The Canfield High School athletic foyer was a packed house on Thursday, March 28 as senior Allison Pavlansky, daughter of Patrick and Karen Pavlansky, formally announced her acceptance of an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. At Annapolis, she will continue her athletic career by playing women's tennis for the Midshipmen. After earning her bachelor's degree, she will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Allison said she is very happy to be a part of the Navy tennis team. The team, she said, is a young one that formed seven years ago.
At Canfield, Allison stood out as a leader and as a top tennis player. She is a four-year letter winner in tennis and was a four-year MVP and All-AAC selection. She was part of a Canfield team that recorded a 73-7 overall record and was undefeated in conference play. The team's 32-0 conference record earned them four conference titles.
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Attending last Thursday’s signing event for Allison Pavlansky’s appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy were parents Karen and Patrick Pavlansky and Allison’s grandmother Bernie Pavlansky.
Individually, Allison qualified for the Division I state tournament on three occasions, twice in doubles that earned second team All-State honors, and as a senior in singles competition.
She also was outstanding in her switch from the tennis court to the basketball court. As a member of the CHS girls basketball team, Allison earned letters all four years while being coached by her father, Pat Pavlansky. That team went 71-24 over Allison's four years and won two AAC championships, two Division II district titles and this year with a 26-2 record, were Regional runner-ups.
On an individual level, Allison earned Second Team all-conference honors.
Allison is also strong in academics, holding a 3.50 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Student Council and is on the school yearbook and newspaper staffs.
As to her appointment, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan nominated her for the Naval Academy. She said it was a deal that she had to take.
"The education and serving my country in the process is too great an opportunity to pass up," she said.
At Annapolis, Allison will be pursuing a degree in political science and she hopes to be involved in surface warfare, serving on a ship. With that in mind, Canfield Athletic Director Greg Cooper wished her "Fair winds and following seas."
Also at the signing and speaking highly of Allison's career on the tennis team was her coach Rob Stevens. He said he has coached Allison all four years.
"This is an exciting time for me," he said. "This is the first girl on the tennis team to have a signing day."