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Five Lemont student-athletes make college commitments

5/8/2019

Five more Lemont High School students have made their college commitments, including (L-R): bowler Kendra Anifer, softball player Nicole Brace, basketball player Jaxson Dian, and softball players Gianna Maida and Nina Mardjetko.

Five Lemont High School seniors have made commitments to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Included among the student-athletes are bowler Kendra Anifer (Upper Iowa University), basketball player Jaxson Dian (Illinois College), and softball players Nicole Brace (North Central College), Gianna Maida (North Central College) and Nina Mardjetko (Illinois Wesleyan University).

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Kendra Anifer - Career Highlights

  • Three-year starter for head coach Mark Hollatz’s girls’ bowling program
  • Two-time team MVP who led the squad in average in consecutive seasons
  • Enjoyed her finest season as a senior in 2019, when she averaged a career-best and team-high 190
  • Earned team MVP accolades and served as a team captain
  • Won the individual regional title after shooting a 1,247 series (207.8 average) at the IHSA Oswego Regional
  • Placed eighth individually with a series of 1,223 (203.8 average) at the IHSA Romeoville Sectional
  • Was 39th individually at the 2019 IHSA State Finals after averaging 194.7 over 12 games (2,336 total pinfall)
  • Posted a career-high 269 in the opener of the state finals, and a career-best 733 series in the first three state finals games
  • Her 733 series was the second-highest three-game series among all bowlers at the event
  • Earned team MVP honors as a junior in 2018 after averaging a team-best 175
  • Advanced as an individual to IHSA Sectional competition
  • Made her varsity debut as a sophomore in 2017 and was third on the team with her 164 average
  • Helped Lemont to a third-place finish in the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division in 2017
  • Also a member of both the girls’ cross country and girls’ track and field programs
  • High Honor Roll student and a Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient
  • Signed a National Letter of Intent to bowl for head coach Nichole DePaul-Miller at Upper Iowa University, an NCAA institution that is located in Fayette, Iowa. The Peacocks will compete collegiately for the first time during the 2019-20 season. All NCAA women’s bowling teams compete in the same division.
Upper Iowa University Women's Bowling

Nicole Brace - Career Highlights

  • Has earned two varsity letters as a catcher and designated player for head coach Chris Traina
  • Currently batting .286 (14-49) with seven runs scored and 10 RBIs in 19 games
  • Leads the team with seven doubles and 12 walks, and ranks sixth on the team in hits and RBIs
  • Has handled 77 of 79 chances cleanly in the field
  • Made her varsity debut as a junior in 2018 and posted outstanding numbers in limited action
  • Batted .550 (11-20) with one home run and nine RBIs in just 12 games
  • Collected more extra-base hits (six) than singles, with four doubles, a triple and a homer
  • Posted an on-base percentage of .609, a slugging percentage of 1.000, and an OPS of 1.609
  • Lemont posted a 25-10 record, finished second in the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division, and won IHSA Regional and Sectional titles
  • Plays travel softball with the Lockport Pride
  • High Honor Roll student
  • Will play for head coach Jim Kulawiak at North Central College, an NCAA Division III institution that is located in Naperville, Ill., and is a member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). The Cardinals just wrapped up their season with a 26-14 record and placed second in the CCIW standings.
North Central College Softball

Jaxson Dian - Career Highlights

  • Earned three varsity letters playing for head coach Rick Runaas
  • 6’2” guard who averaged 7.1 points, 2.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 83 career games while shooting 35.7 percent (122-342) from 3-point range
  • Served as a team captain and earned honorable mention all-conference accolades as a senior in 2019, playing in 30 of 31 games
  • Averaged a career-best 11.8 points per game, which ranked second on the squad
  • Buried a team-high 73 3-point tries and led the squad by shooting 38.0 percent from long range (73-192)
  • Also led the squad with 3.1 assists per game
  • Advanced to the 2019 IHSA Class 4A Three-Point Showdown
  • Recipient of the team’s “Charges Award” as a senior
  • Lemont posted a 16-15 record, finished fourth in the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division, and was an IHSA Class 4A Regional Finalist
  • Entered the starting line-up and appeared in all 28 games as a junior in 2018
  • Averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 assists per game
  • Led the team with 31 3-point field goals, and also paced the squad in free throw shooting at 87.5 percent (42-48)
  • Lemont posted a 19-9 record, finished as the SSC Blue runner-up, and was an IHSA Class 4A Regional Finalist
  • Debuted on the varsity squad as a sophomore in 2017, averaging 2.9 points per game in 25 appearances
  • Lemont went 16-12, finished third in the SSC, and was an IHSA Class 4A Regional Finalist
  • Plays travel basketball for Chicago LockDown
  • High Honor Roll and National Honor Society student
  • Will play for head coach Steve Schweer at Illinois College, an NCAA Division III institution that is located in Jacksonville, Ill., and is a member of the Midwest Conference. The Blueboys posted a 9-16 record in Schweer’s first season and were seventh in the conference standings.
Illinois College Men's Basketball

Gianna Maida - Career Highlights

  • Has earned two varsity letters as an infielder for head coach Chris Traina
  • Currently batting .429 (6-14) with nine runs scored and seven RBIs in 12 games
  • Has posted an on-base percentage of .556, a slugging percentage of .643, and an OPS of 1.198
  • Made her varsity debut as a junior in 2018
  • In 11 games, batted .357 (5-14) with two doubles, five RBIs and six runs scored
  • Also posted an on-base percentage of .550, a slugging percentage of .500, and an OPS of 1.050
  • Lemont posted a 25-10 record, finished second in the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division, and won IHSA Regional and Sectional titles
  • Plays travel softball for the Downers Grove Outlaws
  • Also earned one varsity letter in girls’ basketball
  • High Honor Roll student
  • Will play for head coach Jim Kulawiak at North Central College, an NCAA Division III institution that is located in Naperville, Ill., and is a member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). The Cardinals just wrapped up their season with a 26-14 record and placed second in the CCIW standings.
North Central College Softball

Nina Mardjetko - Career Highlights

  • Four-year letterwinner for head coach Chris Traina
  • Righthanded hurler who has helped the Indians to three IHSA Regional crowns and one IHSA Sectional title
  • Has posted a 6-4 record with a 2.26 ERA in 12 appearances this spring
  • Leads the team in wins, ERA and innings pitched (62.0), and has struck out a team-high 67 batters while posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.4-to-1 (67 Ks, 9 BBs)
  • At the plate, she is batting .415 (17-41), leads the team with two triples, and ranks second with 13 RBIs
  • Went 12-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 22 appearances as a junior in 2018
  • Led the squad in wins, strikeouts (78) and innings pitched (95.1)
  • Lemont posted a 25-10 record, finished second in the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division, and won IHSA Regional and Sectional titles
  • Posted an 11-6 record and a 3.69 ERA with three saves in 27 appearances as a sophomore in 2017
  • Led the staff in wins, saves, innings pitched (125.1) and complete games (12), and was second in strikeouts (67)
  • Lemont was 21-16 overall, placed third in the SSC Blue, won an IHSA Regional crown and was the sectional runner-up
  • Debuted on the varsity squad as a freshman in 2016, posting a 7-3 record and a 2.69 ERA with two saves in 15 appearances
  • Led the staff in saves, ERA and WHIP (1.40) and was second in wins, strikeouts (51) and innings pitched (65.0)
  • Tossed nine complete games and a career-high four shutouts
  • Lemont went 15-15-1 and won an IHSA Regional title
  • Plays travel softball for the Illinois Bombers
  • Also earned two varsity letters in girls’ basketball
  • High Honor Roll and National Honor Society student
  • Will play for head coach Tiffany Prager at Illinois Wesleyan University, an NCAA Division III institution that is located in Bloomington, Ill., and is a member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). The Titans are 33-7 this year, won the CCIW Championship, and will compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Illinois Wesleyan finished as the NCAA Division III National Runner-Up in 2018.
Illinois Wesleyan University Softball

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