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Alumni Update - Josh Vasko (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Jennifer Suder and Josh Vasko swept the diving events to claim Diver of the YearVasko WJ honors as the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships wrapped up Saturday night.

Vasko, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, scored a 399.45 in the finals of the men's three-meter dive to capture his second PAC Men's Diver of the Year honor in his two-year career. 

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Girls Basketball: Guards key to Elizabeth Forward's success

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Elizabeth Forward girls basketball team.

"Elizabeth Forward seniors Abbie Sporio and Oliva Barkley are one of the top scoring backcourts in the WPIAL.

The two combine to average 33.6 points per game.

The guards bring more to the team than just scoring. Sporio, Barkley and the rest of the seven-member senior class also bring ideas.

"What is really nice is I have a really good relationship with all the seniors, especially Abbie and Olivia," coach Krystal Gibbs said. "They listen so well and I love to hear when they have ideas about changing things. Both Abbie and Olivia are very involved in the team and very good leaders. And they put their two cents in.""

 

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Wrestling: Elizabeth Forward senior avoids jinx, starting strong

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Elizabeth Forward wrestler Keith Fournier. Read his story below.

2014 1224 ElizabethForward Wrestling(Photo: Elizabeth Forward's Luke Fournier, top, won by a pin against Albert Gallatin's Zack Friend in the 195-pound weight class semifinal at the Chartiers-Houston tournament on Dec. 6. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

You couldn't blame Luke Fournier if he skipped the season-opening Chartiers-Houston Wrestling Tournament earlier this month.

Fournier, an Elizabeth Forward senior, sustained a season-ending injury in two of his three previous appearances at the tournament.

"Luke tore an ACL at this tournament during his freshman year," Elizabeth Forward coach Rich Scheuermann recalled. "It happened in his fourth bout [while competing at 160 pounds] and knocked him out for the rest of the season."

Fournier returned to the Chartiers-Houston Tournament as a sophomore and placed third at 182 pounds. That was the start of a successful sophomore season, in which Fournier qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA tournament by placing second in Section 2.

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Girls Basketball: Elizabeth Forward off to solid start

Written by Joe Koch on .

Six games into the season, the Elizabeth Forward High girls basketball team has a spotless overall record of 6-0, is 3-0 in Section 4-AAA and is playing a competitive out-of-section schedule.

Following tonight's out-of-section game at Pittsburgh City League member Obama Academy, the Warriors will compete in California University Hoopfest against two solid teams. After meeting Philadelphia Catholic League member Neumann-Goretti at 5 p.m. Saturday, the Warriors take on Beaver Area at 11 a.m. Sunday, also at California University.

The Warriors then will play their third game in three days with a 4:45 p.m. game next Monday against Grove City of District 10 in the Warriors' Betsy Invitational. The other teams in the tournament are McKeesport and Baldwin.

Elizabeth Forward has won all of its games by double-digit margins, except for a 49-41 victory on the road at section rival Thomas Jefferson.

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Boys Basketball: Elizabeth Forward welcomes a new coach, but will use same 'Prota-col'

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles the Elizabeth Forward boys basketball team.

2014 1204 ElizabethForward Basketball(Photo: South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh, tries to stop Elizabeth Forward's George Prota during a game last season. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Fans of the Elizabeth Forward Warriors will be seeing some new faces this season.

Following a 20-4 finish last year, the Warriors must replace nine seniors, including significant scorers such as Matt Bernadowski and JaQuan Davidson -- not to mention their head coach, Gerald Grayson, who departed to take the head coaching job at McKeesport Area, his alma mater.

First-year head coach Sam Kosanovich jumps to the boys' team after three successful years coaching the Elizabeth Forward girls. It is no surprise Kosanovich took the helm based on his coaching résumé.

"It's not a major transition for me because I'm entering my 25th year of coaching," Kosanovich said. "I've had 13 years as an assistant men's coach at Point Park University and also I've had three years as a head coach at South Park High School. So it's not a great transition because I've been there before.""