Forvilly gets the most out of senior year |

Forvilly gets the most out of senior year

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a four-part series honoring the Tribune male and female athletes of the year from Whittell and South Tahoe high schools. Today’s honoree is Whittell High senior Luke Forvilly.

As a senior, Luke Forvilly knew he would play three sports – what he didn’t know was how big a role he would have in the success of the football, basketball and track programs.

The Whittell Warriors dropped from the Nevada Class 3A to Class 2A in 2000, which allowed the already dominant Forvilly to rule the 2A level.

“He’s someone you can build a track program around,” Warrior track coach Brian Rippet said.

Forvilly’s poise and dominance on both the football field and track was not unexpected but still surprised him to a certain extent.

“I didn’t think I would do as well as I did,” said Forvilly, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the state meet and guided the Warriors to their first postseason in football since 1996. “In track, I knew I could do very well individually, but I was still surprised.”

As a result of his success in three sports, Forvilly has been selected as the Tahoe Daily Tribune Male Athlete of the Year for Whittell High School.

It seemed that every time there was a big track meet or he touched the pigskin in the fall, good things happened. Whenever the Warriors needed a big play on the football field, Forvilly was their man.

In a league game at West Wendover, Forvilly was suffering from heat exhaustion and was on the sidelines.

Right before halftime, Whittell needed a big play and looked to the speedy senior to help out.

Forvilly caught a 50-yard bomb as the half ended to put the Warriors ahead. After scoring Forvilly suffered a bout of nausea on the sidelines.

“What made him special was his speed,” Warrior head football coach Larry Reilly said. “No one knew how to deal with his speed or how to defend him.”

That speed propelled Forvilly to the Nevada 2A state track and field meet in four events – the long jump, 110 hurdles, 100 and 200 meters.

Forvilly uncorked a jump of 21-2 in his second leap, but was disqualified (along with two other jumpers) because of spike length.

He came back to win the 110, as well as finish third in the 200 and second in the 100 in Henderson, Nev.

“He’s even more talented than he’s shown,” Rippet said. “He’s been a consistent big-meet performer and always stepped it up when he needed to.

“My hope is that he could get to a place with good facilities to really develop his talents.”

While Forvilly dominated both track and football, he was more of a role player on the basketball court during the winter.

Although he was not one of the team’s stars, his senior leadership came to the surface during both the zone and state playoffs.

During the zone playoffs at Hawthorne, Forvilly played every minute of every game during the two-game tournament.

“His defense and leadership really helped out,” Warrior basketball coach Steve Maltase said. “He did the things that don’t go into box score.”

More than anything, what Forvilly has meant to the school is a type of success that hasn’t been seen in there in awhile.

“We went into this year as a kind if underdog for almost all the sports,” he said. “But by the end we came out on top.”

While Forvilly is a very competitive person, he did not set out at the beginning of his senior year to dominate all the sports as he did, rather he did them because he liked each one of them.

“It was a lot of fun this year,” the senior said. “I enjoyed playing all of them and playing with my teammates.”

Next fall, Forvilly will head to Arizona State University and said he’ll play rugby down there.

He also said he might continue his track career and try the decathlon as a Sun Devil. Nothing would please his former track coach more.

“He could be a terrific decathlete,” Rippet said. “He has the speed, strength and quickness to where he can compete at the next level.”

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