WARREN, Pa. – Katie Sheeler led Otto-Eldred to places the Lady Terrors hadn’t been since girls’ basketball was played in the fall.
That is a big reason why Sheeler is the 2022 D9and10Sports.com District 9 Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year Powered by All American Awards and Engraving.
Joining Sheeler as major award winners are Redbank Valley’s Mylee Harmon (Rookie of the Year) and Brockway’s Dick Esposito (Chuck Daly Coach of the Year).
Three All-District teams were also awarded.
The first team includes Sheeler, Brockway’s Danielle Wood and Selena Buttery, Punxsutawney’s Chloe Presloid, Redbank Valley’s Alivia Huffman, and Venango Catholic’s Lily Homan.
The second team consists of Clarion-Limestone’s Frances Milliron, Elk County Catholic’s Sydney Alexander and Tori Newton, Keystone’s Natalie Bowser, Harmon, and Union’s Dominika Logue.
The third team is made up of Clearfield’s Emma Hipps, DuBois Central Catholic’s Kayley Risser, ECC’s Lucy Klawuhn, North Clarion’s Gwen Siegell, Redbank Valley’s Madison Foringer, Ridgway’s Jenna Kasmierski, and Union’s Keira Croyle.
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2022 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ DISTRICT 9 BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
Katie Sheeler, Jr., Otto-Eldred – Sheeler led Otto-Eldred to its first NTL title since 1979 and to a pair of PIAA wins, doubling the number of PIAA victories in school history.
The Lady Terrors finished the year as the District 9 Class 1A runner-up and had a record of 24-4, including 16-0 in NTL action.
Sheeler was a huge part of that success finishing second in District 9 in scoring at 18.3 points per game while adding 5.1 steals, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. She shot 44.4 percent (187 of 421) from the field, including 64 of 184 (34.8%) from 3-point range leading District 9 in 3-pointers. She also shot 76.0% (76 of 100) from the free-throw line.
Scoring 20 or more points 11 times, Sheeler had a season-high 30 points in a Feb. 11 win over Smethport that clinched the NTL title for the Lady Terrors. She also scored 29 points in a win over WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin in the second round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs.
2022 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ BASKETBALL DISTRICT 9 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
Mylee Harmon, Fr., Redbank Valley – Harmon was a big part of Redbank Valley’s District 9 Class 3A and KSAC Championship team finishing second on the squad in scoring at 12.6 points per game while adding 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per contest. She shot 44.6% (111 of 249) from the field and 67.2% (86 of 128) from the free-throw line.
Harmon was at her best once the postseason started leading Redbank Valley in scoring in three of the five postseason contests while averaging 16.0 ppg in the postseason.
On the year, she scored 20 or more points four times (three times in the postseason) including a season-high 27 points Feb. 7 vs. Union. She also topped 15 points eight times.
2022 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ BASKETBALL DISTRICT 9 CHUCK DALY COACH OF THE YEAR AS PRESENTED BY THE CHUCK DALY FOUNDATION POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
Dick Esposito, Brockway – In the first 49 years of Brockway girls’ basketball, the Lady Rovers had never won a District 9 championship. That all changed in 2022, as Esposito guided Brockway to its first D9 championship with a 46-37 win over Clarion-Limestone in the 2A title game. It was the first championship for Esposito, who has been a coach for over 35 years, including 15 at Brockway in two different stints (he coached the Lady Rovers from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2014 to the present). Brockway finished the season with a record of 16-8, the fifth-most wins in program history.
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.
2022 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ FIRST-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 9 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
•Selena Buttery, Sr., Brockway: 16.5 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 4.0 bpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg; Shot 38.5% from the field, 29.2% (52 made) from 3-point range, and 75.7% (53 of 70) from the free-throw line
•Danielle Wood, Sr., Brockway: 17.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 spg; Shot 33.0% from the field, 35.5% (33 made) from 3-point range, and 75.9% (129 of 170) from the free-throw line
•Katie Sheeler, Jr., Otto-Eldred: 18.4 ppg, 5.1 spg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 apg; Shot 44.4% from the field, 34.8% (64 made) from 3-point range, and 76.0% (76 of 100) from the free-throw line.
•Chloe Presloid, Jr., Punxsutawney: 11.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.1 spg, 2.4 apg; Shot 29.1% from the field, 23.1% (37 made) from 3-point range, and 41.5% (22 of 53) from the free-throw line.
•Alivia Huffman, Jr., Redbank Valley: 13.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.3 spg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 bpg; Shot 39.6% from the field and 54.2% (64 of 118) from the free-throw line.
•Lily Homan, So., Venango Catholic: 20.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, Shot 40% from the field and 79% from the free-throw line.
2022 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ SECOND-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 9 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
•Frances Milliron, Sr., Clarion-Limestone: 14.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 spg, 2.3 apg
•Syd Alexander, So., Elk County Catholic: 10.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.2 apg
•Tori Newton, So., Elk County Catholic: 8.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg
•Natalie Bowser, Jr., Keystone: 15.4 ppg, 12.1 rpg
•Mylee Harmon, Fr., Redbank Valley: 12.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 spg
•Dominika Logue, Sr., Union: 13.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.6 spg, 1.3 bpg
2022 D9AND10SPORTS.COM GIRLS’ THIRD-TEAM ALL-DISTRICT 9 POWERED BY ALL AMERICAN AWARDS AND ENGRAVING
•Emma Hipps, Sr., Clearfield: 13.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.7 spg, 1.8 apg
•Kayley Risser, So., DuBois Central Catholic: 12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.7 spg, 2.2 apg, 20 blocked shots
•Lucy Klawuhn, So., Elk County Catholic: 9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg, 62 made 3-pointers
•Gwen Siegel, Sr., North Clarion: 12.9 ppg, 8.1 RPG
•Madison Foringer, Sr., Redbank Valley: 10.8 ppg, 8.7 RPG, 1.9 bpg, 1.2 spg, Shot 50.4% from the field
•Jenna Kasmierski, So., Ridgway: 10.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.6 bpg
•Keira Croyle, Sr., Union: 12.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 spg, Shot 50.1% (112 of 220) from the field