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Elizabeth Forward 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

On Aug. 16, a day before the start of practice, new coach Mike Collodi held a huge barbecue at Warrior Stadium.

"We had 200 people," Collodi said. "We had the players and their parents along with the cheerleaders and their parents. I wanted to get the community involved. My father-in-law came in from Cleveland and made 200 pounds of pulled pork. A lot of stuff was donated and many of the parents brought side dishes. It was a great way to jump-start the community. We want to make it fun to be a football player at Elizabeth Forward, and we want the community behind us."

Collodi, a Burrell graduate, comes from a very successful program. He served as an assistant for Tom Loughran at South Park for the past eight years as the team's strength and conditioning coach.

"I learned a lot during my time with coach Loughran," Collodi said. "I was fortunate to be on a coaching staff that celebrated two PIAA titles."

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Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Dan Altavilla (Elizabeth Forward)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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The Seattle Mariners thought so highly of Dan Altavilla that they jumped the right-handed pitcher from Elizabeth Forward a level higher than normal in their farm system at the beginning of the season.

Altavilla was assigned to high Class A Bakersfield in the California League out of spring training. He was selected in the fifth round of last year's amateur draft from Mercyhurst and began his career at short season Class A Everett.

The 22-year-old has pitched better for Bakersfield than his 3-7 record in 17 starts indicates. He has a solid 3.69 ERA while allowing 78 hits in 90 1/3 innings with 79 strikeouts and 35 walks.

Through 31 career minor league starts, Altavilla is 8-10 with a 3.97 ERA.

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Baseball: 2015 Major League Update - J.J. Hoover (Elizabeth Forward)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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J.J. Hoover has had quite the bounceback season for the Cincinnati Reds.

The right-hander reliever from Elizabeth Forward is 5-0 with one save and a 1.53 ERA in 36 games. In 35 1/3 innings, he has allowed 19 hits and 16 walks while striking out 26 while serving as the primary set-up man to closer Aroldis Chapman.

A year ago, Hoover was 1-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 54 games.

Hoover, 27, made 16 consecutive scoreless appearances, covering 15 2/3 innings, before being touched for a run in one inning of work Tuesday night in an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - Elizabeth Forward's Caitlyn Arico

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Caitlyn Arico
High School: Elizabeth Forward
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Shortstop

Background: Elizabeth Forward senior Caitlyn Arico is one of five returning starters back this season for Elizabeth Forward. Arico led the Warriors last season, batting .479. She has been just as consistent this year. Arico was batting .498 earlier this season.

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Softball: Elizabeth Forward a factor in quest for title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Elizabeth Forward softball team.

"After a productive spring training trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Elizabeth Forward softball team returned home to face unsoftball-friendly weather.

They had won all three games at the Ripken Experience but their final game was March 23 and upon returning home they were stuck inside for practices.

They did not emerge from indoor practice facilities until seven days later and that was to play a game.

An important game at that."