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Lady Pioneers Come Up Big Late, Defeat Blazers

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On Monday night, the Lady Pioneers hosted the Lancaster Mennonite Blazers in a non-league match-up. The Blazers came into the game with a 3-1 record, losing to only Lancaster Catholic. On paper, the matchup looked thrilling, and it certainly did not disappoint.  Kiersten Hostetter in Game vs Garden Spot, 2020 (Logan Thompson) After the Blazers jumped out to an early lead, the Pioneers scored 11 unanswered points to earn a 5 point lead by the end of the quarter. The scoring run was prompted by quick-thinking Kiersten Hostetter, who intercepted a pass intended for Mariah Wilson, then raced to the other end to convert on an and-one layup. Emma Drouillard also had a strong first quarter, scoring 7 points on 50% shooting. The Pioneers led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Pioneer offense went cold in the second quarter, scoring just 6 points. Strong play on both ends by Lily Lehman and Mariah Wilson propelled the Blazers back into the lead. Wilson finished the half with 11 points,

Burton Shines as Pioneers Defeat Golden Mules

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On Friday night, the Boys' Basketball team hosted the Solanco Golden Mules. The last time the Mules defeated the Pioneers, most of the players in tonight's game were in preschool (2007). The Mules entered the game with a record of 0-2, losing a heartbreaker to Penn Manor and getting blown out by Red Lion. Tyler Burton in Game vs Manheim Central (Jon Klein) The Mules came out of the gates firing, with Zed Baker playing exceptionally well. Baker had 8 points during the quarter, including 2 three-pointers. Tyler Burton and Ben Wert kept the Pioneers afloat as the Mules went into the second quarter with a 17-15 lead. The Pioneers looked rejuvenated in the second quarter, with Tyler Burton shooting lights out for the Pioneers. Burton scored 10 points during the quarter, bringing his scoring total to 16. Brady Cole also played well, keeping possessions alive with good offensive-rebounding. Going into the break, the Pioneers led by a score of 32-23. The third quarter played out simila

Pioneers Fight Hard, Win Close Battle Over Barons

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  On Wednesday night, the Boys' Basketball team hosted the Manheim Central Barons. Going into the game, the Pioneers had won 6 straight meetings between the teams dating back to 2017. The Barons entered the game with a record of 1-1, defeating Fleetwood and narrowly losing to Cocalico.  Both teams started off fast, passing the ball well and hitting open shots. Isaiah Parido led the way for the Pioneers in the first quarter, scoring 7 points. The Barons led 15-13 at the end of the quarter.  Things slowed down a bit in the second quarter, with both teams entering the bonus due to poor off-ball fouls. At halftime, the game was tied at 23. Tyler Burton carried the scoring load in the quarter, scoring 5 points. Trey Grube and Wyatt Becker led the way for the Barons, both nearing 10 points at the end of the first half.  The Pioneers gained both momentum and the lead during the 3rd quarter, playing team basketball on the offensive side of the ball and getting some much-needed stops on the

Pioneers Coast Past Barons After Strong 4th Quarter

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After a strong showing in New Holland Friday night, the Lady Pioneers headed home to host the Manheim Central Barons Wednesday night. The Barons entered the game with a record of 1-1, losing to Cocalico and defeating Red Land.  Jenna Daveler in Game vs Cocalico, 2020 (Logan Thompson) After 6 and a half minutes of missed shots, Maddie Knier converted on a free throw for the Barons to break the deadlock. It was a very defensive first quarter, with the two teams scoring a combined 6 points throughout the entire quarter. The Pioneers led 5-1, with Jenna Daveler scoring all 5 points.  After missing her first 8 shots, Emma Drouillard started to find her groove, scoring 7 points in the second quarter. Maddie Knier and Katie Kroll led the way for the Barons, scoring 5 points each during the first half. Going into halftime, the Pioneers held a 22-13 lead.  In the third quarter, the Pioneers maintained their lead with Jenna Daveler and Maddie Knier doing the scoring for their respective teams. T

Drouillard and Swarr lead the way as Lady Pioneers Win Season Opener

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The Pioneers last took the court 342 days ago, with the Garden Spot Spartans defeating the Pioneers by a score of 34-31 in West Lampeter. After a 2-week government-mandated shutdown, high school basketball has finally begun.  Maggie Visniski in Game vs Garden Spot, 2020 (Logan Thompson) Kiersten Hostetter scored the first points of the young season for the Pioneers, sinking a free throw after being fouled shooting a layup. After a few missed shots by both teams, the Pioneers took control of the game as Katie Ranck, Maggie Swarr, and Emma Drouillard all converted on three-point attempts during the remainder of the quarter. The Pioneers led by a score of 20-8 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, turnovers hurt the Spartans as Maggie Swarr and Emma Drouillard led the Pioneers into halftime with a 20 point lead. Swarr and Taylor Soehner led the scoring for their respective teams going into the break. The third quarter was much of the same, however, Taylor Soehner was abl

Burton explodes onto scene as Pioneers down Spartans

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319 days. That's how many days it's been since the Pioneers last hit the hardwood, losing to York Suburban in the District III playoffs. Almost one full year later, the Pioneers and the Garden Spot Spartans tip-off again in the midst of the same pandemic that began last campaign. Last season, the Pioneers won both matchups with the Spartans, including a double-overtime thriller on February 2, 2020.  Nick del Grande in Game vs Garden Spot, 2020 (Jon Klein) Having recently returned from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, expectations were high for 5' 9'' freshman guard Tyler Burton heading into his first high school game. Burton scored the first points of the new campaign for the Pioneers, driving to the net and sinking a reverse layup. The game started off slow for both teams, with the layup from Burton being the only points of the night 2 and a half minutes into the game. The rest of the quarter proved to be much of the same until Luka Vranich intercepted an inbound

Boys' Basketball: Section 3 Preview

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On November 18th, Lancaster-Lebanon League officials voted to push the beginning of section play for winter sports back to the first week of January. Nevertheless, the high school basketball season is quickly approaching, with teams allowed to begin non-league play on December 11th. Here's a preview for Section 3.  Luka Vranich Goes Up For Shot in District III Consolation Semifinals (Jon Klein/Ethan Sauder) Manheim Central Barons Baron Head Coach Charlie Fisher in Game vs. Lampeter-Strasburg (Chris Knight LNP) The Barons are coming off a 2019-20 season where they finished with a record of 10-12. Things are looking good for the Barons this year, as they retain all of their key players. The first team, Section 3 all-star duo of Cam Eberly and sharpshooter Trey Grube, should lead the Barons to a winning record.  Cocalico Eagles Carter Nuneville Protects Ball in Game vs. Garden Spot (Chris Knight LNP) The Eagles had a solid 2019-20 season finishing 2nd in Section 3 with a record of 12-

Girls' Basketball: Section 3 Preview

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On November 18th, Lancaster-Lebanon League officials voted to push the beginning of section play for winter sports back to the first week of January. Nevertheless, the high school basketball season is quickly approaching, with teams allowed to begin non-league play on December 11th. Here's a preview for Section 3.  Emma Drouillard Shoots 3-Pointer in Game vs. Cocalico (Logan Thompson)  Garden Spot Spartans 2018-19 Garden Spot Girls Basketball Team (GS Girls Basketball Twitter) The Spartans finished the 2019-20 season with a record of 8-14. The duo of Erin Gonzalez and Taylor Soehner is expected to lead the Spartans this season, averaging roughly 15 points per game between the two of them in the last campaign. 2023 winger Nicole Zeiset should also play a bigger role on the team in the upcoming season.   Cocalico Eagles Naleah Sauder in Game vs. Warwick (Chris Knight LNP) The Eagles are coming off a season where they finished right below Section 3 foe Garden Spot in the District III