Matmen Top E-town, Lebanon; Win A-C Duals January 15, 2018
The Pioneer matmen turned in a pair of dominating performances last week and improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in Section Two. Wednesday they topped Elizabethtown 55-13, on the strength of five falls, and one night later handled an undermanned Lebanon squad 66-13.
"The E-town match was a great overall team performance," lauded head coach Brad Heeter.
Mason Blank set the tone early, pinning his 126 pound opponent in 55 seconds. It was one of three under a minute falls by the Pioneers. Jeff Elser (160) decked Cayden Livingston in 47 seconds and Tyler Phenegar put Noah Myers to his back in 31 ticks.
Michael Hazboun (132) earned a hard-fought 7-4 decision over Cameron Olson for a 9-0 Pioneer lead.
"Michael, a co-captain, gave up the first takedown but came back to lead 3-2 at the end of the period," noted Heeter. "He escaped in the second period but then got taken down in the third, tying the match at 4-4. He escaped, defended several shots and finally secured the win with a takedown. That really sparked the team."
A 12-4 major by Ramon Estevez at 138 extended the lead to 13-0.
"Ramon dominated," said Heeter. "He worked for two periods to turn Bobby Walters but couldn't. Up 2-0 in the third, he scored a reversal and four takedowns to win. One of several gritty wins for the Pioneers."
E-town got on board with a decision at 145 but a pair of falls and an OT thriller quickly made it 25-3. Bryan McKim pinned in 1:15 at 152 and Jacob Kopelman followed Elser's fall with a 15-13 OT win.
"Jacob showed a lot of heart," said Heeter. "He was down by as many as five points and tied the match with one second left in the third and got the win with a takedown. This was his first varsity match and to win in overtime was awesome," he added. "The team exploded with celebration. That's what it's all about."
E-town quieted the Pioneer crowd with a major at 182 and a fall at 195, cutting the lead to 25-13. The Pioneers, however, took the next five to finish on top.
After Phenegar's fall, Owen Hess earned forfeit points at 285, Jose Esteves blanked Cayden Spencer 6-0, Arik Harnish pinned Ethan Carl in 4:17 and Riley Eckman picked up more forfeit points.
"Arik was down 2-0 in the third," recalled Heeter. "He chose top and locked up a crossface cradle to secure the fall.
One night later, in a match that featured seven Lebanon forfeits, the Pioneers won four of the seven bouts wrestled and finished the night with three straight falls.
Lebanon opened with a 14-12 decision at 106 but Harnish (113) came back with a 59 second fall to take the lead. The Cedars answered with a tech fall at 120 but then forfeited the next six bouts to fall behind 42-8. They scored their last points of the night with a tech fall at 170 then forfeited at 182, setting the stage for first period falls by Johnny Franklin (1:10 at 195), Phenegar (:10 at 220) and Owen Hess (1:10 at 285).
The Pioneers continued their run over the weekend, going 5-0 at the Dutchmen Duals. L-S opened with a 60-13 win over the hosts, crushed Columbia's one man squad 84-0, toppled East Pennsboro 65-10, handed Middletown its only loss of the day, 42-21, and defeated Section One's Penn Manor 39-30.
In a nip-and-tuck meet last Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Pioneers won seven of 11 events but found themselves tied with visiting Elizabethtown at the end of the day, 85-85.
"The girls' meet came down to several touch-outs," said head coach Kate Whiting. "The officials did overturn the touchpad results on one race that would have given us the win, too."
Catherine Horner (200 and 100 free) and Elizabeth Horner (200 IM, 500 free) each won two individual events and contributed to two winning relays to top the scoring. They teamed with Anastasia Curran and Abby Nagle to win the 200 free and with A. Nagle and Lexi Wagner to take the 400 free as well.
The Pioneers also got key seconds from Ellie Parido in the 100 fly, Bre Flurh in the 100 back and Wagner in the 100 breaststroke.
The boys' meet was just as close but E-town pulled away with a first and third in the 400 free relay to win 86-83.
"The boys needed to get either first or both second and third in that last event and they got second and fourth," noted Whiting.
Everett Honert (200 free) and Dylan Grau (200 IM) won back-to-back events for Lampeter's first lead of the night. E-town, however, won the next three before L-S went 1-2-3 in the 500 free with Nathan Eberly, Nathan Tobler and Honert putting the Pioneers back on top with four events remaining. L-S took just one first down the stretch when Grau, Justin Miller, Brandon Prouse and Dalton Kreider took the 200 free relay.
Miller (100 fly), Kreider (100 and 50 free), Eberly (100 back) and Grau (100 breaststroke) added key second place finishes.
Thursday's makeup meet with CV found the Buckskin teams improving to 2-0 with convincing performances over L-S. The CV boys won 105-62 while the girls earned a 97-72 victory in Lampeter.
"The girls had a good meet, but lost several key races," said Whiting. "The boys were just outnumbered," she added, "and we lost the relays. We did, however, sweep the 100 back with Nathan Eberly, Justin Miller and Everett Honert."
The Pioneers also got a second from Tobler in the 200 free and Kreider in the 100 free.
Tobler was tops in the 500 free and Eberly claimed the 100 back for Lampeter's only wins.
E. Horner was the top point-getter for the girls, winning the 200 free, the 500 free and teaming with Wagner, A. Nagle and C. Horner, who was tops in the 50 free, to secure the 400 free relay.
Second place winners included Fluhr (200 IM), Parido (100 fly), A. Nagle (100 free) and Wagner (100 breaststroke).
The Lady Pioneers wrapped up a perfect first half of Section Two basketball with three convincing wins last week, improved to 7-0 and sit two games ahead of Ephrata (5-2).
Having topped Ephrata 47-43 to win the PM tournament, the Pioneers posted a more dominating finish last Tuesday, 47-32. They jumped out to a 14-5 first quarter, led 21-16 at the break and wrapped up the night with a 26-16 second half.
Emma Gochnauer topped all scorers with 18 points and Hanna Garber hit for double figured with 12.
On the road again Thursday, L-S shook off a 15-12 first quarter deficit with some defensive intensity. They held the Barons to single digits in each of the next three quarters while netting 12, 13 and 14 points each frame respectively to win handily, 51-33.
Manheim's Laura Good more than doubled her average with a game-high 16 points but Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined for 26 points and five triples. Sarah Gawne and Nora Holmes added a combined 14 points with Holmes knocking down a pair of threes.
After four away games, L-S returned home and turned in their most dominating performance to date, a 54-15 victory over a 3-10 Cocalico squad.
By constantly switching defenses, the Pioneers flustered the struggling Eagles and capitalized with numerous steals and transition buckets. Nine different players contributed to the offense and held the visitors to single digits in all four quarters, including one field goal in the third quarter coming with ten seconds left.
Gochnauer scored one more than the entire Cocalico squad and Horner followed with 11. Other scorers included Brittney Zameroski (7), Sarah Gawne (6), Garber (4), Holmes and Anabeth Groff (3), Olivia Vranich and Emma Drouillard (2).
In non-league play Saturday, L-S suffered its second loss of the season, a 50-35 result against Cedar Cliff (10-4). The Colts extended a five point first quarter lead with a 13-5 second frame effort and took the second half 22-20. Gochnauer matched Maddie Stitler for game-high honors with 15. Horner added 11 in a game that saw the Pioneers miss 11 free throws.
In back-to-back matches last week, the Pioneers blanked a winless Lancaster Mennonite squad on Wednesday, held off Garden Spot 4-3 on Thursday and moved into third place in the Section Three standings.
Cassie Hatfield not only rolled the high series of the day (529) but rolled the highest game with a 209. Andrew O'Conner chipped in with a 449 series and Brent Cox was close behind with a 406. Keith Brubaker contributed with a 371 and Sawyer Lancaster and Stephanie Mays combined for a 334.
The going was a big tougher on Thursday as the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the Spartans.
"The key was getting back-to-back marks (spares or strikes) in the eighth and ninth frames when Garden Spot did not and we pulled out two close games," said head coach Robert Koenig, who previously coached at LMH.
LS rolled 742 total pins in the first game, topping the Spartans by 11 pins. Garden Spot came back strong in the second game rolling a 768 to Lampeter's 697. The final game went to L-S 746-732.
Hatfield again was tops for the Pioneers. Her 495 was the second highest score of the day. Cox (475), O'Connor (473) and Brubaker (468) followed with Mays and Lancaster combining for a 274.
The boys' basketball team capped the first half of league play with three wins last week and sit in first place in Section Two with a 6-1 record (12-1 overall).
The visiting Mounts outscored the hosts 5-2 in made three pointers but the Pioneers were a stellar 18-for-22 from the free throw line and outscored Ephrata in three of four quarters en route to a 54-41 win.
"That was by far our best effort at the free throw line," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We also finished with 14 steals out of our press. The kids are really embracing defense right now."
L-S held a slim 11-9 edge in the first quarter and led 28-18 at the half. After an even third quarter, the Pioneers wore down the Mounts and won the final frame 14-9.
Ryan Smith, who canned 9-of-10 free throws, led all scorers with 21 points and Isaac Beers added 12.
One night later the team hosted Manheim Central in a battle for sole possession of first place in Section Two. After falling behind 6-2, L-S rallied with a 17-0 run to gain a 21-10 lead at the break.
After a tight 10-9 edge in the third frame, the hosts pulled away for good, outscoring the Barons 17-4 while posting a 48-23 victory.
"They were undefeated coming in," recalled Berryman. "We got off to a slow start but Zach Kingsley came in off the bench with an incredible putback rebound at the buzzer that gave us an 8-6 lead and momentum."
Seth Beers picked up four steals in the Pioneers press and Jordan Sweger held Connor Hostetter, Manheim's leading scorer (16ppg) to 11 points as the defense again took center stage.
"We held them to five field goals for the game," said Berryman, "and two of those were threes in the first quarter. Our defense has been very effective and Jordan is doing a great job of holding the other teams' leading scorer below their average."
Smith dropped in 21 points and snagged 11 rebounds to lead the way. Isaac Beers chipped in with 15 and Chase Broderick came off the bench for 9 points.
In Denver Friday night, Smith was held to a season-low 14 points but I. Beers (13), Broderick (9) and Sweger (7) helped pick up the slack as L-S defeated Cocalico 49-31.
"These last three games we've held our opponent to single digits in the fourth quarter," noted Berryman. "The guys showed great composure in the game and Jordan gave an outstanding effort in holding Aidan Trynosky (15ppg avg) to eight points."
L-S Earns Non-League Wins Over LMH, Dover January 8, 2018
At one point last year Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team was sitting with a 7-7 record. They went on to qualify for the PIAA tournament.
This year, four weeks into the season, they're sitting at 9-1 overall and are 3-1 in Section Two behind Manheim Central (3-0).
"Our goal is always to win the section first," said head coach Ed Berryman. "That sets up leagues and districts. The boys would like to get to the Giant Center. They've worked hard and I think they just might have it in them."
That hard work has been most evident in the play of center Ryan Smith. The senior has scored 30 points (or more) three times to date, including twice last week.
"Ryan is greatly improved," said Berryman. "He put a lot of time in this summer and now he's reaping the rewards. And we're getting better at getting him the ball. But Ryan is a good passer too, and if they collapse on him he can make the good pass to the perimeter."
Smith paved the way Wednesday night at Lancaster Mennonite, pouring in 34 points as last year's Section Two champs topped last year's Section Three winner 60-49.
Smith poured in ten of Lampeter's 16 first quarter points. That play was a bit overshadowed as the Pioneers turned the ball over seven times and quickly fell behind 9-3.
"It was a big game and a loud crowd," noted Berryman. "I think we were a little anxious. But once we got past that, we were well composed."
Smith, who was also tops with 12 boards, fueled Lampeter's comeback, netting ten of his team's last 13 points of the opening quarter.
L-S controlled the second frame, outscoring the hosts 19-13 and taking their biggest lead on a bucket by Isaac Beers, who finished with nine points, with 5:17 left in the half. They led 35-23 at the break.
The uptempo beat continued through the second half with neither team gaining much ground. The Blazers did rally in the final quarter, cutting the lead to 51-47 with 4:10 left in the game but just as quickly, the Pioneers responded. Jordan Sweger came back with a layup, Smith, who hit 14-of-17 two point attempts, scored in the paint and Beers (4 assists) drained a triple and just like that, L-S held a 58-48 lead with 1:49 left.
"We knew they'd make a comeback but I was pleased that the seniors (Sweger, Smith, Beers) showed their leadership," stated Berryman. "We're also getting some good play from our bench. Zach Kingsley did a nice job and Adam Stoltzfus gave Ryan a breather."
Sweger finished with six points and four rebounds. Peyton Denlinger added three points, four rebounds and three assists. Chase Broderick, and Kingsley also scored three points each and Seth Beers added two points.
In non-league play Saturday at Manheim Central, the Pioneers defeated Dover 65-51 as part of the War of the Roses Tournament. The Eagles were the York-Adams League Division II champs last year and return their top six players. But they didn't quite have what they needed to stop the Pioneers.
A strong first half and another 30 point performance by Smith propelled L-S.
The Pioneers led 19-14 in the first quarter and used a 13-6 edge in the second frame to take a 32-20 lead they never relinquished. L-S outscored the Eagles 18-17 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the fourth to remain in control.
Backing Smith, who went 8-for-11 from the free throw line, was I. Beers, who bucketed a trio of triples and finished with 20 points. Sweger finished with seven and Cam Niemeyer, S. Beers, Broderick and Jarred Getchis all finished with two points each.
In their only match last week, the Pioneer bowlers, under first year Pioneer head coach Robert Koenig, posted a 7-0 win over Elco on Tuesday.
Andrew O'Connor turned in the most consistent day for the Pioneers. He rolled a 178-157-160 for a 495 series. Brent Fox chipped in with a 163-105-164 - 432 series while Sawyer Lancaster added a 99-124-100 - 323. Also contributing, rolling two games each, was Branden Copeland, Cassie Hatfield and Steph Mays.
The Pioneers are 14-28 to date.
Like the boys' basketball team, the girls qualified for the PIAA tournament last year. They finished the season with a 20-8 record and graduated just one senior.
While the Pioneers have yet to play in 2018, they enter a busy week with an overall record of 8-1, lead Section Two at 4-0 and ride a six game winning streak into their four game week.
The Pioneers come into the week after capturing the Hershey Tournament December 27-28. It is their second tournament title of the season, having won the Penn Manor Tip-Off tournament December 8-9.
L-S opened the Hershey tourney with a solid 52-30 win over Middletown. They held the Raiders to single digit scoring in all four quarters, including six in the fourth, to seal the win.
Laura Horner led all scorers with 15 points, including three triples, while Hanna Garber hit for double figures with 10. Emma Gochnauer (8), Sarah Gawne (6), Olivia Vranich (5), Nora Holmes (3), Brittney Zameroski (3) and Emma Drouillard (2) contributed to the balanced attack.
One night later, the Pioneers found themselves in their tightest game to date and pulled out a 37-34 victory over Hershey. While this was their closest final score to date, the Pioneers benefitted from two close games to start the year. They defeated Central York 38-33 in the season opener and then held off Ephrata 47-43.
L-S used a strong first quarter, outscoring the hosts 12-8, to generate momentum. They led 18-13 at the half and 24-18 heading into the final frame. Hershey won that quarter 14-13 but it wasn't enough to claim the tournament crown.
The Pioneers could have enjoyed a more comfortable final result but a dismal 4-of-12 free throws prevented that luxury.
Gochnauer pretty much handled the scoring duties, splashing in a game-high 23. Horner (5), Garber (4), Vranich (2), Gawne (2) and Zameroski (1) also contributed.
The swim teams enter the 2018 season with a combined record of 1-5. They open Section Two action this week with home meets against Elizabethtown and Conestoga Valley.
L-S Football Closes Season With District Semis Loss November 19, 2017
This past Friday, the Pioneers put their best foot forward as they faced No. 2 seed Bishop McDevitt but the No. 6 seed didn't quite have enough to pull off the upset. The Mid-Penn powerhouse Crusaders took advantage of turnovers and used some big plays to advance to the District Three Class 4A finals with a 47-17 home game win.
"It's kinda like how our year has gone," said head coach John Manion. "At times we have too many turnovers and we give up too many big plays. Two fumbles in the red zone were costly."
McDevitt (10-2) scored on its opening drive, chewing up six minutes of clock time and settling for a Chase Diehl touchdown pass to Nazir Burnett.
The Pioneers, who finished the season 7-5, looked up to the challenge as they moved the ball all the way to the Crusader 6-yard line before coughing up a fumble with 1:50 left in the first quarter. BM came back with a 90-yard drive that culminated with a 21-yard sprint by Qualik Davis. Joey Underwood blocked the extra point but the hosts were still in front, 13-0 early in the second frame.
Two plays later, the Pioneers fumbled again, and again McDevitt capitalized, this time Diehl, who finished with 221 yards on 13-of-16 passes, found Burnett with a 17-yard strike. L-S finally got on board when Peyton Denlinger booted a 20-yard field goal with 3.3 seconds left in the first half.
L-S opened the second half with possession but couldn't convert and were forced to punt. The Crusaders did not have the same problem. They converted with a 67-yard scamper by Davis who finished the night with 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Down 26-3, the Pioneers kept at it and worked their first TD of the night, an 8-yard burst by Joey Underwood midway through the third quarter. McDevitt countered with a one-yarder by Davis to reclaim the 23 point advantage and then extended that lead early in the fourth when Julian Jordan returned an interception 70-yards.
L-S kept battling, however, and mounted another run that resulted in Todd Shelley finding Kris Pirozzi with an 18-yard strike for the Pioneers' last score of the season. But McDevitt had the last say, capping the action with a five-yard run by CJ Reyes-Diggs.
"The effort was one of our best," said Manion. "The guys fought to the end and played hard."
Shelley finished with 276 passing yards on 22 of 43 attempts. Pirozzi and Cam Neimeyer each hauled in six passes for 79 and 77 yards respectively. Underwood collected four passes and Connor Blantz and Marc Wilson each grabbed three in a balanced effort.
"And we didn't give up a single sack which says a lot about the blocking of Marc Wilson and Drew Smith," Manion pointed out.
Smith led a 109-yard rushing attack with 49 yards and Shelley chipped in with 47.
Defensively, JT Hake led the way with ten solo tackles and Pirozzi added seven. Underwood finished with six, four for a loss and Damian Rosa recorded six tackles, one sack and forced a fumble.
"I thought Cam D'Imperio did a nice job on special teams with three blocks and Ben Cardwell added three tackles," added Manion.
"I felt the game was closer than the score indicates," he said. "They wore us down a bit in the second half.
"You're never happy with a loss but we went down fighting. There were no regrets."
The field hockey team officially closed its 2017 season last week with a banquet to celebrate their individual and team success. The following awards were recognized.
Selected to The NFHCA High School National Academic Squad for academic achievement (3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA or higher) while participating in a varsity sport were juniors Amelia Cope, Alexis Glass, Makayla Malcolm, Delaney McCormick and Katelyn Smith and seniors Megan Breneman, Hanna Garber and Laura Horner.
Breneman, Garber and Horner were also selected to the L-L Academic All-Star team as seniors who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout their academic career.
Scholar Athlete Award winners this year include sophomore Julia Smecker, junior Katelyn Smith and senior Megan Breneman.
The Rookie of the Year Award was given to Jocelyn Branco for her strong play at the defensive end of the field. "Jocelyn used her meticulous hand-eye coordination to stop 17 balls that were literally going across the line - that is an incredible number of defensive saves for one season," noted head coach Katrina Swarr.
The Pioneer Award, given to a player who not only demonstrates proficient individual skills, but also demonstrates leadership, commitment, discipline and sportsmanship, was given to Lily Nauman and Amelia Cope. Nauman ended the season as the top JV points leader with 11 goals and seven assists.
The Most Valuable Defensive Player Award went to Jenna Lapp while Outstanding Offensive Awards went to Hanna Garber and Laura Horner, the team's leading scorer with 17 goals and eight assists. Garber finished with 7 goals, eight assists and one defensive save.
The JV Most Valuable Offensive Player Award went to Alexis Glass while Jess Heisey received the JV Most Valuable Defensive Player Award.
Lady Pioneers Make PIAA Playoff Debut November 13, 2017
On a windy, rainy and chilly night at Souderton High School, Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' soccer team made their debut performance in the PIAA Class 3A tournament opposite Villa Joseph Marie last Tuesday, November 7. The Jems are a veteran playoff squad, having won seven straight District One titles. They have played in the state title game each of the last three years and have won ten PIAA crowns.
So to say the Pioneers had their work cut out for them was probably an understatement. But the pressure was on Villa Jo, not L-S. The Jems did prevail, 2-1 but L-S did not roll over.
"The girls have proven this year that no one is out of their league," said a proud head coach Emily Lebo.
The Jems did appear to have the upper hand in the first half, out stepping and out touching the District Three fourth seed. They took the first shot on goal and worked a pair of corners before L-S, with 23 minutes left in the half, put fourth their first attack. But that was short-lived. The Jems spent most of the first half forcing the Pioneers to defend. And defend they did. Keeper Bella DiCamillo came up with big save after big save and finished with nine on the night. Villa Jo finally broke in front, taking the lead with about 15 minutes left in the half.
"We did seem to be just a touch off for about 75 percent of the game," said Lebo. "I think we were much more affected by the wet conditions than they appeared to be.
"As for Bella, she played an outstanding game," Lebo lauded. "She has certainly made a name for herself in this back half of the season. She has made some textbook saves that have just been outstanding.
"And our back three (sophomores Emma Gochnauer, Lizzie Adams and Emma Houck) can be summed up with one word...solid. It will be great to have all four of them returning."
So Villa Joseph held a 1-0 lead at break and ten minutes into the second half scored what proved to be the game-winner. That goal came on the heels of Gochnauer's free kick that ricocheted off the post and to Kendal Ream who's follow up was just too high.
"We certainly had our moments," recalled Lebo, "with most of our urgency in the first ten minutes of the second half and the last ten minutes of the game. However, in the state playoffs you need to have urgency for more than 20 minutes."
Lampeter's last ten minute run resulted in a goal. Gochnauer sent a direct kick to the far post where eventually, Hannah Adams found the back of the net. It was just the seventh goal this season that VJM and their keeper, Maria Tunney, have given up.
"Where there's a will, there is a way," said Lebo. "While the outcome was not what the team wanted, I will always be happy if we have the ball at our feet last and are putting a final shot on frame which is exactly what we did with Maddy Stabinger having the final shot of the game with seconds to go."
Reaching the program's first-ever state tournament was unexpected this season. After all, the Pioneers finished sixth in Section Two and lost the first round of districts and graduated 12 seniors last year.
"To say we came into this season thinking it would be a "rebuilding year" would be an understatement," said Lebo. "This team grew immensely and proved to themselves, and many others, that L-S is a force to be reckoned with. The level of soccer these girls propelled themselves to this season made me one very proud coach. Our four seniors, Hannah Adams, Kendal Ream, Morgan Wilson, and Maddy Stabinger and our third captain, Bella DiCamillo, had high expectations this year and led by example. They have certainly left their mark on L-S soccer."
For the third year in a row, the football team won their district opener. Last year they blanked York Suburban 48-0 then fell to top seed Berks Catholic. In 2015, L-S topped No. 12 Palmyra 41-20 in 3A action and then lost 54-20 to Solanco. This past Friday night in Fredericksburg, the No. 6 seed needed a strong second half to knock off Northern Lebanon 34-19.
"We stalled out on a couple of drives and they made a couple of big plays," said head coach John Manion of the slow start. "But to bounce back from a 13-0 deficit on the road shows good character."
The No. 3 seed and Section Three champs took advantage of an L-S fumble on the one yard line and drew first blood with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Michigan Daub (13-30-2, 240 yards) to Christian Trader. The extra point was blocked but the Vikings held a 6-0 lead and then recovered the onside kick.
The hosts padded their lead in the second quarter when Stevie Herb exploded for a 72-yard run and a 13-0 advantage. This time L-S (7-4) responded. Todd Shelley, who completed 6 of 14 passed for 119 yards, hit Kris Pirozzi with a 42-yard strike, cutting the lead to 13-7 with 37.7 seconds left in the first half.
The visitors finally warmed up in the second half, outscoring the Vikings 27-6 to advance to the quarterfinals opposite Bishop McDevitt.
Cam Niemeyer's six yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, set up by Ben Cardwell's second pick of the night, and Peyton Denlinger's second successful PAT kick, put the Pioneers in front, 14-13.
"Ben had two interceptions and they were momentum changers," said Manion. "And Peyton was 4-for-4 with extra points and had three touchbacks and one tackle on special teams. He had a nice game."
Northern Lebanon responded with a Daub to Trader 5-yard scoring play late in the third quarter but then ran out of steam. L-S finally took control, racking up three fourth quarter scores and the win.
Drew Smith, who rushed for 83 yards, opened the fourth quarter with a four-yard scamper up the middle just six ticks into the fourth. The two point conversion failed but L-S regained the lead, 20-19. The rest was icing on the cake. Shelley found Marc Wilson (39 rushing yards) for a 25-yard touchdown pass and Neimeyer, who led a 305-yard ground game with 114 yards, collected his second TD of the game, this time with a 25-yard run. Denlinger's PAT capped the scoring.
"I thought Jack Eckman did a phenomenal job at guard and Mason Rush, Anthony DelGrande, Cody Reiff and Aaron Jacoby all had strong games and Connor Blantz did a nice job blocking," said Manion. "Our defensive line showed its strength with Reiff, JT Hake and Tyler Dougherty all recording eight tackles. And Tyler Phenegar had a sack, one hurry and five tackles."
This week's challenge is No. 2 seed Bishop McDevitt (9-2).
"We need to play our game," said Manion. "But we need to have fun. All the pressure is on them."
Lady Booters Advance to PIAA Tournament November 6, 2017
The No. 6 seed lady Pioneer booters had their work cut out for them last Tuesday night at Lower Dauphin Middle School as they faced No. 2 seed East Pennsboro in the District Three Class AAA soccer semifinals. Numbers aside, the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the undefeated Panthers (22-0) but couldn't quite pull off the upset.
The Panthers' leading scorer and Nebraska-bound Hannah Young notched the golden goal for East Pennsboro, scoring at the 9:03 mark of overtime and lifting the home team to the school's first-ever appearance in the District Three finals with a 2-1 nipping of the Pioneers. It was Lampeter's second straight overtime outing, having beaten No. 3 seed Northern York (15-4-1) on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, and their fourth of the season.
"They played like an undefeated team and we rose to the occasion," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Their coach was quoted as saying we were the best team they have played all season!"
With a combined three shots on goal, the first half featured a midfield battle and resulted in a 0-0 tie at the break. L-S, however, came out stronger in the second half, creating nine scoring opportunities through the first 15 minutes. Hannah Adams, pushing through the East Penn defense, put the Pioneers on the board with a goal in the 54th minute, leaving the Mid-Penn champs on the short end for the first time this season.
"The game plan going in was to watch Hannah Young and Morgan Erdman and their fast outside mids," stated Lebo. "Then we had halftime to discuss our new strategy and things changed. I was extremely pleased with our play."
L-S, looking for an insurance goal, continued to put the pressure on, creating three more chances, including Kendal Ream's effort to beat East Penn keeper Alyssa Miller to the ball. In transition, however, Kasi Brown corralled a through-ball, got a step on the defender and then raced 40-yards toward goal. Bella Dicamillo challenged the attack but Brown slipped a shot to the left corner with 14:32 left to play.
The Panthers were awarded two more corners after that but came up empty. L-S pushed in the final three minutes but also failed to notch the game-winner, forcing the extra period.
"That was by far the best team we played and the best 80 minutes we have strung together all season," Lebo remarked. "Every single girl on our team stepped up and it was a lot of fun to watch and coach.
Obviously, the girls and coaching staff were disappointed with the final result, but the amount of support that rolled in from other L-L League teams and coaches, commenting on how well the girls played, makes a loss to an undefeated team a bit more bearable."
Despite coming up empty, the Pioneers will compete in their first PIAA state tournament Tuesday at Souderton High School.
With one more chance to qualify for the PIAA Championships, the Pioneers traveled to Mechanicsburg High School last Wednesday night and took the field opposite a familiar foe, New Oxford. As the 11th seed, L-S topped the No. 2 Colonials 3-2 last year in the district consolations and then defeated No. 5 Gettysburg 2-1 to get to states as the fifth team in District Three Class AA.
This year the team came in as the eighth seed and needed a win Wednesday night to get to play for fourth and fifth.
Whoever said "Just keep shooting and eventually you'll score," must not have been involved in a game with a time limit. In a game that came down to a penalty stroke, the Lady Pioneers shot, and shot and shot again but could not finish.
"I'm not sure how we lost that game," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I definitely thought we out shot them significantly through the first three-quarters of the game. They did come on strong at the end. Bottom line is that we could not finish," she continued. "We certainly had opportunities."
Those opportunities included 17 shots on goal to New Oxford's nine and ten corners to their six.
But it was a Carly Flickinger penalty stroke with 13:03 left in the game that sent the Colonials to the fifth place game and into the PIAA Class 2A tournament and ended the Pioneers season.
"I did agree with the stroke call," said Swarr. "Delaney (McCormick) went for the save and landed on the ball. She knows we would rather have that than a sure goal. Her confidence and timing has really improved over the last five games and both of these were employed in the game. However," she continued, "I cannot say enough about our defensive unit. They really shut down the other team's opportunities and have prevented goals."
Despite falling behind, L-S kept pushing the pace, working four corners in the last three minutes but coming up empty.
"We did put the ball in the cage but the official blew the whistle to give us a corner," recalled Swarr. "That was a bummer. And they called Abby Thorius for kicking the ball in the circle, with 15 seconds to go, and she did not. But we should have had the game nailed down before that.
"While we would have liked to walk away with the win and continue playing through states, it is satisfying to know that we played well," she added. "Every player gave their all and our passing game was awesome."
The loss leaves the Pioneers with an overall record of 14-8.
In addition to their success as a team, L-S received a handful of individual awards. Laura Horner was voted as a First Team all-star while Hanna Garber, Jenna Lapp, and Abby Thorius were Second Team selections. Honorable Mention all-stars were Kate Smith and Makayla Malcolm while Megan Breneman, H. Garber and Horner were Academic all-stars. And Emily Jones received the L-L League Coaches' Scholarship Award.
Going into Friday night's home game with Cedar Crest, the Pioneers had already locked up a spot in the District Three Class AAAA playoffs. What was on the line, however, was being able to host that first round playoff game. That opportunity did not go to the Pioneers who dropped a 49-27 result on the road. The loss moved the Pioneers to the sixth seed where they will face No. 3 Northern Lebanon this Friday.
The Falcons soared to a 21-3 first quarter lead and never looked back. They got a five touchdown effort from Kendell Shand, who rushed for 243 yards on eight carries.
"We've had trouble stopping some good offenses this year," said head coach John Manion. "Their speed was the difference.
"Offensively, we did OK, running for about 200 yards and passing for another 200."
Highlight of the game was Todd Shelley breaking the single season record for completions. "His first pass was an 11-yard gain to Kris Pirozzi," noted Manion. "He completed 20 passes pushing his total to 166."
Peyton Denlinger booted two field goals - the first one, a 27 yarder, cut the lead to 7-3 while the second one, 28 yards, came after a five yard TD run by Shelley and cut the lead to 21-10 in the second quarter.
The Falcons, however, outscored the visitors four touchdowns to two through the rest of the game.
Pirozzi snagged a pair of Shelley touchdown passes, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth and capped the Pioneer scoring.
"Peyton was 3-for-3 in extra points and kicked those two field goals," noted Manion. "He's been consistent. And Damian Rosa pushed his sack total to double-digits with ten on the year. He had two on special teams.
"So now we travel to Northern Lebanon," he continued. "We haven't played them since 2009, when we were in Section Three. I think we'll rebound well. We have a lot of seniors on this team and they don't want the season to end."
Smith, Neimeyer Score Twice in Win Over GS October 30, 2017
With the District Three season just two weeks away, the Pioneers all but assured themselves a spot in the postseason when they toppled Garden Spot 42-27 Friday night in New Holland.
While the Spartans Cameron Roth became the third quarterback in L-L League history to pass for 5,000 yards and run for 2,000, it was a pair of TD's by Drew Smith and Cam Neimeyer that helped propel the Pioneers.
L-S scored five first half touchdowns en route to a 35-14 lead at the half.
"We were the better team in the first half," said head coach John Manion who earned his 150th career win. "They tackled better in the second half and it was a more even game."
Smith, snagging an 11-yard strike from Todd Shelley, opened the scoring while Neimeyer's 14-yard run made it 13-0. Both teams traded scores after that with Roth scoring on a 65-yard run and Neimeyer dashing 19-yards. Joey Underwood's two-point conversion put the visitors in front 21-7 in the first quarter.
Spot opened the second quarter with a 62-yard pass from Roth to Jacob Arndt but Lampeter countered with a Marc Wilson 30-yard TD run and a 14-yard toss from Shelley to Kris Pirozzi. A pair of Peyton Denlinger PAT's made it 35-14 at the break.
The hosts scored once in both the third and fourth quarters and in between, Smith capped the L-S scoring with a 15-yard run.
"Drew rushed 107 yards on 14 carries for his first 100 yard rushing game," noted Manion. "He also had one catch. Cam finished with 132 yards on 17 carries and added 93 yards receiving with four catches. And Jack Eckman had a strong night on the offensive line."
Defensively the Pioneers were led by Ben Cardwell's eight tackles. Connor Blantz and Wilson both picked off Roth while Damian Rosa recorded two sacks, pushing his total to a team-best nine for the year.
"The 150th win is a nice number," said Manion. "I was happy to do it with this group of kids. My staff, or most of us, have been together for a long time. They share this."
Happy to qualify for the District Three Class AA field hockey championships, the lady Pioneers couldn't help but notice that undefeated Donegal was in their half of the bracket. But at least they weren't in the opening round. There the No. 8 Pioneers took on No. 9 Susquehannock (11-7) at Milton Hershey's Henry Hershey Field last Wednesday night at 7 pm and advanced to the quarterfinal round opposite, you guessed it, Donegal. A pair of assists from Laura Horner and scoring from the Garber sisters propelled the Pioneers to a 2-1 victory.
L-S quickly pushed the ball to their offensive end of the field but came up empty. The Warriors, on the other hand, were awarded a penalty stroke on their first trip into the circle. Delaney McCormick (4 saves), however, was up to the challenge and denied Susquehannock senior Julia McKenzie. That was all the motivation L-S needed. They jumped in front 1-0. On a continuation of their first corner, Laura Horner redirected a ball headed to the baseline back into the circle where Julz Garber finished after 4:15 of play.
"Delaney stepped up and took control of the circle," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "She looked confident and came out hard and I love that she was able to deny that questionable stroke call. That definitely could have changed the tone."
The Pioneers earned six more corners that half before Horner picked up her second assist of the day, this one to Hannah Garber who gave the home team a 2-0 advantage with 8:11 left in the half. And that was after they had a goal called back due to an infraction in the circle.
"Laura and Hannah were rock stars," praised Swarr. "Laura cut to the ball all over the place. She always plays all out. Hannah was poised and made some awesome passing decisions. Abby Thorius also had several critical carries into the circle and Jenna Lapp shut down several of Susquehannock's break away attempts."
After dominating play and time of possession in the first half, L-S created even more scoring opportunities after the break but failed to convert. They finished with 14 corners on the night, gave up just one, and outshot the Warriors 8-4.
Susquehannock put forth its best attack of the game in the final 2:45 and prevented the shutout when McKenzie collected a rebound and sailed a shot over McCormick and into the corner of the goal.
"I thought we passed very well and cut to the ball well in the first half," stated Swarr. "And I felt like we started to get tired in the second half, causing a breakdown in our passing game."
On Saturday afternoon at Comet Field, the Pioneers faced Donegal (21-1) in the quarterfinals round. And for the third time this season they suffered a shutout, this time 10-0.
The Indians' scoring machine, Mackenzie Allessie, almost single handedly dismantled the Pioneers. She racked up five of their seven first half goals and finished with six on the day. Donegal was awarded 22 corners and fired 29 shots at goal, 17 of which were saved by Delaney McCormick. H. Garber and Kate Smith also recorded defensive saves.
"The girls played hard until the end," said Swarr.
Despite the loss, the Pioneers will battle New Oxford on Wednesday for a chance to qualify for the state tournament.
Nate Erb scored one goal and dished out one assist as the Pioneers blanked Twin Valley 3-0 in the opening round of the District Three Class 3A Championships last Monday night at home. It was the first time in four years that L-S advanced to the quarterfinals.
"The last three years we have lost in the first round," noted head coach Gino DiSomma. "In 2014 we lost in double overtime and the last two years on penalty kicks. So, needless to say, it was very nice not to have to go into OT or PK.
"It was a great overall team win," he added. "I was able to sub a good bit as all my players showed up and wanted to put the first round curse out of the way."
Erb assisted on the first goal of the game, sending a pass to Chase Petersheim who lifted a shot over TV goalkeeper Hudson Mokrejs in the 30th minute, and then tallied the third goal of the night, making good on a penalty kick after being tripped in the box nine minutes into the second half. In between, Derek Eckman headed in a nice cross by Mason Knarr for a 2-0 lead.
"Nate scored a beautiful PK and had our first assist," said DiSomma. "Chase showed great composure to finish that goal.
"I felt the first 10-15 minutes we fought on our nerves as a lot of the players most likely felt the pressure of playing in a district game," he continued. "I also believe the physicality of Twin Valley shocked them," he continued. "Once we settled in, I thought we controlled most of the game. Of course the last 15 minutes got a little crazy as we got away from our game plan."
The Raiders (10-9-1) broke up Paul Keller's (8 saves) shutout with a free kick goal by their leading scorer, Jeremy Key. The senior has scored 12 of Twin Valley's last 40 goals.
"I thought Paul did a fantastic job in goal," lauded DiSomma. "Jordan Sweger, Tyler Thorius, Matt Rhoades and Seth Beers were also fantastic in holding down the back line and keeping their best player at bay."
On Thursday, with a chance to qualify for the state tournament, the Pioneers traveled to Boiling Springs where they faced Greencastle-Antrim and came home with a season-ending 2-0 loss.
The third-seeded Blue Devils (17-3-1) scored the only goal they really needed less than six minutes in when Jared Rohrbaugh scored on a cross from Brandon Stuhler. The next 60 minutes, however, were a battle with neither team budging.
But it was G-A with an insurance goal with 10:16 left that decided the outcome. Keeper Bryson Robinson needed to make a pair of impressive saves down the stretch as the No. 6 Pioneers (12-7) pushed for the equalizer.
The harrier teams traveled to Big Spring High School this past Saturday to compete in the District Three Class AAA Championships but failed to push a single runner through to the state championships.
Noah Pritchard was the top finisher of the day. The senior clocked a 17:49 and finished 99th. Juniors David Helms (192nd, 18:48) and Jansen Miller (206, 19:01) were the next two runners to cross while seniors Michael Kuhns (207, 19:02) and Honert Evertt (219, 19:17) rounded out the top five. Thomas Sellers (19:25) and Josiah McCarthy (227) also competed.
The girls were led by Kelsey Kimmel who placed 105th with a 21:51. Sarah Capoferri, also a junior, was one place and four seconds behind Kimmel while senior Olivia Gard (153rd, 22:47) ran third.
Sophomores Micah Gordley (23:24) and Colleen Gilbert (24:58) rounded out the top five while Kyla Drouillard finished with a 25:17.
The girls' soccer team opened District Three Class AAA play last Monday night when they hosted 11th seed Conrad-Weiser. Despite being outshot 8-4, it was the Pioneers Toby Harnish, assisted by Hannah Adams that scored the game winner on an off-speed shot with 4:55 left in the first half.
"The goal happened because of a miscommunication between our own two players which I think ended up confusing them," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Toby took charge and got a piece of the ball with good placement in the far corner. It may not have been pretty, but a goal is a goal and at this point in the season, sometimes all it takes is one."
Bella DiCamilla was solid in goal, turning away eight shots to preserve the shutout and push the No. 6 Pioneers to the quarterfinals opposite No. 3 Northern York.
"Conrad Weiser came ready to play and we were slow out of the gate," said Lebo. "They came with a game plan and we were slow to respond. That being said, there is a lot to be said for having heart," she continued.
"While I'm not thrilled with our level of play, I am excited for the chance to play in the quarterfinals. Last year we lost to Manheim Central in the opening round. This group has worked hard this season and I look forward to them showing all what they are made of."
That showing came Thursday night at Boiling Spring High School where the Pioneers topped Northern York in penalty kicks and punched their ticket to the PIAA tournament.
Both teams had opportunities not only in regulation but overtime as well. The Pioneers hit the crossbar three times and the Polar Bears had a goal waved off because of an offsides call.
"Both teams had their moments," said Lebo. "We had three by Lizzie Adams just go over and hit the crossbar and they hit one post. I could not have asked for more of my girls," she continued. "They played like there was nothing to lose."
Leading scorer Kendal Ream opened the penalty kick phase with a shot to the corner that beat Northern keeper Haley Wallace.
DiCamilla stepped in and stopped the first Northern (15-5-1) shot and later made a second save to give L-S the win.
"Hannah Adams, Lizzie Adams and Emma Houck took our PK's and placed them well," said Lebo. "And Bella stole the show with two huge saves. She was incredible. We definitely elevated our play from Monday a great deal. It was good soccer all around."
Volleyball Caps Season With Playoff Appearance October 23, 2017
The volleyball team wrapped up the regular season last week with losses against the top two teams in Section Two and opened the post-season opposite Section One champ Hempfield. They finish the 2017 schedule with a 6-8 overall record.
The action got underway last Monday night when the team traveled to Section Two champ Elizabethtown (10-0). The Bears got off to a strong start, topping the visitors 25-10 in the opening set. L-S regrouped in the second set but fell short of the win, 25-20, only to see the home team finish strong, 25-16.
Bri Eberly was a force at the net for the hosts, putting down 13 kills. Betsy Brenneman was tops in that department for L-S with 5 and collected a team-high 4 blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand anchored the defense with 12 digs and was one of three Pioneers to serve one ace, joining Becca Cohen and Emma Cohen, who dished out 13 assists.
Wednesday night the Pioneers hosted the second place team in Section Two, Garden Spot (14-3 overall) and were dealt a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-22, 25-19). Abbie Powell served up a game-high six aces and Haley Hoover added a match-high seven blocks but it wasn't enough. E. Cohen finished with 18 assists, five of which Brenneman converted into kills. B. Cohen settled for six digs.
The going did not get any easier as the Pioneers, the third place team in Section Two (5-5) opened the L-L League Championships against Hempfield (12-0) on Friday and suffered a third straight defeat, 25-10, 25-8, 25-13.
Hildenbrand and B. Cohen finished with four kills each, Brenneman served one ace and E. Cohen recorded 13 assists to highlight the offense. Hoover's two blocks were the defensive highlights as the Pioneers failed to record a single dig.
"Our injuries caused us to constantly work on new lineups," said head coach Zach Smith. "And we struggled to get in synch. It's disappointing because we finished 20th in the Class 3A power rankings, missing the 16 team field. There are a lot of teams in districts that we could beat."
After scooting past Annville-Cleona in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships, the field hockey team went up against Manheim Township in last Tuesday's semifinal clash at Warwick High School. The second place team out of Section One advanced with a 5-1 win over Elco.
With the Streaks earning just one more win in their overall record (14-6) than the Pioneers (13-6), a close matchup was expected. But Township plays the bulk of their games on turf while L-S is at home on the grass. The difference was evident as Township's speed and ball carrying ability played a role in a 7-0 victory that vaulted them into the finals for the first time in over 28 years.
"We have struggled to secure turf this season," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Plus most of our second half of the season games were on grass. I think that showed."
Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser each scored twice for the Streaks who built a 5-0 lead by halftime. Overall, the Streaks registered 29 shots on goal and earned 13 penalty corners while limiting the Pioneers to three shots and zero corners.
"I was hoping we could stay a little closer," said Swarr. "Our defense worked the whole game and did a nice job."
Highlighting that defense was a combined 17 saves by keepers Delaney McCormick and Alexis Garrett and a combined five defensive saves by Emily Jones and Jocelyn Branco.
"It's a love hate relationship with those defensive saves," stated Swarr. "Emily stepped up and played hard. She will throw her body in front of anything to keep the ball out of the cage. We needed that. And Jocelyn has been a solid defender and post player all season.
"Our backs work very well together," she continued. "Katelyn Smith does a fantastic job with communication and organizing the marking and Amelia Cope is a master block-tackler."
This week the Pioneers open District Three Class AA play as the No. 8 seed. They take on No. 9 seed Susquehannock at Milton Hershey High School, Wednesday, October 25 at 7 pm.
The lady harriers, fresh off their undefeated run through Section Two competition, competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School where they settled for a ninth place finish in a pool of 18 teams.
Sophomore Colleen Gilbert earned the top finish for the girls', placing 27th in 20:16. She was 1.7 seconds away from a top 25 medal. Kelsey Kimmel, a junior, ran second for the Pioneers, clocking a 20:56 for 33rd place. Newcomer to cross country, Sarah Capoferri settled in at 54th place with a 21:47 with Olivia Gard (60th, 22:05) close behind. Kyla Drouillard rounded out the top five with a 72nd place finish in 23:39. Also competing was Micah Gordley (81st, 22:57), Olivia Honert (105th, 23:56) and Marissa Denlinger (111th, 24:12).
The girls' were again the top Section Two team to place. In fact, they finished ahead of Section One's Solanco, CV and Lebanon.
The boys' team had a tougher challenge but continued to put their best foot forward. Jansen Miller again led the Pioneers with a 25th place medal clinching 17:05.
Everett Honert followed in 66th place with a 17:58 while Michael Kuhns (71st, 18:00), Noah Pritchard (74th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (81st, 18:07) rounded out the top five.
Also finishing the race was David Helms (18:24), Josh Eidemiller (18:46) and Thomas Sellers (19:06).
The teams will compete this weekend in the District Three Championships at Big Springs High School.
For two straight seasons the Pioneers pulled out last seconds victories over Cocalico. This past Friday night in Lampeter, however, the Eagles needed a win if their contest against Manheim Central was going to mean anything. And a win they got. The visitors pushed out to a 17-0 advantage and pulled away with a convincing 52-21 result that was determined well before the finals seconds.
"We got beat by a better team," stated head coach John Manion. "They outplayed us all around."
The visitors used a 35-yard field goal by Daniel Engle to get on the board and picked up an impressive 87-yard punt return by Owen Zimmerman for a 10-0 first quarter advantage. They added to that when Noah Palm scored from 33-yards out early in the second quarter.
L-S, managing just 92 rushing yards, finally got on board when Cam Neimeyer caught a 71-yard touchdown pass and Peyton Denlinger added the PAT kick. With a bit of momentum, the Pioneers were poised to close the gap when they recovered a fumble on the Cocalico 21 but couldn't convert.
The Eagles, who exploded for 441 rushing yards, took advantage, marching 80-yards on eight plays and pushing the lead to 24-7 on Brandon Brubaker's 6-yard run.
The Pioneers responded when Neimeyer snagged a 15-yard toss from QB Todd Shelley but it wasn't enough. Cocalico answered with four straight touchdowns and set the mercy rule in motion with seven minutes left in the game.
Shelley finished with 244 yards, completing 11 of 25 attempts with one interception.
"Cam played well and gave a strong effort," said Manion. "He finished with three catches for 106 y ards and two touchdowns and ran for 19 yards on six carries. He also blocked well.
"We got the JV's in late in that fourth quarter and they did a nice job as a unit," he added.
Alex Knapp's 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter, along with Denlinger's third PAT kick, capped the scoring.
Cody Reiff highlighted the defensive efforts with a season-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Gabe Frederick chipped in with nine tackles.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-3 in Section Two and 5-3 overall. They take on a 1-4, 2-6 Garden Spot squad this week.
"We have similar scores against similar opponents," said Manion. "It will be a better matchup than Cocalico."
Pioneer Booters Finish Third in Section Two October 16, 2017
With just the top two teams in Section Two qualifying for the L-L League playoffs this year, the boys' soccer team will have to wait until districts to get their post-season underway. Last week, with wins over Cocalico and Solanco, the Pioneers improved to 11-6 overall and sit in sixth place in the District Three Class AAA bracket.
The Pioneers, who finished third in Section Two, traveled to fifth place Cocalico Monday night and split the series with the Eagles, who nipped L-S 1-0 on September 20.
A first half goal by Logan Heister proved to be the difference as both teams scored second half goals. Derek Eckman's tally in the 68th minute was the insurance L-S needed as the Eagles cut into the 2-0 lead with a goal four minutes later.
On a soggy Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneers used a balanced attack to top visiting Solanco 5-1.
L-S gained all the momentum they needed in the first half, scoring three goals in a span of nine minutes. Patrick McClain, Heister and Nate Erb put the home team in front after 12 minutes. Solanco cut the lead to 3-1 late in the first half but that momentum did not carry into the second half as Eckman and Ramon Estevez put the game out of reach.
The girl's soccer team had a lot at stake last week. In a battle to secure second place in the Section Two standings and an opening round game in the L-L League playoffs, the team needed to win out and they did just that.
Tuesday night they held off fourth place Cocalico and Wednesday night outlasted Solanco for a pair of road wins.
"We finished sixth in the section last year so we did not qualify for leagues but we did compete in districts," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I don't think we've qualified for the league playoffs for the last four years."
Tuesday night's game in Denver was a thriller. Despite dominating field play, the Pioneers did not record the game-winner until the final seconds of the match. With 27 seconds remaining, Lizzie Adams inserted a low corner kick through ball to the center of the 18 where Toby Harnish connected.
"It was an awesome goal," lauded Lebo. "We should have scored in the first half. Kendal Ream, Maddy Stabinger and Hannah Adams all had opportunities by either hitting the crossbar or going 1-on-1 with the keeper. You have to credit their goalie (8 saves). We just could not get by her."
Pioneer keeper Olivia Vranich saved four shots to preserve the shutout.
Back on the road Wednesday night, the Pioneers piled up 20 shots on goal but only came away with a 3-0 final as Solanco's keeper, Gabi Dolan, was up to the challenge.
"I thought Solanco played a great game," said Lebo. "They wanted to send their seniors off with a win but we knew we needed to win to seal the deal for playoffs. Their keeper was aggressive and confident and did a nice job against our offense."
Stabinger broke the ice with a goal midway through the first half while Kendal Ream, taking a cross from Sarah Doutrich in the corner, made it 2-zip with eight minutes left in the half. McKenna Conklin added the finishing touches with a lofted shot that sailed over the keeper in the second half.
Bella DiCamilla picked up the shutout with five saves.
"Since it was the final game of the regular season, and because of back-to-back night games, we were subbing often," Lebo noted. "Everyone got playing time.
"We're thrilled to end the regular season at 11-3," she continued. "It's certainly an improvement for the program. The girls play for each other and I think that helps them get the results they want."
Lampeter's three game winning streak came to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers were dealt a 2-1 setback against Section One's third place team, Hempfield, in the opening round of the League playoffs in Millersville.
This was a battle from start to finish. After a scoreless first half, Hempfield went in front just four minutes after the break. It took L-S a bit longer to get going but they rose to the occasion and knotted the score when Adams, on a leading pass from Ansley Yost, found the back of the cage with ten minutes left in the game. That lasted just five minutes as Hempfield's Val Zawrotuk notched the game-winner.
Faced with a 'must win' situation last week, the field hockey team took care of business, handling Solanco 7-1 on Monday and Elizabethtown 4-2 on Wednesday to qualify for the L-L League playoffs for the first time in four years.
Despite the lopsided result against Solanco, the game was tied at 1-1 in the first half with both squads connecting with penalty stroke goals.
"This was our third stroke of the season but the first one we scored on," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Makayla Malcolm tied the game on her attempt."
That tight play, however, did not continue after the break as L-S, fueled by Laura Horner's four goals, two in a span of about four minutes, exploded for six goals. Julia Smecker and Hanna Garber each added one goal and two assists.
"All of Laura's goals required her to drive, pull past, tip etc.," noted Swarr. "She is our finisher, for sure. And while Hanna Garber isn't logging a ton of goals, we could not do without her. She has set up so many of our goals these last couple of games."
The action continued on Wednesday with another high scoring affair. This time L-S got going early, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first half and matching E-town's effort after the break as each team scored once. Garber dished out three assists on the day with Smecker and Abby Thorius each scoring twice.
"Abby makes things happen," said Swarr. "Her first goal was off a sweet corner shot, designed just for her. And Julia finished two big runs. Her speed is incredible.
"And our defensive unit keeps us in games," she continued. "Anchored by Jenna Lapp and Kate Smith and added onto by Amelia Cope and Jocelyn Branco. They do a fantastic job marking and adjusting as needed."
The Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Saturday opposite Section Three champ Annville-Cleona and came away with a solid 2-0 victory. Holding a 12-4 advantage in shots, the Pioneers scored once in each half but needed some solid defense, including a defensive save by Branco and three saves by keeper Delaney McCormick to preserve the shutout.
Horner and Chloe Blantz recorded the goals while Smecker and Daisy Frank were credited with assists.
With only one game last week, the girls' volleyball team improved to 5-3 in Section Two with a 3-1 road win over Solanco Tuesday night. The Pioneers sit behind Elizabethtown (8-0 LL) and Garden Spot (6-2 LL) in the standings and face both teams this week.
The Pioneers, who got a nine kill effort from Haley Hoover and seven aces from Marissa Petersheim, got off to a slow start but managed to pull out a 25-23 first set win over the hosts.
Solanco buckled down a bit in the second set and pulled away for a 25-18 final but that momentum was short-lived. L-S responded with back-to-back wins, 25-14, 25-13.
Emma Cohen directed the offense with 34 assists while Sarah Stoltzfuz (15 digs) and Hoover (3 blocks) anchored the defense.
In their last regular meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, the lady Pioneer harriers capped an undefeated Section Two record with dominating wins over Annville-Cleona (15-49) and Columbia (15-55).
With 15 of the 23 runners wearing blue and white jerseys, it was a red shirt that crossed the line first. Columbia's Jordan Haberstroh ran the course in 19:42 but with only one teammate, a team victory was not in the cards. L-S ran the table after that, securing 11 of the next 13 places.
Colleen Gilbert led the way. Her 20:19 was 37 seconds behind Haberstroh. Kelsey Kimmel (3rd, 20:52), Sarah Capoferri (4th, 21:24), Olivia Gard (5th, 22:06), and Kyla Drouillard (6th, 22:47) rounded out the top five with Marissa Denlinger (9th, 23:31), Micah Gordley (10th, 24:14), Olivia Honert (11th, 24:35), Hannah Shultheis (12th, 25:09), Paige Weidman (13th, 25:15) and Danae Ranck (14th, 25:33) slamming the door.
The girls are 7-0 in Section Two and 9-0 overall.
In their last meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, Jansen Miller raced to a first place finish with a 17:29 with teammates Noah Pritchard (17:48) and Everett Honert (17:48) close behind in second and third place respectively. The trio led the Pioneers to a 17-43 victory over Annville-Cleona and a 15-55 result against Columbia who has just one runner.
L-S capped the scoring with Michael Kuhns taking fifth (18:12) and David Helms (18:19) sixth.
Adding top 20 finishes were Josiah McCarthy (8th, 18:37), Andrew Pritchard (10th, 19:00), Thomas Sellers (14th, 19:25), Josiah Zehr (19:33), Colton Morris (18th, 19:41) and Josh Eidemiller (20th, 19:46).
The Pioneers accounted for 28 of the 44 runners competing. With a 6-3 record, they finished the season in fourth place in Section Two.
For their efforts through the regular season, a handful of Pioneers earned all-star recognition. Jansen Miller, Colleen Gilbert and Kelsey Kimmel received First Team recognition while Noah Pritchard, Olivia Gard and Kyla Drouillard were Second Team all-stars.
Friday the 13th proved to be a bit unlucky for the football team. Hosting Elizabethtown for their homecoming game, the Pioneers battled the Bears for just over three hours but fell short 44-38 in overtime.
"The kids played hard," said head coach John Manion. "I can't question their effort. E-town just made one more play than we did."
Tied at 38-38, Peyton Denlinger's 38-yard field goal attempt with three seconds left was just off the mark and sent the game into overtime. E-town jumped ahead with QB Cole Patrick's rushing TD. But Cody Reiff blocked the extra point, giving L-S momentum. That, however, was short-lived as the Pioneers fumbled on their second play.
"We had a chance but fell short," said Manion. "Now we bounce back."
This one was as back-and-forth as a ping pong game. L-S went in front on a Kris Pirozzi (9 catches for 145 yards) one yard run but the PAT was no good. E-town answered with a 54-yard passing TD and a successful PAT and a 7-6 first quarter lead.
The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter with a five-yard run and L-S matched that effort when Cam Neimeyer recovered a fumble and raced 22-yards to the end zone. Denlinger added a 20 yard field goal just before the half to put LS in front 16-14.
The second half was more of the same. E-town opened with a 53-yard rushing TD and Neimeyer countered with an 80-yard run that kept L-S in front, 23-21.
The Bears, unfazed, came back with a 26-yard field goal and then scored again, taking advantage of a high snap and a blocked punt to go up 30-23.
L-S opened the fourth with a Drew Smith two-yard TD and Todd Shelley, who threw for 168 yards, hit Neimeyer for the two point conversion that knotted the score and set the stage for the extra period.
"Todd threw a nice game with over 300 yards in tough conditions," noted Manion. "Marc Wilson ran hard and had 143-yards receiving on 10 catches."
This week the Pioneers are "Playing for Hope" as their game against Cocalico is in support of A Week Away, a non-profit organization founded by former L-S grad Caleb Walker who battled brain cancer.
Lady Booters Tally 14 goals in Three Games October 9, 2017
Eight games ago the Lady Pioneer booters dropped a 2-1 thriller to the Section Two leader Ephrata. But the Pioneers had won seven games since that loss and were ready to give a go at an upset last Wednesday in Lampeter. All that seemed to be in the works as Lizzie Deardorff's goal in the 29th minute put L-S on top.
The 14-1 Mounts however regained their mojo in the second half and notched a pair of goals to steal the win over the second place Pioneers.
"While the result was disappointing, we were the underdogs and a win would have been an upset," stated head coach Emily Lebo. "We challenged Ephrata and continued to show growth on the field."
The girls were coming off another dominating performance against Lebanon on Monday. Kendal Ream's first half hat-trick, in addition to Danielle Dipace scoring twice, highlighted a 7-1 first half that rolled to a 9-1 final.
McKenna Conklin and Lily Stoltzfus notched their first goals of the season while Toby Harnish and Lizzie Adams accounted for the second half scoring. Hannah Adams was tops with two assists.
One day after the Ephrata loss, the Pioneers took care of business. With two first half goals from Tara Wehibe and Ream's three assists, L-S blanked Garden Spot 4-0. Maddy Stabinger and Adams notched second half goals and Bella DiCamilla made three saves to preserve the shutout.
"I was proud of how we rallied after the Ephrata loss," said Lebo. "They proved they will not end the season quietly. While we would love nothing more than to make the League Playoffs, we are focused on each 40 minute half at a time and hope our commitment to improve each half propels us forward."
The field hockey team collected three wins in five days last week and improved to 7-5 in Section Two, tying Elizabethtown for third place.
Monday, looking for an upset against the Barons, L-S scored twice in the opening half but it wasn't enough as the visitors doubled that effort for a 4-2 win.
"We lost to them 6-1 on their turf," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I felt like we won the game on paper. I have trouble getting my team to believe they can beat certain teams. We could have won this one."
Manheim jumped in front less than two minutes in but the home team responded eight minutes later, knotting the game on a goal by Laura Horner. Unfortunately, the next 15 minutes belonged to the Barons who exploded for three goals to take control. Hannah Garber, assisted by Horner, slowed their momentum with a goal in the 26th minute of the half, ending the scoring for the game. That's correct. Zero goals were scored in the second half.
"The defense was definitely tested," said Swarr. "We had three backs, Jocelyn Branco, Emily Jones and Amelia Cope combine for four defensive saves! Branco (2) uses her softball bunting skills to keep that ball out of the cage. She consistently has defensive saves and keeps us in many games."
Wednesday the Pioneers hit the road to New Holland and came away with a 2-1 overtime thriller.
The visitors piled up 34 shots and forced 27 corners but struggled to finish. The Spartans had one of each and sent the game to overtime.
L-S broke through in the 10th minute of the first half when Makayla Malcolm found Abby Thorius who eluded the defense and sent a shot to the back of the cage.
The Spartans returned the favor on a second half breakaway.
"We threatened but just could not finish," said Swarr. "Jenna Lapp scored the game-winner off a scramble in the circle. This was our first OT game of the year."
Friday the Pioneers broke a scoreless first half with three second half goals and blanked visiting Ephrata. H. Garber's goal midway through the half was sandwiched around a pair of goal by Thorius.
Looking to move up in the district seeding, the boys' soccer team improved to 9-6 overall (7-5 LL) with three wins in four days last week. They dominated Cedar Crest 3-0, upset section leader Ephrata 1-0 and held off Garden Spot 3-1.
"It was nice to rebound from the Central loss and take care of Cedar Crest," said head coach Gino DiSomma.
Derek Eckman, assisted by Mason Knarr, opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Eight minutes later, Caden Wise, on a setup by Logan Heister, made it 2-0. Chase Petersheim's second half through ball allowed Noah Patterson to cap the scoring in the 72nd minute.
"Our issue all season has been our inability to put together a full 80 minutes," said DiSomma. "Some mental mistakes have been costly."
Wednesday night in Ephrata the boys put it all together and avenged their first half double overtime loss to Ephrata with a hard-fought 1-0 decision. Eckman, taking a dish from Heister, scored what proved to be the game-winner. Paul Keller collected seven saves to preserve the shutout.
"The boys were really excited for the game," said DiSomma. "They were ready to take care of business."
One night later, they fought off a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals, all by Eckman, to pull out a 3-1 home win over Garden Spot. Knarr and Nate Erb were credited with assists.
In a battle for the Milk Jug Trophy Friday night in Quarryville, behind a total team effort in all phases of the game, the Pioneers set the tone early and often, and coasted to a dominating 45-0 Section Two victory over a 2-0 Solanco squad.
"This is certainly the best we've played all year," lauded head coach John Manion. "Penalties and turnovers against good teams have haunted us but not tonight. We had a total team effort."
Joey Underwood scooped up Solanco's first fumble and dashed 27-yards to the end zone with 8:12 left in the first quarter. Two minutes later Peyton Denlinger nailed a 31-yard field goal and the Pioneers were off and running.
Cam Neimeyer (106 yards on 7 carries, 4 catches for 53 yards) highlighted the next three quarters, scoring four times, including a 60-yarder with 4:33 left in the first half. Marc Wilson's two point conversion followed that score and the Pioneers led 25-0 at the half.
Finding Neimeyer for three of those TD's was Todd Shelly. The senior quarterback went 16-for-17 for 196-yards on the night. "Todd completed 17 straight passes," noted Manion. "That's pretty impressive."
While the offense was having its way, the defense was busy shutting down Solanco's running game, holding the top rushing team in the section to 209 yards on 53 carries while recording two sacks and forcing three fumbles, all via Tim DeWalt.
"Gabe Frederick led the way with 15 tackles but Joey Underwood, Kris Pirozzi (4 catches 73 yards) and Cody Reiff each had 12," stated Manion. "And Peyton booted five touchbacks. Plus our offensive line did a great job," he continued. "Jack Eckman has really been a force there."
Drew Smith capped the scoring with a 15-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
This is the sixth time in eight years that the Pioneers have won the Milk Jug Trophy.
The harrier teams swept the competition, and first place finishes, last Tuesday at Northern Lebanon with wins over the hosts and Manheim Central. The girls improved to 7-0 overall while the boys sit at 4-3.
Colleen Gilbert (20:33) and Kelsey Kimmel (20:37) finished 38 seconds ahead of Manheim's top runner, Mallory Sunderland, and Sarah Capoferri slid in for fourth place at 21:25. The Barons grabbed fifth place but it wasn't enough as Olivia Gard (21:50) and Kyla Drouillard (22:17) rounded out the top five with sixth and seventh places respectively.
Lampeter's Micah Gordley, Marissa Denlinger, Danae Ranck and Emma Bender, placing 10th through 13th respectively, all finished ahead of Manheim's fifth runner to help seal the win.
"Colleen and Kelsey took the lead early on and never let up," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "The girls knew this was an important meet for their season record and they all rose to the occasion."
Matching Gilbert, Jansen Miller won the race, placing 14 seconds ahead of N. Lebanon's Gage Krall who was second in 17:28. Everett Honert (6th, 17:39), David Helms (8th, 17:59), Michael Kuhns (9th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (11th, 18:25) left the Pioneers with five of the top 11 places while Thomas Sellers (18:42), Josh Eidemiller (18:45) and Noah Pritchard (18:52) finished in the top 15.
"Jansen was focused from the start and ran a great race," lauded Cunningham."
In the District Three Class 3A Tournament at Briarwood West Golf Club this past weekend, senior Shannon Campbell opened with an 87 and freshman Katherine Lapinski carded a 94, both missing the 84 cut to advance.
With the playoffs looming ahead, every game is a big game. Last Tuesday the Pioneers were looking to right the ship against Ephrata, the team just below them in the standings. L-S topped the Mounts on the road 3-1 on September 12. At home, however, the Pioneers, coming in with a three game losing streak, couldn't quite get it done, bowing 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.
"We're battling injuries right now," said head coach Zach Smith. "We have a six rotation player out injured, one of our defensive specialists is out and another on restricted play duty. This has been constantly changing things for us and we are working hard on a new lineup."
Ephrata's stingy defense accounted for 20 digs on the night. Lampeter's Sarah Stoltzfus finished with 11 and Haley Hoover added two blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand collected a dozen kills due in part to Emma Cohen's 31 assists. Abbie Powell added five aces.
Thursday they hosted the Barons. Both teams came in tied at 3-3 in Section Two and the Barons looked to take charge, taking the first two sets 25-17-, 25-20. But the Pioneers rallied down the stretch, winning 25-23, 25-16, 15-9 to move into third place in the standings.
"All it took was one set win for our team to regain their confidence and come together as a team," Smith stated. "When we play with confidence and stay aggressive throughout the whole match, we have too many weapons to stop on the front line as well as a quick, scrappy defense."
With a 12-2 advantage in aces, serving was key for the Pioneers. Betsy Breneman, Powell, E. Cohen and Sofie Campbell all connected for three aces. Brenneman was also tops in kills with a match-high 12. Stoltzfus was credited with 20 digs, E. Cohen added three assists and Hoover put up a game-high six blocks.
The tennis team competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament at various sites on Friday but didn't finish as strongly as they had hoped.
Isabelle Brown, in Flight Four, turned in the strongest effort of the day, advancing to the finals with wins over Lyla Naqvi, of Donegal, 6-2, 6-2, and Ashley Risser, of Garden Spot, 6-4, 6-2.
Playing at CV in Flight One, Larson Kessler suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss to No. 8 seed Emily Garvin of Manheim Township while Erin Harnish, in Flight Two at Manheim Central, dropped to Ephrata's Kandice Liebl 6-4, 6-2.
Rachel Marcroft advanced by default in the opening round of Flight Three at Warwick then dropped a tight one, 7-6 (10-4), 6-0 to Donegal's Mariah Forrey.
In doubles play, Kessler and Marcroft teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Cedar Crest's Clare Aitken and Cheng in Flight One while Harnish and Brown were dealt an 8-5 loss at Flight Two against Ephrata's Liebl and Karissa Lapp.
Sami Williams and Nora Holmes opened with a win in Flight Three topping Cocalico's Savannah Buscavage and Kylie Armstrong 9-8 (10-6).
Pioneer Hockey Team Slips Past Cocalico October 2, 2017
Looking to sweep the series against the visiting Eagles last Tuesday, the Pioneer field hockey team did just that, netting a pair of first half goals to slip by Cocalico 2-1.
The home team jumped in front nine minutes into the contest on a penalty corner. Makayla Malcolm inserted to Julz Garber who fired a shot at goal that Malcolm redirected to the back of the cage.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles knotted the score 14 minutes later. Both squads battled in the midfield and through a variety of corners before the Pioneers broke the tie with 40 seconds left in the first half. Laura Horner cracked a hard shot just outside the circle, crossing it to the left side where Julia Smecker, after the ball took a decent bounce, smacked it into the cage.
"I felt we dominated the game," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "We did have a run of about four corners in a row before Makayla scored. That is always sweet!
"Cocalico did have some scary breakaways that the defensive unit denied," she continued. "We had to move Jocelyn Branco to the midfield and drop Jenna Lapp to center back because Kate Smith broke her finger at practice on Monday. Both Branco and Lapp, in combination with Emily Jones, had successful 1 v 1 bouts that eliminated scoring threats," the coach explained.
Both Cocalico and L-S combined to raise funds for ALS research. "Through selling t-shirts and collecting donations at the game, over $700 was raised," lauded Swarr. "We had a player lose an aunt to this horrible disease."
The Pioneers faced their biggest challenge of the week on Thursday opposite Section Two leader, the undefeated Indians of Donegal. The hosts, with a five-goal effort from Mackenzie Allessie (43 goals to date), scored six goals in each half, pushing their season total to 118.
"They are clearly a cut above the rest," said Swarr. "Delaney McCormick played one of her best games in goal and finished with 23 saves."
The football team, opposite a winless Ephrata squad, took care of business Friday night and improved to 4-1 overall, 1-1 in Section Two with a powerful 61-6 victory. And they did it with a balanced attack. Drew Smith (73 yards rushing), Todd Shelley, and Cam Niemeyer (105 yards) each scored two touchdowns with Marc Wilson (76 yards), Joey Underwood (46 yards) and Sebz Hazboun chipping in with one.
"It was the result we expected," said head coach John Manion. "And it was nice to have a game where we could get everyone playing time.
"What we didn't expect was getting nine rushing touchdowns," he added. "We typically throw the football but the ground game was working. We rushed 392 yards on 52 carries."
The Pioneers jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Mounts got on the board. After that, however, L-S ran off six straight touchdowns with Hazboun's 20-yard sprint to the end zone in the fourth quarter being the longest.
"Defensively, Cam D'Imperio played well with eight tackles," said Manion. "He's been like a super sub all year for us and does a great job. Gabe Frederick was also solid on defense and on special teams and Johnny Franklin is giving us more depth on defense."
Mixed results last week left the Pioneer booters with a 4-5 Section Two record and a 6-6 overall mark.
They played a tough first half Tuesday afternoon against second place Elizabethtown (7-2) going scoreless through the first half. But the hosts, with an 8-2 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corners, found the back of the net twice after the break.
Two days later, under the lights in Manheim, L-S fell behind 2-0 in the first half, giving up an own goal in the 39th minute. Both teams scored after the break with Logan Heister putting the visitors on the board.
The game was closer, statistically, than the final score indicates. The Barons (5-4 in Section Two) managed just one more shot and one more corner than the fifth place Pioneers.
In their last regular match of the season, the Pioneer racket team collected its fifth shutout of the season, pushing their overall mark to 8-3.
L-S dominated from start to finish with Larson Kessler and Rachel Marcroft, at No. 1 and Nora Holmes and Hanna Dawson, at No. 3 both recording 8-0 results with Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown chipping in with an 8-2 win.
Singles play followed suit. Kessler posted a second shutout at No. 1 with Marcroft and Brown, playing No. 3 and 4 respectively, both winning 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2, Harnish was a 6-1, 6-1 winner.
In dual meet action last Tuesday at Brubaker Park in New Holland, the Lady Pioneer harriers ran away from the short-handed Spartans, winning easily 15-55, and pushing their league record to 5-0.
Colleen Gilbert (23:18), Kelsey Kimmel (23:20), Olivia Gard (24:52), Kyla Drouillard (25:03) and Danae Ranck (26:13) earned the first five places with Marissa Denlinger (26:24), Micah Gordley (26:35), and Emma Bender (26:37) placing 7th through 9th respectively.
The boys' squad also picked up an easy 15-55 victory and improved to 2-3.
Jansen Miller ran away from the field, clocking an 18:23 and finishing 37 seconds ahead of second place Michael Kuhns. Everett Honert (3rd, 19:07), Noah Pritchard (4th, 19:12) and Josiah McCarthy (5th, 19:16) rounded out the top five counters with David Helms (6th, 19:21) placing 16 seconds ahead of Garden Spot's top runner, Jeremy Risser (7th, 19:37).
Thomas Sellers (19:54), Andrew Pritchard (20:07), Josh Eidemiller (20:14), Colten Morris (20:26), and Nathan Eberly (20:36) rounded out the top 12, placing 8th through 12 respectively.
Having opened the season with five straight matches and after capturing the Ephrata Invitational, the volleyball team was cruising along. Last Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Garden Spot, however, was the third of three straight losses for the Pioneers. They suffered a 3-0 setback against Section Two leader Elizabethtown, dropped a 3-1 result against Section Three leader Lancaster Mennonite (8-1 overall) and last week fell 25-21, 25-11, 25-12 to the second place Spartans (4-1 league, 8-1 overall).
The Spartans were strong at the net with Shawna Zeiset and Taylor Dickson each putting down a dozen kills. Haley Hildenbrand was tops for the Pioneers with 8. She also led with 14 digs. Sami Seador, Emma Cohen, who directed the offense with 21 assists, and Alexa Troiano all recorded one ace and Haley Hoover finished with four blocks.
With home wins over Elizabethtown and Manheim Central, the girls' soccer team ran their winning streak to six straight last week as the second half of the season got underway.
"It was another exciting week for sure," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I think the key to our success has been the leadership of our upper classmen and each girls' commitment to improving their game at the start of each whistle."
Tuesday afternoon the Pioneers swept the series against visiting Elizabethtown in another one goal thriller, 4-3. Having defeated the Bears 3-2 just one week prior, L-S knew this wouldn't be a walk in the park.
In a first half dominated by L-S, the visitors, with just two shots in the first half, actually scored first. A Rachel Wood header got past Bella DiCamilla for the first goal of the game five minutes in. Twelve minutes later, Kendal Ream, with the first of her two goals, evened the score when she collected the rebound of Tobi Harnish's shot that clanked off the right post.
In the 37th minute, L-S finally took the lead when Ream sent a diagonal pass to Hanna Adams who gained control then beat the keeper.
That lead, however, was short-lived as the Bears, just 2-6 in league play, made good on a handball foul in the box with under two minutes left in the half.
The second half was more of the same. E-town again went in front, finding the back of the net in the 61st minute but L-S countered with not one, but two goals to pull away for good. Ream tied the game with less than three minutes remaining and Sarah Doutrich recorded the game-winner, collecting Tara Wehibe's rebound that hit the crossbar.
The win pushed the Pioneer record to 6-2 and in second place behind section leader Ephrata.
Thursday they battled the third place Barons and again delivered, this time notching a 2-1 final that kept them in front of Manheim in the standings.
With both teams notching second half tallies, it was Ream's goal in the 11th minute that proved to be the difference. Up 1-0 at the half, Ream scored again in the 47th minute for a two-goal cushion. Not to be denied, Manheim prevented the shutout when Olivia Kuster scored with 11 minutes left. That was the closest they would get as the Pioneers, with an 8-4 edge in shots, denied the visitors down the stretch.
"The girls want to win and come each game with the mentality that they absolutely can as long as they play as a team and for the team," Lebo stated.
Six members of the golf team traveled to Honeybrook Golf Club last Monday to compete in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships with hopes of qualifying for the District Three tournament. Two of them met the qualifying standard and extended their season.
Freshman Katherine Lapinski carded the fifth lowest score of the day, an 87 on the par 70 course, and met the qualifying target of 14. Senior teammate Shannon Campbell also turned in a solid outing, finishing in the four-way tie with the sixth lowest tally of the day, an 89.
The boys' needed an 81 to advance and the closest L-S got was Andrew Fink, who finished as the second AAA alternate with an 82.
Patrick Holmes, a junior, finished with 83 while seniors Eric Buck and Ryan Smith finished at 87 and 88 respectively.
Pioneer Booters Score Six Goals, Have 2-1 Week September 25, 2017
With a total of 6 goals scored last week the Pioneer booters (3-3-0) moved into a tie for fourth place in the Section Two standings with two wins and one loss.
Despite being outshot 15-11, but with a balanced attack, they opened the week with a dominating 4-1 result at Garden Spot. Mason Knarr tallied his first goal of the season and put the Pioneers on the board in the third minute. Three minutes later it was a 2-0 advantage as Derek Eckman found the back of the net. The hosts cut that lead in half with a goal in the 39th minute.
The Pioneer defense buckled down in the second half and the offense got goals from Parker Owens and Nate Erb to pull away. Willem Krantz and Logan Heister contributed assists and keeper Paul Keller racked up 14 saves.
At home on Wednesday the Pioneers suffered their fourth shutout of the season in a 1-0 final against Cocalico. The Eagles have given up just four goals to date and denied the L-S offense who has generated 13 goals.
In Quarryville Saturday morning the booters outshot the hosting Mules 15-5, held a 9-3 advantage in corners and posted a shutout. Chase Petersheim scored in the 29th minute and Knarr added the insurance goal just nine minutes into the second half.
Paul Keller recorded his third shutout of the season with five saves.
They tennis team improved to 3-2 in league play last week, working a solid 6-1 win over Manheim Central and a 5-2 nod over Elco before dropping a tough 3-2 loss to Donegal Thursday.
"I credit the girls and their positive attitudes," said head coach Susan Rettew. "They showed great resilience after the Catholic loss and returned to the courts the next day with determination.
"Not having Sarah Capoferri (injury) this year was a disappointment, but the girls worked diligently and I could not be more proud of what they've accomplished so far.
"We had many hard-fought battles against Elco," she added. "Three of the four singles games went into tie-break."
The going was a bit tougher against Donegal. L-S got off to a strong start when Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown defeated Mariah Forrey and Lyla Naqvi 8-3 at No. 2 doubles and Rachel Marcroft teamed with K Mast for a tight 8-6 win over Grace Wheeler and M Murphy at No.3.
In singles play, however, the Indians held the upper hand, winning three of four. Marcroft pulled out the only win, defeating Forrey 6-6 (7-1), 6-0 while Sami Williams, at No. 4, dropped a heart-breaker 7-6 (4), 6-7 (8), 10-8.
In non-league play Friday, the locals topped Ephrata 5-2 with a sweep in doubles and singles wins by Marcroft and Brown.
The gridiron team took a 3-0 record to Manheim Friday night to face another 3-0 squad in the league opener. Despite taking a 13-7 halftime lead, the Pioneers struggled after the break, giving up 28 third quarter points and suffering an eventual 41-20 loss to the Barons.
"We took care of the ball in the first half and played good defense," said head coach John Manion. "But second half turnovers and offensive penalties were the difference in the second half. Plus their size wore us down."
After outgaining the Barons 215-55 and turning the ball over once in the first half, L-S had five turnovers in the second half, including four interceptions and were flagged for 97 yards in penalties.
A fumble on the third play of the game led to a quick 7-0 Baron advantage. After that, L-S dominated. A 5-yard TD pass from Todd Shelly to Marc Wilson tied the game and Peyton Denlinger added two field goals in the second quarter for a 13-7 Pioneer lead.
"Peyton was 2-2 in field goals and 2-2 in extra points," said Manion. "He's a weapon."
Just 13 ticks into the second half Tyler Flick raced 80-yard for a touchdown and two plays later the Barons returned an interception for another TD, extending the lead to 21-13.
L-S scored its only TD of the half with a 69-yard strike from Shelley to Cam Niemeyer (7 carries, 185-yards), cutting the lead to 21-20. The Barons, however, finished with three unanswered scores and the win.
"For the second week in a row, Drew Smith was our leading rusher with 48 yards on 14 carries," noted Manion. "Gabe Frederick, in his first start, finished with 8 tackles and did a great job. Damian Rosa followed with 7."
Kris Pirozzi added 95-yards on eight carries.
Playing three games in five days, the hockey team racked up ten goals, two wins and improved to 4-3 in Section Two and 7-3 overall.
Against a three-win Ephrata squad on Monday, the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on a Laura Horner goal with 1:45 left in the half and Julia Smecker tallied what proved to be the game-winner with 24:15 left in regulation. The Mountaineers cut that lead in half about four minutes later but couldn't break through the Pioneer defense after that.
"Ephrata is always a battle for us," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "And sometimes the turf can work against us. We put Hanna Garber on their leading scorer (Megan Mahlandt, 9 goals) to try to limit her ball contact. Her basketball skills proved to be helpful as we were able to keep her away from the ball."
Julz Garber and Jocelyn Branco were credited with assists.
Horner's hat trick Wednesday afternoon sparked a 4-0 shutout over hosting Solanco. Horner and Chloe Blantz, who blasted a beautiful goal off a corner insert from Makayla Malcolm, both scored first half goals. Horner handled the second half scoring, finding the back of the cage in less than a minute and again with 9:57 left.
"Horner is a strong forward who will stop at nothing," said Swarr. "That was our first hat trick of the season."
The biggest game of the week was in Elizabethtown on Friday. The Bears (5-2-0) solidified third place in the standings with a high scoring 6-4 final.
The Bears took charge in the first half, jumping out to a 3-1 advantage and both teams traded goals after the break. "Every time we scored, they answered with another goal," Swarr stated.
Literally. L-S cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal by Horner at 11:09. Just over 2:30 later E-town answered. Horner scored again at 16:57 and E-town followed 2:33 later. Blantz tallied Lampeter's final goal at the 22:02 mark and the Bears had the final say at 25:11.
Malcolm, Daisy Frank, Jenna Lapp and Smucker contributed with assists.
"Daisy and Hanna had several beautiful give and go combos and Julia and Laura moved the ball down the field with speed," Swarr pointed out. "I was thrilled with the number of our corners (13 to ET's 8), but, for the first time this season, they didn't work for us."
In makeup action last Wednesday the harrier teams went a combined 3-1 in tri-meet action at Donegal. The girls' squad ran their record to 5-0 with wins over Cocalico (20-43) and Donegal (18-37) while the boys' split, notching a 24-36 result against Donegal before bowing out 19-36 to the Eagles. The boys are currently 2-3.
The girls earned five of the top seven places to pull away from the competition. Kelsey Kimmel and Colleen Gilbert ran second (22:08) and third (22:12) respectively while Sarah Capoferri (5th, 22:58), Olivia Gard (6th, 23:29) and Kyla Drouillard (7th, 24:36) rounded out the top five.
Jansen Miller earned the top finish for the boys, placing 3rd overall in 17:57. The rest of the team pretty much ran in a pack but they did so behind four Cocalico runners. David Helms (18:53), Michael Kuhns (18:59), Noah Pritchard (19:10), Josiah McCarthy (19:11) and Everett Honert (19:18) placed 9th through 13th respectively.
The teams were coming off the Ben Blouser Invitational held at Big Springs HS, the site of the District Three championships.
"It was hot and a hard course," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "But we did have a medal-winner. That's a big accomplishment in a hard race against good competition."
Pritchard earned the highest finish for the locals, placing in the medal round (28th, 17:28). Miller also cracked the top 50, finishing 32nd in 17:34. Kuhns (90th, 18:38), McCarthy (116th, 18:58) and Helms (121th, 19:04) rounded out the top five in a field of 387.
Gilbert pushed to the front of the pack for the girls, placing 37th in 21:17 with Kimmel (21:51) and Capoferri (21:54) taking 50th and 51st respectively. Gard (89th, 23:19) and Drouillard (24:34) rounded out the top five. A total of 327 runners competed.
Faced with must-win games as the league playoffs loom ahead, the girls' soccer team piled up four wins and improved to 5-2 in Section Two behind Central (5-1) and Ephrata (7-0).
"It was a great week," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Garden Spot was low on players because of injuries which helped us find playing time for many of our girls."
The Pioneers used second half goals by Toby Harnish and Maddy Stabinger with assists from Hannah Adams and Sarah Doutrich to secure a 2-0 shutout.
Cocalico was a battle that the Pioneers survived 2-1 on Wednesday. Danielle DiPace scored midway through the first half but the Eagles tied the game a quick three minutes into the second half. Kendal Ream, with six minutes left, provided the win with a sweet header.
"And we finally finished our game against Elizabethtown," said Lebo. "We were up 2-0 with 14 minutes left to play in the first half. They opened with a PK but we showed real grit and heart to rise above with a 3-2 win."
Hannah Adams, with a rocket from the top of the 18, provided the game-winner.
Saturday morning, behind a hat trick by Adams, the Pioneers handled visiting Solanco 6-1. Ream (1a), Doutrich and Emma Houck also provided goals while DiPace, Adams and Tara Wehibe were credited with assists.
The volleyball team had a rough go last week, working just one win in three attempts, all at home, and falling into a tie for second place at 3-1 with Garden Spot.
The action opened on Monday when the Pioneers topped Penn Manor 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 23-15, 15-8).
"We gave up too many points, missing five serves, hitting four balls out of bounds and giving up two points on passing errors, in that fourth set," noted head coach Zach Smith. "We need to continue to work hard at putting teams out when we have them down. We have a tendency to let teams stick around when we're up 2-0."
Sami Seador served up a match-high six aces and Emily Cohen's 40 assists were also match-high. Hailey Hildenbrand put down 10 kills and added one block and Alex Troiano finished with 13 digs.
"The serve receive passing from Sami and Hailey was excellent," lauded Smith.
Home again on Tuesday, the Pioneers fell 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-22) to Elizabethtown (4-0).
"E-town made very few errors," Smith stated. "We did have flashes of great play but just did not execute running our offense to the best of our ability."
Troiano was solid at the net with 10 kills and steady on defense with 15 digs. E. Cohen recorded 26 assists and, along with Seador, Abbie Powell and Becca Cohen, served one assist. Haley Hoover chipped in with 5 blocks.
Lancaster Mennonite, 4-0 in Section Three, took a two set advantage before L-S pulled out a 25-22 set 3 win. The momentum, however, wasn't enough and the Blazers finished out with a 25-14 effort.
Troiano again led with kills, putting down 11 while Hoover finished with three blocks. Seador's 18 digs were a match-high as were E. Cohen's 33 assists. B. Cohen added two assists.
L-S Harrier Teams Race To 3-0 Start September 18, 2017
The harrier teams opened their season last Tuesday on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College. The girls' squad cruised to 3-0 with solid wins over the hosts, Lancaster Catholic 17-50, as well as Lancaster Mennonite 18-46 and Elco 20-46.
In what was a three girl race for the bulk of the competition, Elco's Lily Brubaker pulled away at the end, winning in 20:28. Colleen Gilbert (20:31) and Kelsey Kimmel (20:37) settled for second and third respectively. Former tennis standout Sarah Capoferri finished fourth overall in 21:21 and Olivia Gard (22:17) rounded out the top five in seventh place.
"Sarah is recovering from a shoulder injury," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "I feel badly that she isn't able to play tennis but super happy that she has something to fill that spot and at which to be successful."
The boys' squad had a rougher go of it, coming away with just one win, a 21-40 result against Catholic High. Their two losses, however, were nail-biters, falling short 29-30 to LMH and 25-30 to Elco.
"The boys ran hard and were hoping for better results but Elco and LMH are strong teams," stated Cunningham.
Jansen Miller and Noah Pritchard finished 5th (17:10) and 6th (17:12) respectively with Josiah McCarthy (12th, 17:38) and Everett Honert (13th, 17:41) following. David Helms clocked an 18 flat and placed 15th overall as Lampeter's final counter.
"We had a good number of athletes train a lot over the summer and that hard work has paid off with times that were much faster this year than the beginning of the season last year," noted Cunningham.
"The team has chosen STRIDE as their theme (sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, integrity, determination and encouragement," she added. "We have discussed how to put those words into practice and positive action have occurred as a result. Also, we are "running for Gunner" again this year. Gunner is a 4-year old little boy with multiple disabilities due to a brain injury at birth."
After a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Central and a lopsided defeat by Donegal, the lady booters gained a little momentum and confidence with shutout wins over Section Three's Lancaster Mennonite and a winless Lebanon squad last week.
"I was happy with our 4-0 win over LMH," said head coach Emily Lebo of the Monday game. "They're a pretty talented squad. That win was not given to us and it was nice to have after that loss to Donegal."
Maddy Stabinger led the charge with two goals and one assist while both Hannah Adams and Kendal Ream added one goal and one assist.
One day later the Pioneers were back on the pitch. They scored nine goals on 31 shots and kept the Cedars pinned in the backfield.
"A game like this is a good opportunity to get everyone time on the field," Lebo said.
Ream and Adams collected two goals and dished out one assist each while Lizzie Adams also notched a pair of goals to pace the attack. Emma Gochenaur, Danielle Dipace, and Sarah Doutrich (1a) also found the back of the net while Morgan Wilson and Jackie Schultz added single assists.
Thursday night's game in Ephrata was the biggest challenge of the week. And while the Pioneers hung with the Mounts, the final outcome was a 2-1 nod in the home team's favor.
A goal by Adams, assisted by Stabinger, knotted the score in the first half. The Mounts tallied the game-winner midway through the second half.
"Ephrata is undefeated in the league and they're a fast team," Lebo said. "Speed is not our strength. The ball just didn't bounce our way," she added.
"We have the talent but we need to get the results. I don't think anyone can count us out as long as we keep improving."
With one match left in the regular season, the Pioneer golfers sit comfortably in second place in the Section Two standings (24-8) behind undefeated Cocalico (36-0) and four games ahead of Manheim Central.
At Tanglewood last Tuesday afternoon, the locals, with four in the top 12, went 4-2 on the day, suffering only their second loss of the season to the Barons (350-354). Cocalico carded a 336. Solanco followed with a 359.
Andrew Fink carded the third lowest score of the day, an 84, and was Lampeter's top finisher. Eric Buck followed with an 88 and both Ryan Smith and Pat Holmes checked in with 91's.
The tennis team earned its third straight shutout, fourth overall, against Columbia last Monday. Larson Kessler and Rachel Marcroft got things going with an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown earned a shutout at No. 2 and Columbia forfeited the third doubles.
In singles play, Kessler collected a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brooke Haldeman and Erin Harnish won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 while Marcroft and Brown secured shutouts at No. 3 and 4 respectively.
Friday afternoon the Pioneers went up against undefeated Lancaster Catholic and were dealt their first shutout loss of the season, and second overall.
After winning each of their first four games, the Pioneers were dealt their first loss of the season at the hands of Donegal last Monday afternoon.
"They were definitely the better team," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Mackenzie Allessie, their leading scorer (18 goals), is tough to defend on corners. She scored four times. We actually had more opportunities to score than I expected."
The Indians piled up 26 shots and 17 corners and scored four times in each half.
"Makayla Malcom was a definite standout," Swarr pointed out. "She was up and down the field with speed and determination.
"My team played with heart and determination," she added. "I was impressed that we were able to stick with their tempo - they are a powerhouse."
Things didn't get any easier on Wednesday as the Pioneers traveled to Manheim and came home with a 6-1 loss.
"This was a tough one," said Swarr. "I did not expect that big of a spread. The turf was on their side as we had trouble adjusting to their constant cutting to the ball. But it was great to score off a corner when we were down," she continued. "I'm all about playing to the end."
Hannah Garber, assisted by Abby Thorius, prevented the shutout midway through the second half.
"While we did get scored on these past two games our defense prevented many other possible scores," Swarr pointed out. "Our corner defense (Jocelyn Branco, Kate Smith, Amelia Cope, Daisy Frank and Abby Thorius and Julz Garber on the fly) is solid.
"I am pleased with the leadership of centerback Kate Smith. She has patience and timing. And Abby Thorius is on fire," she continued. "She can play anywhere."
The Pioneers got back on track Friday afternoon, improving to 2-2 in Section Two and 5-2 overall with a 4-0 shutout over winless Garden Spot.
"It was nice to see a lot of offensive play," said Swarr. "Our corners are coming together."
Thorius sparked the offense with a pair of goals. J. Garber added one goal and two assists, H. Garber scored once and Laura Horner dished out two assists.
Delaney McCormick earned her first varsity shutout with five saves.
"We were without Jenna Lapp (injured) this week," Swarr commented. "It will be fabulous to have her back. She is the core member of our midfield."
Last week's three game schedule, including games against a pair of section leaders, resulted in one win and two losses for the boys soccer team.
They opened the week against Section Three leader Lancaster Mennonite on Monday. The Blazers rode a pair of first half goals to victory.
On the road again Tuesday, the Pioneers survived Cedar Crest, 2-1 under the lights in Cornwall.
Nate Erb's unassisted goal in the 29th minute knotted the score at 1-1 while Jordan Sweger's effort 17 minutes later provided the edge the visitors needed.
Paul Keller recorded five saves to earn the victory.
At home on Thursday the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with section leader and undefeated Ephrata for 92 minutes but fell short in the upset, 2-1.
The Mounts, with a slight 12-10 edge in shots, took the early lead but the Pioneers, winning the corner battle 10-5, knotted the score on a goal by Logan Heister, assisted by Erb, in the 48th minute. Neither squad, however, gained the advantage through the remainder of regulation or the first overtime. Then, just two minutes into the second extra period, Ephrata's Andrey Patrushev scored the game-winner, leaving the Pioneers tied for third place in Section Two at 2-2.
A pair of 3-1 victories last week leave the girls' volleyball team tied with Elizabethtown at the top of the section standings at 3-0.
The Pioneers opened the week at Ephrata on Tuesday night and rode a 16 kill, 19 dig effort by Alex Troiano to a four game victory. The girls, with 16 kills against just two errors in the first set, took an early 25-22 lead.
"We hit almost .400 as a team in that first set but struggled to pick up the easy dumps and rolls," said head coach Zach Smith. "We made some adjustments and won the second set 25-14."
The Mounts rallied in the third set while the Pioneers relaxed and the 25-23 final went to Ephrata.
"They were swinging hard in that third set so we changed our defense a bit to accommodate where they were scoring," said Smith. "We came out with more energy and the defensive adjustment worked. We led from start to finish, gave up just four errors and won 25-15.
"Alex, Becca Cohen, Betsy Brenneman and Haley Hoover all hit over .400 which is off the charts," lauded Smith. "And Abby Powell has been coming off the bench with consistent serving, keeping teams out of system."
Cohen directed the offense with 52 assists and added five blocks along with Brenneman and Hoover. Sarah Stoltzfus, Sami Seador and Powell each served four aces.
Thursday the Pioneers hosted Solanco and rallied from a 25-9 first set loss with three straight (25-15, 25-13, 25-17).
"I take responsibility for that first loss," said Smith. "We went with a new lineup to start some girls that are not usually starters and we did not prepare for that in practice.
"Individually, Emma Cohen (20 assists) rallied off 11 aces and kept their offense tamed," Smith noted. "Betsy hit over .800 with 11 kills. This could only be done with the help of our excellent serve receive and defensive play. We took care of the ball and were in complete control."
B. Cohen chipped in with two blocks and Stoltzfus added 18 digs.
Peyton Denlinger's 31-yard field goal with no time on the clock, tied Friday night's game with Conestoga Valley at 44-44 and gave the Pioneers momentum heading into overtime.
That advantage led to a 57-54 double-OT win over the Bucks and secured for the Pioneers their seventh straight Lampeter Bowl victory.
L-S scored first in the OT period with Todd Shelley's 13-yard strike to Kris Pirozzi. CV countered with a 10-yard TD run and then pushed ahead with a 22 yard field goal. The visitors, however, had the final say when Shelly connected for his sixth TD of the night, a 10-yarder to Marc Wilson (120 yards rushing) for the win.
Shelly finished with 411 passing yards while CV's Tanner Schwilk netted 455. Cam Niemeyer finished with 213 yards receiving for L-S.
Up 7-0 in the first quarter, the Pioneers gave up three straight TD's and fell behind 23-17 at the break. After a 7-7 third quarter, L-S found its groove and worked its way back to knot the score with a 20-14 fourth quarter advantage.
In addition to the 31-yard game-tying field goal, Denlinger connected on a 42-yarder and successfully booted five PATs.
L-S Golfers Go 5-1, Remain in Second Place September 11, 2017
Thursday afternoon at Fox Chase Golf Course the Pioneer golfers earned four of the top 12 places and finished 5-1 on the day, pushing their overall record to 24-6. Their 349 team score finished second behind section leader Cocalico (29-1).
"Last year we beat Cocalico by one game to win the section title," recalled head coach Mike Chiodo. "This year they're just a little better than us. We have two matches left and even if we beat them in both, we still won't catch them because no one else will beat them."
Playing No. 1, Andrew Fink finished in a four-way tie for second place with an 81. Ryan Smith (85), Eric Buck (90) and Pat Holmes (93) rounded out the scoring.
"Andrew has improved over last year," said Chiodo. "He's been steady for us. The rest of the guys just haven't been quite as consistent. We've been getting two solid scores a match and we need four to beat Cocalico this year."
Rounding out Lampeter's top eight are freshman Katie Lapinski and seniors Shannon Campbell, Ryan Floyd and Josh Howells.
"They're a great group of kids and they're working at it," Chiodo said.
Despite turning the ball over five times, the Pioneer defense put enough pressure on Penn Manor's quarterback to help pull out a 25-21 thriller this past Friday night in Lampeter.
"You don't typically win a game when you turn the ball over as much as we did," said Pioneer boss John Manion. "Our defense did a nice job. It was a rough week with weather and shortened practices and injuries. But when things weren't going our way, we rebounded. We were resilient."
It was actually the Pioneer defense that put the Pioneers up early. A Cam D'Imperio sack of Comets QB Josiah Edwards in the end zone with 2:59 left in the first quarter gave L-S an early 2-0 advantage.
That and a 23-yard field goal by Peyton Denlinger in the third quarter proved to be the difference as both teams managed three touchdowns through the final three quarters.
The hosts pushed out to a 9-0 advantage early in the second quarter on Todd Shelley's five yard strike to Kris Pirozzi. Denlinger's PAT was good.
Manor closed the gap in the final seconds of the opening half. Michael Brown's interception with 4:44 on the clock set up a nine-yard keeper by Edwards, cutting the lead to 9-7 at the break.
The Comets got off to a good start in the second half. Jacob Hollinger fell on yet another L-S fumble, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to Michael Morris.
That lead, however, was short-lived. L-S answered back when Shelley found a wide open Connor Blantz in the corner of the end zone, putting the home team in front 15-14. A 23-yard field goal by Denlinger with 16 seconds left in the quarter extended the lead to 18-14.
Both teams turned the ball over to start the fourth quarter. Manor capitalized on Ben Wright's fumble recovery when Edwards hit Taraje Whitfield with a 38-yard strike and Liam Hart cashed in on the PAT kick with 10:27 left.
Lampeter quickly countered. Marc Wilson's 54-yard run up the middle put the home team on the one-yard line and Shelley followed with a two-yard toss over the top to Alex Knapp.
"Offensively, we're not close to where we want to be but we're moving in the right direction," said Manion. "Marc Wilson did a nice job, rushing 121 yards on 13 carries, Connor Blantz added four catches for 77 yards and Kris Pirozzi had six catches for 48 yards.
"Defensively, our linebacking core played quick," he added. "Cody Reiff (9 tackles), Christian Garver (4 tackles), Tim Dewalt (6 tackles) and Damian Rosa (6 tackles and a sack) put a lot of pressure on their quarterback. And Shawn Thomas stepped in for his first start at guard and did a great job."
With a pair of convincing wins under their belt, the field hockey team opened Section Two play last Thursday night in Denver where they continued their dominating play with a solid 3-1 win over Cocalico.
The Pioneers (3-1) were coming off a crushing 8-0 result against Pequea Valley Tuesday where seven different players contributed at the offensive end. Newcomer Julia Smecker sparked a 6-0 first half with a pair of goals. Lexi Glass, Jocelyn Branco, Hanna Garber, Megan Brenneman, Laura Horner and freshman Chloe Blantz added one goal each. Daisy Frank, also a freshman, chipped in with two assists.
The Pioneer defense denied the Braves in both shots and corners and the keepers, Delaney McCormick and Alexis Garrett did not need to make a single save.
"We got off to a slow start as the grass was awful," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "But our goals came from all over, from freshmen and seniors! We finished with 32 shots and 14 corners."
Efficiency at the offensive end proved to be the difference Thursday night. The visitors held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal, were outcornered 6-5 yet jumped out to a two goal lead in the first half. Julz Garber and Frank found the back of the cage within two minutes of each other for a quick advantage late in the half. Midway through the second half, Horner made it 3-0. Abby Thorius and Hanna Garber were credited with assists.
The Eagles scored in the 27th minute.
"Every year we lose talented players; last year was no exception," said Swarr. "Losing Autumn Peters (playing at Millersville) in goal will be our biggest hole to fill. However, we have filled those spots and I am pleased with our progress. We have changed our formation in hopes of being a more offensive threat and being able to transfer the ball more effectively," she continued. "Of course, we are still working on our timing and adjusting to the various surfaces we play on. I don't feel we have really capitalized on our corners and our scoring opportunities so far.
"Defensively, we really have to communicate and work together as we are inexperienced in the backfield," added Swarr.
Under first year head coach Zach Smith, the volleyball team, behind a match-high nine kills from Troiano, opened league play with a solid 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23) victory at Manheim Central last Tuesday.
"Down two, Manheim came out determined in the third set and we were a little relaxed," said Smith. "Halfway through the second set we subbed a lot so the starters came out a little slower in that third set and we actually found ourselves down for the first time in the match, 15-14. Later in the match, sophomore Abby Powell came in to serve and ran off five straight points to help us pull out the win."
Highlighting defensive play at the net was Betsy Brenneman's six blocks.
On the road again Thursday, Emily Cohen dished out 37 assists, 15 of which Alexa Troiano converted into kills, but it wasn't quite enough as Lancaster Mennonite pulled out a 3-2 thriller.
After falling behind 25-22 in the first set, L-S rebounded with the most lopsided win of the night, a dominating 25-6 second set. The Blazers were unfazed and won 25-20 to go back in front. Determined, L-S put forth another solid effort and controlled the fourth set 25-14 to set up the finale. Unfortunately, the momentum failed to carry over as LMH regrouped for a 16-14 set win to secure the 'W'.
Becca Cohen recorded three aces and both Brenneman and Haley Hoover added two blocks.
"Overall we were plus 20 points for the match," noted Smith. "We just need to put everything together in each set and we will be a different team.
"We were down 10-5 in that fifth set but worked our way back to a 14-14 tie. Then our own errors were costly," he added. "We have a young team, with just three seniors, but the team dynamic has been great. The LMH loss was a humbling moment and will motivate us to continue to work hard at practice and grow as a team."
That hard work continued and paid off Saturday as the Pioneers captured the Ephrata Invitational. Ironically, the girls faced Lancaster Mennonite in the finals and avenged their five-set loss with a 25-19, 27-25 win to capture the tourney crown.
After opening the season with a 1-0 overtime victory over Penn Manor on September 1, the Pioneers found themselves playing three games last week and improved to 3-1 overall by winning two of those contests.
Tuesday's battle against visiting Elizabethtown was closer than the 2-0 loss would indicate. The Pioneers held a 6-2 advantage in corners and almost matched the Bears in shots on goal, 5-4. However, after 53 minutes the game was called due to weather.
At home again Thursday against Manheim Central, L-S took care of business early. Logan Heister scored in the 26th minute and Nate Erb cashed in 23 minutes into the second half with what proved to be the game winner as the Barons snuck one past Paul Keller (3 saves) to prevent the shutout. Derek Eckman provided an assist.
Saturday afternoon, Eckman's unassisted goal in the 72nd minute proved to be all the offense the Pioneers would need against the visiting Streaks of Manheim Township. Despite giving up seven corners and five shots, the Pioneer defense was up to the task and provided the shutout behind Keller's five saves.
Five matches into the season, the girls' tennis squad is 4-1 with three shutouts under first year head coach Susan Rettew. After blanking Solanco on August 31, the Pioneers worked a second straight shutout, dominating Northern Lebanon in a match that saw the Vikings take just two games.
"All the credit for our successes lies solely with the girls and the great coaching from Joe Miller and Madonna Hufnagle," said Rettew. "All of our varsity players were on the team last year but are in new positions this season. Larson Kessler has moved up to play No. 1 and Erin Harnish, Rachel Marcroft, Sami Williams and Izzy Brown have all moved forward and are proving to be a formidable lineup."
Kessler, Harnish, Marcroft and Williams all posted straight set shutouts against the Vikings and almost matched that effort in doubles.
Kessler and Williams, at No. 1, and Marcroft and Nora Holmes, playing No. 3, both won 8-1 while at No. 2 Harnish and Brown worked a shutout, 8-0.
"Sierra Stoltzfus went down with an ankle injury but Nora Holmes stepped up nicely," Rettew noted.
The girls soccer team held a 3-1 edge in corners but were outshot 13-4 by the Barons in last Thursday nights league opener. And after a scoreless first half, Manheim broke through with the game-winner in the 63rd minute.
Junior keeper Bella DiCamillo recorded ten saves.
In their first home game of the season, the girls fell behind 2-0 in the first half against Donegal on Saturday. Though they scored twice after the break, the Section Three Indians found the back of the net three more times in a 5-2 loss.
Kendal Ream's goal just two minutes into the second half cut the lead to 2-1 but it wasn't enough momentum. The Barons scored three unanswered goals to take control. Ream notched her second goal with four minutes left to play. Emma Gochnauer and Maddy Stabinger were credited with assists. DiCamillo and Olivia Vranich combined for five saves in the loss.
Lady Pioneers Advance to PIAA Semifinals June 12, 2017
For the second year in a row, the Lampeter-Strasburg girls' softball team finds itself in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. They did it last week with wins over Archbishop Wood and Bishop Shanahan and with a juggled lineup.
"I wasn't sure we'd win two state games with our best hitter out with a concussion," said head coach Gene Charles. "The team really stepped up."
With third baseman Hanna Garber on the bench, centerfielder Jordan Kondras moved to the infield, Summer Peters stepped into the outfield and the Pioneers got back to their winning ways.
After suffering back-to-back losses to Spring Grove, 10-3 in the District Three Class 5A semifinals, and Donegal, 4-1 in the third place seeding game, the Pioneers broke out the bats and toppled District 12 champ Archbishop Wood 15-5. And they did it after a three hour delay.
Scheduled for a 5 pm start, the Pioneers never took the field at Arcadia University until 8 pm due to weather delays in the earlier games. They shook off a 1-1 tie, took the lead for good with a single run in the second inning and never looked back.
A full count RBI double by Caroline Braungard pushed in Natalie Carson, who led off with a single, for Lampeter's go-ahead run.
Both teams pushed in two third inning runs but the Pioneers started to pull away with a four spot in the top of the fourth. With two outs, and the bases loaded, Kylie Weaver crushed a bases clearing triple and raced home on an errant throw on the play, pushing the lead to 8-3.
The Vikings, who helped L-S along by committing eight errors, scored just two more runs over the final four innings. The Pioneers, on the other hand, plated two in the sixth and, after the Vikings left the bases loaded in the sixth, pushed across five more in the seventh to deny Archbishop Wood a shot at the quarterfinals.
Braungard started the seventh with a single to left. Julz Garber put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown over first. With one out, Kondras cracked a two run base hit, pushing in Braungard and Garber. Brynn Baker came through with a single to left field and both scored on Delaney Groff's double. Natalie Carson's grounder to third was misplayed and pinch hitter Jordan Graybill pushed in the final run with a fielder's choice.
"It was good to get the bats going again," said Charles. "We knew they had a good pitcher. She struck out 18 in their district championship game but we showed some patience at the plate."
The Pioneers struck out seven times but their 15 hits, coupled with the Vikings' loose defense, more than made up for it.
The Vikings looked to threaten in the bottom of the seventh, connecting for three base hits, but a pop out, a strikeout and a pickoff at first base ended the game.
Groff struck out five, walked three and scattered 12 hits in picking up the win. She also helped her cause at the plate with two base hits, including a double, and two RBI.
Thursday's quarterfinals action found the Pioneers at Avon Grove High School where they found themselves in a back-and-fourth game with Bishop Shanahan and pulled out a 5-4 thriller with a sixth inning two-run double by J. Garber.
"To come from behind not once, but twice," said Charles, "tells me where the mentality of our team is right now. But I knew they had a dominating pitcher. She needed just one strikeout to hit 300 and she did that against our first batter. We didn't hit through the first three innings but then we finally got going and I think they got flustered a bit."
Shanahan opened the scoring with a manufactured run in the second inning. L-S batted around in the bottom of the fourth and took a 3-1 lead.
Delaney Baker doubled to right and scored on a close play at the plate on Groff's single past third. Carson's single to right field gave L-S the lead.
With two outs, Weaver walked and Braungard, batting ninth, hit a two strike dribbler that barely got out of the batter's box. It was ruled fair and loaded the bases.
J. Garber followed with a four pitch walk that extended Lampeter's advantage.
A pop out ended the inning with the bases loaded.
The Eagles went back in front with a three spot in the sixth, sending eight to the plate. They got to Groff for five hits, three earned runs and snatched the lead, 4-3.
L-S quickly answered. B. Baker singled with one out, Weaver doubled to the left field fence and Braungard worked a full count walk to load the bases.
"I was concerned when they grabbed the lead," said Charles. "But the girls responded with clutch hits. I thought about bunting Weaver but something told me to let her swing. That was a huge hit, especially since she's been struggling."
Garber, the freshman lefty, calmly stepped to the plate and stroked a two run double that gave L-S the lead, 5-4.
Groff (5K, 2W, 8H) gave up a two out single in the top of the seventh but a fly ball out to Kate Rohrer in right field pushed the Pioneers to the semifinals where they will meet Donegal for the fifth and final time this season.
"Groffie threw one of her better games," noted Charles. "She hit her spots and battled out there. I'm proud of the way she's been throwing.
"Now we face a team that's beaten us three straight times," he said of Donegal. "And there's a lot on the line. The girls need to believe that they can beat this team. They did it once. They can do it again."
Pioneer Softballers Finish 4th in Districts June 5, 2017
For just the second time this season, the Lampeter-Strasburg girls' softball dropped back-to-back games as they moved deeper into the post-season. Last Tuesday the top seeded Pioneers faced Spring Grove in the District Three Class 5A semifinals at Messiah College. The Rockets scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back in hanging a 10-3 loss on the top seeeded Pioneers.
"Those first two runs were a gift," said head coach Gene Charles. "The face of the matter is, we committed six errors which is very uncharacteristic of us. Things just snowballed and the game got away from us."
With two outs, and a runner on due to an error, Spring Grove's seventh batter cracked a high popup that dropped behind the pitcher. Then a full count hit to right field was misplayed, allowing two runs to score.
The fifth seed Rockets batted around in the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits, including two doubles, and another error, extending the lead to 7-0.
L-S countered with a solo run in the bottom half. Julz Garber doubled to the fence in left center. Hanna Garber bunted for a base hit and with one out, Delaney Groff's sac fly put the Pioneers on the board.
The Rockets went three up, three down in the fifth and L-S cut the lead to 7-3 with a pair in the bottom half. Kylie Weaver reached on a one out error. Caroline Braungard singled and Weaver scored on a Jordan Kondras base hit. J. Garber bunted to load the bags and H. Garber's sac fly to center field plated the second run.
The Pioneers turned their second double play of the game in the top of the sixth and looked to close the gap even further in the bottom half with two out singles by Brynn Baker and Weaver but both were left stranded.
Spring Grove jumped on the opportunity, taking advantage of a pair of errors and a base hit, and loaded the bases in the top of the seventh. A sac fly, a base hit and a passed ball gave them three more runs and capped the scoring.
"I thought we hit the ball well (9 hits) and we had baserunners so we did have chances to get back in it," noted Charles. "I don't think the score is indicative of the game. I don't believe they're seven runs better."
Groff started in the circle and worked the first four innings. Brynne Baker tossed the last three.
The loss left the Pioneers with a seeding game against a more than familiar foe in Donegal on Thursday at Garrett Park in Willow Street. L-S topped Donegal 3-1 on April 3 but the Indians came back to win the next two, 6-1 on April 28, and 10-2 on May 10. They made it three in a row last Thursday in the third place seeding game, winning 4-1.
"This had all the feelings of a spring training game," said Charles. "Win or lose, we knew we were getting a district champ in the opening round of states."
The Pioneers felt confident taking an early lead on Delaney Baker's two out bloop single over short. That lead, however, was short-lived as Donegal scored all the runs they would need in the second inning, cashing in on a two out, two RBI triple by McKenna Berg. They pushed in one more in the third and another in the seventh as added insurance.
L-S (20-6), on the other hand, finished with five hits, and just couldn't get one to fall in when they needed it. After the first inning they sent four batters to the plate in the second, third and fourth, left two runners on in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh.
Donegal connected for 12 hits and left the bases loaded in the third.
"I thought we were going to catch them with that early run," said Charles. "But they battled back, as they always do. We kept fighting to get back in it.
"It was a good tune-up game for states, for both teams," he continued. "I think we have a good shot to win some state games but we're going to have to put the ball in play and against some tough competition."
The Pioneers open against District 12 Champ Arch-Bishop Wood, winners of the Philadelphia Catholic League.
Three Pioneers made a second trip to Seth Grove Stadium in Shippensburg on May 26-27 but this time to compete in the PIAA Championships.
Kristin Herr came away with the best finish of the trio, settling for 13th place in the javelin with a throw of 127-8, well under her League Meet record of 142-1. She was the third sophomore to place and came in as a District Three third place finisher (133-3).
Josh Eidemiller also competed in the javelin and finished in 14th place with a 164-6 toss. He was also third in the District competition with a 182-7.
Joining Herr and Eidemiller was Josh Nolt who competed in the triple jump. His 41-11 left him in 21st place.
Pioneer Ball Teams Win District Openers May 26, 2017
Despite an early exit from the L-L League playoffs where the Pioneers pounded out 10 hits in a 7-5 loss to Solanco, L-S couldn't get the bats going in the District Three Class 5A opener last Tuesday afternoon at home. Delaney Baker collected Lampeter's only two hits of the game and the Pioneers survived No. 16 seed Northern York 1-0 on a first inning run.
"I was definitely surprised it was a 1-0 game," said head coach Gene Charles. "We did hit the ball hard, but right at people. Our hits just aren't dropping in right now. Their pitcher kept us off-balance with her changing speeds."
Hanna Garber worked a two out walk to spark that first inning run. She stole second and scored on Baker's shot to center that tipped off the outfielder's glove.
"That ball was almost caught," said Charles. "It was a great effort by their centerfielder. I thought that would be one of many runs for us."
Defensively, the Pioneers did what they needed to do to make that one run stand. Delaney Groff struck out one and scattered three hits. Northern York looked to knot the score in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of Pioneer miscues, but a fly out and a groundout ended the threat.
They collected all three of their hits in the fifth inning and loaded the bases in the sixth but came up empty.
"Julz Garber made a big throw, a strike to home plate that prevented a run," Charles said. "Delaney pitched a great game. She moved the ball in and out and changed speeds and retired them 1, 2, 3 in the seventh. The game went very quickly," he added.
The Pioneers will now face Shippensburg. Winner automatically qualifies for the PIAA tournament.
"Win or lose, we'll still have another game," noted Charles. "But we need to start hitting up and down the lineup again."
Lampeter-Strasburg's Kris Pirozzi struck out 15 batters and allowed two hits and two walks as the hosting Pioneers topped Greencastle-Antrim 3-0 in the opening round of the District Three 5A baseball playoffs last Tuesday night.
"Kris had great command, control and composure on the mound," said head coach Keith Martin. "He worked ahead of batters, keeping the pressure on, and kept them off balance by locating different pitches for strikes."
Pirozzi gave up a single in the first inning, struck out the side in the second, and gave up the second hit with a one-out single in the sixth. Josh Howells earned the save, pitching to the last two batters of the game.
Offensively, L-S left two on in the first and scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the second. Luke Weigel cracked a full count double, stole third base and scored on Aaron Snyder's fielder's choice groundout.
The fourth-seeded Pioneers, who did not qualify for districts last year, loaded the bases in the third inning with a two out error and back-to-back base hits by Connor Blantz and Patrick Holmes but couldn't get the key hit.
"As a coach, we don't like leaving guys on base but I felt that we kept the pressure on them all game," Martin stated. "Their pitcher is a good pitcher and demonstrated good command of his curveball in some key situations. The bottom line is we like to focus on the process more than the results. The process we control; the result we cannot."
Sending eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning, the Pioneers, who finished with six hits on the night, gained some breathing room with two runs on two hits. Caleb Danehower singled up the middle with one out and Hunter Cunningham reached on a dropped ball at first base. After a double steal and a second out, Holmes collected his second key hit of the game, pushing in Danehower and Cunningham.
"I liked the energy and focus each guy on the team brought to the game," Martin said. "We executed in all facets of the game. It was very exciting and I'm proud of our guys."
The Blue Devils, seeded 13th, end their season at 11-8.
SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 22, 2017
Marck Trach, a USPTA professional and L-S high school tennis coach, will run a Junior Tennis Camp from June 12 through July 18, 9-11 daily.
This program is available for all children ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning and playing the sport of tennis. Players of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The camp structure is flexible and sign ups can be done on a weekly and/or daily schedule.
For more information, or to register, call Mark Trach at 538-0381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pioneer high school basketball coaches will hold a Summer Basketball Camp June 12-15 at the high school competition gym and auxiliary gym. Boys going into grades 3-10 are eligible to attend. Camp will run 8 am to 12 noon for grades 7-10 and 1 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6.
There will be team and individual competitions, daily prizes, skill stations, a free t-shirt and more.
Registration deadline is May 31. For more information, or to register, call Coach Achille at 405-8057 or email at email@example.com.