Sunday, October 29, 2023 | 11:01 AM
More than 50 years have passed since a group of Gateway athletes competed at regional and regional level.
The 1967 Gators boys team would capture the Class AAA state title. It was the first championship for any Gateway team since the school was founded a decade ago.
The group will be remembered and celebrated Nov. 4 at Edgewood Country Club in Churchill along with many other great Gators as the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame returns to induct the Class of 2023.
“Eight of those gentlemen are back,” Hall of Fame chairman Tony Petrocelli said.
“They’re from California, they’re from Florida and other states. They’re excited because they haven’t seen much of each other since high school. This is one picture of them together. They have a great record to share what they’ve accomplished.”
In addition to the international team, the Class of 2023 includes inductees Rob Kalkstein (Class of 2010), Shayla Scott (Class of 2007), Cameron Saddler (Class of 2008), Luke Nosbisch (Class of 2011), Dan Schmitt. (Class of 1986) is a Gateway teacher and teacher Ralph Guzzo.
“It’s been four years. It seems like forever,” Petrocelli said.
“We’re hearing good and strong from everyone about the historic return. The venue at Edgewood is fantastic. It just adds to the whole experience. It should be a great evening.”
Scott, a four-year starter on the Gateway girls basketball team, finished as the program’s leading scorer with 1,468 points.
He was named all-state three times before going on to play at Pitt.
“Shayla is the greatest female soccer player to come out of Gateway,” Petrocelli said.
“Some may note that we also had the best in the early 80s, but they were real.”
Kalkstein was 41-9 as Gateway’s quarterback, and played in three WPIAL games at Heinz Field. He finished with over 6,501 yards.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t get the WPIAL championship he wanted to get,” Petrocelli said.
“But he had the credentials, the stats. He had everything you could want in a quarterback and a leader.”
Saddler earned four letters as a running back for the Gators. The three-year starter and two-time captain was also one of the best pitchers in Gateway history.
“Pound-for-pound, Cam was probably one of Gateway’s best runners and athletes,” Petrocelli said.
“He was young, but he was quick. He had a problem after the rematch.”
Nosbisch was a WPIAL and PIAA swimmer who also earned all-state and all-American honors. He swam at Pitt and the US Olympic Trials.
“I’ve never seen Luke swim, but from what I hear and read, he was an amazing swimmer at all levels,” Petrocelli said.
“He was a great representative of Gateway, and we are proud that he was a Gator.”
Dan Schmitt (Class of 1986) was a multi-sport athlete and running back who finished his Gateway career with 3,500 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns.
“Without the numbers, everyone I talked to over the years kept asking if we liked Danny,” Petrocelli said.
“He was a very strong athlete. He was on the team his senior year when they defeated North Hills, 6-2, in the final game on clay. “
Guzzo enjoyed a 37-year career at Gateway as a coach, assistant coach, head coach and manager. He helped lead Gateway to the division title in baseball in 2001.
“Ralph has been involved in Gateway sports since he attended Gateway,” Petrocelli said.
“He was in the major leagues of baseball as a player. We recognize Ralph for being a coach and a life coach. Even now, he works at the high school during the games. He is a very dedicated person at Gateway.”
This year’s class is the 17th inducted since 1999 when Walter “Pete” Antimarino, Henry J. Furrie, Richard Adipotti, Cliff Parsons, Mel Nash, Michelle Chow, Curtis Bray and the 1969 WPIAL boys football team had the first hall of fame team . – well known.
Petrocelli said about 20 previous nominees will attend this year’s event.
After the induction party in 2019, plans were being made for 2020, but the covid epidemic put a stop to the popular event.
The iconic building had hoped to return in 2021, but plans fell through. A new effort in 2022 brought progress.
Petrocelli said the hall of fame would have made the class last year, but the decision to hold off until this year is appropriate.
A common room at the Furrie Sports Complex remembers each trainee, and signs in the hallway outside the main gym display the names of each class.
Petrocelli invites the public to learn more about the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame by visiting its website at gshof.com. He said more information and photos of Saturday’s party should be available online by the end of the month.
“Going back to the first class in 1999, I decided to keep everything that comes from the hall of fame, whether it’s photos or bios,” said Petrocelli in September 2022, shortly after. official website installation.
Some of them were made online, and some were not. I knew there would be good results in keeping everything. “