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2006 Press Releases

Two Gators named to P-G Fab 22 team

Cameron Saddler and Shayne Hale were named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22: High School Football All-Star Team. See story on left.

Gateway Grad Lichtenstein boots team to Ivy League Championship

Read Story (PDF)

Congratulations to the 2006 Gateway Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Hall of Fame induction photos

Gators defeated 44-37 in wild playoff game

In one of the most memorable games of the long Gateway/Penn Hills rivalry, the Indians pulled out a victory in the final minutes of the game to advance to the next round.

Congratulations on a memorable season Gators! We look forward to 2007.

Gators vs. Penn Hills Game Photos
   Gators/Penn Hills Highlights (Ch. 11)
   FSN Feature on Cameron Saddler

We have additional sidelines video from the PH game that will be posted in the next week.

Gators 24, Shaler 13

The Gators jumped out to leads of 14-0, 21-7 and 24-7 at halftime, before holding back a late attack from the Titans to advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs. The Gators will take on rival Penn Hills this coming Friday at a location TBD.

   Gators/Shaler Highlights (Ch. 2)
   Gators/Shaler Highlights (Ch. 4)
   Gators/Shaler Highlights (Ch. 11)
   Gators/Shaler Highlights (FSN)
Gators vs. Shaler Game Photos

Gators 53 - Kiski 0

Cameron Saddler did not tie the national record for kickoff returns for touchdown in a season (six, by three players). But he had a big night nonetheless, scoring five consecutive times to lead the visiting Gators in a Big East showdown to settle the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds.

Saddler scored on runs of 37, 1, 8 and 2 yards and on a 50-yard interception return. He gained 164 yards on 21 carries, one of three Gators (5-4, 3-2) to top 100. Brian Williams had 123 yards on seven attempts and Eric Livsey 150 on eight. Williams scored twice, Livsey once.

Gateway gained 460 of its 467 yards on the ground and limited Kiski (4-5, 2-3) to 51 yards on offense. 20 of Kiski's 51 yards came on their last drive against the Gators' subs.

Gators vs. Kiski Game Photos

8th Annual Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

The banquet this year will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Churchill Valley Country Club. Tickets are $40 and are on sale at the Gateway Athletic Office at the Gateway Sports Complex or by calling Tony Petrocelli @ 412-373-3373

Inductees this year: Bob Matsey (1976 - Basketball and Football), Randi Belkin Lichtenstein (1977 Tennis Champion), Joann Beatty (1984 Basketball), Celeste Makiel (1987 Champion Swimmer), Jason Kunkle (1991 Champion Swimmer), Ray Middlekauf (former Jr. High AD), Tony Petrocelli (HOF Founder), 1985 Girls PIAA Championship Swim Team

Gators pile up nearly 700 all purpose yards enroute to a 59-24 win

The Gators got back on the winning track Friday by trapping the Foxes 59-24. The Gators had 6 scoring plays of longer than 50 yards - 3 KO's returned for TD's (2 by Cameron S.), 2 long bomb passes, and one 70+ yard TD run. With the win, the Gators locked up a playoff slot. Next week, the Gators will travel north to take on Kiski in a game that will settle the final playoff order. As of right now, a predicted Gators opponent in the 1st round of the playoffs would be the North conference champion - either North Allegheny or North Hills.

Gators vs. Fox Chapel Game Photos

Gators swamped 41-7 by Penn Hills

The Gators were blasted 41-7 at Penn Hills on Friday. The Gators had turnover trouble again with 4 turnovers, and spotted PH a 20-0 lead before scoring their only TD just before the end of the 1st half. On the ensuing possession, PH scored on a 60 yard broken play (lateral pass, fumble and 60 yard run) and that took the wind out of the Gators with a 28-7 halftime score. In the 2nd half, the Gators were unable to get any offense going, even against the 2nd string PH defense and PH wound out the clock.

Since 1989, Penn Hills has gone 14-2-1 against the Gators to take a 24-15-1 lead in the series. This was the worst defeat in the series since the Indians won, 48-0, in 1994, and the worst defeat for Coach Terry Smith since he became head coach in 2002.

The Gators now are forced to win one of the remaining two conference games against Fox Chapel and Kiski to qualify for the playoffs. One certainty is that if they make the playoffs they will not have a home playoff game because at best they will finish with a 5-4 record, which will be in the bottom 8 teams of the 16 team playoff field.

   Gators/PH Highlights (Ch. 2)
   Gators/PH Highlights (Ch. 11)
Gators vs. PH Game Photos

Gators shut out by Woodland Hills

The Gators were shut out tonight at home by the Woodland Hills Wolverines. The Gators were unable to overcome 5 turnovers - 3 INT's and 2 fumbles - leading to a total of over 30 turnovers in the 6 games so far this year.

The Gators made two trips inside the WH 5, one in the first half - ended on a bad snap during a field goal attempt and the kick was blocked, and in the 4th quarter with the Gators trailing 14-0, Dorian Bell fumbled while trying to score after the Gators got a 1st and Goal at the WH 4. The lone highlight for the Gators was 133 yards rushing by Cameron Saddler. Despite having more offensive yardage and time of possession at halftime, the Gators could not finish the execution and dropped the section match to the Wolverines.

The Gators suffered their first shutout since a 31-0 loss at Latrobe on 9/21/2001, over 5 years ago. It was also the Gators first homecoming shutout in more than 12 years...

Up next: @ Penn Hills next Friday.
Gators vs. WH Game Photos
   Gators/WH Highlights (Ch. 2)
   Gators/WH Highlights (Ch. 4)
   Gators/WH Highlights (Ch. 11)

Gators 21, Mustangs 19

In a hard fought game, the Gators overcame a tough challenge and prevailed 21-19. The Gators had to overcome 4 fumbles and 2 INT's and then game came down to a 39 yard field goal attempt by Plum with 40 seconds on the clock. The kick was short and a bit to the right and the Gators were able to run out the clock. Dorian Bell rushed for 138 yards and 2 TD's. The Gator "D" held Plum to 6 yards rushing on 29 attempts, but were torched through the air for 300 yards passing.

   Gators/Mustangs Highlights (Ch. 11)

Gators vs. Plum Game Photos

This Friday: Gateway @ Plum

The Gators open conference play this week by travelling to neighbor rival Plum to take on the 2-2 Mustangs.

Read our pregame warmup here...

Gators 37, Norwin 14

The Gators racked up 399 yards in a defeat at drizzly Antimarino stadium on Friday night. For the first time this season, Cameron Saddler did not return a kickoff for a touchdown. But he did open the scoring with an 83-yard reception from Rob Kalkstein and later scored on a 68-yard punt return to lead the Gators past the visiting Knights. Gators QB Kalkstein, a freshman, completed 10 of 19 for 160 yards and one score for the Gators (2-2). Jon Ditto added 102 yards on six carries, including touchdowns of 60 yards and 1 yard.

Gators vs. Norwin Game Photos
   Gators/Norwin Highlights (Ch. 11)
   Gators/Norwin Full Highlights

Up next: Norwin Knights

The Gators, who used to play neighbor Norwin yearly in the old "Quad East", last played Norwin in 2001, a 14-3 win at home. Norwin and the Gators share 1-2 records. Norwin defeated Butler 20-7, and lost to Seneca Valley 17-21, and Bethel Park 23-24. We'll have more info on the matchup as the week progresses...

Read our pregame warmup here...

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Gators 40 - Baldwin 3

The Gators stormed to a 34-3 halftime lead and wore down the host Baldwin Highlanders on Friday night. Eric Livsey, Cameron Saddler and Jon Ditto scored two touchdowns each, as the Gators made the most of their trip to the South Hills. Livsey carried 14 times for 149 yards and 1- and 2-yard scores. Saddler ran 2 yards and returned a kickoff 78 yards for touchdowns, and Ditto scored on 33- and 12-yard passes from Rob Kalkstein. The Gators (1-2) were tough on one of their former players, Baldwin coach Mike Silianoff. Gateway outgained the Highlanders, 304-155.

Gators vs. Baldwin Game Photos
   Gators Freshman QB Rob Kalkstein hits Jon Ditto on a 35 yard catch & run
   Jr. Cameron Saddler "Takes it to the House!" 80 yards after a big hit on the kickoff
   Gators/Baldwin Highlights

Gators travel to Baldwin on Friday

The Gators (0-2) will head to the south hills on Friday to take on the Baldwin Highlanders (0-2) in a battle of winless teams. Baldwin's two losses came against Shaler (0-10) and Woodland Hills (14-49).

This will be the first time Gateway has faced Baldwin since the 2002 playoffs (Coach Smith's first season), where the Gators pulled the upset of the playoffs and topped a highly regarded Baldwin squad 28-20. The 2002 Gators also opened the season 0-2 losing to Penn Hills and Woodland Hills before getting hot and making it all the way to the WPIAL AAAA Semis. The last time the Gators played at Baldwin was in 1999, when they won 34-14.

Gateway and Baldwin have only played twice in team history (back to 1982 at least...); 1999 (Gators 34-14) and 2002 playoffs (Gators 28-20).

Gators drop wild game to McKeesport

The Gators, who have had one of the toughest opening AAAA schedules, dropped to 0-2 with a loss to McKeesport on Friday night. For more information, please read the newspaper articles linked in the left navigation.

Gators vs. McKeesport Game Photos
   Gateway / McK Highlights (Ch. 4)
   Gateway - Band of the Week

#3 McKeesport Tigers (2005 PIAA CHAMPS) vs. #8 Gateway Gators

The Gators will look to get into the "W" column this week against the Tigers. Last week, the Tigers defeated a young North Hills squad behind QB Kamryn Keys 18 carriess for 163 yards and three touchdowns by the score of 27-18. The Tigers gained all 354 of their yards on the ground. Keys scored on runs of 64, 2 and 4 yards, and Marvase Whindleton carried nine times for 130, including a 47-yard score. McKeesport is on a nine-game winning streak.

Read our pregame warmup here...

   Watch the Pancake Sack and fumble recovery on PCC QB Santino Sunseri by Soph. #72 Jack Charles (6' - 315 lbs.)
   Watch the SLOW-MO Pancake Sack and fumble recovery on PCC QB Santino Sunseri by Soph. #72 Jack Charles (6' - 315 lbs.)
   Gateway / PCC Highlights

Central tops the Gators 42-27

Pittsburgh Central Catholic topped the Gators 42-20 in the 3rd Kickoff Classic at Antimarino Stadium. Star Central RB Lamont Smith was held to 120 yards as the Gators had numerous turnovers (1 INT, 4 FUMB, 1 Punt Block) that they were unable to overcome. The Gators pulled the game to within 21-20 in the 3rd quarter after a Dorian Bell TD run, but the extra point was missed and central in turn converted several more Gators turnovers into a 42-20 lead before the Gators scored on their final possession. All told, the Gators OUTGAINED Central 276-265. A couple of positive notes for the Gators: Freshman QB Kalkstein was 8-10 for 120 yards passing (227.6 rating), 2 TD's and 1 INT. RB/CB Cameron Saddler performed well at RB and kick returning, Returning one KO 86 yards to the house. OL Doyle had several "pancakes" of All-Star OL Wisniewski, and the OL and DL performed well. Additionally, the Gators "D" also played well in limiting QB Sunseri to 3 or 9 passing and limiting the damage from RB Smith. Up next for the Gators, defending PIAA champs McKeesport will visit on Friday.

2006 Gators team roster
Gators vs. PCC Game game stats
Gators vs. PCC Game Photos

   Watch the Pancake Sack and fumble recovery on PCC QB Santino Sunseri by Soph. #72 Jack Charles (6' - 315 lbs.)
   Watch the SLOW-MO Pancake Sack and fumble recovery on PCC QB Santino Sunseri by Soph. #72 Jack Charles (6' - 315 lbs.)
   Gateway / PCC Highlights

#1 Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. #6 Gateway Gators

Highly touted and nationally ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic will visit Gateway at noon on Saturday to take on the Gators as the first game of a two game doubleheader. The second game will feature high-powered WPIAL AA Greensburg Central Catholic versus East Allegheny. Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Pittsburgh, with the Gateway/Central game getting nationwide coverage.

Read our pregame warmup here...

The game on Saturday will be broadcast on Fox Sports Radio 970 and the Next weeks game against McKeesport will be broadcasted on Comcast Television.

ALL SEATS now on sale!

All seats for the 2006 Gateway Gators football season are now on sale. This includes Season Tickets, Boxed Seats (seatbacks) and individual game tickets.

Click HERE to buy tickets now ONLINE!

Gators/Bethel Park Scrimmage Update

The Gators spent plenty of time during their second and final scrimmage working on the running game. With the #1 and #2 tailbacks stil out due to injury, the running game had some problems getting going. Bethel Park, who looked very solid in the offensive and defensive lines won the varsity scrimmage 2-1. The scrimmage lasted just under an hour, one of the shortest varsity scrimmages we can recall. The Gators got their only score on the last drive of the "Down and Distance" segment by going to the air with QB Kalkstein hitting several key passes to his receivers, including WR Jon Ditto.

Up next for the Gators: #8 in the country Pittsburgh Central Catholic this Saturday.

Gators vs. Bethel Park Scrimmage Photos

Gators/Tornados Scrimmage Update

Despite missing the #1 and #2 tailbacks due to injuries suffered in the first week of camp, the Gators faired well in the first scrimmage against Butler. The Gators tied Butler 2-2 in the varsity scrimmage.

Gators vs. Butler Scrimmage Photos
Media Day Photos

Gators perform well at Greensburg Central Catholic 7-on-7

Elevation!  Ditto Jumps high to intercept pass
click here for a wall-paper sized photo of the catch
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
In their return to action in 7-on-7's, the Gators performed well against a tough Greensburg Central Catholic squad packed with Westmoreland County's finest. In the morning sessions, the Gators "B" team defeated GCC "B" 5 to 1. The Gators "A" team, led by Freshman QB Rob Kalkstein defeated a tough GCC "A" squad 5 to 2. Among the highlights were Penn State recruit Jon Ditto's spectacular leaping interception of GCC QB and Syracuse recruit Cody Catalina (see picture at left).

After lunchtime, the Gators "A" squad faced off against Hempfield and scored 3 times.

Photos: AWAY 7-on-7 Greensburg Central Catholic / Hempfield - July 19
Photos: AWAY Yough 7-on-7 - July 5
Photos: HOME 7-on-7 Greensburg Central Catholic - June 28

Lady Gators Hoop star choose Pitt

Shayla Scott defends against OaklandSunday, July 2, 2006
Gateway guard/forward Shayla Scott, who had narrowed her choices to Pitt and Penn State, has verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh to play women's basketball. Scott, a 6 foot junior, helped Gateway to the WPIAL semifinals for the second consecutive season, averaging 15.4 points a game.

7 on 7 camp updates

On June 14, the Gators hosted Yough (WPIAL AA), who last year defeated the Gators in the Pitt 7 on 7 passing camp. At the start of the 7 on 7, the Gators 1st team struggled a bit. After several reps by the 1st team and reps by the 2nd team, the 1st team came back in and took care of business against the Yough squad.

On June 23 & 24, the Gators participated in the University of Pittsburgh 7-on-7 passing camp held on the South Side of Pittsburgh. For the second consecutive year, the Gators came in 2nd place, losing in the championship game this year to Thomas Jefferson (WPIAL AAA).

View photos from the Yough 7-on-7 here...

Gator senior David Williams named "Big 33" MVP

Former Gators standout David Williams won the MVP with three TD receptions against Ohio in the 2006 Big 33 game. PA won the game 61-42. For more information, read the articles in the left article links area.

For a FULL LIST of articles (over 15 at last count...), click here

Gator senior Brandon Livsey named North Squad MVP in Foothills Classic

Former Gators defensive player Brandon Livsey, who will be attending California (PA), had a tremendous game playing primarily as wide receiver. Livsey, who had more than 10 catches - most from Penn Trafford's Tyler Huether, also had one TD reception.
For more info and photos, click here

Gators have successful 2006 debut in Youngstown 7 on 7 camp...

The Gators had a successful debut at Youngstown State for the first 7 on 7 camp of the season.
View photos from camp here...

Final Stats for the 2005 season are available here in PDF format

Recruiting Update: Jon Ditto (Junior) TE/WR/QB Commits to Penn State

Jon Ditto has committed to Penn State during an unofficial visit on Thursday, June 8, 2006, and is expected to play H-Back in Joe Paterno's offense (which is a hybrid between a fullback and a tight end). Ditto is slated to be the Gators starting QB this season. Ditto was one of the most recruited high school football players in Pennsylvania.

Gateway Girls Basketball Team Camp info...

The girls basketball team will be attending WVU Team Camp June 16-18th. Forms need to be completed and turned in to Coach Scott by Monday June12th. Also open gym for girls basketball continues on Monday & Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00pm for girls 6th-12th grade at the High school.

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View sale items here...

2006 Gateway Football Schedule released...

The WPIAL announced their 2006 schedule (see links on left...) and here is the Gators schedule:

Central Catholic (tentative/non section)
McKeesport (home/non section)  *** PIAA AAAA State Champions
Baldwin (away/non section)  (first meeting since 2002 playoffs)
Norwin (home/non section)  (first meeting since 2001)
Plum (away)
Woodland Hills (home)  *** WPIAL AAAA Runner-up
Penn Hills (away)
Fox Chapel (home)
Kiski (away)

Recruiting Update: Jon Ditto (Junior) TE/WR/QB

Jon Ditto has received written scholarships from the following:

Pitt, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Louisville, Michigan State, Akron, Syracuse

He has verbal offers from the following:

Penn State, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia, Kent State

He is being recruited by every major university in the country (USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida St, Miami, etc.). Jon is currently 6'4" 218lbs. He has a 3.0 GPA and has scored 1080 on the SAT.

Cornelius signs with IUP

Mike Cornelius of Gateway High School has signed a letter of intent with IUP to play center. Mike was a 2-time 2nd team all conference player in the Quad Southwest.

National Letter of Intent Day approaching...

Gateway will host it's annual National Letter of Intent Media Day on February 1st at 8:00am the Gateway LGI room. On hand will be the following signings:

Aaron Smith - Pitt
Dan Loheyde - Pitt
David Williams - Michigan State
Jordan Stevens - Miami, OH
Matt Lichtenstein - Princeton

Matt Lichtenstein of Gateway High School has committed to the University of Princeton. Matt was offered full scholarships to Navy, Ball State, Ohio University, Cornel, U. of Penn and received heavy interest from Stanford.

The Official Gateway Alumni network has LAUNCHED!!!

Gatewaygators.netThe online home for all Gateway alumni has been launched. is the new online connection point that you can connect - FREE - with classmates and friends. will enable alumni to locate each other, reunion and event information and more!

Best of all - instead of paying $39.00 for a year with Classmates DOT com, you can do all this for FREE - and NO POP-UP WINDOWS!!!

New features will be added regularly - and will only be available for registered alumni. Visit today!



2005 Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame inducted the class of 2005 on Saturday, November 12, 2005. The 2005 inductees are: Don Hahnfeldt (Class of 1962), Dick Rivers (Class of 1965), Rich Porac (Class of 1970), Tom Toman (Class of 1974), Todd Leeson (Class of 1982), Tony Forte, and the 1974 Co-Champion Football team. Congratulations to the new inductees and thanks to all who attended.

View photos from the 2005 Hall of Fame Banquet

2004 Season DVD's - NOW AVAILABLE!!!

2004 DVD's
Now available for order - the full set of 2004 Gateway Football DVD's. 7 DVD's in total, covering all regular season and playoff games, as well as both scrimmages.
Gateway vs. Latrobe:  View
Gateway vs. McKeesport:  View

Click here to order!

Gateway Football Quick Facts

# of seasons: 65
Total # of games played: 591
All-time record: 384 W, 194 L, 13 T
Overall Winning Percentage: 0.6497

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