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The Fans Have Spoken: Clarion Winning PIAA Volleyball Title Runaway Winner as 2020-21’s Best Story

Erica Selfridge (No. 6) and Jordan Best (No. 12) start the celebration for Clarion when the Lady Cats won the PIAA 1A volleyball title in November 2020. Photo by Nathan Givran

The fans have spoken and their pick for the best sports moment in District 9 and District 10 during the 2020-21 school year was Clarion’s run to its second-ever PIAA volleyball championship.

The Lady Cats’ near-perfect run was the runaway winner in the fan voting, which concluded Thursday night.

Clarion volleyball had 2,527 votes or 47% of the 4,446 votes cast. It was a one-spot improvement for the Lady Cats, who finished No. 2 in our Top 25 Countdown.

A District 10 storyline involving the Cambridge Springs and Hickory boys both winning titles in each of the three sports season came in second with 21% of the vote or 1,111 votes. That was a large improvement from it finishing in 23rd place in our countdown.

The Clarion voting contingent was out in force helping the Bobcats boys’ basketball team’s run to the D9 1A title and the PIAA semifinals finish in third place with 584 votes or 11% of the voting title. That vote helped the storyline move up from No. 24 in our countdown.

The fans of moments that didn’t back our Top 25 Countdown checked in in fourth place with 207 votes or 4% of the voting, while rounding out the Top Five was Karns City’s Chase Beighley and A-C Valley’s Levi Orton setting their respective school records with 171 votes or 3% of the voting. That is up from No. 25 in our countdown.

The full final voting from the fans looks like this:

You Pick Your Top 25 Moments in District 9/10 During 2020-21 (Vote for up to 5)

  • Clarion Wins PIAA Class 1A Volleyball Title (47%, 2,527 Votes)
  • Cambridge Springs Girls, Hickory Boys Win Titles in Every Season (21%, 1,111 Votes)
  • Clarion Boys' Win D9 Hoops Title (11%, 584 Votes)
  • Other (Any Moment We didn't List that You Believe We Should Have) (4%, 207 Votes)
  • Beighley, Orton Set School Scoring Marks (3%, 171 Votes)
  • ECC's Staub Wins 900th Game (2%, 124 Votes)
  • Natalie Bowser's Unbelievable Softball Season (2%, 107 Votes)
  • Ruhlman Sinks Three Free Throws With No Time Left to Win D10 Title for Warren (2%, 105 Votes)
  • Union City, DCC, Punxsy Take Us on Wild Softball Ride (1%, 71 Votes)
  • Karns City's Cardiac Kids (1%, 69 Votes)
  • Brookville Makes Run to PIAA 3A Hoops Title Game (1%, 48 Votes)
  • DCC Lands in Sports Center Top 10 (1%, 47 Votes)
  • Keystone's Heath Passes Stemmerich for Most Wins in KSAC History (1%, 37 Votes)
  • Track Athletes Win PIAA Gold (1%, 28 Votes)
  • Three Wrestlers Bring Home PIAA Gold (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Oil City Takes Fans on a Ride in Football (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Cathedral Prep Wins PIAA Class 5A Hoops Title (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Reynolds Wins Fifth Straight PIAA Wrestling Crown (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Franklin Goes on 12-0 Run to Secure D10 Hoops Title (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Wilmington Runs to Second-Place in PIAA Football (0%, 12 Votes)
  • D10 Swimmers are State Champions (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Fairview Girls' D10 Champs for 1st Time (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Burda, Doyle Show Scoring Prowless (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Fore for the Gold: Golfers Win PIAA Titles (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Villa Maria Dominates in Multiple Sports (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Hickory Has Fantastic Run to 2nd Place in PIAA Hoops (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,446

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