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Wrestling Team Falls to Indians

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On Thursday night, the wrestling team traveled to Mount Joy for a brawl with the Donegal Indians. Scroll down to see the full results and pictures from the match. By Logan Thompson, LS News President 113: Conner Erb pinned by N. Hinkle 120: Elijah Myers falls to M. Overlander via decision 126: Riley Bonholtzer falls to Wendall Jonas via decision 132: Andrew Cramer defeats Landon Keller via decision 138: Owen Mitchell pinned by Landen Baughman 152: Hayden Dombrowski pinned by Ian Brown 160: Jaiden Newton defeats Andrew Small via decision 172: Joel Bitler defeats Silas Mumper via decision Final Score: Donegal 51, Lampeter-Strasburg 9

Pioneers Dominate Eagles on Remembrance Night

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  It’s safe to say Lampeter-Strasburg is the powerhouse in Section 3. They’d won five straight section titles from 2016 to 2020, until Cocalico ended the reign last year. The Eagles defeated the Pioneers twice, winning 45-43 at home and 49-43 in Lampeter.  The Pioneers have steamrolled through the competition in the early season, earning an 8-0 record and is ranked the 4th best 5A team in the state by Trib HSSN. The Eagles have had a rough go to start the season, entering Wednesday’s game with a 3-5 record.  The game itself was never even close to competitive, with the Pioneers shooting lights out from the get-go and playing strong defense. The story of the game was the ones who were no longer with us. Prior to the game, Jim “Pops” Anderson was honored. Pops was a diehard Pioneer fan, hardly ever missing a baseball, football, or basketball game. Most of the time, he also had a scorebook in hand. At halftime, 2018 graduate and 1000 point scorer Ryan Smith was honored. Smith died in Marc

Berryman Coaches Pioneers to 100th victory, Wert Scores 26

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After sixteen years at the school and six as the head coach, Ed Berryman has won his 100th game as the Pioneer skipper. Berryman took the job following the 2015-16 season, replacing John Achille. Since then, he’s won six section titles, the program’s only league title, and reached the state playoffs three times. I wasn’t able to talk to Coach Berryman with all of the post-game festivities, but he seemed happy with his accomplishment. Neither team came out of the gate fast on Monday evening in West Lampeter. The Pioneers steadily built their lead, sparked by a pair of thunderous blocks by Ben Wert. The first one was swatted to the wall of the gymnasium, and the second was ripped out of the hands of the opposing player.  Wert was no slouch on the offensive end either, scoring a career and game high of 26 points. 9 of those points came from beyond the arc, and 5 came from the free-throw line. In response to his star performance, Wert added “My team found me. Some shots dropped, so that’s

Wrestling Falls to Ephrata

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I n the last match before winter break, the wrestling team hosted the Ephrata Mountaineers for a sectional matchup. Scroll down to see the full results and pictures from the match. By Cam Reynolds, LS News Photographer 120: Conner Erb pins Brady Thomas 126: Elijah Myers falls to Nate Horst via decision 132: Riley Bonholtzer pins Richard Berry 138: Owen Mitchell pinned by Tanner McCracken 152: Ian Van Deusen pinned by Scott Winter 160: Hayden Dombrowki pinned by Austin Brass 172: Joel Bitler pins Devon Litten 189: Owen Witmer pinned by James Ellis 285: Tre Spahr pins Gavin Moyer Final: Ephrata 39, Lampeter-Strasburg 24

Pioneers Down Crusaders in Defensive Tussle

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It wasn’t a very pretty start to the night in West Lampeter, for either squad. It seemed as if every Crusader possession ended with a turnover, and every Pioneer possession ended with a miss on a wide-open shot.  The Pioneers slowly but steadily built a first-half lead, strongly aided by the efforts of Luke Hines off the bench. Hines recorded 7 points and 7 rebounds, all in the first half. As a whole, the Pioneers played outstanding defense, forcing turnover after turnover. Following the game, Hines had to say, “I thought most of it was just the defense, we got after it after yesterday (a 86-71 win over Conestoga Valley).”  I’m not sure what Lancaster Catholic head coach Joe Klazas had to say in the locker room, but it worked. The Crusaders looked as if they were shot out of a cannon, going on an 11-0 run to start the second half. All of a sudden, it was only a 4-point Pioneer lead.  The turning point of the game was the Pioneer's response to that run. After a timeout, the Pioneers

Pioneers Win Nail Biter at Conestoga Valley, Continue Their Win Streak

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Last night's battle between the two Lampeter Township schools was nothing short of electric. The Pioneers were able to pull ahead late in the fourth to claim victory at CV in a high energy game. The boys in blue finished strong, winning 86-71. Ben Wert in Game vs Manheim Central (Logan Thompson) The stands were filled before the JV game even ended. You could feel the tension within the building leading all the way up to tip off. You could tell CV wanted their revenge after being stumped earlier in the fall in the Lampeter Bowl. They were unsuccessful in their revenge tour. Right from the get-go, both squads made the weather forecast change to, “raining 3’s!” Nobody could miss from beyond the ark. Seniors Luka Vranich, Isaiah Parido, and Berkeley Wagner took charge with strong leadership to end the first half with a score of 50-39, with the Pioneers leading. However, the game wasn’t over yet. The Buckskins charged back after keeping the game close throughout the 3rd quarter. The mom

Pioneers Dominate Mules, Move to 4-0

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If you were looking for a competitive basketball game Friday night, Quarryville was not the place to be. Lampeter-Strasburg dominated every facet of the game, winning 70-47 over local rivals Solanco.    Luka Vranich in Game vs Manheim Central (Logan Thompson) However, everybody in attendance was treated to a showcase of how beautiful the game can be when the Pioneers are in the building.  The Golden Mules played Pioneer star Ty Burton very close. But it didn’t matter. Whenever the defense would zero in on Burton, he would kick it out to a wide open teammate, who seemingly always knocked down the shot. By the final buzzer, the Pioneers had knocked down 12 three-pointers off the fingertips of 6 different players.  While Burton is certainly the pilot, Luka Vranich is the engine that makes the plane fly. Friday night, he finished with 6 points, also adding 6 assists and 10 rebounds. Vranich can do a little bit of everything, from running the offense to doing the dirty work down inside. Bur

Girls Basketball: A Bright Beginning

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Although the record of 1-2 doesn’t seem to be as promising as hoped, the Lady Pioneers basketball team began their playoff campaign in an assuring fashion. Head coach Tony Fink stated after game two that “after the first game we still weren’t sure what this team was capable of, but they proved that they can compete with a great team and they are capable of making noise in the playoffs”. Fink made this statement after the Pioneers’ second loss to the Manheim Central Barons who are favored to win the section title.  The assistant coach Brian Schultz also claims that the Lady Pioneers played the best defense that game that he had ever seen in all of his years of coaching. If you asked any player on the team, they would state their frustration from the loss of that game, but they would also tell you that the crusade is most definitely not over.   The Pioneers’ biggest challenge continues to be the offensive side of the ball. Each player on the team has contributed at least a couple of turn