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2021 Basketball Playoffs

District 9 Class 1A Champions to be Crowned on Tuesday

Clarion's Cal German. (Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa's work here)

The final two District 9 champions will be decided on Tuesday, as the Class 1A boys and girls will crown champions. 

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On the boys’ side, fourth-seeded Clarion knocked off top-seed Elk County Catholic in the semifinals, while No. 3 Johnsonburg outlasted No. 2 Cameron County to reach the finals. 

Johnsonburg and Clarion have not met this season. 

The top seeds held serve on the girls’ side, with No. 1 Coudersport hosting No. 2 Otto-Eldred for the title. The teams met twice during the regular season, each winning on the other’s home floor. 

Both games have tip-times of 7 p.m.

Here’s a brief preview capsule of each championship game. 

BOYS

No. 4 Clarion (15-9) at No. 3 Johnsonburg (14-4)

How They Got Here: Clarion – Beat No. 5 A-C Valley 78-58 in quarterfinals, Beat No. 1 Elk County Catholic 55-49 in semifinals; Johnsonburg – Beat No. 6 Union 49-39 in quarterfinals, Beat No. 2 Cameron County 26-24 in semifinals

Leading Scorers: Clarion – Cal German 19.7 ppg., Beau Verdill 15.5 ppg., Hunter Craddock 11.8 ppg., Christian Simko 11.3 ppg.; Johnsonburg – Cameron Stelene 12.6 ppg., Gabe Watts 11.8 ppg., Eric Christoff 10.4 ppg.

Winner Gets: District 6 champion Bishop Carroll in PIAA quarterfinals on Friday 

Otto-Eldred’s Katie Sheeler. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here

GIRLS

No. 2 Otto-Eldred (16-4) at No. 1 Coudersport (19-1)

How They Got Here: Otto-Eldred – Beat No. 7 Union 60-38 in quarterfinals, Beat No. 3 Elk County Catholic 35-22 in semifinals; Coudersport – Beat No. 8 North Clarion 34-31 in quarterfinals; Beat No. 4 Port Allegany 42-27 in semifinals

Leading Scorers: Otto-Eldred – Katie Sheeler 16.3 ppg., Kaylee Heller 6.7 ppg., Bri Heller 6.2 ppg., Reilly Raught 6.0 ppg.; Coudersport – Sarah Chambers 17.7 ppg, Liz Frame (injured) 9.6 ppg, Roz Page 9.6 ppg., Belle Porterfield 3.2 ppg.

Winner Gets: District 6 champion Bishop Guilfoyle in PIAA quarterfinals on Saturday

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