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Lemont spring athletes earn all-state honors

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 8:30 a.m. CDT
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A bad hop sends the ball over the head of Lemont's Mike Wisz during the Class 3A state championship game on June 14. Wisz was named an all-state player this spring.

LEMONT – Lemont High School athletic programs had several athletes garner all-state recognition after successful seasons this spring.

For the girls soccer, senior midfielder Kim Jerantowski and senior goalkeeper Kelly Fritz each were named to the 2014 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. It was the second straight year the duo received that honor.

Jerantowski, who will continue playing at Northwestern, had a team-high 27 goals while playing in all 25 games. She added four assists and led the squad with 58 points.

Fritz, headed to UIC, posted a career-high 20 shutouts and finished with a 19-3-2 record in 2014. She allowed just six goals in 24 starts, and totaled 40 saves on the season.

Junior forward Aleksandra Mihailovic was also named to the all-sectional team by the IHSSCA. She had 17 goals and a team-best 11 assists.

The Indians finished with a 20-3-2 record and won their eighth straight South Suburban Conference title. They also captured their third IHSA regional and sectional crowns in four seasons.

In baseball, seniors Jake Latz (pitcher), Mike Papierski (catcher) and Mike Wisz (shortstop) all were selected to the 2014 Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A all-state team. Latz and Papierski were honored for the second straight year.

Latz finished with a 10-0 record and a save in 11 appearances. Over 62 1/3 innings, he struck out 114 and walked just 12 batters, posting a school-record ERA of 0.23. He set career bests in wins, strikeouts and ERA, and was the winning pitcher in the state championship game. He was drafted in the 11th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, and has committed to play baseball at Louisiana State University.

Papierski batted .410 while leading the team in doubles (12), triples (3), home runs (8), runs scored (42), walks (29), stolen bases (13), on-base percentage (.543) and slugging percentage (.810). He also drove in 30 runs. A four-year varsity starter, he also was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays (16th round), and has committed to playing baseball at Louisiana State University.

Wisz was named the 2014 South Suburban Conference Player of the Year. He led the team with a .471 batting average, and also had team bests in hits (57) and runs batted in (38). Wisz added 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 37 runs scored. He will play at the University of Houston.

Lemont finished with a 35-5 record and won its sixth straight SSC Blue title.

Finally, Rylie Jay was named to the 2014 Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A softball all-state first team after batting .491 with 48 RBIs, 12 doubles, four triples and seven home runs. The three-year starter also scored 49 runs.

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