Lady Pioneers Win Four, Including Three Shutouts April 17, 2017
Faced with four straight games last week, the Lady Pioneers rose to the challenge and to the top of the Section Three standings with four more wins, including three straight shutouts. They are 6-0 in the section and 9-1 overall.
The Pioneers hosted Cocalico on Monday and their 10-4 win proved to be the closest contest of the week. They batted around in the first inning, plated seven runs and never looked back. Hannah Garber tripled, Delaney Groff doubled and Kylie Weaver and Delaney Baker added base hits to fuel the opening inning.
Groff (4-4) tripled in the third inning and Jordan Kondras matched her efforts in the fourth as the home team plated three more runs over those frames and out hit the Eagles 12-5. Cocalico rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh but it wasn't enough.
"Jordan was huge as our leadoff going 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored," said head coach Gene Charles. "And Delaney pitched a gem, striking out five and scattering five hits.
"We knocked around their starting pitcher but their second pitcher kept us off-stride," he added. "We hit much better against the better pitching. As a team we need to adjust to the slower pitchers."
Tuesday's effort was another 12 hit attack that resulted in a 10-0 shutout over visiting Dallastown. The Pioneers plated four runs in the first inning, two in the fourth and four more in fifth to end the game early.
Brynn Baker, a sophomore, took the circle in this one. She fanned nine batters, surrendered three hits and gave up two walks.
"I'm trying to get both of our pitchers time in the circle," Charles said.
Scoring in four of the five innings played, the Pioneers topped Northern Lebanon with 11 runs on 11 hits in last Wednesday's road win.
"Kate Rohrer and Haley Cikovic came off the bench with hits," noted Charles. "And Julz Garber, a freshman, has had a hit in every game she's played."
Groff earned another victory with five strikeouts and one walk. She gave up five hits but prevented the hosts from scoring.
With a flawless defense and a ten strikeout effort by Baker, the Pioneers blanked Annville-Cleona 10-0 in a five inning road win. They piled up 14 hits in this one, bringing the week's total to 49 hits and 41 runs scored.
Baker was 3-4 with 4 RBI and Hannah Garber and Kondras were also 3-4. Weaver was 2-4.
"The top of our order had 11 of our 14 hits and eight RBI in this one," said Charles. "But we are getting good hit production up and down the lineup.
"In all but one of our games this year we've scored in the first inning. That's huge."
The lady Pioneers improved to 5-0 in league play with a solid 16-5 victory over Cedar Crest last Monday. The girls' doubled up the visitors 6-3 in the first half and cruised through the second half with a 10-2 advantage.
"The game was super intense in the first half," said head coach Maria Alexandrowicz. "We did have the lead the entire game, but in the second half we just dominated possession more and had the ball on our field a good majority of the half."
Kelsey Kimmel continued to pace the Pioneer attack, pouring in six goals and dishing out a pair of assists. Kendal Ream added hat tricks in both goals and assists while Hannah Dawson finished with three goals. Brittany Zameroski was also credited with three assists and scored twice while Weidman and Smith netting one tally each.
"Kelsey's over the shoulder passes and trick shots were really valued this game," Alexandrowicz added.
The Pioneers outshot the Falcons 18-10 and Olivia Martin needed just five saves to earn the win.
The tennis team hosted Cocalico last Monday and suffered a closer than it appeared 7-0 loss.
Evan Winters and Matt O'Neil dropped a tough 8-6 result at No. 1 doubles. Matt Paich and Evan King fell 8-3 at No. 2 and Josh Beiler and Ari Vaziri came up short 8-4.
King came away with the most games in singles action, bowing out 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4. O'Neil, at No. 2 and Paich, at No. 3, both claimed six games but also suffered losses.
The team picked up its fourth win of the year with a 7-0 result against Penn Manor last Thursday. Winters and O'Neil won 8-1, and both Paich and King and Beiler and Vaziri won 8-2.
Picking up shutout wins in the singles play was Winters at No. 1 and Paich at No. 3. Vaziri, playing No. 2, won 6-0, 6-3 and King settled for a 6-1, 6-0 result.
Despite a second half that saw the Pioneers finish on top 9-7, it wasn't enough. The Falcons of Cedar Crest earned their first league win of the season with an impressive first half and held on for a 16-11 upset win last Monday in Cornwall. They jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter and extended the advantage to 9-2 at the break before surviving Lampeter's comeback bid.
"They took it to us early," said Guy Hornig. "They played nearly as perfect a half of lacrosse as you can play and we did not. When you fall behind, you begin to press and deviate from what works for you," he continued. "The boys did a nice job of getting back on track but the damage was done."
The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-3 in league play (4-3 overall).
"We have several key players out and their backups are nursing injuries as well," Hornig noted. "However, we can't use that as an excuse. Our young guys need to step up and make the most of their opportunities.
"The team is learning to work through adversity," he added. "This will play huge dividends down the line.
"We had the chance to see your leaders manage the adversity on the field. We focused on being poised and not reactionary in the second half and will build on this going forward," Hornig stated. "In lacrosse, like life, you have to learn to deal with adversity. Do you want to be the victor or the victim? These guys are choosing to be the victor and will keep working hard for one another!"
Patrick McClain finished with four goals and Dawson Albright netted three and added two assists in the loss. Tyler Zameroski also finished with two goals while Caden Wise and Noah Patterson (2a) scored once.
Junior Dylan Sindorf and sophomore keeper Tyler Phenegar split time in goal and faced 32 shots.
The baseball team improved to 3-2 in Section Two last week with two wins and one loss. Undefeated E-town leads the section at 6-0. Ephrata takes second at 4-2.
The Pioneers opened play with an 11-7 slugfest win over visiting CV last Monday. Down 3-0 after three, a Kris Pirozzi 3-run homer highlighted a six run fourth inning. Just as quickly, the Bucks knotted the score with three in the top of the fifth. L-S went ahead by one in the bottom half and CV got it back in the top of the sixth.
L-S took the lead for good with five straight hits and four runs in the bottom half. Caleb Danehower's one out double started the run and Luke Weigel's RBI single capped the scoring.
Todd Shelly (2-2), Ioanni Kovack, and Danehower (1-0) scattered 11 CV hits. The Pioneers finished with 13.
Wednesday the team fought off a 5-1 deficit against Elizabethtown with two runs in the top of the sixth and one more in the seventh but it wasn't enough. The hosting Bears, with a slim 7-6 edge in hits, prevailed 5-4. Both teams committed three errors but E-town's pitching staff recorded 11 strikeouts against four walks. Aaron Jacoby and Josh Howells combined for one strikeout and three walks in the loss.
On the road again Thursday the Pioneers opened crossover action with a solid 9-1 thumping over a 6-2 Warwick squad. They pounded out 11 hits and broke open a 4-1 advantage after six complete innings with five runs in the top of the seventh. The Warriors committed five errors on the day.
Pirozzi went the distance on the mound, recording five strikeouts and one walk. He surrendered five hits.
The track teams traveled to Ephrata last week where the boys earned their first team win of the season, 79-71. The girls' were not as fortunate, dropping a 99-50 result.
Brady Stoner led the scoring on the track, winning the 110 high hurdles (16.4) and the 300's (42.9). He also anchored the winning 400 relay with Andrew Fink, Davide Ragazzoni and Josh Horst contributing to their 47.0 flat.
Ezra Mellinger finished with two firsts, taking the 100m dash in 11.3 and picking up the long jump with a 19-11.
Other winners included Ragazzoni in the 200 (24.4), Drew Bell clearing 6-0 in the high jump, Josh Nolt with a 42-1 in the triple and Josh Eidemiller throwing 179-2 in the javelin.
"Josh and Drew both won with personal bests," said head coach Calvin Esh. "Will McClintock also threw a PR, taking third in the shot with a 39-7. Connor Penry PR'd in the pole vault, clearing 9-6 for second place and Caleb Bruner did his best, taking third with a nine foot jump."
Kristen Herr claimed half of the Pioneers first place finishes. He was tops in the shot (33-10), the discus (98-3) and the javelin (130-1).
Other winners were Colleen Gilbert with a personal best 53.4 in the 400, Lauren Gard with a 51.1 in the 300 hurdles and Sarah Gawne, with a personal best 5-0 in the high jump.
"We should also note that Madison Whitaker's 17.4 was a personal best and a third place finish," stated Esh. "Madison broke the 100m hurdle freshman record (18.1 set by Aja Cunningham in 2012) back on April 3 with a 17.7 against Manheim Central. She broke that record again at the Black Knight Invitational with a 17.53. Those are both electronic times. Her time at Ephrata was hand held."
L-S Track Splits Season Opener Against Solanco April 3, 2017
On an unusually warm opening day of track season, the Pioneer teams traveled to Solanco last Monday afternoon and came away with mixed results. Both squads split first place finishes right down the middle with their hosts with the girls using their depth to pull away 83.5 - 65.5. The boys', on the other hand, didn't quite have enough and dropped a similar final score, 83-67.
"We hope to be competitive in our section this year," said first year head coach Calvin Esh. "We have a lot of young athletes, but we also have good veteran leadership and experience returning. It should be an exciting season."
Lampeter's youth making an impact was evident as sophomore Kristen Herr anchored the throwers with firsts in the shot (34-11) and javelin (116-7) and a second in the discus (99-5). She was the only double winner for the visitors who did the bulk of their scoring in the field events.
Sarah Gawne, a junior, led a 1-2 punch in the high jump clearing 4-10 with freshman Kate Knarr taking second (4-4).
Megan Brenneman, a junior, won the triple jump with a 30-3 and senior Hailey Welchans cleared 8-6 to win the pole vault.
On the track, the ladies won two of three relays and swept the 100 meter dash with sophomore Lindsay Szymanski (13.9), junior Sydnie Smith (14.1) and freshman Madison Whitacker (14.2). Szymanski was also third in the 200, following Smith (29.0) who picked up a second in the long jump (14-3).
They also picked up a first in the mile when Jasmine McClintock (5:38.6) pulled away from Hannah Sweda (5:44.6).
Placing in two events was Olivia Gard with a second in the 800 and a third in the 300 hurdles. Senior Abby Gordley added thirds in the mile and 800 meter runs.
The boys squad won seven of their nine events on the track but the Mules, who gained an advantage with two relay wins, finished second in all but five events to help pull away. Brady Stoner, Noah Pritchard and Ezra Mellinger all won two events to keep the meet close. Stoner, a senior, went 1-2 in the 100 hurdles with Josh Nolt, also a senior, and secured the top time in the 300 hurdles by almost seven seconds. Nolt also added seconds in the triple and high jumps.
Pritchard, a junior, won the mile (4:45.7) and 800 (2:16.9) and sophomore Mellinger was tops in the 100 (11.7) and 200 (24.1) and added a second in the long.
The Pioneers also secured two wins in the throws with Jacob Long tossing the discus 106-3 and Josh Eidemiller getting a 169-2 in the javelin ahead of teammate Gabe Frederick who also finished third in the shot.
With 10 returning players that have some level of varsity experience, the Pioneers look to improve on their 7-13 record from a year ago. And they're off to a good start, opening the season with wins over Lancaster Catholic and Pequea Valley.
Last Monday at home they gave up one run in the top of the first inning, came back with two in the bottom of the sixth and held off the Crusaders 2-1 despite being out hit 6-2.
"We played good defense," said head coach Keith Martin. "Several times they had runners in scoring position and we were able to get out of the inning. We threw one runner out at home and turned a double play that got us out of an inning."
Todd Shelley started on the mound and gave way to Ioanni Kovik and Caleb Danehower.
"Todd pitched well and did not allow hits to be strung together," said Martin. "Ioanni came in with a runner on second and was able to get us out of that inning and the next unscathed. And Caleb closed the game by walking two but struck out three."
On Wednesday, clinging to a 4-3 lead after six complete innings, L-S exploded for nine runs on three hits in the top of the seventh and toppled hosting Pequea Valley 13-3. Both teams walked five batters but the Braves committed four errors while the Pioneers played flawless defense.
The girls' lacrosse team also got off to a good start, picking up two wins after dropping their opener to Cocalico on March 24. Last Monday they dominated Garden Spot 12-3 and two days later toppled Ephrata 16-4.
Both games saw the locals charge out to impressive 10 or better goal leads while holding the opposition to one.
Sophomore Kelsey Kimmel sparked the offense in both games netting five against the Spartans and seven in the lopsided win over Ephrata. She also racked up five total assists. Sophomore teammate Brittany Zameroski chipped in with a hat trick against the Spartans and added one in the win over Ephrata. She also dished out two assists.
Other multiple goal scorers included Hannah Dawson with three goals against Ephrata and Kendal Ream with a pair. They also scored one each against the Spartans and combined for five assists on the week.
In goal, senior Olivia Martin recorded 14 saves against the Spartans and needed just three to stop Ephrata.
Lampeter's offense pounded out a combined 40 shots in the two games and held the opposition to 24.
With a handful of seniors in the lineup, coach Mark Trach's tennis team looks to get over the .500 mark this year. The Pioneers came into last week with a win over Elizabethtown (6-1) and a shutout loss against Central. They opened the week with a solid effort and defeated Donegal 6-1.
"That's the first time in at least 6 or 7 years that we've beaten Donegal," said Trach.
Returning starters Matt Paich (No. 2) and Evan King (No. 3) both picked up straight set wins as did Josh Beiler at No. 4.
Matt O'Neil, who plays No. 1, and Evan Winters, both returning starters, posted a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles while Paich and King had an easier time winning 8-3. Newcomers Cameron Keeler and Beiler dominated at No. 3, 8-1.
That momentum, however, failed to last as the Pioneers suffered a 6-1 loss to Lancaster Mennonite on Thursday. King scored Lampeter's lone team point with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win.
Winters put up the longest match of the day but fell short at No. 2, 6-7 (9-11), 6-2, 10-3.
The boys' lacrosse team is off to a great start this season. After dumping Cocalico 14-9 in the season opener March 24, the team picked up two more wins last week. Tuesday, up 7-3 at the half, the Pioneers, who led 35-18 in shots on goal, exploded for 12 second half goals and held the visiting Spartans to two goals in a lopsided 19-5 final.
Tyler Zameroski scored five times and dished out three assists while Patrick McClain added a hat trick in both goals and assists to pace the Pioneer offense.
Shane Lawler, Dawson Albright, Cole Gerz, and Nate Portrey all chipped in with two goals each.
In goal, Dylan Sindorf needed just eight saves to get the win.
With two dominating wins under their belts, the Pioneers found the going a bit tougher against Ephrata on Thursday. The Mounts led 2-1 in the first quarter and 5-3 at the half but the Pioneers regrouped at the break and used a 7-3 third quarter advantage to fuel a 15-13 thriller.
"Ephrata set the tone on their home field and dictated the pace of play," said first year head coach Guy Hornig. "At halftime we discussed the importance of learning to deal with adversity and how it helps in building character. We were down a player due to injury and needed to make some on the fly adjustments.
"We came out determined in the third and used two three goal runs to shift momentum and take control," he continued. "The difference was clearly converting our face-off wins. Patrick McClain was an absolute beast at the face-off X all night (26/29). And our defensive mids, led by Shane Lawler and Seth Ferrel stepped up their play.
"It's not easy to win on the road, especially after spotting your opponent a couple of early goals," Horning added. "This was a character builder."
Zameroski, McClain, Caden Wise, and Albright all netted three goals with Joey Jordan, Portrey and Noah Patterson scoring one goal each while Nate Patterson dished out Lampeter's only two assists on the day.
LS again dominated shots on goal, 35-26 and Sindorf recorded four saves to remain undefeated in the early portion of the schedule.
After advancing all the way to the state finals last year, the softball team has some high expectations this season despite the loss of three key players to graduation.
They opened the 2017 campaign with a 6-2 victory over Conestoga Valley on March 24. Hannah Garber went 3-for-3 with a homer, two triples and two RBI. Caroline Braungard was 2-for-3 with a double and one run batted in.
Delaney Groff threw a complete game, four strikeout one walk victory. She gave up five hits.
Last Wednesday the Pioneers battled Penn Manor and one of the toughest pitchers in the league in Brittany Hook. They struggled offensively, managing just five hits, and were dealt a 13-5 loss on the road.
Jordan Kondras was solid at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI.
The Comets connected for two three-run homers to power past the Pioneers. They led 6-0 after two inning and 9-1 after four complete.
"I thought we were flat," said first year head coach and longtime Pioneer assistant Gene Charles. "They were the better team that day. We hope to get another crack at them later this season."
One day later, the Pioneers righted the ship with a dominating 10-4 effort at Warwick. Up 4-1 after three complete innings, L-S took control in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs on seven hits while batting around.
The Pioneers pounded out 17 hits on the day and were led by Kondras and Garber who both went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI. Natalie Carson was 2-3 with a double, a triple and one RBI and Kate Rohrer was 2-3 with a double. Kylie Weaver and Brynne Baker also had two hit games.
"Brynne Baker started in the circle and pitched five innings," said Charles. "She gave up two runs on five hits. She struggled a little with her control but the weather was nasty with off and on drizzle and wind chill probably 39 degrees.
"We return a lot of leadership that should carry us into the post-season," he added.
L-S Hoop Teams Cap Seasons in PIAA Openers March 13, 2017
While the bulk of Lancaster County school teams were gearing up for the spring sports seasons last week, Lampeter-Strasburg's boys and girls basketball teams were preparing for the opening round of the PIAA Championships. Unfortunately, their seasons ended with opening round losses.
The boys' team opened PIAA action Friday evening at the Student Union Center in Lackawanna College opposite Abington Heights (23-3), the top seed out of District Two. Coming off its sixth straight District Championship in its third classification, having won three in 3A and two in 4A, Abington Heights was making its 11th straight PIAA appearance. The Pioneers were coming in with an all-time 2-6 record in state playoff games.
With three starters over 6'4", including seven-foot center Seth Maxwell, Abington Heights set the tone quickly, splashing in a trey on its first possession and adding a putback dunk by Maxwell on its second trip. But it was a dominating second quarter that led to their 67-48 opening round win in the Class 5A bracket.
L-S maintained it composure and knotted the score at 7-7 on a triple and a putback by Ben Sandberg with 4:07 left in the first quarter. Both teams finished the quarter with a pair of treys. Ryan Smith's triple tied the game at 10-10 and Sandberg's deep 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 14-13.
The Comets took control in the second frame. They opened with three straight field goals, including a back door dunk, and after Smith's bucket in the paint cut the lead to 20-15, Jackson Danzig hit the first of three straight 3-pointers and pushed the lead to 29-17. The first of his treys was Abington Heights' fourth without a miss. They canned 13-of-21 triples in their District 2 5A final and hit 7-of-13 against the Pioneers.
A rebound bucket by Sandberg halted a 10-0 run by the Comets and closed the gap to 33-19 with 2:16 left in the half. Jared Brown came off the bench with back-to-back triples, making it 36-25, but the Comets, who outrebounded the Pioneers 40-26, used a pair of putbacks and a free throw to extend the lead to 41-25 at the half.
The second half was back-and-forth. The Comets, with another dunk, edged the Pioneers 13-12 in the third quarter. Jared Houck sparked the frame with six points but it was Abington Heights with a 54-37 advantage with eight minutes remaining.
With a 10-3 run to start the final stanza, Abington Heights pushed out to a 64-40 advantage with 3:08 left to play and both teams went to the bench. The District Two champs won the frame 13-11. Take away that momentum-turning second quarter and Abington Heights holds a slim 40-36 advantage.
The Pioneers were 6-for-24 from 3-point range with Sandberg, who led the way with 15 points, and Brown (6 points) both hitting two. Danzig, who finished with 14 points, netted 4-of-6 attempts to fuel the Comets' long range attack.
Lampeter shot just 29 percent (16-for-56) on the night and Houck was the only other double figure scorer with 11. Smith (8), Getchis (3), Niemeyer (2), Banner (2), and Holmes (1) rounded out the scoring.
The Comets, who connected on 25-of-46 attempts for 53 percent, got a game-high 19 from Trey Koehler. George Tinsley added 15. The seven foot Maxwell finished with just eight points but swatted three of the Comets' eight blocked shots on the night.
While the Pioneers end the season with four straight losses, they finish with an overall record of 17-11. They were 12-3 in league play, claimed the Section Two crown and settled for eighth place in the District 3 5A playoffs. And they did it with just one returning starter, Ben Sandberg. The Pioneers will return junior starters Ryan Smith, Peyton Denlinger and Jordan Sweger and will look to defend their section crown next season.
Senior players this year include Jared Houck, Jared Brown, David Ragazzoni, Jack Banner and Sandberg.
Like the boys, the girls' basketball team entered the PIAA playoffs as the eighth seed in District Three. Their first round game was against District One champ Springfield Delco (24-4) this past Saturday afternoon at Harriton High School and resulted in their fourth straight loss, a 51-42 final.
And like the boys, one pivotal quarter made all the difference. Down 23-20 at the half, the Cougars' Maggie O'Connell knocked down a pair of triples that sparked an 11-5 run and pushed Springfield Delco's lead to 34-25. The Pioneers, who were battling foul trouble, never got closer than nine in the final quarter. Laura Horner's triple midway through the final frame made it 42-33. Both teams scored eight points over the final 4:18 with Emma Gochnauer netting five and the Cougars, led by Alyssa Long (10 points), hit 6-of-10 free throws down the stretch.
"They are for real," said head coach Tony Fink, "and were ranked seventh in the state.
"After sitting out the last district game, Nevin Hoenninger, with about 80% healthy ankle, came off the bench and for sure helped us," he continued.
Hoenninger, the only senior starter, matched Gochnauer with a team-high ten points. She finished her career with 1, 120 points and moved into fifth place on the L-S career scoring list.
The Cougars, who forced 18 turnovers, jumped out to a 7-0 advantage. A triple by Sarah Gawne at 5:10 was Lampeter's first bucket of the game. O'Connell, who finished with a game-high 14 points, quickly countered, dropping in her second trey of the game. The Pioneers, however, finished the quarter with an 8-4 run that cut the lead to 16-13.
An ugly second quarter featured just seven points for each squad. Hoenninger opened the frame with a triple that knotted the score at 16-16 and Gochnauer's free throw and putback with 1:20 left in the half capped the scoring and left the Cougars in front, 23-20.
"It seemed like every time we made a mistake, they made us pay with a 3 ball or basket," said Fink.
Spring Delco's Long backed O'Connell with 13 points, and sophomores Jordan D'Ambrosio and Belle Mastropietro combined for 21 to wrap up a quartet of double figure scorers.
Laura Horner (9), Gawne (5), Olivia Vranich (4), Hanna Garber (3) and Brittany Zameroski (1) rounded out the Pioneer scorers.
"I like this team next year," Fink stated. "We got great big game experience in the post season this year and all of the games were competitive."
Despite ending the season with four straight losses, the Pioneers won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two championship, qualified for the League playoffs and were the No. 4 seed in the District Three Class 5A playoffs.
"We won two tournament titles, beat Central York, a Class 6A squad, had three great wins over Cocalico and finished 20-8," said Fink. "We accomplished a lot and look forward to next year."
Pioneer Athletes Battle in District Competition March 6, 2017
Lampeter's Colin Anderson, the second seed in the 100 butterfly (52.83) defended his title in that event on Friday afternoon at the District Three Class AA Swimming Championships held at Cumberland Valley High School. The senior though had to share is district gold with Bishop McDevitt's Jonathan Mata who also clocked the top time of 52.27. The senior, who was also a second seed in the 100 free (48.59), improved his time (47.48) but settled for fourth place. He was a bronze medal winner a year ago.
Anderson also teamed with Steven Hollern, Dylan Grau and Dalton Kreider in the 200 free relay. They were seeded 14th with a 1:37.49 and bettered their time (1:37.10) and finished 13th overall.
On Saturday, Anderson was the lead swimmer in the 400 free relay with Nathan Tobler, Everett Honert and Brandon Prouse following. They clocked a 3:39.13 and maintained their 13th seed position.
Anderson will compete in the PIAA Championships at Bucknell University on March 17-18.
The girls' team also had a handful of swimmers competing in the two day event and came home with a number of improved times.
The 200 medley relay team of Catherine Horner, Lexi Wagner, Hailey Welchans and Karin Hostetter earned the highest finish for the girls, placing 11th with a 1:59.43. They were seeded 10th with a 2:00.25.
Horner also dropped her time in the 500 free and finished 16th with a 5:42.29. She was the fifth freshman to place. Horner also lowered her time in the 200 free from 2:10.26 to 2:06.84 and finished 17th. Only two freshmen competed in this event.
Welchans also competed individually, posting a 26.74 best time in the 50 free for 21st place and was 24th in the 100 free (59.94).
The 200 free relay team of Wagner, Olivia Honert, Hostetter and Abby Nagle matched their 14th seed, swimming a 1:52.65 and Wagner went on to finish 24th in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.19).
Welchans, Honert, Nagle and Horner also qualified in the 400 free relay and clocked a 4:07.96 for 13th place.
Instead of playing in the District 5A semifinals last week, the Pioneer hoop teams found themselves battling in the consolation bracket for seeding in the upcoming PIAA Championships.
The boys' team took to the hardwood at Lebanon High School last Monday, February 27 opposite No. 3 seed Palmyra (21-4). The Cougars were coming off an upset loss against No. 6 Milton Hershey while the No. 7 Pioneers were regrouping from a 58-47 loss to No. 2 Mechanicsburg.
The Cougars, or more specifically Bryant Willis, scorched the nets in the opening quarter. Willis drained three triples and hit two free throws and teammate Braden Varnet canned two more treys and a field goal to propel Palmyra to a 25-10 lead after eight minutes.
With two more triples in the first two minutes of the second frame, Willis continued his hot streak and the Cougars extended its lead to 33-13 with 5:41 left in the half. The Pioneers managed 13 points, with Jack Banner collecting the final four, but L-S found themselves on the short end of a 42-23 score at the break.
While Willis bucketed 18 of his game-high 25 in the first half, Ben Sandberg matched his effort and came alive after the break, pouring in 16 of his 25 as the Pioneers tried to make a comeback. Sandberg and sophomore Chase Broderick, who came off the bench with a career-high 16 points, combined for 14 of Lampeter's 15 third quarter points and helped cut the lead to 53-38.
"Offensively, Chase did a nice job," said head coach Ed Berryman. "Defensively he's getting better."
Sandberg and Broderick, aided by Lampeter's full court pressure defense in the fourth quarter, put together a 10-0 run that cut the lead to 59-49 with 5:18 left but it wasn't enough. Palmyra kept pace with L-S who won the quarter 18-17.
Sandberg and Broderick each drained three 3-pointers on the night but the Cougars hit eight times from long range. Palmyra also dominated the foul line, hitting 12-of-15 while L-S was 6-of-11.
Ryan Smith and Banner each finished with four points, Jake Sweger added 3, Jared Houck 2, and Damian Rosa and Peyton Denlinger 1 each.
"They just jumped on us in that first quarter," said Berryman. "We didn't come out as aggressive as we needed. We turned things around a bit but it wasn't enough. The guys didn't give up though. They kept battling."
Playing the same team four times in one season is a tall order, especially when that team has a D-1 recruit. Last Wednesday, in a battle for seventh place in the district, the Pioneers looked poised to stake their third straight win over Manheim Central. But the Barons, behind St. Joe's bound Taylor Funk, escaped with a 60-56 victory.
Shaking off an early 9-4 deficit, the Pioneers, behind 8 straight points by Sweger (2 3-pointers) led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. And, despite giving up a 17-16 lead early in the second, led by as many as seven (39-32) on a triple by Sandberg in the third, and were up 43-40 going into the final frame. Unfortunately, Funk highlighted a 12-0 run by the Barons with ten straight points, including taking a charge between back-to-back triples and lifted Manheim to a 52-43 lead, their largest of the night.
Sandberg (16 points, 3 treys) and Houck hit back-to-back treys and Sandberg followed up a missed Baron free throw with a jumper at the other end to cut the lead to one, 52-51. But the Pioneers would get no closer. Manheim collected 8-of-17 free throws in the final three minutes and L-S got a triple from Banner that cut the lead to 58-54 while Jared Brown scored the final field goal of the night in a 60-56 loss.
"All of our games have been competitive," said Berryman. "Things just didn't go our way."
Lampeter knocked down 10 threes in the game but was a slim 4-of-10 from the foul line. The Barons (21-7), who got a game-high 35 points from Funk, netted 13-of-24 freebies, five treys and outpointed the Pioneers from two-point range 16 field goals to 11.
Also scoring for L-S (17-11) was Smith 8, Banner 6, Broderick 6, Denlinger 5, and Houck 3.
"When we were 7-7 we certainly weren't thinking about playing in the state tournament," said Berryman. "Now we go out and play. We have nothing to lose."
The girls' team traveled the same path down the district road as the boys only their squad was a bit less than 100%. Senior and leading scorer Nevin Hoenninger went down with an ankle injury against Lancaster Catholic in the L-L playoffs and has been trying to get back to 100%. Unfortunately, she saw limited time in Lampeter's 43-38 consi-semifinal loss to West York last Tuesday and did not play at all in their closer-than-it appeared 38-28 loss to Dover in a fight for seventh place on Thursday. Both games were played at CD East High School.
The Pioneers jumped out to an 8-2 lead over No. 9 West York. But just as quickly, the tables turned. WY used their long range weapons and poured in 16 points, including three 3-pointers, while L-S struggled at the offensive end, managing a pair of free throws by Emma Gochnauer and a jumper by Sarah Gawne.
Down 18-12 at the break, the second half was all but even but wasn't enough to overcome the first-half deficit. Both teams netted a pair of threes, with Hoenninger's cutting the lead to 26-19 and Laura Horner's buzzer beater making it 30-22.
Gochnauer, who led all scorers with 17 points, scored 8 points in the fourth and L-S hit 6-of-10 free throws to win the frame 14-13. WY managed three field goals and missed enough free throws (7) down the stretch to give L-S a chance to get back in the game, almost.
Garber hit a pair of free throws with 46.1 to pull within three, 38-35 but could get no closer. WY hit the front end of a one-and-one, rebounded the miss and dropped in two more freebies to go up 41-35. They went 4-for-6 from the line in the last 30 seconds but the Pioneers could not convert at the other end.
"We shot poorly," said head coach Tony Fink. "At this level there are no bad teams and if you don't play well, you lose. Nevin's status definitely hinders us.
"We rely on knocking down some threes as we have no real post threats," he added. "We hit two more of those, different game. We will always play until the end."
Gawne backed Gochnauer with 8 points, Horner and Garber each hit 5 and Hoenninger added 3.
Two nights later, and with Hoenninger on the bench, the Pioneers (20-7) again got off to a good start before a sluggish second quarter proved detrimental in the 10 point loss to Dover (18-10). Horner knocked down back-to-back threes and Gochnauer added another and two free throws to push L-S to an 11-7 lead in the first quarter.
Dover responded with 10 straight second quarter points that included Raja Fink, a junior, hitting her 1000th career point. She led all scorers with 18 points while Horner and Gochnauer combined for 23.
The second half was again nip-and-tuck. Both team struggled through the third quarter with L-S holding a 5-4 advantage.
"We scored two points in that second quarter and missed some makeable ones for sure," said Fink. "Raja Fink is a nice player. She's the best we've played against after Kiki Jefferson."
The Pioneers scored the first three points of the fourth, closing the gap to 23-21 but never regained the lead. Dover's 8-2 run extended their advantage to 31-23 before Horner's trey made it a five-point game. Dover hit 5-of-7 free throws in the final minute and L-S managed one, by Garber, in suffering their third straight loss.
"Hard to lose three in a row as we have not done that all year," said Fink. "But all three were against quality teams and we were in all three games until late in the fourth but never had the lead to see how we would finish. With all underclassmen on the floor, this game was a preview of next year.
"We will play hard in the state game," he continued. "I told the girls to hold their heads high. We have a nice season going and at least one more game. We would rather be playing than sitting home for sure."
Pioneer Hoop Teams Win District 3 5A Openers February 24, 2017
Lampeter-Strasburg's District Three Class 5A opening performance against visiting Ephrata (No. 13 seed) is proof that defense does win basketball games. Down 11 in the third quarter, and nine to start the fourth, the seventh seed Pioneers collectively buckled down. Ben Sandberg forced a turnover near midcourt, Peyton Denlinger not only blocked a shot but snatched a steal, Ryan Smith added another blocked shot and Cameron Niemeyer knocked a ball out of bounds with 7.3 ticks left. All that hustle sparked a 9-0 run that turned a 32-23 deficit into a tied game with 4:26 left.
Tied again at 37-37, Ephrata pulled ahead on a pair of free throws but the Pioneers grabbed the lead when Jake Sweger collected an offensive rebound off a missed three and called timeout while falling out-of-bounds. With 39.6 seconds left, Sweger initiated an inbounds pass to Sandberg, who converted the and-one that put L-S in front 38-37 with 36.8 left to play. The Mounts held for the last shot. Their initial drive was knocked out-of-bounds by Niemeyer and their last attempt missed the rim.
"Sometimes championship teams win ugly games," said head coach Ed Berryman. "But at this point in the season, a win is a win. We persevered."
The Pioneers, who defeated Ephrata in a 54-52 thriller on February 3, rode the back of Ryan Smith who netted all seven of Lampeter's first quarter points. The Mounts, making their first district appearance since 2005, finally broke the ice with 7:01 left in the first half. They went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a pair of treys by Xaviar Rodriguez and cut the lead to 13-12 at the break.
The Mounts opened the third quarter with a balanced attack that saw seven different players combine for 18 points and three triples, and a defensive effort that held the home team to eight points, including six free throws and a field goal by Sandberg. Their largest lead of the night was 30-19 before a pair of foul shots by Chase Broderick ended the quarter and set the stage for the fourth quarter comeback.
"I thought we seemed very lethargic in that third quarter," said Berryman, "so I went to the bench. Cam Niemeyer and Damian Rosa are tough on defense and bring energy and Chase Broderick, a sophomore, can shoot the ball and we were having some issues there so I was hoping he'd get a bucket or two and he came up with those free throws."
Smith matched Rodriguez for game-high honors with 12 points. He was 6-for-10 from the foul line. Sandberg chipped in with 11 points, all in the second half, and scored seven in the final stanza. Jared Houck netted six points (4 in the fourth), Sweger added 3, and Denlinger, Jared Brown and Broderick all finished with two points.
The Mounts (16-9) outscored the hosts from behind the arc with five made three-pointers. The Pioneers, who led the L-L League in made 3s this season, were scoreless in that department for the first time this year.
"If the ball isn't falling you need to get to the rim," Berryman stated. "We attacked the basket and came away shooting 22 foul shots."
The Pioneers outscored Ephrata 12-7 in made field goals and converted 14 of those 22 freebies, (the Mounts were 8-of-11) to make up the difference in failing to hit a three.
Lampeter traveled to Mechanicsburg Thursday night to take on the No. 2 seed in their quest to get to the finals. Unfortunately, a dismal start proved fatal and the Wildcats (21-5) moved into the semifinals with a 58-47 victory.
The hosts knocked down three triples, saw five different players score, and tallied 15 points in the first quarter while holding the visitors to a slim five points in each of the first two frames. Smith and Sandberg accounted for those ten points.
The offensive pace picked up in the second half as both teams combined for 72 total points. The Pioneers outscored the Wildcats 20-19 in the third quarter and 17-16 in the fourth but it wasn't enough. Houck led the charge, pouring in all 24 of his points in the second half, netting 14 in the third quarter, including three triples. Sandberg bucketed 8 of his 13 points after the break. They accounted for 32 of the team's 37 second half points.
While the free throw line played a pivotal role in Monday's game, just the opposite was true in this one. Mechanicsburg canned 19-of-25 attempts and were 18-of-23 in the second half. The Pioneers were a slim 6-for-9.
Kyle Scheib and Cade Alioth both netted 16 points in the win.
The Pioneers will battle in the consolation bracket this week for their seeding in the state tournament.
With four players in double figures, the Lady Pioneers earned their third, and largest victory over Cocalico as the District Three Class 5A tournament got underway last Tuesday. The hosting Pioneers did not need a fourth quarter comeback in the 55-48 win as they led for all but four minutes, give or take.
"Our motto going in was one fist is stronger than five individual fingers. Be one together," said head coach Tony Fink.
They opened with a 7-0 run and, sparked by Hannah Garber's six points, led 14-10 at the end of the quarter.
Not to be outdone, Cocalico returned the favor in the second frame, scoring six straight to go in front 16-14. Tied at 18-18, the Eagles scored on back-to-back possessions for their largest lead of the night, 22-18 but back-to-back three's by Laura Horner and Emma Gochnauer put L-S back in front for good. They led 25-22 at the break.
"We had a poor second quarter in keeping them out of the paint and getting defensive rebounds," said Fink. "But we cleaned that up very well in the second half, which we controlled for the most part."
Nevin Hoenninger drained triples on two straight possessions in the third quarter and Horner added a pair of free throws and a bucket in the paint that stretched the lead to 37-28. Cocalico closed the quarter with a 7-4 run but the home team remained in front, 41-35.
The Pioneers gained their largest lead of the night midway through the fourth quarter. Sarah Gawne made the front end of a one-and-one, collected her own miss and dished a pass to Hoenninger who dropped in her third trey of the night and pushed the lead to 50-39. Gawne, who was solid on the boards all night, led the scoring that quarter with 6-of-8 free throws and finished with seven points in the game.
"Sarah's fourth quarter was huge with rebounding, getting loose balls and knocking down those free throws," lauded Fink. "We also got quality minutes from Olivia Vranich and Brittany Zameroski off the bench."
Gochnauer led all scorers with 14 points, including ten in the first half. Horner, who hit two three's in the second quarter and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, and Hoenninger both added 12 points and Garber netted 10.
"Beating Cocalico three times was not easy but this time we stayed in the lead for the most part and did not have to fight up the comeback hill," added Fink. "This was a great win. I love my team!"
The L-S girls punched their ticket to the PIAA playoffs with this victory. It is Lampeter's first appearance since a 65-45 loss to Archbishop Carroll in the 2009 Class 3A state championship game held at Penn State.
Lampeter's semifinal results against Lower Dauphin, who advanced with a 44-38 win over Donegal, were not available at press time.
Pioneer Teams Compete in the Post-Season February 20, 2017
Having lost to Lancaster Catholic on December 13, 47-34, and fresh off of capturing the Section Three crown with a tie breaker win over Manheim Central, the Pioneers were looking to enact a bit of revenge against the Crusaders in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs last Monday, February 12. The Section Three runners-up, however, wanted a sweep and to advance in the tournament. And they did just that. But only after taking control in overtime, 66-59.
The Pioneers, who missed their first eight shots in the game, spotted the visitors seven quick points in the opening quarter and fell behind 14-6 after eight minutes.
Lampeter picked it up a notch in the second quarter, holding the Crusaders to three field goals and, behind eight points by Ben Sandberg, outscored the visitors 12-8, cutting the lead to 22-18 by halftime.
Needing to battled harder on the boards and capitalize in the paint, the Pioneers gave up the first nine points of the second half and the Crusaders jumped to their biggest lead of the game, 31-18. Lampeter, just as quickly, dropped in nine of their own, including back-to-back treys by Ryan Smith and Sandberg and pulled within four, 31-27 with 3:56 left in the quarter. They ended the quarter with a 7-0 run and took a 34-33 lead on a pair of free throws by Smith with 14.2 seconds left.
L-S led by as many as three early in the fourth and pushed it to four, 43-39 on a dunk by Sandberg with 5:36 left to play. A combined 19 free throws were shot in that fourth quarter. The last was by Jake Sweger and completed a three-point play that put L-S in front, 52-47 with 1:31 left. The Crusaders responded with a by Chad Wenger (12 points) and a game-tying trey from Mark Cannon with 56 seconds left.
The Pioneers held for the last shot of the game but turned the ball over with 2.1 seconds left, setting up the pivotal extra period. The Crusaders scored the first eight points and six of the last ten in outscoring the home team 14-7 in finishing on top.
Smith, with ten points in the third quarter, matched Catholic's Danny Bomberger with a game-high 19 points. Sandberg netted 17 and Swegar, who canned 6-of-8 free throws, scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Jared Houck (5), Peyton Denlinger (4) and Jared Brown (2) also contributed to a score sheet that saw the Pioneers connect on 11-of-14 free throws. The Crusaders, however, hit 20-of-25 and improved to 21-4 overall. Lampeter drops to 16-8.
The Pioneers will host Ephrata in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A tournament this week.
Despite finishing with a 7-3 record overall and going 3-3 in Section Two, the Pioneer grapplers struggled in the District Three Class 3A Section Two tournament held at Hempfield High School this past Saturday. Eleven wrestlers competed and only one worked his way to placing.
Josh Beiler matched his fifth place seeding with a 3-2 record at 182. The senior opened with a 37 second fall over Manheim Central's Mitchell Himelright but was bounced to the consolation bracket with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Warwick's Logan Boring. Tied at 2-2 in the second period, Beiler gave up an escape in the third in suffering the loss.
He rebounded with a solid 8-5 decision over Township's Myles DeSha to get to the consolation semis. There he met Penn Manor's Dante Jones, the eventual third place finisher, and was dealt a 5-2 loss. This one was tied at 2-2 heading into the final period.
In a battle for fifth place, Beiler avenged his earlier loss to Logan Boring with a 5-3 thriller. Beiler scored all five of his points in the final period to earn a fifth place finish. Unfortunately, only the top four place finishers advance to the District Three Class 3A tournament in Hershey this weekend.
The only other Pioneer to pick up a win was Jeff Elser. Competing at 152, the junior opened with a 4:52 fall over Donegal's Ian Rineer. In the quarterfinals he went up against top seed A.J. Wilson, from Solanco, and was pinned in 35 seconds. Wilson went on to earn the gold while Elser's season ended with an 8-1 loss to Hershey's Ryan Shultz, the eventual third place finisher.
Despite bowing out in their respective opening rounds, three Pioneers put forth a solid effort. Sophomore Jared Pivec entered with an 11-13 record at 106 and went up against Milton Hershey's Kevin Minners. He was down just 2-1 in the first period before giving up three takedowns en route to a 9-4 loss.
At 120, Mason Blank (14-11) dropped a tight 9-6 decision to Warwick's Mateo Chacon. He was down 3-2 in the first period and 5-4 in the second but couldn't turn the table.
Tied at 7-7 after two periods, freshman Dominick Copeland ended his season with a 4:43 fall against McCaskey's Jeremiah Holland.
Coming out on the short end of two point decisions was Michael Hazboun (126) with a 5-3 loss to Manheim Central's Ryan Kreider and sophomore Tyler Phenegar, who dropped a 6-4 decision to Elizabethtown's Connor Gill at 220.
Also competing was Ramon Estevez (132), Johnny Franklin (170), Jack Eckman (195) and Owen Hess (285).
Hoop Teams Earn Section Two Crowns February 14, 2017
The theme for the Pioneer basketball teams last week could easily have been "taking care of business." In a pair of must-win games, the boys team not only won one, but two games last week to claim the Section Two crown while the girls' team grabbed one victory to claim the title as well.
"It was a big week," said head coach Ed Berryman. "The kids are feeling more confident this second time around."
In order to have an opportunity to win the section title the Pioneers had to get past Cocalico Tuesday in Denver. And while the first half was nip-and-tuck and back-and-forth, the second half was not and led to a solid 57-40 final that swept the series.
Down 11-10 in the first, L-S took the second frame 16-14 to pull ahead 26-25 at the break.
"We switched things up a bit in the second half and stepped up defensively, especially in the third quarter," noted Berryman.
Defense was definitely the key as the Pioneers held the Eagles to three points while pouring in 16 at the other end to take control.
"Jared Houck hit two big threes that quarter to give us some separation," Berryman said.
The visitors won the final frame as well, 15-12 to earn the win.
Ben Sandberg led all scorers with 22 points, including 12 in the first half, and Houck, who drained three triples on the night, followed with 15. Ryan Smith rounded out a trio of double-digit scorers with 12.
That victory, along with Manheim Central turning in a 47-33 victory over Ephrata, ended the regular season with both teams tied at 11-3 in section play and set up a playoff for the crown Thursday night at Hempfield.
The Pioneers topped the Barons 61-58 on January 6 and 60-51 on the 31st. And though they say it's hard to beat the same team three times, Lampeter did just that, using a 28 point fourth quarter highlighted by a 12-0 run that put L-S in front for good, 68-63, and gave them their second straight title.
L-S held a 17-13 lead in the first quarter and the Barons fought back in the second, outscoring the locals 12-7 to gain a slim 25-24 edge at the break.
Sandberg, who came off the bench with 21 points, netted ten in the third frame as both squads dropped in 16 points, setting up a pivotal final eight minutes.
Up 46-42 on a triple by Jordan Sweger, Manheim answered with a trey by Taylor Funk, who notched a game-high 24. But the Pioneers pulled away for good with a rare five point play. Peyton Denlinger drilled a triple and Sweger was fouled on the screen that set up Denlinger's shot. He was awarded a one-and-one and connected on both attempts, pushing the lead to 51-45 with 5:23 remaining.
"That was the turning point," said Berryman.
Three different Pioneers combined for the next seven points that pushed the lead to 58-45 with 2:35 left to play. The Barons, however, weren't going down without a fight and went to fouling in order to stop the clock. They hit four triples in the final 2:35 and the Pioneers hit 10-of-14 free throws to stay in front.
Manheim cut the lead to two, 65-63, on a triple by Funk with 2.6 ticks left. Baron head coach Chris Sherwood called for a timeout but Manheim didn't have any left, and the technical foul free throws by Sandberg (7-for-10 from the line) sealed the deal.
Smith, who was 4-for-4 from the stripe in the final 1:29, followed with 12 points. Sweger netted 10, Jack Banner hit for 9, all on three's, and Houck and Denlinger both added 8 points.
"Jordan came up big," said Berryman. "He hadn't scored in our two previous games and Peyton hit some big buckets as well. Our greatest asset is our ability to move the ball. We want everyone to be a threat."
And that might come in handy as the Pioneers open the L-L League playoffs against a Lancaster Catholic squad that defeated them 47-34 on December 13.
They may not have gotten the start they wanted, but the persistent lady Pioneers certainly got the final result as they rallied past visiting Cocalico last Tuesday night and grabbed the Section Two crown with a 54-50 victory.
The Pioneers, who claimed the Section Three title in the 2012-13 season, fell behind early, 18-12, in the first quarter.
"They lit us up for 18 and our defense had to settle in and we did," said head coach Tony Fink.
L-S held the Eagles, who they defeated 49-47 on January 13, to just nine second quarter points and cut the lead to 27-24 by halftime.
Needing a win to force a section tie-breaker game, Cocalico built a 34-27 advantage midway through the third quarter before the Pioneers dug deeper. Hannah Garber, who averaged just over six points per game, netted seven of her 13 points to fuel the Pioneer rally and Laura Horner, who finished with a game-high 14, splashed in a three-ball with 22 seconds left to cut the lead to 40-39.
"That was a big three by Laura to give us momentum and our defense from halfway through the third quarter through the fourth was great," said Fink.
Horner dropped in another three to open the fourth quarter and L-S grabbed the lead for good when Sarah Gawne (8 points) scored with 5:50 left in the game. Horner and Nevin Hoeninger (10 points) both went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 2:30 to seal Cocalico's fate. The Pioneer were 15-for-18 from the stripe for the game while the Eagles were 8-of-11.
"Again we had balance in scoring with Hanna, Laura and Nevin in double figures," said Fink. "And Emma Gochnauer (6 points) dished out 11 assists. This was a gut check win over a nice senior laden team from Cocalico."
Brittany Zameroski chipped in with three points.
The win pushed the Pioneers into the Lancaster-Lebanon League quarterfinals opposite Section Three runner-up Lancaster Catholic on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders, who match the Pioneers with an overall record of 19-4, defeated L-S in the third game of the season, 67-50. The second time around wasn't much better for the home team. They were held to single digit scoring in each of the first two quarters and lost 57-35.
Kiki Jefferson led all scorers with 29 points, pouring in 20 in the second half and Lauren Mills added 14 of her 16 points in the opening half to knock the Pioneers out of the tournament.
"Kiki Jefferson was the difference. Plain and simple," said Fink. "She shot just six free throws and still scored 29. And Mills is a great second option for them. We don't match up with her because we do not have the height to bother her."
L-S got out in front early, jumping to a 6-0 advantage but Mills and Jefferson connected on back-to-back treys to knot the score and continued with a 21-3 first half run. They held the Pioneers to nine points in the first quarter, six in the second and led 27-15 at the break.
The hosts managed 10 points in both the third and fourth quarters but couldn't stop the Crusaders, who tossed in 30, or Jefferson, who netted 15 in the fourth quarter.
"Their half-court defense bothered us and we did not shoot real well," said Fink. "And now we get Cocalico for the third time around."
Gochnauer, the only double-digit scorer for the Pioneers, finished with 13 points. Garber, Horner, and Hoenninger, who went down with an ankle injury late in the game and is questionable for the Cocalico game, all finished with 7 points.
The Pioneers enter the District Three Class 5A playoffs as the fourth seed and open against No. 13 Cocalico (14-8) on Tuesday, February 21. The top-eight teams qualify for the PIAA tournament.
In their last regular match of the season, the Pioneer bowlers suffered their second 7-0 defeat at the hands of Cocalico, dropping their Section Three record to 2-9, just ahead of last placed Garden Spot (1-8). Andrew O'Connor rolled the top score for the Pioneers with a 507 that included a 174 final game.
Cocalico's Justin Burd had the top series of the day, a 592.
The Pioneer grapplers, in a tune-up for the Sectional Tournament this Saturday at Hempfield, traveled to Kennard-Dale High School last Wednesday night and came home with a 39-34 thriller. Despite trailing the entire match, Lampeter sophomore Ezra Mellinger pinned Kennard-Dale's Joseph Weber in 3:20 flipping the Pioneers 34-33 deficit into a victory, and moving the visitors overall record to 7-3.
Lampeter took advantage of five forfeit wins and in actual bouts wrestled, won just one other match on the day, an 8-6 victory by Michael Hazboun (132) in the second bout of the night that cut the deficit to 6-3.
The Rams scored back-to-back falls and then gave up two straight forfeits before a 12-1 major by Austin McNamee over Lampeter's John Franklin (170) extended the home team advantage to 22-15.
After a K-D fall at 182, Lampeter picked up three forfeits over the next four bouts and gave up a 3:20 fall at 285 that cut the Rams' lead to 34-33 and set the stage for Mellinger's heroics.
The Pioneer swimmers competed in the League Championships last week at the Lititz Rec Center. The girls' team competed on Thursday night and came up empty in top eight finishes. Freshman Catherine Horner entered the competition as the only seeded Lady Pioneer (8th in the 500 free, 5:50.53). She finished 13th with a 5:51.60.
The 200 medley relay was just off the medal mark with the team of Horner, Hailey Welchans, Lexi Wagner and Karin Hostetter placing 9th. The 200 free team of Hostetter, Olivia Honert, Anastasia Curran and Abby Nagle settled for 10th place.
Other top 15 finishes included Wagner's 14th place effort in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 free relay team of Horner, Wagner, Nagle and Welchans taking 10th.
The boys competed on Friday night where Colin Anderson earned a 5th place finish in the 50 free with a 22.41. He was also seeded third in the 100 butterfly (52.83) but was a little off his seeding time and settled for 8th place with a 55.45.
The 200 medley team of Nathan Tobler, Anderson, Dylan Grau and Jordan Chin opened the meet with an 11th place effort while the 200 free relay team of Grau, Dalton Kreider, Everett Honert and Brandon Prouse also finished in 11th place.
Other top 15 finishes included Prouse, Kreider, Chin and Anderson teaming for a 10th place finish in the 400 free relay.
The boys' finished in 10th place, just four points behind 8th place finisher Ephrata.
Wrestlers Move to 6-3 With Two Road Wins February 6, 2017
The Pioneer matmen improved to 6-3 overall with road wins over Section Three teams Pequea Valley and Lancaster Catholic last week.
Wednesday L-S rolled past the Braves, 48-28, who forfeited seven weight classes which accounted for 42 of the final 48 points. In the matches actually wrestled, L-S fell short 28-6.
"Pequea has six guys on their team and they are all solid wrestlers," noted head coach Brad Heeter. "Tanner Ball and Gabe Miller are both undefeated league champs."
Ball, in fact, opened the match with a 19-1 tech fall over Michael Hazboun (126) and Miller followed with a 1:47 fall over Collin Guilder.
The visitors got on the board when Dominic Copeland pinned Connor Walsh in 1:13 at 138 but the Braves marched forward, earning a 4:43 fall at 145 and another tech fall at 152 to push out to a 22-6 advantage. Unfortunately, they forfeited the next four bouts and seven of the last eight. They pulled within two, 30-28 when Joey Coblentz pinned Tyler Phenegar at 220.
Thursday the Pioneers used 10 falls, three forfeits and one decision to run away with a 75-6 victory over the winless Crusaders.
Jared Pivec (106) earned the only decision of the day, a 7-6 thriller over Samuel Lobeck. After a forfeit at 113, Mason Blank (120), Guilder (126), Hazboun (132), Copeland (138), Kaden Campbell (145), Jeff Elser (152), Connor Penry (160), John Franklin (170), and Josh Beiler (182) collected nine straight falls with Campbell and Beiler taking just 27 and 28 seconds, respectively, to flatten their opponents.
The Crusaders forfeited at 195 and 220 and Owen Hess capped the quick trip to Lancaster with a 2:40 fall over Jacob Hank.
The Pioneers were coming off a 16th place finish at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships at Garden Spot where they placed four wrestlers.
"Three of our place-winners are underclassmen," said Heeter. "Each victory our younger guys have will build their confidence for the future."
The lone senior on the squad, Josh Beiler earned a fourth place finish. He pinned Garden Spot's Jacob Zook and earned a 5-1 decision over E-town's David Rich before getting knocked into the wrestlebacks with a 1:07 fall to eventual champ, Luke Funck of Northern Lebanon. Beiler regrouped and earned a 3-1 decision over Central's Nick Brown. He battled for third against CV's Connor Brinton but suffered a 2:35 fall.
At 132, Michael Kuhns went 2-3 on the weekend and finished sixth. He won a 5-4 decision over Crest's Ryan Scicchitano and defeated Cocalico's Trevor Hale 12-9 in the wrestlebacks. His final bout was a 4-3 loss to Central's Hayden Shreiner.
Hess, at 285, earned a pair of falls and a tight 3-2 decision over Donegal's Yvonnie Harvey to finish seventh and taking eighth was Phenegar (220) who earned a 10-2 decision, a 4:08 fall and a 3-2 nod over Garden Spot's Jefferies. He lost his last two bouts by tight decisions.
The bowling team dropped a pair of 5-2 decisions last week, falling to Lancaster Mennonite last Monday at Rocky Springs and Garden Spot at Dutch Lanes on Friday.
Cassie Hatfield opened with a 221 and rolled the highest series of the day with a 552 against the Blazers.
Her high game against the Spartans was a 202. She followed Kayla Parker's 525 with a 517 total.
With one match left in the regular season, the Pioneers are 2-8 in Section Three and 2-10 overall.
Last week was a big one for the boys' basketball team. They knocked off the top two teams in Section Two and forged a three-way tie with Manheim Central and Ephrata, all at 10-3, with just one game left in the regular season and the post-season coming quickly.
Tuesday's 60-51 victory over the Barons in Lampeter moved the Pioneers into the 11th spot in District Three 5A power rankings. Manheim, as of Jan. 31, was the No. 3 team and Ephrata No. 7.
As for Manheim, the Barons defeated the Pioneers 61-58 in their first meeting on January 6 where D-1 recruit Taylor Funk lit it up for 32 points. Last Tuesday Funk netted 25 but the home team placed four players in double figures, and fought off a 42-39 deficit after three quarters with a 21-9 fourth quarter explosion to earn the win. The Barons leading scorer managed just three points in the final frame.
Ryan Smith was tops for the Pioneers with 17 points and racked up nine in the pivotal fourth quarter. Ben Sandberg finished with 15 points and Jared Houck pitched in with 12, scoring 8 in the first quarter that went to the Barons 17-12.
Peyton Denlinger also hit double figures with 10, including 4-of-6 from the foul line in the final eight minutes. The Pioneers won that war, going 11-for-16 while the Barons were a slim 4-for-7.
Friday's outing against Ephrata had all the makings of a blowout. Ephrata hit just five shots in the first half (2 of them threes) and quickly fell behind 33-18 at the half.
L-S opened the game with a three ball by Smith and on their second possession led 6-0 on a bomb from Jack Banner. Smith and Banner (2 triples) both hit for six points that frame.
Houck and Sandberg took over in the second frame, combining for 14 of the team's 20 points.
But a third quarter funk left the Mounts with a 13-4 advantage as they cut the lead to 37-31 after causing 11 turnovers with a scrappy full court press.
The Pioneers regrouped and pushed the lead back to ten, 48-38 on a bucket by Smith.
Ephrata continued to cut into the lead and eventually knotted the score at 52-52 on a pair of free throws by Dilyn Becker with 26.7 ticks left. The Pioneers missed three free throws prior to Becker knotting the score and then went back in front when Sandberg calmly sank two freebie with 14.5 on the clock.
The Mounts, with plenty of time left, went for the win getting off two three-point attempts in the final seconds but coming up empty.
With the post-season all but upon us, the girls' basketball team controls its own destiny. Seven straight wins leaves the Pioneers in sole possession of first place in the Section Two standings. Their last game of the regular season is against the second place team, Cocalico. A win there wraps up another Section Two crown.
Last week the girls took care of business on the road, topping Manheim Central 48-36 on Tuesday and cruising past Ephrata 59-34 Friday night.
Despite a lack of focus, the Pioneers got an early start, winning the first eight minutes 13-4 and then pulled away enough in the third quarter, 21-10, to survive Manheim's fourth quarter rally, 13-7.
"We struggled for some reason staying focused," said head coach Tony Fink. "We would get mini-run and then let down for a period of time. We shot poorly and at times made poor decisions," he added. "Manheim played hard and I knew they would. We limited turnovers in the first and third quarters and our defense was cleaner. We were glad to get the win."
Nevin Hoenninger went 5-for-7 from the line and netted a game-high 17 points. Emma Gochnauer settled for ten. Laura Horner, who hit a pair of threes, and Hannah Garber, who went 3-for-4 at the stripe, combined for 15 points. Brittany Zameroski (4) and Sarah Gawne (2) also contributed.
Manheim's Laura Good was their only double digit scorer with 14.
The going was a bit easier against Ephrata on Friday as the visitors built a 35-12 first half advantage and then played pretty even with the Mounts through the second half, 24-22.
"We subbed a lot in the second half and we definitely lost some of our intensity," stated Fink. "This was a team win and I'm very happy with my freshmen, Olivia and Nora, who are stepping up.
"Our big three (Laura, Nevin and Emma) continue to score and Hanna and Sarah do all the little things that help us win."
Horner led a trio of double-figure scorers with a game-high 17 points and three triples. Hoenninger also hit three times from downtown, went 4-for-4 at the stripe and netted 15 points while Gochnauer, hitting 4-of-5 free throws, finished with 12. Garber and Olivia Vranich both added 5 points with Nora Holmes (3) and Gawne (2) also chipping in.
The Pioneers were coming off a 51-27 non-league win over Red Land on Saturday, January 28. Lampeter held a 13-12 edge in two-point field goals and managed just one more free throw in the game. The difference, however, was from behind the arc where the home team dropped in seven and denied the visitors a single trey, taking a 21-0 advantage in long distance shooting.
Gochnauer led the snipers with three triples and netted 17 points. Horner (18 points) and Hoenninger (10) each hit two.
And in a rare Thursday night game, the Pioneers handled Garden Spot, pouring in over 70 points for the third time this year in a 73-36 final. Hoenninger canned five treys and scored 25 points to lead the barrage. Horner settled for 22 points and hit three triples and Gochnauer added 16 points, accounting for all but 10 of Lampeter's total points.
L-S Swimmers Host Cocalico, Travel to Ephrata January 27, 2017
The Pioneer swimmers, in their last home meet of the season, hosted Cocalico last Monday afternoon in a meet that celebrated their seniors. Unfortunately, a victory was not in the cards as the Eagles swept their gracious Section Two hosts.
"We did have a significant number of best times," said head coach Kate Whiting.
The boys' team, falling to 1-4, got a two win effort from senior Colin Anderson but suffered a 108-61 loss. Anderson clocked a 55.62 to win the 100 butterfly and came back with a 58.96 to take the 100 backstroke.
Also placing in two events was Dylan Grau with a 3rd in the 200 IM and a 2nd in the 100 breaststroke. Brandon Prouse added thirds in both the 50 fee and 100 free and Everett Honert settled for thirds in the 200 free and 500 free, following Nathan Tobler's second place effort.
Haley Welchans, a senior, was the top scorer for the Lady Pioneers (2-3), winning both the 50 (27.29) and 100 freestyle (1:00.81) events. But the rest of the events were won by the Eagles, who went home with a 107-63 victory.
In a balanced effort, a handful of Pioneers contributed to the point total. Lexi Wagner recorded the only other home team first on the day, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.78. Second and third place finishers included senior Leah Herring- 3rd in the 200 free, Karin Hostetter - 3rd in the 200 IM, Catherine Horner - 2nd in the 500 free, senior Emily Lichty- 3rd in the 100 backstroke.
Seniors swimmers include Madeline Bua, Jordan Chin, Steven Hollern, Max Kopelman and Lucas Mosne.
Thursday, on the road, the Pioneers went 1-1 against the Mountaineers at the Ephrata Rec Center.
The boys pulled off an 87-82 thriller, sweeping the breaststroke to finally secure the lead and then taking second and third in the 400 free relay for the final margin.
"They were so focused on racing that no one knew that the boys were close until just before the last relay, when we realized we were up by seven," said Whiting, "and that all we needed was a second place. We got both second and third and the victory. Since the boys haven't won more than one meet each season for years, the win made the last meet especially exciting for the seniors."
Anderson (1:07.59), Grau and Steven Hollern went 1-2-3 in the breaststroke to finally put the Pioneers in front.
"Colin set a new team record in the breaststroke," noted Whiting.
Anderson also won the 500 free, running away from the competition with a 5:05.63, a good 15 seconds ahead of the field.
The Pioneers also got a first from Prouse, who posted a 1:06.84 in the 100 butterfly.
The girls were going up against a Mounts squad set on winning the first section title since the 2010-11 season. And Ephrata did just that, winning six of 11 events in a 95-75 final.
"The girls fought hard to keep the meet close against and undefeated Ephrata squad," said Whiting. "The girls made them work for that win. The 200 medley relay, the first event, came down to the last second and even though we lost, the excitement and momentum from that race carried through the entire meet.
"Both teams had a lot of best times and swam with confidence," she added.
Welchans and Horner each won two individual events. Welchans commanded both the 50 and 100 free while Horner took the 500 and the 200 IM. They both teamed with Hostetter and Wagner to claim the 200 free relay.
The Pioneer bowlers got a three-game 523 series from junior Andrew O'Connor but it wasn't enough as Lampeter suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Elco (5-2) at Rocky Springs last Monday, January 23.
The going was just as difficult on Thursday at Palmyra Bowling Ally where the Pioneers dropped a 7-0 result against Northern Lebanon. Cassie Hatfield was tops for the Pioneers with a 562 (211-191-160).
The keglers are currently 2-6 in Section Three and overall.
In Quarryville last Tuesday night, the Lady Pioneers fought off a pesky Solanco squad, named a new 1,000 point scorer and kept pace with Cocalico as they continue their march toward the Section Two crown.
Down 28-25 at the half, Lampeter took control of their 58-46 victory with a 22-8 third quarter run that highlighted by Nevin Hoenninger. The senior not only knocked down 10 points but netted her 1,000 career point with a shot in the paint with 53.2 seconds left in the third quarter. She becomes the 11th player in program history to achieve the milestone and helped the visitors break a 32-32 tie with a 15-4 run that included, among other things, three triples, two by Laura Horner and one by Hoenninger and a 47-36 advantage with one quarter remaining.
"We amped up the defensive intensity in the second half," said head coach Tony Fink. "I thought we were lazy in the first half.
"Since we beat them pretty easily in our first meeting, I did not want to take them lightly on their floor," he added. "They have some good guards and we did not close out on Jenna Dombach and she hurt us."
Those pesky Mares, however, weren't going down without a fight. Despite not having their leading scorer on the floor (Jess Cabrera, possible concussion), they made an 8-3 run that started with freshman sharp-shooter Jenna Dombach (12 points) splashing in back-to-back threes. But the Mares could get no closer. Lampeter closed out the quarter with a bucket and two free throws from Horner, a freebie from Emma Gochnauer and two more from Hannah Garber while yielding just a single jumper to Solanco.
The Pioneers, who went 3-for-5 from the foul line in the first half, were a solid 14-20 for the game, including 6-for-10 in the fourth. The Mares were a slim 5-for-12.
The first quarter was back-and-fourth with Solanco lead by three two different times, 6-3 and 9-6. Lampeter's biggest lead of the quarter was 13-11 and 14-12, both on shots by Garber.
The visitors used a 7-0 run, five by Gochnauer and a jumper by Hoenninger, to stretch the lead to 25-20, the largest of the first half, with 2:18 left. But Solanco's Dombach canned a deep three and Aleksa Burger scored in the paint to take that three point lead into halftime.
Hoenninger led all scorers with 21 points. Horner netted 15, including a pair of three's and Gochnauer added 13, 8 in the first half, to round out the double digit scorers. Garber chipped in with 7 and Olivia Vranich added 2 as the Pioneers improved to 9-1 to keep pace with Cocalico, who survived Solanco in triple overtime.
"You can't not like Nevin getting 1,000 points," Fink said. "She had a big second half, offensively and defensively. Emma was all over the place again. Laura hit some big baskets in the second half, Sarah just flat out hustled and Hannah played solid defense and rebounded."
Friday's results against Garden Spot were not available at press time this week.
Playing a solid zone defense for the bulk of the game, the boys' hoops team swept the visiting Mules from Solanco last Tuesday night, 62-47. The second quarter proved to be the difference in this one. Clinging to a four point lead after the first quarter, the Pioneers dominated the second frame 20-4, stretching the lead to 34-14 at the break.
Solanco regrouped a bit in the second half, outscoring their hosts 33-28 but it wasn't enough to erase the second quarter.
"We gave up too many layups and made things really easy for them," said Solanco boss Scott Long. "We just dug ourselves into a hole."
Both teams knocked down four treys and shot well from the free throw line with Lampeter hitting 12-of-14 and Solanco 13-17. The biggest difference was inside the arc where the Pioneers held a solid advantage on made field goals, 19-11.
The Pioneers, who won 67-61 back on December 21, got a game-high 25 points from leading scorer Ryan Smith (16.5 ppg average), who was 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Ben Sandberg, with a pair of three's, netted 12 points. Also chipping in was Peyton Denlinger (7), Jordan Sweger (5), Jack Banner (3) and Jared Brown (1).
In a rare Thursday night game, the Pioneers kept pace with the section leaders Manheim Central (9-1) and Ephrata (8-2) and notched a ten-point victory over the hosting Spartans of Garden Spot, 61-51 to improve to 8-3.Lampeter hosts both the Barons, on January 31 and the Mountaineers, February 3.
Lampeter got off to a decent start, winning the first quarter 15-12 and then gained some breathing room with an 18-6 effort over the second eight minute period.
The Spartans, who lost 63-45 in their first meeting and not wanting to get swept, rallied after the break and cut a 33-18 halftime deficit to 41-36 with an 18-8 third quarter. The visitors, however, have their sights set on the post-season and rallied down the stretch, winning the final quarter 20-15.
Ben Sandberg knocked down 15 points and Jared Brown added 12.
On the mats last Wednesday night the Pioneers hosted Garden Spot, the second place team in Section Two, but failed to pull off the upset. L-S gave up two forfeits and was pinned three times in a closer-than-the-score appears, 42-23 loss. In losses not by pin or forfeit, the Pioneers found themselves in four bouts determined by three points or less but came away with just one win, a 4-1 decision by Owen Hess (285) that put the home team in front, 13-12.
Spot went back in front, 21-13, with forfeit points at 106 and a tight 9-6 decision by Cory Leaman over Jared Pivec (113).
Determined, Lampeter regained the lead with a 13-2 major decision by Mason Blank (120) over Perez and Ezra Mellinger's 3:54 fall over Tyler Varnes at 126.
Unfortunately that 23-21 lead was their last of the night as the Spartans rallied and recorded two falls, a forfeit and another close decision, 8-6, to wrap up the scoring.
The visitors went in front early, claiming a 15-12 result over Connor Penry at 160 and a 9-3 decision over John Franklin (170).
The Pioneers closed the gap when Josh Beiler (182) worked a 15-3 major over Jacob Zook, but 3:19 later, Spot extended its lead with a fall at 195.
Tyler Phenegar recorded Lampeter's first of two falls on the night when he pinned Dennis Jeffries in 5:46, cutting the lead to 12-10.
Pioneers Rebound With Back-to-Back Wins January 22, 2017
Getting to the top of the Section Two standings is one thing. Staying there can be another. After edging Cocalico 49-47 on January 13, the Pioneers suffered a pair of losses, but rebounded with a pair of very lopsided wins and still remain on top of the section, tied with Cocalico at 8-1.
Tuesday opened the second half of Section Two play and the Pioneers made the trip to Mount Joy looking to sweep the Donegal Indians. But the home team rallied to the occasion, outscored L-S in three quarters and pulled off a 52-45 upset.
The Pioneers, down 11-10 in the first quarter, found themselves on the short end of a 37-32 score with just eight minutes left. And just could not get over the top. Donegal won the final frame 15-13 to steal the victory.
"We missed the front end of five one-and-one's, which didn't help," said head coach Tony Fink. "We shot 15-for-27 at the line for the game, just over 50%, and we're around 65% on the year. We need to get to that number, and higher, always.
"And we had no answer for Rachel Robinson," he continued. "We were always down 3-4 points and could not get caught up."
Emma Gochnauer matched Robinson with a game-high 19 points and was 9-14 at the stripe. Nevin Hoenninger also hit for double digits with 15. The two combined for four three-pointers. Laura Horner, who finished with seven points, added two more triples.
"We need to regroup and get our defensive mojo back," said Fink. "We're still tied for first and there's still a lot to play for."
Playing back-to-back games Friday night and Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers combined for 132 total points and easily grabbed wins over Lebanon (74-26) and Conestoga Valley (58-29). Those 74 points match a season-high (they tallied that same number in a win over Garden Spot). Defensively, the 26 points are four off the season-low 22 they held the Mounts to back on January 10.
"The younger players got a lot of points against Lebanon and we shot the ball well," said Fink.
The Pioneers exploded for 28 first quarter points, held the Cedars to three and cruised from there. Gochnauer netted a team-high 18, with Horner dropping in 16, including four trifectas, and Hoenninger adding 15. Other point-scorers included Hayley Phenegar (6), and Hannah Gaber, Sarah Gawne and Brittany Zameroski with 4 points each.
On the road Saturday afternoon, another dominating first quarter (20-4) spelled doom for Lampeter's opponent, Conestoga Valley. The Bucks managed just single digits in three of the four quarters and were handed their 10th loss of the season while the Pioneers improved to 13-3 overall.
Gochnauer knocked down another game high 18 point, including 11 in the first quarter and Hoenninger added 12 as the only two players in the game to reach double figures. In a balanced effort, Horner (9), Gawne (6), Garber (5), Kristen Worry (3), Nora Holmes (2) and Olivia Vranich (2) also scored.
In Section Two swimming action last Thursday at Franklin & Marshall College, the Pioneers were swept by the hosting Crusaders of Lancaster Catholic. The boys squad battled but fell short 95-75 while the girls struggled a bit, falling to 2-2 (3-4 overall) with a 116-54 defeat.
"We had several close races on both sides," said head coach Kate Whiting, "but we lost a few touch-outs. We have one more week of meets and only three more practices before we swim Ephrata, so finishing strong will be our focus."
Colin Anderson collected Lampeter's only individual wins on the day, taking the 100 fly in 53.99 and the 100 back in 58.50. He also anchored the winning 4x400 relay with Brandon Prouse, Everett Honert and Nathan Tobler.
Prouse was also 2nd in the 50 free and third in the 100 free, Honert added a 2nd in the 200 free and Tobler was 3rd in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Also placing in two events was Dylan Grau with thirds in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Max Cummings added a 3rd in the 100 free to cap the top three place-winners.
The boys are currently 1-3 in Section Two and 1-6 overall.
Catherine Horner's first place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:07.65) was the only first place finish for the Pioneers. She also took 2nd in the 500 free.
Lexi Wagner and Haley Welchans also placed in two events. Wagner finished in 2nd in both the 100 free and 100 breaststroke while Welchans was 2nd in the 50 free and followed Wagner in the 100 free.
Last Wednesday, January 18, the banged up Pioneers faced a tall task when they hosted the undefeated Barons of Manheim Central. At less than 100%, Lampeter won four bouts, gave up four falls and two forfeits and fell to 3-2 with a 47-24 loss.
"I thought we wrestled well," said head coach Brad Heeter. "It was a step up from our performance against E-town. Central is a well-coached team with solid wrestlers all the way through the lineup. We are battling injuries with wrestlers in the line-up and with wrestlers who are still out," he continued. "Getting healthy will be the key for us moving forward."
The match opened at 160 and quickly went in Lampeter's favor as sophomore Connor Penry, in come-from-behind fashion, put Logan Hess to his back in 3:00.
Manheim answered with a tight 6-3 decision at 170 before Josh Beiler secured the closest win of the night, edging Nick Brown (182) 5-4 to keep L-S in front, 9-3.
Again the Barons responded, this time with back-to-back major decisions to grab an 11-9 lead.
At 285, Owen Hess, with a 4:23 fall over Tyler Dougherty, gave Lampeter its last lead of the night, 15-11.
"Owen came up with a big fall against a tough opponent," stated Heeter.
Unfortunately, the Barons won six of the last eight bouts to improve to 5-0.
Michael Hazboun (126) and Michael Kuhns (132) slowed the Barons run with two straight wins. Hazboun battled Ryan Kreider to a 3-3 tie with seven seconds remaining and scored the bout winning takedown.
"That was a good victory for Michael," said Heeter.
Kuhns settled for an injury default victory over Jared Groff while the Barons wrapped up the action with falls at 138 and 145 and forfeit points at 152.
The Pioneers were coming off a 2-3 overall performance at the Annville-Cleona Duals on January 14. They defeated the hosts 54-23 and Greencastle 66-4 but suffered losses to CDE 49-27, Lower Dauphin 57-18 and Penn Manor 55-18.
With a pair of dominating wins in their first half performance, it was no surprise that the Pioneers topped both Donegal (68-51) and Elizabethtown (46-43), albeit a bit closer this time around.
Last Tuesday they hosted the last place Indians and got off to a slow start, falling behind 12-11 after eight minutes. Lampeter picked up the pace in the second frame and held a 29-26 lead at the break.
Looking for an upset, the visitors battled in the third quarter and cut the lead to 40-39. But, with hopes of vying for a playoff spot, the Pioneers put up 28 points, held the Indians to 12, and posted the victory.
Peyton Denlinger sparked that fourth quarter run, netting 10 of his 12 points and was 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Ben Sandberg, who racked up a game-high 24 points, also helped fuel the rally, knocking down three long threes.
"Ben was solid all game, scoring 13 in the first half and 11 in the second half," noted head coach Ed Berryman. "Donegal is an improved team," he added. "They were tied at halftime with the section-leading Barons."
Also scoring in double figures was Jared Houck and Ryan Smith, both with ten points. Jared Brown (6), Jordan Swegar (3), Jack Banner (2), and Zack Kingsley (1) also scored.
Three nights later the Pioneers traveled to Elizabethtown, a team they defeated 66-38 earlier this season. The going this time around, however, wasn't a walk in the park. Both teams settled for 10 first quarter points and the Bears opened the lead with a 19-9 second quarter charge.
L-S regrouped in the second half and kept closing the gap. "We went to a full court pressure trap in the second half and were able to get turnovers and cut the deficit to two points going into the fourth quarter," noted Berryman.
Holding a three point lead in the final two minutes, the Bears cut the advantage to one but a missed free throw failed to knot the score. Jared Houck stepped to the line at the other end of the court and capitalized on a pair of freebies to again extend the lead to three, 46-43, with 18 seconds left.
"Jared is one of our best foul shooters and he put us back up three," recalled Berryman. "Then we defended the three and they got a last second shot off that ended up being a two-point attempt.
"Sophomore Patrick Holmes (4 points) gave us some good minutes off the bench," he added.
With both teams connecting on 14 field goals and 3 triples, it was the free throws that made a difference. Lampeter hit 9-of-12 while the Bears were 6-for-12.
Houck matched E-town's Micah Garber with a game-high 12 points. Sandberg chipped in with 11 and Smith added 10, including a pair of triples. Banner, Denlinger and Swegar all added three points each.
Less than 24 hours later, the Pioneers hosted Conestoga Valley (1-8), the last place team in Section One, and wrapped up their third straight win, 56-48.
In a game that featured more made three-pointers than two's, the Pioneers hit ten times from behind the arc while the Bucks netted 8. They were also 10-for-15 from the charity stripe.
Smith's five made three's highlighted the long distance shooting. He and CV's Logan Monroe finished with 20 points each. Houck finished with 14 points, including four triples, and Sandberg added an even dozen. Other scorers included Denlinger (4), Brown (3), and Swegar (3).
"We expect to be in the thick of the playoff race in Section Two," stated Berryman. "They take the top three teams in each section for the L-L League playoffs and our expectations are to be one of those teams."