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Prep’s Horton, Galla Represented on Class 5A Boys’ Hoops All-State Teams; Piotrowicz Named Coach of the Year

Cathedral Prep coach Steve Piotrowicz .Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

Cathedral Prep made a run for the ages in 2021, capturing the program’s first state title since 1993.

That was represented on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 5A Boys’ Basketball All-State teams, as sophomore Khali Horton was named first-team and senior Liam Galla second-team. 

Coach Steve Piotrowicz was named the Class 5A Coach of the Year. 

Both Galla and Horton averaged 14.4 ppg. 

Horton supplemented that with 6.2 rpg. on 52 percent shooting, while Galla averaged 7.0 rpg. and shot 37 percent from three. 

Cathedral Prep sophomore Khali Horton. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here

The Ramblers beat Meadville for the D10 title before rattling off wins over DuBois, a stunner over WPIAL champion New Castle and Lower Dauphin, before dominating Archbishop Ryan, 69-49 in the state championship game. 

Horton saved his best for last, scoring 25 points in the state title game victory. 

Piotrowicz, a Prep alum, guided the Ramblers to a state championship in his second year as head coach. The Ramblers came together late in the season, playing their best basketball when it mattered the most, capped by the dominant win over Archbishop Ryan in the state championship game.

Ryan’s Aaron Lemon-Warren was named Player of the Year. 

Class 5A

First team

Aaron Lemon-Warren, 6-5 Sr., Archbishop Ryan (POY)

Karell Watkins, 6-5 Sr., Chester

Khali Horton, 6-8 Soph., Erie Cathedral Prep

Rodney Gallagher, 5-11 Soph., Laurel Highlands

Braden Reynolds, 6-2 Sr., Chartiers Valley

Justin Edwards, 6-6 Soph., Imhotep

Second team

Griffin Barouk, 6-5 Sr., Bayard Rustin

J.J. Miles, 6-1 Sr., Bangor

Mike Dunn, 6-3 Sr., Trinity

Christian Tomasco, 6-9 Sr., Archbishop Ryan

Liam Galla, 6-5 Sr., Erie Cathedral Prep

Fareed Burton, 5-11 Sr., Chester 

Third team

Rhamir Barno, 6-0 Soph., Imhotep

Jayden Statum, 6-0 Jr., Shippensburg

Ty Burton, 5-10 Fr., Lampeter-Strasburg

Nate McGill, 6-4 Sr., Northern

Mike Wells, 6-3 Jr., New Castle

Denzel Figueroa, 6-5 Jr., Engineering & Science

Coach: Steve Piotrowicz, Cathedral Prep

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