Alumni Update - Hanna Saunders (Penn State - Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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)


Alumni Update - Jeremy Staffen (Pitt-Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Jeremy Staffen and D.J. Vogelman each scored goals for Pitt-Johnstown, but East Stroudsburg broke open a tied match with fourStaffen PJU unanswered second half goals in a 6-2 PSAC victory over the Mountain Cats, Saturday afternoon in East Stroudsburg.  


Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 0-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the conference.


Staffen, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, finished Colton Demberger's assist to put Pitt-Johnstown front in the 28th minute.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


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."


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.)

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.