Swimming: Gateway looks to replace four WPIAL qualifiers

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The Gateway girls swimming and diving team must replace four WPIAL qualifiers from last season but the Gators also return four WPIAL qualifiers. The cupboards are hardly bare for first-year coaches Dawn Nicolazzo and Garrett Schmidt who take over for Jason Kunkle. The Gateway girls scored 18 points at WPIALs last season to finish 21st in the team standings.

The since-graduated Gators who qualified for WPIALs are Valeria Pascoe, Kylie Hagerich, swimmer/diver Alison Perry and Abbey Kimicata. Gateway finished 5-2 in Section 3-AAA last season.

Returning Gators, senior Sarah Sheldon qualified for WPIALs individually in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, placing 31st and 23rd respectively. Senior Sydney Mandella qualified in the 100 butterfly, placing 36th. Sheldon and Mandella swam the third and fourth legs of the Gateway 200 freestyle relay at WPIALs that placed 12th and earned a majority of the team points, scoring ten with the finish. The team picked up six more points in the 400 freestyle relay that featured Mandella and current senior Samantha Mears.


Swimming: Defending section champion Gateway has plenty to replace

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Gateway won the Section 3-AAA title last season with a perfect 7-0 record. Duplicating that accomplishment will be no easy feat for the Gators. They must replace WPIAL qualifiers Jake Beley, Alex Caprara and Alex Bolen. They also must replace coach Jason Kunkle who stepped down after last season. There is some continuity though as former Kunkle assistants, Dawn Nicolazzo and Garrett Schmidt take over as co-head coaches.

Beley, Caprara and Bolen combined on a fourth-place 200 medley relay at the WPIAL championships last season. Junior Jake Passalinqua returns from that relay. That relay set a school record last season. Gateway will begin defense of its Section 3-AAA title on December 18 against Woodland Hills. The section also features Central Catholic, Allderdice, Brashear, McKeesport, Fox Chapel, Penn Hills and Plum.


Hockey: Gators having trouble scoring during tough season

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Gateway has struggled throughout the first half of the PIHL Class A season and things are likely to get worse before they get better.

A lot worse.


Not only are the Gators 2-8-0 in their first 10 games and mired in last place in the Tier 1 Eastern Conference, they have a date tonight with a Deer Lakes (8-1-0) squad that is two points behind first place Hempfield and the Lancers have a game-in-hand on the Spartans.

Gateway, which lost to Hempfield, 11-3, its last time out, has scored only eight goals in its last five games -- all losses – for an average of just 1.6 per game.


Ryan Taylor has been one of the few bright spots for the Gators as he leads the team with 12 goals and 16 points in nine games played.


Alumni Update - Amanda Estok (Pitt-Greensburg)

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Buffalo, NY -  The Pitt-Greensburg women's basketball team opened conference play on Saturday, suffering a 62-59Estok PGU overtime loss to the Spartans of D'Youville College.


The loss drops the Bobcats to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference while D'Youville improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

For the second straight game the Bobcats had a tough time getting their shots to fall. On the afternoon, they'd convert just 28% from the floor, 19% from three, and 65% from the free throw line.


Despite the tough shooting night the Bobcats would battle in a tightly contested road game and force overtime.

The Bobcats were led by Amanda Estok, a Gateway graduate, who scored a team high 16 points.


(photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg)


Boys Basketball: Gateway survives scare, wins tournament

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Gateway (2-0) got an early scare in its season opener as the Gators narrowly defeated Knoch, 44-43, in the opening game of the Plum tournament.

The Gators went on to win the tournament with a 72-58 victory over Shaler Saturday.

John Paul Kromka recorded a triple-double in the win with 10 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks, while Daylon Harris had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Led by trio of John Horner (6-5, guard/forward), Harris (6-5, forward) and Aiden Howard (6-6, forward), Gateway is a favorite in Section 2-AAAA and one of the top teams in the WPIAL.