Baseball: Elizabeth Forward grad excelling at Mercyhurst

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Rick Davis profiles Elizabeth Forward graduate Dan Altavilla.

"It didn't take Mercyhurst coach Joe Spano long to see that his pitcher, Dan Altavilla, had something special going.

"I hate to say it but sometimes you just know in the first inning," Spano said. "You just watch him warm up and everything is right there; the curveball wasn't missing his spot, the changeup, you could see it dropping from the dugout. It was one of those days.

"I think his last pitch was still 92 mph. In 30-degree temperature, to throw that hard for seven innings, is pretty incredible."

Altavilla, an Elizabeth Forward graduate who resides in the Greenock section of Elizabeth Township, mowed down Clarion batters for seven innings March 21, tossing a complete-game no-hitter in a 3-0 Lakers victory. It was the third no-hitter in Spano's 15 years as Mercyhurst coach."



Alumni Update - Ryan Meier (Bethany College)

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Ryan Meier earned his second win of the season with a 4-0 complete game shutout of Muskingum onMeier Bethany March 27. The junior from Elizabeth Forward High School surrendered only three hits over seven innings of work, fanning three Muskie batters while not allowing a free pass.

His performance earned him PAC Pitcher of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Bethany College)


Swimming: From No. 12 seed to silver for Elizabeth Forward senior

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Elizabeth Forward senior Kameron Faychak posted one of the biggest improvements from seed time to finals time at the WPIAL Class AA championships to surprise some and take home a silver medal. Faychak won bronze last year in his signature event, the 100-yard breaststroke. With the gold and silver medal winners ahead of him graduating, Faychak was the top returning swimmer but a slew of other talented swimmers switched events and threw their hat in the ring for the breaststroke.

With a seed time of 1:06.75 that placed him 12th in a crowded field, a bronze medal repeat seemed unlikely. As expected Faychak did not win bronze, but the Elizabeth Forward senior managed to shave 5.71 seconds off his seed time to climb the WPIAL leaderboard and capture a silver medal with a time of 1:01.04. His time was only behind Mars Area senior Christopher Georgiadis (1:00.24).


Alumni Update - Josh Etzel (Washington & Jefferson)

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WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University wrestling program won its second-straightEtzel WJ Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship and its fourth team title in the last five years Friday evening at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

W&J senior Josh Etzel, an Elizabeth Forward become the 11th wrestler in school history to win three PAC individual championships and the first since Ryan Wiles '06. Etzel won the 141-pound championship as a sophomore before claiming last year's 157-pound league title.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)