Credit deserved

New officer, junior Warriors recognized at

Village Board meeting, Page 3

Expenses for education

Library presentation teaches families fiscal responsibility

for future college students, Page 5

Election season

Several contested races affecting New Lenox

in upcoming April election, Page 8

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Wreaths Across

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New Lenox Fire Protection District Commissioner Jim Pitcairn (left)

and NLFPD Trustee Bill McCollum pose for a picture Dec. 15 during

Wreaths Across America at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in

Elwood. Marisa Schreiber/New Lenox Fire Protection District

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Rotary Club of New Lenox


7 a.m.- 8 a.m. Dec. 27,

Gina’s Teardrop Cafe, 826

West Laraway Road New

Lenox. Attend a meeting to

learn more about this service

organization of local businessmen

and women.


Perler Beads for Teens

1-3 p.m. Dec. 28. New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Working with perler

beads is not just for little

kids, and it can be a great

way to relax.


New Year’s Eve

Dec. 31. Library, schools

and most village offices


Village Noon Year’s Eve

10 a.m.-noon Dec. 31,

Village Commons. Can’t

make it until midnight?

Celebrate the “Noon Year”

instead! Join the free party

and help us countdown to

noon. Music, crafts, juice,

cookies and activities will

be provided. The event is

capped off with a massive

balloon drop.

KidsWork Noon Year’s


11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dec. 31,

KidsWork Children’s Museum,

11 S. White St., Frankfort.

KidsWork Children’s

Museum is ringing in 2019

with a Noon Year’s celebrations!

Reserve your child’s

spot today by stopping in or

calling 815-469-1199.


New Year’s Day

Library, schools and most

village offices closed.


Friends of the Library


4-5 p.m. Jan. 2, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Join the Friends of

the Library as they plan their

next fundraising events in

the board room.

Free N’ Fun Bar Bingo!

6-10 p.m. Jan. 2. American

Legion Post 1977, 14414

Ford Drive in New Lenox.

Each Wednesday night there

will be a cash jackpot between

$3,000-$10,000 and

great nightly prizes. Food

and all drinks will be available

at the bar. For more

information, call (815) 485-


Writers Group

6-7:45 p.m. Dec.2. New

Lenox Public Library Board

Room, 120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. New

members always welcome -

come discuss and share your

writing with others.


Moana Movie Luau

10:30a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5. New

Lenox Public Library

Meeting Room AB, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Ages 2 – 12 Hula

on over, dress in your best

tropical wear, and beat the

winter blues by watching

Disney’s Moana on the big

screen. Don’t forget your

blanket and pillow. Registration

begins Dec. 22.

Chicago Wolves Meet and


6-7p.m. Wednesday Jan.

9, New Lenox Public Library

Meeting Room AB,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Hockey fans can

meet a member of the Chicago

Wolves hockey team

who will discuss his love of

hockey and reading.

State of the District D210

7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10,

Lincoln-Way Central in

the Knight’s Round Table,

1801 E. Lincoln Hwy, New

Lenox. The Lincoln-Way

District 210 will Hold their

Second Annual “State of the


Self Defense for Women

2-3:30 p.m. Saturday Jan.

12. New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Join Master

Jung of Jung’s Champion

Tae Kwon Do for a dynamic

and interactive self defense

class for women.

D122 Board of Education


6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.

15. Haven Administrative

Center, 102 South Cedar

Road, New Lenox. The regularly

scheduled meetings of

the Board of Education are

held on the third Tuesday of

each month at 6:30 p.m.

D210 Board of Education


7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

Lincoln-Way Central High

School, 1801 E. Lincoln

Hwy, New Lenox. Meetings

are held on the third

Thursday of every month at

the Knights of the Roundtable

at LWC.

Business After Hours:

Providence Catholic High


4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday,

Jan. 17, Providence Catholic

High School, 1800 W

Lincoln Hwy New Lenox.

Providence will offer tours

of thier new 21,000 square

foot, $6 million Student

Commons addition named

in honor of LaVerne and

Dorothy Brown. Enter

the school using the West

driveway and park behind

the school. Enter the

Brown Student Commons

through Door 14 located

behind the school on its

southwest side.

Healthy Living Expo

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

Jan. 19, Tinley Park Convention

Center South Pavilion,

18451 Convention

Center Drive. Join more

than 50 vendors in health

and wellness at the third

annual expo, which includes

speaker sessions,

cooking demos, a Vitalant

Blood Drive and more. Free

admission and free parking.

For more information,

call (708) 326-9170 ext.

16 or visit 22ndCentury

Bingo Night for NAWS

6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25

Beggar’s Pizza, 650 W.

Maple St. New Lenox. $25

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Saturdays and Sundays

through Jan. 6, Village Commons,

1 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Enjoy a full

season of entertainment and

activities in the commons.

For a full list of times, dates,

events and activities, visit

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Mondays, Village

Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. The New

Lenox Village Board meets

the second and fourth Monday

of each month. For more

information and meeting

agendas, visit

Mokena Woman’s Club


The General Federation

of Women’s Clubs Illinois

is offering scholarships,

through the GFWC Mokena

Woman’s Club sponsorship,

for students planning on enrolling

in an Illinois college,

university, trade or vocational

school for the Fall Semester

2019. Applications with

all supplemental materials

must be postmarked by February

15, 2019 and mailed to:

Judy Rader, 132 11th Street,

Lincoln, IL 62656. Applications

may be obtained on the

Lincoln-Way High Schools

website, Providence Catholic

High School website, at

the Mokena Public Library,

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the New Lenox Patriot | December 27, 2018 | 3

New Leox Village Board

Officer sworn in, officials increase security measures for 24-hour businesses

Megan Schuller

Assistant Editor

Mayor Tim Baldermann

began the Village Board

meeting on Dec. 27 by raising

his right hand and swearing

in newly hired New Lenox

police officer Evan Caughie.

“We have an amazing police

department, our men

and women do a great job

of representing the residents

of this community,” Baldermann

said. “We want you all

to know you have the support

of myself, the board and the

entire community.”

Caughie is a new resident

of the Village and said he is

eager to join the force.

“I appreciate the opportunity

to work in this Village,”

Newly sworn in officer

Caughie said after his badge

was pinned onto his uniform.

“I’m looking forward to being

able to contribute to the community.”

Baldermann then took a

moment to thank not only the

police officers in attendance,

but those closest to the officers.

“I’d also like to thank

the families of those in law

enforcement because they

worry every day and night

about their loved ones,” Baldermann

said. “If they [the

officer] didn’t have great parents,

great spouses, great kids

supporting them then they

wouldn’t be able to go out

there and do their job with the

same confidence they have.”

Storage unit proposed

off I-80 near Fieldstone


More than 20 residents of

Round it Up

A brief recap of action and discussion at New Lenox Village

Board’s regular Dec. 17 meeting:

• New Lenox Junior Warrior Football team was

recognized for an undefeated season 2018 River

Valley Youth Football League Superlight Super

Bowl Champions. After Mayor Baldermann read a

proclamation and then the tea m presented them him

with a Super Bowl shirt.

• Ordinance amending Chapter 98 of the Municipal Code

was passed unanimously to enforce taking care of trees

that do not follow the code or cause public safety code.

• Stop sign at Brett and Foxwood drives unanimously


the Fieldstone subdivision,

adjacent to the site of proposed

indoor storage units on

a 10-acre site, came before

the board to ask questions of

the petitioner of the new self

storage facility. The property

itself is privately owned, but

the petitioner is requesting a

special use ordinance, which

requires the board’s approval.

The petitioner had it put in

the ordinance that they can

not build on the three acres

closest to the subdivision,

and to heavily landscape the

Newly hired New Lenox police officer Evan Caughie (left)

is sworn in by Mayor Tim Baldermann Dec. 17 during the

Village’s regular board meeting.

megan schuller/22nd Century media

property with a berm built

facing the nearest houses.

The current zoning for the

parcel is limited to commercial

building, like offices or

day cares. The board spent

more than an hour allowing

residents to have a backand-forth

dialogue with the

petitioner and board so their

questions were answered immediately.

“I’ve used storage units for

Please see village, 6



Stefanie Campbell



4 | December 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot NEWS

NLFPD hits goal to fill plot of veterans’ graves with wreaths

James Sanchez, Editor

New Lenox Fire Protection

District Trustee Skip

Minger recalled a time four

years ago when he and former

fire chief Steve Engledow

went to Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery in

Elwood to visit Engledow’s

dad’s gravesite.

It was during Wreaths

Across America – an annual

national coordination to lay

wreaths on Veterans’ graves

on Dec. 15. With nearly

50,000 gravesites at the Elwood

cemetery, unfortunately

not all receives a wreath.

Minger noted Engledow

looking out at the rows of

tombstones without wreaths

on the plot of land where

his dad is buried and said,

“Gee, wouldn’t it be great

if all graves were filled with


Since then, it was a mission

for the NLFPD and the

New Lenox Fire Foundation

to not only be a part of a

cause, honoring fallen soldiers,

but raise enough money

to buy wreaths and lay at

each grave of an entire section,

which is around 1,800.

Last year, they were close,

raising more than $20,000,

which accommodated 1,330

graves, but this year they hit

their mark.

They raised more than

$27,000, which was enough

to buy wreaths for a section.

It’s a large jump from the

$4,000 that was raised in its

first year. It took a little over

an hour for the 54 volunteers

of staff members, sponsors

and other donors to fill the


“It’s such a moving experience

to see all the graves

with wreaths on it,” said

Minger, who’s a Vietnam

Veteran. “These people have

given their time for this


Minger said it took a lot

of trial and error and a lot

of hard work throughout the

years to hit their goal. One

boost was the help of its 11

sponsors: American Legion

Post 1977, VFW Post 9545,

local Dunkin’ Donuts, Village

of New Lenox, New

Lenox Lions Club, Kurtz

Ambulance Service, Fischer

Real Estate, Dedmon Insurance

Associates, Marriott –

Maui Ocean Club, Old Plank

Trail Community Bank and

Will County Board Member

Ray Tuminello. Also,

Minger said he and another

NL Fire Foundation member

Tammy Levey went to more

than 400 businesses to provide

information about their

initiative. He said it took

more than nine hours to visit

all those businesses during a

two-day stretch.

Besides the sponsors,

other individual donors gave

large sums of money, and

there were donation boxes at

tens of stores in the area.

“We’re very fortunate,

New Lenox is very good at

supporting the Wreaths program,”

Minger said. “One of

New Lenox Fire Foundation member Tammy Levey (left) and New Lenox Fire Protection

District Trustee Skip Minger carry wreaths over to lay at empty grave sites Dec. 15 during

Wreaths Across America at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Marisa Schreiber/New Lenox Fire Protection District

the things I learned when I

went around to the 400 businesses,

almost everybody,

I’d say 90 percent, is touched

by a veteran. Either grandpa

was in WWI or WWII, dad

was in Vietnam, someone’s

kid is in the Navy. We don’t

get a lot of resistance at all.”

Each year, the event gets

bigger for the locals and the

money raised gets higher.

Now that they hit their goal,

moving forward, Minger

said he hopes to maintain

a streak of raising enough

money to fill an entire section

year after year.

Safe Ride Home program back for New Year’s

Area program offers

local celebrants free

limo rides home

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

New Year’s Eve revelers

who’ve had a few too many

libations to ring in the new

year will once again have the

option to make it home safely

thanks to a $2,000 contribution

by The Michael P. Gordon

Memorial Foundation

and limo services provided

by Via Limousine.

John Gordon and his wife,

Heather, presented the check

Dec. 19 to members of Mokena,

New Lenox, Tinley

Park and Palos Heights law


Rides to a passenger’s

home will be provided by Via

Limousine. Passengers will

not be dropped off at another

party or public establishment.

The service is free of charge,

and no names will be recorded

or questions asked.

This is the Foundation’s

11th year involved in the Safe

Rides Home Program. John

Gordon started the foundation

after his brother Michael

was killed by a drunk driver

Aug. 8, 2004.

To arrange for a free ride

on New Year’s Eve, call Via

Limousine at (708) 349-

7700. Rides are scheduled on

a first-come, first-serve basis,

so no rides can be scheduled

prior to midnight on New

Year’s Day. Drivers will

transport people home until

4 a.m.

John Gordon (fifth from

right) of The Michael

P. Gordon Memorial

Foundation presents a

check Dec. 19 to Mokena

Police Sgt. Jason Louthan

in the amount of $2,000

for the Safe Ride Home

program. Free rides home

to New Year’s revelers will

be available courtesy of

Via Limousine. T.J. Kremer

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the New Lenox Patriot | December 27, 2018 | 5

Financial planner: Only 38 percent of students have plan to pay for college

Experts teach


responsibility for

college students

Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

Area families had the opportunity

to learn tips and

tricks on how to save for

college Dec. 13 at the New

Lenox Public Library.

Independent College

Counselor Allison Braasch

and Certified Financial Planner

and College Funding

Consultant Jim Kraiss, CFP

of My College Planning

Team gave students and their

parents tips on how to choose

which college fits for them

personally and how to financially

plan for it.

It is no secret that saving

for college is expensive. During

Kraiss’ presentation, he

noted that the average cost

for an Illinois public university

is $115,492. The average

cost for a private college

is $203,600 and the average

cost for an Elite university is


And Kraiss said the best

time to start saving is when

you are considering having


The tips the families received

from both Kraiss and

Braasch tied together perfectly

to really see how important

saving is and saving for the

right reason.

Braasch said during her

presentation that 30 percent

of freshmen do not return for

their sophomore year. And

of the students that do return

for their sophomore years,

33 percent transfer and 75

percent of returning students

take four or more years to


The national average is

5.8 years, which is nearly

$57,000 more a family is responsible


And Braasch said the reason

for students either not

coming back or taking extra

time to graduate is because of

lack of direction or choosing

for the wrong reasons.

Everyone has their own

“wrong” and “right” reasons

for choosing a school and

each student needs to realize


Sometimes, she noted,

that the parents’ influence is

sometimes the wrong reason

for the student to go to a


Reasons like, USNWR

Rankings are high, it’s the

parents’ alma mater, it’s

affordable, and it’s close

enough to home, are just four

reasons a student may choose

a school, and it may not be

the right choice.

Every student and every

member of a family is different,

and of course it works

out sometimes where the student

follows in their parent’s

footsteps and goes to the

same school they did. And

affording it is what everyone

hopes, but even that should

not be the only reason a student

goes to a school.

Four reasons students

choose a school for the wrong

reasons Braasch listed are, all

his or her friends are going

there, it’s a great party school,

great football team and that

it’s warm in the winter.


While all of those can be

great bonuses for being at a

school, they should not be the

sole reason a student attends.

She said it is all about “fit.”

How does the student fit

academically, financially,

specific learning styles, environment,

social/culture and


All of the “wrong” reasons

all fall into these categories,

but as one big group is what

makes it the right fit.

And the way a student can

find their “fit” is by researching

thoroughly and taking

advantage of college visits,

Braasch noted in her presentation.

The better ways to evaluate

a college visit should be by

upkeep of campus, options

for campus living, attentiveness

of admissions, quality of

visit with academic faculty,

and responses from random

students about the school/

academic faculty.

All of the pros and cons of

deciding on a college, ultimately

trickles down to planning

a way to pay for it, and

according to Kraiss’ presentation,

not many do.

He said that 98 percent believe

that college is a good investment,

but only 38 percent

actually have a plan in place

on how to pay for it.

Kraiss said the biggest

mistakes that are made in trying

to pay for college is saving

in a child’s name, paying

with the help of grandparent

or non-custodial parent, using

or borrowing from a retirement

fund, not using the

appeals process to obtain additional

aid, not investigating

the financial strengths of selected

colleges, not learning

all applicable strategies to

filling out the FAFSA.

The earliest date to fill out

the FAFSA is Oct. 1 and it

has to be filled out every year.

Different types of federal

and state financial aid a

student can receive is Pell,


work study, Perkins

Loan, Stafford Loan and the

Parent Plus Loan.

More points Kraiss made

were people to familiarize

themselves with the different

ways to lower their EFC.

Four income strategies to

lower EFC Kraiss included

in his presentation were keep

the student’s income under

the current protection allowance,

don’t take capital gains

during your base years, postpone

bonuses, and income

and tax timing strategies

Different assessable asset

strategies he included were

savings, stocks and mutual

funds, bonds, custodial accounts,

529s and coverdells

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and vacation homes.

The non-assessable assets

included were retirement accounts,

personal items, home

equity, cash value held within

life insurance policies and


College can be affordable

as long as you get a head

start and do research on first

why that school is going to

fit you the best and developing

a payment plan to get

through it.

Bob Spychalski










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6 | December 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot news

New Lenox School District 122

Board approves LW transportation renewal, high conference turn out

Megan Schuller

Assistant Editor

District 122 held a brief

meeting Dec. 18 to discuss a

few items before the end of

the calender year.

Prior to the meeting The

Liberty orchestra performed

a variety of holiday songs to

spread Christmas cheer.

Two key items on the

agenda were the disposal

of old i-pads as assets and

the vote of renewing the

contract agreement with

Lincoln-Way. Both passed

unanimously without much


Superintendent Peggy

Manville noted in her report

that parent-teacher conferences

has a high turn out

again this year.

“Parent-teacher conferences

were a great success

once again,” Manville said.

“We had nearly 100% participation.”

According to Manville,

there were more than 9,500

conferences held across the

district this year.


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many years,” Trustee Annette

Brown said. “When you’re

there you don’t see many

signs of life, there are not a

lot of people coming and

going in my years of experience…

I would be excited if

it did go through.”

The second read is set to

be added on the Jan. 14 board

meeting agenda.

New security measures in

place for 24 hour businesses

An ordinance was passed

which increases security

measures for 24-hour businesses

that are likely targets

for crime and robberies during

overnight hours. Police

Chief Bob Sterba, administration

and Baldermann privately

met with many of those

business owners in the village

and decided on solutions that

would deter criminals.

“This will make it a little

more difficult [for criminals],

” Trustee David Smith said at

the Dec. 10 meeting where

the ordinance was discussed

in depth before being voted

on at the Dec. 17 meeting.

Simple, cost effective measure,

like ensuring proper

lighting, adding well-placed

cameras and adding in a buzzer

for patrons to be buzzed

in between particular hours

when fewer than three employees

working were noted

as plausible solutions in the


“None of this is going to

100 percent stop activity from

taking place, gives us the best

opportunity to keep our community

safe,” Mayor Baldermann

said during discussion

on the Dec. 10 meeting.


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The Funniest entry in the 2018 Holiday Card Contest came courtesy of the Parchem family, of Homer Glen. photo submitted

Creativity, humor reign in 2018 Holiday Card Contest

This year’s winners

both hail from

Homer Glen

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

If giving is the key to enjoying

Christmas, our readers

really got it right this

season. But with the 2018

Holiday Card Contest providing

us plenty in the way

of creative and humorous

entries this year, receiving

doesn’t seem too bad, either.

So, we’re going to go

ahead and call it a wash.

We’re also going to announce

the winners of it ...

right now.

The winner of the Best in

Show category was Eileen

Dominguez, of Homer Glen.

Dominguez wowed the staff

with an entry that was halfcard,

half-diorama, with the

cardboard unfolding and

standing perfectly to create a

beautiful, multi-layered winter


For Dominguez’s efforts,

she received a $25 gift certificate

for Rubi Agave, 12622

W. 159th St. in Homer Glen;

four play passes, each good

for free admission to the KidsWork

Children’s Museum,

11 S. White Street in Frankfort;

three $5 gift certificates

for Sizzles, 110 MacGregor

Road in Lockport; and two

gift certificates, each good

for a free two-week individual

trial membership for one

adult, 18 and older, at The

Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center, 10847 W. La Porte

Road in Mokena.

The winner of the Funniest

category is the Parchem

family, of Homer Glen. The

front image features the

children running wild and a

TP’d Christmas tree, while

the back depicts a good oldfashioned

pie to the face.

For the family’s efforts,

they received two hours of

free bowling for up to six

people, including shoe rentals,

along with a pizza and

pitcher full of pop, at Laraway

Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway

Road in New Lenox; a

$25 gift card to Gizmos Fun

Factory, 66 Orland Square

Drive, Suite D, in Orland

Park; four passes, each good

for a free value basket at

Culver’s, 18248 Sayre Ave.

in Tinley Park; and four

passes, each good for one

free open gym entry at The

Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center, 10847 W. La Porte

Road in Mokena.

The contest asked readers

to send homemade Christmas

cards, year-end letters,

sketches, photos and more.

Best in Show entries were

Eileen Dominguez, of Homer Glen, won Best in Show in the

2018 Holiday Card Contest. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

judged on craftsmanship,

creativity and the spirit of

the season. Funniest entries

were judged based on

creativity and the ability to

make us laugh.

Publisher 22nd Century

Media and its staff would

like to thank everyone who

took the time to share their

holiday greetings with us

this season, as well as the

generous businesses that

sponsored the prizes for this


Happy holidays to all!


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8 | December 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot NEWS

Former New Lenox

officer sues Village

over benefits dispute

James Sanchez, Editor

A former New Lenox police

officer filed a lawsuit

against the Village of New

Lenox earlier this month

over a financial dispute on

the officer’s disability benefits.

Paul Griffin was a New

Lenox officer from 2002 to

2017. The lawsuit states on

Sept. 7, 2016, Griffin suffered

a “catastrophic injury

to his lower left extremity”

after leaving a subpoenaed

appearance assignment to

testify before the grand jury

at the Will County Annex

Court Building in Joliet.

Griffin reportedly slipped

off a curb and hyperextended

his left knee as he was

getting into his unmarked

vehicle. According to court

documents, he was able to

grab the door to keep himself

from falling down, but

immediately felt pain in the

front and rear of his knee.

Two months later, a doctor

diagnosed Griffin with a torn

meniscus, and he underwent

surgery on Dec. 8, 2016.

Post-surgery, the lawsuit

alleges Griffin’s knee did not

improve. On Aug. 31, 2017,

Griffin underwent a full left

knee replacement. According

to the suit, Griffin said it

would be unsafe for him, his

co-workers and the public if

he returned to duty.

He resigned on Oct. 10,

2017 while under internal

investigation by the police

department for obstructing

justice, official misconduct

and mishandling court documents,

according to court


The lawsuit stated the

Board of Trustees of the

New Lenox Police Pension

Fund selected three physicians

to examine Griffin’s

disability claim. All three

concluded Griffin was “permanently

disabled” from the

2016 incident.

All evidence was presented

to the pension board at a

June 20, 2018 hearing, and

on Oct. 22, 2018, the board

denied Griffin’s line-of-duty

disability pension, but granted

his application for a noton-duty

disability pension

effective the date he was off

the municipality’s payroll,

the lawsuit added.

An officer with a not-onduty

pension is entitled to

50 percent of the salary attached

to the officer’s rank

at the date of suspension of

duty or retirement, while a

line-of-duty disability pension

grants 65 percent of the

salary attached to the officer’s


Griffin hired Palatinebased

Law Offices of Thomas

W. Duda to represent him

to contest that the incident

on Sept. 7, 2016 occurred

while on duty, with the goal

that the court reverses the

pension board’s decision and

make the board pay Griffin

line-of-duty disability benefits.

The case is expected to

return to court at 9 a.m. on

March 26, 2019. The New

Lenox Police Department

was not immediately available

for comment.

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Flood forces D91 holiday

program to Rialto stage

Some 500 students from

Milne-Kelvin Grove School

District 91 performed Dec.

18 at the Rialto Square Theatre

in downtown Joliet as

part of the school’s annual

“I Love Christmas” program.

This year’s program was

extra special because of the

venue. Choral director and

teacher Sarah Randolph

said most years the students

perform their program at

the school’s old gym. But

roughly a month ago, flooding

issues forced the school

to seek a new location. The

school’s new gym was not

ideal, as it is smaller than the

old gym and does not have a

stage, so she reached out to

the community for help.

But at first no location was

big enough to accommodate

hundreds of students and

hundreds of parents. If they

were, the stage was not free

anyway, Randolph said.

“I thought, ‘I’ll try the Rialto,’”

she said.

She figured it was a long

Election 2019

Village, D210, NLPL to have races, while others to go unopposed

James Sanchez, Editor

On, Dec. 17, the election

filing period for the April 2,

2019 consolidated election

closed. Listed below are the

candidates running in races

that affect New Lenox.

Village of New Lenox

Four candidates are competitng

for three spots that are

four-year-terms on the Village

Board. Incumbents Jasen

Howard, Doug Finnegan and

Keith Madsen will be challenged

by newcomer Brian

O’Leary. Mayor Tim Baldermann

filed for re-election and

will run unopposed.

shot to get a professionalgrade

theater to offer up its

space for elementary students,

but it worked. They

had Tuesday morning open,

but only for a few hours, and

the students could not use

the stage to practice or prepare.

“I said, ‘I can do it,’” Randolph

recalled. “We have the

best children in the world.”

Reporting by Jesse Wright,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



Library expo features a

community of creators

As the temperature drops,

most folks enjoy cuddling

up with a cozy blanket or

heavy quilt. But how often

do we consider the craftsmanship,

community and

history behind this functional

art form?

On Dec. 14 and 15, the

Orland Park Public Library

hosted its Exploring Textiles

expo, giving patrons the opportunity

to learn more about

needlework, fabric arts and

handmade textiles from a

Lincoln-Way Community High

School D210

Six candidates are competing

for four four-year

slots on the D210 Board of

Education: incumbent board

members Beth Janus-Doyle

and Joseph Kirkeeng, Manhattan

resident William J.

Garrett, Frankfort residents

Hugh “Butch” McCorkle

and Peter J. Wilkes and Mokena

resident Richard C.

LaCien, Jr. D210 Trustees

Christine Glatz and Ronald

A. Lullo are not running for


variety of local craftspeople.

The program — which was

held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on

both Friday and Saturday

— also featured live demonstrations

detailing tips and

techniques that can be used

by hobbyists and advanced


“We want to let the community

know that needle

arts aren’t dying,” said Kelly

Cuci, the library’s outreach

services manager, the morning

of Dec. 14. “People are

really involved with them.

We’ve got these great clubs

here, and they’re helping us

out with this event.”

Along with exploring the

intricate art form, the event

also invited attendees to join

the local community of creators.

“I know that my grandmother

sewed, my parents

sewed and now I’m sewing,”

Cuci said. “It seems to run in

families and in communities.

People get close, and

they share traditional sewing


Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For more,


New Lenox School D122

Three incumbents are running

unopposed for a full

four-year term on the Board

of Education: Secretary Nicole

Swallow, President

William Pender and Board

Member Cynthia Dykas. No

one filed for the two-year unexpired


NL Community Park District

The park district’s Board of

Trustees race will also go unopposed.

Three incumbents

filed for the April 2 election:

Treasurer Garry Kraemer,

Vice President Brian Fischer

and Secretary Dale Larson.


Goddard School gives

money, toys for holidays

The Goddard School in

Mokena donated $1,000 on

Dec. 15 to Mokena Miracles

and donated more than 30

toys to Silver Cross Hospital

for its pediatric unit.

“It’s holiday time, so we

thought we’d do a good

thing here,” Goddard coowner

Neel Saha said. “Mokena

Miracles is doing some

great work.”

Students sold cookie

dough to raise the funds.

The toys donated to Silver

Cross came via Goddard’s

Mokena location being chosen

as one of only 50 to participate

in a toy testing back

in September.

Saha presented the check

along with his wife, Dolon.

“You have no idea how

much this means to us and

how much it will mean to the

families who we provide a

wonderful holiday for,” said

Officer Tom Czarnecki.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III,

Editor. For more, visit Moke

New Lenox Public Library

Four candidates are vying

for three open seats on the

library Board of Trustees.

Incumbents Louis J. Broccolo,

Bonnie Ulstad and

Michelle DeBella Monbrod

will be challenged by newcomer

Alex Vancina.

Union School District 81

All four incumbents will

run unopposed for USD81.

Those are New Lenox residents

Shelly Sinclair and

Linda Brunner, and Joliet

residents Christopher Gustafson

and Carey Brock. sound off

the New Lenox Patriot | December 27, 2018 | 9

Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of Sunday,

Dec. 23

1. Local musician releases rock ‘n’ roll album

2. Former New Lenox officer sues Village over

benefits dispute

3. Village Board, D210, library to have races,

while others to go unopposed

4. New Lenox Jr. Warriors football team wins

Super Bowl

5. Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital hosts ribbon

cutting, Jim McMahon visits as keynote


From the editor

What a sight to see all these lights

James Sanchez

Become a member:

New Lenox Police Department posted this

Dec. 19:

“Today, during our annual Christmas lunch

at the NLPD, Cooper and Lincoln happen to

stop by to say Merry Christmas. They made

a beautiful Christmas card and a tray of

sweets. We made sure they left with badges

and other cool NLPD swag! Thank you Cooper

& Lincoln!”

Like The New Lenox Patriot:

“Congratulations to Nate Mahoney on

signing with Army West Point!”

@LWWestside, on Dec. 19

Follow The New Lenox Patriot: @TheNLPatriot

Maybe it’s just

around my neighborhood

in the

west suburbs, but it seems

like year after year there are

less festive houses during

the holidays.

It’s never a problem in my

parents’ home. They leave

the Christmas lights lined

up around the front window

up all year. But each year

when I drive around New

Lenox to take photos of

decked out houses in town

for the paper, I’m immediately

reminded that it’s not

a dying holiday tradition

in the southwest suburbs.

There are so many decorated

homes that the New

Lenox Community Park

District hosts the annual

holiday lights contest every


Each year I visit these

houses, it’s funny because

I feel like I see the evolution

of holiday lights in my

lifetime all in one drive.

You got the 1980s and early

1990s flair with the fat light

bulbs. And I remember all

the lights back then were

always multi-colored, never

uniform. I always thought

they were kind of ugly to

look at on a home, and if

one of them were burnt

out, it was very noticeable.

Other than the fat bulbs,

there were the bubble bulbs

that looked like pipettes one

would use during science

Pictured is last year’s winner of the Holiday Lights Contest the New Lenox Community

Park District puts together every year. The home is on Cedar Road.

22nd Century Media File Photo

class. The smaller lights

were around but some of

them were all oddly shaped,

like in snowballs that no one

would recognize if it wasn’t

named on the box, or flowers.

Or if small lights were

used back then, they would

be the ones with the special


Then as we got into the

2000s, the fat bulbs were

rarely used, and it was all

about the smaller lights and

the icicles. Also, back when

I was a child, I remember

carrying large plastic figurines

and placing them in

the yard, and waking up in

the morning and see half of

them knocked over because

of the wind. The blow-ups

that I see more of nowadays

are a much better touch and

more reliable.

In my neighborhood

back then, it was about how

much stuff you could put

on your home. I feel like

nowadays, it’s kind of like

that, but the look is more

sleek and put together. Take

last year’s winner of the

Holiday Lights Contest on

Cedar Road that’s pictured

here as an example.

Make sure to check out

decorated homes in your

neighborhood before it’s

taken down. In the park

district’s contest, homes

that participated are on

Woodlawn Road, Meadow

Path, Westmoreland Street,

Francis Road, Central Road,

East Joliet Highway, Cedar

Road, West Michigan Road,

Norwood Circle, Stonegate

Road, Warbler Road,

McDivitt Drive and Brogan

Drive. There were numerous

elaborately decorated

houses during my drive the

other night that I felt would

compete in the lights contest,

especially one I saw on

Cedar Road where the entire

house was draped with light

blue lights. So go out and

take a gander and appreciate

the work these homeowners

put in. It’s not an easy task.

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12 | December 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot FAITH


United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

The Divorce Care Group

Jan. 8- Ongoing. The

group is starting up again

for people going through or

struggling with divorce. We

would like to provide spiritual

and group support. It

will be a 13 week series. For

more information call (815)


Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is at

9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Musical Opportunities

Join the vocal choirs, bells

choirs, or praise team. There

are opportunities for children,

teens, and adults. Rehearsals

are on Wednesday

or Thursday evenings. For

more information, call (815)


St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

Mass Schedule

7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

and 6:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30

a.m. Monday-Saturday; 5

p.m. Saturdays and 8:30 a.m.


Called To Holiness

7-8:30 p.m. every first

Monday of the month. For

directions to the meeting location

and more information,

contact Jennifer at calledto

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

HERO Family Support Group

7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

This group is open to

anyone with a family member

currently struggling

with addiction, suspected

addiction, or currently in

recovery. Family support

meetings provide helpful

tools and information to

better equip people to help

their loved ones through

their struggle. This group

provides a supportive environment

with others who

have had similar experiences

and an opportunity

to meet and network with


Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For more

information, call the church

at (815) 485-5152.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Sunday School and Living


9:15 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (815)


Teen Catechesis

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling with

hurts, habits, or hang-ups.

For more information, call

Deb at (708) 516-6318.

St. John of Chicago Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

Orthodox Divine Liturgy

10-11:30 a.m. Sundays.

Missio Dei Church (123 W. Wood St., New


Women’s Study

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and

9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Study materials will cost

$10.50, and books will be

distributed before the study

begins. Payments will be

collected on the first class.

Pay by cash or make checks

payable to Missio Dei


Gathered Worship

9:30-11 a.m. every Sunday.

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (815)


Intro to New Life

Church staff offers a oneday

Intro to New Life workshop,

which will provide the

opportunity for attendees

to engage in an in-depth

dialogue about the church’s

mission, beliefs and approach

to ministry. To register,

sign up at newlifenew or call the church

office at (815) 462-0202.

The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road, New


The Landing

6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. This is a group

to help teens break free from

hurts, hang-ups and addictions.

There is no charge. For

more information, search for

Freedom Haus on Facebook.

The Center Youth Group

6:30-9 p.m. every Thursday.

Teens ages 12-19 are

welcome. The night features

live music, an open gym, an

encouraging message and a

chance to meet new friends.

For more information, call

(815) 717-8002.

Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Sunday Services

10:30 a.m. every Sunday;

1 p.m. on the first Sunday of

each month and 6 p.m. every

Sunday except the first Sunday

of each month.

Worship and Bible Service

7 p.m. every Wednesday.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Sunday Services

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite

II. 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II with music, followed

by coffee hour. For more

information, call (815) 485-


Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third and

fifth Saturday of each month.

Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar

Road, New Lenox)

Junior and Senior High Bible


6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. For more information,

call (815) 462-7700.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. every Sunday.

Christian education classes

are available for all ages. A

nursery is also available. For

more information, call (815)


Worship Service

8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

every Sunday.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Ruth Circle Quilters

9 a.m. Mondays. No experience

necessary. You just

have to know how to have

fun to join. And if that’s not

enticing enough, we always

have snacks! For more information,

call (815) 462-

9527 or (708) 479-7338.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford

Drive, New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first Sunday

of the month. The group

meets to discuss a message

geared toward junior and

senior high school students.

For more information, email

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Megan Schuller at or

call (708) 326-9170 ext. 34.

Information is due by noon on

Thursdays one week prior to


In Memoriam

Thomas Joseph Peterson

Thomas Joseph Peterson,

79, of New Lenox, died

Dec. 19. He is survived by

his children Cathi (Rick


Call Gary Durish (815) 474-4447


Fenton) Peterson, Jim (Rebecca)

Peterson, Mary Nenn

and Beth (Nick) Leonard;

grandchildren Cameron,

Christian, Gretchen, Dylan,

• 2 Bedroom

• 2 Bath

• $1390/month

• No pets

Ryan, Claire and Faith; and

sibling Dorothy (late Ray)

Donahue. Tom was a Credit

Manager for Swift and Co.

for 35 years, retiring in 1990

and a longtime member of

Our Lady of Knock Church

in Calumet City. Family received

friends at Kurtz Memorial

Chapel. Funeral was

at St. Jude Catholic Church.

Interment was at Holy Cross


Laura Lynn Trento

Laura Lynn Trento (nee

Bembenek), 55, of New

Lenox, died Dec. 17. Laura

is survived by her husband

Claudio Trento; siblings

Joseph (June) Bembenek,

Brian (Denise) Bembenek,

Leanne (Phil) Wargowsky;

also Katie and Ella

Wargowsky; and numerous

nieces and nephews. Laura

was a Human Resource

Executive for Verizon and

was Co-Owner of Creative

Wings Art Shoppe in

Lockport. Family received

friends at Kurtz Memorial

Chapel. Funeral was at St.

Jude Catholic Church. Interment

was at Pleasant Hill

Cemetery. In lieu of memorials,

donations in Laura’s

name to Joliet Area Community

Hospice would be


Margaret Deaville

Margaret “Peg” Deaville,

94, formerly residing at the

Cottages of New Lenox,

died Dec. 7. She is survived

by her children Roberta

(Charles) Baird and Michael

(Maureen) Deaville;

grandchildren William,

David (Jennifer), John

(Sheila), Thomas, Megan

and Martin (Jillian); and

great-grandchildren Danielle,

Charles, Ryan, John,

Kathryn, Lucy and Maisie.

Family received friends at

Kurtz Memorial Chapel.

Interment was private at a

later date at Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery. In

lieu of memorials, donations

to the Harry Anderson

VFW Post 9545, American

Legion Post 1977 or charity

of your choice would be appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email Editor James

Sanchez at james@newlenox with information

about a loved one who was a

part of the New Lenox community. LIFE & ARTS

the New Lenox Patriot | December 27, 2018 | 13

The Pretzel family wins park district’s lights contest

Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

It has been at least 20 years

since Linda and Frank Pretzel

have entered into the New

Lenox Holiday Lights contest,

yet they’ve racked up 15

wins including this year.

Reindeer, candy canes,

trees, drummer boys, a massive

blow-up Santa, house

lights and every other Christmas

theme imaginable light

up the lawn with the help of

20,000 lights.

Linda does 90 percent of

the work, but the homemade

decorations were Frank’s doing.

She spent two months

creating the 15-time winning

Holiday Lights house, with

anywhere between six and 12

hours per day.

“It’ll be 10 p.m. and I’ll be

watching TV, and she’ll be

still running around,” Frank

said. “She wears herself out


And she does not do it because

she wants to win the

contest; she just loves Christmas.

“I just love Christmas,” she

said. “I think it’s great. I see

so many people get so much

joy. I’m going to feel guilty

when I quit. It’s an honor. It

makes it even greater because

I’m not the one entering it.

That makes me feel good.”

While she likes the attention,

she hopes that other

people can get recognition,

as well.

Not only is the outside

lighting up the dark sky, but

the inside of the Pretzel residence

is filled with more decorations.

More Santas, bears,

angels and more fill their

house, eliminating the space

to sit in four out of the five

rooms downstairs.

In one room, created by

her 9-year-old granddaughter,

presents multiple families

of animals in separate groups

being “read” to by a mama

bear, papa bear and two

baby bears. She never does

the same arrangement twice,

aiming for a difference each


Large and heavy wreaths

hang along the top of doorways,

and with just two-anda-half

inches to work with,

Linda makes them hang perfectly

over the top and hang


She uses a few nails and

wires to keep it all balanced,

while being sure to not ruin

the wall when the house gets

back to “normal.”

To keep everything lit inside

the house, which is only

lit at night for a few hours,

or when visitors stop in, she

has 11 surge protectors scattered

throughout the four


She also uses 120-140 batteries

to keep battery-powered

decorations dancing,

singing and talking.

With all of the lights and

power being used, she actually

started a fire a couple years

ago and completely burned a


“I burned the breaker. It

was just gone,” Linda said.

“Frank gave me 60 amps just

for the front yard. He told

me if I burned that up I was


And the Pretzels invite

The Pretzels don’t just have an elaborate holiday display outside their home on the 300

block of East Joliet Highway, it also continues inside, as well.

Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

anyone inside to see the decorations

and encourage people

to not be shy about it.

About 200 people came

to see the lights already this

Christmas season. The lights

go up Thanksgiving night

and come down Dec. 26.

Linda is not sure when

the decorations will stop as

it has been a season-time

decision. She thought last

year was going to be her final

year, but still was able to

make it happen.

She said as she pushes 70

years old, she will know by

October if the lights are going

up again. But one thing is

for sure, it’s all the lights or

nothing at all.

Locals cast in ‘Heavens to Betsy 2’

Movie was also shot

at Gatto’s restaurant

in New Lenox

Megan Schuller

Assistant Editor

The term “heavens to Betsy”

is an American phrase

once coined to mean shock

or surprise. Frankfort native

and director of “Heavens

to Betsy” and “Heavens to

Betsy 2” Robert Alaniz put

a play on words and gave

the expression new context.

Members of the “Heavens

to Betsy 2” cast and crew attended

the encore premiere

of the movie at Emagine

Theatres in Frankfort on

Dec. 6. Alaniz and several

actors in the sequel actually

call the southwest suburbs

their set and their home.

The sequel follows the

lead character Betsy Simon

back to her real life after

she pens her adventures in

her God-made alternate universe

into a novel.

“Heavens to Betsy 2” was

Alaniz’s ninth film, and he

made it clear that the movie

is a crossover between a

Christian and general audience


“You don’t have to be

Christian or even religious

to appreciate it,” Alaniz

said. “The sequel is a continuation

of the first story,

but I never intended for

there to be a sequel.”

Gatto’s Restaurant in

New Lenox, the Frankfort

Public Library District, and

a quiet Frankfort neighborhood

were featured in the

film in different scenes.

Homer Glen resident

Gary Gow, a science teacher

at Jerling Junior High

School in Orland Park,

played the selfish television

show host Tandum Dackery.

Besides being a teacher

Please see Heavens, 15

New Lenox resident and actor Chris Galvan (fourth from the left) poses with cast of

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LWSRA Center becomes Whoville for Lunch with the Grinch

Rochelle McAuliffe

Freelance Reporter

“Every who down in

Whoville liked Christmas

a lot, but the Grinch, who

lived just north of Whoville,

did not. The Grinch

hated Christmas! The whole

Christmas season!” But,

perhaps, if he dined with

the people of the Lincolnway

Special Recreation Association,

he would come to


In the name of inclusivity,

people gathered for a

fun activity: To bring the

Grinch some good cheer,

as the LWSRA believes

it’s the best time of the


It was on Saturday, Dec.

15, that for the Grinch, the

holidays would come to

not stink, because instead

of the Grinch being a menacing

foe, the lunch date

with him set hearts aglow.

It was at the Lincolnway

Special Recreation Center

in New Lenox where

this tale began, of how

the Grinch came to enjoy

Christmas with all his new


For the third annual

Lunch with a Grinch, the

LWSRA was able to put it

together in a cinch. With

face painting, photos with

the Grinch, a bounce house

and fun, there was something

to enjoy for everyone.

The feast of pizza was what

many enjoyed the most,

rather than the Grinch’s

choice of beast, which is


Peter Wagner and his

mother, Cindy, spent the

afternoon together one of

their favorite places with

their favorite holiday cartoon.

Peter is a participant


program; a structured, fiveday-a-week

program that is

designed to meet the needs

of people 18 and older with

a disability. The program

became an outlet for Peter

after he aged out of school,

but Cindy has become part

of the LWSRA family and

knows how wide the impact


“It’s nice to see such a

big turnout to this and that

it’s a really good mix of

everybody,” Cindy said.

“It’s great exposure for the

LWSRA and people with


Exposure and awareness

are what they strive

for at the LWSRA, because

they’re here to help people

with disabilities every day.

They want people to tour

the building and spread the

word, and make sure their

message is heard: that everyone

knows someone

with special needs.

“You may not have one

of your own, but everyone

knows somebody,” said

Karyn Reczek, outreach coordinator

for the LWSRA.

“We want to get people

in here, see our facilities

and tell everyone they

know about what we do


As the Grinch went

around the center looking

for trouble, he found

nothing but joy – make it

double. Accompanied by

his dog, Max and Cindy

Lou Who, the lunch with

the Grinch brought out the

whole crew. Handing out

junk mail and jury duty to

some, he shared a hug with

a friend who gave him an

onion, a food that for him

ranks No. 1.

Crawling on the floor, he

told Max he was starting

to feel, and the spirit of the

holidays then became real.

As the Grinch talked to his

friends at the LWSRA more,

his heart grew three sizes,

maybe four!

The LWSRA will host

two events in early 2019,

and the public is invited to

attend. On Feb. 23, residents

should get ready to

jump for Jump Fest, the

Marianne Knoerzer, 5, of New Lenox, and Jake Billings, 6, of Mokena, make a craft with

puffy stickers while mom Chrissy Billings supervises Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Lincolnway

Special Recreation Association’s Lunch with the Grinch event.

Rochelle McAuliffe/22nd Century Media

LWSRA’s annual jump

castle extravaganza. Participants

can walk in and enjoy

unlimited bouncing from

12-4 p.m. for $10.

Additionally, the LWS-

RA’s Annual Bunny Breakfast

will take place at Lincoln-Way

East High School

on April 20. There will be an

Easter egg hunt, pictures with

the Easter Bunny, face painting

and of course, breakfast.

Tickets are available at www.


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and actor, Gow also coaches

softball and directs the annual


“It’s so heartwarming to

see so much support from

colleagues and friends,”

Gow said. “This is a good

opportunity for me to pursue

my craft of acting without

having to move far away to

Los Angeles or New York.”

Science teacher Sarah

Callis works alongside

Gow at Jerling Junior High

School. She was one of

many teachers that came out

to support their colleague in

his acting career.

“It’s fun to see him play

a despicable character because

that’s not him at all,”

Callis said. “He is so softspoken,

so to see him cast as

a jerk is hysterical.”

Alaniz said that Gow is

a natural and plans to work

with him as the lead character

in a future film.

For New Lenox resident

Chris Galvan, “Heavens to

Betsy 2” was the first fulllength

feature film in his

acting career. He played

Betsy’s boyfriend Robert

Trainer, whose intentions

are questionable until the

end of the film.

“The cast and crew were

great and helped me get

my feet wet,” Galvan said.

“Since I lived locally, it was

such an easy project to be a

part of.”

Alaniz said that one of the

biggest challenges was how

to bring characters from

Betsy’s alternate universe

back into reality with her.

“It wa difficult to do but

we had a great cast and I’m

proud of them,” Alaniz said.

Chicago resident Steve

Parks, who plays Betsy’s

assistant Brian, was one

of the characters that was

tricky to bring back into the

sequel. He said he changed

the mannerisms and appearance

of the “new Brian”

versus the “old Brian.”

“For me as an actor, it’s

fun to see how things would

have been different,” Parks

said. “I had decided that the

way my character had gotten

his job [as Betsy’s personal

assistant] was through

a chain of events that never


Chicagoland native Jim

O’Heir, known for his role

as Jerry Gergich in the NBC

sitcom “Parks and Recreation,”

played Pastor John,

Betsy’s mentor throughout

the first and second movie.

“If [Jim O’Heir] gave a

real sermon, I’d listen to

it all day,” executive producer

Michael Stoskus said,


Despite being a prominent

character in the movie,

O’Heir was only in town to

shoot for four days, according

to Alaniz.

A video message from

O’Heir played before the

movie, apologizing for his

absence at the premiere and

telling the audience about

his experience with filming

both movies.

“I was unsure if I had

the time to do ‘Heavens to

Betsy’ but once I read the

script I knew I had to do it,”

O’Heir said. “Next thing I

know I’m in Chicago filming.”

O’Heir called the movie

a “sweet message” with a


“Watch what you wish

for,” he said.

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Houses in the holiday spirit

Numerous houses win awards in park district’s contest

Homeowners on the 400 block of West Francis Road made the most of their large yard with

decorations and finished third in the “Originality and Use of Theme” category in the New

Lenox Community Park District’s Holiday Lights Contest. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd

Century Media

The judges appreciated the large lighted tree on the roof of this house on the 700 block of

Warbler Lane. The homeowners took second place in “Creativity & Design.”

This house on the 2800 block of Meadow Path earned third place in “Creativity & Design”

with the help of the idea of the reindeer sleigh on the front appearing as if it is flying


The 2017 overall winner on the 700 block of South Cedar Road added a Santa and Santa’s

mailbox to its display. It won third place in “Curb Appeal.”

With an assortment of different decorations, as well as having music playing, this home on

the 2800 block of Westmoreland Street won first place in “Originality and Use of Theme”

and second place in “Curb Appeal.”

This home on the 700 block of Michigan Road could be seen from a mile away. This

elaborate display won first place in “Curb Appeal” and second in “Originality and Use of


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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. Isaac Newton’s title

4. Lao-tzu’s philosophy

7. Queen or drone

10. Author Saroyan

12. Accomplished

14. Knot in wood

15. Metal pin

17. Opposite of always


18. Periods

19. 1958 Elvis hit

21. Q followers

23. River in a Strauss


24. Sandburg basketball

star, ____ Stavropoulos

28. Boise’s state: Abbr.

30. French for summer

31. Mid-seventh-century


32. W. Coast campus

35. Cooking ingredient in

some Chinese dishes

38. Marine abbr.

39. Old White House


40. Human ancestor

41. Orland Park school

44. Have the lead

45. Cobbler, for example

46. Not masc.

47. Narcissist’s problem

49. Through

51. Winter coat

56. Cable alternative

57. Wrapped up

59. The Crimson Tide,


62. America’s Cup, i.e

64. Branch of Islam

65. “An apple ___...”

66. Desires

67. Ill-tempered

68. After Mar.

69. OJ’s judge

70. Compass point


1. Indian lute

2. One of Chekhov’s Three


3. Flacco, e.g.

4. Trig. function

5. Aid criminally

6. Cheer for the torero

7. Dentist tool

8. Several periods

9. Chicago sights

11. Choice list

13. List of errors

14. In development, as


16. Leg bones

20. School exam

22. Derive from

24. Draw close to

25. Parkinson’s drug

26. More frigid

27. Pipe bend

29. “Ain’t It ___” (Fats

Domino hit)

32. Meanwhile

33. Spin on the ice

34. 56, in Rome

36. Compass direction

37. Devour

41. Relaxation area

42. Corp. money managers

43. Annual British rowing


44. Shoe bottoms

48. “Annie get your __”

50. Date of Allied forces


52. Was dizzy

53. Trident features

54. Bunsen burner cousins

55. German wine valley

57. Crash aftermath

58. Estimator’s phrase

59. Flock sound

60. Payroll processing


61. Damage

63. One of the “Three

Kingdoms” (Chinese)


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with Austin Zaker

Lincoln-Way Central junior

Ausin Zaker is on the

Knights boys bowling team.

He transitioned into a

two-handed bowler for the

Knights after bowling with

one-handed all his life.

How did you get into


I just tried bowling one

day and I liked it. So I started

getting more equipment,

and just got better and better.

When did you decide

to pursue bowling


Junior high was when I

started because that’s when

State came along.

What’s the biggest

lesson learned you’ve

learned from the sport?

You just have to keep going

for your spares and keep

a good attitude.

Do you have any

pregame superstitions

or a routine?

I just keep the same order

of stuff. Clean off the

ball and take your time

before each time you


What’s your greatest

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My 289 game when I was

just practicing bowling and

I shot a 289 last year.

What’s your dream

goal in the sport?

It would be to get a 300


If you weren’t a

bowler, what sport

would you want to


Baseball because it’s my

second favorite sport.

If you won the lottery,

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A new truck first, then

some motorcycles.

If you could star in a

movie what would it


I like “World War Z”, so

it would probably be that.

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challenge to overcome

in your sport?

You have to stay positive

and keep going toward your


Interview by Freelance Reporter

Sean Hastings.

28 | December 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot SPORTS


Estrada’s quick pin rallies come-from-behind win

Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way West wrestling

coach Brian Glynn

expected a pin out of sophomore

Javen Estrada at the

126-pound weight class and

Estrada followed through on

his coach’s expectations.

Down 31-26 with just him

and Kenner Guzman (132

lbs.) left to wrestle, West

needed points out of both of

them to get the win. In just

52 seconds, Estrada pinned

Plainfield South’s David Playa

to take a 32-31 lead and

Guzman tacked on four more

on a 10-2 major decision.

West came away with a

36-31 win on Friday, Dec.

21 in New Lenox.

In a match where the extra

points were hard to come by,

Estrada’s late pin was key in

the biggest moment of the


“Javen has really turned

the corner this last three

weeks,” Glynn said. “He’s

practicing with a different

attitude, he’s wrestling with

a different attitude, so I’ll

be honest, I expected him to

come out and pin that kid.”

Estrada knew the importance

of his match with Playa,

but he did not get himself

to worked up about it, he just

went out and did it, he said.

In the Warriors match

Dec. 15 against Cary Grove,

he also picked up a quick

pin, that time in just 40 seconds

and the same day got

another pin against Moline,

but in 2:46. West won both

matches handedly, but Friday’s

was tight throughout.

“[My mindset was] just go

in there and wrestle my hardest

and whatever happens

happens and just try and go

for the pin, but not worry too

much about it,” he said.

But up just one point in

the final match, Guzman’s

match was going to decide

the fate of the duel meet for

both schools. All he needed

to do was win by regular

decision to secure the win

for West, but picked up one

more point for good measure

with the major.

“Kenner (Guzman) hasn’t

wrestled much varsity, but

we decided to check him

out this week and he really

stepped up and came in at a

critical time and wasn’t nervous

and did his thing and it

was awesome.”

There were just five pins

combined throughout the

match, so the extra points

made a difference for West.

Also picking up pins for

the Warriors were Griffin

Ketelaar (220 lbs.) and Jacob

Cronk (182 lbs.). Cronk

pinned his man in just 20

seconds and Ketelaar finished

his match in 1:16.

Glynn had high praise for

both Ketelaar and Cronk.

“Griffin Ketelaar stepped

up,” Glynn said. “He beat a

kid that he had to beat and

not only did he beat him, he

pinned him. Obviously points

were crucial in this dual meet.

The difference from a major,

to a tech, to a pin was really

the difference.”

Earning points for West

were Payton Geigner (regular

decision 8-3 at 145 lbs.),

Josh Pakula (technical decision

18-3 at 170 lbs.) and

Johnny Buell (113 lbs.) won

by forfeit.

At this point of the season,

Glynn feels that the team has

“bought in” and realize the

importance of getting the extra

points and how that makes

a difference and vice versa.

Two Warriors were pinned

Friday and it does not matter

to Glynn who they are wrestling,

a pin is not acceptable,

he said.

Glynn repeated that earning

the extra points and not

having teams earn the points

on them is what can help

make them a top three team

in the state.

This Week In…

Warriors Varsity


Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Maine East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

■Dec. ■ 28 - at Maine East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Maine East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Oswego East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

■Dec. ■ 28 - at Oswego East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Oswego East

Holiday Tournament,


■Jan. ■ 3 - hosts Thornridge,

5:30 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 28 - at DeKalb Team

Invite, 9 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 29 - at DeKalb Team

Invite, TBA

Girls Bowling

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Plainfield South

Invite (at Town and Country

Lanes), 9 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 3 - hosts Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Bowling

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Morgan Park

Invite (at Dolton Bowl), 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming and


■Dec. ■ 27 - at Homewood-

Flossmoor Pentathalon, 10


Knights Varsity


Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Maine East

Holiday Tournament,


■Dec. ■ 28 - at Maine East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Maine East

Holiday Tournament, TBA

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Medieval

Classic (at Lincoln-Way East),


■Dec. ■ 28 - at Medieval

Classic (at Lincoln-Way East),


■Dec. ■ 29 - at Medieval

Classic (at Lincoln-Way East),


■Jan. ■ 3 - hosts Thornton, 6



■Dec. ■ 28 - at Granite City

Tournament, 9:30 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Granite City

Tournament, 9:30 a.m.

Girls Bowling

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Reavis Invite (at

El Mar Bowl), 9 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Plainfield South

Invite (at Town and Country

Lanes), 9 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 3 - hosts Lincoln-Way

West, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Bowling

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Morgan Park

Invite (at Dolton Bowl), 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming and


■Dec. ■ 27 - hosts Lincoln-Way

Central Invite, 10 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 3 - at Andrew, 5 p.m.

Celtics Varsity


Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Jack Tosh

Holiday Classic (at York), TBA

■Dec. ■ 28 - at Jack Tosh

Holiday Classic (at York),


■Dec. ■ 29 - at Jack Tosh

Holiday Classic (at York),


■Dec. ■ 31 - at Jack Tosh

Holiday Classic (at York),


Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Medieval

Classic at Lincoln-Way East;

vs. Andrew, 2 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 28 - at Medieval

Classic at Lincoln-Way East;

vs. LWE, 3:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Medieval

Classic at Lincoln-Way East;

vs. TBA, TBA


■Dec. ■ 28 - at Lakes Varsity

Wrestling Quad,

8:30 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 3 - hosts Bishop

McNamara, St. Laurence,

9 a.m.

Boys Bowling

■Dec. ■ 27 - at Brother Rice

Final Fling (at Arena Bowl),

8:30 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 29 - at Conference

Finals (at BlueBird Lanes -

Chicago), TBA

■Jan. ■ 3 - at Lockport, 4 p.m.

This Week In is compiled by

editor James Sanchez, james@

Sports Briefs

Lincoln-Way West baseball

is to host winter hitting,

defense camp

On Dec. 26-28, Lincoln-

Way West High School

will host a Baseball Camp

for grades 1-8. Participants

will practice offensive and

defensive skills. Players

will learn and take place

in: offensive philosophy,

approach to hitting, hitting

stations and evaluations,

infield, outfield and base

running drills, and defensive

philosophy and drill


For those in grades 1-4,

camp days are 11-1 p.m.

Dec. 26 and 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Dec. 27-28.

For those in grades 5-8,

camp days are 3:30-5:30

p.m. Dec. 26 and 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 27-28.

Aside from the hitting

a defense camp, separate

pitching and catching camps

for those in grades 1-8.

Campers will learn and

take place in pitching philosophy

and mechanics

breakdown, pitching drill

stations and evaluation,

and catching fundamentals

and drill work. Please bring

your own set of catcher’s

equipment if you are attending

the catching camp.

Those who want to join

should fill out the camp

brochure or register online

on the Lincoln-Way West

High School Website at

Click on

the “More” tab and you will

find the link in the 2018-

2019 column to print the

flyer. To register online, go

to the school website, click

on “More” tab and choose

“Register an Athlete.” Click

“Create An Account” and

enter your own email and

password. (You can use the

account Remember this account

information as you

will be able to use this account

for the years to come

for all of the L-W West

camps. Then click on “Begin

Registration and choose

“Baseball Winter Camps.”

Sports Briefs are compiled

by Editor James Sanchez, SPORTS

the New Lenox Patriot | December 27, 2018 | 29

Girls Basketball

Griffins pull away against Knights with strong fourth quarter


Freelance Reporter

After an amazing start in a

big cross District 210 battle,

the Lincoln-Way East girls

basketball team seemed in

slow motion for nearly twoand-a-half


Paging Katchie Savic.

After some early foul

trouble, the senior guard

came through by scoring 11

of her game-high 19 points

in the fourth quarter. That

helped East hold off District

210 rival Lincoln-Way Central

50-39 in a SouthWest

Suburban Conference crossover

as the opening game of

a girls/boys doubleheader on

Friday, Dec. 21 at East.

The Griffins (8-4), who

hadn't played since a 67-

65 double-overtime loss

on Dec. 11 to Homewood-

Flossmoor, also received

17 points from junior guard

Olivia Molnar. Junior guard

Regan LoConte scored 14

points to lead Central (5-5),

which lost for the fifth time

in six games after a 4-0 start.

But two of those losses were

by a combined total of three

points and this last one to

East, was close until midway

through the fourth quarter.

"We are a couple of good

bounces from being an 8-2

team," Central coach Dave

Campanile said. "We just

have slow starts and have to

get over that."

But it was a big finish by

the Griffins that proved to

be the difference last week.

First senior guard Sydney

Nekola (6 points) hit a

3-pointer with five seconds

left in the third quarter which

gave the Griffins the lead for

good at 30-29. In the previous

19 plus minutes, they

had only scored 12 points,

so those were big.

They seemed to be the

spark that East needed, as

Lincoln-Way Central forward Haley Stoklosa (middle) weaves through Griffins defenders

Friday, Dec. 21, during a matchup between the two teams in Frankfort

Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Savic stepped up and hit

another 3-pointer to open

the fourth quarter. Senior

forward Abi Baumgartner

(9 points, 8 rebounds) made

a layup with 7:06 to play to

close Central within 33-31,

but that was as close as the

score got.

Ahead 35-32, Savic score

eight points in a 12-0 run

for a 47-32 lead with 1:48 to

play in the game. She nailed

a jumper to start it and made

six straight free throws to

end it.

"I knew we were down [in

the third quarter] and really

wanted to win," Savic said.

"So I picked it up, got my

shots down and got to the

line. We hadn't scored, we

just had to fight through it."

The Griffins had no problem

scoring early on as

senior guard Libby Villa

scored all five of her points

on a 3-pointer and a rebound

basket with 3:11 left in the

first quarter to cap off a 15-1

game-opening blitz. But

then Central settled in and

closed within 17-10 after the

first quarter.

Molnar had a steal and a

layup with 2:40 left in the

second quarter for East's

only field goal in the period.

In the meantime, the Knights

closed within 20-19 at halftime.

LoConte hit a couple

of big 3-pointers in the third

quarter. The first put the

Knights ahead for the first

time at 24-21 and the second

gave them their largest lead

at 28-24 with 4:59 left in the

third quarter. They still led

29-27 after a Baumgartner

free throw with 1:52 left in

the third quarter. But were

outscored 20-3 in the next

eight minutes.

"We've had slow starts

and that's been our bugaboo,"

Campanile said. "But

give our girls credit, they

clawed back into the game

and had a 4-point lead in the

third quarter. But then we

lost mental focus. We were

so heightened mentally during

that comeback that it was

hard to be there at the end.

But we can't be afraid of

success and of being a good


East believes it is a good

team. But has to play a complete


"We had good energy

starting out but Katchie

picked up her second foul

[with 2:45 left in the first

quarter] and we need her

out there on the floor," East

coach Jim Nair said. "Central

did a nice job of settling

down but we put Sydney

Nekola on Regan [Loconte,

who went scoreless for the

final 12:59 of the game] and

that made a difference.

"We knew we were in for

a battle [against Central].

But we're at our best when

we are playing physical basketball

and running the floor.

We've played a tough schedule

and that will only make

us better."

Savic agreed.

"I'd like to win every game

Knights point guard Megan Hutchinson finishes at the rim.

and we think we can hang

with anyone," she said. "We

had close losses to Marist

(55-53 on Nov. 19) and H-F.

A key for us is we are all

close. We are bonding very

well and everyone is helping


Both Central and East

might face each other again

this week. Although they are

in opposite pools, both teams

are at the Medieval Classic,

with pool play scheduled on

Wednesday, Thursday, and

Friday, Dec. 26-28. The final

day of the tourney is Saturday,

Dec. 29 with the positions

in pool play matching

the teams up.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys Swimming and Diving

Lincoln-Way Central 97,

Sandburg 59

Joe Bozzi highlighted the

dual by winning the 50 freestyle

(22.95), 100 freestyle

(49.27 and was also part

of the winning 200 medley

relay (1:43.09) that also included

Matt Senese, Tommy

Kirk and Devin Mihaichuk.

Kirk also won the 500 freestyle

(5:14.57) in the Dec.

17 win.

High School Highlights is

compiled by Editor James

Sanchez, james@newlenoxpa

30 | December 27, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot SPORTS

Three-point play in waning seconds downs Knights


Freelance Reporter

Jhei-R Jones had never

been in a game that was so


So if he was in it, he might

as well win it.

That’s exactly what the

Lincoln-Way East sophomore

guard did as he scored

what proved to be the winning

points on an old-fashioned

3-point play with 5.6

seconds left in overtime.

That play gave the Griffins

a wild 55-54 victory in a

District 210 SouthWest Suburban

Conference crossover.

on Friday, Dec. 21 in Frankfort.

In his first game back after

an injured ankle in a win on

Nov. 30 over Bradley-Bourbonnais,

Julian Barr led East

(5-6) with 19 points, all of

them coming in the second

half. Sophomore point guard

Sean Curran scored a gamehigh

20 points to pace the

Knights (7-5), who dropped

their second game of the


“I’ve never been in a high

school game that intense,”

Jones said. “It was very different,

but it was fun.”

The second half featured

five ties and five lead changes

and came down to the final

seconds of the overtime.

Curran hit 1-of-2 free throws

to give Central a 53-49 lead

with 27.7 seconds left in OT.

But 14 seconds later Barr

banged home a line drive

3-pointer to cut the lead to

one. Curran was fouled with

11.6 seconds to play and

he once again split the free


That set the stage for

Jones, who finished with 14

points and seven rebounds.

The point guard drove to his

right, converted the layup

and was fouled on the play.

He nailed the ensuing free

throw and East had its only

lead in the extra session.

“The play was designed

for me, so I just tried to execute

and finish,’ said Jones,

who scored all but two of

his points after halftime. “I

had the option of getting the

ball out to Julian, but no one

helped on me and I knew if I

was one-on-one, I could get

to the basket.

“You have to have confidence

to play basketball and

I’ve been gaining confidence

this year.”

Central had one more shot

at winning it, but Curran’s

22-footer was off the front of

the rim. The Knights did rebound

the ball and in a game

full of weird calls, East was

whistled for a foul on that

play. The officials, however,

conferred and correctly ruled

that the whistle happened after

the buzzer and East was

the winner.

“Jhei-R is explosive off

the dribble,” East coach

Rich Kolimas said. “We told

him to just go one-on-one

and drive. [Barr] was in the

corner and they didn’t help

off him, so Jhei-R had the

one-on-one and he was able

to make the play.

“Getting Julian back

steadied us a bit. These were

his first major minutes in

nearly a month. Both teams

played hard and it was a

good rivalry game, a good

high school game, and the

community came out to support


Barr was glad to be back.

“I had to get my rhythm

back,” Barr said. “My ankle

was bothering me a bit in the

first half. We just had to keep

our poise. This is a huge win.

They are our rivals and we

wanted it.”

East had some foul trouble

in the first half and the

Knights took advantage.

Curran hit a 3-pointer to

Knights point guard Sean Curran floats one over the outstretched arms of Griffins forward

Sean McLaughlin Friday, Dec. 21, during a game between the two teams in Frankfort.

Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

open the scoring and they

led 14-8 after one quarter

and kept the lead the whole

first half. Central led 21-

17 at halftime. Barr hit a

3-pointer to tie it at 22-22

in the opening minute of the

third quarter, but guard Nick

Tingley (6 points), one of six

guards on sophomores on the

Knight roster, hit a 3-pointer

with 5:45 to play in the period

for a 28-23 lead.

Trailing 30-29 exactly

midway through the third.

Barr and Jones combined for

the first nine points in a 10-0

run as the Griffins took a 39-

30 lead. with 36.5 seconds

left in the quarter. Barr had

13 pints in the third quarter.

Central. however closed

back within 39-35 at the end

of three.

Ahead 47-43, Barr was

fouled with 22.2 seconds left

in regulation but missed both

free throws. Curran then hit

a long shot, that was ruled a

2-pointer, with eight seconds

to play in the game. Following

a time out, the Griffins

turned the ball over at midcourt

as senior forward Connor

Barry knocked away a

pass. Curran fired up a shot

but his airball was grabbed

by senior guard Kevin Hayes

(4 points), who rattled home

a rebound basket at the buzzer

to tie the game at 47-47

and send it to overtime.

Sophomore guard Matt

Maloney scored all five of

his points in the overtime, including

a free throw to give

the Knights a 52-49 lead

with 46.9 seconds to play.

His twin brother, Mike Maloney,

had 14 points before

fouling out with 3:43 left in

the fourth quarter. Seniors

Joan Buch (5 points) and

Nathan Purcell (6 rebounds)

also contributed for Central.

Junior center Sean

McLaughlin (5 points, 8 rebounds),

senior forward Tyler

Vaundry (5 points), and

senior center Afolabi Alabi

(4 points) also contributed

for the Griffins.

“This was a good experience

for the kids,” Central

coach Bob Curran said.

“Games like this you remember

your whole lives

and it was nice to be a part


“Matt Maloney had been

out for five or six games

with an ankle injury but

came in and did a lot of good

things. [East] went to a 1-2-

2 defense and we turned the

ball over too many times (8)

in the third quarter. We have

six sophomores and all of

our guys are second sport

guys. Free throws were a factor

for both teams down the

stretch. I think we were both

tired and it showed. We’re

still growing as a team and

that’s what we have to keep


Central also lost a close

game at home on Monday,

Dec. 17 and saw its fivegame

winning streak end by

Central's Mike Maloney gets tangled up with Jhei-R Jones

in the paint.

the score of 46-44 to a good

Agricultural Science (9-3)

team out of Chicago.

This week, on Thursday,

Dec. 27 through Saturday,

Dec. 29, the Griffins travel

downstate to play four games

in three days at the Effingham/Teutopolis


Classic. Central is at the

Maine East Holiday Tournament,

which starts on

Wednesday, Dec. 26 and goes

through Saturday, Dec. 29. sports

the New Lenox Patriot | December 27, 2018 | 31


Girls Basketball

West’s offense has uncharacteristic showing in loss

1st and 3

22nd Century Media

File Photo

Doubleheader dominance

1. Sean Curran (above)

The sophomore

paced the Knights

with a game-high

20 points Friday,

Dec. 21, during

the LWC/LWE boys

and girls basketball

doubleheader in

Frankfort. He’s been

the leading scorer in

nearly all the Knights


2. Kevin Hayes

The forward only had

4 points against the

Griffins, but the last

two points was from

a clutch rebound and

put back to send the

game into overtime.

3. Regan LoConte

The sharpshooting

junior kept Central

in the game for the

first three quarters

by scoring a teamhigh

14 points. Her

3-point shot was on

display, despite the


Warriors score

lowest point total,

defense shows


Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

When the first quarter

ended with the Lincoln-

Way West girls’ basketball

team leading 3-0, the strong

defensive team of Downers

Grove North that coach

Ryan White expected,

stayed true.

But also that the Warriors’

own defense may keep the

pressure on North throughout

the game, as well.

White was, for the most

part, happy with the Warriors’

defensive effort, holding

the Trojans to just 42

points. But it still was not

enough as they came out on

top of the Warriors 42-39

Friday, Dec. 21 at West.

“I thought our defensive

effort was better than it has

been for three-and-a-half

quarters,” he said. “Then it

kind of fell apart a little bit,

but I was really happy until

about the last three and a

half minutes at that end of

the floor and that’s usually

the end I’m a little disappointed


He added they have to

“put it all together” offensively

and defensively.

It was the fourth-lowest

point total the Warriors allowed

this season, but was

the lowest point total they

have scored, though.

It was turnovers down the

stretch and North’s ability

to knock down free throws

that gave it the points it

needed in the defensive


The Warriors had two

turnovers in the final two

minutes that led to scores

at the other end. With just

1:36 left and up 37-36 a

turnover led to a bank shot

in the paint to make it 38-37

in North’s favor.

A turnover just 34 seconds

later resulted in a pair of free

throws to make it 40-37.

West had a chance to tie it,

but a three point shot missed

the mark and North made a

free throw after a foul.

“We have to polish up

a few things on the offensive

side,” White said.

“Too much east, west and

no one’s getting downhill

and getting in the lanes very


After the slow start offensively,

both teams picked

it up a little bit, and for the

Warriors, they had multiple

eight-point leads in the second

and third quarters.

Senior Tara Hastings

scored on a layup and a

three-pointer on back-toback

possessions to go up

15-7 and after the Trojans

answered with a three of

their own, Junior Sydney

Swanberg hit a three-pointer

at the buzzer to end the first

Junior guard Taylor Gugliuzza led the Warriors in scoring Friday, Dec. 21, against Downers

Grove North. 22nd Century Media File Photo

half up 18-10. In addition to

her scoring, Swanberg was

also aggressive on the glass.

Sophomore Tara Gugliuzza

also gave the Warriors a

lead via the three-point shot

to make it 31-23, but just a

few minutes later is when

North began its comeback.

“We got out into a little

bit of transition, we got into

the paint for some draw and

kicks for some good looks

at the three,” White said.

“For us, when we get into

the paint and either get to

the basket, it opens up the

three-point shot or layups.”

He added when the Warriors

could not get into the

lane, they were not able to

draw and kick and it was

“downhill from there.”

The loss dropped West to

8-3 on the season, but White

feels that the mistakes Friday

can be easily corrected.

“We’ve been lucky to be

up in a lot of games this

year, so a tight game you

have to value the ball and

value the possessions,”

White said.


“My mindset was to go in there, wrestle my

hardest, and whatever happens, happens.”

Javen Estrada – Warriors sophomore wrestler, on pinning his

opponent last Friday to help rally the Warriors’ win last Friday

Tune In

Girls Basketball

Dec. 27-29, TBA

• Lincoln-Way Central will be competing nearby at

Lincoln-Way East during the Medieval Classic.


28 – This Week In

27– Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor James Sanchez, james@

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | | December 27, 2018

Knights, Griffins go into

overtime in intradistrict

thriller, Page 30

Lincoln-Way Central guard Mike Maloney goes for an offbalanced

layup Friday, Dec. 21, against Lincoln-Way East in

Frankfort. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Holiday blues

Lady Knights basketball cannot overcome mistakes

against Griffins, Page 29

Pin for the win

Sophomore sensation wrestler comes up clutch for the

Warriors, Page 28

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