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Athletics update
(Athletics update)
The Gateway High School athletic director is Mr. Randy Rovesti.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Staff – Athletics – Gateway School District||language=en|access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> The [[mascot]] of the school district is the Gateway Gator, a stylized alligator.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Gateway School District||language=en|access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref>
The [[mascot]] of the school district is the Gateway Gator, a stylized alligator.
<u>Gateway Middle School</u>
Beginning in 7th grade, at Gateway Middle School, Gateway School District offers competitive play in several sports while representing the district and their specific school<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Athletics – Athletics – Gateway School District||language=en|access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref>. While athletics conducted by the middle school are not WPIAL/PIAA recognized and therefore do not offer playoffs/championships, they do serve as the first introduction to competition on an interscholastic basis for many student-athletes, preparing them for high school competition where much more may be expected of them.
<u>Gateway High School</u>
Gateway High School is recognized as a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (P.I.A.A.) on the state level.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Gateway High School - PIAA||access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> Within the PIAA, Gateway competes in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (W.P.I.A.L.), otherwise known as "District 7", on the regional level.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=WPIAL : WPIAL Member Schools|last=klunevich||access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> On October 7th, 2015, the PIAA voted to expand the classification system for football, basketball, baseball, and softball from four to six classifications. The vote for football passed by a 26-4 vote, while the vote for basketball, baseball, and softball passed by a 23-7 vote.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=PIAA passes vote to expand to 6 classifications in football, baseball, basketball, softball – PA Prep Live||language=en-US|access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> All other sports still operate on the PIAA's original scale of four classifications. While most sports offered by the high school are competitive and recognized by the PIAA/WPIAL, some are noncompetitive and are not recognized by the PIAA/WPIAL, and others are combination of both.
''Sports Offered/Classifications''
Gateway High School offers a plethora of athletic programs. PIAA/WPIAL-recognized programs offered include cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track, track and field, wrestling, baseball, softball, volleyball, bowling, and lacrosse.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Athletics – Athletics – Gateway School District||language=en|access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> Programs that are not PIAA/WPIAL-recognized include ice hockey and cheerleading, and therefore have no classification.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Gateway High School - PIAA||access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> Both of these programs are considered "clubs" and may or may not compete competitively while not being recognized as a school-supported sport. Per the aforementioned PIAA ruling, size classification for football, basketball, baseball, and softball sports is "AAAAA" (Five-A), which is the second largest of the six classifications (A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA, and AAAAAA).<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Gateway High School - PIAA||access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> With the exception of lacrosse, size classification for all other PIAA/WPIAL-recognized programs is "AAA" (Triple-A), which is the second largest of the four classifications (A, AA, AAA, and AAAA). Lacrosse is a relatively new athletics program at Gateway High School, with its inaugural season being in 2011. Since then, officials worked hard to push for it to become a PIAA/WPIAL-recognized sport after initially operating as a club, which they eventually achieved.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Gateway lacrosse squads wrap up second successful season|last=Love|first=Michael||language=en-US|access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref> The Gateway High School lacrosse program is in the "AA" size classification, which is the third largest of the four classifications (A, AA, AAA, and AAAA).<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Gateway High School - PIAA||access-date=2018-01-05}}</ref>
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