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Jonathan Smith, Brooke Hinderliter Win D9 All-Star Game MVP Honors

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KNOX, Pa. – The District 9 basketball season wrapped up Saturday night with the 16th Annual Clarion County YMCA Sportsmanship I boys’ and girls’ All-Star games at Keystone High School.

In the girls’ contest, the White Team, coached by North Clarion’s Terry Dreihaup, defeated the Royal Blue Team, headed by Punxsutawney’s Mike Carlson and Brookville’s Mark Powell, 82-72.

The boys’ game saw the Red Team, coached by Clarion-Limestone’s Joe Ferguson and Coudersport’s Brian Furman, knock off the Navy Blue team piloted by Elk County Catholic’s Aaron Straub and Kane’s Matt Gasbarre, 124-104.

Also at the event, longtime Westminster men’s basketball coach, and former Clarion State College men’s coach and Geneva College women’s coach Ron Galbreath was honored as the 2016 Western Pennsylvania Sportsperson of the Year.


Brooke Hinderliter - Girls' Game MVP

Brooke Hinderliter – Girls’ Game MVP


Hali Olson – Girls’ Game Sportsmanship Award Winner

A 9-0 run late in the second half helped the White Team overcome a rally by Royal Blue to get the 82-72 win.

Royal Blue, which trailed by 20, 54-34, four minutes into the second half after being down by as many as 25 late in the first half, found itself in the lead, 65-63, following a Brooke Hinderliter (Redbank Valley) 3-pointer with 6:25 to go.

But Hali Olson (Brookville) tied the game with a jumper with 6:08 to play, and Becca Dougherty (Redbank Valley) followed with the go-ahead layup with 5:29 left.

A jumper by LeeAnn Gibson (Karns City) and a 3-pointer by Dayna DeSalve (DuBois) followed to put White back up by seven, 72-65, with 4:32 to go.

Royal Blue had one more comeback attempt and got within three, 72-69, with 3:40 left after an Ava Homan (Venango Catholic) free throw and a Courtney Chandler (DuBois) 3-pointer.

Hali Olson - Girls' Game 32-shooting Contest Winner

Hali Olson – Girls’ Game 32-shooting Contest Winner

Abbie Schmader (North Clarion) and Olson, though, answered with back-to-back baskets to end the comeback attempt.

Hinderliter earned the game’s MVP award after a fantastic performance that saw the Slippery Rock recruit scored 22 points and grab seven rebounds while shooting 9 of 14 from the field in a losing effort.

Olson was named the Sportsperson of the Game scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead the White Squad.

Also for the White Team, Rachel Bauer (St. Marys) had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists), while Schmader added nine points and 10 rebounds.

For the Blue Squad, Jessica Kifer (Ridgway) added 11 points, while Rachel Glenny (Clearfield) had a team-best 11 rebounds. (See full box score below).

The girls’ 32-shooting contest was won by Olson.


Jonathan Smith - Boys' Game MVP

Jonathan Smith – Boys’ Game MVP

Christian LaParne - Boys' Game Sportsmanship Award Winner

Christian LaParne – Boys’ Game Sportsmanship Award Winner

In the highest-scoring game in the 16 year history of the contest, the Boys’ Red Squad broke open a five-point lead at halftime, 53-48, by going on a 20-5 run at the start of the second half.

The 124 points were the most-ever in the Sportsmanship I All-Star game by one team bettering the previous mark of 114 set in 2008 by the “West” team in overtime and matched last year by the “Red” squad. The 228 combined points also bettered the mark of 214 set last year when Red beat Blue 114-100.  

During the game-deciding run, Kurt Schindler (Brookville) and Sam Heeter (Redbank Valley) each scored seven points for the Red Squad.

Darren Keglovits - Boys' Game 32-shooting Contest Winner

Darren Keglovits – Boys’ Game 32-shooting Contest Winner

Game MVP honors went to Navy Blue’s Jonathan Smith (Clarion) who put on an offensive clinic in the loss. Smith scored a game-high 36 points on 18 of 25 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds. He had four slam dunks in the contest.

The Sportsperson of the Game Award went to Christian LaParne (DuBois Central Catholic) who scored a team-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds on 10 of 16 shooting for the Red Team.

LaParne was one of seven Red players in double digits.

Schindler added 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Noah Rankin (Clarion-Limestone) had 18 points, Jeremy Breier (Ridgway) 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, Cody Spaid (Clearfield) 13 points, 17 rebounds, three blocked shot, two steals, two assists, Heeter 12 points, six steals and Heath Stewart (Otto-Eldred), playing in the gym his uncle, Greg Heath, has had plenty of success in , 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

For the Navy Blue squad, Brady Kingston (Venango Catholic) added 14 points, seven assists and six steals, Anderson Nicka (Austin) had 13 points and six rebounds and Cole Morris (Union) chipped in 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Parker Housler (St. Marys) tied Jonathan Smith with team-high rebounding honors with 11. (See full box score below).

Darren Keglovits (Coudersport) was the boys’ 32-shooting contest winner.

Ron Galbreath (Center) with his wife, Patricia, and game chairman Norb Bashnagel

Ron Galbreath (Center) with his wife, Patricia, and game chairman Norb Bashnagel

Galbreath recorded over 600 wins in his collegiate coaching career that began at Westminster in the 1968-69 season before continuing at Clarion from 1970-74 and then again at Westminster from 1975-98 before ending with a stint at the head of the Geneva’s women’s program from 2003-2008.

During those 36 years of coaching, he amassed an incredible  record of 634-192 with 14 20-win season and 32 seasons of his teams finishing .500 or better.

Eighteen of his 25 Westminster squads qualified for postseason play, and he won a pair of PSAC West crowns at Clarion while taking the Golden Eagles to the NAIA Tournament in each of his final four seasons at the helm. He also led the Geneva women to the only national-playoff appearance in school history in 2007.

Along the way, Galbreath coached five All-Americans (four at Westminster and one at Clarion) and 21 1,000-point scorers.

Honors for the native of Wampum, Pa., in Beaver County, include being a 1993 inductee of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Titan Sports Hall of Fame at Westminster.  

A Westminster College graduate, Galbreath is fourth all-time in school history with 1,568 career points and was a two-time All-American (1961-62). In high school, he scored 1,003 points and helped Wampum to the 1958 PIAA Title.


A moment of silence was held before the girls’ game to honor the brother of Karns City head coach Dave Kerschbaumer, John Kerschbaumer, and the grandfather of White Team member Amber Hess, Bob Hess, who both passed away earlier in the week. Kerschbaumer was chosen to coach the White Team but couldn’t be at the game because of the death of his brother … Keystone senior Rebecca Elder sang the National Anthem prior to both games … Officiating the girls’ game were Lisa La Van, Leah Ann Williams and Brian Marsh, while the boys’ game was officiated by Tom La Van, Jm Come and Pat Cook.



Score by Halves

Blue 27 45 – 72

White 48 34 – 82

ROYAL BLUE – 72    

Kelly Beveridge (Clarion) 3-6 0-0 7, Ava Homan (Venango Catholic) 2-9 2-4 6, Brooke Hinderliter (Redbank Valley) 9-14 3-6 22, Rachel Glenny (Clearfield) 1-2 0-0 2, Elaina Powell (Brookville) 3-8 0-2 9, Morgan Cratty (A-C Valley) 1-6 0-2 2, Courtney Chandler (DuBois) 2-13 0-0 5, Shaley Shick (Union) 2-9 0-0 4, Anna Reed (Clarion) 2-5 0-0 4, Jessica Kifer (Ridgway) 5-6 0-0 11. Totals 30-78 5-14 72.

WHITE – 82

Dayna DeSalve (DuBois) 3-7 0-0 9, Emily Morey (Coudersport) 4-5 0-0 9, Abbie Schmader (North Clarion) 4-15 1-2 9, LeeAnn Gibson (Karns City) 2-6 1-4 6, Amber Hess (Keystone) 2-15 0-0 6, Emily Ryan (Clearfield) 1-6 0-0 2, Hali Olson (Brookville) 8-21 0-1 16, Morgan Silvis (Forest Area) 3-8 1-1 7, Becca Dougherty (Redbank Valley) 3-7 0-0 6, Rachel Bauer (St. MArys 5-14 0-0 13. Totals 35-104 3-8 82.

THREE-POINTERS – Royal Blue 7-21 (Beveridge 1-1, Homan 0-3, Hinderliter 1-2, Powell 3-8, Chandler 1-1, Shick 0-4, Reed 0-1, Kifer 1-1).  White 9-34 (DeSalve 3-7, Gibson 1-2, Hess 2-12, Olson 0-2, Dougherty 0-1, Bauer 3-10).    


RED 124, NAVY BLUE 104

Score by Halves

Blue 48 56 – 104

Red 53 71 – 124


Parker Housler (St. Marys) 2-10 2-2 6, Jonathan Smith (Clarion) 18-25 0-1 36, Cole Morris (Union) 5-13 0-0 11, Jordan Seefeldt (Port Allegany) 0-4 0-0 0, Brady Kingston (Venango Catholic) 7-11 0-1 14, Zach Sloan (DuBois) 2-10 0-0 6, Taylor Smith (Clarion-Limestone) 2-11 0-0 5, Anderson Nicka (Austin) 4-9 2-2 13, Evan Lutz (Cranberry) 1-8 1-2 4, Dylan Huey (Punxsutawney) 4-11 1-2 9. Toals 45-112 6-10 104.

RED – 124

Sam Heeter (Redbank Valley) 5-18 0-0 12, Zayn Hargenrader (North Clarion) 2-12 2-3 6, Noah Rankin (Clarion-Limestone) 7-15 3-9 19, Jeremy Breier (Ridgway) 8-14 0-0 16, Darren Keglovits (Coudersport) 2-7 1-1 5, Christian LaParne (DuBois Central Catholic) 10-16 0-0 20, Trea Smith (Cameron County) 3-11 0-0 9, Heath Stewart (Otto-Eldred) 5-8 0-0 10, Kurt Schindler (Brookville) 7-13 0-0 16, Cody Spaid (Clearfield) 6-12 1-2 13. Totals 55-126 5-8 124.  

THREE-POINTERS – Navy Blue 8-45 (Housler 0-3, J. Smith 0-1, Morris 1-7, Seefeldt 0-3, Kingston 0-3, Sloan 2-7, T. Smith 1-8, Nicka 3-5, Lutz 1-6, Huey 0-2).  Red 9-49 (Heeter 2-10, Hargenrader 0-4, Rankin 3-9, Breier 0-3, Keglovits 0-2, LaParne 0-3, Smith 2-10, Schindler 2-5, Spaid 0-3).    

Girls' White Team

Girls’ White Team

Girls' Royal Blue Team

Girls’ Royal Blue Team








Boys Navy Blue Team

Boys Navy Blue Team

Boys Red Team

Boys Red Team