The 1982 team had speed, skill and size.  What set them apart was a certain maturity and toughness that got the team through many difficult games.  These qualities made them easily coachable and enabled them to handle game pressure without losing their poise. This team was successful because they were truly a TEAM.  Each and[…] [more…]


Well Respected And Beloved Coach And Teacher For 17 years the Gator Swim program was very fortunate to have such a dedicated coach as Herman DeMao.  The swimmers, both boys and girls, greatly benefited from his strict and measured weight circuit training program.  As his knowledge of swim training and technique increased, his motivation and[…] [more…]


Gateway Class of 1993 Ryan Lang was destined for athletic greatness at an early age.  Having grown up with his bedroom window overlooking an asphalt playground in a town whose motto reads “A town that won’t be beat can’t be beat”, it is easy to understand why he excelled in athletics.  Heritage plays a factor[…] [more…]


Gateway Class of 1990 Continuing the tradition of Gateway swimmers inducted in the Hall of Fame, Steve Truschel successively competed at the WPIAL, PIAA, and National levels.  He not only was a two-time WPIAL 100 yard breaststroke gold medalist, but his 1989 time is still the team record at the Gator Swamp.  His times from[…] [more…]


Gateway Class of 1986             As a Gateway Football Star, Verne Howard had many remarkable qualities.  He was humble, quiet and the ultimate team player.  He would do whatever his coaches asked of him.  He was big, strong, extremely talented and dominant at his position.  He led by example on and off the field.  His[…] [more…]


1953-2010 Gateway Class of 1971 Basketball at Gateway changed my life in ways one only appreciates with the passage of time.  The modest success I had is a reflection on the excellence of my coaches and teammates, rather than on my athletic ability.  To paraphrase a few sentences from a eulogy I once gave: “A[…] [more…]


Gateway Class of 1960 Robert J. (Bob) Steffenino grew up in the small-town atmosphere of Pitcairn, where all the neighbors knew one another and worked closely together to provide an extended family for all the neighborhood kids.  He was known as “Bob,” “Bobby,” or “Steff” by his teammates and classmates and, growing up, excelled in[…] [more…]

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