Gremlins title celebration

The Karns City Gremlins pile onto Austin Fahlor after he hit the winning shot in last Friday’s 34-31 win over Brookville to win the District 9 Class 3A Championship at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium. Fahlor was able to get a 3-pointer off with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to win it.

It’s off to the PIAA state playoffs for 18 District 9 basketball teams this Friday and Saturday at various sites.

D9 champions for both girls and boys were crowned last weekend at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in Classes 1A, 2A and 3A. The top four finishers in Class 1A, top three in Class 2A and the champions from Class 3A head to states as well as the Class 4A champions, who played earlier last week.

Among the teams capturing titles were the Karns City Gremlins in 3A boys, knocking off Brookville 34-31 with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer last Friday night. The Karns City girls dropped a 46-39 decision to Brookville, which ended the Lady Gremlins’ four-year run as district champions.

The only other Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference team to win a district title was the unbeaten North Clarion girls, who got by A-C Valley in a 52-49 win for their second straight title.

Other district titles went to Johnsonburg and Coudersport in Class 1A and 2A boys, and Coudersport in Class 2A boys.

Games in the District 9 geographic area this weekend, with district and finish listed:


Class A Boys

Elk County Catholic (D9 runner-up) vs. Jamestown (10-2), 6 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym

Johnsonburg (D9 champion) vs. Eden Christian (WPIAL-6), 7:30 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym

Class 2A Girls

Kane (D9 runner-up) vs. Bellwood-Antis (6-3), 6 p.m., Clarion High School

Class 3A Girls

Brookville (D9 champion) vs. Northwestern (10-2), 7:30 p.m., Clarion High School

Class 2A Girls

Coudersport (D9 champion) vs. California (WPIAL-5), 6 p.m., St. Marys High School

Class 4A boys

Clearfield (D9 champion) vs. South Fayette (WPIAL-5), 7:30 p.m., St. Marys High School


Class A Boys: North Clarion (D9-3) vs. Union-New Castle (WPIAL-2), 6 p.m., Butler High School; Cameron County (D9-4) vs. Vincentian Academy (WPIAL-1), 7:30 p.m., Northgate High School.

Class 2A Girls: Keystone (D9-3) vs. Vincentian Academy (WPIAL-1), 6 p.m., Northgate High School


Class A Girls

North Clarion (D9 champion) vs. Cornell (WPIAL-5), 5:30 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym

A-C Valley (D9 runner-up) vs. Sewickley Academy (WPIAL-3), 4 p.m., Keystone High School

Class 4A Girls

Punxsutawney (D9 champion) vs. Ambridge (WPIAL-5), 4 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym

Class 2A Boys

Coudersport (D9 champion) vs. Wilmington (10-3), 5:30 p.m., St. Marys High School

Ridgway (D9 runner-up) vs. North Star (5-3) or North Penn-Mansfield (4-3), 4 p.m., St. Marys High School

Class 3A Boys

Karns City (D9 champion) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (10-3), 6 p.m., Keystone High School


Class A Girls: Otto-Eldred (D9-3) vs. Juniata Valley (6-1, 5:30 p.m., Hollidaysburg High School; Elk Co. Catholic (D9-4) vs. Winchester Thurston (WPIAL-1), 3 p.m., Canon-McMillan High School.

Class 2A Boys: Brockway (D9-3) vs. Bishop Guilfoyle (6-1), 7 p.m., Hollidaysburg High School

Here’s a quick look last weekend’s D9 playoff games:

Class 3A Boys

Karns City 34,

Brookville 31

Austin Fahlor’s 3-pointer tossed quickly into the air from the corner with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to beat the buzzer won it for the Gremlins in a low-scoring, poor shooting game that couldn’t have ended any more dramatically.

The rule states that anything less than 0.4 on the clock requires a tip-in only, but Fahlor managed to get it out of his hands before the buzzer rang and the Gremlins beat Brookville for the second straight year for the title.

Nolan Riley led the Gremlins (17-7) with 12 points. Trenton Gilhousen led the Raiders (14-10) with 12 points.

Karns City led 31-25 with just under six minutes to play and didn’t score again until Fahlor’s shot at the end. The Raiders tied at 31-31 with 1:01 left and Karns City ran the clock down for the final shot, with the Raiders fouling twice with fouls to give. The last foul came with 0.4 seconds left, barely but just enough time for Fahlor’s heroics.

Class 3A Girls

Brookville 46, Karns City 39

Stopping the Lady Gremlins’ title run, Brookville trailed 1-0 to start the game, but went on a 12-1 run and led the rest of the way for its first district title since 2013.

Karns City’s Emily Hegedus wound up with 29 points on 9-of-22 shooting from the floor, finishing her career with 1,735 points.

The Lady Raiders (18-5) forced 34 Karns City turnovers and wound up shooting 43 more shots from the field (19-for-74) while Hegedus took all but nine of her team’s shots. Livia Andreassi scored five points, all from the foul line.

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