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Lockport Love receives donation from Homer Glen men’s club, Page 3

Physical

assault and

racial slurs

Homer Glen woman

charged with hate crime

in incident outside local

banquet hall, Page 6

Ornaments

damaged

Annunciation Byzantine

Catholic Church pastor

discovers vandalized

Christmas decorations on

parish grounds, Page 9

Lockport Police Chief

Terry Lemming (second

from left) was presented

last month with five $100

gift certificates from

St. Joseph’s Club of

Homer Glen members

(left to right) Glenn

Kobylarczyk, Dan Ahern,

Mike Montagano and Jim

Sherry for Lockport Love.

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Thursday

Business After Hours

4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 16,

Sheri Law Art Glass Ltd,

12551 W. 159th St., Homer

Glen. Come out to mix

and mingle with fellow

Homer Glen and Lemont

businesses and tour the

beautiful gallery and home

of hostess Sheri Law. Be

sure to bring plenty of

business cards to pass

and grow one’s business

within the community. Appetizers

and drinks will be

provided. RSVP to Kathy

at the Heritage Corridor

Business Alliance Office

at (630) 257-5997.

Saturday

Healthy Living Expo

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 18,

Tinley Park Convention

Center, 18451 Convention

Center Drive. Free admission.

More than 60 vendor

booths, health screenings,

healthy cooking demonstrations,

speaker sessions,

free 30-minute workout

classes, community blood

drive, and free tote bags

and stress balls to the first

300 attendees.

Tuesday

Meet Queen Elizabeth II

7-8 p.m. Jan. 21, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Meet Britain’s

famous monarch and learn

about her childhood, the

abdication of her uncle,

her marriage to Prince

Philip of Greece, her

World War II service and

her struggle to balance her

roles as queen and a mother.

Get to know the woman

behind the images, her

sense of humor and savvy

intelligence with which

she meets her demanding

obligations.

UPCOMING

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Crafts

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday,

Jan. 23, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

Feed the birds. Drop in

and use a pinecone, yarn,

shortening and seed to create

a feast for our feathered

friends. No registration

required.

Valentine Wood Projects

7-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

23, Davidson’s Bar and

Grill, 14136 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen. Come to

Davidson’s Bar and Grill

for a host of Valentine’sthemed

wood craft projects.

Design one’s own decor

pallet board, ice skate,

stacked books or hearton-heart

shelf. Advanced

ticket purchase only at

glitteryourpallet.com.

LTHS Foundation Prom and

Homecoming Dress Resale

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

Jan. 25, and Sunday,

Jan. 26, Lockport Township

High School East

Campus gym, 1333 E.

7th St., Lockport. Gather

those prom and homecoming

dresses one will

never wear again and

make someone’s dream

come true. Either donate

them to the LTHS Foundation

or sell them at the

LTHS Foundation Prom

Dress Resale. The LTHS

Foundation receives 25

percent of all merchandise

sold at the event. Dress

drop-off will be from 4-7

p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22,

and Thursday, Jan. 23,

in Room 107A at East

Campus (use CWC Door

No. 1). All items must be

clean and free of defects.

The LTHS Foundation reserves

the right to decline

any dresses. For more information,

call the LTHS

Foundation office at

(815) 588-8121 or email

jcjshook@comcast.net.

Tasting Coffees from

Around the World

7-8 p.m. Monday, Jan.

27. Homer Township

Public Library, 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen.

Enjoy samples while comparing

coffees from each

of the three major coffeegrowing

regions. Nicole

Zimmermann will teach

the difference between

those coffees, talk about

how to identify flavors,

discuss brewing methods

and much more.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Free Informational Session

5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Jan. 29. Rehab Connections,

14901 Founders

Xing, Homer Glen. Type

2 diabetes is a serious disease

that can lead to major

health issues. Join the Prevent

T2 program and learn

to make lifestyle changes

that can help one prevent

Type 2 Diabetes.

ONGOING

Homer Glen Chapter of

Citizens Climate Lobby

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Gubbins

Center, 9300 W. 167th

St., Orland Hills. Meets

every second Saturday of

the month. Citizens Climate

Lobby is a national

nonprofit, nonpartisan organization

dedicated to advancing

smart legislative

action on climate change.

They initiate educational

events, do outreach, get

endorsements, engage

media and meet with Congressional

representatives

to build consensus for

positive action. For more

information, call (708)

508-3111.

Recycling Holiday Lights

December through January,

Village Hall, 14240 W.

151st St., Homer Glen. A

box will be located inside

the lobby of Village Hall

to collect holiday lights for

recycling. Mini-lights, extension

cords, rope lights

and LED lights will be

accepted. Lights can be in

working or non-working

condition.

Blood Pressure Screenings

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

Silver Cross Health Center,

12701 W. 143rd St.,

Homer Glen. Free blood

pressure checks. Walk-ins

are welcome. For more information,

call (708) 364-

6337.

Wiggles and Giggles

Every Monday-Thursday,

Homer Township

Public Library, 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen.

This event includes simple

stories, finger-plays,

bouncing rhymes, music

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and movement activities

to encourage reading

readiness. This is a dropin

event for children 0-35

months with an adult. For

more information, contact

Youth Services at children@homerlibrary.org

or

(708) 301-7908.

Will-Cook Barbershop

Harmony Society

7:30 p.m. alternating

Thursdays in Tinley Park

and Lockport. Guests are

welcome for an evening

of singing and fellowship

with the Knights of Harmony

Chorus. For more

information, contact Hank

King at (708) 614-8999

or at mjking1@ameritech.

net.

Fish Fry

5-8 p.m. Fridays. John

Olson American Legion

Post 18, 15052 Archer

Ave., Lockport. Dine in

or carry out. For more information,

call (815) 838-

4515.

Citizens Against Ruining

the Environment

6-7:30 p.m. every third

Monday of the month,

White Oak Library, 121 E.

8th St., Lockport. CARE,

a nonprofit and all-volunteer

organization, will

discuss environmental

and health-related issues

in Will County and the

surrounding areas. Community

service hours also

available.


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St. Joseph’s Club in Homer Glen donates to Lockport Love

Will O’Brien

Freelance Reporter

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What started out as a

group of guys hanging out

at a local bar has become

much more for the members

of the St. Joseph’s

Club of Homer Glen.

The fraternal organization’s

recent donation of

$500 in gift certificates to

Lockport Love is just the

latest act of generosity by

the group that started over

beers in 2006.

“A lot of us have

coached teams and raised

our families here in Homer

and have known each other

for many, many years,”

said Mike Montagano, the

secretary and a founding

member of the club. “We

decided we should do

something for the community.”

The nonprofit’s efforts

have taken on various

forms. An annual golf

outing is the source of the

bulk of its funding, though

the club has also hosted

bingo nights and other

activities, Montagano

said. Members pay dues,

as well. Beneficiaries

have included TLC Animal

Shelter, Shady Oaks

Camp and local families

in need served with big

community meals.

The group is named

and loosely modeled after

the St. Joseph’s Club

of Chicago’s Bridgeport

neighborhood, a staple of

the area’s historically Italian-American

population.

John Statis, the Homer

group’s longtime president,

thought the concept

would be a good fit for his

group of local pals, Montagano

said.

The name and the spirit

of giving stuck. The group,

started with about a dozen

members, and has grown,

Lockport Police Department officer Vince Vitacco

helps pick out items for Shop with a Cop during last

year’s Lockport Love annual event Dec. 14. The Homer

Glen-based St. Joseph’s Club recently donated $500 to

Lockport Love. 22nd Century Media File Photo

shrunk and grown again in

the years since. Currently,

it has 23 members, Montagano

said.

Steve Balich, a Will

County Board commissioner

who recently rejoined

the group, connected

St. Joseph’s with

Lockport Love, an organization

started six years

ago, in part, by Lockport

Police Chief Terry Lemming.

Like St. Joseph’s, Lockport

Love hosts one main

fundraiser a year and then

uses what is collected to

spread holiday cheer each

Christmas season, Lemming

said. The group

usually helps 10-15 area

families in need, doing

everything from fixing up

houses to buying used cars

to paying utility bills and

putting packages under the

Christmas tree.

“We always make sure

to buy the kids real nice

Christmas gifts,” Lemming

said.

Lemming said Lockport

Love’s charitable output is

totally dependent on the

funds it raises, so donations

like the recent gift

from St. Joseph’s are critical.

Montagano said the St.

Joseph’s members are

always looking for different

causes to support

and appreciates when

they find a like-minded

partner.

“We’ll probably be

working more with them

in the future,” he said of

Lockport Love. “We like

what they do; it’s the kind

of thing we’re typically

looking for.”

As for St. Joseph’s 2020

golf outing, the details are

being sorted, Montagano

said. The event has not

come together the past two

years because of weather

and other issues, he said,

but the group generally

likes to host it in late summer,

raising funds through

hole sponsorships and

raffles.

The St. Joseph’s Club

meets formally about every

other month, though

they’ll convene more

frequently if needed, he

Pictured are St. Joseph’s Club members (left to right) Mike Montagano, Glenn

Kobylarczyk, Angelo Amaro, Joe Rustick, John Statis and Steve Statis during a

Homer Glen parade last year. Photos submitted

John Statis (left), president of the St. Joseph’s Club, addresses the crowd during one

of the group’s past golf outing fundraisers.

said. The group has accomplished

a lot over the

past decade-and-a-half but

is largely unchanged in its

structure and approach.

“The club is a place to

get together with the guys,

have a beer, smoke a cigar,

enjoy each other’s company

and help the community

while we’re doing it,”

Montagano said.


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Homer Glen Village Board

Amendments to sign regulations hope to clarify confusing language, more

Benjamin Conboy

Assistant Editor

The Homer Glen Village

Board continued

debating the best way to

amend its sign regulations

at its Jan. 8 regular meeting.

The board’s aim in

amending the sign regulations

is multifaceted.

The key objectives are

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to clarify confusing language

in the existing ordinance,

expand the allowable

sign types, create

architectural consistency

with the signs, amortize

non-conforming signs,

allow for better sign visibility

and address sign

lighting.

The board discussed

the use of electronic messaging

signs in the village.

Officials ultimately

agreed that electronic

signs could only be used

by public schools, libraries

and government

buildings but would not

be able to be used by

businesses.

Trustee Ruben Pazmino

expressed his concern that

the new regulations will

be harmful to businesses

and that “the board should

be doing everything we

can to help businesses.”

Pazmino added he felt

“things are being taken

away” from businesses.

Trustees Beth Rodgers

and Brian Burian disagreed.

Rodgers and Burian

said the amended regulations

are much looser than

those in the current ordinance.

The amended ordinance

would also allow

for more types of signs for

businesses.

“Nothing is being taken

away,” Rodgers said. “Everything

is being done to

help [businesses].”

Rodgers also said one

of the goals of amending

the sign regulations is to

preserve the character of

the village and protect its

charm.

The board likewise

discussed how to bring

non-conforming signs

into compliance with the

new regulations. They reduced

a proposed 10-year

amortization period to six

years, citing the 10-year

proposal as being needlessly

long.

In addition, Trustee

Keith Gray expressed

concern about a clause

regulating flagpoles that

restricted the types of

flags can be flown. Gray

called it a “possible infringement

of the First

Amendment.” The language

would have banned

residents and businesses

from flying “organizational”

flags, such as sports

teams, as well as flags of

other countries. Gray had

the language removed.

The board plans on voting

on the sign ordinance

at its next meeting on Jan.

22 once changes requested

by the trustees have

been inserted into the final

ordinance.

Approving financials

The board approved

a pay estimate from D

Construction for its 151st

Street Bike Trail Project

for a combined amount

of $73,971.83. The board

also approved a $26,250

invoice from TRIA Architecture

for their schematic

design for Heritage

Park.

Recognizing hard work

At the meeting, the

board recognized and

thanked Mike McCoy, the

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senior project representative

for Stanley Consultants

contracted by the

Illinois Department of

Transportation to oversee

the 159th Street Improvement

Project.

McCoy said his team is

happy with the results of

the project, even though

they have a few more

loose ends to tie up. He

said he appreciates the patience

of the community

in what was sometimes a

frustrating process.

“Sometimes, I would

answer my phone and

say, ‘Complaint Department,’”

McCoy

joked.

He added it is nice to be

recognized for his work

by the board because “we

don’t always get recognition

in this business.”

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Homer woman charged with hate crime for attack, screaming racial slurs

Benain, 25,

said by police to

have repeatedly

punched woman

Thomas Czaja, Editor

A 25-year-old woman

was charged with a hate

crime and more after she

reportedly attacked and

shouted racial slurs at a

woman the evening of Jan.

4 outside a banquet hall in

Homer Glen, according to

Will County Sheriff’s Office

spokeswoman Kathy

Hoffmeyer.

Sarah Benain, 25, of

the 13200 block of W.

Oakwood Drive in Homer

Glen, allegedly attacked a

black woman unprovoked

around 11 p.m. at Di-

From Jan. 8

Nolfo’s Banquets, which

was hosting two different

weddings simultaneously

that evening, Hoffmeyer

said. In addition to the

hate crime, Benain was

charged with three counts

of aggravated battery to

a police officer, as well

as one count each of obstructing

justice, resisting

a police officer, disorderly

conduct and battery.

Benain’s boyfriend,

Lukasz Harnik, 25, of the

1300 block of Tralee Lane

in Lockport, was charged

with obstructing justice

and resisting a police officer

during the incident.

He reportedly came up behind

deputies while they

were arresting Benain,

calling them racial slurs

and telling them to leave

her alone, not complying

after having been told

multiple times to get away

from the situation.

Benain and Harnik also

were both said to have

smelled like alcohol and

to have been intoxicated,

according to reports from

deputies at the banquet

hall that evening.

An off-duty sheriff’s

deputy reportedly called

for backup when he went

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outside and initially saw

Benain and Harnik by a

black man and black woman.

Harnik reportedly was

screaming racial slurs at

the black woman, had her

legs wrapped around the

woman and was punching

her. Guests had been

leaving the weddings, and

the black woman reportedly

told police she had no

idea why Benain attacked

her while she and her boyfriend

were exiting the

venue.

Benain screamed the

“n-word” at her repeatedly

and began beating her

up, Hoffmeyer said. The

woman had visible minor

injuries and told responders

her head hurt.

The woman was said by

authorities to have been

taken to Silver Cross Hospital

as a precaution. Police

added she had told a

deputy before she left for

the hospital that she wanted

to press charges against

Benain. The attacked

woman’s boyfriend had

left DiNolfo’s, and deputies

did not speak to him.

After the woman was

taken to the hospital, Benain

was still irate and

shouting racial slurs while

deputies tried to calm her

down, according to Hoffmeyer.

At that time, it was reported

the owner of Di-

Nolfo’s came outside and

told Benain she needed to

leave the premises, noting

she also had been causing

problems inside prior to

the outdoor incident. Benain

attempted to strike

the owner, but a deputy got

between them and grabbed

her wrist before making

contact.

She then allegedly attempted

to run into the Di-

Nolofo’s parking lot. One

of the deputies saw a number

of vehicles and traffic

in the parking lot and tried

to stop her from running,

and she punched him in

the chin. Several more

deputies tried to restrain

her, and she at one point

kicked another deputy in

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the thigh while continuing

to shout racial slurs at

them.

Hoffmeyer said Benain

was tased and became

compliant so police could

restrain and put handcuffs

on her, getting her safely in

the back of a squad car.

It was at that point

Harnik reportedly went

behind the deputies and

shouted racial slurs at

them, telling them to leave

her alone. After reportedly

being noncompliant with

multiple requests from police

to stand down, Harnik

eventually had to be taken

to the ground and have

handcuffs put on him to be

restrained.

Both Benain and Harnik

were taken to the Will

County Adult Detention

Facility, per Hoffmeyer.

Benain had her bond

set at $15,000 on Jan. 6,

posted the required 10 percent

that evening and was

released. Harnik was released

in the early morning

hours of Jan. 5, not long

after the reported incident,

on a personal recognizance

bond.

For more on this and other

Breaking News, visit Homer

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Jewelry, wallet among items reported

stolen from unlocked vehicle in Homer

Someone entered an

unlocked vehicle Dec.

24 and reportedly stole

four sterling silver pieces

of jewelry, miscellaneous

clothing, candles

and a wallet with credit

cards and a driver’s license

inside on the 12000

block of W. Lake View

Drive.

Editor’s note: The Homer

Horizon’s police reports

7

come from the Will County

Sheriff’s Department’s online

news bulletin service. Anyone

listed in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.


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Young, Goodings Grove participate in The Crayon Initiative

Derek Swanson, Editorial Intern

As part of a collaboration

with the Homer Glen Junior

Woman’s Club, Young School

and Goodings Grove School

are among local schools that

have started collecting used and

broken crayons for The Crayon

Initiative.

Crayons are melted down and

pressed into new wax to give to

children’s hospitals across the

country and help the environment

by keeping harmful materials

out of landfills.

“We just started rolling out

the program in September,” said

Melissa Jelenik, chairwoman of

the Woman’s Club’s Educational

Committee. “The schools that

have responded have already

shown great interest.”

Since this is the first year the

Woman’s Club has implemented

the program, Jelenik is unsure of

how many crayons will be collected,

but she is hopeful the program

will make an impact on the

children who receive them.

“I’m hoping to get several

pounds of crayons rounded up,”

Jelenik said. “We plan on finally

collecting all of them in May

from the schools.”

Started in 2011 in Danville,

California, The Crayon Initiative

works with dozens of partner

hospitals across the U.S., along

with several in Illinois, including

Advocate Children’s Hospital,

Ronald McDonald Children’s

House at Loyola, Children’s

Hospital at the University of Illinois

and Rush Children’s Hospital,

among others.

“I like that they had multiple

It has been estimated that a 20-pound box of crayons yields

enough to give 125 children an eight-pack of crayons at hospitals

nationwide.

different ways to get involved

in their program,” Jelenik

said. “They make it very easy

to service them, with things

like discounted shipping for

charities.”

Estimates from the initiative

claim that one 20-pound box of

crayons yields enough to give

125 children an eight-pack of

crayons to brighten their hospital

stays. Young School has participated

in the initiative since the

beginning of the school year and

has a box set up in the main office.

“After the junior woman’s

club reached out to us, they sent

us a bit for students and staff,

and we’ve been collecting them

throughout the year,” said Nathan

Baldwin, Young principal.

“We’re going to continue to put

them to good use, reuse and recycle.”

The box in the main office at

Young has filled up even faster

than the Woman’s Club had

In collaboration with the Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club, Young

School and Goodings Grove School are taking part in The Crayon

Initiative this school year, which melts donated crayons down

and presses them into new crayons to give to children’s hospitals

across the country. Photos submitted

predicted, with eager students

happily donating crayons that

would have otherwise been

wasted to kids less fortunate

than themselves.

“Right now, the box is almost

full,” Baldwin said. “If we can

fill it up sooner [than initially

projected], we can have the club

come pick it up. We’re glad to

utilize recycling and have this go

to a good cause.”

The next step in the program

will be getting local businesses

involved with the donations. As

restaurants often hand out crayons

as part of their children’s

menus, Jelenik is hopeful that

some will participate.

“I’m hoping once the year is

over, people will be able to see

the benefit of the program,” Jelenik

said. “We just need to keep

getting more people involved.”

Arts Guild to have three-week Adult Watercolor Class

Submitted by Arts Guild of

Homer Glen

The Arts Guild of Homer Glen

will host a three-week Adult Watercolor

Class soon on a trio of

Saturdays on Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and

Feb. 8.

Each class is set to run from

1-4 p.m. and will be led by instructor

Nancy Buis. The class

will be held at Homer Township

Hall at 16057 S. Cedar Road in

Lockport and is designed for

those interested in wanting to explore

watercolors and is for beginner

or intermediate students.

Those who participate will learn

essential watercolor basics and

techniques. Students will complete

a painting applying techniques

that are demonstrated by

the instructor. The fee is $75 to

take the class.

Those interested are asked to

register by Wednesday, Jan. 22.

To register and see a supply

list for the class, visit

artsguildofhomerglen.org/

events/2020/1/6/watercolorpainting-class.

For more information, those

interested can also email arts

guildofhomerglen.org or call

(708) 203-4694.


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Annunciation pastor reports vandalism of

church’s outdoor Christmas decorations

Several dozen

small ornaments

punctured with

holes, left on tree

Thomas Czaja, Editor

The Rev. Thomas Loya,

pastor of Annunciation

Byzantine Catholic

Church in Homer Glen,

found outdoor Christmas

decorations vandalized

while walking

the church’s grounds on

the morning of this past

Christmas Eve.

It was about 8 a.m.

when Loya discovered

what he said are about

several dozen ornaments

that were hung for

Christmas on a tree in the

Transfiguration prairie located

on East Abbot Road

on church property that

all had holes punctured

through their centers. He

likewise found empty

beer cans in a nearby garbage

can there.

No other damage to

exterior Christmas decorations

was found on the

property then or since, the

pastor added.

“It wasn’t just smashing

them; it seems purposeful

making sure every one of

these [ornaments] has a

hole in it,” Loya said.

He added the vandalism

act was almost surgically

done, and that the ornaments

were left hanging in

the tree punctured, damage

he said was minimal

financially but disappointing

and hurtful. Some of

them fell off and broke.

“We developed our

property and opened it to

the community; for the

most part, people are very

respectful and really enjoy

the property,” Loya said,

noting the church wants

youth and adults alike to

be able to take in the serenity

of the nature there, and

that the Christmas decorations

are symbols of peace

on Earth, brotherhood,

community and joy in

the season when much of

the world celebrates God

making a gift of Himself

to humanity. “We do like

when people appreciate

the property, so to disrespect

it like that hurt.”

Loya routinely walks

the property and believes

the vandalism was likely

done sometime during

the night before he discovered

it Christmas Eve

morning. It is currently

unknown who is behind

the defacing of the ornaments,

though the thought

is it likely was the same

person or people who had

been drinking and left the

beer cans in the trash.

The vandalism was reported

by Annunciation to

Will County Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Jim Holuj, who is

in charge of policing for

Homer Glen.

Holuj said the police

remain in regular contact

with all the churches in the

community and stepped up

with extra patrols after the

vandalism.

“It has been an isolated

incident,” Holuj said of the

vandalism at the church.

“We are guessing it happened

after dark and whoever

did it was probably

on foot. It is not like they

drove on there.”

Holuj also wanted to remind

residents the authorities

work hand-in-hand

with the community and

want locals to let them

4

The Rev. Thomas Loya,

pastor of Annunciation

Byzantine Catholic

Church in Homer Glen,

examines one of the

vandalized ornaments he

discovered the morning

of Christmas Eve on the

church’s property. Photo

submitted

know what is going on

in their neighborhoods so

police can better do what

they can from their end.

The means people living

in the area and/or attending

local churches like

Annunciation acting as

“boots on the ground” and

sharing any information

they have or suspicious

activity they witnessed

with police.

As for this incident,

Holuj knows that while

Loya and the parish found

it to be disrespectful and

causing hurt, it did not

impact the beauty and true

meaning of Christmas or

optimistic viewpoint they

have going forward.

“Overall, [Loya] had a

very good outlook speaking

with him and is not

going to let this deter

him,” Holuj said. “He is a

very positive person who

wants the church to be

positive for the community

around them.”


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Homer Glen resident

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nearby Tampier Lake.

He said he often gets

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“All natural, just a strange

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place at the right time.”

He also noted he and his

wife were the only ones kayaking in January.

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FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Pioneers’ football future

remains uncertain after

item is tabled

The calendar has turned

over to 2020, but the Orland

Park Village Board

continues to be mired in a

2019 issue.

The Village Board voted

4-3 Jan. 6 to table an item

that would have determined

whether or not the

Orland Park Pioneers youth

football organization can

return to John Humphrey

Complex in 2021 after renovations

are completed.

Jenny Czerwonka, president

of the Orland Park

Pioneers Board, said John

Humphrey Complex has

been the program’s home

for many years and is the

best option.

“At this time, it is the

only place in Orland Park

that has everything our organization

needs so that we

can provide our athletes a

safe place to excel, practice

and host games,” she said.

“Is it the Village Board’s

intention to not allow the

Orland Park Pioneers —

the only public youth football

organization in Orland

— to play at the only football

field in Orland Park?”

During board comments,

Trustee Michael Milani

said he motioned to table

the item because he did

not think the trustees had

enough information to

make an informed decision

yet.

“We have several studies

that are going on right now

and master planning that

isn’t complete,” he said.

“I think that if we take a

deeper look into those, I

think it is something that

we can use to make a better

decision.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit OPPrairieDaily.

com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Grand jury revises charges

against former LW Central

secretary in missing

Booster funds case

A grand jury handed

down an indictment of 15

criminal charges against

Melissa McGrath, the

former Lincoln-Way Central

High School athletic

department secretary accused

of stealing funds

from the school’s Athletic

Booster Club.

The new charges, presented

in court by the Will

County State’s Attorney’s

Office Jan. 8, include

additional felony theft

charges, as well as several

of the original charges

presented late last year.

McGrath had previously

been charged Nov. 22,

2019, by the Will County

Sheriff’s Department

with 11 criminal charges,

including five counts of

theft, two counts of identification

theft, two counts

of theft by deception and

two counts of forgery,

according to court documents.

McGrath resigned

from her position this

past June, a month after

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

launched an internal investigation

into financial

discrepancies in Booster

records.

According to the Sheriff’s

Office, an investigation

found more than

$30,000 in Booster funds

were missing from August

2017 through April 2019.

The investigation reportedly

determined McGrath

presented the Boosters

with a Booster account

spreadsheet that she created

and submitted to the

district, and that several

submitted reports contained

forged signatures

of members of the athletic

club board.

McGrath has pleaded

not guilty to the charges.

The next court date is

scheduled for Feb. 25 at

the 12th Judicial Circuit

Court Will County in Joliet.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer

III, Editor. For more, visit

MokenaMessengerDaily.

com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Library helping people

‘save their memories’

Everyone has boxes of

old photos taken years

ago, as well as home videos

on film.

Many also have VHS

tapes of their favorite

movies, which are of no

use anymore unless they

still have a VCR.

The New Lenox Public

Library is helping its card

holders save their memories

with its offerings in

the digital media lab.

NLPL card holders can

visit the lab and turn old

photos into digital copies,

old VHS movies

into DVDs, bring home

videos back to life and

more.

“So often, people have

a personal archive of photos

at home,” digital media

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Middleton said. “People

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or tablets now. They don’t

want to carry photo albums.

If we could help

them digitize it, they can

share it with family on

social media or email it to

each other, burn to discs

and give as gifts at Christmas.”

Middleton gave cardholders

an overview of

what the lab offers Jan.

7, and at least two people

had plans to come back

within a week to take advantage

of the services.

Don and Diane Barrs,

of New Lenox, each have

plans to save their own

memories.

Don looks forward to

turning his vinyl collection

into CDs, and Diane

intends to turn one of her

favorite movies from the

1940s into a DVD.

“I’m zooming here right

away to get that one converted,”

Diane said. “It

was one of my favorite

movies as a child, so I’m

really excited.”

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriotDaily.com.

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New officer joins

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A new member of the

Frankfort Police Department

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Jim Holland said. “We

said we would use it for

police. We’re hiring five

new police positions in

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sworn officers in Frankfort.

And then we said we

would spend money on

capital improvement and,

frankly, it’s going into

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Friends and family of

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Frankfort Police Chief

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Top Web Stories

From HomerHorizonDaily.com from

Monday, Jan. 13.

1. Homer woman charged with hate

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DiNolfo’s

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Letters to the Editor

In response to ‘Standing

with the president’ letter

to the editor from 12/26

issue

If standing for a president

means standing with

a leader that is dividing

our country by: lying,

tearing down war heroes

such as John McCain

and Humayun Khan, attacking

our intelligence

When reporting

the news,

regardless of

which medium or hyperlocal,

statewide, national or

international, there will

inevitably be stories on

negative topics such as

crime and more.

It is our duty to report

such stories, and I know

they can be disheartening

to read. But if I ever get

disheartened or wonder

how these things can happen

or continue to happen

in present day society, I

remember all the good

stories we report, too, and

that, ultimately, there are

more good people than

bad ones out there.

This issue contains

several tough things that

need to be reported on

that have taken place

recently in the community.

The first, on Page

6, is about the attack

and hate crime that took

place Jan. 4 at DiNolfo’s

Banquets in Homer Glen

where a local woman

attacked another woman.

The second is our police

reports on Page 6 recapping

miscellaneous items

being stolen from an

unlocked vehicle. The

final one is on Page 9,

summarizing what happened

when Christmas

ornaments on an exterior

tree were punctured in an

act of vandalism at a local

church.

Between dealing with

a hate crime and racial

slurs directed toward a

minority and the damage

at the church, we see

that unfortunately both

racism and perhaps the

mocking or disrespect of

someone’s faith are each

still prevalent around us

today. The matter with

the police report shows

that people are still leaving

car doors unlocked,

despite thefts like this

being an ongoing issue

for some time now.

Taken individually,

each of these is hard to

digest. Together, they are

even worse and cannot

help but make one shake

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innocent. If there is nothing

to hide, bring forth the

witnesses and documents

to the Senate trial so we

can all make an informed

decision.

their head and think it is

sad things like this happen.

Again, at times such

as these, I simply want

to remind everyone not

everyone thinks or acts

like this.

For every heinous

act out there, there is

someone donating to a

charity, helping another

person, doing acts of

good in the world. Just

two examples of that

are the St. Joseph Men’s

Club in Homer Glen

making a $500 donation

to Lockport Love,

highlighted on Page 3

of this issue, and some

Homer 33C students

making a nice donation

to TLC Animal Shelter,

mentioned in our social

snapshot Facebook entry

to the left of this column.

As bad as each of the

hate crime, vandalism and

police report stories are,

they serve as a wake-up

call and latest reminder

that bad does exist in this

world. And that should

push us to be our best

selves, to stand up to racism

when and where we

see it, to fully respect and

love people of all colors,

faith backgrounds, etc.,

to be the eyes and ears in

Using the word socialism

causes fear and

concerns about our existing

Social Security and

Medicare benefits. If the

rich continue to grow

richer and the wealth gap

continues, we will continue

to divide our country.

Marianne Riley Jensen

Homer Glen resident

town, keeping an eye on

one another, as well as

one another’s property.

If we are the sum of

our actions, we need to

put careful thought in

each individual action

to in turn create a better

Homer Glen and world

day-by-day. Collectively,

I fully believe there are

more good people in the

world than bad, and while

we don’t always end up

finding out or hearing

about all the good deeds

and little acts of kindness,

they are out there.

So, please keep the

faith in humanity, and be

one of the good ones out

there doing your best to

always do the right thing

while helping encourage

and bring out the light in

others.

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Becoming the person God created you to be

Pastor Dana O’Brien

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

I’m writing this article

just a few days after

New Year’s Day when

lots of people are still

making resolutions to

change their lives for the

better in 2020.

And if you look on

television or anywhere on

social media, you’ll find

all sorts of sources to help

make those changes — reports

on the best diets, the

best workout regimens,

the best methods to relieve

anxiety — even the best

ways to help you keep

your resolutions throughout

the year.

Now, I’ll confess, I’m

not normally a New Year’s

Day resolution maker.

However, this year, I think

I’ll try a couple. And

Oprah Winfrey, whom I

really admire, gets credit

for prompting me to give

it a go this year. Because I

watched an interview with

her this morning in which

she described how she

centers herself each day

by asking what she said is

the most important question:

“What do I want?”

Now, I really like Oprah

Winfrey, and I think she’s

done an amazing amount of

good for lots of people, but

on this one, I think she’s

just wrong. For those of

us who consider ourselves

followers of Jesus (and

we share this view with a

number of other faith traditions),

the most important

question to ask on New

Year’s Day, and every day,

is not, “What do I want?”.

Instead, the most important

question to continually

ask ourselves is, “What

does God want?”. What

does God want for me this

year and beyond; what

does God want for my

family and friends; what

does God want for our

communities, our nation

and our world?

And make no mistake

about it — God wants all

of us to be happy and contented.

In fact, God wants

for each of us the abundant

life that comes from being

in a close and intimate

relationship with God and

each other (just check our

John 10:10, although, on

occasion, our definition of

“abundant” probably differs

from God’s).

So, I have a suggestion

for you — what about

making a couple more

resolutions for 2020. But

instead of basing our resolutions

on “what I want,”

let’s ask the question, and

then prayerfully discern

the answer to, “What does

God want?”.

Questions like how is

God calling me to be more

of the person God made

me to be in my daily life,

in my interactions with my

family and friends, in my

work life and in situations

that I find challenging? Or,

what can I do this coming

year to make God smile

and bless those around

me? Or maybe, how can I

be better aware of the opportunities

God gives me

to use the talents God has

entrusted to me to make

this world a better place?

If you ask these types of

questions this year, I bet

your New Year’s resolutions

will look a bit different

than they have in the

past. And I also bet that if

you’re able to keep your

resolutions (and you can

count on God to help you

with that), next year at this

time, you will indeed be

more of the person God

created you to be.

The opinions of this column

are that of the writer. They do

not necessarily reflect those

of The Homer Horizon.

FAITH BRIEFS

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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

Nursery for Children

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

p.m. Wednesdays. Parishioners

may use the nursery

for their children up to age

3 during services. There is

a Kids Klub for children in

grades 4-5 during the service.

Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Open to anyone ready to

discuss the Bible.

Christian Life Church

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

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

EDGE Youth Service

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

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Daily Mass

8 a.m. Monday-Friday

Weekend Mass

5 p.m. Saturday

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

Sunday

Confessions

4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays;

8:30 a.m. every first Friday

Holy Hour

First Friday of each

month with 8 a.m. Mass

followed by exposition of

the blessed sacrament at

8:30 a.m. and concluding

with benediction at 9 a.m.

Council of Catholic Women

7 p.m. Second Tuesday

of the month.

Women of the parish

meet to discuss its needs.

The group also hosts a

monthly charity bake sale.

St. Bernard Parish

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

Happy Hours (Seniors)

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

Seniors meet monthly for

food, fun and fellowship.

St. Bernards Kids’ Choir

4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays.

All children in grades

first through eighth are

welcome to join choir.

A permission slip to join

can be obtained through

Julie Kane at the table by

the church exit or through

one’s RE teacher.

Weekday Worship

9:30 a.m. weekdays.

Communion Service on

Thursdays.

Weekend Worship

4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

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

11:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Confession

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

and third Saturday of the

month. Confessions are

also available upon request

at any time.

Community Choir Practice

7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Parish members ages 16

and older may join the

choir. The choir needs vocalists

and instrumentalists.

For more information,

join the weekly rehearsal

or contact the music director,

Julie Kane, after Mass

on Sundays.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

Adult Bible Study

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

third Sundays of the month

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

New Life Community Church - Homer

Glen

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

Weekly Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays; for

more information, call

(815) 838-1416.

Kids Zone Ministry

10 a.m. Sundays.

Children up to fifth

grade can participate in

games, singing, take part

in interactive Bible teaching

and participate in

hands-on crafts. Participants

should arrive 5-10

minutes prior to the service

to sign children up

for the group. For more

information, call (815)

838-1416.

Women’s Ministry

9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible

study for women of all

ages.

Prayer Meeting

10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

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

Sunday Services

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

noon, Sundays.

First United Methodist Church of

Lockport

(1000 S. Washington St., Lockport)

Circle of Love

9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle

of Love provides diapers,

feminine and incontinence

products to clients

who are qualified to use

the local FISH Food Pantry.

For more information,

call (815) 838-1017.

Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion

Worship Service

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Benjamin Conboy at

b.conboy@22ndcentury

media.com or call (708) 326-

9170 ext. 15. Information is

due by noon Thursday one

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Parkview’s Junior High Ministry enjoys Big Breakfast

2

Meal leads to small

group work, live

preaching at new

2020 event

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Who does not love

breakfast for dinner?

On the evening of Jan.

8, Parkview Christian

Church invited members

of its Junior High Ministry

to come together for

a special meal — known

as JHM’s Big Breakfast

— in commemoration of

the New Year. Along with

morning staples like eggs,

bacon and biscuits, the ingredients

for the event also

included friendship, community

and faith.

Lizzie Calombaris, the

student ministry campus

coordinator for Parkview’s

Homer Glen Campus,

explained the idea was

to feed students literally

with a delicious feast and

then feed their souls with

small group work and live

preaching.

“This is something new

for 2020,” Calombaris

said. “We like to have different

‘hype nights’ and

‘invite nights’ throughout

the school year. Because

this is our first week back,

we always do something

fun and exciting, but it’s

different every year.”

All JHM sessions —

held on Wednesday nights

from 7-8:30 p.m. — are

open to new members,

and the “hype nights”

add something special to

complement an array of

faith-based activities, as

members are encouraged

to bring friends who may

not belong to the church.

Twelve-year-old Jimmy

Matalas enjoys the program

because it gives him

a chance to catch up with

his friends.

“I like all the people

we get to see, because we

know a lot of them from

other church events,” Matalas

said.

Nate Thibedeau, a

13-year-old JHM member,

was especially looking forward

to the Big Breakfast

because of all the food,

which was catered in from

Bob Evans in Joliet.

“I’ll have doughnuts

and chocolate milk, if they

have any, and I like cereal,”

said Thibedeau, noting

that getting to see Calombaris

preach was another

highlight of the night. “It’s

fun. She’s good.”

Playing on the Big

Breakfast theme of the

evening, Calombaris

shared a message about

“how Jesus is the bread of

life and how we can find

full, true satisfaction in our

relationship with him.”

“It’s an awesome message

to be starting 2020

with,” Calombaris said.

“Starting next week, we

will be going into a series

called ‘Monsters Inside

Me,’ which is about some

pressures that students

are having right now with

stress, anxiety, things like

that and about how Jesus

helps us to overcome those

monsters that are inside of

us.”

Stage games and breakout

sessions also added to

the fun of the first JHM

event of 2020.

Parkview also has a

High School Ministry

which meets on Sunday

evenings. Several

older students, including

16-year-olds Juliana

Schuldt and Allison

Strote, volunteered to

Parkview Christian Church Homer Glen Campus Student Ministry Campus Coordinator Lizzie Calombaris leads a

game Jan. 8 during the church’s Junior High Ministry Big Breakfast. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

help out at JHM’s Big

Breakfast.

“I’ve went here since I

was in junior high, so it’s

nice to go through it and

see it from my perspective

now,” said Schuldt, of volunteering

with JHM. “[It’s

nice] to see how different

things have changed, how

advanced the whole program

overall has become

and how we get to connect

with the kids as they experience

going through it.”

Strote added the people

are truly what makes

Parkview’s student programs

special.

“We have a really good

worship production team,”

Strote said. “That’s how I

connect through to God.

They do a really good job

of that here and help everyone

get included.

“Also, with our one-onone

leaders that we have

— we have large group

first, and then we break

down into small groups —

Junior high students got a chance to eat breakfast for dinner and have time for

fellowship while at the Parkview ministry’s event.

we break down with our

age groups, and that helps

you connect with other

kids your age. To have the

leaders work with you, talk

through things and help

you understand them in different

ways is really nice.”

Calombaris hopes as the

year goes on, even more

students consider stopping

by Parkview’s JHM

events.

“We are teaching these

kids how to be more like

Jesus in a really fun way

and trying to build a community

where they encourage

each other and build

each other up in a world

where that’s not always

something that happens,”

Calombaris said. “We’re

teaching them how to

love on each other, care

about each other and support

each other while also

teaching them a really

important lesson about Jesus.”


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22 | January 16, 2020 | the homer horizon life & arts

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Storytellers old, new regale guests at first ‘Inspired! live lit’ of 2020

Homer Glen

storyteller,

producer help

create show

Benjamin Conboy

Assistant Editor

On the first Tuesday of

every month, a congregation

gathers on the second

floor of the Gaylord Building

in downtown Lockport

for what Barbara Eberhard

calls “a great way to spend

an evening.”

Eberhard and Homer

Glen resident Lisa Colleen

are the duo who brought

live storytelling to Lockport

under the banner of

“Inspired! live lit” in October

2018. Each month,

they have five storytellers

share personal narratives

— some funny, some solemn,

some a combination

of the two.

Their Jan. 7 event was

the first of the year and

featured three first-time

storytellers from their sixweek

storytelling class,

where they help workshop

ideas.

“I feel like storytelling

is very generous, because

you’re up there and you’re

giving yourself to the audience,”

Colleen said “And

the hope is that what you

say touches someone in

the audience and helps

them think of their story

and how they might tell

it.”

Each event is ushered in

with a 30-minute set from

a local musician. Jan. 7,

singer-songwriter Chuck

Pelkie gave the audience a

taste of his music.

With the lights dimmed

and the gentle echoes of

Pelkie’s acoustic guitar

bouncing off of the Gaylord

Building’s 182-yearold

stone walls, the atmosphere

radiated calm and

Megan Fulara tells an adventure story about the time

she summitted Mt. St. Helens. Photos submitted

warmth. But Robert Hafey,

of Homer Glen, was pacing

in the back of the room

by the water cooler.

“I’m quite nervous,”

Hafey said.

He was to tell his first

live story in just a few

moments — and he was

also the first storyteller on

the microphone that night.

But Hafey would soon

see he had little to be nervous

about. His beautiful

story about conquering

language and cultural barriers

while vacationing

in Japan and his unlikely

friendship with a Japanese

woman on a bullet train

was met with uproarious

applause.

Lockport resident Al-

Homer Glen resident Robert Hafey tells a story about his unlikely friendship with

a Japanese woman during his trip to Japan during his speaking time at the Jan. 7

Inspired event in Lockport. Benjamin Conboy/22nd Century Media

Participants (left to right) Katie Ward, Allison Veltman, Robert Hafey, Lisa Colleen and

Megan Fulara at the event. Ward, Veltman and Hafey were all first-time storytellers.

lison Veltman, another

first-time storyteller from

Colleen and Eberhard’s

Inspired class, told a story

in which she draws a connection

between her own

life and the microscopic

world that exists in her

garden.

There was a spider she

had observed in the garden

where she grew tomato

plants. One day, she

sees a bee caught in the

spider’s web, and the spider

was heading straight

for it to make a meal out

of it.

She blasted the spider

with a hose, but the bee

was caught in the crossfire.

The bee was alive,

but just barely. She ended

up slowly reviving the bee

by giving it sugar water,

and the bee was soon well

enough to fly away.

“It made me think about

how we all get stuck in

life at one time or another,”

Veltman concluded.

“Earlier that morning, I

had been stuck myself —

stuck in the web of my

own thoughts. But getting

unstuck was what

gave me the compassion

to help another being that

was stuck and struggling

to get unstuck.”

Katie Ward told a heartfelt

story about connecting

with a father she never

knew more than 60 years

after his death.

Ward said storytelling is

a tradition within her family,

and that she always

wanted to be a writer, but

felt her stories were best

when they are told orally.

Despite her long history of

telling stories within the

family, she was still a little

nervous about getting up

and being so personal in

front of so many people.

“But I just have a story

to tell,” Ward said. “I’m

not here for the audience.

I don’t need the approval.”

Her father had just returned

home after surviving

World War II when he

was killed in a collision

with a train.

Years later, she finds his

dog tags from the war.

“I found out his blood

type was the same as

mine,” Ward said. “I wear

it today, covering a hole in

my heart I never knew existed.”


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the homer horizon | January 16, 2020 | 23

The Dish

Palos Country Club makes push to expand Murphy’s on the Green offerings

Upcoming entrees,

desserts, breakfast

designed to attract

more customers

Thomas Czaja, Editor

In 2019, the Palos Country

Club in Orland Park

celebrated its 100th anniversary.

This year, the business

is looking to get its second

century of operation off to

a good start by enhancing

Murphy’s on the Green, its

restaurant.

The menu at Murphy’s

was redone last year by

former general manager

Pat Pykett and head chef

Joe Wojcik, who was hired

this past March.

Now, the plan is to add a

number of entrees, breakfast,

several desserts and

more, with those possibly

appearing as soon as early

this March.

“In the summertime,

people just love to come

and sit out here, and we

keep adding more patios,”

Pykett said. “We want to

make [Murphy’s] more of

a restaurant. We have a

million-dollar view here,

and we do a wonderful job

in the summer. What we

are trying to do is attract

more people in the offseason.”

As they work on updating

the menu, making sure

people know Murphy’s is

open during the winter is

key to attracting more customers.

In addition to the

bar area at Murphy’s, there

is a dining room, as well,

that Wojcik said starts to

fill up on the weekends.

Recently, Murphy’s on

the Green has been running

a special on two filet

mignon dinners for $25

beginning at 4 p.m. on Fridays

and Saturdays. That,

along with Friday fish

specials and video slots introduced

by Murphy’s last

year have helped attract

new customers.

“The fact we’ve survived

for 100 years for a

business is quite an accomplishment,”

Pykett

said. “The present owners

have been here since

the early 1970s, and it is

a family-owned business,

which is very important.”

For Wojcik, the chance

to come aboard and enhance

the menu — with

new steaks and seafood

among the upcoming entree

offerings, along with

desserts for the first time

and plans for a breakfast

menu, too — meant playing

a great role in shaping

the future of Murphy’s.

He and Pykett already revamped

the menu when

they arrived last year, with

a number of items now

available, from starters

to flatbreads to salads to

sandwiches to panini and

burgers.

“We decided to start off

with sandwiches, salads —

kind of light fare to draw

in the golf crowd and let

people know we are open

to the public,” Wojcik said

of the restaurant within

the country club. “Our

next plan is get into the

full-sized entrees. We are

pushing soups now that

it’s winter.

“We have some really

nice soups — one to two

soups daily that are house

made with real fresh ingredients.

We do a lot of

cream soups.”

While chicken dumpling,

chicken rice and

bisque are just some of the

soup offerings emphasized

during the cold season, the

Murphy’s on the

Green (at Palos

Country club)

13100 Southwest

Highway in Orland Park

Hours

• 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

For more information ...

Phone: (708) 448-

6550

Web: paloscountryclub.

com/-murphys-on-thegreen(2)

Murphy’s burger ($10),

served on a toasted brioche

bun, is the restaurant’s signature

selection popular

year-round. Cheese can be

added for $1, and premium

toppings — which include

sauteed mushrooms, caramelized

onions, avocado,

bacon and fried egg — can

be added for $2.

“Our burgers are chargrilled,

seasoned simply

with salt and pepper,”

Wojcik added.

With the new menu, the

business plans to likewise

add several more panini

and sandwiches to its current

offerings. The chicken

panini ($9.95) already on

the menu has spinach, artichoke

and mozzarella

cheese on a rustic Italian

loaf. It is a top seller

among paninis.

Diners also can get eight

wings ($9.95) under the

starter selections. Wojcik

offers the wings with either

traditional Buffalo sauce

with blue cheese dressing,

sweet chili mango glaze

or lemon ginger sauce. A

honey barbecue sauce is to

be added for them with the

menu expansion.

In general, since Wojcik

has put his touch on the

menu, Pykett has noticed

the effect and response by

diners.

The Murphy’s burger ($10), a signature selection at Murphy’s on the Green, is shown

here with cheese and bacon. Photos by Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media

The shrimp Louie salad ($11.95) features chopped romaine, topped with large shrimp,

tomato wedges, cucumber and boiled egg, complete with a tangy Louie dressing.

“There’s been unbelievable

feedback,” Pykett

said. “People say they

can’t believe it’s the same

restaurant.”

Those pleased with the

changes already made are

likely to be even more satisfied

with what is still yet

to come. Whether the upcoming

desserts — likely

to feature cheesecake,

some sort of brownie sundae

and more — the new

entrees, sandwiches/paninis

and other additions,

Murphy’s is looking to

keep growing into a place

that has dishes for any

taste.

It is all part of the continual

effort to shift the

mindset of customers to

help them realize that

while Palos Country Club

definitely remains a place

for a round of golf, or weddings

and banquets, it also

features Murphy’s.

“Most people, for places

like this, it is not a place

that pops into your mind;

‘Let’s go to dinner there,’”

Pykett said. “We want to

change that mentality to

bring people in.”


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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Workplace safety

org.

5. Kind of prof.

9. Server connections

14. Salt Lake City

collegians

15. Cheese

16. “___ bird catches

the worm”

17. Tres y tres

18. Very long time

19. Dined in

20. Smidgen

21. The perfect

match, for some

23. Glassy mineral

25. Black shade

26. Expanse

29. Couturier Cassini

32. Percussion instrument

34. LTHS students

celebrate this annually

in December,

goes with 48 down

38. Flag

39. For one

40. Tumbler

43. Scat queen

Fitzgerald

44. Ryan and Tilly

45. Pitcher feat

47. Legless undies

50. Actor Ed or

Keenan

51. “___ como va,

mi ritmo” Santana

52. Flight data, briefly

55. Cultivate

58. Quickly in music

61. Propulsion blade

63. Some joints

67. “Alice’s Restaurant”

singer ___

Guthrie

68. Interactive online

game

69. Figure in skating

70. Ballpark figures,

briefly

71. Purposes

72. Possessive pronoun

73. Crowds of people

74. DIY handicrafts

site

Down

1. Kick out

2. Cooking method

3. Fictional Alpine

heroine

4. Winnie-the-Pooh’s

gloomy friend

5. Over yonder

6. Mind reader

7. Stiff-upper-lip type

8. South American

dance

9. Tidily

10. Quaker cereal

11. Rap doctor

12. Mr. Whitney

13. Thesaurus entry,

briefly

21. W. African republic

22. Cap, for example

24. Nonspeaking role

on “CSI”

26. Ran over

27. Baseball Hall-of-

Famer Combs

28. Lend ___ (listen)

30. Word with salad

or roll

31. Country Western

lady

33. Med. island volcano

34. Latin dance

35. A silly trick

36. Motherless calf

37. PC linkup

41. Boar’s mate

42. Like a wallflower

46. Data

48. See 34 across

49. Super Bowl XXX-

IV winners, abbr.

53. Bank vault installation

54. Croatian leader?

56. Cook on hot coals

57. Guys

59. Smooth-tongued

60. “ER” doctor

62. Upbeat

63. ___ Gardens

64. It keeps an eye on

viruses, abbr.

65. Narcissistic quality

66. Baffled inquiries

68. Crayola gradation

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Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

TINLEY PARK

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(17731 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park; (708) 429-

7955)

■9 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

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Ed & Joe’s Restaurant &

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(17332 S. Oak Park

Ave., Tinley Park; (708)

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Little Joe’s Restaurant

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(900 S. State St.,

Lockport; (815) 834-

9463)

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Bingo

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and Saturdays:

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(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-

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Mondays: Quartermania

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Pete Mitchell’s Bar &

Grill

(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

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Game. Free to play.

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in The Scene, email

b.conboy@22ndcentury

media.com.

answers

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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Nov. 21

• 15110 Wood Duck

Lane, Homer Glen,

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Rezek to David Ingram,

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to Uthman Ibrahim,

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• 15003 Eagle Ridge

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COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 17019 DEER PATH DRIVE,

HOMER GLEN, IL 60441 (Single

Family Residence). Onthe 30th day of

January, 2020 to be held at 12:00 noon,

at the Will County Courthouse Annex,

57 N. Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet,

IL 60432, under Case Title: BAYVIEW

LOAN SERVICING, LLC, ADELA-

WARE LIMITED LIABILITY

COMPANY, Plaintiff V. FIRST MID-

WEST BANK SUCCESSOR ININ-

TEREST TO PALOS BANK AND

TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE

UNDER TRUST AGREEMENT

DATED MAY 11, 1999 AND

KNOWN AS TRUST NO. 1-4621,

KAREN M. BARBER, CIT BANK,

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUC-

CESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDY-

MAC BANK, F.S.B., DISCOVER

BANK, Defendant.

Case No. 17 CH 2051 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Law Offices of Ira T. Nevel LLC

175 N Franklin Suite 201

Chicago, Illinois 60606

P: 312-357-1125

F: 312-357-1140

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 16714 S Ashley Ct, Homer Glen, IL

60491 (Single Family Home). On the

30th day of January, 2020 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC

Plaintiff V. Angela M. Ferriter; et. al.

Defendant.

Case No. 19 CH 0874 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real es-

tate whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC,

ADELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY

COMPANY,

Plaintiff,

vs.

FIRST MIDWEST BANK SUCCES-

SOR IN INTEREST TO PALOS

BANK AND TRUST COMPANY AS

TRUSTEE UNDER TRUST AGREE-

MENT DATED MAY 11, 1999 AND

KNOWN AS TRUST NO. 1-4621,

KAREN M. BARBER, CIT BANK,

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SUC-

CESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDY-

MAC BANK, F.S.B., DISCOVER

BANK,

Defendant.

No. 17 CH 2051

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 29th day of October,

2019 ,MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

30th day of January, 2020 ,commencing

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

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 61IN WEDGEWOOD HIGH-

LANDS PHASE III, A SUBDIVI-

SION OF PART OF THE WEST

HALF OF THE NORTHEAST

QUARTER AND PART OF THE

EAST HALF OF THE NORTH-

WEST QUARTER OF SECTION 25,

TOWNSHIP 36 NORTH, RANGE 11,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN, LYING SOUTH OF

THE CHICAGO AND BLOOMING-

TON ROAD (HADLEY ROAD), AC-

CORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED APRIL 4,

1996 AS DOCUMENT NO.

R96-29182, IN WILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS.

Commonly known as:

17019 DEER PATH DRIVE,

HOMER GLEN, IL 60441

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Residence

P.I.N.:

16-05-25-206-005-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Law Offices of Ira T. Nevel LLC

175 N Franklin Suite 201

Chicago, Illinois 60606

P: 312-357-1125

F: 312-357-1140

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC

Plaintiff,

vs.

Angela M. Ferriter; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 19 CH 0874

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 23rd day of October,

2019 ,MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

30th day of January, 2020 ,commencing

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

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 6,INSPRING CREEK, A SUB-

DIVISION OFPART OFTHE EAST

1/2 OFTHE NORTH WEST 1/4 OF

SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 36

NORTH, RANGE 11EAST OFTHE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED DECEM-

BER 9, 1986, AS DOCUMENT NO.

R86-58228, IN WILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS.

Commonly known as:

16714 S Ashley Ct, Homer Glen, IL

60491

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home

P.I.N.:

16-05-25-102-001-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

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10 Questions

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Payton Vandenburg is a

junior at Lockport Township

and has been the top

performer on the girls

bowling team so far this

season.

How would you say

the season has gone

for the team so far?

I think the season has

gone really well. I have

really high hopes for the

team and think we can do

great things if we put the

talent out there.

You were the

individual champion,

as well as the Porters

being the team

champion, at two

prestigious invites in

December. What do

you attribute your

personal success to?

It was just that I was

really determined to start

this year. I practiced all

summer and did drills with

spares and everything.

I worked really hard to

make it this far.

How did you get

involved in bowling?

I’m the youngest of

three kids, and my dad

[Jeff], my mom [Stacy],

my brother [Justin] and

my sister [Kierstin] were

all bowlers. So, I first

started when I was 5. I

was a two-handed bowler,

but we changed that. Also,

my dad owns his own pro

shop at Strike N’ Spare II

[On Track Pro Shop]. So,

it’s in my blood.

What is it about

bowling that makes it

the sport for you?

I like it a lot because it

challenges me every time.

It’s really a mental game

and allows me to challenge

myself. Plus, I’m at

a bowling alley more than

I’m at home.

How many bowling

balls do you own?

I own 27 of them. They

are all 15-pound ones. I

usually only use three of

them at an all-day tournament,

but I have it written

down on a sheet of paper

which balls work best at

different alleys. So, that’s

why I have so many.

What is your favorite

bowling alley?

Strike N’ Spare II. I spend

so much time there that it’s

like my second home. Plus,

my dad is there. I’d say my

second favorite is Town &

Country [Lanes] in Joliet.

I’ve been in some leagues

there.

What was bowling

your first 300 like?

It was in practice [on

Nov. 21]. Everyone was

videotaping me, and I

didn’t realize it until I

turned around. I wasn’t nervous.

I just kept thinking,

‘If it happens, it happens.’

But when I got it, I just

thought, “Oh my gosh.”

Photo submitted

What have you

learned from Lockport

coach Art Cwudzinski?

I’ve learned the importance

of being a team player.

Also, picking up my

spares. How to stay positive

and not to get down

on myself after throwing a

bad shot. That I can put together

a string of strikes to

make my game better.

What do you do

before a bowling

tournament to pump

yourself up?

Coach [Cwudzinski] has

us visualize our shots, and

I do that. Then I put on the

headphones and listen to

country music and keep

visualizing. My favorite

group is Florida Georgia

Line.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

I like how I meet new

people and get involved.

It’s like having another

family when you are an

athlete here at Lockport.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen


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Celtics edged out by Griffins 45-42 in Frankfort

Provi nearly pulls

off win, awaits

return of players

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

When Providence traveled

to take on Lincoln-

Way East in a local boys

basketball matchup on

Jan. 7 in Frankfort, it was

the first game of the new

calendar year for both

teams.

The layoff for both

teams showed.

In a game without

rhythm, East held on to

edge the Celtics 45-42

in the latest meeting between

the teams, which

are located 8.5 miles away

from each other.

It was the eighthstraight

win for the Griffins

(11-2), who were

coming off winning the

of the Effingham/T-Town

Holiday Tournament on

Dec. 28 with a 56-50

victory over Corliss. On

the other side, it was the

fourth consecutive loss

for Providence (6-10),

which last played on Dec.

31 in the Jack Tosh Holiday

Classic at York.

“We gave them more

days off than before, and

this was the first day for

“We have tough, physical kids, and that is

kind of the way we have to play. We have

to play a defensive game and get in a halfcourt

game.”

Kyle Murphy — Providence boys basketball coach, on his team’s style

everyone back at school,”

East coach Rich Kolimas

said. “So, this was the first

day back to getting up at

6 a.m., and their rhythm

was off.

“Overall, that wasn’t

one of our stellar performances.

But we had

enough, and we were able

to grind it out. We kept

our composure, and we

hit some key free throws

at the end, and we got it

done.”

The grind-it-out game

was fine with Celtics

coach Kyle Murphy.

“We have tough, physical

kids, and that is kind

of the way we have to

play,” he said. “We have

to play a defensive game

and get in a half-court

game. But we were 2-of-

16 on 3-pointers.”

Despite those issues,

Providence was still in a

position to pull the game

out for a second-straight

season. When the teams

met last year on Feb. 2,

the Celtics won 57-56 on

a half-court shot at the

buzzer. This time around,

they trimmed a 10-point

deficit to a single point at

43-42 on a 3-pointer by

sophomore forward Owen

Moran (6 points) with

18 seconds to play in the

game.

Forced to foul, Providence

did that right away

and put Jhei-R Jones on

the line. The junior guard,

who finished with a teamhigh

13 points, made both

free throws with 16.1 seconds

remaining.

“I wasn’t feeling too

good,” said Jones of his

cold-like symptoms. “But

I just tried my best to make

the [free throw] shots. We

practice them all the time.

It was tough at the end.

We hadn’t seen the trap

press like they had on us

[forcing 7 fourth-quarter

turnovers out of 14 Griffin

ones for the game], but we

got through it.

“Over Christmas Break,

we were all focused on

basketball. But then it was

just practicing, and we

weren’t mentally prepared

in practice yesterday, and

we weren’t mentally prepared

in this game, either.

This wasn’t one of our

best games, but we still

converted to get the win.”

The Celtics still had an

opportunity to tie, but in

working the ball around,

no one took a shot until

it was literally too late. A

30-foot heave from near

half court at the buzzer

was well off the mark.

Joe Alfirevich led all

scorers with 15 points.

The senior guard had the

first basket of the game on

a layup, which gave Providence

its only lead. He

had all seven of the Celtics’

first-quarter points as

East led 11-7 at that point.

A 6-0 Celtic run, capped

on a layup by Alfirevich,

tied the game again at 19-

19 with 1:13 left in the

first half.

“He’s really good, and

he makes us go,” Murphy

said of Alfirevich. “All

things run through him,

and we go as he goes.”

Alfirevich, however,

missed an ensuing free

throw on an opportunity

for a three-point play. The

Celtics, who were 6-of-14

from the line in the game,

then missed three more

free throws with the opportunity

to take the lead

before the end of the first

half. Instead, junior guard

Ryan Sucha swished a

3-pointer with three seconds

left in the half to put

the Griffins ahead 22-19

at the break.

They led the rest of the

way. Sucha and senior

forward Ryan Sierocki,

who scored the first five

points of the third quarter

and had six rebounds in

the game, both finished

with 10 points for East.

“Ryan Sierocki has

been our most consistent

player,” Kolimas said.

“He hit some big shots

and scored (7 points total)

inside there [in the third

quarter].”

Ahead 32-29 after three,

4

Sucha scored five-straight

points, and Sierocki added

another short jumper

as East opened the fourth

quarter on a 7-0 run for

the largest lead of the

game at 39-29 with 3:47

to play.

Senior center Lucas

Porto (4 points, gamehigh

9 rebounds) scored

two quick baskets inside

as the Celtics started their

battle back. Seniors Jack

Ruddy (10 points) and

Noah Vassal (7 points)

at guard also contributed

for Providence. Junior

guard Cameron Mallory

(5 points) had some key

early points, including

one of the team’s three

3-pointers, for East.

Providence played

without three of its top 6

players. Junior forward

John Townsend is out

for the year with a torn

ACL. Junior post player

Jameson Geers and senior

guard Luke Pell are both

expected back by the end

of this month. Last season,

the Celtics were the

only local 22nd Century

Media team to play for a

regional title.

“I’m looking forward to

getting them back and getting

after it,” Murphy said

of Geers and Pell. “We

will be a dangerous team

by the end of the season.”

This Week In...

Porters Varsity

Athletics

Boys Wrestling

■Jan. ■ 17 host Andrew High

School, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 at Nequa Valley

High School Mega Dual,

9 a.m.

Boys Basketball

■Jan. ■ 17 host Homewood

Flossmoor, 6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 host Rockford

Lutheran, 7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 21 host Joliet West,

6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Jan. ■ 16 host Bolingbrook,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 21 host Lincoln-Way

East, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Bowling

■Jan. ■ 16 host Bolingbrook,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 at Fenton Invite,

9 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 21 host Lincoln-way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

■Jan. ■ 16 host Lincoln-Way

East, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 21 host Homewood

Flossmoor, 5 p.m.

Celtics Varsity

Athletics

Boys Basketball

■Jan. ■ 17 at Brother Rice,

7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 20 host St. Francis

de Sales, 7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 22 at Nazareth,

7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Jan. ■ 16 at St. Joseph,

7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18-19 at Bishop Mac

MLK Tournament, TBA

■Jan. ■ 21 host DePaul Prep,

7 p.m.

Boys Bowling

■Jan. ■ 18 Joliet West

Regional at Town and

Country, 9 a.m.

Cheerleading

■Jan. ■ 19 at Oak Forest

Invite, TBA

Dance

■Jan. ■ 19 Catholic League

meet at Loyola, 1 p.m.

Hockey

■Jan. ■ 17-19 at SJJ Rasmus

Tournament, TBA

Wrestling

■Jan. ■ 17 Illini Classic at LW

Central, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 Illini Classic at LW

Central, 9 a.m.


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Boys Basketball

Porters face tough competition, fall to Lincoln-Way Central at SWSC crossover

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Sean Curran put it best.

“We’ve got competitors

on this team,” the Lincoln-

Way Central junior guard

said.

The Knights certainly

do. Down by 11 in the

fourth quarter, the Knights

rallied for a 46-44 victory

over Lockport Township

in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference crossover on

Friday, Jan. 10, at Lockport.

Curran hit what proved

to be the winning basket

when he hit a running

shot from just inside the

free-throw line with five

seconds left in the game.

That not only gave Central

(11-5) the win, it was

a redemption of sorts for

Curran. He missed a pair

of opportunities to do the

same thing two days before

and overcame foul trouble

to score five points in the

final minutes and help the

Knights to a victory.

Junior guard Nick Tigley

led Central with 16

points and added five rebounds.

Curran finished

with 10 points.

“I was absolutely not

happy picking up those

quick fouls in the third

quarter,” Curran said. “But

my teammates found their

energy, and I was happy

to contribute with that last

shot. It was nice to hit one

of those. I had the same

opportunity and missed

two of them against Glenbard

West.”

That was on Jan. 8 in

a 72-63 double-overtime

home loss to a very good

Glenbard West (12-2

through Jan. 10) team.

There, the Hilltoppers shot

35 free throws, and Central

attempted nine.

But Curran did not miss

the two shots against the

Porters at the end of last

week. He took the inbounds

pass from junior

Mike Maloney on the

right side and spun back

to his left. His dribble

took him a couple of feet

inside the free-throw line,

and he calmly canned the

shot.

Lockport (7-8) called

three total timeouts after

that, the last two with 1.6

seconds remaining. But the

final inbounds attempt was

tipped away by Maloney,

and the Knights celebrated

their win, which was the

first meeting against Lockport

since a 34-30 Central

victory on Feb. 8, 2013 in

New Lenox.

“He’s a player,” Lockport

coach Brett Hespell

said of Curran. “It’s not

a surprise that he hit the

shot. We just can’t give

them those chances.”

Part of the reason the

Knights got those chances

was because Lockport

went 3-of-14 from the

free-throw line, including

missing the front end

of three bonus situations,

two of them in the fourth

quarter.

Things were looking

good for the Porters when

senior guard Tyrell Harris

(9 points) had a steal and

a layup to cap a 7-0 run

which opened the fourth

quarter. He missed the ensuing

free throw and opportunity

for a three-point

play. Still, Lockport led

42-31 with 6:18 to play in

the game.

From there, the Porters

missed the pair of free

throws in the bonus situation

and turned the ball

over twice, including on

an offensive foul. That allowed

Central to go on a

12-0 run, which included

eight points by Tingley, to

take their first lead since

late in the second quarter.

That came on Tingley’s

second 3-pointer of the

quarter with 1:42 to play.

The 12 points, which

took just less than four

minutes to get, were more

than the Knights had

scored in any other quarter.

It was not over, however.

Junior center Scott

Szymkowiak (10 points)

scored on a layup with

1:16 to play to give the

Porters one last lead at

44-43. Curran was fouled

with 55.7 seconds to play

and hit the first of two free

throws to tie it. He missed

the second, but the Knights

were 9-of-12 from the line

on the night.

Senior swing player

Tommy Ferriter had his

close-range shot bounce

three times on the rim and

roll off with about 30 seconds

left. That set the stage

for the ending sequence.

“Free throws, it’s such

a dilemma,” Hespell said.

“We practice them all the

time. We could come back

[after the game], shoot 100

of them and make 70. But

we have to do better.

“We played well for 28

minutes, and I can’t explain

what happened those

last four minutes. I called a

timeout with 3:31 left, and

we were still up 42-36, and

I told them to be aggressive

and score. We did so

well before those last four

minutes. I guess it’s just

game awareness, and we

have to learn how to win at

the end of games.”

Senior guard Tim Di-

Cristofano also had 10

points for Lockport. Senior

guard Sean Michalak

and junior forward James

Ogrodnik added six points

apiece for the Knights.

Central had an early 8-2

lead and still led 11-10

after the first quarter. The

Porters opened the second

quarter on an 11-4 burst,

but Central came back with

seven-straight points and

regained the lead at 22-21

on a 3-pointer by Michalak

with 2:10 left in the half. A

layup by Szymkowiak 49

seconds later proved to be

the final points of the half,

and Lockport led 23-22 at

intermission.

It was 32-28 when Curran

picked up his third

and fourth fouls within

36 seconds of each other.

He went to the bench with

2:33 to play in the third.

The Porters led 35-31 after

three.

The Knights opened the

week on Jan. 6 by traveling

to Chicago and defeating

Agricultural Science

51-40. Odgronnik led Central

with 13 points.

On Jan. 7, Lockport

hosted an excellent Waubonsie

Valley team and

hung in the game until the

start of the fourth quarter.

Then the Warriors (15-1

through Jan. 10) pulled

away and won 47-36.

Ferriter and Szymkowiak

each scored eight

points, and senior guard

Mario Parham contributed

three assists for the Porters,

who trailed 21-16 at

halftime and 32-27 after

three.

“Our defense is always

good,” Hespell said.

“That’s what is frustrating.

With our defense

playing that way, I believe

we can beat almost anybody.

But we just have

to score enough points to

win.”

Lockport hosts Homewood-Flossmoor

in the

SWSC Blue opener this

Friday, Jan. 17, at 6:30

p.m., and the game has

now been moved to the

old “Pit” at the Lockport

Central Campus.

A memorable

hoops season

Oak Prairie seventh-grade

girls basketball team ends in

Elite 8 to conclude year

RIGHT: The Oak Prairie seventh-grade

girls basketball finished in the Elite 8

of the state last month, ending the year

with a record of 19-6. Photo submitted

BOWLING

From Page 39

On Saturday, Jan. 11,

Lockport continued its

winning ways by capturing

first at the Prospect Invite

at Bowlero Bowl in Mount

Prospect. There, the Porters

edged Minooka 6,107-

6,096 for the title. A trio of

Porters placed in the Top

7. Lane, who was not on

the state roster last season,

was second (1,302), just 13

pins behind the individual

champion, junior Kiara

Backstrom from Minooka.

Siezega (1,275) placed

fifth, and Traina (1,260)

took seventh for Lockport.

“We have 12 or 13 girls

that could be on the state

roster, but we only have

eight spots,” Cwudzinski

said. “They are competing

and pushing each other. Just

because there are seven girls

back from our [fifth-place]

state team from last season

doesn’t mean those same

seven will go this year.”


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Alumni Spotlight

Homer natives square off in college hoops matchup

Hernandez, Williams

played youth basketball

together growing up

Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter

A friendship forged in fifth

grade has a couple of Homer

Glen residents sill competing

against each other in a sport that

they love.

That is Allee Hernandez and

Kaitlyn Williams. The two

longtime friends are in the midst

of their collegiate seasons as

guards and had a special treat

last month when they got to

once again share the same court.

That happened in an exhibition

contest on Dec. 12, as Williams

and her Lewis University

teammates traveled down the

road to square off against Hernandez

and the host Saints at the

University of St. Francis. There,

Williams scored 13 points and

tied for the team-high in rebounds

with six, as the Flyers

prevailed 75-54 in a game that

does not actually count on the

teams’ records.

After going 27-5 last season,

Lewis’ actual record through

Dec. 18 this campaign was 4-5.

The Saints record was 10-3

through Dec. 17.

In the December meeting,

Hernandez went scoreless with a

rebound but only played half (14

minutes) the time that Williams

played.

“We ended up matching up

against each other and guarding

each other for a good six or seven

minutes,” Williams said. “It

was weird, but the fact that she’s

ending her senior season and

playing against me was so cool.”

“It was super awesome to play

against someone that you shared

your journey with,” Hernandez

agreed.

“They beat us both years we

played, and her shooting has always

been lights out,” Hernandez

said of Williams, who helped

the Flyers to a 70-43 win on Dec.

31, 2018 at Lewis University.

“The Lewis team is an outstanding

team, and it’s always more of

an emotional game.”

Although they were in the

same grade all throughout

school, Williams has another

year of collegiate ball left. That

is because she transferred from

Loyola University during her

sophomore year and sat out her

sophomore season.

“I came to Lewis to play for

Sam and to be close to home,”

Williams explained of wanting

to play for Flyers coach Samantha

Quigley-Smith. “She also

went to [Joliet Catholic Academy]

and was my coach at Doug

Bruno Camp.”

It was another coach who influenced

both Hernandez and

Williams when they were in

their youth. That was Allee’s

dad, Rick. While Allee said her

dad had her “dribbling since I

could walk,” Williams was another

story.

“I started coaching Kaitlyn

Williams I believe in fifth grade

in the Homer rec league,” Rick

said. “That was the first time she

ever touched a ball. She may

have scored one or two baskets

the whole year, and her parents

gave her $50 the first time she

scored.

“I gave her the basics and

knew she was going to be a good

player if she practiced, and she

put a lot of practice in. I coached

them both on a few travel teams

and sixth, seventh and eighth

grade, as well.”

Now, Williams can laugh

about those days.

“Yes, Allee’s dad taught me

how to play in fifth grade,” she

said. “Back then, my parents

would have to persuade me to

shoot. I think my first shot went

on the opposite side of the backboard.

But I grew to love it. I

just continued to figure it out,

and those around me made me

better.”

Homer Glen natives Allee Hernandez and Kaitlyn Williams played

against each other for their respective college teams last month in

Joliet. Photo submitted

Allee is thankful for the sport

bringing the duo together.

“We met in fifth grade at Hadley,

and she hadn’t been playing

basketball at that point,” Allee

said of Williams. “I said, ‘Why

don’t you try out for the team,

my dad coaches it.’ So she did,

and she loved it. We became

good friends because of the

sport.”

The two were part of a nice

team at Homer Jr. High.

“They both played for the

Homer seventh-grade basketball

team which went downstate that

year and finished in the [Elite]

8,” Rick said. “They lost to the

eventual champion, Normal

Kingsley, which featured Chante

Stonewall, who currently plays

at DePaul.”

Allee helped Homer back

to the Elite Eight as an eighthgrader.

But Williams decided to

just play travel ball that season.

Then came high school, where

the duo decided to go to different

schools. Hernandez went to

Providence, while Williams was

at JCA and was a member of the

Angels 2013-2014 Class 3A second

place in the state team.

“It was two natural rivalries,

and I loved playing against

her in high school,” Hernandez

said. “But we only played

against each other our junior

and senior years. I had the flu so

bad my junior year that I missed

the postseason regional [semifinal]

game against them. It was

disappointing because there

were only a couple of times

that we faced each other in high

school.”

JCA won that Class 3A playoff

game 73-51 on Feb. 18, 2015

at Providence. But the two had a

great moment again when they

were seniors. They both qualified

for the annual 3-point shootout

at the state finals at Redbird

Arena on the campus of Illinois

State. Although neither made it

to the final round, they were both

there and competing against and

with each other again.

“We were at the Peotone Sectional,

and we both qualified

out of there to go to state,” Hernandez

recalled. “When we got

there, we were so nervous. We

were just glad to have someone

at ISU to sit with.”

Williams concurred.

“The 3-point shooting contest

was super awesome,” Williams

said. “It was very cool to experience

that together.”

While they will not meet

again on the court in college,

the pair plans to both go into

teaching. Hernandez is an English

major for secondary education

and wants to become an

English teacher. Williams plans

to use her extra year of college

to work on her master’s degree

with an education and accounting

major.

But perhaps their time on the

court together is not done after

all.

“Oh, we will play each other,”

Williams said. “Probably sooner

or later in a rec league.”

If that happens, the two really

will have come full circle.


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Porters overcome Bradley to win conference

LTHS boys bowling

SWSC champs for

10th time overall

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The Lockport boys

bowling team knew if it

was going to capture the

SouthWest Suburban Conference

championship that

it was going to be challenged.

Except that challenge

came from an unexpected

team.

That was Bradley-Bourbonnais.

The Boilermakers, in

their second season as

a varsity program, gave

Lockport all it could handle.

But in the end, the

Porters prevailed with a

pinfall of 6,288. Bradley

(6,229) was second, and,

led by individual winner

Alex Nolan, Lincoln-Way

Central (6,100) placed

third at the SWSC meet on

Saturday, Jan. 11, at Orland

Bowl.

Lincoln-Way West

(6,036), Sandburg (6,004),

Lincoln-Way East (5,519),

Andrew (5,490), Stagg

(5,447) and Bolingbrook

(5,282) rounded out the

nine-team field. Homewood-Flossmoor

does not

have a bowling team, so

since there are only nine

teams, the conference consists

of just those teams;

there are not two divisions,

as in years past.

The format where the

winner of the tournament

is the conference champion

allowed a team like

the Boilermakers, who

lost numerous SWSC dual

meets throughout the season,

to have an opportunity

to have one great day

and be league champions.

But instead, it was

Lockport, which is 13-2

in dual meets and went

7-1 in conference ones,

including a 2,079-1,778

win over Bradley on Nov.

27 at Brookmont Lanes in

Kankakee, which pulled

out the victory. It is the

10th overall SWSC championship

for the Porters

and second in three years.

They have four combined

conference crowns (2006,

2008, 2018, 2020) and six

Blue Division ones (2010,

2011, 2012, 2013, 2015,

2016).

“I put it right on them,”

Lockport coach Ron Davis

said. “We were neckand-neck

with Bradley,

and we bowled them

head-to-head in the fifth

game. So, I told the team,

‘Are you [going to] lay

down or get up and go get

them?’ I was direct, and

the kids stepped up.”

Leading by just 23 pins

after four games, the Porters

did indeed step it up.

They finished off with a

1,033 and a 960 in the final

game. That was enough to

pull away, as the Boilermakers

had totals of 1,019

and 938 in the last two

games.

Freshman Jason Laba

led Lockport with a pinfall

total of 1,294 and placed

fourth overall. He had a

290 in the second game,

which included strikes

on the last 11 balls. That

helped the Porters to their

highest game at 1,133.

Laba, who opened the next

game with a strike, too,

had a 299 in practice earlier

this season.

“It’s awesome,” Laba

said of winning the conference

championship as

a team. “All the practices,

all the tournaments, it all

paid off. We’ve placed in

Tim Hoak bowled a 1,252, with a high of 244 in Game 3, to help the Porters win the conference title on Saturday,

Jan. 11, at Orland Bowl. Photos by Chip DeLorenzo/22nd Century Media

Lockport’s Jimmy Kontos rolled a 1,244, with a high of 223 in Game 1, at the

conference championship.

the Top 6 of every tournament.

It was surprising

that [Bradley] was right

there with us, but it was

exciting.

“We just had to pick

each other up.”

Senior Ray Bufka

(1,286, 5th overall, high of

232 in Game 5) also came

up big and made All-Conference.

“It feels good, and we

banded together at the

end,” Bufka said. “We

have a lot of good competition

in the conference,

and everyone pushes each

other. But we knew we

could do this; we’ve done

it before. I remember winning

this [team conference

title] during my sophomore

year.

“[In the postseason], we

just need to stay around

1,000 per game. We are

capable of big games. It’s

a team sport, and we just

have to carry each other.”

All five of the Lockport

bowlers placed in the Top

16. Sophomore Gavin Gucwa

(1,252, 13th overall,

high of 223 in Game 2

and Game 4), Jimmy Kontos

(1,244, high of 223 in

Game 1) and senior Tim

Hoak (1,252, 16th overall,

high of 244 in Game 3)

were the rest of the Porters’

lineup.

Lockport will be in the

Plainfield North Regional,

which will be held at 9

a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 18,

at Town & Country Lanes

in Joliet. The Porters will

host their own sectional on

Jan. 25 starting at 9 a.m.

at Strike N’ Spare II. The

state finals are Jan. 31 and

Feb. 1 at St. Clair Bowl in

O’Fallon.

“We are not the same

team from the beginning

of the year till the end,”

Davis said. “It took us

until the Oak Forest Invite

[on Dec. 7] to win a

tournament. We are building

more confidence, and,

hopefully, the guys will

continue that confidence

in themselves for two

more weeks. Just getting

to [state at] O’Fallon is a

victory.”

On the JV level, LW

West (5,859), behind second-place

overall finisher

Michael Senerchia (1,286,

high of 258 in Game 2)

edged Lockport (5,831)

for the team title. LW East

junior Ethan Pacis (1,270,

high of 236 in Game 4)

was third overall.


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fastbreak

Girls Bowling

Porters, loaded with depth, roll past Andrew

Chip DeLorenzo/22nd Century

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1st and 3

Porters boys

bowling secures

another

conference crown

1. They are No. 1

The LTHS boys

bowling team took

care of business

at the conference

meet, prevailing

with a total pinfall

of 6,288 to lead

the nine-team field

on Saturday, Jan.

11, at Orland Bowl.

2. Freshman leading

the way

Lockport freshman

Jason Laba led

the Porters with

a pinfall total of

1,294 and placed

fourth overall individually.

He had a

290 in his second

game that included

strikes on the last

11 balls.

3. Steadiness across

the board

All five of the

Lockport bowlers

placed in the Top

16 at the conference

competition

in Orland Park.

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Isabella Colon entered

Lockport Township in the

fall of 2018 as a freshman.

Already a successful

youth bowler from a family

with plenty of bowling

background, she had faced

plenty of top bowling competition.

But that was nothing

compared to what she got

when she started out on

the Porter girls bowling

team. There, she faced the

toughest competition of all

- from her teammates.

“I came in my freshman

year, and I said, ‘Oh my.’”

Colon said, reminiscing of

that time. “I knew I had to

fight, I had to work my way

and fight for a spot. But

those challenges are what

builds our teamwork and

keeps us going.”

After making the state

roster last season as a freshman,

Colon continues to

fight for a spot on what is

probably the deepest team

in Lockport girls bowling

history.

That was on display in

the Porters’ first competition

of the new calendar

year, one they hope will

end with them bringing

home a fourth state trophy

in the past six seasons. Using

an alternating lineup,

Lockport defeated host

Andrew 2,014-1,666 in a

SouthWest Suburban Conference

matchup on Thursday,

Jan. 9, at Orland Bowl.

The matchups against the

host Thunderbolts are always

special, too, because

they are coached by Katie

Gibson, a current Lockport

resident who was an assistant

coach for the Porters

11 years ago.

Although the SWSC dual

meets do not count toward

the overall championship,

the three-time defending

conference champion Porters

(19-2, 3-1) will look

to win their fourth-straight

league title and 11th overall

on Jan. 25. Andrew (2-

3, 1-3) won six-straight

SWSC Red titles between

2010-2015.

“I wish we could bowl

15-on-15,” Lockport coach

Art Cwudzinski said of his

team’s depth. “As a team,

we have been bowling really

well since a disappointing

Strikefest [a sixth-place

finish on Dec. 14]. This

team is beyond deep. I have

freshmen who can be bowling

up on the varsity.

“It’s a tribute to all the

hard work the girls have put

in and their work ethic. It’s

also a tribute to their parents

for getting them to lessons

and all over the place.

Plus, a tribute to the feeder

schools, the junior leagues

and all the good coaches.”

Against Andrew, 10 different

girls bowled varsity.

In the first game, it was an

all-senior lineup of Jessica

Ramirez (191), Emilie Pleshar

(246), Morgan Lane

(174), Maci Minarcik (203)

and Samantha Traina (236)

with a 1,050 total. Andrew

had a 792 total.

“We’re all very close

in average, and it’s very

good for all of us to have

the opportunity to bowl

on the same day,” Pleshar

said. “We hope to make it

to state again and to bring

home a trophy. We just

have to keep our high spirits

up and pick up spares.”

In the second game, it

was the lineup of sophomore

Emma Punter (199),

junior Meghan Bacys

(166), junior Payton Vandenburg

204, junior Chloe

Siezega (180) and Colon

(215) rolling a 964 total as

Andrew bowled an 874. To

illustrate how good the Porters

are, the same five that

bowled the second game

rolled an exhibition game

under the title of “next

year’s team” to start. There,

Punter (269), Bacys (226),

Vandenburg (203), Siezega

(213) and Colon (225) had

a total of 1,136.

For Colon, who Cwudzinski

said is the “best sixth

bowler in the state,” competing

with such talent

makes her and the team

better.

“We just communicate

well and help each other

out,” said Colon, whose

older sister, Monica, was

a member of the Porters

third-place team in 2016

and second-place squad

in 2017. “We are always

talking about how the lane

conditions are, how the ball

is hooking and everything.

[To be successful this postseason],

we just need to

continue our strong teamwork.”

Andrew, which has a

varsity lineup of a freshman,

three sophomores and

a junior, was led by sophomore

Bryanna Battles (179,

173 - 352 total), junior

Nikki Skowyra (141, 210

- 351 total) and sophomore

Deanna Wiedmyer (173,

171 - 344 total).

While Lockport hopes to

compete for its fifth state title

next month, the T-Bolts,

who won the state championship

in 2012, hope to

regroup and make it to state

for a third-straight season.

In the meantime, Gibson

enjoyed coaching against

the team she once helped

assist.

“Bowling against Lockport

is always a delight,”

Gibson said. “I enjoy seeing

the coaches and being

around the atmosphere of

the Porters, just like I enjoyed

it when I was student

teaching at Lockport. I’ll

never forget that (2008-

2009) season. It was my

first time on the other side

of things. I was no longer

a player. I was now the

coach.

“I remember thinking,

‘How on Earth do I get

them to bowl?’ I remember,

as a player, just knowing

how to bowl. I never had

to explain it to someone

else. I also distinctly remember

giving the team

a pep talk in the banquet

room at Strike N’ Spare II

about halfway through the

season.”

At that point, Gibson

used some old advice and

that helped that team have

some excellent results.

“The girls were not on

the same page, so I said

what my high school volleyball

coach, Al Mart, said

to my team senior year,”

Gibson added. “’I don’t

care if you like each other

off the lanes, I don’t care if

you even talk to each other

outside this alley, but I do

know for one thing, when

you walk into that pit, you

are a team. You pick each

other up and work hard for

each other. It would be a

waste of talent for you to

allow nonsense to impact

what you could have.’

“[The Porters] won state

that year. I am not saying

that talk had that big of an

influence on the team that

year, but I am saying that

they had to come together,

work hard and support

each other in order to be

successful. Art [Cwudzinski

and [assistant coaches]

Andy [McCormick] and

Lynda [Siezega] gave me

my first lesson on how

to coach the sport. I have

taken the family aspect that

they have instilled in their

program for years and have

been working on building

that same atmosphere at

Andrew High School, one

ball, one frame, one game

at a time.”

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“It feels good, and we banded together at the end. We have a lot

of good competition in the conference, and everyone pushes each

other. But we knew we could do this; we’ve done it before.”

Ray Bufka — Porters senior boys bowler, on winning

conference

Boys Bowling

Looking to advance — 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Plainfield

North Regional

• The Porters head to their regional at Town & Country Lanes in

Joliet before hosting their own sectional the following Saturday.

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FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor

Thomas Czaja, tom@homerhorizon.com.


homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | January 16, 2020

Showing their

skill Porters girls

bowling dominates

Andrew, Page 39

Reunion on the collegiate

court Duo from Homer Glen compete

against one another in Lewis versus St. Francis

women’s basketball game, Page 37

Porters boys bowling confident heading into postseason after taking SWSC

conference crown, Page 38

Lockport’s Ray Bufka rolled a 1,286, which was good for fifth overall individually, to help lead the Porters to a conference title on Saturday, Jan. 11, at

Orland Bowl. Chip DeLorenzo/22nd Century Media

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