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Gateway 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Gators made their debut in Class AAA last year, and coach Tom Nola made his debut with the Gators after a very successful run at Clairton. The Gators tied for fourth place in the Greater Allegheny Conference with a 4-4 record and finished the season with a 4-6 overall mark after a 24-14 loss to Ringgold in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs.

"It's more comfortable for both the coaches and the players this year," Nola said. "The kids were learning new terminology and new offensive and defensive schemes last year. We struggled some at the start of the season but caught on good in the second half. We learned a lot last year, and experience is the best teacher."

Nola has six starters returning on offense and "six-plus" on defense. He would have had another starter back on offense if it wasn't for Robert Hainsey (6-3, 270, Jr., LT) transferring to a Florida prep school.

The six returnees on offense are Jason Clark (6-1, 290, Sr., C-DT), Anthony Hampton (6-2, 270, Jr., LT), Malik Burks (5-11, 170, Sr., WR-CB), Aidan Howard (6-5, 185, Sr., WR), Adam White (5-10, 190, Sr., RB) and Jaquan Brisker (6-1, 175, Jr., FB).

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Wrestling: Santilli resigns as Gateway coach

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Ken Wunderley profiles former Gateway wrestling coach R.J. Santilli. Read his story below.

For the first time in 46 years, Gateway High School will have a wrestling coach with no ties to the Bane family.

Dick Bane led the Gators for 34 years, then turned the program over to his son-in-law, R.J. Santilli.

Santilli didn't stay on that job nearly as long as his father-in-law, however. He has stepped down after 12 years to spend more time with his family.

"I was actually involved with the program for 14 years," said Santilli, who married Bane's daughter, Michelle. "I served as Dick's assistant for two years before I took over the program."

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Alumni Update – Kianna Hedjazi (Chatham University)

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. –Chatham University has selected senior women's soccer player Liz Sawyer and senior women's swimming and diving performer Kianna Hedjazi as its PAC Scholar-Athletes of the year, for the 2014-15 academic year.

 

Sawyer and Hadjazi received their awards Tuesday evening at Le Mont Restaurant in Pittsburgh.

 

Hedjazi, a Gateway graduate, was a NCAA Division III Regional Championships qualifier in 2014 and 2015 on both the one-meter and three-meter boards, was a four-time All-PAC performer, earning First Team honors from 2013 to 2015.


Chatham's record holder for the 11-dive, three-meter program, Hedjazi claimed the conference's one-meter title in 2013. She has also served as a junior varsity cheerleading coach at Gateway High School.

 

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Alumni Update - Sam Taylor (Slippery Rock)

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ALLENDALE, Mich.Sam Taylor closed the 2014-15 athletic calendar for Slippery Rock University by earning her second straight firstTaylor SRU team All-America honor in the javelin at the NCAA Division II Track and Field National Championships Saturday at Grand Valley State University.

Taylor, a Gateway graduate, was competing in the national meet for the third consecutive year and picked up her second straight All-America finish with a sixth place showing Saturday.

She uncorked a season-best throw of 48.80 meters on her third throw of the opening round that moved her up to fifth and advanced her to the finals. Her first two throws of the finals were well below that mark until she stepped up and delivered an all-time personal best effort of 49.04 meters (160' 11") on her sixth and final attempt of the day.

Taylor, who finished fourth at nationals last year with a lesser throw, is recognized as a first team All-American by the U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for placing in the top eight.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Softball: Late-inning heroics push Gateway into WPIAL quarterfinals

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A year after missing the WPIAL playoffs, the Gateway softball team is on to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. The No. 11 seeded Gators (11-5) sprung an upset over No. 6 Bethel Park (14-5) in extra innings. With the game tied 3-3 entering the ninth inning, Danielle Taylor hit a home run and Ufuoma Ogagan came through with an RBI single to break a 3-3 tie. Gateway held on in the bottom of the ninth inning and escaped with a 5-4 win at Baldwin, who happens to be their next opponent. Gateway will play No. 3 Baldwin (12-3) on Monday at 6 p.m. at North Allegheny. Baldwin had a first-round bye.