WARREN, Pa. – One of the most iconic finishes in District 10 title game history put the finishing touches on a special season for the Warren Dragons and junior Emma Ruhlman.
Ruhlman put together an all-around terrific season and is the 2021 D9and10Sports.com District 10 Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year Powered by All American Awards & Engraving.
Ruhlman was fouled shooting a 3-pointer as time expired, trailing by two against Slippery Rock in the Class 5A championship game. She calmly went to the line and sank all three for a 40-39 victory.
It was the second D10 title in three seasons for Warren, with Ruhlman and fellow junior Riley Childress, a second-team selection, helping to lead the way.
On the season, Ruhlman averaged a double-double (14.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg.) as well as 4.1 apg. and 2.5 spg.. She also shot 35% from 3-point range and 85% from the free-throw line in helping lead the Lady Dragons to a 22-4 record.
In addition to the rest of the All American Awards & Engraving All-District 10 teams, other major award winners include Rookie of the Year Olivia Kulyk of Mercyhurst Prep and the Chuck Daly Coach of the Year as presented by the Chuck Daly Foundation, Doug Chuzie of Villa Maria.
Kulyk helped lead the Lakers to an unbeaten 19-0 regular season before falling to Fairview in the D10 3A semifinals. All but three of those victories came by double-digits. She led the Lakers in scoring at 12.9 ppg.
Chuzie, meanwhile, guided Villa Maria to a nearly perfect season, with their only loss coming to Archbishop Wood in the Class 4A state championship game.
The Victors won all but one of their regular-season games by double figures, before thrilling wins in the PIAA quarterfinals and semifinals – 29-28 against Beaver in overtime, followed by a 47-39 win over Delone Catholic.
In addition to the major award winners, the 2021 D9and10Sports.com District 10 Girls’ All-District teams were also named.
Joining Ruhlman on the first team were Villa Maria’s Ava Waid, Fairview’s Hope Garrity, Cambridge Springs’ Maddie Yanc, Kennedy Catholic’s Bellah DiNardo, and McDowell’s Emina Selmovic.
The second team consisted of Lakeview’s Reese Gadsby, Childress, Slippery Rock’s Anna Kadlubek, Union City’s Eliza Reynolds, and Villa’s Rachel Majewski and Carissa Dunham.
The third team featured Kulyk, Kennedy Catholic’s Paris Gilmore, Grove City’s Clara Hannon and Becca Santom, West Middlesex’s Carlie Beatty, Maplewood’s Sadie Thomas and Greenville’s Jaidah Rosario.
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2021 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING
Emma Ruhlman, Jr. Warren: (14.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg.) as well as 4.1 apg. and 2.5 spg.. She also shot 35% from 3-point range and 85% from the free-throw line in helping lead Warren to the D10 Class 5A championship.
2021 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ BASKETBALL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING
Olivia Kulyk, Fr., Mercyhurst Prep: Averaged a team-leading 12.9 ppg. in helping lead the Lakers to an unbeaten regular season.
2021 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ BASKETBALL CHUCK DALY COACH OF THE YEAR AS PRESENTED BY THE CHUCK DALY FOUNDATION POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING
Doug Chuzie, Villa Maria: Guided the Victors to an unbeaten regular season and a berth in the Class 4A state championship game, including impressive wins in the PIAA semifinals over Beaver and Delone Catholic.
About Chuck Daly: Daly was a 1948 graduate of Kane High School who started his coaching career at Punxsutawney High School (1956-63, 111 wins, D9 title in 1958 and league titles in 1958, 1962, and 1963) before moving into the college and pro ranks where he won two NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons. Daly also coached the 1992 United States Olympic “Dream Team” to a gold medal finish. He was inducted into the James Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. In addition to coaching the Pistons for nine years going 467-271, he spent a little under a season coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1981-82 and coached the New Jersey Nets and the Orlando Magic in the 1990s. He was also the head coach at Boston College and Penn in the college ranks. The NBA continues to honor his coaching legacy with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award given annually to a longtime NBA coach’s life in basketball and his “standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion” of the game.
About the Chuck Daly Foundation: The Chuck Daly Foundation was formed in Punxsutawney in 2016 by 1960 PAHS graduate George “Butch” White, who played basketball under Daly. The foundation was formed primarily to create scholarships for both male and female student/athletes in both basketball and golf.
2021 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ FIRST-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 10 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING
Ava Waid, Sr., Villa Maria: (7.1 ppg.)
Hope Garrity, Soph, Fairview: (13.0 ppg., 44 3-pointer made, 86% FT)
Maddie Yanc, Jr., Cambridge Springs: (17.3 ppg.)
Bellah DiNardo, Jr., Kennedy Catholic: (16.0 ppg.)
Emina Selimovic, Sr., McDowell: (13.8 ppg.)
2021 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ SECOND-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 10 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING
Reese Gadsby, Jr., Lakeview: (16.3 ppg.)
Riley Childress, Jr., Warren: (14.0 ppg.)
Eliza Reynolds, Sr., Union City: (19.0 ppg.)
Carissa Dunham, Jr., Villa Maria: (9.9 ppg.)
Rachel Majewski, Sr., Villa Maria: (9.7 ppg.)
Anna Kadlubek, Sr., Slippery Rock: (13.7 ppg., 24 3-pointers, 70% FT)
2021 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ THIRD-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 10 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS & ENGRAVING
Olivia Kulyk, Fr., Mercyhurst Prep: (12.9 ppg.)
Paris Gilmore, Soph, Kennedy Catholic: (14.1 ppg.)
Clara Hannon, Sr., Grove City: (13.4 ppg.)
Becca Santom, Sr., Grove City: (12.8 ppg.)
Carlie Beatty, Jr., West Middlesex: (13.9 ppg.)
Sadie Thomas, Soph, Maplewood: (16.0 ppg.)
Jaidah Rosario, Sr. Greenville: (13.2 ppg.)