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Lemont’s Karla Pulido becomes school’s first badminton state qualifier

5/3/2019

Lemont senior Karla Pulido won the singles title at the IHSA Plainfield East Sectional, making her the first state qualifier in program history.

Lemont High School senior badminton player Karla Pulido etched her name in the school’s record books thanks to her performance in sectional competition. Pulido won the singles crown at the IHSA Plainfield East Sectional on May 2 to earn a berth to the 2019 IHSA Badminton State Finals, which will be contested from May 10-11 in Charleston, Ill., on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

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Not only is Pulido the school’s first badminton sectional champion, but she also is the first state finals qualifier from head coach Olivia Mattingly’s program, which is in just its second season of competition.

Pulido won all three of her contests in the singles flight, including two that went to three sets. She overcame first-set losses in both the quarterfinal and semifinal matches, and won the title match in straight sets.

The 2019 IHSA Badminton State Finals will begin with matches on Friday, May 10. Pairings will be announced early next week.

Badminton is one of nine Lemont High School sports to be represented in IHSA State Finals competition this year. The cheerleading team advanced to the IHSA Medium Division Cheerleading State Finals; the girls’ cross country team placed 18th at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country State Finals; senior Kendra Anifer participated at the 2019 IHSA Girls’ Bowling State Finals; senior Andrew Deuschle participated at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Cross Country State Finals; freshman Paulius Malcius competed at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Golf State Finals; senior Maggie Micetich participated at the 2018 IHSA Class AA Girls’ Golf State Finals; seniors Grace Horky and Maggie O’Brien and freshman Amanda Lopykinski all advanced to the 2018 IHSA Class 1A Girls’ Tennis State Finals; six wrestlers advanced to the 2019 IHSA Class 2A Wrestling Individual State Finals, including juniors Grant LaDuke (3rd, 145 pounds) and Kyle Schickel (2nd, 138 pounds), sophomore Apollo Gothard (2nd, 220 pounds) and freshman Evan Schiffman (4th, 106 pounds), who all medaled; and the wrestling team advanced to the 2019 IHSA Class 2A Wresting Dual Team State Finals.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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