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mokena’s Award-Winning Hometown Newspaper • June 16, 2016 • Vol. 9 No. 44 • $1





Filling the void

District 210 appoints two

new members to its Board

of Education, Page 4

Mokena Police Department participates in torch run to benefit Special Olympics, Page 3

summer finds

Marley Community Church

set to host its 52nd Annual

Flea Market, Page 5

For the fathers

22CM reveals the winners

of its Father’s Day Photo

Contest, Page 10

Mokena Police Chief Steve Vacarro

(left) and Detective Jeff Kowalczyk

finish running June 8 during

the Police Torch Run to benefit

Illinois Special Olympics. Paul

Bergstrom/22nd Century Media



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Police Reports................11

Sound Off.....................19

Faith Briefs....................22


Home of the Week.........34

Classifieds................ 35-43

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Intermediate Line Dancing

Registration deadline

is June 16 for the classes

that begin from 1-2 p.m.

Wednesdays, beginning on

June 22-Aug. 3 at The Oaks

Recreation & Fitness Center,

10847 W. La Porte Road,

Mokena. Instructor will teach

two current, intermediate

level dances per six-week session.

Participants must have

knowledge of basic steps and

turns in inline dancing. Class

is for those 18 and older. Fee

is $49 for residents, or $58 for

nonresidents. For more information,

call (708) 390-2401.

Adult Book Discussion


7-8:30 p.m. June 16, Mokena

Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th St.

Mokena. The Adult Book

Discussion Group will meet

for its monthly meetings to

discuss a variety of books.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.


Get Fit Where You Sit

10-11 a.m. June 17, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Marti Anne will

guide you through an hourlong

practice where you?ll

learn several ways to practice

yoga while seated at

your desk, standing by your

chair or traveling. You will

also learn how to synchronize

your moves with your

breath. The class is open to

those 55 and older. To register

and for more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Knitting Club

3-4:30 p.m. June 17, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Both beginning and

advanced knitters are welcome

to join this group. For

more information, call (708)



Sixth Annual Memorial Golf


8:30 a.m. June 18, Willow

Run Golf Course, 12600 187

th Street, Mokena. The William

Martin VFW Post 725

will host its annual golf outing

in memory of departing

friends from the group. The

cost of golf and lunch is $50.

It is $40 for golf only, and

$10 for just lunch. Lunch

will be held at the VFW,

19852 S. Wolf Road, Mokena.

For more information,

call (708) 479-5022.

Ozinga Summer Family Event

10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18,

Ozinga’s Mokena Plant,

18825 Old LaGrange Road,

Mokena. In honor of Father’s

Day, bring your loved

ones to the Ozinga Summer

Family Event. There’s so

much for everyone to enjoy,

and it’s free. Fill up on

hot dogs, chips and refreshments

while children have

fun with a sandbox treasure

hunt, mixer truck rides and

more entertaining surprises.

For more information, email

Advanced Line Dancing

Registration deadline is

June 18 for the classes that

begin from 1-2 p.m. Fridays,

beginning on June 24-Aug.

5 at The Oaks Recreation &

Fitness Center, 10847 W. La

Porte Road, Mokena. Instructor

will teach 1-2 advanced

line dances per six-week session

and review other dances

taught. Participants must

have experience with intermediate

level dances. Class is

for those 18 and older. Fee is

$49 for residents, or $58 for

nonresidents. For more information,

call (708) 390-2401.

Flea Market and Antique


9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18,

Marley Community Church,

12625 W. 187th St., Mokena.

Guests are welcome to

look for great bargains at the

church’s 52nd annual Flea

Market and Antique Show.

There is also vendor space

available. To reserve a space

or for more information, call

(815) 485-8587.

3D Printer Evening Class

7-8 p.m. June 18, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St., Mokena.

Join the group int he Young

Adult Computer Lab, as they

will create 3-D nameplates.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.


AOA Gentle Yoga

Registratin deadline is

June 19 for the class that

begin from 10:15-11:15

a.m. Tuesdays, beginning

June 21-Aug. 30 at The

Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center, 10847 W. La Porte

Road, Mokena. “Active

Older Adult” Gentle Yoga

incorporates flexibility and

basic yoga components to

improve range of motion,

decrease stress and tension,

and also teaches relaxation

techniques. For more information,

call (708) 390-2401.


CPR Class with Mokena Fire

Protection District.

6-9:30 p.m. June 20, Mokena

Fire Station #1, 19853

S. Wolf Road. The Mokena

Fire Protection District offers

its monthly CPR classes

for the public. The course

fee is $30 or $40 for healthcare

providers. To register,

go to


Teen Game Night

6-8 p.m. Thursday, June

23, Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. We’ll

have snacks, soda, games,

competition and maybe a

prize or two that will be given

away. You will be able to

vote on the games we play.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.

Parent and Me Yoga

10-11 a.m. Friday, June 24,

Mokena Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. Exercising the

body and imagination with

your little one. Toddlers will

practice fun animal yoga

poses and also engage in activities,

like reading a storybook,

and more. To register

and for more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Free Movie in the Park

Movie starts at dusk at approximately

8:45 p.m. Tuesday,

June 24, Mokena Main

Park, 10925 W. La Porte

Road, Mokena. Bring your

lawn chairs or blankets out

to Main Park and enjoy a

free showing of “Minions”

(PG). Concessions will be

open. For more information,

call (708) 390-2401.

Mokena Boy Scout Troop

725 Pancake Breakfast

7-11 a.m. Saturday, June

25, Immanuel Evangelical

Lutheran Church, 10731 La

Porte Road, Mokena. Come

out and support your local

boy scouts by joining them

the club’s pancake breakfast

event. A Minion will be the

event’s special guest for the

children. For more information,

call (702) 375-6337.

Group of Advising Teens

4-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28,

Mokena Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. The library serves

young adults by involving

them in projects for fun and

service. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Free Self-Defense Workshop

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday,


•In The Mokena

Messenger article

“Adjustments made to

Board of Commissioners,

Oaks expansion

continues” published

June 9, the correct

vacant position on the

Mokena Community

Park District’s Board of

Commissioners is for an

executive director.

June 30, Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327

W. 195th St., Mokena. State

Rep. McDermed and One-

Light Self Defense are hosting

a free workshop for women

and girls. Learn avoidance

tactics, self-defense misconceptions,

offensive techniques

and defensive escapes.

RSVP by calling (815) 277-

2079 or email mcdermed@


Free Kettlebell Classes

10 a.m. every Saturday,

Rockfit, 8910 W 192nd St,

Suite L, Mokena. Rockfit

is offering a series of free

kettlebell classes. Here is

your chance to learn first

hand how the kettlebell can

dramatically transform your

body. For more information

and to register for the classes,


Genealogy Club

7 p.m. Wednesdays, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. All those interested

in finding out more about

their family history or compiling

a family tree are welcome.

For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

James Sanchez at (708)

326-9170 ext. 48, or email


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Mokena police officers

join annual torch run

Local police raise

funds for Special

Olympics Illinois


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A cool, sunny day aided

police officers from the Mokena

and Frankfort departments

during their annual

torch run for Special Olympics

Illinois June 8 along a

stretch of LaGrange Road.

Mokena Police Chief Steven

Vaccaro said the torch

run is a great event for the

officers and their families to

help bring awareness to the

Special Olympics and the

many athletes who participate

in the events.

“We covered nearly 3

miles with about 12-minute

miles,” Vaccaro said between

bites of a banana and

guzzles of chilled water.

Approximately 3,000 officers

representing every

branch of law enforcement

across Illinois from local

police to FBI agents are to

carry the “Flame of Hope”

nearly 1,500 miles, running

through thousands of communities

over 23 legs to its

final destination at the opening

ceremony of the Special

Olympics Illinois Summer

Games at Illinois State University

in Normal on Friday,

June 10.

Vaccaro, along with five

other Mokena officers, received

the torch from the Orland

Park Police Department

runners at the I-80 interchange

and LaGrange Road.

Despite the heavy flow

of traffic, the runners were

always safe because of the

convoy of nearly a dozen

police vehicles. There were

Officer Jeffery Budz (left) hands the torch to Officer Bob

Williford June 8 during the Police Torch Run to benefit the

Illinois Special Olympics.

photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Officer Leanne Bender (left) and Community Service Officer

Ahmad Allan run after the Mokena Police Department

passed them the torch during the Police Torch Run.

three or four lead vehicles

with lights flashing, followed

by a support vehicle

with speakers blaring rock

music for the participants to


The Mokena police chief

and his accompanying officers

arrived at the exchange

on LaGrange Road and

Lincoln Way Lane at about

11:30 a.m. with Foreigner’s

“Cold As Ice” blaring from

the speakers.

At the exchange, Mokena

Police Detective Jeff Kowalczyk

handed the torch to

Frankfort Police Department

Patrol Officer Leanne Bender.

The pair paused for a few

Please see torch, 5



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Judge dismisses LWATU

lawsuit with prejudice

Final order

addresses ‘arbitrary

and unreasonable’


Rebecca Susmarski, Editor

From June 6

Will County Circuit Judge

Roger Rickmon dismissed

Lincoln-Way Area Taxpayers

Unite’s second amended

complaint against the Lincoln-Way

Community High

School District 210 Board of

Education on June 6, thereby

ruling in favor of the School


Rickmon dismissed both

counts of the amended

complaint — which LWA-

TU filed with the goal of

postponing and possibly

preventing the closing of

Lincoln-Way North High

School — with prejudice. In

his final order sent by mail,

Rickmon ruled that LWATU

“failed to allege any facts

upon which this court could

ever find that the decision of

the Defendant school board,

in deciding to close [North],

was arbitrary or capricious.”

He also ruled the School

Board’s decision to close

North “did not violate any

rights held by [LWATU] under

the Due Process Clause

of the Constitution.” LWA-

TU has a limit of 30 days to

file an appeal.

“I think the board’s grateful

that Judge Rickmon

carefully considered the arguments

of all the parties,”

said William Gleason, attorney

representing District

210. “We’re hopeful that this

is the closing chapter of this

saga and that we can move


Rickmon’s order addressed

LWATU’s “arbitrary,

capricious and unreasonable”

argument in the

amended complaint. Count

one of the complaint argued

that the decision to close

North was “arbitrary, capricious

and unreasonable”

due to the board’s “failure

to consider all relevant and

available information.”

Count two argued the decision

was “arbitrary, capricious

and unreasonable”

because “the decision was

intended to prevent appointment

of [a] financial oversight

panel by [the Illinois

State Board of Education],”

according to the complaint.

Liz Sands, president of

LWATU, said she did not yet

know if the group would file

an appeal since she had not

yet seen the full text of the

ruling as of Monday, June 6.

She added LWATU would

continue to research information,

“find out what’s going

on in the district” and

“try to hold people accountable

as best we can within

the bounds of what we’ll be

able to do.”

“I feel no different yesterday

than I do today,” Sands

said. “It is what it is. I’ve

moved on a long time ago,

so it’s just Monday.”

Stephen Eberhardt, attorney

representing LWATU,

had not received the ruling

by mail yet as of June 6

and therefore said he could

not comment at this time.

He said he expected to receive

the full court order by

Wednesday, June 8.

Lincoln-Way North

hosted its final graduation

ceremony on June 1, two

months after LWATU filed

the amended complaint. District

Superintendent R. Scott

Please see judge, 17

Lincoln-Way District 210 Board of Education

LWD210 School Board selects Frankfort

lawyer to fill one of two vacant seats

Meredith Dobes, Editor

The Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 Board of Education selected

one new member at a

special meeting Thursday,

June 9, at Lincoln-Way


Joseph Kosteck, a Frankfort

attorney who holds a

Bachelor of Arts in finance

from Loyola University

Chicago, was selected to fill

one of the board vacancies

left after two members recently

announced their resignations.

The School Board voted

unanimously to appoint


The person selected to fill

the remaining vacant seat is

expected to be announced at

the board’s Thursday, June

16 meeting, as the board was

unable to contact its selected

candidate at a late hour June

9 after about six hours of

closed session, according

to Board President Dee


Kosteck also is expected

to be officially seated on the

board at the June 16 meeting.

“Mr. Kosteck offers both

experience and energy,”

Molinare said in a written

statement. “We are pleased

to welcome him to District

210, and are confident

his expertise will assist in

achieving the Lincoln-Way


Kosteck is a Lincoln-Way

graduate, a partner in the

Lincoln-Way Foundation

for Educational Excellence,

member of the Frankfort

Chamber of Commerce and

member of the Knights of

Columbus. He previously

served as director of the

Lincoln-Way District 210 Board of education

Lincoln-Way Foundation,

and as president and treasurer

of the Lincoln-Way

Area Chorale.

The most recent vacancies

on the School Board

came after the resignations

of former members Arvid

Johnson and Kathleen

Casey. Johnson announced

his resignation April 28, after

serving on the board for

seven years.

Casey announced her

resignation May 24, after

serving on the board

for three months. They

were the third and fourth

members, respectively, to

resign from he board in five


The search process for

the new board members

began immediately after

the resignations, and the

School Board received 17

applicants, according to

a press release from the


A call to Kosteck placed

Friday, June 10, for comment

on his new position

was not immediately returned.

Public comments

Prior to when the School

Board entered closed

session at its June 9 special

meeting, six individuals

addressed the School

Board with a mixture of


First to speak was Edith

Lutz, the parent of a student

at Lincoln-Way East and

a member of the Frankfort

School District 157-C

Board of Education. She

compared the transition

students made from four

to two Air Force Junior

Second new member appointed to D210 Board in two day span

Rebecca Susmarski, Editor

The Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210 Board of

Education replenished

its staff this weekend by

appointing a new board

member to fill its sole

remaining vacant seat.

The board appointed

New Lenox resident Joe

Kirkeeng to the open

position Saturday, June

11, two days after it had

appointed Joseph Kosteck

to fill another seat. The two

seats had been left vacant

following the resignations

of former members Arvid

Johnson and Kathleen

Casey this past spring.

Kirkeeng currently serves

as executive vice president

at First Secure Bank &

Trust Company in Palos

Hills, according to the

bank’s website. He also sits

on District 210’s Finance

and Building Advisory

Committee, which began

meeting in January of this

year to “assist with the

review of the financial

condition of the district

and provide information

and recommendations to

the Board of Education on

matters of policy, process

and planning for district

finance,” according to a

District 210 form on the


Kirkeeng has also been

active in community

volunteer work and he

currently sits on Presence

Saint Joseph Medical

Center’s Board of

Directors. He previously

served as a member of the

New Lenox School District

122 Board of Education,

and he has been involved

with the Lincoln-Way West

Music Boosters and the

Center for Disability

Services, formerly United

Cerebral Palsy of Illinois


Please see d210, 13

“Mr. Kirkeeng’s

background, experience and

commitment to education

will further strengthen

our board,” said Dee

Molinare, president of the

School Board, in a press

release from the district.

“We are excited to see

our new members

contribute to the Lincoln-

Way mission.”

Both Kirkeeng and

Kosteck are expected to

be sworn in at the School

Board’s Thursday, June 16

meeting. Kirkeeng did not

immediately return a call

for comment. news

the Mokena Messenger | June 16, 2016 | 5

Marley Church to run 52nd annual flea market

More than 1,000

visitors expected to


James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

For decades Haley Park

has been an area for locals to

have picnics and for children

to be out on the playground,

but there is always one day

in the past 52 years during

which the 2-acre park is

filled with hundreds of shoppers.

That’s courtesy of Marley

Community Church, and it

will once again host its Annual

Flea Market on June 18

at the church for the 52nd

year. An array of items from

antiques, homemade jewelry,

collectibles, flowers,

crafts and more will available

for purchase.

More than 100 vendors

come out to the event each

year. Barb Curtiss, PR coordinator

of the event, said the

variety of items sold is what

brings in more than 1,000

people throughout the day

annually. There is always a

mixture of repeat and new

vendors each year, she said.

“That’s kind of the beauty

of the flea market,” Curtiss

said. “You don’t see

the same things every year.

There’s always something


While the flea market is

hosted outside, the church

Visitors take a look at the flowers and other items available at the flea market.

will have its White Elephant

sale inside the church, selling

items that have been donated

for the fundraiser. However,

Curtiss said its main seller will

be the various pies baked by

church members. Pies from

all fruits imaginable will be

available, along with specialty

ones, like chocolate walnut

and strawberry rhubarb.

The flea market is church’s

largest fundraising event

of the year. Money brought

in from the White Elephant

sale and vendor space sales

will benefit various missions

it supports, church programs

and special projects.

Pastor Allan Holder has

been a part of the event for

the past 30 years, and as

much as it is a fundraiser

for the church, the event is a

way for the church and the

locals to come together.

“We really see it as a

touchpoint with the community–

just to interact with

the church and the people,”

Holder said. “For us, we get

to work together as people.

It builds friendships.”

Curtiss added, “We all feel

it’s important to keep up that

tradition. It provides a sense

of community, and it brings

all of us together. We’ve actually

had people come to our

church after visiting the flea

market because they didn’t

know we were out here.”

And to accommodate the

children while the parents

are shopping, there will be

booths with activities for

52nd Annual Flea


Saturday, June 18; 9

a.m.-3 p.m.

Marley Community

Church (12625 West

187th St in Mokena)

For more information, call

(815) 485-8587 or visit

them to do. Curtiss said she

has seen the event evolve

from sale with limited items

to now a one-stop shop for

all types of shoppers.

Like Holder, Curtiss has

been going to the flea markets

for three decades. And it

is the point now where she is

so invested in the event that

Janine White sits in front of rows of pies, as she packages

slices during Marley Community Church’s annual flea

market in 2012. Photos submitted

she plans all her summer

activities around it, so she

could be help out the church

and meet new people along

the way.

“It’s always on our calendar

when we have this event,”

she said. “We always work

our plans around it. It sometimes

falls on my birthday,

but so what. This is something

more important. To me,

it’s a pleasure and I’m proud

to represent the church.”


From Page 3

photos before the exchange

was completed, and Bender

continued the run disappearing

down LaGrange with

Styx’s ”Renegade” fading


Bender, who has been with

the Frankfort department for

the past 13 years, said this

was her first time participating

in the Torch Run. Bender

said she and some of the

police cadets would cover

Frankfort’s portion of the relay

before handing the torch

off to the Manhattan Police


The torch eventually was

carried into the Illinois State

University’s Hancock Stadium

by officers, who handed

it off to some of the Specials

Olympics athletes. More

than 4,100 athletes continued

three days of competition and

celebration. Kowalczyk said

the Mokena-Frankfort portion

of the relay is more to

raise awareness.

“We could have done it as

a fundraiser,” he said, noting

the department has participated

in the Cop on Roof the

past three years.

In addition to the torch

run, officers raise monies

during the year at various

other events, including Polar

Plunges, Cop on Rooftop,

airplane pulls, golf tournaments,

raffles and even truck


The Torch Run is the largest

year-round fundraising

event benefiting Special

Olympics Illinois. The relay

event has two goals: raise

awareness for the athletes

who participate in the events

and raise money.

The annual torch run has

raised more than $39 million

over the past 30 years, including

more than $4.1 million

in 2015. When the torch

run began three decades ago,

law officers raised approximately

$14,000 in 1986.

Special Olympics Illinois

is a nonprofit organization

offering training and competition

in 19 sports yearround

for more than 22,000

athletes with intellectual

disabilities and more than

20,000 young athletes ages

2-7 with and without intellectual


For more information

about the torch run or the

Special Olympics Illinois,


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A photographic tribute to fathers

22nd Century Media editorial staff picks best 2016 Father’s Day Contest photos submitted by area residents, surrounding towns

Families have fun together, as evidenced by Griffin (left),

Taylor (right) and Payton Elder (back) making Santa beards

with their dad, Scott, in a hot tub. He is known to be superstrong

and super-silly, according to the children.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as Sean Gallagher

(left) proved in this photo with his father, Stephen. “As you

can probably tell, as a little kid I strived to be just like my

dad,” Sean wrote.

Gabriel (left) and Kyle Hess, a Lockport Township High

School graduate, share an airborne moment in this 2016

Father’s Day Contest winner. Photos submitted

The winning entry of Sara Bogdan (left) shows just how

dedicated a father can be. When she lost her hair during

chemotherapy treatments, her father, Herbert Burn, surprised

her for Christmas by shaving his head at the age of 84.

Sometimes dads can be a little weird, as Jeff Kaderabek

proves in this winning entry. April Otto noted her father

will do anything to make his family laugh, even at his own


Don Dean (right) proves biology is not the most important

part of fatherhood. Don “chose” the family when Taylor, who

is autistic and nonverbal, was 5 years old, according to Alice

Roth-Dean, who entered the photo. She noted Don has a

calming effect and quiet strength through difficult times.

A father’s responsibilities are always subject to grow. Here,

Matt McAdams (back), introduces his girls Caroline (left)

and Avery (right) to newborn Eleanor. news

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Police Reports

Two people charged for possession of cannibis

Tarvaris Barnes, 24, of

16453 Honore St., and

Desiree Lee-Rodgers, 24,

of 3009 Shorewood Ave.,

both of Marham, were each

charged with one count of

possession of cannibis June

3 after police reportedly

conducted a stop near 191st

St. and Schoolhouse Road

in Mokena.

Police reportedly witnessed

Lee-Rodgers and

Barnes leave a residence

that has been known for

drug activity in the past and

observed a “hand-to-hand”

transaction between Lee-

Rodgers and an unknown

person. Barnes, the driver,

was stopped by police due

to a seat-belt violation,

during which Lee-Rodgers

later admitted she had cannibis

in her purse, police

said. A search on Barnes reportedly

confirmed he also

had possession of cannibis,

as well.

Both were arrested and

released after posting a

$1,500 bond. A court date is

set for both on July 20.

June 6

• Christopher Leschkies,

34, of 10816 142nd St. in

Orland Park, was charged

for driving with a suspended

license after driving 50

mph in a 30 mph zone at

the 11200 block of Front

Street. Police discovered

his license was suspended.

Leschkies was arrested and

released after posting a

$1,500 bond. A court date

is set for July 17.

June 4

• Victor Thompson, 51, of

552 W. 16th St. in Chicago

Heights was charged with

driving with a revoked license

after he allegedly

struck a curb with his vehicle

in the 19200 block

of South La Grange Road.

Police reportedly stopped

the car and discoverd that

Thompson’s license was

revoked. He was arrested

and released.


Mokena Messenger’s Police

Reports are compiled from official

reports found online on the

Mokena Police Department’s

website or releases issued

by the department and other

agencies. Individuals named

in these reports are considered

innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.

CASA of Will County seeks volunteers

Submitted by CASA of Will


The CASA of Will County

is is currently seeking volunteers

to advocate for abused

and neglected children in the

juvenile court system. The

next training session for new

advocates will consist of six

dates which will be held beginning

July 16, and ending

on July 26, 2016.

CASA volunteers play an

integral role in a child victim’s

life by acting as Guardian

ad Litem in court cases

involving minors who have

been abused or neglected. As

advocates, CASA volunteers

fulfill four primary roles in

their appointed children’s

cases: becoming the judge’s

eyes and ears, monitoring

compliance with court orders,

ensuring necessary services

are being provided to

the child and family, verification

of whether the parents

are completing their services

and improving their parenting

skills and advocating for

successful placement in a

permanent loving home as

quickly as possible.

The children that are assigned

CASA advocates

have been betrayed by the

very adults that are supposed

to love and protect

them. By visiting the child

on a monthly basis, our volunteers

build trust through

creating positive memories

with the children, playing

with them and letting them

know someone cares. CA-

SA’s volunteers allow these

children to have a voice in

court, giving them some

control over their future and

letting the judge know what

is in their best interests.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities,

advocates receive

33 hours of pre-service

training and must commit to

approximately 10 hours per

month of volunteer service

in addition to meeting other

requirements, including a

criminal background check

and a personal interview.

The first step for anyone

interested in becoming a

CASA volunteer is to submit

a Volunteer Application,

which can be found online

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org/application.shtml. Training

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The volunteer training

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Standout Student

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Shealagh Littleton,

Noonan Elementary

Academy, fourthgrader

Shealagh Littleton was chosen

as this week’s Standout Student

for her academic excellence.

What is one essential you

must have when studying

and why?

While studying I must

have some fruit. I must have

fruit because somehow it

helps me concentrate.

What do you like to do when

not in school or studying?

When not in school or

studying I like to read books

and play with my friends and

13 siblings.

What is your dream job and


My dream job is to be a parttime

dancer and artist because

I love to dance and do art.

What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

One thing that people

don’t know about me is that I

am studying classical ballet.

Whom do you look up to and


I try to be like my best

friend Julie because she is always

happy, friendly and fun.

Who is your favorite teacher

and why?

My favorite teacher is Mrs.

Gordon. She is very friendly

and fun, but also very challenging.

But I like challenging

stuff. Mrs. Gordon has

taught me in pre-school, kindergarten,

second grade and

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third grade. I have come to

like her more and more.

What is your favorite class

and why?

My favorite class is gym,

because Mr. S. is fun and he

is great at making jokes. The

thing that I like about Mr. S.

the most is that he always

says “You will find out.”

What is one thing that stands

out about your school?

The one thing that stands

out about our school is that

it’s Catholic. It also has

Mass every single Friday.

If you could change one thing

about school, what would

it be?

If I could change one thing

about school it would be that

you could sit wherever you

want and not be put in specific


What is your favorite thing

to eat if the cafeteria (or

bring for lunch)?

My favorite thing to bring

for lunch is a Subway sandwich.

What is your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

school was from the third

grade Christmas play.

Standout Students are selected

by Mokena area schools.

School News

university of St. Francis

Mokena natives included on

dean’s list

The University of St.

Francis has named its

dean’s honor list for the

Spring 2016 semester.

Students who have attained

a grade point average of

3.5 or higher at the end of

the semester in which he

or she has taken at least

12 credit hours are named

to the dean’s honor list.

Included on the list are

Mokena natives: Kylee

Bandyk, Emily Fears,

Matthew Kramer, Allison

Lewandowski, Tyler Reif,

David Santay, Melissa

Schobel, Molly Szajerski

and Courtney Tidwell.

Southern Illinois University


Mokena native recognized

on dean’s list

Steven Pieczynski, of

Mokena, who studies Biological

Sciences at Southern

Illinois University Edwardsville

has been named

to the Spring 2016 dean’s

list. To qualify, a student

must maintain a grade-point


From Page 4

ROTC programs two years

ago to the transition students

face now with moving


She said her son was able

to meet plenty of new friends

who attended school at Lincoln-Way

North from the

consolidation of the programs

that he otherwise would not

have made, and the combined

East/North program

did well in its conference


“It wasn’t fun when it

happened, but the kids are

loving it now,” she said.

“They are strong, and I

think they’ll be fine. The

kids are the ones who will

average of 3.5 of better and

have 12 hours calculated

(B is equivalent to 3.0; A to


Carthage College

Mokena natives honored on

Spring 2016 dean’s list

Total Of 833 Students

Have Been Named To The

Carthage College dean’s

list For The Spring 2016

Semester. Dean’s list honors

are accorded to carthage

students who achieve a 3.5

grade-point average while

carrying at least 14 credit

hours during a semester.

among the group are mokena

natives: Jennifer Michuda

and Alexis Vanderlee.

Augustana College

Mokena resident recognized

in commencement ceremony

Augustana College held

its spring commencement

ceremony on May 22. Jennifer

Gray was part of the

ceremony, as she graduated

with a major in Accounting

and Business Administration-Finance.

School News is complied by

Editor Amanda Jarzynski.

set the examples for us.”

The following speakers

called for answers from the

School Board on topics of

finance and transparency,

particularly in light of the

lawsuit between Lincoln-

Way Area Taxpayers Unite

and the School Board being


Two of the speakers, Stacey

Ripp and Colleen Maranto,

questioned why there was not

a ceremony to commemorate

Lincoln-Way North prior to its


Carrie White asked the

School Board a variety of

questions directly that she

said are reflective of conversations

going on in the

community, but the board

members did not respond.

D210 to offer refunds for

excessive driver’s ed fees

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

District 210

It was brought to the administration’s

attention that

during the 2010-2011 school

year, the district may have

charged excessive driver’s

education fees.

Upon further investigation,

it has been determined

that the $350 waiver was approved

in January of 2011,

but was not approved prior

to the collection of registration

fees in the fall of 2010.

The driver’s education fees

should not have exceeded

the approved $125 waiver

during the fall semester.

As a result, the district

will issue refunds to families

who paid the incorrect fee.

An application and instructions

will be available at on Friday,

July 1, 2016.

Gold-medal winners

Submitted by Noonan

Elementary Academy

Noonan Elementary Academy

seventh grade students

Isabella Markel, Ellen Cunningham

and Jack Bruno

represented Noonan at the

Illinois Junior Academy of

Science State Exposition at

Millikin University on May

13 and 14. More than 1,200

students from schools across

Illinois exhibited research

and design investigations at

the Illinois Junior Academy

of Science State Exposition,

which is the largest high

school and middle school research

competition in Illinois.

All three Noonan Academy

students received gold medals

for their projects.

Noonan Elementary Academy students (left to right)

Isabella Markel, Ellen Cunningham and Jack Bruno brought

home gold medals from the May 13-14 Illinois Junior

Academy of Science State Exposition at Millikin University.

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From Page 4

Tingley said the district filed

a claim with its insurance

company for the lawsuit

and that it expects to pay a

$25,000 deductible.

He added that he felt

“mixed emotions” when he

heard about the lawsuit’s


“It’s been a difficult time

for our district,” he said Tuesday,

June 7. “We understand

the emotions that are involved

with the closing of this school,

and so we continue to focus

our efforts on moving forward.

We need to focus our

resources and our time on the

students and preparing for the

upcoming school year.

Sands wanted Tingley

and the School Board to

know the dismissal “doesn’t

change anything.”

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Tinley Park-Park District

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said the park district hired

the California-based Disc

Golf Park at an amount not

to exceed $13,950 for the

equipment and the design of

a disc golf course at Siemsen

Meadow, 167th Street and

Harlem Avenue.

“Our plan is to get this

open by [this] fall,” Curran

said in an interview with The

Junction last week.

Occasionally called Frisbee

golf, disc golf is a flying

disc game in which players

throw a flying disc at a target.

Curran said the Tinley

course is to feature 18 holes

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vary from approximately

255 feet to 500 feet, he said.

The course is to be situated

on approximately 30 of the

park’s 64 acres.

“It’s one of the most popular

requests we receive,”

Curran said of a disc golf

course in Tinley Park. “It’s a

fun game for really all ages

to play.”

There will be no fee to

play the course and players

could play as many of the

18 holes as they want, Curran

said. Players will need to

supply their own discs and

the park district will not staff

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Stephanie Weber is into

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in her solo character show,

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“It was always kind of a

thing where I thought if we

could do this forever, that

would be great. Cut to several

years later, and I was

doing that with friends I’d

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met, performing a lot of live

sketches doing shows like

that. It dawned on me that,

basically, the thing I’d done

in high school that I thought

would be great to do I’m

now doing it.”

In “Miss Business,” the

character Weber plays has

made it in show business after

only appearing in one commercial.

The character gives

a workshop to the audience,

providing entirely bad advice.

Weber is scheduled to

perform “Miss Business” at

10 p.m. Friday, June 17, at

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont

Ave. in Chicago, as part

of the festival. The performance

is rated R.

Individual tickets are $15

and can be purchased at

Reporting by Meredith Dobes,

Editor. For more, visit New


Frankfort Fire Protection

District Board of Trustees

swears in new fire chief

The Frankfort Fire Protection

District officially swore

in Robert D. Wilson as its

new fire chief June 7 at Fire

Station 1.

Wilson’s friends and family,

as well as members of

the Frankfort community,

gathered at the station to

witness Wilson take the oath

of office from Robert Jacobs,

president of the FFPD

Board of Trustees. Wilson

officially started his new

job June 1, after former Fire

Chief James Grady III —

who served the FFPD for 40

years and became the fulltime

chief in 1990 — retired.

Inspired by his two uncles

who were firemen in Hometown

and Chicago, Wilson

joined FFPD in 1980 as a

cadet. Through the years he

has served as a volunteer,

an on-call firefighter, a paramedic

and an officer.

He said he has plans for

how to improve the district

— which serves the Village

of Frankfort, Frankfort

Township, Green Garden

Township and parts of the

Village of Mokena — starting

with community outreach.

“I think sometimes we

operate like we’re on our

own island,” Wilson said. “I

think we have to reintroduce

ourselves to the community

groups in Frankfort and

Mokena and let them know

we’re here, and more about

our different programs for

fire prevention and seniors.”

Reporting by Jessie Molloy,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



Homer Community Fest

to feature familiar, fresh

attractions in seventh year

For the seventh annual

Homer Community Fest, a

blend of familiar attractions

mixed with new additions

are to welcome attendees.

The festival — which is

scheduled for June 23-26 —

is again set to take place at

the festival grounds at the

northeast corner of 151st

Street and Creme Road and

will include the annual fireworks

show, carnival, musical

performances and parade.

Homer Township Clerk

Linsey Sowa said it is an

event that continues to grow.

“The most rewarding

thing for me is seeing everyone

in the community have

a place to come together,”

Sowa said. “[The festival]

has a little something for

everyone. ... It’s just a nice

way for the community to


Updated elements for

2016 include several new

food vendors and more offerings

of craft beer and

specialty drinks in the beer

tent. But one of the biggest

changes is with the parade

on June 25, for which Sowa

said organizers “upped the

ante” after getting feedback

from the community.

“We have really cool performers

coming this year

[for the parade],” Sowa said.

“We will have a character parade

that includes notable famous

characters from major

movies. ... We have a group

by the name of the Chicago

Honey Bear Dancers doing

a patriotic performance ...

dancers performing with fire

... a 10-piece Patriot Brass

Ensemble group that honors


Admission is free for the

festival. For more information

on Homer Community

Fest, including hours and

details on parking, rides and

musical performances, visit

Reporting by Thomas Czaja,

Editor. For more, visit Homer


Lockport resident regains

ability to walk, despite the


Fulfillment of his father’s

promise and a graduation

moment not thought to be

possible was what 14-yearold

Nick Lindblad received

when he had a tumor removed

Nov. 10, 2015, from

his spine.

Nick was born with hypoplastic

left heart syndrome,

which means the left side of

his heart never functioned

correctly. He received a heart

transplant in August 2015

after circulatory complications

caused Nick’s liver to

begin failing, The Legend

previously reported. Following

the transplant, Nick lost

feeling in his legs because of

a tumor on his spine and was

unable to walk.

Doctors planned to remove

the tumor just more

than three months after

Nick’s heart transplant but

did not necessarily have high

expectations for the results.

“Before they removed it,

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From the Editor

Adjusting to new intern

AMANDA Jarzynski

Last week you all were

introduced to one of

the newest Editorial

Interns for 22nd Century

Media. Michael Ivey is assigned

to help the Lincoln-

Way papers as part of his

internship to get credit for


He’s only been around

for a week, so we’re all still

getting to know Michael, but

my first impression is a good

one. If nothing else, I’ve

found another person to talk

about the Blackhawks with.

But Michael is also a good

worker. He handled his first

batch of assignments very

well and in a timely fashion.

This is a strange situation

for me because I’m still getting

used to being an editor

and now I have my first

intern to give tips and advice

to. I remember the days of

my internships; I was never

fortunate to get one after I

changed my major to communications,

but I did have

a couple before that. It’s

strange for me to be on the

other side of that relationship

between boss and intern.

I’ll be honest and say that

I am a little nervous because

I’ve never really been in a

serious position to teach anyone

anything. This is a big

deal because I need to make

sure I give Michael regular

feedback and notes on how to

improve as a journalist. I am

confident that I will be able

to and I can’t wait to get to

know Michael in the process.

It will be nice to have the

extra help over the summer

as well. Would also be nice

to get some more help from

the community. I’ve still

been getting some Pets of

the Week, but no Photo Ops

or Announcements yet.

Headed into the summer

months, I’m thinking we

could use as much help and

content as we can get. With

school out of session, I’m

headed into unfamiliar territory

as a new editor. I need

to learn the ins and outs of

the Mokena community during

the summer months. If

there is anything any of you

think I need to know about

or would like The Messenger

to cover, do not hesitate to

call me at (708) 326-9170

ext: 29 or email to amanda@

I do know there are a lot

of fun events that will go on;

good weather for golf outings

and movies in the park.

I’m hoping to send my intern

on a variety of different

assignment so he can get a

good feel of every aspect of


Like me, though, Michael

is a sports buff, so I’ll

also send him out to some

summer sporting activities.

I’m excited for the Mokena

Burros to start their summer

football season; that would

be a good thing to cover as

the program has grown significantly

in recent years.

I know there is a lot that

will be going on over the

summer and I would like to

report on as much as I can.

So please send me any leads

and please, send over some

Announcements. It’s okay

to brag about accomplishments!

The Lincoln-Way East Griffins Football Facebook

Page posted this on June 9.

“The Varsity Football team was honored to

have Cory Paus, legendary Lincoln-Way and

UCLA Quarterback, as a guest speaker this

week. Thank you #10!”

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they didn’t think anything

would happen,” Nick said.

It did not take long for

Nick to show signs of improvement,

as his toes began

to wiggle the night of

the surgery. The next day,

Nick was able to move his

legs back and forth. Three

months later, he was walking


Nick recently graduated

from Kelvin Grove Middle

School, and at the ceremony

he walked across the stage

like all of his classmates.

“It put a tear in both of

our eyes of course,” said

Dan Lindblad, his father. “I

realized as he walked up the

stairs that he didn’t have to

hold anyone’s hand [or] grab

onto anything. He’s grown

up again.”

Reporting by Max Lapthorne,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit


Bridge showcases summer

programs at open house

A simulated skydiving

experience, an electrical

house-wiring workshop,

learning how to make a

cheesecake or cook Mediterranean

foods and something

called knockerballs (a soccer

game in which the players

roll around in giant inflatable


Those are merely a handful

of the programs The

Bridge Teen Center already

has held since its summer

schedule kicked off this past

week. From now through the

end of August, The Bridge is

to offer more than 90 other

programs and events designed

to educate, enlighten,

entertain and otherwise keep

teens’ minds active while

they’re away from school.

The Bridge kicked off

its summer sign-up June 4

with an orientation and open

house. The event offered

teens the opportunity to become

members, which provides

them unlimited access

to the programs.

From How to Lay a Brick

Wall to scuba diving to visiting

with reptiles to drinking

iced tea and giving each

other manicures, the programs

are intended to be fun

and interesting, but some

can provide teens life skills,

job training and the service

hours they require to graduate

from high school.

Reporting by Jason Maholy,

Freelance Reporter. For more,


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22 | June 16, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger faith

Faith Briefs

Robin’s Next

In Memoriam

Donald W. Klotz

Donald W. Klotz, 78,

of Mokena, died on June

8. He is survived by wife

Carolyn Klotz (Marti); children,

Cathleen (Randall)

Knittle, Christine (David)

Hiler, Kevin (Nicole) Klotz,

Karen (William) Saunoris;

grandchildren, Amanda

(Matthew) Ducharme,

Scott (Julie) James, Kaitlin

James, Alyvia Klotz, Will

Klotz, Liam Saunoris, greatgrandchildren

Sadie Grace

Ducharme, Landon James,

siblings, Hilda Wischover,

Bruno Klotz, Norman (Gail)

Klotz, Shirley Holden and

numerous nieces and nephews.

Family received friends

at Kurtz Memorial Chapel.

Interment with military honors

was held at Abraham

Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations

to the Joliet Area Community

Hospice House would be


Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Flea Market and Antique


9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,

June 18. Guests are welcome

to look for great bargains at

the church’s 52nd annual

Flea Market and Antique

Show. There is also vendor

space available. To reserve

a space or for more information,

call (815) 485-8587.

Vacation Bible School

9 a.m.-noon, June 27-July

1. The theme for this year’s

VBS is “Cave Quest.” Cost

is $20 per child or a family

of three or more is $40. A T-

shirt is included with cost,

as well as other freebies. To

register and for more information,

call (815) 485-8587

or visit www.marleychurch.


Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Mokena Boy Scout Troop

725 Pancake Breakfast

7-11 a.m. Saturday, June

25. Come out and support

your local boy scouts by

joining them the club’s pancake

breakfast event. A Minion

will be the event’s special

guest for the children.

For more information, call

(702) 375-6337.

Sunday School & Bible Class

9:15-10:15 a.m. Sundays.

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Spiritual Conversation for


7:30 a.m. every first

and third Saturday of each

month. The group is for guys

who gather to talk about topics

from sports, news and

spirituality. Our rules are to

speak for ourselves, listen to

each other and don’t try to

correct each other. For more

information, call (708) 479-


JAM Time

6:30-7:45 p.m. every

Wednesday. Jesus And Me

brings a fun-filled evening

for children from preschool

to fifth-grade. For more information,

call (708) 479-


Garden Club

7 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-


Sunday Morning Kids’ Club

9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children

from infancy through

third grade can participate

in adult-supervised activities

while their parents attend

Sunday worship services.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This group meets once

a month to knit or crochet

shawls to give to people in

the congregation who need

prayers. All ages are welcome

to join. The group also

needs donations to help purchase

yarn to create shawls.

For more information, call

the church office at (708)


St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Youth Ministry

7 p.m. Sundays downstairs

in the Church Hall.

The meeting will take place

after the 6 p.m. mass. For

more information, call (708)


Scripture Study

7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9

a.m. Thursdays in the church

hall. All adults welcome.

St. Peregrine Devotion

6 p.m. fourth Monday of

every month.

Adoration and Holy Rosary

6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Faith That Stands

5 p.m. Sundays. Join the

service as they continue our

study on Faith That Stands

in the book of First Corinthians.

For more information,

call (312) 350-2279.

Gratitude Adjustment

11 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (312)


Ladies Bible Study

Third Thursday of each

month. For times and more

information, call (312) 350-


Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Go Youth Group

4-6 p.m. Sundays. Junior

high and high school students

are welcome to an environment

that fosters laughter,

friendship and deep


Men’s and Women’s Bible


9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Group Prayer

6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday

evening at the church.

Pressin’ On Youth Group

6-8 p.m. every other Friday.

Youth are invited to

meet at the church building

to hang out, talk about life,

pray for each other and consider

what God says in the

Bible. For more information,


Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assitant

Editor James Sanchez at


com or call (708) 326-9170 ext.

48. Deadline is noon Thursday

one week prior to publication.

My big fat texas hangover

Robin Melvin

Contributing Columnist

There was music and

dancing and bowling

and shopping

fueled by fajitas and brisket

and breakfast burritos the

size of your forearm. As

my husband, daughter and

I laughed with friends and

dined on Tex-Mex, we made

wonderful memories. After

the fifteen-hour drive back

to Mokena with baby Alex,

we were exhausted, but


It was a wedding that

took us to Texas. The Army

anchored us there for eight

years just outside of Fort

Hood. We have no relatives

there but we have family.

We spent every holiday from

Easter to Christmas with

the Knicely’s. John, Linda,

Laura, and Josh. There were

feasts, fireworks, water balloons

and handmade confetti

eggs to smash on whomever

we could catch.

As summer approaches,

maybe you dread the cookouts

and celebrations. It saddens

me to know that many

go to family functions out

of obligation and can’t wait

to leave.

I get it. Relationships are

often messy – especially

the ones we were born into

because they have the most

potential to hurt us.

I know some wounds are

legit and go deep. However,

a lot of family conflict is

petty. It’s often fueled by

personality differences or

something that started in

childhood sibling rivalry.

But, we are grown-ups

now. Think back to where

the resentment started. Is it

really worth wasting another

holiday? Will we let that

person continue to rob us of

enjoying life?

A friend tells me, bitterness

is “like taking poison

and waiting for the other person

to die.” Why do we keep

taking the poison? Why do

we give someone that power

to control our attitude? As

Kimberly “Sweet Brown”

Wilkins says, “Ain’t nobody

got time for that.”

We can’t wait for others

to change. We are only

responsible for ourselves.

Romans 12:18 tells us, “If

it is possible, as far as it depends

on you, live at peace

with everyone.”

Perhaps, we’ve been the

jerk and need to apologize.

It may not be accepted,

but we can be free of guilt

knowing we did our part.

For those who offend us, we

forgive. That doesn’t mean

what they did was okay, it

simply means we want to be

free of bitterness.

Maybe you’re thinking,

“You don’t know my family.”

That’s true. But I know

about hurt and dysfunction

and how un-forgiveness

robs us of life and peace.

A friend of mine recently

died four weeks after a

terminal diagnosis. At her

memorial service, her husband

reminded us, “Don’t

take family for granted. Tell

them what you appreciate

about them while you can.”

So, my friends, let’s

choose well the memories

we make. Life’s too short.

May God help us cherish

our imperfect families. Hug

‘em while ya got ‘em and

pass the guacamole, ya’ll.

I’m fixin’ to continue my

Texas hangover.

James G. Mudron

James G. Mudron,

76, of Mokena,

died on June 7. Beloved

husband of 56 years to Marcia;

survived by children James A.

Mudron, Kim Rhodes and

Kathline Cunningham; grandchildren

of five, great-grandfather

of nine, great-great

grandfather of two; as well as

numerous nieces and nephews.

Mudron was a Army Veteran

and retired from Com-Ed

after 34 years of dedicated

employment. Funeral services


Eileen E. Hilker

Eileen E. Hilker, 85, of

Mokena, died on June 4.

Family received friends at

Vandenberg Funeral Home

and graveside service was

held at Chapel Hill Garden

South Cemetery.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email amanda@ with

information about a loved one

who was a part of the Mokena

community. mokena

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Congratulations Class of 2016

100% of 234 graduates will continue

onto college • Nearly $30 million

in college scholarships awarded

• Average scholarship accepted is

$68,000 • 28% of student-athletes

signed National Letters of

Intent or committed to continue

their sport • 43 Illinois State Scholars • 1 National Merit Finalist

• 1 National Merit Commended Student • 1 U.S. Naval

Academy Scholar • 1 Chick Evans Scholar • 4 State Championships witnessed by this

class • Collectively volunteered more than 100,000 hours of service to the community

Attending Top Colleges Across the Country

Cornell University • Fordham University

New York University • Northwestern University

United States Naval Academy • University of

Illinois • University of Notre Dame • University

of Pennsylvania • Villanova University

1800 W. Lincoln Highway • New Lenox Illinois 60451 •

24 | June 16, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger LIFE & ARTS

Getting to know more Griffins


students visit The

Bridge Teen Center,

plan future events

F. Amanda Tugade

Assistant Editor

When Lincoln-Way North

and East High School students

gathered at The Bridge

Teen Center on June 6 for a

Lincoln-Way East meet-andgreet

event, at first they remained

with their close-knit

friends and picked a spot in

the common room to sit and


For a moment, they talked

among themselves and

shared laughs that only inside

jokes could elicit. Then,

East Principal Sharon Michalak

and Karen Murphy,

director of personnel pupil

services, walked to the

front of the room and said

the meeting was just one of

many steps on the road to the

two high schools’ merger.

“Now it’s very important

[for] everyone to know

that what we want to do is

take the great traditions of

Lincoln-Way North and the

great traditions of Lincoln-

Way East and blend them

together,’” Michalak said.

“We do not want to erase

anybody’s memories and all

the good things that you’ve

done in the past. We want

you to celebrate them, but

we also want you to use

those to move forward. But

we have to do that together.”

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

hosted the program at the

Orland Park center. For Murphy

and Priscilla Steinmetz,

founder of The Bridge, the

center was the perfect place

to bring student leaders together

to meet, brainstorm

and plan for upcoming summer

events before the school

Lincoln-Way East students Adrianna McDevitt (left) and Kassie Mora grab a T-shirt June 6

during a Lincoln-Way East meet-and-greet event at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park.

Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

year begins.

The attending students

represented various clubs

and organizations, including

peer mentors, student ambassadors,

student council

and the Black-N-Blue Crew,

a school spirit team.

“You can either look at

this as an obstacle or an opportunity,”

Steinmetz said to

the students.

Michalak added that East

is to expect 700 new students

at the beginning of the

2016-2017 school year.

“We have great kids

throughout our district, and

we have great teachers who

have worked very hard with

our students and care very

much about our students,”

she said. “We’re going to be


That feeling of empowerment

lingered throughout

the room as the students met

with their respective leadership

groups and formed

even smaller ones to discuss

new ideas regarding how to

make East’s open house and

orientation fun for incoming

freshmen and upperclassmen.

The roughly two-hour

meeting offered the teens

an opportunity to reflect on

their own high school experiences

and seek ways to

make others feel more welcomed.

However, before they

could start on their own assigned

tasks, the students

had to take some time to get

to know each other. During

casual introductions, many

of the students discussed

their favorite foods, school

activities and pastimes.

Student ambassador Carey

“CJ” Wilson-Richmond, 17,

said spending his final year

of high school at East and

not at North is “kind of a

difficult transition,” but he

remained focused on the


“It’ll be OK because all of

us North kids will be at East,

except for some East kids

who have to transfer to other

schools like Central and all

that,” he said.

He hopes to help others

transition, adjust and start

Lincoln-Way North students (left to right) Destiny Henning

and Niyati Patel look at one of Lauren Ostrowski’s photos

June 6 during the Lincoln-Way East meet-and-greet event

at The Bridge Teen Center.

Lincoln-Way East Principal Sharon Michalak speaks during

the Lincoln-Way East meet-and-greet event.

anew this year by participating

in the student ambassador

program. He said his

priority is to let new students

know that they should “just

relax, be calm about it and

don’t over-think things”

when it comes to change.

East students Cambrii

Alexander and Declan Carr

shared Wilson-Richmond’s

sentiments. Alexander, a student

ambassador, and Carr, a

peer mentor, said their roles

involve making people comfortable,

directing them to

the proper resources, showing

them what their school

has to offer — and more than

anything, getting them excited

for the future to come.

The two students noted

the key to high school is to

be open to new challenges

and experiences. Taking the

time to think and accept new

situations, they agreed, is a

crucial part of the process.

Wilson-Richmond, Alexander

and Carr said that

while attending high school

can be exciting and scary for

most teens, it is important

to always remember to stay

true to who they are.

“Just be yourself,” Alexander

said. “You don’t have

to pretend to be anybody.

Try to find yourself and

spread out.” LIFE & ARTS

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Business owners, locals hit the links together

Mokena Chamber

of Commerce golf

outing draws more

than 80 participants

James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

Joan Yunker doesn’t know

how to play golf, but that has

not stopped her from being

part of the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce’s annual golf


“It’s the people and getting

together for the whole

day,” she said. “Being outside

in the sunshine, being

part of something that I really

enjoy, that’s the main


More than 80 people participated

in the chamber’s

event on June 8 at the Sanctuary

Golf Course in New

Lenox. Besides the round

of golf, the event included

a mini-golf clinic, specialty

holes and other contests

within the course. The evening’s

activities featured

dinner, an open bar, dancing,

raffle prizes and entertainment

courtesy of one of the

chamber members.

The scramble format of

the outing accommodates all

levels of golfers, said Chamber

Executive Director Melissa

Fedora — and one does

not even have to be on the

course to have fun.

“It’s one of our more fun

events that we put on every

year,” Fedora said. “We

have a lot of people who participate

in it every year [and]

come back because they say

it’s one of the most fun golf

outings they attend.”

The golf outing is one

of the main fundraisers the

chamber hosts throughout

the year. Approximately

$18,000 is raised annually

without expenses and some

John Evenhouse from NuWay Disposal Service chips into

a garbage can for one of the event’s side games during the

Mokena Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing.

of the proceeds go towards

other local organizations

and scholarships for local

students. The chamber will

offer its first Teacher of the

Year award for the elementary,

intermediate and junior

high levels, and some of the

funds will go towards creating

plaques and prizes for

the winning teachers.

But most of all, Fedora

said the majority of the

funds go towards operating

the Chamber itself.

“A lot of people don’t realize

we are a not-for-profit,”

Fedora said. “All the money

that we need to provide

sponsorships that we do and

the programs that we do, and

even to keep our electricity

on, we have to come up with

all that money on our own.”

It has been a team effort

for the outing to maintain

its success year in, year out.

Raffle prizes from wine boxes

to baseball tickets were

donated from local businesses

and residents.

“Everyone in the chamber

— the board, the committees,

the businesses — they all

come together to help each

other, and that’s been a very

positive thing,” said committee

chair Mary Frost.

Dennis Buxbaum has seen

the outing succeed and grow

in his five years as a member

and two and 1/2 years as

the chamber’s president. His

love for golf is one thing,

but the camaraderie between

the locals and business owners

for the entire day is what

makes the event extra special

for him.

“Our whole thing about the

chamber is to give back to the

community,” he said. “These

are good events for our community,

to keep operating

and to promote our business

community ... We get a lot

of people that continually

play at this outing and support

the chamber. It’s nice

to see everybody every year,

and each year we get more

people coming out. So, it’s

exciting for me as president

that we’ve continually grown

over the last three years.

That’s a good feeling.”

An awards night capped

off the event to recognize

the scramble and contest

winners. But to Buxbaum,

no matter if he wins or loses,

spending a day golfing with

friends is better than his usual


“A bad day at the golf

course is better than any

day in the office,” Buxbaum


Bonnie Halminiak from Vandenberg Funeral Homes tees off June 8 during the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Sanctuary Golf Course.

photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Gary Vandenberg from Vandenberg Funeral Homes putts June 8 during the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing.

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Cancer survivors, caretakers

and members of the community

came together on Friday,

June 10, at Lincoln-Way

East High School’s football

field for the Relay for Life of


As of June 11, the event

organizers had raised more

than $115,000 for the American

Cancer Society. The

event included a survivors’

lap and a caregivers’ lap

around the football field,

during which event-goers

cheered on the participants.

“I love the commitment

and enthusiasm of the relay-ers,”

said Maria Scalise

Hohman, a co-chair of the


Scalise Hohman has volunteered

for the event for the

past 16 years. She lost her

two best friends to cancer in

2006 and 2007, and her sister

Christina Morrissey is a

five-year survivor of breast


“We keep relaying for

them,” Scalise Hohman said.

“Everyone has their story. I

feel like we’re all one big

family trying to accomplish

the same goal.

“Eventually, if we fund

enough research for prevention,

we’ll see an end to this.”

Scalise Hohman’s daughter

Marissa, 20, has also attended

the event each time

her mother has gone. She

said she is really proud of

her mom for her involvement

in Relay for Life.

“Seeing someone having

such passion and working for

a cause is really inspiring,”

Marissa said. “It makes you

want to make a change, too.”

Scalise Hohman, Marissa

and their friends and family

made up the Pink Panthers

team, one of the 33 teams at

the event. Scalise Hohman

estimated that roughly 450

people attended.

Kathy Goss participated on

the Phoenix for the Cure team

for the sixth year she has been

involved in the Frankfort/

Mokena event. Goss began

volunteering for the American

Cancer Society Cancer

Action Network as a graduate

student; her research had

been funded by the society,

and she saw a way to give

back through volunteering.

She has served on American

Cancer Society boards

and lobbied for cancer re-

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Mokena resident releases new self-assessment book

Book focuses on

beating temptation


Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

Current Mokena resident,

Dr. Randall Voorn

has fought in the Vietnam

War, worked in business

for over twenty years,

taught at three Chicagoarea

colleges and universities,

and traveled around

the world.

Through it all he says he

has tried to be a “spiritually

minded” person, and

now he has written his own

Dr. Randall J. Voorn released his new book on resisting

temptation battles in April. photo submitted

book to help others live

more Christian lives: “Satan

Wants You! Unlocking

the Secret to Winning Your

Temptation Battles.”

“The book is focused on

temptation,” Voorn said.

“The everyday temptations

we all face in our lives, why

we face them, how to recognize

them and what we can

do to resist it.”

Voorn said that in all his

business experiences and

travels through 80 countries,

he has seen temptation

everywhere and been tempted

repeatedly himself.

“Temptation is all around

us in our daily lives, and

when we yield to it we end

up sinning and create problems

for ourselves, Voorn

said. “It can be anything

from a DUI to an argument

with a loved one when we

let anger get the better of us.

It could be theft, stealing, or

people lying all the time.”

Anger is one of the

twelve strategies of Satan

that Voorn delves into in his


“I refer to them as ‘Satan’s

Dirty Dozen,’” Voorne

said. “They include anger

as well as discouragement,

deception, division, all the

things that try to lure us into

sinning on a daily basis.”

The book also includes a

“practical self assessment”

section, which “allows

readers to work through

each of these strategies and

identify how the Devil is

tempting them with each


While he would not share

the complete solution with

this reporter, Voorn said in

his life he has figured out

was to resist Satan’s temptations

and win the “battles

of spiritual warfare” that go

on around and inside us all

the time.

“The strategy is in the

book, but the secret comes

from the Bible,” Voorn said.

Voorn also says that

prayer is an important part

of resisting the “flaming arrows

of temptation” Satan

throws at us.

“Any time you feel

tempted, that is Satan shooting

a flaming arrow at you,”

Voorn said. “Most people

have never heard that term,

but it’s from the Bible. We

have to block those arrows

and one tool we have to do

that is prayer.”

While Voorn has no academic

background in theology

or religious studies, he

has been an avid reader of

spiritual fiction and nonfiction

for years and says he

got most the inspiration for

the book from his real life


“I’m pushing 70,” he

said. “I’ve been fortunate to

have a long life and to travel

a lot, and “I’ve seen a lot of

temptations. My reason for

writing this book is to share

what I’ve learned in those

experiences with others,

whether they are Christians

or non-believers, to help

them resist

temptations and improve

their lives.”

Voorn has written other

books on business, including

a business-to- business

best-seller “The Marketing

Plan Made Simple,” but

this is his first foray into the

spiritual genre he has long


“It really wasn’t very hard

to write this book,” he said.

“It’s a different topic than

I’ve written about before,

obviously, but it wasn’t that

difficult to make the transition

because I knew what I

wanted to say. I just needed

to take the time to actually

write it.”

Voorn said he has had this

book on his mind for several

years, but once he took the

time to start writing it took

only four or five months to

finish it before the editing


“Satan Wants You!” was

released in April and is

available online in hardcover,

paperback, or eBook

through Amazon and

Barnes and Noble. Barnes

and Noble stores in the Chicago

area will also be carrying

the book in stores.

Voorn is a lifelong resident

of Chicago and the

southwest suburbs. He received

his bachelor’s degree

from Trinity Christian

College in Palos Heights,

where he also taught business

until four years ago.

He is the president of marketing

training company

Voorn Associates, and has

previously taught MBA

level business as an adjunct

professor at Northwestern

University and Lake Forest

Graduate School of Management.

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search funding and legislation

in Springfield and Washington,

D.C. Since she has

seen firsthand how the funding

can help with research,

she said it is really important

to raise those dollars.

Goss lost her dad, Dennis

Heppner, to brain cancer in

1991. He was 48 when his

battle ended, and she is now


“It really shaped my career,

of course, I went into

cancer research — but it also

made me really committed

to the cause,” Goss said.

“I’m almost the age that he

passed away at. I don’t want

anyone else to face that fate.

It’s just not fair.”

Goss volunteered at the

event along with her motherin-law,

father-in-law, her son

and her daughter. Her fatherin-law

is a two-time cancer


“It’s really a surprise

if you find someone who

hasn’t been touched by cancer,”

Goss said.

Planning for the event began

in September, Scalise

Hohman said. The organizers

hosted three smaller fundraisers

in Frankfort earlier

this year that led up to the

June 10 event: a bingo event

in February, a wine tasting

and martini party in April and

a paint night in May, she said.

“Some of the best memories

I have are getting together

to plan, and the bond the volunteers

develop is so strong,”

Scalise Hohman said.

Natalie Norkiewicz (left) and Shannon Cornfield participate

in a Hula-Hoop contest Friday, June 10, during the Relay

for Life of Frankfort/Mokena. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd

Century Media

Volunteer or donate

The organizers of the Relay for Life of Frankfort/

Mokena are seeking more volunteers and leaders for

next year’s event. To get involved or to learn more,

call (815) 919-2021 or email mariahohman@att.

net. To donate to the event, visit

frankfortmokenaIL or send a check to the American

Cancer Society at 17060 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park,

IL 60477 and indicate that the donation should be

applied to the Frankfort/Mokena relay.

Walkers (left to right) Tammie McCauley, Mike McCauley,

Marge Gofron and Bill McCauley walk during the Relay for

Life event hosted at Lincoln-Way East.





and her

daughter Amy

wave to friends

Friday, June

10, during the

Relay for Life

of Frankfort/

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The Dish

Is that a cheeseburger on my pizza?

Pronto Pizza Kitchen

melds two American

favorites in Orland


Bill Jones, Managing Editor

It is June. The weather is

nice. And lines have been


Americans are split. The

country divided. Strong opinions


And from coast to coast,

people are struggling over a

tough choice: hamburgers or


Thankfully, area residents

do not have to choose,

courtesy of Pronto Pizza

Kitchen’s latest Pizza of the

Month, which tactfully joins

the two in an effort to mend

this once unified nation.

The Orland Park pizza parlor

for the month launched the

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

($9.95) — a combination of

traditional crust, burger sauce,

Pronto Pizza Kitchen

15222 S. LaGrange

Road in Orland Park


• 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


• 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


For more information ...

Phone: (708) 966-0010

Web: www.

bacon, ground beef, onions,

pickle and cheddar cheese,

with optional toppings of lettuce

and diced tomatoes.

Pronto has been introducing

the community to Pizza

of the Month selections “on

and off” since its opening, according

to General Manager

Sue Gutrich. That has included

everything from taco pizza

to bruschetta pizza — with

the specialties often playing

with available seasonal ingredients,

she explained.

The ideas for these pizzas

have come from both employees

and customers, the

latter of which regularly offer

the restaurant feedback

through a suggestion box.

“People give us suggestions

about what they’d like

to see,” Gutrich explained.

The Bacon Cheeseburger

Pizza, in particular, was a

combination, Gutrich said.

While Pronto offers a few

“signature” selections to get

diners started — “the first time

you come in, people feel overwhelmed

with making their

own, so we tell them to look at

the signature menu, and they

build on that,” Gutrich explained

— the heart of its experience

is the Chipotle-like

bar of ingredients from which

customers can craft their own


During the company’s management

meeting, Gutrich

said they were going through

suggestions, and some people

were simply asking for specific

ingredients to choose for

the custom pizzas. Ground

The Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza ($9.95) is the Pizza of the

Month at Orland Park’s Pronto Pizza Kitchen through the

end of June. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

beef was among them. That

led to the idea for the specialty

pizza, with a “burger sauce”

made with a combination of

mayonnaise and red sauce.

The concept for the pizza

has been well-received, according

to Gutrich. And when

June ends, diners need not

fret too much. While certain

ingredients may disappear,

the pizza can “pretty much”

be recreated from choices on

the core menu, Gutrich explained.

Other dishes not to miss ...

• Good and Spicy Pizza

($9.95) — Gutrich’s personal

favorite pie from the signature

menu comes topped with

red sauce, spicy Italian sausage,

hot giardiniera, tomato

and mozzarella.

• Margherita Pizza ($9.95)

— This is customers’ No. 1

order for a reason. The pizza

is topped with olive oil, tomato,

mozzarella, fresh mozzarella

and fresh basil.

More than meats the pie

Pronto also strives to offer

something different. And in

addition to offering salads,

the restaurant features glutenfree

pizzas and desserts, as

well as some dairy-free offerings,

and tries to be conscious

of working with diners on

food allergies, Gutrich said.

“We’re strongly focusing

on our gluten-free and dairyfree

products,” Gutrich said.

“We do it without the enormous

surcharges other places


The restaurant also tries to

get involved with the community,

participating in local

events and hosting fundraisers.

And the community has

taken note. Gutrich noted

it has played a large role in

Pronto’s success, reviewing

the restaurant well online.

“The word is definitely

getting out,” she said.


Healthy No-bake Summertime Snack Bars

beth krooswyk

Contributing Columnist

It really intrigues me

when you can easily

make something from

scratch that’s actually a

packaged item at the store,

like ketchup, ice cream, taco

seasoning or dill pickles.

Or even protein-filled


I stumbled upon this

week’s recipe while perusing

recipe blogs one time. I

often have several of them

open on my screen at any

given time. So many recipes,

so little time!

In our never-ending quest

to find more ways to eat

healthier, a.k.a. whole, clean

foods without additives and

preservatives, I’ve really enjoyed

the recipes I’ve found

on a blog called 100 Days of

Real Food.

While some suggestions

on there are things I

wouldn’t take the time or

spend the money to do, most

featured ideas are spoton,

and very eye opening.

Like, “Hey that seems easy

enough. I bet I can do that!”

That’s exactly what I

thought the first time I saw

this particular recipe.

Not everyone is a fan of

dates or cashews, I get that.

But if you are, or if you are

adventurous enough to try

new things, I would encourage

you to check out this

Homemade Salted

Cashew Larabars


•1 cup pitted dates

•1 cup cashews (I use

salted whole/pieces)

•¼ cup peanut butter

(use one without

hydrogenated oil)

•1 (or more) tablespoon


week’s Munchies recipe.

These homemade Larabars

turn out very much like the

store version, chewy and

caramelly, with the right

Homemade Salted Cashew Larabars are a healthy snack for

the family. Photo submitted

amount of cashew crunch.

I’ve made this as a snack

for my family of four, and

they didn’t last long. I also

made them to bring as part

of a dessert when we hung

out with family friends a few

weeks ago, and again they

were inhaled quite quickly —

a true sign of a good thing.

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. ___ secretary

6. Mystique

10. Easter celebration

14. Netherlands Antilles


15. Moonshine

16. Pedestal figure

17. Orland Park farm

19. Old bread in Pisa

20. Grave marker

21. Blue-pencil

23. “Yikes!”

24. Lord of the Rings

good guy

26. Beneficiary of the

Orland Park Mayors’

Cup Golf Outing, goes

with 53 across

28. Rick Steves’ creation,

for example

33. To the right

34. Alpine skier Mittermaier

35. Poet’s palindromic


36. Bloodsucker

40. October birthstone

41. Baby bottom


44. Ring site

45. Varieties

47. Neighbor of Mo.

48. Bricklaying equipment

49. Lay

51. Bishops’ jurisdictions

53. See 26 across

56. Coin of Afghanistan

57. ___ Today

58. Do well as a stand-up

61. Mediterranean herb

65. Hankering

67. Calm

70. Green Lantern supervillain

71. Subsequently

72. One who is doing


73. Got big

74. Dribble

75. Wanting


1. Degrees

2. Song and dance, e.g.

3. Tune for two

4. Having the means

5. Australian evergreen


6. Bank routing no.

7. More than suggest

8. Shoot in a swamp

9. Shade provider

10. “Cool” amount

11. Parting remark

12. More tender

13. Quench

18. Place for a five and


22. East Asian weight

25. ___ song

27. Grow incisors and


28. Gait between walk and


29. Fibrous

30. Right away

31. Most repulsive

32. Arctic

37. Arrow-shooting god

38. Abandon

39. Pianist Myra

42. Fast pace

43. Laggard

46. Hunt for

50. Flashes

52. Provide with useful


53. Alerting an actor

54. Organic compound

55. Button material

59. Traditional beliefs,

with folk

60. Stadium level

62. Like some beds

63. Barely run the engine

64. Necessary duty

66. Reporter’s question

68. Slice (off)

69. Not sweet, as wine


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry


Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Avenue, Psychic


■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:


■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands


Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)


■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.


Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773)

■Thursdays: ■ Friday and

Saturday: Whirlwind


■Wednesdays: ■

Open mic

comedy night


Ed & Joe’s Restaurant &


(17332 S. Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 532-


■7:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Team Trivia

Intimo Lounge

(7068 183rd St., Tinley

Park; (708) 444-4470)

■Wednesdays: ■

Live music

featuring Justin Griffen

To place an event in The

Scene, email m.lapthorne


How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.


Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan classifieds

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1061 Autos Wanted

1003 Help Wanted

1052 Garage Sale

1053 Multi Family


F/T Business Office

Manager (accounting,

payroll & management

exp. required), P/T

Janitor & P/T Server

needed for senior living

community in Tinley Park.

Experience preferred.

Please apply at Hanover

Place between 12-3 p.m

Tu, W, Th. located at

16851 Harlem Ave.

Local/Regional Drivers

Requires Class A CDL, min 1 yr

exp, & clean MVR. Pay based on

exp. Benefits avail after 90 days.

Mon-Fri, home weekends.

Call 708-331-6258

WeatherTech is Hiring in

Bolingbrook! Please visit

to view our current


Auto Medics

(708) 460-9400

Tow truck drivers needed.

Call for more info.

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!



American School Bus

Train now for August

10000 W. 167th St

Orland Park

(708) 349-1866

Exp. Barber or Stylist for

barber shop. F/T or P/T,

must work Friday 9-6 &

Saturday 8-4. Call

708.221.3022 after

6:00 p.m.

P/T Truck Washer

Sat & Sun hours. Outdoor

labor & advancement

options. Team training.

Email resume:

1050 Community Events

Homer Glen, 14434 Creme

Rd. 6/17-6/18, 8-2p. Clothes,

girl’s clothes, toys, holiday,

household & more!

Mokena 18813 Sara Road

6/17-6/18 9-5pm. Vintage &

collectible i tems, 2 collector

Coke tables & chairs, new plus

size clothes, quilts, & holiday


Mokena, 9434 Hawthorne

Ave. 6/17-6/18 9-4, 6/19 9-1.

Furniture, sports equip,

household items, and decor!

New Lenox 560 Newcastle Rd.

6/17-18, 9-3. Everything must

go! Little Tykes toy box, patio

set, wood furniture. Much

more! Rain date: 6/24-25.

Orland Park, 10532 Owen Dr.

6/18, 7:30-2:30p. Camping &

yard eqpt, plus sz women

clothes, printers, pictures, &


Orland Park, 14106 Terry Dr.

6/17-6/18, 9-3p. Don’t miss

this sale! Something for everyone!

Tinley Park, 17201 Odell Ave

6/18, 9-4pm. Moving away.

Everything must go! Furniture,

hshld, movies, clothes, holiday.

Tinley Park, 6402 Jeanette

Ct.6/17-6/18, 8-2pm.

Antiques, furniture, household,

everything must go!

Tinley Park, 8806 Clifton Ln.

6/17-6/18, 8-3pm. Baby items,

books, toys, clothing, hshld

items, outdoor items, and more

Mokena, 9240 Willow Ln,

6/17-6/18, 8-2pm. 3 homes.

Collectibles, nautical, toys,

jewelry, everything must go!

Lockport Corner of 10th &

Madison (park on 10th).

6/17-18, 9-3. Baby items to

downsizing, car bed, washer,

hshld, bar stools, new light


New Lenox, 10 homes!

Chestnut Point SE of Rt. 6 and

Gougar Rd. 6/16-6/18, 8-3pm.

Furniture, teaching supplies,

you name we got it!

1058 Moving Sale

Mokena , 20023 Everett Ln.

Sat. June 18, 9-4p. Snow

blower, eliptical, furn, toys,

hshld goods, decor, tools, chest

freezer, doll house, sports

equipt & more!

Plainfied, 15625 S. Benson

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The Mokena Messenger’s

With so much space and features in this

home, entertaining in this home will be so

much fun.

What: Old Castle South is home this

Custom two-story, three-bedroom house

in a location where there is easy access to

shopping, dining and more.

Where: 21045 Mayfair Court, Mokena, IL


Amenities: On just under an acre, this home

is situated in a cul-de-sac that includes a

2.5 car garage with concrete driveway, deck

and large paver patio. This a four-bedroom

home. The interior includes vaulted ceilings,

colonial trim and six panel doors. The twostory

foyer opens into the dining room with

crown molding and a chair rail. Upgraded

kitchen, which has granite countertops,

new subway tiled backsplash, custom

colinial cabinets, stainless steel appliances,

a walk-in pantry and winette with French

door access to the deck. The master suite

features a jacuzzi tub, separate shower

April 20

• 10830 Front St,

Mokena, 60448-1535 -

Dan Fahrner To Anthony

Christopher Domanik,

Collette Nicole Domanik


• 11608 Roberts St 1,

Mokena, 60448-1808 -

Desiree Fedor Schreiber

To Douglas Blevins,

Kaylee Blevins $75,000

• 10423 Aileen Ave,

Mokena, 60448-1786

• George E Gingras To

Christopher M Mulvihill,


April 21

• 19500 Redwood Ln,

Mokena, 60448-8498

• First Midwest Bank

Trustee To Kathleen J

Pingad, $160,000

• 19827 Greenview Ave,

Mokena, 60448-1277 -

Chicago Title Land Trt Co

Ttee To James A Duggan,


• 19852 Foxborough

Dr, Mokena, 60448-

1685 - Derek E Wormuth

To Matthew S Massick,

Natalie N Massick


• 21351 Foxtail Dr,

Mokena, 60448-1962 -

Nebor Construction Inc To

James P Welsh, Marisol

Welsh $466,500

April 22

• 10407 Willow Ave,

of the


and dual vanities. The second floor offers a

guest bathroom and three large bedrooms.

The walkout basement has been finished

with a family room, wet-bar, game area,

exercise room and access out to the paver

patio with firepit.

Asking Price: $389,900

Listing Agent: Joseph Siwinski, Lincoln-

Way Realty, Inc., (708) 479-6355, www.

Want to know how to become Home of the Week?

Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.

Mokena, 60448-1779

- Michelle D Layman To

Jaime Gonzalez, Betsy

Gonzalez $380,000

April 26

• 10711 Canterbury Dr,

Mokena, 60448-1084

- William E Anderson To

George E Gingras, Patricia

L Gingras $234,000

• 12409 Steamboat

Springs Dr, Mokena,

60448-1642 - Frazer I

Gulli to Gerard E Droba,

Linda J Droba $335,000

The Going Rate is provided by

Record Information Services,

Inc. For more information,



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1061 Autos






Running Or Not

Top Dollar Paid !!!

Free Pick-Up

Locally Located

708 205 8241

1062 Trucks

2000 Toyota Tundra

full-sized, long bed, V8,

Power windows, new breaks,

extra clean, loaded, Green,

only 68,600 original miles.

$9,900 obo. -708-301-0404

1065 Motorcycles

2008 Harley-Davidson

Sportster. 1200cc, 689 original

mileage. $7,000/obo.

708.899.5555. Ask for Dave.

1074 Auto for


1974 Corvette 350

Auto air, P.W. P.S. tilt, t tops,

luxe leather interior, orig

owner, 95% orig. 27k mi.

Needs bumpers! $15,500 or

Best Offer!


2002 Blue 4 Door Saturn SE

Manual transmission, $1,800

159k miles. Good Condition.


2005 Corvette convertible.

Red w/black top. Exc cond.

22,800 mi. $31,500. Call


2008 Chevy Impala. Exc.

condition/well maintained.

Asking price: $5,100.

Please call: 708.620.8648.




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12417 Huntleigh Road

Homer Glen

Sat June 18th Noon-5pm


3BR ranch waiting for a new

owner. Open floor plan with lots

of daylight. Hardwd flrs, brick

fireplace (wood/gas burning),

gorgeous room sizes with plenty

of storage, kitchen has plenty of

cabinet &counter space. Glass

tile backsplash, kitchen island,

breakfast area with great view

overlooking yard. Great space for

future deck or patio, sprinkler

system included. Open staircase

leads to full unfinished bsmnt.

Overhead sewers & roughed in

plumbing for bathrm, great space

for theater, game room or office.

Near shopping & highways.

$359,000 . 708-460-3418

Sell It!

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708 •460 • 8101


Commission Rates

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Ask me How

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1099 Lake Front

Property For Sale

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2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

Real Estate

1092 Townhouse

For Sale

Mokena 19411 Tramore Lane

RARE FIND. Ranch townhouse,

Turn-key ready. 2 bedrooms,

3bath end unit. Fireplace,

vaulted ceiling, crown

molding, large patio, 2 car garage,

amenities galore - 1775

sq feet, all on a private driveway.

$264,500 Call

708-478-8292 to schedule a






in the


people turn

to first




(85 miles SE of Chicago)

Lakefront home priced for

quick sale. Approx. 100' lake

frontage, double lot, 4BR,

3BA w/rel. living apt., 2garages.

Prime site on all-sports

lake. Private master suite with

large deck. Pics available at:




Matteson Lake in MI


(2 hours from Chicago)

300 acre, All Sports Lake

2 BR, Low Taxes.

All New Home

Reduced $137K.



1221 Houses for


Orland Park

157th St. /82nd Ave area

3-4BR, 2BA, tri-level w/LR,

FR &fin bsmt w/ 2 car gar.

pref nopets, fully renovated,

Ten all util. Avail 6/19 $2,300

mo. +2 month security deposit

708-790-4828 lv msg Sarah


700 Spruce Road

Rent to own, 3BR, 2 full

baths, remodeled, all appliances,

voted best landlord of

the year, close to Lincoln

Way East, security deposit required.



1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.




2BR, with balcony 2nd floor.

$795/month plus security.

Heat & water included. No

pets. Available July 1st 2016

708-361-0555 or








in the




Business Directory

2003 Appliance





• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST


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2007 Black Dirt/

Top Soil



Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel Available

Bobcat Services Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:



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2006 Basement Waterproofing classifieds

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2010 Brick Pavers


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2017 Cleaning Services

2025 Concrete Work

Place a garage sale ad & reach

over 96,000 homes across

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DEPARTMENT: 708.326.9170

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2025 Concrete Work


Frank J’s Concrete



Colored & Stamped




Garage Floors

Over 30 Years Experience!

708 663 9584

Tinley Park Company

2032 Decking place your

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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts


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2120 Handyman


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2130 Heating/Cooling


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2075 Fencing

2090 Flooring place


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Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices

CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

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DEPARTMENT: 708.326.9170

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2100 Garage Doors/Openers

Kitchen, Baths, Basements

Quartz Countertops

Electrical & Plumbing

Carpentry, Trim & Finish

Tile/Wood & Laminate Floors

Handyman Services

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2132 Home Improvement 2135 Insulation



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2140 Landscaping

2132 Home Improvement



Complete Landscaping

Sodding, Seeding, Trees

Shrubs, Pavers, Retaining

Walls, Firewood

Since 1973

708 235 8917

815 981 0127

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2145 Lawn Maintenance

Neat, Clean, Professional

Work At ACompetitive Price

Specializing in all

Interior/Exterior Painting

• Drywall/PlasterRepair

• WallpaperRemoval

• Deck/Fence Staining

• PowerWashing

Free Estimates

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Forquality & service you

can trust, call us today!

2170 Plumbing



• DrywallRepairs • Interior Painting

• Power Washing • Exterior Painting



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2150 Paint & Decorating



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Fast, Neat Painting,


Wallpaper Removal,


Free Estimates

20% Off with this ad


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Window Cleaning

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Fathers Day


U teach me right from

wrong. And you sing

me silly songs.

Although I’m very

small. I look up to

you in Awe.

Happy Father’s Day

Love, Sabrina



I will always

look up to you,

no matter how

tall I grow!


Alexander the




Happy Father’s Day

from our family to


2701 Property for



TATE at 13136 West Regan Road,

Mokena, IL 60448 (Single family

residence). On the 23rd day of

June, 2016 to be held at 12:00

noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under

Case Title: CitiMortgage, Inc.

Plaintiff V. Unknown Heirs and

Legatees of Debra S. Kohler, AKA

Debra S. Hostert, deceased; BMO

Harris Bank, N.A., FKA Harris

N.A.; Unknown Owners and

Non-Record Claimants; Jacob M.

Kohler; Jacob D. Hostert; Rachel

Klode, AKA Rachel Hostert; Joseph

Cernugel, as Special Representative

of the Estate of Debra S.

Kohler, AKA Debra S. Hostert, deceased


Case No. 15CH 0939 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC

One East Wacker Suite 1250

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-614-220-5611







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Unknown Heirs and Legatees of

Debra S. Kohler, AKA Debra S.

Hostert, deceased; BMO Harris

Bank, N.A., FKA Harris N.A.; Unknown

Owners and Non-Record

Claimants; Jacob M. Kohler; Jacob

D. Hostert; Rachel Klode, AKA

Rachel Hostert; Joseph Cernugel,

as Special Representative of the

Estate ofDebra S. Kohler, AKA

Debra S. Hostert, deceased


No. 15 CH 0939


Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 14th day of

March, 2016, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 23rd day of

June, 2016 ,commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

The East 135 feet of aparcel described

asbeginning at a point on

the North right of way line ofRegan

Road onthe East line ofthe

North 1/2 ofthe North 1/2 ofthe

Northwest 1/4 of Section 11,

Township 35 North, Range 11 East

of the Third Principal Meridian;

thence Northerly on said East line

of the North 1/2 ofthe North 1/2 of

the Northwest 1/4 ofsaid Section,

629.05 feet to the South line ofthe

West 1/2 of the South East 1/4 of

Section 2, Township 35 North,

Range 11 East ofthe Third Principal

Meridian; thence Easterly on

said line 350 feet; thence Southerly

627.45 feet to the North right of

way ofRegan Road; thence Westerly

on said North right ofway line

350 feet to the point of beginning,

in Will County, Illinois.

Commonly known as:

13136 West Regan Road, Mokena,

IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Single family residence


15 08 11 200 024 0000

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Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is a condominium,

in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.



Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC

One East Wacker Suite 1250

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-614-220-5611


Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County





the Corporate Authorities of the

Village of Mokena will conduct a

public hearing onthe Comprehensive

Annual Budget Report for the

Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Citizens

attending the hearing shall have the

right to provide oral and written

comments. A copy of the Comprehensive

Annual Budget Report is

available for public inspection

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.

to 5:00 p.m. atthe Village Hall,

11004 Carpenter Street, Mokena.

The Public Hearing shall be conducted

Monday, June 27, 2016 at

7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as

the agenda permits at the Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

Street, Mokena, IL.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Sam Ritter

Sam Ritter was a member of the Phoenix

girls’ volleyball team and will be continuing

her volleyball career at Colorado-Mesa


Who got you into playing volleyball?

I always wanted to play because my Mom

played in college and I wanted to play with

her. Then all my friends started playing and

we were able to make up a team quickly and

have a lot of fun playing together.

What’s the best part about the sport?

The team aspect. Everyone has to work

hard for every point and it’s not about one

individual player. It’s just a great sport and a

lot of fun to play.

Who is someone you look up to?

I definitely look up to my mom because

she’s helped me throughout my career. I also

look up to Nikki Valentine, my setting coach.

She has a lot of awesome drills and tips I’ve

never even thought about.

What made you want to be a setter

in volleyball?

I’ve always wanted to be a setter because

you’re kind of the leader on the court and

you control every play and you determine

who gets the ball. I love how I’m able to get

a hold of the ball and be a part of every play.

If you could meet any professional

athlete, who would it be?

Definitely Michael Phelps. I love Michael

Phelps. When I was younger I used to be a

swimmer, and he’s always been a huge role

model of mine because he’s just so amazing.

I’ve always wanted to meet him.

What do you think you will remember

most about this past volleyball


Definitely winning the first sectional

championship that North has ever won. Also

all of the people there. I go back and work

out at North, and I remember all the memories

of being there and making friends and all

the coaches and great people that I’ve met.

Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

What are you going to miss most

about Lincoln-Way North?

I’m going to miss the community. I feel

like North has a great community feel, and

when you walk down the hallway, it feels

so welcoming and the teachers are amazing.

I’m definitely going to miss all the athletics

and not being able to come back home and

watch a North football game or another athletic


You’re about to go to Colorado-Mesa

for volleyball. What emotions are you


I’m very excited. I have visited Colorado

my whole life and have played volleyball

there. The school is a good size and it’s situated

next to the Rocky Mountains. My team

and coaches are really awesome and I think

I’m going to enjoy myself.

Why did you choose Colorado-Mesa?

It had a good number of people. I didn’t

want to go to a super small Division-I school.

I knew I wanted to go Division II and have

a life outside of volleyball, as well. Also because

it’s in a really nice area where there are

a lot of national parks around it, so it’s easy

to go hiking or rafting ten minutes away.

What’s your favorite food?

Definitely ice cream. I’ve always loved ice

cream and whenever my friends wanted to

go out I was the first to suggest ice cream.

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22nd Century Media chose the best girls soccer student-athletes based on coach and writer

recommendations, as well as player statistics, in its seven-town southwest suburban coverage area

to place them on one super team — Team 22. The team features student-athletes from Lincoln-Way

Central, LW East, LW North, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Lockport Township, Tinley Park

and Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff





Carolina Carrillo, junior,

Tinley Park

28 goals, 17 assists.

The All-State, All-South

Suburban Conference

standout led the Titans

in both scoring and

assists, as well as to a

deep postseason run.

Brianna Heyer, senior, LW


16 goals, 13 assists.

Both All-SWSC Red and

Windy City Classic All-

Tournament this season,

Heyer tallied a careertotal

55 goals and 30

assists for the Warriors.

Nicole Novak, senior,


14 goals, 13 assists. The

versatile Thunderbolts

grad also played forward,

nabbing IHSSCA Section

14 All-Sectional and All-

SWSC Red. She committed

to North Central.

Brooke Janeczek, junior,


10 goals, 9 assists. All-

SWSC Blue, All-Sectional,

Jenczek’s defensive role

was challenged this year,

and she stepped up to

help generate Porters

offense, too.





Brooke Zidek, junior,


22 goals, 11 assists. The

Thunderbolts’ top scorer

was IHSSCA Section 14

All-Sectional, All-SWSC

Red and wowed defenses

with nine multipoint


Caroline Kilrea, junior, LW


13 goals, 2 assists. All-

SWSC Red, Windy City

Classic All-Tournament

and IHSSCA All-State,

Kilrea’s strong resume

with the Griffins speaks

for itself.

Taylor Ollry, senior,


2 goals, 2 assists, IHSSCA

Section 14 All-Sectional,

Windy City Classic All-

Tournament, All-SWSC

Red. Speed and tenacity

helped Ollry shut down


Cassidy Henson, senior,


10 goals against (.5 per

game), 13 shutouts. The

career shutout leader at

Lockport Township with

31 earned this spot in

2015, and not much has

changed since then.




First team

Sarah DeWolf, senior,


14 goals, 17 assists.

Three years running

as All-Sectional, the

Eagles’ perennial threat

is bound for Eastern

Illinois University to keep

kicking on the pitch.

Bianca Galassini, junior,

LW North

15 goals, 8 assists.

In the final season for

the Phoenix, Galassini

soared with IHSSCA

All-State, All-SWSC Red

and Windy City Classic

All-Tournament honors.

Sydney Rudny, junior,


1 goal, 1 assist. An

All-Sectional standout,

Rudny helped prevent

numerous goals as a

center defender and led

the Eagles’ defense to

17 shutouts this season.

Honorable mentions:

F: Maddie Elliott, freshman, LW Central; Maddie

Manzke, freshman, Sandburg.

M: Madde Melde, sophomore, LW Central; Lauren

Wille, senior, Sandburg; Bridget Melody, junior, Andrew.

D: Lauren Sandberg, sophomore, LW East; Cate

Spesia, senior, Providence; Jamie Hansen, junior, LTHS.

G: Emily Furmanek, senior, Sandburg; Jeanna

Kuligoski, senior, Sandburg; Maria Fields,

sophomore, LW North.

second team


Rachel Pappas, senior, LW North

9 goals, 4 assists. IHSSCA All-

Sectional, Windy City Classic


Elizabeth Carrillo, senior, Tinley

21 goals, 26 assists. All-

Sectional, All-South Suburban


Karli Boyd, sophomore,


12 goals, 3 assists. IHSSCA All-



Stefani Cetera, senior, LW East

8 goals, 13 assists. All-SWSC

Red, IHSSCA All-Sectional.

Kylie Hase, junior, Sandburg

9 goals, 5 assists. All-State,

committed to Purdue.

Casey Crusius, senior, Tinley

14 goals, 10 assists. All-

Sectional, All-South Suburban


Madison Mikalauski, junior, LW


5 goals, 11 assists. All-SWSC



Brittany Stover, senior, LW West.

2 goals, 2 assists. All-SWSC Red.

Carly Marchal, senior, LW North

1 goal, 9 assists. IHSSCA All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Red.

Hanna Dawczak, senior, LW East.

The standout grad doubled as a

midfielder for the Griffins.


Erin Toomey, junior, LW West

19 goals against (.95 per game),

9 shutouts.

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Mokena natives Madelyn

Del Cotto and Sydney Grein

helped their softball team

earn a great victory at the

beginning of this month.

On June 5, the 13U Lincoln

Way Storm team led

by head coach Larry Hackett

defeated the Illinois Stars

to capture the 1st place title

in the “Rock N’ Summer”

softball tournament held

in Midlothian. Down 1-0

early on, five unanswered

runs built a cushion for the

Storm and pitcher Taylor Hochmann

who went all seven

innings. Although the Stars

pulled two runs back in the

bottom of the 3rd inning the

Storm again responded with

four runs and ended up convincing

9-4 winners with

Members of the Lincoln Way Storm 13U team who won the

“Rock N’ Summer” tournament on June 5 pose for a photo,

including Mokena natives Madelyn Del Cotto and Sydney

Grein. Photo submitted

leadoff hitter Melanie Nelson

crossing the plate three times.

Sunday’s theme much like

Saturday’s was offense with

timely hitting from every

spot in the lineup, highlighted

on Saturday by a no doubt

home run from Chloe Geijer.

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From Page 53

their tackling skills. Because

rugby players don’t

use any protective gear, they

are taught the techniques of

tackling to avoid injuries.

Football teams, like the Seattle

Seahawks, are known

to have used rugby tackling

drills in their practices.

“The best thing a football

player can do in the spring

is play rugby,” he said “We

teach our kids to be great,

fearless tacklers.”

The club would not be

where it is at if it was not

for the involvement of the

parents and local organizations,

he said. The New

Lenox Park District hosts

Rugby 101 classes for newcomers,

and allows the club

to use Walker Country Estates

Park as its home field.

It used the park for a festival

on May 15 where about

30 teams from Illinois traveled

to New Lenox to play,

and Dellamano said more

than 1,000 people came out

to watch the games.

There are several other

coaches and parent volunteers,

who also serve on the

board. Dellamano said the

added support allows him to

focus more on what he does

best – coaching. As a former

teacher, he said the most enjoyable

part of the job is noticing

the “light bulb go off”

in a player’s head.

John Rizzo takes the ball upfield during a rugby match. Photo submitted

“A lot of the kids are

hesitant because they’re not

sure what to do,” he said.

“So the biggest challenge

we have is to educate these

kids about the game and

now to play. … Half of our

kids this year never played

before. We take them from

the very basics, and then

through the season, these

kids emerge and have an

amazing game. When they

get it, it’s probably the most

exciting part for me.”

The Cobras’ season

begins around January

for practices until games

start throughout all of

April and May. With the

growing number of players,

however, Dellamano is

looking to start training

earlier. He already secured

space at Roma Sports Club

in Frankfort for training

sessions in November and


And if more players come

out and join, that just means

more teams the Cobras will

enter in the season’s tournaments

and games, which is

hard for Dellamano to fathom

after barely making one

team in its first year.

“We started this club basically

out of nothing, and we

have four full teams now,”

Dellamano said. “This is

absolutely the most rewarding

thing. I’m lucky I’m

able to do this.”

For more information

about the South Suburban

Rugby Club Cobras, visit

van swol

From Page 54

finished the season 25-6 –

the best record since 2006

when Van Swol contributed

to a 28-2 season as a player.

And during state this year,

he had the chance to advance

to the state semifinals for

the first time in school

history but came up short. A

goal in the waning seconds

during a tie game against

Saint Ignatius College Prep

buried their chance, as East

lost 11-10.

However, it was undoubtedly

the closest in four tries

in the quarterfinals. In their

three previous appearances,

they lost by an average of

13 points. As the final whistle

blew, Van Swol thought

more about his players’ season

ending, rather than the

end of his coaching career

at East, he said.

“They could be a bunch

of goofballs at times, but

they’re just one big, giant

family,” he said. “That’s

the main thing that I see.

They’re always encouraging

one another and cheering

each other on. Just the

atmosphere they bring in

close games is awesome to


Van Swol currently does

not have any coaching

plans, but East Athletic

Director Mark Vander

Kooi is making an effort to

keep him in the district as

an assistant coach. Either

way, he said he is going to

stay patient and not rush

into any decisions. He

will still coach the area’s

underclassmen through the

summer club team, but he

admitted coaching club is

nothing like coaching a high

school team.

“I’ll definitely miss it,”

he said. “It’s a different

atmosphere than club

coaching. You have the

higher tournaments you

get to go to and compete at

sectionals. That was a great

experience. I’ll miss the

kids in general; seeing them

every day. We became like

a family.”

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Grace Murphy to dig deep at collegiate level

North standout

chooses UIC over

other local coleges

Michael Ivey, Editorial Intern

Former Lincoln-Way

North volleyball player

Grace Murphy has had a

lot of success while playing

for the Phoenix volleyball

team. She earned All-

Conference and All-Area

Honorable Mention awards

this past season while helping

Lincoln-Way North advance

to the Super-Sectional

round of the IHSA state

volleyball playoffs.

Now she is preparing to

take the next step in her volleyball

career, as she will

begin playing at the University

of Illinois-Chicago

beginning next season.

“I’m very excited,”

Murphy said. “I just started

the workouts for UIC. I

know my first couple of

weeks are going to be tough,

but I love to play volleyball

so I think it is going to be


Murphy said the reason

she choose UIC over other

local colleges is because of

the people at UIC and the

friendly atmosphere around


“Mostly the coaches and

the teammates there,” Murphy

said. “I was stuck on

deciding between two

schools that are right by

each other, but I liked the

coaching staff at UIC way

better and the girls were a

lot nicer to me than the girls

at the other school.”

Murphy said, for her,

playing volleyball is a family


“All of my cousins and

family played it, and my

Aunt is the director of Ultimate

Volleyball Club, so I

started playing club volleyball

for Ultimate [Volleyball

Club] at a very young age

because it kind of just ran

in the family,” Murphy said.

Murphy saic that the reason

Lincoln-Way North’s

volleyball program has

been successful for the past

couple of years is because

of the training schedule the

team has during the summer

and the camaraderie of the


“We worked way harder

than I think a lot of other

teams did over the summer

months, which made us

very successful in the summer

league and throughout

the season, as well,” Murphy

said. “I think our conditioning

was phenomenal

and each year our teams had

good chemistry. Our teams

have been successful for the

past couple of years. I loved

volleyball there so much. I

think it was awesome.”

Murphy says North,

which is closing this summer,

was a home away from

home for her.

“Seeing all of my friends

everyday was awesome, and

I loved all of the teachers

there,” Murphy said. “This

year I wasn’t sure if I

was going to play soccer

because I was focusing on

volleyball. But I decided

‘Why not?’ and it was

probably the best decision

I’ve ever made. I loved

my teammates and they’re

now some of my best

friends. Lincoln-Way North

was one of the best things

that has ever happened to


Murphy says she is going

to miss the sense of togetherness

everyone had at her

old school.

“I know everyone is going

to the same school (Lincoln-

Way East) next year, but

the teachers are going to

be split up,” Murphy said.

“The teachers’ played a big

role in the Lincoln-Way

North community.”

Murphy says her Aunt

and a former coach of hers

have had the biggest impact

on her athletic career.

“Regarding volleyball, I

would say my Aunt Erin,”

Murphy said. “She’s the one

who has always pushed me

to play volleyball. She has

helped me out a lot through

the years with volleyball

camps and other things. In

regards to soccer, I would

say my freshman coach Mr.

McClish because he was

the one who encouraged

me to play soccer in the

first place and ended up

loving it.”






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52 | June 16, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger sports

Bolden takes golf talents to Tusculum College

Central grad looks

to elevate game in

year-round warm


James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

Central grad Anthony Bolden putts during the Schuman Cup in Frankfort back in fall. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

Growing up in a family

full of golfers, Anthony

Bolden saw his older brother,

Bryant, earn a golf scholarship

to Central Connecticut

State. It motivated him

to try and do the same.

“He made it to that level,

and if he’s done it, I want

to follow in those footsteps

and become a college golfer,

just like he did,” Bolden

said. “That inspired me to

work harder.”

The Central grad did just

that, signing on to play for

Tusculum College, which

is located in the northeast

region of Tennessee, earlier

this year. He said that the

roster was at one point full,

but luckily for him, one of

its players decided to skip

out on pursuing golf, and it

opened the door for Bolden.

He said he liked the environment

of a smaller school

because of the chance to get

to know everybody. However,

the main reason he

joined the Pioneers is that

he finally gets to avoid the

snow, which is something

he dealt with all way up to

this point in his golf career.

“It’s a good place to practice

and play and get better

with your game on the next

level because it’s a warmer

state,” he said. “That’s one

of the reason why I chose

there. I could play yearround.”

Despite all the success he

had as part of the Knights,

what may have attracted

Bolden to colleges around

the nation was his success

during the school’s offseason.

The summer going into

his senior year, he qualified

for the USGA Junior Amateur

tournament after shooting

a 141 (70, 71) during a

one-day, 36-hole qualifying

tournament at Senica Oak

Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle.

Approximately 3,500 junior

golfers from all over

the nation attempted to

make it to the USGA’s largest

junior tournament, and

Bolden was one of around

150 golfers in the field. Out

on the course against high

school state champions and

ranked golfers from all over

the country, Bolden said he

was privileged to be among

that class of upper-echelon


“When I got there, it was

an unbelievable experience

that no one will ever take

away from me,” he said.

“It’s almost like a professional

atmosphere where

everyone around is just as

good, if not better than you.

“Tiger Woods has won it

three times. Jordan Speith’s

won it a couple of times.

It’s crazy to experience that

level that Tiger Woods once

experienced and Jack Nicklaus

and all other great golfers

have experienced.”

His career as a four-year

varsity member on Central

only benefitted his resume

to college recruits.

He missed the state tournament

as a freshman be a few

strokes, and finally broke

through with a memorable

junior year during which

he took second at regionals,

tied for third at sectionals

and finished around the Top

30 at state.

Going into his senior

year fresh off the USGA Junior

Amateur appearance a

month prior, he did not have

the type of year he wanted to

cap off his Knights career,

by his standards. He won

the individual conference

title over teammate Matt

Kadubek by one stroke, and

also finished in the Top 10

at regionals with a 76.

However, a bad outing

at the sectionals halted his

pursuit of two straight state

appearances. He said the

learning experience playing

as the team’s No. 1 golfer

and taking on the responsibility

as a senior leader still

made his final year a successful


He said he wouldn’t be

where he is at today if it

wasn’t for his grandpa Ken

Connor for teaching him to

be strong, competitive golfer

on the course and a young

man off of it. Connor won’t

be on the course rooting

him on as often as his time

in high school, but Bolden

said he will definitely be

making calls and keeping

track of his progress.

But while his grandpa

will miss watching him

play, Bolden said he is

going to miss watching his

little sister Brianna turn

into a golf standout herself.

Brianna is already receiving

college letters after a

breakout freshman year

of winning the individual

conference and regional

title, and earning a trip to


“I’m going to miss

her competitiveness and

watching her grow as a

player and a person out

on the course and off the

course,” he said. “Her

success is growing and

that’s something I’m going

to miss watching.”

As one of Tusculum’s

final recruits, Bolden said

he is going to continue to

work diligently on his game

to prove to his coaches that

they made the right decision.

He knows the importance

of a scholarship financially

and what it could

mean to the evolution of his

golf career.

“When you have any offer

for an athletic scholarship,

it makes you happy

knowing that somebody out

is caring about what you

do and think you’re worth

something to their program,”

he said. “To move

on and further my career

with the help of a scholarship

is exciting for anyone.” sports

the Mokena Messenger | June 16, 2016 | 53

Lincoln-Way based rugby club earns accolades, gains more players

James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

Rugby is considered one

of the fastest growing team

sports in America, and New

Lenox resident Rocky Dellamano

is in the forefront of

building the game throughout

the south suburbs.

The South Suburban

Rugby Club Cobras completed

its third year earlier

this month, and there has

been an improvement in

each year of its existence.

The varsity level – which

is one of four age divisions

the club features – finished

the season 5-1 but lost to the

team that eventually won

the state championship. It

also had an under-12 team

that earned second place

during a tournament.

But for Dellamano, as

much as he wants his teams

to be successful, at this point

it is about getting the word

out to the youths across the

south suburbs to participate

in “the most team-oriented

sport he’s ever been involved


“Everyone touches the

ball,” he said. “It’s not just

one or two players, like on

a football team. The biggest

dude and the smallest dude

gets a chance to run with the

ball and score. That’s really

one of the most fun things

about rugby. Everyone has

a chance to participate, to


Dellamano has played

for more than 20 years all

over the Chicagoland area

and even played in clubs in

London. When he moved to

New Lenox, he discovered

no rugby clubs around. The

closest organization where

he could introduce his son

to the sport was in Naperville.

But when asked to

have bigger role in running

the club, which is about 60

miles round trip, he figured

to start his own club closer

to home.

The Cobras started off

with approximately 13 players

as an under-14 team. The

second year, it increased

to 40, and they entered the

2016 season with more than

75 players in multiple divisions,

which also includes a

freshman/sophomore team.

About half of the members

are from the Lincoln-Way

districts. Others hail from

Tinley Park, Orland Park,

and even one makes the trip

all the way from Indiana for

games and practices.

“It’s like starting a business,”

he explained about

the growing number of Cobras.

“You have to have a

recruitment plan, marketing

plan. You have to do events.

We have a Facebook page

and email list.”

One important selling

point is that all players will

have an opportunity to compete.

“Our philosophy is to try

to develop these players,

so everyone gets playing

time,” he said. “We want to

get these kids to play. We’re

all competitive. We’re going

to play to win, but it’s

not like baseball where you

have the best nine players

out there 90 percent of the


However, one would think

that without the scholarship

opportunities compared to

the common high school

sports that rugby would not

be as appealing to children

or for parents to want their

child to play. Dellamano believes

that people are joining

and the sport is growing

because it is just a fun sport

to play.

“It’s like backyard tackle

football with organization

and rules,” he said. “Once

they get out there and try it

out and learn a little bit, it’s


Dellamano said the increased

participation is also

attributed to football players

wanting to join to hone

Please see rugby, 49

Lorenzo Corsetti (right) competes in a lineout during a South Suburban Rugby Club Cobras match during the season.

Photos submitted

Harrison Griggs runs with the ball with Ian Byrne (right) aside him in support.

54 | June 16, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger sports

From down-and-out to finishing downstate

Van Swol reflects on

leading East during

final year as coach

James Sanchez

Assistant Editor

Zach Van Swol took over

a team that had three wins

in 2014 and guided it all the

way to the state quarterfinals.

However, his journey

towards building a legacy

as Lincoln-Way East’s boys

water polo coach was cut


With the downsizing of

the four schools, Van Swol

– an East alum from 2004-

2008 – was the odd man

out during the coaching

changes, due to not being

part of the teachers’ union.

Girls water polo coach Ryan

Lodes will take over the

program next year.

When Van Swol took over

the team, he said he was

not aware of the potential

closing of a Lincoln-Way

school. But when he found

out, his mindset was geared

towards making the most of

his time with the team.

Van Swol already had a

familiarity with all the water

polo players around the

area because of his current

job coaching the Lincoln-

Way Area Water Polo club

during the summer for the

past seven years. Members

of the club, as well as parents

and coaches, recommended

he take the vacant

head coaching position at

East at the time it was open.

He was part of the Griffins’

teams that made it to

the state tournament from

2005-2007 that amassed a

combined record of 82-12-1

during that span. However,

he took over the team as a

coach when the program

was at its all-time low.

“I knew what I was getting

myself into,” Van Swol

said. “I was up for the challenge.

But the kids were all

good kids. I knew they had

the talent.”

He said the first year was

more about having his students

excel in the fundamentals

and basics of the

game, and then ramp up the

strategizing and techniques

over time. The Griffins finished

10-16 and lost in the

sectional quarterfinals in

Van Swol’s first year. He

said a handful of its losses

came within a few goals,

but despite the disappointing

end to that season, the

main takeaway from that

first year was the team’s

seven-win improvement.

“The kids worked for it,

kept going, and then they

saw the progress in the first

year and really put in the effort

the next year during the

offseason,” he said. “They

took care of the basics in the

offseason, and this year, we

were able to put through a

game plan to attack and run

plays and tune everything


That started with the hiring

of assistant coach Devin

Green, who competed as a

goalie for the University of

Iona. Van Swol is a believer

of defense winning championships,

and he said hiring

Green elevated the play of

starting goalie Jacob Culver.

The junior allowed an

average of six goals a game

during the season before the

state tournament.

“[Green] brought up the

goalies, and she was able

to analyze the other team’s

goalies for us,” Van Swol

said. “She gave a different

point of view of how she

saw things in the field that

I didn’t see and vice versa.”

Although last year’s sectional

champions in Lincoln-Way

Central returned

Former East coach Zach Van Swol guides his team May 19 during the IHSA State Quarterfinals against St. Ignatius.

Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

with key players and rival

North went into the season

with high aspirations, Van

Swol told his team in the

offseason that they were going

to win sectionals. And

the players started to believe

it when they started to

string together wins.

Mostly all of the Griffins

come from the swim

team, and he credited

coaches Kelly Byrne and

Kate Gabey for the team’s

success by getting them in

shape during the swim season.

The Griffins went

undefeated at the St. Patrick

Invitational, Vernon Hills

Cougar Invite and most

importantly, the sectional

hosted at North. They

Please see van swol, 49

Former East coach Zach Van Swol talks to his team during a timeout during the IHSA State

Quarterfinals. sports

the Mokena Messenger | June 16, 2016 | 55



East’s season ends in super-sectional

James sanchez/22nd Century



Quick facts about

former East coach

Zach Van Swol

1. From player to coach

As a player, the

East alum was part

of a stretch during

which the Griffins

won three straight

sectional titles and

appearances to the

state tournament

from 2005 to 2007.

2. Closing strong

Van Swol and the

Griffins finished

the regular season

winning 11 of their

last 12 games and

won the next three to

win the conference

title before losing to

St. Ignatius at State.

3. East’s resurgence

Van Swol took over

as East’s head

coach a year after it

had three wins and

finished his final year

as the team’s head

coach with a 25-6


Griffins reflect on

third straight state

appearance after

1-0 loss


Freelance Reporter

It was another fantastic

season for the Lincoln-Way

East softball team, but it ended

one game short of a third

straight trip downstate.

The Griffins couldn’t push

a run across the plate and lost

1-0 to Normal Community

West on Monday, June 6, in

the Class 4A Illinois State

Supersectional in Normal.

Normal West (28-9) faced

Downers Grove South, a 5-3

winner over Sandburg in the

Benedictine University Supersectional,

in a state semifinal

on Friday, June 10, at

EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

The Griffins (26-8) still

captured their third straight

sectional championship,

which was a first in school

history. After winning four

sectional titles in its first six

seasons - East went six seasons

without winning a sectional,

until the current threeyear

streak brought its total

to seven since the team’s inception

in 2002. There’s also

been 10 regional titles in the

Griffins’ 15-year history,

which has also brought a trio

of state trophies, including

Class 4A runner-up last season

and a fourth place finish

“Some of these girls were with me

for three or four years. They leave

with a tremendous resume and

gave their all every day. I couldn’t

be prouder and can’t wait to see

what they can do in college.”

Elizabeth Pawlicki — East softball coach, on the

Griffins’ seniors, who capped off their high school

career with a sectional championship

two years ago.

Another one was almost

added this season, but East

was blanked in last week’s

supersectional as the Wildcats

prevailed thanks to

some big time pitching from

Reganne Camp. The senior,

who is a Seton Hall recruit,

only allowed three hits while

walking two, hitting a batter,

and striking out eight.

“It was a very well played

game,” East coach Elizabeth

Pawlicki said. “We battled,

we made contact, but we

just couldn’t put a run across

the board. Marina Esparza

pitched big time for us. She

did great all postseason.”

Indeed Esparza (7-3), who

had seven strikeouts and

one hit in a 2-0 victory over

Homewood-Flossmoor in

the title game of the Lockport

Sectional, came up big

again. The junior allowed no

earned runs on five hits with

one walk and six strikeouts in

her six innings in the supersectional.

The Wildcats, however,

broke through with a run

in the bottom of the fifth.

Sophomore second baseman

Olivia Sonetz led off with a

single. She was forced out at

second on freshman shortstop

Jaxynn Dyson’s bunt,

but on the play Dyson went

to second when the double

play attempt throw to first

was wild. Dyson stole third

and following a strikeout, senior

left fielder Ellie Sonetz

smashed a 1-2 pitch deep to

the opposite field in left for

an RBI double.

That was the scoring, Although

the Griffins had their

chances, One of those was

in the top of the sixth. Junior

center fielder Ami Ill opened

the inning by reaching on

a four-pitch walk. But she

was doubled up when junior

catcher Christine Malito

mashed a line drive that was

Lincoln-Way East’s Eleni Kioussis (left) fields the ball as

Sandburg’s Brianna Soltis slides into third base during a

game earlier this season. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

right at Dyson at short, who

fired to first for the double

play. Camp then struck out

the next batter in the sixth

and the first two in the seventh,

before a fly out ended

the game.

“I’ve hit some that hard before,”

said Malito of her sixth

inning line drive. “I was definitely

happy to hit that one,

but unfortunately she caught


The Griffins best opportunity

came two innings before,

when they loaded the bases

with one out in the top of the

sixth. That came on singles

by Ill and Malito and a walk

to Esparza. But Camp came

back with a pair of strikeouts,

the last one a called strike

three, to get out of the jam.

Unlike earlier this season,

when the Griffins got to Camp

for eight hits and rallied for

a pair of runs in the bottom

of the seventh on Saturday,

April 23 to win 3-2 over Normal

West, they couldn’t get to

Camp this time. She retired

the first seven batters before

hitting senior right fielder Nicole

O’Donnell with a pitch

with one out in the third. Senior

shortstop Eleni Kioussis

also had one-out single in the

fifth, but a pair of groundouts

followed and she was stranded

at second.

The Griffins graduate five

seniors – Lauren Herlihy, Kioussis,

O’Donnell, Brittany

Pospishil and Olivia Prieto.

“If someone would have

told me four years ago that

we’d do this, I wouldn’t have

believed them,” O’Donnell

said. “The opportunities that

we’ve been given have been

incredible. These seniors are

awesome, and I’m glad that

all of the younger kids were

able to experience this. I

wouldn’t have thought we’d

go this far this season, but

the freshmen stepped up and

they have another three years

after this. Every year, the seniors

are leaving their mark.”

Listen Up

“I knew what I was getting myself into. I was up for the

challenge. But the kids were all good kids. I knew they had

the talent.”

Zach Van Swol — Former Lincoln-Way East boys water polo coach, on

taking a three-win team to become sectional champions in two years


Boys Basketball Camp

2-3 p.m., June 20-23

East will host a three-day skill development and

competition camp for grades 10-12. Fee is $60


53 – Rugby

44 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Assistant Editor

James Sanchez. Send any questions or comments to, or call (708) 326-

9170 ext. 48.

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | | June 16, 2016

Former East coach Zach

Van Swol pumps up his

players May 19 during the

IHSA state quarterfinals.

James Sanchez/22nd

Century Media

Griffins go

down East bats go cold

against Normal Community

West at super-sectional,

Page 55

Soccer Studs

22CM reveals the area’s

top girls soccer players,

Page 47

Former East boys water polo head coach turns three-win team to sectional champs in final year as

coach, Page 54

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