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Two Gateway players nominated for national all-star football game

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Gateway is no stranger to having seniors take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Justin King, Shayne Hale, Dorian Bell and Corey Brown played in the game over the past decade before moving on to Division I schools.

Two Gateway rising seniors who continue to be recruited heavily by Division I colleges — defensive backs Montae Nicholson and Anthony Davis — have been nominated to play in the 2014 game on Jan. 4.

The East versus West matchup will be televised live on NBC.

“These nominations recognize the mental, emotional and physical strengths, as well as the leadership qualities the nominees possess both on and off the field,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing.

There are nine nominations from Pennsylvania, including five from the WPIAL.

In addition to Nicholson and Davis, WPIAL nominees are Bethel Park offensive lineman Mike Grimm, Washington running back Shai McKenzie and Monessen linebacker Justice Rawlins.

The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All-American Games, 247Sports — the bowl's official online recruiting network — and All-American Games' network of regional coaches throughout the country.

Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be selected and invited to the game.

The next step for the nominees occurs in September when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists will be announced nationwide through the fall, with the selection tour ending in early December.

The 2013 game drew a record crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events, visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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