Nearly all of the District 9 and 10 basketball champions have been crowned, with D9 Class 1A boys’ and girls’ titles to be decided on Tuesday – now it’s time to look ahead to the subregional and PIAA playoffs.
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They will have a different feel this year, with only the district champions advancing to the state playoffs, making it a much smaller field because of COVID-19.
But things are trending in the right direction, and this year all signs point toward state champions being crowned, unlike last season when the virus was ravaging the state and country.
So, without further ado, here are brief capsules involving District 9 and 10 teams embarking on that state journey on Tuesday, including subregional play.
District 10 champion Cathedral Prep (15-7) at District 9 champion DuBois (17-5) – Subregional
How They Got Here: Cathedral Prep – Beat Meadville 52-36 in D10 Title Game; DuBois – Beat Carrick 56-32 in Sub-Regional
Leading Scorers: Cathedral Prep – Liam Galla 15.1 ppg., Khali Horton 14.0 ppg.; Will Innes 5.2 ppg; DuBois – Lennon Lindholm 14.7 ppg., Jordin Sommers 9.7 ppg.; Nick Felix 9.0 ppg.
Winner Gets: District 7 champion New Castle in quarterfinals on Friday.
District 9 champion Clearfield (19-5) at District 8 champion Obama Academy (2-2) – Subregional
How They Got Here: Clearfield – Beat St. Marys 48-39 in D-9 title game; Obama Academy – Beat Westinghouse 50-46
Leading Scorers: Clearfield – Karson Rumsky 17.8 ppg., Cole Miller 15.0 ppg., Ryan Gearhart 5.7 ppg.; Obama Academy: Sayon Bennett, Teyron Wofford, (Scoring Averages not available)
Winner Gets: District 7 champion North Catholic/Lincoln Park Friday
District 5 champion Berlin-Brothersvalley (24-1) vs. District 10 champion Farrell (13-7) at Windber HS – PIAA First Round
How They Got Here: Berlin – Beat Shade 75-55 in D-5 title game; Farrell – Beat Jamestown 60-35 in D-10 title game
Leading Scorers: Berlin – Elijah Sechler 20.9 ppg., Abe Countryman 12.7 ppg., Will Spochart 10.8 ppg.; Farrell – Trian Holden 9.8 ppg., Lamont Samuels 8.8 ppg., Omar Stewart 8.7 ppg.
Winner Gets: District 7 champion Bishop Canevin on Friday
District 6 champion Altoona (11-6) at District 10 champion McDowell (15-4) – Subregional
How They got here: Altoona – Beat Mifflin County in D-6 title game, 59-49 (OT); McDowell – Beat Erie in D-10 title game 60-29
Leading Scorers: Altoona – Brooklynn Rupert, Adalynn Cherry, Taylor Lane, Avery Burchfield, Adaliz Corbin (Per Game Totals Not Available) – Cherry had 16 points and Lane 12 in D6 title game win; McDowell – Emina Selimovic 14.1 ppg., Sydney Keinath 9.3 ppg., Jessica Hetz 7.6 ppg.
Winner Gets: District 7 champion North Allegheny in quarterfinals on Friday
District 5 champion Everett (6-9) at District 9 champion Punxsutawney (18-0) – PIAA First Round
How They Got Here: Everett – Beat Chestnut Ridge 46-34 in D-5 title game; Punxsutawney – Beat Moniteau 60-37 in D9 title game.
Leading Scorers: Everett – Lainie Treece 15.6 ppg., Cloe Price 12.9 ppg., Annie Nave 5.1 ppg.; Punxsutawney – Sarah Weaver 14.6 ppg, Riley Presloid 13.4 ppg., Chloe Presloid 9.6 ppg.
Winner Gets: District 7 champion Mohawk in quarterfinals on Friday.
District 5 champion Windber (19-1) at District 9 champion Keystone (19-2) – PIAA First Round
How They Got Here: Windber – Beat Tussey Mountain 44-29 in D5 title game; Keystone – Beat Brockway 42-31 in D9 title game
Leading Scorers: Windber – Gina Gaye 12.8 ppg., Amanda Cominsky 11.9 ppg., Rylee Ott 7.4 ppg.; Keystone – Emily Lauer 20.1 ppg, Jozee Weaver 9.1 ppg., Natalie Bowser 7.7 ppg.
Winner Gets: District 7 Neshannock in quarterfinals on Friday