Four War­riors sign com­mit­ments

Aver­ill Park cel­e­brates ca­reers of Car­roll, Du­ni­gan, Gavitt and Jankovic

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - djohn­son@dig­i­tal­first­media.com @david­michael10 on Twit­ter By David M. John­son

AVER­ILL PARK, N.Y. » Four Aver­ill Park stu­dents made their col­lege choices of­fi­cial Tues­day af­ter­noon by sign­ing na­tional let­ters of in­tent to con­tinue their ath­letic ca­reers at the next level.

Alana Car­roll, Maddy Du­ni­gan, Kylie Gavitt and Stephanie Jankovic cel­e­brated their com­mit­ments to­gether in front of fam­ily, friends and War­riors coaches at the Aver­ill Park High School li­brary.

Alana Car­roll (Har­vard)

Car­roll plans to con­tinue her track and field ca­reer at Har­vard. She is the Sec­tion II record holder in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet and has par­tic­i­pated in three in­door state meets and two out­door state meets go­ing into the 2017-18 in­door sea­son.

“Alana is one of the truly out­stand­ing young ath­letes that I have had the honor of coach­ing,” War­riors pole va­lut coach Dick Ab­batiello said. “She has been re­cruited to sev­eral Div­sion I schools but has cho­sen Har­vard be­cause of the aca­demics and com­mit­ment to ath­let­ics.”

Car­roll has been a mem­ber of the AP track and field team since 7th grade.

“Pole vault­ing is an in­di­vid­ual chal­lenge both phys­i­cally and men­tally,” Car­roll said. “I want to thank my fam­ily, friends, team­mates, coaches and com­mu­nity for all their sup­port — par­tic­u­larly Coach Abb, with­out whom I never could have left the ground.”

Maddy Du­ni­gan (Siena)

Du­ni­gan will re­main close to home to con­tinue her vol­ley­ball ca-

reer. The se­nior set War­riors records for kills and blocks in her four-year var­sity ca­reer. She av­er­aged al­most five kills per set as a se­nior and tal­lied more than 1,000 for her ca­reer.

“With Maddy... every team we face they have to plan on try­ing to shut her down,” coach Dan Fairchild said. “They put up triple blocks and you can hear them yelling ‘mid­dle, mid­dle’ for every set. Maddy does what a fin­isher is sup­posed to do, draw at­ten­tion and then still fin­ish.”

Dini­gan was a cap­tain for the War­riors this fall and a two-time Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil All-Star.

“It has been a dream of mine since I was young to play Di­vi­sion I vol­ley­ball,” Du­ni­gan said. “Out of all the schools I vis­ited Siena was by far the best fit for me.”

Kylie Gavitt (UConn)

Gavitt will con­tinue her soft­ball pitch­ing ca­reer at Di­vi­sion I UConn. She was lim­ited to 78 in­nings be­cause of in­jury her ju­nior year but still struck out 96 bat­ters and recorded a 2.23 ERA.

“Kylie has be­come a pre­mier pitcher in the Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil,” coach Ken Bai­ley said. “She has worked very hard in the off­sea­son per­fect­ing her pitch­ing tech­nique an is a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on the younger play­ers and our soft­ball pro­gram.

Gavitt was part of Aver­ill Park’s Sec­tion II Class A cham­pion soft­ball team last spring.

“When I went to visit UConn I knew from the very start that it was the best fit for me both ath­let­i­cally and aca­dem­i­cally,” Gavitt said. “I have dreamed of play­ing col­lege soft­ball ever since I was in ele­men­tary school. I am so happy I will now be able to ful­fill my dreams of play­ing.”

Stephanie Jankovic (Saint Anselm)

Jankovic has helped the Aver­ill Park girls bas­ket­ball teams to Sec­tion II Class A cham­pi­onships in each of her three years on var­sity. Next sea­son she hopes to con­tinue her win­ning ways at Di­vi­sion II Saint Anselm.

“Her de­fen­sive in­stincts, quick­ness and strength al­lows Stephanie to match up with the best guards that the Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil has to of­fer,” coach Sean Or­gan said. “Of­fen­sively Stephanie has grown into a multi-di­men­si­ional player who can score in a va­ri­ety of ways but she is also very un­selfish and cre­ates scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for her team­mates.”

Jankovic av­er­aged 14 points, five re­bounds, five as­sists and five steals per game as a ju­nior in 2016-17.

“Af­ter many col­lege vis­its I knew Saint Anselm was the right school for me both ath­let­i­cally and aca­dem­i­cally,” Jankovic said. “I will be for­ever thank­ful to all my coaches, friends and fam­ily that have helped me get to this point in my life.”

DAVID M. JOHN­SON - DJOHN­SON@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Aver­ill Park se­niors, from left, Alana Car­roll, Maddy Du­ni­gan, Kylie Gavitt and Stephanie Jankovic signed na­tional let­ters of in­tent to re­ceive ath­letic schol­ar­ships at the col­lege level Tues­day at Aver­ill Park High School.

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