Between June 26 and July 30, D9Sports.com Sports Editor Chris Rossetti will be counting down his Top 25 favorites stories in District 9 from the 2017-18 school year starting with No. 25 June 25 and finishing with No. 1 July 30. Again these are Chris’ favorite stories and are open for debate.
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No. 8 Tori Obenrader scores 2,000 points, grabs 1,500 rebounds in her career
The headline on the D9Sports.com District 9 championship-game story said it all “The Tori Factor: North Clarion Girls Defend Title in Unbeaten Fashion.”
The Tori Factor as in North Clarion senior Tori Obenrader.
It will be a long time before District 9 sees a player as dynamic as Obenrader with the strength of a power forward but the shooting ability of a two-guard and the ball-handling skills of a point guard.
Obenrader did it all in her four-year career for the She-Wolves and became just the sixth player in District 9 history to record 2,000 career points finishing with 2,115 career points, the fifth-most in D9 history, while also recording 1,560 rebounds.
In 2018, she was named the All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com District 9 Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season, becoming the first repeat winner of the award since St. Marys’ Kayla Ho’ohuli won three in a row from 2009 through 2011 and just the fourth repeat winner of the award since its inception in 2000.
On the season she finished second in District 9 in both scoring (24.2 points per game) and rebounding (15.1 rebounds per game) while adding 3.5 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per contest for the 27-1 District 9 Class 1A champion She-Wolves. She recorded 24 double-doubles and scored 25 or more points 13 times while topping 30 three times. She also had 15 or more rebounds 16 times going over 20 four times and shot 54.5 percent (265 of 486) from the field while hitting 36 3-pointers.
She was a two-time first-team Class 1A All-State player as named by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and was also the 2015 District 9 Rookie of the Year, a four-time All-District selection and a three-time first-team choice. She will continue her basketball career at Gannon.
Chris Rossetti’s Top 25 Sports Stories in District 9 for the 2017-18 School Year
No. 25 – A-C Valley girls win first PIAA playoff basketball game in school history
No. 24 – Two District 9 girls finish in Top 10 at District 9 Cross Country Meet
No. 23 – Jack Krug bursts onto the scene, helps Brookville football return to the postseason
No. 22 – Brendan Zerfoss wins D9 Track MVP Award, two PIAA medals
No. 21 – Cranberry wins District 9 Class 2A softball title
No. 20 – Ridgway/Johnsonburg Co-op Flourishing
No. 19 – Coudersport shoots lights out in beating unbeaten Ridgway for boys’ 2A hoops title
No. 18 – Clarion stops Kane’s run of D9 football titles; Win PIAA Game
No. 17 – Beimel’s dash wins D9 4A baseball title for St. Marys 1st 2000
No. 16 – Led by 4×100-relay team, Brookville boys’ track & field goes back-to-back in D9
No. 15 – Brookville Wrestling Continues Dominance
No. 14 – Brookville girls’ basketball goes from 6-16 to District 9 3A title and second round of PIAA playoffs
No. 13 – Record-setting players in D9 girls’ basketball
No. 12 – Nick Stewart becomes District 9’s all-time leading rusher
No. 11 – Lingenfelter records every out by strikeout
No. 10 – North Clarion girls’ basketball perfect in D9
No. 9 – Miller, Fullem both reach 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds during the season
No. 8 – Tori Obenrader scores 2,000 points, grabs 1,500 rebounds in her career
No. 7 – Coming July 20
No. 6 – Coming July 23
No. 5 – Coming July 24
No. 4 – Coming July 25
No. 3 – Coming July 26
No. 2 – Coming July 27
No. 1 – Coming July 30