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For veterans

American Legion

Post 2011 comes to

Homer Glen, will have

inauguration ceremony,

Page 4


changes Homer

Township appoints

new clerk, plans to

look further into video

recording meetings,

Page 7


heroes Memorial

Day list of local service

members who gave their

lives for their country

shared, Page 13

Will County Sheriff’s Office and Auxiliary help

raise money locally for Special Olympics at Cop

on a Rooftop, Page 3

Will County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Patrick Finnegan Jr. (left) and Brian Hunter (middle) stand with Will County Sheriff’s Auxiliary

Deputy Joe Dobosz at Cop on a Rooftop Friday, May 17, at the Dunkin’ store in Homer Glen. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media








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Patriotic Bug Craft

Open to close May 23,

24, 25, 28 and 29, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Children can celebrate

Memorial Day by

creating a red, white and

blue bug; one bug per child

while supplies last.


Coffee Donuts and a Movie

10:30-11:30 a.m. May

24, Homer Township Public

Library Community

Meeting Room, 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen.

Attendees can indulge in

donuts and coffee while

watching a movie at the

library. No registration is

needed for this event.


National Doughnut Day

4:15-7:30 p.m. May 28

and 29, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen.

Library goers can enter a

raffle at the bookmobile to

get a chance to treat themselves

on National Doughnut

Day on June 7.

Chick Lit Book Club

7-8:30 p.m. May 28,

Homer Township Public

Library Quiet Reading

Room, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. The librbary

is hosting a book

club for women revolved

around contemporary fiction.

Each month’s book

selection is available at the

library for check out.


Advanced Genealogy


7-8 p.m. May 29, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. This course will

show library goers how to

interpret records for more

accurate results. Plus,

learn about lesser-known

family history resources

like city directories, yearbooks

and more.​


Patriotic Bug Craft

10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1,

Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Celebrate

Memorial Day be

creating a red, white and

blue bug. All ages. One

per child while supplies

last. For more information,

call (708) 301-7908

or visit www.homerlibrary.org.

Knights of Columbus Sixth

Annual Charity Fun Run/


9 a.m. Saturday, June 8,

Messenger Marsh Forest

Preserve, 16321 S. Bell

Road, Homer Glen. The

event will be held on a

measured, double-looped

course on crushed gravel

winding through forest

preserve property. The

race will not be professionally

timed or certified,

but it will be timed by volunteers,

and awards will

be given to top finishers

in various age categories.

Water and snacks provided.

All proceeds will

be donated to Shady Oaks

Camp in Homer Glen. The

cost is $30. For more information

and to sign up,

visit www.omgcknights.


1920s Gala

June 8, Konow’s Corn

Maze, 16849 S. Cedar

Road, Homer Glen. Join

the farm for a 1920s,

white-gloved, fourcourse,

butler-style gala.

Have dinner under the

starts. There will be 1920s

entertainment, a cigar bar

and more. For more information,

visit www.konows


Camp Invention

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June

17-21, Schilling School,

16025 S. Cedar Road,

Homer Glen. Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C will

host Camp Invention. Students

entering grades K-6

will have an opportunity

to see STEM concepts

come to life in this summer

program. Campers

will take on four exciting

challenges, meet innovative

superheroes and bring

home newfound confidence.

Campers will build

ships to cross the ocean,

design high-tech farms

and create wire circuits to

bring ideas to life. Local

educators will facilitate

program modules, and enthusiastic

high school and

college students will serve

as leadership interns. The

cost is $230. For more information

and to register,

visit invent.org/camp.

Konow’s Corn Maze

Summer Fest

June 19 and July 10, Konow’s

Corn Maze, 16849

S. Cedar Road, Homer

Glen. There will be a petting

zoo, jump house, cow

train, hay rides, mechanical

bull, tree house, two

jump pillows, refreshment

trailer, games and fun. For

more information, visit



Homer Community Fest

June 20-23, Heritage

Park, 14240 W. 151st St.

Annual summer festival

featuring live music performances,

a carnival,

fireworks and more. A fireworks

show is to be held at

9:30 p.m. Thursday, June

20. An Independence Day

Parade is planned for Saturday,

June 22. For more

information, visit www.


Chalk-It-Up! Save the Date

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

Aug. 3, Stonebridge Park,

16000 S. Stonebridge

Drive, Homer Glen. A free

sidewalk chalk art contest

for all ages. Prizes awarded

in each age group. Enjoy

music, games and more.

Pre-registration required.

Registration opens June

1. For more information,

visit www.homerglenil.org

under Special Events.


Homer Glen: Lemont Car

Club Cruise Nights

3-6 p.m. Sundays, Big

R, 15830 S. Bell Road

in Homer Glen. Guests

are asked by Big R to

not arrive before 2:30


Reach out to thousands of daily

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For just print*, email all information to


*Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

p.m. For more information,

visit www.lemont


Blood Pressure Screenings

10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily,

Silver Cross Health Center,

12701 W. 143rd St.,

Homer Glen. Free blood

pressure checks. Walk-ins

are welcome. For more information,

call (708) 364-


Calcium Artery Scorings

By appointment, Silver

Cross Health Center,

12701 W. 143rd St.,

Homer Glen. A quick and

painless test using a highspeed

CT scanner that can

measure calcium deposits

in the coronary arteries

to determine one’s risk of

having a heart attack. This

scan is available for $99.

To schedule an appointment,

call (815) 300-7076.

Teen Book Club

7-8 p.m. second Thursday

of each month, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. A book club for teens

to talk about what they’ve

been reading and watching.

The book club picks

a book to read each month

come to eat snacks and

meet new friends. Meets

in the Community Meeting

Room. For more information,

contact Heather

Colby at heather@homer

library.org or call (708)


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Cop on a Rooftop aids Special Olympics Illinois

Homer Glen

business joins

others across state

to raise $1 million

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Those in the Will County

Sheriff’s Office and Will

County Sheriff’s Auxiliary

always look out for the


On the morning of Friday,

May 17, they had

a bird’s-eye view over

Homer Glen, as several

deputies and staff volunteered

their time to raise

money for Special Olympics

Illinois during the

Dunkin’ Cop on a Rooftop

event at the Dunkin’

Jose Tamayo (left) gives Will County Sheriff’s Auxiliary

Deputies Eric Allen (middle) and Humberto Martinez a

donation for Special Olympics outside the local Dunkin’


at 14135 S. Bell Road.

Along with the Homer

Glen location, more than

300 Dunkin’ doughnuts

shops across Illinois participated

in this year’s

event, which had a goal of

surpassing the 2018 total

of $871,000 raised, all of

which goes directly toward

Please see cop, 4

Homer Glen resident Carmela Cuttitta and her grandmother Karen Ricobene meet

Will County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Deputy Gregory Brynda during Dunkin’ Cop on a

Rooftop Friday, May 17, in Homer Glen. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media



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Marian Village to be home of American Legion Post 2011

Homer Glen

veteran killed in

action namesake

for new post

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Last fall, Ron Boehm

came up with an idea with

a group of friends at a Veterans

Day dinner.

Boehm, an Army veteran

who served from 1969

to 1971 and lives at the assisted-living

Marian Village

in Homer Glen, and

the others vets thought

it would be good to have

an American Legion post

in the community. He, in

turn, spoke with Village

Trustee Beth Rodgers and

others to help in getting

the ball rolling on making

that a reality.

After Rodgers helped

them apply with the State

and get the necessary

steps done, their vision

has become a reality, with

the Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri

Memorial American

Legion Post 2011 in

Homer Glen having an

inauguration ceremony at

3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at

Marian Village, which is

located at 15624 Marian


The ceremony is open

to the public and will have

an invocation at 3 p.m.,

along with opening comments,

a guest speaker and

the posting and retiring

of the colors. A 25-piece

brass band will also begin

playing shortly before the

start time at 2:45 p.m.

“They haven’t even had

their first meeting yet and

already have 27 members,”

Rodgers said, who

noted members have to be

veterans but do not have

to live in Homer Glen.

The post is named after

late Homer Glen resident

Army Pfc. Michael Olivieri,

who was killed in action

on June 6, 2011 while

serving in Iraq.

The founding members

were also initially thinking

of naming it Post

2019, since it is the 100th

year of the American Legion,

but they decided to

switch it to 2011, the year

Olivieri was killed, when

they realized that post

number was open, Boehm


Monthly meetings will

take place at the clubhouse

at Marian Village,

and the plan is to start

a women’s auxiliary, as

well. Boehm was voted to

be the post’s commander.

The post plans to get

care packages together to

send to service members

as just one of its initiatives,

and Victorian Village,

a retirement community

in Homer Glen that

is also part of Franciscan

Ministries like Marian

Village, has reached out

about having some of its

residents join the post.

“People here are retired,

and everybody here

is looking for something

to do,” Boehm said. “We

have had [family] serve

and want to do whatever

we can to help. … We

may be in our 70s and 80s

and 90s, but these people

are not afraid to work and


For more information

on the American Legion,

visit www.legion.org.


From Page 3

supporting Special Olympics

programs, events and


That goal was surpassed,

as Special Olympics

raised a record $1

million across the state

for the 17th annual event,

it announced later that


Along with accepting

cash donations, deputies

also sold T-shirts for the

Law Enforcement Torch

Run — an intrastate relay

supporting Special Olympics

— as well as mugs

and other items while several

deputies waved from

the roof.

Will County Sheriff’s

Office Dispatcher Cindy

Wilson has volunteered at

Cop on a Rooftop for the

past four years.

“It’s a great cause, so

we come out every year

to raise money for Special

Olympics,” Wilson

said. “I like dealing with

the public and getting

to know my officers and

auxiliaries better because

I get a chance to work

with them one-on-one in

person rather than on the

other side of the radio.”

Despite a forecast of

rain, everyone involved

had smiles on their faces

throughout the event.

“We come out rain or

shine, and everybody

shows up,” said Deputy

Larry Laidley, who has

been a part of the fun

fundraiser for nine years.

“Homer Glen is a wonderful

community, absolutely

fantastic. They are

so generous to this cause,

and it’s such a good cause.

Special Olympics truly affects

lives and changes

lives, so we’re happy to

be here.”

Homer Glen resident

Jim Orr — a self-proclaimed

“coffee man”

— regularly enjoys a cup

of java while reading the

newspaper at the Homer

Glen Dunkin’ store. He

appreciated seeing the

community come together

for the fundraiser.

“It’s a nice event to

raise money for the Special

Olympics. The officers

are very enthused,

too,” Orr said.

Dunkin’ staff — who

counted coffee and doughnuts

as their morning bestsellers

— were also happy

to be at the event both to

support Special Olympics

Illinois, as well as to connect

with officers.

“They’re raising money

for the Special Olympics,

and I enjoy giving back

to people who need it,”

Dunkin’ employee Samantha

Szubrych said.

Szubrych’s colleague,

Bhoomita Patel, added,

“It’s a special day because

the police are here, and

everybody loves thanking

them for saving lives, and

we all enjoy being here

and seeing smiling faces.

Everyone donates, and

that’s the great part. We

love it.”

Will County Sheriff’s

Auxiliary Deputy Eric Allen

was grateful to have

the opportunity to join in

on the Dunkin’ Cop on a

Rooftop event for the first

time this year.

“I always like supporting

the community. It’s

kind of why I do this —

it’s a volunteer thing for

me — and I like helping

out whenever I can,” Allen

said. “Special Olympics

Illinois is such a great

cause to raise money for.”

Along with Dunkin’

Cop on a Rooftop, several

Polar Plunges, plane

pull events and benefit

lunches are also held in

conjunction with the Law

Enforcement Torch Run

Special Olympics Illinois

fundraising effort. According

to Special Olympics

Illinois’ website, the

Law Enforcement Torch

Run will include approximately

3,000 officers

carrying the Flame of

Hope — for almost 1,500

miles from June 2 to 7

— through thousands of

Illinois communities until

reaching the Opening

Ceremony of the Special

Olympics Illinois Summer

Games in Normal on

June 7.

More information about

Special Olympics Illinois

— and ways to donate or

volunteer — can be found

at www.soill.org.

visit us online at www.HomerHorizon.com

Homer Woman’s Club

announces Scholarship

Award winner for 2019

LTHS student

who volunteers

at Homer dance

studio recognized

Submitted by Homer Glen

Junior Woman’s Club

The Homer Glen Junior

Woman’s Club’s

Scholarship Award winner

has been announced.

The award is given to the

student who shows exceptional

volunteerism and

whose principles align

with the HGJWC’s core


Rachel Ward, from

Lockport Township High

School, is the club’s 2019

Scholarship Award winner

for her work with the

adaptive dance program

at Momentum Dance

Studio in Homer Glen.

The adaptive dance program

is open to children

and young adults with

special needs.

Ward has volunteered

as an individual assistant,

class assistant, instructor

and choreographer

since 2009. She also

serves on the executive

board for Illinois Miss

Amazing, which boosts

the confidence of women

with disabilities through

pageant-style events.

Ward plans on double

majoring in mathematics

and French at DePaul


Ward and her mother

were invited to HGJWC’s

April General Meeting,

where she was

awarded the $1,000


Questions about

HGJWC projects can be

directed to hgjwc@yahoo.

com, and more details

on past and future charity

contributions can be

found at www.homerglen


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New District 92 superintendent to begin July 1

Arnold currently


at Downers Grove

school district

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Will County School

District 92 welcomes in a

new superintendent starting

July 1.

Tim Arnold has been

hired by the District 92

Board of Education to a

four-year contract that

pays $200,000 annually.

Arnold, who is currently

superintendent at Center

Cass School District 66 in

Downers Grove, also has

served as an elementary

school principal, middle

school assistant principal,

a dean of students at

Normal West High School

and a special



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and doctorate — at Illinois

State University and

is currently an adjunct

professor there, teaching

an assessment class for

prospective principals.

His start in education

Arnold did not always

dream of being an educator.

In fact, if it was not

for his girlfriend — now

wife, Stacie — he may

never have gone down

that path.

During his senior year

in high school, Stacie

encouraged him to join a

program helping students

with special needs. It was

a perfect fit.

“That changed my life

— working with the students

there,” Arnold said.

“It opened my eyes to a

lot. That got me to change

my major. Senior year,

you already know where

you are going to school. I

was going to go be a civil

engineer. But I got into

this, and I [felt] this was

my passion, and this is

what I wanted to do. So,

I changed my college and

changed my major. I went

to ISU to be a special education


After earning his undergraduate

degree, he took a

job as a special education

teacher at Bloomington

Public Schools District

87. Later on in his career,

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going back to school to

get his master’s degree

in curriculum instruction.

But the principal Arnold

worked for at the time

encouraged him to go the

route of school administration.

Arnold said that at the

time, he felt he could not

imagine himself as a principal.

“There’s no way I can

be a principal — I’m a

teacher,” he recalled. “It’s

funny, though — the more

experience you get, the

more you think, ‘I can do


And so began the next

chapter of his career, this

time in education administration.

Administration experience

Arnold was hired as superintendent

at District 66

in 2012. He said the biggest

thing he has learned in his

time there is that relationships

matter — be it teacher-student,


or teacher-administrator.

“Without those relationships

in place, you can’t

move forward as a school

district,” he said. “It’s just

the nature of what we do.

If we’re talking school improvement,

you can’t have

that unless you have that

collaborative piece in place

as a system and organization.”

Arnold said the “feedback

loop” for students

and how assessment is

happening in the classroom

are crucial aspects,

as well.

“If students aren’t engaged,

and we don’t have

a student voice in that

learning, we’re limited in

what we can do,” Arnold

said. “Teaching, for me, is

change. When I got out of

school, we taught where

you teach at the kids. We

kind of knew it didn’t

work back then, but we

kept doing it. We know

now that doesn’t work.

What has to happen now

is students [being] part of

the learning process —

their voice, and their driving

that part of it.”

Arnold said Lockport

is a “very comfortable”

community for him. He

and his wife have socialized

and dined in town for


And when it came to

District 92, Arnold said he

saw some opportunities

to not only take the next

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step in his career but also

to be able to further the

district’s reputation and

continue to improve it.

Meanwhile, District 92

Board of Education President

Matthew Dusterhoft

said one of the first things

the board members were

looking for in a candidate

was experience.

“We’re a good district

with lots of good things

happening, and we’re

looking to continue to

grow and perform better,”

Dusterhoft said. “Someone

with experience with

leadership as a superintendent

was a key hiring

decision. Through the entire

interview process —

including time that he had

to spend with community

members, staff and other

administrators — everyone

believed that [Arnold]

would be a good fit with

our district. His leadership

style was attractive

to both the board and the

staff that got an opportunity

to interview him.”

Dusterhoft said the

board members presented

two candidates to the

staff and gave them an

opportunity to provide


“Across the board, they

really felt like this was

someone who will listen

to [them] and take [their]

professional opinions and

thoughts in mind as decisions

are made and goals

are set,” Dusterhoft said.

Ultimately, he feels Arnold

will be a good match

for the district.

“I think the unanimous

vote by the board to approve

his contract and

hire him speaks volumes

to our confidence in him

and what he can provide

the school district,” Dusterhoft


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Homer Township Board

Deputy clerk appointed as clerk to fill out remainder of term

Officials hold off

on video recording

monthly meetings

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Homer Township

Board of Trustees took action

May 13 to name a replacement

clerk, filling the

vacancy left by the departure

of Linsey Sowa last


After deliberating in

closed session, the board

chose to appoint Kathy

Kruczek to fill out the remainder

of Sowa’s term.

Kruczek is the wife of

board Trustee John Kruczek

and was appointed to

the newly created role of

deputy clerk in February.

The position was created

during a prolonged absence

by Sowa, which at the time

the board believed she

would return from.

The deputy clerk position

is unpaid and allowed

Kruczek to take Sowa’s

place at bid openings and

to fulfill other duties, such

as the creation of meeting

minutes and other Township


Supervisor Pam Meyers

said that since the clerk is

not a voting position, the

Township’s lawyer has

stated there is no legal conflict

of interest appointing

the spouse of a trustee to

the role.

It is currently unclear if

the board will move forward

in appointing a new

deputy clerk. Kruczek will

serve as clerk through the

remainder of Sowa’s term,

which ends in May 2021,

and will be able to choose

at that time whether or not

she will run for her own full


No further details have

been given as to the reason

for Sowa’s resignation. According

to Meyers, Sowa’s

letter of resignation said

only that “she felt she was

unable to continue in the

role due to personal reasons.”

Video recording meetings

Electors at the Annual

Town Meeting in April

voted to “demand the board

hire out, or make arrangements

to video record the

monthly Township meetings,

as well as any special

meetings for easy access

from the Township website.”

Despite the request that

this change begin with the

May monthly meeting, no

cameras were present in an

official capacity from the

board, though one resident

in attendance did record the

proceedings with a personal


“There is no rule that

says members of the public

can’t tape a meeting,”

Meyers said. “Anyone is

welcome to do so. We are

still investigating our options

for recording the

meetings officially, but we

have not had much time to

do so.”

Meyers pointed out that

the electors do not have

spending authority, so the

resolution is considered


“That’s not a negative

thing, but we need board

approval before we can hire

anyone to create a public

record,” she said. “We are

not opposed to taping the

meetings. We just want to

do our due diligence.”

The board has reached

out to other governing bodies

to determine how they

handle their filming and

video file storage.

Once a video of a meeting

is created by the board,

it becomes part of the

board’s permanent record,

which means the data files

need to be stored somewhere

other than just the

Township’s YouTube channel.

“There’s this notion that

once something is online,

it is there forever, and

while that’s somewhat true,

things can get lost, in which

case we need a way to back

it up,” Meyers said.

While the Village of

Homer Glen puts its meeting

videos online, they

have suffered technical difficulties

with audio quality,

video glitches and losing


Meyers said that she had

spoken to Lockport City

Administrator Ben Benson

about the city’s system of

taping its meetings and

learned that Lockport pays

approximately $12,000 per

year in storage fees to save

its videos for public record.

Lockport Township, the

only other Township in

the area which records its

meetings, does so through a

partnership with LCTV, the

local public access channel,

for a donation of $500 per


“I’ve been directed by

the board to continue exploring

our options,” Meyers

said. “I hope to have

more information at the

next meeting.”

Tentative budgets

Finally, the board reviewed

the tentative budgets

for the Township’s

Administrative Funds and

Road District.

Unlike city or school district

budgets, the budgets

for the Township’s seven

administrative funds all remain

separate, so the board

is unable to transfer revenues

or surpluses from any

one fund to pay expenses in


Cumulatively, across the

seven funds, the tentative

budget accounts for $2.73

million in new revenues,

and $6.07 million in expenditures.

This discrepancy is

balanced by a cumulative

fund balance starting the

year with $3.3 million in

surplus revenue. Each fund

is budgeted to have at least

a small surplus at the end of

the fiscal year.

The largest of the seven

funds are the Town Fund

and the Park Fund. The

Town Fund accounts for

approximately 52 percent

of the proposed expenses,

with a total budget of $3.19

million. This includes

$730,000 in administrative

personnel costs, $200,000

in capital improvements

and $472,974 to run the assessor’s


The Park Fund has

budgeted expenditures

of $683,252, accounting

for approximately 11

percent of the total Township

spending. The Park

Fund’s largest expenditures

include $103,000 in personnel

costs, $40,000 for

repairs and operating supplies,

and $195,000 in capital


The Road District’s tentative

budget is divided

into two funds, which are

also run independently of

one another: The Road &

Bridge Fund and the Equipment

& Building Fund.

The tentative budget

for the Road and Bridge

Fund proposes revenues

of $3.98 million and expenditures

of $5.29 million.

The fund will enter

the 2019-2010 Fiscal Year

with a beginning balance

of $1.31 million in surplus


The Equipment & Building

Fund will have a beginning

balance of $108,322

and budgeted revenues of

$722,817 to offset the estimated

$721,245 in expenditures.

Both budgets are scheduled

to hold public hearings

at the June 10 meeting. The

budget will take effect retroactively,

as the fiscal year

began on April 1,

Holding off on windows,

improvements at baseball

fields [hed]

Due to the absences of

Trustees Tom Fijan and Ed

Kalas, the board tabled action

on a contract to install

new windows in Township

Hall, as well as a discussion

on potential improvements

to the Culver Park baseball


Swings installed at Morris


The board reported that

two new swings have been

installed in Morris Park to

replace old infant swings.

One of the new swings is

an infant swing, while the

other is meant for special

needs children.

No food trucks at Morris


The board voted down

a proposal to allow food

trucks to park at Morris

Park during the Homer Soccer

Club’s games. Although

Fijan did not give a reason

for casting the deciding

“no” vote, the board had expressed

some concern about

the traffic safety issues

the truck could pose in the

already crowded parking



From Page 6

Initial focus

When he takes over in

July, Arnold said he is going

to focus right away on

what he called “guaranteed

and viable curriculum,”

or alignment of a


“We can’t in public education

get better if we’re

not aligning our efforts

— from preschool, all

the way to high school,”

Arnold said. “How do

we ensure that whatever

we put down on paper

that every kindergartner

or third-grader or eighthgrader

is supposed to be

learning and achieving —

how do we know that is

really happening? There

is the guaranteed part:

That every student gets

that experience.

“The viable part is: Do

we have the right amount

of expectations with the

time that we have in the

school day?”

Arnold said there aren’t

always enough minutes in

the day or days in the year

to teach to the expectations

that are currently set.

“So, how do we make

sure it is the curriculum

we say we’re going to

do?” Arnold said.

He also wants to focus

conversations on

what constitutes a quality

school and determining

where the gaps are with

the district and how to


From there, it is all about

finding solutions — and

Arnold will get his chance

at putting those in place

beginning this summer.

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Homer Glen Village Board

Officials hear testimony from beekeeper

Issue of residential

beehives, chicken

coops still remains

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

While no further action

was recommended at

the May 8 Village Board

meeting on the ongoing

ordinance to allow for

bee and chicken keeping

in residential areas, the

board did hear testimony

from a Will County beekeeper

arguing for looser

restrictions on the beekeeping


Rick Gougis, of Romeoville,

a member of the

Will County Beekeepers

Association, and owner

of Hive 5 Honey, was invited

by Trustee Christina

Neitzke-Troike to speak

on the issue.

Gougis runs his honey

business out of his

residential backyard,

where he keeps four


“The misconception

is that bees create problems

with neighbors, but

they really don’t create

more issues than noise

or garbage do,” Gougis

said. “Some of my

neighbors don’t even realize

I have bees until I

come by with a bunch of


Gougis explained bees

can travel as far as 50,000

acres in search of nectar,

so putting a yard size limit

on beekeeping is largely


“Yard size really doesn’t

make a difference,” he

said. “The things that will

create barriers to people

taking up beekeeping

are cost, weather and the

work commitment.”

According to Gougis,

beekeeping requires an

initial investment of $700

to $1,000 and is very high

risk, with Illinois beekeepers

losing about half

of their bees over the winter

this year.

“It’s hard,” Gougis said.

“It is a practiced agricultural

skill, and it requires

a lot of time and work, so

even if you allow a lot of

people to have hives, not

everyone is going to do


“For the people who do

start beekeeping, though,

it is a good community

building activity. It can

be a benefit to your neighbors

and can be a good

family activity. So just let

the bees be.”

After being tabled for

two meetings, the board

was expected to take up

the issue of residential

beehives and chicken

coops again in the coming

weeks after the


Equipment purchases

The board also approved

three equipment

purchases on the consent

agenda. The Village will

be acquiring a Ventrac

tractor with attachments

for park and trail maintenance

for $39,293.80, a

2019 Ford Escape for the

Administration Department

for a cost of $20,017

and a Kubota RTV-X1140

for maintenance of the

parks and trails for a cost

of $28,503.75.

The board approved a

prescribed burn and seeding

of the natural areas in

Erin Hills Park for a cost

of $5,700, which will be

done this spring.

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Homer Glen

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Fundraiser to be held at local golf

course in memory of Homer man

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Richie Pervan always

loved the community of

which he was a part.

During the course of his

life, Pervan, who grew up in

the Joliet area before moving

to Homer Glen with his

family about 20 years ago,

had long enjoyed working

with the youth around the

area, a man strong in his

faith who made family and

friends a priority.

Pervan died on March 18,

2013 at the age of 31 from

complications from cancer.

His loved ones eventually

would decide to create

the Richie Pervan Touch

Foundation in his memory,

a nonprofit dedicated to

continuing Pervan’s work

of mentoring and coaching

young people by assisting

children in need, according

to Pervan’s sister, Anita

Vardijan, the nonprofit’s

executive director.

“The foundation started

about three years ago in

memory of my brother

Richie,” she said. “After

the initial shock [of his

death] subsided, we just

as a family decided he was

such a presence and force

and did so much good with

his life that that couldn’t

end with his passing.

“As a family, we decided

to create a foundation focusing

on letting kids be


Vardijan said that helping

children is broad and can

mean different things for

different families. The nonprofit

helps children with

everything from academic

and sports scholarships to

medical and mental health

support and also financially

supported families in need.

Examples of their aid

includes helping send

children to summer camp

and for counseling when

needed, replacing precious

belonging lost in a home

fire, offsetting the costs of

funeral expenses, attaining

appropriate resources

and equipment for special

learning needs and more.

Now, the foundation is

preparing for the third annual

Richie Pervan Touch

Foundation Golf Scramble,

to be held for the first time

at Old Oak Country Club

at 14200 S. Parker Road

in Homer Glen on June 1.

Registration for golfers

begins at 10:30 a.m. and

includes a breakfast brunch

and drinks with practice

time available before the

shotgun start. Tee time is

at 11:30 a.m., with 18 holes

of golf, a golf cart and beer

and water on the course.

A reception will conclude

the event with an

all-you-can eat buffet, cash

bar and silent auction. The

total price for golf and the

reception is $175, with all

proceeds helping children

in need and their families.

The fundraiser used to

be in Arlington Heights but

was moved closer to home

this year to be more convenient

for loved ones and

supporters, Vardijan said.

“We have had really

great support in past years,

great turnouts, amazing

auction items with lots of

sports memorabilia,” Vardijan

said. “My parents happen

to live across the street

from Old Oak. Just in terms

of accommodations, it’s really,

really great.”

“...When everyone gets

together as one family, we

are united helping in others

in the spirit of giving and


Registration for the golf

fundraiser is online, and

Richie Pervan was from

Homer Glen and died

from complications from

cancer in 2013. The

nonprofit Richie Pervan

Touch Foundation started

in his memory is holding

a golf fundraiser for

children in need June 1

at Old Oak Country Club.

Photo submitted

walk-ins are also welcome.

Those who are non-golfers

can purchase a receptiononly

ticket for $60. Vardijan

added her mother and

aunt will be cooking homemade,

authentic Croatian

food that is part of the family’s


For more information

and tickets, visit www.rjp

touchfoundation.org and

click on the PayPal tab.

Those interested can

also text or call Vardijan

at (847) 791-1653 or email


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would like to be on a specific

team of golfers not exceeding

four players; otherwise,

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Summer Reading Club to begin June 8 at library

All ages welcome

to participate, win

variety of prizes

Submitted by Homer

Township Public Library

Homer Township Public

Library is offering a

new take on the traditional

summer reading program

to recognize the variety of

ways people read.

One can now include

reading from books, web

articles, magazines, blogs,

cellphones, devices and

tablets. Stop in weekly for

coupons to McDonald’s,

Simply Slices, DuPage

Children’s Museum and

more (while supplies last).

Enter for a chance to

win baskets that include

gift vouchers to Shedd

Aquarium, Chicago White

Sox, Chicago Funhouse

Maze, Morton Arboretum,

movie tickets, books, a

variety of prize baskets

and more, just for reading

Homer Glen native works on strategic deterrence in Navy

Lisewski stationed

at Georgia base

Submitted Content

As citizens of Homer

Glen go about their daily

lives, members of the U.S.

Navy’s “Silent Service”

work beneath the ocean’s

waves, continuing a tradition

that only a small fraction

of military members

will ever know: strategic


Petty Officer 2nd Class

Erik Lisewski, of Homer

Glen and a member of the

Class of 2011 at Lockport

Township High School, is

assigned to the USS West

Virginia and has the task to

anything (one’s device,

books, newspapers, magazines)

during the summer.

Celebrating the 37th

year of the Summer Reading

Club, the Homer

Township Public Library

is gearing up for the best

summer reading program

ever. With up to 600

visitors daily, the library

checks out more than 750

items each day and wants

to encourage summer


Library visitors, preschool

through adult, can

register to participate in

this summer’s six-week

club, which runs June 8

through July 20.

Library Executive Director

Sheree Kozel-La Ha

encouraged residents to

read to learn, imagine and

discover, noting they have

established an adult, teen

and youth self-directed

challenge that recognizes

the variety of ways people

read, like blogs and magazines,

as well as books.

execute one of the Defense

Department’s most important

missions of strategic


Lisewski is a fire control

technician stationed

at the Naval Submarine

Base Kings Bay in Georgia,

which is the home port

to the Ohio-class ballistic

missile and guided missile


Kings Bay ensures crews

are combat-ready when

they are called upon, able

to put submarine forces

on the scene unseen, according

to Rear Adm. Jeff

Jablon, commander, Submarine

Group 10.

Lisewski maintains the

tactical control combat

systems and also tracks

Library staff has planned

programming to encourage

youth to participate

and enjoy reading over

summer months. Everyone

earns prize chances and incentives

for participation.

Families are encouraged

to sign up children

at the petting zoo kickoff

event running from 11

a.m. to noon Saturday,

June 8.

Also, the weekly Red

Mystery Baskets are a fun

manner of not seeing what

one may win. Visitors can

enter daily for something

different and surprising

this summer.

Registration for summer

reading begins on June 8.

There is also a fundraiser

to creatively paint rocks

for the Library’s Art Garden.

There are also many

other programs viewable

on the library’s website.

A celebration finale

with Dave DiNaso’s Traveling

World of Reptiles,

music and snacks will

contacts underwater to develop

torpedo solutions, he

said. He credited his Navy

success to lessons learned

from his hometown, including

being part of the

wrestling team, where he

learned hard work, determination

and drive to help

him succeed in his military


The Navy’s ballisticmissile

submarines, often

referred to as “boomers,”

serve as a strategic deterrent

by providing an undetectable

platform for

submarine launched ballistic

missiles, according to

Jablon. They are designed

specifically for stealth, extended

patrols and the precise

delivery of missiles if

take place from 1 p.m. to

2:30 p.m. July 19.

Weekly incentive opportunities

create a fun

enticement to visit the

library and find a great

book to enjoy. Participants

are encouraged to

sign up and earn raffle

chances and free weekly

coupons for participation.

The library coordinated

with area schools

and many businesses who

have also donated themed

gift baskets as reading incentive


Sponsors in place include:

Accelerate Indoor

Speedway, Amazing Chicago’s

Funhouse Maze,

Beggars Pizza Orland

Park, Ben’s Pretzels, Big

Joe’s Backyard BBQ,

Black Sheep, Brookfield

Zoo, Burger King, Butler

School, Chicago Fire, Chicago

White Sox, Chili’s

Homer Glen, Chipotle

Homer Glen, Chuy’s, City

BBQ, Classic Cinema,

Cooper’s Hawk Orland

directed by the president.

The Ohio-class design allows

the submarines to operate

for 15 or more years

between major overhauls.

On average, the submarines

spend 77 days at sea

followed by 35 days in port

for maintenance.

Lisewski is part of the

boat’s Gold crew, one of

the two rotating crews,

which allow the boat to be

deployed on missions more

often without taxing one

crew too much. A typical

crew on this submarine is

approximately 150 officers

and enlisted sailors.

U.S. submarines may

not be what some have

imagined. Measuring 560

feet long, 42 feet wide and

Park, DuPage Children’s

Museum, Family Fun

Zone, Goodings Grove

School, Hadley Middle

School, Haunted Trails

Joliet, Homer Jr. High,

Homer Glen Junior Woman’s

Club, In Memory of

Joyce March, Joliet Slammers,

Kane County Cougars,

Kenootz Pizza, Lou

Malnati’s Homer Glen,

State Representative Margo

McDermed, McDonald’s

Homer Glen, Morton

Arboretum, Naper Settlement,

Nick’s BBQ Homer

Glen, Orland Bowl, Orland

Park Bank & Trust,

Patio, Raging Waves,

Ravinia, Rubi Agave, Sci-

Tech Hands On Museum,

Shedd Aquarium, Simply

Slices, Sky Zone, Texas

Roadhouse, Trugurt and

Windy City Thunderbolts.

Sponsors help promote

their business and encourage

reading with prizes

and incentives for participants.

All ages can sign up at

weighing more than 16,500

tons, a nuclear-powered

propulsion system helps

push the ship through the

water at more than 20 knots

(23 miles per hour).

Because of the demanding

environment aboard

submarines, personnel are

accepted only after rigorous

testing, according to

Navy officials. Submariners

are some of the most

highly trained and skilled

people in the Navy. Regardless

of their specialty,

everyone has to learn how

everything on the ship

works and how to respond

in emergencies to become

“qualified in submarines”

Please see navy, 16

the library beginning June

8 or on the Homer Township

Library Bookmobile.

Last year, there were more

than 1,700 participants,

and the library would like

to continue that tradition

of heavy participation.

Summer Reading Challenge

fliers are also available.

Teen Volunteer Crew

The Teen Volunteer

Crew volunteers with

many tasks; working the

summer reading registration

desk daily, assisting

with programs, a variety

of crafts, science programs

and family programs.

The six-week reading

program creates teen

leadership opportunities,

which the library likes to


For more information,

call the library at (708)

301-7908 or visit www.ho


Homer Glen native

and Petty Officer 2nd

Class Erik Lisewski is

assigned to the USS

West Virginia and has the

task to execute strategic

deterrence. Brad Gee/Mass

Communication Specialist

2nd Class US Navy

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Honoring the Fallen

In honor of Memorial Day this Monday, May 27, The Homer Horizon is honoring the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Below is a list of soldiers who have

died while serving their country since the Civil War, compiled from www.thewall-us.com, www.memorial.lths.org and www.icasualties.org, and with the help of John

Johnson, Brian Boland and Ken Dobson of the from the Lockport Geneological Society, as well as Lockport Township High School teacher Ron Vasile and LTHS files.

The Horizon salutes all those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Civil War

April 12, 1861 – April 9,


Lockport area high

school alumni

Albert Anderson

Herbert Anthony

George Barrett

John Bartie

Elijah Basset

John Beagley

Curtis Beal

Abbott Benoni

James Blount

Martin Brinkerhoff

Robert Brown

Albert Bump

Albert Chamberlain

Henry Clark

Thomas Clayton

John Conners

John Crosby

Enos Dodge

Theodore Dorkendoff

Urias Frey

William Hartwell

Benjamin Hopkins

John Hopkins

Thomas Humphrey

Andrew Kenney

Jefferson Knight

Aaron Legg

John Lepp

Charles Maguire

George Mason

Lorenzo Mason

Wade McFadden

Michael Murphy

Daniel O’Brien

William Parks

Seward Pettingill

William Poor

Lewis Prosser

Sidney Quick

Riley Ritchey

Alonzo Rose

Charles Rowley

Mathias Snyder

James Stice

Marcus Taylor

Edward Townsend

Peter Wagner

Joseph Walker

James Wells

Edward Welsh

Nelson Wicker

Albert Zweifel

World War I

April 1917-Nov. 11, 1918

Lockport Township High

School Alumni

Edward G. Blakeslee

Carl O. Rosequist

Lawrence A. King

World War II

Dec. 7, 1941-Sept. 2,


Lockport Township High

School Alumni

Hugh Allison

John Baxter

Arnold Bartleson

Melvin Boe

Nolan Etchison

David Faut

Stephen Fracaro

Frank Graning

Bernard Homerding

Fred Johnson

John Kirkham

John Krpan

Donald Markstrom

Andrew Materna

Howard Mathison

John Melanovich

Robert Pierce

Arthur Pius

Robert Popovich

Joseph Radich

James Smith

Earl Smithpeters

Charles Sovich

Frank Spiecker

Melvin Strong

Joseph Tusek

Jack Underwood

Adam Vanchina

Robert Whalen

Robert Ziesmer

Korean War

June 25, 1950-Jan. 31,


Adam Peter Tymowicz

Marvin Odell Walters

James M. Smith


Aug. 7, 1964-January


Lockport Township High

School Alumni

John Steven Ambrosini

William Joseph Brencich

William Eugene Carroll

Steven Lee Inboden

Glen Alan Jackson

Gary Steven Johnson

Leo Juan Miller

Robert Lee Mitchell

Charles Lloyd Morrison

Sean Murray

Paul Henry Stein Jr.

Frank Jay Strnad

Chatwin Arnold Strother

Timothy James Sweeney

WM. Thomas Tierney

Albert Lee Vicich

Iraq War

March 20, 2003–Dec.

18 2011

Lockport Township High

School Alumni

Michael C. Olivieri

Travis L. Patriquin

Police Reports

Man reportedly notices his vehicle stolen after seeing two suspicious vehicles in street

A man reportedly woke

up around 3:20 a.m. April

29 because his dog was

barking and looked out

the bedroom window to

see two black Ford Mustang

GT’s parked in the

street with their drivers

speaking to each other

from inside the vehicles

inside the 13000 block of

S. Hampton Court. One

vehicle reportedly drove

to the end of the street and

came back. The man then

realized his 2019 Chevy

Blazer RS was missing

from the driveway, police

said. The victim was not

sure if the two Mustangs

had anything to do with

the vehicle theft but found

it odd, according to police.

April 29

• Two purses were allegedly

stolen from an

unlocked vehicle on the

15000 block of Ginger

Lane. The purses were

recovered by deputies in

the roadway, police said.

A driver’s license, social

security card, Windows

tablet and miscellaneous

credit cards were reportedly


April 26

• A man reportedly was

seen on security video

entering two unlocked

vehicles on the 12000

block of W. Derby Lane.

The man was also seen attempting

to open a garage

door with the keypad, and

a key fob was stolen from

one of the vehicles, according

to police. Police

described the unknown

man as being white, in

his 20s, about 5-foot-7,

wearing white clothing

and having a “distinct”


April 16

• Melad Anwar Mustafa,

19, of 17228 Foxglove

Lane in Tinley Park, was

cited for illegal use of cellphone

and driving while

having a suspended license

at S. Parker Road and W.

159th St.




Editor’s note: The Homer

Horizon’s police reports come

from the Will County Sheriff’s

Department’s online news bulletin

service. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.





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Dear Sadie Rose Schlachter,

We have had such a good

time with you on your very

first trip around the sun.

You never fail to crack

us up with your hilarious

noises and the funny faces

that you make. We are so

proud of all the things that

you were able to do for the

very first time. We love you,

Sadie! Happy birthday.

Hugs and kisses from Dada,

Momma and Owen

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The homer horizon’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

Natalia Swider, Oak

Prairie Junior High


Natalia Swider was chosen as

Standout Student for her academic


What is one essential you must

have when studying?

One essential I must have

when studying is my laptop/

computer. I need this because all

my schoolwork is on there.

What do you like to do when not

in school or studying?

When I’m not in school or

photo submitted

studying, I like to play video

games, play with my dog, go on

my trampoline, play basketball,

hangout or talk to friends.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a professional

basketball player so I

could do what I love, have fun

and earn money.

What are some of your most

played songs in your iPod?

I listen to any Ed Sheeran, and

currently my favorites are “Galway

Girl,” “Shape of You” and

“You Break Me.”

What is one thing people don’t

know about you?

One thing people don’t know

about me is I have a lake in my

backyard and take advantage of it

all the time. I love to go fishing.

Whom do you look up to and


I look up to my sister, Monika,

because she’s like a second mom

to me. She will drop whatever

she’s doing to help me. She helps

me with basketball, and she takes

me to really cool places.

What do you keep under you bed

and why?

I don’t have anything under

my bed but drawers, because

that’s the type of bed I have.

Who is your favorite teacher and


I like all of my teachers equally.

They are all super nice, always

helpful, make me laugh

and always there when anyone

needs them.

What’s your favorite class and


My favorite class is reading

and language arts and also gym.

I like reading and language arts

because we learn a lot, read a lot

and have great class books.

What’s one thing that stands out

about your school?

One thing that stands out about

my school is that we have iPads.

We fundraise for very important

causes and have lots of school


What extracurricular(s) do you

wish your school had?

I wish my school had volunteer

work and community service

extracurriculars so people

can do things to help for a good

cause and to interact with people.

What’s your morning routine?

My morning routine is my

sister having to wake me up because

I keep snoozing my alarm

clock, then getting dressed, do

hair, eat, brush teeth, feed my

pets and then go on my phone

until I have to go to the bus.

If you could change one thing

about school what would it be?

If there was one thing I could

change about my school, it

would have to be for us not to

have homework. We should keep

the learning in school and do our

own thing at home.

What’s your favorite thing to

eat in the cafeteria?

My favorite thing to eat in the

cafeteria are the “Mike bites.”

They are square cheese bites.

What’s your best memory from


As of today, my favorite memory

in school would be the Color

Splash. I had so much fun with

my friends and enjoyed the snow


Standout Student is a feature for The

Homer Horizon. Nominations come

from Homer Glen area schools.

Schilling School

names Music in Our

Schools winners

Students take part in art

contest while learning facts

Submitted by Schilling School

March was Music In Our Schools

Month, a nationally recognized advocacy

of music education.

At Schilling School in Homer Community

Consolidated School District

33C, JoEllyn Sumner, a general music

teacher for kindergarten through fourth

grade, prepared daily music facts, trivia,

jokes, “name that tune,” various genres of

music played in the cafeteria during students’

lunch and an art contest based on

the theme of the month — “All Music,

All People.”

Each winner won a pizza from Kenootz

Pizza in Homer Glen.

Music In Our Schools Month art contest winners at Schilling School

(left to right) Evelyn Sepka, third grade; Rayann Isleim, second grade;

Jumanah Abulaban, fourth grade; and Joshua Rzona, third grade,

are joined by music teacher JoEllyn Sumner while showing off their

drawings. Photo submitted


From Page 12

and earn the right to wear

the coveted gold or silver

dolphins on their uniform.

Lisewski said he holds

many qualification duties

and is always out and about,

and he maintains the fitness

program, making sure they

are within standards.

Serving in the Navy

means Lisewski is part of a

world that is taking on new

importance in America’s

focus on rebuilding military

readiness, strengthening

alliances and reforming

business practices in support

of the National Defense


A key element of the

Navy the nation needs is

tied to the fact that America

is a maritime nation, and

that the nation’s prosperity

is tied to the ability to operate

freely on the world’s

oceans. More than 70 percent

of the Earth’s surface

is covered by water; 80 percent

of the world’s population

lives close to a coast;

and 90 percent of all global

trade by volume travels by


Though there are many

ways for sailors to earn distinction

in their command,

community and career,

Lisewski is most proud of

qualifying diving officer of

the watch, which required

many hours of studying late

days and early mornings.

As a member of one of

the U.S. Navy’s most relied

upon assets, Lisewski and

other sailors know they are

part of a legacy that will

last beyond their lifetimes,

providing the Navy the nation


Lisewski said serving in

the Navy means that he is

entrusted by the government

to fulfill America’s

mission of nuclear deterrence.

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Tinley native named

Lynchburg, Virginia,

Teacher of the Year

Andrew Napierkowski

has come a long way since

his days as a studious-butshy

teen in Tinley Park.

He has moved from the

back of the classroom to

the front, and from the

Midwest to the South. His

personal and professional

development has been

such, in fact, that on May

1, his employer, Lynchburg

City Schools in Lynchburg,

Virginia, named him the

district’s Teacher of the


“It’s a really amazing,

humbling honor,” Napierkowski

said. “We have

a lot of great teachers in the

area, and we all work hard.

For someone to recognize

all that effort, it’s just really


Napierkowski said the

“ah-ha” moments with students

are what keep him


“When you see their eyes

get really big, and watch

them get it, that’s why I

teach,” he said. “Everything

else is just a benefit.”

In 2013, his student

teaching assignment landed

him at Heritage High

School, where he has been

ever since.

The award, though given

in a surprising, heartwarming

fashion, did not

take Napierkowski totally


He puts in long hours,

often working well after

work, and serves on a

variety of administrative

committees at the school,

including its faculty advisor

group and its National

Honor Society.

In April, Heritage Principal

Timothy Beatty informed

Napierkowski he

nominated him for the

award. Napierkowski put

together a packet outlining

some of his accomplishments

and prepped for an

interview with an administrative

panel. He thought

the process went well but

was not expecting to win.

“I’m not in it for acknowledgement,”

he said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction.



3 Corners Grill & Tap now


The wait has finally ended

for New Lenox.

3 Corners Grill & Tap is

now open at 901 E. Lincoln

Highway. Its official opening

day was May 13.

The new establishment

takes the spot of what

was formerly Floyd’s Ale

House, which closed in

2015, and The Charley

Horse, which closed in


3 Corners has two other

locations, in Lemont and

Downers Grove.

The New Lenox location’s

hours are 11 a.m.-11

p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and

11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and


On its website, 3 Corners

says it offers 27 different

beers. The menu features a

selection of starters, burgers,

wraps, sandwiches,

soups, “minis,” flatbreads,

entrees, sides and a children’s


For more information,

visit www.3cornersgrill.


Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New



Orland Park’s Dylan Cruz

prepares to release film on

Amazon Prime

Dylan Cruz is always

on the move, in pursuit of

a new ideas and new opportunities,

and new ways

to share his talents with the


The minute the Orland

Park resident finished postproduction

on “The Day After

Halloween,” a featurelength

film he wrote and

directed, and in which he

starred, he has been busy in

pursuit of the next project.

“I’ve been running

around like crazy, but it’s

been a good crazy,” he said.

The post-production process

for “The Day After

Halloween” involved intense,

sometimes 10-hourlong

stints of viewing footage

with the production

team and editing together

the best takes. It took roughly

one year of work before

the film was finalized.

Then, Cruz and his team

gathered paperwork to submit

the film to Amazon

for streaming on Amazon

Prime. Once closed captioning

was added to the

film, so it could also be

shown in other countries,

Amazon accepted the film

for streaming.

It is scheduled to be

published at the end of the

summer on the streaming

service. Amazon Prime

customers can view the

film for free, and others can

rent or purchase the film

through Amazon.

“I’m really excited to

finally show the public

what I’ve been up to for

the past year-and-a-half,”

Cruz said. “It’s a proud moment

to see something you

thought about come alive

in front of you. ... It’s definitely

put a new, reignited

desire and passion in me to

create more, beyond what

I’ve already made.”

For more information

about Cruz’s projects, visit



Reporting by Meredith Dobes,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit OPPrairie.com.


Mokena preschoolers

ready for real world of


The gym auditorium

at Mokena Elementary

School was filled with

smiles and songs May

15, as graduation season

began with Mokena Community

Park District’s

Spring Preschool Program


The celebration taught

the toddlers that graduation

not only signifies the

end of their preschool experience

but also a transition

on their path to kindergarten.

“I love being each

child’s very first teacher

on their educational journey,”

said Janet Nush, the

Mokena Community Park

District preschool teacher.

“I love seeing each child

develop a love for learning,

and seeing each child

learn and grow in the two

years that they are with


Nush and childcare aide

Janine White welcomed

the attendees. Following

the introduction, the

graduating students came

to the stage to lead the

group in the “Pledge of

Allegiance,” followed by

the Mokena Park District

song “Days of the Week.”

The students also danced

to the songs “Twink a

Link,” “Jack and Jill” and

“Humpty Dumpty.”

At Mokena Park District

Early Childhood Education,

teachers utilize

standard curriculum —

introducing math, science

and social studies concepts

— to create a higher

level of thinking and basis

for their continued education.

Reporting by Caitlin Fyfe,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit MokenaMessenger.



Hickory Creek students star

in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

It was a tale as old as

time, performed by some of

Frankfort’s youngest actors

and actresses.

The Hickory Creek

Middle School production

of “Beauty and the Beast,”

which debuted the evening

of Friday, May 17, and

ran through Sunday, May

19, was the culmination of

months of the hard work of

approximately 130 middle

school students.

In addition to performing

onstage, the students

served on the stage crew,

helped with makeup and

costumes backstage and

participated as dance assistants,

said Cori Chojnacki,

the school’s chorus

booster president. Several

of the lead roles in the

musical were double-cast

to provide more acting opportunities

for the young


“For me, it’s always fun

to see the progression of

it from the very beginning

to the showtime and how

much the kids grow and

how they can be proud of

all their hard work,” she

said. “We are actually sold

out of every show, so we

are very excited about that,

and the kids are really looking

forward to performing

in front of such big audiences.”

Now in its 23rd year,

the musical was directed

by Leslie Walton, with the

assistance of Cindy Heath

and Rebecca Schumacher.

“Every year, Ms. Walton

chooses her show based on

the students that she has in

the chorus and what show

she thinks best fits their

personalities,” Chojnacki


Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank


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From HomerHorizon.com from Monday,

May 20.

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at Kenwood Liquors

2. LTHS students dominate in drafting and


3. Volunteers assist in readying Shady

Oaks Camp at annual clean-up day

4. Girls Track and Field: Five Porters qualify

for state out of tough sectional

5. Homer 33C district leaders elaborate on

curriculum, facility updates

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recognized today by the Science and English

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From the Editor

Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

Thomas Czaja


By the time of this

issue date, it will

already almost be

Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day weekend

is looked forward

to by many as a day off

from work, the unofficial

start of the summer season

and perhaps the time

for a weekend getaway.

It is a time spent relaxing

and with family and


But besides being those

things for many of us, it

is always important to

recall the true meaning of

the day, the remembrance

and honoring of those

who gave their lives in

the armed forces for this

country. Taking some time

to reflect on this, and family

and friends who have

served and those who

made the ultimate sacrifice

makes us more fully

appreciate the military and

all those men and women

go through and sacrifice

on our behalf.

As we do each year,

we have published our

Memorial Day list of local

veterans who died while

serving. You can view this

list in its entirety on Page

13 of this issue. These are

your local heroes from



wars throughout the history

of our country. And if

there are any others who

need to be added to the list

that you know of, please

do not hesitate in reaching

out so they can be

included in the future.

Also, another big

military story pertaining

to the community can be

found this week on Page

4. One of the local heroes

on the aforementioned list

is Pfc. Michael Olivieri,

a Homer Glen native who

was killed in action in

Iraq in 2011. He was chosen

to be the namesake of

the new Pfc. Michael C.

Olivieri Memorial American

Legion Post 2011 that

is having its inauguration

this upcoming Sunday.

Post 2011 was started

by a group of veterans at

Marian Village who this

past Veterans Day were

having dinner when they

came up with the idea. It

is great that Homer Glen

will now have an American

Legion it can call its

own and will no doubt

serve the community and

area service members by

remembering the fallen

around Memorial Day

and with its other initiatives

and meetings.

Finally, we have something

on Page 12 of this

Summer Social

5–8 p.m. Thursday, June 13,

Orland Park Crossing, 14225 95th Ave.

(143rd Street & LaGrange Road), Orland Park

Last Call Before Fall

6–9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8,

Georgios Orland Park,

8800 W. 159th St., Orland Park

Mistletoe Market

4–7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5,

Orland Park Crossing, 14225 95th Ave.

(143rd Street & LaGrange Road), Orland Park

issue about a Homer Glen

native currently enlisted

in the Navy involved with

strategic deterrence.

He is just one example

of someone currently

serving who is making a

difference and the community


Veterans are at the

heart of Homer Glen, and

we continue to see all the

sacrifices they have made

as they continue to be

rightfully honored. This

Memorial Day, may we

pause to remember those

who breathed their last

for fellow Americans and

thank those still around

and serving.



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the Homer Horizon | May 23, 2019 | homerhorizon.com

The expansion of the Parkview Christian Church Homer

Glen Campus made room for its new community common

space. Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media

Church in Homer Glen highlights the additions made from its expansion project, Page 23

22 | May 23, 2019 | the homer horizon faith



Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

(14719 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen)

Registration Open for

Vacation Bible School 2019

Registration is open for

the July 8-11 Vacation

Bible School 2019. This

year’s theme is “God is


Nursery for Children

9:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:30

p.m. Wednesdays. Parishioners

may use the nursery

for their children up to age

3 during services. There is

a Kids Klub for children in

grades 4-5 during the service.

Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Open to anyone ready to

discuss the Bible.

Christian Life Church

(15609 W. 159th St., Homer Glen)

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

EDGE Youth Service

7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Praying the Rosary

7 p.m. Thursdays. Join

in praying the rosary during

the month of May.

Daily Mass

8 a.m. Monday-Saturday

Weekend Mass

5 p.m. Saturday

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4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays;

9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays;

8:30 a.m. every first Friday

Council of Catholic Women

7 p.m. Second Tuesday

of the month.

Women of the parish

meet to discuss its needs.

The group also hosts a

monthly charity bake sale.

St. Bernard Parish

(13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen)

Happy Hours (Seniors)

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Seniors meet monthly for

food, fun and fellowship.

St. Bernards Kids’ Choir

4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays.

All children in grades

first through eighth are

welcome to join choir.

A permission slip to join

can be obtained through

Julie Kane at the table by

the church exit or through

one’s RE teacher.

Weekday Worship

9:30 a.m. weekdays.

Communion Service on


Weekend Worship

4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

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

11:30 a.m. every Sunday.


3:30-4:15 p.m. First

and third Saturday of the

month. Confessions are

also available upon request

at any time.

Sunday Services

8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

Adult Bible Study

9-9:45 a.m., first and

third Sundays of the month

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

New Life Community Church - Homer


(14832 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen)

Weekly Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays; for

more information, call

(815) 838-1416.

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 5-10

minutes prior to the service

to sign children up

for the group. For more

information, call (815)


Women’s Ministry

9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible

study for women of all


Contact the


Community Choir Practice

7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Parish members ages 16

and older may join the

choir. The choir needs vocalists

and instrumentalists.

For more information,

join the weekly rehearsal

or contact the music director,

Julie Kane, after Mass

on Sundays.

Prayer Meeting

10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

(14367 W. 159th St., Homer Glen)

Senior Connections

10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.. Orland

Park Campus, 11110

Orland Parkway, Orland

Park. Second Friday of

the month, chili lunch

and program. The cost

visit us online at www.HomerHorizon.com Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen) Please see faith, 27

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the homer horizon | May 23, 2019 | 23

Parkview Christian Church expands for growing faith community

Homer Campus

sees new space for

all ages to enjoy

Alex Ivanisevic

Assistant Editor

The Parkview Christian

Church Homer Glen

Campus completed construction

on an immense

expansion this past winter

around the start of the year,

opening opportunities for

the campus’ children’s

programs and its community.

The layout of the church,

located at 14367 W. 159th

St., now goes beyond the

auditorium and what was

once a small wing of the

building dedicated to programs

for children from

birth through fifth grade.

Today, worshippers and

their children have access

to a larger community

space and play rooms and

facilities that cater to each

age group.

The $2.5 million expansion

was funded by members

of the church and

included creating a bigger

lobby space and coffee


Jenny Kummer, children’s

director at the Homer

church, said the campus’

children’s programs are

typically on the weekends

and run at the exact same

time as the services run,

“so parents can drop their

kids off and go into the

main auditorium for the

service,” she said.

“The new space has allowed

us to actually have

more room for our kids,

whereas before we had our

babies and our [1-yearolds]

in one room, we now

have a room for each age:

a babies room, a [1-yearold]

room, [2-year-olds],

The “city” room, a part of the children’s programs at Parkview Christian Church in Homer Glen, is just one example of what has been made

possible by the expansion. Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media

[3-year-olds], [4-yearolds]

and [5-year-olds], so

they are all in their own

rooms,” Kummer said.

An example of one of

the perks of the expansion

is the improvement of the

“city” room for secondand

third-graders, which

is “a brand new and much

bigger space than it was

before,” Kummer said.

There is also a space for

the fourth- and fifth-graders

called the “alley.”

According to Kummer,

each space is designed to

be engaging for the group

it is meant for.

Kummer said in the past

there was not a space issue

and children were

never turned away from

the programs, but the expansion

has provided a

much more spacious and

comfortable atmosphere

for the children in each

age group.

“I think [moms and dads]

have seen that we have

made a really great investment

in our kids programs,

and so they know how important

kids are to us and

we want to partner with

our parents to help them

to grow their children in

their faith and it has been a

great time,” she said. “I’m

very proud and excited to

be able to offer programs

for kids at every level that

is age appropriate, helping

kids to learn and have fun.”

Campus Pastor Jason

Anhalt said the church has

received positive feedback

from its community of

about 800 churchgoers in

regard to the 9,000-squarefoot

expansion that he said

took about a year to complete.

“We have kids ministry

going on while the church

service is going on,” Anhalt

said, walking through

the children’s program and

worship areas. “We were

outgrowing our kids space,

big time, before the expansion.”

Overall, Anhalt said

that the feedback has been

awesome from families at

the church.

“What’s really important

for us is that people will

want to stay and hangout

at church because we have

the space to serve coffee

during services and people

feel comfortable hanging

out in the common space,”

he said, adding the expansion

has also attracted new

members and families to

the church as it continues

to grow.

“It is so awesome and

fun to know that there is

a need here, and we’re

a place people want to

come for support and

what they need,” Anhalt


Sunday service times

at the Parkview Christian

Church Homer Glen Campus

are 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

and 11:30 a.m.

For more information,

visit www.parkview


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LTHS STEM students give back with birdhouse project

Submitted by Lockport

Township High School

Students have been hard at

work at Lockport Township

High School Central Campus

during the past six weeks.

That is because Lockport

Township High School STEM

Exploration students have partnered

with the Illinois Department

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bluebird houses and bat boxes to

use on their properties.

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Members of a STEM class at Lockport Township High School’s Central Campus show off some of the

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Showing great strength

Homer Glen man tests for latest black belt rank at Family Martial Arts

Master Dainius Vidugiris (breaking the board), of Homer Glen, tests for his rank of fourth-degree black belt in

hapkido April 28 at Family Martial Arts in Mokena. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media


From Page 22

is $10, and Pastor Chaz

will speak. To RSVP, call

(708) 478-7477 ext. 272

or email merry-o@att.net.

Sunday Services

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

11:30 a.m.

First United Methodist Church of


(1000 S. Washington St., Lockport)

Sunday Worship

9 a.m. Sunday School

10:25 a.m. Worship

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)



First Sunday of the


Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

Worship Service

(nursery available)

Christ Community Church

(13400 Bell Road, Lemont)

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. Sundays. Worship

is casual.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Alex Ivanisevic at


media.com or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 15. Information

is due by noon Thursday

one week prior to publication.

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park



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1. Autocrat

7. Bernadette, e.g.,


10. Congo’s continent:


13. Field

14. Originate

15. Future trout

16. The Beach Boys’

“Surfin’ __”

17. “Groovy!”

18. Three as a prefix

19. Craft store in

Tinley Park Plaza

21. Animal house

22. U.S. Army medal

25. Mideast leaders

26. Smaller in number

27. Understandings

28. Took a chance in


29. Palm with berries

30. Bugs

32. Masseuse job

35. Droop like aging


37. Light on one’s


38. Home improvement

store in Tinley

Park Plaza

41. Bother

45. ___ the crack of


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49. QB’s stat

50. Nicknames for

moms’ moms

51. More accurate

52. Passing grade

53. French nobleman

54. Cause to operate

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58. Author of “Leading

With My Chin”

59. Soars

63. Previously called

64. Bringing up the


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6. Repeated as stories

7. Ones at the helm

8. Dabbling ducks

9. CPR pros

10. Empire State

Building style

11. Anticipated

12. Checks

14. Mollusk that

moves like molasses

20. Med. care provider

22. Follow

23. A mare, familiarly

24. Austin time

26. ___-slipper

28. Get moving

31. Belts

33. Advantage

34. La ___ Tar Pits

36. Russian empresses

38. Routine

39. Shoulder piece

40. Reagan and


42. Middle X or O

43. Parisian summer

44. Rd.

47. Coach

48. “I’ll be there in a


51. Canary’s call

54. Some cameras, for


55. Creme-filled


56. Pacific palm

60. Cape Verde island

61. Elbow

62. Family girl


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the homer horizon | May 23, 2019 | 29

The Dish

Quality sustenance, ‘divine intervention’ keep Honeyfield afloat

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

Honeyfield Restaurant

owner Theodore Fotsis

credits divine intervention

for the restaurant’s survival

of the 2008 recession.

Theodore and his wife,

Angie, opened Honeyfield

in 2007 with the intention

of bringing a unique

breakfast-centric dining

experience to Lockport,

but things did not go as


With the restaurant struggling

to secure a foothold in

the community, Theodore

Fotsis found himself filing

for bankruptcy roughly a

year after opening. Potential

patrons did not realize

what Honeyfield was,

with some even confusing

it with a honey-baked ham

business, calling the restaurant

to inquire about purchasing


“We were about to close

here, because we couldn’t

get our name out there,”

Fotsis said.

But intervention came

in the form of a marketing


who enjoyed her meal at

Honeyfield and asked Fotsis

why the business did

not have more customers.

He explained that he was

having trouble getting the

word out about the restaurant,

and she suggested he

reach out to local churches

to see if their congregations

would be interested in dining


Fotsis took the advice

but initially had little luck.

With low expectations, he

dropped a letter off at St.

Dennis Church that contained

background information

on Honeyfield. To

his surprise, droves of St.

Dennis parishioners, led

by the Rev. Jim Curtin, descended

upon the restaurant

the day after he dropped off

the letter. Curtin, the pastor

at St. Dennis, told Fotsis he

did not know much about

him or his business, but he

is always willing to support

local businesses.

The response from St.

Dennis was surprising

enough, but that was nothing

compared to the shock

Fotsis felt when he realized

the church was much

bigger than he anticipated.

With only himself, his

wife, one cook and one

other employee on the

clock, it was a struggle to

keep up with the sudden

influx of customers. Fotsis

said he thought St. Dennis

had roughly 100 parishioners

and was floored when

one of them informed him

that number was closer to


“I made an announcement

in the middle of the

dining room,” Fotsis recalled.

“[I said], ‘We had

no idea how big St. Dennis

is. We’re going to do our

best to get the orders out.’”

While ill-equipped for

the surprise influx of customers

that day, Fotsis was

determined to take advantage

of the momentum it

afforded him. By the next

weekend, he had hired two

more chefs and several

more employees, in addition

to pounding the pavement

to advertise the business.

The end result was a

snowball effect of increasing

patronage in the restaurant,

propelling it to its current

position as a mainstay

in Lockport.

“When I thought I was

losing everything and I

went and delivered that letter

[to St. Dennis] and the

people started coming in

here, I was like a little kid

in a candy store,” Fotsis

said. “I was like, ‘Oh my

Babes Biscuit Benedict ($9.95) is a popular item at Honeyfield Restaurant and gets

its name from Paul Bunyan’s blue ox. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

goodness, this might actually


“It literally jump-started

our business. I was so

blown away about it [and]

thankful to God, because it

was a divine thing that happened.”

Fotsis showed his appreciation

to Curtin by naming

Father Jim’s Patty Melt

($9.75) after him and never

allowing him to pay for another

meal at Honeyfield.

No longer worried about

having to close Honeyfield’s

doors for good, Fotsis

was able to get back to


“It gave me a platform to

start doing things that I always

wanted to do, which

was making house-made

items,” Fotsis said. “It’s a

difficult thing to do, which

is why a lot of restaurants

don’t do it.”

Providing house-made

items and experimenting

with new ingredients has

been obsessions for Fotsis

since he was a teenager,

working in one of his father’s

pancake houses. He

ordered syrup with real

maple in it, only to be told

by his father that it was not


“I would order things to

try new stuff, and he would

send it back,” Fotsis said.

“It was frustrating, but my

father was the boss, and

there were certain things

that he didn’t think [were]


At Honeyfield Restaurant,

Fotsis is the boss,

which means everything

is house-made and the

syrup contains real maple.

The quality-over-quantity

approach is the foundation

of Honeyfield’s menu

and what Fotsis says sets

it apart from other restaurants.

“I challenge myself to

become more and more

unique, so when people

come here, it’s different,”

he said.

The homemade quiche

($9.25) and corned beef

hash ($10.49) are two of the

most labor-intensive dishes

on the menu, but it is no

coincidence that they also

are two of the restaurant’s

best sellers, along with its

biscuits. The gluten-free

and organic options also

are some of the most popular

choices on Honeyfield’s

ever-evolving menu.

“We try things, [and]

when customers respond

to it, we’ll keep serving it,”

Fotsis said.

Menu tweaks come in all

shapes and sizes at Honeyfield,

and the new menu,

which is to be introduced

in the next month, is to feature

several subtle changes.

That includes a new, creamier

Maytag blue cheese,

which is served on burgers

and salads. Fresh pears and

house-made candy pecans,

which can be ordered on

pancakes, crepes or some

salads, are to be added.

Fotsis said he cringes

when he looks back at the

restaurant’s menu from

2008, as it has transformed

thoroughly over the last


“The restaurant has

evolved to [having] everything

fresh,” Fotsis said. “I

would love to say I started

that way, but no. You don’t

know how people are going

to react to it. It’s a slow

thing that you just keep on


Honeyfield Restaurant

984 E. 9th St. in



• 6 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

For more information ...

Web: www.



Phone: (815) 836-


Refusing to serve any

canned food and making

almost everything from

scratch takes time and costs

money, but the high-quality

food that comes of it is what

makes Honeyfield special.

And while Fotsis understands

some people prefer

cheaper options, he will

continue spurning convenience

in favor of quality.

“The temptation is there

to have your food provider

make everything for you,”

he said. “It comes in a nice

package; keep it in the

freezer; you don’t have to

worry about throwing stuff

out. But if you make stuff

fresh, and the customers respond

to it, you don’t have

to worry about having a


Eleven years ago, the

future of Honeyfield Restaurant

was in serious jeopardy,

but an unwavering

dedication to house-made

items and ingredients, as

well as a unique menu,

have the restaurant firmly

ingrained in the community


“When other places open

up, I say, ‘OK you can open

up, but I know how hard it

is to be different,’” Fotsis

said. “And if you can do

that, I will applaud it. ...

Being unique sets you apart

from everyone else, and

it’s very challenging to do


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Outstanding new home values in Peotone can be yours At Westgate Manor

Distinctive Home Builders is building new homes from the mid $200s

When it comes to a preferred location,

Peotone is a steadily growing suburb

with a strong infrastructure and an

irresistible small-town charm with a

bright future—which is why Distinctive

Home Builders chose the Will County

village for its newest community of 38

single-family homes: Westgate Manor.

“Peotone is a family-friendly village

just south of Chicago and is one of

the best kept secrets among new home

seekers,” said Bryan Nooner, President

of Distinctive Home Builders. “We

expect to attract home shoppers from

northwest Indiana and the south

suburban Chicago marketplace. We will

likely also see buyers from the Kankakee

area because the Peotone school district

is so desirable.”

Several factors attracted Distinctive

Home Builders to this hometown

atmosphere community, not the least

of which was its convenient location

between Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 and easy access to I-80. Commuters

will enjoy several nearby train stations

and a mere 35-minute drive to Chicago.

“It’s a vibrant, growing community

that benefits from ease of access to

job centers in the west and southwest

suburbs with impressive commercial

and industrial growth that has followed

the residential boom here,” said Nooner.

“Affordable land prices in Peotone,

combined with lower construction costs

add up to savings when compared to a

similarly-equipped home in the area,”

added Nooner.

Westgate Manor brick and frame

homes offer (features vary per model)

three to four bedrooms, two to three

and- a-half baths, full basement, formal

dining room, vaulted, tray or nine-foot

first-floor ceilings, a large kitchen with

custom maple cabinets, family room

or great room, and concrete driveways.

Depending on the home selected, other

standard amenities can include a living

room, den, dinette, a tray or vaulted

ceiling in the master bedroom, and dualzoned

heating and air conditioning.

Distinctive Home Builders offers a

wide variety of styles and selections—

buyers can choose among 12 different

designs—each available in three to eight

different elevations at Westgate Manor,

including two-story and ranch homes.

Square footages span 1,600 to 2,500

for ranches and 1,800 to 3,000 for twostory


“Most home shoppers feel there must

be 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,” said

Nooner, who added that “now is the best

time to buy, because you can still take

advantage of preconstruction prices that

range from the mid $200s which makes

this a terrific New home value.”

Other premium standard features

included at Westgate Manor are brick

front exteriors on the first floor, free

basements in most models, ceramic tile

or hardwood floors in the kitchen, baths

and foyer; and custom maple 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 build a new home with

Distinctive, you truly are receiving a

hand crafted home with custom made

cabinets no matter what the price range,”

noted Nooner. This year, Distinctive

Home Builders is celebrating 30 years

building thousands of homes throughout

the Will and south Cook county areas.

Distinctive Home Builders, an

industry leading innovator, offers the

fastest build times (90 working days)

with a “Zero Punch list” closing policy.

Prior to closing, each home undergoes

an industry leading 100-point checklist

to insure the home measures up to our

high quality standards.

Aspen Model

Customers stay connected to the

progress of their home from start to

finish through Distinctive’s unique

construction portal. “Our customers

simply download our Distinctive

HomeBuilders app and they are in

touch with their new home 24/7 from

anywhere in the world. The app allows

our customers to see the progress of

their home and access their documents

at any time,” Nooner explained.

“Our customers really appreciate the

integration of social media sites directly

in our app allowing them to easily share

photos and updates of their new home

with family and friends,” he concluded.

As a semi-custom builder, Distinctive

Home Builders can modify any of its

standard designs to cater to a customer’s

tastes, which means that moving walls,

adding extra windows or even extending

the garage are all possible. Nooner

added that “All our homes are highly

energy efficient and will be built to the

new National Energy Code guidelines.

Every home we build has upgraded wall

and ceiling insulation values with energy

efficient windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before our customers take

possession of their new home, we

perform a blower door test to insure that

each home passes a set of very stringent

guidelines which insures that our homes

are tight and energy efficient. Owning a

more energy efficient means lower gas

and electric bills for our 2-Story Great

Room Prairie Model customers each


Peotone was established in 1856 and

offers tree-lined streets and a charming

downtown area complete with diners,

pizza parlors, cafes and pubs. In season

there is a Farmer’s Market in front of the

American Legion. Also the community

has a popular Fall Fest in front of the

famous Peotone Windmill; once a

thriving flour mill that put Peotone on

the map in the late 1800s. A Christmas

in the Village Festival is another annual

community event that concludes with a

Lighted Parade at night. Peotone now

has an estimated population of just

over 4,000. Metra rail service is nearby

providing commuters easy access to

downtown Chicago.

Westgate Manor is conveniently

located within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School. The

Westgate Manor new home offsite Sales

and Information Center is located in

Manhattan three miles south of Laraway

Rd. on Rt. 52. at 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Hours are daily

from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed

Wednesday and Thursday and they are

always available by appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model offerings,

build times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice. Please

contact a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete details.

For more information, call (708) 479-

7700 or (708) 737-9142 or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders. com.

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Homer Glen.

What: A beautiful fivebedroom,


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Listing Price: $624,000

Listing Agents:

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• 15340 Paddock

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a dynamic Membership Sales Coordinator to promote

the benefits of Chamber membership to area businesses.

The Membership Sales Coordinator should close an average of

8-10 memberships per month, acting on referrals

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Minimum of two years of experience in sales/marketing position.

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We are currently seeking

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$13.00/hour for training;

$17.00/hour with CDL and

SBP endorsements.

Benefits offered

Apply at KSD140.org

Busy, Southwest Suburban

Ophthalmology Practice

Seeking F/T Receptionist

Medical Office Exp. Preferred

Must be Detail-Oriented

Please Fax Reume to

(815) 725-9358

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

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No Phone Calls

Alvernia Manor

Senior Living - Lemont

Hiring for 3 Positions

Registered Nurse

Full-Time Cook

Part-Time Driver

Call for Details

(630) 257-7721

Manufacturing Position

Larpen Metallurgical Service,

a supplier of graphite products

and carbon additives, is

looking for general labor in

our manufacturing plant

located in Lemont, IL

Duties will include:

- Set-up and operate a machine

that performs a variety of

packaging functions

- Perform general manual

tasks including loading,

unloading, lifting, and

moving materials

- Rely on instructions and

pre-established guidelines to

perform functions of the job


- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

- Forklift experience

The position is full-time

Mon. - Fri. 7:00am - 3:30pm

with benefits after 90 days

Applications accepted in

person or email

Larpen Metallurgical Service

12300 New Avenue

Lemont, IL 60439




Due to our rapid growth and

expansion, Tinley Park

Industrial Manufacturing Sales

office seeks detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

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ARC does both sale’s

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service functions. This is a

very diversified position in our

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ideal candidate must be


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communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

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Excel. Industrial customer

service experience a plus.

Repeat customer & supplier

contact. No telemarketing or

cold calling required.

Competitive salary & benefit

pkg incl. 401K.

Send letter & resume to:


Local pet food store

hiring for 2 P/T positions:

Sales Associate

Experienced Baker

10-15 hrs/wk.

Send email to: info@


Construction Work

on a per job basis

Epoxy Flooring/Concrete

Must have car

Send response/info to:


P/T Salon/Spa Assistant

Located in Lockport

Every other Mon. 5-9,

Wed. 9-6, & Fri. 9 or 10-3

(815) 955-4650

Hiring Cook

Atleast 2 years of

kitchen experience

(708) 349-2205

Need Laundry Attendant

Do laundry, cleaning,

& help customers

Call Ray at 708.203.3734

1021 Lost &


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Over-the-Ear Hearing Aid

Lost on May 4th near

Fat Rosie’s in Frankfort,

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and Ash Street

Offering Reward

If found please contact:

(312) 909-7754

1023 Caregiver

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Provided by

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State Licensed & Bonded

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Live-in/ Come & go.


Heaven Sent Caregivers

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Homer Glen 13206 Creekside

Drive. 3 Families -5/24 and

5/25, 8-1pm. Furn, clothes,

baby clothes, Precious Moments

figurines, kids books,

classroom materials & misc!


Loads of merch. in 1 location!

Proceeds to charity

Shady Oaks Benefit

14635 Saddle Brook Ln.

Homer Glen, IL

May 23, 24, & 25: 9 - 3pm

1061 Autos Wanted

New Lenox, Palmer Ranch &

Hidden Valley, SWcorner of

Nelson & Laraway, 5/31 &

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1058 Moving Sale

Homer Glen 14512 W. Walnut

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Running Or Not from Old to New!

Top Dollar Paid - Free Pick-Up

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2010 Honda Civic - 67,270

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$7950 Mark: 708-912-0250

1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

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1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

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2separate office spaces for

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600 sq ft with 1/2 bath, small

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2nd floor Approx. 600 sq ft

with 1/2 bath. New roof, new

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Vytautas Balkus Solely a/k/a Vytautas

Balkus a/k/a Vytautas Balkauskas;

United States of America; CitiBank

(South Dakota), N.A.; The Country

Woods Homeowners Association, Inc.

f/k/a The Country Woods Association;

Unknown Heirs and Legatees of Vytautas

Balkus Solely, ifany; Unknown

Owners and Nonrecord Claimants


No. 10 CH 7951


Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 27th day of February,

2019, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

13th day of June, 2019 ,commencing at

12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, sell at public

auction to the highest and best bidder

or bidders the following-described real













Commonly known as:

15412 Sharon Drive, Homer Glen, IL


Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home



Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

2701 Property for


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of 15412 Sharon Drive, Homer Glen, IL

60491 (Single Family Home). Onthe

13th day of June, 2019 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: PHH Mortgage Coporation Plaintiff

V.Vytautas Balkus Solely a/k/a Vytautas

Balkus a/k/a Vytautas Balkauskas;

United States of America; CitiBank

(South Dakota), N.A.; The Country

Woods Homeowners Association, Inc.

f/k/a The Country Woods Association;

Unknown Heirs and Legatees of Vytautas

Balkus Solely, ifany; Unknown

Owners and Nonrecord Claimants Defendant.

Case No. 10 CH 7951 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

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the homer horizon | May 23, 2019 | 41

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Ray Holland

Ray Holland is a senior at

Lockport Township. He is

a member of the Porters

boys track and field team

and will participate at the

state meet this weekend in

two events, the 110-meter

high hurdles and the

1,600-meter relay.

How would you say

the season has gone

overall for you and the


I’m happy with the team

and the season. Coming in,

I was very confident, and I

knew the opportunity was

there. There’s not a lot of

seniors, but we are close

as a team. It’s been the favorite

of my four varsity

seasons and the most fun

I’ve had.

How did you start

running track and


I was in the seventh

grade at Homer Jr. High,

and I almost didn’t do track

and field. I had played

baseball and a friend had

to remind me of the tryout

date for the track team. But

then I went out, and I was

fast, so I just had a natural

talent for it.

When did you stop

playing baseball?

When I was really young

I did baseball, basketball

and soccer. But when I got

to high school, it was just

track and field. I chucked

all the other sports and just

stuck with track.

What is it about track

and field that makes it

the sports for you?

I just love going fast and

running. There’s nothing

else like it. When I’m running,

I don’t think about

else. It’s like I’m in my

own little world.

Which do you like

better, running

the 110-meter

high hurdles or the

1,600-meter relay?

That’s tough. I can’t really

pick one. I’m out there

running with my brothers

in both events. So, I love

them both. They both have

different groups and a

great mixture of kids.

What have you

learned from Lockport

track and field coach

Tom Razo?

I’ve learned so much.

I’ve learned to calm down

and not be so anxious.

He’s kept my mind on the

straight and narrow. He’s

always there if you need

him. He always asks us,

‘How bad do you want it?’

He tells us to put our heart

into the race. He’s a great

coach, and I’m so glad I

had him.

Who is your favorite

superhero and why?

With DC, it’s The Flash.

Just because of the super

speed and the running.

With Marvel, my favorite

is Iron Man. That’s because

I love the technical


What do you do to

Photo submitted

pump yourself up

before a race?

I do like to listen to

some music. A lot of old

rock music or metal. A

song I like is “Down With

The Sickness” by Disturbed.

But most of the

time, I really like to calm

myself down and keep myself

from being overhyped.

I like to just focus on the


Are you going to run

track and field in


That’s the question. I

have an opportunity to do

that, but I’m not sure yet

if I want to. I want to be

a pilot, and I’ve narrowed

it down to a couple of

schools, but I’d rather not

say where. I will make that

decision soon.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

The overall atmosphere.

You know your team has

your back. Everyone always

motivates each other.

It’s been an amazing four

years here.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen

42 | May 23, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


This Week In...

Porters Varsity



■May ■ 29 host IHSA

Sectional, 4:30 p.m.


■May ■ 24 host IHSA

Regional Final, TBD

■May ■ 28 at IHSA Sectional,


■May ■ 29 at IHSA Sectional,


Boys Track and Field

■May ■ 24 at IHSA State

Championship, TBA

■May ■ 25 at IHSA State

Championship, TBA

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 23 at IHSA State

Championship, TBD

■May ■ 24 at IHSA State

Championship, TBD

■May ■ 25 at IHSA State

Championship, TBD

Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 24 host IHSA

Sectional Championship,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 28 at IHSA Super

Sectional, TBA

Girls Lacrosse

■May ■ 24 at IHSA Sectional,

7 p.m.

■May ■ 28 at IHSA Super

Sectional, TBA

Celtics Varsity


Boys Volleyball

Bolingbrook defeats

Lockport 25-20, 21-25,


Alex Matteucci managed

10 digs in the South-

West Suburban Conference

match May 14 in


■May ■ 25 at LW East

Regional final, 10 a.m.

■May ■ 29 at Lockport

Sectional semifinal,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 24 at Lockport

Sectional final, 6 p.m.

■May ■ 28 at Andrew

Supersectional, 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 24 at Rich East

Sectional final, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 28 at Peoria Notre

Dame Supersectional,

7 p.m.


■May ■ 24 at Minooka

Regional final,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 28 at Thornwood

Sectional semifinal,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 23-25 State Meet at

Hersey, 9 a.m.

Boys Track and Field

■May ■ 24-25 State Meet at

Eastern Illinois, 9 a.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 24 at Belleville

East Sectional semifinal at

Plainfield North,

5 p.m.

■May ■ 28 at Belleville East

Sectional final, 6 p.m.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Lockport. Jake Whyte

pitched in 10 kills and two

aces, and Robbie Maida

dished out 12 assists for

the Porters.

Compiled by Contributing

Editor Max Lapthorne,


visit us online at HomerHorizon.com

Girls Lacrosse

LTHS freshman is one of the

top goal-scorers in the nation

Frieri an offensive

juggernaut for

team’s inaugural

varsity season

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

Being a freshman on the

varsity team can be intimidating.

The need to prove they

belong there to their older

classmates creates constant

pressure — but not

for Francesca Frieri.

The Lockport freshman

has not only risen to the

varsity level of girls lacrosse

but also exceeded

it. As of May 10, she is

third in scoring in the entire

nation, according to

MaxPreps.com. Frieri has

fired in 119 goals for the

Porters so far in their inaugural

varsity season.

And despite all her success,

the rookie remains


“I’m just trying to help

my team out,” she said.

“We really trying to win as

many games as possible.

Whatever way I can contribute

to helping the team

out is kind of my fuel for

trying to score the goals.”

The Porters girls lacrosse

team is still in its

youth, playing in the middle

of its second season as

a program and its first with

a varsity team. Inexperience

comes with the territory,

coach David Smietanski

said, but his team

looks to one of its youngest

players for guidance.

“[Frieri] has been exposed

to lacrosse for a lot

Porters freshman Francesca Frieri has scored well over 100 goals for LTHS girls

lacrosse in its inaugural varsity season, giving the squad plenty of optimism for the

future. 22nd Century Media File Photo

longer than a lot of the

girls have been. So when it

comes to classroom time,

when we review things,

she’ll know other girls who

are at a high level, and she

can point those girls out to

us so we can have a game

plan and know who we’re

looking at,” he said. “Just

her experience in terms of

technique … the flow of

the game and being able to

explain that [is priceless].

We can be like ,‘Hey, Fran,

so us how to do this,’ and

we’ll go through and show

everyone how to do it. It’s

a good attitude [she has],

and it’s great to have that.”

But knowing the game

inside and out does not

make it less intimidating

for the young Porter. She

said taking the field and

playing against her older

peers has been “nervewracking,”

but it has only

pushed her to work harder.

Entering her freshman

season, Frieri said she set

a goal of being an “impact

player” — and it’s safe to

say she is achieving it.

“I feel like I’m kind of

a utility player; I kind of

help fill in wherever we

need to,” she said. “I take

the ball to the net, and I try

to get the ball as much as

possible [to help the team].

One of our main goals this

year was trying to keep

longer possessions, so just

trying to keep it on our

side of the field.”

Her skills on the field

did not just happen overnight,

either. She has been

playing lacrosse for more

than five years and was

hooked from the start.

“I’ve been playing since

like fifth or sixth grade,”

Frieri said. “My brother

started playing, and I

thought it was a really interesting

sport because it

was kind of a mixture of

any sport I’ve ever played

before, so I wanted to try it

out. I guess I just never put

my stick down after that.”

The Porters, currently

5-9, may not be having

the breakout season they

had hoped for, but it is not

causing them to hang their


Young stars like Frieri

have Smietanski excited

for the future and said the

best is yet to come.

“[Frieri] definitely belongs

on varsity — any

team would be lucky to

have her; we’re very lucky

to have her,” the Porters

coach said. “We’re very

much comprised of freshman

on varsity this year, so

it does give us that little bit

of a lack of experience, but

we’re going to have four

years with all these girls

on varsity who are varsity

right now. I think that’s really

good, and they’re going

to build a lot of camaraderie.

Come Fran’s junior,

senior year, we’re going to

be a real force headed by

her, for the most part.”

homerhorizon.com sports

the homer horizon | May 23, 2019 | 43

Girls Soccer

Porters give their all in regional title match, falling 2-1

Team closes out

season with final

record of 14-4-5

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Jennifer Latoza and Samantha

Shafabidy both

had birthdays on Friday,

May 17.

The Lockport Township

girls soccer players could

not think of a better present

than a regional championship.

But unfortunately for

them and the rest of the

Porters, that did not happen.

Instead, it was Metea

Valley with a pair of goals

in a 70-second span late in

the first half that stood up

for the winning goals over

the host Porters in a 2-1

victory on May 17 in the

title game of the Class 3A

Lockport Regional at the

LTHS soccer field.

The No. 6-seeded Mustangs

(10-8-2) won their

sixth-straight regional title

and seventh in the past

eight years. They played

top-seeded Naperville

North, a 3-2 winner over

West Aurora in the regional

title game, on Wednesday,

May 22, in a semifinal of

the East Aurora Sectional.

Lockport (14-4-5),

which was seeded No. 4

in the sectional, closed

out one of its best seasons

in school history recordwise.

But the Porters fell

short in their bid to win a

regional championship for

the first time since 2012.

“A win would have been

a better birthday present,”

Latoza said. “But it’s OK.

We played hard the entire

time. It’s just unfortunate

that we didn’t get too many

chances, but we played our


Latoza, a forward, and

Natalie Miller, a midfielder,

were the only seniors

on the field for the Porters.

Their only other seniors,

forwards Finley Travis and

Gabby Zieba, were both

out with injuries. Travis

broke her right foot in the

last week of the regular

season in a key game, a

2-0 loss on May 6 at Sandburg.

Zieba tore the ACL

in her right knee on March

18 in a 3-0 loss at SWSC

Red champion Bradley-


“It was a good game,”

Lockport coach Todd

Elkei said of the regional

title tilt. “It would have

been nice to not have two

seniors on the sideline. But

we played hard. It wasn’t

from lack of effort.”

It certainly was not and

will always be a memorable


“I will definitely just

remember this group of

girls and these wonderful

coaches,” Miller said.

“The coaches taught me

everything. I’m looking

forward to the next chapter

in college [at St. Ambrose

University], but I will miss

these girls so much.”

Playing in their second

regional title game in the

past three seasons, Lockport

scored first. That was

when freshman Karolina

Stasik was able to redirect

a crossing pass from the

left by junior midfielder

Chloe Barrett and punch it

in just 3:18 into the game.

“We came out on fire,

just how we wanted to

play,” Elkei said. “I had

seen that play we scored

on and passed it along to

the team the night before

the game. That’s exactly

how we scored our goal.”

Unfortunately for the

Porters, their opportunities

after that were few and far

between. Five minutes after

the goal, freshman forward

Anna Domina had a

shot opportunity from the

right sail high. Another

freshman, defender Sarah

Matuszek, took a corner

kick with 16 minutes left

in the first half and added a

restart kick from the top of

the box about seven minutes

later that went wide.

Less than a minute after

that, Metea Valley

had an excellent opportunity,

as senior midfielder

Kayla Hurst got the ball

all alone on the left side.

She drew junior keeper

Reagan Tompkins out of

the net and sent in a shot.

The grounder was headed

into the goal, but Latoza

swooped in and made a

non-goalie save with 8:25

to play in the first half.

“I saw Reagan come

out, and I wanted to fill in

her spot,” Latoza said of

the play. “I was blessed to

be in the right spot at the

right time.”

The Mustangs, however,

came back four minutes

later and scored. Following

a foul, they had a restart

opportunity from the

top of the box. From there,

senior midfielder Kiley

McKee put in the free

kick, and the game was

tied at 1-1 with 4:51 left in

the first half.

Just over a minute later,

sophomore defender Katy

Flanders fired in a shot

that Tompkins saved. But

she gave up a rebound near

the right post, and freshman

midfielder Jocelyn

Grabow was there to put

it in with 3:41 left in the

opening half. So, the two

goals came within 70 seconds

of each other.

“The first goal was from

right outside the box, so

there wasn’t much we

could do,” Latoza said of

the Mustangs’ goal. “Then

the second one, we were

out of position and gave

up a rebound goal.”

Those proved to be the


“Once they got the first

goal, we got in a threeminute

panic mode,” Elkei

said. “Anyone could have

been the No. 4 through 10

seed in this sectional. Our

younger kids got a lot of

experience. We just need a

goal scorer.”

That was the Porters’

issue in the second half.

They had exactly one opportunity,

a restart from

the top of the box with

29:40 to play in the game.

From there, Matuszek

ripped a laser that was on

goal, but it went right to

junior keeper Nikki Coryell,

who corralled it.

The rest of the game belonged

to the Mustangs.

Junior midfielder Sydney

Rohm had corner kick opportunities

and also had

a shot roll off the top of

the crossbar. Junior midfielder

Grace Galfano also

made a non-goalie save for

Lockport late in the first

half. But, despite Metea

Valley being whistled for

two yellow cards in the

last 35 seconds, the Porters

never got off another shot

on goal.

In the semifinals, Lockport

defeated Bolingbrook

2-0 on May 14. It was the

third win for the Porters

over their fellow SouthWest

Suburban Conference opponent

this season. Galfano

and Barrett, on an assist by

Miller, had the goals. It was

Tompkins’ 15th shutout on

the season, including four

scoreless ties.

The next day, May 15,

Metea Valley knocked out

Oswego East by the score

of 3-0.

Shafabidy, a defender,

was one of six sophomores

on the team. There were

seven freshmen on the

Porter postseason roster.

So, the future looks bright.

“Obviously, it’s always

hard to leave,” Miller said.

“But I’m going to come

back and watch these girls.

I will be happy to see them


Former Porter named to collegiate All-Conference team

Submitted by the

University of Wisconsin-


University of Wisconsin-Stout

sophomore and

Lockport Township High

School graduate Meghan

Kelly was recently named

to the honorable mention

All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate

Athletic Conference


It was Kelly’s first

appearance on the All-

WIAC team. Kelly, who

plays first base, tied for

third in the conference in

doubles with 12. She hit

.327 (37-117) and was

second on the team in

RBI with 28. Kelly stole

six bases in six attempts.

Defensively, she posted a

.982 fielding percentage,

committing only four errors

in 222 chances.

RIGHT: LTHS graduate and

University of Wisconsin-

Stout sophomore Meghan

Kelly was an honorable

mention on this year’s All-

Wisconsin Intercollegiate

Athletic Conference team.

Photo courtesy of UW-

Stout Sports Information

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Boys Track and Field

LTHS sprints to second-place finish at sectional

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

When Kyle Langellier

saw his sprint coach, Robert

Beach, running toward

him, he was not exactly

sure what was going on.

But Beach had good

news for Langellier, a

Lockport Township junior

track and field standout.

“I saw coach Beach coming

toward me and smiling,”

Langellier said. “It

was surreal.”

What was surreal was

that Langellier literally

came out of nowhere to

win the 100-meter dash

with a time of 11.08 seconds.

That edged Naperville

Central senior Cade

McDonald (11.10 seconds)

to win the event. Langellier

was in the third heat of

the 100-meter dash, so he

was not even considered

among the favorites.

“I was seeded ninth in

the 100, but I had a goal to

break 11 seconds,” Langellier

said. “I had just run it

in 11.10 seconds, which

was my best time. So even

though I didn’t break 11

seconds, the 11.08 was my

[personal record], and it

won the race. Between that

and everything else, it was

probably one of the best

nights of my life.”

That is because it was

one of three titles for Langellier

on the night. His

performance helped the

Porters boys track and field

team to a second-place

finish on Friday, May 17,

at the Class 3A Downers

Grove North Sectional.

It is the fifth time in a

row and sixth time in the

past seven seasons since

it last won a sectional title

in 2012 that Lockport has

placed second in its sectional.

But unlike last season,

when the Porters fell

a point short as they were

edged 73-72 by Romeoville

at the same location,

this second place was not


“We’re a different team

now,” Lockport coach Tom

Razo said. “It was good to

see us grow. We thought

we could be second but, we

had to do well, and we did.

We had solid efforts across

the board.”

This season, Lockport

(82) actually scored more

points. But Naperville Central

(99 points) literally ran

away with the team title.

Langellier also won the

400-meter dash with a time

of 48.68 seconds. That

edged his fellow junior

teammate Michael Walkosz

(:49.06), who finished

second. In fact, Langellier’s

time set a new school

record by a junior.

“It was a great night, and

I was really happy to share

the wins with Michael

Walkosz,” Langellier said.

“He’s been my brother out


The two were part of the

winning 1,600-meter relay

team, too. That consisted

of senior Ray Holland,

Langellier, Walkosz and

freshman Gabe Czako. The

Porters (3:24.08) edged Naperville

Central (3:25.47).

It was the only relay that

Naperville Central did not

win. The Redhawks captured

the other three and

also a trio of individual

events to win their first sectional

title since 2000.

But there were more

winning combos for the

Porters. In the 110-meter

high hurdles, it was Holland

(14.82 seconds) winning,

and sophomore teammate

Aaron Kiela (15.31)

was second.

“It was really fun,” Holland

said of being in a pair

of winning events. “I think

it was because we were all

relaxed. We just had a lot of

fun together.”

Also finishing in the Top

4 in the sectional and just

missing going to state was

senior Joe Edwards with

a third-place throw of 48-

feet-11 inches in the shot

put, junior Michael Gradle

with a third-place distance

of 22-feet-11.5 inches in the

long jump, Walkosz with a

fourth-place time of 11.30

seconds in the 100-meter

dash, Czako with a fourthplace

time of 40.70 seconds

in the 300-meter hurdles

and the Porter foursome of

sophomore Devan Callahan,

along with juniors Aidan

Pajeau, Ross Cronholm

and Mike Barber, who finished

fourth with a time of

8:06.90 in the 3,200-meter


The State Finals are

this Thursday, May 23,

through Saturday, May 25,

at O’Brien Field, on the

campus of Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

Baseball and Softball

Porters softball wraps up undefeated conference season, baseball regroups before postseason

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

As the baseball and

softball postseason opens

this week, both Lockport

Township teams find

themselves seeded second

in their respective sectionals.

So, if things pan out

according to the seeds,

there could be excitement

through the end of next

week and beyond for the


But first things first,

and that is the start of the

postseason for both teams,

which is this week.

The softball team is coming

off back-to-back regional

championships. This

Saturday, the Porters hope

to add to that as they host a

regional and will be aiming

for their 20th regional title

in the past 25 seasons and

25th regional championship

overall in the 47-year

history of the program.

The Porters (26-5, 10-

0) finished undefeated in

the Blue Division of the

SouthWest Suburban Conference.

The Moline Invite

they were supposed to take

part in this past weekend

was rained out.

Lockport completed the

undefeated conference season

with a 7-2 win over

Stagg on Thursday, May

16, in Palos Hills. A trio of

those juniors led the way,

as Madeline Kundrat (5

IP, 6 K), Brooke Ligacki

(2 hits), and Haley Panfil

(2 RBI) led the way as the

Porters won their eighth in

a row overall.

Earlier in the week, on

May 14, the Porters celebrated

Senior Night by

hosting Sandburg and coming

away with a 2-0 win.

One of the seniors, pitcher

Erin Kleffman (6 1/3 IP, 4

hits, 4 K) got the win. Panfil

(3 hits) and junior Alyssa

Drogemuller (2-for-2, run,

RBI) paced the offense.

“Right now, we are

firing on all three cylinders,”

softball coach Marissa

Chovanec said of her

team’s hitting, pitching and


The postseason opens

this week, and Lockport

is the No. 2 seed behind

Lincoln-Way Central in

the Class 4A Thornwood

Sectional. The Porters host

their own regional and face

the winner of the Bloom

Township and Thornwood

game from the day before

on Tuesday, May 21, at 4


Andrew and Plainfield

South square off afterward

at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The winners will play in

the regional championship

game on Saturday, May 25,

at 11 a.m.

While things have not

gone as well lately, the

Lockport baseball team is

not going to go down without

a fight.

With two games left last

weekend, the Porters were

21-14. But they had opened

the season with a record of

18-2, so they lost 12 out of

15 games.

Even though the last

few weeks have not gone

the way the Porters envisioned,

they know the real

test starts this week. That is

the postseason, where a lot

of things can happen, and

they have the talent to still

make a run toward advancing

far into the upcoming

state tournament.

Little things cost Lockport

last week in three

losses. In a 6-2 home loss

to Stagg in an SWSC Blue

game on May 14, Lockport

outhit the Chargers 9-5 but

issued six walks, while

Stagg surrendered none.

The next day, the Porters

traveled to Stagg and lost

9-6. But they were behind

9-0 after three innings before

rallying for four in the

fourth and single runs in

the sixth and seventh.

Then on Thursday, May

16, Lockport lost 4-1 to De

La Salle at Route 66 Stadium

in the quarterfinals

of the Do It Stevie’s Way


The Porters host their

own sectional and hope to

advance to it.

But first, they have to go

through the Andrew Regional

this week, which is

slated to be held in Crestwood

at Standard Bank


Lockport opens on

Thursday, May 23, at 4:30

p.m. against the winner of

the Bloom Township at

Crete-Monee game.

Andrew plays Sandburg

right after that under the


The winners will play for

the regional championship

on Saturday, May 25 at 11


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Girls Track and Field

LTHS led by Hennessey’s finish in Top 10 for pole vault

Porters compete

at state meet in


Jeff DeGraw

Freelance Reporter

The 47th IHSA Girls

Track and Field finals had

great weather, although

very windy, with temperatures

in the mid-80s, and

that translated to some

great performances by area

athletes last weekend.

Lockport was led by

the ninth-place finish in

the pole vault from Andi

Hennessey, as the senior

jumped 11-0.

“I can’t complain about

this state meet at all, and

it’s very emotional,” Hennessey,

a senior, said. “I’ve

worked very hard to make

my senior year a good one,

and to place at state is just


The Porters 3,200 relay

of Kate Wojciewicz, Madison

Polinski, Abbey Kozak

and Anna Kozak did

not qualify for the finals,

and Polinski also ran the

800 but did not advance.

“Today didn’t go the

way we wanted, but it’s

always an accomplishment

when you qualify for

state,” Polinski, a junior,

said. “We were here, and

I’m sure there are plenty

who would trade places

with us. We are proud of

the fact that we qualified,

represented our school and

did the best we could on

this day.”

Providence Catholic

received a fifth -place

performance from senior

Chelsea Wells in the triple

jump (37-5), and the 800

relay of Teresa Topolski,

Sara Kerfin, Kendall Dickason

and Sam Spencer was

ninth (1:46.32). That relay

Lockport was led by the ninth-place finish in the pole vault from Andi Hennessey at

the 47th IHSA Girls Track and Field finals on Saturday, May 18, in Charleston.

Clark Brooks/PhotoNews Media

ran a school record 1:43.91

in qualifying for the finals

last Friday.

“This is sort of a bittersweet

meet for me,” Wells,

a senior, said. “I placed

fifth last year, also, but I’m

proud of how this season

ended, because I was so

inconsistent this outdoor

season. It’s sad to see it

end, but it’s time. I’m going

to the University of

Wisconsin, but I’m done

with track.”

“It’s been a long season

with the weather we had,”

Kerfin said. “But we now

know we can run fast and

compete with all of these

teams in the relay. All of

our relay members are

back next year, and we

want to do this all over

again and get a better place

next year.”

Lincoln-Way East

placed eighth as a team

with 24 points and had five

All-State placers.

The Griffins had three

sixth-place individual performances,

with freshman

Marian Azeez in the long

jump (19-0), senior Taylor

Wright in the 400 (57.04)

and sophomore Katie

Sciarini in the 300 hurdles


The 1,600 relay of

Wright, Sciarini, Sophia

Barnard and Ibukun Ajifolokun

placed second

(3:55.53), and the 800

relay of Azeez, Barnard,

Wright and Ajifolokun

was sixth (1:42.70).

“This has been a great

meet for us,” Azeez said.

“Not everything went our

way, but we are young,

and we will certainly miss

Taylor [Wright] next year.

But we are excited to keep

the tradition of the Griffins

girls track and field going.”

“This experience was

something,” Sciarini said.

“I really wanted to run

better times, but this really

motivates you to work

hard for next year.

Lincoln-Way Central’s

Jess LiVigni tied for sixth

in the pole vault with an

11-0 effort.

“It was very cool and

fun to be here and compete,”

LiVigni said. “It’s

exciting to get to the podium,

and I’m sure everyone

will work hard to

get back, because I know

I will.”

The Knights Mackenzie

Brownrigg had a difficult

senior season. She missed

Lockport’s Kate Wojciewicz (left) receives the baton

from teammate Abbey Kozak as they compete in

the Class 3A 3,200-meter relay in the Friday, May 17,

preliminaries at state. Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews Media

the cross country season

with an injury and never

thought it was possible to

make it back to Charleston.

She did, ran in the

1,600 meters and although

she did not qualify for the

finals, Brownrigg was satisfied

with just being back

at the state finals.

“I never dreamed that in

the fall I would be able to

qualify for the state track

finals and end my career

here on this track,” Brownrigg

said. “I wrote ‘injury’

on my hand to remind

me of what I have been

through and how hard I

have worked to make this

happen. It wouldn’t be

possible without my teammates,

and I’m so proud of


“In October when I

started running again, my

sole purpose was to get

back here. It wasn’t going

well, and then I quit

worrying about times, and

I knew I just had to trust

myself and what I was doing.

It wasn’t the senior

year anyone would want,

but I’m certainly proud of

what I accomplished.”

Central’s Merrigan Allen

placed 28th in the

3,200 meters (11:44.40).

“It was very hot out

there, and when you hit the

wind, it felt like you were

standing still,” Allen said.

“This is such an awesome

experience, and there is

such a great camaraderie

among the distance runners.

This is also so motivating

to get ready for

cross country.”

46 | May 23, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


Providence’s Spencer soars to state title in pole vault

Homer Glen resident

wins championship in

her junior season

Jeff DeGraw, Freelance Reporter

Winning a state title is a difficult

task in any sport, and when

you set a goal to do that and it

is accomplished, that is quite a


On Saturday, May 18, Providence’s

Sam Spencer, of Homer

Glen, completed her mission at

the 47th IHSA Girls Track and

Field finals at Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

The junior won the Class 2A

pole vault title with a jump of 12

feet-6 inches and became the first

Celtic individual state champion

in 40 years.

The last was Jayne Glade who

won the 100 and 220-yard hurdles

in 1979.

Spencer also had the state’s

best jump, as she cleared 13-1.25

during the indoor season and won

the Top Times Indoor title in late


“This feels so good and it has

been my goal since I was here last

year as a sophomore and placed

third,” Spencer said. “The conditions

weren’t too bad, and we had

a tail wind so that helped some.

I didn’t take my first jump for a

while, so the sitting around takes

a little bit out of you, but once I

got going, I was fine.”

Spencer did not have a miss

until she had won the competition

and just missed her final attempt

at 13 feet.

It has been an interesting journey

for the three-time state placer,

who also placed seventh as a


She attended a Providence

track and field camp over the

summer before her freshman year

and started jumping at qualifying

heights for the state meet at the


Needless to say, she fell in love

right away.

Some argue that the pole vault

is one of the most difficult events

to do in all of sports. You need

strength, speed and the willingness

to fling yourself upside

down into the air, turn at the apex

and land comfortably in the pit.

Spencer was a gymnast from

first grade until seventh grade,

and she credits that experience

with a lot of what has helped her

become the best vaulter in the


“Gymnastics helped a lot,”

Spencer said. “I have no fear of

flying around and gymnastics

also really helped my strength

and speed.”

Spencer doesn’t just vault,

she is also the best sprinter on

the Celtic team, as she runs the

100, 200 and is a part of the


She teamed with Teresa Topolski,

Sarah Kerfin and Kendall

Dickason on the 800 relay team,

which earned All-State honors

with a ninth-place finish.

Spencer is also a multi-sport

athlete as she plays on the Celtics

volleyball team in the fall.

“You need speed down the runway

and strength to bend the pole,

hold on to it and turn your body

at the bar,” she said. “Sprinting

helps with that, plus, I really like

to race on the track.”

Another big factor for any great

pole vaulter is coaching, and she

has that with veteran Celtic coach

Mike Karl.

“I have a great coach in Mike

Karl, and we will keep working

to get better,” Spencer said. “He

does so much for all of our vaulters,

and I couldn’t ask for anyone

better. He is always there when

we need something and puts in

countless time with us. My success

is due to his coaching and

I couldn’t have done any of this

without him.”

The praise goes both ways,

Providence junior Sam Spencer, a Homer Glen resident, won the

Class 2A pole vault state championship on Saturday, May 18, at the

47th IHSA Girls Track and Field finals at Eastern Illinois University

in Charleston. 22nd Century Media File Photo

as Karl has had a bevy of great

vaulters at Providence but considers

Spencer one of his best ever.

“Sam is special and it’s like

coaching my daughter,” Karl

said. “We have a special bond

from spending so much time together

at practice. She has only

been doing this for three years

and the ceiling is so high for her.

She has speed and strength and

those are the two main ingredients

for great vaulting, plus, she

has no fear.

“She is amazing, and I know,

starting this summer, we will continue

to work to get her on even

bigger poles so she can get much


The high school season is now

over, but Spencer’s vaulting is not

yet done as she will compete in

the New Balance National Meet

in mid-June in North Carolina

and maybe some others, but that

has yet to be decided.

Don’t think for a minute that

Spencer is satisfied with one state


“I know now that everyone will

be looking to beat me,” she said.

“It’s not easy to win, but I will

continue to work hard because

everyone else will.”

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Lockport Cobras 11U team

takes first place at Midlothian

Southside Silver Showdown

RIGH: Lockport Cobras 11U players and

coaches (back row, left to right) coach

Steve Lopez, coach Chris Bielski, coach

Bryon Mane; (middle row, left to right)

Jeffrey Bruining, Jack Schiek, Sean

Goacher, Ethan Bielski, Michael Arroyo,

Michael Mane; (front row, left to right)

Caden Malczewski, Daniel Welcome,

Jonathan Lopez, Jonathan Schlender and

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22nd Century Media File


1st and 3

Porters softball

finishes undefeated

in conference

1. Ending on a strong


The LTHS softball

team was 26-5 and

finished 10-0 in the

Blue Division of the

SouthWest Suburban


ahead of the Moline

Invite this past


2. Another victory

Lockport completed

the undefeated conference

season with

a 7-2 win over Stagg

on Thursday, May

16, in Palos Hills.

3. Postseason positioning

The postseason was

set to open earlier

this week, and

Lockport was the

No. 2 seed behind

Lincoln-Way Central

in the Class 4A

Thornwood Sectional.

Boys Tennis

Porters doubles team captures sectional title, team finishes in second

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The partnership paid off.

When sophomores

Douglas Blomquist and

Peter Naylor were paired at

first doubles for the Lockport

Township boys tennis

team this season, they did

not know exactly how it

would turn out.

After all, Blomquist was

a sectional doubles champion

last year with a different

partner, while Naylor

was on the second doubles

team and lost in the sectional


But the duo developed

all throughout the season,

and they rallied from an

early deficit last weekend

to capture the doubles

championship of the Lockport

Sectional on Saturday,

May 18, at the Lockport

tennis courts.

Blomquist and Naylor

are the only Porters to advance

to state this season,

however, as Lockport saw

its four-year sectional title

win streak come to an end.

That is because Hinsdale

South, which qualified both

singles and both doubles

players to this weekend’s

State Finals, scored 30

points to easily win this

season’s otherwise balanced


Lockport (18 points) was

second, followed by Minooka

(16), Romeoville

(14), Lincoln-Way Central

(10), Sandburg (6), Joliet

West (4), Lincoln-Way West

(0) and Bolingbrook (0).

“This is two years in a

row,” Blomquist smiled at

winning a sectional championship

in each of his first

two high school seasons.

“I’m halfway there. It’s

been amazing.”

In the finals, the duo

defeated Hinsdale South

junior Tony Lu and freshman

Zane Bisharat 7-5,

7-5. Blomquist and Naylor

rallied from 5-2 down

in the first set to win. The

second set was back-andforth.

They were down 3-1,

up 4-3, down 5-4, but then

regrouped to take the final

three games and win.

“We have a new partnership

that’s come together

and really paid off,” Naylor

said. “For us to get to Day 2

at state is the plan.”

They were the only Porters

to get to Day 2 of the

sectional. They easily won

their first-day matchups on

Friday, May 17, with a 6-1,

6-1 win over Sandburg and

a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Joliet


But the semifinals on

Saturday were a little

harder, as the pair pulled

off an epic 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4),

6-3 win over fellow sophomores

Dhruv Vaze and

Aaron John, from Hinsdale


“We just never gave up,”

Blomquist said of the semifinal

match. They wanted to

play their game, we wanted

to play ours. When we won

that, we were fired up.”

Naylor agreed.

“It was bang, bang tennis,”

he said of the threehour

semifinal. “Since we

won that, we wanted to go

all out and win the final,

too. Every point matters,

every point is a new start.”

Lockport coach Bob

Champlin was impressed.

“They started playing

aggressive,” he said of his

top doubles players. “They

were up 5-2 in the first set

of the semifinal and let off

the gas a little. But they

regrouped for the second

set. We’re excited. They’ve

done so much to be in this

spot. Douglas was in this

spot last year, so it’s great

that he’s back.

“That was really an awesome

performance and

some of the best tennis

that they played all year.

We play tough competition

for moments like this. The

team did well this season.

There were a lot of positives

in a lot of spots.”

Lockport’s No. 1 singles

player, Quinn Robinson,

lost 6-0, 6-0 in a quarterfinal

matchup to eventual

third-place finisher, senior

Jacob John, from Hinsdale

South. The Porters second

doubles player, senior

Daniel Evans, dropped

a close 7-5, 6-3 opening

round match to the eventual

fourth-place finisher,

sophomore Bryce Ranchero,

from Romeoville.

The Porter second doubles

pair of senior Andrew

Whetter and junior Jared

Kocolowski nearly advanced

to the final day, too.

But they ended up losing

6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to the eventual

fourth-place pairing of seniors

Pat Winter and Matt

Piltaver, from Lincoln-Way


That was the second of

two upsets that Winter and

Piltaver pulled on the first

day. The other was their

opening match, which was

a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over

Lincoln-Way West seniors

Andrew Stai and Marek

Spader. When the Knight

duo, who played second

doubles all year, went on

to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 over

Whetter and Kocolowski,

there was a celebration in

knowing they were at state.

“For two of our seniors

to get to state is great,”

Central coach Jacob Riebe

said. “They have only lost

five matches on the season

[through the sectional].

They upset the Lincoln-

Way West No. 1 doubles

team and then beat the No.

2 Lockport doubles team,

who they had lost to twice

during the season in an epic

three-set match on Friday

night. When that happened,

it was quite a scene.”

Even though Winter and

Piltaver lost 6-2, 6-2 to

Hinsdale South junior Tony

Lu and freshman Zane

Bisharat in the semifinals,

and then 6-3, 6-1 to sophomores

Dhruv Vaze and

Aaron John, from Hinsdale

South, in the third-place

match, they were through

to the state finals.

“I played singles last

year, and I told coach that I

wasn’t playing singles this

year,” Winter said. “I admit

we didn’t think we’d get

here, but we beat Lincoln-

Way West and Lockport.

When we won that third set

against Lockport, we were

going crazy.”

It was a crazy time for

Piltaver, too.

“I started playing tennis

my sophomore year,” said

Piltaver, who played football

for the first time in high

school this past fall. “Last

year, I came up short in the

sectional quarterfinals with

a three-set loss in doubles

to Lincoln-Way East (2-6,

6-0, 6-1). So, I wanted to

make it this season.”

Central’s singles players

in the sectional were

freshman Collin Bush

and junior TJ Edmier. The

Knights other doubles team

was junior Michael Bloodgood

and sophomore Matt

Soldan. They helped the

Knights tie for the South-

West Suburban Conference

Red Division championship

with Stagg this season.

It was Central’s first conference

championship in

the sport since 2010.

If the Knights can wait

nine years to get another

conference crown, Winter

and Piltaver can wait another

week to be officially

done with high school. The

final day for the Central seniors

was Friday, May 17.

But not for them, as the

State Finals are this Thursday,

May 23, through Saturday,

May 25, at various

locations, with the main

one Hersey High School in

Arlington Heights.


“Right now, we are firing on all three cylinders. We just have to continue

to focus on having good at-bats and having that workmanlike approach. We

know at this point we can be one and done, so this is what we prepare for.”

Marissa Chovanec — Lockport softball coach, on the team’s wellrounded

play and mentality heading into the postseason

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Thursday, May 23, at Andrew Regional

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Final burst

LTHS girls track and field state qualifiers

give their all downstate, Page 45

A league of her own

Porters freshman girls lacrosse player a

scoring machine for young team, Page 42

Providence’s Sam

Spencer, of Homer

Glen, sails over

the bar during the

Class 2A state

finals on Friday,

May 17. Spencer

went on to win the

state title. Clark



Homer Glen’s Sam Spencer wins Class 2A

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