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Pioneers Defeat Eagles, Advance to League Semifinals

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On Saturday morning, the baseball team took on the Cocalico Eagles in an L-L League quarterfinal matchup. The Pioneers entered the game with a 15-5 record, ending the regular season on a 7-game win streak. The Eagles qualified for the playoffs as the Section 3 runner-up, with a 13-3-1 record prior to the game. The two teams were somewhat familiar with each other, as the Pioneers hosted the Eagles for a scrimmage prior to the start of the regular season. The game was going to be a battle of the aces, with Caleb Guyer and Tristan Current starting on the hill for their respective teams.  Caleb Guyer Pitches in Game at Ephrata (Cynthia Powell) The Pioneers scored two runs in the first inning to start the game off. A single from Gio Malatesta plated Braedon Karpathios, who had doubled earlier in the inning. With two outs in the frame, Isaiah Parido was able to beat out a ground ball hit to shortstop Gerald DeBalko to score Jake Long. From there, the game stalled as both pitchers found their

Rivalry Renewed: Pioneers Rout Mounts on Senior Night

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  These two teams have history. In 2018, the Mountaineers defeated the Pioneers 3 times, including the league championship game. The following season, the Pioneers downed the Mounts twice on their way to both a section and league title. Earlier this season, the Pioneers defeated the Mounts by a score of 4-1 under the lights of War Memorial Stadium. For the Mountaineers, the scenario was simple. A win would grant them a spot in the upcoming league playoffs as the Section 2 runner-up. A loss likely ends their season, barring a loss from Solanco. It was also senior night for the Pioneers, as all 10 seniors were honored before the game.  Giovanni Malatesta in Game vs Ephrata The Mounts got the party started in the first inning, loading the bases before Pioneer hurler Jack Swarr could even get an out. 4-hole hitter Isaiah Hornberger hit a fly ball to center-field, scoring the runner on 3rd base to give the Mounts a 1-0 lead. However, a heads-up defensive play from Alex Knapp nailed the runn

Pioneers fall to Manheim Township in lacrosse semi-finals

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On Tuesday, the Lampeter-Strasburg Boys Lacrosse team lost to Manheim Township in Tuesday's Lancaster Lebanon League Boys Lacrosse Semi-Finals, 16-8. Photos by Logan Thompson, LS News photographer

Baseball: Pioneers Knock Off Previously Undefeated Barons

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  After a win against Section 2 foe Conestoga Valley on Wednesday night, the Pioneers were back in action Saturday morning against the Manheim Central Barons. The Barons were 12-0 entering the matchup, sitting on top of both the Section 3 standings and the District III 5A power rankings.  Jack Swarr in Game vs Cedar Crest (Cynthia Powell) Jack Swarr started on the bump for the Pioneers. In his previous start against J.P. McCaskey, Swarr pitched 6.2 no-hit innings before having to exit the game due to pitch count rules. Connor Rohrer was the starting pitcher for the Barons. Rohrer entered the game with a 0.64 ERA, having allowed only two runs on the season. The Pioneers kicked off the action early, as Xander Getchis laced a double over left fielder Colton Book's head to knock in Isaiah Parido. Parido had doubled himself on the previous pitch to put himself in scoring position. In the third inning, a groundout by Braedon Karpathios drove in a run to put the Pioneers up 2-0. Also in t

Boys' Lacrosse: Pioneers Win Backyard Bash Over Comets

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On Friday night, the boys' lacrosse team hosted the Penn Manor Comets. Both teams entered the game with a record of 9-3. Going into the game, the Pioneers were ranked 6th in the 2A District III power rankings, while the Comets were 8th in the 3A ranking. The game doubled as the annual Backyard Bash, which honors the late Ryan "Whitey" Weitzel who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2008. Connor Nolt Celebrating Goal in Game vs Garden Spot (@lsboys_lax IG) Roughly midway through the first quarter of play, Stewart McClain and Barrett Denlinger fired in a pair of goals to give the Pioneers the first points of the game and an early lead. The Comets quickly recovered, evening the score after goals from Clayton Hollinger and Dylan Keene. With 43 seconds remaining, Connor Nolt gave the Pioneers a 2-3 edge off an assist from McClain. That lead would hold for the remainder of the first quarter. It was all business for the Pioneers early in the second quarter, as a quick stri

Whitehead's Grand Slam Lifts Pioneers Past Comets

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  On Monday afternoon, the baseball team hosted the Penn Manor Comets in a crossover matchup. The 6-3 Pioneers lost a tough matchup against Cedar Crest last Friday, allowing 7 unanswered runs in an 8-5 loss. The Comets entered the game with a 2-7 record, winning a pair of games against Conestoga Valley and Lebanon last week. Andrew Whitehead in Game vs. Cedar Crest (Cindy Powell) Dalton Green started on the mound for the Comets, while southpaw Peyton Harsh earned his first varsity start for the Pioneers. In the first inning with a runner in scoring position, Ethan Adelman hit a line drive to left field to plate the first run of the game for the Comets. The Pioneers returned the favor in the bottom of the second inning, as Owen Fikkert and Jake Scranton each knocked in a run on singles. The Comets quickly regained the lead, as Adelman continued his offensive-assault by knocking in two runs on a single to right-field.  In the fifth inning, the Pioneers had two runners in scoring position

Baseball: Pioneers Win 3 Games During Busy Week

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  The baseball season is in full swing. The twenty-two time section champs entered the week with a record of 2-1, defeating Berks Catholic and Twin Valley while suffering a tough loss to Conestoga Valley. On the weekly slate for the Pioneers was three Section 2 matchups, including rival Solanco.  Pioneers Huddle Prior To Scrimmage vs Cocalico (Jon Klein) To start off the busy week, the Pioneers hosted the visiting Lebanon Cedars. The Cedars were 0-3 prior to the matchup. Xander Getchis and Jose Porte started the game for their respective teams. Getchis performed well, giving up only one run and two hits over four innings on the bump. Giovanni Malatesta starred offensively, recording two hits and three RBIs as the Pioneers won the game by a score of 12-1 in five innings.  The mercy-rule theme continued on Wednesday, defeating Elizabethtown 11-0 in 5 innings. The Bears were coming off a huge upset win over traditionally strong Ephrata, defeating them at home the previous day. The Pioneer

Spring Musical tickets for Godspell NOW on sale!

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The Lampeter-Strasburg High School Thespian Society is proud to announce this year's spring musical-- Godspell . You can watch the broadcast from home on April 8-10 and 15-17 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through  showtix4u.com . The Story Godspell is a classic and timeless musical. It revolves around a troupe of traveling performers that consider how to build a community.  To do this they reenact several biblical parables with a contemporary view. The music is by Stephen Schwartz of Wicked and Pippin fame.  The show begins fun and funny, but it becomes more serious in tone as it looks at the sacrifices that must be made to create and sustain faith, love, and community. The cast is an eclectic mix of personalities with differing musical and comedy styles. It is good for the entire family.   Click here to view the Playbill.