers, sitting in third place in Section Three, lost a tough one last Tuesday, bowing out 5-2 against the last place team in the section, Elco (14-42).

Brent Cox, who averages just under 178 per game, was the top scorer at Berks Lanes. He finished with a 214 average on the day, rolling a match-high 236 and posting a 642 series.

Against Section Two foe Elizabethtown last Thursday, the Pioneers were dealt a 7-0 loss. Cox was again the top L-S roller with a 546, the second highest series of the match.

The Pioneers are currently 23-26.

SWIMMING

Elizabeth Horner, Catherine Horner and Bre Fluhr all earned two individual first place finishes and anchored a sweeping performance over hosting Manheim Central last Thursday. The Pioneers won every single event en route to a 107-45 victory and kept pace with Elizabethtown for second place in the Section Two standings at 3-1. Undefeated Ephrata leads the section.

E. Horner led a sweep in the 200 free (2:09.1) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.01) with Ellie Parido (2nd) and Emma Kury (3rd) backing her in the 200 and Molly Nagle and Parido doing the same in the breaststroke.

C. Horner earned top times in the 200 IM (2:19.09) and 100 free (57.79) and Fluhr touched first in both the 50 free (27.26) and 500 free (6:05.24).

The trio also played a role in the winning relays. E. Horner, Abby Nagle, who captured the 100 back (1:12.01), Fluhr and Molly Nagle opened the meet with a 2:08.39 in the 200 medley.

Seven events later, both Horners, along with M. Nagle and Lexi Wagner took control in the 200 free (1:53.77) while Wagner, A. Nagle, Fluhr and C. Horner ended the meet with a 4:17.53 in the 400 free relay.

Also picking up a win was Emma Kury with the top time in the 100 butterfly (1:15.31).

The boys' team put up a good fight, winning six of the 11 events, but didn't have the depth to overcome the 88-57 loss to the Barons.

Nathan Eberly was the top point-getter for the visitors, winning the 500 free (5:24.75) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.46) and anchoring the 400 free relay with Andrew Reidenbaugh, Grant Beiler and Justin Miller leading off. He also swam the opening leg of the winning 200 medley relay Nathaniel Young, Miller and Reidenbaugh rounding out the quartet.

Reidenbaugh also touched first in the 100 free (59.09) while Miller secured the 100 backstroke with a 1:02.20.

"We had a lot of best times and first time swims," noted head coach Kate Rohrbaugh. "We had 12 on the girls' side with 12 girls swimming and nine of the boys' side with seven swimming!"

Key second place finishes included A. Nagle in the 200 IM, Wagner in the 100 fly, and for the boys', Reidenbaugh in the 200 free and Young in the 200 IM.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

As the race for the Section Two crown draws closer, the Lady Pioneers took care of business last week, holding off a determined, third placed Cocalico squad 47-37 on Tuesday before pulling out a 47-32 victory over Garden Spot this past Friday night. And in crossover action Saturday, L-S defeated a 4-13 CV squad 51-25.

With Brittney Zameroski still out of the lineup, the rest of the squad continued to step up. Against the Eagles on Tuesday, Emma Drouillard, a sophomore, dropped in a pair of first quarter treys and senior captain Emma Gochnauer collected seven of her game-high 19 as L-S jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead.

Jackie Martin, another sophomore, and Gochnauer both canned second quarter treys, sparked a tight 10-8 second quarter edge and put L-S in front 26-17 at the break.

Anabeth Groff came off the bench with 8 points, tallying six of Lampeter's 10 third quarter points while Gochnauer netted seven of her team's 11 down the stretch to help seal the win.

"I thought we defended well and Anabeth Groff was active with steals and nice finishes," stated head coach Tony Fink. "Our young kids continue to step up."

Friday's outing against the Spartans was a bit closer. Up 36-32 after three quarters, the visitors, with four points from Olivia Vranich, scored 11 in the fourth quarter while denying the Spartans a single point.

"We moved our feet in that fourth quarter and Emma Gochnauer shut down Fisher and we held them to just one shot," said Fink.

Gochnauer, with three triples, again led all scorers with 15 points while Groff, who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, dropped in a season-high 14. Jackie Shultz (4), Martin (4), Drouillard (2) and Phenegar (2) added to the point total.

L-S was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line.

The Pioneers held the Bucks to single digits in each of the four quarters and picked up a lopsided win on Saturday. With four three balls in the first quarter, L-S jumped out to an 18-8 lead and never looked back. Martin canned two of her three triples in that first quarter while Holmes, who netted 11 in the game, hit three times from down town. Gochnauer popped in a game-high 19 points and also netted a pair of treys as L-S improved to 13-3 overall.

"We played three freshman (Kiersten Hostetter, Jenna Davelar, Maggie Visniski) at times and I liked how they handled it," Fink said.

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400 Free Relay Sparks Lady Pioneer Win over CV January 13, 2019

With two meets last week, the girls' swim team grabbed its second win of the season, topping CV in an 89-79 thriller Tuesday, Jan. 8, but then suffered a 91-79 loss to a 5-2 Elizabethtown squad on Thursday.

"The girls' win came down to the last race," explained head coach Kate Rohrbaugh. "Luckily we were able to field a second relay when CV could not, and with a close first and third place, we won the meet.'"

Bre Fluhr, Lexi Wagner, Elizabeth Horner and Catherine Horner clocked a 3:57.99 to hold off CV's 3:59.27 time while Tori Smith, Ellie Parido, Anastasia Curran and Molly Nagle secured the meet clinching third place finish in that final race, the 400 free relay.

Fluhr and Wagner were coming off a 1-2 finish in the 100 back while E. Horner added a first in the 500 free and was second in the 100 fly. C. Horner added a win in the 50 free and was second in the 200 while Fluhr added a second in the 200 IM and Nagle picked up seconds in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke.

L-S opened the meet when C. Horner, Wagner, Fluhr and Nagle nipped CV in the 200 medley relay by 1.27th of a second.

C. Horner was a triple winner against the Bears, commanding the 200 free, 200 IM and 100 back while E. Horner was tops in the 500 free. The pair also teamed with Fluhr and Wagner to win the 200 medley relay while A. Nagle, Fluhr and M. Nagle joined E. Horner for a 400 relay victory.

"We expected this meet to be close for the girls," said Rohrbaugh. "Unfortunately, we lost eight key races that, according to entry times, we should have won. We did win 10 key races that we were projected to win, it just wasn't quite enough."

The boys' team put forth a good effort but couldn't match CV's depth and dropped a 109-34 result.

Individually, Nathan Eberly recorded seconds in the 200 free and 100 back and Andrew Reidenbaugh was third in both the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.

Eberly, in the 200 free, and Justin Miller in the 200 IM, were both winners against the Bears but it wasn't enough in the 121-40 loss.

"The boys were, once again, outmatched in terms of numbers, but every one of the boys recorded at least one personal best time, which is a rare victory!" praised Rohrbaugh. "We were pleased with the kids' performances in and out of the pool, and one of the referees complimented the team on their sportsmanlike conduct."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In a three game week, the Pioneers found themselves with one win against a pair of losses, falling to both Solanco and Kennard-Dale before regrouping for a win over Section One's Warwick.

Solanco's 40-31 home victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Tuesday, January 8, was a case of how defense wins basketball games and changes momentum. Tied at 25-25 after three quarters, the Mares came up with a number of big plays and outscored the defending Section Three champs 15-6 to stay in the hunt for the section crown. The loss ends a 25 game league winning streak for the Pioneers.

After a stick back by Jade Eshleman, and a missed free throw by the Pioneers, Grace Kreider picked up a steal, was fouled on the layup, and converted for a 30-26 lead. After a Jess Cabrera jumper, Lampeter's Nora Holmes canned her fourth trey of the game, cutting the lead to one. Both players led with 13 points for each squad.

Solanco followed with two straight defensive stops in the paint, L-S turned the ball over, and Eshleman again scored on a miss, giving the Mares a 34-31 lead with 1:38 left.

The Pioneers turned the ball over three more times and Solanco converted six straight free throws, to pull away for good.

"Unforced turnovers in the fourth and lack of box outs for put backs at the wrong time hurt," said Pioneer head coach Tony Fink. "They've been chasing us for two years. They want what we don't want to give up, the section title. We can't take anyone lightly."

Both teams came out cautiously, and the first quarter ended in an 8-8 tie. They traded points back-and-forth through the second with neither squad leading by more than two. A pair of free throws (Solanco was 12-for-21 for the game, LS 6-for-10) by Cabrera put Solanco in front, 14-13 at the break.

L-S got going a bit in the third. Holmes hit a pair of threes, the second giving them a 21-16 lead, the biggest of the night. But as the quarter ended, the Mares rallied and the game was tied once again, 25-25, setting the stage for Solanco's takeover.

On the road Thursday, the Pioneers came up short again, dropping a 45-32 result to Kennard-Dale. L-S was held to single digit scoring in each of the first three quarters, falling behind 34-22 with eight minutes left. Both teams finished with 11 fourth quarter points in a game that featured nine made three pointers. L-S netted five, two by Gochnauer in the third quarter. She finished with 12 points in the game. Olivia Vranich added six.

"They're legit," said Fink. "We turned it over five time in the first quarter and were down 10. After that, we played even."

Holmes, Zameroski and Martin all dropped in triples, and Emma Drouillard, Annabeth Groff and Haley Phenegar combined for five points.

The Pioneers got back on track with a Saturday afternoon win over Warwick, 43-27, and improved to 9-3 overall. Tied at 10-10 in the first quarter, Gochnauer sparked a 10-6 second quarter run, knocking down seven of her game-high 17.

A 14-5 third quarter run proved to be the turning point as the hosts grabbed their biggest lead of the day, 34-21. The Pioneers were without a field goal in the fourth quarter but canned 9-of-14 free throws to stay in front.

"Brittney was out with a concussion suffered against Kennard-Dale," noted Fink. "But the young girls and Emma stepped up. We also played defense today and limited turnovers."

Drouillard picked up 8 points, and Holmes netted 7 to help lead the way.

BOWLING

At Rocky Springs last Monday, Jan. 7, the bowling team earned a 7-0 victory over Section Four's Lancaster Mennonite and two days later suffered similar fate against Section Two leader Cocalico. They currently sit in third place with a 21-21 record.

Brent Cox, with a 193-143-167 rolled the top series of the day against the Blazers. Don Sweigart, with the only 200-plus game of the day (214) followed with a 469 while Stephanie Mays' 400 series left her in third. Steve Shepherd (396) and Sawyer Lancaster (343) rounded out the top five.

The going against Cocalico was a bit tougher. The Eagles earned four of the top five scores en route to the shutout. Cox, with a 213-169-185 led the Pioneers with a 567 series, just one pin shy of the second highest score. Cocalico's KC Miller nipped Cox with a 568.

Sweigart was Lampeter's second highest roller with a 418.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team went three up, three down last week, topping Solanco, Eastern York and Governor Mifflin to improve to 6-0 in Section Three and 12-1 overall.

"We have a good streak going at the moment," said head coach Ed Berryman. "They've been consistent in taking care of the ball and they play unselfishly. They don't care who scores."

The Pioneers handled Solanco at home Tuesday, Jan. 8, 53-36 before grabbing a pair of non-league wins. L-S used a strong 31-9 first half to take control. Solanco regrouped in the third frame, outscoring the hosts 18-13 but it wasn't enough.

Seth Beers dropped in a game-high 13 points but it was a balanced effort, with 10 different players scoring, that got the job done. Chase Broderick 9, Adam Stoltzfus 8, Zach Kingsley 5, Caleb Smoker 5, Patrick Holmes 4, Darin Landis 3, Jarred Getchis 2, Nevin Book 2 and Aaron Rockensock 2 all contributed to the point total.

Thursday's home game with Eastern was a bit tougher. Tied at 16 in the first quarter, L-S started to pull away with a 14-9 second quarter and extended the advantage to 51-37 with eight minutes left. Both teams exploded at the offensive end in the fourth quarter with Eastern netting 29 points and holding L-S to 24 but it wasn't enough to take the lead or the win.

Stoltzfus, the recipient of some unselfish passing, converted in the paint and tied for game-high honors with a career and season-high 20 points. Broderick scorched the nets in the third quarter, draining four of his five treys on the night. He finished with 19 points. Holmes and Beers also hit for double figures with 14 and 11 respectively. "Chase gave us the cushion we needed," said Berryman.

Saturday, as part of the L-L vs. Berks Showdown, the Pioneers, with a season and career-high 20 points from Beers, knocked off Governor Mifflin 49-38. Beers connected on 9-of-11 free throws and netted 8 of his total points in the fourth quarter. Holmes (10), Getchis, Stoltzfus and Zach Kingsley all with 8, and Broderick (3) also contributed.

"It's all about five guys playing as one," said Berryman of Lampeter's 11th straight win.

WRESTLING

The Pioneers kept pace with Manheim Central and, with a 54-18 crushing of Cedar Crest last Wednesday, Jan. 9, remained at the top of the Section Two standings with a 4-0 record. The Barons dominated Elizabethtown 57-17.

The short-handed Falcons forfeited four bouts and were pinned just as many times, accounting for 48 of Lampeter's 57 total points.

But it was the home team that opened the scoring when Nick Stout worked a 9-4 decision over Zach Shelley at 285. L-S, however, went in front for good with Austin Reiff's 26 second pinfall over Sam Smith (106). Hunter Erb padded the lead when he put Bailey Pennypacker to his back 32 seconds into the third period of the 113 bout.

"Good to get those bonus points," said head coach Brad Heeter. "Both Austin and Hunter wrestled well, fine tuning their technique."

After Crest's forfeit at 120, Arik Harnish pulled out a 9-8 thriller over Taylor Gehman (126) and Andrew Bliss (132) with a 39 second fall, the second fastest of the night, extended the lead to 21-3.

The hosts came back with a fall at 138 but Brady Cunningham (145) matched that effort with a 4:52 fall over Brett Walsh and Hector Colon followed with a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Dylan Styver.

"Tied in the third period, Hector scored a takedown with two seconds left to secure the win," Heeter recalled. "He is improving each match."

The Falcons picked up their third win of the night, a fall at 160, cutting the lead to 36-15. Three straight forfeits, however, determined the outcome.

The Pioneers competed in the Dutchman Duals on Saturday where they finished with a 4-1 record. They dropped their opening match to Penn Manor, 34-33, but came back to defeat Kennard-Dale 81-0, West York 76-0, East Pennsboro 66-9 and Middletown with a come-from-behind 48-24 final. Trailing 21-6, Colon, Connor Penry, Phenegar, Shelley and Reiff all recorded falls to help fuel the comeback.

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Pioneer Matmen Top Donegal, Garden Spot January 7, 2019

In back-to-back matches last week, the young Pioneer grapplers collected a combined 12 pins and ran their L-L League Section Two record to 3-0 with big wins over Donegal (45-26) and Garden Spot (40-27).

"Bonus point wins, win dual meets," said head coach Brad Heeter. "Our team has done a good job of getting bonus points."

With just four returning starters and only three seniors in the lineup, the Pioneers are young. "We just need to keep getting better each week and get some guys into the post-season tournaments," Heeter said.

Back-to-back opening falls by Andrew Bliss and Alex Cardwell set the tone Wednesday night against Donegal. Bliss decked Jeremy Algo in 2:59 at 132 and Cardwell, a sophomore, matched his effort when he put Ethan Herr to his back in 3:32 for a quick 12-0 lead.

At 145, Bradey Cunningham, another sophomore, extended the lead with a 9-3 decision over Joseph Fox.

"Bradey had a great win against a solid kid," noted Heeter. "He just returned from an injury and didn't miss a beat."

The visitors, however, were not going to go down quietly. Donegal battled back with a major decision at 152 and two falls of their own to take the lead, 16-15.

That momentum, however, wasn't enough. The Pioneers rallied with four straight falls and pushed out to a 39-16 lead. Logan Davison started the pin parade when he stopped Cael Rapp in 3:56. Senior Johnny Franklin (195) needed just 1:02 to put Joel Grillo to his back and Tyler Phenegar, another senior, made it three straight with a 3:07 pinfall over Elliot Burnette. Sophomore Zach Shelley secured Lampeter's sixth fall of the night in the least amount of time, decking McCarty in a quick 40 seconds.

Ethan Herr's major decision over Austin Reiff at 106 quieted the home crowd but not for long as Hunter Erb (113) and Arik Harnish (120) worked two straight decisions, 10-4 and 6-0 respectively, to cap the Pioneer scoring.

"Hunter and Arik controlled their opponents and were just two points shy of also scoring bonus points," said Heeter.

One night later, the Pioneers were back at it, this time against undefeated Garden Spot. They picked up another six falls, fought off an early 12-0 deficit, and sent the Spartans packing with a 40-27 victory.

"What a great dual meet," said Heeter. "Both teams had full lineups and great crowds were in attendance. The gym was rocking."

Spot took the early lead in this one, working a 6-0 decision over Harnish at 120, getting a fall at 126, and pulling out a tight 7-5 decision over Riley Eckman (132) for a 12-0 lead.

The Pioneers responded with three straight wins of their own and took a lead they never relinquished. Bliss worked a 1:43 fall over Aaron Martin (138), Cunningham scored a 15-6 major over Alan Perez and Hector Colon pinned Ethan Eberly in 2:54 to put L-S in front, 16-12.

"Hector came up big and got the crowd into it," Heeter recalled.

The Spartans responded with a 13-6 decision at 160, pulling to within one, 16-15, with seven bouts left. L-S won four of those bouts but they were all by fall. And three of them came in a combined 2:27. Connor Penry (170) logged the fastest fall of the night, taking just 14 seconds to defeat Jacob Zook. Davison added a 1:41 pin over Tyler Martin and Franklin needed just 32 seconds to put Jacob Warner to his back and lifted the score to 34-15.

Donegal came back with a decision at 220 but Shelley rose to the occasion at 285 and secured a come-from-behind, match clinching fall over Charles Martin in 5:33, leaving Garden Spot's decision at 106, and fall at 113 as an afterthought.

"Zach sealed the deal with a come-from-behind fall," said Heeter. "Now the Manheim Central match on January 21st looks to be shaping up to be the section title match."

The Pioneers capped 2018 with a solid performance at the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic wrestling tournament, December 28-29. The Pioneers finished 17th in the 27-team field. L-S medaled three wrestlers with Franklin (195) and Phenegar (220) taking fourth and Shelley finishing in 7th place at 285.

"Everyone had a solid performance," noted Heeter, "though it would have been nice to get a couple more on the podium."

The Pioneers placed six and seven wrestlers respectively at the Solanco and Penn Manor tournaments early in the season.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

After picking up a pair of overtime victories to claim the Hershey Holiday Tournament crown on December 28, the Lady Pioneers found themselves facing a six game layoff before hosting Manheim Central on Friday, January 4. L-S came out with energy but struggled at the offensive end. Despite several ties, the Pioneers never fell behind and eventually used an 11-4 fourth quarter run to pull away for the 44-32 victory.

The hosts led by five at the end of the first quarter and were up 20-16 at the break. They opened the third with a 9-0 run only to see Manheim finish with a 10-4 run, cutting the lead back to five, 33-28, with eight minutes left.

In a fourth quarter that featured a combined four field goals, L-S went 6-for-6 at the free throw line to pull away.

Emma Gochnauer scored a quiet 19 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead the way. Brittney Zameroski and Nora Holmes both finished with six points and Olivia Vranich and Jackie Martin combined for nine as L-S canned 13-of-19 free throws to claim their eighth straight win. They sit on top of Section Three at 5-0 and face second place Solanco this week.

Tied 18-18 at the half, L-S gained a three point lead after the third quarter and survived a fourth quarter run by Middletown to hold on for a 45-43 victory in the opening round of the Hershey Holiday Tournament, December 27.

Middletown hit 19-of-24 free throws to keep things close while the Pioneers, who never trailed, were just 14-of-20.

"I thought we played a little sloppy," said head coach Tony Fink. "Emma Gochnauer had a big second half to spark us."

Gochnauer dropped in 19 points but was overshadowed by Middletown's Katie Fitzpatrick, who poured in 27. Emma Drouillard was the only other Pioneer to hit double figures, netting 10.

One night later, and with three players collecting double figures, L-S pulled out another two-point victory, edging Gettysburg 47-45 to win the tournament trophy.

"Gettysburg was No. 1 in 5A and undefeated coming in," noted Fink.

Up 34-26 after three quarters, L-S survived a 20-13 fourth quarter comeback by Gettysburg to escape with the victory. "We got careless with fouling and took some poor shot selections in the fourth quarter," said Fink. "But we did hit some foul shots down the stretch to hold them off."

Gochnauer had a quiet night with just two points but Brittney Zameroski (12), who knocked down a 3-ball with under two minutes remaining to give LS and 3-point lead, Nora Holmes (10) and Drouillard (10) hit for double figures and combined for six of Lampeter's seven three pointers to deny the comeback bid.

"They face guarded Emma and made it tough for her," noted Fink. "But Nora and Brittney stepped it up and Jackie Schultz hit two clutch free throws inside the 30 second mark."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

For the first game of the 2019 portion of their schedule, L-S traveled to Manheim Central Friday, January 4, where, leading from start to finish, they pulled away with a dominating 48-29 victory.

Seth Beers and Austin Stoltzfus dropped in 11 points each and combined for a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line. Zack Kingsley recorded 8 points, Patrick Holmes netted 6, and Nevin Book and Jarred Getchis each finished with five in the balanced effort.

L-S led just 23-16 at the half but dominated after the break, outscoring the hosts 25-13 for their ninth win of the season. They lead Section Three with a 5-0 record.

A 16-8 first quarter lead propelled L-S to a 62-49 win over Central Dauphin on December 27 at the Allen Restoration Inc. Holiday Shootout held at Elizabethtown. The Pioneers, outshooting CD 7-4 from three-point range, outpointed the Rams in all four quarters to avenge their 74-72 loss back on December 8.

Kingsley led all scorers with 19 points while Chase Broderick (14) and Beers (13), who went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, also hit for double figures. The trio combined for all seven of Lampeter's three-pointers.

One night later, the Pioneers canned 11 three-pointers and hit 15-of-21 free throws in a lopsided 64-43 win over Middletown. L-S fell behind 13-12 in the first quarter but outscored Middletown in each of the next three, including a 19-9 second quarter frame. The Blue Raiders were credited with just two three-pointers and were a slim 4-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Broderick led the long range shooters with five and netted a game-high 15 points. Kingsley followed with 13 points, including three triples and Stoltzfus and Holmes combined for 16. Also scoring: Getchis 6, Book 6, Caleb Smoker 4, and Beers 4.

SWIMMING

With a combined 20 swimmers on the squad this year, team wins will be a tough challenge. The squad, coming into 2019 with identical 0-3 records, worked a split decision in the Section Two opener on Thursday, January 3, as the girls earned their first win of the season with a 120-43 home result over Cocalico. The boys', however, fell short by a similar result, 125-39.

The Horner sisters led the charge with a combined four individual first place efforts. Catherine won the 50 free (26.46) and the 100 back (1:04.97) and Elizabeth was tops in the 200 free (2:14.09) and the 500 free (5:50.61). They also joined Breanna Fluhr and Lexi Wagner to take the 200 medley relay and Fluhr and Abby Nagle in the 400 free relay.

Wagner picked up a first in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.09) and swam the opening leg of the winning 200 free relay with Molly Nagle, Anastasia Curran and A. Nagle chipping in. A. Nagle also added a win in the 100 free (1:00.57) while Ellie Parido completed the first place sweep with the top time in the 100 butterfly (1:10.80).

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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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