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Softball Falls to Penn Manor in L-L League Championship

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Team in post game huddle (Cynthia Powell) Sometimes, it’s just not your night. It certainly wasn’t for the Pioneers on Thursday night at Millersville’s Seaber Stadium. The Section 1 champions Penn Manor, who defeated Solanco 10-1 on Tuesday night to reach the title game, were looking to end the Pioneer stranglehold on the league championship trophy. The first three innings of the game told the story for the night. Penn Manor put up nine runs on nine hits, including two home runs. One home run bounced off the glove of the right fielder and over the fence.  “Everything went wrong,” said L-S skipper Earl Rutledge. “They hit the ball where we weren’t… they’re the best team in the area this year, along with us. You’re gonna have it happen once in a while.” Offensively, Ally Raub was the only bright spot for the Pioneers. She recorded two hits, including a double that knocked in the only Pioneer tally on the night. The Comets won the game 11-1, triggering the mercy rule in the 6th inning.  “

Boys' Lacrosse Hosts Dallastown for Scrimmage

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On Wednesday afternoon, the boys’ lacrosse team played a scrimmage against the Dallastown Wildcats. Here are several photos from the game. By Cam Reynolds, LS News Photographer

High School sends swimmers to 2022 District III Swimming Championship Meet

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This Friday and Saturday the 2022 District III Swimming Championship Meet will be held at Cumberland Valley High School. If  you are interested in tuning in to watch here is the live stream link:  https://youtube.com/c/CumberlandValleySwimmingandDiving The following Pioneers are representing the high school in both  individual and relay events. Girls 200 Medley Relay Kylie Gerhardt, Abby Wolff, Jocelyn Romero, Krista Lambert Alt. Grace Schonour 200 Freestyle Ryan Smecker Kyle Spaulding 200 Ind. Medley Kylie Gerhardt 50 Freestyle Zara Paisley Krista Lambert Andrew Reidenbaugh Christian Rota   100 Butterfly Kara Scranton Ashley Prouse Matthew Rota   Girls 200 Free Relay Krista Lambert, Kara Scranton, Ashley Prouse, Zara Paisley Alt. Kylie Gerhardt, Jocelyn Romero, Grace Schonour   Boys 200 Free Relay Ryan Smecker, Christian Rota, Kyle Spaulding, Andrew Reidenbaugh Alt. Matthew Rota and Cooper Honert   100 Freestyle Zara Paisley Ashley Prouse Andrew Reidenbaugh         

Pioneers Defeat Wildcats, Clinch State Playoff Spot

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  The Mechanicsburg Wildcats are the 16th seed in the District III 5A playoffs. But they’re certainly not your average 16th seed. With wins over strong playoff teams such as Lower Dauphin, Milton Hershey, and Mid-Penn champion Cedar Cliff, the Wildcats are a tough team masquerading as a .500 16th seeded team. “I told the guys this is no Gonzaga playing Albany,” said L-S skipper Ed Berryman. “These guys are good.” While the Wildcats never held the lead beyond the opening minutes of the contest, they were constantly nipping at the heels of the 1st seeded and undefeated Pioneers.  The breaking point was right out of the gates in the second half, when the Pioneers went on a 7-0 run. “We talked about wanting it more and being stronger… We were being a little timid at times,” added Berryman. “The kids responded and came out with that run.” The Pioneers were without starting guard Berkeley Wagner, who is dealing with a mid-grade ankle sprain sustained in last Monday’s win over Lebanon. Wagner

Pioneers Roar Past Cedars in L-L League Quarterfinals

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Call the fire department, because there’s a fire to put out. If you haven’t been paying attention, the Pioneers are undefeated on the year while being undeniably the best shooting team in the league from beyond the arc.    Ty Burton in Game vs Lebanon (Cam Reynolds) The three-ball was on full display Monday night, as Ty Burton and company poured 11 3s on the defending league-champion Cedars, whom they defeated by a score of 73-53. Pioneer star Ty Burton was simply unguardable, knocking down everything from open layups to contested three-pointers from well beyond the arc. “I don’t need to shoot those (contested threes) in a close game. I feel like that dog comes out in me and makes me step up my game. You know, I’m feeling it,” added Burton following the game. Up next for the Pioneers? Round three with Manheim Central, who pulled off an upset over Section 1 champ Manheim Township. The Pioneers won the first two matchups against the Barons by 23 points each. However, nobody in the Pionee

Lady Pioneers Fall Just Short in League Quarterfinals

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Saturday night’s L-L League quarterfinal vs Penn Manor was never a game the Pioneers were supposed to win. But with only five minutes until the final buzzer, the Pioneers were within one shot of the lead. Kelsey McTaggart in game vs Garden Spot (Cam Reynolds) It wasn’t the first time the local rivals had faced off. In the Pioneers’ first game of the season, the Comets defeated them by a score of 57-39. The scoreline may have been flattering for the Comets, but nevertheless, set the precedent for Saturday night’s contest. The start of the game wasn’t exactly a barn-burner, with a combined 10 points being scored. The Pioneers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, holding the Comets scoreless for the better part of the first quarter.  Fast forward to the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Pioneers are tied with the Section 1 champion Comets.  It was never meant to be. The Pioneers missed several misses to take the lead and change the momentum, while Comet star Lily Sugra hit her stride. The Comets

Lady Pioneers Defeat Braves, Advance to League Semis

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The excitement of playoff basketball is here. After a strong regular season where the Pioneers earned a record of 13-7 and split the Section 3 title with Manheim Central, the league playoffs have begun. The challenger in the first round was Pequea Valley, the Section 5 runner-up. Head Coach Tony Fink addresses his team in matchup vs Manheim Central (Cam Reynolds) The first half of the game was played at a fast pace by both squads. The Pioneers used Maggie Visniski and Katie Ranck’s height to their advantage, while the Braves played strong defense on the perimeter to subdue the Pioneer wings. The Braves led by two at the end of the first, and the Pioneers would lead by 2 at the half. Until the final minute of the 3rd quarter, the Braves were held scoreless out of the locker room. The Pioneers weren’t having much success on the offensive end either but were scoring enough to gain some breathing room going into the final quarter. The Pioneer defense held strong in the fourth quarter, forc