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It was quite a week for Grace Francis. It was quite a week for the Annville-Cleona field hockey team.

Never heard of Grace Francis? Oh, you will.

Francis collected five goals and an assist this week to lead the Little Dutchmen to four straight wins. Thanks in part to the sophomore midfielder’s scoring prowess, Annville-Cleona is battling for a Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three title and a District Three Class A playoff spot.

On Monday. Francis netted a goal in Annville-Cleona’s key 3-1 victory over Garden Spot. On Wednesday, Francis tallied both markers in the Little Dutchmen’s 2-0 shutout at Lebanon.

Then two days later, Francis contributed an assist to A-C’s 2-1 triumph over rival Elco. She concluded her week with a pair of goals during the Little Dutchmen’s 7-1 win at Kutztown on Saturday.

In addition to leading her team, Francis is one of the most prolific scorers in both Lebanon County and Section Three of the L-L. A natural scorer, Francis possesses a rare combination of speed, quickness and reach.

The future is certainly bright, for both Francis and Annville-Cleona.

  • Jeff Falk

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