Pioneers March On, Steamroll Mountaineers

Last season as a Sophomore, Ben Wert averaged 5.3 points per game on 45% shooting for the Pioneers. This season, he’s the 8th highest scorer in the L-L league averaging just over 16 points per game. 

Ben is affectionately known by teammates as “Squirt” Wert. When asked where the nickname comes from and what it means, Wert wasn’t exactly sure. “It came from Nick (del Grande). I don’t really know what it means”. 

“He’s been enormous, and I think it shows when they basically try to face guard him to keep him from getting the ball,” added L-S coach Ed Berryman. Wert scored 25 points on Tuesday night, knocking down four three-pointers and converting five out of six from the stripe. 

As expected, the game wasn’t anything to write home about, with the Pioneers up 73-27 at the final horn. Isaiah Parido added 12 to pace the Pioneers, while Berkeley Wagner contributed 9 points and 8 assists to the effort. On the Mountaineer side, Dylan Kohl had an outstanding game with 16 points off the bench. 

The Pioneers are now just three games away from a perfect regular season. They’ll travel to Cocalico on Friday, Bishop McDevitt on Saturday, and host Garden Spot in the finale next Tuesday. The Mounts drop to 6-13 and will travel to Conestoga Valley on Friday. 

By Logan Moyer, LS News Editor-in-Chief

Photos by Cam Reynolds, LS News Photographer

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