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in the fast

lane Lockport teen

builds race car, competes

in ComEd Icebox Derby,

Page 4



Joseph Standing Bear

Schranz teaches Lockport

residents about Native

American culture, Page 7

Eager to

learn? Publisher

22nd Century Media

releases Education Guide

on verge of new school

year, Inside

Local police, emergency

responders mingle with community

members at National Night Out, Page 3

Lockport Police Officer Andy Ganger gives a K-9 demonstration with police dog Citgo Aug. 2 during

National Night Out at Willow Walk Park in Lockport. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

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Anime/Manga Club

4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 11, White

Oak Library District Lockport

Branch Library, 121 E.

8th St., Lockport. Teens in

grades 7-12 can gather at this

after-school event and watch

episodes of various series,

do anime crafts and hang

out with other manga/anime

fans. For more information,

contact Flannery Crump at


or (815) 552-4260.


Back on the Bus - A Back-to-

School Expo

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 13,

Tinley Park Convention

Center, 18451 Convention

Center Drive, Tinley Park.

Join 22nd Century Media

for its annual back-to-school

expo. The free admission

event offers vendor booths,

princess and mascot appearances,

a back-to-school

fashion show, Paul Bunyan’s

Tall Tales, authors corner

and more. Free parking and

free gift bags to first 500 attendees.

For more information,

call (708) 326-9170

or visit www.facebook.



Kindergarten Center Open


11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 15,

Schilling School, 16025

Cedar Road, Homer Glen.

Schilling School kindergartners

and their parents

are to visit the school before

the start of the 2016-2017

school year.

Young School Open House

1-3 p.m. Aug. 15, Young

School, 16240 S. Cedar

Road, Homer Glen. Young

School students and parents

are to visit the school before

the start of the 2016-2017

school year.


Butler School Open House

9-11 a.m. Aug. 16, Butler

School, 1900 Farrell Road,

Lockport. Butler School

students and parents are

to visit the school before

the start of the 2016-2017

school year.

Schilling School Open House

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 16,

Schilling School, 16026

Cedar Road, Homer Glen.

Schilling School students in

grades 1-4 and their parents

are to visit the school before

the start of the 2016-2017

school year.

Homer Jr. High Orientation

1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Aug. 16, Homer Jr. High

School, 15711 Bell Road,

Homer Glen. Children with

the first initial of their last

name A-L will be 1-2 p.m.

and those with initials M-Z

are to be 5-6 p.m. Returning

eighth-graders can visit the

school with parents from 2-4

p.m. All junior high students

are to have their fall portraits



Goodings Grove Open House

9-11 a.m. Aug. 17, Goodings

Grove School, 12914

W. 143rd St., Homer Glen.

Goodings Grove students

and parents are to visit the

school before the start of the

2016-2017 school year.

Hadley Middle School


11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17

at Hadley Middle School,

15731 Bell Road, Homer

Glen. The pink and green

teams are to be from 11 a.m.

to noon, the gray and yellow

teams are to be from noon

to 1 p.m., the red and crimson

teams are to be from

1-2 p.m. and the indigo and

blue teams are to be from

2-3 p.m.

Teen Coding Club

6-7 p.m. Aug. 17, White

Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library,

121 E. 8th St., Lockport.

Participants are to use www.

Codecademy.com, which

offers self-guided classes on

HTML, CSS, Ruby, Java,

Python and how to design

a website. No previous

experience is required.

The program is designed

for teens in grades 6-12.

Registration is required.

For more information,

contact Flannery Crump

at fcrump@whiteo

aklibrary.org or (815) 552-



Pokémon Go Walking


2-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug.

20, White Oak Library

District Lockport Branch

Library, 121 E. 8th St.,

Lockport. Participants are

to visit gyms and Pokestops

at historical locations

in downtown Lockport. A

lure is to be dropped at the

library during the event.

Participants must fill out a

permission slip, which are

available at the front and

reference desks. For more

information, contact Flannery

Crump at (815) 552-

4255 or fcrump@whiteoaklibrary.org.

Pokémon League

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

24, White Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library,

121 E. 8th St., Lockport.

Participants are to

battle each other at the event.

Players of any skill level can

attend, but attendees must

bring their own cards or Nintendo

DS to battle. For more

information, contact Flannery

Crump at (815) 552-

4260 or fcrump@whiteoak


Town Hall Meeting

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

31, City Hall, 222 E. 9th St.,

Lockport. Mayor Steve Streit

is to host a town hall meeting

at the third-floor board room

at Central Square. For more

information, visit www.lock


2016 Taft Foundation Golf

Outing at Big Run

Noon, Saturday, Sept. 24,

Big Run Golf Club, 17211

W. 135th St., Lockport.

Registration starts at noon,

and tee-off is at 1 p.m. The

cost is $110 per person and

includes entry into all event,

18 holes of golf, riding cart,

dinner and a chance to win

prizes. Golf attire is required.

Registration is due

by Sept. 17. For registration

information, call Christine

Jelinek at (815) 212-1168.

Welcome Back Chalk Event

11-1 p.m., Thursday, Aug.

18. Taft School, 1605 S.

Washington St. Lockport. On

the day before school is back

in session, community members

can make welcome back

messages for the students.

Mayor Steve Streit, Lockport

Police Chief Terry Lemming,

Fire Chief Dave Skoryi,

State Sen. Pat McGuire and

the Lockport City Council

are scheduled to attend. For

more information, contact

Superintendent Pam Kibbons

(815) 838-0715 or email


Lockport Annual Moose Fest

5 p.m., Friday and Saturday,

Aug. 26-27. Food and

beverages will be available.

Live entertainment from Five

Guys Named Moe (Friday),

Strung Out (Saturday) and

The Millennials (Friday and

Saturday) is scheduled in the

Hamilton Street parking lot.

Attendees are encouraged to

bring a lawn chair. For more

information, visit www.lockportmoose.com.


Historical Scavenger Hunt

Now to Saturday, Sept.

24, White Oak Library District

Lockport Branch Library,

121 E. 8th St., Lockport.

Participants are to pick

up a scavenger hunt map,

decide which of the two stories

they want to collect and

visit the businesses listed

on the map. There is to be a

celebration at the end of the

scavenger hunt with pizza,

story discussion and a meeting

with the authors and the

artists who helped create the


Farmer’s Market

4-8 p.m. Mondays, June

6-Aug. 29, Central Square,

222. E. 9th St. The Pit Stop

Food Court takes place during

the Cruisin’ Into Lockport

car shows on Mondays

throughout the summer.

For more information, visit


CARE Monthly Meeting

6-7:30 p.m. third Monday

of the month, White Oak

Library District Lockport

Branch Library, 121 E.

8th St., Lockport. Citizens

Against Ruining the

Environment is a nonprofit

organization and meetings

include discussions

of environmental and

health-related issues

in Will County and the

surrounding areas. For more

information, contact Mary

Burnitz at bmerrigold@ya

hoo.com or (708) 204-6924.

Moose Lodge Bingo

10 a.m. Mondays, 8 p.m.

Wednesdays, Lockport

Moose Lodge 118 E. 10th

Street, Lockport. Specials,

raffles, jackpots and video

gaming are scheduled to take

place. For more information,

visit www.lockportmoose.


Have an item for calendar?

Deadline is noon Thursdays

one week prior to publication.

To submit an item to the calendar,

contact Assistant Editor

Max Lapthorne at (708) 326-

9170 ext. 15 or email max@


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National Night Out brings police, community together

Max Lapthorne

Assistant Editor

Despite the dozens

of emergency response

vehicles at Willow Walk

Park Aug. 2, the only nearemergency

taking place was

an overcooked hot dog or


The Lockport Police Department

participated in the

annual National Night Out

event, as community members

had the opportunity to

mingle with police officers

and firefighters.

“I think the most important

part is being able to get

our officers out there with

the community and having

the community interact

with the officers in a positive

way,” said Marty Hamilton, a

Lockport police officer who

helped organize the event.

Early in the evening,

many attendees congregated

under the pavilion in the

center of the park to enjoy

food from sponsors such

as Sizzles and McDonalds.

As the afternoon wore on,

children cooled off on the

splash pad, crawled around

on the jungle gym and had

a chance to climb into a fire


Officer Andy Ganger

drew a large crowd as he

and his K-9 partner Citgo

put on a demonstration.

Ganger shared facts about

Citgo, showed off his speed

and jumping ability with a

few tricks, and allowed the

children to pet him one by

one. The canine demonstration

was just part of the

Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming (left) and Lockport

Fourth Ward Aldermann Robert Perretta joke with each

other during the event. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

event’s efforts to maintain

the connection between the

police department and the


“We’re fortunate that

our town is wonderful; we

have a great relationship,”

Hamilton said. “Having

events like this just gives

us an opportunity to

continue to build this strong


The Seibert family has

been attending National

Night Out for several years,

and they continue to come

out to the event to show

their support for the local

police department.

“One of our neighbors is

a Lockport police officer,

and they keep our neighborhood

safe, and we appreciate

what they do, so we

come out to support them,”

Rob Seibert said.

National Night Out is a nationwide

event sponsored by

Target, and the goal is for the

community to see police officers

in a lighthearted setting

where residents have the opportunity

to get to know them.

In Lockport, the location of

the event rotates, giving as

many residents as possible the

opportunity to attend.

“Every year, we like to

switch the parks up,” Hamilton

said. “You get to see

new kids, new families, new

faces every year. It gives

them a chance to be a part

of something that we think

is really great.”

Seibert sees the event having

an impact on his children,

Troy and Trinity, as

they get a chance to see the

human side of the officers.

His children even asked him

if the officers were going to

arrest them, and he assured

them the officers weren’t

there to cuff anyone.

“No, they’re here to

party like we’re partying,”

Seibert said.

Lockport resident receives high school diploma at age 77

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central

High School held a reunion

dinner Saturday, Aug. 6

for its original graduating

classes of the mid-1950s,

and it also celebrated its

new graduate.

Lockport resident Barbara

Biller, 77, was supposed

to graduate from the then

Lincoln-Way High School’s

second senior class in 1956,

but she was pulled from

school only weeks before

graduation to work full

time on her family’s poultry

farm. At the request of her

daughter Lorri Luzbetak,

Biller was invited to the

reunion dinner at Aurelio’s

Pizza in Frankfort, where

she was presented with her

own official Class of 1956

diploma, complete with the

signatures of the Lincoln-

Way Community High

School District 210 Board

of Education members.

While the Frankfort

native was excited to attend

the reunion, she had no idea

she was going to become an

official graduate.

“This is a total surprise,”

Luzbetak said. “This is

something she’s always

wanted, and I’m so happy

we’re going to make it right

for her.”

Biller had been so distraught

about her father

removing her from school

that only months after she

should have graduated she

ran away to get married.

Biller’s daughter Lynn

Nguyen said her mother was

only 17 when she eloped

with Nguyen’s father.

The Billers raised their

two girls and a son, Edward,

and throughout that time

Barbara hoped she would be

able to return to school for

her GED.

“It was like the movie

‘Up,’” Nguyen said. “Every

time she tried to get things

together to go back, something

would go wrong. One

of us would get sick, or my

dad would get laid off, or

something else would come

up, so she’d have to quit


“It was a real shame, because

my mother is highly

intelligent. She’s just a

wealth of knowledge. She

watches Jeopardy every

day, and she can kick anyone’s


So hurt by her inability

to obtain her diploma,

Biller never attended another

graduation her entire

life, although she regularly

stressed the importance of

getting an education to her


“I always told my kids

the most important thing is

an education,” Biller said.

“Don’t ever give up on


Luzbetak planned the surprise

diploma presentation

beginning in early June,

when she first reached out

to Rep. Dan Lipinski’s (IL-

3) about her mother’s situation.

Lipinski referred her

to Tim Reilly, assistant superintendent

of curriculum

at District 210, who helped

Luzbetak with the planning,

she said.

Luzbetak also had assistance

from reunion organizer

Judy Hageman, who

helped keep everything a

secret as the evening unfolded.

“I think this worked out

very well,” Hageman said.

“We were all very happy

and proud to be a part of

it. You don’t get too many

chances to do something

like this.”

In order to not give away

the surprise that night, Luzbetak

took her mother to the

Barbara Biller (left) gets her diploma presented to her by

her daughter Lorri Luzbetak (right) Saturday, Aug. 6, at Aurelio’s

Pizza in Frankfort. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

party, but Nguyen and her

family said they were going

into the city for dinner. The

Nguyens recently moved to

Windermere, Florida, and

they told Biller they had

flown back for a few days

to close on their suburban


“That’s part of the reason,

but we’re more here for

this,” Nguyen said. “We’re

having a graduation party

for [Biller] tomorrow, and

then when we go back to

Florida, we’re taking her

with us for a graduation trip

to [Walt] Disney World.

“My brother is coming

for the party tomorrow and

so is my best friend from

second grade. ... I used to

call her mom ‘mom,’ and

she calls my mom ‘mom.’

Her mother passed away recently,

and when I told her

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Emma Oster has spent the

past two weeks transforming

a refrigerator into a solar-powered

race car.

And in just a few days,

on Saturday, Aug. 13, the

13-year-old Lockport resident

is to race the vehicle at

the East parking lot of The

Field Museum of Chicago.

Oster is one of 30 girls

participating in the annual

Icebox Derby STEM

competition. Sponsored by

ComEd, the competition

was established in 2014 to

promote science, technology,

engineering and math

among girls, according to Emma Oster builds a race car Aug. 4 as part of the ComEd

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Commerce Street road improvements move forward

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Local officials honor late Lockport native

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

The Lockport City Council

meeting began on a somber

note Aug. 3, as officials

briefly touched on the recent

death of a Lockport native

who spent 32 years with a

sheriff’s office in Texas.

Travis County Sheriff’s

Office Sgt. Craig Hutchinson

was found dead July 25 in the

backyard of his Round Rock

West home, according to a

press release from the Round

Rock Police Department.

Improvements are coming

sooner rather than later for

Commerce Street.

The Lockport City Council

members voted 6-0 Aug. 3 —

with one abstention and First

Ward Alderman Kris Capadona

absent — to approve

a contract with Austin Tyler

Construction in the amount

of $359,596 for repairs to

Commerce Street and the

Hamilton alleyways.

Second Ward Alderman

J.R. Gillogly abstained from

voting, as he said he is interested

in selling a manhole

cover for the project.

In March, the City Council

awarded a contract to V3 for

design engineering services

related to the Commerce

Street improvement project

in an amount of $56,410. The

project, to be constructed this

year, was estimated to cost


City Administrator Ben

Benson said bidding for the

project happened July 27, and

two proposals were received.

The lowest bidder was Austin

Tyler Construction with

a base bid of $323,619.93.

Four alternate plans also

were included with the bid,

each varying in cost.

The first alternate option

adds a bituminous, or soft

coal, cover coat for the parking

lot on the east side of

Commerce Street. The second

alternate option included

replacing a chain-link fence

with a black powder coated

steel picket fence. Both of

those alternate options increased

the project total.

“One of the things about

this proposal is that it was

to be completed by Sept. 16

of this year, which is a quick

[turnaround] to be completed,”

Benson said. “They did

offer us $7,500 savings if we

waited until November. We

felt that if we could get this in

sooner this year, it would be

worth the additional $7,500.”

During the Committee of

the Whole meeting, aldermen

heard about a potential 2018

project at 17th and Jefferson


“We like to have those

projects in engineering at

least a couple years ahead of

Third Ward


Darren Deskin

said Hutchinson

grew up

on Read Street

in Lockport.

The meeting Hutchinson

opened with a

prayer read by Lockport officers,

and Deskin briefly

touched on Hutchinson before

mentioning Lockport

police sent a car down to the

fallen sergeant’s funeral.

“As soon as Alderman Deskin

told us and confirmed

Round It Up

A recap of Lockport City Council meeting action Aug. 3

•During the Committee of the Whole meeting, Third Ward

Alderman Jason VanderMeer asked City staff about the

possibility of adding public Wi-Fi to parts of Lockport. City

Administrator Ben Benson responded that it was something

the staff had been researching.

•The aldermen also heard items relating to an extension

of a license agreement for the Metra Station building with

Midwest SOARRING Foundation, as well as coordinating

with the Illinois Department of Transportation and V4 for

the 2017-2018 lane improvement project and streetscape

improvements along State Street.

time just to make sure we get

plans done, and there are no

utilities conflicts, and we get

all the permitting and stuff

done,” City Engineer Amy

Wagner said.

She said the City recently

requested a design proposal

from DesignTek for

the project, which includes

a reconstruction of: 17th

Street, from Washington to

Madison streets; and Jefferson

Street, from 16th to 18th


“And it will include full

removal and replacement of

pavement and base, curb and

gutter, and storm sewer …

and a small piece of water

main connection,” Wagner


The contract with Design-

Tek, if approved, would not

in the amount of $359,596

exceed $52,855.

City Administrator Ben

Benson added that Design-

Tek has done work with

Lockport before.

“The most recent construction

estimate for this project

is $800,000, which makes the

engineering cost about 6.6

percent of the construction

cost,” Wagner said. “That’s

very reasonable.”

Mayor Steve Streit

suggested putting the item

on the consent agenda for a

future meeting.

that he was a Lockport resident,

we approached the

Lockport Police Benevolence

Association and asked

them if they would pay the

expense of sending an officer

down there,” Police

Chief Terry Lemming said

after the meeting. “Without

hesitation, they said yes.

They paid the expenses —

lodging and food — and we

sent [an officer] down there

with a Lockport police car,

and he was in the funeral


“[Hutchinson’s] hometown

police car was in that

funeral procession. We made

sure to give him a proper


At 1:36 a.m. July 25, police

responding to the scene

reportedly found Hutchinson

with a gunshot wound

near a creek in his yard, the

release said. He was later

pronounced dead at St. David’s

Round Rock Medical

Center. Round Rock Police

noted in the release that his

death is under investigation.

Hutchinson was to retire

in September.

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Passing down longtime traditions

Native American

culture, history

emphasized at

cultural center

Ron Davis, Editorial Intern

Joseph Standing Bear

Schranz held a turtle shell

in his hand and pointed to

its cracks.

With a look of glee on

his face, he told the legend

of the turtle and the tortoise

to a visitor at Midwest Save

Our Ancestor’s Remains &

Resources Indigenous Network

Group Foundation

Cultural Center in Lockport.

In the tale, an eagle picked

up the turtle and tried to

fly away, but dropped it,

he said. The turtle’s thensmooth

shell fell on a rock,

which caused it to crack.

The turtle was dying after

the fall.

“He said, ‘Creator can you

save my life? I’ll commemorate

this day,’” Schranz

said. “Creator saved his

life. So if you count these

big segments, there’s 13. If

you count the smaller ones,

there’s 26.

“If you times that, that’s

one day short of the calendar

year. That’s our native


The many artworks

displayed at the SOARRING

Foundation Cultural Center

were inspired by legends

passed down from the

Ojibwa tribe.

The center exists to connect

Native American culture

with those interested in

learning. Different cultures

and groups have its own set

of practices and rituals that

should be left sacred, and

Schranz hopes that a peek

into Native American’s history

give visitors a deeper

sense of its traditions, he


“I want to make our people

proud here; we’re going

to a new start, a new beginning,”

Schranz said.

“There’s very few Native

centers open up anywhere

in the state, because there’s

very few people. Since

we’ve been here, I’ve had

a number of families in

Lockport and Joliet that are

Native that were totally disenfranchised

and no place

to go. They’re very happy

that we’re here, and we’re

attracting people of all nations

of our people.”

The train station at 133 W.

13th St. has been the cultural

center’s home for a year.

The City gave the foundation

a free one-year lease

but was impressed enough

with the way SOARRING

has taken care of its facility

to extend its stay.

“We feel that it’s fair to

allow them to have free rent

for another three years,”

Lockport City Administrator

Ben Benson said.

“They’ve done some work

on the canal and the bike

path and the facility itself.

“We’re glad they’re here

and spending their time. We

had this building available,

and I’m glad they can be

there, and I appreciate that

they’ve reinvested in the facility


The name Standing Bear

means “standing for the

people,” and it was given to

Schranz from his elders after

they knew he was someone

who cared deeply for all

people, not just his own, he


Schranz’s views stretch

beyond what needs to be accomplished

on a daily basis,

and he said he believes that

he needs to look out for generations

down the line.

“Anything that happens

from now until seven generations

from now, it’s my responsibility

to look out for

their well-being,” Schranz

said. “’I’m not going to use

up that water. I’m not going

to cut down those trees. I’m

not going to abuse the resources.

I’m not going leave


“And that takes a daily,

conscious thought to protect

that for the future. We’re

doing that thing for them,

like those before us did for

us. That’s why we’re here.”

Schranz is thankful for

what the Creator brought

to Earth — particularly the

beauty of nature that he

feels many take for granted.

By giving thanks, however,

it is often misinterpreted by

those outside his circle for

heathenism, he said.

“I am a Methodist myself,

and I’m not a heathen,

and I object to that when I

hear that,” Schranz said.

“If we’re outside and near

trees, we’re giving thanks to

the Creator that those things

are here. I’m not praying

particularly to a stone or to

an object . That would be a


Beyond appreciating the

allure of nature, he is an activist

for it. Schranz also is

an advocate for the prosperity

of Native Americans and

saving important memories

to them.

“Protecting burial sites

are very important to us —

the sacred sites,” Schranz

said. “We’re just trying to

wake people up and realize

what they’re wasting before

it’s gone.”

As a curious boy growing

up, he took an interest

in learning about his history

early in his life, he said. He

frequently asked his grandmother

for perspective on

his roots, but he usually

didn’t get a response. Instead,

she just cried. The

memories were too horrific

and difficult for her to articulate.

A significant part of Native

American culture is

passing down memories and

stories orally — these memories

from Schranz’s grandmother

couldn’t be shared.

“She would never, ever

talk about those times,”

Schranz said. “I mean one


“The government, soldiers

or even travel police that

were backed by the government

would come to your

house and they’d say, ‘Martha,

I’m taking your three

children.’ They would ship

them off to different states.

You couldn’t say no; they

came to take them.”

Schranz said he sees the

devastation that takes place

on Native American reservations.

In his effort to help

the people as much as possible,

he wants to incentivize

prosperity as it seems

few and far between on a lot

of reservations.

“The highest suicide rate,

unemployment rate runs up

to sometimes 85 percent on

the [reservation],” Schranz

said. “If you’re one of the

few people that are working,

and you have a job and you’re

doing something good, those

are the people I’m trying to

get the scholarships to.

“I’m not knocking my

people. I’m just saying this

is what they were left to deal

with. No one person is going

to change that by himself.

I’ve been an activist for 52

years now, and I’ve seen

so many things that if your

heart was that way to be,

you’d cry.”

Knowing he can’t rectify

all the issues the Native

Americans himself, he’s not

afraid to ask for help, but he

found that to be difficult, he

said. Schranz recalls a State

Senate hearing years ago in

Springfield, when he and

two others pleaded for more

attention and help to issues

that Native Americans are

facing. During the hearing,

the second speaker on behalf

of the Native Americans

was interrupted by a

senator, who made light of

the speaker’s plea, which

left the three speechless.

“We were so dumbfounded

that we didn’t know what

to say after that.” Schranz


One issue that often impacts

Native Americans is

drug addiction. Seventyfour

percent of tribal police

rank methamphetamine

as its greatest drug threat,

and 40-50 percent of violent

crime can be attributed

to the drug, according to

www.justice.gov. Because

of the epidemic, Schranz

takes a hard stance against

substance abuse.

He’s willing to help someone

through an addiction

problem once, but after, he’s

closing the door, he said.

“I’m anti-drug, anti-drinking,”

Schranz said.

Because of the many issues

Native Americans face,

it’s vital for a cultural center

to exist, Schranz said. It can

be an opportunity for one to

focus on the good they’ve

been doing, awareness to the

issues and bring other cultures


Benson sees Schranz making

that effort in Lockport.

“I think Standing Bear is

synonymous with the foundation,”

Benson said. “It’s

all about giving back and

protecting the heritage.

“They’ve been giving

back. They’ve been spending

time investing. They’ve

really gotten involved in the


Beyond advocating for

awareness to problems Native

Americans are facing,

Schranz’s mission extends

to the city where SOAR-

RING’s Cultural Center will

be for the next three years.

“It’s to build Lockport

stronger, bigger and better,”

Schranz said. “I’m hoping

that people realize how precious

this area is.”

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“I ended up being one of

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exciting knowing I can keep

up with the high-schoolers.”

In addition to promoting

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Oster’s team, the Cosmic

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There’s only room for one Batman

Max Lapthorne


As children, most

of us had the same

types of goals

— become a rock star, a

professional athlete or a


By the time we get to

high school and into college,

we start to realize that

many of those lofty goals

we had as children most

likely will not come true.

That can be a tough pill to

swallow for many people

who worked tirelessly to

make those things happen.

Now, it may take them a

little longer to come to that

realization or it may never

even happen. And there’s

nothing wrong with pursuing

those dreams throughout

your entire life.

Most of us fall into one

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either alter our goals once

we get old enough to realize

they are probably out

of reach, or we continue to

scratch and claw our way

toward them no matter what.

But obviously there are a

select few of us who are

smart and talented enough to

actually make those childhood

goals a reality. I had

the opportunity to speak with

one of those people recently,

and it was an eye-opening


Josh Altmann is a 2012

graduate of Lockport Township

High School who has

been living out a lifelong

dream since last summer

when he was selected in the

22nd round of the Major

League Baseball Draft by

the Texas Rangers. Altmann

starred at LTHS and

moved on to play at Olivet

Nazarene before making

the jump to the professional

ranks. In speaking with

him, it was clear that he was

appreciating every moment

he was spending as a professional

baseball player.

Although Altmann is still

a ways off from making

it to the Big League’s, he

said it himself that he has

already accomplished one

of his loftiest goals growing

up by getting paid to play

baseball. As a former high

school baseball player, I

obviously envy Altmann’s

career, as I always dreamt

about making it to the MLB.

But to me, that dream was

always just that—a dream.

It was never something I

was going to dedicate my

life toward making happen,

and that’s why Altmann

is getting ready to take on

the Hagerstown Suns right

now, and I’m writing this

editorial. Not that one is

necessarily better than the

other; it’s just the paths we

happened to take. Alright,

I’ll admit it, being a baseball

player is slightly better

than being a journalist, but

not by much.

Above all else, I came

away from my conversation

with Altmann thinking about

the idea of setting goals. I

still have goals for myself,

even though I (probably)

won’t end up being a Major

League Baseball player, but

they tend to be more realistic

these days—buy a nice car,

find a nice place to live,

slowly trudge my way out

of my student loan debt. As

we get older, we tend not to

even think too much about

the lofty and seemingly

unattainable goals we talked

about so often as children.

Once the reality of adulthood

sets in, all efforts turn to simply

getting our lives together.

There tends not to be much

time to think about a second

career as a bass player or


Most of us end up putting

our childhood dreams on the

back burner when it comes

time to navigate the perils

of adulthood, but I admire

and undoubtedly harbor

envy for those who are able

to live out those dreams.

While most of us might not

be exactly where we hoped

we would be as 5-year-olds,

that doesn’t mean we have

failed. It just means we have

taken different paths. And

that’s OK, because we can’t

all be baseball players, and

there’s only room for one


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22nd CE ntury ME dia prE s E nts

Saturday, aug. 13

9 am-2 pm

tinley park cOnventiOn center

18451 cOnventiOn center drive

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For more inFo, ContaCt:

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The Frankfort Station

The Homer Horizon

The Lockport Legend

The Mokena Messenger



*Gift bags are given to the first 500 attendees

The New Lenox Patriot

The Orland Park Prairie

The Tinley Junction



• Vendor booths

• Back-to-School Fashion Show presented by The Leading Image

• Appearances scheduled:

Snow White (9:30-11:30 am)

The Little Mermaid (9:30-11:30 am)

Ice Queen (11:30 am-1:30 pm)

Ice Princess (11:30 am-1:30 pm)

Joliet Slammers Spikes the Mascot (10-11 am)

• Face painting

• Paul Bunyan’s Tall Tales presented by Histories for Kids

• Balloon artists

• Appearance and presentation by Mrs. Illinois International

Nicole Laha Zwiercan

• And more to come!

faith briefs

St. Dennis Church

(1214 S. Hamilton St., Lockport)

RCIA Open House

Following 9:15 a.m. mass,

Sunday, Sept. 11 in the parish

office. The Rite of Christian

Initiation for Adults

is for adults looking to become

a Catholic. For more

information, contact Venus

Wozniak at (815) 838-2592

ext. 113 or vwozniak@saintdennis.org.

Healing Prayer

Following 4:30 p.m.

masses Saturdays and 9:15

and 11 a.m. masses on Sundays.

For more information,

contact the parish secretary

at (815) 838-2592 or secre


St. Dennis School

To scheduled a tour or

learn about the preschool’s

Early Learning Academic

Program for children ages

3-6 or grades 1-8, contact

Laura Pfeiffer at (815) 838-

2592 ext. 115 or visit www.


135th Anniversary

Friday, Oct. 7. Any alumni

of St. Dennis School or Sacred

Heart can attend the allschool

graduation. Alumni

should email their contact information

and year of graduation

to alumni@saint-dennis.

org. For more information,

contact Laura Pfeiffer at

(815) 838-2592 ext. 115 or


Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church

(925 E. 9th St., Lockport)

Worship Services

9 a.m., 10:35 a.m. and 6


Preschool Registration

Parents can call (815)

838-0708 to schedule an appointment

to visit the school

and meet the staff.

Mexican Dominos

9-11 a.m. Fridays. No experience


Adult Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call

(815) 838-0708.

AA Meetings

7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in

the church basement.

First Baptist Church of Lockport

(800 Thornton St., Lockport)

Angel Food House Food


12:15-1 p.m. Sundays and

5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Open to the public.

Sunday Services

9:30 a.m. Sunday school;

10:45 a.m. Church service.

First United Methodist Church of Lockport

(1000 S. Washington St., Lockport)

Sunday Summer Worship

9:30 a.m. Junior church

also is at 9:30 a.m.

Circle of Love

9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle

of Love provides diapers,

feminine and incontinence

products to clients who are

qualified to use the local

FISH Food Pantry. For more

information, call (815) 838-



First Sunday of the month.

Grace Baptist Church

(501 N. State St., Lockport)

Sunday Schedule

9:30 a.m. Sunday school;

10:45 a.m. Morning service;

6 p.m. Night service.

Cross Point Church of Lockport

(17530 W. Fox Hollow Drive, Lockport)

Sunday Service

10 a.m. For more information,

call (815) 838-9105.

Christ United Methodist Church

(224 Bruce Road, Lockport)

Holy Communion

First Sunday of the month.

For more information, email



Sunday Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (815)


Bible Study

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10 a.m. Wednesdays.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

(1500 S. Briggs St., Lockport)

Divine Worship

5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays with Fellowship

to follow at 10 a.m. For

more information, call (815)


Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

(18101 W. Oak Ave., Lockport)

Sunday Services

7:30 a.m. Sundays, Intercessory

prayer; 8:30 a.m.

Sunday school; 10 a.m.

Morning worship, Nursery

ministry (ages infant to

4) and Youth church (ages

5-12). For more information,

contact (815) 774-1016.

New Life Community Church

(14832 W. 163rd St., Lockport)

Sunday Service

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (815)


Kids Zone Ministry

10 a.m. Sundays. Children

up to fifth grade can participate

in games, singing,

take part in interactive Bible

teaching and participate in

hands-on crafts. Participants

should arrive five to 10

minutes prior to the service

to sign children up for the

group. For more information,

call (815) 838-1416.

Women’s Ministry

9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible

study for women of all ages.

Prayer Meeting

10 a.m. Tuesdays. Participants

can study biblical

teaching of prayer and

spend time lifting up prayer

requests. For more information,

contact the church at

(815) 838-1416.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor

Max Lapthorne at max@lockportlegend.com

or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 15. Information is

due by noon Thursday one week

prior to publication.

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the Lockport Legend | August 11, 2016 | 17

Zombies, superheroes converge at Comicopolis

Tim Hadac, Freelance Reporter

It’s not every day that

characters spring out of

books and films to roam a

public library, but as many

as 1,000 people descended

on 8th Street Saturday, Aug.

6, to enter a land of fantasy

and whimsy.

The White Oak Library

District’s Lockport

branch transformed into a

Comicopolis where boys

in Batman, Superman and

Spider-Man costumes, and

girls in Wonder Woman,

Bat Girl and Sailor Moon

get-ups mingled with

college-age adults dressed

as dungeon masters and


“I’m a flesh-eating zombie;

it’s true,” said Romeoville

resident Zach Stevens,

who momentarily

broke character as he smiled

and spoke. “But today, I

promise not to bite anyone.

The only thing I’ll devour

here are books.”

Roughly 30 library

staffers facilitated the

event, and a number of them

were young adults who

got into the spirit of


“I’m Harley Quinn; she’s

The Joker’s girlfriend,”

said circulation desk clerk

Sara Wright, sporting

colorful hair, a “Daddy’s Lil

Monster” shirt and a small

baseball bat. “I’ve been into

[Cosplay] for a few years.

It’s a lot of fun, and the kids

are really responding well

to me today.”

Roughly 30 vendors and

exhibitors — including

noted artists and writers

— were scattered at tables

throughout the library.

Lockport resident Joe Gentile,

owner of the iconic

Amazing Fantasy Books

and Comics stores, recruited

many of them. Gentile

himself was doing a brisk

business at his table, selling

graphic novels, action figures

and more.

Comicopolis was held in

partnership with the City

of Lockport’s Summer Arts

Lockport residents (left to right) Ryan Delcourt, Dylan Curry and Mariana Delcourt dress as

“Harry Potter” characters Saturday, Aug. 6, during Comicopolis at the White Oak Library

District’s Lockport branch. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Series. The event included

mini-workshops related

to comics, a fantasy photo

booth and even a zombie

makeover demonstration in

the afternoon.

Although the primary goal

of Comicopolis was nothing

more than a day of fun and

whimsy, a larger purpose

was served, said Patricia

Jarog, longtime manager at

Lockport Township students explore Spain

the library branch.

“Today we’re bringing

in a lot of people who

normally do not set foot in

a public library,” she said.

“This is an opportunity for

us to showcase ourselves, to

show that today’s libraries

are not yesterday’s libraries,

that libraries are no longer

just a depository for


Those attending were

given materials promoting

the library and reading.

Parents of young children

were encouraged to join the

new effort to have every

child — starting in infancy

— exposed to 1,000 books

by the time they enter


“We want people to

understand that this library

is a community space,”

Jarog said. “You can do a

lot of things here. You can

collaborate with others in

our study rooms. You can

shoot and produce a video

for your work. We help

people with job searches.

We teach computer literacy

and internet skills. Kids

can just come here and

hang out. This is a safe and

welcoming environment,

and it’s for everyone. This

is your library.”

Elissa Chudwin, Editor

In just nine days, four

Lockport Township High

School seniors visited five

cities across Spain to experience

another culture

and practice their Spanishspeaking


McKenzie Ebel, Beth

Kuhn, Erica Long and Sydney

Loeffler traveled to

Madrid, León, San Sebastián,

Pamplona and Barcelona

this July in conjunction

with their Spanish class

and ACIS, which organizes

international educational


Although it was a short

trip, the experience left a

lasting impression on the


“I felt invincible,” Ebel

said. “Like, ‘I can do anything.

I walked around Barcelona

by myself.’”

The LTHS seniors traveled

with Spanish teacher

Cheryl Sorensen, her

daughter, Karina, and students

from Philadelphia

who also participated in the

ACIS program.

They often woke up at 6

a.m. to pack and place their

belongings on a bus that left

for its new destination that

night. Then they explored

their surroundings by

taking a bus or walking

tour, visiting museums

or wandering through the

streets. Later in the day,

they returned to the bus,

and they usually did not

eat dinner until 9 p.m. after

they arrived at their new


“There was so much

adrenaline,” Kuhn said of

the trip. “The whole time it

never really hit me.”

“It was constant, and

that’s why it didn’t hit us

until we were on the way

back,” Ebel added.

Both Ebel and Kuhn

said they have traveled to

Mexico and Canada but

had never been to Europe

before. They said they

were surprised by how

vibrant the streets were, that

major cities did not seem

as crowded as Chicago

and how the cuisine was


“Going on this vacation

opened my eyes to how

lucky we are here and how

different it is there,” Ebel

said, adding that Spanish

culture was more simplistic

than the United States.

Both Kuhn and Ebel said

they appreciated how clean

the cities were but struggled

to adjust to Spanish fare,

particularly some of the


“I feel like we didn’t appreciate

the food enough,”

Ebel said.

Students (left to right) Beth Kuhn, Sydney Loeffler, McKenzie

Ebel, Erica Long and Karina Sorensen explored Spain

this past month as part of a study abroad program for

Lockport Township students. Photo submitted

And although they

wished they had more time

to explore Madrid and Pamplona,

the teens said the experience

motivated them to

continue traveling.

“I definitely want to study

abroad in college,” Kuhn said.

18 | August 11, 2016 | The Lockport Legend dining out


See you at

the Back to

School Expo

on Saturday!

The Dish

Guardi’s celebrates a quartercentury

in Tinley Park


7026 W.111th St.


Orland Park

9028 W.159th St.


Mon. Fri. Sat. 9-4pm | Tues. Wed. Thurs. 9-8pm | Sunday 11-4pm

All proceeds benefit the Crisis Center for South

Surburbia for victims of domestic violence

Donate your gently used and new clothing,

housewares, accessories, shoes, purses,

collectibles, and toys.

Tax receipts provided.


Michael Gilbert

Contributing Editor

Guardi’s owner Al Guardi (left) and his head chef Omar

Serna are pictured inside the Tinley Park pizzeria, where

they have built a 25-year tradition. Michael Gilbert/22nd

Century Media

Today he is known as

“Big Al, the Pizza Man,”

but 25 years ago, Al Guardi

was a rookie restaurant

owner uncertain about the


“Never in my wildest

dreams did I think I’d be

where I am today,” Guardi

said Thursday, Aug. 4, inside

his Tinley Park pizzeria.

“But I love my job, and

I wouldn’t want to do anything


Guardi’s is the first and,

to date, only pizzeria Al

has owned, but he was not

a complete stranger to the

restaurant business when

he opened in 1991 in the

Parkside Plaza. Working as

a pizza maker at a Hawaiian

restaurant called the

Redline some 30-plus years

ago gave him a taste of the

business, but most of his

knowledge came from his

late wife, Clare, whose family

has a long history with

restaurants, including owning

Little Frank’s Pizzeria in


“My wife used to work at

Little Frank’s, but then when

we moved to Tinley Park,

she didn’t want to make the

daily commute to Burbank,

so that’s how Guardi’s was

born,” Al said.

Following many of same

recipes as Little Frank’s,

along with the Burbank

restaurant’s commitment to

fresh ingredients and quality

products, Guardi’s has enjoyed

a long and successful


“If you’re from Tinley

Park, you know about Guardi’s

Pizza,” Al said. “We

have a great customer base

who has been extremely loyal

to us. I’m very appreciative

of the support.”

Many of those customers

return for Guardi’s thin crust

pizza, which Al described

as the restaurant’s “calling

card.” The most popular of

those thin crust pies is the

Tinley Park Special (starting

at $14), which features sausage,

roast beef, pepperoni

and jalapeño.

“We go through about 100

a week,” Al said. “I think

what makes it so popular is

that it’s a meat lover’s dream,

with the sausage, roast beef

and pepperoni, and then you

add the heat with the jalapeño.

It’s something different

than what you’d normally

find elsewhere.”

If one is looking for a bit

of heat but without all the

meat, the Big Al’s Special

(starting at $14) is the way

to go. The thin crust pizza

comes with sausage, mushroom,

onion and hot crushed


“Our sauce and dough are

all made on the premises,

and we only use fresh vegetables

and cheese,” Al said.

“I think it really makes for a

delicious pizza.”

While Guardi’s is known

for its pizza, there are plenty


16711 S. 80th Ave. in

Tinley Park


• 3-8 p.m. Monday

• 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-


• 4-11 p.m. Friday-


• 3-9 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Web: www.guardispizza.


Phone: (708) 429-1166

of sandwich options available

for those looking to go

that route. The most ordered

is the chicken Parmesan ($10

for the sandwich, fries and

drink). The chicken is lightly-breaded

and then smothered

in red meat sauce and

mozzarella cheese, served

on toasted French bread.

Guardi’s recently added

Monday hours and is now

open seven days a week.

Guardi’s also offers a”buy

one, get one half-off” promotion

from 4-8 p.m. Mondays.

“We have a great customer

base,” Al said. “We are happy

to be here in Tinley Park.

It’s a great place to be.”

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the Lockport Legend | August 11, 2016 | 19

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Unable to flee

6. First man to establish

a non-native settlement

in Frankfort,


10. 1975 Natalie Cole

hit “___ Will Be”

14. Marine animal

15. Later

16. Letter before kappa

17. Suffix with proto-

18. Game with 32 cards

19. Majority

20. Dick Van Dyke, in

“Mary Poppins”

23. Another word for


24. Cash cache

25. Don’t just sit there

28. Tying material

31. Carpenter’s tool

35. Artist Chagall

37. Short snort

38. Tangle

39. Eastern Orthodox

Church member

41. Negative conjunction

43. Simple song

44. South Suburban

Rugby Club _____

46. Chicago baseball


48. Opponents of “us”

49. Maintain

50. Angelica, for one

52. Before, prefix

53. City in Oklahoma

55. Malt beverage

57. Go-between

62. Source

64. Traveler

65. Bridge term

67. Feed the pot

68. At any point

69. Ergo

70. Crude dude

71. Sanctions

72. First name in mystery


1. Nile serpent

2. Baby powder

3. Boring!

4. Orbital point

5. Kvetch

6. Level, across the pond

7. Black and murky

8. Go downhill, maybe

9. Fold

10. Game show restriction

11. Band

12. Possessive pronoun

13. Was seated

21. Vegas glitter

22. Spiral-horned antelope

25. Frenzied

26. Rapids transit

27. Navajo, e.g.

29. Brooch

30. Age

32. Hades river of forgetfulness

33. Poly- follower

34. Matching prose

36. Woodworker

40. Mock

42. Regret

45. German magazine,

Der ____

47. Mr. Pitt

51. Merry in disposition

54. Went for a spin

56. Having hearing


57. Digging, so to speak

58. Face up to

59. Slips

60. Crosspiece

61. Pool site, maybe

62. Dynamite

63. Yoko ____

66. ___ annum

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.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan



The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave.,

Lockport; (815) 836-


■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and


Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-


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Mondays: Quartermania


Mullets Sports Bar and


(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


7 p.m. Wednesdays: Trivia


Bailey’s Bar & Grill

(17731 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-


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■10 ■ p.m. Fridays: DJ

Dance Party

■9:30 ■ p.m. Saturdays:

Live Music

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(7601 183rd St., Tinley

Park; (708) 532-2955)

■10 ■ p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesdays:

Cosmic Bowl


Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)


■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.


Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

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■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic


■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:


■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands


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(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

To place an event in The

Scene, email max@lockportle


20 | August 11, 2016 | The Lockport Legend local living


New Premium Standard Features Announced At

Prairie Trails in Manhattan Adding up to Tremendous Deal

New Homes in Manhattan within the

Lincoln-Way School District from the

mid- $200s

Distinctive Home Builders

is making it easier than

ever to claim a generouslyappointed

and thoughtfully

designed new home in a

great location with the introduction

of new Premium

Standard Features at Prairie

Trails—a community of 100

single-family homes in Manhattan.

“The new home designs

at Prairie Trails now offer

more flexibility and value

to our customers,” said

Bryan Nooner, president of

Distinctive Home Builders.

“They are attractively base

priced from the low $200s,

making it more affordable

than ever to become a

homeowner here. And yet,

the price doesn’t mean you

have to compromise your

expectations or tastes. We’ve

included a lion’s share of

luxury features and in-demand

standard inclusions

at Prairie Trails that all add

up to a tremendous deal on a

brand new residence.”

“You really can have it all.

Most home shoppers realize

there is a trade off from getting

what you need and what

you want in a new home.

With our new premium inclusions

we have closed that

gap significantly by including

additional features that

our buyers told us were most

important to them.

“Prairie Trails has the

premium standard features

that today’s buyers want in

a new home, such as custom

kitchen cabinets with soft

close doors and drawers,

granite kitchen countertops,

ceramic tile or hardwood

floors, and a choice of white

painted or oak trim.”

At Prairie Trails in Manhattan,

buyers can choose

from 12 different home designs;

each available in three

to eight different elevations.

The three and four-bedroom

homes range in size

from 1,600 to over 3,000

square feet with ranch, split

level and two-story designs.

Special limited time Pre-

Construction prices are still

in effect with homes priced

from the low $200s.

ery home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted


Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

have upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation values with

energy efficient windows

and high efficiency furnaces.

Before customers take

possession of their new

home, Distinctive Home

Builders will conduct a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure

that each home passes a set

of very stringent Energy Efficiency


When you purchase a

Distinctive Home you are

getting a high quality hand

Other premium standard

features included at Prairie

Trails that are not offered

anywhere else in the marketplace

are brick exteriors

on all four sides of the first

floor, concrete driveways,

free basements in most

models, ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen,

baths and foyer; and custom

cabinets. Distinctive

kitchen cabinets feature

solid wood construction (no

particle board), have solid

wood drawers with dove tail

joints, which is very rare in

the marketplace.

“When you buy a new

home from Distinctive, you

truly are receiving custom

made cabinets in evcrafted

home. Before closing,

each home undergoes

an industry-leading checklist

that ensures each home

measures up to the firm’s

high quality standards.

Prairie Trails is also a

beautiful place to live featuring

a 20 acre lake on the

site, as well as direct access

to a 22-mile Wauponsee Glacial

Prairie Path trail that

borders the community. The

Metra station is also nearby.

Building homes in the

area is nothing new for

Nooner and his company.

Distinctive has built hundreds

of homes in Manhattan

and thousands in the

Will and south Cook county

area over the past 30 years.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for unadvertised

specials and

view the numerous styles

of homes being offered and

the available lots. Call (708)

479-7700 or contact Lynne

at (708) 737-9142 for more

information or visit the website



The Prairie Trails new

home information center is

located three miles south of

Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The

address is 24850 Manhattan

Rd. Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. –

5:00 p.m. Closed Wednesday

and Thursday and always

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person at 363 N. Harlem in


of digital



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physical, help for background general labor. check &

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required. Apply If interested, online at: please


apply in person or call

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the Job office Search at (708) Keyword: 479-0414. 59559

F/T Sales Reps needed for

local roofing co. Salary +

commission & benefits.

Apply in person: 15062 S.

Archer Ave., Lockport.

Hamilton’s Pub Lemont

Now hiring Cooks F/T &

P/T Apply in person at

14196 McCarthy Rd,

Lemont, IL.

1003 Help


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is hiring kitchen help,

porters, customer service

and servers. Apply in

person: 8601 W. 159th St,

Orland Park, IL

Make extra money

teaching Willett Coachworks piano. New

Lenox Exp. Automotive home studio. Painter Mon

& or Tues Combo. 4-8pm. F/T, Beginning P/T or

September. Excellent

scheduled opportunity time needed for in

HS/college south suburbs. student. Call






Glen, P/T Office


for Help. medical Mon-Fri, billing 30 hrs/wk. who can

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$12 an hour.


Send resume to:


on Wed or Fri from 10-1.

2016 Southwest Choice

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is looking for dog walkers

in Orland & Tinley Park.

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P/T Heaven Vending Sent Route Caregivers Driver.

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local in roofing New Lenox co. Salary area. +

commission 10am-3pm, & Mon-Fri benefits. &

Apply weekends. in person: Must be 15062 21 yrs. S.

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24 hr live-in work. References

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1052 Garage Sale

Tinley Park 7419 W. 162nd

Street 8/11-8/13 8-2pm

Frankfort, Womens clothes, 21832 hshld Yellow decor

Finch & items, Ln, tools, July fishing 29 & 30, tackle 8-2p. &

Hshld dvds items, art work, adult

clothes, trampoline, kids toys

& Tinley books! Park 7726 Bristol Ln.

Frankfort 8/13, 9-4. Toys, , 535clothes, Cottonwood router,

Rd. boxing 7/29 bag 8-3p. & a bit Moving of Sale!



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8/13, 7/28-7/29, 9-12. 8-2p. 2 Natuzzi Homeleather


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loveseats, school, bikes, sleeper & housewares. loveseat, 2

chairs, TinleyTV Park, cabinet, 17155 etc. Bethany

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Tinley farm equipment Park, 169601/64 Grissom scale

Dr. diecast 8/12, by9-3p. ERTL, 1 DAY fishing ONLY. lures,

Baby 1990-99 clothes, basketball toys, cards, nursery lots

items, learning materials, high


of camping

home decor,



in unopened

items, packages, dog cage, & office other supplies various

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1052 Garage Sale

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Rd. Fri, 8/12, $13

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4 lines/

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items., furn & more!


1052 Garage Sale 1054 Subdivision

1058 Moving Sale

New Lenox 1540 Monarch

Tinley 8/12-8/13 Park, 8-2pm 17363 Bedroom Ottawa set, St.

7/29-7/30, kitchen set, 9-3p. tables Moving. & Tons

Power More! Don’t misc Miss tools, This household One!

items, furn, clothing & misc.

Tinley Park, 7413 W. 162nd

St. 7/28-7/30 8-4p. Lawnmower,

tools, dolls, books,

jewelry, household items &

much more!

1053 Multi Family


August 14-19

Frankfort, 7:00748 pm & 741 Lincoln

Lane. 7/29-7/30, 9-3p. Tools,

household nightly items, yard items,

books, 17430 paintings 94th & clothing.

Frankfort Ave. , 9138 Tinley Arbour Walk

Dr. (Rt 30 & Woodbridge Dr)


7/29-7/30, 9-3p. Outdoor, indoor,

downstairs, upstairs,

something for every spot in

your home!

Homer Glen 14001 W. Clifton

Oh Ln. most 7/28-29, Beautiful 8:30-3. Flower Seasonal of

Mt decor, Carmel, VHS & Fruitful DVDs, books, vine,

splendor diecast cars of heaven, & motorcycles, blessed

mother drinkingof glasses, the Son of girl’s God, twin Immaculate

headboard, Virgin, rails & Assist dresser, me old in

this Hot my Rodneccessity, magazines, oh star hshld, of

the Guitar sea Hero, help etc. me . Oh holy

Mary, Mother of God, Queen

of Lockport Heaven , and Whispering Earth, I humbly Pines,

beeseach 16556 & you 16564 from Primrose the bottom Ln.

of 7/28-7/29, my heart to 8-3p. succor Plus me in size my

necessity clothes, accessories, (make request) furn, there collectibles,

none that breweriana, can withstand scrap-


your booking, power, household, oh show me herein kid’s

you items, are seasonal my mother, decorations, oh Mary &

conceived much more! without sin, pray for

us Newwho Lenox have 19843 recourse Woodside to thee

(3x). Dr. 7/30, Sweet 9-3p. Mother, Multiple I place

this Homes! cause Something your for everyone.

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goal. Harvard You Ln. who / 731 gives Vanderbilt me the

Divine Dr., 7/29-7/30, gift to forgive 8-3p. and Furn, forget

clothes, all evil household against me items, and that &

in much all instances more! of my life you

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to confirm

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that I


never want to be

separated hshld, and from much you more! even and in

the spirit of all material illusions.

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to be with you in

eternal glory. Thank you for

your mercy


towards me and

mine. R.C. The person must

say Newthis Lenox, prayer Chessington

3 consecutive

days. After 3 days, the request

will West be granted. Subdivision This prayer Off

must Schoolhouse be published Rd, after South the favor

Laraway. is granted. 7/29-7/30



1057 Estate Sale

Orland Park


9910 W. 167th St

8/11-8/13 9-4pm Household,

clothes, tools, furniture, holiday

decor & Much More!

Frankfort Lakeview Estates

(80th Ave & Laraway).

7/29-30, 9-3. Many homes! We

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Autos $100 and Up

Saturday and Sunday

by appointment

Call 815-464-5731

1074 Auto for


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Located at 19121 85th Ct

Mokena, IL 60448

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2001 Honda Civic 30k low mi


2011 Jeep Liberty 121k $9975

2007 Mercury Grand Marquis

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2009 Toyota Sienna van 106k


2008 Hummer h3 100k


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2007 Ford Fusion 53k $8975

1993 Cadillac Fleetwood

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1998 Lexus es300 88k $4975

2007 Toyota Camry 80k


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Homer Glen

Sat. July 30th 1-4pm

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3900+ SF 2 story, wooded lot.

3-4BR 2.5Ba, Bonus room, 3

car garage. Upgrades, newer

roof /furnace $485K

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Orland Park (off Rt. 6)

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2 kitchen, lg. BR's, living 2 full rm BA's, & dining 2 car

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The Lockport Legend’s

The current owners

decided it’s time to

downsize after raising their

family in this home.

What: Custom two-story on

tree-lined cul-de-sac lot

Where: 16628 W. Arbor

Terrace in Lockport

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10 Questions

with Ronald Tucker

Ronald Tucker is a Lockport

Township sophomore. He’s a

member of the Porters football

and wrestling teams.

Tucker recently claimed

All-American honors as part

of Team Illinois at the USA

Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman

and Freestyle Nationals

in Fargo, North Dakota.

How long have you

wrestled, and what

made you get into it?

I started wrestling when

I was about 5. I got into it

because of my mom’s coworker.

He wanted me to get

into wrestling because really

I wasn’t into sports.

Do you play any other


I always thought about

playing football, but my

mom thought since I was

a little bit too big that me

playing with the older kids

wasn’t such a good idea. So

she waited for me to grow

into my size before I started

playing anything else. I play

football now. Once I grew up

into my body and my size, I

was able to play football.

As a heavyweight, do

you need to worry about

weight like many of the

other weight classes?

For most kids, no. But for

me, yes. I just weigh more

than actual heavyweights do.

It’s not a bad thing, but it’s

not a great thing, either. Being

able to connect with the other

wrestlers about cutting weight

is actually pretty good.

What are some of the

methods to cut weight?

Usually it takes a lot of

wrestling. You only need to

run when it comes to crunch

time, and you don’t have that

much time left before you

need to make weight. Usually

with the practices at Lockport,

we get the weight off

pretty easily. The wrestling

room upstairs is really hot.

How rewarding was the

trip to Fargo?

It was pretty rewarding. I

expected more going down

there. I expected to win both

styles, but I came out fifth

and second. Not bad; pretty

good [for] my first year

down there. Little disappointed,

but it’s pretty good

for a first-year Cadet.

What does it say about

the Lockport wrestling

program to have four


It says a lot. We not only

work hard during the season,

but we work hard during the

offseason, too. It shows that

we aren’t the people that say,

‘OK, season’s over with. Let’s

just chill out.’ We go right into

it right after the season.

You are only going to be

a sophomore, but how

have you evolved as a


Yes, I feel like I’m a leader

for a lot our team. One of my

jobs is to make sure everybody

is ready. I’m the person

who will help them get their

minds right. I’m there to

help them keep their spirits

up instead of them bringing

themselves down.

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What’s something most

don’t know about what

it takes to wrestle?

Most people don’t know

the time that we put in. Especially

if you do more than

just wrestling, you have a lot

of things to take care of. My

summer has been taken up

mostly with wrestling, going

out of town. A lot of practices.

There’s not much time for

a social life. But at the same

time, the hard work that we

put in usually comes out pretty

well. The hard work helps

us become better men in life.

Who do you look up to

the most?

I look up to my mom the

most. My dad and her divorced

when I was 8, and

my mom has just been there

for me all the time. Breaking

her neck to pay for wrestling

events, doing overtime, all

this stuff just so I can make it

to all these wrestling events

and be able to show who I

really am. She taught me

how to be the mature, young

man I am today.

What’s the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

The atmosphere of how

they treat the teams and how

they show support for everyone

and make sure they know

that the school cares about

them. Being able to have the

coaches connect with you and

help you throughout everything

is pretty good to have.

We’re one of the only teams

at Lockport that travel as

much as we do. That means

we bond a lot — being able to

hang out with those guys and

bond as brothers.

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LTHS grad makes most of Minor League Baseball opportunity

Max Lapthorne

Assistant Editor

From Edward Flink Field

in Lockport to L.P. Frans

Stadium in Hickory, North

Carolina, Josh Altmann

has used the same phrase

to raise morale with teammates

and coaches.

“You know what’s great

about today? I get to play


That saying exemplifies

how Altmann — a 2012

Lockport Township High

School graduate and 2015

22nd round draft pick of

the Texas Rangers — approaches

the game he now

gets paid to play.

“A year ago, year-and-ahalf

ago, I was drafted into

professional baseball, and

knowing that I had a career

right then and there is something

that I definitely won’t

forget and something that I

think about very often,” Altmann


After starring at LTHS,

Altmann moved on to

Olivet Nazarene where he

played for three seasons and

compiled a .432 batting average

his junior year.

On June 10, 2015, he got

the phone call telling him he

had been selected in the Major

League Baseball Draft,

but he didn’t spend much

time basking in his own

success, as he was helping

coach at a youth baseball

camp at LTHS later that day.

“We’re always so happy

to have him back because

what he does, is he gives

Josh Altmann is a 2012 Lockport Township High School

graduate and 2015 22nd round draft pick of the Texas

Rangers. Crystal Lin/Hickory Crawdads

kids from our community

hope,” said Andy Satunas,

head baseball coach at

Lockport Township. “He

gives them hope that ‘Yes,

guys if you want to work

really really hard, your

name might get called one

time in that Major League

draft, and you might have

a chance to go play professional


Altmann began his

professional career in the

Rookie-Level Arizona

League last year, and he has

vivid memories of his first

experience on the diamond

as a professional. His

Rangers squad was taking

on the Kansas City Royals

AZL team, and his dad was

in the crowd to see him not

only make his debut, but

collect his first-career hit as

he ripped a double down the

left field line in his third atbat.

“It’s a dream come true to

play; I still remember exactly

what happened that day,”

Altmann said. “That to me

was something that I don’t

think I’ll ever forget.”

In his first professional

season, Altmann got a

chance to join the High

Desert Mavericks — the

Texas Rangers California

League affiliate — for its

playoff run, and earlier this

year, he got his first taste of

spring training.

“This being my first

spring training this year, I

had a lot of amazing opportunities

there playing with a

bunch of our different affiliates,”

Altmann said.

One of the affiliates he

played with was the Major

League team, as he played

a handful of games for the

big league spring training

squad, getting a chance

to rub elbows with MLB

stars like Prince Fielder and

Adrian Beltre.

“You sit there as a kid and

you dream about playing

with all these players, and

next thing you know you’re

on the same field with them;

it was crazy,” Altmann said.

“I still remember it. I’ll remember

it for a very long


Even though he spent

his childhood watching

some of those players

on TV, Altmann wasn’t

overwhelmed when he

got a chance to take the

field with them. In a game

against the Chicago White

Sox at Camelback Ranch in

Glendale, Arizona, Altmann

entered the game in the sixth

inning. He got a chance to

take an at-bat against White

Sox reliever Jake Petricka,

who has a 3.31 career

ERA in four Major League

seasons. After working

the count to 3-2, Altmann

blasted a home run off the

Major League veteran.

“That was something that

I won’t forget,” Altmann

said of the home run. “Just

the experience of the game

and playing with big league

ball players is something

that is a little bit different.

You sit there, and you’re in

awe at times.”

After spending some

extra time in spring

training to start this season,

Altmann joined the Hickory

Crawdads of the South

Atlantic League where he

is hitting .268 with four

home runs on the season.

To increase his versatility,

Altmann has been playing

all over the diamond

during his professional

career. He started seeking

out opportunities to play

different positions after one

of his coaches in the AZL

preached having “a lot of

gloves in the bag.”

“I just kind of took that

to heart a little bit and just

made sure that when I have

4-5 different gloves in the

bag that I’m able to do my

job as well as anybody at

those positions on any given

day,” Altmann said. “For

me, it’s just making sure

that I’m ready to go at any

position at any time.”

Positional versatility is

something that is becoming

increasingly valuable in

professional baseball, and

Altmann sees it as a way to

make himself a more valuable

player and put himself

in a better position when it

comes to eventual promotions.

“Who really knows what

opportunities can present,

but making sure that I

can step through in those

opportunities,” he said.

“Right now, [I’m trying

to] just take it one step at

a time and hopefully move


Several levels still

separate Altmann from his

ultimate dream of getting

called up to the Major

Leagues, but that doesn’t

stop him from letting that

dream fuel him as tries to

make the most of his time

with the Crawdads.

“It’s one of those things

where you sit here and you

know you play professional

baseball, but to eventually

get a call from the Texas

Rangers that you’ve been

called up to play in the Major

Leagues, that’s something

that you still dream

about,” Altmann said.

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Sports Briefs

Lockport resident Kasten

Goebbert, Illinois Speed

receives Amateur

Athletic Union Division II

championship title

Youth basketball team

Illinois Speed earned

first place this July in the

Amateur Athletic Union

Division II championship.

The team went 7-0 in the

tournament to earn the

national title.

In addition to Lockport

resident Kasten Goebbert,

the team includes Luca

Carbonaro, of Warrenville;

J.T. Pettigrew, of Lisle; Cal

MacKay, of Wheaton; Emmanuel

Mosley, of Romeoville,

Jaden Fauske, of

Clarendon Hills and Khalil

Jones, of Aurora.

Sports Briefs are compiled

by Editor Elissa Chudwin,


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the Lockport Legend | August 11, 2016 | 39


1st and 3

Kevin Sealy

Lockport wrestlers

shine in summertime


1. A quartet


Four members of the

LTHS wrestling team

— Baylor Fernandes,

Anthony Molton, Matt

Ramos and Ronald

Tucker Jr.— earned All-

American honors as

part of Team Illinois

at the USA Wrestling

Cadet Greco-Roman

and Freestyle

Nationals held last


2. Gaining experience

The Porters had eight

wrestlers total take

part in the freestyle

tournament. The

other four were

James Pierandozzi,

Yousif Salah, Abdullah

Assaf and Brandon


3. Continuing freshman


The four Porters who

were able to get All-

American status went

a combined 121-34

during their freshman


Boys Track and Field

Meyer captures third place at USATF

National Junior Olympic Championships

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Even John Meyer Jr. can’t

win them all.

The soon-to-be Lockport

Township junior won the shot

put and placed second in the

discus in the 17- to 18-yearold

division at the USA Track

& Field National Junior

Olympics Regional at Ball

State University. The competition

came on the heels

of Meyer’s first-place finish

in the Class 3A state championship

in the shot put this

past spring. Meyer also was

a two-time national champion

last summer in the 15-

to 16-year-old age division,

when he won both the shot

put and discus competitions

at the USATF National Junior

Olympics Championships at

the University of North Florida

in Jacksonville.

So when Meyer recently

competed in the 17- to

18-year-old division at the

USATF National Junior

Olympics Championships

at Sacramento State University

in California, he had his

sights on winning another

title or two.

Although he did not reach

his goal, he took third in the

shot put, and he came up

short of qualifying in the


“Sacramento State was

such a beautiful campus and

moving up in the age group

John Meyer Jr. earned third

place at the USATF National

Junior Olympics Championships

at Sacramento State

University in California this

past month. Photo submitted

didn’t matter,” Meyer said. “I

just had to perform the way I

did before. It was still a good

experience, and I got to meet

a lot of people.”

Meyer opened his competition

July 27 in the shot

put. After making it through

the preliminaries, he took

third place with a throw of

60 feet - 2 1/2 inches. Sebastian

Barajas (60-6 3/4) was

second and Bronson Osborn

(62-6 3/4) captured first. The

fourth-place throw (58-3 3/4)

by Deszmon Humphries was

nearly two feet behind Meyer.

“Anything over 60 feet is a

really good day,” Meyer said.

“A PR would have been nice,

but I hope to get more records

next year. The spin move was

a new technique to me, but

it’s becoming second nature

now. I just want to be consistent,

and I’ll keep practicing

and putting in hard work.”

In the regionals, Meyer had

a discus throw of 169 feet, 1

inch. But at nationals July 28

he fell short at 155-7 1/2. He

earned 15th place overall, but

it also was 14 feet short of

qualifying for the final eight

who advanced to the finals.

“It wasn’t my day,” Meyer

said of the discus. “But I still

came home with a medal [in

shot put], and I’ve got two

more years. Anything over

165 feet in discus is good

for me. But three throws

goes quick, and you’ve got

to make the best of them. I

fouled on my last one.

“Of course I’ll work on

staying consistent. I like the

shot more, but I’ll focus back

on the discus. It’s way more

technical than the shot. I’ll

just keep working, go with

my technique, stay relaxed

and practice hard.”

Lockport track and field

coach Tom Razo has no

doubt that Meyer will do that.

“He had a solid summer,

and he worked extremely

hard with [throwing coach]

Wally [Shields],” Razo said.

“He’s probably disappointed,

but it was a learning experience.

He should still be proud

of himself. He’ll get other opportunities.

This is going to

be motivation for him.”


Porters earn All-American

honors at national tournament

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The high school wrestling

season may be in the middle

of winter, but the Lockport

Township wrestling team had

a great summer on the mat as


Four Porters earned All-

American honors as part of

Team Illinois at the USA

Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman

and Freestyle Nationals.

The Greco-Roman finals

were held July 17-18, while

the freestyle tournament took

place between July 20-22, in

Fargo, North Dakota.

The four wrestlers —

Baylor Fernandes, Anthony

Molton, Matt Ramos and

Ronald Tucker Jr. — also

have yet to start their sophomore


Eight total wrestlers competed

in Fargo. Joining

Molton, Ramos and Tucker

in both styles were sophomore

James Pierandozzi and

junior Yousif Salah. Fernandes

competed in just Cadet

freestyle, while seniors

Abdullah Assaf and Brandon

Ramos took part in the Junior

Freestyle competition.

“Our four All-Americans

battled throughout and beat

some of the best in the tournament,”

Lockport coach

Josh Oster said. “Between

them, they produced six All-

American finishes and that’s

our most All-Americans in

one season.”

Molton won by a 13-7 decision

over Alabama’s Alex

Thomas in the third-place

match. But Fernandes missed

advancing to the title match

and wound up settling for

third place in Freestyle.

“Anthony had never wrestled

Greco-Roman in a tournament

before, so to get third

is very good,” Oster said.

“He just went to the cadet

dual camp to work out. Then

they asked if he wanted to be

on the team, and he took it.

He lost to the champion [Jace

Koelzer, of Kansas] in the


“Baylor’s semi [against

Hartman] was tough. Baylor

beat him at the state tournament

but got edged here. Still

six of Baylor’s seven wins

were techs or pins.”

Oster, his brothers Jake

and Jameson, and Lockport

assistant coach Drake Rossi

coached in Fargo. Team Illinois

captured championships

in both Cadet divisions.

The combination of national

level success and a bevy

of returning wrestlers could

be an indication of what’s to

come for the Porters.

“I’m proud of our eight

guys for giving up some of

summer to train and compete

with the best in the country,”

Oster said. “We only graduated

one starter from last

seasons team, but we return

five state qualifiers, two state

placers and now four All-

Americans. It’s a pretty good

start to the lineup.”


“We only graduated one starter from last seasons

team, but we return five state qualifiers, two state

placers and now four All-Americans. It’s a pretty

good start to the lineup.”

Josh Oster — Lockport wrestling coach, on his team’s achievements

Tune In

Boys Soccer

Kicking things off — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Minooka

• The Lockport boys soccer teams starts its season,

looking to get off on the right foot on the road.


38 - Sports Briefs

36 - Athlete of the Week

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Becoming a

powerhouse Four

Lockport Township wrestlers earn

All-American honors, Page 39

Making it the top

John Meyer Jr. earns third at

USATF national competition,

Page 39

Lockport Township alumnus Josh

Altmann moves up ranks as professional

baseball player, Page 38

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