Alumni Update - Luke Kochka (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Thiel College men's basketball team secured a hard-fought 84-80 win over the Bethany BisonKochka Thiel in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) contest Saturday afternoon at Beeghly Gymnasium.

Thiel was down 12 with 4:27 remaining in the first half but cut the deficit to 46-40 at the break. After a back-and-forth second half, Thiel took the lead for good, 82-79, when Luke Kochka drained a three in the corner on a Khari Bess (Waldorf, Md./Maurice J. McDonough) assist.

Kochka, a Gateway graduate, paced the Tomcat offense with a game-high 24 points. He made 9-of-14 shots overall and connected on 4-of-6 attempts from behind the three-point line.

Kochka also pulled down six rebounds. 


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Alumni Update - Julius Rivera (Indiana Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – IUP's Julius Rivera and Carly Petney (Gallitzin, Pa./Penn Cambria) each ran qualifying times as they competed on the first day of the Penn State National track & field meet on Friday afternoon at the Ashenfelter III indoor track.

Rivera, a Gateway graduate, running in just his second meet as a member of the Crimson Hawks, hit an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark in the 60 meters with a time of 6.86. The qualifying mark came in the semifinals before finishing sixth overall in the finals with a time of 6.88.



Alumni Update - Jae’Len Means (California Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GENEVA, Ohio – Redshirt freshman Jae'Len Means broke the school record in the 200-meter dash and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships on Saturday, as the Vulcans qualified 11 entries for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships while opening the indoor season at the SPIRE Midwest Open.


Means placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 21.69 seconds, which broke the school record set byFrank Ehrensberger in 2010 by over four-tenths of a second.


Means also boasts the top-ranked time in the 200 meters this winter in the PSAC by five-hundredths of a second.

The Gateway product also placed fifth in the finals of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.03 seconds, which is the seventh-best time on the league's performance list.



Football: It was meant to be for Gateway's new coach

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles new Gateway football coach Don Holl.

"It was a month or so ago that Don Holl's mother showed him an old picture of Holl wearing a T-shirt that had "Gateway Football" on it with the team's schedule. Holl was 9 years old in the 1975 photo, and you could consider the picture odd because Holl lived in Erie at the time.

"When I was a kid, Monroeville Mall was an attractive destination for people in Pittsburgh," said Holl. "If you would go to Steeler games, you'd go to Monroeville Mall. My mom bought me that Gateway shirt from Monroeville Mall because Gateway football was big."

Now picture this: Forty-one years later, Holl will start wearing Gateway High School football garb again. He is the Gators' new coach.

Talk about karma."



Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Gateway at Penn Hills (Jan. 15)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Gateway goes to Penn Hills for a WPIAL AAAA, section 2 boys basketball match, Friday, January 15, 2015.  This game was a great pick to watch, both teams going at it full court. After all was said and done, Penn Hills came through with a 61-48 win over Gateway.  

click here to view video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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