SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. – North Clarion’s Tori Obenrader and Terry Dreihaup and Port Allegany’s Cailey Barnett are the major All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com District 9 girls’ basketball award winners for the 2017 season.
Obenrader, the She-Wolves junior star, is the District 9 Player of the Year, while Dreihaup is the Coach of the Year and Barnett, a freshman star in the making, the Rookie of the Year.
In addition to the major awards, first -, second- and third-team All-District 9 teams were chosen.
Joining Obenrader as first-team All-District are Bradford’s Bri Wells, Coudersport’s Haley Keck, DuBois’ Ashley Hallowell, Karns City’s Emily Hegedus, Otto-Eldred’s Camryn Thomas and Punxsutawney’s Leah Miller. All of them expect Wells, who is a senior, are juniors.
The second-team All-District includes A-C Valley’s Ellie Thompson, Kane’s Ella Marconi, Keystone’s Taylor Geer, Moniteau’s Kristina DeMatteis and Alazia Greaves and Smethport’s Abbey Woodard.
On third-team All-District are Curwensville’s Hannah Dixon, Karns City’s Mackenzie Craig, Northern Potter’s Kalie Cowburn, Port Allegany’s Autumn Buchsenschutz and Ridgway’s Emily Fullem.
All award winners and all-district performers receive either a plaque or a certificate courtesy of All American Awards & Engraving in Shippenville.
This is the 18th year of the postseason District 9 awards and the 17th they have been housed at D9Sports.com (the first year, 2000, the awards were awarded by the Tri-County Sunday out of DuBois). It marks the ninth year All American Awards & Engraving has been the title sponsor of the awards.
The 2012 Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry Business of the Year in the Economic Development Division, All American Awards & Engraving is located on Route 322 in Shippenville.
The company, which specializes in all kinds of awards, trophies and engraving products as well as screen printing and embroidery, will put just about anything on just about anything. It can be found on the web at www.allamericanhq.com or by calling 1-877-402-9273.
D9Sports.com is in its 17th year of covering athletics within the PIAA’s District 9. The independent media site, which became part of the EYT Media family of sites (www.exploreClarion.com, www.exploreJeffersonPa.com, www.exploreVenango.com) in December 2015 is not affiliated with the PIAA or PIAA District 9 in any way.
NOTES – In order to be eligible for the award or the all-district team, a player must participate in at least 70 percent of his team’s games. In order to be eligible for Rookie of the Year, a Player must be either a freshman or a sophomore who saw limited or no time as freshman.
OBENRADER NAMED ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Obenrader had a fantastic junior season helping North Clarion to a 26-3 record with District 9 Class 1A, KSAC and KSAC North championships. The She-Wolves advanced to the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
On the year, the 5-foot-10 forward averaged 23.5 points, 15.8 rebounds. 3.2 assists per game, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game leading District 9 in scoring and finishing second in rebounding. In seven postseason games, she raised the level of play scoring 26.6 points per game while adding 15.9 rebounds per game. Obenrader also recorded double-doubles in 28 of North Clarion 29 games including recording at least 15 rebounds 18 times with 20 or more in seven games. She also scored over 40 points twice, including a career-high 42 points to go with 22 rebounds against Clarion.
Obenrader, who shot 51 percent from the field with 53 3-pointers, will enter her senior season already having achieved 1,000 points (1,436) and 1,000 rebounds (1,137) in her career after scoring a school-record 682 points in 2017 to go with 457 rebounds.
She was a first-team All-District 9 player and second-team Class 1A All-State performer as a sophomore and was the District 9 Rookie of the Year as well as a second-team All-District choice as a freshman.
DREIHAUP COACH OF THE YEAR
In four season at the helm of North Clarion, Dreihaup has turned the She-Wolves into something they never were before: champions.
Prior to winning the KSAC North title in 2016, North Clarion had never won a divisional, conference or district title. Two years later, the She-Wolves have two KSAC North title, a KSAC championship, a District 9 Class 1A title and a trip to the final eight in the state.
North Clarion was 1-21 in 2013, the year before Dreihaup took over as head coach. Since then, the She-Wolves have shown steady improvement going 6-16 in 2014, 11-12 in 2015, 22-5 in 2016 and 26-3 this year giving Dreihaup a four-year career record of 65-36.
BARNETT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Barnett had a strong rookie campaign for Port Allegany averaging 12.6 points per game 5.1 rpg for the Lady Gators, who finished 14-11 overall and made the District 9 Class 2A semifinals falling a game shy of the PIAA Playoffs.
She scored in double digits 13 times including scoring at least 20 points five times and averaged 14.8 ppg over her final 13 contests.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 9
Player of the Year – Tori Obenrader – Jr., F, North Clarion (23.5 ppg, 15.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.0 bpg; Shot 51 percent from the field; Hit 53 3-pointers; 28 double-doubles)
Bri Wells – Sr., G, Bradford (20.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 spg, 2.1 apg)
Haley Keck – Jr., G, Coudersport (18.0 ppg, 2.0 spg, 1.5 apg)
Ashley Hallowell – Jr., C, DuBois (16.8 ppg, 18.0 rpg; 22 double-doubles)
Emily Hegedus – Jr., G, Karns City (17.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 3.3 spg)
Camryn Thomas – Jr., C, Otto-Eldred (16.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg; 16 double-doubles)
Leah Miller – Jr., F, Punxsutawney (16.3 ppg, 15.0 rpg; 17 double-doubles)
SECOND-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 9
Ellie Thompson – Jr., F, A-C Valley (19.4 ppg)
Ella Marconi – So., F, Kane (14.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
Taylor Geer – Jr., G/F, Keystone (18.6 ppg)
Kristina DeMatteis – Sr., F, Moniteau (16.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 4.0 spg, 3.0 apg)
Alazia Greaves – Sr., G, Moniteau (15.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 3.0 spg)
Abbey Woodard – Jr., G, Smethport (21.0 ppg)
THIRD-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 9
Hannah Dixon – Sr., G, Curwensville (19.0 ppg)
Mackenzie Craig – Sr., F/G, Karns City (14.7 ppg)
Kalie Cowburn – Jr., F, Northern Potter (15.7 ppg)
Autumn Buchsenschutz – Sr., G, Port Allegany (15.2 ppg)
Emily Fullem – Jr., F, Ridgway (17.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg)