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WPIAL recruits 3 players for Class 5A men’s basketball team

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Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 00:01


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

first team

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

second team

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

Third team

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

Chris Harlan is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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