The 2012-13 area high school season officially ended June 3 when Lockport's baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Mt. Carmel — a team that went on to win the Illinois High School Association Class 4A title.
It marked another year of success for the three area schools that make up the Orland Park-Homer Glen area — Sandburg, Lockport and Providence Catholic.
Here is a look at 10 stories/accomplishments on the boys side for the area. Next week, 10 girls stories and accomplishments will be featured.
State champs on the mats
Sandburg won the class 3A dual meet state championship with a 38-17 victory over Marmion Academy. The Eagles had a tough 33-23 come-from-behind victory over Oak Park River Forest in the quarterfinals.
In the individual state event, C.J.. Brucki was first at 160 pounds, Colin Holler won at 170 and Ricky Robertson at 196.
Eagle Sebastian Pique took second at 120.
State champs on the lanes
Lockport's boys bowling team, led by state champion Shane Matejcek, won the state title by 74 pins over O'Fallon.
Matejcek rolled a 743 in the final round to beat Dave Plahm of Salem by 105 pins. Brian Hodoliditz claimed 18th and Alex Wilmsen was 39th.
Second for Celts track stars
Providence Catholic brought just three athletes to the state meet in Charleston and it was enough for the Celtics to finish second in Class 3A — their first venture into that class.
Hurdler Andrew Helmin, who is heading to Notre Dame in the fall, won a state title in the 110 meter high hurdles and took second in the 300 intermediate hurdles event. Chad Weaver took third in the pole vault, and Michael Monroe was second in the high jump.
Eagles soccer reaches final four
Sandburg's boys soccer team made it to the final four of the Class 3A state meet and dropped a 3-0 decision to eventual state champion Warren but recovered for a 1-0 victory over Stevenson in the third-place game.
Zack Biel scored the lone goal and goalie Adam Zehme racked up the shutout.
Pontow closes career in style
Sandburg tennis player Eric Pontow, who already had 18 state matches under his belt after qualifying his first three seasons, added seven more to the collection as he went 5-2 and finished in the top 16 in the state.
Super effort for Lockport baseball
The Porters won regional and sectional titles en route to the supersectional in front of a packed house at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.