Kratz sends CD into semis
Bailey Kratz attributes her postseason scoring outburst to simple necessity.
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Junior Raychel Bair collected the assist on the goal as District One champ Christopher Dock (12-5-3) advances to the state semifinDOV IRr WKH firVW WLPH Ln program history. The Pioneers face District 12 winner Conwell-Egan — which defeated District Three champ Tulpehocken 2-1 Saturday at Coatesville — Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
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