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Seven District 9 Girls’ Players Named All-State in Basketball

ALTOONA, Pa. – Led by Class 1A first-team selection Tori Obenrader of North Clarion, seven District 9 girls’ basketball players were named to the Pennsylvania Sportswriters All-State Girls’ Basketball teams Tuesday.

Emily Hegedus of Karns City. Photo by Mike Schnelle

(Photo of North Clarion’s Tori Obenrader. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)

On the Class 1A team, Obenrader was joined by A-C Valley’s Ellie Thompson, who was a second-team selection.

Three District 9 players were named to the Class 2A squads including Kane’s Ella Marconi (second team), Ridgway’s Emily Fullem (third team) and Keystone’s Taylor Geer (third team).

Karns City’s Emily Hegedus is a second-team Class 3A selection, and Punxsutawney’s Leah Miller is a second-team Class 4A selection.

Obenrader (first team in 2017) and Miller (third team in 2017) are both repeat members of the All-State teams.

Leah Miller of Punxsutawney. Photo by Vanessa Huey

This season, Obenrader was named the All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com District 9 Player of the Year for the second straight season while earning first-team All-District honors for the third straight year by averaging 24.2 points, 15.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. She had 24 double-doubles on the year and finished her career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in District 9 history with 2,115 career points while adding 1,560 career rebounds, both school records. Obenrader, who led North Clarion to back-to-back District 9 and KSAC titles in 2017 and 2018 and to the PIAA quarterfinals as a junior and PIAA second round as a senior, will play at Gannon next season.

Taylor Geer of Keystone

Thompson, a Mansfield recruit, helped A-C Valley enjoy it’s best season ever with 21 wins, a KSAC South title, a KSAC runner-up finish and the first PIAA win in school history by averaging 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She was named a first-team All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com All-District performer and finished her career as A-C Valley’s all-time leading scorer with 1,527 career points.

Marconi, the lone underclassman on this list from District 9 as a junior, helped Kane to a second-place finish in District 9 Class 2A and the PIAA playoffs by averaging 15.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. A first-team All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com All-District player, she will enter her senior season with 1,072 career points.

Ella Marconi of Kane. Photo by Paul Burdick

Fullem was a key contributor on Ridgway’s District 9 playoff squad leading the district with 5.3 blocks per game while adding 20.4 points and 14.7 rebounds per contest. She finished her career with 1,307 points and over 1,000 career rebounds while being named second-team All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com All-District 9. Fullem will continue her athletic career as a volleyball player at Clarion University.

Geer led Keystone to a third-place finish in District 9 and the PIAA playoffs, the Lady Panthers second PIAA playoff appearance in three seasons, by averaging 20.2 points per game. Finishing with 1,401 career points, Geer was named a second-team All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com All-District 9 performer. She will play basketball at St. Vincent next season.

Emily Fullem of Ridgway

Hegedus, a first-team All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com All-District 9 performer for the third straight season, was the leading scorer in District 9 this season averaging 25.7 points per game while finishing a season double-double with 12.2 rebounds per contest and adding 3.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game. She shot 80 percent (200 of 250) from the free-throw line and finished her career as Karns City’s all-time leading scorer with 1,735 career points. She will play basketball at Clarion University.

Ellie Thompson of A-C Valley. Photo by Jared Bakaysa

Miller was a 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound player in just three years of varsity basketball at Punxsutawney and was named a first-team All American Awards & Engraving All-District 9 player for the second straight season after averaging a District 9-leading 16.2 rebounds per game to go with 15.3 points, 4.0 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.0 assists per contest. She had 20 double-doubles on the season and finished with 1,037 career points. Miller will continue her basketball career at Chestnut Hill next season.

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2018 SPORTS WRITERS PENNSYLVANIA ALL-STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

CLASS 6A

First team

Kate Connolly, Souderton, 6-2, Sr., 11.3
Kenzie Gardler, Cardinal O’Hara, 5-7, Sr., 14.2
Makenna Marisa, Peters Township, 5-11, Jr., 22.9
Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny, 5-9, Jr., 15.3
Taylor O’Brien, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 5-10, Sr., 22.8
Jackie Vargas, Upper Dublin, 6-3, So., 11.3

Second team

Alexa Brodie, Central Bucks South, 5-6, Jr., 13.2
Kassondra Brown, Abington, 6-2, Jr., 18.3
Maddie Burke, Central Bucks West, 6-0, So., 14.7
Jamiya Eaddy, Erie, 5-5, Sr., 20.8
Megan Jonassen, Perkiomen Valley, 6-1, Sr., 17.5
Victoria Keenan, Northampton, 5-7, Jr., 16.8
Hailey Meinel, Central Bucks South, 5-10, Sr., 16.1

Third team

Kion Andrews, Allen, 5-7, Sr., 18.3
Brianne Borcky, Garnet Valley, 6-0, Jr., 10.3
Leanna Deegan, Easton, 6-0, Sr., 15.8
Laura Graytok, Latrobe, 5-7, Sr., 23.1
Maura Hendrixson, Cardinal O’Hara, 5-10, Sr., 13.8
Emily McAteer, Garnet Valley, 6-0, Jr., 15.3
Piper Morningstar, North Allegheny, 6-0, Sr., 11.1

Player of the year — Taylor O’Brien, Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Coach of the year — Morgan Funsten, Upper Dublin

CLASS 5A

First team

Dajahnae Brannon, Harrisburg, 5-10, Sr., 17.4
Rajah Fink, Dover, 5-11, Sr., 25.3
Tai Johnson, Mars, 5-7, Jr., 18.4
Katie May, Archbishop Wood, 5-11, Sr., 8.8
Amanda Mobley, Southern Lehigh, 5-6, Sr., 11.1
Lauren Wasylson, Mars, 5-10, Sr., 17.5

Second team

Laryn Edwards, Hampton, 5-8, Sr., 21.7
Taylor Geiman, South Western, 6-0, Jr., 13.4
Molly Masciantonio, Archbishop Carroll, 5-9, Sr., 16.1
Megan McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 5-6, So., 19.0
Olivia Snyder, Southern Lehigh, 6-0, Jr., 17.6
Jaden Walker, Susquehannock, 5-10, Jr., 14.8

Third team

Kaitlyn Orihel, Archbishop Wood, 5-9, Fr., 10.5
Ali Benim, Harbor Creek, 5-9, Jr., 20.0
Ali Collins, Hampton, 5-7, Sr., 20.0
Jenna Clark, Thomas Jefferson, 5-6, Jr., 17.7
Grace Ferguson, West Chester Henderson, 6-2, Jr., 11.6
Margo Loutzenhiser, Warren, 5-9, Jr., 18.4
Peyton McDaniel, Twin Valley, 5-11, So., 18.0

Player of the year — Katie May, Archbishop Wood
Coach of the year — Dana Petruska, Mars

CLASS 4A

First team

Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic, 6-0, Jr., 18.0
Taliyah Medina, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-0, So., 14.0
Molly Mraz, Erie Villa Maria, 5-8, Sr., 11.7
Sydney Palermo, Erie Villa Maria, 6-2, Sr., 13.0
Bella Posset, Beaver, 5-8, Sr., 19.6
Dejah Terrell, Berks Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 17.1

Second team

Mackenzie Amalia, Blackhawk, 5-5, So., 17.0
Mady Aulbach, Blackhawk, 5-5, Jr., 16.0
Cali Konek, Southmoreland, 5-7, Jr., 17.9
Kayley Kovac, Jim Thorpe, 5-10, Sr., 23.7
Kylee Lewandowski, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, So., 6-0, 15.2
Leah Miller, Punxsutawney, 5-11, Sr., 15.3

Third team

Olivia Fasick, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 5-8, Jr., 16.4
Skylynn Faust, Lehighton, 5-11, Sr., 22.8
Sarah Holweg, Wyoming Area, 5-7, Sr., 16.0
Hannah Kauffman, Jersey Shore, 5-9, Jr., 19.0
Reese Mensinger, Berwick, 5-7, Sr., 21.8
Tess Myers, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 5-10, So., 13.0
Rachael Rose, Scranton Prep, 5-2, Fr., 15.7

Player of the year — Kiki Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic
Coach of the year — Molly Rottmann, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

CLASS 3A

First team

Brionna Allen, Bishop Canevin, 5-7, Sr., 15.6
Anna Camden, Shipley, 6-1, Jr., 17.6
Halle Herrington, Philipsburg-Osceola, 5-4, Jr., 30.6
Jabria Ingram, Neumann-Goretti, 5-8, Sr., 16.5
Amani Johnson, East Allegheny, 5-5, Sr., 28.9
Averi Jordan, North Schuylkill, 5-10, Sr., 25.7

Second team

Olivia Fusaro, West Shamokin, 5-8, Sr., 22.2
Emily Hegedus, Karns City, 5-9, Sr., 25.7
Shamyjha Price, Bishop Canevin, 5-9, Jr., 14.4
Casey Remolde, Saint Basil, 5-10, Jr., 13.0
Tory Self, Wellsboro, 5-8, Sr., 20.4
Victoria Toomey, Dunmore, 6-1, Jr., 17.0
Nicole Varano, Mount Carmel, 5-9, Sr., 22.5

Third team

Jaye Haynes, Germantown Academy, 5-8, So., 12.0
Tatiana Jones, Neumann-Goretti, 5-11, Jr., 14.0
Sunshine McCrae, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-0, Jr., 13.6
Summer Reeser, Pequea Valley, 5-6, So., 18.0
Alana Swift, Imhotep, 5-6, Jr., 12.1

Player of the year — Jabria Ingram, Neumann-Goretti
Coach of the year — Kevin Bankos, York Catholic

CLASS 2A

First team

Diamond Bragg. Camp Hill, 5-9, Sr., 22.1
Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis, 6-1, So., 26.4
Rena Enterline, Blairsville, 5-8, Sr., 19.8
Mikayla Lovelace, Leechburg, 5-10, Sr., 23.8
Maggie Wigoda, Minersville, 5-9, Sr., 16.9
Alexa Williamson, Chartiers-Houston, 6-1, Sr., 30.7

Second team

Delaney Dogan, West Middlesex, 6-0, Sr., 16.8
Caroline Elliott, Vincentian, 5-10, Sr., 17.0
Autumn Fennell, Penns Manor, 5-3, Jr., 17.7
Ella Marconi, Kane, 6-2, Jr., 15.3
Tamiah Robinson, West Catholic, 5-6, So., 13.9

Third team

Brenna Babcock, Northwest, 5-5, Jr., 16.7
Megan Babinsky, Mahanoy Area, 5-4, Sr., 10.7
Megan Bisco, Mahanoy Area, 5-8, Sr., 11.5
Emily Fullem, Ridgway, 6-1, Sr., 20.4
Taylor Geer, Keystone, 5-10, Sr., 20.2
Maggie Pina, Notre Dame de Namur, 5-7, Jr., 17.7
Makennah White, West Middlesex, 6-0, So., 19.2

Player of the year — Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis
Coach of the year — Jim Swaney, Bellwood-Antis

CLASS 1A

First team

Alexis Hill, Lebanon Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 18.0
Alyssa Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 5-9., Sr., 18.8
Tori Obenrader, North Clarion, 5-11, Sr., 24.2
Halee Smith, Juniata Valley, 5-11, So., 16.1
Gia Thorpe, Winchester Thurston, 5-9, Sr., 23.3
Ayanna Townsend, Winchester Thurston, 6-2, Sr., 15.2

Second team

Kiera Booth, Berlin Brothersvalley, 6-1, So., 16.9
Jennifer Kremp, Jenkintown, 5-8, Sr., 14.7
Malia Magestro, Kennedy Catholic, 5-9, So., 22.0
Shayna McNamee, Saint John Neumann, 5-8, Jr., 17.1
Ellie Thompson, Allegheny-Clarion Valley, 5-8, Sr., 19.5

Third team

Selina Albert, Lourdes Regional, 5-11, Sr., 15.0
Jessica King, Sullivan County, 6-0, So., 10.8
Mia Kolb, Jenkintown, 5-9, Jr., 10.7
Mykenzie Malacusky, Sullivan County, 5-7, Jr., 14.3
Emily Zocsin, Weatherly, 5-6, Jr., 18.7

Player of the year — Alexis Hill, Lebanon Catholic
Coach of the year — Jim Romano, Jenkintown

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