L-S Tennis Scores 6th Shutout, Now 6-1 Overall September 17, 2018
The Pioneer racket club, with their sixth shutout of the season, improved to 6-1 overall and leads the Section Two pack with a 3-0 mark after last Wednesday's hard-fought result against Garden Spot.
Sarah Capoferri improved to 7-0 with a 6-2, 6-1, No. 1 win over Elle Hallquist while Larson Kessler had a tougher battle at No. 2 but survived Paige Kemper 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. Izzy Brown pulled away with a No. 3 win over Ashley Risser, 6-4, 7-5 and Ryan Gerhardt turned in a solid 6-3, 6-2 result at No. 4.
Capoferri and Kessler secured the easiest win at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, while both Brown and Sierra Stoltzfus, at No. 2, and Kendal Winters and Gerhardt, playing No. 3, picked up 8-5 results.
The boys' soccer team hosted Manheim Central in the season opener last Monday afternoon. The result was not what head coach Gino DiSomma was looking for.
Things were looking good when Derek Eckman converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute of the first half but the Pioneers struggled after that. In fact, L-S finished with just one corner and one shot on the day. The Barons, last year's District Three runners-up, were awarded 10 corners, delivered 9 shots and cruised to a 4-1 win.
On the road Thursday, L-S again got off to a good start when Logan Heister assisted Caden Wise with the first goal of the game just three minutes in. McCaskey tied the game in the 39th minute and then took control with not just one, but two second half goals in a game where the stats were fairly even. McCaskey held a 5-4 edge in shots and led 8-6 in corners.
In non-league play Friday, the Pioneers fell to 2-4 on the season with a 1-0 double overtime loss to Hershey. Calieb Wigley denied 14 of Hershey's 15 shots on goal but that final shot, in the 96th minute, proved to be the difference.
On Saturday, September 8, the Pioneers unleashed 23 shots on goal, gave up just four and only came away with a 1-1 tie against Northeastern.
Last Monday they were hoping to continue that offensive onslaught and convert a couple more shots into goal. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The visitors were outshot 8-4 and suffered a 2-0 loss to Manheim Central in the Section Two opener.
The Barons' jumped in front when Maddie Carper delivered a 40-yard shot that sailed over Bella DiCamillo in the 13th minute. They added an insurance goal in the 61st minute.
"It was an unfortunate goal," said head coach Emily Lebo. "It always is when it is put in from that far out. I felt that we controlled much of the game and that the shot count did not accurately reflect the pace.
"Our struggle right now, as a team, is to recognize when to get "selfish" and shoot the ball," she continued. "We were intense and played the ball at our feet for an equal amount of time as Central, if not more. The difference between us and them currently is Manheim's ability to capitalize on moments," she added. "We need to find a way to do that if we want to be successful this season."
Thursday afternoon six different players found the back of the net and the Pioneers gained some confidence with a 6-0 victory over McCaskey. McKenna Conklin opened the scoring midway through the first half with Kendal Hadesty and Emma Gochnauer scoring within two minutes of each other for a 3-0 lead at the break.
Two more quick goals sparked the second half with Emma Houck, who assisted twice, finding the net just 20 seconds in and Danielle Dipace matching her effort 2:35 later. Jenna Daveler tallied the final goal in a game where L-S unleashed 34 shots.
That momentum, however, did not carry into Saturday's game against Manheim Township as the squads settled for a 0-0 tie. The closely contested game saw L-S hold a 7-5 edge in shots while the Streaks led 6-5 in corners.
DiCamillo secured five saves to earn the draw.
At Octorara last Tuesday, the lady harriers placed five runners in the top 15 but it wasn't enough for a sweep. The Pioneers blanked Cocalico 15-55 but suffered a 17-45 loss to Donegal and dropped a close one, 25-31, to Octorara.
Micah Gordley followed three Donegal runners and one from Octorara to the finish line, leading the Pioneers with a 5th place finish in 23:00 flat. Colleen Gilbert ran second, taking 10th place in 23:53 while Kyla Drouillard (13th, 24:41), Tori Smith (14th, 24:51) and Hannah Schultheis (15th, 25:11) rounded out the top five. Close behind was Madeline Helm (17th), Molly Wissler (19th), Gabrielle Burdge (20th) and Payton King (21st).
"We had a great effort on a very muddy and wet course," said head coach Mari Cunningham. "Our pack did a nice job but they need to finish a bit higher."
The boys' team, on the other hand, remained undefeated. They dominated Octorara 15-55, beat Donegal 18-47 and snuck past Cocalico 28-30.
The Eagles snagged three of the top four places but the Pioneers packed it in after that, pushing four runners across the finish line before Cocalico's fourth runner.
Jansen Miller led the way with a second place finish in 18:08, just 12 seconds behind Cocalico's Evan Kreider.
"Jansen ran a great race and stayed with Kreider most of the way," Cunningham said.
Leading the pack was Daniel McMichael (6th, 19:17) and following was David Helms (7th, 19:27), Zach Kingsley (8th, 19:36) and Colten Morris (9th, 19:40). Also placing in the top 15 was Nathan Eberly (11th, 19:44), Luka Vranich (12th, 19:47) and Thomas Sellers (14th, 20:06).
With mixed results last week, the volleyball team sits at 2-2 in Section Two, along with Manheim Central, and behind Garden Spot and E-town, both 3-0.
L-S opened the week with a sweep over Ephrata (25-18, 25-18, 25-19) despite Haley Hoover out of the starting lineup with an ankle injury. Kyra Hersh, Lily Hoke and Betsy Brenneman however, picked up the slack. Brenneman recorded 10 kills, put up 4 blocks and settled for 8 digs and Hersh delivered timely aces throughout to keep L-S in front.
The Mounts, coming off a three-set loss to Penn Manor the night before, took a 10-8 lead in the third set before Hersh sparked a pair of 4-0 runs to put the hosts comfortably back in front.
Two nights later, L-S traveled to defending Section Two champ Elizabethtown and suffered a 3-0 loss (25-20, 25-17, 25-16).
Hoke came up big in this one, putting down 6 kills and serving up 2 aces but it wasn't enough to offset a 13 kill effort from the Bear's Sydney Stewart.
The battle for the Lampeter Bowl took place in Witmer this past Friday night as the Pioneers traveled to CV to defend their trophy. That, unfortunately did not happen as four costly turnovers proved to be Lampeter's undoing in a 20-7 loss.
"I thought we did a lot of things well," said Pioneer boss John Manion. "After the first quarter we did a nice job stopping their run and we owned the third quarter but came up empty with missed opportunities. It came down to execution and we didn't execute."
CV chewed up 9:44 of the clock in the first quarter and wound up missing a field goal. They went in front early in the second quarter, needing four plays in just over a minute to find the end zone. L-S responded with a 15 play drive that covered 65 yards in seven minutes and resulted in a Joey Underwood (10 rushes, 38 yards) one yard spurt that knotted the game at 7-7 with 1:41 left in the half.
L-S started the second half with a 67 yard drive that ended with a fumble. Their next possession ended with an interception at the CV 11. In all, the Pioneers committed four turnovers.
The Bucks went in front early in the fourth quarter when QB Bradley Stoltzfus hit Joe Cardina with a 34-yard score. A fumble recovery late in the game set up their third score, a three yard run.
"Joey Underwood ran the ball well," said Manion, "and Gabe Frederick (8 solo, 5 assists) and Cam D'Imperio (7 solo, 4 assists) both tackled well. Plus Tyler Phenegar came up with, for the second game in a row, three sacks.
"The defense gave up 20 points in a game where the offense needed to find more," he added. "This week (against Garden Spot 0-4) we need to see how we rebound after a tough loss."
Donegal's field hockey team finished second in the state last year. Their leading scorer, Mackenzie Allessie, did not graduate and did the bulk of the heavy lifting in the Indians' 12-3 win over visiting Lampeter-Strasburg last Tuesday. Allessie, who has 29 goals on the year to date, poured in seven with five of them coming in the second half.
The Pioneers fell behind 5-0 in the first half but head coach Katrina Swarr was encouraged when her team scored three after the break.
"It was fun to see how excited my team was to score when we were already down," said Swarr. "And then we scored back-to-back goals."
Daisy Frank netted the first goal, followed by Abby Thorius. Julz Garber scored on a reverse shot after playing man-to-man on Allessie all night.
"And we had more opportunities, for sure," Swarr added. "I still say this is by far the best offensive unit that I have coached.
"I thought we looked intimidated to start and then we settled down and played much better," the coach continued. "Allessie and our high number of turnovers were major problems.
"Defensively, Kate Smith and Jocelyn Branco came up big and prevented even more scoring opportunities for Donegal," noted Swarr. "And Makayla Malcolm worked the entire 60 minutes."
Two nights later, L-S built a 16-4 advantage in corners and led 12-5 in shots on goal over visiting Manheim Central but, believe it or not, it wasn't enough as the Barons tallied two unanswered goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and finish on top.
"I don't even know what to say," stated Swarr. "We completely dominated the game. The defense was outstanding. Kate and Jocelyn were rock stars! Jocelyn even had one defensive save and was key to keeping the ball from even getting into the circle. And Kate's timing in picking off passes was right on. And Makayla had a huge defensive save as well."
Manheim went in front with a goal at the 14 minute mark but L-S found the equalizer six minutes later. Thorius received a corner insert from Garber and sent the ball to the right post where Daisy Frank deflected it past the Baron keeper.
"We had so many beautiful shots," Swarr recalled. "And Chloe Blantz and Julia Smecker rocked it on the line as well."
But the Barons came up big in the second half, taking the lead on a penalty stroke with just under eight minutes left and icing the game with 1:23 left to play.
Lady Booters Top Mares, Golfers Sit In First September 10, 2018
Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' soccer team returns seven starters from a squad that went 13-5 a year ago so it should be expected that they will at least reach that mark this year if not surpass it.
The girls opened the season last Tuesday afternoon with a 4-2, non-league road win over Solanco but games against Hershey and Northeastern were postponed due to weather.
After 33 minutes of scoreless ball against Solanco, the visitors broke the game open with four goals over the next eight minutes. Toby Harnish scored twice in a minute to break the ice while Danielle Dipace and McKena Conklin extended the advantage scoring within two minutes of each other.
Despite not having the luxury of Lampeter's depth, Solanco rallied with a pair of second half goals but could get no closer.
"You're always happy to get a win, but I was disappointed in our overall performance in the second half," said head coach Emily Lebo. "Solanco was relentless and deserves recognition for playing the whole game and persevering through the heat and their halftime deficit.
"We have a great group of returning players and have the skill and ability this year to make some moves but we need to learn to put together a full 80 minutes of soccer and that includes finding the net with quality goals," she added. "Our team unity and cohesiveness will prove to be our biggest strength if the girls can continue to hold on to it as the season progresses."
At the midway point of the golf season, the Pioneers sit in a first place tie with Octorara, both with a 16-4 record. Cocalico, at 15-5, is right in the mix.
With the high temperatures last week, the golfers played just nine hole at Iron Valley and finished in second place, one stroke behind Cocalico's 157.
Austin Lauver tied Cocalico's Ammala Moua with a 38 while Katherine Lapinsky and Patrick Holmes, both with a 39, matched the Eagles' Ian Martin and Matt Slovik. But it was Cocalico's Bradley Steiert that proved to be the difference. His 41 was just a single stroke better than Matt Wilson and Gehrig Harsh who both carded 42's.
At Mocassin Run a week earlier, Lauver recorded the lowest total of the day (71) but the Pioneers finished one stroke behind Octorara (325).
Their first league match of the season was just as tight. Lauver tied Octorara's Hunter King with a match-low 72 but the Eagles finished on top with a 234 and the Braves nipped the Pioneers again by a single stroke.
The Pioneer harriers opened the 2018 season at Northern Lebanon last Tuesday and came home with a pair of hard earned wins. The team battled the uncomfortable weather conditions and earned a 25-33 win over the hosts and held off Elco as well, 29-32.
Jansen Miller led the way with a fifth place finish in 19:00 but teammates David Helms (7th, 19:13), Daniel McMichael (8th, 19:23), freshman Luka Vranich (9th, 19:30) and Thomas Sellers (10th, 19:31) were close behind and finished ahead of Elco's fourth and fifth place runners.
"We have five freshmen boys and a senior who hasn't run since junior high," noted head coach Mari Cunningham.
The girls' team also found themselves in a tight race with Elco but came up short, 27-28, after blanking Northern Lebanon 15-55. The Pioneers actually had their fifth runner place before Elco's fifth but the Raiders' earned the top two finishes of the day to help pull out the win.
Kayla Drouillard (3rd, 23:32), Colleen Gilbert (4th, 23;35) and Micah Gordley (5th, 23:35) were Lampeter's top finishers while Hannah Schultheis (8th, 24:32) and Payton King (11th, 25:27) rounded out the top five.
"Losing our top three runners from last year will create a challenge this season," said Cunningham, "but this team has bonded quickly and are excited to encourage one another throughout the season. The girls had a nice pack with Kayla, Colleen and Micah coming within three seconds of each other," she added. "It's disappointing to think that one switch of runners with Elco would have changed the win, but encouraging to know that it was a competitive race."
Just about at the midway point of their season, the girls' tennis team sits at 5-1 with five shutouts to their credit. Their lone loss was a 4-3 heartbreaker against Lancaster Mennonite on August 24.
Last week the girls blanked Lebanon, E-town and Ephrata. Sarah Capoferri (1), Larson Kessler (2), Kendall Winters (3) and Sierra Stoltzfus (4) dominated singles playing giving up just two singles games while the doubles teams of Capoferri and Stoltzfus, Kessler and Izzy Brown and Winters and Ryan Gerhardt all posted 8-0 wins against the Cedars.
E-town was able to take a few more games but the final result was another Pioneer shutout. Brown, playing No. 3, put up the toughest singles battle of the day, outlasting her opponent 7-5, 6-7, 10-7.
The doubles teams of Capoferri and Kessler, Stoltzfus and Brown and Winters and Gerhardt all posted 8-2 wins.
The girls' rounded out the week with yet another solid performance in blanking Ephrata. The doubles teams yielded just three games with Brown and Stoltzfus posting a shutout. Singles play was just as strong as Ephrata managed to take just five games on the day.
The field hockey team, with nine starters back, is off and running. They opened the season with a pair of dominating wins; 8-1 over Ephrata and 6-1 over Lancaster Mennonite last Tuesday. And Saturday morning blanked CV, out of Section One, 2-0.
"We are better than last year," said head coach Katrina Swarr. "We are solid all over the field. We have multiple scorers. We have really good ballhandlers and we are absolutely loving the turf."
Against the Blazers, Chloe Blantz notched a hat trick and dished out one assist. Daisy Frank, who set up the offense with three assists, Julz Garber and Abby Thorius helped pad the lead.
Saturday morning's contest was a bit closer but the Pioneers prevailed. After a scoreless first half, L-S punched in two second half goals despite being out cornered 11-7. Blantz, assisted by Frank, put the hosts in front in the 17th minute and then, taking a feed from Julia Smecker, iced the win just 22 seconds before the final horn sounded."
"I was a little concerned because they have one player, Abby Morley, who seems to do the bulk of their scoring," noted Swarr. "And CV always plays us tough."
The volleyball team opened its season with mixed results last week. Tuesday they overcame a sluggish first game loss, 25-19, and rallied for three straight wins, including a 25-22 set four thriller, to pull off a 3-1 victory at Lebanon.
Two days later, against perennial Section Two power Garden Spot, the girls' got off to another slow start, losing the first set 25-22, but this time never recovered. The hosts went on to win 25-10, 25-16.
Haley Hoover led the way with six kills but it wasn't enough to stop Garden Spot's Shawna Zeiset (16). She also recorded eight digs and four blocks. Sierra Stoltzfus chipped in with 20 assists and Lillian Hoke dished out three assists.
Looking to get back to the post-season, the boys' soccer team opened the year with a dominating 8-0 shutout over Section Three Solanco last Tuesday and then dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker against Section One's Warwick on Thursday.
With temperatures in the 90's, Lampeter's depth played a role in their shutout over the Mules. Holding a 3-0 lead at the break, the hosts racked up five second half tallies to put the game out of reach.
Derek Eckman's hat trick, along with two assists, ignited the offense. Caden Wise added two goals while Logan Heister, who led with three assists, Lucas Baker, and Max Franco also found the back of the net once.
In goal, Braedon Karpathios and Calieb Wigley each recorded one save.
Thursday's game in Lititz was decided on a second half goal as both teams scored twice in the opening half. Eckman and Seth Beers both lit the board for the Pioneers.
The Pioneer football team shook off a 14-0 first quarter deficit and broke a fourth quarter tie en route to a 35-28 thriller in their home opener over West York last Friday night.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game and we figured it would be close," said head coach John Manion. "We did a nice job executing the offense and we made some big plays on defense when we needed to."
With 4:46 left in the game, and the score tied at 28, L-S started its game-winning drive that resulted in a four-yard run by Joey Underwood (85yds on 11 carries). Not to be out done, West York threatened to counter, driving to the Pioneer 24 but an interception in the end zone by Cam D'Imperio sealed the visitor's fate.
"Cam made that interception and recovered a fumble, both in the fourth quarter," noted Manion. "That was big. And defensively we had four sacks, 2.5 by Tyler Phenegar, who also had three hurries. Putting the pressure on their quarterback all night helped."
Sean McTaggert's (117 yards) six yard scamper put the locals on the board early in the second frame but West York countered with a 65-yard passing TD for a 20-7 lead. McTaggert answered that score with a 16-yard run to paydirt and then then found Jacob Kopelman with a 20 yard scoring strike that put L-S in front, 21-20 at the break.
After a scoreless third, Bryan McKim's two-yard TD run was answered by West York's 5-yard passing TD and two point conversion that set the stage for Underwood (7 catches, 52 yards).
McTaggert completed 12-of-16 passes for 160 yards and McKim rushed 73 yards on nine carries. "Sean was a bit more accurate tonight and Bryan put together his third strong game of the year," noted Manion. "I also thought JT Hake and Gabe Frederick played really well on run support."
The Pioneers open Section Two play this week against their biggest opponent to date, Conestoga Valley. "We have to negate their size with our speed," Manion said.
Pioneers Claim First PIAA Softball Championship June 18, 2018
STATE CHAMPS! Lampeter-Strasburg's girls' softball team defeated West Allegheny 6-2 last Thursday afternoon at Penn State's Beard Field at the Nittany Lion Softball Park to win its first state title and deny West Allegheny the same accomplishment.
L-S finished second in the PIAA Class 3A tournament two years ago, losing 1-0 to Yough, and last year were bumped from the bracket by Donegal in the semifinals. The Indians went on to win the state crown.
"What a game," said head coach Gene Charles.
L-S led from start to finish in this one, though the Indians did challenge midway through the game. The Pioneers loaded the bags in the first inning. Summer Peters singled up the middle, Hanna Garber beat out an infield hit to deep second and Brynne Baker walked. A Chloe Blantz ground out pushed in the first run.
They made it 2-0 in the third inning. With two outs, H. Garber singled up the middle, stole second and scored on Baker's single past third base.
Lampeter pushed the tempo again in the fourth inning as Cam Byler and Gabby Drumm both singled up the middle and moved up on a passed ball. Daisy Frank's full count, fielder's choice ground out plated Byler and pushed the lead to 3-0.
The Indians (22-2) challenged in the bottom half but came up empty. Mackenzie Partyka was hit by a pitch and Britney Wilson followed with a double to the center field fence. After a groundout to third, Ashley Seamon grounded to Blantz at short who fired to Cam Byler at first. Byler in turn threw to catcher Kylie Weaver who caught Merrin Prevade in a rundown and eventually completed the double play with H. Garber getting Prevade for the final out.
L-S looked to break things open in the fifth but instead left the bases loaded. Peters singled up the middle, H. Garber walked and Baker succumbed to a fielder's choice. Blantz came back with a single to right that loaded the bases but a strikeout and a pop up ended the threat.
West Allegheny finally got on board in the bottom of the fifth. Megan Pollinger lined a shot off Frank's glove and Amy Nolte's sacrifice bunt was misplayed. A run scoring single by Angela Costa prevented the shutout. A walk loaded the bases with one out. Partyka's sac fly to left field made it 3-2 but Baker works a pop out to end the rally.
"Julz Garber did a nice job running that ball down in left field," said Charles. "They got a sac fly out of it but it could have been worse."
As they did against Solanco, L-S bounced right back. Frank cracked a full count single that eluded the shortstop and Weaver reached on an error. With one out, and runners on second and third, Peters smacked a two run single to left field before a popup and a groundout ended the inning.
West Allegheny went three up, three down in the bottom half and L-S collected one more run in the top of the seventh when Drumm crushed her first homer of the year, pushing the lead to 6-2.
The Indians looked to close the gap in the bottom half, loading the bases with three singles and a lineout. Batting third, Partyka stepped to the plate and, with one strike, hit a shot to H. Garber, at third, who fired to Weaver at home for the force out. Weaver, in turn, threw to Byler at first who completed the game ending double play.
"Gosh there were so many things that could have gone wrong," stated Charles, "but didn't. That was the second time Partyka was up with the bases loaded and we got out of it. It was nice to see the two seniors end the game with that play," he added.
"Early on, their pitcher had us off balance a bit," Charles noted. "We were reaching for the ball but adjusted as the game went on. Peters finished with three of our 12 hits with H. Garber, Blantz and Drumm adding two each. Summer (Peters) is just unflappable," Charles said. "She had a nice game and Blantz hit that bases loaded grounder to get us on the board. Plus Gabby gets her first home run. And our defense, with just one error, played well.
"We wanted to be playing our best at the end of the year and I pretty much think we did," he said. "We knew we would go as far as Brynne would take us and she took us to the Promised Land. She did what she had to do. And to think we started the season 0-2. Our young kids came through and improved as the season went."
"What an incredible experience," said senior Kylie Weaver. "To be able to get here not only once, but twice. Some people never get the chance. Two years ago I played here with my sister and now the Garber sisters get to share the same thing. It's just incredible."
Earlier in the week the Pioneers outlasted Solanco, 6-4, in the semifinals at Millersville's Seaber Softball Stadium. L-S broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh to end Solanco's (24-3) season.
"That was a huge game against a team with just two losses," noted Charles. "They play a tough schedule too. And Brynne was sick that morning so we weren't even sure she'd play but I can honestly say I believe that's the best I ever saw her pitch."
In front of the largest crowd of the season, L-S went in front early. Byler walked with one out in the second inning and with two outs, No. 8 hitter, Frank, singled to right field. Typically a routine catch for outfielder Skyla Townsley, but on this particular day, the sun proved to be more than enough to handle. Byler scored and Frank settled in at third before Solanco pitcher Hanna Phillips coaxed a pop out to end the inning.
The Pioneers, who left two runners on in both the third and fourth innings, made it 2-0 in the fifth. H. Garber singled with one out, took third on a two-out, dropped infield popup and scored on an error at short.
Solanco finally got on board in the fifth, putting an end to Baker's (4K, 0W, 5 hits) perfect game. Jade Eshleman doubled to right field. Jocelyn Branco had the same 'sun' troubles Townsley did and Eshleman wound up on third when Branco bobbled the ball. Sierra Dean followed with a run scoring base hit and Townsley redeemed herself with a triple to the fence that tied the game at 2-2.
With one out, Solanco's bunt specialist Alyssa Henretty put down a safety squeeze that was thrown over first base, scoring Townsley with the go ahead run, 3-2. Ally McDowell reached on another bunt that was misplayed. This time it was the Pioneers responding. Kara McClune's shallow pop to center field was caught by Peters who then fired to second, doubling off McDowell.
Lampeter used that momentum to regroup and forged ahead, 4-3 in the top of the sixth. Blantz tripled in the leadoff spot and J. Garber not only beat out a bunt but took second when no one covered the base. Solanco head coach Brett Miller elected to walk H. Garber intentionally, loading the bags and setting the stage for Baker who collected her first hit of the night, a two-run single up the middle and put L-S back in front, 4-3.
Solanco countered with one run in the bottom half. With two outs, Dean singled past short and Townsley blooped a shot into right field, tying the game at 4-4.
Then, in the seventh, Byler worked a walk, Phillips' seventh of the game (2 intentional), and Drumm singled to center. With two outs, J. Garber connected for a two-run single up the middle before a groundout ended more damage.
Solanco, hoping to rally, went three up, three down to end the game.
Phillips finished with five strikeouts, seven walks and scattered six hits.
"The girls just don't quit," stated Charles. "We did have six errors so our defense let us down a bit and let them back in the game. But, as we have all year, we battled back.
"Last year we got to the semifinals and the year before to the finals," he continued. "It's been a great run."
Softball State Champs Parade Announced June 17, 2018
A Lampeter-Strasburg Softball State Champion Victory Parade will be held Thursday, June 28. The parade will start at the Strasburg Railroad. Any person, organization or business who wants to participate should contact Tina Byler, Parade Coordinator, at 717-951-4785 or email email@example.com.
Pioneers Advance to Third Straight PIAA Semis June 11, 2018
A pair of PIAA wins last week vaulted Lampeter-Strasburg's softball team to the PIAA semifinals for the third straight year. Last year they lost to Donegal, a team they defeated three times this season.
L-S opened its quest to get back to the PIAA finals with a pretty convincing 9-0 victory over Penncrest (17-7) last Monday at Millersville University's Seaber Softball Stadium. Thursday afternoon, at Avon Grove High School, they earned another solid win, this one 8-2 over District 12 champ, Archbishop Ryan.
"We've been scoring early and that's been giving us momentum and putting our opponent on their heels," said head coach Gene Charles.
L-S scored the only run they really needed in the first inning, and without a hit. Summer Peters walked, stole second and tagged up for third on Hanna Garber's sac fly to center. The throw to third base, however, was wide and Peters raced home.
"They (Penncrest) committed five errors," noted Charles. "I was surprised by that."
The locals left two stranded in the second inning but pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair in the third. A Chloe Blantz double plated both Peters and H. Garber. Two innings later, H. Garber, who finished with four RBI on the day, tripled in Peters for a 4-0 lead.
Then, in the sixth, L-S finally broke the game open. They batted around, scoring five runs on three hits and three errors. H. Garber's two out, bases loaded double cleared the bags and did the most damage. Blantz picked up a triple that frame and Julz Garber added a single.
The Lions looked to get on board in the seventh, loading the bases with a single and two hit batters but Pioneer hurler Brynne Baker got out unscathed and preserved the shutout.
"Brynne pitched well," said Charles of the two-hitter. "She struck out five and didn't give up a walk, just those two hit batters but then got out of it.
"And we finished with ten hits, five of which were for extra bases," he noted.
In the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon, the Pioneers got off to an even stronger start, plating four first inning runs against freshman pitcher Dana Bell and never looked back. Picking up where they left off against Penncrest, L-S batted around in the opening frame and took control. Peters poked a one out single, H. Garber doubled and Baker singled in both. Blantz reached on an error and scored on Cam Byler's sac fly. Baker scored before that on a wild pitch.
"We did have some key defensive plays as well," recalled Charles. "Jocelyn Branco made a sliding catch in right field and later tracked down a long fly ball and Hanna added a pair of diving grabs at third base. Plays like these rob your opponent of hits."
The Ragdolls (23-3) got on board with a solo home in the second inning but that was pretty much negated when L-S scored one in the fourth. J. Garber singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a Peters base hit.
L-S gained some breathing room with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gabby Drumm singled, Daisy Frank walk and both moved up on a Kylie Weaver sacrifice bunt. J. Garber singled in one run and Baker singled in two.
"That was interesting," noted Charles. "They intentionally walked Hanna to get to Brynne, who made them pay with a two run base hit. She was 2-4 on the day with four RBI. And in the circle, she kept them off-balance, striking out five, walking two and scattering six hits."
The Ragdolls got one back in the seventh on two base hits and a walk but by then the damage was done.
Pioneers Finish Second in District 3 Class 5A June 4, 2018
When a team pounds out 11 hits, including five doubles and a pair of home runs, one might expect that team to win. That was not the case last Wednesday afternoon in the District Three Class 5A final at Lebanon Valley College where the post-season tested Pioneers were outhit 15-11 in a high scoring 10-6 loss to No. 4 seed Twin Valley. What did come in to play, however, were the five errors committed by L-S (19-5).
"The errors certainly did not help," said head coach Gene Charles. "At this point in the season, we can't have that happen.
"We also had a few unlucky breaks that possibly could have turned the momentum," he continued.
Those unlucky breaks came in the second and fifth innings. With the bases loaded in the second, Hanna Garber's hard liner up the middle ricocheted off the TV pitcher's glove and right to short for a routine ground out.
"We were down 3-1 at that point," noted Charles. "That would have scored some runs. Then in the fifth we got doubled off second base on a double to the outfield. Sometimes it is a game of inches."
L-S took the first lead on Brynne Baker's RBI double to left, scoring Summer Peters who walked. Baker finished with three doubles on the day.
TV responded with a base hit, a triple and two doubles to go in front 3-1. They went on to score runs in each of the next four innings and denied the Pioneers in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings to pull away.
L-S got two runs back in the top of the third when Chloe Blantz crushed her second homer of the year, pushing in Baker who doubled as the lead off and cut the lead to 5-3.
Two scoreless innings, however, proved pivotal as the Raiders (20-4) picked up three more runs and extended their advantage to 10-3.
The never day die Pioneers, though, responded with their biggest inning of the day, plating three runs in the sixth. Cam Beiler opened with a lead-off homer and Peters' two out double cut the lead to 10-6. Neither team threatened after that.
Baker started in the circle but was relieved in the third, with the bases loaded, by Gabby Drumm. The two combined for one strikeout and three walks and gave up 15 hits.
"We just couldn't stop them," said Charles.
The Raiders had played in three of the last six championship games but this was their first title since 1980.
The Pioneers defeated Donegal in 2007 for the district crown. "This may have only been our second time to the district final," Charles contemplated. "We were hoping for a better outcome and welcome a rematch."
To get to the finals the Pioneers had to get past Spring Grove, the team that knocked them out of the tournament a year ago. Despite three errors, they returned the favor in dominating fashion, blanking the Rockets 6-0.
"They were a little short-handed," stated Charles. "Their starting pitcher was out with wrist surgery."
And while the end result was dominating, L-S got off to a shaky start, committing two errors before turning a double play to end the first inning. After that, it was all Pioneers.
L-S scored three runs in the first inning, all with two outs, and never looked back. H. Garber singled and scored on Baker's double. Blantz followed with a run scoring triple and Beiler's fly ball behind second was dropped, making it 3-0.
Peter's two run triple in the second pushed in Kylie Weaver, who reached on an error, and Julz Garber, who singled to right.
Their final run came in the fourth on a two out error. L-S left the bases loaded that frame and didn't threaten after that.
"Scoring those three runs, all with two outs, was the key," stated Charles. "We lost to them 10-3 last year, but I only recognized three names on their roster so I think they lost a lot due to graduation.
"Brynne pitched very well," he continued. "She struck out four, scattered four hits and did not give up a single walk."
Josh Eidemiller was Lampeter's only medal winner in the PIAA Track and Field Championships held May 25-26 at Shippensburg University.
"Josh finished fourth in the javelin with his best throw of the day, a 187-4," stated head coach Calvin Esh.
Wyoming Area's Marc Minichello, with a 204-1, was the gold medal winner.
Lady Pioneers Return to District Semifinals May 25, 2018
After dropping their opening round L-L League playoff game on May 12, the L-S girls' softball team had plenty of time to prepare for their District Three 5A opener against Mechanicsburg last Wednesday. And they wasted little time in getting down to business. The Pioneers batted around in the first inning, pushing five runs across and plated three more in the second for an 8-0 first round win.
"And Brynn Baker threw a no-hitter," pointed out head coach Gene Charles. "That was her first one this year. And in seven innings. It was legit. She struck out nine batters and helped herself at the plate, going 2-4 with two RBIs and a double," he added. "She was lights out. This was one of her best games this year.
"And Jocelyn Branco's diving catch of a blooper to right field saved that no hitter," Charles said.
Base hits by six straight batters (Summer Peters, Hanna Garber, Baker, Chloe Blantz, Cam Beiler and Gabby Drumm) quickly put L-S in front 4-0. A two out single by Julz Garber plated the final run of the inning.
"Eight of our starters had a hit," said Charles. "And our 6-7-8 hitters had three RBI's."
With their bats already warmed up, L-S headed to Millersville University Thursday afternoon for their quarterfinal matchup against a familiar Donegal squad. The Pioneers dropped a 4-2 result to the Indians on April 5 but have since beaten them 9-3 and then 14-3 for the Section Three title. This time a 10-5 win knocked the Indians to the consolation bracket.
"I still wouldn't be surprised if we see them again," said Charles.
One run at a time, L-S built a 3-0 lead after four-and-a-half innings. Then, just like that, it was gone. Donegal loaded the bags and took advantage of an infield error to push across two runs. A sac fly made it 3-3.
Funny thing about momentum, though, it comes and goes without warning.
Undaunted, L-S roared back with five runs in the top of the sixth. Kylie Weaver opened with a walk and Summer Peters followed with a one out infield hit. Hanna Garber was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Baker's popup behind short was misplayed and one run scored. Chloe Blantz added a second straight hit to short that was also misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Freshman Cam Beiler followed that up with a two run double, pushing Lampeter's lead to 8-3.
"We put the pressure on them," Charles stated.
Beiler was the big hitter of the day, going 3-4 with a double and three RBI.
"Cam had a breakout day," said Charles. "She's starting to come into her own. And Brynn's pitching was effective. She moved the ball pretty well and didn't walk anyone.
Peters' triple in the seventh plated J. Garber, who reached on a walk. Peter's then scored on a pickoff error.
Donegal threatened in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on an outfield error. But Baker stopped that momentum with a strikeout of cleanup hitter Sierra Neiss and a pop out to third base.
The Pioneers will face Spring Grove in the semifinals this week.
"They knocked us out last year," noted Charles. "It's payback time."
The Section Two runner up Pioneers faced the Manheim Central Barons back on April 14 and won handily, 17-5. Fast-forward to last Monday evening where the Pioneers hosted the Barons (15-6) in the District Three Class 5A opener and advanced with a much closer 5-0 result.
"They are a tough team and we knew that we would have a tougher battle on our hands this time around," said head coach Keith Martin.
Fresh off a disappointing L-L League finals loss to Ephrata, the Pioneers, who have qualified for districts 31 times since 1980 including each of the last five years, jumped out early and never looked back. After a double by Kris Pirozzi, a pair of errors played a key role in Todd Shelley's three run double. L-S batted around in that first inning and posted a 5-0 advantage.
The hitting continued in the second inning with Pirrozzi and Dylan Byler cracking singles and Luke Weigel working a walk to load the bags. The Barons made a pitching change at that point, moving first baseman Bryce Eberly to the hill. And for the bulk of the rest of the game, the lefty kept the Pioneers off balance, giving up just two runs over five innings while striking out three and walking two.
"He worked very quickly," said Martin of Eberly. "He was able to keep us from stringing the necessary hits together to put more runs up."
The Barons, on the other hand, knocked on the door a couple of times. They left runners on in each of the next four innings, including loading the bags in the sixth before starting pitcher Dylan Byler, who helped his own cause with two hits, fanned the last two batters of the inning. He finished with ten strikeouts on the day and did not give up a single walk.
Thursday's outing at Ephrata's War Memorial Field featured another familiar L-L League opponent, Ephrata. The Pioneers just faced the Mounts a week ago in the L-L League Championships which Ephrata won 9-6.
Hoping for a different result this time around, L-S battled back from a 2-0 deficit to score three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Pirozzi opened a string of four straight hits. Byler and Luke Weigel, who pushed in Pirozzi, followed while Thomas Shockey's single plated Byler to knot the score at 2-2.
With one out and two on, Cunningham singled in Weigel with the go ahead run.
That momentum, however, was short-lived as Ephrata came back to score two runs in the bottom half to steal the victory. A walk and a hit batter came home when a bunt was misplayed at first and the wild throw was ruled to have gone out of play, pushing in the game-winning run.
With two hits each from Pirozzi, Byler, Cunningham and Blantz, the Pioneers out hit the Mounts 11-5. They finished with five walks and two errors and gave up two earned runs.
Record-Setting Season for LS Girls' Lacrosse May 21, 2018
Just because the season ends with a loss doesn't mean it wasn't a successful season. While the Lady Pioneer's girls' lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 13-10 result against Wyomissing last Thursday night in the District Three 2A quarterfinals, the girls were more than successful this year.
Their 23-13 district opening win over Trinity Wednesday night at Penn Manor was the first district playoff win in program history. Adding to that was a 12 goal effort by Kelsey Kimmel, the highest single-game total by any L-L League girl's lacrosse player this season. Their 24-goal total matched a single-game program record and is tied for the second-most goals in the 10-year history of the District Three girls' lax tournament. In 2010 the Pioneers scored 24 goals in a regular season game.
Playing under constant rains, and sometimes downpours, the Pioneers fought of a two-goal deficit right from the start. They regrouped, scored four straight goals and avenged last year's 15-14 first round district playoffs loss to Trinity.
Kimmel poured in eight first half goals, sparking Lampeter's 11-7 first half lead. She also finished with 14 draw controls.
"Kelsey played a phenomenal game," praised head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff. "She has been a leader this entire season and continues to impress me with her scoring ability, even when she is being double and triple teamed. She and Brittney Zameroski combined for 25 of our 31 draw controls.
"Even though the score doesn't show it, Trinity played well," she added. "I was proud of my team for not allowing their scoring runs to affect their determination to win our first district game in school history."
Trinity tallied three straight goals midway through the second half, cutting the lead to 16-11 but the Pioneers answered with a four-goal run of their own and eventually, with under four minutes left, had a running clock and a commanding lead.
The No. 5 seed Pioneers got a hat trick of goals and assists from Brittany Zameroski and two goals each from four other players. Hannah Dawson (2g), Savannah Edwards (2g, 1a), Kendal ream (2g, 2a) and Katelyn Smith (1g) all contributed.
In Thursday's outing against No. 4 Wyomissing, the Pioneers again fell behind early but this time failed to rally. The hosts jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the half which proved to be enough despite Lampeter's 7-5 second half advantage.
"The game came down to draw controls, making defensive stops and shot selection in our offensive end," Ovchinnikoff stated. "We made some unforced errors at times and they capitalized. Our goalie, Mary Peticca, was an integral part of keeping us in the game, making 17 saves."
Kimmel's five goal one assist effort led all scorers. Zameroski added one goal and one assist with Hannah Dawson, Smith, Ream and Krebs all finding the back of the net once.
"The team accomplished a lot this year," said Ovchinnikoff. "We set a program record with 13 wins and 4 losses. We beat Hempfield for the first time in school history and it was the first time we won a district game. I am looking forward to building on that success next year."
L-S had ten athletes qualify for the District Three Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg, four of them medaled and will compete in the State Meet this weekend back at Shippensburg.
Ezra Mellinger came home with a gold medal after out jumping CV's Jose Barbon (22-6.25) in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-9.5. He also competed in the 100m dash, finishing sixth in his heat but not advancing.
"Ezra medaled last year in districts but missed going to states by half an inch," noted head coach Cal Esh.
Josh Eidemiller was the next highest medal winner, grabbing the bronze medal in the javelin with a 189-03 while Kristen Herr finished in fourth place in the discus with a 119-01.
"It was a cool and wet Saturday with less than optimal throwing conditions," Esh remarked.
Also finishing in fourth place was Gabe Frederick. Seeded seventh, the junior tossed the shot 50-8.5 to not only earn his first district medal but first his first trip to states.
Also competing for the girls was Lilian Hoke and Sydnie Smith who both finished in tenth place. Hoke cleared 4-10 in the high jump and found herself in 10th place on misses as four athletes cleared the same height. Smith posted a 35-6.75 in the triple jump.
Madison Whitaker competed in the 100 hurdles on Friday. She clocked a 16.82, finished seventh in her heat but did not advance.
For the boys, who finished 11th overall, Josiah Zehr finished 17th in the 300 hurdles, Alex Stoeffler was 18th in the javelin and Michael Kuhns was 20th in the 400.
After getting rained out on Saturday, the Pioneers opened the L-L League playoffs on Monday at Ephrata and advanced with a 2-0 win over Lancaster Catholic. Against Cedar Crest on Tuesday, L-S worked a second shutout, 5-0 and advanced to the finals opposite Section Two Champs Ephrata.
Unfortunately, their quest for the trophy was denied by the hosts 9-6.
This game was back-and-forth. Tied at 2-2 in the first inning, L-S went in front with a single run in the second only to see Ephrata tie the score in the bottom of the third. The Mounts, however, outscored the Pioneers 6-3 over the final 3.5 innings to win the championship.
Ephrata's three run fourth posed the biggest lead of the game. L-S came back with two in the top of the fifth only to see the Mounts forge ahead 9-5 with a 3-2 fifth inning advantage.
L-S got one back in the sixth when a Connor Blantz single to left was misplayed, scoring Kris Pirozzi who opened the inning with a base hit to center.
The Mounts committed four errors in the game and only out hit L-S 7-6. The Pioneers, however, failed to capitalize on those miscues.
Pirozzi and Blantz both went 2-3 on the day with Pirozzi getting a RBI. Aaron Snyder (1RBI) and Eckman also collected hits while Joseph Meck knocked in a run.
On the hill, Todd Shelley, Josh Howells and Doug Schneider combined for four strikeouts, seven walks and gave up nine earned runs.
Tuesday, Luke Weigel went 2-3 with two RBI and a walk as the Pioneers blanked Cedar Crest 5-0. Joseph Meck also went 2-3.
L-S scored lone runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings and pushed two across in the fifth to take control. They finished with eight hits and took advantage of five errors and four walks to advance to the championship game.
The Pioneers opened their league playoff run on Monday, May 14 and prevailed 2-0 over Lancaster Catholic. After a scoreless first, L-S put together all the offense they needed in a two-run second frame. Hunter Cunningham worked a one out walk, moved up on a Blantz single and scored on Meck's double with Blantz coming home on the throw.
Dylan Byler struck out seven, walked two and gave up one hit in six innings of work. Josh Howells pitched one inning and got the save.
At the plate, Pirozzi, Blantz and Meck all connected for one hit with Meck pushing in two runs.
Up next for the Pioneers is the District Three playoffs which get underway this week.
Mellinger Grabs Gold at League Championships May 15, 2018
In their first post-season action of the year, the Pioneer track and field teams turned in some noteworthy performances at the L-L League Championships held this past Friday and Saturday at Hempfield. Sydnie Smith set a new school record on the girls' side while Ezra Mellinger grabbed a pair of golds to pace the boys' to a seventh place finish overall.
Smith, a senior, grabbed a bronze medal in the triple jump with a school record 36-2 leap and sparked the girls to a 13th place finish.
Top placer for the day was Kristin Herr who matched her second seed (124-10) discus throw with an improved silver medal effort, going 126-08.
Also placing for the girls was the 4x800 relay team (Olivia Gard, Kayla Drouillard, Colleen Gilbert and Sara Boyd) with a sixth place finish (10:22.68) and Lillian Hoke's seventh place effort in the high jump (4-10).
Mellinger continued his winning form with top times in the 100 (11.43) and the long jump (23-2.5). He was seeded first in both events.
"Ezra's finish in the 100 was certainly exciting," noted head coach Cal Esh. "He won it in the last several strides, just edging CV's Jose Barbon (11.44).
"Both teams did well, with lots of PR's, one school record and 17 medals."
Adding to the boys' hardware haul with top three finishes was Josh Eidemiller with a silver in the javelin (192-9) and Gabe Frederick's 51-8 in the shot put for a bronze.
Other medal winners included Alex Stoeffler (5th in the javelin- 166-1), Jacob Long (6th in the discus- 126-11), the 4x800 relay team (Michael Kuhns, Josiah McCarthy, Jansen Miller and Noah Pritchard - 7th in 8:25.46), and Josiah Zehr (8th in the 300 hurdles- 41.5).
The Pioneers capped the regular season in dominating fashion last Monday in New Holland. The boys won every single event on the day and toppled Garden Spot 131-18 while the girls were almost as impressive, winning 117-33.
Mellinger piled up the points, winning the 100 (10.91), the 200 (23.21) and the long (22-1.5) and triple (38-7) jumps.
Zehr was almost as impressive, scoring a hat trick of firsts in the 110 hurdles (15:83), 300 hurdles (42.45) and the pole vault (11-6).
But it was Frederick that set a new school record. The junior won the shot put with a toss of 51-8, breaking the record of 49-2 set by Marlin Bert in 1982!
Other field event winners were Brayden Emmerling in the high jump (5-4), Jacob Long in the discus (128-10) and Eidemiller in the javelin.
Securing key wins on the track was Pritchard in the mile (4:46.22), Nate Erb in the 400 (52.42), Everett Honert in the 800 (2:09.25), Nathan Eberly in the 3200 (11:22.75) and all three relay teams.
Scoring 100 points or more for the third time this season, the lady Pioneers ran away from the Spartans, topping them 73-14 on the track and wrapping up a 4-3 league record. Smith led the charge with three firsts, claiming the 100 (12.96) and the long (14-10.5) and triple (34-0) jumps. She also ran a leg of the 4x100 relay with Lindsay Szymanski, Emma Houck and Herr. Houck went on to win the 200 (27.4) and Herr was tops in the discus (125-5).
Colleen Gilbert was a double winner, taking the mile (5:46.23) and the 800 (2:37.5).
Lampeter's balanced effort included the following individual winners: Madison Whitaker in the 100 hurdles (16.2), Kathryn Sigafoos in the 400 (1:03), Gard in the 300 hurdles (50.26), Ellie Crumpler in the 3200 (13:52.5), Hoke in the high jump (4-10), Cameron Coleman in the pole vault (8-6) and Liana Howe in the javelin (90-11).
In District Three tennis doubles action, the team of Evan Winters and Ari Vaziri dropped a first round outing against CV's backyard rival tandem of Daniel Scala and Andy Wang 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 Friday afternoon at Raquet Club West.
While the softball playoff season officially got underway with Saturday's L-L League quarterfinals round, the Pioneers found themselves in must-win situations three times last week.
Monday they edged Northern Lebanon, 4-3, in a game they needed to win if they were to secure the Section Three title.
"That was tougher than I expected," said head coach Gene Charles. "That long bus ride is tough on a Monday and we maybe were looking forward to Donegal. We survived, that's about all I can say."
None the less, L-S, one run at a time, pulled out the win. Both teams scored single runs in the first, third and sixth innings. Lampeter's run in the second broke the tie.
Summer Peters went 2-4 with a pair of triples. Hanna Garber was 1-4 and smoked a lead-off homer in the top of the third to put L-S in front, 3-1.
The visitors held a slim 8-7 advantage in hits. Chloe Blantz started in the circle, striking out five and walking five. Brynn Baker came on in the fourth and finished with five strikeouts and two walks.
Tuesday the team hosted Donegal and needed another win in order to force a tiebreaker for the right to grab the section crown. With both teams collecting eight hits and committing two errors, it was Hanna Garber's fourth inning, two strike, almost grand-slam, that sparked the 9-3 victory.
"We got a little excited on the bases," said Charles. "One base runner passed another and was called out."
The game was tied at 2-2 before Garber's hit sparked a four-run fourth and pushed the lead to 6-2. L-S tallied three more in the sixth to pull away. Daisy Frank (2-3) plated two of those insurance runs.
"I never guessed we'd win 9-2," said Charles.
H. Garber went 4-4 on the day with five RBI. She broke the school record for RBI's with that three-run grand slam. The previous record was 29, shared by her (2016 and 2017) and Katie Lynch (2007). Garber's single in the first drove in her sister, Julz, to tie the record and her single in the third again brought Julz home and broke the record (30).
"Last year we were unbeaten going into the final game and Donegal beat us," recalled Charles. "Then they beat us in the tiebreaker. We're trying to pay that back."
Baker went the distance in this one, striking out five and walking two.
Wednesday night the team's traveled to Warwick for a chance to complete the payback. And complete it they did. Peters collected five of the team's 15 hits and crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to trigger the mercy rule and a 14-3 victory.
"Summer went 5-5 with 5 RBI, 4 runs scored, two triples and that homer," Charles pointed out. "Almost everyone in the lineup hit."
L-S jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, and picked up two more in the second. Donegal closed the gap with a pair in the third and one in the top of the fourth.
"I think what really broke their back was our three runs in the fourth, all with two outs," Charles said.
J. Garber (bunt), Peters (triple), H. Garber (double) and base hits by Baker and Blantz provided those runs.
J. Garber went 3-3 with five runs scored and H. Garber followed, going 3-4 with three runs scored and one RBI.
"And Brynn threw very well," Charles noted. "She was in command of all of her pitches, scattering six hits and walking just one.
The win gave L-S its fourth section title in five years and sixth overall.
The Section Three champs opened Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterfinals action on Saturday afternoon at Penn Manor's Manor Middle School opposite Section One runner-up Warwick. But a 6-2 loss is not what the Pioneers were looking for.
"The bats went silent," said Charles. "We struck out eight times and seven of them were looking. We've had success against their pitcher (Amanda Herr) in the past but not this time."
The Pioneers managed six hits on the day, two each by Kylie Weaver (2-3) and J. Garber (2-4) but Baker gave up 10 hits, including a pair of home runs. One of those homers came in the first inning, as Warwick quickly took a 5-0 lead, and the second was a solo shot in the top of the seventh.
The Pioneers tallied two unearned runs in the bottom half.
Baker started in the circle and took the loss. Gabby Drumm pitched six and two thirds innings in relief, striking out six and walking three.
The Pioneers (16-3) have the week off as they wait for the District Three playoffs to get underway. They will host the opening round on Tuesday, May 22.
Like the softball team, the baseball team was also in a 'must win' situation last Monday. In the regular season finale against Elizabethtown, the Pioneers needed a win to qualify for a berth in the L-L League playoffs.
The Bears, who topped L-S 12-4 back on April 11, led 2-1 after three innings but the visitors slowly worked their way back, scoring single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to pull out a 4-2, come-from-behind win.
Tied at 2-2 after four complete innings, L-S took the lead in the sixth on Joe Meck's RBI single and added an insurance run when Kris Pirozzi launched an inside-the-park home run.
Pirozzi was also key on the defensive side, relieving starter Josh Howells (1K, 1W) in the fourth inning. He finished with eight strikeouts and three walks and got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning, forcing a groundout to Patrick Holmes who fired to catcher Luke Weigel for the force. Weigel then fired to first to complete the double play.
The Pioneers were slated to open the L-L League playoffs on Saturday but storms moving through the area forced a postponement.
LS Boys' LAX Wraps Up the League Season May 7, 2018
After winning three of their first four games to start the season, the Pioneers were hoping for a better finish. Last week they ended the regular season with losses to Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic and Hempfield leaving them with a 3-8 league record (4-8 overall).
The Pioneers hosted LCD/LCHS last Monday and got off to a decent start, down just 2-1 after the first quarter. But a 3-0 second frame and a 2-0 fourth quarter contributed to the 9-2 defeat.
Bryce Roberts and Mark Roberts accounted for the scoring with Patrick McClain dishing out an assist. In goal, Dom Reed turned back nine of the 17 shots he faced.
The going only got tougher for L-S as they faced the second place team in the league, Hempfield (10-1) on Thursday. The Pioneers did score in every quarter in this one but an 8-2 second frame advantage by the Knights sparked a 20-9 result. Down 12-4 at the half, L-S hung tougher in the second half but still came up short, 8-5.
Noah Patterson, the team's second leading scorer (22 goals, 13 assists) racked up a team-high four goals and dished out two assists. McClain, with a team-high 23 goals scored on the year, found the back of the net once as did M. Roberts, Dawson Albright, Benjamin Beiler and Zeke Schaefer. Connor Nolt was credited with two assists and Reed recorded another nine save game.
A solid performance over hosting Lebanon last Monday moved the boys' track team record to 3-3. The Pioneers won 11 of the 18 events contested and finished on top 89-61.
The girls' team, winning all but three events, picked up an easy 116-38 victory and also improved to 3-3.
Once again, Ezra Mellinger was the team's top scorer, winning the 100 (11.0), the 200 (23.3) and the long jump (22-8). He was also second in the triple (41-9).
"Ezra is undefeated in the sprints and the long jump," noted head coach Calvin Esh. "And he has just one loss in the triple jump."
The Pioneers opened the afternoon with Justin Miller, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Noah Pritchard clocking the top time in the 4x800 relay (9:16). Pritchard followed with a win in the mile (4:44) while Kuhns raced the 400 in 50.3 and also anchored the winning 4x400 relay with Josiah Zehr, Miller, and Nate Erb contributing to the 3:41. Zehr added seconds in both the 110 high and 300 hurdles and the pole vault while Erb was second in the 400.
Also on the track, David Helms won the 3200 in 11:22.
In the field events, Gabe Frederick won the shot (46-8), Jacob Long was tops in the discus (136-5) and Josh Eidemiller took charge in the javelin (170-3).
Contributing with second place efforts was Josiah McCarthy in the mile, Honert in the 800 and Brayden Emmerling in the high jump.
The girls' team got a three-win performance from Sydnie Smith. The senior won the 100 (13.0), and was tops in both the long (15-2.5) and triple jumps (33-6.25). Sophomore Madison Whitaker chipped in with two wins, taking the 110 (17.0) and 300 hurdles (53.0).
Kathryn Sigafoos, Lauren Gard, Micah Gordley and Colleen Gilbert won the first race of the day, the 4x800 in 11:47. Sigafoos went on to capture the 400 (1:04) while Gard posted the top mile time, 6:05 and Gilbert won the 800 (2:37).
L-S also won the 4x100 with Lindsay Szymanski, Emma Houck, Smith and Jess Heisey (54.3). Szymanski grabbed the top time in the 200 (29.4) and ran the first leg of the 4x400 with Houck, Tara Wehibe and Heisey chipping in to record a 4:38.
Other winners included Ellie Crumpler in the 3200 (14:44), Liana Howe in the discus (93-9) and Lillian Hoke clearing 5-2 in the high jump.
With 15 second places and 15 third places up for grabs, L-S secured nine seconds and 11 thirds to pad their lead.
On Saturday the team's competed in the Blue Streak Relays where the girls finished tied for fourth and the boys tied for sixth.
They had just one "team" first on the day. Kristen Herr (1st) and Liana Howe (7th) combined to win the discus and in second place, Ezra Mellinger (1st) and Brayden Emmerling teamed up in the long jump.
"The boys 4x800 team (Miller, Pritchard, Honert and McCarthy came in second in an exciting finish," noted Esh. "Noah was closing fast on the MT runner, but couldn't quite get past him at the line.
"In the first two events (boys and girls 4x1600) the boys had three PR's and the girls followed with three more."
The baseball team played four of the five teams in Section Two last week, settled for three wins, and improved to 10-5 for second place in the standings. They fall in behind Ephrata (12-3) who hung a 5-3 loss on L-S last Monday.
The Mounts used a four-run sixth inning to jump ahead 5-0. L-S, with just one hit on the day, rallied in the bottom of the seventh, plating three runs only to fall short. The Pioneers opened the frame with two walks and a liner by Derek Eckman loaded the bags with one out. Joseph Meck's groundout plated one run while an error by the Mounts allowed two more runs to score.
Kris Pirozzi gave up five hits and three earned runs, striking out ten and walking two in five innings. Josh Howells added three strikeouts in two innings of relief work.
The Pioneers traveled to Solanco on Tuesday and needed an eighth inning rally to get past the Mules, 5-3. Tied at 3-3 after five complete innings, L-S loaded the bags with one out in the sixth but came up empty. They managed one single in the seventh before the eighth inning rally. Hunter Cunningham and Eckman reached with base hits and scored on Braedon Karpathious' one out, game-winning triple.
Pirozzi, Lampeter's only multiple hitter, went 3-4 with two RBI.
Aaron Snyder, relieving starter Doug Schneider, struck out five, walked one and picked up the win while Patrick Holmes got the save.
At Donegal on Wednesday, L-S scored single runs in five of the seven innings and defeated the Indians 5-1 on the strength of ten hits and flawless defense. Connor Blantz was the top hitter of the day, going 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Luke Weigel (2-2, 1RBI) and Pirozzi (2-4) also recorded multiple hits.
Dylan Byler, with three strikeouts and two walks, gave up three hits, including a solo homer in the second inning, and earned the win. Howells struck out one batter in relief.
Under their home lights Friday night, the Pioneers needed a sixth inning rally to defeat Conestoga Valley 8-6. Up 6-3 after five complete, the Bucks rallied in the top of the sixth to pull even with the hosts and then gave up two runs in the bottom half to fall behind for good. Aaron Snyder's (2-4) two out double plated the game-winning runs. Blantz, who went 2-4 with a two out, two run homer in the fifth , was tops with four RBI and Thomas Shockey added a key one out double in that sixth inning.
Todd Shelley, Aaron Jacoby and Howells all pitched at least two innings and combined for 11 strikeouts and 11 scattered hits.
The girls' lacrosse team played two of the top three teams in the section last week and wrapped up the regular season with one win and one loss against the two teams tied for second place in the standings. Township leads the field at 11-0 while Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic and Hempfield finish at 9-2. The Pioneers and Cocalico fall in next, tied at 8-3.
L-S opened the week with a 15-14 heartbreaking loss to LCD/LCHS last Monday. Down 9-3 at the half, the hosts mounted an impressive rally, outscoring the visitors 11-6 only to fall short.
"I was very proud of the girls for not giving up and fighting back from an eight goal deficit in the second half," said head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff.
The team's leading scorer, Kelsey Kimmel, matched Lauren Wassell goal for goal. Both finished with six. Kendal Ream followed with four goals, McKenna Conklin added three and Brittney Zameroski chipped in with one goal and two assists. Mary Peticca recorded 11 saves in the loss.
Two days later, on a day that celebrated the seniors, the Pioneers outscored Hempfield 10-5 in the second half and posted the program's first victory over the Knights. L-S looked to take control early, scoring the first six goals of the game only to see the visitors fight back. Hempfield not only tied the game at 6-6 but inched ahead with just under three minutes left in the half. A goal by Kimmel, and a pair of saves by Peticca evened the score at 7-7 by halftime.
"During the time Hempfield scored those seven unanswered goals we were not taking care of the ball in transition and losing the draws," explained Ovchinnikoff.
"In the second half, we played more like a team and our defensive unit did a phenomenal job," she continued. "Marissa Denlinger limited their top scorer, Lindsey Durkota, to one goal that half."
Hempfield took a two goal lead early in the second half as they appeared to maintain that late first half momentum. L-S, however, responded with five straight goals and never looked back.
Kimmel led all scorers with eight goals and one assist. She also had ten draw controls. Zameroski dished out a game and season-high eight assists and scored once. Savannah Edwards, McKenna Conklin, and Ream (1a) chipped in with two goals each.
The softball team played four straight games last week. Three of them were shutouts and the results of all four were determined in five innings or less. They racked up 67 runs and gave up 1.
"We've only had two league games go a full seven innings," said head coach Gene Charles, "and a non-section game with Penn Manor.
Monday night the girls topped Manheim Central 11-1. "With chasing the section title, I was concerned about Manheim," said Charles. "They were the next best thing to stand in our way. But Brynn Baker threw one of her better games, striking out three, walking one and scattering six hits."
The Pioneers enjoyed a 5-0 cushion after two innings and got a three run homer from Daisy Frank in the fifth that pushed the lead to 11-0.
Julz Garber, Summer Peters and Hannah Garber (3RBI) all collected two hits.
With 12 runs in the first inning and 15 more in the second, the Pioneers easily handled Lebanon Catholic 29-0 on Tuesday. "We didn't bunt and we only stole one base," said Charles. "But they had 12 errors and eight walks."
Chloe Blantz started in the circle and worked a seven strikeout, no walks, no hitter.
Offensively, the Pioneers banged out 16 hits. H. Garber was 4-4 with 4RBI, Blantz (3RBI) and Taryn Hostetter (2RBI) both recorded three hits.
Wednesday's senior night outing at Garett Park resulted in a 15-0 shutout over Elco.
"Cam Beiler had a monster night, going 3-3 with 3RBI and a pair of triples," noted Charles. "Daisy Frank (2-3, 3RBI) also tripled."
Baker, who only gave up one hit and struck out five, along with J. Garber and H. Garber, all went 2-3.
Thursday, using six runs in the second inning, the Pioneers blanked Cocalico 12-1. Baker tossed a one-hitter, striking out five.
"That one hit was the leadoff batter in the first inning," Charles recalled. "But we turned a double play after that. We had 12 hits and are getting production up and down the lineup."
Frank (2-3, 2RBI), Baker (2-3) and Garber (1-3, 1RBI) all cracked triples. Peters was 2-2 with 2RBI.
The Pioneers (13-1) are one game behind Donegal (14-0) with two games left.
"We need to win out to tie for the section title, assuming Donegal does too," said Charles.
Pioneers Set Sights on Section Three Title April 30, 2018
With six games left in the regular season, the softball team remains focused on grabbing the Section Three title. Standing in the way, however, is Donegal, the last game on the schedule. Prior to that, the Pioneers take on Manheim Central, Lebanon Catholic, Elco, Cocalico (all this week) and Northern Lebanon. L-S beat all of those teams, except Lebanon Catholic, their last crossover game, by a combined 57-10 margin. So, if these last games play out like the first half of the season, and if Donegal remains unbeaten, L-S will need to beat the Indians to force a playoff for the title. But for now, they need to take care of business.
Last Monday L-S crushed Lancaster Catholic 16-1 but that one run spoiled Lampeter's goal of shutting out Section Four opponents.
"After a single and two strikeouts, they doubled in that lone run," explained head coach Gene Charles. "They had three hits for the game and two were in the first inning."
L-S plated seven runs in the first inning, four in the second and ended the game with a five run third. The bottom of the batting order fueled the 12 hit attack. Jocelyn Branco went 2-2 with a pair of doubles and five RBI and Daisy Frank was 2-3 with a triple and four RBI.
Brynne Baker, who struck out five, went 3-3 with a double while Julz Garber and Summer Peters both went 2-3.
In non-league play Tuesday, the Pioneers jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning but failed to score after that, dropping an 8-2 result against Section One's Penn Manor.
"We had six hits against one of the best pitchers (Brittany Hook) around," said Charles. "But we gave up 10 hits, the most we've given up all year.
A two out double by Chloe Blantz gave L-S its short-lived, 2-1 lead.
Hook struck out 10 and walked one to earn the win. Baker started for L-S, walking two in the first three innings, and Gabby Drumm struck out two and walked three in relief.
The Pioneers are currently 9-1 in Section Two play behind Donegal (9-0) and ahead of Manheim Central (7-3).
The girls' lacrosse team kept pace with Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic last week as both teams stand at 7-2 in Section play and in third place overall, following Township and Hempfield.
The Pioneers rode a five-game win streak into Monday's game against Cocalico but couldn't make it six. They suffered only their second loss of the season. The Eagles, currently 7-3 (9-6 overall), poured in six first half goals, held the visitors to two goals and finished with a 13-8 win, surviving Lampeter's second half, six goal rally.
Kendal Ream and McKenna Conklin both notched hat tricks to pace the Pioneer attack while Hannah Dawson and Brittney Zameroski each scored once and Kenzie Krebs added one assist.
The Pioneers outshot the Eagles 25-19 and Mary Peticca recorded 12 saves in goal.
Thursday afternoon, against a struggling Penn Manor squad, the Pioneers took control early, netting eight first half goals while giving up just two for a six goal lead at the break.
The Comets seven goal second half rally wasn't enough as the Pioneers finished with eight more goals and secured a solid 16-9 victory.
Katelyn Smith and Kelsey Kimmel each scored four times and dished out one assist to lead the way. Savannah Edwards, Kendal Ream (2a) and Zameroski (2a) followed with two goals each while Dawson and McKenna Conklin each tallied one goal.
Peticca earned another 11 saves in goal and L-S outshot the Pioneers 26-20.
In non-league play Saturday, L-S set the tone early, outscoring Eastern York 9-2 before cruising to a 14-4 victory. Kimmel was unstoppable in this one, racking up nine en route to the win. Ream added two goals while Edwards, Katelyn Smith (1a) and Conklin also scored. Zameroski dished out a hat trick of assists with Dawson and Smith.
Peticca recorded nine saves as L-S outshot Eastern 23-23.
The track teams came away with a split decision against Cocalico last Monday. The girls' improved to 2-3 with a convincing 91-55 result while the boys' had their hands full against the section leading Eagles (5-0) and bowed out 95-55.
The girls' opened with a win in the 4x800 relay (Crumpler, Drouillard, Olivia Gard and Colleen Gilbert) and slowly pulled away, winning eight other events and sweeping the 400, the 300 hurdles and the high jump.
Kathryn Sigafoos (1:04.4) led the first sweep with Sarah Gawne and Jess Heisey taking the 400 and after the 4x100 relay, Lauren Gard (52.8), Hannah Schultheis and Bella Howells took charge in the 300 hurdles. Gard was also second in the 110 hurdles.
Lampeter's final win on the track was a 4:25.7 by the 4x400 team of Gawne, Shultheis, Sigafoos and Gilbert.
In the field, L-S won all four of the jumping events to lead the charge. Gawne (4-8), Tara Wehibe (4-8) and Lillian Hoke (4-6) provided the sweep while Sydnie Smith (32-10.75) and Megan Breneman, who won the long jump (15-4.5) went 1-2 in the triple jump. In the pole vault, it was Cameron Coleman clearing 8-0 to earn the win.
Also in the field, Kristen Herr had the top throw in the discus (122-6) while Liana Howe placed in two events, taking third in the javelin and the discus.
The going was a bit tougher for the boys' as they were up against the top team in Section Two. Putting forth their best efforts, the Pioneers finished with seven firsts and four of them were the work of Ezra Mellinger. The junior sprinted his way to top times in the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.4) and jumped ahead of the competition in the long (22-7) and triple (39-3.5).
The Pioneers also won the 4x400 relay with Jansen Miller, Noah Pritchard, Nate Erb and Michael Kuhns clocking a 3:41. Josh Eidemiller took the javelin (177-1) and Gabe Frederick landed the shot with a 46-8.
Settling for key second place efforts was Josh Horst in the high hurdles, Kuhns in the 400, Brayden Emmerling in the high jump and Caleb Brunner in the pole vault.
In a pair of one run games last week, the Pioneers came away with one win and one loss and currently sit behind Ephrata (9-3) in the Section Two standings with a 7-4 record. Monday they scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh against Manheim Township, winning 4-3 and Thursday dropped a 4-3 outing at Penn Manor. It was their fifth one run outing in the last six games played. L-S won three of those.
"We've had our ups and downs this year," said head coach Keith Martin. "Some of that we're responsible for and others beyond our control. Moving forward we need to focus on the controllables and be unfazed by the events of the game as we continue to focus on our team and individual processes."
L-S jumped in front early against Township. After giving up two in the top of the first, including a two run homer, they came back with three runs on two outs to regain the lead. The Streaks knotted the score in the top of the second and neither threatened until the bottom of the seventh. Josh Howells walked and courtesy runner Doug Schneider scored on Dylan Byler's double to center.
Hunter Cunningham, Aaron Snyder, Byler and Nevin Book accounted for Lampeter's four hits on the day. Kris Pirozzi started on the hill, striking out 13 and walking three. Howells came on in relief and fanned three to earn the win.
Thursday's outing involved another rally only this one fell short of a victory over Penn Manor. After giving up four runs in the bottom of the fourth, L-S was faced with needing four runs in the seventh to pull out a win. A one out double by Connor Blantz plated Snyder, who reached on a base hit and a two out liner to left field by Byler plated two more. Book kept the momentum alive with another base hit but a groundout to short ended the rally.
The Pioneers outhit the Comets 9-5 but committed three errors in the loss. Byler went 3-4 with two RBI and Snyder was 2-3 as Lampeter's multiple hitters for the day.
Byler suffered the loss in the circle, striking out two but giving up four hits and two earned runs. Schneider gave up one hit, fanned five and walked one in relief.
"Our pitching staff is very good and we have many guys that we can turn to in different situations but we still need to execute situationally on offense, and be able to make the physical play and be prepared mentally for anything that happens when we're in the field," Martin stated.
The boys' lacrosse team suffered a pair of losses last week, falling to two teams ahead of them in the standings, and currently sit at 3-6 in Section One and 4-6 overall.
Last Monday the team hoped to steal a win from Cocalico (4-6) and got off to a great start, winning the first quarter 5-2. But the Eagles slowly gained momentum, outscoring the Pioneers in each of the next three quarters, including a decisive 4-0 third quarter, and finished on top, 13-10.
Joey Jordan led all scorers with five goals and one assist and Josh Koh-Swineford added two. Patrick McClain was tops with three assists and also scored once. Noah Patterson (1g, 2a), Bryce Roberts (1g), Cole Gerz (1a), Dawson Albright (2a) and Hans Watson (1a) also contributed.
In goal, Dom Reed faced 24 shots and came away with 11 saves.
In a game tightly contested through three quarters, a six goal outburst in the final frame proved pivotal as L-S left Millersville with a 10-3 loss. Tied at 1-1 in the first quarter, the Comets took the lead with a two goal second, but L-S hung tough in the third, scoring twice and fell behind just 4-3 and setting the stage for Manor's fourth quarter outburst.
Patterson scored twice for the Pioneers with McClain adding one in the loss. Reed finished with 10 saves.
Last Monday, the tennis team dropped its second 4-3 result of the season, bowing out against Conestoga Valley, the fourth place team in Section One.
The Pioneers secured just one doubles win, a solid 8-2 result by Alex Baker and Tyler Thorius at No. 2. Now faced with needed three singles wins, L-S fell just short. Evan Winters worked a 6-2, 6-2 No. 1 win and Baker was solid at No. 2, notching a 6-2, 6-1 final. Try as they might, Thorius and Ari Vaziri came oh so close to picking up a win. Thorius lost 7-6 (1), 7-5 to Andy Wang and Vaziri dropped a three setter, 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 to Tegan Lapp.
Later in the week the team competed in the L-L League Flight Tournament but struggled to advance. Thorius was the only singles player to advance to the quarterfinals. He defeated Penn Manor's Toby Singer 6-0, 6-1 before suffering a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Township's Max Pan.
The doubles teams fared a bit better with three teams advancing. Seeded fifth in Flight One, Winters and Vaziri defeated McCaskey's Fenimore and Coder 7-5, 7-5 before bowing out with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to fourth seed Martin and Engle of Cocalico.
In Flight Two, Thorius and Baker, seeded first, opened with a round one bye. They defeated Cedar Crest's Brightbill and Hinegardner 8-3 before coming out on the short end of a semifinals result against Hempfield's Harikh and Otto, the fourth seed.
Paul Keller and Cameron Keeler competed in Flight Three and opened with an 8-5 win over Penn Manor's Mowery and karpouzis before bowing out against No. 2 seed Ketcham and Gingrich, of Manheim Township, 8-0.
Pioneers Post a Three-Out-of-Four Win Week April 23, 2018
It was another busy week for the baseball team, playing four games in five days and bringing their two week total to nine games in 12 days and seven wins against two losses. The Pioneers are currently tied with Ephrata for second place in Section Two at 6-3. Elizabethtown holds down the top spot at 7-2.
The Pioneers opened the week with a 4-3 loss to McCaskey but came back two win two one run games and another by six.
McCaskey, outhitting L-S 11-8, opened the scoring with a two run first inning and L-S took over with three in the third but failed to score after that, giving up single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to fall behind. Weigel's one out homer plated both Nevin Book and Dylan Byler and gave L-S a short-lived lead.
Byler, Weigel (3RBI) and Book all finished with two hits on the day.
Aaron Jacoby, with eight strikeouts, went the distance on the hill, giving up three earned runs.
One day later, L-S posted a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Pequea Valley. Down 1-0 in the first and then tied at 3-3 after four complete, the hosts went up 4-3 on a sac fly by Derek Eckman only to see PV tie the game in the top of the sixth. But a two out single by Kris Pirozzi, who went 3-for-3, in the bottom half proved to be the game-winner.
Aaron Snyder, Trent Petersheim and Josh Howells combined for five strikeouts and five walks and gave up five hits on the day.
Wednesday's outing against Cedar Crest was more of the same. L-S gave up three runs in the first inning and another in the second before mounting its comeback. Single runs in the second and third innings cut the lead to 4-2 while a two out, two run homer by Luke Weigel tied the game in the fourth.
Three innings later, a two out double by Nevin Book plated Hunter Cunningham, who reached on an error, for the game winner.
Pirozzi went 3-for-4 on the day and Weigel was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Book also finished with two hits and two RBI as the Pioneers out hit the Falcons 8-5.
Dylan Byler started on the hill and gave up four runs on four hits in four innings of work. Pirozzi picked up the win, striking out six over three innings.
Opening Friday's game against Hempfield with an early 3-1 advantage, L-S hoped to maintain the lead throughout but didn't. Up 4-3 after four complete, the Knights rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the Pioneers slammed the door shut with six in the top of the seventh. A bases loaded single by Aaron Snyder (3-for-4) and Eckman's one out base hit each pushed in two runs.
Howells went 2-for-3 with one RBI while Byler, Book, Weigel, Cunningham also supplied hits.
Todd Shelley pitched 4.2 innings and finished with six strikeouts and one walk. Howells, with three strikeouts, picked up the win.
The Lady Pioneers dominated crossover play last week, recording three wins that failed to reach a complete seven innings. Tuesday they blanked Lancaster Mennonite 19-0 with Brynn Baker (5K) and Gabby Drumm (6K, 1w) combining for a no hitter. Wednesday's outing against Section Four leader Pequea Valley went five innings and resulted in another shutout, 11-0. Their third shutout of the week was Friday's 19-0 result against Columbia that took five innings to complete. Chloe Blantz (4K, 1W) and Drumm (7K, 1W) did not give up a hit.
"In our four crossover games we have scored 62 runs in 18 innings and haven't given up a run," noted head coach Gene Charles. "We have two crossovers left and we want to finish with a Section Four shutout. I expected the Pequea game to go a full seven innings but I understand they were a bit understaffed."
The Pioneers pounded out 14 hits against the Blazers and finished the game with an 11 run third inning. They were led by Julz Garber who went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, four RBI and two doubles as the leadoff batter. Batting No. 9, Daisy Frank also batted in four runs, going 2-3 with three runs scored.
"We had lots of players with multiple hits," Charles said.
A six run third inning against Pequea was the key to ending the game after five innings. Hanna Garber led the 15 hit attack with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. She finished with three RBI and three runs scored. Summer Peters was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Kylie Weaver and Jocelyn Branco combined to go 4-for-5.
"We're hitting the ball up and down the lineup," said Charles. "We're probably 12 deep."
L-S scored seven first inning runs against Columbia and ended the game early with seven more in the top of the fifth. H. Garber went 2-5 with a home run and five RBI. J. Garber was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Peters was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Drumm not only pitched but went 4-for-4 with four RBI and Branco was 2-for-3.
"The girls are just pounding the ball," said Charles. "There are definitely highs and lows in our league and we have to adjust. We're winning these games and we're not just throwing our best pitcher; we're throwing all three of our pitchers.
"We're hoping to be playing our best at the end of the year," he added.
The biggest section game for L-S this week is Friday's home night game against Donegal. "They beat us 4-2 up there but we gave up a 2-0 lead," Charles stated. "This is a huge game."
The track teams traveled to Elizabethtown last Wednesday afternoon and came away with mixed results. Ezra Mellinger won four events and the Pioneers posted a lopsided 97-53 win over the Bears while the girls', despite a strong showing in the throws, suffered an 83-67 defeat.
Mellinger opened his busy day by leading a sweep in the 100. He clocked an 11.3 while Nate Erb (11.6) and Cam Neimeyer (12.1) followed. Mellinger (22.9) and Erb (23.9) also went 1-2 in the 200. In the field, Mellinger outdistanced the field in both the long (21-6) and triple jumps (39.5).
Almost as impressive was the performance of Josiah Zehr who won the pole vault with a personal best 11-6, the 110 hurdles (16.6) and ran lead on the 1600 relay team with Noah Pritchard, Erb and Mike Kuhns contributing to the winning 3:39.8. He was also second in the 300 hurdles, just .2 behind Etown's Derek Heisey.
As a group, the throwers carried the weight in the field, giving up just two points. Gabe Frederick' 46-8 led a sweep in the shot put. Josh Eidemiller (40-2.25) and Jacob Long (38-5.75) followed. Long went on to win the discus with a PR 120-1 and Frederick doing his best as well, taking second with a 118.5. In the javelin, it was Eidemiller with a new school record and winning throw of 193-8. Dalton Kreider was second (129-3).
The Pioneers also got an electrifying come-from-behind win (from third to first) from Everett Honert who clocked a personal best 2:09.
Kuhns (53.0) and Erb (53.0) went 1-2 in the 400 and the 4x400 relay team of Kopelman, Smith, Neimeyer and Horst also finished first.
The girls' team may have come up short but they posted a handful of personal bests along the way. Kristen Herr led a discus sweep with a 124-2 PR and Liana Howe threw her best (97-0) to take second. Maddie Eller (88-8) was third. Howe added a second in the javelin behind J. Willard's winning (80-7) and Eller (29-7.25 PR) followed Melissa Long (29-8 PR) who finished second in the shot put.
Sydnie Smith posted a personal best in the triple jump with a winning leap of 33-9.5. Also in the jumps, Megan Breneman added thirds in both the triple and long.
The Pioneers won just three events on the track and two of them were relays. Hannah Schultheis, Emma Houck, Smith and Grace Hess took the 4x100 with a 53.2 and Kat Sigafoos, Micah Gordley, Hannah Schultheis and Sarah Gawne won the 4x400 in 4:28.8.
Sigafoos was a winner in the open 400 (1:04.1) while Smith picked up seconds in the 100 and 200 and Lauran Gard was second in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Gawne added a second in the high jump and was third in the 400.
In their only match last week, the tennis team slipped to 3-4 in section play with a 6-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic (6-2, 7-2 overall). After winning seven of their first eight matches, this was Lampeter's third straight loss.
Alex Baker and Tyler Thorius earned an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles to prevent the shutout. Paul Keller and S Greenwood battled for a second team point but fell shy of the mark, 8-7 at No. 3 doubles.
Baker put up the best numbers in singles play as well, winning the first set 6-1 before bowing out 4-6, 7-10 at No. 2.
In their only league match last week, the boys' lacrosse team pushed out to a 10-0 lead after three quarters and almost pulled off the shutout before Elizabethtown notched it's only goal in the final quarter. Dawson Albright and Noah Patterson each scored twice and combined for five assists. Patrick McClain (1a), the team's leading scorer, and Joey Jordan (1a) also scored twice with Cole Gerz (1a) and Josh Koh-Swinford finding the back of the net once. Bryce Roberts was also credited with one assist.
In goal, Dom Reed saved six of the seven shots he faced, earning Lampeter's third league win of the season.
Friday on the road, the Pioneers battled from behind but fell short against Twin Valley, 8-7. The hosts jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and were up 5-2 at the break. L-S gained some momentum, outscoring TV 4-2, cutting the lead to 7-6 with one frame left. Neither team budged down the final stretch and the score stood with TV on top, 8-7.
L-S is 4-4 overall.
The Lady Pioneers remained tied for second place with Lancaster Country Day/LCHS (6-1) with a 17-9 win over Elizabethtown last Thursday and improved to 9-1 overall with a 17-7 non-league win over Twin Valley on Friday.
L-S held a slim 7-6 first half edge over the Bears but took control after the break, outscoring the hosts 10-3 to pick up the win.
"I shifted a couple of players into different positions toward the end of the first half and that made a big difference," said head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff of the second half advantage.
Kelsey Kimmel, who had two assists, fueled the second half, scoring five of her nine goals. Brittney Zameroski assisted on four of those goals for a season high.
"Kelsey also had 15 draw controls which was a season high," Ovchinnikoff pointed out.
Hannah Dawson, Katelyn Smith and McKenna Conklin scored two goals each while Savannah Edwards and Kendal Ream chipped in with one goal and two assists each.
"Marissa Denlinger and Paige Weidman did an outstanding job on the defensive end," noted Ovchinnikoff. "They were able to slow down Etown's top two scorers (Bucher and Conteh) in the second half. Overall, we moved the ball very well in the second half and played great as a team."
Kimmel racked up another eight goals on Friday as L-S built an 8-4 first half lead over Twin Valley. They did even better in the second half, winning 9-4. Zameroski not only scored three goals but improved her season high in assists with six. Ream and Edwards added two goals each with Smith (1a) and Conklin scoring one.
Mary Peticca recorded a combined 22 saves in earning the wins.
Lady Pioneers Battle Streaks, Top CV, CC and CY April 16, 2018
Three of Lampeter-Strasburg's sports teams played at least four games last week and all but the tennis team experienced Monday's harsh weather conditions that featured heavy snow flurries. But the Pioneer squads persevered and by the end of the week accumulated a combined 12 wins against seven losses.
Playing four games in five days, the girls' lacrosse team improved to 5-1 in Section One and 7-1 overall with wins against CV, Cedar Crest and Central York offsetting Monday's 18-4 loss to section leader Manheim Township (7-1 overall).
The Streaks exploded for 15 first half goals to take control. Both teams recorded three goals each in the second half.
"We came out flat and they scored a couple of quick goals," said head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff. "There were some points in the game where we did some really good things, but when you play a strong team like Township, you can't have too many lapses."
Kelsey Kimmel paced the Pioneers with two goals. Kendal Ream and McKenna Conklin added one each.
Tuesday the team hosted CV and righted the ship, scoring eight goals in each half en route to a 16-4 victory. Kimmel led all scorers with four goals and unselfishly dished out three assists. Hanna Dawson chipped in with a hat trick while Katelyn Smith scored twice and added two assists. Ream (1a) and Riley Dawson (1a) also scored twice with Savannah Edwards, Conklin and Kelliann Drummond adding one goal each.
"We definitely had a balanced scoring day, which is what I like to see," said Ovchinnikoff. "It makes it more difficult for our opponents to stop us."
The winning continued with Thursday's 16-2 rout over Cedar Crest. Kimmel, pouring in a season-high nine goals, became just the second L-L League player to hit that mark this year. Dawson (2a) and Ream added a pair of goals with Edwards, Brittney Zameroski and Garret finding the net once each. Bella Beiler was credited with two assists as L-S built a 9-1 first half lead and never looked back.
"McKenna had a great all-around game," said Ovchinnikoff, "not only scoring but in transition as well as the defensive end. Riley played well coming off the bench."
In non-league play Friday, L-S overcame a 7-6 first half deficit, outscoring Central York 7-4 after the break to pick up a 13-11 win. Seven different players scored in offsetting a pair of CY hat tricks. Kimmel finished with four goals and one assist. Edwards (2a), Ream (1a) and Dawson added two goals with Zameroski (2a), Dawson and Jeslyn Krebs scoring once each.
Playing four games in five days, the softball team scored 57 runs, gave up nine and saw just one game go a full seven innings as they improved to 5-1 in Section Three.
"The top of our order has been the catalyst in our hitting," noted head coach Gene Charles. "But the rest of the team is getting the job done and contributing as well."
L-S opened play with a 20-2 win over Cocalico in last Monday's snow. Brynn Baker not only pitched the victory but went 2-for-2 with two walks, a home run, five RBI and three runs scored. Julz Garber was 2-3 with 2 RBI, Hanna Garber was 2-4 with four runs scored and both Jocelyn Branco and Kylie Weaver add two hits each in the four inning game.
"Tuesday we hosted Manheim Central in what I anticipated as the biggest game of the week," said Charles, "but we blew it open with an eight run first inning which was a great start especially against a team like Manheim."
L-S extended its lead to 11-0 after three complete before giving up four runs in the top of the fourth. They settled down after that, earning the 14-4 win with a three run fifth inning that was highlighted by triples from both Baker and H. Garber.
"Our 2-3-4 hitters combined for nine hits and 11 RBI," said Charles.
Summer Peters was the biggest spark, going 3-for-3 with 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored. H. Garber was 3-for-3 and Baker was 3-for-4. Both had four RBI. J. Garber was 2-for-3 and Blantz was 2-4.
Wednesday it took the Pioneers a full seven innings to hang a 9-3 loss on Lebanon. L-S fell behind 3-2 after the Cedars plated three in the top of the third. But the hosts knotted the score in the bottom half and took the lead for good with four in the fifth.
"Chloe Blantz started in the circle and threw pretty well, striking out seven and walking three," said Charles. "But they loaded the bags in the top of the sixth with no outs so Baker came in and struck out three to get us out of the jam."
J. Garber led the ten hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort. Blantz was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, Peters was 2-for-2 and H. Garber was 1-for 2 with 2 RBI.
L-S closed the week with a 14-0, five inning shutout over Annville-Cleona on Friday. "Just about everyone had a hit," said Charles. "Baker pitched the first two innings and Gabby Drumm threw the final three."
The track teams battled the elements and Ephrata last Monday and were dealt a pair of losses. The boys' dropped a hard-fought 77-73 result while the girls' fell 99-51.
"It was a spring meet but it sure looked like winter," said head coach Cal Esh. "It looked worse than it was, maybe, but the runways and throwing circles were wet. It certainly wasn't a day for personal records.
"It was another heart-breaker, especially for the boys'," he added. "It was a little unusual coming back from Friday's meet without a practice but that's how it goes. Both teams gave their best efforts but came up a little short."
The boys', with a 35-20 advantage in the sprints, went 1-3 in both the 100 and 200 with Ezra Mellinger and Nate Erb, who was third in the 400 behind Michael Kuhns, accounting for the placing. Mellinger also won the long jump (20-10.5) and was second in the triple.
Also on the track, Josiah Zehr led a sweep in the 300 hurdles (43.5) with Josh Horst and Noah Pritchard taking second and third. Zehr also won the high hurdles (16.4) and was second in the pole vault while Pritchard added a second in the mile.
In the throwing events, Josh Eidemiller won the javelin (167-4) and was second in the shot behind Gabe Fredrick's winning throw of42-1.25. Frederick was also third in the discus, following Jacob Long's 110-5 and Dalton Kreider picked up a third in the javelin.
The going was a bit tougher for the girls who won just four events. Olivia Gard led the way with top times in the 100 hurdles (17.5) and 300's (52.9). Lilian Hoke won the high jump (4-10) and Kristin Herr was tops in the discus (112-3) and was third in the shot.
Also placing in multiple events was Sydnie Smith with seconds in the triple and the 100 and 200 meter dashes and Colleen Gilbert with seconds in the mile and 800.
With the most trying schedule of all the teams, the baseball squad played five games in six days and came away with four wins. Connor Blantz gave up one hit, struck out six and walked two in 4 innings and Dylan Byer and Aaron Snyder collected RBI hits as the Pioneers blanked CV, scoring all three of their runs in the top of the sixth. Brandon Miller and Doug Schneider (4K, 2W) pitched in relief.
Tuesday night the Pioneers plated two runs on an error in the second inning and scored two more in the sixth, topping Ephrata 4-2. Their six hit attack was led by Aaron Snyder who went 2-3. Todd Shelly earned the win, surrendering one run on four hits and striking out five in four innings. Josh Howells and Kris Pirozzi, who recorded the last four outs to earn the save, pitched in relief.
Wednesday's outing against Elizabethtown featured a combined 23 hits but the Pioneers committed five errors in the field, gave up seven runs in the top of the second and came away with a 12-4 loss.
With little time to lament, L-S battled Warwick in crossover action Friday afternoon and pulled out a spirited 7-6, come-from-behind victory. The Pioneers, who edged the Warriors 8-7 in hits, collected three homers to lead the way. Trying to keep pace, Warwick hit for two round trippers including a three run shot in the first that gave them a 3-0 lead.
Luke Weigel answered with a two run blast in the bottom half, Pirozzi added a two run shot in the fourth that tied the game at 4-4 and Blantz connected for a two run blast in the sixth, helping L-S to a 7-4 cushion.
Warwick challenged with two runs in the top of the seventh on a walk, two singles and an error.
Saturday afternoon the team pounded out 15 hits, including five home runs, and dominated Manheim Central 17-5 in five innings.
Byler, who went 4-for-4, hit a three run homer in the third and a solo blast in the fourth. Snyder also went 4-for-4 with a homer and seven RBI. Weigel hit his round tripper in Lampeter's seven run third inning and Heiser added another in the fourth.
With three matches last week, the tennis team went 1-2 and saw their league record fall to 3-3. They are 7-3 overall.
L-S opened with a 6-1 home win over Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Ari Vaziri and Evan Winters came away with an 8-5 No. 1 doubles win while Alex Baker and Tyler Thorius easily won 8-0 at No. 2 and Cameron Keeler and Paul Keller won 8-3 at No. 3.
Baker, Thorius and Vaziri all secured straight set singles wins at No. 2 through 4 respectively.
In a surprise result on Wednesday, the Pioneers dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Elco, who secured its first league win with the result. Baker and Thorius commanded the No. 2 doubles action, winning 8-1 with Keeler and Keller turning in a solid 8-3 result at No. 3.
Singles play, however, went to Elco as the Raiders outlasted the Pioneers in two of three tiebreaker matches. Winters fell 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 to Mason Bennetch while Baker lost 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 to Dawson Smith at No. 2. Thorius came back from a 4-6 first set to win 6-2, 10-8.
"That was a very close match," said head coach Mark Trach. "Last year, tied at 3-3 we won a tiebreaker to beat them. This year the same thing but they won."
The locals faced the No. 2 team in Section Two, Pequea Valley, on Thursday and dropped a 5-2 result. Thorius and Baker and Keeler and Keller both secured 8-3 doubles wins as Lampeter's only points of the day.
"We just couldn't find a way to win singles," stated Trach.
A pair of losses last week dropped the boys' lacrosse teams' record to 2-4 in section play, 3-4 overall.
Monday they faced the top team in the league, undefeated Manheim Township (8-0) and came up short 19-3.
The Streaks took charge early, scoring seven in the first quarter and eight in the second while holding the hosts to two goals en route to a 15-2 lead at the break. The second half was much tighter, but the Streaks still finished on top, 4-1.
Patrick McClain scored two of Lampeter's goals with Caden Wise adding one and Noah Patterson assisting on one. Sindorf recorded 8 saves in goal.
Wednesday's outing was definitely closer as visiting Cedar Crest was battling for their first win of the season. Tied at 3-3 in the first, a 3-0 second quarter advantage by the Falcons proved pivotal. L-S won the second half 6-5 but it wasn't enough to cover the second quarter shutout and Crest walked away with an 11-9 victory.
Wise (1 assist) and McClain (2 a) matched Crest's Matt Knoster with a game-high 4 goals while Patterson (1a) was credited with one goal. Mark Roberts chipped in with a game-high three assists and Cole Gertz dished out one. In goal, Dom Reed was credited with 10 saves.
L-S Boys' Lacrosse Tops CV, Now 3-2 Overall April 9, 2018
With a 3-2 overall record (2-2 in Section One) the boys' lacrosse team is off to a decent start. The Pioneers, not nearly as affected by the temperamental spring weather, sandwiched a 14-10 loss to Ephrata with a season opening 17-4 win over Garden Spot and a March 29 win over Cocalico (8-7) before going 1-1 last week.
First year head coach Steven Tomaszfski's club opened last week with a 12-6 road win over Conestoga Valley. Down 2-1 early in the first quarter, the Pioneers ended the frame with a 4-0 run and never looked back.
The visitors, with a game-high four goals from Noah Patterson, pushed the lead to 7-3 at the half and all but doubled up the Bucks (5-3) after the break.
Caden Wise and Patrick McClain backed Patterson with hat trick efforts while Joey Jordan and Josh Koh-Swineford added one goal each. Logan Bradley was the setup man, dishing out a game-high three assists. In goal, Dom Reed finished with seven saves.
Two days later, a 4-0 third quarter deficit proved to be the turning point in a 12-4 loss to Warwick in Lititz. Tied at 2-2 in the first quarter, the Pioneers were outscored 7-1 over the middle two frames en route to the loss.
Wise, Patterson, McClain and Dawson Albright found the back of the net for the visitors who were outshot 32-18.
Wins over Manheim Central, N. Lebanon and Garden Spot last week pushed the tennis team's record to a perfect 6-0. They sit on top of Section Two with Cocalico, also 3-0.
L-S opened the week with a 4-3 thriller over Manheim Central. "Paul Keller, filling in for Ari Vaziri, won 7-6, 6-3 at No. 4 singles with the score tied at 3-3 for the win," noted head coach Mark Trach.
L-S held a 2-1 edge in doubles play with sophomore Alex Baker and returning starter Tyler Thorius winning 8-6 at No. 2 and Paul Keller and Josh Strauss taking an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Evan Winters, back at No. 1 this season, and Baker both fell in straight sets at No. 1 and 2 respectively while Thorius worked a 6-3, 6-2 (10-4) win at No. 3 to knot the score.
Thursday afternoon the team blanked N. Lebanon, yielding just one game in a match that featured six shutouts. In doubles play, Winters and Paul Keller, and Baker and Thorius both won 8-0.
Singles play was just as strong. Winters, Thorius and Vaziri each won 6-0, 6-0 while Baker settled for a 6-1, 6-0 final at No. 2.
Their third match of the week was another lopsided event as the Pioneers collected a 6-1 home court win. Winters and Vaziri were solid at No. 1, winning 8-1 while Baker and Thorius almost matched that effort, winning 8-2. Keeler and Keller chipped in with an 8-3 win at No. 3.
Singles play was a bit tighter but the Pioneers still prevailed. Winters had the easiest go, winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1. Baker settled for a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2, and Thorius added a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3.
The track and field teams, nearing the halfway point of the season, are both 1-1. Both teams defeated Solanco in the season opener back on March 28 and last week fell short against Manheim Central Friday afternoon.
In a close 77-73 loss, the boys' team won 8 of 10 events but just one of three relays and were outscored in the jumps 23-13.
Ezra Mellinger was the top point-getter for the Pioneers, winning the 100 (11.2), the 200 (23.2), the long jump (23-2.25) and adding a second in the triple jump (41-5).
L-S opened the meet with Adam Harnish, Everett Honert, Michael Kuhns and Noah Pritchard taking the 4x800 relay but won just four track events after that. Kuhns led a sweep in the 400 (53.4) with Nate Erb and Josh Eidemiller following and Noah Pritchard won the 3200 (10:48.3).
Wrapping up the firsts was Eidemiller's dominating throw in the javelin (165-5), outdistancing Manheim's second place winner by just over 36 feet. He was also third in the shot (39-8) behind Gabe Frederick's winning 44-10.
For the girls' team, Kristen Herr secured three of the Pioneers' seven wins but it wasn't enough as the Barons prevailed 80-69. Herr tossed the javelin 126-2 and the discus 106-1 and took the shot with a 36-3.75 put. Also scoring wins in the field was Sydnie Smith in the triple jump (32-7) and sophomore Lillian Hoke who cleared 4-10 to lead a sweep in the high jump. Sarah Gawne finished second and Tara Wehibe was third. Both cleared 4-8.
Lampeter's only two wins on the track came via the relay. Sara Boyd, Kyla Drouillard, Micah Gordley and Colleen Gilbert opened the meet with a 10:58.2 in the 4x800 and Lindsay Syzmanski, Emma Houck, Smith and Kristen Herr clocked a 53.3 to win the 4x100. Smith also earned seconds in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
With the weather delays, the baseball teams' season opener, slated for March 23 against Manheim Central, was pushed back to March 29 and was a 10-0 win over Garden Spot. Kris Pirozzi struck out 15 batters that day and Luke Weigel and Derek Eckman combined for nine RBI and six hits.
Seven days later they opened section play with a 6-3 win over visiting Solanco and the following day dropped a 7-6 thriller against Donegal.
"It was good to finally get some games in," said head coach Keith Martin. "We return 15 players that received varsity time last year. I expect to compete at a high level and have our guys take one game at a time and be unfazed by things they cannot control."
The Pioneers got off to a strong start against the Mules, scoring one in the first inning and picking up three more in the second via RBI by Eckman, Pirozzi and Dylan Byler.
But the Mules made things interesting with a three-spot in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 4-3 with a one out base hit and a two run, two out liner to right field.
L-S countered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of three walks and an error to gain some breathing room.
Aaron Snyder and Byler combined for six strikeouts and two walks to hold off the Mules from the circle. Byler went 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBI and Patrick Holmes was 2-4 with one RBI.
Friday afternoon the Pioneers again took an early lead, scoring a first inning run when Doug Schneider, pinch running for Pirozzi, who led off with a walk, scored on a passed ball.
This time, however, the opposition had the last say. Donegal not only scored three runs in the top of the seventh but held the Pioneers to one run in the bottom of the half and ended the game with a double play to pull out a 7-6 win.
A four-run top of the second put Donegal in front 4-1. L-S came back with two in the bottom half and took the lead in the third on a leadoff homer by Blantz and a bases loaded walk to Joseph Meck.
That lead held for three scoreless innings before Donegal took advantage of three straight walks, a sac fly and a two run error to go in front for good.
Both teams finished with five hits and two errors. Donegal walked seven batters and L-S six but the errors played more to Donegal's favor.
Pirozzi started on the hill and finished with seven strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work. Josh Howells and Todd Shelley pitched in relief.
Pirozzi, Byler, Holmes, Blantz and Thomas Shockey all recorded hits with Byler, Blantz, Nevin Book and Meck recording RBI's.
After back-to-back 11 win seasons, the girls' lacrosse team is on track to match or improve upon that mark as they head into this week with a 4-0 record.
L-S opened the season with two dominating wins, crushing Ephrata 22-3 and halting Garden Spot 20-7.
In back-to-back outings last week, the going was a bit closer but the final outcome still the same, victory. At home last Thursday the locals got off to a quick start, blanking Warwick 6-0 in the first quarter and cruised to a 13-2 final result. Keeper Mary Peticca anchored the defense with 13 saves.
Kendal Ream and Kelsey Kimmel both scored four goals each to lead the way. Savannah Edwards added two goals and one assist while Katelyn Smith (2a), Jeslyn Krebs and Kelliannne Drummond each found the back of the net once.
"Everyone contributed in one way or another in order for us to get both wins this week," said first year head coach Claudia Ovchinnikoff, who joins the L-S staff after assisting at Lancaster Country Day (2012-2017). Ovchinnikoff is a former assistant coach at the University of North Carolina and a former four-year starter at Temple where she was an NCAA Division One Offensive Player of the Year.
Friday's outing against visiting Cocalico proved to be their toughest challenge to date but the Pioneers rose to the occasion, holding off the Eagles 17-12 behind a team-high five goals from Hannah Dawson. Ream chipped in with four goals and four assists and Kimmel added four goals in a balanced effort. Krebs added two goals and two assists and Smith and Conklin each scored once.
L-S led from start to finish in this one and survived a couple Cocalico rallies to stay in front. They led 10-7 at the half and outscored the visitors 7-5 after the break. Peticca was again solid in goal, collecting 13 saves.
"Our ability to play as a team helped pull out the win," said Ovchinnikoff. "Our defense had some great stops that led to some great transitions that resulted in goals when we needed them.
"But we still have things to work on," she added. "We need to do a better job with picking up ground balls on a more consistent basis. Considering the weather, it was a good week. I look forward to seeing how much we grow as a team as the season progresses."
With three freshmen and three sophomores in the starting lineup, head coach Gene Charles says his squad will be solid this year. "Sure we'll make youthful mistakes but this is a good group and we have good kids on the bench."
But can the Pioneers repeat last year' 18-3 record and a state semifinalist appearance? They lost six seniors, including pitcher Delaney Groff and return just four starters in third baseman Hanna Garber, catcher Kylie Weaver, pitcher Brynne Baker and second baseman Julz Garber.
The Pioneers played twice last week, dropping a 4-2 result at Donegal Thursday and coming back with a 14-1, five inning win over Elco.
"We had a 2-1 lead over Donegal before struggling in the fifth inning," said Charles. "They took advantage of some miscommunication in the outfield and bunched a couple hits. We played well enough to win and had opportunities against a good team."
L-S scored twice in the second on a homer by freshman Chloe Blantz and a RBI double from sophomore Jocelyn Branco.
Summer Peters was the hero in Friday's win over Elco. The sophomore went 4-for-5 with four RBI, a double and a home run.
Up 2-1 after three, L-S scored four runs in the fourth and capped the scoring with an eight run fifth.
"We took advantage of seven errors and ten walks," said Charles. "Brynn pitched well. She gave up four hits and kept us in the game when it was close."
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).