Lemont duo taken in Major League Baseball draft

Iowa's Chris Thompson (foreground) competes in the 400-meter dash during an indoor meet in January. Thompson competed in seven invites for the Hawkeyes and recorded season bests in the 400 and 200 dashes in March.[]

LEMONT – Many student-athletes from Lemont High School have gone on to achieve collegiate athletic success after suiting up for the Indians. Here are a few of the spring sports accomplishments for former area prep standouts.

Lemont duo selected in MLB draft

The 2017 MLB draft was deja vu all over again for Jake Latz and Mike Papierski.

Both were selected in the 2014 draft after leading Lemont to its first Class 3A state title. Both were taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the draft and both decided to attend LSU to play college baseball.

Latz and Papierski had their names called again this year, with Latz, a left-handed pitcher, going in the fifth round (pick No. 164) to the Texas Rangers and Papierski, a catcher, being selected in the ninth round (pick No. 271) by the Houston Astros.

Papierski was productive during his 2017 junior season in Baton Rouge, playing in 65 of 72 games and finishing second on the team with 11 home runs. He also drove in 39 runs while batting .256.

Latz sat out the 2017 season at Kent State after transferring from LSU.

Thompson makes
track debut at Iowa

It didn’t take long for Chris Thompson to get into the act with the University of Iowa track team.

The Lemont graduate and Iowa freshman competed in five indoor meets and three outdoor events at both the 200- and 400-meter distances.

Thompson, who was second in the state in the Class 3A 400 dash as a senior at Lemont in 2016, ran the best 400 of his Iowa career at the Florida Relays in late March, when he clocked a time of 48.78 seconds. His best 200 time of the year, 22.26 seconds, came at Arizona State’s Baldy Castillo invite in mid-March.

Mike Kornacker takes
hill for Boilermakers

Mike Kornacker saw plenty of action with Purdue’s baseball team this spring.

The redshirt sophomore and St. Laurence graduate from Lemont appeared in 12 games with eight starts from March 12 through May 7, which included helping the Boilermakers to series wins against Ohio State and Illinois.

Against the Buckeyes, he pitched five innings of two-hit ball while striking out three to earn the win, and against the Illini, he allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings but was saddled with a no-decision in a game that Purdue won 2-1.

Kornacker was an Academic All-Big Ten selection after the season.

Twohill sets career high with North Central track and field

As a junior with the North Central College track and field team, Brett Twohill had a career year in 2017.

Competing in the javelin for the Cardinals, he finished third with a mark of 144 feet at the Wheaton College invite in April as NCC won the team title.

At the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships in May, Twohill set a personal best with a throw of 156 feet, 2 inches that was good for eighth place.


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