Four Warriors sign commitments
Averill Park celebrates careers of Carroll, Dunigan, Gavitt and Jankovic
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.”
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.