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Boys Lacrosse: Small steps bring Gateway to a 5-5 record heading into break

Written by Joe Koch on .

In just its third year as a program, the Gateway High boys lacrosse team has taken small, but significant, steps. Thursday's 7-6 victory over Latrobe gave the Gators a 5-5 record heading spring break and the final seven games of the season.

The Gators are tied with Indiana for first place with Indiana and Greensburg Central in Division 2, Section 1. Both teams have 2-0 records. Indiana defeated Greensburg Central 9-3 on April 16. Indiana's overall record is 5-3. The Centurions are 4-4.

Gateway hosts Indiana on April 23 in the Gators' first game following spring break. The Gators visit Greensburg Central on April 30. The Gators face a significant out-of-section challenge on May 2 when they host Moon on May 2. Moon is ranked No. 3 in the Laxpower.com ratings for Western Pennsylvania teams with a 9-0 record.

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Softball: After fast beginning, Gateway scrambles

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Gateway softball team.

2014 0417 Gateway Softball(Photo: Senior left-hander Kim Mignogna provides a veteran presence in the field for the Gators. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"His team's slow starts in games had first-year Gateway softball coach Andy Popajas worried; the way they closed games though, had him anything but concerned.

Gateway overcame slow starts to blast its first three opponents of the season, Penn Hills, Oakland Catholic and Allderdice. The three section wins allowed the Gators to vault to the top of the Class AAAA Section 2 standings. Losses to Plum and McKeesport last week dropped them to third in the section standings, however.

In those first three section victories, Gateway did not once reach the seventh inning, activating the 10-run mercy rule in all three wins.

"I was a little concerned, the bats didn't really roll in the early innings," Popajas said. "We seemed to struggle in the early innings and then all of a sudden we caught fire after the third inning and that was it. Things started happening.""

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Track: Gateway's Nicholson has a record-breaking effort

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Last Saturday was a day of record breaking for Gateway senior Montae Nicholson.

Nicholson earned gold and the rights to stadium records in both the 110 hurdles and long jump at the Wildcat Invitational at Latrobe Stadium. He ran a 14.26 in the 110 hurdles to take the record from former Latrobe standout Jeff Elam (14.76).

If that wasn't good enough, Nicholson went on to break the long jump record held by former Washington star Brian Davis by leaping a distance of 24-0.5. Davis held the record of 23-9.25 since 1984. He also broke the meet record (23-2.25) set by Penn Hills' Richard Rouse in 2011.

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Baseball: Gateway looking to get into win column

Written by Brad Everett on .

Large amounts of success have become customary for the Gateway football and basketball teams.

That hasn't been the case for the school's baseball team recently.

Dating back to the beginning of last season, Gateway has amassed a record of just 1-17. The Gators are 0-4 this season and were 1-13 last season. They've lost 11 games in a row, their last win coming April 16 of last season.

But it's not like Gateway has always found itself in the cellar. Just two seasons ago, the Gators qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, so there's hope their fortunes could turn around soon.

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Softball: East Feature Athlete - Ufuoma Ogagan, Gateway

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Ufuoma Ogagan
High School: Gateway
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball

Background info: Batting leadoff, sophomore catcher Ufuoma Ogagan has been a catalyst in the lineup for a hot-hitting Gateway team. A first-year starter, Ogagan is a big reason Gateway won its first four section games and had a 20-run output in one game. She bats left-handed and has been described as a slap hitter.