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Volleyball: Pioneers Swept by Mounts in Section 2 Battle

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  The Pioneer volleyball team played at home against Ephrata on Thursday night. L-S entered the matchup with a record of 2-3. The Pioneers started the set strong with Hannah Williams serving. They had a slow start, falling behind with a score of 4-1, but slowly caught up with Emily Mullin's powerful serves. Ephrata ended up winning the set with a 25-10 score. Alexis Moran spiking in the match at Solanco (Logan Thompson) Between Sachi Singh's countless dives and Alexis Moran's blocks, you'd never know they ended up losing with all the effort and dedication that was given during the second set. The final score was 25-13. Williams put L-S in the lead with her serve for the start of the third set. The girls were determined to win. The set kept everyone on their toes! Throughout the entire set, the game was changing point by point to each team. As soon as one of the teams fell behind, they quickly tied it back up. Mullin's spike brought the score from 14-14 to 15-14. Unf

Field Hockey: Pioneers Duel Barons Under the Lights

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  On Thursday night, the field hockey team hosted Manheim Central in a crucial Section 2 matchup. Both the Barons and the Pioneers were looking to keep their foothold in the title race. The Pioneers won the last meeting between these teams 4-0. The Pioneers struck first. A shot from Tori Heiserman thundered against the frame of the goal, rebounding right onto the stick of Marissa Rice and into the net. After tumultuous pressure, Kiley Hoser finally equalized the score shortly before the halftime whistle. With 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Barons were awarded a penalty shot, which was saved by a diving Brooke Zuber. Shortly into the 4th quarter, Ally Raub tapped in a goal from close range off a beautiful pass from Heiserman. Not to be outdone, the Barons quickly leveled the score at 2 with a Ella Brubaker shot. Maggie Swarr had a great chance to score what would be the game-winner with 9 minutes remaining, but her shot bounced off the left frame. The game was destined for overt

Cross Country: Pioneers Sweep Meet Over Columbia and Cocalico

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On Tuesday, the cross country team headed to Denver for a tri-meet with the Eagles and the Crimson Tide. The boys entered with a record of 5-0, firmly atop the Section 2 standings. The girls were 3-2, hoping to keep the title dream alive. The start of a home-meet earlier this season (Logan Thompson) For the girls, neither Cocalico or Columbia had enough runners to field a full team. Paige Reeser won the race individually with a time of 21:41. Followed by her were 7 straight Pioneers, led by Jaclyn Martin and Aubrey Magagna with times of 22:02 and 22:46 respectively. The Pioneers defeated both teams by a 15-50 score. The boys team showed off their depth in a unique way. The top five runners in the race were separated by only 1.12 seconds. They were all wearing blue and white. Adrian Elia, Luka Vranich, Colin Whitaker, Ben Devine, and Parker Stoner (in that order) composed the top five.  Boys Race Finish Full Individual Results (Girls) Full Individual Results (Boys) The team has the next

Boys' Soccer: Pioneers Fall 3-1 to Spartans

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On Tuesday afternoon, the boys' soccer team hosted the Garden Spot Spartans in a league matchup.  After a goal-less first half, the Spartans drilled in 3 goals in a span of 15 minutes during the second half. The goals were scored by Jack Bruggeman, George Rohrbaugh, and Luke Steiner.  Christian Medina bagged a late consolation goal on an assist from Alex An. The next game for the team is Thursday night, away at Lancaster Mennonite.  Photos by Logan Thompson,  LS News President

Pioneers Defeat Mules, Hoist Milk Jug Trophy

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The fifty-yard line at J.K. Mechanical Field is exactly 10 miles away from the fifty-yard line at Solanco High School. While maybe that's just a random trivia fact you'll forget about tomorrow, it sets the stage for a fierce gridiron rivalry. The Pioneers and the Golden Mules, fighting for the glory of the Milk Jug Trophy. On the opening drive, the Mules dove into the bag of tricks. Robert Castanga took the handoff from his quarterback, ran near the line of scrimmage, set his feet, and tossed it downfield to a wide-open Elijah Cunningham for the first score of the game.  On the other hand, the Pioneers looked dull and behind the 8-ball during the first quarter. Things went from bad to worse after that, with star tight-end Beau Heyser getting injured attempting to catch a low pass from Berkeley Wagner.  In the absence of Heyser, others took the spotlight. Hunter Hildenbrand and Julian Lopez both found the endzone for the first time, Hildenbrand in the air and Lopez on the ground

Girls Tennis sweeps Garden Spot, 7-0

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Yesterday, the Lampeter-Strasburg Girls Tennis team shut out Garden Spot with a 7-0 victory. Singles: Ryan Gerhardt, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Erika Chernovsky, Garden Spot, 6-2, 6-0. Singles: Kylie Gerhardt, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Natalie Wirta, Garden Spot, 6-1, 6-0. Singles : Laura Leaman, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Maggie Martin, Garden Spot, 6-1, 6-1. Singles : Lindsey Steele, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Nicole Zeiset, Garden Spot, 6-2, 6-4. Doubles : Ryan Gerhardt and Kylie Gerhardt, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Erika Chernovsky and Natalie Wirta, Garden Spot, 8-1. Doubles : Laura Leaman and Kati Platt, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Maggie Martin and Nicole Zeiset, Garden Spot, 8-1. Doubles : Maddie Snyder and Katie Finn, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Bella Robbins and Leah Moua, Garden Spot, 8-0. Photos by Logan Thompson,  LS News President

Cross Country: Boys Remain Undefeated, Girls Keep it Close

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On Tuesday afternoon, the cross country team hosted a meet with Annville-Cleona, Donegal, and Manheim Central. Both the boys and the girls were 2-0 heading into the meet.  The girls ran first. Annville-Cleona's Braetan Peters won the race by a whole minute with a time of 20:18. Jaclyn Martin was the top finisher for the Pioneers and the 2nd best finisher overall with a time of 21:18. Aubrey Magagna, Morgan Wright, Molly Wissler, and Keira Smecker rounded out the Pioneer top 5. The girls took a 27-33 win against the Dutchmen but fell to the Barons and Indians by margins of 5 and 3.  Unsurprisingly, Colin Whitaker took home the win in the boys' race with a time of 16:26. Six out of the top ten runners in the race belonged to the blue and white. Parker Stoner, Adrian Elia, Ben Devine, and David Pritchard were the other top 5 finishers for L-S. The Pioneers dominated the race, taking home 3 wins all by a very large margin.  The boys are now 5-0 and are uncontested at the top of the

Volleyball: Pioneers Take Down Golden Mules 3-0

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  On Wednesday night, the Pioneer volleyball team took the short trip down to Quarryville for a battle with the Golden Mules. The Pioneers entered the matchup with a 1-1 record, shutting out Lebanon and falling to Garden Spot. The Mules were also 1-1, defeating Cocalico but losing to Lebanon. The Pioneers were without two of their better players in Emily Mullin and Anya Myers, presenting a tough challenge for the team.  The Pioneers jumped out to an early 6-2 lead thanks to a serving run from Jenna Hoover in the first set. From there, neither team was able to gain significant momentum until Hoover went on another run to bring the Pioneers within 4 points of winning the set. Once the Pioneers brought it to set point, the Mules went on a spirited run but fell just short, losing the set 25-22.  The second set was less competitive, with the Mules unable to get on any kind of run until late in the set. With the Pioneers on the doorstep of the set win, the Mules went on another run but were

Garden Spot FFA celebrates 2020-2021 accomplishments

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Throughout the summer, the Garden Spot FFA has done an extravagant amount of work to either close the season or prepare the season. In May of 2021, the officer team faced the challenge of COVID - 19 while trying to prepare for the annual awards and recognition banquet. While half of the officer team was in school and the other half was out, this made planning extremely difficult. Due to all school COVID rules, our banquet was held outside in May.  The annual awards and recognition banquet is the most memorable event of the year. FFA members are recognized for their awards and achievements, team and individual successes. Here are a few highlights to share with you. Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Star: The placement award recognizes the students who excelled in quality record-keeping, have grown through their SAE and model what a “Star” SAE project looks like. These recipients have an SAE in the area of placement or employment.  Bryce Johnson Jeslyn Krebs Jackson Price  Alec Wa

Pioneers Pitch Another Shutout, Bring Home Lampeter Bowl

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  On Friday, the football team traveled to East Lampeter Township for the creatively named "Lampeter Bowl." Both teams won their games last week, with the Buckskins surging back late to defeat Garden Spot, and the boys from the west end shutting out Penn Manor.  Several Pioneer players prior to the Penn Manor game (Logan Thompson) I'd like to say the trophy matchup was a barn-burning back-and-forth shootout, but it was anything but. 20 minutes into the game, we were still waiting for the first points to be scored. Both offenses were moving the ball, but neither team was able to make the one big play to make a difference.  Late in the first half, Giovanni Malatesta found a gap and broke off a 29-yard run. A late hit was called on the Buckskins, tacking 15 yards onto the play and putting the Pioneers into pole position. Jonathan Mellinger would punch it in from the goal line a few plays later to open the scoring. The Buckskins had a strong rushing attack going, but were a b