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6th Annual Pioneer Pride Classic - Together We Win

6th Annual Pioneer Pride Classic - Together We Win

L-S athletes kicked off the 2023-2024 sports season on Thursday, August 24, at the 6th annual Pioneer Pride Classic.

a crowd watches the Pioneer Pride Classic event

The sixth-annual Pioneer Pride Classic underway in the LSHS gym

The Pioneer Pride Classic took place indoors this year, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of L-S sports teams, cheerleaders, the marching band, and the friends and family who came out to support them. Students and coaches filled the floor of the high school's competition gym, while spectators lined the bleachers for an evening to celebrate athletics at Lampeter-Strasburg. 

Mr. Matt Shockey and senior Kelsey McTaggart, a girls soccer, girls basketball, track team member, served as the evening's emcees, and the marching band opened the evening with live performances of the L-S alma mater and the national anthem. Athletic director Branden Lippy welcomed everyone and spoke about the year's theme - Together We Win. (note: Together We Win apparel is available to order now through September 5.)

"Together we win. It's what we do at L-S," Dr. Lippy said. "Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, but we do it together." 

Next, Dr. Lippy thanked the L-S High School and field house custodial team for everything they do behind the scenes and gifted each of the nine custodians with a Pioneer Strong t-shirt. Head custodian Karren Kurtz spoke on behalf of the group, stressing the importance of teams and wishing all teams the best of luck in the coming year. 

Mr. Shockey and Kelsey introduced each of the District's teams, recapping their achievements from the 2022-2023 school year. Captains from the fall sports teams also gave a preview of their upcoming seasons, including goals and important upcoming dates.

Finally, senior Trent Wagner, a football team captain, and a football, boys basketball, and boys lacrosse team member, reflected on his time playing sports at L-S.  

Best of luck to every L-S athlete for a fantastic sports season ahead! We're looking forward to seeing what this year has in store. Go Pioneers! 

four speakers at PPC 2023

(from left) Pioneer Pride Classic emcees Kelsey McTaggart and Matt Shockey; Branden Lippy; Trent Wagner (photos Cynthia Powell Photography)

Scenes from the Pioneer Pride Classic 2023

Clockwise from upper left - the marching band performs, varsity cheerleaders perform, everyone stands for the pledge, the LSHS custodial staff is honored

courtesy of Cynthia Powell Photography



Spring Teams


  • The Baseball team played in the L-L League Championship game!
  • One of only seven schools from PA to be awarded the American Baseball Coaches Association Academic Excellence Award.
  • Spring sports are chilly to start, but don’t let that deter you; get out and watch the baseball team!


  • What a crazy turnaround for the softball team from start to finish last season!
  • Won the District Championship by beating East Pennsboro!
  • Looking forward to another great season of softball from our girls!

Boys Lacrosse

  • What another great season for the team! They won their first-ever District Championship!
  • They made it to the State Semifinals for the second straight season!
  • The boys lacrosse team is ready to do more big things this coming spring, so make sure you get out to support them!

Girls Lacrosse

  • The girls’ lacrosse team won their first-ever Section Championship and played in the L-L League Championship game for the first time in school history!
  • Be sure to come down to the stadium this spring and cheer on the girls’ lacrosse team as they look to make a deeper run in the playoffs!

Boys Tennis

  • How about the Boys Tennis Team! L-L League Section Champions and they were undefeated in Section play.
  • Tennis is a short spring season, so plan to stop by the tennis courts and cheer on the boys team before it’s too late!

Track and Field

  • The Track and Field team continues to shine during the season and in the post-season, sending several athletes to Leagues, Districts, and States!
  • Many of those athletes and plenty more will return this spring to take another shot at gold. Make sure you get out and see the track and field team!

Winter Teams

Boys Basketball

  • L-L League Section Champions – might be mention 7 out of the previous 8 years - and were the #2 team entering District playoffs.
  • Qualified for all three: Leagues, Districts and the States!
  • Looking forward to watching the team this winter!

Girls Basketball

  • Finished the regular L-L League season as the #2 team in the Section.  
  • The girls qualified for the quarterfinals of the L-L League Tournament and for the District Championships.
  • Best of luck this season and we can’t wait to watch you again, girls!


  • L-L Section Champions for the first time since 2008!
  • Five athletes qualified for the post-season.
  • Coach Achille was L-L League Coach of the Year!
  • Let’s get out to support the bowling team this winter! They bowl at Rocky Springs.


  • Another great season for both swim teams!
  • Both boys and girls had athletes participate in the League and District meet.
  • The girls’ team had several make it to States at Bucknell University!
  • Make sure you come out to support the swimmers this winter at the L-S YMCA!


  • The Wrestling team had several athletes make it to the League, Sectional, and District postseason.
  • They also had 8 L-L League All-Stars!
  • The wrestling team only has a few home matches during the season, so let’s get out and support them, especially when they are here at L-S!

Fall Teams

Cross Country

  • The boys’ team won the Section Championship for the 5th year in a row.
  • Colin Whitaker won the League and District Championship and was the L-L League Runner of the Year.
  • We also had 8 boys and 1 girl make it to the State Championship meet.
  • Mark your calendars: Season's only home meet is September 12

Field Hockey

  • Finished the regular season tied for #2 in the Section and #13 out of 31 teams in Districts.
  • We talk so much about sports awards, but this is something to mention….We had 13 girls make the All-State Academic Team and 8 the National Academic Team!
  • Mark your calendars: Senior Night is September 25


  • Finished the regular season #2 in Section 4 and #13 out of 23 teams in Districts and made it to the District semifinals.
  • Big game this season should be Senior Night when we play Wyomissing!
  • Mark your calendars: August 25 is the Milk Jug Game


  • Undefeated in the Section for a third year in a row. 
  • Also clinched the L-L Section championship for the third straight year.
  • The team finished fourth in the L-L League Tournament and had four individuals qualify for Districts.

Boys Soccer

  • Finished the regular season #2 in the Section and #13 out of 36 teams in the District and played in the District quarterfinals.
  • Also, we had 4 L-L League All-Stars.
  • Mark your calendars: Play Day is August 26 and Senior Night is September 28

Girls Soccer 

  • Finished the regular season #5 in the Section and had 2 L-L League All-Stars.
  • I know the girls have been working hard this off-season and are ready to come back strong this season!
  • Mark your calendars: August 29 is the first home game of the season

Girls Tennis

  • Finished the regular season #2 in the Section and #3 out of 36 teams in Districts.
  • They advanced to the L-L League team playoffs and then the District team playoffs.
  • Mark your calendars: September 27 is Senior Night


  • Finished the regular season #4 in the Section and #10 out of 32 teams in Districts.
  • They made it to the first round of the District playoffs and had 3 L-L League All-Stars!

Band and Cheerleading

  • Let’s also hear it for the Band and the Cheerleaders! Captains/Seniors, come on up and tell us a little about the Band and Cheerleading squads this fall….
  • Mark your calendars: The cheerleaders and band will perform at the August 25 Milk Jug Game