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2010 Press Releases

Dondi Kirby committed to the University of Illinois

Dondi Kirby has committed to the University of Illinois this morning December 20th. He visited the Illini December 10-12. He also took an official visit to Iowa this past weekend (December 17-19). Dondi had official offers from the following schools: Pitt, WVU, Maryland, NC State, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Louisville, Wisconsin, Michigan St, Minnesota, Cincinnati, UNC, Syracuse, Indiana, Iowa, Boston College, USC, Illinois, Marshall. He plans to study communications. He will take part in the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl in Towson Maryland but will not play.

Dondi's final list came down to Iowa, Illinois, USC, Maryland and Florida.

2010 Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

VIDEOS of the 2010 inductions are now available for online viewing!

  »2010 HOF Induction videos
  »2010-11-13 Gateway Sports HOF Banquet photos

Deker Aker makes his announcement about next season...

Just received word today from Derek Aker, our #1 fan, that "I will be back in 2011! - The Rock will be back!".

Gators lose to PCC 10-0

Even though the Gators 'D' played a tough game, limiting the all-star PCC offense to only 10 points, the offense remained powerless against PCC - scoring only 7 points in 8 quarters this season, and the Gators were shutout 10-0. The main turning point in the game was at the 5 minute mark of the 4th quarter when Gateway had the ball first and goal from the 2 1/2 yard line but could not get a TD on 4 tries in a row. After that PCC ran the clock down and that was the game.

See the news articles for more game info.

  »2010-11-12 Gateway vs. PCC game photos
   2010-11-12 Gateway/PCC Ch. 4 Highlights Standard | High Def
   2010-11-12 Gateway/PCC Ch. 11 Highlights Standard | High Def

Gators suprise McDowell 37-21; advance to play PCC

Gators QB Thomas Woodson put on a one-man-show Friday night a cold Antimarino Stadium, by not only picking apart the Trojans secondary with precise passing (11 of 15 for 135), but also scrambing for 219 rushing yards, which may be a Gateway QB record.

For more info on the game, check the news articles.

  »2010-11-05 Gateway vs. McDowell game photos
   2010-11-05 Gateway/McDowell Sideline Highlights Standard | High Def

Gators to face Erie McDowell (7-2) this Friday in 1st round at home

As predicted, the #8 Gators will host the #9 Erie McDowell Trojans this Friday @ Antimarino Stadium. This will be McDowell's first WPIAL playoff game. The Gators are 2-0 all-time against the Trojans, and are 5-4 on the season. Should the Gators win, they will face the PCC/Pine Richland winner at a neutral field.

Download the AAAA bracket (PDF)

Gators defeated by McKeesport 28-14

The Tigers leapt out to a 28-0 lead by midway in the 3rd quarter and withstood a late rally by the Gators to win the Quad Southwest Championship for the first time since 2007. The Gators fall to 5-4 and will await their playoff matchup to be announced on Monday. For more information about the game, please see the news articles.

Our prediction on the first round matchup is Erie McDowell (7-2, probably ranked #9) visiting our Gators here this coming Friday. Should the Gators prevail, they would likely face PCC or Lebo.

  »2010-10-29 Gateway vs. McKeesport game photos
   2010-10-29 Gateway/McKeesport Ch. 4 Highlights Standard | High Def
   2010-10-29 Gateway/McKeesport Ch. 11 Highlights Standard | High Def

Gators ground the Falcons 49-7

The Gators jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead in route to a 49-7 pounding of Connellsville (0-8). Please read the news articles for full-post game coverage.

The Gators will face #5 (7-1) McKeesport for the conference championship this coming Friday at home.

   2010-10-22 Gateway/Connellsville Sideline Highlights Standard | High Def
  »2010-10-22 Gateway vs. Connellsville game photos

Darrell Turner funeral info

Mount Ararat Baptist Church
271 Paulson Avenue
East Liberty PA 15206
Thursday 2-8pm

Potters House
430 Cathedral Ave
Mt. Oliver PA 15210
Friday 11am

One Gateway Player killed, one wounded in NC shooting

Thursday June 23, 2011
Gateway High School football player was killed and a teammate was wounded in a double shooting late Thursday at a shopping center in Durham, N.C. Friends of Gateway senior Darrell Turner already have put up a Facebook page mourning his death. Mr. Turner and his teammate, junior Thomas Woodson, were shot in the parking lot outside an AT&T store near the Comfort Inn and Suites hotel, where their team was staying on the way to a camp in Florida, Durham police said.

Mr. Turner was pronounced dead at Duke University Hospital a short time later, according to news reports from Durham. Mr. Woodson suffered a non-life-threatening injury to the leg.

Investigators learned that the shooting suspect was staying at the nearby SpringHill Marriot hotel, police said. Officers arrested him there around 2:10 a.m. today. The suspect had been eating at an Outback Steakhouse across the road a few minutes before the shooting and didn't know the victims, police told Durham news outlets. Investigators aren't sure what prompted the shooting.

Mr. Turner would have been a senior this coming school year. Gators coach Terry Smith listed him as a Division I prospect on his preseason questionnaire for the 2010 season. He played linebacker and was a part-time starter in 2009 on a team that went 12-1 and lost to Woodland Hills, 10-0, in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. Turner was a full-time starter last year as a junior.

Thomas Woodson, a to-be Junior is the team's starting QB, and started all 11 games in 2010 as a Sophomore.

06/27 Suspect in Monroeville football player's death held pending hearing (Trib)

06/26 In Loving Memory of Darrell “Mook” Turner (OTHER)

06/26 Friday incident second in as many days of fatal shootings (OTHER)

06/25 HS football players shot in fatal 'altercation' (OTHER)

06/24 More info on shooting of Gateway football players (PG)

06/24 Facebook Tribute Page To Darrell (OTHER)

06/24 Durham double shooting targets visiting teens (VIDEO) (OTHER)

06/24 Texas man charged with killing teen visiting Durham (OTHER)

06/24 Gateway High School football players shot (Trib)

06/24 One Gateway student dead, another injured in N.C. shooting (PG)

Darrell Turner #25 Gateway Gators
Darrell Turner #25 Gateway Gators
Thomas Woodson #4 Gateway Gators

Roberto Blanding, former Gateway NT, 2011

Please join us in wishing the family of former tough Gateway NT Roberto Blanding condolences on his passing.
Please visit to sign his guestbook.

Powerful PCC shuts down the Gators 21-7

#1 PCC showed its power and depth by dominating the Gators 21-7 Thursday night, marking the 8th straight loss to PCC dating back to 1996. Central's all-star roster, led by six seniors on the line, QB Ellis (197 yards passing) and three excellent running backs led by FB Luster (Penn Hills) had their way both offensively and defensively with the Gators. The Gators were held to -6 yards offense in the 1st half and 13 yards total rushing, before scoring with 18 seconds left in the game to avoid the shutout.

The Gators will look to rebound next Friday against winless Connellsville.

  »2010-10-14 Gateway vs. PCC game photos

2010 Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Nov. 13, 2010

The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2010.

It is our pleasure to announce our 2010 inductees at this time.

Our Athletes Include - Lee Harkins – Baseball & Basketball Star (1960), Kim Thomas – Track & Field Star (1993), Colleen Marston – Basketball Star (1993), Mike Sargo – Hockey Star (1996), Dana Stimmel – Soccer Star (2000).

Our Coach Induction - Gateway Career Long Teacher Bill Murphy – Bill coached boys basketball as an assistant coach and head coach at the junior high and senior high levels for many years.

Our Team Induction - This year's team is the 1958 Gateway Varsity Boys Football Team. This team was the first ever at newly formed Gateway High School and was the first team ever to represent Pitcairn and Monroeville in any sport.

The annual induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday November 13, 2010 at Churchill Valley Country Club. Ticket information can be obtained through the Gateway Athletic Office or by calling Tony Petrocelli @ 412-373-3373.

Gators shut out the Spartans, 33-0

The Gators held the top passer in the WPIAL in check - picking off two passes and returning one 75 yards for a TD. Please read the news articles about the game.

Up next the Gators will travel to CMU to take on Central Catholic this coming Thursday at 7pm.

   2010-10-08 Armstead Williams 53 yd td catch & broken tackles Standard | High Def
   2010-10-08 Gateway/Hempfield Sideline Highlights Standard | High Def
  »2010-10-08 Gateway vs. Hempfield game photos

Gators pound the Knights 48-7

The Gators spoiled the host Norwin Knights homecoming in dramatic fashion Friday night by rolling of 48 consecutive points on way to a 48-7 drubbing of the Knights. The game didn't start exactly according to plan when the Knights recovered a pooch kickoff and then proceeded to move the ball 40 yards and get their only score of the night 1:30 into the game. After that, it was all Gateway. The Gators held Norwin to 160 yards offense - holding Norwin QB Petro to a measly 66 yards passing a week after he threw for nearly 300 in a game. At the same time the defense was holding the Knights in check, the Gators offense piled up nearly 500 yards by scoring every time they had the ball - 48 points in a row, to send Norwin's packed stadium home early from their Homecoming celebration. Up next for the Gators, they will host Hempfield (0-5) on Friday the 8th for the Gators Homecoming night.

2010 "Desktop Wallpaper" images are now available... click here to view & download

   2010-10-01 Gateway/Norwin Sideline Highlights Standard | High Def
  »2010-10-01 Gateway vs. Norwin game photos

Coach Terry Smith named North Head Coach for the Chesapeake Bowl

Gateway coach Terry Smith has been named the head coach of the North squad in the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl, an all-star game for senior football players. North stars from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware against stars from Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and West Virginia. The game will be played Dec. 30 in Baltimore. The remainder of the coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

Coach Smith named to the The New Pittsburgh Courier 2010 Men of Excellence

Congratulations to Terry Smith, who was honored last night (September 30, 2010) by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of the 50 Men of Excellence class of 2010. These men were recognized for their mark of accomplishment, sacrifice and service in the community. In the words from the Editor and Publisher of the newspaper, “They, too, are resplendent in deed, unselfish in valor, commitment and dedicated purpose. Their individual acts have lifted this city and its people to new heights.”

Terry was recognized based on his contribution in the Sports area for producing over 70 scholarship athletes playing collegiate football amongst many other honors. Some other notable honorees were Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Ryan Clark, former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann, KDKA-TV reporter Harold Hayes, WTAE TV reporter Sheldon Ingram, Wendell Freeland, ESQ and Robert L. Pitts.

Congratulations to Coach Smith for the outstanding job that he does with the kids and in the community.

Gators wallop Penn Trafford in the 2nd half for 35-10 win

The Gators (2-2) took a lot of blows from Penn-Trafford in a hard fought first half which ended with the visiting Warriors leading 10-7. However, in the 2nd half, the Gators defense completely shut down the P-T offense, while at the same time the Gators offense scored 4 touchdowns to make the final a 35-10 victory. The Gators now hit the road and will take on Norwin next Friday.

   2010-09-24 Gateway/Penn-Trafford Ch. 11 Highlights Standard | High Def
   2010-09-24 Gateway/Penn-Trafford Sideline Highlights Standard | High Def
  »2010-09-24 Gateway vs. Penn-Trafford game photos

   2010-09-17 Gateway/Latrobe Sideline Highlights Standard | High Def
   2010-09-17 Gateway/Latrobe Ch. 4 Highlights Standard | High Def
   2010-09-10 Gateway/Penn Hills Ch. 11 Highlights Standard | High Def

Gators roll over Latrobe 38-7

The Gators (1-2) overcame multiple holding and illegal block penalties to defeat the Latrobe Wildcats 38-7 and improve their all-time record against the Cats' to 10-1. The Gators are now 1-0 in the conference and will face former Gateway O.C. John Ruane's Penn-Trafford Warriors who are 2-1 on the season after blowing out Hempfield 42-7.

  »2010-09-17 Gateway vs. Latrobe game photos

Gators lose to arch-rival Penn Hills 18-7

The Gators lost to their arch-rival Penn Hills Friday night in a very sloppy game by both teams. The Gators had at least 14 penalties including 3 personal fouls - and many at inopportune times including once late in the game where the Gators got to the PH 1 only to have a penalty bring the ball back to the 23. Add to that four interceptions and a few nice runs by Penn Hills and now the Gators have started the season 0-2 for the first time since 2006, and had their 5 game winning streak against PH snapped.

The Gators will look to regroup this week and will travel to Latrobe to face the 2-0 Wildcats who defeated Canon-Mac 27-0 this past week.

  »2010-09-10 Gateway vs. Penn Hills game photos

Gators shut out 23-0 by McDevitt

Even though the Gators held the top running back in PA to only 73 yards rushing, they could not generate offense - only 93 yards total, and were shut out by the #1 AAA team in the state, Bishop McDevitt.

Noteable quotes from the game:

"That was the best defense I ever faced. Those boys are good" - Jameel Poteat, Bishop McDevitt star running back commenting on the Gateway defense that held him to a 3 yard per carry average.

"People better not sleep on Gateway. We caught them at the right time. They're going to be good. Their defense will win games until their offense is ready." -Bishop McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter

   Gateway vs. Bishop McDevitt video highlights
  »2010-09-04 Gateway vs. Bishop McDevitt game photos

BP tops Gators 17-14 in the final scrimmage.

The Gators, despite missing at least 5 starters both ways, took on Bethel Park in a hard fought scrimmage in the south hills. The final score was 17-14 with BP winning on a 50 yard bomb on the last play of the scrimmage to pull out the win. It was a good test for the younger Gators to step in and play at the Varsity level against a quality opponent.

Up next, the Gators will head to Harrisburg to take on Bishop McDevitt this Saturday at noon.

Note: Due to technical issues, photos will not be up until Wednesday night or Thursday AM.

Gateway tops Shaler 2-0 in 1st scrimmage

In a hard fought scrimmage where both offenses tried hard to shake off the off-season rust, the Gators prevailed by scoring twice on 70-yard TD runs. Up next this Friday Gateway will travel to Bethel Park to face the Blackhawks. The two touchdowns were scored by Brian "Juice" Jones and Darin Franklin.

  »2010-08-21 Shaler scrimmage photos

Derek Aker announces that he is coming back!

Just received an enthusiastic voice mail from Derek who informed me he will be back again this year to cheer on the Gators. For those of you who don't know Derek, he is our #1 fan and in a lot of sideline and post-game photos standing next to Coach Smith.

2010 Football schedule released...

Here are the opponents, week by week, as we have them for the Fall 2010 football season:

Click here to see the schedule

Bishop McDevitt game info - for those of you following the team

   Video report on McDevitt's 2nd scrimmage

Quote from McDevitt OL on Gateway - "They better be ready."

Gametime kickoff is set for Saturday, Sept. 4 at 12pm. Shortly after 11:30, the officials will do the coin toss under the scoreboard with the captains. After both teams take the field, there will be a color flag presention and then the playing/singing of the national anthem.

The address to Bishop McDevitt is 2200 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17103 - Click here for map & directions.

Parking is very limited. Expect to park in neighborhood areas and many will have to walk a distance to the game.

Game tickets are $5 adults and $2 students. The gates will open at 9:30am for all fans. The game will not sell out of tickets and we won't turn away anyone.

The game will also be televised tape delayed on PCN-TV.


  »2010-08-28 Bethel Park scrimmage photos
  »2010-08-20 Media day photos
  »2010-06-06 Gateway 7-on-7 tournament photos

Gateway wins the W & J passing tourney June 23, 2010

Gateway won the W & J passing tourney by defeating Linsly, WV by a score of 38-15. The JV team also finsihed a strong 3-1.

National Letter of Intent Day, Feb. 3, 2010

The following Gateway Gators signed National Letter of Intent documents on Feb. 3, 2010:

Brendon Felder - University of North Carolina ($30,000/Year)
Dayonne Nunley - Miami University ($37,500/Year)
Orne Bey - Miami University ($37,500/Year)
Delbert Tyler - Hampton University ($28,000/Year)
Shawn Brisker - Prairie View A&M ($22,000/Year)
Omarr Finn - Prairie View A&M ($22,000/Year)
Mitch DeVall - Seton Hill ($36,000/Year)

Annually these scholarships are valued at $213,00 per year until graduation. 4-year graduation would be a savings of $852,000 for these 7 athletes. This years senior class marks the most successful 3-year class in Gateway history. 1972-1974 Gateway won 31 games. 1984-1986 (Coach Smith's Era) Gateway won 33 games. This class 2007-2009 won 35 games, 3 conference titles and 3 WPIAL Championship Appearances. This three year span has produced 12 Division IA players, 5 Division IAA players and 6 Division II players (All records at Gateway).

Orne Bey, Dayonne Nunley and Brendon Felder mark the 17th, 18th and 19th Division I players in the last 7 years (tops in the WPIAL) at Gateway.

Delbert Tyler, Shawn Brisker and Omarr Finn mark the 14th, 15th and 16th Division IAA player under Coach Smith. Mitch DeVall is the 21st Division II player under Coach Smith

  »2010-01-31 Gateway Football Banquet photos
  »2010-02-03 National LOI day photos

Gateway wins the inaugural Pennsylvania Passing League - West championship game!

Gateway won the 16 team "West" tournament in a hard fought championship game against Clairton, 12-7, behind three interceptions by the Gator defense, including one to seal the victory on 4th & 17 from the 17 - last play of the game in extra time. The Gators will advance to play the "East" winner at Heinz Field on Saturday, August 14th, during halftime of the Steelers-Detroit Pre-season NFL game.

We'll have all the photos up on the site within the next day or two. For game-by-game scores, please visit our Twitter page below.

  »GatewayGators real time updates twitter page

2010 Gateway Football 7-on-7 event

The tournament is set - all slots have been filled. The 2010 Gateway Football 16 team 7-on-7 tournament will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

The following teams have signed up:

  1. Greensburg Central Catholic
  2. Pittsburgh Central Catholic
  3. Bethel Park
  4. Clairton
  5. Pine Richland
  6. Baldwin
  7. Perry
  8. South Fayette
  9. Gateway
  10. Friendly (Maryland)
  11. Valley
  12. Montour
  13. Penn Hills
  14. Calvin Coolidge Washington DC
  15. South Allegheny
  16. Trinity
The event runs from 8am to 4pm and will take place at Gateway's Antimarino Stadium on the campus of Gateway High School.

1986 Gateway Gators team named to WPIAL HOF

The WPIAL has selected the 1986 Gateway Football team - the squad that finished 13-0 by defeating North Hills in an epic game at Three Rivers stadium with a crowd in excess of 20,000 on hand. Only two teams scored more than a touchdown on the Gators all season long, and the Gators outscored opponents 379-79. Gateway edged North Hills 7-6 in the AAAA Championship game - against a North Hills team that was ranked #1 in the country. The Gators would finish the season ranked #3 in the USA and North Hills dropped down.

You are invited to attend the Induction Ceremony and Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Coraopolis, PA on June 25, 2010. We would like to get as many players as possible and purchase full tables to attend the banquet, rather than do individual registrations. Please contact our site here and we'll put you in touch with Terry Smith to arrange your attendance. Tickets are $40 each.

Click here to view the roster from the team photo Help locate your teammates! (OPEN YOUR WINDOW TO FULL SIZE and scroll to read all names)

Download the informational flyer here (remember to contact us above to confirm your attendance)

TEAM PHOTO REPRINTS AVAILABLE If you would like to purchase a poster size, 11x17 or 8x10 copy of the team photo (above), please Contact us here for more information and pricing.

Many changes in our section...

Since the 2009 season ended, the following changes have happened - all in Gateway's football section:

  • Norwin opens their head coach position (not filled yet)
  • Penn-Trafford head coach leaves
  • Gateway O.C. John Ruane takes the Penn-Trafford head coaching job (and will face Gateway week 4!)
  • Gateway will have many new faces on it's coaching staff - in looking to replace O.C. Ruane and other coaches who will be joining Coach Ruane at PT
  • McKeesport head coach George Smith retires, as well as his O.C. who helped run the flexbone offense. Looks like this may be the end of the flexbone at the Port...
  • Gateway will face Pittsburgh Central Catholic in a regular season, home and home series. The last time these teams played in the regular season was 8.27.2004.
  • Gateway will continue to face top rival Penn Hills in a home and home series. Gateway has played Penn Hills more than any other time - 46 times to date. North Allegheny is our 2nd most frequent opponent - 39 games but only once since 1997.
  • Here's hoping that we'll play a team that we don't see very often for a new week 1 matchup, such as: Lebo, former long time foe North Hills, Shaler, or Seneca Valley... How nice it would be to have a home and home series against North Hills and renew that rivalry on a yearly basis!

Rob On The Run Swims With Gateway H.S. Team

WPXI correspondent Rob Johnston takes a dive into Gateway High School's pool and gets some swimming tips from team members.

Watch the video here!

Gateway OC John Ruane new Penn-Trafford Head Coach

From the Tribune-Review:
The Penn-Trafford school board unanimously approved the hiring of John Ruane to the post Monday. Ruane comes to Penn-Trafford from Gateway, where he served as offensive coordinator.

Ruane replaces T.J. Wiley, who resigned after one season, citing personal reasons. Penn-Trafford finished 3-7 last season, with a 49-21 loss to Bethel Park in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs

"(We're looking at) rebuilding the program again," said Dr. Deborah Kolonay, Penn-Trafford superintendent. "I know after one year T.J. tried to begin that, but it takes a while. (We're looking at) getting the program back into a solid program and building it up."

Kolonay and board president Bruce Newell said Ruane, who resides in the Penn-Trafford School District, was strongly considered when Wiley was hired in 2009.

"I think he's the right man for the job there," Gateway coach Terry Smith said. "He lives in their community.I think he can help get Penn-Trafford back on track to where they once were. He's going to bring some creative ideas and implement some discipline and structure into the program and try to teach them to be a winner at that level."

Congratulations to Coach John and best wishes for a solid turnaround at Penn-Trafford

Gateway Football Quick Facts

# of seasons: 67
Total # of games played: 591
All-time record: 384 W, 194 L, 13 T
Overall Winning Percentage: 0.6497

# of photos on this site: 62,693
# of videos on this site: 562
# of news articles on this site: 2,560

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