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L-S Marching Band Season Coming to an End

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The 2020 Marching band season has been a tough but successful one so far. With the new circumstances and problems faced with the ongoing pandemic, the Lampeter-Strasburg marching band has fought through the struggles and managed to put on a season and a great show. The Marching Band started virtual rehearsals over zoom in June and from then on escalated to performing at L-S home football games and Thursday night rehearsal shows. Practicing and putting on shows this particular year required a lot of precautions. These precautions included always being 6 feet apart, wearing masks, and performing two shows at a time so everyone's parents could see it while meeting capacity requirements.  Even with all of the requirements that needed to be met, the 10th grader trombone section leader, Laura Leaman, says she "thinks it was a really good season considering the circumstances. It definitely wasn't normal, but we found our ways to still have fun and do what we love!" The show

Pioneers Fall Just Short in State Semifinals

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On Friday night, the District IV champion Jersey Shore Bulldogs traveled to West Lampeter to take on the District III champion Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers at J.K. Mechanical Stadium. With a trip to Hersheypark Stadium on the line, it was a hotly contested battle between two great teams.  After a slow start by both teams, the offenses exploded midway through the first quarter. Cam Allison opened the scoring for the Bulldogs on a 24-yard run. The Pioneer offense answered back immediately after Beau Heyser made a defender miss and trotted into the end zone to level the score. In the 2nd quarter, the Bulldogs started to go to the air. Owen Anderson found the end zone on a hitch & go play call, giving the Bulldogs the lead. Yet again, Beau Heyser answered back, this time a short 3-yard reception. Throughout the rest of the first half, both teams simply aired it out as Berkeley Wagner, Cayden Hess, and Beau Heyser all caught touchdown receptions for their respective teams. Going into hal

Pioneers Win Defensive Battle, Hoist District Trophy

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On a brisk but unseasonably warm Friday night in West Lampeter Township, the Section 3 champion Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers took on the Section 4 champion ELCO Raiders. The Raiders were appearing in their first District III title game since 2001, while the Pioneers looked to defend their title after last season's 35-21 defeat of the Berks Catholic Saints. It was an emotionally charged and hotly contested game that did not disappoint. On paper, this game looked to be a fascinating game to watch. ELCO's league-leading defense and ground-and-pound offensive style clashing with the Pioneer's high-scoring and air-oriented offense. Penalties killed the Pioneer defense throughout the first half, seemingly committing a penalty every time they had a chance to get the Raider offense off the field. The Raiders finally broke the double goose-egg on the scoreboard after Rheece Shuey converted on a 25 yard field goal. The Pioneers entered halftime in uncharted territory. For the first ti

10 Pioneer Athletes Participate in National Signing Day

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On Wednesday morning, 10 Pioneer athletes committed both their academic and athletic futures to post-secondary institutions. The signing ceremony took place in the PAC lobby. Best of luck to all of the student-athletes listed below.  Athletes are listed alphabetically by last name Malania Bauzon Malania has committed to Arcadia University to play lacrosse. The Knights are a Division III school competing in the Middle Atlantic Conference.  Chloe Blantz Also a star for the field hockey team, Chloe will play softball for the University of Delaware. The Blue Hens are a Division I school competing in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens have a strong program, compiling a record of 19-4 in the shortened 2020 season.  Shayla Burns Shayla has committed to Gwynedd Mercy University to play lacrosse. The Griffins are a Division III school participating in the recently founded Atlantic East Conference.  Kelliann Drummond Kelliann has committed to Juniata College to play lacrosse. The E

McTaggart Leads Pioneers Past Conrad Weiser in District Semifinal

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It was a very explosive and equally entertaining night at J.K. Mechanical Stadium. 13 touchdowns, 91 points, and plenty of high-flying action. The game was a must win for both teams, with a ticket to the District III 4-A finals being at stake. Both the #1 seeded Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers and the #4 seeded Conrad Weiser Scouts went into the game with an undefeated record.  After a fumble on the first offensive outing for the Pioneers, Austin Stoltzfus collected a deep ball thrown by QB Sean McTaggart on the first play of the drive resulting in a 70-yard touchdown catch. After a failed fake punt attempt was snuffed out by Conner Nolt, the Pioneers put more points on the board via an amazing catch by Beau Heyser in the back of the end zone. Drew Harris also came out of the backfield to record a touchdown reception in the first quarter. About halfway through the second quarter, Ian Herr showed off his speed en route to a 76-yard touchdown reception. Beau Heyser forced the first turnover

Cross Country District Meet: Boys' Finish 2nd, Whitaker Qualifies For State Meet

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On Saturday, the boys' and girls' cross country teams competed in the 2-A District III meet at Big Spring HS. Both teams had good performances and had individual runners earn medals.  The girls' team finished 3rd out of 7 teams competing. Aubrey Magagna and Jaclyn Martin finished in the top 20 individually, earning medals. Boiling Springs' Peyton Ellis won the individual title with a time of 19:17 and Berks Catholic won the team title with 49 points. Wyomissing and Lampeter-Strasburg were the two closest finishers with scores of 51 and 98 respectively.  Aubrey Magagna, Emma Drouillard, Molly Wissler, Selah Drouillard, Tori Smith, Megan Stratton, Morgan Wright, and Jaclyn Martin (pictured left to right) (via L-S Cross Country Twitter) The boys' team finished 2nd out of 9 teams competing. Colin Whitaker (3rd) and Parker Stoner (16th) earned medals as well. Greencastle-Antrim's Weber Long won the race with a time of 15:47, and Kennard-Dale won the team gold with 45

Pioneers Enter History Books, Finish Regular Season Undefeated

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Looking for a tune-up preparing for the semifinals of the District 3 4-A playoffs, the Pioneers welcomed the Northern Lebanon Vikings in a L-L League mandated crossover game. The Pioneers needed to win the game to secure their first undefeated regular season in the 49-year history of the program.  Austin Stoltzfus makes catch for a touchdown (Jon Klein) The Pioneer offense started off the game with a bang after Austin Stoltzfus made an amazing catch on a deep ball thrown by Sean McTaggart. They never looked back from there, scoring 56 more unanswered points. On the next drive for the Vikings, Beau Heyser jumped a route and returned an interception 38 yards to give the Pioneers a two score lead. Later in the quarter, Sean McTaggart escaped the Viking pass rush and scrambled for a 21 yard TD run. Conner Nolt also blocked a kick for the 2nd consecutive week, this time a punt that was recovered by Elijah Carr for a touchdown.  In the final three quarters of the game, many of the backups go