Cathedral Prep Athletics Hall of Fame
The 12th ever class of the Cathedral Prep Athletic Hall of Fame was inducted on Thursday, October 3rd, in the Joann Mullen Gymnasium of the Hagerty Family Events Center. 9 individuals and 1 team were honored for their athletic accomplishments while suiting up for the Ramblers.
The following were inducted:
Gary Dance '87- more than 30 years after graduating, he still dots the Prep football record books. His 492 career carries is still third all-time while his 3,222 rushing yards still sits fourth overall. Gary would later play D-I at Temple.
Brian Flanagan '70- Brian was an outstanding basketball player for the Ramblers. He would later go on to coach that sport, winning 89 games, four Region and three D-10 titles in four years. Brian's .788 winning percentage is highest in school history.
Kent Peightal (coach)- Kent had great success in his 25 years coaching the Prep tennis team, winning eight D-10 team titles after that category was created. He led his team to a 2012 doubles state championship. Also coached the Villa tennis team for four seasons.
Paul Pry '68 (Posthumously) [accepted by Al Murawski]- Paul was an All-State selection for the Ramblers. His 19.6 points a game in 1968 still ranks sixth in one season all-time at Prep, the same season he led his basketball squad to a PCIAA state title. Later played in the Final Four for Louisville.
Charles Rush '01- Charles was a national football recruit after dominating both sides of the line as a junior and senior. Helped his teams to a PIAA runner-up finish in 1999 and Prep's first-ever football state title in 2000. Would play collegiately at Penn State.
Walter Strosser '67- Walt was an outstanding wrestler for the Ramblers. He won a PCIAA state championship in 1967, as well as two Regional titles. Walt would later become an NCAA qualifier while at Temple.
Bob Smith '71 (Posthumously) [accepted by Dan Brabender '70]- Bob was the first running back to top 200 yards rushing in one game and the first to average more than 100 yards per game on the ground. He would later play collegiately at Theil College.
Thomas Wisinski ('68)- Tom earned seven varsity letters at Prep. A two-time All-City selection in baseball, he helped the 1967 team to the only undefeated season in Prep history. Tom was also an outstanding and versatile player on the gridiron.
Ryan Zapolski '05 [accepted by Rick Gotkin]- Ryan is the first hockey player in school history to be inducted. Ryan turned an outstanding high school career as a goaltender into a scholarship at Mercyhurst University. He represented his country by starting for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
1978 Cross Country Team [accepted by Fred Heintz '79 & Tom Held '79] - the ninth team to go into the Prep Hall of Fame will be this group that went 11-0 and had a 54-meet winning streak, one of the best in the nation. They won four straight Metro and District 10 titles, finishing 6th in the state.