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mokenamessenger.com sports the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 47 fastbreak East wrestlers take second place at SWSC tournament Julie McMann/22nd Century Media 1st-and-3 Awards Season 1. Devin O’Rourke (above, center right) The Lincoln-Way East senior was given Defensive Player of the Year honors at a ceremony Jan. 17 for the area’s standout football players . 2. Brendan Morrissey The Griffins starting quarterback was named Player of the Week for his Week 2 performance against Maine South where he went 8-8 for 191 yards and 2 TDs, and another 73 yards on the ground on 11 carries in the win. 3. Matt Pollack The LW Central running back was named Player of the Week for his 3 TD performance in Week 6 against Stagg. Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter Lincoln-Way East was the runner-up at the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament last weekend in Palos Hills, while Lockport wrestlers won five individual titles and finished in the Top 6 in 12 of 14 weight classes as the Porters ended the regular season by rolling to the team title. The two-day event, which this year substituted for the annual SouthWest Suburban Conference Tournament, was held Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at Stagg High School. It featured 17 teams, including all 13 SWSC programs. Lockport, which has experienced growing pains one season after winning the Class 3A state title, dominated a challenging field and cruised to the tourney crown with 249 points. East finished second with 170.5, followed by Sandburg with 163, and Lincoln-Way West and Andrew, which tied for fourth with 159 points each. Lincoln-Way Central finished 11th with 57 points. Griffins coach Ty Byrd was encouraged by his team’s second-place finish, and believes East has a shot to win the Bradley Regional if his grapplers wrestle their best. The field at Bradley- Bourbonnais High School on Feb. 2 and 3 will include Providence, Marian Catholic, and 2017 Class 3A runner-up Lincoln-Way West. Lincoln-Way East’s Devin O’Rourke (left) faces off against Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jeff Griffin at the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament, held Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20. Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media Nick Mihajlovic (182) and Devin O’Rourke (285) won titles for the Griffins, with O’Rourke outlasting Jeff Griffin of Homewood- Flossmoor, 6-5, in the championship match. The bout had the feel of a state title match, with O’Rourke battling back from an early 4-1 deficit to emerge victorious in front of a raucous crowd. “That’s a fun one,” Byrd said after the tournament’s final match. “That was a huge match for him, metnally, seeing he can battle back from behind and he can wrestle all three periods. He kept his head, kept forging forward, and ends up winning a close match.” O’Rourke’s 2016-17 campaign ended when he broke his hand in his first match of the season, against none other than Griffin. But that wasn’t on the mind of the towering heavyweight, who will play football next season at Northwestern. “He’s just a great wrestler, so I’m really happy about it,” O’Rourke said. “He got a couple takedowns early, but it didn’t really faze me. I persevered, I knew I could win the match still, so that’s what I went for.” Mihajlovic, a junior who has come into his own this season, beat top-seeded Alex Hirschfield of Sandburg, 5-1, to win the title at 182 pounds. “It feels great, I’ve been training hard all year and feel like I’m wrestling a lot better now (than last season),” said Mihajlovic, who’s goal coming into the year was to finish in the top three at state. “I’m stronger and I feel good heading into the state series.” Listen Up “It’s a huge advantage to bowl the sectional in your own house, but we were the only school to submit to the IHSA to host the sectional.” Coley O’Connell – LW Central boys bowling coach on having the home-lane advantage during sectionals Saturday, Jan. 20. TUNE IN Girls Basketball Lincoln-Way Central Hosts Thornton 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Knights look to move up in the SWSC Red Division standings. Index 42 – Athlete of the Week 41 – This Week In FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor T.J. Kremer III, tj@moke namessenger.com.

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | www.mokenamessenger.com | January 25, 2018 The bigger they are... LW East finishes second, LW Central 11th at wrestling tournament , Page 47 Payback West girls basketball gets its revenge against East, Page 46 LWC takes sectional to move to state championship, Page 45 Lincoln-Way Central’s Ricky Wesel takes aim down the lanes as he sets to roll during the sectional match Saturday, Jan. 20. The Knights claimed the sectional title and is headed to the state championships. Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media Sunday, January 28th Stop by from 1:00pm - 2:30pm to tour our school, meet our staff, and register your child for the upcoming 2018 school year. St. Anthony Catholic Preschool The Only Catholic Preschool in Frankfort Experienced Degreed Teachers Small Class Sizes with 1:7 student/teacher ratio Full 3 hour classes Free Developmental Screening Upon Enrollment Programs Offered Two-rrific Twos | 2 1/2 yr olds Preppy Preschool | 3 yr olds Kinderbridge | 4 yr olds (815) 469-5417 • 7659 Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL • www.stanthonyfrankfort.com