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Lemont students qualify for IHSA Boys’ Tennis State Finals in singles, doubles flights


Three Lemont High School students - including (clockwise, from top left) senior Jonathan Pacheco, freshman Nick Urban and junior Alex Vasic - will represent the school at the 2012 IHSA Boys' Tennis State Finals.

Lemont High School’s boys’ tennis program once again will be represented in state finals play, but this year, it will send entries in both singles and doubles competition, thanks to a pair of runner-up finishes at the IHSA Joliet West Sectional on May 19. Freshman Nick Urban was second in the singles tournament, while senior Jonathan Pacheco and junior Alex Vasic teamed to finish second in doubles play. The trio will take part in the 2012 IHSA Boys’ Tennis State Finals, which will be contested from May 24-26 in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and hosted by High School Districts 211 and 214. Lemont has been represented at the IHSA Boys’ Tennis State Finals seven consecutive seasons.

Urban (30-2) qualified for the IHSA State Finals by reaching the sectional title match. After receiving a bye in the opening round, he won three consecutive matches in straight sets. In the title match, he pushed Joliet West’s Tom Carney to three games before ultimately coming up short (1-6, 6-4, 2-6).

Pacheco and Vasic (28-4) followed a similar path to their state finals berth. After a first-round bye, they captured three matches in straight sets. In the title match, they fell in two sets to Joliet West’s Collin Shea and Jack Carney (6-3, 6-2).

Pacheco will be appearing in state finals play for the second straight year. As a junior, he became the first player in school history to reach the second day of state finals competition, and finished among the top 32 players in the state.

All of Lemont’s state qualifiers will learn their first-round opponents later this week.

IHSA Boys' Tennis Web Site

Pacheco, Urban and Vasic all earned All-South Suburban Conference honors this year while helping head coach Jon DeGuzman’s team to a 19-1 record in dual matches and its sixth straight SSC Blue team title. Lemont just missed capturing the team crown at the IHSA Joliet West Sectional; the Indians totaled 24 points, trailing sectional titlist Joliet West by just two points.

Boys’ tennis is the school’s seventh athletic program to compete at the state level this year. The boys’ golf team finished third in the IHSA Class 2A State Finals; the cheerleading squad was third at the IHSA Medium Division State Finals; the girls’ cross country team was 21st at the IHSA Class 2A State Finals; senior Emily Lejman competed at the IHSA Class AA Girls’ Golf State Finals; senior Elissa Bitterman took part in the high jump at the IHSA Class 3A Girls’ Track and Field State Finals; and ten individuals - seniors Bobby Bromberek, Mike Devitt, Jake Kaminsky (2nd-152), Eric Kirkman (2nd-170), Mark Kirkman (4th-160), Jake Latanski (5th-126), Glenn Malecki (4th-132) and John Tomala (3rd-195); junior Chris Giatras (5th-182) and freshman Jimmy Brennan - all qualified for the 2012 IHSA Class 2A Individual Wrestling State Finals.

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