Alumni Update: Gateway grad gains recognition as standout center for Thiel

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Joe Koch profiles Gateway graduate Jason Crystol, who is a standout center at Thiel.

"Entering his senior season, Thiel College center Jason Crystol believes his Tomcats team has plenty of unfinished business to deal with following a 3-7 season that saw the team lose its first five games.

Crystol's efforts have been recognized as he's been named to the USA Football News Preseason All-America fourth team.

"It's a great honor for me and for the program," said Crystol, a 21-year-old communications major who played his high school football under Terry Smith at Gateway. "It definitely adds motivation to the way I prepared this summer and going into the season. What really matters to me is how the team ends up."

What the Tomcats were able to take from the 2013 season is that they won three of their last five games. Crystol, a 5-foot-10, 245-pound senior from Monroevlle, believes the strong finish is a nice springboard into this season."



2014 East Male Athlete of the Year - Gateway's Montae Nicholson

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the 2014 Post-Gazette East Male Athlete of the Year, Gateway's Montae Nicholson.

"Montae Nicholson's speed on the football field and track was always very apparent. It was his speed in being able to transition from those sports to basketball that caught some by surprise.

Nicholson took two years off from basketball in high school and returned to the varsity team at Gateway High School for his senior year.

"He missed two years of basketball and after two weeks, it didn't look like he missed a beat," Gateway varsity basketball coach Mitch Adams said. "He is just a very strong, athletic, gifted person who was willing to do whatever and do anything that it took to win."



Girls Volleyball: New Gateway coach looks forward to starting

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Ken Wunderley profiles new Gateway girls volleyball coach Greg Lockley. Read his story below.

When Jay Wu stepped down as Gateway High School's girls volleyball coach, the district was hoping to find a replacement who had previous head coaching experience.

Athletic director Randy Rovesti was happy to find Greg Lockley.

"Greg Lockley has a wealth of coaching experience," Rovesti said. "We're glad to have him join us as our girls coach."

Lockley, a 1984 graduate of Peabody High School, has been coaching and officiating since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of arts degree in communications in 1990.


Track: Gateway's Nicholson goes out with a bang

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Brad Everett profiles Gateway track star Montae Nicholson.

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"Just as he did a week earlier at the WPIAL track championships, Gateway's Montae Nicholson donned sunglasses as he glided over the hurdles and sprinted down the track last weekend at the PIAA championships.

But the shades had nothing to do with trying to look cool.

The weekend before the WPIAL meet, Nicholson suffered an eye injury while playing in a pickup basketball game with friends. He wore the sunglasses out of necessity.

It turned out that Nicholson's competitors could have used some, too, after watching Nicholson shine so brightly on the state's biggest stage."


Track: Gateway's Nicholson shines at PIAA championships

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Gateway's Montae Nicholson earned three medals in the PIAA Class AAA championships at Shippensburg University last week.

He took gold in the 110-meter hurdles, barely beating Elizabeth Forward's Matt Bernadowski (14.25). His time of 14.02 seconds earned him a spot on the National Federation of State High School Associations honor roll.

Nicholson went on to place fourth in the long jump (23 feet, 5 1/4 inches). Isaiah Brooks of Woodland Hills placed second (23-6 1/2).

Nicholson also ran on the winning 400-meter relay team with Kevin Jeter, Jae'Len Means and Cameron Gray. They crossed the line in 41.16 seconds for their second consecutive title and a spot on the National Federation of State High School Associations honor roll.