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Jacoby leads baseball team to 6-4 victory as it works to re-enter playoff picture

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On crisp, cool Friday nights at the Pioneer sports complex, Bear Shank hits things. Usually, it's open receivers, but in this case, football coach John Manion was sitting in the press box as a volunteer scorekeeper. Instead, Shank broke out of an epic slump by hitting a hard single to right field to drive in two runs and give L-S a lead to start the game. "Let's say that," Shank replied to a question as to whether it was his first hit in a while.


After the first inning, the Pioneers had opened a 3-0 lead that one could have mistaken for an offensive explosion given the team's anemic bats of late. Now on a two-game winning streak that succeeds a stretch where the team lost seven of eight and averaged just 2.5 runs per game, the team has gained some much needed momentum entering the home stretch of the season.

Meanwhile, the team is developing some new pitchers.

Todd Shelley got the start for the Pioneers and threw the first 3⅓ innings during which he scattered three r…

Concert review: Jazz band performance a foot-tapping thrill

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It's Thursday night, and you've got to go to your sibling's concert: boring right? Not if it's the jazz concert! This event, held yearly in the spring in the high school PAC, was anything but boring!

With songs from the sixth graders such as "El Taco Rocko", songs from the seventh and eighth like "In the Mood", and ones from the high schoolers such as "Red Clay", the audience was hard pressed not to dance in their seats throughout the night!

Toes were tapping and lips were smiling as each ensemble gave it their all, with improvised solos interspersed throughout most of the songs. The high school ensemble even had a vocalist, Sammi Ingram, singing a fabulous rendition of the song "Orange Colored Sky". Other selections from the high school included a piece featuring senior trombonists called "Lassus Trombone" on which Mr. Royer, a trombonist himself, played along, "Sing Sang Sung", "Boplicity", and &qu…

Scholars in the Spotlight: Mile splits, measuring cups, and math!

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Math is a mindset. No one demonstrates that more than Alyssa Cunningham.
She likes taking challenging math courses at school.
She likes passing the mile marker in her 5K Cross Country race and calculating her mile splits in her head.
And she even likes measuring out the ingredients for a new recipe she is concocting.
And so, it is no surprise that Cunningham was named the Math Burrowes Scholar this year.

However, that was not the only subject for which she was recognized. In addition, Cunningham will be recognized for the Family and Consumer Sciences at the Burrowes Scholar Banquet on May 5.

“I was really surprised,” says Cunningham when asked about the FCS award.

Although cooking is among one of Cunningham’s hobbies, much of coursework at school is spent in the math and science areas, her favorites.

Cunningham is a three-time Burrowes Scholar recipient and was previously recognized for math in eighth grade.

"I’m very left-brained, the logic behind math comes easily to me," she sa…

Groshong's gem snaps losing streak for L-S baseball team

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Under the lights, everything changes.

With the indisputable staff ace, Garrett Groshong, on the hill and students filling the bleachers and grass, the excitement was palpable as the game began.

Groshong retired the side in the first … and the second … and the third … and the fourth, allowing just one baserunner in each inning.

All the while, though, the offense struggled. In the first inning, Kris Pirozzi and Connor Brown reached second and third, but the third through fifth hitters went down in order with no runs coming home.

"I tried to stay calm," says Groshong in regards to the lack of run support. "I pitch better when I'm happy."

Groshong credited third baseman Colin Eckman for helping him stay loose during the game, something the team as a whole did with constant bantering from the dugout and the diamond.

The offense finally awoke in the fifth inning when Groshong himself reached on an error, advanced to third after an errant throw on a bunt single by Andrew H…

Crushing the Crimson Tide: Mercy rule invoked after three innings

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Scoring 11 runs in the first inning, the Pioneers cruised to a 15-0 victory today over Columbia. They succeeded in hitting throughout the lineup as they tallied nine singles, three doubles, and two triples on the day. Bri Garber began the rally for the Pioneers with a bunt single down the first base line. Jordyn Kondras and Hanna Garber quickly added two singles of their own. Delaney Baker followed with a walk, and Jordan Weaver drove in Garber and Baker with a double to right center. With four runs on the board Caroline Braungard settled for a walk. Back-to-back doubles from Kylie Weaver and Bri Garber added two more runs. Kondras and Hanna Garber singled again, and a Baker triple sent them both home. Jordan Weaver singled to left field allowing Baker to score the last run of the attack.
The bottom of the second inning served  as another opportunity for the Pioneers to add to their lead. Starting with a single from Braungard, the team took advantage of Kylie Weaver’s infield single an…

For the love of the game: Softball team excels with passion, attention to detail

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For most teams, a two-run win over a team that leads its section would be cause for unqualified celebration. Then again, the Lampeter-Strasburg softball team, now 14-0, has few qualities of most teams.

Having outscored opponents 161-10 on the season, it can be easy -- almost obvious -- to look ahead, but the team is trying to stay focused on the next game, as difficult as that can be.

"We're trying to take it one game at a time and not overlook opponents," explains senior pitcher Jordan Weaver, the staff ace who has accepted a scholarship to pitch at Mount St. Mary's next spring. "We looked past yesterday."

Yesterday, the Pioneers eked out a 6-4 win over the Pequea Valley Braves, far from the comfortable blowouts to which this team has grown accustomed. In some ways, the narrow victory may serve as a wakeup call.
"We have to take care of business," says Robin Feaster, another senior leader. "We do take things for granted sometimes and we shouldn…

Scholars in the Spotlight: Building a foundation for success, John Kurtz wins Tech Ed award

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For Jonathan Kurtz, technology education has become a huge part of his life. He traces that influence to one individual, his teacher for Wood Tech II, Mr. Adrian Baker.
"In Wood Tech II," Kurtz reflects, "we got to choose our own projects."
This opportunity for independence led him to enjoy the course.
Baker recalls that Kurtz took on projects far more advanced than many of his peers, such as a complicated desk that took more work than initially Kurtz anticipated, but that he worked hard to finish.
That tenacity and drive to learn sets Kurtz apart.
"John has been a pleasure to work with during his time in my classes," Baker says. "He is always polite and asks good questions. John's hard work and dedication have allowed him to create some excellent projects."
Kurtz finds freedom in wood tech that he does not necessarily find elsewhere; in tandem with the opportunity to have fun building and working with his hands, it is no surprise he so thoroughly…

Trouble on the tennis courts: A 5-0 loss ends the season for the boys tennis team

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With the temperatures increasing and spring sports coming to an end, the Lampeter-Strasburg boys tennis team fought hard in a long, tiresome battle against Conestoga Valley. Despite having a rather promising season, the Pioneers lost 5-0 against the triumphing Buckskins.
The finality of this match is memorable to many graduating seniors, as it may be their last season ever playing tennis. Although not continuing to play tennis on a team after high school, since tennis is a lifetime sport, the boys are sure to enjoy their beloved sport throughout their lifetimes.
Sporting matching red shirts to celebrate the American Heart Association, the boys played in several close matches throughout the afternoon. With Greg Mowrer, playing singles, and Matt O’Neil and Tyler Thorius playing doubles, all lost their matches after an exhausting, time consuming tiebreaker.
Despite the rout, team spirits were high.
After a fun and strenuous regular season, in which the team finished 6-8, they now head to …