Alumni Update - Ryan Abel (Waynesburg)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – In honor of the 60th anniversary of its creation in 1955, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recently released its 60th anniversary football team. Waynesburg University was represented amongst the 60 honorees by four of the finest players to ever suit up for the Yellow Jackets after the program joined the PAC in 1990.

Waynesburg's four honorees are Ryan Abel, Scott Cree, Mike Czerwien and Adam Moses.


Ryan Abel, a four-year starter at running back, is statistically the top rusher in Jacket football history. Abel, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, was a first-team All-PAC selection in each of his four seasons at Waynesburg and, to this day, remains the program leader in scoring (270), touchdowns (45) and all-purpose yards (4,173).

He also ranks fourth in total offense (3,989). Abels scored at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his four seasons and averaged 5.4 yards per carry while averaging just under 100 yards rushing per game (99.6). He finished his career with 3,985 rushing yards on 734 carries and 43 rushing touchdowns.



Elizabeth Forward 2014 Football Preview

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The Warriors have made two consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances since Mike LeDonne began his second coaching stint three years ago. The Warriors placed fourth in the Big Nine Conference and finished with a 6-4 record after losing in the first round of the playoffs to Mars.

Quarterback JaQuan Davidson has graduated after rushing for 2,133 yards and throwing for 1,561 yards the past two seasons. Also gone are receiver Matt Bernadowski, who caught 58 passes in two years, and tailback Ryan Wardropper, who rushed for 959 yards in three seasons.

"We lost our quarterback, our top running back and our top receiver," LeDonne said. "They were the key to our offensive success the past two years. That really hurts."


Baseball: EF grad Altavilla picks up first pro win

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A former WPIAL star pitcher has gotten into the win column for the first time in his professional career.

Dan Altavilla, a recent draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, earned his first pro win Friday in leading the Everett AquaSox to a 3-1 home win against the Boise Hawks. The AquaSox are a Class A affiliate of the Mariners and compete in the short-season Northwest League.

Against Boise, Altavilla gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

For the season, Altavilla is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA in eight starts.


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

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(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.)

Dan Altavilla does not have the classic right-hander pitcher's build at 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds.

However, the Elizabeth Forward High School graduate had such a great career at Mercyhurst College that the Seattle Mariners, whose general manager has Western Pennsylvania roots, couldn't help but notice.

The Mariners drafted Altavilla in the fifth round last month, signed him for $250,000 and assigned him to their short season Everett farm club in the Northwest League. The 21-year-old has started three games and is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA.

Altavilla had a good feeling about being drafted by the Mariners and GM Jack Zduriencik, who is a New Castle native. They selected Altavilla even after they originally planned to draft him in the third round until he declined to meet take their bonus offer.


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

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(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature 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.)

This has not been the best of seasons so far for J.J. Hoover.

The Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever and Elizabeth Forward High School graduate is 1-5 with a 5.23 ERA in 28 games. In 32 2/3 innings, he has allowed 30 hits and 20 walks while striking out 36.

"I feel like I've run into some bad luck this year," Hoover said "I've gotten beat more this year than I have in the past. I'm hoping I can regain that kind of success this year."