In a match that lasted about 45 minutes, the Pioneers capped the regular season with a closer than it looks, 51-27 non-league win over visiting Kennard-Dale as a tune-up for this weekend's sectional tournament at Hempfield High School.
"I knew we would have to get some bonus points to win the match," said head coach Brad Heeter. "They had a couple more forfeits (4) than I expected, and all of our wins were by bonus points."
In ten total bouts wrestled, the Pioneers and the Rams each won five. "Each team had one major decision, one tech fall and three pins," Heeter noted. "It was a pretty even match."
L-S got off to a strong start, winning four of the first five bouts. Hunter Erb (106), leading just 2-0 in the first period, came away with an 11-3 decision over Gavin Moxley and Arik Harnish (113) followed with a 16-0 tech fall over Aiden Stewart. Riley Eckman's 3:27 fall over Sam Pistoria at 120 pushed the home team lead to 14-0.
The Rams responded with a major decision at 126, forfeited at 132 and picked up a tech fall at 138 to cut the lead to 20-8. They forfeited again at 145 and then worked back-to-back falls at 152 and 160, cutting the lead to 26-20.
L-S, however, finished strong, earning points in four of the last five bouts. Connor Penry (170) and Johnny Franklin (195) were awarded forfeit points and in between, Logan Davidson turned in a 1:27 fall over Michael Leininger at 182. The 220 match was even quicker as Tyler Phenegar decked Bronson Rineholt in 1:17 to cap the Pioneer scoring.
K-D won the last bout of the night via fall but the outcome was already decided.
"We finished the season at 12-4," noted Heeter. "It's the best dual meet team we've had since I started coaching.
"We're excited for sectionals and look forward to pushing some guys through to districts."
The Pioneer bowlers rolled their last regular match of the season last Tuesday and, despite Andrew O'Connor's 213 match-high single game, came home with a 5-2 loss against Garden Spot, dropping their Section Three record to 46-45. The Spartans finished just ahead of L-S with a 51-40 mark.
L-S got off to a strong start, winning game one by 16 pins. They rolled the exact same total, 788 in game two but the Spartans, with two games over 200, rallied for an 834 to knot the score. They continued their momentum in game three, winning by over 100 pins to seal Lampeter's fate.
O'Connor came away with a team-high 571 series with Cassie Hatfield's 569 (170-208-191) right on his heels. Brent Cox followed with a 470, Steph Mays added a 376 series and Brandon Copeland and Sawyer Lancaster combined for a 322.
Hatfield, Mays and O'Connor will compete in the singles portion of the L-L League playoffs this Thursday at Leisure and Dutch Lanes.
TRACK and FIELD
"Junior Ezra Mellinger is currently No. 1 in the state in the long jump after an incredible effort of 23-5 for first place at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor Carnival at Lehigh University this past Saturday," said head track and field coach Calvin Esh. "Ezra is also tied for #10 nationally at Athletic.net."
Mellinger will compete at the PTFCA indoor state finals in State College on February 25.
As a tune-up for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, the Pioneers took care of business last week, capping their regular season with a convincing 56-32 result against visiting Cocalico Tuesday night.
Prior to the game, the team recognized its five seniors - Isaac Beers, Peyton Denlinger, Cam Neimeyer, Ryan Smith, Jordan Sweger and Marc Wilson.
Trailing most of the first quarter, the Pioneers went ahead 6-5 on an out-of-bounds bucket by Isaac Beers with 30 seconds left on the clock.
"They tried to slow us down and I guess you could say it worked because we certainly weren't' hitting our shots," recalled head coach Ed Berryman. "We need to be patient at times."
But the home team only got stronger as the game went along. They led 18-11 at halftime and took charge with a 38 point second half while holding the Eagles to 21.
"That's a productive half," said Berryman. "And we got to the free throw line 22 times in the game to Cocalico's four.
The visitors opened the third quarter with a triple but Ryan Smith, putting up a double-double on the day with 15 points and 11 rebounds, scored seven of the next nine points in the game, pushing the lead to 25-16 with 3:40 left. Cocalico dropped in a second trey but L-S countered with an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back treys from Chase Broderick (8 points) for the biggest lead of the night, 33-19.
"Those threes gave us some separation," said Berryman. "We shot 40% (6-15) from behind the arc which was pretty good after our rough start.
"Ryan has been getting hammered inside," he continued. "He's getting double teamed all the time so we've been using Adam Stoltzfus (3 points, 2 blocks) a bit more. He had a slow start to the season coming off a knee injury but has been coming around and gives us another big kid in the paint."
I. Beers backed Smith with 14 points as the only Pioneers to score in double figures. Other contributors included Jordan Sweger (7), Peyton Denlinger (4), Seth Beers (2) and Cam Neimeyer (1).
The Pioneer swimmers competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships this past weekend at Wilson's Roy G. Snyder Natatorium in West Lawn.
The girls competed on Saturday and settled for a ninth place finish, just behind Penn Manor and Ephrata, who tied for seventh.
Elizabeth Horner was the top place-winner overall grabbing sixth in the 500 free (5:31.50) and seventh in the 200 IM (2:17.96). She also teamed with Brea Fluhr, Lexi Wagner and Catherine Horner to earn a seventh place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:57.52) and was part of the eighth place effort by Molly Nagle, Abby Nagle and C. Horner in the 400 free relay (4:00.85)
The boys competed Friday night but with no one seeded higher than seventh, they failed to place in the top ten as a team.
After holding Cocalico to single digits in all four quarters and preserving their perfect Section Two record (14-0) last Tuesday night, the Lady Pioneer hoopsters opened the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with another solid win, toppling visiting Northern Lebanon 47-38.
"I was very pleased with how well we stuck to the defensive game plan...pack it in and play Zerman and Voight on drives," said head coach Tony Fink. "They are very good and for us to get 48 points on their defense is impressive."
The Pioneers got out early and often capping a 12-0 run with back-to-back threes from Emma Gochnauer and Laura Horner just 5:45 into the game. Northern Lebanon finally got on board on Sara Zerman's bucket and one with 2:22 left in the quarter. Horner followed with another trey, and L-S led 15-8 after one.
"We made shots, plain and simple," said Fink. "And our free throw shooting in the fourth quarter was huge."
Horner opened the third quarter with yet another three before the Vikings cut a ten point lead in half, twice. Olivia Vranich, however, came off the bench with a pair of buckets and Horner hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to eight.
Again the pesky Vikings, runner's up in Section Three and last year's District Three Class 4A champs, closed the gap, this time to four, 23-19, just 27 seconds before halftime. L-S, however, gained all the momentum they needed when Gochnauer, on a deep inbounds pass from Nora Holmes launched a catch and shoot deep NBA three at the buzzer.
That first half proved to be the difference as both teams battled to an almost even second half, with L-S holding a slim 21-19 edge. They did not connect on a single field goal in the fourth quarter but hit 11-of-12 free throws, and were 17-of-21 from the stripe for the game.
Gochnauer, connecting on 10-of-12 free throws, and Horner handled the bulk of the scoring duties with 20 points each. Garber added a third quarter layup and Sarah Gawne chipped in with a free throw.
Zara Zerman was tops for N. Lebanon with 18 points.
Earlier in the week, Horner hit for 14 points and Holmes came off the bench with 12, including three triples, to pace the Pioneers over Cocalico 42-26. Again the bulk of the damage was accomplished in the first half as L-S jumped out to a 25-11 lead and held just a two point advantage, 17-15, over the final 16 minutes.
The Pioneers dropped in six treys on the night and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
Contributing to the point total was Gochnauer (7), Vranich (6), Brittney Zameroski (2) and Garber (1).