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Gateway girls suffer first loss

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
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Gateway varsity girls basketball assistant coach Dana Stewart talks to students at Moss Side Middle School during an assembly on Jan. 3, 2013. Michael Love | The Times Express

The Gateway varsity girls bowling team tasted defeat for the first time this season, as the Gators lost to Penn Hills, 5-2, last week at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.

The loss put Gateway into a three-way tie with Plum and Penn Hills for the top spot in the Northeast section at 3-1.

The top two teams from each section advance to the WPIBL tournament at the end of the 10-match regular season.

Junior Tori Smith led the Gators against Penn Hills with a 581 series — she had Gateway's only two 200-plus games of the match, as she rolled a 207 in game one and a 203 in game three.

Fellow junior Angela Chusko, who remained the section leader in average at 209.17, added a 561 series with her best game of 195 coming in game two.

Junior Morgan Sayre added a 432 series for three games, while senior Cassie Doege recorded a three-game series of 468.

Jennica Hagerich bowled on varsity for the first time this season, and she contributed a 447 series, with a high game of 168 in game two.

On the boys side, Penn Hills scored a 7-0 win over Gateway to improve to 3-1 and stay one game behind Plum (4-0) for the top spot in the section standings.

The Gators and Woodland Hills, which fell to Plum last week, dropped into a tie for third with 2-2 records.

Junior Jon McAnany had a career day for Gateway, as he scored a 701 series. It was the third-highest series in the Northeast section through four weeks and his 246 score in game one was a career high.

He added a 212 in game two and rolled a 243 in game three.

McAnany entered this week with a 200 average.

Freshman Bailey Diggins scored a 208 in game three, and that capped off a 566 series.

Fellow freshman Ryan Skladany contributed a 522 series, with his high of 196 coming in game two.

Sophomore Jared Sheffler also bowled three games and finished with a 392 series.

Junior Dylan Shumaker, sophomore Nick Crawford and senior Brandon Castleberry each rolled a game in the fifth varsity spot.

Gateway hosted winless St. Joseph on Wednesday in matches that were to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Gators bowl Burrell at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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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