Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Solanco Runs by Mounts

The rain stopped prior to kickoff, but on a chilly night in which the weather was more suitable for smash-mouth football — weather where the players in the trenches love to show their stuff — Solanco was able to grind out a 39-0 (boxscore) Section Two win over Ephrata at War Memorial Field.

The Mules, despite a valiant effort from the Mounts, who held them to just 12 first-half points, were able to tally 544 yards on the ground, with Lancaster-Lebanon League leading rusher Eric Hopkins leading the way with 29 rushes for 216 yards and two scores.

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Barons rush by Mounts

Ephrata stuffed Manheim Central on its first play from scrimmage Friday night. The Mountaineers ended up doing the same thing on the first plays of the Barons’ next two offensive series.

Unfortunately for Ephrata, Central had a lot of success on many of its other plays, scoring on each of the first six series it had the ball, on the way to posting a 55-0 (boxscore) homecoming victory.

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Bears bite Mounts

A two-score lead for Elizabethtown had evaporated in the final 16 minutes of regulation, as Ephrata pulled even to send things to overtime.

And the Mounts kept a foot on the gas in the extra period, too, with one shot a minute in and another shot four minutes later that would’ve went in if not for E-town keeper Austin Denlinger getting a piece of the ball with his fingertips to send it off the left post to keep the game going.

Three minutes later, with the Lancaster-Lebanon League boys soccer Section Two crown on the line, Bears’ junior midfielder Braden Kreider lined up for a corner kick with intentions to send a boot to the back post, where teammate Colin Wieand usually waited with thoughts to knock it in with a header.

And while Kreider’s kick did go to the back post, the ball instead curved as it soared through the air, curling just inside the top-right corner to give E-town a dramatic 3-2 walk-off win in OT.

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Field Hockey Playoffs start Saturday

The final week of the Lancaster-Lebanon League field hockey season wrapped up on Thursday, capping off a week in which three playoff spots were determined in four days, including two via tiebreaker.

But now the field is set for the 2016 league tournament.

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Pioneers top Mounts

Maybe it was playing under the lights with a large crowd on hand. Maybe it was that they just didn’t want to lose on Senior Night.

Or maybe, it’s simply the fact, that despite being overlooked by many after a 2-5 start, the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers — now on a six-game win streak with a 3-0 shutout of Lancaster- Lebanon League Section Two boys soccer leader Ephrata on Wednesday night — are the real deal.

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