New website displays history of Gateway Sports Hall of Fame



Sunday, September 11, 2022 | 11:01 a.m.

The journey to forming and implementing the new Gateway Sports Hall of Fame website – – began over two decades ago when the first class of great Gators – the 1969 championship football team , the late Curtis Bray, Michelle Chow, Richard Adipotti, Mel Nash, Cliff Parsons, Henry J. Furrie, and Walter “Pete” Antimarino—was inducted.

“Going back to first class in 1999, I had decided that I was going to keep everything that came out of the hall of fame, whether it was photos or biographies,” said Tony Petrocelli, president of Gateway Sports. Hall of Fame. . “Some of them have been uploaded, some have not.”

Now everything is online. Last week, August 31 to be exact, the website went live and Petrocelli said he couldn’t be more excited.

“I knew there would be a good result keeping everything,” Petrocelli said.

“Gateway has such a rich sporting history, and it’s a great feeling to know there’s a place where everyone can go to see it all.”

Petrocelli said his real goal was to display the Hall of Fame’s artifacts from more than two decades of dedication at the Furrie Sports Complex at Gateway, close to the hall that houses all the induction plaques and close to all the hanging banners indicating the class of each year.

“We wanted to have a sort of closed storefront,” he said.

“But the problem I see now, all these years later, is that there’s just too much. There’s no way there’s enough room to display it all. There’s a few Years ago I and a few others started thinking of a website to place all the items in. Once it’s done, it’s there, and it’s never going to go away.

Petrocelli said the new site houses a rich collection of Gateway sports history before and after the 1958 amalgamation to form the Gateway School District.

“Everything from the photo and biography of each individual inductee and team to the galleries of all the induction banquets and Hall of Fame information is there,” he said.

The site was assembled, produced and curated by Shane Rolin of Amixa, a longtime supporter of Gateway athletics. Petrocelli said he received a lot of positive feedback.

“I already had people calling me and saying, ‘I was up until 2 a.m. once I first clicked on it at 9 p.m. I couldn’t help it to watch all the content on the site,” Petrocelli said.

“It’s a good feeling to know it’s been so well received like this. It’s a real walk down memory lane for those connected to Gateway athletics. It’s a great way for others too. learn more about Gateway’s sports history.

Petrocelli said that although the website is quite detailed, there are always new ideas being formulated to bolster the content.

Plans are underway to add a message center feature which will contain announcements and updates on all past inductees, as well as news and updates on the current crop of Gateway teams and individual athletes .

“It will give people up-to-date information on Gateway athletics,” Petrocelli said. “He will also give information on the position of the committee with meetings and discussions on the next induction.”

Petrocelli said he and the rest of the Hall of Fame committee hope the launch of the Hall of Fame website will coincide with plans and preparation for the next Hall of Fame induction banquet in October or November.

The last induction ceremony took place in October 2019, just months before the covid pandemic became a reality.

Plans for the next induction were scuttled last year, and renewed efforts this spring have yielded progress. But, Petrocelli said, the goal now is to have Gateway’s next group of greats celebrated in 2023.

“We are ready for the next induction banquet on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Edgewood Country Club,” he said. “The pandemic has lifted us up a bit. We could have had one this year, but I’m glad we waited. Next year will be special.

Michael Love is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael by email at or via Twitter .

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