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The History of Lemont Mt. Assisi Academy
  
Lemont (population 13,100) is located in far northeastern Illinois in the southwest corner of Cook County. The city is located on Lemont Road between Interstate Highway 55 and Illinois Route 171. The Des Plaines River and the Sanitary Drainage and Ship Canal both flow to the northwest of town. The Amtrak/ Atchison, Topeka, & Sante Fe Railroad has tracks that travel through Lemont as well. Lemont is located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.
 
The area in which Lemont is now located was first settled in the 1830's. Attempts to build a town in the area occurred in 1836 (Keepataw) and 1839 (Athens).  However, it was the building of the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1848 that led to the town of Lemont being created. Lemont was officially incorporated as a town in 1876.
 
Lemont's growth was steady, though not remarkable for its first 100 years. The town's population in 1960 was 3,400 and this grew to 7,350 by 1990.  However in 2000, that number had nearly doubled to 13,100.

The School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King founded Mt. Assisi Academy in 1951. The Academy was an all-girls school and remained so throughout its existence. The 1970s and 1980s were great times for the Academy, as additions to the school building were needed to keep up with the increase in enrollment.  

In the 2006-2007 school year Mt. Assisi Academy had an enrollment of 314 in grades 9 - 12. This number slowly declined to 147 for the 2013-14 school year. The School Sisters cited the falling enrollment and financial strife as reasons the school would need to be closed at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

(Sources: 
1.) Chicago Tribune Article - January 30, 2014
2.)  Wikipedia Article

Lemont Mt. Assisi Academy Quick Facts
 
Year opened:             1951
Year closed:               2014
Mt. Assisi nickname:  "Eagles"
School team colors:   Royal Blue & White
School fight song:      (needed)
ATHLETICS   
 
The Mt. Assisi Academy "Eagles" had some nice success stories in Athletics. Regional titles, Sectional titles, and individual accomplishments were abundant.

 
VOLLEYBALL
    
By far the most successful sport at Mt. Assisi as far as IHSA hardware won, the Eagles had some really great seasons in volleyball. The netters won a total of 11 Regional titles and three Sectional titles.

1988-89               IHSA Class 'AA' Sweet 16 Finalists        Coach's name & record needed  
                            IHSA Regional Champions  
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Sectional Champions
                            Sectional Results Needed
                            IHSA Super-Sectional Runner-Up
                            Lost title game to Wheaton St. Francis
                            St, Francis won IHSA State Championship 
   
1989-90               IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class 'AA' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
 
1991-92               IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class 'AA' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
  
1996-97               IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class 'AA' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
  
1999-00               IHSA Class 'AA' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class 'AA' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
 
2002-03  10 - 23                                                                    Coach Karen Van Assen
 
2003-04  21 - 17  IHSA Class 'A' Regional Champs           Coach Karen Van Assen
 
2004-05               IHSA Class 'A' Sweet 16 Finalists          Coach Karen Van Assen
                            IHSA Regional Champions  
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Sectional Champions  
                            Semi-final Beat Herscher (2-0)
                            Title Game Beat Illiana Christian (2-1)
                            IHSA Super-Sectional Runner-Up
                            Title Game lost to Wheaton St. Francis (0-2)
                            Wheaton St. Francis won IHSA State Title 
  
2005-06  28 - 12  IHSA Class 'A' Sweet 16 Finalists          Coach Karen Van Assen  
                            IHSA Regional Champions  
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Sectional Champions   
                            Semi-final Beat Mendota (2-1)
                            Title Game Beat Wheaton Academy (2-0)
                            IHSA Super-Sectional Runner-Up
                            Title Game lost to Spring Valley Hall (1-2)
                            Hall placed 4th at IHSA State Tourney finals
      
2007-08               IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class '3A' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
 
2008-09               IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class '3A' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
  
2013-14               IHSA Class '2A' Regional Champs        Coach's name & record needed
                            Regional Results Needed
                            IHSA Class '2A' Sectional Qualifier
                            Sectional Results Needed
    
TRACK & FIELD
      
Two Eagle athletes brought home hardware from the IHSA State Meet. Cassidy Wall brought home a total of four medals over a three year period including two GOLD medals

1993-94       Cassidy Wall     1600 Meter Run   IHSA 'AA' State Champion

1994-95       Cassidy Wall     3200 Meter Run   IHSA 'AA' State Champion
                                               1600 Meter Run   IHSA 'AA' 5th Place
 
1995-96       Cassidy Wall     3200 Meter Run   IHSA 'AA' 6th Place
 
2004-05       Laura Cis           Discus                  IHSA 'A' 5th Place
     
CROSS_COUNTRY
   
One Mt. Assisi athlete faired quite well in the IHSA State Finals in the mid-1990s. Cassidy Wall brought home two IHSA State medals including an individual STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in the 1994-95 season!
 
1994-95       Cassidy Wall          IHSA Class AA State Champion!
 
1995-96       Cassidy Wall          IHSA Class AA 9th Place
                                   

BASKETBALL

Three seasons are recorded on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) for the Mt. Assisi Academy basketball program. The Eagles had their best seasons, as far as the IHSA State Tourney was concerned, during their final two years of operation. In each year, the Eagles won an IHSA Class 2A Regional title! Information on these and other Mt. Assisi Academy basketball seasons is needed.

2008-09    14 - 8                                                         Coach Mark Murphy

2010-11                IHSA 2A Regional Tournament     Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Lisle HS 38-17
                             Lisle lost to Westmont in 2nd Rd
 
2011-12                IHSA 2A Regional Tournament     Coach's name & record needed
                             1st Rd lost to Plano 44-40
                             Plano lost to Aurora Central Cath. in title game
                             A.C.C. placed 4th in State Tournament
   
2012-13                IHSA 2A Regional Champions   Coach's name & record needed
                             Semi-final Beat Chicago Maria 57-4
                             Title Game Beat Chicago Ag Science 41-30
                             Sectional Tournament Qualifier
                             Semi-final lost to St. Francis de Sales 55-45
                             St. Francis lost to Seton Academy in title game 
  
2013-14                IHSA 2A Regional Champions   Coach's name & record needed
                             Sweet 16 - Sectional Finalists
                             Sectional Championship Game
                             Lost to Seton Academy 45-36
                             Seton Academy lost in Elite 8 Rd.

GOLF
 
The Mt. Assisi girls of 2013-14 won their only IHSA Regional Championship for golf during their last year of existence. 
 
2013-14       IHSA Class 1A Regional Champions
      
SOCCER
   
Only one mention of Soccer is available on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org). The team of 2013-14 had a nice season. Other records and information are welcome.

2013-14     10-10-1     Coach Scott Dunmore
    
SOFTBALL
   
The Mt. Assisi Academy girls had some very nice seasons competing in softball. The Eagles won a total of three of IHSA Regional Championships in three different classes over the years. The girls were members of the Sweet 16 in 2008-09 falling in the Sectional Championship game to eventual State Champion Oak Forest by a score of 1-0!
 
2003-04           IHSA Class 'A' Regional Champions    Coach's name & record needed
                        IHSA Sectional Finalist
                        Semi-final Beat Westmont 2-0
                        Title game lost to Newark 1-0
                        Newark lost in Super-Sectional round
 
2008-09           IHSA Class '3A' Regional Champions  Coach's name & record needed
                        IHSA Sweet 16 Finalists!
                        Regional Tournament
                        Title Game Beat Morris 8-1
                        Sectional Tournament Runner-Up
                        Semi-final Beat Tinely Park 2-0
                        Title game lost to Oak Forest 1-0
                        Oak Forest won IHSA State Champioship
 
2011-12           IHSA Class '2A' Regional Champions  Coach's name & record needed
                        Semi-final Beat Timothy Christian 5-0
                        Title Game Beat Immaculate Conception 6-5
                        Sectional Tournament Qualifier
                        Semi-final lost to Lisle HS 10-4
                        Lisle won Sectional
                        Lisle lot in Elite 8 Rd.  
 
COMPETITIVE DANCE
 
The Mt. Assisi girls, coached by Alanna Groszek, qualified for the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in this event during the 2012-13 school year.
     
SEEKING MORE INFORMATION   
 
We are seeking further information regarding Lemont Mt. Assisi Academy High School. If you are able to provide information please contact us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You may also write us at: 
 
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