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Eighth-grader claims top

spot in Mokena Junior High

Geography Bee, Page 3

Mokena Junior High School Principal Michael Rolinitis presents eighth-grader

Uthman Boudjerda with a plaque after Boudjerda claimed the top spot in the

school’s annual Geography Bee Friday, Jan. 10. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

More charges

filed Grand jury indicts

Melissa McGrath on 15 theftrelated

charges, Page 4

Get going

Healthy Living Guide here

to help area residents

start 2020 right, Inside

Love is in the air

22CM opens Valentine’s Day

Coloring Contest, Page 9


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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.

Monday

Winter Jumpfest

3-8 p.m. Jan. 20, The

Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center, 10847 W. LaPorte

Road in Mokena. School

is out but that doesn’t

mean you have to be stuck

in front of the TV. Join us

at Jumpfest for a jumptastic

time. Jumpfest

wristbands include unlimited

jump time on all of

the inflatables in the gym.

All ages are welcome.

Children 11 and younger

must have a guardian with

them. Anyone jumping

must purchase a wristband.

Concessions will

be available for purchase.

No refunds for this event.

Register by Jan. 19 to receive

a VIP wristband that

includes an extra hour of

jump time from 2-3 p.m.

VIP wristbands are limited.

Fee is $10 for unlimited

jump time, or $12

day of event. For more

information, call Mokena

Community Park District

at (708) 390-2401, or visit

mokenapark.com to register

online.

TUESDAY

Jewelry Making with Liz

Credio

6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 21,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. Join

the Mokena Community

Public Library and Liz

Credio of Art in the Garage

as she helps get your

creative juices flowing to

craft your own piece of

jewelry. Everyone will

create a tree of life pendant

with copper wire and

beads. Learn the technique

of wire wrapping and creating

a wire frame to support

your wire working

project. We will also patina

our piece with liver of

sulfur to enhance the wire

wrapping. Choose from a

variety of colored beads

for your tree. All supplies

and instructions are included.

A limit of 12 participants.

To register, call

(708) 479-9663, or register

on our events calendar

at mokenalibrary.org.

UPCOMING

Friends of the Library

Winter Book Sale

Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 24;

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. The

Friends of the Library is

hosting its first book sale

of the year to support the

Mokena Community Public

Library District. The

sale is held downstairs in

the library’s community

room. The members of

the Friends of the Library

are allowed early into the

pre-sale on both Friday

and Saturday. Membership

forms are available at

the circulation desk in the

library. Annual membership

dues are: Single - $10;

Family – $12; Student - $5;

Senior - $3; Senior Couple

$5. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Open House

Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 26,

Noonan Elementary Academy,

19131 Henry Drive

in Mokena. Noonan Elementary

Academy is

an independent Catholic

school in Mokena serving

preschool through eighth

grade. It will be hosting its

annual Open House to any

new or prospective families

wishing to learn more

about Noonan. For more

information, call (708)

479-8988, or visit noonan

academy.org.

#GirlGoals

1-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Bloom

Art Studio, 11110 Front

St. Sponsored by Jean

Lachat Photography and

Bloom Art Studio in Mokena,

#GirlGoals is an

empowerment event for

tween girls, ages 9-12.

This event requires preregistration,

and a suggested

donation of $20

benefitting the Mokena

Intermediate School girl’s

running club, Rocket Runners.

Participants will create

meaningful art projects

with Emily Peace Franz,

owner of Bloom Art Studio,

listen to an inspirational

keynote from Amy

Cavanaugh, a mom and

Lincoln-Way East English

teacher, have some great

food, and become art as

they are photographed by

Jean Lachat Photography.

To register or to sponsor

this event, please contact

Jean Lachat at (708) 296-

2170.

ONGOING

LWABWO Meetings

6-8 p.m. on the third

Tuesday of each month

Sept. through June, Gatto’s

Restaurant, 1938 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox.

The Lincoln-Way Area

Business Women’s Organization

is a non-profit club

formed in 1971 to provide

scholarship funds to graduating

female high school seniors

and adult women for

the purpose of continuing

education. We are always

looking for new members.

For more information, visit

LWABWO.org.

We are Lions

7 p.m. first Thursday

of each month, Doc’s

Smokehouse, 19081 Old

LaGrange Road #105 in

Mokena. The Lions Club

of Mokena hosts is monthly

meeting. For more information,

email Moke

naLionsClub@att.net.

Al-Anon

6 p.m. Sundays, Mokena

Fellowship Center, 11137

W. 191st St., Mokena; 7

p.m. Mondays and 6 p.m.

Thursdays, Old Plank Trail

Bank, 20012 Wolf Road,

Mokena. Meetings are

open to anyone who feels

their life has been affected

by a problem drinker.

There are no dues or fees.

All meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (815) 773-9623.

Mokena Fire Protection

CPR Class

6-9:30 p.m. First and

third Mondays of the

month. Mokena Fire Station

1, 19853 S. Wolf

Road, Moknea. The Mokena

Fire Protection District

offers monthly CPR

classes for the public.

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Students are instructed in

adult, child and infant CPR

and AED. The cost of the

class is $40 for Community

CPR and $50 Healthcare

CPR. Register for

specific dates at mokena

fire.org.

Kindergarten Registration

Drive

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ongoing.

District Administrative

Center, 20100 South

Spruce Drive in Frankfort.

Summit Hill School

District’s 2019-20 kindergarten

registration drive

continues. Parents may

access studentregistration.

org to review the checklist

of documents needed

for registration. Parents

have the option of enrolling

their kindergartener in

the extended day program

or the half-day program.

Registration fee for extended

day is $150. Registration

fee for half day is

$125. Payment options are

available.

Walking Book Club

9-10 a.m. Wednesdays,

The Oaks Fitness & Recreation

Center, 10847

LaPorte Road, Mokena.

Organized by the Mokena

Community Public Library,

this group walks for

30 minutes and then talks

about a book for 30 minutes.

Copies of the reading

schedule are doled out

at weekly meetings. For

more information, call

(708) 479-9663.


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Mokena 8th-grader on the

map following Geo Bee

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Mokena Junior High School students cheer on their

classmates during the school’s annual Geography Bee

Friday, Jan. 10. Ten students competed for the chance

to advance to the state level, but it was eighth-grader

Uhtman Boudjerda who took the crown.

T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

An instant-classic

showdown took place in

the Mokena Junior High

School gymnasium Friday,

Jan. 10. A battle so

well played that none who

were there will likely soon

forget it.

But it was not a test of

athletic abilities; it was a

display of wills, as much

a test of students’ knowledge

of geography as it

was an endurance test, as

10 students battled it out

for the right to be crowned

Geography Bee champ

and claim bragging rights

for their class.

Representing the seventh-graders

were Ethan

Rogers, A.J. Stoll, Paul

Taussig and Sean Welsh.

On the eighth-grade

side were Helen Ambrose,

Uthman Boudjerda, Andrew

Franson, Luke Galka,

Addison Jensen and

Rosemary Wilson.

After nearly an hour

of round after round of

questions spanning their

knowledge of oceans,

continents, countries and

cities, it finally came

down to just two: the

eighth-grader Boudjerda

pitted against the seventhgrader

Welsh.

Now, the National

Geographic Society, the

organization behind the

nationwide National Geography

Bee — of which

the students were competing

on the school level for

a chance to compete in the

state level and eventually

on to the national finals

— requests that media not

publish specific questions

posed to the students because

that might give others

an unfair advantage

since the questions at the

school level are the same

for all competing schools.

But what we can report

is that the questions were

most assuredly not easy

ones.

In fact, the questions

were so challenging that

the final round between

Boudjerda and Welsh

— a best-of-three round

— was not enough to determine

a winner, as each

student ended the round

with one correct answer

apiece.

That meant a tie-breaker,

sudden-death round

was on. And even that

proved not to be enough

as it took not one, but two

sudden-death questions,

with the crowd of classmates,

teachers and parents

growing more anxious

and vocal with each

question.

Both Boudjerda and

Welsh missed the first

question, a difficult one

3

about rivers flowing into

oceans. But Boudjerda

nailed the second question

— which had something

to do with unicorns, of all

things — while Welsh was

stumped.

The crowd erupted with

screams and chants of

“Uthman, Uthman!”

“I feel great. I’m really

excited and happy,”

Boudjerda said. “I never

thought I’d come this far.”

Boudjerda now has a

chance to compete for a

spot at the state level and

then, he said, he hopes to

represent Mokena Junior

High School on the national

stage.

But that will be decided

at a later date. For now,

Boudjerda can savor his

victory and enjoy the respect

he has earned from

his peers, a respect that

was earned by all of the

contestants through the

strength of their mind

rather than athletic prowess.

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Grand jury revises charges against former LW Central secretary in missing Booster funds case

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

A grand

jury handed

down an

indictment

of 15 criminal

charges

against Melissa

Mc- McGrath

Grath, 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

From Jan. 9

County State’s Attorney’s

Office Wednesday, Jan. 8,

include additional felony

theft charges, as well as

several of the original

charges presented late last

year.

McGrath had previously

been charged after

being arrested at her home

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.

As previously reported

by The Messenger, Mc-

Grath 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.

The Will County Sheriff’s

Office has been investigating

the case since

Aug. 6, 2019, when deputies

initially met with administrators

in reference to

suspicious financial transgressions

that had been

discovered on the Boosters’

accounting books. At

that time, the Lincoln-Way

administration reported

that an internal investigation

had been conducted,

and it was thought that

McGrath was fraudulently

taking money from the

Boosters by running two

sets of financial books, police

said.

According to the Sheriff’s

Office, an investigation

found more than

$30,000 in Booster funds

Transformation Station opens its doors in New Lenox warehouse

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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.

The current charges Mc-

Grath faces are as follows:

two counts of theft, Class

1 felony Category A; four

counts of theft, Class 2 felony

Category A; one count

of theft, Class 2 felony

Category B; four counts

of theft, Class 3 felony

Category B; two counts

of forgery, Class 3 felony

Category B; and one count

of identity theft, Class 3

felony Category B; and

one count of identity theft,

Class 2 Category B, according

to the grand jury’s

bill of indictment.

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.

Mokena resident

expands personal

training business

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

Walking in The Transformation

Station, one of

the first things one notices

are several before and after

photos of clients that owner

Darin Steen, of Mokena,

has worked with. With a

grand opening of his new

gym, Steen’s excited to

change more lives through

fitness and nutrition.

“I’ve actually been in

business since 2005,”

Steen said. “Before that,

I was a UPS driver for 17

years. I also had a football

career end in 1989. I tried

out for the Chicago Bears

in 1988. I didn’t make it,

so it was a finality in that

career.”

Meeting Steen, it’s easy

to understand how he gets

clients to change their

lives. His excitement for

fitness and health rubs off

right away. It wasn’t like

that for him all the time.

He credits his mom and a

fitness routine for bringing

him out of a dark depression.

“After the Bears cut, I

was lost,” Steen said. “I

didn’t have anything to

train for anymore. I began

working out and asked the

bodybuilders — who were

lean and looked younger

than me — I asked ‘How

do I get my stomach

weight off and how do I

get ripped abs?’ They began

to show me, which

was different than football

training. They taught me

how to eat healthy, so I’ve

lived that lifestyle ever

since.”

Steen’s life changed

when he was a winner of

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s

America’s Next Great

Trainer Championship.

“One of the best things I

bring to my clients is role

modeling the true fountain

of youth: how to look 10

years younger by mindset

work, workouts, eating,

rest recovery and people

to believe the message,”

Steen said. “When they

believe the messenger to

be genuine and truly care

about helping them, [they

can] attain goals for a

healthy lifestyle.”

The Transformation Station

is located in a warehouse

featuring 17 other

small businesses. The

warehouse is located at

1333 S. Schoolhouse Road

in New Lenox.

“The reason that this is

such a grand exciting event

is because for the first time

I have a general membership

to a training club for

people,” Steen said.

He has three personal

trainers and plans to service

200 members, he said

Co-owner of the warehouse

Gary Briden, of Mokena,

said he is thrilled to

have The Transformation

Darin Steen, of Mokena, personal trainer and owner

of The Transformation Station, works out in his new

facility located in a warehouse at 1333 S. Schoolhouse

Road in New Lenox.

Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Station open in his warehouse.

“Transformation Station

is a great idea,” Briden

said. “Darin was located in

Mokena, now the space in

the warehouse is a larger

space for him.”

The warehouse is open 7

a.m.-midnight

“I bought the building

from Panduit over two

years ago,” Briden said. “I

still have a handful of office

space still available.

It’s very economically

priced. We’re always trying

to renovate new things

to make it look better. It

serves its purpose for us,

and we’re able to offer

space at a competitive rate.

It’s a win-win for us.”

A client of Steen’s, Mike

Sheedy, of Tinley Park,

came out to congratulate

his personal trainer.

“I’m very pleased

with Darin, he’s a great

coach,” Sheedy said. “He

has given me a food plan

and what I should do getting

my mind set, thinking

positive thoughts. It’s a

process, so I’m happy with

my progress.”

Steen has many goals

for his new gym.

“My goals are to prove

this unique business concept

will work,” he said.

“[And] to service the

members so they can safely

and efficiently use our

new business mindset. The

top goal is to inspire others

to become a healthier version

of themselves mentally,

emotionally, physically

and spiritually.”

Owner of The

Transformation Station,

Darin Steen, poses with

his mother, Jean Steen, at

his new location in New

Lenox.


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Candidates meet voters at Frankfort Township Democrats event

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Five Democratic candidates

competing for

regional State and Congressional

offices introduced

themselves and

greeted voters Jan. 7 during

a candidate night hosted

by the Frankfort Township

Democrats at the

Frankfort Public Library

District.

The event was the first

of three scheduled candidates

ahead of the Democratic

primaries. Two

other events are set for 7

p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, and

Tuesday, March 3, at the

same location.

Illinois’ 1st Congressional

District

Sarah Gad, a third-year

University of Chicago

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law student, is one of four

Democratic candidates

running for the seat in Illinois’

1st Congressional

District, which is currently

held by longtime incumbent

U.S. Rep. Bobby

Rush.

“My community saw

that there was a void in

leadership and asked if I

would jump into the race

and run against him and

possibly unseat him,” Gad

said.

A former medical student,

Gad was severely

injured during her third

year of medical school

after being hit by a drunk

driver and developed an

addiction to prescription

opioids. She forged prescriptions

to obtain more

opioids and, because of

jail overcrowding, ended

up in the maximum security

confinement in the

Cook County jail, where

she said she was sexually

assaulted, beaten and

stabbed.

After she was released

from jail, Gad struggled

to find employment and

worked as an overnight

convenience store clerk

until an attorney who

specializes in wrongful

conviction cases, Kathleen

Zellner, offered her a

job at her law firm. From

there, Gad began pursuing

a new path focusing

on areas such as criminal

justice reform.

Gad said she wanted

to give a voice to the

residents in the district,

who she said face “insurmountable

challenges.”

“We have unparalleled

rates of gun violence in

our district,” she said.

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“We have the highest

black unemployment rate

in our district. Seventy

percent of families live

below the poverty line

in the South Side of Chicago.

A child living in the

South Side of Chicago is

eight times more likely to

die of asthma because we

are so burdened with toxic

air pollution.”

Will County Executive

Democrats Nick Palmer,

chief of staff for incumbent

Will County Executive

Larry Walsh, and

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

(D-Shorewood)

submitted bids for Walsh’s

seat this election cycle.

Walsh announced in August

he did not intend to

run for re-election.

Palmer, who grew up in

Joliet and graduated from

Loyola University, first

developed an interest in

politics after a U.S. Senate

internship during his

time in college. He said

he wanted to make a difference

at the county level

because “this is really

where the rubber hits the

road.”

“At the local level, you

run into your constituents

at the grocery store, at the

gas station, and you really

implement all the policies

that come down,” he said.

Palmer said he wanted

to work with the private

and public sector to improve

safety with respect

to infrastructure and transportation

while preserving

economic development.

“It’s a balance,” he said.

“We wrestle with this all

the time. Let’s go ahead

and bring businesses in,

create higher-paying jobs,

give our residents opportunities

locally, but

also let’s not destroy the

quality of life for our

residents either, because

Sarah Gad, a Democrat running for Illinois’s first

Congressional district, addresses voters Jan. 7 during

the Frankfort Township Democrats’ candidate night at

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Will County isn’t getting

any smaller. It’s getting

larger.”

Bertino-Tarrant was

first elected to Illinois

State Senate District 49

in 2012. She has a doctorate

from Loyola University,

comes from a background

in education and

has served as an adjunct

professor at several area

institutions, including Joliet

Junior College and the

University of St. Francis.

“I have a certain passion

for seniors,” she said.

“I have worked on and

passed legislation regarding

fraud, hearing aids,

possible hearing aids as

well. These are things that

are important to everyday

people, and I pride myself

on being the ears and

listening to what people

need and then passing it.”

Bertino-Tarrant said she

wanted to return home to

Will County to serve constituents

locally on issues

such as infrastructure and

diversity.

“We know we have a lot

of truck traffic, we know

we’ve got a lot of opportunities

to make some

improvements here,” she

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What do you like to do when not

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Whom do you look up to and

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I look up to my aunt. She is

strong in her faith. Also, she is

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why?

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I find it interesting how everything

works, like the body, or

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What’s one thing that stands out

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my school is it is based in faith.

Also, we have a weekly Mass.

What extracurricular(s) do you

wish your school had?

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wish they provided more sport

selections.

If you could change one thing

about your school, what would

it be?

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would add more half days and

days off.

What’s your best memory from

school?

My favorite memory was the

last day of school. We end with

Mass and a picnic with fun

games.

Standout Student is a weekly feature

for The Mokena Messenger. Nominations

come from Mokena-area

schools.

School News

Lincoln-Way East teacher

receives ‘Educator of the Year’

award

Lincoln-Way East Reading

Department Chair Erin Venezio

will receive the “Educator

of Year Award” from the Will

County Reading Council.

Venezio and her department

members participate in

the State of Illinois’ Read for

a Lifetime Program, and they

encourage their students to

participate, as well. Venezio

also sponsors S.T.A.R. Club —

which stands for Student Tutor

Academic Resource — where

students tutor their peers and

assist them in subjects where

they need additional assistance.

She also devotes time to

supporting school-wide ACT

and SAT test prep programs

that are offered to students who

need additional assistance in

increasing or improving their

college test scores.

Venezio will be formally

recognized at the Will County

Reading Council’s annual winter/spring

event on March 5.

LW D210 invites public to State

of the District

Join Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210 for the

third annual State of the District

at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at

Lincoln-Way Central, 1801 E.

Lincoln Highway in New Lenox,

in the Knight’s Round Table. Superintendent

Scott Tingley and

district administrators will share

recent accomplishments, financials,

test scores and upcoming

initiatives. Everyone in the

Lincoln-Way attendance area is

invited to attend this formal presentation.

Bradley University

Mokena residents named to

dean’s list

Emily Peters, a elementary

education major; Claire Peters,

a music business major; Jennifer

Kaz, a nursing major; and

Aileen Richardson, a nursing

major, were all named to the

2019 fall semester’s dean’s list.

To be eligible for the dean’s list

a student must achieve a minimum

3.5 grade point average

for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Mokena student named to

dean’s list

Abi Baumgartner has made the

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

dean’s list for the 2019 fall

semester. Students must receive a

grade point average of 3.4 or above

in a single semester to be eligible.

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Illinois State Senate

District 40

Incumbent State Sen.

Patrick Joyce (D-Essex)

and challenger Marta Perales

are competing for

the Illinois State Senate

District 40 seat in a pool

of four Democratic candidates.

Joyce was sworn into

office in November after

former State Sen. Toi

Hutchinson departed to

accept a new position

overseeing the implementation

of the new Illinois

cannabis law. He is an

Illinois State University

graduate and spent 19

years on the Kankakee

County Farm Bureau’s

Board of Directors. In

particular, he said, he

places a lot of importance

on health care, especially

after he lost one of his

children to leukemia.

“The key is to listen,

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this diversified ... Some

legislation you vote on

in the northern part of the

district might affect differently

the southwestern

part of the district, and

vice versa,” he said. “You

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your district in mind.”

One of the main challenges

the district faces

heading into 2020 is construction

on capital projects

that will affect roadways

in the area, he said.

“A lot of people are

saying, ‘Boy, the taxes

are high, you’re taxing

this,’” Joyce said. “When

you start seeing road projects

done in your area and

things start to get done,

that’s what those monies

are doing.”

Perales, the Kankakee

County Democratic

Party’s communications

secretary, holds a master’s

degree from the University

of Illinois at Springfield

and has a background

in transportation policy

and managing political

campaigns throughout

Chicagoland. Her past

experience includes serving

as the statewide coordinator

for the Illinois

Metropolitan Planning

Organization Advisory

Council and as the transit

campaign organizer for

the Illinois Jobs to Move

America Coalition.

“I believe I am the most

qualified position for this

position,” she said. “I believe

experience matters

when it comes to all of

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We need someone

who actually understands

the issues.”

Perales said her platform

is focused on advocating

for safer roads

and sidewalks for communities,

protecting the

Kankakee River and improving

access to regional

transportation.

“What I see in the

Southland is I see a lot of

people who are walking

along Route 50 in the middle

of the night because

there is no other option,”

she said. “There is no bus

route here ... The 40th district

is in a transit desert

because we lack public

transportation services. I

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Hard not to love this contest

Valentine’s Day

Coloring Contest

returns for 2020

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Love is in the air.

Can you smell it?

It smells a lot like crayons,

Elmer’s glue, paper

and — achoo! Sigh. Glitter.

At least, it smells that

way when we’re wading

through the countless entries

area children have

submitted year after year

to 22nd Century Media’s

Valentine’s Day Coloring

Contest. The competition

annually spreads the holiday’s

love both near and

far, with contest entries

doubling as valentines for

both active military and

veterans over the years.

Every year, we provide

a blank heart. Children

get creative. A few lucky

entrants win prizes. More

get to see their work in

print.

And this serves as the

official announcement

that the beloved tradition

is back.

The Messenger is asking

children ages 3-12

to get creative by downloading

the form from

the homepage of Mokena

MessengerDaily.com

to create just one outstanding

valentine per

entrant and send it our

way.

Entries must be mailed

to or dropped off at 22nd

Century Media Southwest

Chicago c/o Editor Bill

Jones, 11516 W. 183rd St.,

Unit SW Office Condo #3,

Orland Park, IL, 60467.

The deadline to submit

entries is 5 p.m. Thursday,

Pictured is the winner of last year’s 22nd Century

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Feb. 6. Publisher 22nd

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Chicago staff will review

all entries and select

winners in each of three

age groups — ages 3-5,

6-8 and 9-12. The winning

entries are to be published

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Feb. 13 edition,

along with other favorites,

at the editor’s discretion.

For this year’s contest,

we will be picking one

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from across all seven of

the towns and schools

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Winners will be chosen

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On Dec. 18, the officer

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Stell complied and

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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.”

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Storytellers old, new

regale guests at first

‘Inspired! live lit’ of 2020

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 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 six-week

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

warmth. But Robert Hafey,

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room by the water cooler.

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Woman charged with hate

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racial slurs at DiNolfo’s

A local woman was

charged with a hate crime

and more after she allegedly

attacked and shouted

racial slurs at a woman the

evening of Jan. 4 outside

a banquet hall in Homer

Glen.

Sarah Benain, 25, of the

13200 block of W. Oakwood

Drive in Homer

Glen, attacked a black

woman around 11 p.m. at

DiNolfo’s Banquets, which

was hosting two different

functions simultaneously

that evening, according to

Will County Sheriff’s Office

spokeswoman Kathy

Hoffmeyer. In addition to

the hate crime, Benain was

charged with three counts

of aggravated battery to

a police officer, and 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.

Both Benain and Harnik

were taken to the Will

County Adult Detention

Facility, per Hoffmeyer.

Bond was set Jan. 6 at

$15,000 for Benain, who

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

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Reporting by Thomas

Czaja, Editor. For more, visit

HomerHorizonDaily.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 lab

manager Ashley Middleton

said. “People carry

around their phones 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.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

New officer joins Frankfort

police department

A new member of the

Frankfort Police Department

was sworn in Jan.

7 following a 1 percent

Village sales tax increase

approved by voters in

November 2018 to raise

money for new officers

and maintain the Village’s

capital fund for infrastructure

improvements.

“I think we’re being

very responsible with the

money,” Frankfort Mayor

Jim Holland said. “We said

we would use it for police.

We’re hiring five new police

positions in our community,

going from 28 to

33 officers, sworn officers

in Frankfort. And then we

said we would spend money

on capital improvement

and, frankly, it’s going into

road projects and resurfacing

of roads and such, too.”

Friends and family of

Frankfort Police Officer

Jarret Tinman gathered at

the Village administration

building during the Frankfort

Village Board meeting

to watch the swearing-in

ceremony. Tinman holds a

bachelor’s degree from the

University of Iowa and is

the grandson of a former

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On bee-ing part of wondrous discovery

TJ Kremer iii

tj@mokenamessenger.com

This was a pretty

good weekend to

be a journalist in

Mokena.

Mokena Junior High

School held its annual

Geography Bee, and although

The Messenger

has covered this event in

the past, it was my first

time personally covering

it. (That story is on Page

3.)

I already knew — or

thought I knew — that

the event is kind of a big

deal for the students. I

had read the articles from

the past years. I had seen

the photos of the students

with their posters, cheering

on their classmates.

But I did not fully appreciate

just how special

the geography bee is until

I saw it in person.

Boy, was it loud in that

gym! When a student

correctly answered a

question, the bleachers

erupted. When one got

a question wrong, there

were no jeers; rather,

students let out a pained

moan, signifying that

they, too, felt the tinge of

missing a question.

When so much emphasis

in our schools is

placed on athletic success,

it was indeed a treat to

see students cheering and

rooting just as hard for

academic success. Kudos

to all the students, faculty,

staff and parents of

Mokena Junior High. You

all represented yourselves

and your school well.

Then, on Sunday, I got

to go to Mokena Community

Park District’s indoor

flea market. (That story is

on Page 22.) And I have

to admit that I’m glad

that I did not bring any

money with me because

I would not have been

able to do my job with all

the interesting items on

display, just begging to be

bought. I most assuredly

would have spent my time

there as a shopper and not

a reporter.

I did get to meet some

interesting people there,

as one might expect at a

flea market. And it was

fun for me to people

watch as the sizable

crowd slowly made its

way from table to table,

examining the rows of

hidden gems ripe for the

picking.

Yes, this weekend was

filled with discovering

treasures, both of the

physical kind and the kind

that exists in one’s mind.

I was happy to “bee” a

part of it all.

“6th grades honoring our veterans with

handmade cards and ornaments!”

Mokena School District 159 posted this to

its Facebook page Jan. 8.

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“Congratulations to the LWC December

Student of the Month- Gabija Petraityte.”

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From Page 14

Chicago police officer,

Holland said.

“It’s nice to know that

the police business stays in

the family,” Holland said.

“I’m sure he would appreciate

what you’re doing.”

Frankfort Police Chief

John Burica said Tinman

was already doing a great

job for the Frankfort Police

Department.

“He’s been with us for

a little while and is one of

our most effective officers

out there and does a really

good job with his numbers,”

Burica said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit

FrankfortStationDaily.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Late owner of Village

Pizza ‘Tony’ Martino built,

lived American dream

What started as a dream

was built into a legacy by

Antonio “Tony” Martino,

the late owner of Village

Pizza.

For more than 40 years,

he delighted Tinley Park

families and his own with

recipes and an approach to

life that started in a small

town in southern Italy.

The local legend died

Dec. 19. He was 78 years

old.

Martino was born in

1941 to Michele Martino

and Carmela Rondinella,

farmers in Ripacandida,

a city of roughly 1,800 in

Italy’s Potenza province,

approximately 75 miles

east of Naples. He grew

up and got engaged to Carmela

Martino, the woman

who would become his

long-time wife, but moved

to the United States to lay

the foundation for a better

life before they wed, said

Aldo Martino, one of the

couple’s three children.

Their other children are

Michael Martino and Carmela

Shaw.

“It was a perfect place

for them to move,” Aldo

said. “It made it an easier

transition, having friends

with similar backgrounds.”

Through hard work,

help from family and

friends, and a leap of faith,

the Martinos opened Village

Pizza in 1978.

The business, serving

pies, pastas and other Italian

fare, established a foothold

on Oak Park Avenue

and in the stomachs of local

families.

“Our dad treated everyone

who walked through

those doors as family,”

Aldo said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction

Daily.com.

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Mokena

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two years

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veterans’

graves,

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Treasure trove

Indoor flea market

offers unique items, Page 22

Mokena resident

Arwen Rolinitis,

a Girl Scout from

Troop 70810, shows

documentation of

her research of

veterans buried

within the village

at a meeting at

the Mokena VFW

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Robin’s Nest

Dear Cat (aka Chloe)

Robin Melvin

Contributing Columnist

It’s not your fault you

meow at zero-dark:30,

B.C. (before coffee).

You’re a cat. It’s what

you do. It’s not your fault

I let them talk me into

rescuing you. And that I

believed them when they

said I wouldn’t have to do

a thing to keep you happy

and healthy or clean fur

balls and upchucks from

the carpet.

It’s not your fault you

walk in on your little stealth

feet and your meeeooowww

slices through the quiet

and alarms me there’s always

one more thing to do,

when I just wanna’ do my

thing, like ease into my day

— with no interruptions.

It’s not your fault that I

don’t automatically have a

deep, jump-up-on-my-lap

affection for ya’ll. Not that

I don’t have the capacity.

You’ve probably heard the

stories of your predecessor,

Cocoa. Another rescue.

BUY IT!

Only she was a dog. And

there I was on the floor of

the vet clinic crying like a

baby, stroking her fur and

telling her she was a good

girl, as her breath slowed

and stopped.

So, I do have the

potential. But, since we

might not ever be besties,

maybe we can come to an

understanding. Or at least

be civil. I can’t make you

learn from me. Maybe

I’ll learn from you. About

life’s unexpected interruptions

and how to roll with

them and not ruminate,

wishing it was different.

To trust that when I meet

challenges with courage

and prayer, I’ll grow from

them. And when I choose

to be grateful for my

blessings, I won’t focus on

the burdens. Yes, I choose

peace.

The most important

thing I’m learning is to let

people be people. Including

myself. We’re human.

We fail. It’s what we do.

We are perfectly imperfect

works-in-progress. When I

see all people from God’s

perspective, loved beyond

measure, I choose grace

and grow from their mistakes

and mine. And even

in those moments when

I get it right, some will

misunderstand and I will

SELL IT!

disappoint them. That’s

OK. Jesus was misunderstood

and disappointed

many.

OK, Chloe, I’ve probably

lost you, but I need

to wrap this up. Now that

we’ve established we can

learn as we go, how about

a truce? I’ll stop stressing

when you howl and you

stop hurling on the carpet.

This morning you didn’t

make a peep at zerodark:30.

What’s up with

that? Maybe we’re making

progress. Or maybe it’s a

trick. It was kinda’ eerie.

You sat in the shadows of

the dining room table and

watched me make coffee.

Actually, thank you for

that. Oh dear. Am I really

talking to a cat? This is a

weird way to begin 2020.

Oh well, such is life. As

long as I keep learning to

live large and love well,

I’m cool with that.

Peace out.

For more with Robin,

visit robinmelvin.com/

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Robin Melvin, Author.

The thoughts and opinions

expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century

Media or its staff.

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Faith Briefs

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Human trafficking seminar

7 p.m. Jan. 21. St. Mary

Mokena will host a presentation

on the dangerous reality

of human trafficking

in the Church Hall. Sister

Jean Okroi, IBVM will be

the presenter.

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

7:30 a.m. daily; 7 p.m.

Tuesday evenings.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Church Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

and family service

with children’s bible lesson

during adult worship

service. For more information,

visit stjohnsmokena.

org

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Tuesday of each

month. Enjoy fun and fellowship

while making

baby quilts for infants baptized

at St. John’s and lap

quilts for shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Winter Italian dinner

4-7 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets:

adults $14; children

12 and under $5; children

under 5 eat free. Menu

includes: mostaccioli and

homemade meatballs;

choice of sauce (traditional

red sauce or pesto); salad

bar, bread, soft drinks and

desserts, including homemade

cannoli. All food is

homemade. For more information,

call (708) 479-

1110.

Service

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

For more information, call

(708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information,

email marleycommu

nitychurch@gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

email marleycommunity

church@gmail.com.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Worship

5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Sunday Services

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

more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Mokena Baptist offers

Sunday School classes

for all ages. For more information,

call (312) 350-

2279.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512

Parker Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service

to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education

Hour (9:15-10:15

a.m.), all beverages can

be found just outside the

sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who

have struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome.

All meetings are

confidential. For more information,

call (708) 479-

0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are

welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

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

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor T.J.

Kremer at tj@mokenames

senger.com or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 29. Deadline

is noon Thursday one week

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Girl Scout brings long forgotten veteran graves back into light

3

Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter

Arwen Rolinitis, a 16-yearold

from Mokena, said joining

the Girl Scouts when she was in

kindergarten was one of the best

decisions she has ever made.

And the members of Mokena

VFW Post 725 might agree with

her because on Jan. 8 Rolinitis

presented her project on locating

veterans’ graves in Mokena’s

cemeteries.

“The project I chose to do was

to work with the Mokena VFW

and St. John’s Cemetery to arrange

a better method of flag

placement for Memorial Day,”

Rolinitis said. The junior at

Lincoln-Way Central has volunteered

placing flags on veterans’

graves since 2014. “There is an

older part in St. John’s cemetery

that is so difficult to find all of

the graves. I wanted to create a

method to find all the veteran

graves to make sure everyone

was remembered.”

It took Rolinitis two years to

complete the project. During

her 12 years as a Girl Scout, she

has earned multiple badges. For

this project, Rolinitis hopes to

earn the Girl Scout Gold Award,

which is the equivalent to being

named an Eagle Scout. According

to Rolinitis, only 6 percent of

Girl Scouts earn this prestigious

award.

“The way the Gold Award

works is that you have to do a

project by yourself, everything

needs to be original and community

driven,” Rolinitis said.

“I thought, ‘Why not help in the

community that I already serve

in?’ You can only receive the

Gold Award when you have gotten

the final approval. The Gold

Award project has to be presented

to various groups. Presenting

this project to the VFW is one

step in getting the award.”

Rolinitis has already received

the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze

Awards, and Gold Award Girl

Scouts are the dreamers and the

doers who take “make the world

a better place” to the next level,

according to the Girl Scout website.

Those who earn the Gold

Award tackle issues that are dear

to them and drive lasting change

in their communities and beyond.

Think of the Gold Award

as a key that can open doors to

scholarships, preferred admission

tracks for college and amazing

career opportunities.

Paul Walztoni, Trustee for the

VFW Post 725 Auxiliary, asked

Rolinitis to present her final

project at their meeting.

“The VFW puts American

flags on all the veterans graves

every Memorial Day [at] St.

Mary’s, St. John’s and Pioneer

[Cemetery],” Waltzoni said.

“The Friday before Memorial

Day we have the Girl and Boy

Scouts helping us. St. John’s

is a difficult cemetery to map

because there is an old section

with no real roads. A lot of headstones

are also worn out and difficult

to read. Arwen noticed it

was difficult to find some of the

veterans’ graves with the map I

provided. She took it upon herself

to begin to organize a new

map as part of her Gold Award

project.”

Rolinitis began documenting

everything. Along with scout

mates and the Lincoln-Way

ROTC, they began to bring paper

and rub the names from the

old headstones. Rolinitis then

began to research the names and

found 15 veteran’s graves that

nobody knew about.

“I know there was one grave,

the headstone was barely readable,”

Waltzoni said. “I have

walked the cemetery for years

and totally missed it. Arwen

etched the headstone and was

able to find out he was a Civil

War veteran. I would have never

found it. This past Memorial

Day was the first time that grave

had an American flag. Because

of Arwen we have more veterans

on our list to put flags on.”

Mokena’s cemeteries include

Girl Scout Arwen Rolinitis, of Mokena, presents a copy of her Gold Award project Jan. 8 to Paul

Walztoni, trustee for the Mokena VFW Post 725 Auxiliary. Arwen spent two years remapping St. John’s

Cemetery to uncover forgotten veterans’ graves. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Arwen Rolinitis looks at her father, Mike Rolinitis, as they speak about Arwen’s project on documenting

veterans’ graves in Mokena.

veterans from the Revolutionary

and Civil Wars to more recent

conflicts, such as the one in Afghanistan

that claimed the life of

Pfc. Aaron Toppen in 2014.

“She realized the frustration

of not being able to find the

gravesites. Because of her map,

these veterans will not be forgotten,”

Waltzoni said.

Rolinitis’ dedication to this

project was two-fold: to honor

her grandfather Darrell Rolinitis,

who served in Vietnam, and to be

like her father, Michael Rolinitis,

who is the principal of Mokena

Junior High.

“Accomplishing this is one of

my top goals I’ve had,” she said.

“My dad was an Eagle Scout. I

want to be just like him.”


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Treasure seekers flock to indoor flea market

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

One never knows what

one will find at a flea market.

Perhaps there will be

that long searched for copy

of a magazine with Elvis on

the cover, or maybe a set of

tools, or some candles or

toys.

All of that, and even

more things buyers may

not have even known that

they need, were on display

at Mokena Community

Park District’s indoor flea

market Sunday, Jan. 12.

More than 50 vendors

enticed a steady stream

of buyers as they roamed

around The Oaks Recreation

and Fitness Center

eager to see what would be

up for grabs.

People such as Jean

Masterson, of Plainfield, a

12-year veteran of the flea

market. Plainfield might

seem like a bit of a hike

for a flea market, but Masterson

said she used to

come to the annual event

even when she lived in

Chicago.

Masterson said she still

remembers one of the most

precious items she found

while perusing vendors’

wares about four years ago.

“There was a lady here

that sold a metal rooster to

me, and he’s still in my dining

room,” Masterson said.

She also purchased a

picture of a rooster, though

that picture has not been up

for awhile.

Cher Smith, of Mokena,

had a variety of items for

sale, from baby clothes and

toys, to jewelry and makeup,

and even items for pets.

Smith said she used to be

a regular of the flea market

scene, but only recently got

back into the game after

a bit of a hiatus. And she

didn’t waste time taking

on the role of vendor and

buyer.

“I already went around

and bought stuff,” she said.

“Some pots and pans, and

a [closet organizer] for my

boyfriend so I don’t have

to pick up things off the

floor.”

One popular spot was

KT’s Toys, set up by vendors

Katie Conte and Matthew

Resendiz, a Tinley

Park couple who share their

love of toys with other collectors

or those just looking

to get a piece of their childhood

back.

The couple both work

evenings and spend their

days “hunting” for vintage

toys.

“When I was younger

I wanted toys that we

couldn’t afford,” Conte

said. “And, now that I’m

older, I started to collect

them for myself and noticed

other people were telling

me what they wanted. So,

then I started collecting and

by then it became in bulk.

And so now I’m just giving

back to anyone who’s

looking to remember their

childhood.”

Rachel Bauer and Wendy

Jacob had a booth for

their products, 40 Life

Candles, which they also

sell on Etsy at etsy.com/

shop/40lifecandles.

Jean Masterson, of Plainfield, takes a look at what

vendor Cher Smith, of Mokena, has to offer at Mokena

Community Park District’s indoor flea market Sunday,

Jan. 12. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

The inspiration for the

different scents all come

from making fun of the aging

process and trying to

get people to laugh their

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Bauer said.

“We have one called Hot

Mess, which smells like

Victoria’s Secret’s Love

Spell,” Bauer said.

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“And we have one called

Dinner Before 4. It’s a banana

bread [scent],” Jacob

added.

There’s also a wax melt

called Saggy (blank).

“You can fill in the blank

on that. There’s lots of

saggy things that happen

when you get older,” Jacob

quipped.

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the mokena messenger | 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, Senior 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 that 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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to Jennifer Orourke,

$519,000

• 10635 Canterbury

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

1082 - Stubenfoll Trust

to Kathleen M. Kinsella,

$270,000

• 18790 S Burnside

Station Drive, Mokena,

60448-8827 - Dung T.

Nguyen to John Sintich,

$192,500

Nov. 25

• 10537 Williams Way,

Mokena, 60448-3315

- Family Land Trust to

Marissa Sanchez Krug,

Jim Krug, $295,000

• 19504 116th Ave. C,

Mokena, 60448-1822

- Vilia Bartak to Taylor

Schott, Briana Schott,

$122,000

Nov. 26

• 12530 Whisper Creek

Way, Mokena, 60448-

7529 - Ihsan Musleh to

Trevor K. Frericks, Leah

J. Frericks, $485,000

• 18746 Crystal Creek

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

1096 - Donald J.

Murawski to Raymond

M. Donnelly, Barbara A.

Donnelly, $295,000

• 11263 194th St.,

Mokena, 60448-8433

- Kayosa Development

Inc to Shilo F. Velez,

Jerry F. Velez, $288,500

Nov. 27

• 19453 Manchester

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

7813 - Bridget L.

Vanoskey to Sandra L.

Bennett, $189,000

Dec. 2

• 19670 S. Townline

Road, Mokena, 60448-

8708 - First Savings

Bank of Hegewisc

to Lori M. Shelby,

$720,000

Dec. 3

• 12500 Teluride Lane,

Mokena, 60448-1927

- Camelot Homes Inc

to Casey Wall, Lauren

Wall, $527,500

Dec. 5

• 12400 Lajunta Court,

Mokena, 60448-1880

- Camelot Homes Inc

to Jason P. Hodkowski,

Jennifer L. Hodkowski,

$566,369

• 11620 Blackhawk

Court 2A, Mokena,

60448-1805 - Rex

Webb to Ronald R.

Dietrich, $104,900

Dec. 6

• 19541 Maurita Court,

Mokena, 60448-1763

- Jennifer J. Scanlin

to Brian J. Smith,

$305,000

Dec. 9

• 20044 E. Brightway

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

1405 - Fannie Mae to

Hugh Bronson, Debra

Small, $205,000

• 12530 Alpine Ridge

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

7538 - David Voss to

Nicholas Psanis, Kathy

Psanis, $95,000

Dec. 13

• 19806 Wolf Road

304, Mokena, 60448-

1385 - Jay Leggero

to Amanda Cosco,

Matthew Olinski,

$159,900

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2703 Legal

Notices

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

FREE FREE FREE

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 11608 Roberts St Apt 1, Mokena,

IL 60448 (Condo/Townhouse). 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: U.S. Bank National Association

Plaintiff V. Douglas Blevins; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 1292 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:

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

U.S. Bank National Association

Plaintiff,

vs.

Douglas Blevins; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 1292

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 ,commenc-

ing 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:

19-09-07-303-052-1019 UNIT 11608-1

AND P-19 TOGETHER WITH ITS

UNDIVIDED PERCENTAGE IN-

TEREST INTHE COMMON ELE-

MENTS IN ARROWHEAD CON-

DOMINIUMS OF MOKENA, AS

DELINEATED AND DEFINED IN

THE DECLARATION OFCONDO-

MINIUM RECORDED AS DOCU-

MENT NUMBER R98-144071, AS

AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME,

IN THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER

OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER

OF SECTION 7AND THE NORTH-

EAST QUARTER AND THE

NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SEC-

TION 18 ALL IN TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

11608 Roberts St Apt 1, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Condo/Townhouse

P.I.N.:

19-09-07-303-059-1001

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 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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708-478-8976

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Solomon Optima lack downhill

ski boots size 9 $20. Call

708-785-3085

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great condition $10, golf umbrellas

$10 ea, tennis racquet

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great. $100 Call 815-485-6008

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708-301-9239

U.S. Army jacket -authentic

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708-403-2525

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Athlete of the Week

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Mokena resident Jason

Lange is a senior forward

and captain of the

Lincoln-Way hockey team,

who attends LW West.

How long have you

played hockey and

how did you first get

started?

I’ve been playing hockey

since fourth grade,

when I was about 10 years

old. I started watching

the Blackhawks on TV a

lot and I found interest in

hockey. I started a learn to

skate program in Orland

Park, found a love for the

game and started playing

hockey.

Do you have a

favorite Blackhawks

player?

Patrick Kane, by far. I

like the way he handles

the puck and the control he

has on the ice.

You also play golf

[at LW West]. Golf

and hockey are very

different sports, but

does playing golf

help you with hockey

in any way or vice

versa?

I think the swing is very

similar in both sports, so

that has helped me out.

Hockey is much more aggressive,

so golf is almost

a stress reliever. If I’m

frustrated with hockey or

something like that, I can

just go to the golf course

and let it out there.

Golf is such a mental

sport. Does that help

with hockey?

I think so. I’ve been told

I’m very stoic on the golf

course and I like to bring

that to hockey and try to

keep a level head. I know

hockey sometimes gets out

of hand, but I try to keep

my mental state stable

when I’m on the ice.

Who would be in your

dream foursome for

golf?

Tiger Woods, Rory Mc-

Ilroy, Justin Thomas and

I. Tiger Woods is the best

golfer known to man. The

way Rory strikes the ball is

impressive to me, and I’ve

seen Justin Thomas on the

course and he seems like a

really fun guy, so I think

it’d be fun to be in a grouping

with him.

It’s getting late in

your senior hockey

season. Are you trying

to soak up these last

few weeks?

As the year has gone on,

I’ve been thinking about it

more and more. I’m coming

to realize how much

I’m going to miss it when

I’m done. I don’t think I’m

going to play in college at

all, so I’m just trying to

soak in these last games

and get the most out of it

I can.

If you could be anybody

Chip DeLorenzo/22nd

Century Media

else for a day, who

would you want to be?

I would probably be

Connor McDavid from

the Edmonton Oilers. He’s

probably the best player in

the NHL right now and to

be that kind of player and

to be leading that caliber

of a team, I think would be

really cool.

You’re standed on a

deserted island and

can have an endless

supply of one food.

What do you want?

Chicken, by far. I like

grilled chicken and I really

like chicken parmasean.

What is your favorite

TV show?

Probably “Rick and

Morty.” I just think it’s

so funny. I don’t watch a

whole lot of TV, but that

cartoon gets me.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you want to go?

I’d probably go back

to Germany and Austria.

I went last year and the

scenery out there is so

nice. I loved how much

nature there is out there,

and being in the mountains

was awesome.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.


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Boys Bowling

LW Central’s Nolan wins SWSC individual title

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

4

Lincoln-Way Central

senior Alex Nolan picked

a good time for his best

performance of the season.

Nolan totaled 1,430 pins

over six games (238 average)

to win his first South-

West Suburban Conference

title Saturday, Jan. 11, at

Orland Bowl.

Nolan topped Bradley-

Bourbonnais junior Eli

Smith by 87 pins for the

crown.

“It’s the first tournament

I’ve actually won this year,

and it’s good going into the

postseason,” Nolan said.

“This is the best finish I’ve

ever had at the conference.

I had never taken first but

got third two years ago. It

feels much better to take

first.

“I’ve stepped up to be

the leader of the team the

past two years and I enjoy

that.”

Nolan’s worst game was

his first, a 214. He had a

high of 257 in the third

game and tacked on a 255

in Game No. 5.

“I don’t know what we

are going to do next season

without Alex,” Central

coach Coley O’Connell

said. “He’s been here all

four-years I’ve been at

Lincoln-Way Central. I’m

very happy for him.”

The Knights (6,100)

finished third in the team

standings behind champion

Lockport (6,288) and

Bradley (6,229).

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.

The Knights were pretty

Lincoln-Way Central senior Alex Nolan fires a shot at the SouthWest Suburban

Conference meet Saturday, Jan. 11, at Orland Bowl. Nolan was the individual

champion. CHIP DELORENZO/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

consistent all day with a

3,062 in the morning and

a 3,038 in the afternoon.

They had a high game of

1,111 in the fifth game.

“Lockport has been on

a roll,” said O’Connell,

whose team was the one to

defeat the Porters in dual

meet play this season by

a score of 2,041-1,919 on

Dec. 12 at Laraway Lanes.

“We just couldn’t catch

them.”

Nolan was the only All-

Conference (top 11) bowler

for the Knights. Tyler

Misch (17th, 1,210, high

of 232 in Game No. 2) was

next. Fellow senior Tommy

Martini added a 1,128

total that included a high of

215 in Game No. 5.

Freshman Ryan Marszalek

(908 in five games,

high of 226 in Game

No. 1), sophomore Luke

Thormeyer - who added

a nice four-game total of

902, which a high of 257

in Game No. 5 - and senior

Austin Zaker (542 in

3 games, high of 213 in

Game No. 1) rounded out

the Knights bowlers.

Central will compete,

along with LW East, LW

West and Providence, at

the Joliet West Regional on

Saturday, Jan. 18, at Town

and Country Lanes in Joliet.

Bradley is also a part

of the 13-team regional,

along with perennial powers

like the host Tigers and

Minooka.

“We kept a top junior,

Jack McCabe, down on

the JV because we wanted

to make sure he got all six

games bowled,” O’Connell

said of his conference lineup.

“I’d rather have him do

that than bowl two games

on the varsity. At the regional,

it’s going to be a

battle between six or seven

teams for four spots.”

Despite a sixth place

showing at the conference

meet, Lincoln-Way East

coach Dan Galligan is optimistic

his team has a shot

at the regional.

The Griffins competed

without one of their top

bowlers, Anthony Bria,

who was attending a family

wedding.

“I let my guys know

they’ve got to be ready,”

East coach Dan Galligan

said. “We were 8-3 overall

and 6-2 in dual meets

in the league. Our only

losses were to Joliet West,

Sandburg, and Lockport.

So, we’ve bowled well. We

bowled well last month at

the Lincoln-Way Cup [on

Lincoln-Way Central senior Alex Nolan wears his

SouthWest Suburban champion medal.

JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Dec. 21 at Laraway Lanes].

“We struggled a bit [at

conference] but that doesn’t

make me any less confident

going into the regional.

Bowling is a sport where

you just shake it off. We just

have to be in the top four

there. So, if we have a bad

morning, we have to shake

it off because the opportunity

to make up ground and

be one of those four teams

should still be there.”

Demitri Przbylinski

(1,225, 15th place, high

of 236 in Game No. 2)

led East at the conference

meet. Junior Jason Ganser

(1,146, high of 246 in

Game No. 1), and seniors

Nick Signore (1,125, high

of 203 in Game No. 5),

Anthony Gordon (1,089,

high of 208 in Game No.

5) and Luke Mittler (934,

high of 177 in Game 1)

also bowled all six games

for the Griffins.

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 Porter 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

the top six 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.”


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Boys Basketball

Griffins grind out win over Providence, rout Bradley

5

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

When Providence traveled

to take on Lincoln-

Way East in a local boys

basketball matchup 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

schools located 8.5 miles

away from each other.

It was the eighth straight

win for the Griffins, who

were coming off winning

the Effingham/Teutopolis

Christmas Classic on Dec.

28 with a 56-50 victory

over Corliss.

East (12-2) extended the

streak to nine with a 53-42

over Bradley-Bourbonnais

on Friday, Jan. 10.

On the other side, it was

the fourth consecutive loss

for Providence (6-10),

which snapped that streak

with a 56-26 win over

Providence-St. Mel on Friday,

Jan. 10.

“We gave them more

days off than before and

this was the first day for

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.”

Providence trimmed a

10-point deficit to 43-42

on a 3-pointer by sophomore

forward Owen Moran

with 18 seconds left.

East junior guard Jhei-R

Jones, who finished with

a team-high 13 points, hit

two 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 throws]. We practice

them all the time. It

was tough at the end. We

hadn’t seen the trap press

like they had on us, 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 too late. A 30-foot

heave from near halfcourt

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.

“[Alfirevich] is really

good and he makes us go,”

Murphy said. “All things

run through him and we go

as he goes.”

Junior guard Ryan Sucha

swished a 3-pointer

with three seconds left

in the first 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.

Seniors Jack Ruddy (10

points) and Noah Vassal

(seven points) contributed

for Providence.

Senior Night win

Jones and Ty Slager

scored 14 points each to

lead the Griffins to a 53-42

win over Bradley-Bourbonnais

on Friday, Jan. 10,

as East celebrated Senior

Night.

East was set for a week

off before a big SouthWest

Suburban Blue opener at

Bolingbrook at 7 p.m. Friday,

Jan. 17.

Roundup

Mokena native Taylor named National Player of the Week

4

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Mokena native and

Providence graduate Adam

Taylor, a freshman guard

at Joliet Junior College,

was named the National

Junior College Athletic Association

Men’s Basketball

Division III Player of the

Week on Jan. 8.

In wins the prior week

over Madison and Wilbur

Wright, Taylor averaged

26 points and 12

rebounds. He made 10

3-pointers, shot 54 percent

from the field and 10-

of-11 on free throws.

“I just play every game

hard,” Taylor said in a press

release. “I’m just going to

keep battling with my guys

and we’re going to keep

trying to put up wins. I’m

not worried about my numbers.

I’m just worried about

winning for our team.”

Taylor is averaging a

team-best 16.7 points on

the season. He scored a

career-high 34 points in the

game at Wright.

Knight hits 1,000 career

points

When Mokena resident

and Providence senior

guard Lauren Knight hit

a 3-pointer in the second

quarter of the Celtics’

44-27 win over De La

Salle on Thursday, Jan. 9,

she reached 1,001 career

points.

The game was briefly

stopped so that Knight

could be recognized for

passing 1,000. She was

swarmed by her teammates,

including those who

ran off the bench and onto

the floor.

Knight, a Carthage recruit,

finished with 15

points in the victory and is

averaging 13.6 points.

The Celtics improved to

15-4 with a 44-40 win over

Lockport on Saturday, Jan.

11.

Ashley Raymer scored

14 points, while Claire Mc-

Grath added 12.

Dzioban named All-

American

Lincoln-Way East kicker

Dominic Dzioban was

named first team All-American

for the senior class by

Kohl’s Kicking. Dzioban

was the only kicker selected

to the first team.

A Miami of Ohio recruit,

Dzioban was 18-of-20 on

field goals this past season,

including a long of

50 yards. He was 50-of-51

on extra point for the 14-0

Class 8A state champion

Griffins.

Allegretti, Chiefs advance

to AFC Championship game

Nick Allegretti is one

win away from the Super

Bowl in his rookie season.

The Lincoln-Way East

and University of Illinois

graduate, an offensive lineman,

was active for the

Kansas City Chiefs for the

Divisional Round game

Sunday, Jan. 12.

The Chiefs rallied from a

24-0 second-quarter deficit

to beat the Houston Texans

51-31.

Kansas City will host

the Tennessee Titans in the

Mokena native and Providence graduate Adam Taylor,

a Joliet Junior College freshman guard, was named

NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week.

JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE

AFC Championship game

set for 2:05 p.m. Sunday,

Jan 19.

Knights wrestlers go 2-1 at

home Mega Duals

The host Knights went

2-1 at the LW Central Mega

Duals on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Central beat Buffalo

Grove 56-24 and St. Patrick

46-27, and fell 46-30

to Fremd.

Joey Malito (106

pounds), MJ Hollingsworth

(120) and Justin Brauer

(132) all had two pins.


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Girls Basketball

6

Knights beat Rich South, Bradley during big week

MATT BOECKER

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central senior

guard Regan LoConte’s

late free throws help

fend off Bradley-Bourbonnais

on Thursday, Jan. 9, in

New Lenox.

With only 40 seconds

left in the game, LoConte

went two-for-two from the

free-throw line to give the

Knights a five-point advantage.

After the Boilermakers

scored on their next two

possessions, cutting Central’s

lead to one, LoConte

was fouled once again. With

20 seconds left, LoConte

went two-for-two to give

the Knights a three-point

lead and ultimately seal a

50-46 win in their South-

West Suburban Red opener.

LoConte said her teammates

were on her mind

during her perfect performance

from the charity

stripe during crunch time.

“I just knew I had to do

it for my team since my

teammates played so well

before that,” LoConte said.

“I knew I had to finish it

for them and get the win.”

This win came on the

heels of Central’s 64-48

victory Jan. 7 over Rich

South, who was 17-1 heading

into the game with the

Knights. LoConte said defeating

such a good team

gave the Knights a confidence

boost that carried

over into the game against

Bradley.

Haley Stoklosa poured

in 23 points in the win over

Rich South, while LoConte

added 15.

Central coach Dave Campanile

was proud of the way

his team played on both

ends of the court last week.

Offensively, Campanile

said the team reacted well

to the defense they faced.

The Boilermakers used a

variety of defensive sets,

yet the Knights took the

constant change in stride.

“The girls did a very

good job with the scouting

report and executing what

we were trying to do,”

Campanile said. “We hit

some big shots. They found

a way to run the right things

[and] did a great job of

making the right decisions

and hitting the right shots.”

Stoklosa led the way

with 17 points. Following

close behind was junior

guard Azyah Newson-

Cole, scoring 12 points

On defense, the Knights

(10-7, 1-0) held strong in

the first half, allowing only

13 points. But in the second

half, the Boilermakers

offense started coming together.

“[Bradley] really caught

fire in the second half,”

Campanile said. “There

were a couple of missed

assignments but, there

wasn’t much we could do.

They’re hitting contested

threes over our hands and

the girls did their best to

keep it there. But we came

back with a big bucket every

time.”

The win was Central’s

sixth in its last seven

games. This string of success

came on the heels of

an 0-5 stretch against some

formidable opponents

such as Mother McAuley,

Bolingbrook, and Homewood-Flossmoor.

Campanile

credits the Knights’

current success to its vigorous

schedule earlier in

the season.

“We tried telling the

girls we know this is a

tough stretch here, but it’s

going to pay off,” Campanile

said. “You’re getting

conditioned, you’re

battling really good teams

that are getting you ready

for the next teams. We’ve

been tested earlier, we

didn’t get rewarded for being

tested, and now we’re

getting rewarded with the

wins we deserve.”

Stoklosa’s six firstquarter

points helped the

Knights jump out to a 7-0

lead. At the end of one,

Central led 15-7.

Central maintained its

eight-point lead at halftime,

and Newson-Cole

carried the offense in the

third quarter, scoring six

points.

Stoklosa’s seven fourthquarter

points combined

with LoConte’s free-throw

heroics were a recipe for

success for Central.

Girls Basketball

Griffins fade late in loss at Bolingbrook

6

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East

and Bolingbrook battled

through 25 minutes of

even basketball Thursday,

Jan. 9, with both teams

taking their turn going on

a big run only to have the

opponent respond.

When the Raiders

surged down the stretch,

though, the Griffins had

no response.

Host Bolingbrook

pulled away late to hand

East a 54-39 defeat in the

SouthWest Suburban Blue

opener for both teams.

“We went toe-to-toe

with them for a long time,

had some great performances

throughout, but

credit to Bolingbrook for

wearing us down,” East

coach Jim Nair said. “We

kind of ran out of gas,

missed some easy shots,

missed some free throws.

We’ll learn from this.”

The loss snapped a fivegame

winning streak for

East.

Freshman guard Morgan

Montaque paced a

balanced attack for the

Griffins (10-4, 0-1) with

nine points and five rebounds.

Junior guard Samara

Swire added points,

while senior guard Olivia

Molnar pitched in seven

points.

The game was tied 33-

33 after three quarters and

35-35 a minute into the

fourth, but the Raiders

(8-5, 1-0) outscored East

19-4 from there.

Bolingbrook’s constant

pressure defense seemed

to take its toll on East late.

“Bolingbrook did such

a good job with their pressure,”

Nair said. “They’re

always on you, their hands

are always on you. We

needed to match their

physical play and aggressiveness,

and we lacked

that in the fourth quarter.”

Swire said it was a good

lesson for the Griffins to

receive.

“I feel like we can learn

to not give up, and keep

pushing through the entire

game,” she said. “We have

to keep pushing ourselves

and just fight the whole

game.”

The Griffins jumped to

a 9-0 lead before Bolingbrook

fought back within

11-7 after one quarter. The

Raiders led 23-20 at halftime.

“We had a great first

quarter,” Nair said. “We

were fresh and had our

legs.”

The Griffins’ freshmen

were especially impressive

on the road against

a strong opponent. Montaque,

who scored six

of her nine points in the

second half, came up

with big baskets when the

Griffins needed them. Fellow

freshman Sanai Tyler,

meanwhile, came off

the bench to finish with

six points and seven rebounds.

“That was the bright

spot,” Nair said. “The

freshmen played really

well. They showed they

belong.”

Lincoln-Way East freshman Morgan Montaque drives

to the basket against Bolingbrook on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Montaque scored nine points in the Griffins’ loss.

STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Senior forward Andie

Perch also pulled down

seven rebounds for East.

After a big road game

against another top opponent,

Homewood-Flossmoor,

on Tuesday, Jan. 14,

the Griffins are set to host

red-hot Lincoln-Way Central

on Thursday, Jan. 16.

While Nair hopes his

players can take some lessons

out of the Bolingbrook

game, he felt he

could, as well.

“I’ve got to do a better

job with the rotation

so that we’re fresh in the

fourth quarter,” he said.

“We have to work a little

bit harder in practice to get

in better shape.”


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LW East grad Siorek helps lay foundation at Governors State

6

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

When Lincoln-Way East

graduate Justin Siorek was

contemplating where to

continue his basketball career,

a brand new program

near home was intriguing.

Governors State played

its first basketball season

in 2015-16 while Siorek, a

Mokena resident, was a senior

with the Griffins.

“Before I came in, coach

[Tony] Bates told me, ‘If

you want to go somewhere

with tradition, I don’t have

that. But we can start a tradition

here. We can start a

program and make something

great out of it,’” Siorek

said. “He convinced

me that it’d be amazing to

start a program.”

Now a senior, Siorek has

been a part of many firsts

for Governors State.

“We kind of built the

school up from nothing,”

he said. “My sophomore

year, we won [the Chicagoland

Collegiate Athletic

Conference] championship,

won the conference

tournament, and went to

[the NAIA Division II National

Tournament]. Last

year, we made the conference

championship game.

“It’s amazing because no

matter how long the school

is there, it’ll always be us

who were the first champions.

It’s something we’ll

tell our kids about and always

look back on. I’ll be

friends with those guys

for the rest of my life. It’s

a bond that’s amazing and

I’ll never forget it”

Siorek has also established

himself as one of

the first great players in

Jaguars history and has his

name all over the early record

books.

He is the all-time leader

in games played and

3-pointers made. With 18

points in a Saturday, Jan.

11 win over Trinity International,

he moved into

second place in career

scoring for the program

as he had recorded 1,095

points at Governors State.

“I felt really motivated

to be in record books in

college,” Siorek said. “It’s

something that made me

super excited. I always

knew that I could play ball

and I just wanted to show

people. I thank my coaches

and my teammates for

Lincoln-Way East graduate Justin Siorek is Governors

State’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and is second on

the school’s scoring list. DEAN REID/GOVERNORS STATE

ATHLETICS

helping me get there. It’s

been a lot of hard work.”

While he finished his career

at Lincoln-Way East,

Siorek had some doubts

about whether he would

get the opportunity to play

on the next level – or if he

even wanted to.

“I almost gave up,” he

said. “I almost didn’t play

after high school. Coming

to Governors State is

a decision I’m grateful for.

Coach Bates gave me an

opportunity to keep playing

basketball and I’m forever

grateful for that.”

Bates has been grateful

to have Siorek on his side

the last four seasons.

“Justin is a great shooter,”

he said. “We know if

we can get him the ball and

get him a look, he’s going

to knock it down.”

Siorek has always been

a great 3-point shooter, but

he was committed to diversifying

his game heading

into his senior season.

Governors State lost its

top scorers from last season

– Shane Maple, Robbie

Brooks and David Anderson

– to graduation. Siorek

was fourth on the team, averaging

10.6 points.

“We had three of our best

players leave, so I knew I

had to step up and lead this

year,” Siorek said. “I had to

be more vocal and lead by

example.

“Coach told me before

the season that I needed to

lead the team and score a

little more. So, I knew I had

to be more of a scorer, but I

also had to make my playmaking

abilities a little better,

rebound more and just

improve my overall game.”

Siorek has upped his

scoring to average 14.2

points a game. He’s pitching

in 3.8 rebounds and 2.3

assists, as well. The Jaguars

were 11-6 through Monday,

Jan. 13.

While opposing defenses

have made limiting

Siorek’s outside shots their

primary focus when planning

for the Jaguars, he has

adjusted.

“Our point guard, Chris

Pride, has been getting me

open,” he said. “At the

same time, I definitely have

to create my own shot.

I can’t just be a spot-up

shooter like I was last year.

“I have to expand my

game and be able to take

it to the basket more. I’ve

been working on that,

working on my floater and

mid-range shot, but I still

obviously love to shoot the

three.”

With CCAC play kicking

into high gear in January,

Siorek is trying to savor the

rest of his final season at

Governors State.

He plans to put his full

effort into finding a place

to play professionally, perhaps

overseas, but knows

there is a chance this could

be his final season period.

“I’m pretty sad because

it’s going to be a lot different

knowing you don’t

have to go to practice every

day,” he said. “If I don’t

play pro, I’m going to have

to start working. It’s going

to be a crazy transition,

that’s for sure.

“I know we can make a

run, though. The main goal

is to go to nationals. I want

to go out with a bang, not

just go out sad.”

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■Jan. ■ 21 – at T.F. South, 6

p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 16 – hosts LW East,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18-20 – at DeKalb

MLK Tournament, TBA

■Jan. ■ 21 – at Andrew, 6 p.m.

BOYS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 18 – Joliet West

Regional at Town and

Country, 9 a.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 16 – LW East at

Thunder Bowl, 4:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 – Hinsdale

Central Invite at

Suburbanite Bowl, 1 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 21 – hosts Lockport

at Laraway Lanes, 4:30 p.m.

CHEERLEADING

■Jan. ■ 18 – at Lockport

Invite, TBA

■Jan. ■ 19 – at Oak Forest

Invite, TBA

BOYS SWIMMING

■Jan. ■ 17 – at Sandburg

Invite, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 – at Sandburg

Invite, 11 a.m.

WRESTLING

■Jan. ■ 16 – hosts Stagg, 5

p.m.

■Jan. ■ 17 – hosts Illini

Classic, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 – hosts Illini

Classic, 9 a.m.

GRIFFINS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 17 – at Bolingbrook,

7 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 20 – at Hyde Park

MLK Classic, TBA

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 16 – at LW Central,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18-20 – at DeKalb

MLK Tournament, TBA

■Jan. ■ 21 – hosts Lockport,

6:30 p.m.

BOYS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 18 – Joliet West

Regional at Town and

Country, 9 a.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 16 – hosts LW

Central at Thunder Bowl,

4:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 – Hinsdale

Central Invite at

Suburbanite Bowl, 1 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 21 – hosts Andrew at

Thunder Bowl, 4:30 p.m.

CHEERLEADING

■Jan. ■ 18 – at Lockport

Invite, TBA

■Jan. ■ 19 – at Oak Forest

Invite, TBA

BOYS SWIMMING

■Jan. ■ 16 – hosts Lockport,

5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 – at Glenbrook

South Relays, Noon

■Jan. ■ 21 – at Andrew

triangular with Joliet

Township, 5 p.m.

WRESTLING

■Jan. ■ 16 – at Sandburg, 5

p.m.

■Jan. ■ 17 – hosts Illini

Classic, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 – hosts Illini

Classic, 9 a.m.

LINCOLN-WAY CO-OP

ATHLETICS

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

■Jan. ■ 18 – at Neuqua

Valley Invite, 1 p.m.


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fastbreak

Boys Basketball

Sean’s shot: Curran wins it for Knights in final seconds

4

Chip DeLorenzo/22nd

Century Media

1st-and-3

THREE notes on the

joliet west boys

bowling regional

on saturday, jan. 18

1. LW Central

Alex Nolan (above,

left) won the SWSC

championship and

has plenty of bigevent

experience

to lead the

Knights, who hope

to start the run

toward their third

consecutive state

appearance.

2. LW East

If Anthony Bria,

Jason Ganser and

Demitri Przbylinski

all click, the

Griffins, who were

three pins short

of sectionals last

year, could make it

this time.

3. Providence

The young

Celtics hope to

surprise and grab

one of the four

advancing spots

to the Lockport

Sectional.

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. When the chips were

down, they refused to fold

Friday, Jan. 10. Down by

11 in the fourth quarter, the

Knights rallied for a 46-44

victory over host Lockport

in a SouthWest Suburban

crossover.

Curran hit the winning

basket on a running shot

from just inside the freethrow

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.

This time, he overcame

foul trouble to score

five points in the final minutes

and help the Knights

to the win.

Junior guard Nick Tingley

led Central with 16

points and 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

Lincoln-Way Central junior Sean Curran, shown in a game earlier this season, hit the

game-winning shot with five seconds left in a 46-44 win over Lockport.

22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

two of them against Glenbard

West.”

That was Jan 8., in a 72-

63 double-overtime home

loss to a good Glenbard

West team, which was 12-2

through Jan. 10. The Hilltoppers

shot 35 free throws

and Central attempted nine.

But Curran also missed

the two shots. He did not

miss the big shot against

the Porters.

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 freethrow

line and he calmly

canned the shot.

“I caught it, turned and

hit the mid-range shot,”

Curran said. “It was a

good win. It’s been a super

long week and to come

to Lockport and get a win

on the road was what we

needed.”

Lockport (7-8) called

three 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.

“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

(nine points) had a

steal and a layup to cap a

7-0 run which opened the

fourth quarter. He missed

an ensuing free throw and

opportunity for a threepoint

play. Still, Lockport

led 42-31 with 6:18 to play

in the game.

Central answered with a

12-0 run, which included

eight points by Tingley, to

take its first lead since late

in the second quarter. That

came on Tingley’s second

3-pointer of the quarter

with 1:42 to play.

“I enjoy shooting the

three and I work on it a lot

in practice,” Tingley said.

“We knew the situation we

were in, but coach [Bob

Curran] does an excellent

job of putting us through

different scenarios in practice.

We knew how they

play, and we just had to

execute done the stretch.”

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. Sean 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.

“I was worried about

how tired we would be

with the week,” Bob Curran

said. “We have to give

credit to Lockport, they

made us work hard. Brett

[Hespell] does a great job

with his team and they are

very good defensively. I

was surprised that the last

four minutes they really

didn’t try to score, but I

think our pressure and the

double teaming we put

on them sort of put some

doubt in their mind.

“I give our kids credit.

We hung in there and I’ve

known these kids a long

time, so it really didn’t

surprise me. It was a good

high school basketball

game to watch.”

Senior guard Sean Michalak

and junior forward

James Ogrodnik added

six points apiece for the

Knights.

The Knights opened the

busy week Jan. 6 by traveling

to Chicago and defeating

Agricultural Science

51-40. Odgronik led Central

with 13 points.

Listen Up

“It’s amazing because no matter how long the school is there, it’ll always be us

who were the first champions.”

Justin Siorek – Mokena native and LW East graduate, on establishing a

tradition with a new basketball program at Governors State

tunE in

Boys Bowling, 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Joliet West Regional at Town and Country Lanes

• LW Central, LW West, LW East and Providence

are among a 13-team field competing for four

advancing spots to the sectional.

Index

38 - This Week In

33 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar, s.millar@22ndcm.com.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | January 16, 2020

WINNING

KNIGHTS LW Central

boys, girls pick up big

victories, Pages 39, 37

CROWNED

KNIGHT LW Central’s

Nolan wins SWSC

bowling title, Page 34

Lincoln-Way East graduate and Mokena native Justin

Siorek is the all-time leader in 3-pointers at Governors

State. CHARLES BEARD/GOVERNORS STATE ATHLETICS

Mokena’s Siorek makes

history at Governors State,

Page 38

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