2016-17 Clearfield/Jefferson County High School Sports Top 10 Countdown: Nos. 9 and 10

SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – With the 2016-17 high school sports season finished, I thought I would take the time to look back at some of the top stories from the Jefferson and Clearfield County area.

(Photo: Brookville wrestling after it won the 2017 D9 team dual-meet title. Photo by Scott Shindledecker)

Over the next few days, I will highlight the top 10 stories from the two counties, and when that list is complete I will then dive into the top 20 stories from District 9 over a 20-day period.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at stories No. 10 and No. 9 that shaped the season that was.

No. 10: Brookville Wrestling Continues D9 Dominance

A year after capturing the PIAA Dual Meet title, Brookville continued its dominance in the District 9 arena winning its fourth straight Class 2A dual meet championship and its fifth in six years with a 67-6 win over Coudersport in the championship at DuBois High School after knocking off Clarion 59-17.

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Brookville receives its D9 medals.

The Raiders then finished fourth in the state in the duals before getting back to the mat for the individual championships.

And again, Brookville dominated in District 9 winning six championships and taking home the team title yet again.

Winning title were Gavin Park (120 pounds), who was named the Outstanding Wrestler (tied with Port Allegany’s Jake Kallenborn), Keelan Kunselman (113 pounds), Caleb Hetrick (152 pounds), Noah Cieleski (182 pounds), Xavier Molnar (195 pounds) and Tyler Cook (220 pounds).

Head coach Dave Klepfer won Coach of the Year, and Brookville scored 242 points, 98 more than runner-up Coudersport.

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The Raiders then went on to send seven wrestlers to the PIAA championships with Park gaining a PIAA title.

No. 9 Ashley Hallowell of DuBois and Leah Miller of Punxsutawney

This story is a bit different than your traditional moment or game. It’s more about individual accomplishment, and Ashley Hallowell of DuBois and Leah Miller of Punxsutawney both performed at the highest of levels during their junior basketball campaigns.

Both players earned first-team All-District 9 honors, and both were double-double machines with Hallowell recording 22 and Miller 17 on the year while both averaged season double-doubles that saw them both score at least 16 points per game while grabbing at least 15 rebounds per contest.

Hallowell had a breakout year for the Lady Beavers and led District 9 in rebounding at 18.0 rpg while finishing 10th in scoring at 16.8 points per game. She recorded at least 20 rebounds eight times with a high of 25.

Miller continued her fantastic career finishing third in D9 in rebounding at 15.0 per game while scoring 16.3 ppg, the 12th-best mark in the district. She had 20 or more rebounds six times with a season-best of 26.

Both players were also named All-State with Hallowell garnering third-team Class 5A honors and Miller third-team Class 4A accolades. (Read the story)

Team-wise, both helped their squads to the playoffs as well with DuBois finishing 13-10 and Punxsutawney 19-4. The Lady Chucks reached the second round of the PIAA playoffs.

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