Softball: Elizabeth Forward sweeps three games in Disney

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Elizabeth Forward was one of a number of local teams to enjoy great weather and great success at the Disney Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Warriors traveled to Florida last week to open their season. Their offense came through in the early-season trip, scoring a total of 25 runs in three games over three days. Elizabeth Forward defeated Seymour, Wisc.,11-2, Cloverleaf, Ohio, 8-6, and La Crosse Central, Wisc., 6-5. Upon returning home, Elizabeth Forward traveled to play Class AAAA Penn-Trafford, where it fell, 8-2. The Warriors open Section 3-AAA play on Monday at 4 p.m. at Ringgold.


Alumni Update - McKenna Kern (Pitt - Johnstown)

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After dropping Saturday's first game of a PSAC Central doubleheader, 6-2, to Clarion at Richland Elementary School, Pitt-Johnstown gotKern PJU a homerun and six RBI from Kayla Luprek to secure a split with a 12-9 victory in the nightcap.  

Pitt-Johnstown is now 5-11 overall and 3-1 in conference-play.

In game one, the Golden Eagles built a 5-0 lead in the third inning and went on to the 6-2 win.

McKenna Kern, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, had two hits, including a double and an RBI.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Josh Vasko (Washington & Jefferson)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. – Records were broken and the men's team scored its highest finish since 2000 during the finalVasko WJ day of the 2015-16 Presidents' Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships where the men finished second out of nine (second of five, PAC) with a score of 550 and the women finished fourth of 11 (fourth of six, PAC) with a final score of 415.5.

Josh Vasko claimed the PAC title in both the one- and three-meter (396.45) events for the second-straight year, earning his third-consecutive conference crown and third-straight PAC Diver of the Year award.

Vasko, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, is the first to win the titles in the one-meter (450.35) diving event three times in a row since Joe Riddell of Grove City from 2006-08. His one-meter score qualifies Vasko for diving regionals.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Jake Evans (Waynesburg)

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Waynesburg University wrestling team wrapped up its two-day run at the CitrusEvans Waynesburg Invitational on Wednesday by placing seventh in the 11-team field. Senior Gordan Beiber, Junior Ryan Shank and freshman Jake Evans paced the Yellow Jackets with third-place showings in their respective weight classes.

Speaking of tough tests in the semifinal rounds, Evans not only drew the top seed in his first contest of Wednesday, but Augsburg's Donny Longendyke is ranked number one in the country at 285 pounds, is a former Division I wrestler and is the defending Division III national champion.

Though Evans was pinned by Longendyke, he lasted longer than any opponent of the eventual tournament champion.

The Jacket rookie standout from Elizabeth Forward shook off the victory with an 11-3 major decision in the consolation semifinals and a 5-1 triumph in the third-place match.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Alumni Update - Hanna Saunders (Penn State - Behrend)

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ERIE, Pa. – Senior Lindsay Bean (Waterford, PA/Fort LeBoeuf), senior Courtney Hopson (Erie, PA/McDowell) and sophomoreSaunders PSUB Hannah Saunders have been named to the 2015 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) women's volleyball team, announced on Thursday.

Saunders, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, is a repeat all-conference selection after being named to the second team a year ago.

The sophomore led the team and ranked third in the conference in assists (780). Saunders also tallied 182 digs (fourth best on team) along with 31 blocks and 15 aces.

She recorded five double-doubles this season and registered a career-high 47 assists in a 3-1 win over Gordon.


(photo courtesy of Penn State - Behrend)