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Pioneers' Season Ends In PIAA Semifinals June 19, 2017

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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."

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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.

TRACK

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.

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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."

BASEBALL

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.

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SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 22, 2017

TENNIS

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 mark_trach@l-spioneers.org.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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 john_achille@l-spioneers.org.

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Diamond Teams Fall in League Playoff Openers May 22, 2017

Two Pioneer teams opened post-season play while two other teams continued their trek through the post-season. Both the softball and baseball teams competed in the opening rounds of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs while both the girls' lacrosse team and the track and field teams took part in the District Three tournaments.

BASEBALL

The baseball team also opened the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs on Monday afternoon at Ephrata's War Memorial Field and were dealt a 6-2 loss by Section Three champ Garden Spot. The Spartan's battled from behind to grab the win as L-S scored the first two runs of the game.

The Pioneers, in the top of the first, quickly jumped in front. Kris Pirozzi collected a leadoff double, moved to third on a grounder by Hunter Cunningham and scored on a Connor Blantz (1-3) base hit.

Four innings later they made it 2-0. Pirozzi tripled with one out and scored on Caleb Danehower's (1-4) triple.

The Spartans, however, exploded for six runs in the bottom half to steal Lampeter's thunder.

Garden Spot loaded the bases on a single and a pair of hit batters. L-S recorded the first out on a fielder's choice out at home plate and appeared to get out of the jam when shortstop Todd Shelley (2-3) looked to turn a double play that was called safe at first.

The Spartans took advantage and the Pioneers, frustrated that they weren't out of the inning, committed an infield error, hit another batter and committed an outfield miscue that scored three more runs.

Pirozzi, who went 2-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored, struck out ten in five innings of work.

Todd Shelley went 2-3 with a double and a base hit, Patrick Holmes was 1-2 with a sacrifice bunt and Aaron Snyder was 1-1 with a double as the Pioneers outhit the Spartans 8-7.

"I believe the week off and the loss will allow us to get back to what we practiced all year long...focusing on the details, playing as a team and refining both team and individual processes," stated head coach Keith Martin.

The Pioneers, seeded 4th in the District Three Class 5A bracket, will continue the post-season when they host No. 13 Greencastle-Antrim (11-7) this week.

SOFTBALL

Also on Monday, and though not technically home, the softball team ran into Section Two champ Solanco at Garrett Park in Willow Street in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs. Playing the second game of a doubleheader, the Section Three runners up dropped a back-and-forth slugfest, 7-5.

In a game that featured 22 total hits, Solanco (16-5) broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back two out triples and then denied the Pioneers in the seventh.

"I really felt we should have beaten them," said head coach Gene Charles. "We didn't come out hitting like we normally do, going three innings with no scoring. And we took more called third strikes in that game than we have all year."

Solanco opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning and L-S countered with three in the top of the fourth.

Delaney Baker opened with a leadoff double, Lampeter's second hit of the game, and Delaney Groff followed with a blooper over second base. Natalie Carson singled in the first run and with one out, Caroline Braungard's sac fly knotted the score at 2-2. Batting ninth, Julz Garber lined a shot off the third baseman's glove, giving L-S a brief lead.

"I was happy to see us come back like that," Charles said. "Now I was thinking we're finally starting to get to Phillips, it's just going to be a matter of time. But then they come back with three runs and only hit one out of the infield."

Brief in the fact that Solanco responded with a three run bottom half. They loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a bunt. After a force out at home, a hit batter tied the game at 3-3. The Mares pulled ahead on a fielder's choice and an overthrow of third base.

Not to be out done, L-S tied the game in the top of the fifth.

Baker collected her second extra base hit, this one a one out triple that knocked in Hanna Garber, who walked. Groff's single knotted the score at 5-5 and set the stage for Solanco's sixth inning rally.

"Their left fielder came up with two big catches that definitely denied us runs," Charles noted. "And in that last inning we didn't want to give Mowrer anything and she came up with that key triple. You just can't give a team too many chances."

The Pioneers finished with 10 hits and committed two errors. Groff, with three strikeouts, took the loss in the circle. Solanco's Hanna Phillips worked for nine strikeouts and walked one.

Lampeter (18-4) continues post-season play this week when, as the top seed in District Three Class 5A, they host No. 16 Northern York (12-8).

The Pioneers had their end-of-the-season banquet on Friday, May 19 in Strasburg. The following award winners, as voted on equally by players and coaches, were announced: Hanna Garber - Most Valuable player, Brynne Baker - Most Improved Player, Julz Garber - Rookie of the Year, Delaney Groff - Scholar Athlete (second in her class), and Kate Rohrer - Pioneer Award for her willingness to do anything for the team both on and off the field.

The all-star players were also recently announced. Hanna Garber, Julz Garber, Delaney Baker, Brynne Baker, Jordan Kondras and Delaney Groff were voted as Section 3 First Team all-stars and Kylie Weaver received Honorable Mention recognition. Section 3 and 4 All-League players included H. Garber, J. Garber and Kondras.

TRACK

The track teams took to a bigger stage this past weekend, competing in the District Three Class 3A championships at Shippensburg's Seth Grove Stadium where Kristin Herr garnered three medals and three athletes qualified for the PIAA Championships this weekend back at Shippensburg.

After setting the L-L League Meet record with a 142-1 in the javelin, Herr, a sophomore, was the top seed in the District Meet with a 146-4 while defending champ and record-holder Madison Smith, a New Oxford senior was second (139-7). Herr settled for third place, tossing a 133-3 while Smith grabbed second (139-7). She also finished fifth in the shot put with a 36-2. She was the tenth seed in that event (35-10). Herr also grabbed a seventh place medal in the discus with a 113-0 throw.

Also securing a bronze medal finish was Josh Eidemiller. The junior was seeded third with a 182-8 and settled for a 182-7.

Josh Nolt picked up a fifth place medal in the triple jump, improving his seventh place seeding position (43-10) with a 44-3.5.

Herr, in the javelin and shot, Eidemiller and Nolt all qualified for the state meet.

"Three medals for Kristin is remarkable," said head coach Calvin Esh. "Josh had a state berth and a new school record in the triple jump in one jump - also remarkable."

Competing in two events was Ezra Mellinger, who long jumped 21-1.5 for a sixth place medal and was 15th in the triple jump with a 41-0.25, and Levi Diehl who tossed the discus 143-8 for 11th place and was 16th in the shot put with a 42-8.75.

Also in the field, Drew Bell qualified in the high jump but did not clear the opening height.

On the track, Brady Stoner came away with a sixth place medal. The senior clocked a 40.03 in the 300 hurdles, besting his 12th place seeding time of 40.80.

"Brady PR'd and had the best FAT time in the 300 hurdles," Esh noted. "He and Ezra were so close to going on - Ezra by less than an inch and Brady was leading his heat but got nipped at the post and that guy moves on and Brady stays home."

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Last Monday the 7th seeded lacrosse team hosted 13th seed Trinity. They battled to the end but bowed out in a 15-14 heartbreaker.

Despite being outshot 35-26, the Pioneers held an 8-7 lead at the half but couldn't keep up after the break as Trinity matched Lampeter's first half effort, held the home team to six and pulled out the squeaker.

"What a back-and-forth game," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "It was a shot for shot score through the first half. And it was awesome to have Kelsey back in the lineup racking up goals but more importantly, she brought some confidence back on the field."

Leading scorer Kelsey Kimmel (1a) shared game-high honors with Trinity's Madi Tare (3a) with seven goals. Kendal Ream (1a) added four goals, Brittany Zameroski finished with a hat trick of assists and two goals and Paige Weidman recorded one goal.

Olivia Martin faced 35 shots and settled for 20 saves.

"When I think about this season I think about the leadership that Kelsey, Brittney and Olivia brought to the team," Alexandrowicz stated. "With the team looking to them for guidance, we came together to form a trusting bond.

"Even though we lost, we look at that last game as a positive because we conquered many, many goals throughout the season that brought us to that moment."

The loss leaves the Pioneers, who set a program record with 10 straight wins and made their first appearance in the L-L League tourney, at 11-7. Those 11 wins match last year's win total as well and are also single-season program records.

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SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 19, 2017

TENNIS

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 mark_trach@l-spioneers.org.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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 john_achille@l-spioneers.org.

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Herr Sets League Meet Record in Javelin May 15, 2017

After picking up a season-ending win over Garden Spot on Monday, May 8, the track and field teams competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships at Hempfield Friday and Saturday with positive results despite dismal weather. The biggest of those was Kristen Herr setting a new meet record in the javelin with her winning throw of 142-1. Herr, a sophomore, won the title last year. She was also fourth in the discus with a 108-6.

Also picking up a pair of medals was Brady Stoner with a fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles (40.80) and a sixth place effort in the 110 highs (15.79). He also anchored the eighth place 4x400 relay with Davide Raggazoni, Ezra Mellinger, and Michael Kuhns leading the way.

Mellinger added a fourth place finish in the long jump (22-0.75) while Ragazzoni finished seventh in the 400 at 52.18.

Fifth place finishers included Josh Eidemiller in the javelin (169-9), Sarah Gawne in the high jump (5-0), Josh Nolt in the triple jump (42-1) and the 4x800 team of Noah Pritchard, Kuhns, Everett Honert and Jansen Miller (8:18.11).

Pritchard also picked up a seventh place finish in the 3200 (9:54) as did Haley Welchans in the pole vault, clearing 9-6. Drew Bell cleared 6-0 to finish eighth in the high jump and Alex Stoeffler hit 156-9 in the javelin, also for eighth place.

For their efforts throughout the season, seven athletes qualified for the District Three Championships this weekend at Shippensburg. Herr qualified in the shot put, discus and javelin while Mellinger will compete in the long and triple jumps. Stoner in the 300 hurdles, Bell in the high jump, Nolt in the triple, Eidemiller in the javelin and Welchans in the pole vault will also compete in their respective event.

The teams capped the regular season with strong performances against Garden Spot,. The girls improved to 4-3 in Section Two with a 109-41 win while the boys, at 5-2, finished in a two-way tie for second place with a 111-40 result.

With a balanced effort, Herr was the only multiple winner, claiming the shot (35-10), the discus (108-10) and the javelin (126-0). Also in the field, Gawne and Emma Houck went 1-2 in the high, clearing 5-0 and 4-8 respectively while Hailey Welchans claimed the pole vault (9-0).

Highlighting the action on the track were sweeps in the 400 and 200 meter dashes. Colleen Gilbert (1:02.8), Tara Wehibe (1:06.9) and Jess Heisey (1:09.2) went 1-2-3 in the 400 while Sydnie Smith (27.0), Lindsay Szymanski (27.5) and Houck (28.3) did the same in the shorter sprint.

Jasmine McClintock (2:31) and Abby Gordley (2:40.1), who won the mile (5:43) finished first and second in the 800 while Madison Whitaker won the 100 hurdles (16.6) and Olivia Gard took the 300's (49.1).

The girls also won all three relays. Gordley, Gilbert, Drouillard and McClintock opened the meet with the top time in the 4x800 and Houck, Smith, Whitaker and Weaver took the 4x100. Claiming the 4x400 was the team of Wehibe, Gilbert, Heisey and McClintock.

The boys' team, scoring close to the same margin of victory as the girls, did a large part of the damage with sweeps in the 1600, 300 hurdles, and javelin. Noah Pritchard got the action rolling with a win in the mile (4:57.6) and was followed by Jansen Miller (5:02.6) and Josiah McCarthy (5:07.6). Miller led the 4x800 relay, which Pritchard anchored, with Everett Honert and Michael Kuhns running the middle legs. Honert also went on to win the 800 (2:10.6).

After Ragazzoni (52.6) and Kuhns (53.1) went 1-2 in the 400, the 300 hurdle team added another sweep. Brady Stoner (41.7), who also won the 110 highs (15.5), Josiah Zehr (44.2) and Ryan Fahnestock (46.6) secured the top three places.

Picking up a sweep in the javelin was the crew of Josh Eidemiller (180-8), Alex Stoeffler (158-8) and Gabe Frederick (145-1). Frederick was also third in the discus (103-3) behind Jacob Long's winning throw of 119-1 and won the shot put (43-11) with Will McClintock getting second (40).

Also in the field, Mellinger (20-8.5) and Caleb Bruner (18-4) went 1-2 in the long jump while Drew Bell (5-8) and Josh Nolt (5-6) did the same in the high jump.

Connor Penry added a win in the pole vault, clearing 10-3.

Also picking up wins were Jared Chin in the 3200 (11:35.5) and the 4x400 relay team of Pritchard, Kuhns, Ragazzoni and Stoner.

GIRLS LACROSSE

After finishing fourth in the Lancaster-Lebanon League standings with an 8-3 record (11-6 overall), the Lady Pioneers faced the undefeated (11-0) top team in the league, Manheim Township, in the opening round of the L-L playoffs last Tuesday at Ephrata. Though the Pioneers were dealt a 16-2 loss, it was an historic event for L-S who was making its first trip to the league dance.

"It was a memorable night," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "Not because of the score, but because of the atmosphere and how far we've come. I know we all enjoyed ourselves."

Township ran out to a 10-0 lead before the Pioneers got on board with a goal from Kendal Ream in the second half. Ream was credited with Lampeter's second goal as well as the Pioneers were playing without leading scorer Kelsey Kimmel. Brittany Zameroski was credited with one assist and Olivia Martin recorded 15 saves in goal.

Kimmel, a sophomore who led the L-L League in scoring with 97 goals, 19 assists and 118 draw controls, was recently voted as a First Team all-star as was goalie Olivia Martin. Zameroski, with 27 goals and 22 assists, received Second team recognition.

"Our all-stars were a tremendous help this season," said Alexandrowicz. "Without their help, I'm not sure where our team would be.

"Olivia had a career high of roughly 670 saves in four years," she added.

BASEBALL

The baseball team heads into this week's Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs on a high note, having nipped Section Two champ Elizabethtown 1-0 last Monday and then topped Section Three's second place Manheim Central 2-1 on Wednesday.

They settled for a second place finish in Section Two at 11-5 (15-5 overall).

After suffering a tight 5-4 loss to the Bears on April 12, the Pioneers exacted a bit of revenge when E-town came to Lampeter. Despite being out hit 6-3, L-S scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh courtesy of Caleb Danehower's RBI. Patrick Holmes, Joe Meck and Kris Pirozzi were credited with hits with Pirozzi going the distance for the win, striking out nine and walking two.

Wednesday's outing against Manheim Central was just as exciting.

Tied at 1-1 after six complete innings, L-S broke in front with a single run in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Matt Heiser singled up the middle. John Manion, pinch-running, advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Joseph Meck and Aaron Snyder's base hit to left plated Manion with what proved to be the winning run.

L-S opened the scoring in the top of the third. Meck singled, advanced on a wild pitch and two outs later scored on Danehower's base hit to right.

Manheim tied the game in the bottom half without a hit, taking advantage of an error and two walks, which loaded the bases, and a fielder's choice RBI.

On the hill, Connor Blantz and Josh Howell combined for a no-hitter with three strikeouts each.

The Pioneers (15-5) collected nine hits on the day and three came off the bat of Danehower, who went 3-4 with one RBI. Blantz, Aaron Snyder (1RBI), Luke Weigel, Meck and Heiser also connected for hits.

SOFTBALL

The Pioneers capped the regular season with a 9-1 win over Northern Lebanon last Monday and then quickly jumped into playoff mode as they faced the Indians of Donegal in a tiebreaker battle to determine the Section Three champion. Unfortunately, the Indians used a six run fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and went on to hang a 10-2 loss on the Pioneers in Lititz.

L-S grabbed the momentum early as Jordyn Kondras crushed the second pitch of the game over the fence for a quick Pioneer lead. That didn't last long, however, as the Indians tied the game in the bottom half on a one out single and a base hit by winning pitcher Makyla Yoder.

Donegal went in front two innings later on a bunt base hit and a sac fly by Yoder.

Not to be out done, the Pioneers responded in the top of the fourth. Hanna Garber singled to left and went to third on an error. She scored on Delaney Groff's base hit to left. Trying to regain the lead, the Pioneers were thrown out at home trying to score on Brynne Baker's single to center field.

Then the Indians foiled Lampeter's plans, plating six runs in the fourth to take control.

"Going in the plan was to switch pitchers to keep them off-balance," said head coach Gene Charles. "We put Brynne in and it just didn't work out. Donegal is a good hitting team and they hit the ball. We wound up bringing Delaney back in but they scored two more in the sixth," he added.

"Hopefully the loss will motivate us a bit as we open the league playoffs against Solanco."

In the 9-1 win against N. Lebanon, L-S used just ten hits to score three runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Natalie Carson, with a triple, a double and a base hit, went 3-4 while Garber, with the only homer of the game, also went 3-4.

"That was Natalie's best game of the year," said Charles.

Groff picked up the win in the circle, striking out four and scattering eight hits.

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Seventh Inning Rally Pushes L-S Past Manheim May 8, 2017

After suffering just their second loss of the season, and first in league play against Donegal on Friday, April 28, head coach Gene Charles was expecting his team to come out swinging last Monday night under the lights at Garrett Park in Willow Street. Instead, the Pioneers found themselves in a come-from-behind situation against Manheim Central, a team they defeated 12-1 in their first round meeting.

But when the final out was recorded, they found a way and settled for three runs in the bottom of the seventh and pulled out a 4-3 thriller.

L-S left two runners on in the first inning, went three up, three down in the second and third and got out of a bases loaded situation in the fourth. Neither team scored in the fifth inning either but the Barons broke in front with two runs in the sixth. A double to left, a blooper over short and a single up the middle pushed in the first run of the game. A liner off the second baseman loaded the bags with no outs. The Pioneers forced out a run at home, gave up a run on a groundout, and snagged a popup at third to get out of the inning.

Hannah Garber, who opened the bottom half of the sixth with a base hit, eventually cut the lead to 2-1, scoring on a passed ball.

The Barons plated another run in the seventh on two more hits, finishing the game with seven total.

L-S connected for half of their eight hits in the final inning. Brynn Baker, batting eighth, reached on an error and Julz Garber followed with one of four infield singles to deep short. Jordan Kondras, with another base hit, loaded the bags. Kylie Weaver worked a full count walk that cut the lead to 3-2 and Garber followed with a RBI grounder that knotted the score at 3-3 setting up Delany Baker, whose walk-off base hit won the game.

"I really didn't feel good going into that inning," said head coach Gene Charles. "Their pitcher, Maddie Walter, threw the best I've seen in four years. I'm not sure if we took them for granted or what," he added. "We were fortunate that inning and we're definitely a better team than what we showed."

Delaney Groff struck out five and walked just one to earn the win.

Wednesday the girls scored 25 runs on 20 hits in a four inning shutout over Elco. Baker tossed a one-hitter, fanning six batters and walking one.

"Jordan Kondras hit a home run on the second pitch of the day," recalled Charles, "but that was our only run that inning. We didn't start out strong but finished with 13 in the fourth inning to end early."

H. Garber was 4-4 with 6 RBI, D. Baker was 4-5 with 4 RBI and B. Baker went 3-4 with 3 RBI to lead the charge.

The team picked up 12 more runs, on 13 hits, on Thursday, topping Cocalico in five innings. L-S plated four runs in the first, third and fifth innings and took advantage of four errors and four walks to keep pace with Donegal for the section lead.

"Against both Elco and Cocalico we faced different pitchers than in our first meeting," noted Charles. "We have pitchers that keep us in games, our defense is solid and we can hit the ball."

H. Garber and D. Baker both went 3-4 with a combined 5 RBI. J. Garber, batting ninth, was 2-3 with 2 RBI. B. Baker scattered four hits and struck out six to earn the win.

The Pioneers have scored a section-high 206 runs to date, only second to Hempfield's league best 209.

TRACK

The boys track team won 10 of 18 events, two of three relays and swept both the shot put and the javelin en route to a hard-fought 79-71 win over Lebanon last Monday. At 4-2, the Pioneers are currently in a four-way tie for second place along with Cocalico, Solanco and Lebanon. They host the winless Spartans in their final meet.

"The boys pulled out a squeaker," said head coach Calvin Esh. "It came down to the javelin, which we swept."

Josh Eidemiller led the javelin throwers with a winning toss of 168-2. Alex Stoeffler followed with a 146 and Gabe Frederick, who led the shot put sweep (42-11.25), was third (129-8). Will McClintock finished second in the shot with a 40-1.75 and Eidemiller claimed third (38-5.25).

In the two win department, Ezra Mellinger clocked an 11.4 to take the 110 hurdles and then posted the league's top mark in the long jump to date, 22-4.

Brady Stoner picked up a win in the 300 hurdles (41.8) and followed Josh Nolt (16.4) in the 100 dash with a 16.4. He also anchored the winning 4x100 relay with Andrew Fink, Mellinger and David Ragazzoni leading the way.

The Pioneers opened the meet when Jansen Miller, Michael Kuhns, Everett Honert and Noah Pritchard posted a winning time of 8:50 in the 4x800 relay. Pritchard also earned the top time in the mile (4:53.9) and was second in the 800 (2:06.1).

Lampeter also picked up a win in the high jump with Drew Bell clearing 5-10.

The Lady Pioneers won all but three events, gave up four second places and two thirds in a lopsided 120-30 victory over the Cedars. Lebanon scored 26 of their points in the field.

Sydnie Smith, Abby Gordley, and Megan Brenneman each won two individual events and L-S swept all three relays to pull away.

Smith was tops in the 100 hurdles (13.4) and 200m dash (27.8) while Gordley took charge in the mile (6:05.7) and the 800 meter runs (2:41.8). Doubling in the field was Brenneman with top jumps in the long (15-3) and triple (29-8).

In the relays, Kayla Drouillard, Sara Boyd, Lauren Gard and Olivia Gard opened the meet with a 12:48.08 win in the 4x800 relay. Emma Houck, Smith, Madison Whitaker and Josie Weaver claimed the 4x100 in 53.2 and Tara Wehibe, Keiran Rodriguez, Jess Heisey and Colleen Gilbert were winners in the 4x400.

Other individual winners included Weaver in the 100 (16.9), Gilbert in the 400 (1:03.5), Gard in the 300 hurdles (50.2), McClintock in the 3200 (12:33), Madison Eller in the discus (91-5) and Sarah Gawne in the high jump (5-1).

GIRLS' LACROSSE

After stringing together ten straight wins, the Pioneers were tested late in the season, losing three of the last five. Two of those were without leading scorer Kelsey Kimmel (ankle sprain).

Last Monday the girls played a tough first half against LCD/LCHS, the second place team in the league, and were within two goals at the half, 5-3. After the break, however, the Pioneers were outscored 10-2 and suffered a 15-5 loss.

In Kimmel's absence, McKenna Conklin was the top scorer with two goals. Brittany Zameroski added one goal and two assists while Kendal Ream and Hannah Dawson scored one each as the Pioneers managed just seven shots on goal. Olivia Martin recorded ten saves in the loss.

In Landisville Wednesday night the Pioneers battled a Black Knight team that was right above them in the standings. After falling behind 9-1 at the half, the result was a second ten goal loss, 16-6.

"Hempfield is an extremely talented team," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "And we're still adjusting to not having Kelsey on the field with us."

Zameroski's hat trick paced the Pioneers. Ream added two goals and Paige Weidman one. Lampeter put together 14 shots on goal in this one but Martin, who had 11 saves, faced 27.

The Pioneers (8-3) finished fourth in the section behind Township (11-0), LCD/LCHS (10-1), and Hempfield (9-2). They will take on Township in the first round of the League Playoffs this week.

BOYS' LACROSSE

After opening the season with four straight wins, the banged up boys lacrosse team struggled over the remaining ten games of the season, winning just one. They finish the year with a 3-8 league record and are 5-9 overall.

Last week the Pioneers got a game-high five goals from Patrick McClain in a 16-7 loss to LCD/LCHS (6-5. 13-5). They were outscored in all but the third quarter where they settled for a 3-3 tie.

Tyler Zameroski scored twice, Noah Patterson dished out two assists and Dawson Albright one. In goal, Tyler Phenegar (9 saves) and Dylan Sindorf both saw action.

Wednesday the team hosted Hempfield (10-1), the second place team in the section, and suffered an 18-8 loss in their last game of the season.

The Knights held a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and, after an even 3-3 second, were up 7-4 at the break. Hempfield, however, pulled away with a 6-2 third quarter and a 5-2 fourth.

McClain notched a hat trick and Zameroski (1a) scored twice. Caden Wise, Albright (1a) and Patterson (1a) also scored once as the Pioneers out-shot the Knights 31-25.

BASEBALL

With the league playoffs starting Mother's Day weekend, the baseball team took care of business last week, winning three games and improving to 10-5 behind section leader Elizabethtown (12-2).

The Pioneers, swept the series and notched their third shutout of the season on Monday, blanking third place Ephrata 5-0 under the lights on the Mountaineers home field. Their seven-hit attack was led by Patrick Holmes' home run. They opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the fifth and picked up three more in the seventh.

Kris Pirozzi kept the home team at bay, striking out ten and walking two in the complete game win.

Wednesday's outing was a come-from-behind 7-4 result against visiting Donegal. They defeated the Indians by the exact same score in their first meeting but led from start to finish in that one.

L-S spotted the visitors two runs in the second inning but came back with one in the bottom half and gained momentum with a four-spot in the third. They added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth before yielding two in the sixth.

Todd Shelley picked up the win with three strikeouts and five walks. Josh Howells struck out two and walked one in relief.

The Pioneers pounded out 12 hits against CV on Thursday, scored in five innings and took advantage of four walks and three errors in a 7-2 win. L-S held a slim 3-2 lead after three innings but kept the last place team in the section at bay after that.

On the hill, Aaron Jacoby fanned six batters and walked one in six innings of work. Connor Blantz struck out two in the last inning.

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Baseball Team Wraps Up Crossover Games May 1, 2017

After edging Hempfield 3-2, the Pioneers wrapped up crossover games against Section One opponents with losses to Manheim Township and Penn Manor last week.

The Streaks led from start to finish in a 5-2 result on their home field last Monday. Township scored three in the first and single runs in the third and fourth innings before the Pioneers got on board with two-runs in the top of the fifth. They could get no closer.

Connor Blantz went 2-3 and collected two of Lampeter's three hits with a single and a double. Luke Weigel was credited with two RBI and Kris Pirozzi added a pair of stolen bases.

Todd Shelley and Ioanni Kovack worked on the hill and combined for three strikeouts and three walks and surrendered six hits.

Wednesday's task was a bit taller as they hosted Penn Manor under the lights. The Comets are currently tied for first place in Section One but had to fight from behind to top the Pioneers 7-5.

L-S gave up two runs in the top of the third inning but rallied in the bottom half, scoring five runs with some solid hitting. Meck, Book and Pirozzi (2-4) connected for three straight one out base hits and Caleb Danehower's fielder's choice cut the lead to 2-1. Blantz (2-4) singled in the tying run with two outs and, after a walk to Weigel, a Patrick Holmes base hit put the home team in front, 3-2. Blantz scored the fourth run on a Comet error and Doug Schneider came home on a wild pitch.

All that momentum went for naught as the Comets used a four-run rally in the sixth and plated a single run in the seventh to secure the win.

Holmes was 1-3 with two RBI while Joseph Meck and Nevin Book were both 1-3 with one run scored.

Pirozzi pitched five innings. He struck out seven and gave up three hits. Kovack and Aaron Jacoby both pitched in relief.

"Section One teams are always tough games," said head coach Keith Martin. "We played well and were put in situations where we had to battle in tight games and that should benefit us as a team down the road."

Friday opened the second half of section play and the Pioneers gave up two runs in the top of the seventh and dropped a 2-0 result against visiting Solanco. They defeated the Mules 3-0 in their first half meeting on April 3.

TRACK

For the fourth time in five meets, Kristin Herr anchored the throwers with wins in the shot, discus and javelin and propelled the Pioneers to a dominating 106-44 victory at Cocalico last Monday. Herr threw a personal best 35-9.5 to win the shot, added a 136-10 throw to take the javelin and commanded the discus with a 115-4 as L-S improved to 2-3 overall.

Also in the field, the girls swept the high jump with Sarah Gawne and Lillian Hoke both clearing 4-11 and Kate Knarr taking third (4-8). Both Gawne and Hoke qualified for the league meet with that jump.

Hailey Welchans rounded out the field winners with a 9-0 PR in the pole vault.

The girls won all but one event on the track and pulled away with three relay wins. Olivia Gard, Kayla Drouillard, Abbey Gordley and Colleen Gilbert opened the action with an 11:11.2 in the 4x800. Gilbert, who won the open 400 in 63.3, teamed with Gawne, Tara Wehibe and Jasmine McClintock for a 4x400 victory (4:26.8) while Lindsay Szymanski, Smith, Madison Whitaker and Josie Weaver ran a 48.0 flat to win the 4x100. Smith also won the 100 (13.5) and 200 (27.7 PR).

McClintock added a first in the 800 (2:25.3) and Gordley led a sweep in the mile with Sara Boyd and Drouillard. L-S also went 2-3 in the 300 hurdles with personal bests from Lauren Gard (50.0) and Madison Whitaker (50.8) respectively while Weaver was a winner in the 100 hurdles.

While the girls cruised to an easy victory, the boys' team pulled out a squeaker, holding off Cocalico 78-72. While the boys won 9 of the 18 events contested, they gained some distance with a sweep in the relays. Noah Pritchard, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Jansen Miller got things started with an 8:29.2 to win the 4x800 relay while Fink, Ezra Mellinger, David Ragazzoni and Brady Stoner were tops in the 4x100 (46.1). Jansen Miller, Kuhns, Ragazzoni and Stoner capped the action with the top time in the 4x100 (3:43.7)

Individually, Mellinger added a win the 100 (11.6), took the long jump with a personal best 21-4, and was second in the triple. Stoner chipped in with the top time in the 300 hurdles (42.1) and was second in the 110 highs while Ragazzoni added seconds in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

Key wins in the field went to Josh Eidemiller with a 177-6 in the javelin, Josh Nolt with a 41-11 in the triple jump and Connor Penry who cleared 9-6 in the pole vault. L-S also went 2-3 in the shot with PR's by both Gabe Frederick (42-7) and Eidemiller (40-6) and Alex Stoeffler threw a 150-5 PR in the javelin for third.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Struggles continued for the boys' lacrosse team as they dropped both of their games last week and saw their league record fall to 3-6, 5-7 overall.

Monday against Cocalico the boys fought off a 5-2 first quarter deficit with a strong second frame that cut the lead to one, 7-6, at the break. The Eagles, sitting in third place, came out with an 8-3 third quarter that pretty much determined the outcome. L-S held a 1-0 advantage in the final quarter but it wasn't enough.

"We settled down in that second quarter and eliminated the unforced turnovers," said head coach Guy Hornig. "It's not easy getting back into a game, especially on the road."

Lampeter's top two scorers, Tyler Zameroski and Caden Wise both recorded hat tricks in the loss. Dawson Albright added two goals while Noah Patterson and Patrick McClain (1a) each added one score and Chad Gaudino one assist.

Tyler Phenegar faced 23 shots and recorded nine saves.

Under the lights in Lampeter Thursday night the Pioneers hosted Penn Manor but the hype of the "Whitey" night game didn't lend them an advantage. The Comets led 7-1 at the half and used a 7-2 third quarter run to help seal a 14-7 victory on the road.

"We struggled with on-field discipline from the start and found ourselves in a deep hole after six minutes," Hornig noted. "Losing big like that on our home field, on our special night honoring Ryan Weitzel's memory, was a tough but extremely valuable lesson."

McClain paced the home team with two goals and one assist. Albright (1a), Zameroski and Patterson also scored while Phenegar and Sindorf combined for 13 saves in goal.

SOFTBALL

The softball team wrapped up crossover action with a pair of easy wins last week. They sailed past Lancaster Catholic 19-1 in fourth innings on Monday and then crushed a winless Lebanon Catholic squad 21-zip Wednesday. They plated 17 runs in the first inning and benefitted from home runs by freshman Summer Peters and Brooke Strubel, who cleared the bases twice and pushed in five runs.

L-S pounded out 13 hits in defeating Catholic High and collected 15 hits and used four errors to defeat the Cedars. Delaney Groff struck out five and gave up three hits against the Crusaders while Julz Garber and Brynne Baker combined for eight strikeouts and one walk and did not give up a hit against Lebanon Catholic.

All that led to Donegal on Friday as the team returned to Section Three play. The Indians were coming off a 1-0 nipping of Pequea Valley and defeated Columbia 18-1. In their first meeting, the Pioneers earned a 3-1 victory and brought a 13 game winning streak, including six shutouts (four straight) into Friday's game. The Indians had 12 wins and nine shutouts under their belts. Needless to say, both teams were ready for the chance to extend their winning streaks. Unfortunately, the Pioneer bats were quieter than usual and the Indians, with runs in each of the first four innings, pulled off a 6-1 victory and ended Lampeter's 39-game league winning streak as well.

J. Garber was 1-3 with a RBI double in the seventh and Baker was 1-3 and scored.

Groff suffered the loss, yielding 12 hits to the Indians. The Pioneers were held to seven hits on the day.

"It just wasn't our day," said head coach Gene Charles. "It was one of those games where everything went their way and nothing went our way. They did make three spectacular defensive plays and doubled us off first base three times. You have to give them credit."

TENNIS

The Pioneers competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament which got underway last Thursday. Unfortunately only Evan King, at Flight Four, opened singles play with a win. He defeated McCaskey's Noah Speitel 7-5, 6-1 but suffered a 6-0, 6-1 semifinals loss to Central's Trent Martin.

In doubles action, Josh Beiler and Ari Vazari, playing in Flight Three, topped Penn Manor's Alex Mowery and Cole Shenk 8-2. They advanced with a hard-fought 9-8 (10-3) tiebreaker win over CV's Derek Thrush and Matt Hoy in the quarterfinals but lost 8-0 to Central's Trey Bury and Jared Groff in the semis.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team played three games in four days last week. And while they suffered a loss to undefeated Manheim Township, they beat Cocalico and Penn Manor and sit in second place in the league standings at 8-1 behind the Streaks (9-0).

Monday's 13-12 road win at Cocalico was fueled by Kelsey Kimmel's six goal attack. Kendal Ream added three while Paige Weidman and Brittany Zameroski (2a) both scored twice as L-S rode the momentum of a 6-4 first half to survive the Eagles' 8-7 second half rally. The Eagles handed the Pioneers a 17-7 loss in their first game of the season.

"Possession was the key," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "I wanted more and more possession just to keep the ball out of their sticks. A couple of times we failed to dodge the turnover rate but all in all we did our job and were able to win the game."

Olivia Martin recorded 12 saves to earn the 'W'.

The team hosted the Streaks on Wednesday, fell behind early, struggled to regroup and were dealt their second loss of the season, 16-4. Their ten game winning streak came to a screeching halt as Township bolted to a 10-3 lead at the half and finished with a 6-3 edge after the break.

Kimmel was held to three goals. Ream added one as the Pioneers managed just seven shots on goal. The visitors fired 27 shots at Martin who finished with 14 saves.

"The positive thing about this game was that now the girls can see that we can be stopped," said Alexandrowicz. "We are not unstoppable. Their hard work needs to continue to grow rather than stay the same."

One day later they righted the ship with a dominating 17-8 win over Penn Manor under the lights in Millersville. Lampeter poured in ten first half goals, held the Comets to three and maintained the lead through the second half, winning 7-5.

Kimmel (2a) was the top scorer with 11 goals. Zameroski notched a hat trick, Ream scored twice and Katelyn Smith added one as the Pioneers held a 25-22 advantage in shots on goal.

Martin needed 14 saves to secure the win.

In non-league play Saturday, the girls settled for a 12-12 tie against Eastern York. The Pioneers, behind a combined nine goals by Kimmel (2a) and Hannah Dawson (2a), led 6-3 in the first half but were outscored 9-6 after the break. Zameroski (2g, 2a) and Ream (1g) also contributed.

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Tennis Team Wins Five Matches in Five Days April 24, 2017

In a busy week for the tennis team, the boys' picked up five straight wins, including a pair of shutouts.

They opened with an easy sweep over Annville-Cleona on Monday with Evan King and Ari Vaziri earning straight set shutouts at No. 3 and 4 respectively. Evan Winters (No. 1) and Matt Paich (No. 2) both won 6-0, 6-1.

The doubles teams were also dominating. Winters and Vazari teamed for an 8-1 win at No. 1 while Paich and King, playing No. 2, and Cameron Keeler and Alex Baker, at No. 3, both won 8-2.

Tuesday's victory was a 4-3 thriller over Lancaster Catholic. Vazari and King and Keeler and Baker gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead after doubles play while Winters earned a 6-2, 6-0 win and King picked up a 6-2, 6-3 result to cap the scoring.

Matt O'Neil, playing No. 2 and Keeler, at No. 4, both battled before bowing out. O'Neil fell 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 while Keeler dropped a 2-6, 6-1, 10-6 result.

A 6-1 result against McCaskey looked easy but the scores were a bit closer. Winters and O'Neil pulled off an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles while Vazari and Baker earned an 8-5 result at No. 3. In between, Paich and King cruised to an 8-0 final.

In singles action, Winters won 6-2, 6-2, O'Neil pulled away for a 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win, Paich added a 6-2, 6-3 result and King prevailed 6-3, 6-1.

The team handled Ephrata on Thursday, 7-0. Winters and O'Neil and Josh Beiler and Vazari both won 8-1 while King and Paich, at No. 2, were 8-2 winners.

Winters earned a shutout at No. 1, O'Neil outlasted Martin 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 2 and Paich won easily at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1.

A 6-1 win over Garden Spot rounded out the week. Winters, O'Neil, Paich and King all won in straight sets while the doubles teams of O'Neil and Winters and Paich and King won 8-0 and 8-1.

"We have just three losses, to Central, Cocalico and LHM," said head coach Mark Trach.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team picked up a couple more wins last week and currently sit on top of the section standings at 6-0, along with LCD/LCHS. Township falls in at 5-0.

Kelsey Kimmel exploded for a season-high 13 goals in last Monday's 20-9 non-league win over visiting Trinity. In a back-and-fourth first half, the Pioneers extended a 6-5 edge with four straight goals and led 11-6 at the break. The hosts held a 9-3 advantage in the second half and cruised to the victory.

"I felt like we were still asleep from the holiday weekend at the start of the game," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz, "but after I pulled them in and reminded them of how well we have been doing and to not let one sleepy attitude determine the score of the game we started putting points on the board.

"Kelsey did a phenomenal job," she added. "And Brittany Zameroski did a great job supporting on offense with three assists. She calms the offense down and lets them get set up. She's a great leader on the field and I admire how her teammates look to her for direction.

Hannah Dawson was the only other multiple goal scorer with three.

Thursday's victory over Elizabethtown was even better. The Pioneers jumped out to a 14-2 first half advantage, settled for a 5-4 edge after the break and scored 19 goals on 21 shots while holding the Bears to five.

Kimmel not only scored five times but dished out five assists to pace the offense. Dawson and Kendal Ream both settled for hat tricks with one assist each. Bella Beiler added two goals while McKenna Conklin, Pagie Weidman and Katelyn Smith rounded out the scoring.

Olivia Martin was steady in goal with a combined 14 saves in the two wins.

On Friday the team poured in another 20 goals and gave up nine, three in the first half, against Twin Valley. Kimmel, who leads the section in scoring with 72 total goals, did the heavy lifting with 11 goals. Ream pitched in with a hat trick while Zameroski, Smith and Conklin added two each.

TRACK

The boys' track team evened its league record at 2-2 with a dominating road win over the winless Bears of Elizabethtown last Tuesday. The Pioneers collected all the available points in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and the shot, javelin and triple jumps. They also claimed all three relays in the 118-32 victory.

Jansen Miller, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Noah Pritchard opened the meet with a winning 8:56.3 in the 4x800 relay while Andrew Fink, David Ragazzoni, Ezra Mellinger and Brady Stoner clocked a season best 45.3 to win the 4x100. The team of Miller, Ragazzoni, Kuhns and Stoner completed the sweep with a 40.8 in the 4x400.

Mellinger (11.3), Ragazzoni (12.0) and Josh Horst (12.1) claimed all three spots in the 100 dash while Ragazzoni (23.8), Horst (25.4) and Kuhns (25.6) did the same in the 200.

Dominating the throws were Gabe Frederick (40-1.5), Josh Eidemiller (37-5.5) and Alex Stoeffler (36-6.5) in the shot and Eidemiller (165-6), Frederick (127) and Dalton Kreider in the javelin while jumpers Josh Nolt, with a 43-10 PR, Mellinger (40-1.5) and Andrew Fink (35-10.5) commanded the triple. Nolt, a senior, also PR'd to win the 110 hurdles in 16.3 and cleared his best at 5-10 for second in the high jump behind winner Drew Bell (6-2).

Other winners included Noah Pritchard in the mile (4:37.3 PR), Kuhns in the 400 (54.9), Stoner in the 300 hurdles (42.1), Miller in the 800 (2:13.4), Jacob Long in the discus (110-6) and Mellinger with a PR in the long (20-8).

The girls' team had a tougher time, facing an undefeated Elizabethtown squad. They dropped a respectable 83-67 final despite winning just six events.

Kristen Herr again dominated the throws with another trifecta. She claimed the shot with a 35-9.75, tossed the discus 122-3 and hurled the javelin 136-3 to lead the Pioneer scoring. Madison Eller contributed with a second in the shot (29-2) and a third in the discus (87-11).

Also in the field, Sarah Gawne cleared 5-0 to win the high jump and Emma Houck and Katie Knarr tied for third clearing 4-8.

On the track, the girls' picked up a sweep in the mile with Abby Gordley (5:46.4), Sara Boyd (6:04.4) and Kyla Drouillard (6:12.9). Boyd also added a second in the 800.

Their final win was a 17.4 by Josie Weaver in the 100 hurdles. She was also second in the 300's (53.2).

The Pioneers also earned a couple PR's with Colleen Gilbert's second place 1:02.7 in the 400 and Sydnie Smith's second in the 200 (28.1). Smith was also second in the 100, finishing ahead of Lindsay Szymanski who was third in the 200.

BOYS' LACROSSE

As the boys' team continues to work to find their groove they dropped two more games last week, falling 18-5 at Trinity on Monday and 13-10 against E-town Wednesday.

"It really comes down to better team communication and learning to trust the system," said head coach Guy Hornig. "We just need to execute."

Trinity held the Pioneers to a single goal in each of the first three quarters while piling up 15 goals themselves. The fourth quarter was a hard-fought 3-2 effort in Trinity's favor.

"In that fourth quarter we focused on successful transitions," said Hornig. "Gage Barber did a nice job making sure the players were where they needed to be and they responded to his leadership. The guys could have folded but rather fought until the final horn. That's a step in the right direction."

The Pioneers are still banged up. "Chad Gaudino should be returning but we're still waiting on Nate Portrey and Seth Ferrel," stated Hornig. "Unfortunately, Hunter Hornig will not be returning to the lineup."

Dawson Albright was the only multiple goal scorer with two. Patrick McClain, Tyler Zameroski and Caden Wise also contributed.

Wednesday the team fought off a 4-2 first quarter deficit with a 4-4 second frame and knotted the score at 9-9 after three quarters. Unfortunately Elizabethtown finished strong, winning the fourth quarter 4-1 and the game.

Wise topped the scoring chart with four goals. Albright netted two and McClain, Noah Patterson (2a), Zameroski and Gaudino added one each.

Dylan Sindorf recorded four saves in goal.

BASEBALL

Three straight tightly contested crossover games propelled the Pioneers to second place in the Section Two standings with a 7-2 mark behind undefeated Elizabethtown, 9-0.

The team hosted McCaskey last Monday, took an early 4-2 lead (helped along by a two run error), survived a three run rally and picked up an 8-6 win.

They tacked on one run in the third and looked to take control with some key hitting in the fourth inning. Caleb Danehower singled and stole second and Patrick Holmes (2-4, 2 runs, 1RBI) worked a two out RBI base hit. Connor Blantz singled in Holmes, Trent Petersheim (2-3 1RBI) was hit by a pitch and Joseph Meck singled in the third run, pushing the score to 8-3.

McCaskey rallied in the sixth with three straight two out hits to cut the lead to 8-6 which did not change over the last inning and a half.

In a game that featured 23 total hits, Blantz was the big hitter of the day, going 3-4 with 3RBI. Danehower was 2-3 with 2 runs and a double.

Todd Shelley picked up the win and Josh Howells earned the save with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

On the road Wednesday, Luke Weigel's sacrifice fly scored Hunter Cunningham, who reached with a leadoff triple and scored the game winner in a 4-3 final over Cedar Crest.

Down 3-1 after five complete innings, L-S loaded the bases in the sixth on base hits by Blantz, Petersheim and a bunt single by Meck and set the table for Nevin Book's two run double.

Book went 3-3 at the plate with two doubles, 2 RBI. Cunningham went 2-2 with a double, a triple, and 1RBI.

Aaron Jacoby, Kris Pirozzi and Iaonni Kovack all saw action on the hill and combined for seven strikeouts and one walk.

A 4-2 edge in hits and a two run rally in the sixth pushed the Pioneers past Hempfield, 3-2 on Friday. Pirozzi struck out eight and walked one in the complete game win.

SOFTBALL

Wednesday's 10-2 win over Pequea Valley ended a string of four straight shutouts by the Lady Pioneers but pushed their overall record to 11-1.

With both teams collecting 10 hits each, L-S was able to score in four different innings, taking advantage of a 3-run homer by Hannah Garber in the fourth and Brynne Baker's two run homer in the second, five walks and three errors despite striking out 13 times.

"It was only the second time all season we did not score in the first inning," said head coach Gene Charles. "Their Sabrina Ryan is without a doubt one of the top three pitchers in the league."

H. Garber (2-2, 3RBI), Jordan Kondras (2-5), Natalie Carson (2-4), and Julz Garber (3-3, 3 runs scored) fueled the hitting.

"Delaney Groff pitched another great game (5K, 0W)," said Charles. "And we turned a triple play in the fifth."

With runners on first and third, catcher Kylie Weaver grabbed a foul bunt attempt and fired to Carson at first base to double the runner. Carson immediately threw back to Weaver, nailing the runner trying to tag from third.

Monday and Friday's wins were of the abbreviated variety. They scored 10 runs in the second inning against Lancaster Mennonite on Monday and won 15-0 in three innings on seven hits. They ended the week with a five-inning, 10-0 shutout against Columbia, using a six run fourth inning to do the bulk of the damage.

"Against Columbia, Brynne Baker threw the first no-hitter of her varsity career, striking out nine and walking none," said Charles.

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Lady Pioneers Win Four, Including Three Shutouts April 17, 2017

Faced with four straight games last week, the Lady Pioneers rose to the challenge and to the top of the Section Three standings with four more wins, including three straight shutouts. They are 6-0 in the section and 9-1 overall.

The Pioneers hosted Cocalico on Monday and their 10-4 win proved to be the closest contest of the week. They batted around in the first inning, plated seven runs and never looked back. Hannah Garber tripled, Delaney Groff doubled and Kylie Weaver and Delaney Baker added base hits to fuel the opening inning.

Groff (4-4) tripled in the third inning and Jordan Kondras matched her efforts in the fourth as the home team plated three more runs over those frames and out hit the Eagles 12-5. Cocalico rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh but it wasn't enough.

"Jordan was huge as our leadoff going 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored," said head coach Gene Charles. "And Delaney pitched a gem, striking out five and scattering five hits.

"We knocked around their starting pitcher but their second pitcher kept us off-stride," he added. "We hit much better against the better pitching. As a team we need to adjust to the slower pitchers."

Tuesday's effort was another 12 hit attack that resulted in a 10-0 shutout over visiting Dallastown. The Pioneers plated four runs in the first inning, two in the fourth and four more in fifth to end the game early.

Brynn Baker, a sophomore, took the circle in this one. She fanned nine batters, surrendered three hits and gave up two walks.

"I'm trying to get both of our pitchers time in the circle," Charles said.

Scoring in four of the five innings played, the Pioneers topped Northern Lebanon with 11 runs on 11 hits in last Wednesday's road win.

"Kate Rohrer and Haley Cikovic came off the bench with hits," noted Charles. "And Julz Garber, a freshman, has had a hit in every game she's played."

Groff earned another victory with five strikeouts and one walk. She gave up five hits but prevented the hosts from scoring.

With a flawless defense and a ten strikeout effort by Baker, the Pioneers blanked Annville-Cleona 10-0 in a five inning road win. They piled up 14 hits in this one, bringing the week's total to 49 hits and 41 runs scored.

Baker was 3-4 with 4 RBI and Hannah Garber and Kondras were also 3-4. Weaver was 2-4.

"The top of our order had 11 of our 14 hits and eight RBI in this one," said Charles. "But we are getting good hit production up and down the lineup.

"In all but one of our games this year we've scored in the first inning. That's huge."

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The lady Pioneers improved to 5-0 in league play with a solid 16-5 victory over Cedar Crest last Monday. The girls' doubled up the visitors 6-3 in the first half and cruised through the second half with a 10-2 advantage.

"The game was super intense in the first half," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "We did have the lead the entire game, but in the second half we just dominated possession more and had the ball on our field a good majority of the half."

Kelsey Kimmel continued to pace the Pioneer attack, pouring in six goals and dishing out a pair of assists. Kendal Ream added hat tricks in both goals and assists while Hannah Dawson finished with three goals. Brittany Zameroski was also credited with three assists and scored twice while Weidman and Smith netting one tally each.

"Kelsey's over the shoulder passes and trick shots were really valued this game," Alexandrowicz added.

The Pioneers outshot the Falcons 18-10 and Olivia Martin needed just five saves to earn the win.

TENNIS

The tennis team hosted Cocalico last Monday and suffered a closer than it appeared 7-0 loss.

Evan Winters and Matt O'Neil dropped a tough 8-6 result at No. 1 doubles. Matt Paich and Evan King fell 8-3 at No. 2 and Josh Beiler and Ari Vaziri came up short 8-4.

King came away with the most games in singles action, bowing out 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4. O'Neil, at No. 2 and Paich, at No. 3, both claimed six games but also suffered losses.

The team picked up its fourth win of the year with a 7-0 result against Penn Manor last Thursday. Winters and O'Neil won 8-1, and both Paich and King and Beiler and Vaziri won 8-2.

Picking up shutout wins in the singles play was Winters at No. 1 and Paich at No. 3. Vaziri, playing No. 2, won 6-0, 6-3 and King settled for a 6-1, 6-0 result.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Despite a second half that saw the Pioneers finish on top 9-7, it wasn't enough. The Falcons of Cedar Crest earned their first league win of the season with an impressive first half and held on for a 16-11 upset win last Monday in Cornwall. They jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter and extended the advantage to 9-2 at the break before surviving Lampeter's comeback bid.

"They took it to us early," said Guy Hornig. "They played nearly as perfect a half of lacrosse as you can play and we did not. When you fall behind, you begin to press and deviate from what works for you," he continued. "The boys did a nice job of getting back on track but the damage was done."

The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-3 in league play (4-3 overall).

"We have several key players out and their backups are nursing injuries as well," Hornig noted. "However, we can't use that as an excuse. Our young guys need to step up and make the most of their opportunities.

"The team is learning to work through adversity," he added. "This will play huge dividends down the line.

"We had the chance to see your leaders manage the adversity on the field. We focused on being poised and not reactionary in the second half and will build on this going forward," Hornig stated. "In lacrosse, like life, you have to learn to deal with adversity. Do you want to be the victor or the victim? These guys are choosing to be the victor and will keep working hard for one another!"

Patrick McClain finished with four goals and Dawson Albright netted three and added two assists in the loss. Tyler Zameroski also finished with two goals while Caden Wise and Noah Patterson (2a) scored once.

Junior Dylan Sindorf and sophomore keeper Tyler Phenegar split time in goal and faced 32 shots.

BASEBALL

The baseball team improved to 3-2 in Section Two last week with two wins and one loss. Undefeated E-town leads the section at 6-0. Ephrata takes second at 4-2.

The Pioneers opened play with an 11-7 slugfest win over visiting CV last Monday. Down 3-0 after three, a Kris Pirozzi 3-run homer highlighted a six run fourth inning. Just as quickly, the Bucks knotted the score with three in the top of the fifth. L-S went ahead by one in the bottom half and CV got it back in the top of the sixth.

L-S took the lead for good with five straight hits and four runs in the bottom half. Caleb Danehower's one out double started the run and Luke Weigel's RBI single capped the scoring.

Todd Shelly (2-2), Ioanni Kovack, and Danehower (1-0) scattered 11 CV hits. The Pioneers finished with 13.

Wednesday the team fought off a 5-1 deficit against Elizabethtown with two runs in the top of the sixth and one more in the seventh but it wasn't enough. The hosting Bears, with a slim 7-6 edge in hits, prevailed 5-4. Both teams committed three errors but E-town's pitching staff recorded 11 strikeouts against four walks. Aaron Jacoby and Josh Howells combined for one strikeout and three walks in the loss.

On the road again Thursday the Pioneers opened crossover action with a solid 9-1 thumping over a 6-2 Warwick squad. They pounded out 11 hits and broke open a 4-1 advantage after six complete innings with five runs in the top of the seventh. The Warriors committed five errors on the day.

Pirozzi went the distance on the mound, recording five strikeouts and one walk. He surrendered five hits.

TRACK

The track teams traveled to Ephrata last week where the boys earned their first team win of the season, 79-71. The girls' were not as fortunate, dropping a 99-50 result.

Brady Stoner led the scoring on the track, winning the 110 high hurdles (16.4) and the 300's (42.9). He also anchored the winning 400 relay with Andrew Fink, Davide Ragazzoni and Josh Horst contributing to their 47.0 flat.

Ezra Mellinger finished with two firsts, taking the 100m dash in 11.3 and picking up the long jump with a 19-11.

Other winners included Ragazzoni in the 200 (24.4), Drew Bell clearing 6-0 in the high jump, Josh Nolt with a 42-1 in the triple and Josh Eidemiller throwing 179-2 in the javelin.

"Josh and Drew both won with personal bests," said head coach Calvin Esh. "Will McClintock also threw a PR, taking third in the shot with a 39-7. Connor Penry PR'd in the pole vault, clearing 9-6 for second place and Caleb Bruner did his best, taking third with a nine foot jump."

Kristen Herr claimed half of the Pioneers first place finishes. He was tops in the shot (33-10), the discus (98-3) and the javelin (130-1).

Other winners were Colleen Gilbert with a personal best 53.4 in the 400, Lauren Gard with a 51.1 in the 300 hurdles and Sarah Gawne, with a personal best 5-0 in the high jump.

"We should also note that Madison Whitaker's 17.4 was a personal best and a third place finish," stated Esh. "Madison broke the 100m hurdle freshman record (18.1 set by Aja Cunningham in 2012) back on April 3 with a 17.7 against Manheim Central. She broke that record again at the Black Knight Invitational with a 17.53. Those are both electronic times. Her time at Ephrata was hand held."

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L-S Track Splits Season Opener Against Solanco April 3, 2017

On an unusually warm opening day of track season, the Pioneer teams traveled to Solanco last Monday afternoon and came away with mixed results. Both squads split first place finishes right down the middle with their hosts with the girls using their depth to pull away 83.5 - 65.5. The boys', on the other hand, didn't quite have enough and dropped a similar final score, 83-67.

"We hope to be competitive in our section this year," said first year head coach Calvin Esh. "We have a lot of young athletes, but we also have good veteran leadership and experience returning. It should be an exciting season."

Lampeter's youth making an impact was evident as sophomore Kristen Herr anchored the throwers with firsts in the shot (34-11) and javelin (116-7) and a second in the discus (99-5). She was the only double winner for the visitors who did the bulk of their scoring in the field events.

Sarah Gawne, a junior, led a 1-2 punch in the high jump clearing 4-10 with freshman Kate Knarr taking second (4-4).

Megan Brenneman, a junior, won the triple jump with a 30-3 and senior Hailey Welchans cleared 8-6 to win the pole vault.

On the track, the ladies won two of three relays and swept the 100 meter dash with sophomore Lindsay Szymanski (13.9), junior Sydnie Smith (14.1) and freshman Madison Whitacker (14.2). Szymanski was also third in the 200, following Smith (29.0) who picked up a second in the long jump (14-3).

They also picked up a first in the mile when Jasmine McClintock (5:38.6) pulled away from Hannah Sweda (5:44.6).

Placing in two events was Olivia Gard with a second in the 800 and a third in the 300 hurdles. Senior Abby Gordley added thirds in the mile and 800 meter runs.

The boys squad won seven of their nine events on the track but the Mules, who gained an advantage with two relay wins, finished second in all but five events to help pull away. Brady Stoner, Noah Pritchard and Ezra Mellinger all won two events to keep the meet close. Stoner, a senior, went 1-2 in the 100 hurdles with Josh Nolt, also a senior, and secured the top time in the 300 hurdles by almost seven seconds. Nolt also added seconds in the triple and high jumps.

Pritchard, a junior, won the mile (4:45.7) and 800 (2:16.9) and sophomore Mellinger was tops in the 100 (11.7) and 200 (24.1) and added a second in the long.

The Pioneers also secured two wins in the throws with Jacob Long tossing the discus 106-3 and Josh Eidemiller getting a 169-2 in the javelin ahead of teammate Gabe Frederick who also finished third in the shot.

BASEBALL

With 10 returning players that have some level of varsity experience, the Pioneers look to improve on their 7-13 record from a year ago. And they're off to a good start, opening the season with wins over Lancaster Catholic and Pequea Valley.

Last Monday at home they gave up one run in the top of the first inning, came back with two in the bottom of the sixth and held off the Crusaders 2-1 despite being out hit 6-2.

"We played good defense," said head coach Keith Martin. "Several times they had runners in scoring position and we were able to get out of the inning. We threw one runner out at home and turned a double play that got us out of an inning."

Todd Shelley started on the mound and gave way to Ioanni Kovik and Caleb Danehower.

"Todd pitched well and did not allow hits to be strung together," said Martin. "Ioanni came in with a runner on second and was able to get us out of that inning and the next unscathed. And Caleb closed the game by walking two but struck out three."

On Wednesday, clinging to a 4-3 lead after six complete innings, L-S exploded for nine runs on three hits in the top of the seventh and toppled hosting Pequea Valley 13-3. Both teams walked five batters but the Braves committed four errors while the Pioneers played flawless defense.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

The girls' lacrosse team also got off to a good start, picking up two wins after dropping their opener to Cocalico on March 24. Last Monday they dominated Garden Spot 12-3 and two days later toppled Ephrata 16-4.

Both games saw the locals charge out to impressive 10 or better goal leads while holding the opposition to one.

Sophomore Kelsey Kimmel sparked the offense in both games netting five against the Spartans and seven in the lopsided win over Ephrata. She also racked up five total assists. Sophomore teammate Brittany Zameroski chipped in with a hat trick against the Spartans and added one in the win over Ephrata. She also dished out two assists.

Other multiple goal scorers included Hannah Dawson with three goals against Ephrata and Kendal Ream with a pair. They also scored one each against the Spartans and combined for five assists on the week.

In goal, senior Olivia Martin recorded 14 saves against the Spartans and needed just three to stop Ephrata.

Lampeter's offense pounded out a combined 40 shots in the two games and held the opposition to 24.

TENNIS

With a handful of seniors in the lineup, coach Mark Trach's tennis team looks to get over the .500 mark this year. The Pioneers came into last week with a win over Elizabethtown (6-1) and a shutout loss against Central. They opened the week with a solid effort and defeated Donegal 6-1.

"That's the first time in at least 6 or 7 years that we've beaten Donegal," said Trach.

Returning starters Matt Paich (No. 2) and Evan King (No. 3) both picked up straight set wins as did Josh Beiler at No. 4.

Matt O'Neil, who plays No. 1, and Evan Winters, both returning starters, posted a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles while Paich and King had an easier time winning 8-3. Newcomers Cameron Keeler and Beiler dominated at No. 3, 8-1.

That momentum, however, failed to last as the Pioneers suffered a 6-1 loss to Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday. King scored Lampeter's lone team point with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win.

Winters put up the longest match of the day but fell short at No. 2, 6-7 (9-11), 6-2, 10-3.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The boys' lacrosse team is off to a great start this season. After dumping Cocalico 14-9 in the season opener March 24, the team picked up two more wins last week. Tuesday, up 7-3 at the half, the Pioneers, who led 35-18 in shots on goal, exploded for 12 second half goals and held the visiting Spartans to two goals in a lopsided 19-5 final.

Tyler Zameroski scored five times and dished out three assists while Patrick McClain added a hat trick in both goals and assists to pace the Pioneer offense.

Shane Lawler, Dawson Albright, Cole Gerz, and Nate Portrey all chipped in with two goals each.

In goal, Dylan Sindorf needed just eight saves to get the win.

With two dominating wins under their belts, the Pioneers found the going a bit tougher against Ephrata on Thursday. The Mounts led 2-1 in the first quarter and 5-3 at the half but the Pioneers regrouped at the break and used a 7-3 third quarter advantage to fuel a 15-13 thriller.

"Ephrata set the tone on their home field and dictated the pace of play," said first year head coach Guy Hornig. "At halftime we discussed the importance of learning to deal with adversity and how it helps in building character. We were down a player due to injury and needed to make some on the fly adjustments.

"We came out determined in the third and used two three goal runs to shift momentum and take control," he continued. "The difference was clearly converting our face-off wins. Patrick McClain was an absolute beast at the face-off X all night (26/29). And our defensive mids, led by Shane Lawler and Seth Ferrel stepped up their play.

"It's not easy to win on the road, especially after spotting your opponent a couple of early goals," Horning added. "This was a character builder."

Zameroski, McClain, Caden Wise, and Albright all netted three goals with Joey Jordan, Portrey and Noah Patterson scoring one goal each while Nate Patterson dished out Lampeter's only two assists on the day.

LS again dominated shots on goal, 35-26 and Sindorf recorded four saves to remain undefeated in the early portion of the schedule.

SOFTBALL

After advancing all the way to the state finals last year, the softball team has some high expectations this season despite the loss of three key players to graduation.

They opened the 2017 campaign with a 6-2 victory over Conestoga Valley on March 24. Hannah Garber went 3-for-3 with a homer, two triples and two RBI. Caroline Braungard was 2-for-3 with a double and one run batted in.

Delaney Groff threw a complete game, four strikeout one walk victory. She gave up five hits.

Last Wednesday the Pioneers battled Penn Manor and one of the toughest pitchers in the league in Brittany Hook. They struggled offensively, managing just five hits, and were dealt a 13-5 loss on the road.

Jordan Kondras was solid at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The Comets connected for two three-run homers to power past the Pioneers. They led 6-0 after two inning and 9-1 after four complete.

"I thought we were flat," said first year head coach and longtime Pioneer assistant Gene Charles. "They were the better team that day. We hope to get another crack at them later this season."

One day later, the Pioneers righted the ship with a dominating 10-4 effort at Warwick. Up 4-1 after three complete innings, L-S took control in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs on seven hits while batting around.

The Pioneers pounded out 17 hits on the day and were led by Kondras and Garber who both went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI. Natalie Carson was 2-3 with a double, a triple and one RBI and Kate Rohrer was 2-3 with a double. Kylie Weaver and Brynne Baker also had two hit games.

"Brynne Baker started in the circle and pitched five innings," said Charles. "She gave up two runs on five hits. She struggled a little with her control but the weather was nasty with off and on drizzle and wind chill probably 39 degrees.

"We return a lot of leadership that should carry us into the post-season," he added.

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L-S Hoop Teams Cap Seasons in PIAA Openers March 13, 2017

While the bulk of Lancaster County school teams were gearing up for the spring sports seasons last week, Lampeter-Strasburg's boys and girls basketball teams were preparing for the opening round of the PIAA Championships. Unfortunately, their seasons ended with opening round losses.

The boys' team opened PIAA action Friday evening at the Student Union Center in Lackawanna College opposite Abington Heights (23-3), the top seed out of District Two. Coming off its sixth straight District Championship in its third classification, having won three in 3A and two in 4A, Abington Heights was making its 11th straight PIAA appearance. The Pioneers were coming in with an all-time 2-6 record in state playoff games.

With three starters over 6'4", including seven-foot center Seth Maxwell, Abington Heights set the tone quickly, splashing in a trey on its first possession and adding a putback dunk by Maxwell on its second trip. But it was a dominating second quarter that led to their 67-48 opening round win in the Class 5A bracket.

L-S maintained it composure and knotted the score at 7-7 on a triple and a putback by Ben Sandberg with 4:07 left in the first quarter. Both teams finished the quarter with a pair of treys. Ryan Smith's triple tied the game at 10-10 and Sandberg's deep 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 14-13.

The Comets took control in the second frame. They opened with three straight field goals, including a back door dunk, and after Smith's bucket in the paint cut the lead to 20-15, Jackson Danzig hit the first of three straight 3-pointers and pushed the lead to 29-17. The first of his treys was Abington Heights' fourth without a miss. They canned 13-of-21 triples in their District 2 5A final and hit 7-of-13 against the Pioneers.

A rebound bucket by Sandberg halted a 10-0 run by the Comets and closed the gap to 33-19 with 2:16 left in the half. Jared Brown came off the bench with back-to-back triples, making it 36-25, but the Comets, who outrebounded the Pioneers 40-26, used a pair of putbacks and a free throw to extend the lead to 41-25 at the half.

The second half was back-and-forth. The Comets, with another dunk, edged the Pioneers 13-12 in the third quarter. Jared Houck sparked the frame with six points but it was Abington Heights with a 54-37 advantage with eight minutes remaining.

With a 10-3 run to start the final stanza, Abington Heights pushed out to a 64-40 advantage with 3:08 left to play and both teams went to the bench. The District Two champs won the frame 13-11. Take away that momentum-turning second quarter and Abington Heights holds a slim 40-36 advantage.

The Pioneers were 6-for-24 from 3-point range with Sandberg, who led the way with 15 points, and Brown (6 points) both hitting two. Danzig, who finished with 14 points, netted 4-of-6 attempts to fuel the Comets' long range attack.

Lampeter shot just 29 percent (16-for-56) on the night and Houck was the only other double figure scorer with 11. Smith (8), Getchis (3), Niemeyer (2), Banner (2), and Holmes (1) rounded out the scoring.

The Comets, who connected on 25-of-46 attempts for 53 percent, got a game-high 19 from Trey Koehler. George Tinsley added 15. The seven foot Maxwell finished with just eight points but swatted three of the Comets' eight blocked shots on the night.

While the Pioneers end the season with four straight losses, they finish with an overall record of 17-11. They were 12-3 in league play, claimed the Section Two crown and settled for eighth place in the District 3 5A playoffs. And they did it with just one returning starter, Ben Sandberg. The Pioneers will return junior starters Ryan Smith, Peyton Denlinger and Jordan Sweger and will look to defend their section crown next season.

Senior players this year include Jared Houck, Jared Brown, David Ragazzoni, Jack Banner and Sandberg.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Like the boys, the girls' basketball team entered the PIAA playoffs as the eighth seed in District Three. Their first round game was against District One champ Springfield Delco (24-4) this past Saturday afternoon at Harriton High School and resulted in their fourth straight loss, a 51-42 final.

And like the boys, one pivotal quarter made all the difference. Down 23-20 at the half, the Cougars' Maggie O'Connell knocked down a pair of triples that sparked an 11-5 run and pushed Springfield Delco's lead to 34-25. The Pioneers, who were battling foul trouble, never got closer than nine in the final quarter. Laura Horner's triple midway through the final frame made it 42-33. Both teams scored eight points over the final 4:18 with Emma Gochnauer netting five and the Cougars, led by Alyssa Long (10 points), hit 6-of-10 free throws down the stretch.

"They are for real," said head coach Tony Fink, "and were ranked seventh in the state.

"After sitting out the last district game, Nevin Hoenninger, with about 80% healthy ankle, came off the bench and for sure helped us," he continued.

Hoenninger, the only senior starter, matched Gochnauer with a team-high ten points. She finished her career with 1, 120 points and moved into fifth place on the L-S career scoring list.

The Cougars, who forced 18 turnovers, jumped out to a 7-0 advantage. A triple by Sarah Gawne at 5:10 was Lampeter's first bucket of the game. O'Connell, who finished with a game-high 14 points, quickly countered, dropping in her second trey of the game. The Pioneers, however, finished the quarter with an 8-4 run that cut the lead to 16-13.

An ugly second quarter featured just seven points for each squad. Hoenninger opened the frame with a triple that knotted the score at 16-16 and Gochnauer's free throw and putback with 1:20 left in the half capped the scoring and left the Cougars in front, 23-20.

"It seemed like every time we made a mistake, they made us pay with a 3 ball or basket," said Fink.

Spring Delco's Long backed O'Connell with 13 points, and sophomores Jordan D'Ambrosio and Belle Mastropietro combined for 21 to wrap up a quartet of double figure scorers.

Laura Horner (9), Gawne (5), Olivia Vranich (4), Hanna Garber (3) and Brittany Zameroski (1) rounded out the Pioneer scorers.

"I like this team next year," Fink stated. "We got great big game experience in the post season this year and all of the games were competitive."

Despite ending the season with four straight losses, the Pioneers won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two championship, qualified for the League playoffs and were the No. 4 seed in the District Three Class 5A playoffs.

"We won two tournament titles, beat Central York, a Class 6A squad, had three great wins over Cocalico and finished 20-8," said Fink. "We accomplished a lot and look forward to next year."

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Pioneer Athletes Battle in District Competition March 6, 2017

Lampeter's Colin Anderson, the second seed in the 100 butterfly (52.83) defended his title in that event on Friday afternoon at the District Three Class AA Swimming Championships held at Cumberland Valley High School. The senior though had to share is district gold with Bishop McDevitt's Jonathan Mata who also clocked the top time of 52.27. The senior, who was also a second seed in the 100 free (48.59), improved his time (47.48) but settled for fourth place. He was a bronze medal winner a year ago.

Anderson also teamed with Steven Hollern, Dylan Grau and Dalton Kreider in the 200 free relay. They were seeded 14th with a 1:37.49 and bettered their time (1:37.10) and finished 13th overall.

On Saturday, Anderson was the lead swimmer in the 400 free relay with Nathan Tobler, Everett Honert and Brandon Prouse following. They clocked a 3:39.13 and maintained their 13th seed position.

Anderson will compete in the PIAA Championships at Bucknell University on March 17-18.

The girls' team also had a handful of swimmers competing in the two day event and came home with a number of improved times.

The 200 medley relay team of Catherine Horner, Lexi Wagner, Hailey Welchans and Karin Hostetter earned the highest finish for the girls, placing 11th with a 1:59.43. They were seeded 10th with a 2:00.25.

Horner also dropped her time in the 500 free and finished 16th with a 5:42.29. She was the fifth freshman to place. Horner also lowered her time in the 200 free from 2:10.26 to 2:06.84 and finished 17th. Only two freshmen competed in this event.

Welchans also competed individually, posting a 26.74 best time in the 50 free for 21st place and was 24th in the 100 free (59.94).

The 200 free relay team of Wagner, Olivia Honert, Hostetter and Abby Nagle matched their 14th seed, swimming a 1:52.65 and Wagner went on to finish 24th in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.19).

Welchans, Honert, Nagle and Horner also qualified in the 400 free relay and clocked a 4:07.96 for 13th place.

BOYS" BASKETBALL

Instead of playing in the District 5A semifinals last week, the Pioneer hoop teams found themselves battling in the consolation bracket for seeding in the upcoming PIAA Championships.

The boys' team took to the hardwood at Lebanon High School last Monday, February 27 opposite No. 3 seed Palmyra (21-4). The Cougars were coming off an upset loss against No. 6 Milton Hershey while the No. 7 Pioneers were regrouping from a 58-47 loss to No. 2 Mechanicsburg.

The Cougars, or more specifically Bryant Willis, scorched the nets in the opening quarter. Willis drained three triples and hit two free throws and teammate Braden Varnet canned two more treys and a field goal to propel Palmyra to a 25-10 lead after eight minutes.

With two more triples in the first two minutes of the second frame, Willis continued his hot streak and the Cougars extended its lead to 33-13 with 5:41 left in the half. The Pioneers managed 13 points, with Jack Banner collecting the final four, but L-S found themselves on the short end of a 42-23 score at the break.

While Willis bucketed 18 of his game-high 25 in the first half, Ben Sandberg matched his effort and came alive after the break, pouring in 16 of his 25 as the Pioneers tried to make a comeback. Sandberg and sophomore Chase Broderick, who came off the bench with a career-high 16 points, combined for 14 of Lampeter's 15 third quarter points and helped cut the lead to 53-38.

"Offensively, Chase did a nice job," said head coach Ed Berryman. "Defensively he's getting better."

Sandberg and Broderick, aided by Lampeter's full court pressure defense in the fourth quarter, put together a 10-0 run that cut the lead to 59-49 with 5:18 left but it wasn't enough. Palmyra kept pace with L-S who won the quarter 18-17.

Sandberg and Broderick each drained three 3-pointers on the night but the Cougars hit eight times from long range. Palmyra also dominated the foul line, hitting 12-of-15 while L-S was 6-of-11.

Ryan Smith and Banner each finished with four points, Jake Sweger added 3, Jared Houck 2, and Damian Rosa and Peyton Denlinger 1 each.

"They just jumped on us in that first quarter," said Berryman. "We didn't come out as aggressive as we needed. We turned things around a bit but it wasn't enough. The guys didn't give up though. They kept battling."

Playing the same team four times in one season is a tall order, especially when that team has a D-1 recruit. Last Wednesday, in a battle for seventh place in the district, the Pioneers looked poised to stake their third straight win over Manheim Central. But the Barons, behind St. Joe's bound Taylor Funk, escaped with a 60-56 victory.

Shaking off an early 9-4 deficit, the Pioneers, behind 8 straight points by Sweger (2 3-pointers) led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. And, despite giving up a 17-16 lead early in the second, led by as many as seven (39-32) on a triple by Sandberg in the third, and were up 43-40 going into the final frame. Unfortunately, Funk highlighted a 12-0 run by the Barons with ten straight points, including taking a charge between back-to-back triples and lifted Manheim to a 52-43 lead, their largest of the night.

Sandberg (16 points, 3 treys) and Houck hit back-to-back treys and Sandberg followed up a missed Baron free throw with a jumper at the other end to cut the lead to one, 52-51. But the Pioneers would get no closer. Manheim collected 8-of-17 free throws in the final three minutes and L-S got a triple from Banner that cut the lead to 58-54 while Jared Brown scored the final field goal of the night in a 60-56 loss.

"All of our games have been competitive," said Berryman. "Things just didn't go our way."

Lampeter knocked down 10 threes in the game but was a slim 4-of-10 from the foul line. The Barons (21-7), who got a game-high 35 points from Funk, netted 13-of-24 freebies, five treys and outpointed the Pioneers from two-point range 16 field goals to 11.

Also scoring for L-S (17-11) was Smith 8, Banner 6, Broderick 6, Denlinger 5, and Houck 3.

"When we were 7-7 we certainly weren't thinking about playing in the state tournament," said Berryman. "Now we go out and play. We have nothing to lose."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The girls' team traveled the same path down the district road as the boys only their squad was a bit less than 100%. Senior and leading scorer Nevin Hoenninger went down with an ankle injury against Lancaster Catholic in the L-L playoffs and has been trying to get back to 100%. Unfortunately, she saw limited time in Lampeter's 43-38 consi-semifinal loss to West York last Tuesday and did not play at all in their closer-than-it appeared 38-28 loss to Dover in a fight for seventh place on Thursday. Both games were played at CD East High School.

The Pioneers jumped out to an 8-2 lead over No. 9 West York. But just as quickly, the tables turned. WY used their long range weapons and poured in 16 points, including three 3-pointers, while L-S struggled at the offensive end, managing a pair of free throws by Emma Gochnauer and a jumper by Sarah Gawne.

Down 18-12 at the break, the second half was all but even but wasn't enough to overcome the first-half deficit. Both teams netted a pair of threes, with Hoenninger's cutting the lead to 26-19 and Laura Horner's buzzer beater making it 30-22.

Gochnauer, who led all scorers with 17 points, scored 8 points in the fourth and L-S hit 6-of-10 free throws to win the frame 14-13. WY managed three field goals and missed enough free throws (7) down the stretch to give L-S a chance to get back in the game, almost.

Garber hit a pair of free throws with 46.1 to pull within three, 38-35 but could get no closer. WY hit the front end of a one-and-one, rebounded the miss and dropped in two more freebies to go up 41-35. They went 4-for-6 from the line in the last 30 seconds but the Pioneers could not convert at the other end.

"We shot poorly," said head coach Tony Fink. "At this level there are no bad teams and if you don't play well, you lose. Nevin's status definitely hinders us.

"We rely on knocking down some threes as we have no real post threats," he added. "We hit two more of those, different game. We will always play until the end."

Gawne backed Gochnauer with 8 points, Horner and Garber each hit 5 and Hoenninger added 3.

Two nights later, and with Hoenninger on the bench, the Pioneers (20-7) again got off to a good start before a sluggish second quarter proved detrimental in the 10 point loss to Dover (18-10). Horner knocked down back-to-back threes and Gochnauer added another and two free throws to push L-S to an 11-7 lead in the first quarter.

Dover responded with 10 straight second quarter points that included Raja Fink, a junior, hitting her 1000th career point. She led all scorers with 18 points while Horner and Gochnauer combined for 23.

The second half was again nip-and-tuck. Both team struggled through the third quarter with L-S holding a 5-4 advantage.

"We scored two points in that second quarter and missed some makeable ones for sure," said Fink. "Raja Fink is a nice player. She's the best we've played against after Kiki Jefferson."

The Pioneers scored the first three points of the fourth, closing the gap to 23-21 but never regained the lead. Dover's 8-2 run extended their advantage to 31-23 before Horner's trey made it a five-point game. Dover hit 5-of-7 free throws in the final minute and L-S managed one, by Garber, in suffering their third straight loss.

"Hard to lose three in a row as we have not done that all year," said Fink. "But all three were against quality teams and we were in all three games until late in the fourth but never had the lead to see how we would finish. With all underclassmen on the floor, this game was a preview of next year.

"We will play hard in the state game," he continued. "I told the girls to hold their heads high. We have a nice season going and at least one more game. We would rather be playing than sitting home for sure."

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Pioneer Hoop Teams Win District 3 5A Openers February 24, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg's District Three Class 5A opening performance against visiting Ephrata (No. 13 seed) is proof that defense does win basketball games. Down 11 in the third quarter, and nine to start the fourth, the seventh seed Pioneers collectively buckled down. Ben Sandberg forced a turnover near midcourt, Peyton Denlinger not only blocked a shot but snatched a steal, Ryan Smith added another blocked shot and Cameron Niemeyer knocked a ball out of bounds with 7.3 ticks left. All that hustle sparked a 9-0 run that turned a 32-23 deficit into a tied game with 4:26 left.

Tied again at 37-37, Ephrata pulled ahead on a pair of free throws but the Pioneers grabbed the lead when Jake Sweger collected an offensive rebound off a missed three and called timeout while falling out-of-bounds. With 39.6 seconds left, Sweger initiated an inbounds pass to Sandberg, who converted the and-one that put L-S in front 38-37 with 36.8 left to play. The Mounts held for the last shot. Their initial drive was knocked out-of-bounds by Niemeyer and their last attempt missed the rim.

"Sometimes championship teams win ugly games," said head coach Ed Berryman. "But at this point in the season, a win is a win. We persevered."

The Pioneers, who defeated Ephrata in a 54-52 thriller on February 3, rode the back of Ryan Smith who netted all seven of Lampeter's first quarter points. The Mounts, making their first district appearance since 2005, finally broke the ice with 7:01 left in the first half. They went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a pair of treys by Xaviar Rodriguez and cut the lead to 13-12 at the break.

The Mounts opened the third quarter with a balanced attack that saw seven different players combine for 18 points and three triples, and a defensive effort that held the home team to eight points, including six free throws and a field goal by Sandberg. Their largest lead of the night was 30-19 before a pair of foul shots by Chase Broderick ended the quarter and set the stage for the fourth quarter comeback.

"I thought we seemed very lethargic in that third quarter," said Berryman, "so I went to the bench. Cam Niemeyer and Damian Rosa are tough on defense and bring energy and Chase Broderick, a sophomore, can shoot the ball and we were having some issues there so I was hoping he'd get a bucket or two and he came up with those free throws."

Smith matched Rodriguez for game-high honors with 12 points. He was 6-for-10 from the foul line. Sandberg chipped in with 11 points, all in the second half, and scored seven in the final stanza. Jared Houck netted six points (4 in the fourth), Sweger added 3, and Denlinger, Jared Brown and Broderick all finished with two points.

The Mounts (16-9) outscored the hosts from behind the arc with five made three-pointers. The Pioneers, who led the L-L League in made 3s this season, were scoreless in that department for the first time this year.

"If the ball isn't falling you need to get to the rim," Berryman stated. "We attacked the basket and came away shooting 22 foul shots."

The Pioneers outscored Ephrata 12-7 in made field goals and converted 14 of those 22 freebies, (the Mounts were 8-of-11) to make up the difference in failing to hit a three.

Lampeter traveled to Mechanicsburg Thursday night to take on the No. 2 seed in their quest to get to the finals. Unfortunately, a dismal start proved fatal and the Wildcats (21-5) moved into the semifinals with a 58-47 victory.

The hosts knocked down three triples, saw five different players score, and tallied 15 points in the first quarter while holding the visitors to a slim five points in each of the first two frames. Smith and Sandberg accounted for those ten points.

The offensive pace picked up in the second half as both teams combined for 72 total points. The Pioneers outscored the Wildcats 20-19 in the third quarter and 17-16 in the fourth but it wasn't enough. Houck led the charge, pouring in all 24 of his points in the second half, netting 14 in the third quarter, including three triples. Sandberg bucketed 8 of his 13 points after the break. They accounted for 32 of the team's 37 second half points.

While the free throw line played a pivotal role in Monday's game, just the opposite was true in this one. Mechanicsburg canned 19-of-25 attempts and were 18-of-23 in the second half. The Pioneers were a slim 6-for-9.

Kyle Scheib and Cade Alioth both netted 16 points in the win.

The Pioneers will battle in the consolation bracket this week for their seeding in the state tournament.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

With four players in double figures, the Lady Pioneers earned their third, and largest victory over Cocalico as the District Three Class 5A tournament got underway last Tuesday. The hosting Pioneers did not need a fourth quarter comeback in the 55-48 win as they led for all but four minutes, give or take.

"Our motto going in was one fist is stronger than five individual fingers. Be one together," said head coach Tony Fink.

They opened with a 7-0 run and, sparked by Hannah Garber's six points, led 14-10 at the end of the quarter.

Not to be outdone, Cocalico returned the favor in the second frame, scoring six straight to go in front 16-14. Tied at 18-18, the Eagles scored on back-to-back possessions for their largest lead of the night, 22-18 but back-to-back three's by Laura Horner and Emma Gochnauer put L-S back in front for good. They led 25-22 at the break.

"We had a poor second quarter in keeping them out of the paint and getting defensive rebounds," said Fink. "But we cleaned that up very well in the second half, which we controlled for the most part."

Nevin Hoenninger drained triples on two straight possessions in the third quarter and Horner added a pair of free throws and a bucket in the paint that stretched the lead to 37-28. Cocalico closed the quarter with a 7-4 run but the home team remained in front, 41-35.

The Pioneers gained their largest lead of the night midway through the fourth quarter. Sarah Gawne made the front end of a one-and-one, collected her own miss and dished a pass to Hoenninger who dropped in her third trey of the night and pushed the lead to 50-39. Gawne, who was solid on the boards all night, led the scoring that quarter with 6-of-8 free throws and finished with seven points in the game.

"Sarah's fourth quarter was huge with rebounding, getting loose balls and knocking down those free throws," lauded Fink. "We also got quality minutes from Olivia Vranich and Brittany Zameroski off the bench."

Gochnauer led all scorers with 14 points, including ten in the first half. Horner, who hit two three's in the second quarter and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, and Hoenninger both added 12 points and Garber netted 10.

"Beating Cocalico three times was not easy but this time we stayed in the lead for the most part and did not have to fight up the comeback hill," added Fink. "This was a great win. I love my team!"

The L-S girls punched their ticket to the PIAA playoffs with this victory. It is Lampeter's first appearance since a 65-45 loss to Archbishop Carroll in the 2009 Class 3A state championship game held at Penn State.

Lampeter's semifinal results against Lower Dauphin, who advanced with a 44-38 win over Donegal, were not available at press time.

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Pioneer Teams Compete in the Post-Season February 20, 2017

Having lost to Lancaster Catholic on December 13, 47-34, and fresh off of capturing the Section Three crown with a tie breaker win over Manheim Central, the Pioneers were looking to enact a bit of revenge against the Crusaders in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs last Monday, February 12. The Section Three runners-up, however, wanted a sweep and to advance in the tournament. And they did just that. But only after taking control in overtime, 66-59.

The Pioneers, who missed their first eight shots in the game, spotted the visitors seven quick points in the opening quarter and fell behind 14-6 after eight minutes.

Lampeter picked it up a notch in the second quarter, holding the Crusaders to three field goals and, behind eight points by Ben Sandberg, outscored the visitors 12-8, cutting the lead to 22-18 by halftime.

Needing to battled harder on the boards and capitalize in the paint, the Pioneers gave up the first nine points of the second half and the Crusaders jumped to their biggest lead of the game, 31-18. Lampeter, just as quickly, dropped in nine of their own, including back-to-back treys by Ryan Smith and Sandberg and pulled within four, 31-27 with 3:56 left in the quarter. They ended the quarter with a 7-0 run and took a 34-33 lead on a pair of free throws by Smith with 14.2 seconds left.

L-S led by as many as three early in the fourth and pushed it to four, 43-39 on a dunk by Sandberg with 5:36 left to play. A combined 19 free throws were shot in that fourth quarter. The last was by Jake Sweger and completed a three-point play that put L-S in front, 52-47 with 1:31 left. The Crusaders responded with a by Chad Wenger (12 points) and a game-tying trey from Mark Cannon with 56 seconds left.

The Pioneers held for the last shot of the game but turned the ball over with 2.1 seconds left, setting up the pivotal extra period. The Crusaders scored the first eight points and six of the last ten in outscoring the home team 14-7 in finishing on top.

Smith, with ten points in the third quarter, matched Catholic's Danny Bomberger with a game-high 19 points. Sandberg netted 17 and Swegar, who canned 6-of-8 free throws, scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Jared Houck (5), Peyton Denlinger (4) and Jared Brown (2) also contributed to a score sheet that saw the Pioneers connect on 11-of-14 free throws. The Crusaders, however, hit 20-of-25 and improved to 21-4 overall. Lampeter drops to 16-8.

The Pioneers will host Ephrata in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A tournament this week.

WRESTLING

Despite finishing with a 7-3 record overall and going 3-3 in Section Two, the Pioneer grapplers struggled in the District Three Class 3A Section Two tournament held at Hempfield High School this past Saturday. Eleven wrestlers competed and only one worked his way to placing.

Josh Beiler matched his fifth place seeding with a 3-2 record at 182. The senior opened with a 37 second fall over Manheim Central's Mitchell Himelright but was bounced to the consolation bracket with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Warwick's Logan Boring. Tied at 2-2 in the second period, Beiler gave up an escape in the third in suffering the loss.

He rebounded with a solid 8-5 decision over Township's Myles DeSha to get to the consolation semis. There he met Penn Manor's Dante Jones, the eventual third place finisher, and was dealt a 5-2 loss. This one was tied at 2-2 heading into the final period.

In a battle for fifth place, Beiler avenged his earlier loss to Logan Boring with a 5-3 thriller. Beiler scored all five of his points in the final period to earn a fifth place finish. Unfortunately, only the top four place finishers advance to the District Three Class 3A tournament in Hershey this weekend.

The only other Pioneer to pick up a win was Jeff Elser. Competing at 152, the junior opened with a 4:52 fall over Donegal's Ian Rineer. In the quarterfinals he went up against top seed A.J. Wilson, from Solanco, and was pinned in 35 seconds. Wilson went on to earn the gold while Elser's season ended with an 8-1 loss to Hershey's Ryan Shultz, the eventual third place finisher.

Despite bowing out in their respective opening rounds, three Pioneers put forth a solid effort. Sophomore Jared Pivec entered with an 11-13 record at 106 and went up against Milton Hershey's Kevin Minners. He was down just 2-1 in the first period before giving up three takedowns en route to a 9-4 loss.

At 120, Mason Blank (14-11) dropped a tight 9-6 decision to Warwick's Mateo Chacon. He was down 3-2 in the first period and 5-4 in the second but couldn't turn the table.

Tied at 7-7 after two periods, freshman Dominick Copeland ended his season with a 4:43 fall against McCaskey's Jeremiah Holland.

Coming out on the short end of two point decisions was Michael Hazboun (126) with a 5-3 loss to Manheim Central's Ryan Kreider and sophomore Tyler Phenegar, who dropped a 6-4 decision to Elizabethtown's Connor Gill at 220.

Also competing was Ramon Estevez (132), Johnny Franklin (170), Jack Eckman (195) and Owen Hess (285).

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Hoop Teams Earn Section Two Crowns February 14, 2017

The theme for the Pioneer basketball teams last week could easily have been "taking care of business." In a pair of must-win games, the boys team not only won one, but two games last week to claim the Section Two crown while the girls' team grabbed one victory to claim the title as well.

"It was a big week," said head coach Ed Berryman. "The kids are feeling more confident this second time around."

In order to have an opportunity to win the section title the Pioneers had to get past Cocalico Tuesday in Denver. And while the first half was nip-and-tuck and back-and-forth, the second half was not and led to a solid 57-40 final that swept the series.

Down 11-10 in the first, L-S took the second frame 16-14 to pull ahead 26-25 at the break.

"We switched things up a bit in the second half and stepped up defensively, especially in the third quarter," noted Berryman.

Defense was definitely the key as the Pioneers held the Eagles to three points while pouring in 16 at the other end to take control.

"Jared Houck hit two big threes that quarter to give us some separation," Berryman said.

The visitors won the final frame as well, 15-12 to earn the win.

Ben Sandberg led all scorers with 22 points, including 12 in the first half, and Houck, who drained three triples on the night, followed with 15. Ryan Smith rounded out a trio of double-digit scorers with 12.

That victory, along with Manheim Central turning in a 47-33 victory over Ephrata, ended the regular season with both teams tied at 11-3 in section play and set up a playoff for the crown Thursday night at Hempfield.

The Pioneers topped the Barons 61-58 on January 6 and 60-51 on the 31st. And though they say it's hard to beat the same team three times, Lampeter did just that, using a 28 point fourth quarter highlighted by a 12-0 run that put L-S in front for good, 68-63, and gave them their second straight title.

L-S held a 17-13 lead in the first quarter and the Barons fought back in the second, outscoring the locals 12-7 to gain a slim 25-24 edge at the break.

Sandberg, who came off the bench with 21 points, netted ten in the third frame as both squads dropped in 16 points, setting up a pivotal final eight minutes.

Up 46-42 on a triple by Jordan Sweger, Manheim answered with a trey by Taylor Funk, who notched a game-high 24. But the Pioneers pulled away for good with a rare five point play. Peyton Denlinger drilled a triple and Sweger was fouled on the screen that set up Denlinger's shot. He was awarded a one-and-one and connected on both attempts, pushing the lead to 51-45 with 5:23 remaining.

"That was the turning point," said Berryman.

Three different Pioneers combined for the next seven points that pushed the lead to 58-45 with 2:35 left to play. The Barons, however, weren't going down without a fight and went to fouling in order to stop the clock. They hit four triples in the final 2:35 and the Pioneers hit 10-of-14 free throws to stay in front.

Manheim cut the lead to two, 65-63, on a triple by Funk with 2.6 ticks left. Baron head coach Chris Sherwood called for a timeout but Manheim didn't have any left, and the technical foul free throws by Sandberg (7-for-10 from the line) sealed the deal.

Smith, who was 4-for-4 from the stripe in the final 1:29, followed with 12 points. Sweger netted 10, Jack Banner hit for 9, all on three's, and Houck and Denlinger both added 8 points.

"Jordan came up big," said Berryman. "He hadn't scored in our two previous games and Peyton hit some big buckets as well. Our greatest asset is our ability to move the ball. We want everyone to be a threat."

And that might come in handy as the Pioneers open the L-L League playoffs against a Lancaster Catholic squad that defeated them 47-34 on December 13.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

They may not have gotten the start they wanted, but the persistent lady Pioneers certainly got the final result as they rallied past visiting Cocalico last Tuesday night and grabbed the Section Two crown with a 54-50 victory.

The Pioneers, who claimed the Section Three title in the 2012-13 season, fell behind early, 18-12, in the first quarter.

"They lit us up for 18 and our defense had to settle in and we did," said head coach Tony Fink.

L-S held the Eagles, who they defeated 49-47 on January 13, to just nine second quarter points and cut the lead to 27-24 by halftime.

Needing a win to force a section tie-breaker game, Cocalico built a 34-27 advantage midway through the third quarter before the Pioneers dug deeper. Hannah Garber, who averaged just over six points per game, netted seven of her 13 points to fuel the Pioneer rally and Laura Horner, who finished with a game-high 14, splashed in a three-ball with 22 seconds left to cut the lead to 40-39.

"That was a big three by Laura to give us momentum and our defense from halfway through the third quarter through the fourth was great," said Fink.

Horner dropped in another three to open the fourth quarter and L-S grabbed the lead for good when Sarah Gawne (8 points) scored with 5:50 left in the game. Horner and Nevin Hoeninger (10 points) both went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 2:30 to seal Cocalico's fate. The Pioneer were 15-for-18 from the stripe for the game while the Eagles were 8-of-11.

"Again we had balance in scoring with Hanna, Laura and Nevin in double figures," said Fink. "And Emma Gochnauer (6 points) dished out 11 assists. This was a gut check win over a nice senior laden team from Cocalico."

Brittany Zameroski chipped in with three points.

The win pushed the Pioneers into the Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterfinals opposite Section Three runner-up Lancaster Catholic on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders, who match the Pioneers with an overall record of 19-4, defeated L-S in the third game of the season, 67-50. The second time around wasn't much better for the home team. They were held to single digit scoring in each of the first two quarters and lost 57-35.

Kiki Jefferson led all scorers with 29 points, pouring in 20 in the second half and Lauren Mills added 14 of her 16 points in the opening half to knock the Pioneers out of the tournament.

"Kiki Jefferson was the difference. Plain and simple," said Fink. "She shot just six free throws and still scored 29. And Mills is a great second option for them. We don't match up with her because we do not have the height to bother her."

L-S got out in front early, jumping to a 6-0 advantage but Mills and Jefferson connected on back-to-back treys to knot the score and continued with a 21-3 first half run. They held the Pioneers to nine points in the first quarter, six in the second and led 27-15 at the break.

The hosts managed 10 points in both the third and fourth quarters but couldn't stop the Crusaders, who tossed in 30, or Jefferson, who netted 15 in the fourth quarter.

"Their half-court defense bothered us and we did not shoot real well," said Fink. "And now we get Cocalico for the third time around."

Gochnauer, the only double-digit scorer for the Pioneers, finished with 13 points. Garber, Horner, and Hoenninger, who went down with an ankle injury late in the game and is questionable for the Cocalico game, all finished with 7 points.

The Pioneers enter the District Three Class 5A playoffs as the fourth seed and open against No. 13 Cocalico (14-8) on Tuesday, February 21. The top-eight teams qualify for the PIAA tournament.

BOWLING

In their last regular match of the season, the Pioneer bowlers suffered their second 7-0 defeat at the hands of Cocalico, dropping their Section Three record to 2-9, just ahead of last placed Garden Spot (1-8). Andrew O'Connor rolled the top score for the Pioneers with a 507 that included a 174 final game.

Cocalico's Justin Burd had the top series of the day, a 592.

WRESTLING

The Pioneer grapplers, in a tune-up for the Sectional Tournament this Saturday at Hempfield, traveled to Kennard-Dale High School last Wednesday night and came home with a 39-34 thriller. Despite trailing the entire match, Lampeter sophomore Ezra Mellinger pinned Kennard-Dale's Joseph Weber in 3:20 flipping the Pioneers 34-33 deficit into a victory, and moving the visitors overall record to 7-3.

Lampeter took advantage of five forfeit wins and in actual bouts wrestled, won just one other match on the day, an 8-6 victory by Michael Hazboun (132) in the second bout of the night that cut the deficit to 6-3.

The Rams scored back-to-back falls and then gave up two straight forfeits before a 12-1 major by Austin McNamee over Lampeter's John Franklin (170) extended the home team advantage to 22-15.

After a K-D fall at 182, Lampeter picked up three forfeits over the next four bouts and gave up a 3:20 fall at 285 that cut the Rams' lead to 34-33 and set the stage for Mellinger's heroics.

SWIMMING

The Pioneer swimmers competed in the League Championships last week at the Lititz Rec Center. The girls' team competed on Thursday night and came up empty in top eight finishes. Freshman Catherine Horner entered the competition as the only seeded Lady Pioneer (8th in the 500 free, 5:50.53). She finished 13th with a 5:51.60.

The 200 medley relay was just off the medal mark with the team of Horner, Hailey Welchans, Lexi Wagner and Karin Hostetter placing 9th. The 200 free team of Hostetter, Olivia Honert, Anastasia Curran and Abby Nagle settled for 10th place.

Other top 15 finishes included Wagner's 14th place effort in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 free relay team of Horner, Wagner, Nagle and Welchans taking 10th.

The boys competed on Friday night where Colin Anderson earned a 5th place finish in the 50 free with a 22.41. He was also seeded third in the 100 butterfly (52.83) but was a little off his seeding time and settled for 8th place with a 55.45.

The 200 medley team of Nathan Tobler, Anderson, Dylan Grau and Jordan Chin opened the meet with an 11th place effort while the 200 free relay team of Grau, Dalton Kreider, Everett Honert and Brandon Prouse also finished in 11th place.

Other top 15 finishes included Prouse, Kreider, Chin and Anderson teaming for a 10th place finish in the 400 free relay.

The boys' finished in 10th place, just four points behind 8th place finisher Ephrata.

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