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Pioneers' Season Ends In PIAA Semifinals June 19, 2017

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Lady Pioneers Advance to PIAA Semifinals June 12, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Lampeter-Strasburg girls' softball team finds itself in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. They did it last week with wins over Archbishop Wood and Bishop Shanahan and with a juggled lineup.

"I wasn't sure we'd win two state games with our best hitter out with a concussion," said head coach Gene Charles. "The team really stepped up."

With third baseman Hanna Garber on the bench, centerfielder Jordan Kondras moved to the infield, Summer Peters stepped into the outfield and the Pioneers got back to their winning ways.

After suffering back-to-back losses to Spring Grove, 10-3 in the District Three Class 5A semifinals, and Donegal, 4-1 in the third place seeding game, the Pioneers broke out the bats and toppled District 12 champ Archbishop Wood 15-5. And they did it after a three hour delay.

Scheduled for a 5 pm start, the Pioneers never took the field at Arcadia University until 8 pm due to weather delays in the earlier games. They shook off a 1-1 tie, took the lead for good with a single run in the second inning and never looked back.

A full count RBI double by Caroline Braungard pushed in Natalie Carson, who led off with a single, for Lampeter's go-ahead run.

Both teams pushed in two third inning runs but the Pioneers started to pull away with a four spot in the top of the fourth. With two outs, and the bases loaded, Kylie Weaver crushed a bases clearing triple and raced home on an errant throw on the play, pushing the lead to 8-3.

The Vikings, who helped L-S along by committing eight errors, scored just two more runs over the final four innings. The Pioneers, on the other hand, plated two in the sixth and, after the Vikings left the bases loaded in the sixth, pushed across five more in the seventh to deny Archbishop Wood a shot at the quarterfinals.

Braungard started the seventh with a single to left. Julz Garber put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown over first. With one out, Kondras cracked a two run base hit, pushing in Braungard and Garber. Brynn Baker came through with a single to left field and both scored on Delaney Groff's double. Natalie Carson's grounder to third was misplayed and pinch hitter Jordan Graybill pushed in the final run with a fielder's choice.

"It was good to get the bats going again," said Charles. "We knew they had a good pitcher. She struck out 18 in their district championship game but we showed some patience at the plate."

The Pioneers struck out seven times but their 15 hits, coupled with the Vikings' loose defense, more than made up for it.

The Vikings looked to threaten in the bottom of the seventh, connecting for three base hits, but a pop out, a strikeout and a pickoff at first base ended the game.

Groff struck out five, walked three and scattered 12 hits in picking up the win. She also helped her cause at the plate with two base hits, including a double, and two RBI.

Thursday's quarterfinals action found the Pioneers at Avon Grove High School where they found themselves in a back-and-fourth game with Bishop Shanahan and pulled out a 5-4 thriller with a sixth inning two-run double by J. Garber.

"To come from behind not once, but twice," said Charles, "tells me where the mentality of our team is right now. But I knew they had a dominating pitcher. She needed just one strikeout to hit 300 and she did that against our first batter. We didn't hit through the first three innings but then we finally got going and I think they got flustered a bit."

Shanahan opened the scoring with a manufactured run in the second inning. L-S batted around in the bottom of the fourth and took a 3-1 lead.

Delaney Baker doubled to right and scored on a close play at the plate on Groff's single past third. Carson's single to right field gave L-S the lead.

With two outs, Weaver walked and Braungard, batting ninth, hit a two strike dribbler that barely got out of the batter's box. It was ruled fair and loaded the bases.

J. Garber followed with a four pitch walk that extended Lampeter's advantage.

A pop out ended the inning with the bases loaded.

The Eagles went back in front with a three spot in the sixth, sending eight to the plate. They got to Groff for five hits, three earned runs and snatched the lead, 4-3.

L-S quickly answered. B. Baker singled with one out, Weaver doubled to the left field fence and Braungard worked a full count walk to load the bases.

"I was concerned when they grabbed the lead," said Charles. "But the girls responded with clutch hits. I thought about bunting Weaver but something told me to let her swing. That was a huge hit, especially since she's been struggling."

Garber, the freshman lefty, calmly stepped to the plate and stroked a two run double that gave L-S the lead, 5-4.

Groff (5K, 2W, 8H) gave up a two out single in the top of the seventh but a fly ball out to Kate Rohrer in right field pushed the Pioneers to the semifinals where they will meet Donegal for the fifth and final time this season.

"Groffie threw one of her better games," noted Charles. "She hit her spots and battled out there. I'm proud of the way she's been throwing.

"Now we face a team that's beaten us three straight times," he said of Donegal. "And there's a lot on the line. The girls need to believe that they can beat this team. They did it once. They can do it again."

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Pioneer Softballers Finish 4th in Districts June 5, 2017

For just the second time this season, the Lampeter-Strasburg girls' softball dropped back-to-back games as they moved deeper into the post-season. Last Tuesday the top seeded Pioneers faced Spring Grove in the District Three Class 5A semifinals at Messiah College. The Rockets scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back in hanging a 10-3 loss on the top seeeded Pioneers.

"Those first two runs were a gift," said head coach Gene Charles. "The face of the matter is, we committed six errors which is very uncharacteristic of us. Things just snowballed and the game got away from us."

With two outs, and a runner on due to an error, Spring Grove's seventh batter cracked a high popup that dropped behind the pitcher. Then a full count hit to right field was misplayed, allowing two runs to score.

The fifth seed Rockets batted around in the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits, including two doubles, and another error, extending the lead to 7-0.

L-S countered with a solo run in the bottom half. Julz Garber doubled to the fence in left center. Hanna Garber bunted for a base hit and with one out, Delaney Groff's sac fly put the Pioneers on the board.

The Rockets went three up, three down in the fifth and L-S cut the lead to 7-3 with a pair in the bottom half. Kylie Weaver reached on a one out error. Caroline Braungard singled and Weaver scored on a Jordan Kondras base hit. J. Garber bunted to load the bags and H. Garber's sac fly to center field plated the second run.

The Pioneers turned their second double play of the game in the top of the sixth and looked to close the gap even further in the bottom half with two out singles by Brynn Baker and Weaver but both were left stranded.

Spring Grove jumped on the opportunity, taking advantage of a pair of errors and a base hit, and loaded the bases in the top of the seventh. A sac fly, a base hit and a passed ball gave them three more runs and capped the scoring.

"I thought we hit the ball well (9 hits) and we had baserunners so we did have chances to get back in it," noted Charles. "I don't think the score is indicative of the game. I don't believe they're seven runs better."

Groff started in the circle and worked the first four innings. Brynne Baker tossed the last three.

The loss left the Pioneers with a seeding game against a more than familiar foe in Donegal on Thursday at Garrett Park in Willow Street. L-S topped Donegal 3-1 on April 3 but the Indians came back to win the next two, 6-1 on April 28, and 10-2 on May 10. They made it three in a row last Thursday in the third place seeding game, winning 4-1.

"This had all the feelings of a spring training game," said Charles. "Win or lose, we knew we were getting a district champ in the opening round of states."

The Pioneers felt confident taking an early lead on Delaney Baker's two out bloop single over short. That lead, however, was short-lived as Donegal scored all the runs they would need in the second inning, cashing in on a two out, two RBI triple by McKenna Berg. They pushed in one more in the third and another in the seventh as added insurance.

L-S (20-6), on the other hand, finished with five hits, and just couldn't get one to fall in when they needed it. After the first inning they sent four batters to the plate in the second, third and fourth, left two runners on in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh.

Donegal connected for 12 hits and left the bases loaded in the third.

"I thought we were going to catch them with that early run," said Charles. "But they battled back, as they always do. We kept fighting to get back in it.

"It was a good tune-up game for states, for both teams," he continued. "I think we have a good shot to win some state games but we're going to have to put the ball in play and against some tough competition."

The Pioneers open against District 12 Champ Arch-Bishop Wood, winners of the Philadelphia Catholic League.

TRACK

Three Pioneers made a second trip to Seth Grove Stadium in Shippensburg on May 26-27 but this time to compete in the PIAA Championships.

Kristin Herr came away with the best finish of the trio, settling for 13th place in the javelin with a throw of 127-8, well under her League Meet record of 142-1. She was the third sophomore to place and came in as a District Three third place finisher (133-3).

Josh Eidemiller also competed in the javelin and finished in 14th place with a 164-6 toss. He was also third in the District competition with a 182-7.

Joining Herr and Eidemiller was Josh Nolt who competed in the triple jump. His 41-11 left him in 21st place.

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Pioneer Ball Teams Win District Openers May 26, 2017

Despite an early exit from the L-L League playoffs where the Pioneers pounded out 10 hits in a 7-5 loss to Solanco, L-S couldn't get the bats going in the District Three Class 5A opener last Tuesday afternoon at home. Delaney Baker collected Lampeter's only two hits of the game and the Pioneers survived No. 16 seed Northern York 1-0 on a first inning run.

"I was definitely surprised it was a 1-0 game," said head coach Gene Charles. "We did hit the ball hard, but right at people. Our hits just aren't dropping in right now. Their pitcher kept us off-balance with her changing speeds."

Hanna Garber worked a two out walk to spark that first inning run. She stole second and scored on Baker's shot to center that tipped off the outfielder's glove.

"That ball was almost caught," said Charles. "It was a great effort by their centerfielder. I thought that would be one of many runs for us."

Defensively, the Pioneers did what they needed to do to make that one run stand. Delaney Groff struck out one and scattered three hits. Northern York looked to knot the score in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of Pioneer miscues, but a fly out and a groundout ended the threat.

They collected all three of their hits in the fifth inning and loaded the bases in the sixth but came up empty.

"Julz Garber made a big throw, a strike to home plate that prevented a run," Charles said. "Delaney pitched a great game. She moved the ball in and out and changed speeds and retired them 1, 2, 3 in the seventh. The game went very quickly," he added.

The Pioneers will now face Shippensburg. Winner automatically qualifies for the PIAA tournament.

"Win or lose, we'll still have another game," noted Charles. "But we need to start hitting up and down the lineup again."

BASEBALL

Lampeter-Strasburg's Kris Pirozzi struck out 15 batters and allowed two hits and two walks as the hosting Pioneers topped Greencastle-Antrim 3-0 in the opening round of the District Three 5A baseball playoffs last Tuesday night.

"Kris had great command, control and composure on the mound," said head coach Keith Martin. "He worked ahead of batters, keeping the pressure on, and kept them off balance by locating different pitches for strikes."

Pirozzi gave up a single in the first inning, struck out the side in the second, and gave up the second hit with a one-out single in the sixth. Josh Howells earned the save, pitching to the last two batters of the game.

Offensively, L-S left two on in the first and scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the second. Luke Weigel cracked a full count double, stole third base and scored on Aaron Snyder's fielder's choice groundout.

The fourth-seeded Pioneers, who did not qualify for districts last year, loaded the bases in the third inning with a two out error and back-to-back base hits by Connor Blantz and Patrick Holmes but couldn't get the key hit.

"As a coach, we don't like leaving guys on base but I felt that we kept the pressure on them all game," Martin stated. "Their pitcher is a good pitcher and demonstrated good command of his curveball in some key situations. The bottom line is we like to focus on the process more than the results. The process we control; the result we cannot."

Sending eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning, the Pioneers, who finished with six hits on the night, gained some breathing room with two runs on two hits. Caleb Danehower singled up the middle with one out and Hunter Cunningham reached on a dropped ball at first base. After a double steal and a second out, Holmes collected his second key hit of the game, pushing in Danehower and Cunningham.

"I liked the energy and focus each guy on the team brought to the game," Martin said. "We executed in all facets of the game. It was very exciting and I'm proud of our guys."

The Blue Devils, seeded 13th, end their season at 11-8.

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SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 22, 2017

TENNIS

Marck Trach, a USPTA professional and L-S high school tennis coach, will run a Junior Tennis Camp from June 12 through July 18, 9-11 daily.

This program is available for all children ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning and playing the sport of tennis. Players of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The camp structure is flexible and sign ups can be done on a weekly and/or daily schedule.

For more information, or to register, call Mark Trach at 538-0381 or email mark_trach@l-spioneers.org.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Pioneer high school basketball coaches will hold a Summer Basketball Camp June 12-15 at the high school competition gym and auxiliary gym. Boys going into grades 3-10 are eligible to attend. Camp will run 8 am to 12 noon for grades 7-10 and 1 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6.

There will be team and individual competitions, daily prizes, skill stations, a free t-shirt and more.

Registration deadline is May 31. For more information, or to register, call Coach Achille at 405-8057 or email at john_achille@l-spioneers.org.

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Diamond Teams Fall in League Playoff Openers May 22, 2017

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

Olivia Martin faced 35 shots and settled for 20 saves.

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

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

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

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SUMMER CAMPS AT L-S HS May 19, 2017

TENNIS

Marck Trach, a USPTA professional and L-S high school tennis coach, will run a Junior Tennis Camp from June 12 through July 18, 9-11 daily.

This program is available for all children ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning and playing the sport of tennis. Players of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The camp structure is flexible and sign ups can be done on a weekly and/or daily schedule.

For more information, or to register, call Mark Trach at 538-0381 or email mark_trach@l-spioneers.org.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Pioneer high school basketball coaches will hold a Summer Basketball Camp June 12-15 at the high school competition gym and auxiliary gym. Boys going into grades 3-10 are eligible to attend. Camp will run 8 am to 12 noon for grades 7-10 and 1 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6.

There will be team and individual competitions, daily prizes, skill stations, a free t-shirt and more.

Registration deadline is May 31. For more information, or to register, call Coach Achille at 405-8057 or email at john_achille@l-spioneers.org.

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Herr Sets League Meet Record in Javelin May 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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