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Carpino, Foley, Hahn sign letters of intent to play in college; Laszewski chooses Irish

Avon High seniors Carly Carpino, left, Tyler Hahn, center and Emily Foley signed Letter of Intent recently. (Photo courtesy Avon High Booster Club)

AVON – Three Avon High students recently signed National Letters of Intent to compete athletically at the collegiate level beginning next fall.

Senior Carly Carpino will be joining the track and field team at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., Emily Foley will run cross country at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and Tyler Hahn will play golf at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

“These athletes have been leaders on and off the field here at Avon High School,” said Tim Filon, athletic director at Avon High School. “The hard work and discipline that brought them to this day is what will make them successful at the next level.”

Former Avon High student Nate Laszewski, who played his freshman (2014) and sophomore (2015) year with the Falcons, verbally committed to play basketball at Notre Dame. Laszewski, a 6-foot-10 power forward, has spent the last two seasons at Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon, where he helped lead his team to the New England title in 2016. He made his announcement on Twitter.

Laszewski had 42 points as a sophomore in a win over Suffield in January 2015 – just four points shy of the school’s single-game scoring record of 46 points. He was named All-State that season.

Carly Carpino and her mother are all smiles. (Photo courtesy Avon Booster Club)

Carpino is a three-sport athlete at Avon. Along with track and field, she ran cross country and played basketball. In track, she was primarily a jumper her first two seasons. She won a NCCC title as a freshman and finished in the top 20 at the national championships in 2015 in the triple jump and long jump.

She won the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles at last spring’s CIAC Class MM championship meet to help Avon finish second with a school-record 79 points. She broke the school record in the 100 hurdles and became the first Avon High girl to win two individual events in track and field in a single state championship meet. She was also third in the long jump.

Twice, Carpino broke her own school record in the 100 hurdles. In the 300 hurdles, she stumbled over the second-to-last hurdle but still had enough to get the win to become the first Avon girl to ever win two state championships on one afternoon in track and field. Carpino also finished third in the CIAC hepathlon last June – the best-ever finish for an Avon girl in the event.

Emily Foley, sitting with the white hat, is surrounded by her cross country teams. Foley signed a national letter of intent to run at Holy Cross. (Photo courtesy Avon Booster Club)

Foley, also a three-sport athlete that runs cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, helped Avon win three Class MM titles in cross country in four years. She earned All-State honors for the second consecutive season by finishing second in Class MM to help Avon win the state championship in October.

Foley earned All-State honors in girls track last May by running on the 4×800 relay team that finished second at the Class MM championships. She was also fourth in the 1,600 meters and sixth in the 800 meters.

Tyler Hahn, center, will be attending Bryant University next fall. He is joined by his mother, Gwen, his younger brother Cole and his father, Steve. (Photo courtesy Avon Booster Club)

Hahn is a two-time All-State golfer with the Falcons. He finished tied for second at the 2017 New England championships and took third at the CIAC Division II tournament as the Falcons placed four golfers in the top 12 to win their first state championship in golf in 32 years. Hahn had four birdies in the Division II tournament, including one on the final hole, as Avon beat New Canaan by three shots for the championship.

Avon sophomore Nate Laszewski was an All-State basketball player in 2015.


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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