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Elizabeth’s Dan Altavilla headed to Mercyhurst College

Senior Dan Altavilla, a standout pitcher for Elizabeth High School, will continue his academic and athletic careers at Mercyhurst College in 2011-2012.

Located in Erie, Mercyhurst is an NCAA Division II School that competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Altavilla helped the Warriors reach the semifinals of both the WPIAL and state Class AAA tournaments last season and the Warriors finished 2010 with a 21-6 overall record. Elizabeth Forward tied Thomas Jefferson for the WPIAL Section 4-AAA title as both teams compiled 11-3 section marks.

Also a shortstop and third baseman, the versatile Altavilla batted .339 and compiled a 6-2 pitching record during the regular season with a 2.19 ERA. He earned two more victories during Elizabeth Forward’s lengthy post-season run. Altavilla hit .500 in the seven tourney games with 12 RBI.

Next fall he will join the Lakers, who compiled a 26-22 overall record under head coach Joe Spano last spring. The Lakers made their second consecutive PSAC playoff appearance following a 16-8 showing in the PSAC-West.


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