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New Castle and Laurel Highlands combined for one of the most competitive WPIAL finals in recent memory, a game decided in double overtime by two last-second free throws.
Laurel Highlands (27-1) celebrated the WPIAL title that day, but New Castle (27-3) finished second in the state. The teams’ success was recognized Saturday when three WPIAL players won all-state honors in a statewide sportswriters vote.
New Castle’s Mike Wells and Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher were both named to the first team, and Gallagher’s teammate Keondre Deshields earned second team honours.
Wells scored 22.4 points per game, Gallagher averaged 18.6 and Deshield 19.4.
State champion Imhotep Charter was honored with Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. Justin Edwards, a 6-foot-7 junior with Kentucky and Villanova among his college deals, also led Imhotep to Philadelphia Public League and District 12 titles. He averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. .
Imhotep went 28-4.
2021-22 Class 5A Men’s Basketball
Justin Edwards, 6-7, Jr., Imhotep Charter
Rodney Gallagher, 6-0, jr., Laurel Highlands
Thomas Sorber, 6-9, so., Archbishop Ryan
Mike Wells, 6-4, senior, New Castle
Ty Burton, 5-10, so., Lampeter-Strasbourg
Rahmir Barno, 6-0, jr., Imhotep Charter
Jalen Franklin, 6-1, senior, Susquehannock
Ahmad Nowell, 6-0, so., Imhotep Charter
Keondre Deshields, 6-3, jr., Laurel Highlands
Jackson Hicke, 6-4, jr., Radnor
Anthony Smith, 6-7, senior, Shippensburg
Elijah Hamilton, 6-4, jr., Octorara
Trey Grube, 6-0, jr., Manheim Central
Larenzo Jerkins, 6-4, so., Chester
Jeremy Thomas, 6-4, senior, Shippensburg area
Colin Payne, 6-3, senior, Exeter Township
Luke Boyd, 6-1, sr. Bishop Ryan
Darren Williams, 6-4, so., Archbishop Ryan
Player of the Year
Justin Edwards, Imhotep Charter
Coach of the year
André Noble, Imhotep Charter
All-State Men’s Basketball Schedule
Monday: Non PIAA schools
Tuesday: PIAA Class A
Wednesday: PIAA Class 2A
Thusday: PIAA Class 3A
Friday: PIAA Class 4A
Saturday: PIAA Class 5A
Sunday: PIAA Class 6A
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