BY JEFF FALK
Stevie Fortna’s improvement as a basketball player during her career and senior season at Lebanon Catholic was apparent, even to the most casual of on-lookers. Fortna progressed to the point that her skills will now allow her to compete at the next level.
Fortna, a dynamic point guard and leader, recently announced she will be attending Alvernia University in Reading and playing Division Three basketball there. This spring, Fortna led Lebanon Catholic to its 17th District Three Class A championship, among other things.
The highlight of Fortna’s season and career came in the District Three title tilt against Steel-High at Hershey’s Giant Center. That night Fortna was virtually unstoppable, pouring in 36 points to lead the Beavers to an 84-78 triumph over the reigning state champions.
On that special evening, Fortna also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for her career.
Fortna will be the third member of her family to attend Alvernia. Her sister Lauren played basketball there and her brother Nick is a member of the men’s tennis squad.
During Fortna’s senior season, Lebanon Catholic went 20-7 overall and 11-5 in Section Four of the Lancaster-Lebanon League, before falling to Old Forge 66-43 in the second round of the PIAA Class A playoffs. Despite serving as the Beavers’ floor general, Fortna averaged 17.3 points per outing and knocked down more three-point field goals – 53 – than any other female in the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
Following the completion of her senior season, Fortna was honored as a small-school all-state performer by the Pennsylvania Association of sportswriters, an All-Lebanon County first-team all-star and a first-team selection on the Lancaster-Lebanon Section Four squad.
Fortna’s career point total of 1,045 points ranks her 12th on the Lebanon Catholic girls’ all-time list.