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Lemont grad Hamann prepares to kick off for UIC soccer

LEMONT – Recent graduate Kyle Hamann will continue his soccer career this fall at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

A defender and four-year varsity contributor, Hamann totaled 30 career points for the Indians on 13 goals and four assists. Hamann was an all-state honoree as a senior. He enjoyed his finest season statistically as a senior, collecting a career-high 11 points on four goals and three assists.

Also playing at the collegiate level will be forward Tommy Gasienica (Illinois Institute of Technology) and defender Ray Stieber (Calvin College).

Giatras’ gridiron

Chris Giatras will play football at Augustana College beginning this fall.

Giatras ranks among the school’s career leaders with 42 total touchdowns (39 rushing, three receiving). He racked up 2,699 yards from scrimmage (2,367 rushing, 332 receiving) in three seasons and capped his career by earning all-conference honors.

As a senior, Giatras led the team with 1,592 yards rushing, averaging 6.2 yards on 257 carries. He also tallied a team-high 25 touchdowns, all of which came on the ground.

Next-level hoops

Two former Lemont boys basketball standouts will continue their careers in college. Guard Juozas Balciunas will play at Weatherford (Texas) College while guard Joe
Hehir is headed to Trinity Christian College.

Balciunas was tabbed as a third-team all-state performer in 2012-13 after putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Lemont basketball player. He averaged 19.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Balciunas was named the tournament MVP both at the Lincoln-Way Holiday Classic and Romeoville Christmas Classic and earned all-conference honors.

Hehir battled through injuries to make a solid contribution as a senior. Playing in 19 games, he averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 per game. He also shot 51.3 percent (81-158) from the field, and was tabbed to the Romeoville Christmas Classic all-tournament team.

Diamond gems

Recent graduates Billy Hayes (Mesa Community College) and Matt Kaminski (North Central College) each are committed to play college baseball.

A left-handed hitting outfielder, Kaminski batted .464 with six doubles, 15 runs scored and 21 RBIs. Hayes served as the Indians’ primary catcher for much of the
season and hit .301 with three doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs.

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