Football: Red-hot Gateway fighting for playoff spot

Written by Brad Everett on .

A 2-2 start to the season probably caused some people to stop paying attention to Gateway.

The Gators sure have done a great job of opening eyes ever since.

Gateway is 6-2 overall and its 5-1 record in the Class 5A Big East Conference has the Gators in the thick of the hunt for not only a playoff berth, but the conference title, as well. Gateway, McKeesport and Armstrong are tied for the conference lead with 5-1 records. Franklin Regional (5-2), Kiski Area (4-2) and Penn-Trafford (3-3) are also still in playoff contention. The top four teams qualify for the postseason.

Gateway, under the guidance of first-year coach Don Holl, will try to make its case for a playoff spot and conference title the next two weeks by finishing the regular season with games against two other contending teams -- McKeesport and Franklin Regional. The Gators travel to McKeesport on Friday and host Franklin Regional the following week.


Girls Soccer: Gateway surges into playoff positioning after four section games

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The Class 3A Section 1 playoff race will be one of the most exciting ones in the WPIAL come October. With its early-season performance, Gateway has thrust itself into contention. Gateway (4-2, 3-1) find itself in second place in the section after four section contests, trailing only Franklin Regional (4-2, 4-0). The Gators are ahead of Mars (2-1-1, 2-1), Hampton (1-2-1, 1-1-1) and Knoch (2-2-2, 1-2-1), while Indiana (3-4, 0-3) and McKeesport (1-4, 0-3) are seeking their first section win.

Gateway was able to bounce back from an 0-2 start to win four consecutive contests and setup a major showdown Wednesday night at Franklin Regional with first place in the section on the line. After losing to Plum, 2-0, to start the season, Gateway was edged out on the road by Mars, 1-0. The very next night the Gators showed just how explosive they can be when Becca Kubler, Courtney Seneca, Steph Vojtek and Sarah Corrie scored goals in a 4-0 triumph against Woodland Hills. Gateway kept the scoring and defense up in a 3-0 win over Knoch. The Gators have also notched section wins over Indiana and Hampton. Since being shutout in its first two games, Gateway has scored 14 goals in four contests.


Football: Former Gateway player commits to Notre Dame

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Notre Dame is doing an excellent job recruiting Western Pennsylvania, receiving commitments from some of the WPIAL's top players in recent months.

The Irish's latest commitment doesn't attend school in Western Pa., but does have local ties.

Robert Hainsey, a senior offensive tackle, attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Hainsey played his first two seasons at Gateway before moving to Florida. He tweeted his announcement yesterday.

"I have been extremely blessed throughout this process. I truly appreciate all of the coaches who have believed in me and offered me a scholarship. However, I believe I have made the best decision for my future, and I want to thank the staff at this University for this opportunity to better myself. That being said, I will be committing to the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish!" -- @RH56__


Alumni Update - Tyler Palenchak (Slippery Rock)

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Three members of the Slippery Rock University men's cross country and track and field programs werePalenchak SRU recognized Friday with selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team that recognizes academic and athletic excellence over the last year.

Tyler Palenchak, Jeremy Parsons and Jacob VanHouten were all voted to the team all-district squad for the first times in their respective careers. All three student-athletes now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot.

Nominations for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team are submitted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The All-District teams are voted on by the sports information directors in each district and the Academic All-America team is voted on by a national committee.

In order to be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing, must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and must have significant athletic credentials.


Alumni Update - Sam Taylor (Slippery Rock)

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BRADENTON, Fla.Sam Taylor earned All-America honors in the javelin to lead the Slippery Rock University track and field team on theTaylor SRU final day of the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships from IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Taylor, competing in her fourth consecutive outdoor national meet, finished ninth in the javelin to earn second team All-America honors. It marks her third straight All-America finish in the javelin.

She was sitting out of the finals grouping with one throw to go in the first round, but landed a toss of 48.63 meters on her third throw to earn a spot in the finals. She improved on that effort on her sixth and final throw with a mark of 49.06 meters, the second best in her career.

Taylor, a Gateway graduate, was one of three Slippery Rock women competing Saturday at the national meet.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)