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High school notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9

By Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep
Just 11 of 64 possible WPIAL football playoff positions remain open heading into the final week of the regular season, and many teams have plenty …
Gateway runners prepping for final race before WPIALs
By Michael Love
The Tri-State Track Coaches Association’s annual cross country championship meet, the final big race before next week’s WPIAL finals at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock, is Thursday, and Gateway head coach Tom LaBuff is taking a cautious approach to the meet. The TSTCA meet is on a course at …
Junior RB White helping Gateway stay in hunt for playoffs
By Michael Love
When asked what he felt was the key to his successful night running the football in Gateway’s crucial 29-28 overtime victory over Indiana last Friday, …
Section 3-AAA title, WPIAL playoff spot comes down to final evening of action
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional and Fox Chapel girls soccer teams were in contention for the Section 3-AAA title Wednesday evening, and Gateway, Kiski Area and Plum fought for the third and final WPIAL playoff spot as a competitive section schedule came to an intense close. The Panthers controlled their own destiny …
Gators cap season with victory
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls golf team ended its season on a high note last week with a 196-206 victory over Shaler at Murrysville Golf Course. The 196 score was a season best and the lowest score in head coach Dennis Persin’s five years as head coach. As expected, junior Johnna …
Gators set to kick off new season Friday
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity ice hockey team makes the jump to PIHL Class A from the Open Class, and head coach Gene Perhac said he is looking forward to seeing how his team meets the challenges of a new season against several new opponents. Gateway kicks off its season Friday against …
Gators begin stretch run to WPIAL finals at Central Catholic Invite
By Michael Love
With Division I, Section 4 meet in their rear-view mirror, the Gateway boys and girls cross country teams have turned their focus to the home stretch of the 2014 season. The WPIAL Class AAA championships are two weeks away — Oct. 23 — and the Gators are looking for positive …
Gators gunning for a positive section finish
By Michael Love
Gateway varsity boys soccer head coach Chris Duda said he hopes to see a lot of fight from his players as they close out the …
Fight for playoffs comes down to final evening
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional and Fox Chapel girls soccer teams had secured WPIAL Class AAA playoff spots before play began on Monday, but Gateway, Kiski Area …
Gators hope to keep playoffs alive against Indians
By Michael Love
The top five teams in each of the three Class AAA conferences — plus one wild card — qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, and Gateway …
Hilton gives verbal commitment to play soccer at Mercyhurst
By Michael Love
Maggie Hilton has enjoyed a strong varsity career at Gateway, and she is an important piece of the machine that is gunning for a spot …
Gators in middle of key section run in quest for WPIAL playoff spot
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys soccer team is in the midst of a run of three games against the three teams that have been at the top of the Section 3-AAA standings for a couple of weeks. The Gators host Kiski Area on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in a game dripping …
Beehner ties for second at WPIAL finals
By Michael Love
Last year, Gateway’s Johnna Beehner finished seventh in the Class AAA field at the WPIAL championships at Hillcrest Golf Club in Lower Burrell. She needed to win a playoff against Casey Morrow from Shady Side Academy in order to advance to the PIAA Western Regional. Beehner, a junior, returned to …
Gators seek three-game win streak at Mars
By Michael Love
On Sept. 15, somewhere in the neighborhood of 2:30 p.m., the Gateway football team began preparation for a Monday practice. The Gators has just lost …
Gators run at section championship
By Michael Love
The Gateway boys and girls cross country teams took to the course at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday for the Division 1, Section 4 championship meet, and both teams recorded three victories. Each team’s contingent of varsity runners competed in one boys and one girls varsity race. The top …
New Gateway boys basketball coach ready to get to work
By Michael Love
Daryn Freedman met with his new players for the first time on Monday. Conditioning workouts and time in the weight room were on the menu. …
Gateway runner setting sights on breakthrough at WPIALs
By Kevin Lohman
Liam Connolly may not be the most gifted runner or the most natural athlete on the Gateway cross country team, but head coach Tom LaBuff …
Gateway boys soccer continues push up standings
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity boys soccer team won three out of 12 Section 3-AAA games last year. This fall, the Gators have reached that win total after just six games, and head coach Chris Duda hopes his players can keep pushing into the upper half of the section standings. Gateway, 3-3 …
Gateway edges Knoch after deflected pass goes for TD
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Once-giddy thoughts of celebrating a win — one that would have put the extra point on homecoming — turned to stunned silence in the waning …
Gateway hires Freedman as boys basketball coach
By Kevin Gorman
Daryn Freedman, who spent the past five years at Kiski School, was hired Tuesday night as Gateway’s boys basketball coach. Gateway athletic director Randy Rovesti said Freedman’s strong resume stood out. Freedman worked in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and on the staffs of John …
Gateway girls tennis team falls in section clash with Plum
By Michael Love
The Plum and Gateway girls tennis teams play two matches this season, but Monday’s match at Plum High School was the only one that counts …
Gateway cross country teams gain experience at deep invitational
By Michael Love
The Gateway boys and girls cross country teams are familiar participants at the annual Spartan Invitational in Boardman, Ohio. Gators squads have run there for …
Gateway duo battles course, competition at section qualifier
By Michael Love
Junior Ryan Skladany and sophomore Collin McCune represented the Gateway boys golf team at Monday’s Section 4-AAA Qualifier at Murrysville Golf Course. A trip to the WPIAL AAA Semifinals next Monday and Tuesday was on the line, as the top five automatically moved on along with others who finished better …
Gateway earns top-4 finish at Plum Invite
By Michael Love
The Gateway varsity girls volleyball team won the Silver Bracket consolation playoff at the season-opening Franklin Regional Tournament on Aug. 30. The Gators wanted a …

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