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One for the


Woofstock hits 20th year,

Page 4

Walking with


Mokena woman to

participate in ALS Walk

for Life, Page 6

Celebration honors

Revolutionary War veteran

Charles Denny, Page 3


against cancer

Cancer Support Center

hosts annual golf outing,

Page 8

A new plaque unveiled Saturday, Sept. 7,

honoring Revolutionary War veteran Charles

Denny stands at Pioneer Cemetery. Caitlin

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Mokena Chamber of

Commerce ribbon cutting

5-8 p.m. Sept. 12, 11104

Front St., Suite 1B, in Mokena.

Join the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce for

a ribbon cutting ceremony

and Business After Hours

at the new and improved

Mokena Chamber of Commerce

Office. Ribbon cutting

at 5:30 p.m. Also,

join us for a ribbon cutting

ceremony for our upstairs

neighbor, MBLO Funding

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Same time and location.


Lincoln-Way Foundation

half marathon and new


7 a.m. Sept. 14, Breidert

Green in downtown Frankfort.

Join the Lincoln-Way

Foundation for a day of

running, music, food, refreshments,


and more. Net proceeds

will fund scholarships as

well as grant requests for

educational enhancements

made on behalf of the

students at Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210. This event is

open to people of all ages.

For more information,

visit lincolnwayhalfma, email robert., or

call (815) 462-2976.

The Shakespeare Project of


1-2 p.m. Sept. 14, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. The

Mokena Community Public

Library District is excited

to welcome Perter

Garino, the artistic director

for The Shakespeare

Project of Chicago. Garino

will speak on the life and

work of William Shakespeare,

the greatest dramatist

in the history of the

English language. He will

incorporate biographical

information and excerpts

from his sonnets and plays

including “Hamlet,” Richard

II,” “The Merchant of

Venice,” and many more.

This is a great portrait of

Shakespeare for newcomers

and experienced alike.

To register, call (708) 479-

9663 or register on our

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BBQ Bonanza

4 p.m.-midnight Sept.

14, Mokena William Martin

VFW Post #725, 19852

Wolf Road in Mokena.

Join Mokena VFW for its

10th annual BBQ Bonanza

hosted by The Auxiliary

Mokena VFW Post #725.

The evening will include

raffle baskets, split the pot,

music by DJ Dan, raffles

and, of course, barbecue.

Tickets are $15 and include

either strip steak or

chicken with sides. For

more information, call

(708) 479-5022.


Celebrate with CrossFit

Mokena and support

Barbells For Bullies

9-11 a.m. Sept. 15,

CrossFit Mokena, 8421

W. 191st St. in Mokena.

Come celebrate another

year with CrossFit Mokena

and support Barbells

For Bullies. Registration

is $25. WODs every half

hour from 9-11 a.m. and

bags tournament at 11:15

a.m. Come out, work out,

have fun and support an

amazing charity. For more

information, contact coach

Christie Neighbors at CF, or

call (815) 277-9179.


Christmas in September

with Kathleen Obirek

6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. Join

the Mokena Community

Public Library District and

Kathleen Obirek, floral

designer and educator, as

she guides the class in the

process in creating a highstyle

arrangement. The arrangement

will be made

using gold silk poinsettias,

stunning ribbon and natural

ornamental grasses.

The class will be guided,

step-by-step, so that everyone

can comfortably

repeat the professional

techniques learned in this

hands on program. Please

bring scissors. Class is

limited to 20 adults, ages

18 and older. To register,

call (708) 479-9663 or register

on our events calendar



Music of silent films with

Jay Warren

1-2 p.m. Sept. 21, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena.

Join us as we experience

movies the old fashioned

way: silent. Jay Warren,

photo-play organist for

the Silent Film Society of

Chicago, will treat us to

a classic silent film with

full organ accompaniment.

Chicago’s foremost

photo-play organist brings

all the color, excitement

and glamour of the silent

film era back to life with

his original scores for the

silver screen. As a regularly

featured photo-play

organist for the Silent Film

Society of Chicago, he has

accompanied most of the

great silent films throughout

his thirty year career in

his famous rousing style.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663.

Trivia Night

6 p.m. Sept. 21, Mokena

VFW Post 725, 19852

Wolf Road in Mokena.

Join the Mokena Miracles

for Trivia Night. Get a

group of six to eight people

for a table, or come

meet new people. Pizza

dinner included in ticket

price, cash bar available,

50/50 raffle, raffle baskets

and more. Tickets are $25/

person or $150/table. For

more information, call

(708) 580-6479, or email



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8 p.m.-midnight, Sept.

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Moknea. The Mokena Fire

Protection District offers

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the public. Students are instructed

in adult, child and

infant CPR and AED. The

cost of the class is $35 for

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Revolutionary War veteran commemorated at Pioneer Cemetery

Caitlin Fyfe

Freelance Reporter

On Saturday, Sept. 7,

the Fox Valley Chapter of

the Sons of the American

Revolution, along with

the Founders Crossing

Daughters of the American

Revolution, honored

Revolutionary War veteran

Charles Denny at the Will

County landmark Pioneer

Cemetery. The commemoration

featured recognition

from State and Village representatives,

a memorial

wreath laying, rifle salute,

and a bronze plaque dedication

by the SAR, DAR

and William Martin VFW

Post 725.

Charles Denny, a New

York State native, fought

for the 13 colonies, which

declared independence as

the United States of America

against Great Britain

in 1783. After serving

for four terms in the New

York militia, he was discharged

and later migrated

to Illinois with his children

where he eventually was

laid to rest in Mokena at

the age of 79 in 1839.

“There are 788 Revolutionary

War Patriots buried

in Illinois,” said Ted Miller,

president of the Sons of

the American Revolution

Fox Valley Chapter. “Of

that number, only 35 are

buried in northeast Illinois

counties, so it is a unique

opportunity to identify

where a patriot is buried

and to erect a historical

grave marker to honor his

service during the founding

of our nation. So many

patriots who fought in

the Revolution seem like

ghosts to many of us, for

their service and sacrifice

seems so far back in our


Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer helped recognize

Denny during last Saturday’s

memorial service.

“We might not be direct

descendants from Mr.

Denny, but we are direct

residents of Mr. Denny,

and what he gave to our

community is something

more important than any

community that doesn’t

have an individual like

this man,” Fleischer said,

referencing Charles’ relation

to Allen Denny, one of

Mokena’s founders.

Of the morning’s

speeches, one of the most

Please see denny, 12

Members of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution march

into Pioneer Cemetery Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of the dedication of a plaque to

Charles Denny, a Revolutionary War veteran who is buried at the cemetery.

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4 | September 12, 2019 | the mokena messenger news

Dogs have a ball at 20th annual Woofstock

Caitlin Fyfe

Freelance Reporter

Pet owners and their

four-legged companions

gathered at Yunker Park

Saturday, Sept. 7, for music,

treats and tricks for

this year’s Woofstock,

hosted by Mokena Community

Park District.

One of the afternoon’s

most entertaining events

was the dog parade awards,

where Native American

costume worn by Australian

cattle dog Aria took

the trophy for Most Creative


The day began with

pet parents parading their

animals around the park,

where swag bags were distributed

to the first 200 canine

attendees. The event

offered 20 different categories

of awards to celebrate

the 20th year anniversary,

including pet and

owner look alike, best fed

and Yunker yelper. Representatives

from Nighthawk

Veterinary Clinic were in

attendance supporting the

furry-filled day.

“Woofstock is a fun

event because it allows a

family to involve their pet

family members, as well,”

said Mike Selep, Mokena

Community Park District

executive director. “It’s a

great opportunity for even

the furry family members

to come out and enjoy being

a part of the community.

The Mokena Community

Park District strives

to utilize our exceptional

parks, facilities, programs

and a variety of community

events to enhance lives

through the power of recreation.”

The Yunker Park pavillion

provided the perfect

space for the day’s canine

contests, including best

trick, obstacle course and

a spin on the classic musical

chairs for dogs, properly

named “musical sit.”

An agility dog training

demonstration was held by

Stone City Kennel Club,

and doggie pools were

available for a quick cool


“Woofstock gives us the

opportunity to speak with

dog owners about all the

wonderful things available

to them,” said Maria

Weber, Stone City Kennel

Club dog trainer. “Stone

City has a Fido Fitness

class, which a lot of owners

use to exercise their

dogs in a safe, climate

controlled building during

extreme weather months.

There are so many things

in the world of dog sports

that most people are never

even aware of.”

Animal and non-animal

related vendors were also

in attendance, including

ones selling homemade

treats or pet-related crafts

and other items. Event

organizers offered basket

raffle donations and giveaways

from Meijer for the


“This free annual community

event is great for

dogs, dog owners and doglovers

alike,” Selep said.

“If you do not like dogs

but enjoy a fun event, you

could attend to find out the

answer to the question:

Who let the dogs out?”

Woofstock brought

music, food, a kids zone,

Social Media Star awards

and, of course, dogs from

the surrounding communities.

The event was sponsored

by Animal Clinic

at New Lenox, Mokena’s

Nighthawk Veterinary

Clinic, and Old Plank Trail

Community Bank.

RIGHT: People and their

pooches line up for one

of the 20 contests during


Rosemary Schroader (left) and Emma Douglas pose with Cocoa, dressed as the Hershey Chocolate Lab, during

Mokena Community Park District’s 20th annual Woofstock event Saturday, Sept. 7, at Yunker Park. Photos by

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Mokena woman to participate in ALS Walk for Life

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Lori Hoover is preparing

to take a walk on Sunday,

Sept. 15. It’s a 2-mile

walk around Soldier Field

and the surrounding lakefront.

It may be the most

difficult, and rewarding,

walk she’s ever made in

her life.

The 62-year-old Mokena

resident is a mother, a

sister and a woman living

with amyotrophic lateral

sclerosis — ALS.

The walk is called the

Les Turner ALS Foundation’s

ALS Walk for Life.

Hoover and her family

have formed a team have

formed a team, Lori’s

Legion, and they will be

joined by approximately

7,000 other participants as

they walk to raise awareness

and fundraise for

ALS research.

Last November

Hoover’s right hand began

to atrophy, so she

went to see her doctor

who thought the cause

might be arthritis related.

But her condition was


In February Hoover

was put through a battery

of tests, including

electromyography, which

Pictured are (left to right) Lindsey Bell, Kurt Hoover, Lori Hoover, Kyle Hoover and Ryan Bell. Lori Hoover, a Mokena resident living with ALS, is

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Another round of tests

in April confirmed those


In May Hoover was advised

to go to a neurologist

at the Les Turner ALS

Center at Northwestern

Medicine where the ALS

diagnosis was confirmed.

By this time Hoover’s

speech was becoming increasingly

impaired and

she had lost all strength

in her right hand and arm.

Hoover was forced to quit

her job in July, where she

worked in a shipping and

receiving department of

a distribution center, because

she could no longer

perform the tasks expected

of the position.

“Everyday things that

people take for granted,

I can’t do anymore,”

Hoover said. “Writing,

comb my hair, put clothes

on; everything that — you

know, easy stuff — I can

do, but I struggle. I have

to have someone come by

and do it for me. Simple

things. Cut my nails.

Shave my legs. I cut myself

a lot shaving my


Perhaps surprisingly,

the tone in Hoover’s voice

as she describes how ALS

has affected her everyday

routine is not one of bitterness

or anger; rather,

she sounds hopeful and

even laughs at how she

has cut her legs shaving

many times now.

“I try to stay really positive,

you know,” Hoover


Her positivity is not

misplaced. Today, Hoover

is taking a new drug that

was approved in 2017

for those with ALS. It

is called Radicava, and

Hoover says it has improved

her speech.

She takes the drug at

home as an infusion. A

nurse comes by to place

the needle, but the rest of

the treatment is done with

the help of her son Ryan

Ball and her sister Donna


Hoover’s regimen requires

that she take the

drug for 10 days, then

take 14 days off, then start

the cycle again.

Hoover has high praise

for the Les Turner ALS

Center at Northwestern

Medicine. She said the

services they provide, including

support groups

and information about her

disease, have helped her


But, perhaps equally —

if not more — important

to Hoover is the support

she receives from family

and friends.

“Having a positive attitude

helps, but more importantly

having a good

support system family

friends and an occasional

prayer doesn’t hurt,” she


That support helped

Hoover be able to promote

the Walk for Life on

social media.

“I had my son make me

a Facebook page so that

we could raise some money

and raise some awareness

for [ALS],” Hoover

said. “And, also, I really

want to do the walk to

help support the foundation.”

Lori’s Legion is currently

44-people strong

and has raised nearly


“I’m going to try to do

the whole 2 miles [walking

in the Walk for Life].

We’ll see,” Hoover said.

For more information

on Hoover’s Walk for Life,


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Golfing, tailgating highlight annual Cancer Support Center outing

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

There was some of the

old mixed with some of

the new at this year’s The

Cancer Support Center’s

annual golf outing, held at

Ravisloe Country Club in

Homewood Friday, Sept.


A staple at The Cancer

Support Center’s annual

golf outings since the beginning

has always been

Major League Baseball

Hall of Famer Carlton

Fisk; however, because

of recent hip surgery Fisk

was present but unable to

golf. But that didn’t stop

him from helping to spread

the Center’s message.

“You recognize the good

here that’s being done,

and then as the years have

gone on — I’m a survivor

of cancer, also. I’ve had

two bouts of that. So it’s

even more important, or

more urgent, to take care

of the Center. The Center

helps a lot of people. It’s

not so much curing at the

Center, but dealing with

the aftereffects of how it

impacts you as a person

who has it and the family

who has to deal with you,

who does have it.

“There’s a lot of understanding,

a lot of professionalism

that goes on

there. It’s a comfort zone

for a very serious disease.”

Fisk was candid about

his own battle against cancer.

“When you first hear

the dreaded Big C word,

you think you’re life’s

over,” he said. “You think

it won’t be long. So, that

has an awful effect on your

psyche. So, to have other

people who love you, to

have other people who are

concerned about you and

take an interest in your

situation basically calms

your anxieties. I think

that’s the important part of

The Cancer Support Center:

It deals with you and

how you deal with the disease.”

New this year was the

inclusion of a tailgatethemed

party after the

round of golf, complete

with a bags tournament,

TVs for watching sports,

a bonfire and a showing of

the movie “Caddyshack.”

Steve Kelley, board

member and chairman of

the golf outing, said part

of the focus this year was

to have a more relaxed feel

for after the golfing was


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Beth Friedel (left), of Mokena, and Mary Lou Wilson (right), of Oak Forest, pose with

MLB Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk at The Cancer Support Center’s annual golf outing at

Ravisloe Country Club Friday, Sept. 6. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Hand-painted wooden benches on display as part of a silent auction to raise money

for The Cancer Support Center, with offices in Mokena and Homewood.

“It’s a way to get the

community together and

keep the awareness up,”

Kelley said. “Every year

is a little bit different.

The golf’s always been

the same, obviously, but

the after events have have

been a little bit more diverse,

a little bit more laid

back this year. ... Everything

they do at tailgates,

we’re trying to emulate.”

The annual golf outing

is one of the biggest fundraisers

of the year for The

Cancer Support Center,

with approximately 8 percent

of the organization’s

entire budget coming from

this event, Kelley said.

“We don’t get any funding

from any other source.

We start each year at dollar

one. Every day is a struggle

to pay the bills and keep

things moving. With that

being said, we’ve been in

operation for [more than]

25 years.”

The Cancer Support

Center also relies heavily

on individual funding and

other fundraisers throughout

the year.

The closeness the organization

has with its donors

reflects what makes

The Cancer Support Center

successful: Everyone

involved with the organization

feels as though

they’re part of an extended


“The culture of the staff,

that’s certainly the case,

and that permeates out to

the rest of the group and

the board and everybody

else,” Kelley said.

Also new this year for

the Center is a focus on

bringing its services to

people via online programs.

“We’re really trying to

build out our website so

it’ll have some of the yoga

classes there,” said Sue

Armato, executive director

of The Cancer Support

Center. “So, if you can’t

get in that day because

you’re not feeling well —

which, often, you don’t

feel well when you’re going

through chemotherapy

and radiation — you can

still go to our website,

sign in and do chair yoga

in your home. We find that

one out of every three appointments

we have scheduled

gets canceled because

of sickness that day.

“So, this whole online

presence and doing some

phone therapy is really

what we’re looking at and

building the foundation for

that now so next year we

can really launch that. And

I think we’ll really be able

to help more people.”

The Cancer Support

Center has locations in

Homewood and Mokena,

and offers those with cancer

and their families a variety

of services, all free of

charge, including support

groups, fitness programs,

health and wellness programs,

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Pioneer Cemetery dedication hits 80-year milestone

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The dedication of a new

plaque in honor of Revolutionary

War veteran

Charles Denny on Saturday,

Sept. 7, was a special

occasion for the Village of

Mokena, but the dedication

coincided with another

event connected to the

land where Denny is laid

to rest: This year marks

the 80th anniversary of

the dedication of Pioneer


On July 2, 1939 — the

year that marked the 100th

anniversary of Denny’s

death — the Village officially

dedicated the land

that once sat on 80 acres of

Denny property as Pioneer


“Now that the task of restoring this plot to a neat

appearance has gotten underway, The Garden

Club felt that it would be the proper thing to

make this burial ground a memorial park and

that it should have a name to designate it as


— Article from July 7, 1939, issue of the News Bulletin, on the dedication

of Pioneer Cemetery.

The dedication was

spearheaded by the Mokena

Garden Club, the members

of which took it upon

themselves to clear out the

overgrown vegetation on

the land that sat on the east

side of Wolf Road, according

to a July 7, 1939, article

in the News Bulletin,

the former newspaper in

Mokena, provided by historian

Robert Horras.

Then-Mayor Harry F.

Mall served as emcee of

the event. Also present

for the event were a number

of local organizations,

including the color guard

of the Chicago Board of

Trade American Legion

Post 304 and its firing

squad, members of the

Mokena Village Board,

Rehfeldt-Meyer Post 474

of their American Legion

in Matteson and their Ladies

Auxiliary, VFW Post

725 and their Ladies Auxiliary

of Lincoln Estates,

members of the Civic

Club, Mokena Fire Department,

Mokena PTA,

and Mokena Garden Club,

according to the reports.

A flagpole was erected

and a flag was donated by


“Now that the task of restoring

this plot to a neat appearance

has gotten underway,

The Garden Club felt

that it would be the proper

thing to make this burial

ground a memorial park and

that it should have a name

to designate it as such,” the

News Bulletin article read.

In May of 1940, a 1897

French-made cannon was

placed in the cemetery;

however, while the base

remains, the whereabouts

of that cannon are unknown

to this day.

In 1982 a sidewalk

was put in place running

through the cemetery.

Pioneer Cemetery has

gone through many changes

in its nearly 200-year

history. Today, the sacred

ground is a source of much

pride for the residents of

Mokena, and who knows

what surprises are still in

store for the final resting

place of Mokena’s most

famous patriot.


From Page 3

compelling was from Stacey

McGowan Olson, a living

descendent of Charles

Denny, who spoke to her

descendancy and patriotism.

“All of us in this country

and in this community

owe where we are today

and the opportunities we

have today to those that

had the courage to fight

for our freedom almost

250 years ago,” said Kirk

Zoellner, assistant Village

administrator. “Unlike

many events happening

around our world today,

events like this undeniably

bond and bring us more

tightly together as a community.”

Established in 1839,

Mokena’s Pioneer Cemetery

was originally known

as “Denny Cemetery,”

with Denny being the first

known burial. Although

there are no identifiable

pieces of his original grave

marker, a granite headstone

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“Events such as this give

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Zoellner said. “Saturday’s

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who served their country

throughout our nation’s

history, and who helped

build our nation and our


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“The men and women

who fought in and contributed

to the Revolution

should be honored for all

they did to start this country

on its way to greatness,”

Miller said. “One

of those men, Charles

Denny, came west with

his growing family. He

helped build the foundation

that would become

the heartland of America,

and we need to honor his

service, his sacrifice and

the will to start a life in

the frontier of America at

that time.”

Also present at the commemoration

was State Sen.

Michael Hastings, State

Rep. Margo McDermed,

retired U.S. Army Major

General Mark A. Anderson,

as well as Commander

James Hogan, of VFW

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investigation decision

The Orland School District

135 Board of Education

could decide how the

district will handle future

residency investigations

at its next meeting, set for

Monday, Sept. 16.

The Policy and Personnel

Board Advisory Committee,

which reports to

the full board during Committee

of the Whole meetings,

reviewed information

on three residency investigation

firms during its

meeting Aug. 26, according

to Suzanne Owens, the

district’s director of human


The committee examined

the firm’s processes

and pricing, and discussed

the possibility of paying

such a firm on an as-needed

basis, said Owens, who

also serves on the committee.

The committee is to

present this information

to the full School Board,

which in turn could vote

on how to proceed.

D135, which has more

than 5,000 students, employed

a full-time residency

investigator from

July 2017 until June of this

year, when the individual



resigned, John Bryk, the

district’s interim superintendent,

previously told

The Prairie. The district

disenrolled 20 nonresident

students during that time.

Numerous neighboring

districts employ investigators,

too, he said.

“Nonresident students

enrolled in our district take

educational and extracurricular

services and opportunities

away from district

residents who pay property

taxes,” Bryk then told the


D135 schools are currently

handling residency

investigations on an individual

basis, receiving

administrative assistance

when needed, Owens said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit


Man charged with sexually

assaulting a minor

A 38-year-old man was

arrested after allegedly

sexually assaulting a minor

with whom police said

he was residing in Tinley


Philip M. Connolly was

charged with predatory

criminal sexual assault of a

minor on Aug. 29, according

to a press release issued

the morning of Sept.

3 by the Village of Tinley


Tinley Park Police Chief

Matthew Walsh said the

contact between the offender

and victim took

place at the Tinley Park

residence, but he did not

answer questions about

the victim’s age or gender,

whether the contact was a

single instance or multiple,

and what the nature of that

contact was.

Police said the arrest

marked the conclusion of a

three-week investigation.

Walsh noted the mother

of the victim originally

reported the incident to


Connolly reportedly

is being held at the Cook

County Department of

Corrections without bond.

His next court date is

scheduled for Sept. 26.

Reporting by Bill Jones,

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come to Frankfort

Frankfort is on track to

get its first assisted living

facility after the Frankfort

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Cedarhurst of Frankfort

Assisted Living and Memory

Care is to be constructed

on Wolf Road, south of

the Prairie Crossing Shopping

Center and north of

the Old Plank Road Trail.

The 72,930-square foot

project includes 83 total

units, divided into 56 assisted

living units and 27

memory care units, all in a

single-story building.

“We do find that our

residents prefer the onestory,

just for the ease of

getting to and from their

apartments, and the layout

works well for us,” said

Tina Charleville, a development

manager for applicant

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Frankfort Mayor Jim

Holland said he thought

the facility would be “very

good” for the Frankfort

community and provide

more options for local


“It’s a project that many

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Local church gives back

with fun annual event

With an aim to bring the

community together, Cross

of Glory Lutheran Church

in Homer Glen is preparing

for its fourth Free Fall

Fest on Sept. 14.

“You can get everything

here without spending any

money,” the Rev. Dana

O’Brien said. “This is our

way of thanking the community

for supporting us

over the years.”

As attendees start arriving

at 2 p.m., they can play

games, participate in fun

crafts or even enjoy a delicious

bite from one of the

local vendors while enjoying

the music.

“It is great to see people

come together and enjoy

this event so much,”

O’Brien said. “There is no

better way of doing God’s

work than giving joy to

people. It is truly an act of


At its inception, the Fall

Fest was a celebration to

commemorate the opening

of the church. B it

soon turned into an event

at which the whole family

could have access to free

things, O’Brien said.

While most of the popular

attractions from the

previous years will make

an appearance again, this

year’s event will see residents

come together to

help those in need.

“People ask me what

to pay for the Fest, or

they want to donate to the

church,” O’Brien said.

“But this is not a fundraising

event for us. Since they

want to help, we have organized

a drive to collect

food. We believe in giving”

Those willing to donate

can bring canned goods,

which will be transported

to a local food pantry.

Reporting by Abhinanda

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Dale Taylor, a brokerassociate

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Taylor is the site manager

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In recent years,

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previous work with women

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He began volunteering

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Taylor said it is easy to

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What a weekend

for history buffs

in Mokena.

The dedication of a new

plaque for Mokena’s most

famous patriot, Charles

Denny, drew a lot of attention

from those in our

community and especially

from the Founder’s Crossing

Chapter of the Daughters

of the American

Revolution and the Fox

Valley Chapter of the Sons

of the American Revolution,

in full Revolutionary

garb, no less. (That story

is on Page 3.)

History buffs will also

point out that this year

marks the 80th anniversary

of the official dedication

of Pioneer Cemetery,

the spot where Denny is

laid to rest. (That story is

on Page 12.)

While both of these

events are certainly

significant, they weren’t

at the top of my list for

favorite story of the week.

That distinction, for me,

goes to Lori Hoover and

her battle against ALS.

(Page 6 for her story.)

Again, not putting down

or diminishing the importance

of and excitement

around Denny and Pioneer

Cemetery. There’s just

something about Hoover’s

story that really drew

me to her. It’s something

that’s hard to truly convey

in writing, but it was the

way in which she told her

story that was so compelling.

Hoover chooses to stay

positive and optimistic.

She could be angry about

getting dealt such a difficult

hand in life. She

probably should be, by all

rights, bitter, at least. But

she is neither.

Her tone is sweet and

gentle. She expresses

nothing but gratitude for

everyone around her who

helps support her through

what I can only imagine is

an unbelievably difficult


I would like to think

that I would have just an

iota of Hoover’s positivity

were I in her shoes, but

I’m not so sure I would.

And, so, to her I would

like to say thank you for

showing the rest of us

what strength is. Thank

you for showing us how to

put one foot in front of the

other, sometimes literally,

in an effort to fight for

hope. Thank you for keeping

hope alive.

“I want to thank Director Cathy Palmer and

the Mokena Public Library for this beautiful

plaque that was put up today to mark

the 100th anniversary of our community’s

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High School junior Hailey

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Beware of the plant

Curtain Call Theatre readies for ‘Little

Shop of Horrors’ production, Page 24

Family’s food focus of local

chain Barraco’s nearly four-decade-long Italian

traditions started with grandmother’s recipes, Page 25

Tribes introduces new brew to benefit law enforcement, Page 21

A Mokena Police

Department vehicle

parks outside of Tribes

Beer Company and

Taproom on Front

Street during the

unveiling of its latest

beer, Copper 5-0, Sept.

4. For each pint sold, $1

benefits the 100 Club of

Will County. T.J. Kremer

III/22nd Century Media

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Faith Briefs

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m,

9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6

p.m. Sundays


Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Young at Heart Senior Club

1 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of the month.

Join the senior club for activities

and outings Sept.-

June. For more information,

call (708) 699-5018.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)


6 p.m. Sept. 13. The

evening will include appetizers,

beverages, desserts,

prizes, raffles, silent

auction and, of course,

Bunco. Tickets are $12/

person. Only 100 tickets

will be sold. Proceeds to

benefit Mokena-Marley

FISH Outreach. To make a

reservation, call Leanne at

(708) 280-1179.

Church Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

and family service with

children’s bible lesson during

adult worship service.

For more information, visit

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday

of each month. Bring

your tape, scissors and colored

pencils, if you have

them, and plan for a creative

evening with lots of


Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)


10:15 a.m. Sundays.

For more information, call

(708) 479-1110.





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Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Community Prayer


2:30 p.m. every fourth


Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information,

email marleycommu

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

email marleycommunity

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)


5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in


Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in


Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Sunday Services

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For

more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Mokena Baptist offers

Sunday School classes

for all ages. For more information,

call (312) 350-


Parker Road Bible Church (18512

Parker Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service

to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education

Hour (9:15-10:15

a.m.), all beverages can

be found just outside the


Grace Fellowship Church (11049

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who

have struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome.

All meetings are

confidential. For more information,

call (708) 479-


Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are


Women’s Bible Study

8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Have something for

Faith Briefs? Contact

Editor T.J. Kremer at tj@

or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 29. Deadline is noon

Thursday one week prior to

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Drink a beer, help support law enforcement family

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Police officers don’t often

encourage people to

chug-a-lug, unless those

people are doing so in a

responsible manner. And

that’s exactly what scores

of patrons at Tribes Beer

Company and Taproom

did on Sept. 4, as Tribes

unveiled its latest libation,

5-0 Copper Lager.

For every pint sold in

September, $1 will be donated

to the 100 Club of

Will County, a nonprofit

organization whose mission

is to support families

of law enforcement, firefighters

and emergency

responders whose loved

ones dedicated themselves

to the community

and made the ultimate


“We’ve always been big

supporters of law enforcement,

and since they’re our

neighbors, literally, on this

side of the street, a couple

of the guys from Mokena

Police started chatting

with me and we decided

we should do a collaboration

beer,” said Tribes

owner Niall Freyne. “The

brewers wanted to do one,

anyway, so it was always

on our agenda.”

Several police officers

and firemen spent a full

day with the brewers perfecting

the beer.

“It’s a copper-colored

amber lager,” Freyne said.

“It’s 5.0 [percent] alcohol

[by volume]. So, it’s

obviously named after

‘Hawaii 5-0,’ it’s 5.0 and

copper, so it worked from

both ends.”

The 100 Club of Will

County helps provide financial

assistance, usually

within 24-48 hours, for

families of law enforcement

killed in the line of duty.

“I think this is our

chance to try to do some

good and hopefully be able

to help people in time of

need when they need it,”

said Bob Wilson, member

of the board of directors

of The 100 Club of Will

County, on the organization’s

partnership with


Mike Fitzgerald, another

100 Club board member,

reiterated the organization’s

focus on being a part

of a fallen law enforcement

officer’s family not

just in the immediate aftermath,

but in the long run,

as well.

“Our club stays with

them and tries to maintain

a presence with them so

that they’re not forgotten

about as the years go by,”

Fitzgerald said. “So, that’s

one of the things that we’re

striving to raise funds

for, too. For maybe some

things that might come up

in the future that we might

be able to help with.”

According to data collected

by the FBI’s Uniform

Crime Reporting

Program, 26 law enforcement

officers in Illinois

were killed either feloniously

or by accident between

2008 and 2017.

Delivery of 5-0 Copper

Lager was scheduled for

Tribes’ Tinley Park location

this week. Proceeds

from the Tinley Park location

will go toward the

100 Club of Cook County,

Freyne said.

Kegs will also be distributed

to several Mokena-area


where adult beverages are

sold, so be sure to ask if a

restaurant or bar is carrying

5-0 Copper Lager.

Bottoms up!

Members of the Bagpipes and Drums of The Emerald Society perform at Tribes Beer Company and Taproom Sept.

4 as part of the release of Tribes’ new beer, 5-0 Copper Lager. For every pint sold in September, $1 will go to The

100 Club of Will County to help support the families of fallen law enforcement officers. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd

Century Media

Members of the Bagpipes and Drums of The Emerald

Society pose with law enforcement and members of

The 100 Club of Will County outside of Tribes.

Tribes’ 5-0 Copper Lager gets its name from the TV

show “Hawaii 5-0” and the fact that the lager is copper

in color. Also, the beer is 5.0 percent alcohol by volume.

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Matt’s Old Mokena

A special time in Village history

(Left to right) Geoffrey Purvis (Seymour Krelborn), of Homewood, rehearses a scene

from “Little Shop of Horrors” with Lara Heritage (Ronnette), of Hobart, Indiana;

Amanda Mascarello (Crystal), of Mokena; and Jamie McGuffage (Chiffon), of Tinley

Park, at Curtain Call Theatre Sept. 3. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Out-of-this-world plant coming to Mokena

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

“Feed me, Seymour.”

Those chilling words

from perhaps the most

iconic, man-eating space

plant in the history of theatre

will soon be heard on

the stage of Mokena’s Curtain

Call Theatre, as it prepares

to debut “Little Shop

of Horrors” in eight performances

spanning from

Sept. 26 to Oct. 6.

It’s been a long time

coming, but Director Mark

Frost said now the stars finally

aligned to bring the

cult classic to Mokena.

“I’m on the board and I

also wanted to direct the

show for a long time,”

Frost said. “And we finally

got to a point, quite honestly,

where we were able

to find the plant rentals at

an affordable price.”

Frost said that Curtain

Call was able to find a

place in Michigan that was

willing to rent out the puppet

plants — named Audrey

II in the production

and played by New Lenox

resident Ben Radeke —

as well as an old dentist’s


“He’s very grungy

and very gospel-souly,

and creepy up to a point

where it’s funny,” Radeke,

a 17-year-old student at

Lincoln-Way West High

School, said of his role as

Audrey II.

The plant, owned by the

character Seymour Krelborn,

winds up in Mushnik’s

Flower Shop just as

Mr. Mushnik is about to

give up all hope and close

the shop’s doors.

Ken Czechanski, of

Frankfort, plays the downtrodden

Mr. Mushnik.

Czechanski said that his

character’s view of the

world is indicative of the

overall feelings of the

rest of the characters who

are all trying to make

their way to the American

dream, but ultimately end

up sacrificing too much to

get there.

“From my perspective,

I think [Mr. Mushnik] is

very jaded because he’s

been around long enough

to see all this happen,”

Czechanski said. “I just assume

he’s always been on

the losing end of things. I

think he takes everything

with a huge grain of salt;

he doesn’t think anything’s

going to work. But, once

he gets that taste of it, he’s

so desperate to hang onto

it — the whole show everyone

is manipulating

everyone in the show. The

plant, Mr. Mushnik, Seymour,

everyone is pushing

their own agenda. Musnik

does it with aplomb. He

pushes pretty hard, and

bad things happen.”

Serving as a sort of

Greek Chorus throughout

the show are a trio of characters:

Ronette, Chiffon

and Crystal.

Amanda Mascarello, of

Mokena, plays Crystal,

one of the trio of the sort

of Greek Chorus in the

show. Mascarello said that

the trio are often looked

upon by the other denizens

of Skid Row as the sea urchins

of the town.

“I see them as the narrators,”

Mascarello said of

the trio. “But, sometimes

in the show, they act as

the narrator, so they know

what’s going on, and other

times they’re part of the

show. So, it kind of changes


For a full listing of show

times and to purchase tickets,


or call (708) 607-2281.

Matt galik

Contributing Columnist

Every community

has something that

makes it unique.

Here is where Mokena

shines above the others,

for in our midst, rest the

mortal remains of Charles

Denny, a hero of the

American Revolution.

The name of a bona fide

veteran of the War of Independence

upon the record

of our years is something

that none of our neighbors

can boast. As a symbol

of intense local pride in

Mokena, much pomp and

circumstance has been had

at his grave in Wolf Road’s

Pioneer Cemetery over the


Charles Denny was

born on Christmas Day,

1759 at Pawling, in

Dutchess County in the far

southeastern corner of the

New York colony. Like

many of his generation,

as a young man he bore

arms against Great Britain

during the Revolutionary

War. During this period,

Denny served at least four

stints in the New York

militia, where at one point

he worked as his company’s

cook, and also came

face to face with General


Making it through

the war in one piece, he

would go on to marry Lucinda

Allen in 1790, who

was said to be a cousin

of renown patriot Ethan

Allen. Together the couple

had at least 10 children,

the oldest of which, Allen

Denny, would carve out

his own unique place in

our history.

Allen Denny, possessing

a rugged pioneer

spirit, left his native New

York and settled on the

untamed prairie where

Mokena would later stand

in 1834, just two years

after the Black Hawk

War. Two of his younger

siblings, Hepsibah and Lysander,

would also come

to live nearby.

Their elderly father,

Charles, joined his family

in the newly formed Will

County in early 1838,

where he departed this

earth on Aug. 6, 1839, just

four days after his wife

Lucinda. Under caring

hands, their son Allen

buried them in a peaceful

spot on his farm, a place

that by and by would

become a family plot and

cemetery for his neighbors.

In time, Allen Denny

would come to be called

the Father of Mokena,

after having completed the

town’s first plat in 1852

with the arrival of the

Rock Island Railroad.

For decades, Charles

Denny’s historical significance

was known only

to a handful of the Village’s

most time-honored

residents. By the spring of

1914, word had reached the

Louis Joliet Chapter of the

Daughters of the American

Revolution that one of the

silent army of patriots was

interred in the Village.

On a day at the end

of May on which “the

mercury was all but boiling

over,” a representative

group of the ladies made

the 11-mile trip from the

county seat to the old

Denny Cemetery.

Poking through the

overgrowth, they found

Charles Denny’s final resting

place, cleaned it and

decorated it with flowers

and flags. Next, the ladies

of the DAR visited the

Village schoolhouse and

presented the students

therein with a silk Betsy

Ross flag in honor of

patriot Denny.

Through the work of

the DAR and the help of

Mokena reporter William

Semmler, a new gravestone

was erected at the

spot in 1916, the original

having been rendered almost

completely illegible

by decades of weathering.

Twenty-three years

later, the patriotic ladies

made their triumphant

return to Denny’s grave,

when the General Henry

Dearborn Chapter of

Chicago dedicated a regal

granite boulder over his

remains on Nov. 11, 1939.

The new marker was a

gift from the DAR, and

was the handiwork of a

stonecutter from western

suburban River Forest.

The DAR’s brother

organization, the Sons of

the American Revolution,

came back to our community

Saturday, Sept. 7, to

unveil a marvelous plaque

detailing the brave service

of Denny. When reminded

anew that our village is

his last resting place, we

feel the same sense of

honor that our forefathers

did in 1939.

EDITORS NOTE: Portions of

this column have been edited

because of space constraints.

For the full version, visit dining out

the mokena messenger | September 12, 2019 | 25

The Dish

Barraco’s thrives in Orland Park, six other locations while rooted in family

Business keeps

drawing customers

with large menu,

homey atmosphere

Thomas Czaja

Contributing Editor

After a visit to Barraco’s

in Orland Park, it is evident

that the business was

started, has grown and

continues to operate with

family at is core.

A variety of family photos

adorning the walls of

the establishment to homemade

family recipes all

over the menu have helped

the business become what

it is today, according to

co-owner Francesca Aye,

a member of the Barraco


Barraco’s originally was

started in 1980 in Evergreen

Park by Aye’s grandparents,

Vito and Paulina.

Like many, they moved

to the United States with

nothing. Vito took factory

jobs, while Paulina

worked as a seamstress.

But their dream was to

own and operate a restaurant,

so they took a leap of

faith in starting that with,

aptly, a place bearing their

surname, showcasing the

importance of family.

“It’s her sauce, her pastas,

her everything,” Aye

said of the menu coming

directly from her grandmother.

The business did so well

that it has expanded into its

seven locations: Evergreen

Park, Orland Park, Crestwood,

Chicago, Burbank,

Orland Hills and Beverly.

Vito died in 2009, but Paulina,

now 85, still makes

sure to stay involved.

“She’ll still go to the

stores and tell everyone

“It’s extremely hard work, but at

the end of the day we truly enjoy

it and enjoy the customers. It

can be challenging, but there

is nothing like working with


Francesca Aye — Barraco’s co-owner, on the

restaurant business

a piece of her mind, what

they are doing wrong, if

they are doing something

right,” Aye said.

Aye has grown up with

the business. She started

working there around age

16 and helped out even

prior to that. A number of

her family members remain

involved, and they

make sure they are all stationed

among the different

locations to monitor things

and maintain quality.

The menu is large, filled

with everything from dinner

specials to a plethora

of appetizers, soups and

salads, sandwiches, burgers,

a create-your-own

pasta section, pasta specialties,

dinner specialties,

seafood specialties, pizza,

and dessert.

A popular choice for

sandwiches is the Freddy

sandwich ($11.50), which

is an Italian sausage patty

with green peppers, red

sauce and mozzarella

cheese. The family has

consistently tweaked and

updated the menu since

1980 to keep up with what

customers want.

Some of the newer selections

are under the Mama

Barraco’s Creations portion

of the menu, such as

the Joey’s pasta ($19.25),


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a dish with Asiago cheesestuffed

gnocchi tossed in

Alfredo sauce, featuring

prosciutto and peas.

With the create-yourpasta,

guests choose from

eight different kinds of

pasta before selecting their

sauces, vegetables and any

possible side dishes.

“It’s a nice way to go

about your meal and nice

option if you can’t decide

what you want,” Aye said

of the create-your-own


In terms of what separates

Barraco’s from other

Italian restaurants and defines

their offerings, Aye

said it all goes back to the

homemade recipes they

still enjoy eating at their

own family functions.

“It’s not generic,” Aye

said. “It’s real, and you

can tell what you are eating

is not mass-produced,

The Barraco’s 12-inch thin-crust pizza is shown here with sausage. Abhinanda

Datta/22nd Century Media

not frozen. We make all

our stuff fresh every day

and stand by that.

“All our breading, we

do that ourselves. We pick

up our meatballs from

Evergreen Park. They are

personally made there,

with my grandma and aunt

always watching, tasting,

making sure everything is

always how it is supposed

to be.”

Another key staple for

any Italian restaurant is

pizza, and Barraco’s does

not skimp there, with recognizable

pies such as thin

crust — the No. 1 seller —

and deep dish. Those will

always remain beloved favorites,

but Barraco’s gets

creative with its pizza offerings,

as well.

The Sicilian-style pizza

(pricing varies by size

and toppings) has an extra-thick

crust with sweet

sauce, and the Nicky’s

special (pricing varies) is

an extra-thin crust cheese

pizza served crispy, made

with light cheese and ingredients

and served welldone.

To cap off a full meal,

an equally substantial dessert

menu has something

for each respective sweet

tooth, from a cannoli to tiramisu

to an assortment of

pie slices and more.

Aye and her family pride

themselves on serving

all of the aforementioned

choices in a family atmosphere.

“It’s definitely very

family-oriented,” Aye

said. “We have so many

families that continuously

come here as regulars. It

feels good to see them, and

vice versa. They’ll know

stuff about my family, and

I’ll know stuff about their


“They’ll celebrate their

big family events here, and

we always try to encourage

that relationship.”

An additional aspect of

the business is immediately

apparent when someone

walks into the Orland

Park location and observes

a wide mix of wine bottles

available for sale. In this

arena, Aye said the wine

list is updated roughly

every six months, with

heavier reds favored in the

wintertime and whites in

the warmer months.

As Barraco’s will soon

be celebrating 4 year of

business in 2020 since its

first location opened, the

blueprint for further sustained

success remains

much the same as it has the

last four decades: listen to

what customers want, and

keep family recipes, tradition

and atmosphere at the


“It’s extremely hard

work, but at the end of the

day we truly enjoy it and

enjoy the customers,” Aye

said. “It can be challenging,

but there is nothing

like working with family.”

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16. Radial pattern

17. “The X-Files”


18. Heifer

19. Gains for labor

20. Designation

from the WHO,

earned by New


23. Mopey music


24. “A Chorus Line”


25. Baby quieters

29. Legendary Giant

30. Mich. neighbor

33. Backcountry

34. Macaroni ingredient

36. Going ___ (fighting)

37. ___ rib

39. Does math

40. Location of New

Lenox Village Hall,

goes with 45 across

42. Un + deux

43. Metal bearing


44. Noisy trains

45. See 40 across

47. ___ tai (drink)

48. Dudgeon

49. Embroidery tool

56. “Everyone

___ __ love you”

(Woody Allen


58. Anger, with “up”

59. Like arroyos

60. Economic bloc

headquartered in


61. “Why should

___ you?”

62. Bette Midler song

63. Shoot

64. Rectangular paving


65. Nine inches


1. Needles

2. Rombauer of cookbook


3. Protest

4. Fit to be tried

5. In the offing

6. Cottonwood trees

7. Thin coating

8. Soybean extract

9. Corroded

10. Shred

11. Strange

12. Girl’s name

13. QBs’ goals

21. Phone or body


22. “I’m innocent!”

25. Excellent

26. Exterior

27. Played out

28. National Gallery of

British Art, now

29. Original manufactured


30. “Black ___” 1987

detective thriller with

Dennis Hopper

31. Cricket powerhouse

32. Fresh-mouthed

34. Bro’s kin

35. Bird

37. “Monty Python”


38. OR helpers

41. Bringing up

42. Certain surgeon’s


45. Pooh’s pal

46. Newsman Peter

47. Type of giraffe

49. One changing


50. Goo Goo Dolls


51. “Death on the ___”

mystery thriller

52. They may hold


53. Make fall

54. Old Apple computer

55. Barbara of “I

Dream of Jeannie”

56. Carrier to Copenhagen,

for short

57. Nasty biter


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:


Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-


■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.


Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-

Friday: Happy Hour

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-


■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania


Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-


■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays

and Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event

in The Scene, email




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Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row,

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan, Peotone, and Joliet – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the



School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within the

desirable Peotone School District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s in

California with designs based on a

simpler, functional aesthetic using

a higher level of craftsmanship

and natural materials. These

homes were a departure from

homes that were mass produced

from that era, “according to Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for many

of the same reasons it started over

a century ago. Our customers

want to live in a home that gets

away from the “mass produced”

look and live in a home that has

more character. As a result of

our daily interaction with our

homeowners and their input, we

are excited to introduce these two

homes, with additional designs in

the works.”

Nooner, who meets with each

homeowner prior to construction,

has been working on these plans

for a while and felt that the

timing was ideal for the debut.

“Customers were asking for

something different and simple

with less monotony and higher

architectural standards.” The

result was the Craftsman ranch

and the Prairie two story, now

available at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. The Craftsman

ranch features an open floor plan

with Great Room, three bedrooms,

two baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted


Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many

of our skilled craftsmen have

been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.” Nooner

added that all homes are highly

energy efficient. Every home

built will have upgraded wall and

ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into their new

home, Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency


With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six two

story single-family home styles

to choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, two

to three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways can all

be yours at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. Most all home

sites at Prairie Trails andWestGate

Manor can accommodate a threecar

garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, said Nooner. “When

we opened Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor we wanted

to provide the best new home

value for the dollar and we feel

with offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that. So

why wait? This is truly the best

time to build your dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular trails.

The Manhattan Metra station is

less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge

and Leighlinbridge developments,

as well as in the Will and south

Cook county areas over the past

30 years.

Distinctive has two early

delivery homes available at its

newest community, Cedar Creek

in Joliet where you can choose

your colors now and move in 45

days. One is a three-bedroom

Princeton ranch with two full

baths in an open floor plan with

kitchen and Great Room. Priced

at $289,990 this home has over

$20,000 in free upgrades. The

second home is a Brentwood

three-bedroom raised ranch with

an oversized garage. Priced at

$279,900, this home features

many interior and exterior

architectural details and over

$30,000 in free upgrades.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available by


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. real estate

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• 20827 Briarwood

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Amenities: Luxury brick ranch

duplex with finished basement

in sought after Bridges of

Mokena. Completed in 2016

and meticulously maintained.

Frankfort schools and library.

Lake Michigan water. Almost

3,500 square feet of living

space, including finished

lower level with related living

potential, 10-foot ceilings on

main level, four total bedrooms

and three full baths. Third

bedroom currently being used

as an office. Entire first floor

all hardwood flooring. Master

suite boast vaulted ceiling,

arched window, walk-in shower

with dual showerhead, soaker

tub and dual vanity. Beautiful

open concept kitchen with

breakfast bar, closet pantry,

42-inch cabinets, granite and

stainless steel appliances.

Dining area has sliding doors

to private backyard with

oversized patio and gorgeous

evergreen tree line. Finished

lower level has wet bar area

with wine fridge, family room area, rec and game areas. Abundance of storage

and work shop space. All new window treatments. Beautiful plantation shutters

and custom blinds. Located close to parks, shopping, restaurants and Old Plank


Asking Price: $399,800

Listing Agent:

Team Tumas - Kim and

Al, (708) 363-2073

Listing Brokerage:

Coldwell Banker the Real

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1003 Help Wanted



Up to $15/hr plus tips and bonuses. APPLY NOW!


708.873.9044 -

P/T Administrative Assistant

We are looking for an

experienced individual to

perform a variety of administrative

and bookkeeping tasks

for our small construction

office in Frankfort.

Flexible hours: 25-40 hrs/wk.

Applicant must be experienced

in QuickBooks or similar

accounting program and be

proficient in MS Office with

expertise in Word and Excel.

Submit resume & cover letter


Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Sterling Site Access

Solutions LLC.

Located in Phoenix, IL

(near Harvey, IL)

Seeking: Manufacturing

Operators (2 years exp.) &

Manufacturing Maintenance

Technicians (8 years exp.)

Submit resumes to:

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Medical Transportation

Drivers Wanted.

Call or email:



Alvernia Manor Senior Living

is now hiring 3 positions

- CNA to work night shifts

- Dining room aid, part-time

- Activity aid, part-time

Call to apply: 630-257-7721



Outside Work:

Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

$15/hr starting pay.

Apply in-person 7am - 5pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

Tinley Park, IL


School Bus Drivers Wanted

Homer School District 33C

seeks quality individuals

to join our family of

school bus drivers.

$17.42/hr. + full benefits


Training provided.

Call (708) 226-7625

or visit

employment tab

Safety Assistant

Tinley Park Transportation Co.

looking to fill full-time

Safety position. Candidate

must have experience in

Microsoft Office and possess

good communication skills.

Please forward resume to

Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

Call (815) 464-1988 or


Medical Biller & Front

Desk needed. P/T and/or

F/T. Frankfort. Please fax

or email your resume to:

or 815.880.8234

Full-Time experienced

Hair Stylist and Part-Time

Salon & Spa Assistant

needed for established

Lockport salon

Call Kim at 815-955-4650


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Now Hiring 2 Positions

Licensed Stylist and

Nail Tech for busy

Lockport salon


Legal Secretary


Flexible Schedule

(708) 403-2555

1004 Employment


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Contact (708)224-9381

1023 Caregiver

Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1037 Prayer /


Miraculous Prayer

Dear heart of Jesus in the past

I have asked for favors.

This time I ask you for this

very special one. (mention

Favor) Take it dear Jesus and

place it within your own

broken heart where your father

sees it then in your merciful

eyes it will become your favor

not mine. Amen.

Say pray 3 days promise

publication and favor will be


Never known to fail!



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1037 Prayer /


Oh holy St. Jude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracles, near kinsman of

Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed.

To you Ihave recourse from

the depths of my heart and

humbly beg to whom God has

given such great power to

come to my assistance. Help

me in my present and urgent

petition. In return, I promise to

make your name known and

cause to be invoked. Say 3Our

Fathers, 3Hail Marys and Glories

for 9 consecutive days.

Publication must be promised.

St. Jude pray for us all who invoke

your aid. Amen. C.P.

Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me and

show me herein you are my

mother. Oh holy Mary,

Mother of God, Queen of

Heaven and Earth, I humbly

beeseach you from the bottom

ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make

request) there are none that

can withstand your power,

oh Mary conceived without

sin, pray for us who have

recourse tothee (3x). Holy

Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and it will be granted to

you. MT

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

Oh, most beautiful flower of

Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine,

splendor of Heaven, Blessed

Mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, assist me

in my necessity. Oh, Star of

the Sea, help me and show me,

herein you are my mother. Oh,

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth!

I humbly beseech you from

the bottom of my heart to succor

me in this necessity. There

are none that can withstand

your power. Oh show me

herein you are my mother. Oh

Mary, conceived without sin,

pray for us who have recourse

to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I

place this cause in your hands

1037 Prayer /




(3x). Holy Spirit, you who

solve all problems, light of all

roads so that I can attain my

goal. You who gave me the divine

gift to forgive and forget

all evil against me and that in

all instances in my life you are

with me. I want in this short

prayer to thank you for all

things as you confirm once

again that I never want to be

separated from you in

Eternal Glory. Thank you for

your mercy toward me and

mine. The person must say this

prayer 3 consecutive days.

After 3 days, the request will

be granted. This prayer must

be published after the favor is


1039 Pets for Sale

Beautiful 8-year old Persian

cats, brother & sister looking

for loving home. Updated

shots, clean & very friendly!

708-829-6518 Small fee

Golden Doodle Puppies F1B

Available to take home 9/29

$1,600 - 2 female, 7 male



1050 Community Events

1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort 112 Center Road.

Fri. 9/13 and Sat. 9/14, 9-3pm.

Lawnmower, bicylcles, fish

tank and stuff, refridgerator,

tools, storage cabinets, bookcases,

lamps, bowflex, Rock


jeans size 0/3/25/26 (gently

used), Michael Kors and Coach

purses (gently used), rolltop

desk, Marvel toys and statues

(new in box), endtables, recliners,

kitchen stuff, hammock,

curio cabinets, new outdoor

chairs, record player and stereo

system and much more!

Tinley Park 6519 W. 167th St.

Fri. 9/13 and Sat. 9/14, 8-3pm.

Tools, collectibles, furniture,

household items, 8mm camera/

projector/screen, glassware and

cookies jars, and lots more!









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1052 Garage Sale

Homer Glen 14139 S. King Rd

9/13 and 9/14, 9-4pm. Over

1,000 items -Clothes, Harley,

Office Supplies, Antiques,

100s of Electronic Items

Lockport 950 E. 1st Street.

Thurs. 9/12, Fri. 9/13, and

Sat. 9/14, 8-3pm. Antique furniture,

household items, toys,

tools, etc. Everything must go!

New Lenox 621 Bishops Gate

9/14 8-4pm Beautiful home decor

pieces, hshld, elec, mens

WS White Sox bomber jacket

Tinley Park 18300 Cottonwood

Dr 9/13-9/14 8-2pm Get

an early start: Halloween &

Xmas! Housewares & more!

Tinley Park 6600 Parkside Dr

9/13-9/14 8:30-3pm Household

items, books, tools, misc &

more! Too much to list! classifieds

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1052 Garage Sale

2003 Appliance Repair

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

Village of Manhattan

Community Wide

Garage Sale

Friday, September 13th and

Saturday, September 14th


All participant’s addresses will

be listed in a map of the community.

Maps will be available

for distribution on Tuesday,

September 10th at Village Hall

located at 260 Market Place,

Manhattan, IL and online at

For questions please call

Village Hall at (815) 418-2100

Tinley Park 7535 173rd St

9/13-9/14 8:30-3pm Household,

clothes, toys, washer,

yard equip, seasonal & more!

1053 Multi Family



1096 Commercial


Great Investment


Commercial Building

for Sale - $99,000

14735, S.Pulaski

Midlothian,IL 60445 3,000

sq ft . Has 7 Rooms,4 half

baths,2 waiting rooms,

2 storage rooms,2 hallways.

Can be Used or Rented

as 2 Units. Close to


5 Schools & Shopping. Call

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• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

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Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


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Lane. Fri. 9/13, 9-4pm and Sat.

9/14, 9-3pm. Soccer shoes,

action figures in boxes, tools,

and much more!

Orland Park , 9140 Helen

Lane, 4 families Fri 9/13 & Sat

9/14 9am-3pm, Baby clothes &

toys, women clothes, household

items, and much more.


1225 Apartments

for Rent

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1074 Auto for


2011 Nissan Sentra SR, 72k

miles. Bluetooth, keyless entry.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Adam Kedzior

Adam Kedzior is a senior

goalkeeper on the

Lincoln-Way Central soccer


How long have you

played soccer and how

did you get started?

I’ve been playing ever

since fourth grade. My

family friend, Mr. [Steve]

Rotondi owns Roma Soccer

Club. He got me started

with the sport. I started

playing with him and I

only played club with him.

Have you always been

a goalie?

Yes. It naturally came to

me, I’ll be honest. It came

to me more than other positions.

I knew it was the

best position for me.

What does it take to

be a good goalie?

You have to have good

reaction time and be good

on your feet.

What are your

thoughts on your

team’s start to the

season, going 2-2

over your first four

matches against tough


We’re playing OK and

I’m all right with where

we’re at. I know we’re going

to get a lot better from

here. We just have to correct

what we mess up in

these games, fix those little

mistakes now so that we’ll

be fine later in the season

and not make those mistakes


How do you want

to be a leader of the

team as a senior?

I want to be a big leader

and have a big impact on

the rest of the guys on the

team. Hopefully, they can

look up to me and stuff

like that. I try to treat the

younger kids how I want

to be treated.

If you could be anyone

else for a day, who

would you want to


Dwayne [“The Rock”]

Johnson. He’s a cool guy.

You’re stranded on a

deserted island. You

can have an endless

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

supply of one food.

What do you pick?

Pizza, probably cheese

pizza. Just plain.

If they were making a

movie about your life,

who should play you?

Me. I’ll play myself. I’ll

volunteer for that. That’d

be fun.

Who would you pay to

see in concert?

I’ve actually never been

to a concert. I’d like to

see Post Malone or Juice


Do you have any

hobbies outside of


I just like to run a lot. I

like to work out.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.

Girls Tennis

Knights edge Griffins to

highlight 5-1 week

Kiana Sikich earned

a 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 1

singles, taking the second

set in an 11-9 tiebreaker,

as LW Central topped LW

East 4-3 on Friday, Sept. 6.

The Knights also beat

Plainfield North 4-3 on

Sept. 4 and Homewood-

Flossmoor 5-2 on Sept. 5,

then went 2-1 at their own

triangular Saturday, Sept.

7 with wins over Plainfield

Central and Tinley Park

and a loss to Joliet Catholic.

Central’s doubles teams

of Emma and Kara Rimkunas,

and Lily Malas and

Micaela Cesta, each had

four wins on the week.

Sports Briefs

Boykin hauls in first

TD during historic rout;

Allegretti makes Chiefs but

inactive for opener

The first regular-season

catch of Providence graduate

Miles Boykin’s NFL

career was a special one.

With 6 minutes, 56 seconds

left in the first half

of the Baltimore Ravens’

game at the Miami Dolphins

on Sunday, Sept. 8,

Boykin was left open in

the end zone and caught

a 5-yard touchdown pass

from Lamar Jackson.

It was the only catch for

Boykin – a rookie out of

Notre Dame – on his lone

target of the day. Jackson

threw five touchdowns,

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Girls Volleyball

LW Central 25-25, Stagg


Jackie Kulinski had six

kills and seven digs, Nicole

Ramirez dished out

18 assists and Nicole Connolly

added five kills to

lead the Knights (5-4) on

Sept. 5.

LW Central also fell

25-12, 25-17 to Plainfield

Central on Sept. 3. despite

five kills from Kulinski

and four from Layne Stevens.

LW East 25-25, Downers

Grove North 22-17

Cierra Gardner piled up

10 kills, Emma Kein added

six kills, and Ava Porada

had 19 assists for the

Griffins (6-1) in the Sept. 5

win on the road.

Boys Golf

LW Central 151,

Bolingbrook 198

Sean Curran was the

medalist for the Knights

(6-1) on Sept. 5 with a 35

at Bolingbrook Golf Club.

LW East 164, Andrew 173

Dylan Drogemuller, a

freshman, fired a 38 to

lead the Griffins to the win

Sept. 5 at Green Garden.

two of them to Boykin’s

fellow rookie receiver,

Marquise Brown.

The Ravens set a franchise

record for points in

a 59-10 thrashing of the


Lincoln-Way East graduate

Nick Allegretti, meanwhile,

was inactive for the

Kansas City Chiefs’ 40-26

win over the Jacksonville


Allegretti, though, had

an impressive preseason to

seal his spot on the Chiefs’

53-man roster, despite a

surplus of offensive linemen

competing to make

the roster.

Chiefs general manager

Brett Veach said, “Allegretti

really came out

LW East 150, Stagg 180

Matt Kelley and Dylan

Drogemuller each shot

one-over 35 to lead the

Griffins to the Sept. 3 victory

at Glen Eagles.

Cross Country

Griffins boys, Knights girls

win at T.F. South Invite

Brett Gardner (14 minutes,

42 seconds) of LW

East won the T.F. South

Rich Dust Invitational, finishing

91 seconds ahead of

the rest of the field Saturday,

Sept. 7 at North Creek

Meadow in Lansing.

East cruised to the team


Emma Olson (3rd, 20

minutes, 51 seconds) and

Carly Shipman (5th, 20:59)

led LW Central to the girls


High School Highlights

are compiled by Sports

Editor Steve Millar,

strong [in the preseason].”

Locals help St. Xavier

football win opener in rout

Providence graduate and

New Lenox native Joey

Markasovic led St. Xavier

with 10 tackles on Saturday,

Sept. 7 in a 45-10 win

at Lawrence Tech (Mich.).

Providence graduate and

New Lenox native Steven

Meyer contributed five

tackles and a forced fumble,

while Lincoln-Way

Central graduate and Mokena

native Peyton Nigro

had four tackles.

Sports Briefs are compiled by

Sports Editor Steve Millar,

40 | September 12, 2019 | the mokena messenger sports

Alumni spotlight

LW Central’s Englert starts Big 10 career at Nebraska

JOE BIELANSKI, Editorial Intern

Lincoln-Way Central

graduate Andrew Englert

has turned in his Knights

red for Cornhuskers scarlet.

Englert graduated from

Central this spring and will

be running track and field,

and cross country, at the

University of Nebraska,

starting this fall. Nebraska’s

cross country season

was set to open Friday,

Sept. 6.

Englert utilized his time

at Central to get where he

is now.

He captured a careerbest

time last fall at the

cross country state finals.

He ran a time of 15 minutes,

7.73 seconds and finished

in 57th.

Looking back at his senior

track and cross country

seasons, Englert is


“They went all right,”

Englert said. “They started

a little slow, but in the end,

I was able to accomplish

what I wanted to. A big

goal of mine was to make

it to state for track, and I

was glad I was able to accomplish


“I was able to bring my

cross time down pretty

well. I was trying to get

better at running higher

mileage. The college distance

is a lot longer, so that

was something I had to

work on.”

Englert also had a successful

track season, as it

led to a trip down to the

state meet, where he finished

fifth in the 1,600-meter

race with a time of


“Senior year, my teammate

Jared [Kreis] and I

had been working really

hard,” Englert said. “We

did pretty well down at

state for both cross country

and track. It was really

helpful to be able to compete

with him and work

together during the races.”

Englert knew that he

couldn’t achieve his accomplishments


help from coach Dustin

Waddell and his staff.

His time with the coaches

helped to solidify his athletic


“I learned a lot about

confidence from coach

Waddell,” Englert said.

“When I first came in, I

was a little timid running

at the high school level.

Freshman year, I would

look at the varsity guys

and think it’s crazy.

“I thought I’d never

be able to run with those

guys. He helped build my

confidence and I knew that

these were guys I could

compete with and guys I

could race against and really

do well.”

LW Central graduate Andrew Englert is a freshman at Nebraska on the track and

cross country teams. 22nd Century Media file photo

A bright future

Waddell has seen the

growth and knows that

Englert can excel at Nebraska.

“When Andrew first

came here, he was timid,”

Waddell said. “He just

wasn’t confident in himself

and as he realized his potential

was greater, he felt

that thirst of being better.

I told him that he couldn’t

go out there afraid of other

guys; he needed them to be

afraid of him. He took that

to heart, and he ran hard.”

Waddell said Englert

possesses great leadership

skills and is an excellent


“Andrew is nothing but

determination, he’s one of

those guys that I’m so proud

of,” Waddell said. “Growing

as an athlete, leader and

captain, when he first started

running, he was good.

“He then came into the

mindset that he could be

great, and he set out to

lead the pack. Nothing but

work ethic and encouraging

other teammates.”

When choosing where

to continue his athletic

career, Englert also kept

the classroom in mind. He

wanted to go somewhere

with a good balance of athletics

and academics.

“First, I looked at

schools from an academic

standpoint,” Englert said.

“I wanted to make sure

that they had my major.

I reached out to coaches

to see if running on their

team was a possibility.

“I really liked Nebraska’s

business program. I

went out there for an unofficial

visit in December

and really fell in love with

the program and the direction

it was going and decided

to commit there.”

Englert believes that his

time at Central will prepare

him to move to the

next level in both athletics

and academics.

“I feel that Central has

prepared me pretty well

for moving forward academically,”

Englert said.

“I feel like we got a lot

of opportunities athletically,

we were able to run

in some pretty big meets.

Academically, I feel that I

was taught pretty well by

most of my teachers.

“I was able to take a lot

of AP classes at Central;

those should help a lot.

Already going into college

with some credits because

of it. It’s definitely going

to be a jump moving on

to college, but I feel that I

was prepared pretty well.”

Englert is ready to embrace

the challenge of

being a little fish in a big

pond. Big Ten Conference

competition is a large step

up. Englert’s growth will

be guided by legendary

track coach Gary Pepin.

“I know that freshman

year is going to be tough,”

Englert said. “It’s a big

jump from performing at

the high school level to a

Big Ten running level.

“Mostly, I just want to

see some improvement in

my times and work on being

able to help the team

further down the road. As

long as I’m trying the best

that I can, everything will

fall into place. I’m just going

to train really hard and

see what I can do.”

Finding his own way

Waddell is quick to deflect

any credit Englert

throws his way. He knows

that Englert puts the work

in and is the one executing


“If I gave credit to anyone

it would be the distance

coach, John Taylor,

he’s really shaped a phenomenal

distance program

for us and really helped

Andrew grow as an athlete,”

Waddell said.

“The other half would

go to Andrew. He’s the guy

that has to go and run the

races. Coach Taylor and

myself, we can tell him

what we think and what

to do. Andrew just absorbs

it all and puts it into action.

Those are the two

that I would really credit

for helping Andrew, coach

Taylor and himself.”

Waddell believes that

Englert’s accomplishments

reflect the program

at Central. The coaches

want to prepare their athletes

to also be outstanding


“I always tell the guys

that I’m more concerned

with the man they are

when they leave rather

than the athlete they are

when they leave,” Waddell

said. “Because, at the

end, your legs are going

to fall apart, muscles will

decrease, but who you are

as a person is really going

to speak volumes for you.”

Ready for new beginnings,

Englert won’t forget

where he got started.

“I had a great time at

Central,” he said. “Honestly,

I’m thankful for

everything my teachers,

coaches, and teammates

did for me. It was truly a

time that I will remember

for the rest of my life.” sports

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Roma Sports Club expanding with new fields


Freelance Reporter

When Steve Rotondi,

owner of Roma Sports

Club in Frankfort, dedicated

his new soccer fields, he

wanted to name them after

someone very special. His

wife, Jeanna’s, grandfather,

Al Primavera.

“My wife’s grandfather

was a pseudo grandfather

to me because my grandparents

were overseas in

Italy,” Rotondi said. “They

also passed pretty early,

when I was young.

“Grandpa Al was a guy

that became a huge part

of my life,” Rotondi said.

“We built structures together,

we planted gardens

together, we fished together.

He was somebody that

I respected and loved, so

I named the soccer fields

after him.”

The new soccer fields

are called Primavera

Fields. Five or six fields

are expected to be built

when the renovation is


Besides owning the

sports club along with

his wife Jeanna, Rotondi

- a Mokena resident - is

a father to three children,

is active in the community

and coaches soccer,

sometimes two teams at

a time.

Rotondi began a very

competitive soccer club

called Roma FC premier

travel soccer club. The

club has been in existence

since 2008. The

new soccer fields are

various sizes, designed to

work with different age

groups. The club started

in Mokena, where Roma

rented fields.

Michelle Schiller from

New Lenox has brought

her sons, Drew and Cameron,

to Roma for the soccer

program, beginning

when they were in grade


“Steve coached both

my boys when we were

in rec leagues,” Schiller

said. “He knows what he is

doing. He also brought in

coaches that bring an element

of experience. I respect

a person that knows

Mokena resident Steve Rotondi, co-owner of Roma

Sports Club in Frankfort, stands in the net on one of

the club’s new soccer fields, named Primavera Fields in

honor of his wife’s grandfather, Al Primavera. Photos by

Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

what they’re doing. The

new soccer fields are also

amazing, it’s going to be

great for the boys to play

here on our home field.

Steve also focuses on the

whole player, not just getting

wins. We just want

our kids to get better and

understand that hard work

will pay off.”

Drew and Cameron

Schiller expressed their

love for the game of soccer

and said Roma FC has

benefitted them.

“Playing on the Roma

soccer team has really

helped me,” said Drew, a

13-year old who has been

playing since he was 9.

“Roma has really taught

me technique. My goal is

to get a better record than

last year and work as a


For older brother Cameron,

who is 17, this year is

bittersweet, as it will be his

final year playing soccer at

Lincoln-Way Central.

“I’ve been playing soccer

for Coach Steve for

nine years,” Cameron said.

“My soccer skills have improved

a lot. My overall

character has improved

since I’ve been with him.

I used to get angry a lot.

He’s one of the people that

has made me the person

that I am today.”

Rotondi’s love of soccer

began at Marian Catholic

High School in Chicago

Heights, where he played

all four years.

Rotondi’s teams range

from 8U to 18U, with both

boys and girl teams. The

teams play in the Chicago

Premier League.

“It’s very elite,” Rotondi

said of the league.

Besides soccer, Roma

Sports Club features many

other sporting opportunities

as it has basketball

and volleyball hardwood

courts, batting cages, indoor

turf fields, a fitness

center and even a room for

birthday parties.

It is quite an active place,

especially on weeekends.

“Games go from 7 a.m.

to 10 p.m. on Saturday and

Sunday with games every

45 minutes,” Rotondi said.

“There are anywhere from

five to seven thousand

people on a weekend, all

these people are utilizing

the services of Frankfort.

It’s such a great thing for

the community.”

With the field dedication,

Rotondi is demonstrating

his belief in the

importance of a family atmosphere.

“Naming the fields after

Al is [symbolic of] what

we’re trying to instill into

the kids,” he said. “We’re

trying to be more than just

a soccer program. We try

and work with these kids

in building character and

confidence and most of all

building tradition. It meant

a lot when I explained at

the ribbon cutting where

the name came from. It hit

home to a lot of the kids

who were here. It shows

that family is important

and grandpa Al taught that

to me and everyone else

around him.”

Youth Sports

Illinois Celtics go 8-0 to win

championship in Maryland

Staff Report

The Illinois Celtics

12U baseball team recently

traveled to Aberdeen,

Md. to compete in

the Ripken Blue Crab Experience.

The Celtics, who feature

players from New

Lenox and Mokena, went

8-0 to win the tournament


The team is coached

by Dave Simmons, along

with assistant coaches

Mike Vita and Dan Hodel.

Twenty-one teams, from

the United States, Canada

and the Phillipines, competed

in the tournament.

Members of the Celtics

include New Lenox

residents David Kent, Anthony

Vita, Kenny Strezo

and Benjamin Joynt, and

Mokena resident William


The Illinois Celtics 12U team celebrates its championship at the Ripken Blue Crab Experience, a 21-team

tournament in Aberdeen, Md. Photo submitted

42 | September 12, 2019 | the mokena messenger sports

Boys soccer

Willner’s will: Senior pours in four goals in Knights win

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Nick Willner came into his

senior season at Lincoln-Way

Central hoping to be the Knights’

offensive leader and pick up the

slack left by the graduation of

some of last season’s stars, notably

high-scoring Connor Erickson.

Willner has taken on the leadership

role with great success.

Through four games, he had already

scored nine goals for the


Four of them came Sept. 3

when Central rolled to a 7-0 win

over Aurora Central Catholic

in the Knights’ home opener in

New Lenox.

“This start to the season is a

big boost for me,” Willner said.

“My goal is to score a lot of goals

this season. But the main thing is

to start winning some games.”

Willner scored five goals over

three games against tough competition

at the season-opening

Bradley-Bourbonnais Tournament.

In the first home game of his

final season with Central, he did

not take long to get going.

Willner scored four times

in the first 19 minutes as the

Lincoln-Way Central senior Nick Willner carries the ball downfield

Sept. 3 against Aurora Central Catholic. Willner scored four goals

in the Knights’ 7-0 win. STEVE MILLAR/22nd century media

Knights quickly pulled away. All

his goals came in a span of just

over seven minutes.

He found the net off a variety of

plays, too. Willner was left open

near the net and scored off a Nico

Espinosa pass to get the Knights

on the board in the 12th minute.

He took a long pass from Andrew

Burton, brought down a high

bounce and made a nice move

around a defender to make it 2-0,

and scored again off the ensuing

kickoff just 11 seconds later.

Willner capped his burst

by taking a pass from George

Burchfield, dribbling around the

charging goalkeeper and shooting

into the open net.

“It took us a while to start going,

but it felt good when we

did,” Willner said. “Don’t rush

it, just play simple and we have a

chance to score goals.”

Central coach Sean Fahey is

thrilled with the firepower Willner

has provided the Knights (2-2).

“He took the cover off the net

early this year, which is good,”

Fahey said. “His confidence is

high. We need him to keep scoring.

Our schedule gets tougher

every week. Hopefully this is

just a sign of things to come.”

Still, Fahey wants the Knights

to be more than a one-man show.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing the

wealth spread,” he said. “We

talked at halftime about not selling

yourself short. We know

Nick can run, get behind the defense,

score, but other guys can

do it, too. We definitely want

other players to have the confidence

to take their shots at goal.”

Others did get involved against

Aurora Central Catholic as Niall

Gavin’s header off Burchfield’s

second assist make it a 5-0 game

before halftime.

The Knights added a pair of

goals in the second half from

Jake Camaioni and Cam DiFiori.

Senior goalkeeper Adam

Kedzior made two saves to record

the shutout. Mostly, he

watched his teammates producing

on the other end.

“I feel like if we can find each

other, we can put the ball in the

back of the net,” he said. “We

put in five goals in the first half,

probably should have connected

a little better in the second half,

that wasn’t our best.

“But it was kind of a slow

game for me, I didn’t have too

many shots to deal with, so it

wasn’t too hard.”

The Knights went 1-2 at Bradley

to start the season, falling

4-3 to Champaign Central and

3-1 to Solorio, a perennial Class

2A state contender and the 2017

state champions in 2A.

Central ended the tournament

on a strong note, beating Thornton

co-op 2-1.

Thornton has been a nemesis

for the Knights in recent years as

a SouthWest Suburban Conference

foe. The Wildcats left the

league and are in their first year

in the Southland Athletic Conference.

“Coming away with a win

over a good Thornton team who

we haven’t beaten in a while was

a good way to come out of that

tournament, Fahey said.

“I like the tournament. It’s

tough to go out of the gate with

three games in two days. I go into

it thinking I’m going to get everyone

a lot of minutes, try guys

in different places, try to make

things work. We have a lot of new

guys. Once we get that recipe

down, I’m excited about where

we can go. But, time will tell.”

This Week In



■Sept. ■ 14 – First to the Finish

Invite at Detweiller Park, Peoria,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Joliet Central Invite at

Channahon Park, 9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 13 – at Lockport, 7 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 – Providence Invite at

Sanctuary, 7:30 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 – at Stagg at Glen

Eagles, 4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 17 – hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais at Sanctuary, 4:30



■Sept. ■ 12 – at Plainfield South,

6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – PepsiCo Showdown,


■Sept. ■ 17 – PepsiCo Showdown,



■Sept. ■ 14 – hosts LW Central

Invite, 8:30 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 – hosts Sandburg,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 – at LW East Invite, 9


■Sept. ■ 17 – hosts Andrew, 4:30



■Sept. ■ 12 – at LW East, 5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 – at Bolingbrook, 5:30




■Sept. ■ 14 — at Marmion Invite,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 — Joliet Central Invite,

9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 13 — hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 7 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 14 — Providence Invite at

Sanctuary, 7:30 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 — hosts Homewood-

Flossmoor at Green Garden, 4:30



■Sept. ■ 12 — Joliet Township

Triangular at Inwood, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 16 — at Homewood-

Flossmoor at Coyote Run, 4 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 — at Bolingbrook at

Boughton Ridge, 4:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 — hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 — Plainfield North

Tournament, TBA

■Sept. ■ 16 — Plainfield North

Tournament, TBA


■Sept. ■ 14 — at Hinsdale South

Invite, 8 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 12 — at Stagg, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 — hosts LW East Invite,

9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 — at Lockport, 4:30



■Sept. ■ 12 — hosts LW Central,

5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 — hosts Minooka, 5:30


■Sept. ■ 18 — at Wheaton Classic,

5 p.m. sports

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Devon’s day: Williams carries Griffins past Naperville Central

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East senior

running back Devon

Williams knows that as

long as he is on the same

team as AJ Henning, he is

not likely going to be the

focus of an opponent’s defensive

game plan.

That is just fine with


“Honestly, defenses

don’t even really mention

me,” Williams said. “I’m

still kind of in the background.

“But, hey, I’ll go

with it. I’ll take it.”

Williams certainly warrants

plenty of attention,

especially after the show

he put on Friday, Sept. 6.

He ran 18 times for 285

yards and three touchdowns

to carry the visiting

Griffins to a 31-10 win

over Naperville Central.

Williams ran for over

1,000 yards last season, so

his success for East (2-0)

should not come as a surprise.

But with Henning

back healthy, some likely

assumed Williams would

play a secondary role.

Instead, Henning – a

Michigan commit rated as

the top recruit in Illinois

by 247Sports – is taking

the vast majority of his

snaps at receiver and Williams

is the lead back, with

Jamal Johnson also getting

in on the action in the running


“AJ is doing his thing at

slot [receiver], I’m doing

my thing at running back,”

Williams said. “With our

offense, if you don’t feel

it, you’re tired or you’re

in pain, you already know

you have so many different

people you can depend


Henning was thrilled to

see Williams shine against

the Redhawks.

LW East at Naperville Central, Sept. 6

1 2 3 4 F

LW East 14 3 0 14 31


3 0 7 0 10



1. Devon Williams, LW East, senior running back --- 18

carries, 285 yards, three touchdowns

2. AJ Henning, LW East, senior receiver --- four catches, 43

yards, touchdown; three carries, 19 yards

3. Sam Jackson, Naperville Central, junior quarterback ---

26-of-39 passing, 223 yards, touchdown

“It’s amazing,” Henning

said. “Just seeing how hard

he works in practice and

having it come full circle

with the offensive line and

having such a big day like

he did, it’s awesome to see

my brother have a game

like this.

“I always knew he had

it in him to come out here

and take that role to another

step. You saw him take

over the game the way he

did. It’s amazing to see.”

Naperville Central (0-2)

tested the Griffins in a way

no team did in the regular

season last year, when East

won its games by an average

of 40 points.

The Redhawks provided

the closest contest last

year, a 38-19 game, but

that was not in doubt late

the way this one was.

Down 24-10 with under

six minutes left, Naperville

Central drove to the

Griffins’ 15-yard line with

a chance to make it a onescore


The East defense stiffened

from there, though,

forcing a one-yard loss on

a run and three straight incompletions

for a turnover

on downs.

Payton Orth put heavy

pressure on Naperville

Central quarterback Sam

Jackson on fourth down,

leading to a desperate

throw that was well off


Four plays later, Williams

dashed for a 64-yard

touchdown run and the

outcome was decided.

The Griffins gave up

223 yards passing, but

they were stingy in the red


Naperville Central came

away with just one touchdown

on three trips inside

the East 20, and that came

after a roughing the passer

penalty on fourth down extended

the drive.

East coach Rob Zvonar

was happy to see his team

in a tight game.

“A year ago, it was good

and bad,” he said. “You

never expect to win games

by those outcomes. We

guarded against complacency,

but I think at some

point maybe human nature

takes over, where maybe

the kids think all they have

to do is show up and not

have to get better.

“I think that’s the best

thing about this, we’ll be

in there [the following

morning] working to make

the corrections and know

that we could have easily

gotten tripped up in this


Bowling Green recruit

Adrian Wilson was active

on the Griffins’ defense

throughout the night,

Lincoln-Way East’s Devon Williams breaks loose for one of his three touchdown

runs Friday, Sept. 6 in the Griffins’ 31-10 win at Naperville Central. PHOTOS BY CHIP


while senior linebacker Jameel

Mukarram also had a

big game.

Quinn finished 8-of-17

passing for 74 yards and

a touchdown. Johnson ran

12 times for 52 yards.

Early on, it looked like

it might be another Griffins’

rout. East reached the

end zone on two of its first

three possessions.

Henning made a terrific,

juggling catch – reaching

over the defender’s

shoulders to yank the ball

toward him, then snatching

it out of the air – for a

20-yard touchdown from

Kyle Quinn just over two

minutes in.

Williams’ 59-yard

touchdown run on the final

play of the first quarter

made it 14-3.

Naperville Central did a

better job against the Griffins’

offense from there,

but Williams was there to

deliver a big run whenever

East needed it.

Williams’ 5-yard touchdown

run made it 24-10

with 9:20 to go.

Lincoln-Way East’s AJ Henning goes up for a

touchdown catch Friday, Sept. 6 in the Griffins’ 31-10

win over Naperville Central.

“I don’t know if you

start calling [Williams

and Henning] Mr. Inside

and Mr. Outside or what,

but we knew what Devon

was capable of,” Zvonar

said. “We felt like he was

the best back coming back

in the Chicago area. He’s

strong, fast, has great intelligence,

knows where to

run, makes guys miss, runs

guys over. He’s a complete

running back.”

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Bizarre beginning leads to strong ending for Providence


Freelance Reporter

A strange start to the

game Friday, Sept. 6 may

have been just the spark

Providence Catholic needed.

After a sluggish opening

series that resulted in a

three-and-out by the Celtics

offense, the defense

forced a Morgan Park punt

from the Mustangs’ own

2-yard line. But the punt

went straight up into the

air and fell backward into

the end zone. The Celtics

converged on the Mustangs

player who recovered for a


Then – after the Celtics’

next offensive series ended

quickly with an interception

– the defense forced

another three-and-out. This

time, however, Providence

sophomore Brayden Garrigan

not only blocked the

punt but also recovered it

in the end zone for a touchdown

to make it 9-0.

Providence rolled from

there, topping Morgan Park

42-8 in the Celtics’ home


“With our offense struggling,

we knew we were


1 2 3 4 F

Morgan Park 0 0 0 8 8

Providence 9 27 6 0 42

Three Stars of the Game

1. Aaron Vaughn, Providence, sophomore running back – 14

rushes, 105 rushing yards, three rushing TDs

2. Kevin Conway, Providence, junior quarterback – 5-of-7

passing, 63 passing yards, two passing TDs; four

rushes, 36 rushing yards

3. Elias Valdez, Providence, senior, defensive lineman – two


going to go after the punts,”

Providence coach Mark Coglianese

said. “They weren’t

good snaps, so it’s not like

we did much. But if that is

the spark we needed to get

things going, that’s what we

had to do, I guess.”

Providence senior defensive

lineman Elias Valdez

said the wacky start got the

Celtics going.

“I’ve never seen anything

like that,” Valdez said. “It

just turned up the tempo,

made everyone better and

made everyone feel more

locked down. Everyone was

[saying], ‘All right, we’ve

got this.’ It made everyone

perform and play, and it

made everyone get their

mindsets straight.”

Jerrell Wright (14) and Lucas Porto celebrate a touchdown

Friday, Sept. 6 in the Celtics’ 42-8 win over Morgan Park in


Valdez led the way with

two sacks in the game, as the

Celtics (2-0) kept Morgan

Park’s offense on its heels

all night. The Mustangs (0-

2) only managed one score

late in the fourth quarter

when the Celtics’ second

unit was in.

“Honestly, since we

switched to the four-man

front this year, everything

is flowing way smoother,”

Valdez said of the defense’s

dominance the first two

weeks of the season. “Run

– no one can get anywhere

on us, because our guys just

get their gaps all day, every

day. Pass rush – everyone

was working all offseason

to get everything down that

we needed to. We did everything

we needed to do, and it

led to a [win].”

Meanwhile, the Celtics

offense was able to rebound

after the tough start

by stringing together 27

points in the second quarter.

It started with a 7-yard

touchdown pass from junior

quarterback and Mokena

resident Kevin Conway to

senior wide receiver Lucas


Later, sophomore Aaron

Vaughn took it to the house

on a 25-yard touchdown

run. Conway then connected

with senior wide receiver

Jerrell Wright for a 19-yard

touchdown strike.

Vaughn capped the firsthalf

scoring with a 69-yard

touchdown run to make it


“A little bit through the

second quarter, our offense

started to click a little bit,”

Coglianese said. “I told the

guys at halftime: Playing

that [way in the] first quarter

offensively is not going

to cut it. Maybe, it is part of

a wake-up call. We need to

get going offensively.

“We can’t wait and expect

the defense to keep

putting points on the board.

We’re going to work harder

in practice and turn up the

intensity, because that’s the

way it’s going to be next

Friday at [Brother] Rice.”

Early in the third quarter,

Vaughn got the running

clock going with his third

touchdown of the night – a

4-yard run on a pitch from

Conway to make it 42-0.

Vaughn finished with

105 rushing yards on 14

carries, while Conway

ended the day 5-of-7 passing

for 63 yards. Conway

also had 36 rushing yards

on four attempts.

On Friday, Sept. 13,

Providence travels to

Brother Rice (2-0) – something

Coglianese knows

will be a tough test.

The Crusaders were the

Class 8A state runner-up

last season and beat the

Celtics 20-0.

“I told our guys, and they

know, that we’ve got to be

better,” Coglianese said.

“Next week, we’re going to

have a huge challenge with

Brother Rice.

“At practice, we’ve got

to turn it up, because it

seems like we just came

out kind of flat. With our

schedule down the road,

we’re not going to be able

to afford to do that. We’re

not going to get those easy

points off of special teams

in the future.”

Our staff’s predictions for the top games in Week 3

Week 1 leader Steve Millar just received an

award from the Illinois High School Soccer

Coaches Association as Girls Soccer Person of the

Year for 2018 over the weekend, but he is not

perfect. Thomas Czaja was perfect, and Sean

Hastings darn near perfect, in Week 2, and we

have a three-way tie at the top.

Game of the Week

• Providence Catholic (2-0) at Brother Rice (2-0)

Other Games to Watch

• Lincoln-Way West (1-1) at Sandburg (1-1)

• Andrew (2-0) at Homewood-Flossmoor (2-0)

• Lincoln-Way Central (1-1) at Lockport (0-2)

• Oak Forest (0-2) at Tinley Park (0-2)

• Bradley Bourbonnais (1-1) at LW East (2-0)


Thomas Czaja |


• Brother Rice 24, Providence 20.

Celtics nearly avenge last year’s

20-0 loss, but the home team hangs

on for the win.


Sean Hastings |

Contributing Editor

• Providence 28, Brother Rice 21.

Provi gets good win on the road in

a tight game.


Steve Millar |

Sports Editor

• Brother Rice 24, Providence 20.

Defense, running game keep Celtics

in it but 2018 Class 8A runners-up

have a little too much at home.


Jeff Vorva |

Sports Editor

• Brother Rice 27, Providence 20. Last

year, the Crusaders shut the Celtics

out, but that won’t happen this

year. Still, I like Rice’s home-field



Joe Coughlin |


• Brother Rice 20, Providence 17.

Host Crusaders tame the Celtics’

potent offense.


Heather Warthen |

Chief Marketing Officer

• Providence 21, Brother Rice 14.

Tough game, but Celtics take home

a victory on the road.

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW West

• Homewood-Flossmoor

• LW Central

• Tinley Park

• LW East

46 | September 12, 2019 | the mokena messenger sports

Knights roll to road rout as defense impresses again

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Senior linebacker and

captain Zack Orr wants to

set a high standard for the

Lincoln-Way Central defense.

“I’m just trying to come

out and set the tone for

what we want to be as a

defense,” Orr said. “I want

to be an example of what

we want to be on ‘D.’ I

want to play that way every

time out.”

If Orr’s play on Saturday,

Sept. 7, was symbolic

of what the Knights’ defense

will be, Central is in

for a fun year.

In fact, just about everyone

on the defensive side

set a good example during

a 46-6 crushing of host


Combine that showing

with holding Richards –

the No. 1 team in the state

in Class 6A – and Iowa

recruit running back Leshon

Williams to 14 points

in the season opener, and

the Knights’ defense sure

seems stout.

“We only gave up 14

points to Richards, only

six [to Bloomington], I’m

feeling the hit squad is

clicking on all cylinders

and we’re ready to go the

rest of the season,” said

senior defensive lineman

Colin Eberhart.

Eberhart was a key

factor in the Knights (1-

1) dominating the line

of scrimmage. He had a

fumble recovery and a big

tackle to stop a fourthand-1

attempt by the Purple

Raiders (1-1).

“I think our physicality

was a lot better,” he said.

“We were getting bodies

around the football all day,

I don’t think we made a lot

of mistakes and we played

good, clean football.


1 2 3 4 F

LW Central 14 17 7 8 46

Bloomington 0 0 6 0 6


1. Danny Reyna, LW Central, senior running back --- 19

carries, 151 yards, four touchdowns

2. Zack Orr, LW Central, senior linebacker --- three tackles

for loss

3. Colin Eberhart, LW Central, senior defensive lineman ---

fumble recovery, fourth-down tackle

“I think our guys are

some boys. We’ve got

some strength on the line

and their o-line was just

not ready to handle it.”

Orr, meanwhile, was the

most dominant player on

the field. He was constantly

in the backfield, making

three of Central’s eight

tackles for loss.

“Zack’s a special kid,”

Central coach Jeremy

Cordell said. “He played

really well [against Richards],

too. He did a really

nice job of being physical,

being there in the flats, setting

the perimeter for us.

He’s a really good leader.”

Central outgained the

Purple Raiders 366-100.

After being held in

check by Richards, the

Knights’ offense exploded

in Bloomington.

Senior running back

Danny Reyna led the way,

piling up 151 yards and

four touchdowns on 19


“We played how we

think we should be playing,”

Reyna said. “[Week

one], I think was kind of a

fluke. We definitely could

have won that game. We

had chances to score and

we just couldn’t get it

done. This is what we expect

to do.”

The Knights scored

touchdowns on their first

three possessions, with

LW Central linebacker Zack Orr brings down Bloomington’s DaQwan Davis during

the Knights’ 46-6 win Saturday, Sept. 7. PHOTOS BY STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

LW Central’s Ian Troester hauls in a catch Saturday, Sept. 7, during the Knights’ 46-6

win over host Bloomington.

Reyna reaching the end

zone on a pair of 4-yard

runs and Liam Higgins hitting

Charlie Graefen for a

21-yard touchdown pass.

“[The first drive] definitely

set the tone,” Reyna

said. “That’s what we’re

supposed to do. Our linemen

did a really good job

blocking, the whole offense

clicked, we played as one.”

Carter Bojan added 10

carries for 70 yards and a


Central didn’t pass often,

but Higgins was efficient,

finishing 6-of-8 for

70 yards.

The Knights put the

game away by scoring 10

points over the final 38

seconds of the first half.

After Reyna scored on

a 2-yard touchdown run,

Central’s defense forced a

quick three-and-out and senior

Luke Juricek blocked

the Bloomington punt.

That set up sophomore

Jake Andjelic’s 43-yard

field goal with two seconds

to go.

Andjelic was also 5-for-

5 on extra points.

Indeed, the Knights were

strong in all facets of the

game as Ian Troester’s 31-

yard punt return – which

set up Higgins’ touchdown

pass – added to the success

on special teams.

Bloomington went 7-3

in 2018 and routed Danville

36-0 in its 2019 opener

but was no match for


“We knew we had to

come out and put our best

foot forward because they

have guys that can play,”

Cordell said. “Our game

plan was just to go at them.

I think we stuck with that

and it went well.”

The Knights now enter

conference play in

the SouthWest Suburban,

beginning with a trip to

Lockport on Friday, Sept.

13. The Porters (0-2) have

lost their last 11 games.

Before Central could

look ahead to that contest,

though, there was a long,

but happy bus ride home

from Bloomington.

“We’re going to be blaring

music on the bus,” Eberhart

said. “We’re going

to be patting each other on

the shoulders. It’s going to

be a much more eventful

ride home.” sports

the mokena messenger | September 12, 2019 | 47


Julie McMann/22nd Century


1st and 3





1. LW East’s streak

AJ Henning (above)

and the Griffins have

won 15 straight

conference games.

The last league foe to

beat them? Bradley-

Bourbonnais, LW

East’s opponent this

week, topped the

Griffins 38-21 on

Oct. 14, 2016.

2. LW Central a


The Knights have

impressed, dropping

a tight 14-7 decision

to Class 6A topranked

Richards and

routing Bloomington

46-6 on the road.

LW Central hosts LW

East on Oct. 4.

3. Top challengers


Flossmoor and

Bolingbrook are both

2-0 and hoping to

knock LW East off

the top. The Griffins

play them in backto-back

weeks this


Girls golf

Griffins continue strong start with runner-up finish in LW Central Invite


Freelance Reporter

Although Lincoln-Way

East didn’t capture the

Lincoln-Way Central Invitational

title on Sept. 5,

falling just short to Sandburg,

it’s been a great year

so far for the Griffins.

“We won the Lincoln-

Way Cup,” East coach

Mary McGivern said of

the annual event between

the Lincoln-Way schools.

“We’re 5-0 in dual meets

and off to our best start in

a long time.

“We’ve had multiple

people step up for us. Our

top four players from last

year are back. The girls

worked really hard in the

offseason and are doing


The Griffins finished

second at the LW Central

Invite, their score of 104

putting them just two shots

behind Sandburg. Lincoln-

Way Central (106) was

third, followed by Lockport

(112), Lemont (119)

and Mother McAuley


The tournament, played

on the back nine at The

Sanctuary, used a scramble

two-ball format, with pairs

of two golfers teaming up

to form one score in a bestball


LW Central’s team of

seniors Maddie Pyle and

Carly Schiene, along with

Sandburg juniors Soonbi

Kwon and Nicole Robertson,

tied for the top score

with 32.

LW East senior Jessica Loera teamed with Maddie

Kenny to shoot a 34 in the scramble format, leading the

Griffins to a runner-up finish at the Lincoln-Way Central

Invitational. jeff vorva/22nd century media

A pair of East teams

scored 34, junior Maddie

Kenny and senior Jessica

Loera, as well as junior

Annie Hackett and sophomore

Kailey White.

Sophomore Natalie

Papa and senior Grace

Wilk brought in a 36.

“We’ve had a really

good season,” White said.

“We are just playing our

best golf and working

hard. We’ve put in a lot of

work and we are just coming

together as a team. I

really like playing here

at Sanctuary and it was a

good format.”

White was the lone Griffin

state qualifier last fall.

She wants to go back next

month but also take her

team with her.

“It was a fun experience

and going into future years

I will know what to expect,”

White said. “But we

really want to make it to

state as a team. We really

want that.”

LW Central knows what

it is like to make it to state.

The Knights qualified for

state as a team the past two

seasons and placed third

in Class 2A last year. But

the 2016 state champion,

Grace Curran, and the state

runner-up the past two

seasons, Bri Bolden, both

graduated. Curran is now

playing at Minnesota and

Bolden at Missouri.

“Obviously we lost Bri

and Grace and they’re

Division I athletes,” Pyle

said. “So they’re not here

to carry the team. But we

have a lot of tournaments

coming up so I’m excited

to see what this team does

and where we go from


Pyle is one of four returners

from that thirdplace

team, however.

Junior Sydney Miron,

who was also on the state

team, and sophomore

Emma Vander Wall came

in with a 36, and the team

of sophomore Claire Dubois

and junior state returner

Caitlyn Parrish had

a 38.

“I thought the tournament

went really good,”

Pyle said. “It was fun to

play a scramble format and

it was a good, laid-back

tournament on a weekday.”

Central coach Brian

Shannon was glad to make

the change.

“It used to be stroke play

but we went to a scramble

format to change it up,” he

said. “It was just a chance

for everyone to compete

and have fun.”

The regular season is

halfway done and Shannon

believes this group can

make another run to state.

“We are working with

each other,” Shannon said.

“We’ve been close all season.

We lost our dual meet

to East [on Aug. 21] on a

fifth-score tiebreaker. We

lost to Hinsdale Central

by only four strokes and

we won our part of the


Co-Ed Invite [on Aug. 31].

We’ve been competitive

and that’s what we want.”

Lockport was led by

a 34 from senior Megan

Kohley and junior Katie

Tomczuk. Junior Claire

Ancevicius and senior Rachel

Kuzel carded a 36 and

junior Fiona Heeney along

with sophomore Maddie

Renfro had a 42.

“In this format we just

took the best ball and went

from there,” Lockport

coach Matt Major said.

“It’s fun for the kids, they

enjoyed it.

“We still have [last

year’s state qualifier]

Lizzie Anderson out. Everything

else is going OK.

But we need to improve

some more.”

Ancevicius agreed.

“We definitely need to

practice more,” she said.

“This can still be our year

to do something but we

have to step up.

“I liked the [scramble]

format at the Lincoln-

Way Central Invite. I like

that you play with another

teammate and it was like

Rachel and I got together

to form one golfer. I like

the course here at Sanctuary.

We were balanced. I

was better with my drives

and she was better with the

chip shots.”


“We only gave up 14 points to Richards, only six [to Bloomington], I’m feeling

the hit squad is clicking on all cylinders and we’re ready to go the rest of the


Colin Eberhart – LW Central defensive lineman, on the team’s defensive

success so far

Tune In

Girls Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12

LW Central at LW East

• The Griffins and Knights square off in a SouthWest

Suburban crossover in Frankfort.


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FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar,

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | September 12, 2019


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