Pioneer Hoop Teams Fall in PIAA Second Round March 19, 2018
Thirty-two teams qualify for the PIAA Class 5A basketball bracket but only one finishes its season with a win. Unfortunately, neither the Pioneer girls nor boys squads will be the final team standing as both bowed out with second round losses last week.
Both squads opened action as the underdogs but couldn't quite pull off the upset, though the boys managed an overtime period before bowing out Philadelphia power Archbishop Carroll 77-76 at Governor Mifflin last Tuesday night. They finish the year with the single season record 26 wins against 5 losses. And four of those losses were by three points or less.
"The kids just played hard," said second year head coach Ed Berryman. "They left everything on the floor. This was a different level of basketball and the kids played their hearts out."
L-S, the sixth place team out of District Three, sprinted to a 10-0 after just four minutes. But the Patriots, the No. 3 seed out of District 12, ended the quarter on a 10-3 run and closed the gap to 16-12.
Ryan Smith, who led all scorers with 32 points and hauled in 22 rebounds, scored the first eight points of the second quarter while the Patriots went 6-for-6 from the line and scored the last eight points of the frame, leaving the halftime score at 32-26.
AC took its first lead of the night, 41-39, with 3:05 left in the third quarter. They outscored the Pioneers 22-11 that frame and held a 48-43 lead with eight minutes remaining.
The Patriots took its biggest lead, 53-45, with 6:56 left on the clock but the Pioneers rallied. Jordan Sweger converted back-to-back old fashioned three point plays, Smith scored in the paint, and Seth Beers buried a triple to put L-S back in front, 56-53. Over the last 1:23, however, the Pioneers missed four free throws, including the front end of two one-and-ones, leaving the door open for the Patriots. Isaac Beers, who finished with 11 points, was fouled with 13.3 left to play. He hit the front end of the two shot foul to tie the game. Smith rebounded the miss but was mugged down low and eventually lost the ball. AC frantically got off a pair of last second shots but came up empty, forcing the extra period.
That extra period was as tight as the rest of the game. Two free throws by Seth Beers with 1:47 left gave L-S its last lead, 71-70. Two free throws by AJ Hoggard (19 points) gave the Patriots a four-point cushion with 6.7 seconds left, leaving Isaac Beers' three at the buzzer short in the comeback.
Patrick Holmes (7), Zach Kingsley (6) and Peyton Denlinger (4) also contributed to the final points total.
But a season is not defined by the final loss. The Pioneers won the Section Two crown and secured its first ever Lancaster-Lebanon League title. They finished as a District Three 5A quarterfinalist and broke the single season wins record (24) by two games. Individually, Ryan Smith not only went over the 1,000 career points mark but was voted as Section Two Player of the Year. He led the league in scoring with a 20.3 average and was the only L-L player to score 30 or more points multiple times (7) throughout the season. He will continue his education and basketball career at East Stroudsburg. Also in the individual accolades department, Isaac Beers was voted as a Section Two first team all-star and coach Berryman was named Section Two Coach of the Year.
"To win the L-L League championship was awesome," lauded Berryman. "That was definitely a highlight. This senior class (Smith, Beers, Sweger, Denlinger, Cam Neimeyer and Marc Wilson) showed great leadership. They will be missed."
The girls also faced a tall task, both literally and figuratively, in going up against Southern Lehigh, the District 11 champs at Hamburg High School last Wednesday night. The Spartans (27-2) advanced with a 76-20 mercy rule win over Palumbo in the PIAA opener. They led from start to finish in topping the Pioneers 45-29 in round two. That result was their 21st straight victory this season. They went on to hold off Harrisburg 42-36 and advanced to the PIAA final four for the first time ever.
"They were bigger and stronger," said head coach Tony Fink. "And Amanda Mobley is a D-1 player (Rider University). They are the real deal," he added. "We took it as far as we could. When you are undersized, bigger teams in the playoffs are generally skilled and make you pay."
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-2 lead before a triple by Laura Horner, whose team high 12 points was just under her average this season, a free throw by Emma Gochnauer (10 points) and a jumper by Sarah Gawne closed the gap to 8-7. Two possessions later, Gochnauer's putback knotted the game at 10-10. The Spartans, however, ran off seven straight and never looked back.
They led 17-10 at the end of the frame and opened the second with a steal and a layup. L-S fell behind by as many as ten, 25-15, before a 5-2 run, including four free throws by Horner, closed the half and cut the lead to 27-20.
"We gave up nine offensive rebounds in that second quarter," noted Fink. "But a lot of that was their size. We shot poorly, and missed some bunnies and free throws but their size bothered us."
But a third quarter run, similar to that first quarter, extended the Spartans' advantage. They held L-S to three points - a putback by Gawne (4 points) and a free throw by Hanna Garber (3 points), and pushed the lead to 38-23.
Despite a tightly contested fourth quarter, L-S, still diving on the floor for possession of the ball late in the game, failed to close the gap and capped the season with a 16 point loss.
Olivia Snyder led all scorers with 21 points.
"I love my team and will miss my seniors (Horner, Gawne, Garber) greatly," said Fink. "We finished at 25-5, were Section Two repeat champs, and won the Penn Manor and Hershey tournaments. Our losses were all to district and state playoff teams."
Their team success also featured some individual accolades. Gochnauer, a junior, passed the 1,000 career points plateau and was Lampeter's floor general. She averaged 15.8 ppg was named Section Two Player of the Year and a first team all-star. Garber and Horner were both Second Team all-stars while Brittney Zameroski was selected as an Honorable Mention all-star.
Coach Fink, in his sixth season, went over the 100 win mark, led his team to their second L-L League title at 14-0 and was selected as Section Two Coach of the Year.
Lady Pioneers Rally Past Dover in District Opener March 14, 2018
After a disappointing shooting night that led to a nine-point loss to Lebanon Catholic in the L-L League playoffs, the Pioneers were looking to get that shooting form back as they hosted Dover in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A tournament last Tuesday.
Hitting just one of its first seven three-point attempts, things were not shaking out as L-S had planned. They fell behind 17-13 before a Hanna Garber layup cut the lead to two. Then, three straight triples by Laura Horner, including a buzzer beater, capped the first half scoring and put the home team in front, 24-18. It was the spark the Pioneers needed as they went on to win 62-50.
"We had the same shots we had against Lebanon Catholic only we knocked them down after a slow start," said Pioneer boss Tony Fink.
The Pioneers, who improved to 22-3, took control with a 21-15 third quarter effort as both teams knocked down 17 fourth quarter points with L-S doing the bulk of the damage from the free throw line. The hosts, who canned 18-of-22 free throws for the game, converted on 15 straight attempts, offsetting Rajah Fink's 13 point fourth quarter.
"Fink (30 points) is a heck of a scorer but we did enough defensively and we won the rebound battle with team effort," said Fink.
Horner finished with 23 points, including five three balls and a 4-for-4 effort from the foul line. Emma Gochnauer was 7-for-8 from the stripe, added a pair of treys and finished with 21 points. Garber put up eight points and was 4-for-6 from the line while Brittney Zameroski (4), Sarah Gawne (4) and Nora Holmes (2) rounded out the scoring.
Due to early deadlines, the results for Lampeter's quarterfinal matchup against defending 5A champ Susquehannock will appear in the March 7 issue.
Fresh off their first ever L-L League Championship, the boys' squad had two days to refocus for the District Three-5A tournament. L-S took care of business last Monday, dispatching No. 16 Northern York 55-35 in the opening round.
Tied at 4-4 early, the top seed used a 14-4 run to take control for good. Ryan Smith, who knocked down seven points in the fourth quarter, and Isaac Beers combined for 10 of Lampeter's 16 first quarter points.
The Section Two champs held the visitors to five second quarter points while building a comfortable 27-13 lead at the break. Zach Kingsley came off the bench with four points that frame and finished with seven for the game.
Northern came out of the half with determination, scoring nine straight over the first 3:25 to cut the lead to 27-22 but that was as close as they would get. Beers, who finished with 17 points and three triples, hit from downtown with 15.2 left in the quarter to extend the lead to 38-26.
The Pioneers finished strong, outscoring Northern 17-9 in the final frame to advance to the quarterfinals opposite No. 8 Lower Dauphin Thursday night. Unfortunately, it was there that Lampeter's hopes of obtaining another title went by the wayside as LD upended the hometown favorite 46-49 in overtime.
The Pioneers appeared to have caught the same bug that bit the girls' team in the L-L playoffs - a poor shooting night. Patrick Holmes had the hot hand, draining four three-pointers and scoring all 13 of Lampeter's second quarter points, but it wasn't enough. The Pioneers connected on just 6-of-24 three point attempts for the game.
Both teams seemed more focused on the defensive end in the first half and neither shot particularly well. The visitors held a slim 9-7 edge in the first quarter before Holmes, who scored all 17 of his points in the first half, fueled a 13-7 second quarter that put L-S in front, 20-16 at the break.
Smith, who was double and triple teamed all night, got going a bit in the third quarter, scoring seven, but L-S struggled to solve LD's zone defense. The visitors, on the other hand, netted the first four points of the second half and neither team led by more than two points the rest of the quarter. The Pioneers, with a chance to take the lead on their last possession, came up empty on three consecutive three point attempts.
LD scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter, a trey with 4:55 left, for a 34-31 advantage. Chase Broderick, fresh off the bench, drilled a three with 2:16 left to knot the score at 36-36 and Jordan Sweger's back-door bucket again tied the game at 38-all with 44 seconds left.
The visitors, looking for the last shot, instead turned the ball over, giving L-S new life and four more minutes to pull out a victory.
That extra period, however, went to Lower Dauphin (19-5) who connected on 9-of-14 free throws and outscored the Pioneers 11-8 to advance to the quarterfinals. Despite the loss, L-S (24-3) did secure a berth in the PIAA Class 5A tournament. They now compete in the consolation bracket for the fifth through eighth seeds for the state tournament.
Pioneer Hoop Teams Win State Openers March 12, 2018
The Pioneer basketball teams used strong fourth quarter efforts to pull off a pair of PIAA first round victories last week. The boys' team knocked off District 11 runner-up Bangor (22-3) 54-42 while the girls' upended Mastery Charter North 66-58.
Behind a career-high 33 points from Emma Gochnauer, the Lady Pioneers handed Mastery Charter North a 66-58 loss this past Saturday, March 10, in the opening round of the PIAA Championships at South Philly High School. It is their first state game victory since the 2008 season when L-S defeated Villa Maria 47-33 and advanced to the finals where they settled for second place after a 68-45 loss to Archbishop Carroll.
"We were the underdogs and pulled out the upset of the No. 2 team out of Philadelphia," said head coach Tony Fink. "Anybody in the L-L League, other than Lancaster Catholic, would struggle against their athletes. We gave up an early lead and rallied in the last five minutes of the game to win, essentially a home game for Mastery North. That says a lot about the girls and the program."
But this eight point win was closer than it appeared. After falling behind 15-12 in the first quarter, L-S used some long distance shooting to break down the Lady Pumas' 3-2 zone defense and took a 32-26 lead at the break. Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined for five 3-pointers as L-S outscored the home team 20-11 to go in front. Their biggest lead was 32-23 on a Gochnauer three ball with less than two minutes left in the half.
The Pumas, however, extended their defense in the third quarter and took advantage of five Pioneers turnovers to knot the score at 41-41.
The bulk of the fourth quarter, however, proved to be a free throw contest as both squads scored more points from the charity stripe than the field. L-S connected on 17 of 22 attempts and hit four field goals. Gochnauer led the charge with 11 points, including 5-of-8 from the stripe with Horner going 6-for-6 from the line. Mastery also connected on four field goals and went 10-of-14 from the stripe. They did, in fact, take a 48-43 lead with 6:31 left to play.
Four straight free throws by Gochnauer and Horner cut the lead to one, 48-47 but it wasn't until Horner completed a traditional three point play that L-S took its first lead of the final frame, 53-51 with 3:33 left.
Mastery knotted the score at 53-53 but Gochnauer, with seven straight points, provided the Pioneers with their biggest cushion, 60-53 with 1:42 left to play. The visitors closed the game making 7-of-10 free throws. They were 21-of-33 for the game.
Gochnauer's 33 point effort included 8-of-14 free throws and three treys. Horner netted 20 points on four triples and was 6-of-8 from the stripe. Hanna Garber added seven points, and Brittney Zameroski and Sarah Gawne netted three each.
Mastery connected on 12-of-22 free throws and got a 32 point effort from Alanis Hill.
Next up for the Pioneers is three time defending District 11 champ, Southern Lehigh (24-2). That game will take place Wednesday, March 14 at Hamburg High School at 7:30 pm.
In a back-and-forth game at Easton Area Middle School Friday, March 9, the Pioneers switched defenses in the fourth quarter and used a 16-0 run to hand Bangor a 54-42 loss. Two years ago L-S topped Berwick in the state opener.
"I think our defense was the difference in the fourth quarter," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We went to what I call a reverse triangle and two and they didn't adjust."
Jordan Sweger and Seth Beers went man-to-man on Bangor's top threats and Patrick Homes, Ryan Smith and Isaac Beers guarded the lanes with Smith taking over the baseline. Bangor, averaging around 60 points coming in, tried to close the gap from long range but missed more than they made (2-for-9).
"Their top scorer, Tony Jones (13.5 ppg) was their conference player of the year and Jordan held him to four points," Berryman pointed out. "Ben Holland had 16 points but Seth made him work for those points."
The game was tied seven times and L-S pushed a 10-8 first quarter deficit to a 20-13 second quarter advantage with three straight buckets by Holmes, Sweger and Zack Kingsley. The Pioneers held a 22-18 lead at the break.
Tied at 31-31 with 1:47 left in the third quarter, the Slaters buried a deep three just before the buzzer to go up 34-33 with eight minutes remaining.
Then the momentum started to shift. Tied again at 37-all on a pair of free throws by Ryan Smith at the 6:26 mark, the Pioneers went on a 14-0 run that included back-to-back three balls by Isaac Beers and lasted almost five minutes.
Smith, with just eight points in the first half, sparked the second half effort with 18 points including 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in that fourth quarter run.
"I thought the guys were very patient with trying to get Ryan the ball," said Berryman. "Seth had some excellent lob passes in and Jordan was effective with some quick bounce passes.
"Defensively, though, I felt we needed to minimize their offensive rebound opportunities," he added. "A couple of times they had two and three chances. In fact, both of the 3-pointers they hit in the fourth were on second and third attempts."
The Pioneers also extended that fourth quarter lead with a perfect 13-for-13 performance from the free throw line. They were an impressive 18-for-23 overall while the Slaters were a perfect 8-for-8.
"We haven't shot free throws that well all year," Berryman pointed out.
Backing Smith was Isaac Beers with 13 points, including three triples. Holmes knocked down seven, Sweger and S. Beers added three points each and Kingsley had two.
Next up for the District Three sixth place team is the No. 3 seed out of District 12, Archbishop Carroll (19-7). That game is slated for Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School.
Smith, Gochnauer Join 1000 Career Points Club March 5, 2018
Scoring 1,000 career points is a feat worthy of recognition. It certainly doesn't happen every day, and for some teams happens rarely. But for the Pioneer basketball squads battling their way through the district brackets last week, two players reached that plateau. Monday night at Warwick, Ryan Smith hit the mark on a free throw in the fourth quarter. He bucketed a game-high 31 points, netting half of Lampeter's 62 in a consolation semifinal over No. 13 Garden Spot.
One night later, again at Warwick and ironically at the same end of the basketball court, Emma Gochnauer, a junior, scored in the paint, joining Smith as the latest Pioneers to achieve the mark.
Smith, a senior, becomes the sixth boys' basketball player and the first one in ten years to reach 1,000. Zac Shaeffer was the last do to so. He finished with 1, 239 career points in 2007. The girls' list now features 12 players with Nevin Hoenninger (1,120) joining the club last year.
Smith was impressive in the 62-53 win over the Spartans, netting 16 points in the first quarter and hitting the 30 or more mark for the seventh time this season. But Smith had help along the way. Isaac Beers knocked down four treys, including the last shot of the first quarter that pushed L-S to a 22-13 advantage. He finished with 18 points. Peyton Denlinger was scrappy on the boards and Jordan Sweger did the bulk of handling the ball and directing the offense.
Garden Spot, deadly from 3-point range with 11 bombs on the night, used that ability to stay in the game. They hit three times in the second quarter, including Keontae Nunn's (16 points) shot at the buzzer that cut the lead to 33-28.
The Spartans had closed the gap to six, 48-42 in the fourth on yet another three-ball, this one by Javi Westmorland (11 points) but the Pioneers went on a 9-3 run, including Smith's momentous free throw, to maintain the momentum. Zack Kingsley came off the bench with eight points, all in the fourth to help seal the win.
Two nights later, at Mechanicsburg, the Pioneers faced No. 6 Hershey (21-5) for the fifth spot in the PIAA playoffs. This one was close for three quarters. Then the Pioneers went five minutes without scoring and the Trojans rallied for a 54-42 win.
A three by Patrick Holmes knotted the score at 5-5. Chase Broderick came off the bench late in the quarter. His putback and three with 3.5 left sandwiched a bucket by Holmes and put L-S in front, 15-10.
The second quarter was just as close. Hershey's Sean Coller dropped a triple that tied the game at 18-18 with 5:25 left in the half and managed to take a 25-24 lead by the end of the frame.
Smith, who finished with 16 points, opened the third with a trey, Beers followed with a jumper and L-S led 29-25. Smith's putback dunk maintained the four point edge and a Holme's triple with 1:32 left gave the home team a five point lead, 36-31.
Hershey closed the quarter with four straight points and opened the fourth with a three-point play. Smith followed with a pair of free throws that tied the game at 38-38 with 7:15 left. The Trojans responded with a 9-0 run over the next five minutes to take the lead for good. A Kingsley trey cut the lead to six but Hershey, with a 19-6 fourth quarter flurry, closed the game with a 7-1 run to finish as the fifth seed.
Holmes finished with 8 points, Beers scored six, Broderick hit for five, Kingsley added four and Stoltzfus finished with three in the loss. The Pioneers (25-4) open PIAA action this week against the District 11 runner-up, Bangor (22-3) on Friday at Easton Area Middle School at 7:30 pm.
Gochnauer needed just three points to hit the 1,000 mark last Tuesday against Palmyra. She collected a steal, was fouled on the shot and hit one of two free throws for the first point of the game. She didn't score again until early in the third quarter when her bucket in the paint cut the lead to 15-21. But L-S rallied down the stretch and pulled out a 38-32 victory.
"We needed to amp up the defense and believe that the next shot was going in," said head coach Tony Fink. "Once that happened, we settled in. And Emma getting the 1,000 relaxed her as well. Our defense bothered them from the second quarter on."
Palmyra took the lead after Gochnauer's free throw and held a 16-9 advantage at the end of eight minutes and 21-11 at the half. But all that changed in the third quarter. Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined to score the first nine points, cutting the lead to 21-20 with 1:10 left. Palmyra scored on a putback with 25 seconds left but Horner dropped a trey just nine seconds later, tying the score at 23-23 with one frame left.
Things were nip-and-tuck early in the fourth. L-S led 30-27 on a bucket by Brittney Zameroski with 5:05 left and were up 32-29 on a pair of free throws by Gochnauer at the 1:15 mark. Zameroski hit four more free throws while Horner and Gochnauer each added one as the Pioneers prevailed 38-32.
Horner finished with 15 points, Gochnauer added nine and Zameroski eight with Hanna Garber (4) and Sarah Gawne (2) also chipping in.
Thursday night, playing for the fifth spot in the upcoming PIAA playoffs, the Pioneers traveled to Penn Manor to take on Solanco. And for the third time this year, L-S prevailed, handing the Mares a 68-59 defeat.
"They are obviously very talented offensively," stated Fink of Solanco's eight made three pointers. Our defense from the second quarter on was not great, but getting and our offense was on against their zone and they had trouble defending our man offense."
Tied at 8-8 midway through the first quarter, Solanco went on an 8-0 run before Olivia Vranich hit two free throws and Gochnauer followed with three more points to cut the lead to three, 16-13.
Solanco opened the second frame with a three ball by Grace Kreider (18 points, 4 threes) but Zameroski and Gochnauer hit back-to-back bombs to tie the score at 19. A Nora Holmes' three ball gave L-S its first lead since 2-0. Jess Cabrera's (17 points, 3 threes) triple tied the game at 26-26 but Gochnauer, who had 14 points in the half, gave the Pioneers a push with a three just before the buzzer.
The first six minutes of the third quarter featured an exciting display of three point shooting. Horner and Cabrera took turns and combined for four straight. That run was interrupted by a Cabrera free throw that tied the game at 35-35. Four straight free throws by Garber put the Pioneers in front for good.
A trey by Solanco's Jenna Dombach cut the lead to one, 39-38 with 3:54 left but Holmes came off the bench and drilled back-to-back threes giving L-S its biggest lead of the night, 45-38.
"We had several unproductive possessions and then they hit those back-to-back threes," said Solanco boss Chad McDowell. "You can't give a team like L-S those opportunities as they will take advantage of them."
Holding a 51-44 lead to start the final eight minutes, Garber hit for eight points to extend the advantage to 60-47. Grace Kreider netted eight points including a pair of threes to keep the Mares close and Solanco opted to send the Pioneers (24-4) to the free throw line in hopes of catching up. That worked, to an extent, as L-S hit just 6-of-14 in the final 2:06. Solanco, however, failed to convert at the other end.
"We were down eight and from then until the fourth quarter we outscored them by 20 until the last minute," noted Fink. "When we shoot well, we are tough to defend."
Gochnauer led all scorers with 22 points. Garber's 14 point effort included six-for-six from the free throw line. Zameroski added 10 points, Holmes and Horner each added nine while Vranich and Gawne finished with two.
The girls' open PIAA action this Saturday at 3:30 pm when they take on District 12 runner-up Mastery North (17-9).
The Pioneers had a strong showing at the District Three Championships this past weekend at Cumberland Valley High School. With six qualifiers, the girls' squad finished in a tie for sixth place out of 18 teams.
"The girls had a tough regular season with injuries and close meets that we lost," said head coach Kate Whiting. "But they finally hit some fast times, which resulted in three broken team records. Bre Fluhr, Lexi Wagner, Elizabeth Horner and Catherine Horner set a new record in the 200 medley relay (1:56.51), while Bre broke the record in the 100 back (1:00.85) and Lexi did the same in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.45) placing 10th."
The Pioneers also had several top-eight finishes. The 200 medley relay was fifth, Fluhr was sixth in the 100 back, E. Horner was seventh in the 500 free and the 400 free relay of Horner, Horner, Molly Nagle and Abby Nagle was eighth.
Representing the boys' squad was Nathan Eberly, Dylan Grau, Dalton Kreider, Justin Miller and Nate Tobler.
"Nathan (500 free) and Dalton (50 free) swam individual events and our 200 and 400 free relays each placed 15th," noted Whiting.
Arik Harnish competed in the District Three Championships February 22-24 at the Giant Center in Hershey and came away with a solid sixth place finish at 113 but was just two places shy of extending his season to the PIAA Championships.
The freshman fell behind 4-0 in the round of 16 opposite Jacob Keller of Exeter Township. He rallied with a five point second period en route to a 3:19 fall that pushed him to the quarterfinals opposite Cedar Cliff's Creed Bogardus. Harnish gave up the first takedown in this one as well but tied the score with a late reversal. His second period escape proved to be the difference in a 5-4 decision as both matmen scored two points in the final period.
Harnish ran up against Northeastern's Cole Wilson, the eventual second place finisher, in the semifinals but struggled to a 15-0 tech fall.
Now in the consolations, Harnish fell short 4-2 against Timothy Uhler of New Oxford, giving up all four points in the second period. In a battle for fifth, Harnish came up just short again, 4-2 against Jeffrey Russell of Shippensburg.
Pioneers Win Program's First L-L League Crown February 19, 2018
After rallying from behind to take care of Lancaster Mennonite last Monday, and holding off a furious Hempfield comeback Wednesday at Penn Manor, Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team captured the program's first Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament title with a 50-40 victory over Lancaster Catholic in front of a packed house at Manheim Township Friday night.
"When we set our goals at the start of the season this was on our list," said second year head coach Ed Berryman. "We got off to a slow start but once we settled in we shot the ball better as the game went."
That slow start saw L-S missing its first five shots of the game and falling behind 6-1. After a jumper by Ryan Smith, who was triple-teamed most of the night, tied the score at 8-8, Isaac Beers, who knocked down a game-high 22 points, drained a trey that put the Section Two champs in front for good, 11-10.
The Pioneers dropped three treys in the second quarter, including back-to-back by Zach Kingsley and Beers for their largest lead of the night, 22-13. L-S capped the quarter when Jordan Sweger snatched not one, but two steals and dished a pass to Beers who converted for a 28-17 lead at the break.
Lampeter's 1-2-2 press and 3-2 zone defense kept the Section Three champ Crusaders on the perimeter where they shot just 16-of-44 from the floor, including 2-of-11 from three-point range.
"Limiting their penetration in the lane, that was the key," said Berryman. "Our defense did a great job. They didn't adjust to our zone press or our box-and-one (Seth Beers on Johny Besecker, 44 treys coming in) very well. It was a solid defensive effort."
L-S, in the meantime, converted at the other end. Smith, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots scored on a putback tip from Patrick Holmes with 3:37 left in the third for a solid 38-24 advantage. Catholic High, however, netted the last five of the quarter, cutting the lead to 38-29 with eight minutes left to play.
The Crusaders (22-3) kept plugging away, eventually closing the gap to seven, 44-37 with 2:07 left but Holmes (8 points), who returned to the lineup after an elbow injury, came off the bench and made 4-of-5 free throws down the stretch to seal Catholic's fate.
"I didn't even know until 12:30 Friday afternoon that Patrick was cleared to play," said Berryman. "That was a nice surprise and adds to our depth. He's a heady player, sees the floor well and communicates on defense.
"This is a great group of guys," said Berryman. "They don't care who scores. They understand their roles and play so unselfishly. That's the unique thing about these guys."
The win improves Lampeter's record to 23-2.
The road to the L-L Tournament title crown started with a home game against Lancaster Mennonite last Monday, February 12. The Pioneers defeated the Blazers 60-49 back on January 3. Smith netted a career-high 34.
This time around L-S came from behind to defeat the visitors 70-60 but the game was closer than those ten points would indicate.
Mennonite went on a 7-0 run and led 13-7 with 1:49 left in the first. Beers canned a triple with 2.3 on the clock to cut the lead to 17-12. The Blazers opened the second frame with another run, this time a 6-0 spurt for a 21-14 advantage. Smith went to work, netting 11 points in the middle of the frame and closing the gap to 26-25 with a putback-and-one at the 3:06 mark. The Blazers, however, maintained the lead and finished the half in front 31-27.
Chase Broderick hit the first bucket of the third quarter and the game was tied six times with Mennonite maintaining a 47-45 edge with eight minutes left. John Gillespie's 23 points fueled the Blazers attack to that point.
But the toll of an intensely paced game played a key roll down the stretch. Mennonite, lacking the depth the Pioneers use, missed the first five shots of the final quarter while L-S got six straight from Smith to go in front for good, 51-47. Back-to-back threes from Kingsley and I. Beers pushed the lead to ten while Beers also added 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute.
Smith led all scorers with a Lancaster-Lebanon League season-high 39 points. I. Beers added 15. Broderick, Austin Stoltzfus and Kingsley added four each with S. Beers and Peyton Denlinger chipping in with two.
Wednesday's 47-45 semifinal win against Section One champ Hempfield at Penn Manor did not mirror Monday's win at all. In fact, it was the exact opposite. The Pioneers, behind three triples by I. Beers and a dunk by Smith raced to a 19-2 first quarter lead and then held on as the Knights slowly clawed their way back into the game only to fall short in a crazy final minute.
A Smith layup with 28 seconds left gave L-S a 45-42 edge. Kingsley hit the second of two free throws with 10.2 on the clock and Hempfield responded with a trey from Ryan Moffatt (17 points) with 2.7 left. The Knights immediately called a timeout only to realize they were out of them.
Whistled for a technical, I. Beers hit the second of two free throws and the ensuing inbounds pass, with four ticks left, was intercepted by Hempfield. A Donovan Green desperation bomb from half-court was off the mark, leaving the Pioneers in front.
Up 28-17 at the half, L-S struggled against Hempfield's 1-2-2 zone and half-court traps and were outscored 10-7 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth.
"We weren't trying to stall, though it looked like it," said Berryman. "We just stopped attacking the rim. But we stayed together and were able to pull out the win."
Beers had the hot hand in this one, netting 22 points, 18 coming in the first half. Smith followed with 16, including 4-of-5 free throws and Kingsley added seven with a big three early in the fourth and pushed the lead to 40-34 with 4:00 left to play.
The Pioneer matmen had a busy day this past Saturday, competing in the District Three Class 3A Section II wrestling tournament at Hempfield High School where they came away with five medal winners and finished in ninth place out of 15 teams. The top four place winners advance to this weekend's District Three tournament at the Giant Center.
Lampeter's top finisher of the day was Arik Harnish. The freshman 113 pounder settled for second place when he dropped a 16-0 result to Manheim Central's Will Bentacourt in the finals. Harnish advanced with a 9-3 decision over sixth place finisher Dylan Bowers of Donegal and then blanked Hershey's Ethan Ketner, who took fourth, with a 4-0 result.
L-S also got a fifth place finish from Tyler Phenegar at 220. Phenegar opened against second place finisher Carter Ulrich of Central Dauphin and was dealt a 9-5 loss. He rebounded with a 4:47 fall over Central's Dalton Gainer before suffering a 3:30 fall against Mules Desha of Township. The junior grabbed the fifth place medal with a hard-fought 3-2 nod over Etown's Noah Myers.
The Pioneers also had three other medal winners with Michael Hazboun, Connor Penry and Owen Hess all finishing in sixth place.
Wrestling at 132, Hazboun pinned Hershey's Andrew Brown in 1:08 before suffering an 8-1 defeat against Penn Manor's Caden Rogers, the eventual third place winner. He responded with a solid 16-1 tech fall over Hempfield's Joel Dionne before dropping a pair of shutouts to Lower Dauphin's Tyler Walters, the fourth place medal winner, and Solanco's Charles.
At 170, Penry also got off to a strong start, decking Warwick's Andrew Morgan in 3:28 but then met up with eventual champ Ben Root, of Solanco, and was pinned in 1:27. The junior won by default over E-town's David Rich and then lost to fourth place finisher Jose Lao-Cooper, of Township, and Penn Manor's Marquis Sweigart in a tightly contested 5-4 result.
Hess, at 285, was pinned by Central Dauphin's Jaden Baylor, the bronze medal winner, in the opening round. He came back to pin Milton Hershey's R. Boyd in 1:46 before bowing out with a pair of close losses, 3-1 against Donegal's Romeo Harvey, the fourth place winner, and 4-1 to Central's Tyler Dougherty.
At the Lancaster-Lebanon League girls' bowling championships held this past Thursday at Leisure Lanes, Lampeter's Cassie Hatfield qualified for both the district tournament which will be held this weekend in Reading, and the regional tournament at Dutch Lanes on March 2, seeded 18th and 12th respectively.
The girls' hoop team also found itself in the race for a L-L League crown but their road ended with a closer-than-it-appeared 38-29 semifinals loss to Lebanon Catholic Tuesday evening at Warwick High School.
"Normally we hold them under 40 and we win," said head coach Tony Fink. "But this was a rare occasion that we shoot even average.
"We were 2-for-27 from three point range," he added. "Never before and I hope never again. We shoot 4-for-27 and we probably win as we had to foul at the end."
The Pioneers got off to a good start with a pair of layups from Hanna Garber and two more from Emma Gochnauer for an 8-4 lead. The Beavers scored on a putback but Gochnauer launched a half-court bomb that beat the buzzer and put the visitors in front 11-7.
Gochnauer, who netted a game-high 16 points, scored the first bucket of the second quarter and Sarah Gawne added a basket at the 6:02 mark that kept L-S in front, 15-11. Lebanon Catholic then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good, 19-15 at the half.
"We hoped to get them out of the man defense to a zone, knowing that we would get good looks, and we did," Fink said. "They are very athletic and from the half on, we kept them off the offensive boards for the most part and gave ourselves a chance. But our shooters all had off nights."
Both teams struggled at the offensive end in the third quarter, scoring six points each. Gawne, Gochnauer and Brittney Zameroski, with a fast break layup, accounted for six straight points and knotted the score at 21-21 with 3:51 left in the frame. The Beavers, however, scored the last four points of the quarter and four of the first five in the fourth for the largest lead of the night, 29-22 with 2:50 left to play.
A Gochnauer putback and three ball by Laura Horner with 52.4 ticks left cut the lead to 29-27. But that was as close as L-S would get as their cold shooting continued. The Beavers hit 7-of-8 free throws to ice the win.
"Now we move on to districts," Fink stated. "No shame here. Lebanon Catholic is the defending Class A state champ with everyone back. We knew it would be a hard fought game."
Pioneer Wrestlers Top Kennard-Dale 51-27 February 13, 2018
In a match that lasted about 45 minutes, the Pioneers capped the regular season with a closer than it looks, 51-27 non-league win over visiting Kennard-Dale as a tune-up for this weekend's sectional tournament at Hempfield High School.
"I knew we would have to get some bonus points to win the match," said head coach Brad Heeter. "They had a couple more forfeits (4) than I expected, and all of our wins were by bonus points."
In ten total bouts wrestled, the Pioneers and the Rams each won five. "Each team had one major decision, one tech fall and three pins," Heeter noted. "It was a pretty even match."
L-S got off to a strong start, winning four of the first five bouts. Hunter Erb (106), leading just 2-0 in the first period, came away with an 11-3 decision over Gavin Moxley and Arik Harnish (113) followed with a 16-0 tech fall over Aiden Stewart. Riley Eckman's 3:27 fall over Sam Pistoria at 120 pushed the home team lead to 14-0.
The Rams responded with a major decision at 126, forfeited at 132 and picked up a tech fall at 138 to cut the lead to 20-8. They forfeited again at 145 and then worked back-to-back falls at 152 and 160, cutting the lead to 26-20.
L-S, however, finished strong, earning points in four of the last five bouts. Connor Penry (170) and Johnny Franklin (195) were awarded forfeit points and in between, Logan Davidson turned in a 1:27 fall over Michael Leininger at 182. The 220 match was even quicker as Tyler Phenegar decked Bronson Rineholt in 1:17 to cap the Pioneer scoring.
K-D won the last bout of the night via fall but the outcome was already decided.
"We finished the season at 12-4," noted Heeter. "It's the best dual meet team we've had since I started coaching.
"We're excited for sectionals and look forward to pushing some guys through to districts."
The Pioneer bowlers rolled their last regular match of the season last Tuesday and, despite Andrew O'Connor's 213 match-high single game, came home with a 5-2 loss against Garden Spot, dropping their Section Three record to 46-45. The Spartans finished just ahead of L-S with a 51-40 mark.
L-S got off to a strong start, winning game one by 16 pins. They rolled the exact same total, 788 in game two but the Spartans, with two games over 200, rallied for an 834 to knot the score. They continued their momentum in game three, winning by over 100 pins to seal Lampeter's fate.
O'Connor came away with a team-high 571 series with Cassie Hatfield's 569 (170-208-191) right on his heels. Brent Cox followed with a 470, Steph Mays added a 376 series and Brandon Copeland and Sawyer Lancaster combined for a 322.
Hatfield, Mays and O'Connor will compete in the singles portion of the L-L League playoffs this Thursday at Leisure and Dutch Lanes.
TRACK and FIELD
"Junior Ezra Mellinger is currently No. 1 in the state in the long jump after an incredible effort of 23-5 for first place at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor Carnival at Lehigh University this past Saturday," said head track and field coach Calvin Esh. "Ezra is also tied for #10 nationally at Athletic.net."
Mellinger will compete at the PTFCA indoor state finals in State College on February 25.
As a tune-up for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, the Pioneers took care of business last week, capping their regular season with a convincing 56-32 result against visiting Cocalico Tuesday night.
Prior to the game, the team recognized its five seniors - Isaac Beers, Peyton Denlinger, Cam Neimeyer, Ryan Smith, Jordan Sweger and Marc Wilson.
Trailing most of the first quarter, the Pioneers went ahead 6-5 on an out-of-bounds bucket by Isaac Beers with 30 seconds left on the clock.
"They tried to slow us down and I guess you could say it worked because we certainly weren't' hitting our shots," recalled head coach Ed Berryman. "We need to be patient at times."
But the home team only got stronger as the game went along. They led 18-11 at halftime and took charge with a 38 point second half while holding the Eagles to 21.
"That's a productive half," said Berryman. "And we got to the free throw line 22 times in the game to Cocalico's four.
The visitors opened the third quarter with a triple but Ryan Smith, putting up a double-double on the day with 15 points and 11 rebounds, scored seven of the next nine points in the game, pushing the lead to 25-16 with 3:40 left. Cocalico dropped in a second trey but L-S countered with an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back treys from Chase Broderick (8 points) for the biggest lead of the night, 33-19.
"Those threes gave us some separation," said Berryman. "We shot 40% (6-15) from behind the arc which was pretty good after our rough start.
"Ryan has been getting hammered inside," he continued. "He's getting double teamed all the time so we've been using Adam Stoltzfus (3 points, 2 blocks) a bit more. He had a slow start to the season coming off a knee injury but has been coming around and gives us another big kid in the paint."
I. Beers backed Smith with 14 points as the only Pioneers to score in double figures. Other contributors included Jordan Sweger (7), Peyton Denlinger (4), Seth Beers (2) and Cam Neimeyer (1).
The Pioneer swimmers competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships this past weekend at Wilson's Roy G. Snyder Natatorium in West Lawn.
The girls competed on Saturday and settled for a ninth place finish, just behind Penn Manor and Ephrata, who tied for seventh.
Elizabeth Horner was the top place-winner overall grabbing sixth in the 500 free (5:31.50) and seventh in the 200 IM (2:17.96). She also teamed with Brea Fluhr, Lexi Wagner and Catherine Horner to earn a seventh place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:57.52) and was part of the eighth place effort by Molly Nagle, Abby Nagle and C. Horner in the 400 free relay (4:00.85)
The boys competed Friday night but with no one seeded higher than seventh, they failed to place in the top ten as a team.
After holding Cocalico to single digits in all four quarters and preserving their perfect Section Two record (14-0) last Tuesday night, the Lady Pioneer hoopsters opened the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with another solid win, toppling visiting Northern Lebanon 47-38.
"I was very pleased with how well we stuck to the defensive game plan...pack it in and play Zerman and Voight on drives," said head coach Tony Fink. "They are very good and for us to get 48 points on their defense is impressive."
The Pioneers got out early and often capping a 12-0 run with back-to-back threes from Emma Gochnauer and Laura Horner just 5:45 into the game. Northern Lebanon finally got on board on Sara Zerman's bucket and one with 2:22 left in the quarter. Horner followed with another trey, and L-S led 15-8 after one.
"We made shots, plain and simple," said Fink. "And our free throw shooting in the fourth quarter was huge."
Horner opened the third quarter with yet another three before the Vikings cut a ten point lead in half, twice. Olivia Vranich, however, came off the bench with a pair of buckets and Horner hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to eight.
Again the pesky Vikings, runner's up in Section Three and last year's District Three Class 4A champs, closed the gap, this time to four, 23-19, just 27 seconds before halftime. L-S, however, gained all the momentum they needed when Gochnauer, on a deep inbounds pass from Nora Holmes launched a catch and shoot deep NBA three at the buzzer.
That first half proved to be the difference as both teams battled to an almost even second half, with L-S holding a slim 21-19 edge. They did not connect on a single field goal in the fourth quarter but hit 11-of-12 free throws, and were 17-of-21 from the stripe for the game.
Gochnauer, connecting on 10-of-12 free throws, and Horner handled the bulk of the scoring duties with 20 points each. Garber added a third quarter layup and Sarah Gawne chipped in with a free throw.
Zara Zerman was tops for N. Lebanon with 18 points.
Earlier in the week, Horner hit for 14 points and Holmes came off the bench with 12, including three triples, to pace the Pioneers over Cocalico 42-26. Again the bulk of the damage was accomplished in the first half as L-S jumped out to a 25-11 lead and held just a two point advantage, 17-15, over the final 16 minutes.
The Pioneers dropped in six treys on the night and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
Contributing to the point total was Gochnauer (7), Vranich (6), Brittney Zameroski (2) and Garber (1).
Pioneer Bowlers Sit Third in Section Three February 5, 2018
The Pioneer keglers went 1-1 last week and sit tied for third place (6-5) in Section Three with Garden Spot. The two teams, in the last regular match of the season, will meet this week for the tie breaker.
Last Tuesday L-S fell 7-0 to the second place Barons (9-1). "Even though we lost, Steph Mays and Brent Cox had their season best series," noted head coach Robert Koenig.
Mays rolled a 380 series with a high game of 133 while Cox finished second for the Pioneers with a 504 series and opened with a 200.
Cassie Hatfield's 549 was a team high. She rolled a 207 in her opening game and finished with the fourth highest score of the match.
L-S opened with an 825 first game total, their highest game of the day but it wasn't enough to knock off the Barons who opened with an 899 and got stronger as the day went, finishing with a 936.
Thursday afternoon L-S earned its fourth shutout of the season, sweeping the series against Elco. Andrew O'Connor's 594 series tied Elco's Jacob Hitz for top series of the day. His 234 third game total was a team high and one pin away from tying Hitz for the top game.
Hatfield got off to another strong start, rolling a 230 and finished with a 551 series. Cox following with a 470, Brandon Copeland added a 412 and Mays rounded out the scoring with a 358.
The swim teams wrapped up the regular season last Tuesday at the Lititz Rec Center where they defeated Manheim Central. The boys, winning all but three events, won 85-53 while the girls swept the first place finishes to run away with a 118-36 result.
"Manheim has a small team so this meet was pretty laid back," said head coach Kate Whiting. "It was a fun meet with a few best times. Some added excitement was giving by individual swimmers from Garden Spot, Lancaster Mennonite and Donegal who were there to get qualifying times for leagues but couldn't score points."
Nathan Eberly won the 500 free (5:31.82) and the 100 back (1:04.24) and opened the meet by swimming the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay. Dylan Grau, Brandon Prouse and Dalton Kreider, who was second in the 100 free, contributed to the relay.
Grau went on to earn the top 100 breaststroke time (1:12.48) and rounded out the scoring with Everett Honert, Nathan Tobler, who was second in the 200 and 500 free, and Kreider with a first in the 400 free relay.
Honert also earned a first in the 200 free (2:06.36) while Justin Miller, who was second in the 100 back, beat the field in the 200 IM (2:23.37).
Max Cummings added a second in the 100 breaststroke and Kreider, Grau and Prouse went 2-3-4 in the 50 free.
Elizabeth Horner was the top scorer of the day. She not only won the 200 IM (2:30.95) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.52) but swam with two of the winning relays. The freshman anchored the winning 400 free relay with Breanna Fluhr, Lexi Wagner and Abby Nagle and teamed with Fluhr, Emma Kury and Catherine Horner to take the 200 medley in 2:09.28.
Wagner went on to win the 200 free (2:18.11), C. Horner claimed the 50 free (26.27) and A. Nagle was tops in the 100 free (1:02.65). They then joined Anastasia Curran, who was second in the 100 free, to earn the fastest 200 free relay (1:55.11).
Other first place winners included Ellie Parido in the 100 fly (1:11.99), Kury in the 500 free (6:10.96) and Fluhr in the 100 back (1:04.87).
With three straight matches last week, including the District Three Class 3A team tournament, the Pioneer matmen were more than busy.
"We have not made it to the team tournament in my tenure," noted head coach Brad Heeter. "I believe 1999 was the last team."
L-S, No. 14, traveled to No. 3 Central Dauphin Tuesday night for first round action in the team tournament and came home with a 64-was 3 result.
"CD is a solid team," stated Heeter. "No shame in dropping this one. It was a good experience for the guys to participate in the district duals."
Lampeter's only winner was sophomore Bryan McKim who pulled out a 3-2 result over K. McCullough at 152.
"Bryan wrestled well," said Heeter. "As he develops confidence in himself he is only going to get better. Many of our guys wrestled well also. We were just out matched."
One night later the boys' traveled to Lititz for a matchup against Section One foe Warwick (4-9 overall). The Warriors won nine of the 13 bouts and secured a 41-27 win.
"We knew, due to injuries and illness, that this would be a tough one," said Heeter.
Warwick opened with a tech fall at 285 but L-S quickly responded. Hunter Erb (106) earned a 5:03 fall over Sebastian Olivera and Arik Harnish collected the fastest fall of the night, barely breaking a sweat in pinning Marshall Adams in 14 seconds and putting L-S in front, 12-5.
Warwick took the next two bouts with a decision and another tech fall to briefly go in front, 13-12. L-S again countered with two straight wins. Michael Hazboun (132) picked up a third Pioneer fall, decking Shaun Stafford in 3:59 and at 138, Ramon Estevez recorded an 8-4 decision that pushed the lead to 21-13.
The Warriors, however, went on to win six of the next seven, including two falls, to pull away. Connor Penry (170) was Lampeter's final winner. His 3:35 fall over Andrew Morgan cut the lead to one, 28-27 before the hosts closed out with a major decision, a fall and a straight decision.
In a match that featured four forfeits, the Pioneers pinned their way to an 84-0 result against Lancaster Catholic Thursday. Kaden Campbell (152) was one of five Pioneers to pin in less than a minute, decking his opponent in 36 seconds. Penry (170), Logan Davison (182), Tyler Phenegar (220) and Riley Eckman (120) also made quick work of the Crusaders.
Also pinning for L-S was Owen Hess (285), Hunter Erb (106), Collin Meredith (126), Hazboun (132) and Jeff Elser (160).
A 16 game win streak came to a close Friday night as the Ephrata Mountaineers avenged their first half loss to L-S with a 47-46 thriller at home.
With the seconds ticking off, Chase Broderick attempted a put back of Jordan Sweger's miss and Ryan Smith tipped in Broderick's miss, only just after the buzzer.
"We had a couple looks at the end and Ryan's final tip in was waved off," recalled head coach Ed Berryman. "It was close but I thought the shot was a little late too.
"It was a hard-fought game and they had some players step up," he continued. "We held their top two scorers to seven points but they had three others hit double figures."
The Mounts, who lost to the Section Two Champ Pioneers 54-41 on January 9, used a 19-7 run through the third quarter to overcome a 27-22 first half deficit and grab the lead, 41-30, with eight minutes left to play.
The Pioneers scored the first ten points of the fourth quarter and held a slim one point lead with about three minutes left. It was their last lead as the Mounts prevailed, holding L-S to just two points down the stretch.
Isaac Beers and Patrick Holmes, with eight points in the fourth quarter, led the Pioneers with 11 points each. Smith chipped in with nine.
"The bad news is that Patrick may have fractured his elbow," said Berryman. "He brings a lot to the floor and we just got him back from a collarbone injury.
"They just made a couple more plays than we did," the coach continued. "We did have a very focused practice Saturday, with a renewed sense of urgency."
Tuesday night the Pioneers swept the series against Manheim Central with another lopsided victory, 51-19.
L-S held the Barons to single digits in all four quarters, including two in the second frame and three in the fourth. The Pioneers led 24-11 at the half and stepped it up a notch after the break, outscoring the hosts 27-8 in the second half to cruise to victory.
Manheim scored nine points in the first quarter and ten over the next three.
"We mixed up our defenses a bit and their younger squad didn't handle the pressure," said Berryman.
Holmes knocked down three triples, went 4-for-4 from the foul line and led all scorers with 15 points. Smith chipped in with 13 points (9 in the fourth quarter) and seven rebounds and eight other Pioneers helped pad the lead, including Peyton Denlinger (4 rebounds), Sweger and Chase Broderick all with four points each.
With the section title locked up two weeks ago, the Lady Pioneers continued to roll along and picked up three more wins last week, pushing their overall record to 19-2.
L-S opened the week with a 46-28 result against a Manheim Central squad fighting for a playoff berth. The Pioneers, however, held the visiting Barons to single digits in three of the four corners as they coasted to a victory Monday night.
Emma Gochnauer led the way with a game-high 14 points. Laura Horner and Olivia Vranich each netted 8 while Brittany Zameroski and Holmes, on a pair of treys, chipped in with six each.
Wednesday night the team traveled to York County for a non-league outing against Red Land but the hosts were no match for L-S. Holding a 12-7 first quarter lead, the visitors extended the advantage with an 11-2 second quarter effort for a 23-9 lead at the half.
With a combined 19 points, scoring slowed in the second half but L-S still held the upper hand 13-6.
Hanna Garber and Gochnauer each scored 14 points and combined to make 7-of-8 free throws. Laura Horner added six points and Sarah Gawne capped the scoring with two.
The girls wrapped up the week with one of their closest wins of the season, a 39-30 result against visiting Ephrata. The Mounts, battling for a playoff spot, found themselves in the hole early as Olivia Vranich accounted for all eight of Lampeter's points while the defense denied a single one in the first quarter.
"Ephrata played stall ball in that first quarter," said head coach Tony Fink. "No shots, just passing. Their coach said to me, 'I knew we could not out score you so we played to keep it close.
"It was our senior night too," he added. "Our focus could have been better but we're happy with the result."
The next three quarters were all but dead even as L-S clung to a 31-30 edge and the Mounts could not overcome that first quarter deficit.
Vranich bucketed a career-high 18 points, scoring 14 in the first half and going a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Gochnauer and Garber combined for 11 in the win.
Pioneers Clinch Second Straight Section Two Title January 29, 2018
Playing three games in four days last week, the Lady Pioneers not only swept the competition but clinched the Section Two title outright. In the process, head coach Tony Fink earned his 100th victory at the helm.
"Back-to-back section titles is a testament to our girls and our program," said Fink. "I'm so proud and happy for them. The 100 wins belongs to the program and their dedication and hard work over the past five plus years. The school and environment is one word...CLASS!"
The hectic schedule opened on Monday as the Pioneers swept the series with another dominating effort over Donegal, 67-36. But only after pulling away over the middle two frames. Clinging to a 15-13 edge in the first quarter, L-S exploded for 23- second quarter points and held the visitors to 10 as they pushed the lead to 38-23 at the half.
They padded the advantage with another 13 points in the third quarter as the outcome was never in doubt.
Emma Gochnauer poured in a game-high 22 points, Laura Horner netted 19 and Hanna Garber rounded out the trio of double figures scorers with a baker's dozen.
One night later, with a 52-42 win over Solanco, the Pioneers improved to 10-0 in section play.
The Mares were gunning for an upset. Both teams combined for seven first quarter threes with Solanco's Jenna Dombach dropping in one with 2.5 left to knot the score at 18-18.
The second quarter proved to be the difference as Solanco managed just one point, and L-S pushed ahead by nine when Nora Holmes canned a triple at the buzzer.
"They're not a big team but they're scrappy," said Fink of the Mares. "And they had 12 offensive boards to our five. I thought we did a better job defensively in that second quarter when we turned it around."
Both teams refused to budge through the second half. Solanco got to within seven, 31-24, on a free throw by Hanna Phillips while a free throw by Gochenaur with 43 seconds left in the third quarter gave L-S its biggest lead, 41-29.
The scrappy, physical play continued through the final eight minutes. Brittney Zameroski hit both ends of a one-and-one for Lampeter's largest lead of the night, 47-33 but again the visitors whittled away but never got closer than 10.
Gochnauer and Solanco's Grace Kreider shared game-high honors with 14 each while Garber and Horner scored 12 apiece.
On Thursday, another pivotal second quarter propelled the Pioneers to a dominating 56-36 victory over host Garden Spot. Tied at 11-11 after eight minutes, L-S went on an 18-0 run through the second frame to take control. Holmes drained another buzzer beating three and put the Pioneers in the driver's seat with a 29-11 lead at the break.
The Spartans continued to struggle through the second half, managing just 15 points while the Pioneers bucketed 27 to secure their second straight section crown.
Holmes netted four treys on the night and led the way with 12 points while Gochnauer and Gawne chipped in with 10 points each.
With mixed results last week, the Pioneers improved to 32-31 in Section Three and are just three points out of third place, currently occupied by Garden Spot (35-28).
The Pioneers opened with a 5-2 win over Columbia on Monday, dropped a 7-0 result against section leader Cocalico Tuesday and rebounded with a shutout over Lebanon Catholic Thursday.
Cassie Hatfield continued to pace the Pioneers, rolling team-high series' in every match last week. She opened with a 537 against Columbia and secured the highest game of the match with a 202. She matched that total against Cocalico and followed with a 529 on Thursday where she again rolled the highest game of the day, a 193.
The Tide took the first game 669-572 before L-S stormed back to win the second game 660-612 and the third, 745-634. They also collected most pins of the day with a 1977-1919 advantage.
Sawyer Lancaster and Brent Cox each rolled a 377 series with Keith Brubaker adding a 361.
Rebounding from the loss to the Eagles, L-S led from start to finish against Lebanon Catholic. Backing Hatfield was Andrew O'Connor with a 527, Cox with a 456 and Brandon Copeland with a 386. Lancaster, Steph Mays and Katie Lien combined for a 271.
With three meets in four days last week, the swim teams managed two wins against four losses. The girls' defeated Cocalico 90-80 on Tuesday, lost to Ephrata 118-52 Thursday and ended the week with an 88-82 thriller over Catholic High Friday. The boys', on the other hand, lost all three falling 120-49 against Cocalico, 96-71 to Ephrata and 91-77 to Catholic High.
"The girls' meet against Cocalico came down to the last two races," said head coach Kate Whiting. "We were either tied, up two or down two the whole meet. We lost close races in eight of 11 events, but were able to pull it off at the end."
The Pioneers went 2-3-4 in the 11th event of the night with Lexi Wagner, Abby Nagle and Amanda Hay outscoring the Eagles 9-7 in the breaststroke and pushing the lead to 80-76.
A 1-3 finish in the last event, the 400 free relay, was a 10-4 advantage in points earned and clinched the win. Catherine Horner, Bre Fluhr, Abby Nagle and Elizabeth Horner were the winners with Olivia Honert, Ellie Parido, Anastasia Curran and Emma Kury taking third.
Individual winners on the day included C. Horner with top times in the 50 and 100 free. E. Horner took the 200 free, and Fluhr was tops in the 100 back.
In the loss to Ephrata, C. Horner (100 fly) was the only individual winner but she teamed with Nagle, Curran and E. Horner to win the 200 free relay.
The girls improved to 3-2 with Friday's 88-82 thriller over Lancaster Catholic.
"We won most of the close races this time," said Whiting.
With eight wins on the day, E. Horner (500 free, 200 IM), C. Horner (50 and 200 free) and Fluhr (100 back and 100 fly) each won two individual events and contributed to two relay wins. Fluhr, Wagner, E. Horner and Nagle were tops in the 200 medley while Nagle, Curran, Wagner and C. Horner captured the 200 free event.
In boys' action, the Eagles denied the Pioneers a single first place effort. L-S did, however, pick up three second place finishes with Brandon Prouse (200 fly), Justin Miller (500 free) and freshman Nathan Eberly.
The results against Ephrata were a bit closer with L-S earning three firsts. Eberly, who posted the top 500 free time, teamed with Dylan Grau, Miller and Dalton Kreider to win the 200 medley relay and Everett Honert won the 200 free.
The boys also got a pair of seconds from Kreider in the 50 and 100 free, Miller in the 100 fly and 100 back and Grau in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.
Despite the loss to the Crusaders, the Pioneers swept the relays Miller and Grau teamed with Nathan Tobler and Honert in the 200 medley and Prouse and Kreider in the 200 free while Honert, Prouse, Tobler and Kreider were winners in the 400 free.
"The guys swam well and had a lot of PR's, but we lacked the depth necessary to win, especially with one of our boys absent," Whiting stated.
Kreider sparked the individual winners with firsts in the 50 and 100 free and Miller earned the top time in the 100 back.
It was a tough week for the Pioneer grapplers who started the week 4-0 in Section Two and finished 4-2 and in third place behind Manheim Central (6-0) and Garden Spot (5-1).
L-S opened the week against the Barons Monday night but won just five bouts, gave up five falls and dropped a 48-19 result.
Bryan McKim opened the match with a 3-1 decision over Ryan Kreider but the Barons responded with four straight wins, picking up bonus points in three of them to push out to a 16-3 advantage.
Jack Eckman's 14-6 major decision over Dalton Gainer at 220 quieted the Manheim crowd but only briefly as the Barons went on another four bout run, again securing bonus points in three of them for a commanding 30-7 advantage.
Mason Blank (126) matched Cade Zeamer's fall at 120 when he decked Zack Zeamer in 1:47 and Michael Hazboun (132) followed with a second Pioneer fall one second faster, closing the gap to 36-19. But back-to-back falls by the Barons ended Lampeter's run and the scoring.
On the road again Wednesday, the Pioneers met up with the Spartans and suffered similar fate, bowing out 49-18. This one was much closer than the final score appeared. While winning just three bouts, all by fall, the visitors were dealt not one, or two, but four one point losses.
Connor Penry (170) came up short 7-6 against Nate Smucker in the second bout of the night. After falls by Johnny Franklin (195) in 2:29 and Jack Eckman (285) in 5:13, Hunter Erb came out on the short end of a 4-3 result to Mason Casey and Arik Harnish (113), in the most exciting bout of the night, suffered a 3-2 utb result against Josh Groff.
Blank's 1:22 fall over Aaron Martin at 126 closed the lead to 28-18 but the Spartans ran off three falls in the last four bouts and escaped with a 5-4 decision over Hector Colon at 145.
The Pioneers competed in the League Championships this past weekend at Garden Spot where they finished tenth out of 22 teams. Harnish (113) with a silver medal finish, was the top medal winner for L-S. Tyler Phenegar (220) added a bronze medal finish. Logan Davidson (182) chipped in with a fifth place effort and Mason Blank (126) was sixth. Hazboun (132) and J. Eckman (285) finished seventh and Erb (106) was eighth.
As the end of the regular season draws closer, the boys' basketball team continues to take care of business. Playing four games in five days last week, L-S won four times, with the closest being a 53-34 final against Solanco on Tuesday.
"We clinched at least a tie for the Section Two title," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We currently have the top defense in the league and our offense is really in synch right now."
Ryan Smith bucketed 30 points for the fifth time this season and grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds as the Pioneers dominated Donegal 73-44 on Monday. Chase Broderick, with three triples in the fourth quarter, added 12.
Up 27-24 at the half, L-S pushed the tempo and outscored the Indians 46-20 after the break.
Tuesday with Jordan Sweger netting a game-high 11 points and Zack Kingsley hitting double figures with 10, the Pioneers defeated Solanco 53-34.
"They double-teamed Ryan the whole game and that is something we have not seen before," said Berryman, "and we couldn't seem to get into a flow. Even though they hit 9 threes on the night, we held them to just one two-point basket."
Thursday it was L-S knocking down nine treys and dropping in their second highest point total in an 80-31 win over Garden Spot. The Pioneers, behind Smith (16 points), Isaac Beers (14), Patrick Holmes (11) and Kingsley (10) led 16-5 in the first quarter and never looked back. They scored 46 points over the next 16 minutes to put the game out of reach.
"That's the first time we had four players in double figures," noted Berryman.
In non-league action Saturday, L-S jumped out to a 27-0 first quarter and cruised to a 71-25 victory over Oxford.
I. Beers was 5-for-5 from three point range and 3-for-3 from two, all in the first half, and led with 21 points. Holmes and Cam Niemeyer came off the bench with 10 and 7 points respectively and Caleb Smoker netted his first varsity points with four.
Pioneers Improve to 14-1, Top Etown and CV January 22, 2018
With weather playing havoc on the sports schedule last week, the Pioneers played just two of their three games. Friday night they avenged their only loss of the season and split the series against Elizabethtown, topping the visiting Bears 58-42. Less than 24 hours later, they improved to 14-1 overall (7-1 Section Two) with a solid 61-51 win over Conestoga Valley in Witmer.
Ryan Smith was a one man wrecking crew Friday night. The senior center scored on put backs, in transition, converted some sweet lob passes and stepped out to hit a trey every now and then. The result was his fourth 30 point outing of the season. Smith bucketed 16 of those points in the first quarter as the Pioneers built a 19-13 lead and never looked back.
"Ryan was impressive," said head coach Ed Berryman. "And as a team, we had a focus to make up for that first half loss against E-town and we played like it."
The Bears cut the lead to 21-17 early in the second quarter but that was as close as they would get. Seth Beers responded with a trey, Peyton Denlinger hit one of two free throws, Chase Broderick added a layup and Smith scored twice in the paint to take a 31-24 lead at the break.
E-town scored the first bucket of the third quarter but L-S ran off seven straight, pushing the lead to 12 and, after a pair of E-town free throws, added six more points to cap a 13-4 quarter that extended the lead to 44-28.
Both teams tossed in 14 fourth quarter points with Smith netting six and Zach Kingsley and Isaac Beers each knocking down threes to cap the convincing win.
"The last time we played them, their leading scorer, Larry Locker (14ppg avg) finished with 25 points," recalled Berryman. "Jordan Sweger did not guard him that night but he did this time around and held Locker to seven. He's huge for us on defense and a lot of times that goes unnoticed."
One night later, on the road in Witmer, Sweger held CV's leading scorer, Logan Monroe (18 ppg avg.) to four points and the Pioneers jumped out to a 21-9 first quarter lead and settled for a 61-51 victory.
The Pioneers led from start to finish in this one. Their biggest lead of the night was 61-42 late in the game but the Buck's rallied down the stretch, winning the fourth quarter 17-8.
Smith's 18 points (11 in the first quarter) shared game-high honors with CV's Joseph Cardina. I. Beers hit four triples and fished with 14 points. S. Beers (7), Patrick Holmes (7), Sweger (6), Kingsley (4), Denlinger (3) and Broderick (2) contributed to the balanced scoring effort.
"It's good to have Patrick back and off the injured list," remarked Berryman. "He played last night as well and will add to our balanced scoring."
With four games this week, the Pioneers could be challenged by their schedule as well as their opponents.
"I feel confident in our bench and our depth," stated Berryman. "We can go 10 or 11 deep and confidently. Our mantra this year has been strength in numbers. That depth will come in handy this week."
With just five bouts actually wrestled, L-S benefited from nine forfeits and picked up four earned wins en route to a crushing result over winless Ephrata last Thursday, 72-3, and remain tied on top of the Section Two standings at 4-0 with Manheim Central.
Bryan McKim (152) opened the action with a 7-2 decision over Kelvin Cruz. After a pair of forfeits, Ephrata earned its only points of the night via an 8-5 decision over Logan Davidson (182).
Johnny Franklin (195) and Tyler Phenegar (285) both earned first period falls, decking their opponents in 30 and 19 seconds respectively.
Five straight Ephrata forfeits pushed the lead to 57-3 and led to Jose Esteves' hard-fought 6-4 decision over Owen Stull at 138 and capped the action for the night.
Over the weekend the Pioneers competed in the New Oxford Tournament where they finished 11th out of 32 teams. While the bulk of the Pioneers contributed at least two wins, three matmen placed. Phenegar settled for fifth place with a 4-2 decision over Montgomery's Ethan Marino while both Arik Harnish (113) and Mason Blank (126) came away with seventh place efforts. Harnish, a freshman, worked a 13-0 major over Line Mountain senior Cameron Hauck while Blank shut out Gettysburg freshman Jared Townsend 5-0.
With back-to-back games last week, the Lady Pioneers came home from Lebanon with an expected result, posting a 77-28 win over the last place team in Section Two. Less than 24 hours later, they survived Conestoga Valley with a one point thriller, 32-31.
"We knew CV would be tough," said head coach Tony Fink. "We didn't shoot particularly well but we'll take it."
L-S got a career-high 27 points from Laura Horner and a season-high 77 from the team with points in sweeping the winless (0-14) Cedars. Horner, a senior, knocked down three triples, went 8-for-9 from the free throw line and sparked a 24-3 first quarter effort with ten points.
"I sat the starters the entire fourth quarter and three minutes of the third," noted Fink.
Haley Phenegar was the only other double-figure scorer, netting four in the second frame and six in the fourth. Nora Holmes (8), Emma Gochnauer (8), Olivia Vranich (6), Brittney Zameroski (5), Anabeth Groff (5), Sarah Gawne (4) and Emma Drouillard (4) also contributed.
Saturday afternoon the Pioneers, after missing the front end of a one-and-one, held a 32-31 lead over visiting CV. The Bucks called timeout with 17.4 left to set up what they hoped was the final play. They also missed the front end of a one-and-one, got the offensive rebound and missed the shot at the buzzer leaving L-S with a slim victory.
"They hit a three with 45 seconds left to cut it to one," Fink recalled. "Down the stretch it really could have gone either way. But when we went up by seven in the third, we should have closed out. But you have to give CV credit," he added. "They have a nice post player and we struggled to defend. We don't have a post presence and we didn't shoot the ball well."
That poor shooting was a 5-for-21 effort from the three point line. They did, however, go 7-for-10 from the free throw line while the Bucks, who were 9-of-17 at the same stripe, missed four straight free throws early in that fourth quarter.
Gochnauer netted a game-high 17 points and tallied ten in the first half, including a pair of free throws, after being fouled on a put back attempt that tied the game at 16-16 with 1:02 left in the first half. CV's Kenzie Reed, who finished with 16 points in the paint, gave the Bucks a two point advantage at the break, 18-16.
The Pioneers looked poised to take control in the third quarter. Gochnauer scored on another put back, Hanna Garber added a pair of free throws and Sarah Gawne made a sweet save of a ball going out of bounds with a pass to Gochnauer for a 22-18 lead with 3:39 left in the quarter. Gochnauer followed that up with a triple for Lampeter's biggest lead of the day.
CV's Reed provided two free throws for the Bucks' only points in the quarter and back-to-back baskets to start the fourth closed the gap to 25-24 with 5:32 left.
Zameroski nailed her second trey of the game and Vranich canned a baseline jumper with 1:56 remaining to provide a 30-26 advantage. Both teams traded a pair of free throws and CV's Amber High dropped in that trey with 45 ticks left to cut the lead to 32-31.
"I thought in the second half we did a better job of defending their high-low offense in the post," said Fink. "Maybe the Lebanon game was too easy. I don't know. But we needed a tough game and we'll take the win."
The results push Lampeter's overall record to 13-2 and 8-0 in Section Two.
Matmen Top E-town, Lebanon; Win A-C Duals January 15, 2018
The Pioneer matmen turned in a pair of dominating performances last week and improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in Section Two. Wednesday they topped Elizabethtown 55-13, on the strength of five falls, and one night later handled an undermanned Lebanon squad 66-13.
"The E-town match was a great overall team performance," lauded head coach Brad Heeter.
Mason Blank set the tone early, pinning his 126 pound opponent in 55 seconds. It was one of three under a minute falls by the Pioneers. Jeff Elser (160) decked Cayden Livingston in 47 seconds and Tyler Phenegar put Noah Myers to his back in 31 ticks.
Michael Hazboun (132) earned a hard-fought 7-4 decision over Cameron Olson for a 9-0 Pioneer lead.
"Michael, a co-captain, gave up the first takedown but came back to lead 3-2 at the end of the period," noted Heeter. "He escaped in the second period but then got taken down in the third, tying the match at 4-4. He escaped, defended several shots and finally secured the win with a takedown. That really sparked the team."
A 12-4 major by Ramon Estevez at 138 extended the lead to 13-0.
"Ramon dominated," said Heeter. "He worked for two periods to turn Bobby Walters but couldn't. Up 2-0 in the third, he scored a reversal and four takedowns to win. One of several gritty wins for the Pioneers."
E-town got on board with a decision at 145 but a pair of falls and an OT thriller quickly made it 25-3. Bryan McKim pinned in 1:15 at 152 and Jacob Kopelman followed Elser's fall with a 15-13 OT win.
"Jacob showed a lot of heart," said Heeter. "He was down by as many as five points and tied the match with one second left in the third and got the win with a takedown. This was his first varsity match and to win in overtime was awesome," he added. "The team exploded with celebration. That's what it's all about."
E-town quieted the Pioneer crowd with a major at 182 and a fall at 195, cutting the lead to 25-13. The Pioneers, however, took the next five to finish on top.
After Phenegar's fall, Owen Hess earned forfeit points at 285, Jose Esteves blanked Cayden Spencer 6-0, Arik Harnish pinned Ethan Carl in 4:17 and Riley Eckman picked up more forfeit points.
"Arik was down 2-0 in the third," recalled Heeter. "He chose top and locked up a crossface cradle to secure the fall.
One night later, in a match that featured seven Lebanon forfeits, the Pioneers won four of the seven bouts wrestled and finished the night with three straight falls.
Lebanon opened with a 14-12 decision at 106 but Harnish (113) came back with a 59 second fall to take the lead. The Cedars answered with a tech fall at 120 but then forfeited the next six bouts to fall behind 42-8. They scored their last points of the night with a tech fall at 170 then forfeited at 182, setting the stage for first period falls by Johnny Franklin (1:10 at 195), Phenegar (:10 at 220) and Owen Hess (1:10 at 285).
The Pioneers continued their run over the weekend, going 5-0 at the Dutchmen Duals. L-S opened with a 60-13 win over the hosts, crushed Columbia's one man squad 84-0, toppled East Pennsboro 65-10, handed Middletown its only loss of the day, 42-21, and defeated Section One's Penn Manor 39-30.
In a nip-and-tuck meet last Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Pioneers won seven of 11 events but found themselves tied with visiting Elizabethtown at the end of the day, 85-85.
"The girls' meet came down to several touch-outs," said head coach Kate Whiting. "The officials did overturn the touchpad results on one race that would have given us the win, too."
Catherine Horner (200 and 100 free) and Elizabeth Horner (200 IM, 500 free) each won two individual events and contributed to two winning relays to top the scoring. They teamed with Anastasia Curran and Abby Nagle to win the 200 free and with A. Nagle and Lexi Wagner to take the 400 free as well.
The Pioneers also got key seconds from Ellie Parido in the 100 fly, Bre Flurh in the 100 back and Wagner in the 100 breaststroke.
The boys' meet was just as close but E-town pulled away with a first and third in the 400 free relay to win 86-83.
"The boys needed to get either first or both second and third in that last event and they got second and fourth," noted Whiting.
Everett Honert (200 free) and Dylan Grau (200 IM) won back-to-back events for Lampeter's first lead of the night. E-town, however, won the next three before L-S went 1-2-3 in the 500 free with Nathan Eberly, Nathan Tobler and Honert putting the Pioneers back on top with four events remaining. L-S took just one first down the stretch when Grau, Justin Miller, Brandon Prouse and Dalton Kreider took the 200 free relay.
Miller (100 fly), Kreider (100 and 50 free), Eberly (100 back) and Grau (100 breaststroke) added key second place finishes.
Thursday's makeup meet with CV found the Buckskin teams improving to 2-0 with convincing performances over L-S. The CV boys won 105-62 while the girls earned a 97-72 victory in Lampeter.
"The girls had a good meet, but lost several key races," said Whiting. "The boys were just outnumbered," she added, "and we lost the relays. We did, however, sweep the 100 back with Nathan Eberly, Justin Miller and Everett Honert."
The Pioneers also got a second from Tobler in the 200 free and Kreider in the 100 free.
Tobler was tops in the 500 free and Eberly claimed the 100 back for Lampeter's only wins.
E. Horner was the top point-getter for the girls, winning the 200 free, the 500 free and teaming with Wagner, A. Nagle and C. Horner, who was tops in the 50 free, to secure the 400 free relay.
Second place winners included Fluhr (200 IM), Parido (100 fly), A. Nagle (100 free) and Wagner (100 breaststroke).
The Lady Pioneers wrapped up a perfect first half of Section Two basketball with three convincing wins last week, improved to 7-0 and sit two games ahead of Ephrata (5-2).
Having topped Ephrata 47-43 to win the PM tournament, the Pioneers posted a more dominating finish last Tuesday, 47-32. They jumped out to a 14-5 first quarter, led 21-16 at the break and wrapped up the night with a 26-16 second half.
Emma Gochnauer topped all scorers with 18 points and Hanna Garber hit for double figured with 12.
On the road again Thursday, L-S shook off a 15-12 first quarter deficit with some defensive intensity. They held the Barons to single digits in each of the next three quarters while netting 12, 13 and 14 points each frame respectively to win handily, 51-33.
Manheim's Laura Good more than doubled her average with a game-high 16 points but Gochnauer and Laura Horner combined for 26 points and five triples. Sarah Gawne and Nora Holmes added a combined 14 points with Holmes knocking down a pair of threes.
After four away games, L-S returned home and turned in their most dominating performance to date, a 54-15 victory over a 3-10 Cocalico squad.
By constantly switching defenses, the Pioneers flustered the struggling Eagles and capitalized with numerous steals and transition buckets. Nine different players contributed to the offense and held the visitors to single digits in all four quarters, including one field goal in the third quarter coming with ten seconds left.
Gochnauer scored one more than the entire Cocalico squad and Horner followed with 11. Other scorers included Brittney Zameroski (7), Sarah Gawne (6), Garber (4), Holmes and Anabeth Groff (3), Olivia Vranich and Emma Drouillard (2).
In non-league play Saturday, L-S suffered its second loss of the season, a 50-35 result against Cedar Cliff (10-4). The Colts extended a five point first quarter lead with a 13-5 second frame effort and took the second half 22-20. Gochnauer matched Maddie Stitler for game-high honors with 15. Horner added 11 in a game that saw the Pioneers miss 11 free throws.
In back-to-back matches last week, the Pioneers blanked a winless Lancaster Mennonite squad on Wednesday, held off Garden Spot 4-3 on Thursday and moved into third place in the Section Three standings.
Cassie Hatfield not only rolled the high series of the day (529) but rolled the highest game with a 209. Andrew O'Conner chipped in with a 449 series and Brent Cox was close behind with a 406. Keith Brubaker contributed with a 371 and Sawyer Lancaster and Stephanie Mays combined for a 334.
The going was a big tougher on Thursday as the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the Spartans.
"The key was getting back-to-back marks (spares or strikes) in the eighth and ninth frames when Garden Spot did not and we pulled out two close games," said head coach Robert Koenig, who previously coached at LMH.
LS rolled 742 total pins in the first game, topping the Spartans by 11 pins. Garden Spot came back strong in the second game rolling a 768 to Lampeter's 697. The final game went to L-S 746-732.
Hatfield again was tops for the Pioneers. Her 495 was the second highest score of the day. Cox (475), O'Connor (473) and Brubaker (468) followed with Mays and Lancaster combining for a 274.
The boys' basketball team capped the first half of league play with three wins last week and sit in first place in Section Two with a 6-1 record (12-1 overall).
The visiting Mounts outscored the hosts 5-2 in made three pointers but the Pioneers were a stellar 18-for-22 from the free throw line and outscored Ephrata in three of four quarters en route to a 54-41 win.
"That was by far our best effort at the free throw line," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We also finished with 14 steals out of our press. The kids are really embracing defense right now."
L-S held a slim 11-9 edge in the first quarter and led 28-18 at the half. After an even third quarter, the Pioneers wore down the Mounts and won the final frame 14-9.
Ryan Smith, who canned 9-of-10 free throws, led all scorers with 21 points and Isaac Beers added 12.
One night later the team hosted Manheim Central in a battle for sole possession of first place in Section Two. After falling behind 6-2, L-S rallied with a 17-0 run to gain a 21-10 lead at the break.
After a tight 10-9 edge in the third frame, the hosts pulled away for good, outscoring the Barons 17-4 while posting a 48-23 victory.
"They were undefeated coming in," recalled Berryman. "We got off to a slow start but Zach Kingsley came in off the bench with an incredible putback rebound at the buzzer that gave us an 8-6 lead and momentum."
Seth Beers picked up four steals in the Pioneers press and Jordan Sweger held Connor Hostetter, Manheim's leading scorer (16ppg) to 11 points as the defense again took center stage.
"We held them to five field goals for the game," said Berryman, "and two of those were threes in the first quarter. Our defense has been very effective and Jordan is doing a great job of holding the other teams' leading scorer below their average."
Smith dropped in 21 points and snagged 11 rebounds to lead the way. Isaac Beers chipped in with 15 and Chase Broderick came off the bench for 9 points.
In Denver Friday night, Smith was held to a season-low 14 points but I. Beers (13), Broderick (9) and Sweger (7) helped pick up the slack as L-S defeated Cocalico 49-31.
"These last three games we've held our opponent to single digits in the fourth quarter," noted Berryman. "The guys showed great composure in the game and Jordan gave an outstanding effort in holding Aidan Trynosky (15ppg avg) to eight points."
L-S Earns Non-League Wins Over LMH, Dover January 8, 2018
At one point last year Lampeter-Strasburg's boys' basketball team was sitting with a 7-7 record. They went on to qualify for the PIAA tournament.
This year, four weeks into the season, they're sitting at 9-1 overall and are 3-1 in Section Two behind Manheim Central (3-0).
"Our goal is always to win the section first," said head coach Ed Berryman. "That sets up leagues and districts. The boys would like to get to the Giant Center. They've worked hard and I think they just might have it in them."
That hard work has been most evident in the play of center Ryan Smith. The senior has scored 30 points (or more) three times to date, including twice last week.
"Ryan is greatly improved," said Berryman. "He put a lot of time in this summer and now he's reaping the rewards. And we're getting better at getting him the ball. But Ryan is a good passer too, and if they collapse on him he can make the good pass to the perimeter."
Smith paved the way Wednesday night at Lancaster Mennonite, pouring in 34 points as last year's Section Two champs topped last year's Section Three winner 60-49.
Smith poured in ten of Lampeter's 16 first quarter points. That play was a bit overshadowed as the Pioneers turned the ball over seven times and quickly fell behind 9-3.
"It was a big game and a loud crowd," noted Berryman. "I think we were a little anxious. But once we got past that, we were well composed."
Smith, who was also tops with 12 boards, fueled Lampeter's comeback, netting ten of his team's last 13 points of the opening quarter.
L-S controlled the second frame, outscoring the hosts 19-13 and taking their biggest lead on a bucket by Isaac Beers, who finished with nine points, with 5:17 left in the half. They led 35-23 at the break.
The uptempo beat continued through the second half with neither team gaining much ground. The Blazers did rally in the final quarter, cutting the lead to 51-47 with 4:10 left in the game but just as quickly, the Pioneers responded. Jordan Sweger came back with a layup, Smith, who hit 14-of-17 two point attempts, scored in the paint and Beers (4 assists) drained a triple and just like that, L-S held a 58-48 lead with 1:49 left.
"We knew they'd make a comeback but I was pleased that the seniors (Sweger, Smith, Beers) showed their leadership," stated Berryman. "We're also getting some good play from our bench. Zach Kingsley did a nice job and Adam Stoltzfus gave Ryan a breather."
Sweger finished with six points and four rebounds. Peyton Denlinger added three points, four rebounds and three assists. Chase Broderick, and Kingsley also scored three points each and Seth Beers added two points.
In non-league play Saturday at Manheim Central, the Pioneers defeated Dover 65-51 as part of the War of the Roses Tournament. The Eagles were the York-Adams League Division II champs last year and return their top six players. But they didn't quite have what they needed to stop the Pioneers.
A strong first half and another 30 point performance by Smith propelled L-S.
The Pioneers led 19-14 in the first quarter and used a 13-6 edge in the second frame to take a 32-20 lead they never relinquished. L-S outscored the Eagles 18-17 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the fourth to remain in control.
Backing Smith, who went 8-for-11 from the free throw line, was I. Beers, who bucketed a trio of triples and finished with 20 points. Sweger finished with seven and Cam Niemeyer, S. Beers, Broderick and Jarred Getchis all finished with two points each.
In their only match last week, the Pioneer bowlers, under first year Pioneer head coach Robert Koenig, posted a 7-0 win over Elco on Tuesday.
Andrew O'Connor turned in the most consistent day for the Pioneers. He rolled a 178-157-160 for a 495 series. Brent Fox chipped in with a 163-105-164 - 432 series while Sawyer Lancaster added a 99-124-100 - 323. Also contributing, rolling two games each, was Branden Copeland, Cassie Hatfield and Steph Mays.
The Pioneers are 14-28 to date.
Like the boys' basketball team, the girls qualified for the PIAA tournament last year. They finished the season with a 20-8 record and graduated just one senior.
While the Pioneers have yet to play in 2018, they enter a busy week with an overall record of 8-1, lead Section Two at 4-0 and ride a six game winning streak into their four game week.
The Pioneers come into the week after capturing the Hershey Tournament December 27-28. It is their second tournament title of the season, having won the Penn Manor Tip-Off tournament December 8-9.
L-S opened the Hershey tourney with a solid 52-30 win over Middletown. They held the Raiders to single digit scoring in all four quarters, including six in the fourth, to seal the win.
Laura Horner led all scorers with 15 points, including three triples, while Hanna Garber hit for double figures with 10. Emma Gochnauer (8), Sarah Gawne (6), Olivia Vranich (5), Nora Holmes (3), Brittney Zameroski (3) and Emma Drouillard (2) contributed to the balanced attack.
One night later, the Pioneers found themselves in their tightest game to date and pulled out a 37-34 victory over Hershey. While this was their closest final score to date, the Pioneers benefitted from two close games to start the year. They defeated Central York 38-33 in the season opener and then held off Ephrata 47-43.
L-S used a strong first quarter, outscoring the hosts 12-8, to generate momentum. They led 18-13 at the half and 24-18 heading into the final frame. Hershey won that quarter 14-13 but it wasn't enough to claim the tournament crown.
The Pioneers could have enjoyed a more comfortable final result but a dismal 4-of-12 free throws prevented that luxury.
Gochnauer pretty much handled the scoring duties, splashing in a game-high 23. Horner (5), Garber (4), Vranich (2), Gawne (2) and Zameroski (1) also contributed.
The swim teams enter the 2018 season with a combined record of 1-5. They open Section Two action this week with home meets against Elizabethtown and Conestoga Valley.
L-S Football Closes Season With District Semis Loss November 19, 2017
This past Friday, the Pioneers put their best foot forward as they faced No. 2 seed Bishop McDevitt but the No. 6 seed didn't quite have enough to pull off the upset. The Mid-Penn powerhouse Crusaders took advantage of turnovers and used some big plays to advance to the District Three Class 4A finals with a 47-17 home game win.
"It's kinda like how our year has gone," said head coach John Manion. "At times we have too many turnovers and we give up too many big plays. Two fumbles in the red zone were costly."
McDevitt (10-2) scored on its opening drive, chewing up six minutes of clock time and settling for a Chase Diehl touchdown pass to Nazir Burnett.
The Pioneers, who finished the season 7-5, looked up to the challenge as they moved the ball all the way to the Crusader 6-yard line before coughing up a fumble with 1:50 left in the first quarter. BM came back with a 90-yard drive that culminated with a 21-yard sprint by Qualik Davis. Joey Underwood blocked the extra point but the hosts were still in front, 13-0 early in the second frame.
Two plays later, the Pioneers fumbled again, and again McDevitt capitalized, this time Diehl, who finished with 221 yards on 13-of-16 passes, found Burnett with a 17-yard strike. L-S finally got on board when Peyton Denlinger booted a 20-yard field goal with 3.3 seconds left in the first half.
L-S opened the second half with possession but couldn't convert and were forced to punt. The Crusaders did not have the same problem. They converted with a 67-yard scamper by Davis who finished the night with 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Down 26-3, the Pioneers kept at it and worked their first TD of the night, an 8-yard burst by Joey Underwood midway through the third quarter. McDevitt countered with a one-yarder by Davis to reclaim the 23 point advantage and then extended that lead early in the fourth when Julian Jordan returned an interception 70-yards.
L-S kept battling, however, and mounted another run that resulted in Todd Shelley finding Kris Pirozzi with an 18-yard strike for the Pioneers' last score of the season. But McDevitt had the last say, capping the action with a five-yard run by CJ Reyes-Diggs.
"The effort was one of our best," said Manion. "The guys fought to the end and played hard."
Shelley finished with 276 passing yards on 22 of 43 attempts. Pirozzi and Cam Neimeyer each hauled in six passes for 79 and 77 yards respectively. Underwood collected four passes and Connor Blantz and Marc Wilson each grabbed three in a balanced effort.
"And we didn't give up a single sack which says a lot about the blocking of Marc Wilson and Drew Smith," Manion pointed out.
Smith led a 109-yard rushing attack with 49 yards and Shelley chipped in with 47.
Defensively, JT Hake led the way with ten solo tackles and Pirozzi added seven. Underwood finished with six, four for a loss and Damian Rosa recorded six tackles, one sack and forced a fumble.
"I thought Cam D'Imperio did a nice job on special teams with three blocks and Ben Cardwell added three tackles," added Manion.
"I felt the game was closer than the score indicates," he said. "They wore us down a bit in the second half.
"You're never happy with a loss but we went down fighting. There were no regrets."
The field hockey team officially closed its 2017 season last week with a banquet to celebrate their individual and team success. The following awards were recognized.
Selected to The NFHCA High School National Academic Squad for academic achievement (3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA or higher) while participating in a varsity sport were juniors Amelia Cope, Alexis Glass, Makayla Malcolm, Delaney McCormick and Katelyn Smith and seniors Megan Breneman, Hanna Garber and Laura Horner.
Breneman, Garber and Horner were also selected to the L-L Academic All-Star team as seniors who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout their academic career.
Scholar Athlete Award winners this year include sophomore Julia Smecker, junior Katelyn Smith and senior Megan Breneman.
The Rookie of the Year Award was given to Jocelyn Branco for her strong play at the defensive end of the field. "Jocelyn used her meticulous hand-eye coordination to stop 17 balls that were literally going across the line - that is an incredible number of defensive saves for one season," noted head coach Katrina Swarr.
The Pioneer Award, given to a player who not only demonstrates proficient individual skills, but also demonstrates leadership, commitment, discipline and sportsmanship, was given to Lily Nauman and Amelia Cope. Nauman ended the season as the top JV points leader with 11 goals and seven assists.
The Most Valuable Defensive Player Award went to Jenna Lapp while Outstanding Offensive Awards went to Hanna Garber and Laura Horner, the team's leading scorer with 17 goals and eight assists. Garber finished with 7 goals, eight assists and one defensive save.
The JV Most Valuable Offensive Player Award went to Alexis Glass while Jess Heisey received the JV Most Valuable Defensive Player Award.
Lady Pioneers Make PIAA Playoff Debut November 13, 2017
On a windy, rainy and chilly night at Souderton High School, Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' soccer team made their debut performance in the PIAA Class 3A tournament opposite Villa Joseph Marie last Tuesday, November 7. The Jems are a veteran playoff squad, having won seven straight District One titles. They have played in the state title game each of the last three years and have won ten PIAA crowns.
So to say the Pioneers had their work cut out for them was probably an understatement. But the pressure was on Villa Jo, not L-S. The Jems did prevail, 2-1 but L-S did not roll over.
"The girls have proven this year that no one is out of their league," said a proud head coach Emily Lebo.
The Jems did appear to have the upper hand in the first half, out stepping and out touching the District Three fourth seed. They took the first shot on goal and worked a pair of corners before L-S, with 23 minutes left in the half, put fourth their first attack. But that was short-lived. The Jems spent most of the first half forcing the Pioneers to defend. And defend they did. Keeper Bella DiCamillo came up with big save after big save and finished with nine on the night. Villa Jo finally broke in front, taking the lead with about 15 minutes left in the half.
"We did seem to be just a touch off for about 75 percent of the game," said Lebo. "I think we were much more affected by the wet conditions than they appeared to be.
"As for Bella, she played an outstanding game," Lebo lauded. "She has certainly made a name for herself in this back half of the season. She has made some textbook saves that have just been outstanding.
"And our back three (sophomores Emma Gochnauer, Lizzie Adams and Emma Houck) can be summed up with one word...solid. It will be great to have all four of them returning."
So Villa Joseph held a 1-0 lead at break and ten minutes into the second half scored what proved to be the game-winner. That goal came on the heels of Gochnauer's free kick that ricocheted off the post and to Kendal Ream who's follow up was just too high.
"We certainly had our moments," recalled Lebo, "with most of our urgency in the first ten minutes of the second half and the last ten minutes of the game. However, in the state playoffs you need to have urgency for more than 20 minutes."
Lampeter's last ten minute run resulted in a goal. Gochnauer sent a direct kick to the far post where eventually, Hannah Adams found the back of the net. It was just the seventh goal this season that VJM and their keeper, Maria Tunney, have given up.
"Where there's a will, there is a way," said Lebo. "While the outcome was not what the team wanted, I will always be happy if we have the ball at our feet last and are putting a final shot on frame which is exactly what we did with Maddy Stabinger having the final shot of the game with seconds to go."
Reaching the program's first-ever state tournament was unexpected this season. After all, the Pioneers finished sixth in Section Two and lost the first round of districts and graduated 12 seniors last year.
"To say we came into this season thinking it would be a "rebuilding year" would be an understatement," said Lebo. "This team grew immensely and proved to themselves, and many others, that L-S is a force to be reckoned with. The level of soccer these girls propelled themselves to this season made me one very proud coach. Our four seniors, Hannah Adams, Kendal Ream, Morgan Wilson, and Maddy Stabinger and our third captain, Bella DiCamillo, had high expectations this year and led by example. They have certainly left their mark on L-S soccer."
For the third year in a row, the football team won their district opener. Last year they blanked York Suburban 48-0 then fell to top seed Berks Catholic. In 2015, L-S topped No. 12 Palmyra 41-20 in 3A action and then lost 54-20 to Solanco. This past Friday night in Fredericksburg, the No. 6 seed needed a strong second half to knock off Northern Lebanon 34-19.
"We stalled out on a couple of drives and they made a couple of big plays," said head coach John Manion of the slow start. "But to bounce back from a 13-0 deficit on the road shows good character."
The No. 3 seed and Section Three champs took advantage of an L-S fumble on the one yard line and drew first blood with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Michigan Daub (13-30-2, 240 yards) to Christian Trader. The extra point was blocked but the Vikings held a 6-0 lead and then recovered the onside kick.
The hosts padded their lead in the second quarter when Stevie Herb exploded for a 72-yard run and a 13-0 advantage. This time L-S (7-4) responded. Todd Shelley, who completed 6 of 14 passed for 119 yards, hit Kris Pirozzi with a 42-yard strike, cutting the lead to 13-7 with 37.7 seconds left in the first half.
The visitors finally warmed up in the second half, outscoring the Vikings 27-6 to advance to the quarterfinals opposite Bishop McDevitt.
Cam Niemeyer's six yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, set up by Ben Cardwell's second pick of the night, and Peyton Denlinger's second successful PAT kick, put the Pioneers in front, 14-13.
"Ben had two interceptions and they were momentum changers," said Manion. "And Peyton was 4-for-4 with extra points and had three touchbacks and one tackle on special teams. He had a nice game."
Northern Lebanon responded with a Daub to Trader 5-yard scoring play late in the third quarter but then ran out of steam. L-S finally took control, racking up three fourth quarter scores and the win.
Drew Smith, who rushed for 83 yards, opened the fourth quarter with a four-yard scamper up the middle just six ticks into the fourth. The two point conversion failed but L-S regained the lead, 20-19. The rest was icing on the cake. Shelley found Marc Wilson (39 rushing yards) for a 25-yard touchdown pass and Neimeyer, who led a 305-yard ground game with 114 yards, collected his second TD of the game, this time with a 25-yard run. Denlinger's PAT capped the scoring.
"I thought Jack Eckman did a phenomenal job at guard and Mason Rush, Anthony DelGrande, Cody Reiff and Aaron Jacoby all had strong games and Connor Blantz did a nice job blocking," said Manion. "Our defensive line showed its strength with Reiff, JT Hake and Tyler Dougherty all recording eight tackles. And Tyler Phenegar had a sack, one hurry and five tackles."
This week's challenge is No. 2 seed Bishop McDevitt (9-2).
"We need to play our game," said Manion. "But we need to have fun. All the pressure is on them."
Lady Booters Advance to PIAA Tournament November 6, 2017
The No. 6 seed lady Pioneer booters had their work cut out for them last Tuesday night at Lower Dauphin Middle School as they faced No. 2 seed East Pennsboro in the District Three Class AAA soccer semifinals. Numbers aside, the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the undefeated Panthers (22-0) but couldn't quite pull off the upset.
The Panthers' leading scorer and Nebraska-bound Hannah Young notched the golden goal for East Pennsboro, scoring at the 9:03 mark of overtime and lifting the home team to the school's first-ever appearance in the District Three finals with a 2-1 nipping of the Pioneers. It was Lampeter's second straight overtime outing, having beaten No. 3 seed Northern York (15-4-1) on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, and their fourth of the season.
"They played like an undefeated team and we rose to the occasion," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Their coach was quoted as saying we were the best team they have played all season!"
With a combined three shots on goal, the first half featured a midfield battle and resulted in a 0-0 tie at the break. L-S, however, came out stronger in the second half, creating nine scoring opportunities through the first 15 minutes. Hannah Adams, pushing through the East Penn defense, put the Pioneers on the board with a goal in the 54th minute, leaving the Mid-Penn champs on the short end for the first time this season.
"The game plan going in was to watch Hannah Young and Morgan Erdman and their fast outside mids," stated Lebo. "Then we had halftime to discuss our new strategy and things changed. I was extremely pleased with our play."
L-S, looking for an insurance goal, continued to put the pressure on, creating three more chances, including Kendal Ream's effort to beat East Penn keeper Alyssa Miller to the ball. In transition, however, Kasi Brown corralled a through-ball, got a step on the defender and then raced 40-yards toward goal. Bella Dicamillo challenged the attack but Brown slipped a shot to the left corner with 14:32 left to play.
The Panthers were awarded two more corners after that but came up empty. L-S pushed in the final three minutes but also failed to notch the game-winner, forcing the extra period.
"That was by far the best team we played and the best 80 minutes we have strung together all season," Lebo remarked. "Every single girl on our team stepped up and it was a lot of fun to watch and coach.
Obviously, the girls and coaching staff were disappointed with the final result, but the amount of support that rolled in from other L-L League teams and coaches, commenting on how well the girls played, makes a loss to an undefeated team a bit more bearable."
Despite coming up empty, the Pioneers will compete in their first PIAA state tournament Tuesday at Souderton High School.
With one more chance to qualify for the PIAA Championships, the Pioneers traveled to Mechanicsburg High School last Wednesday night and took the field opposite a familiar foe, New Oxford. As the 11th seed, L-S topped the No. 2 Colonials 3-2 last year in the district consolations and then defeated No. 5 Gettysburg 2-1 to get to states as the fifth team in District Three Class AA.
This year the team came in as the eighth seed and needed a win Wednesday night to get to play for fourth and fifth.
Whoever said "Just keep shooting and eventually you'll score," must not have been involved in a game with a time limit. In a game that came down to a penalty stroke, the Lady Pioneers shot, and shot and shot again but could not finish.
"I'm not sure how we lost that game," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I definitely thought we out shot them significantly through the first three-quarters of the game. They did come on strong at the end. Bottom line is that we could not finish," she continued. "We certainly had opportunities."
Those opportunities included 17 shots on goal to New Oxford's nine and ten corners to their six.
But it was a Carly Flickinger penalty stroke with 13:03 left in the game that sent the Colonials to the fifth place game and into the PIAA Class 2A tournament and ended the Pioneers season.
"I did agree with the stroke call," said Swarr. "Delaney (McCormick) went for the save and landed on the ball. She knows we would rather have that than a sure goal. Her confidence and timing has really improved over the last five games and both of these were employed in the game. However," she continued, "I cannot say enough about our defensive unit. They really shut down the other team's opportunities and have prevented goals."
Despite falling behind, L-S kept pushing the pace, working four corners in the last three minutes but coming up empty.
"We did put the ball in the cage but the official blew the whistle to give us a corner," recalled Swarr. "That was a bummer. And they called Abby Thorius for kicking the ball in the circle, with 15 seconds to go, and she did not. But we should have had the game nailed down before that.
"While we would have liked to walk away with the win and continue playing through states, it is satisfying to know that we played well," she added. "Every player gave their all and our passing game was awesome."
The loss leaves the Pioneers with an overall record of 14-8.
In addition to their success as a team, L-S received a handful of individual awards. Laura Horner was voted as a First Team all-star while Hanna Garber, Jenna Lapp, and Abby Thorius were Second Team selections. Honorable Mention all-stars were Kate Smith and Makayla Malcolm while Megan Breneman, H. Garber and Horner were Academic all-stars. And Emily Jones received the L-L League Coaches' Scholarship Award.
Going into Friday night's home game with Cedar Crest, the Pioneers had already locked up a spot in the District Three Class AAAA playoffs. What was on the line, however, was being able to host that first round playoff game. That opportunity did not go to the Pioneers who dropped a 49-27 result on the road. The loss moved the Pioneers to the sixth seed where they will face No. 3 Northern Lebanon this Friday.
The Falcons soared to a 21-3 first quarter lead and never looked back. They got a five touchdown effort from Kendell Shand, who rushed for 243 yards on eight carries.
"We've had trouble stopping some good offenses this year," said head coach John Manion. "Their speed was the difference.
"Offensively, we did OK, running for about 200 yards and passing for another 200."
Highlight of the game was Todd Shelley breaking the single season record for completions. "His first pass was an 11-yard gain to Kris Pirozzi," noted Manion. "He completed 20 passes pushing his total to 166."
Peyton Denlinger booted two field goals - the first one, a 27 yarder, cut the lead to 7-3 while the second one, 28 yards, came after a five yard TD run by Shelley and cut the lead to 21-10 in the second quarter.
The Falcons, however, outscored the visitors four touchdowns to two through the rest of the game.
Pirozzi snagged a pair of Shelley touchdown passes, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth and capped the Pioneer scoring.
"Peyton was 3-for-3 in extra points and kicked those two field goals," noted Manion. "He's been consistent. And Damian Rosa pushed his sack total to double-digits with ten on the year. He had two on special teams.
"So now we travel to Northern Lebanon," he continued. "We haven't played them since 2009, when we were in Section Three. I think we'll rebound well. We have a lot of seniors on this team and they don't want the season to end."
Smith, Neimeyer Score Twice in Win Over GS October 30, 2017
With the District Three season just two weeks away, the Pioneers all but assured themselves a spot in the postseason when they toppled Garden Spot 42-27 Friday night in New Holland.
While the Spartans Cameron Roth became the third quarterback in L-L League history to pass for 5,000 yards and run for 2,000, it was a pair of TD's by Drew Smith and Cam Neimeyer that helped propel the Pioneers.
L-S scored five first half touchdowns en route to a 35-14 lead at the half.
"We were the better team in the first half," said head coach John Manion who earned his 150th career win. "They tackled better in the second half and it was a more even game."
Smith, snagging an 11-yard strike from Todd Shelley, opened the scoring while Neimeyer's 14-yard run made it 13-0. Both teams traded scores after that with Roth scoring on a 65-yard run and Neimeyer dashing 19-yards. Joey Underwood's two-point conversion put the visitors in front 21-7 in the first quarter.
Spot opened the second quarter with a 62-yard pass from Roth to Jacob Arndt but Lampeter countered with a Marc Wilson 30-yard TD run and a 14-yard toss from Shelley to Kris Pirozzi. A pair of Peyton Denlinger PAT's made it 35-14 at the break.
The hosts scored once in both the third and fourth quarters and in between, Smith capped the L-S scoring with a 15-yard run.
"Drew rushed 107 yards on 14 carries for his first 100 yard rushing game," noted Manion. "He also had one catch. Cam finished with 132 yards on 17 carries and added 93 yards receiving with four catches. And Jack Eckman had a strong night on the offensive line."
Defensively the Pioneers were led by Ben Cardwell's eight tackles. Connor Blantz and Wilson both picked off Roth while Damian Rosa recorded two sacks, pushing his total to a team-best nine for the year.
"The 150th win is a nice number," said Manion. "I was happy to do it with this group of kids. My staff, or most of us, have been together for a long time. They share this."
Happy to qualify for the District Three Class AA field hockey championships, the lady Pioneers couldn't help but notice that undefeated Donegal was in their half of the bracket. But at least they weren't in the opening round. There the No. 8 Pioneers took on No. 9 Susquehannock (11-7) at Milton Hershey's Henry Hershey Field last Wednesday night at 7 pm and advanced to the quarterfinal round opposite, you guessed it, Donegal. A pair of assists from Laura Horner and scoring from the Garber sisters propelled the Pioneers to a 2-1 victory.
L-S quickly pushed the ball to their offensive end of the field but came up empty. The Warriors, on the other hand, were awarded a penalty stroke on their first trip into the circle. Delaney McCormick (4 saves), however, was up to the challenge and denied Susquehannock senior Julia McKenzie. That was all the motivation L-S needed. They jumped in front 1-0. On a continuation of their first corner, Laura Horner redirected a ball headed to the baseline back into the circle where Julz Garber finished after 4:15 of play.
"Delaney stepped up and took control of the circle," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "She looked confident and came out hard and I love that she was able to deny that questionable stroke call. That definitely could have changed the tone."
The Pioneers earned six more corners that half before Horner picked up her second assist of the day, this one to Hannah Garber who gave the home team a 2-0 advantage with 8:11 left in the half. And that was after they had a goal called back due to an infraction in the circle.
"Laura and Hannah were rock stars," praised Swarr. "Laura cut to the ball all over the place. She always plays all out. Hannah was poised and made some awesome passing decisions. Abby Thorius also had several critical carries into the circle and Jenna Lapp shut down several of Susquehannock's break away attempts."
After dominating play and time of possession in the first half, L-S created even more scoring opportunities after the break but failed to convert. They finished with 14 corners on the night, gave up just one, and outshot the Warriors 8-4.
Susquehannock put forth its best attack of the game in the final 2:45 and prevented the shutout when McKenzie collected a rebound and sailed a shot over McCormick and into the corner of the goal.
"I thought we passed very well and cut to the ball well in the first half," stated Swarr. "And I felt like we started to get tired in the second half, causing a breakdown in our passing game."
On Saturday afternoon at Comet Field, the Pioneers faced Donegal (21-1) in the quarterfinals round. And for the third time this season they suffered a shutout, this time 10-0.
The Indians' scoring machine, Mackenzie Allessie, almost single handedly dismantled the Pioneers. She racked up five of their seven first half goals and finished with six on the day. Donegal was awarded 22 corners and fired 29 shots at goal, 17 of which were saved by Delaney McCormick. H. Garber and Kate Smith also recorded defensive saves.
"The girls played hard until the end," said Swarr.
Despite the loss, the Pioneers will battle New Oxford on Wednesday for a chance to qualify for the state tournament.
Nate Erb scored one goal and dished out one assist as the Pioneers blanked Twin Valley 3-0 in the opening round of the District Three Class 3A Championships last Monday night at home. It was the first time in four years that L-S advanced to the quarterfinals.
"The last three years we have lost in the first round," noted head coach Gino DiSomma. "In 2014 we lost in double overtime and the last two years on penalty kicks. So, needless to say, it was very nice not to have to go into OT or PK.
"It was a great overall team win," he added. "I was able to sub a good bit as all my players showed up and wanted to put the first round curse out of the way."
Erb assisted on the first goal of the game, sending a pass to Chase Petersheim who lifted a shot over TV goalkeeper Hudson Mokrejs in the 30th minute, and then tallied the third goal of the night, making good on a penalty kick after being tripped in the box nine minutes into the second half. In between, Derek Eckman headed in a nice cross by Mason Knarr for a 2-0 lead.
"Nate scored a beautiful PK and had our first assist," said DiSomma. "Chase showed great composure to finish that goal.
"I felt the first 10-15 minutes we fought on our nerves as a lot of the players most likely felt the pressure of playing in a district game," he continued. "I also believe the physicality of Twin Valley shocked them," he continued. "Once we settled in, I thought we controlled most of the game. Of course the last 15 minutes got a little crazy as we got away from our game plan."
The Raiders (10-9-1) broke up Paul Keller's (8 saves) shutout with a free kick goal by their leading scorer, Jeremy Key. The senior has scored 12 of Twin Valley's last 40 goals.
"I thought Paul did a fantastic job in goal," lauded DiSomma. "Jordan Sweger, Tyler Thorius, Matt Rhoades and Seth Beers were also fantastic in holding down the back line and keeping their best player at bay."
On Thursday, with a chance to qualify for the state tournament, the Pioneers traveled to Boiling Springs where they faced Greencastle-Antrim and came home with a season-ending 2-0 loss.
The third-seeded Blue Devils (17-3-1) scored the only goal they really needed less than six minutes in when Jared Rohrbaugh scored on a cross from Brandon Stuhler. The next 60 minutes, however, were a battle with neither team budging.
But it was G-A with an insurance goal with 10:16 left that decided the outcome. Keeper Bryson Robinson needed to make a pair of impressive saves down the stretch as the No. 6 Pioneers (12-7) pushed for the equalizer.
The harrier teams traveled to Big Spring High School this past Saturday to compete in the District Three Class AAA Championships but failed to push a single runner through to the state championships.
Noah Pritchard was the top finisher of the day. The senior clocked a 17:49 and finished 99th. Juniors David Helms (192nd, 18:48) and Jansen Miller (206, 19:01) were the next two runners to cross while seniors Michael Kuhns (207, 19:02) and Honert Evertt (219, 19:17) rounded out the top five. Thomas Sellers (19:25) and Josiah McCarthy (227) also competed.
The girls were led by Kelsey Kimmel who placed 105th with a 21:51. Sarah Capoferri, also a junior, was one place and four seconds behind Kimmel while senior Olivia Gard (153rd, 22:47) ran third.
Sophomores Micah Gordley (23:24) and Colleen Gilbert (24:58) rounded out the top five while Kyla Drouillard finished with a 25:17.
The girls' soccer team opened District Three Class AAA play last Monday night when they hosted 11th seed Conrad-Weiser. Despite being outshot 8-4, it was the Pioneers Toby Harnish, assisted by Hannah Adams that scored the game winner on an off-speed shot with 4:55 left in the first half.
"The goal happened because of a miscommunication between our own two players which I think ended up confusing them," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Toby took charge and got a piece of the ball with good placement in the far corner. It may not have been pretty, but a goal is a goal and at this point in the season, sometimes all it takes is one."
Bella DiCamilla was solid in goal, turning away eight shots to preserve the shutout and push the No. 6 Pioneers to the quarterfinals opposite No. 3 Northern York.
"Conrad Weiser came ready to play and we were slow out of the gate," said Lebo. "They came with a game plan and we were slow to respond. That being said, there is a lot to be said for having heart," she continued.
"While I'm not thrilled with our level of play, I am excited for the chance to play in the quarterfinals. Last year we lost to Manheim Central in the opening round. This group has worked hard this season and I look forward to them showing all what they are made of."
That showing came Thursday night at Boiling Spring High School where the Pioneers topped Northern York in penalty kicks and punched their ticket to the PIAA tournament.
Both teams had opportunities not only in regulation but overtime as well. The Pioneers hit the crossbar three times and the Polar Bears had a goal waved off because of an offsides call.
"Both teams had their moments," said Lebo. "We had three by Lizzie Adams just go over and hit the crossbar and they hit one post. I could not have asked for more of my girls," she continued. "They played like there was nothing to lose."
Leading scorer Kendal Ream opened the penalty kick phase with a shot to the corner that beat Northern keeper Haley Wallace.
DiCamilla stepped in and stopped the first Northern (15-5-1) shot and later made a second save to give L-S the win.
"Hannah Adams, Lizzie Adams and Emma Houck took our PK's and placed them well," said Lebo. "And Bella stole the show with two huge saves. She was incredible. We definitely elevated our play from Monday a great deal. It was good soccer all around."
Volleyball Caps Season With Playoff Appearance October 23, 2017
The volleyball team wrapped up the regular season last week with losses against the top two teams in Section Two and opened the post-season opposite Section One champ Hempfield. They finish the 2017 schedule with a 6-8 overall record.
The action got underway last Monday night when the team traveled to Section Two champ Elizabethtown (10-0). The Bears got off to a strong start, topping the visitors 25-10 in the opening set. L-S regrouped in the second set but fell short of the win, 25-20, only to see the home team finish strong, 25-16.
Bri Eberly was a force at the net for the hosts, putting down 13 kills. Betsy Brenneman was tops in that department for L-S with 5 and collected a team-high 4 blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand anchored the defense with 12 digs and was one of three Pioneers to serve one ace, joining Becca Cohen and Emma Cohen, who dished out 13 assists.
Wednesday night the Pioneers hosted the second place team in Section Two, Garden Spot (14-3 overall) and were dealt a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-22, 25-19). Abbie Powell served up a game-high six aces and Haley Hoover added a match-high seven blocks but it wasn't enough. E. Cohen finished with 18 assists, five of which Brenneman converted into kills. B. Cohen settled for six digs.
The going did not get any easier as the Pioneers, the third place team in Section Two (5-5) opened the L-L League Championships against Hempfield (12-0) on Friday and suffered a third straight defeat, 25-10, 25-8, 25-13.
Hildenbrand and B. Cohen finished with four kills each, Brenneman served one ace and E. Cohen recorded 13 assists to highlight the offense. Hoover's two blocks were the defensive highlights as the Pioneers failed to record a single dig.
"Our injuries caused us to constantly work on new lineups," said head coach Zach Smith. "And we struggled to get in synch. It's disappointing because we finished 20th in the Class 3A power rankings, missing the 16 team field. There are a lot of teams in districts that we could beat."
After scooting past Annville-Cleona in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships, the field hockey team went up against Manheim Township in last Tuesday's semifinal clash at Warwick High School. The second place team out of Section One advanced with a 5-1 win over Elco.
With the Streaks earning just one more win in their overall record (14-6) than the Pioneers (13-6), a close matchup was expected. But Township plays the bulk of their games on turf while L-S is at home on the grass. The difference was evident as Township's speed and ball carrying ability played a role in a 7-0 victory that vaulted them into the finals for the first time in over 28 years.
"We have struggled to secure turf this season," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Plus most of our second half of the season games were on grass. I think that showed."
Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser each scored twice for the Streaks who built a 5-0 lead by halftime. Overall, the Streaks registered 29 shots on goal and earned 13 penalty corners while limiting the Pioneers to three shots and zero corners.
"I was hoping we could stay a little closer," said Swarr. "Our defense worked the whole game and did a nice job."
Highlighting that defense was a combined 17 saves by keepers Delaney McCormick and Alexis Garrett and a combined five defensive saves by Emily Jones and Jocelyn Branco.
"It's a love hate relationship with those defensive saves," stated Swarr. "Emily stepped up and played hard. She will throw her body in front of anything to keep the ball out of the cage. We needed that. And Jocelyn has been a solid defender and post player all season.
"Our backs work very well together," she continued. "Katelyn Smith does a fantastic job with communication and organizing the marking and Amelia Cope is a master block-tackler."
This week the Pioneers open District Three Class AA play as the No. 8 seed. They take on No. 9 seed Susquehannock at Milton Hershey High School, Wednesday, October 25 at 7 pm.
The lady harriers, fresh off their undefeated run through Section Two competition, competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School where they settled for a ninth place finish in a pool of 18 teams.
Sophomore Colleen Gilbert earned the top finish for the girls', placing 27th in 20:16. She was 1.7 seconds away from a top 25 medal. Kelsey Kimmel, a junior, ran second for the Pioneers, clocking a 20:56 for 33rd place. Newcomer to cross country, Sarah Capoferri settled in at 54th place with a 21:47 with Olivia Gard (60th, 22:05) close behind. Kyla Drouillard rounded out the top five with a 72nd place finish in 23:39. Also competing was Micah Gordley (81st, 22:57), Olivia Honert (105th, 23:56) and Marissa Denlinger (111th, 24:12).
The girls' were again the top Section Two team to place. In fact, they finished ahead of Section One's Solanco, CV and Lebanon.
The boys' team had a tougher challenge but continued to put their best foot forward. Jansen Miller again led the Pioneers with a 25th place medal clinching 17:05.
Everett Honert followed in 66th place with a 17:58 while Michael Kuhns (71st, 18:00), Noah Pritchard (74th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (81st, 18:07) rounded out the top five.
Also finishing the race was David Helms (18:24), Josh Eidemiller (18:46) and Thomas Sellers (19:06).
The teams will compete this weekend in the District Three Championships at Big Springs High School.
For two straight seasons the Pioneers pulled out last seconds victories over Cocalico. This past Friday night in Lampeter, however, the Eagles needed a win if their contest against Manheim Central was going to mean anything. And a win they got. The visitors pushed out to a 17-0 advantage and pulled away with a convincing 52-21 result that was determined well before the finals seconds.
"We got beat by a better team," stated head coach John Manion. "They outplayed us all around."
The visitors used a 35-yard field goal by Daniel Engle to get on the board and picked up an impressive 87-yard punt return by Owen Zimmerman for a 10-0 first quarter advantage. They added to that when Noah Palm scored from 33-yards out early in the second quarter.
L-S, managing just 92 rushing yards, finally got on board when Cam Neimeyer caught a 71-yard touchdown pass and Peyton Denlinger added the PAT kick. With a bit of momentum, the Pioneers were poised to close the gap when they recovered a fumble on the Cocalico 21 but couldn't convert.
The Eagles, who exploded for 441 rushing yards, took advantage, marching 80-yards on eight plays and pushing the lead to 24-7 on Brandon Brubaker's 6-yard run.
The Pioneers responded when Neimeyer snagged a 15-yard toss from QB Todd Shelley but it wasn't enough. Cocalico answered with four straight touchdowns and set the mercy rule in motion with seven minutes left in the game.
Shelley finished with 244 yards, completing 11 of 25 attempts with one interception.
"Cam played well and gave a strong effort," said Manion. "He finished with three catches for 106 y ards and two touchdowns and ran for 19 yards on six carries. He also blocked well.
"We got the JV's in late in that fourth quarter and they did a nice job as a unit," he added.
Alex Knapp's 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter, along with Denlinger's third PAT kick, capped the scoring.
Cody Reiff highlighted the defensive efforts with a season-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Gabe Frederick chipped in with nine tackles.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-3 in Section Two and 5-3 overall. They take on a 1-4, 2-6 Garden Spot squad this week.
"We have similar scores against similar opponents," said Manion. "It will be a better matchup than Cocalico."
Pioneer Booters Finish Third in Section Two October 16, 2017
With just the top two teams in Section Two qualifying for the L-L League playoffs this year, the boys' soccer team will have to wait until districts to get their post-season underway. Last week, with wins over Cocalico and Solanco, the Pioneers improved to 11-6 overall and sit in sixth place in the District Three Class AAA bracket.
The Pioneers, who finished third in Section Two, traveled to fifth place Cocalico Monday night and split the series with the Eagles, who nipped L-S 1-0 on September 20.
A first half goal by Logan Heister proved to be the difference as both teams scored second half goals. Derek Eckman's tally in the 68th minute was the insurance L-S needed as the Eagles cut into the 2-0 lead with a goal four minutes later.
On a soggy Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneers used a balanced attack to top visiting Solanco 5-1.
L-S gained all the momentum they needed in the first half, scoring three goals in a span of nine minutes. Patrick McClain, Heister and Nate Erb put the home team in front after 12 minutes. Solanco cut the lead to 3-1 late in the first half but that momentum did not carry into the second half as Eckman and Ramon Estevez put the game out of reach.
The girl's soccer team had a lot at stake last week. In a battle to secure second place in the Section Two standings and an opening round game in the L-L League playoffs, the team needed to win out and they did just that.
Tuesday night they held off fourth place Cocalico and Wednesday night outlasted Solanco for a pair of road wins.
"We finished sixth in the section last year so we did not qualify for leagues but we did compete in districts," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I don't think we've qualified for the league playoffs for the last four years."
Tuesday night's game in Denver was a thriller. Despite dominating field play, the Pioneers did not record the game-winner until the final seconds of the match. With 27 seconds remaining, Lizzie Adams inserted a low corner kick through ball to the center of the 18 where Toby Harnish connected.
"It was an awesome goal," lauded Lebo. "We should have scored in the first half. Kendal Ream, Maddy Stabinger and Hannah Adams all had opportunities by either hitting the crossbar or going 1-on-1 with the keeper. You have to credit their goalie (8 saves). We just could not get by her."
Pioneer keeper Olivia Vranich saved four shots to preserve the shutout.
Back on the road Wednesday night, the Pioneers piled up 20 shots on goal but only came away with a 3-0 final as Solanco's keeper, Gabi Dolan, was up to the challenge.
"I thought Solanco played a great game," said Lebo. "They wanted to send their seniors off with a win but we knew we needed to win to seal the deal for playoffs. Their keeper was aggressive and confident and did a nice job against our offense."
Stabinger broke the ice with a goal midway through the first half while Kendal Ream, taking a cross from Sarah Doutrich in the corner, made it 2-zip with eight minutes left in the half. McKenna Conklin added the finishing touches with a lofted shot that sailed over the keeper in the second half.
Bella DiCamilla picked up the shutout with five saves.
"Since it was the final game of the regular season, and because of back-to-back night games, we were subbing often," Lebo noted. "Everyone got playing time.
"We're thrilled to end the regular season at 11-3," she continued. "It's certainly an improvement for the program. The girls play for each other and I think that helps them get the results they want."
Lampeter's three game winning streak came to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers were dealt a 2-1 setback against Section One's third place team, Hempfield, in the opening round of the League playoffs in Millersville.
This was a battle from start to finish. After a scoreless first half, Hempfield went in front just four minutes after the break. It took L-S a bit longer to get going but they rose to the occasion and knotted the score when Adams, on a leading pass from Ansley Yost, found the back of the cage with ten minutes left in the game. That lasted just five minutes as Hempfield's Val Zawrotuk notched the game-winner.
Faced with a 'must win' situation last week, the field hockey team took care of business, handling Solanco 7-1 on Monday and Elizabethtown 4-2 on Wednesday to qualify for the L-L League playoffs for the first time in four years.
Despite the lopsided result against Solanco, the game was tied at 1-1 in the first half with both squads connecting with penalty stroke goals.
"This was our third stroke of the season but the first one we scored on," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "Makayla Malcolm tied the game on her attempt."
That tight play, however, did not continue after the break as L-S, fueled by Laura Horner's four goals, two in a span of about four minutes, exploded for six goals. Julia Smecker and Hanna Garber each added one goal and two assists.
"All of Laura's goals required her to drive, pull past, tip etc.," noted Swarr. "She is our finisher, for sure. And while Hanna Garber isn't logging a ton of goals, we could not do without her. She has set up so many of our goals these last couple of games."
The action continued on Wednesday with another high scoring affair. This time L-S got going early, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first half and matching E-town's effort after the break as each team scored once. Garber dished out three assists on the day with Smecker and Abby Thorius each scoring twice.
"Abby makes things happen," said Swarr. "Her first goal was off a sweet corner shot, designed just for her. And Julia finished two big runs. Her speed is incredible.
"And our defensive unit keeps us in games," she continued. "Anchored by Jenna Lapp and Kate Smith and added onto by Amelia Cope and Jocelyn Branco. They do a fantastic job marking and adjusting as needed."
The Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Saturday opposite Section Three champ Annville-Cleona and came away with a solid 2-0 victory. Holding a 12-4 advantage in shots, the Pioneers scored once in each half but needed some solid defense, including a defensive save by Branco and three saves by keeper Delaney McCormick to preserve the shutout.
Horner and Chloe Blantz recorded the goals while Smecker and Daisy Frank were credited with assists.
With only one game last week, the girls' volleyball team improved to 5-3 in Section Two with a 3-1 road win over Solanco Tuesday night. The Pioneers sit behind Elizabethtown (8-0 LL) and Garden Spot (6-2 LL) in the standings and face both teams this week.
The Pioneers, who got a nine kill effort from Haley Hoover and seven aces from Marissa Petersheim, got off to a slow start but managed to pull out a 25-23 first set win over the hosts.
Solanco buckled down a bit in the second set and pulled away for a 25-18 final but that momentum was short-lived. L-S responded with back-to-back wins, 25-14, 25-13.
Emma Cohen directed the offense with 34 assists while Sarah Stoltzfuz (15 digs) and Hoover (3 blocks) anchored the defense.
In their last regular meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, the lady Pioneer harriers capped an undefeated Section Two record with dominating wins over Annville-Cleona (15-49) and Columbia (15-55).
With 15 of the 23 runners wearing blue and white jerseys, it was a red shirt that crossed the line first. Columbia's Jordan Haberstroh ran the course in 19:42 but with only one teammate, a team victory was not in the cards. L-S ran the table after that, securing 11 of the next 13 places.
Colleen Gilbert led the way. Her 20:19 was 37 seconds behind Haberstroh. Kelsey Kimmel (3rd, 20:52), Sarah Capoferri (4th, 21:24), Olivia Gard (5th, 22:06), and Kyla Drouillard (6th, 22:47) rounded out the top five with Marissa Denlinger (9th, 23:31), Micah Gordley (10th, 24:14), Olivia Honert (11th, 24:35), Hannah Shultheis (12th, 25:09), Paige Weidman (13th, 25:15) and Danae Ranck (14th, 25:33) slamming the door.
The girls are 7-0 in Section Two and 9-0 overall.
In their last meet of the season and their only home meet of the year, Jansen Miller raced to a first place finish with a 17:29 with teammates Noah Pritchard (17:48) and Everett Honert (17:48) close behind in second and third place respectively. The trio led the Pioneers to a 17-43 victory over Annville-Cleona and a 15-55 result against Columbia who has just one runner.
L-S capped the scoring with Michael Kuhns taking fifth (18:12) and David Helms (18:19) sixth.
Adding top 20 finishes were Josiah McCarthy (8th, 18:37), Andrew Pritchard (10th, 19:00), Thomas Sellers (14th, 19:25), Josiah Zehr (19:33), Colton Morris (18th, 19:41) and Josh Eidemiller (20th, 19:46).
The Pioneers accounted for 28 of the 44 runners competing. With a 6-3 record, they finished the season in fourth place in Section Two.
For their efforts through the regular season, a handful of Pioneers earned all-star recognition. Jansen Miller, Colleen Gilbert and Kelsey Kimmel received First Team recognition while Noah Pritchard, Olivia Gard and Kyla Drouillard were Second Team all-stars.
Friday the 13th proved to be a bit unlucky for the football team. Hosting Elizabethtown for their homecoming game, the Pioneers battled the Bears for just over three hours but fell short 44-38 in overtime.
"The kids played hard," said head coach John Manion. "I can't question their effort. E-town just made one more play than we did."
Tied at 38-38, Peyton Denlinger's 38-yard field goal attempt with three seconds left was just off the mark and sent the game into overtime. E-town jumped ahead with QB Cole Patrick's rushing TD. But Cody Reiff blocked the extra point, giving L-S momentum. That, however, was short-lived as the Pioneers fumbled on their second play.
"We had a chance but fell short," said Manion. "Now we bounce back."
This one was as back-and-forth as a ping pong game. L-S went in front on a Kris Pirozzi (9 catches for 145 yards) one yard run but the PAT was no good. E-town answered with a 54-yard passing TD and a successful PAT and a 7-6 first quarter lead.
The visitors extended the lead in the second quarter with a five-yard run and L-S matched that effort when Cam Neimeyer recovered a fumble and raced 22-yards to the end zone. Denlinger added a 20 yard field goal just before the half to put LS in front 16-14.
The second half was more of the same. E-town opened with a 53-yard rushing TD and Neimeyer countered with an 80-yard run that kept L-S in front, 23-21.
The Bears, unfazed, came back with a 26-yard field goal and then scored again, taking advantage of a high snap and a blocked punt to go up 30-23.
L-S opened the fourth with a Drew Smith two-yard TD and Todd Shelley, who threw for 168 yards, hit Neimeyer for the two point conversion that knotted the score and set the stage for the extra period.
"Todd threw a nice game with over 300 yards in tough conditions," noted Manion. "Marc Wilson ran hard and had 143-yards receiving on 10 catches."
This week the Pioneers are "Playing for Hope" as their game against Cocalico is in support of A Week Away, a non-profit organization founded by former L-S grad Caleb Walker who battled brain cancer.
Lady Booters Tally 14 goals in Three Games October 9, 2017
Eight games ago the Lady Pioneer booters dropped a 2-1 thriller to the Section Two leader Ephrata. But the Pioneers had won seven games since that loss and were ready to give a go at an upset last Wednesday in Lampeter. All that seemed to be in the works as Lizzie Deardorff's goal in the 29th minute put L-S on top.
The 14-1 Mounts however regained their mojo in the second half and notched a pair of goals to steal the win over the second place Pioneers.
"While the result was disappointing, we were the underdogs and a win would have been an upset," stated head coach Emily Lebo. "We challenged Ephrata and continued to show growth on the field."
The girls were coming off another dominating performance against Lebanon on Monday. Kendal Ream's first half hat-trick, in addition to Danielle Dipace scoring twice, highlighted a 7-1 first half that rolled to a 9-1 final.
McKenna Conklin and Lily Stoltzfus notched their first goals of the season while Toby Harnish and Lizzie Adams accounted for the second half scoring. Hannah Adams was tops with two assists.
One day after the Ephrata loss, the Pioneers took care of business. With two first half goals from Tara Wehibe and Ream's three assists, L-S blanked Garden Spot 4-0. Maddy Stabinger and Adams notched second half goals and Bella DiCamilla made three saves to preserve the shutout.
"I was proud of how we rallied after the Ephrata loss," said Lebo. "They proved they will not end the season quietly. While we would love nothing more than to make the League Playoffs, we are focused on each 40 minute half at a time and hope our commitment to improve each half propels us forward."
The field hockey team collected three wins in five days last week and improved to 7-5 in Section Two, tying Elizabethtown for third place.
Monday, looking for an upset against the Barons, L-S scored twice in the opening half but it wasn't enough as the visitors doubled that effort for a 4-2 win.
"We lost to them 6-1 on their turf," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "I felt like we won the game on paper. I have trouble getting my team to believe they can beat certain teams. We could have won this one."
Manheim jumped in front less than two minutes in but the home team responded eight minutes later, knotting the game on a goal by Laura Horner. Unfortunately, the next 15 minutes belonged to the Barons who exploded for three goals to take control. Hannah Garber, assisted by Horner, slowed their momentum with a goal in the 26th minute of the half, ending the scoring for the game. That's correct. Zero goals were scored in the second half.
"The defense was definitely tested," said Swarr. "We had three backs, Jocelyn Branco, Emily Jones and Amelia Cope combine for four defensive saves! Branco (2) uses her softball bunting skills to keep that ball out of the cage. She consistently has defensive saves and keeps us in many games."
Wednesday the Pioneers hit the road to New Holland and came away with a 2-1 overtime thriller.
The visitors piled up 34 shots and forced 27 corners but struggled to finish. The Spartans had one of each and sent the game to overtime.
L-S broke through in the 10th minute of the first half when Makayla Malcolm found Abby Thorius who eluded the defense and sent a shot to the back of the cage.
The Spartans returned the favor on a second half breakaway.
"We threatened but just could not finish," said Swarr. "Jenna Lapp scored the game-winner off a scramble in the circle. This was our first OT game of the year."
Friday the Pioneers broke a scoreless first half with three second half goals and blanked visiting Ephrata. H. Garber's goal midway through the half was sandwiched around a pair of goal by Thorius.
Looking to move up in the district seeding, the boys' soccer team improved to 9-6 overall (7-5 LL) with three wins in four days last week. They dominated Cedar Crest 3-0, upset section leader Ephrata 1-0 and held off Garden Spot 3-1.
"It was nice to rebound from the Central loss and take care of Cedar Crest," said head coach Gino DiSomma.
Derek Eckman, assisted by Mason Knarr, opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Eight minutes later, Caden Wise, on a setup by Logan Heister, made it 2-0. Chase Petersheim's second half through ball allowed Noah Patterson to cap the scoring in the 72nd minute.
"Our issue all season has been our inability to put together a full 80 minutes," said DiSomma. "Some mental mistakes have been costly."
Wednesday night in Ephrata the boys put it all together and avenged their first half double overtime loss to Ephrata with a hard-fought 1-0 decision. Eckman, taking a dish from Heister, scored what proved to be the game-winner. Paul Keller collected seven saves to preserve the shutout.
"The boys were really excited for the game," said DiSomma. "They were ready to take care of business."
One night later, they fought off a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals, all by Eckman, to pull out a 3-1 home win over Garden Spot. Knarr and Nate Erb were credited with assists.
In a battle for the Milk Jug Trophy Friday night in Quarryville, behind a total team effort in all phases of the game, the Pioneers set the tone early and often, and coasted to a dominating 45-0 Section Two victory over a 2-0 Solanco squad.
"This is certainly the best we've played all year," lauded head coach John Manion. "Penalties and turnovers against good teams have haunted us but not tonight. We had a total team effort."
Joey Underwood scooped up Solanco's first fumble and dashed 27-yards to the end zone with 8:12 left in the first quarter. Two minutes later Peyton Denlinger nailed a 31-yard field goal and the Pioneers were off and running.
Cam Neimeyer (106 yards on 7 carries, 4 catches for 53 yards) highlighted the next three quarters, scoring four times, including a 60-yarder with 4:33 left in the first half. Marc Wilson's two point conversion followed that score and the Pioneers led 25-0 at the half.
Finding Neimeyer for three of those TD's was Todd Shelly. The senior quarterback went 16-for-17 for 196-yards on the night. "Todd completed 17 straight passes," noted Manion. "That's pretty impressive."
While the offense was having its way, the defense was busy shutting down Solanco's running game, holding the top rushing team in the section to 209 yards on 53 carries while recording two sacks and forcing three fumbles, all via Tim DeWalt.
"Gabe Frederick led the way with 15 tackles but Joey Underwood, Kris Pirozzi (4 catches 73 yards) and Cody Reiff each had 12," stated Manion. "And Peyton booted five touchbacks. Plus our offensive line did a great job," he continued. "Jack Eckman has really been a force there."
Drew Smith capped the scoring with a 15-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
This is the sixth time in eight years that the Pioneers have won the Milk Jug Trophy.
The harrier teams swept the competition, and first place finishes, last Tuesday at Northern Lebanon with wins over the hosts and Manheim Central. The girls improved to 7-0 overall while the boys sit at 4-3.
Colleen Gilbert (20:33) and Kelsey Kimmel (20:37) finished 38 seconds ahead of Manheim's top runner, Mallory Sunderland, and Sarah Capoferri slid in for fourth place at 21:25. The Barons grabbed fifth place but it wasn't enough as Olivia Gard (21:50) and Kyla Drouillard (22:17) rounded out the top five with sixth and seventh places respectively.
Lampeter's Micah Gordley, Marissa Denlinger, Danae Ranck and Emma Bender, placing 10th through 13th respectively, all finished ahead of Manheim's fifth runner to help seal the win.
"Colleen and Kelsey took the lead early on and never let up," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "The girls knew this was an important meet for their season record and they all rose to the occasion."
Matching Gilbert, Jansen Miller won the race, placing 14 seconds ahead of N. Lebanon's Gage Krall who was second in 17:28. Everett Honert (6th, 17:39), David Helms (8th, 17:59), Michael Kuhns (9th, 18:03) and Josiah McCarthy (11th, 18:25) left the Pioneers with five of the top 11 places while Thomas Sellers (18:42), Josh Eidemiller (18:45) and Noah Pritchard (18:52) finished in the top 15.
"Jansen was focused from the start and ran a great race," lauded Cunningham."
In the District Three Class 3A Tournament at Briarwood West Golf Club this past weekend, senior Shannon Campbell opened with an 87 and freshman Katherine Lapinski carded a 94, both missing the 84 cut to advance.
With the playoffs looming ahead, every game is a big game. Last Tuesday the Pioneers were looking to right the ship against Ephrata, the team just below them in the standings. L-S topped the Mounts on the road 3-1 on September 12. At home, however, the Pioneers, coming in with a three game losing streak, couldn't quite get it done, bowing 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.
"We're battling injuries right now," said head coach Zach Smith. "We have a six rotation player out injured, one of our defensive specialists is out and another on restricted play duty. This has been constantly changing things for us and we are working hard on a new lineup."
Ephrata's stingy defense accounted for 20 digs on the night. Lampeter's Sarah Stoltzfus finished with 11 and Haley Hoover added two blocks. Hailey Hildenbrand collected a dozen kills due in part to Emma Cohen's 31 assists. Abbie Powell added five aces.
Thursday they hosted the Barons. Both teams came in tied at 3-3 in Section Two and the Barons looked to take charge, taking the first two sets 25-17-, 25-20. But the Pioneers rallied down the stretch, winning 25-23, 25-16, 15-9 to move into third place in the standings.
"All it took was one set win for our team to regain their confidence and come together as a team," Smith stated. "When we play with confidence and stay aggressive throughout the whole match, we have too many weapons to stop on the front line as well as a quick, scrappy defense."
With a 12-2 advantage in aces, serving was key for the Pioneers. Betsy Breneman, Powell, E. Cohen and Sofie Campbell all connected for three aces. Brenneman was also tops in kills with a match-high 12. Stoltzfus was credited with 20 digs, E. Cohen added three assists and Hoover put up a game-high six blocks.
The tennis team competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament at various sites on Friday but didn't finish as strongly as they had hoped.
Isabelle Brown, in Flight Four, turned in the strongest effort of the day, advancing to the finals with wins over Lyla Naqvi, of Donegal, 6-2, 6-2, and Ashley Risser, of Garden Spot, 6-4, 6-2.
Playing at CV in Flight One, Larson Kessler suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss to No. 8 seed Emily Garvin of Manheim Township while Erin Harnish, in Flight Two at Manheim Central, dropped to Ephrata's Kandice Liebl 6-4, 6-2.
Rachel Marcroft advanced by default in the opening round of Flight Three at Warwick then dropped a tight one, 7-6 (10-4), 6-0 to Donegal's Mariah Forrey.
In doubles play, Kessler and Marcroft teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Cedar Crest's Clare Aitken and Cheng in Flight One while Harnish and Brown were dealt an 8-5 loss at Flight Two against Ephrata's Liebl and Karissa Lapp.
Sami Williams and Nora Holmes opened with a win in Flight Three topping Cocalico's Savannah Buscavage and Kylie Armstrong 9-8 (10-6).
Pioneer Hockey Team Slips Past Cocalico October 2, 2017
Looking to sweep the series against the visiting Eagles last Tuesday, the Pioneer field hockey team did just that, netting a pair of first half goals to slip by Cocalico 2-1.
The home team jumped in front nine minutes into the contest on a penalty corner. Makayla Malcolm inserted to Julz Garber who fired a shot at goal that Malcolm redirected to the back of the cage.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles knotted the score 14 minutes later. Both squads battled in the midfield and through a variety of corners before the Pioneers broke the tie with 40 seconds left in the first half. Laura Horner cracked a hard shot just outside the circle, crossing it to the left side where Julia Smecker, after the ball took a decent bounce, smacked it into the cage.
"I felt we dominated the game," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "We did have a run of about four corners in a row before Makayla scored. That is always sweet!
"Cocalico did have some scary breakaways that the defensive unit denied," she continued. "We had to move Jocelyn Branco to the midfield and drop Jenna Lapp to center back because Kate Smith broke her finger at practice on Monday. Both Branco and Lapp, in combination with Emily Jones, had successful 1 v 1 bouts that eliminated scoring threats," the coach explained.
Both Cocalico and L-S combined to raise funds for ALS research. "Through selling t-shirts and collecting donations at the game, over $700 was raised," lauded Swarr. "We had a player lose an aunt to this horrible disease."
The Pioneers faced their biggest challenge of the week on Thursday opposite Section Two leader, the undefeated Indians of Donegal. The hosts, with a five-goal effort from Mackenzie Allessie (43 goals to date), scored six goals in each half, pushing their season total to 118.
"They are clearly a cut above the rest," said Swarr. "Delaney McCormick played one of her best games in goal and finished with 23 saves."
The football team, opposite a winless Ephrata squad, took care of business Friday night and improved to 4-1 overall, 1-1 in Section Two with a powerful 61-6 victory. And they did it with a balanced attack. Drew Smith (73 yards rushing), Todd Shelley, and Cam Niemeyer (105 yards) each scored two touchdowns with Marc Wilson (76 yards), Joey Underwood (46 yards) and Sebz Hazboun chipping in with one.
"It was the result we expected," said head coach John Manion. "And it was nice to have a game where we could get everyone playing time.
"What we didn't expect was getting nine rushing touchdowns," he added. "We typically throw the football but the ground game was working. We rushed 392 yards on 52 carries."
The Pioneers jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Mounts got on the board. After that, however, L-S ran off six straight touchdowns with Hazboun's 20-yard sprint to the end zone in the fourth quarter being the longest.
"Defensively, Cam D'Imperio played well with eight tackles," said Manion. "He's been like a super sub all year for us and does a great job. Gabe Frederick was also solid on defense and on special teams and Johnny Franklin is giving us more depth on defense."
Mixed results last week left the Pioneer booters with a 4-5 Section Two record and a 6-6 overall mark.
They played a tough first half Tuesday afternoon against second place Elizabethtown (7-2) going scoreless through the first half. But the hosts, with an 8-2 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corners, found the back of the net twice after the break.
Two days later, under the lights in Manheim, L-S fell behind 2-0 in the first half, giving up an own goal in the 39th minute. Both teams scored after the break with Logan Heister putting the visitors on the board.
The game was closer, statistically, than the final score indicates. The Barons (5-4 in Section Two) managed just one more shot and one more corner than the fifth place Pioneers.
In their last regular match of the season, the Pioneer racket team collected its fifth shutout of the season, pushing their overall mark to 8-3.
L-S dominated from start to finish with Larson Kessler and Rachel Marcroft, at No. 1 and Nora Holmes and Hanna Dawson, at No. 3 both recording 8-0 results with Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown chipping in with an 8-2 win.
Singles play followed suit. Kessler posted a second shutout at No. 1 with Marcroft and Brown, playing No. 3 and 4 respectively, both winning 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2, Harnish was a 6-1, 6-1 winner.
In dual meet action last Tuesday at Brubaker Park in New Holland, the Lady Pioneer harriers ran away from the short-handed Spartans, winning easily 15-55, and pushing their league record to 5-0.
Colleen Gilbert (23:18), Kelsey Kimmel (23:20), Olivia Gard (24:52), Kyla Drouillard (25:03) and Danae Ranck (26:13) earned the first five places with Marissa Denlinger (26:24), Micah Gordley (26:35), and Emma Bender (26:37) placing 7th through 9th respectively.
The boys' squad also picked up an easy 15-55 victory and improved to 2-3.
Jansen Miller ran away from the field, clocking an 18:23 and finishing 37 seconds ahead of second place Michael Kuhns. Everett Honert (3rd, 19:07), Noah Pritchard (4th, 19:12) and Josiah McCarthy (5th, 19:16) rounded out the top five counters with David Helms (6th, 19:21) placing 16 seconds ahead of Garden Spot's top runner, Jeremy Risser (7th, 19:37).
Thomas Sellers (19:54), Andrew Pritchard (20:07), Josh Eidemiller (20:14), Colten Morris (20:26), and Nathan Eberly (20:36) rounded out the top 12, placing 8th through 12 respectively.
Having opened the season with five straight matches and after capturing the Ephrata Invitational, the volleyball team was cruising along. Last Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Garden Spot, however, was the third of three straight losses for the Pioneers. They suffered a 3-0 setback against Section Two leader Elizabethtown, dropped a 3-1 result against Section Three leader Lancaster Mennonite (8-1 overall) and last week fell 25-21, 25-11, 25-12 to the second place Spartans (4-1 league, 8-1 overall).
The Spartans were strong at the net with Shawna Zeiset and Taylor Dickson each putting down a dozen kills. Haley Hildenbrand was tops for the Pioneers with 8. She also led with 14 digs. Sami Seador, Emma Cohen, who directed the offense with 21 assists, and Alexa Troiano all recorded one ace and Haley Hoover finished with four blocks.
With home wins over Elizabethtown and Manheim Central, the girls' soccer team ran their winning streak to six straight last week as the second half of the season got underway.
"It was another exciting week for sure," said head coach Emily Lebo. "I think the key to our success has been the leadership of our upper classmen and each girls' commitment to improving their game at the start of each whistle."
Tuesday afternoon the Pioneers swept the series against visiting Elizabethtown in another one goal thriller, 4-3. Having defeated the Bears 3-2 just one week prior, L-S knew this wouldn't be a walk in the park.
In a first half dominated by L-S, the visitors, with just two shots in the first half, actually scored first. A Rachel Wood header got past Bella DiCamilla for the first goal of the game five minutes in. Twelve minutes later, Kendal Ream, with the first of her two goals, evened the score when she collected the rebound of Tobi Harnish's shot that clanked off the right post.
In the 37th minute, L-S finally took the lead when Ream sent a diagonal pass to Hanna Adams who gained control then beat the keeper.
That lead, however, was short-lived as the Bears, just 2-6 in league play, made good on a handball foul in the box with under two minutes left in the half.
The second half was more of the same. E-town again went in front, finding the back of the net in the 61st minute but L-S countered with not one, but two goals to pull away for good. Ream tied the game with less than three minutes remaining and Sarah Doutrich recorded the game-winner, collecting Tara Wehibe's rebound that hit the crossbar.
The win pushed the Pioneer record to 6-2 and in second place behind section leader Ephrata.
Thursday they battled the third place Barons and again delivered, this time notching a 2-1 final that kept them in front of Manheim in the standings.
With both teams notching second half tallies, it was Ream's goal in the 11th minute that proved to be the difference. Up 1-0 at the half, Ream scored again in the 47th minute for a two-goal cushion. Not to be denied, Manheim prevented the shutout when Olivia Kuster scored with 11 minutes left. That was the closest they would get as the Pioneers, with an 8-4 edge in shots, denied the visitors down the stretch.
"The girls want to win and come each game with the mentality that they absolutely can as long as they play as a team and for the team," Lebo stated.
Six members of the golf team traveled to Honeybrook Golf Club last Monday to compete in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships with hopes of qualifying for the District Three tournament. Two of them met the qualifying standard and extended their season.
Freshman Katherine Lapinski carded the fifth lowest score of the day, an 87 on the par 70 course, and met the qualifying target of 14. Senior teammate Shannon Campbell also turned in a solid outing, finishing in the four-way tie with the sixth lowest tally of the day, an 89.
The boys' needed an 81 to advance and the closest L-S got was Andrew Fink, who finished as the second AAA alternate with an 82.
Patrick Holmes, a junior, finished with 83 while seniors Eric Buck and Ryan Smith finished at 87 and 88 respectively.
Pioneer Booters Score Six Goals, Have 2-1 Week September 25, 2017
With a total of 6 goals scored last week the Pioneer booters (3-3-0) moved into a tie for fourth place in the Section Two standings with two wins and one loss.
Despite being outshot 15-11, but with a balanced attack, they opened the week with a dominating 4-1 result at Garden Spot. Mason Knarr tallied his first goal of the season and put the Pioneers on the board in the third minute. Three minutes later it was a 2-0 advantage as Derek Eckman found the back of the net. The hosts cut that lead in half with a goal in the 39th minute.
The Pioneer defense buckled down in the second half and the offense got goals from Parker Owens and Nate Erb to pull away. Willem Krantz and Logan Heister contributed assists and keeper Paul Keller racked up 14 saves.
At home on Wednesday the Pioneers suffered their fourth shutout of the season in a 1-0 final against Cocalico. The Eagles have given up just four goals to date and denied the L-S offense who has generated 13 goals.
In Quarryville Saturday morning the booters outshot the hosting Mules 15-5, held a 9-3 advantage in corners and posted a shutout. Chase Petersheim scored in the 29th minute and Knarr added the insurance goal just nine minutes into the second half.
Paul Keller recorded his third shutout of the season with five saves.
They tennis team improved to 3-2 in league play last week, working a solid 6-1 win over Manheim Central and a 5-2 nod over Elco before dropping a tough 3-2 loss to Donegal Thursday.
"I credit the girls and their positive attitudes," said head coach Susan Rettew. "They showed great resilience after the Catholic loss and returned to the courts the next day with determination.
"Not having Sarah Capoferri (injury) this year was a disappointment, but the girls worked diligently and I could not be more proud of what they've accomplished so far.
"We had many hard-fought battles against Elco," she added. "Three of the four singles games went into tie-break."
The going was a bit tougher against Donegal. L-S got off to a strong start when Erin Harnish and Isabelle Brown defeated Mariah Forrey and Lyla Naqvi 8-3 at No. 2 doubles and Rachel Marcroft teamed with K Mast for a tight 8-6 win over Grace Wheeler and M Murphy at No.3.
In singles play, however, the Indians held the upper hand, winning three of four. Marcroft pulled out the only win, defeating Forrey 6-6 (7-1), 6-0 while Sami Williams, at No. 4, dropped a heart-breaker 7-6 (4), 6-7 (8), 10-8.
In non-league play Friday, the locals topped Ephrata 5-2 with a sweep in doubles and singles wins by Marcroft and Brown.
The gridiron team took a 3-0 record to Manheim Friday night to face another 3-0 squad in the league opener. Despite taking a 13-7 halftime lead, the Pioneers struggled after the break, giving up 28 third quarter points and suffering an eventual 41-20 loss to the Barons.
"We took care of the ball in the first half and played good defense," said head coach John Manion. "But second half turnovers and offensive penalties were the difference in the second half. Plus their size wore us down."
After outgaining the Barons 215-55 and turning the ball over once in the first half, L-S had five turnovers in the second half, including four interceptions and were flagged for 97 yards in penalties.
A fumble on the third play of the game led to a quick 7-0 Baron advantage. After that, L-S dominated. A 5-yard TD pass from Todd Shelly to Marc Wilson tied the game and Peyton Denlinger added two field goals in the second quarter for a 13-7 Pioneer lead.
"Peyton was 2-2 in field goals and 2-2 in extra points," said Manion. "He's a weapon."
Just 13 ticks into the second half Tyler Flick raced 80-yard for a touchdown and two plays later the Barons returned an interception for another TD, extending the lead to 21-13.
L-S scored its only TD of the half with a 69-yard strike from Shelley to Cam Niemeyer (7 carries, 185-yards), cutting the lead to 21-20. The Barons, however, finished with three unanswered scores and the win.
"For the second week in a row, Drew Smith was our leading rusher with 48 yards on 14 carries," noted Manion. "Gabe Frederick, in his first start, finished with 8 tackles and did a great job. Damian Rosa followed with 7."
Kris Pirozzi added 95-yards on eight carries.
Playing three games in five days, the hockey team racked up ten goals, two wins and improved to 4-3 in Section Two and 7-3 overall.
Against a three-win Ephrata squad on Monday, the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on a Laura Horner goal with 1:45 left in the half and Julia Smecker tallied what proved to be the game-winner with 24:15 left in regulation. The Mountaineers cut that lead in half about four minutes later but couldn't break through the Pioneer defense after that.
"Ephrata is always a battle for us," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "And sometimes the turf can work against us. We put Hanna Garber on their leading scorer (Megan Mahlandt, 9 goals) to try to limit her ball contact. Her basketball skills proved to be helpful as we were able to keep her away from the ball."
Julz Garber and Jocelyn Branco were credited with assists.
Horner's hat trick Wednesday afternoon sparked a 4-0 shutout over hosting Solanco. Horner and Chloe Blantz, who blasted a beautiful goal off a corner insert from Makayla Malcolm, both scored first half goals. Horner handled the second half scoring, finding the back of the cage in less than a minute and again with 9:57 left.
"Horner is a strong forward who will stop at nothing," said Swarr. "That was our first hat trick of the season."
The biggest game of the week was in Elizabethtown on Friday. The Bears (5-2-0) solidified third place in the standings with a high scoring 6-4 final.
The Bears took charge in the first half, jumping out to a 3-1 advantage and both teams traded goals after the break. "Every time we scored, they answered with another goal," Swarr stated.
Literally. L-S cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal by Horner at 11:09. Just over 2:30 later E-town answered. Horner scored again at 16:57 and E-town followed 2:33 later. Blantz tallied Lampeter's final goal at the 22:02 mark and the Bears had the final say at 25:11.
Malcolm, Daisy Frank, Jenna Lapp and Smucker contributed with assists.
"Daisy and Hanna had several beautiful give and go combos and Julia and Laura moved the ball down the field with speed," Swarr pointed out. "I was thrilled with the number of our corners (13 to ET's 8), but, for the first time this season, they didn't work for us."
In makeup action last Wednesday the harrier teams went a combined 3-1 in tri-meet action at Donegal. The girls' squad ran their record to 5-0 with wins over Cocalico (20-43) and Donegal (18-37) while the boys' split, notching a 24-36 result against Donegal before bowing out 19-36 to the Eagles. The boys are currently 2-3.
The girls earned five of the top seven places to pull away from the competition. Kelsey Kimmel and Colleen Gilbert ran second (22:08) and third (22:12) respectively while Sarah Capoferri (5th, 22:58), Olivia Gard (6th, 23:29) and Kyla Drouillard (7th, 24:36) rounded out the top five.
Jansen Miller earned the top finish for the boys, placing 3rd overall in 17:57. The rest of the team pretty much ran in a pack but they did so behind four Cocalico runners. David Helms (18:53), Michael Kuhns (18:59), Noah Pritchard (19:10), Josiah McCarthy (19:11) and Everett Honert (19:18) placed 9th through 13th respectively.
The teams were coming off the Ben Blouser Invitational held at Big Springs HS, the site of the District Three championships.
"It was hot and a hard course," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "But we did have a medal-winner. That's a big accomplishment in a hard race against good competition."
Pritchard earned the highest finish for the locals, placing in the medal round (28th, 17:28). Miller also cracked the top 50, finishing 32nd in 17:34. Kuhns (90th, 18:38), McCarthy (116th, 18:58) and Helms (121th, 19:04) rounded out the top five in a field of 387.
Gilbert pushed to the front of the pack for the girls, placing 37th in 21:17 with Kimmel (21:51) and Capoferri (21:54) taking 50th and 51st respectively. Gard (89th, 23:19) and Drouillard (24:34) rounded out the top five. A total of 327 runners competed.
Faced with must-win games as the league playoffs loom ahead, the girls' soccer team piled up four wins and improved to 5-2 in Section Two behind Central (5-1) and Ephrata (7-0).
"It was a great week," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Garden Spot was low on players because of injuries which helped us find playing time for many of our girls."
The Pioneers used second half goals by Toby Harnish and Maddy Stabinger with assists from Hannah Adams and Sarah Doutrich to secure a 2-0 shutout.
Cocalico was a battle that the Pioneers survived 2-1 on Wednesday. Danielle DiPace scored midway through the first half but the Eagles tied the game a quick three minutes into the second half. Kendal Ream, with six minutes left, provided the win with a sweet header.
"And we finally finished our game against Elizabethtown," said Lebo. "We were up 2-0 with 14 minutes left to play in the first half. They opened with a PK but we showed real grit and heart to rise above with a 3-2 win."
Hannah Adams, with a rocket from the top of the 18, provided the game-winner.
Saturday morning, behind a hat trick by Adams, the Pioneers handled visiting Solanco 6-1. Ream (1a), Doutrich and Emma Houck also provided goals while DiPace, Adams and Tara Wehibe were credited with assists.
The volleyball team had a rough go last week, working just one win in three attempts, all at home, and falling into a tie for second place at 3-1 with Garden Spot.
The action opened on Monday when the Pioneers topped Penn Manor 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 23-15, 15-8).
"We gave up too many points, missing five serves, hitting four balls out of bounds and giving up two points on passing errors, in that fourth set," noted head coach Zach Smith. "We need to continue to work hard at putting teams out when we have them down. We have a tendency to let teams stick around when we're up 2-0."
Sami Seador served up a match-high six aces and Emily Cohen's 40 assists were also match-high. Hailey Hildenbrand put down 10 kills and added one block and Alex Troiano finished with 13 digs.
"The serve receive passing from Sami and Hailey was excellent," lauded Smith.
Home again on Tuesday, the Pioneers fell 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-22) to Elizabethtown (4-0).
"E-town made very few errors," Smith stated. "We did have flashes of great play but just did not execute running our offense to the best of our ability."
Troiano was solid at the net with 10 kills and steady on defense with 15 digs. E. Cohen recorded 26 assists and, along with Seador, Abbie Powell and Becca Cohen, served one assist. Haley Hoover chipped in with 5 blocks.
Lancaster Mennonite, 4-0 in Section Three, took a two set advantage before L-S pulled out a 25-22 set 3 win. The momentum, however, wasn't enough and the Blazers finished out with a 25-14 effort.
Troiano again led with kills, putting down 11 while Hoover finished with three blocks. Seador's 18 digs were a match-high as were E. Cohen's 33 assists. B. Cohen added two assists.