Enumclaw’s Forza sisters making their mark

AnnaMarie Forza

The summer has brought exciting news for Enumclaw’s athletic Forza sisters, with one honored for her collegiate accomplishments and another preparing to launch her university career.

For the second time, AnnaMarie Forza has been named to the women’s track and field all-academic team, an honor bestowed by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

An incoming junior at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, Forza was one of three Crusaders picking up individual all-academic accolades.

Forza was recognized for achieving a 3.47 grade-point average in graphic design.

The 2012 Enumclaw High graduate has also been a standout for the NNU track and field team, hitting a national provisional qualifying mark in the javelin with a season-best throw of 131 feet, 11 inches during the spring season.

She was joined on the all-academic squad by teammates Natalie Evans, a distance runner, and Marie Smith, a sprinter and hurdler. They led the way for the Crusader women’s squad, which for the eighth straight year was named an USTFCCA all-academic team with a cumulative team GPA of 3.43.

The NNU women also earned a runner-up finish in the Great Northern Athletic Conference outdoor meet and were third at the GNAC indoor meet this season.

Younger sister Becky Forza, who starred for Enumclaw High’s wildly successful fastpitch team, accepted a scholarship to play at Corban University in Salem, Ore. She signed her letter-of-intent on July 12.

A catcher, Forza was a four-year starter for the Hornets. She helped lead the program to league championships in 2013 and 2014 and three Class 3A state tournament appearances, including a second–place finish during her senior season.

Individually, she was twice named to the all-South Puget Sound League first team.

“Becky is a very good catcher defensively, and is a good athlete that hits and runs well,” Corban coach Nathan Ohta said. “She has caught some very good pitchers in high school and ASA ball, and we anticipate that she will do a great job with our pitchers as well.”

As a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Corban is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Christian College Athletic Association. Other conference members include Concordia University, The College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon University, The Evergreen State College, Northwest University, Northwest Christian University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and Warner Pacific College.