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Softball: Pivotal week ahead for Gateway

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Gateway finished 6-6 last year in Section 2-AAAA. In some sections, a .500 record might be good enough for the playoffs. That was not the case in Section 2 last season as the Gators finished fourth and were left out of the postseason. Currently at 5-1, Gateway controls its own playoff destiny and no week will be bigger than the upcoming one of the Gators. There is currently a three-way tie for the section lead between Fox Chapel (6-1, 5-1), Plum (6-2, 5-1) and Gateway (5-3, 5-1) and Franklin Regional (9-3, 5-2) is not far behind.

The week ahead for Gateway looks like this, at Plum on Tuesday at Fox Chapel on Wednesday and at Penn Hills on Wednesday. The Wednesday meeting at Fox Chapel will be the first game of the season between the two teams. The game Tuesday at Plum will be a change for Gateway to avenge its only section loss this season, an 8-5 decision at home against the Mustangs.

"We have a big schedule coming up this week," Gateway coach Andy Popajas said. "This is a tough week. We haven't seen Fox Chapel yet but I know they are playing good ball. Plum is always good, top notch. Right now it seems like Fox Chapel is the team to beat, for us at least. It is a good challenge for us this week, Tuesday at Plum and Wednesday at Fox Chapel, we got to try and win one of those."

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Boys Volleyball: Gateway coach takes on dual role

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Gateway boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

When Greg Lockley was hired as girls vol­ley­ball coach at Gate­way a year ago, he was told there might be an open­ing with the boys pro­gram in the near fu­ture. That be­came re­al­ity in Jan­u­ary, as Lockley, a coach­ing vet­eran, was hired as the Ga­tors boys coach.

"I've coached both [boys and girls] pro­grams be­fore in the mid '90s at Wood­land Hills," Lockley said. "It's not that tough. The two pro­grams feed off each other."

Lockley, a 1984 grad­u­ate of Pe­abody High School, has been coach­ing since he grad­u­ated from Pitt in 1990. He's found that coach­ing boys and girls is much dif­fer­ent.

"There are pros and cons to coach­ing boys and girls," Lockley said. "Girls are bet­ter lis­ten­ers and fol­low tech­niques bet­ter. Boys have that tes­tos­ter­one and want to pound the ball all the time. It's more of a chal­lenge to coach boys, but I en­joy coach­ing both."

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Boys Lacrosse: Finding replacements key to Gateway's success

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Gateway boys lacrosse team.

"The Gateway lacrosse team is entering a new era in 2015.

This "new era" is not the result of a coaching or venue change. Rather, it stems from the graduation of 20 seniors who played for the club team for the first five years of their existence and the creation of a middle school program in the school district.

"We've always had that challenge of getting players developed in high school whereas other schools had feeder systems," said coach John Washington, the only head coach Gateway lacrosse has had during its five years of existence. "Now we have kids who understand the game and can catch and throw. This will put us a lot further along than we have in the past."

The program started in 2010 on the curiosity of Washington's son Jack, who is now attempting to play for the club team at Edinboro University. He saw some old lacrosse equipment in the family basement, collected by his father when he attended the Virginia Military Institute in the 1980s on a football scholarship, where John was the traveling roommate of future Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mark Stock."

 

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Alumni Update – Drew Nosbisch (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving team concluded the 2015 James E. LongneckerNosbisch GC Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships Saturday night by finishing second overall with 582.5 team points. Westminster won the meet with 827.5 team points.

 

Grove City closed the meet by taking second in the 400 free relay. Sophomore Drew Nosbisch, sophomore Josiah Vehrs (Fresno, Calif./Homeschooled), senior Jim Bossert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) and senior Caleb McKusick (Waconia, Minn./Homeschooled) combined for a runner-up time of 3:07.67.


Nosbisch, a Gateway graduate, also took third in the 100 free (46.64). 

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)