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High School notebook: Gateway school board to decide football coach's fate

| Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 7:16 p.m.

With his position as Gateway athletic director already reduced to part-time status, Terry Smith now faces the possibility that he can't coach the Gators' football team this fall.

Smith's fate will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday by the Gateway School Board, which will decide if the athletic director can also be a coach in the district.

“I hope the school board allows me to coach, as well as remain athletic director,” said Smith, whose salary as AD is being reduced from $95,000 to a proposed $43,000.

A Gateway alum, Smith has compiled a 92-28 record in 10 seasons coaching the Gators, who have won six conference titles and reached the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game four times since 2004.

“It's affected us, especially the seniors,” Gateway senior quarterback Thomas Woodson said. “It's not a good feeling when you're worrying about your coach's job. I hope my coach stays. He got Gateway back to being one of the premier programs in the WPIAL.”

National basketball

Deer Lakes boys basketball coach Joe Lewandowski has taken on a new venture. He is coaching men's and women's 3v3 national teams for USA basketball. The teams, which are working out at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will travel the world to compete against other countries.

They will be competing in the FIBA 3v3 World Championship on Aug. 23-26 in Athens, Greece. Prior to departing for Athens, the men's and women's teams will reconvene at the USOTC for a training camp from Aug. 17-20.

Pavilion seating

Fans of Kiski Area football will be greeted by a newly renovated set of bleachers this fall, as the unique seating area underneath the venerable pavilion at Davis Field in Vandergrift has been rebuilt and will be opened for the upcoming football season.

The repair work was done by students and instructors from the Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. The seats will be used for the Kiski Area student section and band members.

The pavilion was originally built when Davis Field was primarily a baseball facility, particularly when the Vandergrift Pioneers, a Phillies farm team, played there from 1947-50. The area was condemned by authorities several years ago when the seats and metalwork deteriorated. But the vo-tech students began the renovation process in May, and the full set of stands will be usable this fall.

Remembering Bologna

John Bologna, a former Leechburg and Elderton basketball coach, died suddenly June 25 after suffering a heart attack. The Freeport High School and Duquesne University graduate was coaching in the Basketball Stars of America AAU program.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judy (Rowley) Bologna; and three children.

Multi-sport athletes

Seneca Valley football coach Don Holl will discuss the benefits of playing multiple sports, rather than concentrating on a single one during a forum July 18 at Revolution Physical Therapy, 20630 Route 19, Suite 102, in Cranberry Township.

Holl also will talk about long term athletic development, when to begin specializing in a sport, and the advantages of multi-sport training. The seminar is open to the public, and will include time for questions and answers with the coach.

The event is part of Revolution's free community education speaker series on wellness and healthy living.

For more information, call 724-591-8005 or email

Camp countdown

There are 33 days until the start of fall sports practices in Western Pennsylvania.

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