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mokena’s Award-Winning Hometown Newspaper MokenaMessengerDaily.com • February 13, 2020 • Vol. 12 No. 27 • $1

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Meet the

candidates

Congressional Dist. 1

Democrats answer The

Messenger’s questions,

Page 4

Alleged robbery

in town Suspects take

cash, merchandise from

Verizon store, Page 8

Dream Foundation grants wish for Mokena native with cancer, Page 3

Mokena resident Nicole Mikulich poses during her family’s January trip to

Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, sponsored by Dream Foundation. Photo submitted

Hooping it up

Wheelchair basketball

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Saturday

Frank Rossi Trio

1-2 p.m. Feb. 15, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. Mokena

Community Public

Library District is happy

to welcome back Frank

Rossi and friends. Join us

and enjoy your favorite

jazz and swing standards,

as well as Italian favorites

played on the accordion.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663, or visit

mokenalibrary.org.

TUESDAY

AARP tax aide for adults

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

11:30 a.m.; noon-1 p.m.;

1-2 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb.

25, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 195th St. in Mokena.

Sign up to have an

AARP tax volunteer help

with your tax information.

Please make sure to bring

all necessary documentation.

You will need to pick

up a form to complete

before your appointment.

Please note that Mokena

residents will have priority

registration one week before

the first appointments

open. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663,

or visit mokenalibrary.org.

Wednesday

The Foundations of Good

Relationships

5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 19,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. It

takes more than love to

make a relationship work.

Whether you are dating,

engaged, newlyweds, or

have been married longer

than you may remember,

every single relationship

goes through stages. No

matter what stage you and

partner are on in your relationship,

we hope you join

us to discover tips and advice

to create and reinforce

a good foundation to build

a lasting relationship.

This free program will

be presented by attorney

Gwendolyn J. Sterk, of

Sterk Family Law Group,

and Dr. Harvey Martin, of

Martin Therapy Group. To

register, visit relationshiphope.eventbrite.com.

UPCOMING

Pinkalicious Party

6-8:15 p.m. Feb. 21,

Mokena Community Park

District Program Center,

10925 LaPorte Road

in Mokena. Calling all

Pinkerbelles and Pinkerellas.

This will be a totally

Pinktastic party that you

don’t want to miss. We’ll

start with pizza, pink lemonade

and cupcakes. We’ll

read our favorite Pinktacular

book, and have fun

with games and a craft.

Ages 4-7. For more information,

call Mokena Community

Park District at

(708) 390-2401 or register

at mokenapark.com.

Ray the Sax Guy

1-2 p.m. Feb. 22, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. Mokena

Community Public

Library District is happy

to welcome Ray Forlenza

for an afternoon of singing

and dancing. For more

information, call (708)

479-9663, or visit mokena

library.org.

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 Mokena

LionsClub@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.

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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users by submitting your event at

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For just print*, email all information to

tj@mokenamessenger.com

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

Lincoln-Way Toastmasters

7:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Frankfort Village Hall, 432

Nebraska Street, Frankfort.

Meets the 1st and 3rd

Thursday of each month.

Toastmasters is a community

based organization

whose primarily goal is

to help people overcome

their fear of public speaking

while also developing

leadership skills.

3D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. every third

Saturday of the month,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. Visit the YA

Computer Lab to create

3-D nameplates with our

Makerbot 2x 3-D Printer.

Call (708) 479-9663 for

more information.

Mobile Workforce Center

1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays,

Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327 W.

195th St. in Mokena. The

Mobile Workforce Center

travels to communities

throughout Will County

assisting residents who are

looking for a job.

Music in the Box

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

Wednesdays, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W.

195th St. in Mokena. Newborns

to 5-year-olds and

their parents/guardians

will explore rhythm instruments,

rhythmic poetry,

music picture books and

more. Classes are limited

to 20 children. For more

information, call (708)

479-9663.


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‘Kicking cancer’s butt’

Dream vacation given to

Mokena native with cancer

Will O’Brien, Freelance Reporter

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LEFT: Nicole Mikulich

poses with some of

SeaWorld’s penguins.

A history buff who

studied abroad in

Bordeaux, France,

while a student at

Northern Illinois

University, Mikulich

is also a big fan of

animals.

Nicole Mikulich, along with her parents

Guy (left) and Sandy (far right), pose

with a Disney World employee during the

Mokena family’s January trip to Orlando,

Florida, courtesy of Dream Foundation.

Photos submitted

Despite receiving a terminal diagnosis

last year, Mokena native Nicole Mikulich

and her family say the 25-year-old is

“kicking cancer’s butt.”

After hearing her story, it’s hard to argue.

The Lincoln-Way East alumna and her

parents, Sandy and Guy, celebrated her

life and a couple of her favorite interests

in January with an all-expenses-paid trip

to Disney World and Universal Studios

in Orlando, Florida, organized by Dream

Foundation, a dream-granting organization

dedicated to terminally ill adults. The

vacation was the farthest the trio have

traveled together in years.

Although the weather was more Midwest-soggy

than Florida-sunny, the

creature-loving Nicole navigated Animal

Kingdom, Universal Studios, the Wizarding

World of Harry Potter, the World of

Avatar and SeaWorld with enthusiasm

and a smile on her face. A positive attitude

and spirit are Nicole’s defining characteristics,

Sandy and Guy said.

“It is always so humbling watching her

handle everything with such elegance

and self-determination,” Sandy said in

a phone interview the family conducted

with The Mokena Messenger after their

return from Florida. “She never takes no

for an answer.”

Guy recalled a past trip Nicole took

to visit her sister and meet some of her

friends at Ball State University.

“Her friends said, ‘Hey, I thought your

sister had cancer,’” Guy said. “They

couldn’t believe it after meeting her.”

Nicole, one of three siblings, attended

elementary and middle schools in Mokena

before becoming a Griffin and then

heading off to Northern Illinois University.

She spent a semester in Bordeaux,

France; interned at the Pritzker Military

Museum & Library in downtown Chicago;

and graduated with a history degree

and minor in French.

History, traveling and exploration have

always held a special place in Nicole’s

heart.

“I just love history,” she said. “The different

fields — everything,” she continued,

describing an NIU course focused on

Russia.

A project she worked on while interning

at Pritzker involved interviewing war

veterans and transcribing the notes.

“I got to listen to all these stories,” Nicole

said with audible affection.

Nicole was diagnosed with cancer

shortly after graduation. Her genuine care

and interest in life and in others has never

waned, said Sandy, a nurse at Advocate

South Suburban Hospital.

Most of Nicole’s treatment has taken

place at Northwestern Medicine Cancer

Center in Warrenville.

“She’s like a celebrity there actually,”

Sandy said, describing Nicole’s close relationships

with nurses and physicians.

“She cheers them up most of the time.”

It was at Northwestern where Nicole

participated in a clinical research study

involving a new approach to treating cancer.

She is the longest survivor of those

who have undergone the treatment, Guy

said.

“Again, I was kicking cancer’s butt,”

Nicole said.

Over the years of treatment, the ups and

the downs, the

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Congressional D1 Democrats (4 for 1 nomination)

Name: Robert

Emmons

Age: 28

Town of Residence:

Chicago

Occupation:

Non-profit Leader

Prior political Emmons

experience: None

Why are you running for U.S.

Congress in the 1st District of

Illinois?

While we suffer from some of

the highest asthma rates in the

country, while we struggle with

everyday gun violence and while

we have some of the highest levels

of poverty in the nation, our

Congressman and even some of

the other candidates who have

thrown their hats in the race are

not offering solutions that would

tackle the root causes of many

of these issues. The residents of

the Illinois First District deserve

better. [Response truncated for

exceeding word limit]

What makes you the best

candidate for this position?

Following the death of my

best friend and former college

roommate, who was shot and

killed in Chicago, I took a leave

of absence from the University

of Illinois. I began to see how

problematic fear can be when

you allow it to be your motivator,

and although it took me

many months to fully process

the death of my best friend, I

eventually turned that fear into

purpose. I returned to school and

completed my political science

degree with the class of 2017.

After graduation, I landed a

position at OneGoal, a non-profit

organization which promotes

college access and persistence

support for students; the same

org that helped me and my best

friend get into college. I followed

this opportunity with a

consultancy position with the

Barack Obama Foundation, UN-

LEASH (Innovation Lab) and a

Young Diplomat title with the

Global Diplomatic Forum. [Response

truncated for exceeding

word limit]

What are the Top 3 issues you

see facing the district, and what

would you do to solve them?

This campaign is about ending

gun violence once and for

all. It is not enough to reduce it;

the lives lost are so much more

than statistics. We need to call

out gun violence for what it is:

a public health epidemic caused

by social and economic instability.

Our communities are also in

need of long overdue economic

growth. Due to a long history of

community disinvestment, corporate

misconduct, predatory

lending practices, and a range of

other economic injustices, our

community’s ability to prosper

has been hampered by those in

power. We must also find solutions

to one of the greatest

challenges our country has ever

faced: the monumental reality of

climate change and our political

leaders’ lack of courage in addressing

the issue. Protecting

our environment, addressing climate

change, and creating goodpaying

jobs in the process are

priorities for our campaign.

Name: Sarah Gad

Age: 32

Town of Residence:

Woodlawn

Occupation: Third-year

law student at the University

of Chicago Law

School; Nonprofit Executive;

Founder of Addic-

Gad

tion 2 Action (A2A) and Jacket Change

Prior political experience: Legislative

Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance;

Law School Democrats; American

Constitutional Society

Why are you running for U.S. Congress

in the 1st District of Illinois?

I joined this race because our district

needs a voice. We are overtaxed, overworked,

and underpaid. Our school-toprison

pipeline is too wide and room

for upward mobility is too narrow.

We top national lists for gun violence,

black unemployment, police brutality,

toxic air pollution, poor quality of life,

and worst cities to live and drive in. In

the face of these challenges, bold, progressive,

and aggressive leadership is

critical. I’m prepared to be that leader.

What makes you the best candidate

for this position?

I have been personally affected by

many of the most pressing issues affecting

our district. I have experienced

addiction, incarceration, lack of healthcare,

unemployment, and the financial

burdens of pursuing higher education. I

fought my way back from rock bottom

to be a voice for people who feel like

they don’t have one. Since then, I have

not stopped fighting for my community,

including by founding two successful

Chicago-based nonprofits. I believe

that a U.S. Representative’s job is to

echo the voices of her constituents, be

a constant advocate who acts on pressing

issues, and retains strong attachment

to the people that they serve. Unlike

most politicians, I’m motivated by

personal loss, not gain, so I will never

sell out my constituents.

What are the Top 3 issues you see

facing the district, and what would

you do to solve them?

Financial inequality, gun violence

and mental illness, all of which are all

inextricably linked. Financial equality

in our district requires rectifying

economic imbalances resulting from

slavery and Jim Crow. Reparations—

especially when combined with measures

to reduce black unemployment

and combat discriminatory practices

Please see Dist. 1, 10

Editor’s Note

Candidate Ameena Nuur Matthews did not respond to multiple requests

seeking responses to the candidate questionnaire.

Name: Bobby L. Rush

Age: 74

Town of Residence: Chicago

Occupation: U.S. Representative

in the 1st

Congressional District of

Illinois

Rush

Prior political experience: 2nd

Ward Alderman 1983-1993,

U.S. House of Representatives

1993-present

Why are you running for re-election

for U.S. Congress in the 1st District of

Illinois?

I have a lifetime of service to my

country, community and the constituents

in Illinois. As one of the senior members

of the U.S. House of Representatives,

there is still work to do in the 1st Congressional

District.

What makes you the best candidate for

this position?

As a young adult, I enlisted in the

army during a turbulent time where civil

rights were beginning to shine a light on

the social injustices in our nation. It led

me on a path of making real change by

serving people who needed a voice they

could trust and fight for them in Washington,

D.C. I have built long-lasting

relationships which have spanned nearly

five decades fighting for people’s rights

as a community activist and later as

a 2nd Ward alderman to serving in the

U.S. House of Representatives for the

1st Congressional District.

What are the Top 3 issues you see facing

the district, and what would you do to

solve them?

1. Violence prevention;

2. Jobs; and

3. Increased access to educational

opportunities.

While they may seem separate,

all three of these issues are interconnected.

A lack of educational opportunities

leads to a lack of jobs, which

is a key factor in the rise in violence. We

must do what we can to stem the violence

that exists today while we work to prevent

future violence. That is why I was proud to

host the Energy and Commerce Committee’s

Subcommittee on Health at Kennedy–King

College, where we discussed the

epidemic of gun violence as a public health

issue and possible solutions. Furthermore,

I have introduced legislation to require a

national registration system for firearms

as well as make gun trafficking — which

is responsible for so many of the illegal

guns in Chicagoland — a federal offense.

I have also introduced legislation that will

help retrain workers for new economy jobs

by providing them the skills and education

they need to succeed. Furthermore,

I have introduced legislation to increase

educational and employment opportunities

in the healthcare industry by providing

funding to attract, recruit, and retain students

through scholarships, stipends, and

mentorship programs for individuals from

underrepresented groups. I remain committed

to finding new and innovative ways

to address these issues and whatever else

my constituents may face.


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22ND CENTURY MEDIA is looking

for local FREELANCE REPORTERS

and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events,

meetings and sports in the area.

Two men reportedly rob Verizon store in Mokena

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

from Feb. 7

Two men robbed the

Verizon store at 19200 S.

LaGrange Road on Thursday,

Feb. 6, and fled with

an undisclosed amount of

cash and merchandise, according

to Mokena Chief

of Police Steve Vaccaro.

Mokena police responded

to the alleged robbery at

approximately 6:30 p.m.

The suspects were

black, wearing all-black

clothing with black masks,

Vaccaro said. No weapons

were visible during the alleged

robbery, and no one

was hurt, Vaccaro added.

No customers were in

the store at the time.

The suspects fled in a

white sedan, which had

been reported stolen out of

Chicago, Vaccaro said.

The alleged robbery is

currently being investigated,

and anyone with any

information is being asked

to contact Mokena Police

at (708) 479-3912.

Photo OP

Aloha from Hawaii

This week’s Photo Op comes

from former senior Air Force

JROTC instructor at Lincoln-Way

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From Page 3

family has stuck together

and continued traveling,

taking trips to Springfield,

South Dakota and other

locales. January’s Florida

getaway is certainly a

memory they will cherish,

the trio said.

“We haven’t had the

opportunity to take her

on a long trip like this in

awhile,” Sandy said.

“I got to do everything

I wanted to do,” Nicole

said. “It was way too much

fun.”

The family learned

of Dream Foundation

through one of Nicole’s

caretakers, applied and

found out they had been

selected through a surprise

Dream Delivery featuring

sweets and a celebration

of Nicole. Much of Dream

Foundation’s work, including

the deliveries, is

carried out by volunteers.

In this case, the delivery

host happened to be a

woman Sandy had gone

to school with and had not

seen in years.

“It’s such a small

world,” Sandy said. “The

kindness and charity of

strangers, when you’re

going through something

like this — it’s just amazing.”

The Mikulich clan departed

for Orlando Jan. 21,

and spent five nights there.

SeaWorld’s hundreds of

penguins were a highlight

for Nicole.

“They were the most

beautiful things,” she said.

“I was just sitting there for

10 minutes taking pictures

of them all.”

Universal Studios employees

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way to make the family’s

experience special, Sandy

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another Dream Foundation

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The trip is one they will

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said.

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arts production, and is

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Miami University

Mokena resident part

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students within their

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Mount St. Mary’s University

Mokena student earns

dean’s list honors

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in the home-ownership

market—would better enable

communities of color

to build social wealth

and equality. Enforcing

race-neutral standards

for law-enforcement and

eliminating criminal records

are also essential

for achieving financial

equality, as these steps

reduce the barriers to employment

many in the 1st

District face.

There is an intimate

relationship between

violence and lack of opportunity.

Reducing financial

inequality and

eliminating discrimination

based on criminal records

would also reduce

the South Side gun violence

epidemic, which is

a manifestation of poverty,

residential segregation

and trauma. By allowing

people to leave the system

and rebuild their life

without onerous impediments,

they are far less

likely to reoffend.

Expanding access to

mental health treatment

is necessary to address

both the South Side gun

violence crisis and Chicago

mental health crisis.

Untreated mental illness

has turned the Cook

County Jail into the largest

mental health provider

in the country. Mental

health crisis calls and

opioid overdoses have

overwhelmed suburban

law enforcement agencies

and fire departments.

Treatment for mental illness

is far more effective,

economical and humane

than criminalization. Of

the many ways to expand

access to mental health

treatment, three stand

out: (1) increase federal

funding for the Substance

Abuse Prevention and

Treatment Block Grant

and other treatment programs.

(2) Provide people

in need of treatment with

vouchers redeemable

for treatment services

through the program of

their choice. (3) Repeal

provisions of the Drug

Addiction Treatment Act

of 2000 that require physicians

to obtain an X-

license in order to treat

patients who suffer from

opioid dependency.

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Wheelchair basketball helps provide level playing field

LWSRA’s teams

give everyone

opportunity

Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

For many of the athletes

in wheelchair basketball,

the family that is built on

and off the court is what

has made the sport special

for so many.

The sport allows everyone

who may not have

the same opportunities in

able-bodied, a chance to

play sports they still love.

The Junior Midwest

Conference Championships

brought all those

athletes together to Lincoln-Way

North on Saturday,

Feb. 8-9 for a tournament.

New Lenox resident

Austin Spalla, 14, does

not use a wheelchair everyday,

but has found it

difficult to play able bodied

and the wheelchair has

helped him play.

“He’s always loved

sports,” Austin’s father,

Jim, said. “When he’s

with able bodied, he was

always one of the lower

end kids, getting picked

last or sitting on the

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bench. But here, he can be

the star here and he loves

that.”

His mother, Joyce,

added that it’s great to

see him be able to play on

this level playing field and

succeeding on it.

Spalla plays in the prep

division, but also has

played on the varsity level.

When he’s in prep, he

is one of the tallest ones

on the floor.

“It helps a lot. You can

block shots really well,”

he said with a smile. “You

can also get layups easier.”

One of Austin’s LWS-

RA teammates on the prep

team, 9-year-old Cameron

Davis (Matteson), who

has just one leg, also loves

playing with his friends.

Cameron also loves to

shoot, he said.

His parents, Tasia

Haynes and Michael Davis,

were all smiles after

the game seeing the

fun and the joy the game

brings to Cameron.

“I think it is a good opportunity

that they get

to be around people like

themselves and get to be

in an environment where

it’s just focused on them,”

Haynes said. “They get to

showcase all their skills

and it’s not just about their

disabilities or what they

have going on. They’re

just here to play basketball.”

Cameron has been playing

wheelchair basketball

for six seasons and

his parents had little idea

what it was or what was

offered back then. But

it has allowed Cameron

to grow up in a massive

family and in a judge-free

zone.

“It’s like a family here,”

his father, Michael, said.

“He’s been growing up

with these same kids and

built a couple good relationships

past basketball.

It’s family oriented and

that’s another good thing

about it.”

For many, the sport has

been a life changer. That’s

exactly what it has been

for Frankfort resident,

Cory Klene. Cory has Cerebral

Palsy and the idea

of being in the wheelchair

was not something he and

his family always planned

on.

“It took us a while because

he’s not in a wheelchair

everyday,” his

mother, Peggy, said. “It

was a change of thought,

because we’ve always

told him to keep going

to [physical therapy] and

keep doing your exercises,

you won’t end up in a

wheelchair, but now the

wheelchair is providing

opportunities for him. It

took us a while to get over

that hump to say it’s OK

and that it’s just making

it a level playing field for

everybody.”

Cory, 19, has been playing

on the varsity team for

four years.

“This gave him an opportunity

to level the playing

field and go as fast as

he can in the chair and really

compete,” Peggy said.

“He loves it. It’s been fun

to see him grow up with it.

“It’s really cool to see

the opportunities for them

as they get older. Doors

open for them and it’s just

fun to see them improve.”


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Business Briefs

New medical center coming

to Mokena

Palos Health is set to

break ground this spring

on a nearly 50,000 square

feet medical building at

the corner of Owens Road

and Route 30 in Mokena.

This new satellite location

for Palos Health will

offer immediate care and

imaging — including CT,

mammography, X-ray and

ultrasound — as well as

primary care and specialty

care clinics.

The project is slated for

completion in spring 2021.

Mokena businesses come

together to support local

nonprofit

The Bridge Teen Center

in Orland Park will hold

an Online Silent Auction

to raise money to support

the free afterschool programs

and events hosted

for local teens.

One unique experience

includes riding on the Ozinga

Merry Mixer during

the Mokena Fourth of July

Parade or Holiday Lights

Parade. Other items and

packages were donated by

Fred Astaire Dance Studio,

Farmhouse Academy, Accelerate

Indoor Speedway

& Events, Aesthetica Day

Spa, and many more.

Online bidding opens on

Monday, Feb. 17, and ends

March 5 at 9:15 p.m.

Mokena residents,

LincolnWay Community

Bank support Silver Cross

Campaign for Heart Care

Mokena residents Mark

and Ellen Stevens joined

forces with LincolnWay

Community Bank, where

Mark is the president and

chief executive officer, to

support Silver Cross Hospital’s

Campaign for Heart

Care, a fundraising drive

to advance the hospital’s

cardiology services by establishing

an open heart

and structural heart surgical

program. The couple

donated $15,000.

As a part of the Campaign

for Heart Care, Silver

Cross is constructing

a 33,000 square foot, twostory

addition to the hospital.

Mokena business earns

national ranking

Creative Colors International

recently earned the

No. 410 ranking in Entrepreneur

magazine’s Franchise

500.

Creative Colors International

is a mobile repair

and restoration franchise

business specializing in

the repair, reconditioning,

protection and color restoration

of leather, vinyl,

fabric, plastic, and carpeting

in the automotive,

furniture, commercial, and

residential markets.

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by Editor T.J. Kremer III, tj@

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Milo is a Shih Tzu, about 8 months old.

He maintains a sweet, loving and friendly

temperament to everyone he meets.

Nothing makes our family’s day better than

when Milo brings us his favorite toy, or

wags his tail just to say “I’m so happy you

are home!”

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FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Robocall, further efforts

take aim at preventable

crime

This was a robocall everyone

on the Orland Park

Village Board could support.

Trustee Cynthia Nelson

Katsenes thanked the Orland

Park Police Department

and Chief Tim Mc-

Carthy on Feb. 3 during a

regular board meeting for

an automated phone call

that went out a few days

prior to the meeting that

reminded residents to be

vigilant about locking their

automobiles at night.

This comes after several

communities in the

suburbs have been victimized

by car burglaries and

thefts.

“They always tell you

[9 p.m.] is the routine

[to lock your car],” Katsenes

said. “And if you

see something, say something.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy

said the school districts

(including Consolidated

High School District 230)

are working with the police

department to send

out phone calls to remind

residents of the same message.

He said the fire protection

district is helping,

as well.

“For a week, all of our

surrounding departments

are putting up information,”

McCarthy said.

“Simply lock your cars,

because there are people

out there, and it takes

them all of about 2 or 3

seconds to try and get into

your car, take your valuables,

take your car if you

happen to be one of those

[people] who leaves your

car keys in it, and they

will also take your garage

door opener and open

your garage and go into

your garage.

“These [crimes] are totally

and completely preventable.

With a little bit

of help from our residents,

we’ll end this as we have

other crime issues in the

past.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit OPPrairieDaily.

com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Annual Wild Fest educates

people about nature,

conservation

Hundreds of area residents

got a chance to interact

with an alligator,

snakes, birds and other

rare or exotic animals Jan.

26 at Wild Fest.

The annual event —

hosted for the first time by

Bolingbrook High School

Southwest

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— brings together exotic

animal keepers from the

region, though the highlights

were Lockport’s

Big Run Wolf Ranch and

Jim Necsi’s Cold Blooded

Creatures.

John Basile, the founder

and president of Big Run

Wolf Ranch, said he enjoys

doing outreach.

“The more the kids

know about these animals,

the more they’ll know to

set land aside out there,”

Basile said. “It’s good for

the future.”

Basile and his daughter

Rainah presented a handful

of animals, including

a lynx, an opossum,

a porcupine, a skunk and

a coyote named Canuck.

The coyote, Basile said,

is especially important to

show and discuss, given

a recent coyote attack in

Chicago.

“Coyotes are not

well-liked,” Basile said.

“They’re hated animals.

They’ve been here for

hundreds and thousands of

years. If we didn’t have the

coyotes and foxes around

here, we’d have much

larger problems with rodents.”

During the public display

portion of the Wild

Fest, the Basiles’ coyote,

named Montana, would

not come out of his carrier,

although he has been

raised around humans.

Rainah said this showed

how little coyotes care for

the spotlight.

Reporting by Jesse Wright,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit LockportLegend

Daily.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Students partner with local

businesses for Kindness

Week

Frankfort School District

157-C students were

recognized Feb. 3 during

a Frankfort Village Board

meeting for their efforts in

developing a student-led

campaign to spread positivity

in the community.

From Feb. 9-14, all

three schools in D157-C

were slated to participate

in Kindness Week, which

was to involve designing

special stickers that

Frankfort businesses will

then pass along to customers.

“The concept is, it’s going

to go onto packaging

and such that you can buy

at Frankfort businesses,”

Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland

said. “Kind of a neat

idea. They will put these

labels with the goods that

you buy, and we hope that

it gets the idea across.”

In a short presentation to

the Village Board, Hickory

Creek eighth-graders

Caroline Carr, Lia Delage,

Avery Jones and Kylie

Steinhauser explained they

hoped to create a “ripple

of kindness,” with the ultimate

goal of making the

community and the world

a better place.

The four students are

members of the new Poz

Squad, or Positivity Squad,

at Hickory Creek. Students

in Poz Squad meet twice

a month, create positivity

posters, discuss topics

such as gratitude and enact

“kindness challenges” for

organization members and

the rest of the students.

Jones said the whole

school looks forward to

high-five Fridays, in which

Poz Squad members stand

in the hallways and greet

other students with highfives.

“It’s just a fun thing to

get your brain going and

your happiness flowing

on a Friday morning,” she

said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank

fortStationDaily.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Results from cannabis

sales survey show

residents almost evenly

split

The results are in

And on the issue of allowing

recreational cannabis

sales in the Village of

Tinley Park, the residents

who submitted responses

are nearly evenly split.

During the Committee

of the Whole meeting

that preceded the regular

Tinley Park Village Board

meeting Feb. 4, board

members heard results

from the recent cannabis

survey sent out to residents

in early January.

Regarding whether or

not the Village should allow

recreational cannabis

sales in the Village, the

results were: 2,509 votes

in favor to 2,360 votes

against.

Village Attorney Paul

O’Grady said the Village

could investigate opting

in, opting out or maintaining

the status quo of the

moratorium. If the board

members want to investigate

opting in, the legal

staff can start reviewing

options, such as possible

zoning and license restrictions.

Village Manager David

Niemeyer suggested putting

the item on a future

agenda.

“I think the goal was we

wanted to see what the results

of the survey were,”

Niemeyer said. “Now, if

we want to [we can] have

a separate discussion on

a future [Committee of

the Whole agenda] about

where to go with it.”

The item was tentatively

planned to be placed on a

Committee of the Whole

agenda for the first meeting

in March.

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From the Editor

On election season

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tj@mokenamessenger.com

So much to cover, so

little space.

This will have

to be brief, so here’s the

point: No matter what

one’s political ideology

might be, doing the

research and finding out

what the candidates stand

for, how they may have

voted on issues in the past,

who is endorsing them

and contributing to their

campaigns, and how all of

that information aligns (or

does not) with one’s own

views is absolutely crucial.

It is our goal at The

Messenger to help voters

become familiar with

some of these questions

through our candidate

questionnaires, which

readers will see in print

and on our website at

MokenaMessengerDaily.

com over the coming

weeks leading up to the

primaries.

A well-educated public

is absolutely critical to the

functioning of our representative

government. It

is not enough to simply

meander into a polling

station and vote based on

who had the best ads or

who one might most want

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We will do our best to

help educate the public on

the candidates. But, should

we not cover something

that is important to one

particular reader or another,

please take the time

to do the research so you

know where a candidate

stands, and not just what

the candidate’s rhetoric is.

We are all counting on

each other to cast the votes

that will make the greatest

impact for good for all

of us.

Mokena Messenger seeks talented journalists for

freelance roster

Publisher 22nd Century Media’s Southwest

Chicago branch is seeking to bolster its roster of

freelance reporters and photographers to cover the

southwest suburbs, including local government,

events, human-interest features and athletic

contests in Mokena.

This is a pay-per-assignment position that requires

journalism fundamentals, such as interviewing

skills, unabated accuracy and adherence to

deadline. Previous reporting experience is

preferred. Photography skills a plus and can

increase pay.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a

copy of your resume and three (3) writing samples

at your earliest convenience to Managing Editor Bill

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Managing Editor’s Note

Illinois’ primary elections are slated for Tuesday,

March 17. As per editorial policy, no election stories

— including letters to the editor — are to appear in

the final issue before the race, slated for Thursday,

March 12. The last issue for election coverage will

be Thursday, March 5, and the deadline to submit

letters to the editor related to the elections is 5

p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Village to hold bleeding

control training

The Village of New

Lenox and its Safe Communities

America Coalition

is holding a free bleeding

control class, during

which attendees will learn

skills that can make a difference

in life-and-death

situations.

The event — to be held

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.

20, at the New Lenox Village

Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway

— is to focus on treating

injuries that could be

sustained in motor vehicle

crashes, mass shootings,

at home, at work or in the

wilderness.

During the 90-minute

session, participants will

practice with tourniquets,

apply direct pressure to

simulated wounds and

learn how to pack wounds

with medical gauze.

With that, the participants

also will learn to recognize

what is considered

a life-threatening bleed.

The past events have

been well-attended and

well-received, and Safe

Community Coordinator

Dan Martin anticipates the

same this time.

“Oftentimes, bleeding

control training is thought

to only be for active shooter

events, but Stop the

Bleed [techniques] can be

utilized in many emergencies,”

Martin said. “By

offering Stop the Bleed

training, we increase the

odds of saving lives in our

community.”

For any additional questions

regarding the training,

contact Martin at

dmartin@newlenox.net or

(815) 462-6493.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriotDaily.com.

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Sticking around

Lockport’s Taco Patio has become a

fixture in community since opening 10

years ago, Page 20

Pictured are three of The Scholastic Art Show’s Gold Key Award-winning artwork submitted by:

(Clockwise from top left) Jenna Davis, Lincoln-Way West; Angela Farkic, Lincoln-Way East; and

Melanie Piunti, Lincoln-Way Central. Lincoln-Way students took home 34 awards at the show.

Photos submitted

LW students’ artwork chosen for

national competition, Page 17


16 | February 13, 2020 | the mokena messenger faith

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Picture that

Immanuel’s Preschool Art Show for Education and spaghetti

dinner raises funds for playground maintenance and new rugs

Sisters Alexis (left), 4, and Josie Pellegrini, 2, of Mokena, pose with assistant

preschool teacher Desa Propadalo during Immanuel Lutheran’s Preschool Art Show

for Education Feb. 1. The fundraising event featured artwork form students, as well

as a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and bingo. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Sweetest dreams

My Joyful Heart collecting pillows for children

Diane Carroll, founder of My Joyful Heart, holds a pillow someone donated for a

child. From now until Sept. 1, My Joyful Heart is holding a pillow drive with a goal

to collect 1,100 new standard size pillows and pillow cases to give to each child

enrolled in their program. Those wishing to donate can drop off pillows and pillow

cases from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday at their office located at 9981 W.

190th St. Suite I in Mokena. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Faith Briefs

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Young at Heart Senior Club

1 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of the month.

Join the senior club for activities

and outings Sept.-

June. For more information,

call (708) 699-5018.

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)

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.

Community Prayer

Gathering

2:30 p.m. every fourth

Sunday.

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.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

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.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

prior to publication.


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the mokena messenger | February 13, 2020 | 17

LW students receive recognition

at prestigious art competition

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

3

If there was any question

about the abundance

of artistic talent students at

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

possess, then those questions

were put to bed when

students from all three of

the district’s schools took

home 34 awards for their

outstanding artwork at the

The Scholastic Art Show

the week of Jan. 27.

Thirteen of those awards

were given Gold Key

Awards, 13 Silver Awards,

and eight Honorable Mention

Awards. Gold Key

Award winners’ work will

advance to New York to

compete at the national

level.

Locally, more than 40

area schools submitted

2,188 works of art with

only 638 pieces awarded

and accepted into the

show, according to a press

release from the district.

One Gold Key Award

recipient was Jenna Davis,

a New Lenox resident

and sophomore at Lincoln-

Way West, who said she

started painting pretty

much right after birth, and

attributed her skills and

success to her grandfather

Joe Rohaly.

She also described how,

for her, art is a way to express

her feelings.

“Normally when I get

stressed or there’s a lot going

on in my life, I literally

will pick up a canvas or

a piece of paper and just

start drawing or writing,”

Davis said. “And I was really

stressed one day over

school, and family things

and just life in general,

so I picked up a canvas

and started drawing how

Angela Farkic, a Mokena resident and senior at Lincoln-

Way East, poses with her Gold Key Award colored

pencil drawing of her sister Tijana blowing bubble

gum. The award was part of The Scholastic Art Show

competition, in which 34 students from across Lincoln-

Way Community High School District received awards.

Photo submitted

I felt. And, at that time —

the title of the painting is

‘When it All Falls Down’

— I felt like my life was

falling down in a way.

“I know that sounds very

dark, but my way of getting

my feelings out and

expressing how I’m feeling

is through art, and that

day I decided I’m going to

paint my feelings out. After

painting that painting,

I felt really relieved. Art

is like my therapy: It helps

me a lot.”

Davis said although her

artwork is very personal

to her, she is happy if her

work can connect with

others.

Melanie Piunti, a New

Lenox resident who is a junior

at Lincoln-Way Central,

took home her Gold

Key Award for a colored

pencil drawing she did

that depicted three generations

of outstretched hands

touching each other. The

hands in the picture are

those of herself; her mother,

Karen; and her grandmother

Shirley Lundin.

Piunti said as part of her

art class, students have to

build a portfolio with a

theme, and she chose to

use a theme of telling a

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18 | February 13, 2020 | the mokena messenger life & arts

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‘Mary Page Marlowe’ paints picture of complicated woman

Lincoln-Way actors

star in Drama

Group production

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Even the most seemingly

ordinary people can

turn out to be surprisingly

complex.

That is one of the principal

messages behind the

Drama Group’s upcoming

production of “Mary

Page Marlowe.” Written

by American playwright

Tracy Letts, the play

chronicles the story of an

Ohio accountant, her decisions

and her relationships

with her family. The tale is

not told chronologically,

instead conveyed through

a series of scenes from

throughout Marlowe’s life.

Nine different actreses are

cast as Marlowe, showcasing

her journey from childhood

to old age.

Director Chuck Cairns,

a Park Forest resident,

has been involved with

the Chicago Heightsbased

Drama Group “in

one form or another” for

about 45 years, starting

with a successful audition

in the 1970s for the role of

John Adams in the musical

“1776.” Since then, he

has directed about half a

dozen plays as part of the

community theater group,

he said.

He first saw the play in

its original incarnation in

Chicago’s Steppenwolf

Theatre in 2016 and was

immediately hooked, he

said.

“The idea of an examination

of one woman’s

life in non-chronological

order, over 11 different

scenes cherry-picked for

her life, just intrigued

me,” he said. “And when it

was all done and finished,

I wanted to know more

about this woman. So the

arc of her life, the story

really enthralled me, and

I thought, ‘What play, if I

ever want to direct another

one, would I want to do?’

The cast, which consists

of about 21 actors,

has been rehearsing for the

production since just after

Christmas, he said. The

Drama Group’s rendition

of the show is told in the

round, meaning the actors

can be seen from all sides,

and involves “a lot of moving

parts,” Cairns said.

“It’s a very, very big

piece that I’m working

on,” he said. “I’m very

blessed to have the caliber

and quantity and quality of

the actors that I have to do

the show”

Cairns said his favorite

scene from the play is the

one between Marlowe at

age 63 and her husband,

Andy — a moment he described

as one of the most

bittersweet, touching and

comedic parts of the show.

“It’s sort of a slice of

life,” he said. “And any

couple who’ve been married,

young or old, for any

length of time, will appreciate

some of the action

that goes on in that scene.

That would probably be

my favorite, but they’re all

very, very good.”

He added one member

of the group once called

the production a “parking

lot play” — the kind of

play that stays with viewers

to the extent that it later

compels them to talk about

it in the parking lot on the

way to their car.

“You’re taking all these

little isolated incidents and

then seeing, out of time, all

that happened to her here

or her child here, came to

affect her 10, 15, 25 years

later down the road here,”

he said.

If you go...

What: The Drama

Group’s “Mary Page

Marlowe”

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb.

14, 15, 20, 21 and 22,

and 2 p.m. Feb. 16

and 23

Where: The Drama

Group’s Milord Studio

Theatre, 330 W.

202nd St. in Chicago

Heights.

Ticket information:

Tickets cost $23 for

adults, $21 for seniors

and $17 for students

with ID. They can be

purchased online at

brownpapertickets.

com/event/4443615

or by calling the box

office at (708) 755-

3444.

Frankfort resident Jeannie

Markionni, who plays

Marlowe at age 59 in the

play’s final scene, said she

typically pursues musical

theater roles but was inspired

to audition for the

play because she thought

working with Cairns

would be “a great experience.”

She said she hopes

the audience is able to take

each scene and use it to get

a better understanding of

Marlowe’s actions in other

parts of the play.

“I really feel that my

role is a transitional role

for Mary Page, where

she’s looking back and

possibly regretting some

things, and then she realizes

that that is just all part

of life, that sometimes life

is messy and you have to

pick yourself up and keep

going,” she said. “And I

think that really relates to

any of us — we all have

those moments where you

have made a mistake or

might have gone, ‘Hm,

New Lenox resident Liz Yerkovich (right), playing Roberta Marlowe, rehearses a

scene with Oak Park resident Mia Wetzler, cast as a young Mary Page Marlowe, Jan.

29 in the Drama Group’s upcoming production of “Mary Page Marlowe.”

Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

maybe I shouldn’t have

done that,’ and then we

move on.”

New Lenox resident Liz

Yerkovich and Mokena

resident Joshua Reid are

cast as Mary Page Marlowe’s

parents, Roberta

and Ed Marlowe, in the

1940s. Reid said this will

be his first production with

the Drama Group, adding

he was a big fan of Letts’

plays.

“The shows he writes

have just got such emotional

weight, but it’s not

gratuitous emotional baggage

in these shows,” he

said. “It’s very personal.

You can empathize with it

very well. It’s not always

the easiest thing to write

a very personal, powerful

emotional show but

also be able to get people

to empathize with it as

well, so that’s why I love

this show, and it’s a very

unique show in the way

that it looks at Mary’s life

in snapshots.”

Yerkovich said she was

looking forward to seeing

Mokena resident Joshua Reid, in his role as Ed

Marlowe, cradles a doll representing his daughter

during a Jan. 29 rehearsal for the Drama Group’s

upcoming production of “Mary Page Marlowe.”

the audience’s reaction.

“[Letts] sneaks in so

many things throughout

his play, and we’ve done it

so many times, but there’s

some things now that

we’ve just started to see,”

she said. “So, I’m interested

to talk to the audience

afterwards and ask, ‘What

do you think about this?’

or ‘What do you think

about that?’ It’s a show

that makes you think.”


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Contests

Three winners chosen from hundreds of

Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest entries

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Hundreds of veterans

will feel a little more

loved this Valentine’s Day

thanks to area children

who entered 22nd Century

Media’s annual coloring

contest.

And three children can

forever declare themselves

coloring champions.

In the ages 3-5 category,

staff chose the entry

of Emerald McCormack,

5, of Homer Glen, as the

winner. The colorful heart,

added sparkle and lovable

creature captured the

hearts of our judges.

Mikaela Enoya, 8, of

Orland Park, was picked

as the winner in the ages

6-8 category. Mikaela harnessed

something of a Bob

Ross vibe in a serene scene

featuring mountains, trees,

water, birds and a sunset

inside of the heart framework.

And finally, Elizabeth

Ewanic, 10, of Mokena,

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story through hands.

“I wanted to show the

three generations of women

in my family with all of

our hands,” Piunti said.

Also taking home a

Gold Key Award was Angela

Farkic, a Mokena

resident and senior at

Lincoln-Way East. Her

colored pencil drawing

that won the award was a

class project from last year

where the objective was to

draw someone eating food

or drinking something. For

this project, Farkic chose

to draw her sister Tijana

Pictured are the winning entries in the 2020 Valentine’s

Day Coloring Contest by (left to right) Emerald

McCormack, Mikaela Enoya and Elizabeth Ewanic.

Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

captured the title in the

ages 9-12 bracket. The

judges found her work,

quite simply, to be otherworldly.

Publisher 22nd Century

Media’s annual Valentine’s

Day Coloring Contest

asked children from

Orland Park, Tinley Park,

Homer Glen, Lockport,

Mokena, New Lenox and

Frankfort to fill in blank

hearts with their creativity.

blowing bubble gum.

“It was one of my favorite

projects I ever made,”

Farkic said. “It makes me

really happy because it’s

been in a lot of art shows

and it’s cool seeing it

around.”

Farkic said she may not

pursue art as a career; however,

she said she would

like to study medicine in

college, specifically a career

in pediatrics, and that

art could be a useful tool as

therapy for children.

Davis, Piunti and Farkic

each attributed their

success to the culture and

personal freedom students

in the art department are

They were judged based

on creativity and neatness.

In addition to being pictured

in this week’s edition

of The Mokena Messenger,

each winner received

a $25 gift card for Gizmos,

66 Orland Square Drive in

Orland Park.

All completed entries,

minus the forms containing

personal information,

are being distributed to

veterans.

given by the faculty. But

Phil Labriola, district art

department chairperson,

was quick to focus the

praise back onto the students

themselves.

“I think there’s a lot of

talent this year,” Labriola

said. “We’ve seen a lot of

talent at all three of the

schools throughout the district.

You have some kids

who are extremely talented

and, as usual, working

really hard. The talent

only goes so far. The kids

still have to put in a lot of

work, they put in a lot of

time on their projects. And

that’s really what pays off

in the end.”

All aboard the Brothership

Brewery set to

launch in Mokena

Feb. 22

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

With the popularity of

craft beer reaching the

stratosphere, Brothership

Brewing in Mokena has its

sights set on making a farout

debut Feb. 22 and 23.

No, this isn’t science fiction;

it’s science fact.

The brewery and taproom

— tucked inside a

converted industrial warehouse

space located at

18781 S. 90th Ave. Unit

E, and decked out to look

like the inside of a hanger

at Area 51 — is the outof-this-world

brain-child

of five local men: brewers

Ryne Willig, of New

Lenox, and Kyle Obright,

of Oak Forest; along with

investors Tom Soltis and

Pat Murphy, both of Frankfort,

and John Panozzo, of

Beverly.

It all started with Willig

and Obright homebrewing

their own New

England-style IPA, which

they touted at multiple

competitions and won several

awards for, including

a first-place awards for

IPAs at the Skeleton Key

Homebrew Competition

and Brixtoberfest, where

their IPA also took home a

second-place nod for Best

in Show.

“We were brewing beer

just for fun, trying to recreate

flavors that we’ve tried

and didn’t have access to

in the area five years ago,

specifically New Englandstyle

IPAs, hazy IPAs,”

Willig said. “It looks like

fruit juice and has those

kind of tropical flavors associated

with it. And then

we were sharing our beer

The Brothership Brewing team of (front, left to right)

Tom Soltis and Pat Murphy, and brewers (back, left to

right) Ryne Willig and Kyle Obright are hard at work

getting ready for the brewery and taproom’s launch

Feb. 22. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Mokena’s latest craft beer destination is set for a launch

from noon-10 p.m. Feb. 22 and noon-8 p.m. Feb. 23.

with people, friends and

family, and the feedback

was really good.”

Brothership Brewing incorporates

a 10-barrel system

with three fermenters

capable of producing 20

half-barrels of their brew

at a time.

The brewery and taproom

will also offer a

guest beer with a glutenfree

option.

The 3,600-square-foot

2

space will allow for a multitude

of varying entertainment

and special event options,

as well.

Those interested in

keeping up to date on the

latest developments and

offerings of Brothership

Brewing can follow them

on Facebook at facebook.

com/BrothershipBrew

ingCo or on Instagram at

instagram.com/brother

ship_brewing.


20 | February 13, 2020 | the mokena messenger dining out

mokenamessengerdaily.com

The Dish

Taco Patio in Lockport continues to win hearts with unique family recipes

Abhinanda Datta

Contributing Editor

A strong focus on building

relationships within

the community is what

drives this eatery serving

Mexican fare in Lockport.

According to Taco Patio

co-owner and restaurant

manager Nasia Katris, unlike

a franchise, “Our priority

isn’t to make money.”

“Growing up in the restaurant

business, I know

from personal experience

that a family-owned business

has an advantage,

because you’re going to

have the family there,”

she said. “If there’s a personal

touch, they’re more

in touch with the community

or the needs of people.

That’s the priority with

us.”

The original Bellwood

location was opened almost

40 years ago by Katris’

father, Jim, and 10

years ago, she launched

the one in Lockport along

with her husband an coowner

Christos Giannakopoulos.

“For such a small community,

Lockport has really

opened up and supported

us,” Katris said.

“We love to have regulars

all the time. It’s a hardworking

community that

is kind and appreciative of

our services. And because

we are here all the time,

we get to know everybody

and get to see what they’re

like.”

Whether you want to

dine in with your family

or grab a quick bite on the

way to work, Taco Patio

caters to all kinds of dining

needs. One item that

is quite popular among

those opting for the drivethru

service is the lightly

sweetened horchata, available

in two sizes ($2.45-

$2.75). Made entirely from

scratch, this recipe has

been in Katris’ family for

over 40 years and is a concoction

featuring Jicaro

seeds ground with rice and

ground cocoa, cinnamon,

nutmeg and vanilla.

“We need to cook the

cinnamon all day; it’s a

huge process,” she said. “I

keep telling my husband

that we’re going to somehow

make bigger batches.

We can’t keep up. People

will come to the drive-thru

for four or five horchatas

at a time. It’s crazy.”

The loaded cheese fries

($5.89) — potatoes fried

and salted, topped with

seasoned meat of the customer’s

choice, grilled

onion, sour cream and hot

peppers — are another

sought-after option.

Katris said since the

distribution of Mexican

products in the market was

not as great a few decades

ago, she saw her family

prepare their own beans,

taco shells and sauces in

the kitchen.

“You couldn’t go and

buy ready-made products

like so many Mexican restaurants

do these days,”

she said. “So that’s why

everything was made from

scratch, and we still do

that. We come two hours

early in the morning and

we stay late at night. We

refuse to buy anything.”

For those looking to get

a heartier meal, the enchilada

dinner ($9.99) comes

with three enchiladas with

either chicken, beef or

cheese, along with rice,

tortilla chips and fresh

guacamole. There also is

the taco salad ($7.99) —

a combination of protein,

beans, lettuce, tomato,

green onion and black

Taco Patio

1022 E. 9th St. in

Lockport

Hours

• 10 a.m.-midnight

Monday-Thursday and

Sunday

• 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Friday-Saturday

For more information ...

Phone: (815) 838-

8226

Web: tacopatio.com

Pictured is the No Name ($4.99) dessert — a plate of Mexican doughnuts with

powdered sugar, cinnamon and caramel drizzle — at Taco Patio in Lockport.

Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

The nacho supreme ($7.49) comes with meat, cheese, beans, tomato and olives,

topped with sour cream and guacamole.

olives served in a crispy

flour shell with a dollop of

sour cream. Guests have

the option of adding guacamole

for another $1.10.

For Katris, cooking has

become a labor of love.

“Working in a restaurant,

you see what it should be

like, what it could be like

and what it is like in other

places,” she said. “We do

have a lot of families that

come here. And I personally

would not be able to serve

something that I could not

serve to my own family.

Those who eat here know

it will be good, because it is

freshly made right away.”

Some items on the menu

take longer to prepare,

such as the vegetarian option

with stuffed peppers.

The stuffed pepper burrito

($7.75) and the stuffed

pepper taco ($3.10) come

with poblano peppers

prepared over three days.

They have to be skinned

and fried, stuffed with a

special five-cheese blend

and breaded.

While most popular

desserts have appetizing

names, Taco Patio’s only

item with no name has

been winning hearts for

years.

“A couple of years ago,

we were testing a new dessert

one night when a customer

wanted to try it out,”

Katris said. “He liked it

so much that he wanted to

order more, even before

we could name it officially.

So, we went with No

Name for this phenomenal

dessert.”

The No Name ($4.99)

is a plate filled with fried

dough and served with cinnamon,

powdered sugar

and a drizzle of Mexican

caramel.

Coming from an immigrant

family, Katris said

food was very important

as “it was a time to be happy,

enjoy yourself, forget

about what was going on.”

Armed with strong values

and even stronger

familial bonds, she has

ensured that Taco Patio is

unique in its dedication to

the quality of the food and

personal service.

“We are an upscale fast

food place, and I hope

Lockport will continue to

support us, so that we can

provide them with a great

experience,” Katris said.


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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Do away with

6. Sitar music piece

10. Mariner in a

classic literary tale

14. Use a cell

15. Absolve

17. Terra ___ (pottery)

18. Mokena

mayor, Frank

19. Equips militarily

21. Rhythmic singing

22. Lord’s Prayer

pronoun

23. Shelley’s “___

Skylark”

25. Coin of the

realm

29. Early course

30. Military rank,

abbr.

33. Rice dish

34. With insight

and wisdom

36. Suspect eliminator

37. Neb. neighbor

38. Infection type

39. One who loves

punishment

41. Give the slip to

42. Trial lawyer’s

advice

43. Fire power

44. Long, loose

overcoat

45. Registered

names: Abbr.

46. Singer Yoko

47. Kenya inhabitant

51. Couldn’t be

found

57. Minute examinations

59. Prefix with

-clast

60. Carriage

61. Instant

62. Floral support

63. PGA part

64. Cries out

Down

1. Watchdog org.?

2. Delicious bar

3. Gp. marching around

campus

4. “Render __ Caesar

. . .”

5. Mokena gives

awards for this to

homeowners

6. Cook, as beans

7. Spindle

8. Falls apart

9. “Wheel of Fortune”

request

10. Curve outward and

then downward

11. Response to a joke

12. Egyptian solar deity

13. Muppet

16. Rocket scientist’s

calculation

20. Article in constant

use

24. Arles assent

25. Sends junk e-mails

26. Rice

27. Beethoven dedicatee

28. Mexican resort

29. Final word

30. Walk around

proudly

31. Open space in a

forest

32. Mary ___ Moore

34. They are on SI

covers

35. Pop musician Lofgren

40. Express thoughtful

hesitation

44. One in Madrid

46. Mary-Kate or Ashley,

e.g.

47. Gullets

48. Doctor’s abbreviation

49. Dressing ingredient

50. Bit

52. Puck catchers

53. Square measure

54. “...double __ and

trouble”

55. Abbr. at the bottom

of a business letter

56. Lady deer

58. Start of an apology

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)

478-3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-

8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-

Friday: Happy Hour

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-

1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays

and Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event in The

Scene, email b.conboy@

22ndcenturymedia.com.


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Why Pay Rent?

Immediate Occupancy Homes available now from the mid $200’s

Distinctive Home Builders Presents Quality Built Affordable Homes at Cedar Creek in Joliet

Distinctive Home Builders

recently began preconstruction

sales at

Cedar Creek in Joliet.

Homeowners there will

enjoy competitively priced

quality built homes and

low Joliet taxes from

one of the area’s leading

home builders. Cedar

Creek is located on Millsdale

Road, one half mile

west of Rt. 53 and south

of Laraway Road. Our

model home visitor center

is open for viewing.

“Handcrafted semi-custom

homes are unheard

of in the area in this price

range,” said Bryan Nooner,

president of Frankfortbased

Distinctive Home

Builders. “These homes

provide a great value and

in many cases will be less

than paying rent. This

opens up home ownership

opportunities to those

who were locked out of

the market previously. Although

construction is underway,

pre-construction

savings are still available.”

Affordable, conveniently

located ranch and twostory

homes feature floor

plans ranging from 1,500

to 3,000 square feet in

size with two to four bedrooms

and front elevation

brick exteriors with the

option to add stone accents.

Prices start from

the mid $200’s and some

home sites back up to Cedar

Creek Park. We have

four immediate occupancy

homes available at our

Cedar Creek community -

3 ranch homes and a twostory

home.

“These homes appeal

to two markets: Empty

nesters that are downsizing

with our ranches and

an outstanding value for

first time homebuyers and

families wanting the most

space for their money,”

added Nooner.

Cedar Creek school

children attend Elwood

School District 203 for K –

8 and high school age children

attend Joliet Township

Central High School

within District 204, which

was recently named the

College Board’s Advanced

Placement District of the

Year. Saint Joseph Academy

is also nearby.

“We have closed the gap

of getting what you want

and getting what you

need in a new home significantly

by including additional

features that our

buyers told us were most

important to them,” said

Nooner. “Now is the best

time to buy, because you

can still take advantage

of preconstruction prices

that range from the mid

$200s which makes this a

terrific new home value.”

Bryan Nooner, president

of Distinctive Home

Builders, has built thousands

of single-family

homes throughout the

south and southwest suburbs

over the past 30

years. Distinctive Home

Builders is dedicated to

giving their customers the

best home buying experience.

A home delivery with

zero punch list items is an

expectation Distinctive

has for its homeowners.

Before closing, each home

undergoes an industryleading

checklist that ensures

each home measures

up to the firm’s high quality

standards. Distinctive

performs numerous quality

control checks throughout

the building process

and adheres to a nearly

1,500 point formal checklist

that project managers

certify.

“Having a set of measurable,

identifiable standards

that our craftsmen

are expected to maintain

is critical to upholding

high quality standards

and ensures delivering a

Zero Defect Home to our

homeowners,” according

to Distinctive president,

Bryan Nooner.

During the construction

process, there are prescheduled

times set for

site visitations at various

landmark stages of construction.

Communication

is an important aspect

to maintaining an overall

positive experience during

the construction process.

Therefore, all Distinctive

customers have the Project

Manager’s e-mail address

and cell phone number,

as well as, access to the

secure online customer

portal where pictures and

logs show the continued

progress on their home.

Customers have access to

the online portal through

the Distinctive Homebuilders

App that can be

easily downloaded to any

smartphone or tablet.

“Our customers simply

download our Distinctive

Home Builders app and

they are in touch with their

new home 24/7 from anywhere

in the world. The

app allows our customers

to see the progress of their

home and access all their

documents at any time”

Nooner explained. “Our

customers really appreciate

the integration of social

media sites within the

app allowing them to easily

share photos and updates

of their new home

with family and friends,”

he concluded.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy

efficient. Every home built

will have upgraded wall

and ceiling insulation values

with energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts

a blower door test

that pressurizes the home

to ensure that each home

passes a set of very stringent

Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

Cedar Creek is served by

major thoroughfares such

as IL Rte. 53, I-55 and

I-80. Locational amenities

for Cedar Creek homeowners

are two large hospital

complexes nearby:

Silver Cross Hospital and

Presence Saint Joseph

Medical Center; College

education nearby including

Lewis University, the

University of St. Francis

and Joliet Junior College.

Numerous restaurants

and attractions such as the

Chicagoland Speedway,

the Joliet Splash Station

and the Haunted Trails

Family Entertainment

Center, to name a few.

Visit the Memorial Walkway

at the Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery

in Elwood comprised of

982 acres honoring our

veterans.

Our model home visitor

center is open for

viewing. Contact Lynne

at 708-737-9142 or 708-

479-7700 to schedule a

private viewing of our Cedar

Creek model and immediate

occupancy homes

available: three ranch

homes and one two-story

home. Or visit our on-site

Sales Information Center

located at 23936 William

Drive, Manhattan, IL.,

60442. Hours are daily

10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. open

seven days a week. Specials,

prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete

details.


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Distinctive Home Builders Debuts Luxury Furnished Model

At Hanover Estates in Manhattan within the Lincoln-Way School District

Distinctive Home Builders

continues to add high

quality homes to the

Manhattan landscape at

Hanover Estates; its latest

new home community

located within the highlyregarded

Lincoln-Way

School District. Distinctive

is selling Craftsman

Series and Legacy Series

single family homes with

base prices from the upper

$290s - $400s. Square

footage of the ranch

homes begins at 2,400

square feet and the twostory

homes start from

2,700 square feet. Many

of the sites in both neighborhoods

offer lake views

and all homes will have

brick around the first

floor as a premium standard

feature.

“Sales and construction

are underway and a

brand new Stonebridge

II model is open for touring,”

said Bryan Nooner,

President of Distinctive

Home Builders, “These

new home designs are a

result of an extraordinary

amount of time and effort

spent on refining the

architectural standards.”

“There is indeed a difference

– there is nothing

else like it on the market

– the elevations are outstanding

and our homeowners

also have the ability

to customize so they

can truly have the home

of their dreams,” he said.

Nooner speaks of the

Craftsman designs the

company has introduced

at Hanover Estates. These

new designs feature low

pitched rooflines, large

front porches with tapered

columns and stone

piers, partially-paned

windows, gable brackets,

and an exterior color

palate with a variety of

earth tones or gray tones.

Popular exterior options

are stone and cedar shake

accents.

Besides the new model,

there are several homes

at various stages of construction

are available to

tour and as a semi-custom

builder, Distinctive can

modify any of its standard

designs to cater to a

customer’s tastes, which

means that moving walls,

adding extra windows or

even extending the garage

are all possible.

Numerous home styles

are available, each with

multiple exterior elevations.

Hanover Estates

homes have three to five

bedrooms and two full to

three and one-half baths

and two to three-car garages.

All of the Legacy

Series homes will have

three-car garages.

Homes include custom

maple kitchen cabinets

featuring solid wood

construction (no particle

board) with solid

wood drawers and dove

tail joints; ceramic tile

or hardwood floors in

the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood

trim and doors; granite

countertops and

concrete driveways.

Building a new home is

certainly not what it used

to be. Thankfully, the latest

technology coupled

with fine-tuned people

skills, has made the experience

an exciting one for

Distinctive buyers at Hanover

Estates.

“We are on the leading

edge when it comes to the

home buying customer

sales experience,” said

Nooner. “Our sales professionals

are among the

best. We provide them

with high-level training

and the latest tech tools to

enhance our homebuyer’s

experience. We also provide

technology to our

homeowners throughout

the home building

process with a private

homeowner portal app.

Building a new home is

an exciting yet long process

that can have many

ups and downs that can

be neutralized by simply

having great communication.

We want our buyers

to be informed and empowered

every step of the

way.”

Daily pictures of customer

homes in progress

are taken and uploaded

for easy access from

anywhere in the world.

Homeowners can view

their selections from their

phone, tablet or desktop;

review detailed information

about the quality

components used in their

new home, and easily access

their documents using

a username and password

that is issued once

construction of their new

home begins.

“Communication exists

on an entirely new level

making building with us a

very personal experience.

Never before could customers

have access to all

of this information 24/7.

We want to raise the bar

for our industry,” added

Nooner.

Through the customer

portal, homeowners can

easily share the pictures

and progress of their

home with friends and

family via e-mail and integrated

links to social

media. They can also

review the construction

schedule to see

what is happening next

in the building of their

new home.

Hanover Estates boasts

four lakes and three

parks within its borders.

The Manhattan Metra

train station, several forest

preserves and many

dining and entertainment

options are nearby.

Hanover Estates children

attend schools

within the Lincoln-Way

School District.

Besides Hanover Estates,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built hundreds

of homes throughout

Manhattan most recently

at Prairie Trails; also in

the Butternut Ridge and

Leighlinbridge communities,

as well as thousands

of other homes in

the Will and south Cook

county areas over the past

30 years.

Our model home visitor

center is located at

23936 William Drive,

Manhattan, IL 60442

and is open daily from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days

a week or by appointment.

Contact Lynne at

708-737-9142 or 708-

479-7700 to schedule a

private viewing. Specials,

prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.


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Luxury Townhomes in New Lenox Pre-Construction Sales

Distinctive Homebuilders debuts SkyHarbor Townhomes from the $300s

Sales have commenced on

luxury townhomes in a prime

location in New Lenox at

Laraway and Schoolhouse/

Lincolnway Roads. Known

as SkyHarbor Townhomes,

Distinctive Home Builders

is meeting the need for

townhomes in an area where

they have not been built in a

long time.

“We are excited to bring

these fresh, new architecturally

refined townhome designs to

New Lenox. Now residents

can stay put in town when they

downsize from a large home to

a maintenance free lifestyle,”

said Bryan Nooner, president

of Distinctive Home Builders.

“We discovered that many

area single-family residents

have parents seeking an

independent, carefree lifestyle,

who want to live in close

proximity to their children

and grandchildren. These

buyers tend to spend a couple

months of the year in warmer

climates and don’t want to

be concerned with home

upkeep while they are away.

At SkyHarbor Townhomes a

homeowner’s association takes

care of lawn maintenance and

snow removal for residents.

Additionally, SkyHarbor is

a good fit for many young

families as well. Just a few

minutes from several commuter

train stations and major

highways, the location of

this property makes it easy to

commute to work. The idea of

living in a community with a

maintenance free lifestyle gives

today’s buyer the freedom to

travel and recreate without the

time burden of home upkeep.

SkyHarbor Townhomes is

a small enclave community

with an on-site lake and is

adjacent to single family

homes. Townhomes range in

size from two to four bedrooms

with 1,800 to 2,600 square feet

of living space in three and

four-unit buildings. All homes

include a full basement and

luxury appointments such

as granite counter tops and

custom maple cabinets.

SkyHarbor Townhome

exteriors are architecturally

refined and feature Craftsman

style designs in brick and

stone construction on the

first floor. Tapered columns,

stone accents, bracketing

on gables and bracket detail

on garage doors are some

of the thoughtful features

Distinctive Home Builders has

incorporated into the design.

Distinctive Home Builders

has built thousands of singlefamily

homes throughout

the South and Southwest

suburbs over the past 30 years,

and is dedicated to giving

its customers the best home

buying experience.

Top-notch home creation

with zero punch list items is an

expectation Distinctive delivers

to its homeowners. The builder

performs numerous quality

control checks throughout the

building process and adheres

to a nearly 1,500-point formal

checklist that project managers

certify. Before closing, each

home undergoes an industryleading

checklist that ensures

each home measures up to the

firm’s high quality standards.

“Having measurable, identifiable

standards that our

craftsmen are expected to

maintainiscriticaltoupholding

high quality standards and

ensuresdeliveringaZeroDefect

Home to our homeowners,”

Nooner said.

Communication is key to

maintaining an overall positive

experience during the construction

process. Therefore,

all Distinctive customers have

the Project Manager’s e-mail

address and cell phone

number, as well as access to

the secure online portal where

pictures and logs chronicle the

continued progress on their

home. Customers have access

to the online portal through the

Distinctive Homebuilders App

that can be easily downloaded

to any smartphone or tablet.

“Our customers simply download

our app and they are in

touch with their new home

24/7 from anywhere in the

world. The app allows our

customers to see the progress

of their home and access

their documents at any time”

Nooner explained. “Our customers

really appreciate the

integration of social media

sites within the app allowing

them to easily share photos

and updates of their new

home with family and friends,”

he concluded.

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient with

upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation, energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive conducts a Blower

Door Test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that each

home passes stringent Energy

Efficiency Guidelines.

SkyHarbor Townhomes is

within New Lenox School

District 122 serving students

K-8 and Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210, which is ranked in the

top 10 high school districts in

Illinois. Providence Catholic

High School is also located

in New Lenox.

SkyHarbor Townhomes are

served by major thoroughfares

such as IL Rtes. 30, 45 and

52 and I-80, I-355 and I-57.

Residents are serviced by

the New Lenox Metra

Station on the corner of

Cedar and Laraway Roads.

Two large hospital complexes

are in the vicinity: Silver Cross

Hospital and Presence Saint

JosephMedicalCenter;College

education nearby includes

Lewis University, the University

of St. Francis and

Joliet Junior College. Many

restaurants and pubs are in

the area: Starbucks, Cooper’s

Hawk, Teardrop Café, Arrowhead

Ales Brewing Company,

Chicago Dough Company,

Bulldog Ale House, Portillo’s,

and Country Charm Restaurant.

Jewel/Osco is within

walking distance from the

Skyharbor Townhomes. Other

notable retailers nearby are

Kohls, JC Penny and Petsmart.

and the 14-screen AMC

Showplace is on Maple Street.

Our model home visitor

center is open for viewing.

Contact Lynne at 708-737-

9142 or 708-479-7700 to

schedule a private viewing

of our luxury townhomes

or visit our on-site Sales

Information Center located

at 23936 William Drive,

Manhattan, IL., 60442. Hours

are daily 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

open seven days a week.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details.


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If you are looking for the perfect ranch home

at a great price, look no more. Ranch Villas at

Keating Point, in the Village of Channahon,

offers ranch homes that are both beautiful and

maintenance-free.

These unique, detached townhomes feature

two bedrooms and two baths in 1,308 to 1,621

square feet. Each comes equipped with a full

basement, two-car attached garage, brick fronts,

and central air.

These Ranch Villas start in the $230’s and

boast an association fee of just $140 per month.

We offer five floorplans for you to choose from.

Do you long for a little more time to yourself?

For more family moments, too?

Luxury Ranch Detached Townhomes

Immediate Move-Ins. • Maintenance-Free Living

Starting from the $230’s

Maintenance-free living at The Ranch Villas at

Keating Pointe is our solution to your problem.

In one of our ranch townhomes, you can finally

wave goodbye to the chores that gobble up your

precious time. All exterior and landscaping

maintenance is done for you, including snow

removal. If you’ve had enough of cleaning

gutters, mowing the lawn, and shoveling the

driveway, you’re ready to take the next step.

The photos in this article feature The Roma,

one of the floorplans you can choose from for

your new ranch home. This 1,467 sq. ft. design

features two bedrooms and two baths. Plus,

you’ll get a flex room to use as you see fit.

Office? Guest room?You tell us. The Roma also

features ceilings that reach nine feet high and a

large kitchen with included appliances. You’ll

enjoy an impressively roomy feel, bounty of

spaceforentertaining,andultimateconvenience.

Speaking of convenience, a basement, two-car

attached garage, and patio are included. The

Roma starts in the low $240’s, delivering quality

in its construction and price tag.

Looking to move into a new home sometime

soon? Our ranch homes also feature quick

delivery homes. These quick delivery homes

have move-in dates as early as this fall.

To learn more about our detached ranch

townhomes, give us a call at (815) 290-5303 or

go to homesbycore.com.

Immediate Move-Ins • Maintenance-Free Living


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COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 11234 Pin Oak Cir, Mokena, IL

60448 (Residential). Onthe 27th day of

February, 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: Federal

National Mortgage Association

Plaintiff V. Steven R. Rodriguez; et.

al. Defendant.

Case No. 19 CH 0629 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 bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

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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.

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 9971 Cambridge Ct#D, Mokena,

IL 60448 (Residential). Onthe 27th day

of February, 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: PNC

Bank, National Association Plaintiff V.

Michael A. Pomorski Sr.; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 19 CH 0730 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

2701 Property for

Sale

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is a surplus 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

Federal National Mortgage Association

Plaintiff,

vs.

Steven R. Rodriguez; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 19 CH 0629

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

27th day of February, 2020 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the

Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

PARCEL 1: THAT PART OF LOT

20, IN HAMILTON CROSSING A

PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT,

BEING A RESUBDIVISION OF

PART OF ROBERT BARTLETI'S

WOODLAND ACRES, BEING A

SUBDIVISION INSECTION 7 AND

SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12EAST OFTHE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED MARCH

11, 1997, AS DOCUMENT NUMBER

R97-20293, IN WILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS BOUNDED AND DE-

SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COM-

MENCING ATTHE NORTHEAST

CORNER OF SAID LOT 20;

THENCE SOUTH 00DEGREES, 02

MINUTES, 14 SECONDS EAST

ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID

LOT 20 A DISTANCE OF 43.20

FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-

NING; THENCE NORTH 89 DE-

GREES, 56 MINUTES, 03 SECONDS

WEST A DISTANCE OF 143.40

FEET TO A WESTERLY LINE OF

SAID LOT 20; THENCE SOUTH-

ERLY 39.41 FEET ALONG SAID

2703 Legal

Notices

WESTERLY LINE OFLOT 20 BE-

ING AN ARC OFACIRCLE, CON-

VEX NORTHEASTERLY, HAVING

A RADIUS OF 60.00 FEET, AND

HAVING A CHORD BEARING

SOUTH 39 DEGREES, 32 MIN-

UTES, 41 SECONDS EAST;

THENCE SOUTH 89DEGREES, 56

MINUTES, 03 SECONDS EAST

118.78 FEET TO THE EAST LINE

OF SAID LOT 20; THENCE

NORTH 00 DEGREES, 02 MIN-

UTES, 14SECONDS WEST ALONG

SAID EAST LINE A DISTANCE OF

29.82 FEET TO THE HEREIN DES-

IGNATED POINT OF BEGINNING,

IN WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

PARCEL 2: EASEMENT FOR THE

BENEFIT OF PARCEL 1ASCRE-

ATED BY DECLARATION FOR

HAMILTON CROSSING TOWN-

HOMES AND RECORDED NO-

VEMBER 24, 1997, AS DOCUMENT

NUMBER R97-104231 FOR IN-

GRESS AND EGRESS OVER COM-

MUNITY AREAS.

Commonly known as:

11234 Pin Oak Cir, Mokena, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Residential

P.I.N.:

19-09-07-409-055-0000

Terms ofSale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. No judicial 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 inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

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

PNC Bank, National Association

Plaintiff,

vs.

Michael A. Pomorski Sr.; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 19 CH 0730


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2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

FREE FREE FREE

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 20th day of November,

2019, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

27th day of February, 2020 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the

Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, sell at public auction to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

PARCEL 1: THE NORTHEAST-

ERLY 1/2 OFTHE SOUTHEAST-

ERLY 1/2 OF LOT 16 IN CAM-

BRIDGE PLACE OF MOKENA,

PHASE II, APLANNED UNIT DE-

VELOPMENT, BEING ARESUBDI-

VISION OF PART OF LOT 551 IN

GRASMERE OF MOKENA, BEING

A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF

SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12EAST OFTHE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED NOVEM-

BER 1, 1991 AS DOCUMENT NO.

R91-63239, IN WILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS. PARCEL 2: EASEMENT

FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS FOR

THE BENEFIT OF PARCEL 1

OVER DRIVEWAYS AND WALK-

WAYS IN THE COMMON AREA

AS SET FORTH IN DECLARA-

TION OF PARTY WALL RIGHTS,

COVENANTS, CONDITIONS, RE-

STRICTIONS AND EASEMENTS

FOR CAMBRIDGE PLACE MOK-

ENA TOWNHOUSE ASSOCIATION

MADE BY CHICAGO TITLE AND

TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE

UNDER TRUST AGREEMENT

DATED MARCH 18, 1991 AND

KNOWN AS TRUST NUMBER

1094840 RECORDED OCTOBER 9,

1991 AS DOCUMENT NO.

R91-58297 AND AS CREATED BY

DEED FROM CHICAGO TITLE

AND TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUS-

TEE UNDER TRUST AGREEMENT

DATED MARCH 18, 1991 AND

KNOWN AS TRUST NUMBER

1094840 TO ROBERT J.KASANDA

AND ARLENE M.KASANDA RE-

CORDED JUNE 24, 1992 AS DOCU-

MENT NUMBER R92-48747, ALL

IN WILL COUNTY ILLINOIS

Commonly known as:

9971 Cambridge Ct#D,Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Residential

P.I.N.:

19-09-09-378-066-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

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Athlete of the Week

3

10 Questions

with Grace Kmak

Mokena resident Grace

Kmak is a junior on the

Lincoln-Way co-op gymnastics

team. She attends

LW Central.

confidence. I know how

everything works and I

know what I need to do in

order to do well in future

meets.

How long have you

been doing gymnastics

and how did you first

get started?

I started when I was 2 or

3, so it’s been a long time.

My mom just put me in

and I stayed with it.

What do you like so

much about the sport?

I just like flipping all the

time. I really like being

with my team. It’s really

cool and really fun to be a

part of team, to always be

able to support each other

and to have teammates

cheering you on when you

compete.

What is your favorite

event? What is your

least favorite?

Vault is probably my

favorite. It’s just fun to

do what I do on the vault.

Bars is my least favorite.

That’s been the hardest

for me all these years. I’ve

worked hard at it, though,

to get where I am today.

You’ve been in a lot

of big meets, including

state. How do you

think that experience

will help you this

year?

It really builds my

You and your

teammate, Korina

Jarosz, are always

neck-and-neck with

your scores and seem

to push each other.

Does that help you?

Yeah, it helps a lot. She’s

always helping me do my

best, and I try to help her.

We both just really want to

help the team do the best

we can.

Your team won a

regional championship

with your highest

score of the season.

What is the key to

continue to have

success at sectionals

and state?

We just have to be confident.

We have to be confident

with our practices,

confident in our skills, and

we have to be confident in

each other.

If you could be

anybody else for a

day, who would you

want to be?

Maybe Simone Biles.

I think it would be really

cool to be able to do all the

things she does in gymnastics.

Her life seems pretty

cool.

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Iron Man. I just like him.

I think he’s pretty cool.

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Definitely Hawaii. It

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There are beaches, and islands,

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Boys Basketball

6

Knights pour in 19 3-pointers in rout of Stagg

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

junior forward Ryan Kraft

hit a pair of 3-pointers in

the first 90 seconds against

Stagg.

It was a sign of things to

come.

The Knights were red

hot from downtown all

night, hitting 19 3-pointers

as they rolled to an 81-49

SouthWest Suburban Red

win over Stagg on Friday,

Feb. 7, in New Lenox.

“I think we all feed off

each other,” Kraft said. “It

felt good to be open and

have my teammates keep

getting me the ball.”

Nick Tingley led Central

(19-7, 4-0) with 22 points,

hitting six 3-pointers. He

also had five rebounds.

Mike Maloney added 15

points on five 3-pointers,

and Kraft finished with

14 points, including four

threes.

Rounding out the barrage

of treys were Matt

Maloney (eight points)

and Sean Michalak with

two each.

All the Knights’ 3-pointers

came in the first three

quarters, as they topped

the 17 triples they made

against Illiana Christian on

Feb. 1.

“Right now, a couple

teams have really committed

to stopping Sean

[Curran], so they’re helping

on him and leaving

guys open, and these guys

are really good shooters,”

Central coach Bob Curran

said. “At the beginning of

the year, a lot of times it

was one or two guys getting

hot, and we were still

winning, but when all five

guys are on, we can be really

tough to stop.”

Kraft had 11 first-quarter

points to start the Knights’

scoring spree.

“They were kind of

Lincoln-Way Central’s Mike Maloney looks to drive

against Stagg on Friday, Feb. 7, in New Lenox. He

scored 15 points in the Knights’ 81-49 win.

STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

bringing four guys out to

guard, but leaving one guy

in the middle,” Curran said.

“They were just leaving

Ryan open, and Ryan was

like, ‘OK, well thank you.’”

Kraft returned to the

Knights’ lineup the final

week of January after

missing about a month

with an ankle injury suffered

in the Hinsdale Central

Holiday Classic the

week of Christmas.

“It’s just good to be

back playing,” Kraft said.

“I missed it. I just try to go

out there and play as hard

as I can, get rebounds, do

whatever I can to help the

team out.”

Stagg (5-18, 1-3) hung

around through the first

half, trailing 41-31 at halftime,

but the Knights outscored

the Chargers 28-6

in the third quarter to pull

away.

Tingley and Mike Maloney

both caught fire in the

third as each hit a trio of

3-pointers.

“When we all play together,

we’re hard to

guard,” Tingley said. “We

feed off each other’s intensity

and energy. When

we come together, we’re

a pretty good basketball

team.”

Twelve players got in

on scoring for Central as

several reserves got significant

playing time in the

second half.

“We have great teammates

who work hard

every day and push us to

get better,” Tingley said.

“They are a big part of our

success. A lot of it is from

practicing with them. So, it

was great to see them get

in and score.”

Conference leaders

The Knights topped Andrew

63-47 on Feb. 4. Sean

Curran scored 18 points

and Nick Tingley added 10.

With the victory over the

ThunderBolts and Chargers,

Central has topped

all four of its SWSC Red

foes, with another game

remaining against each.

Bradley-Bourbonnais (3-

1) is in second place.

“We’ve been playing

well,” Bob Curran said.

“We made it through the

first run through the conference

undefeated, but we

still have work to do.”

Central stayed hot with

a 49-38 nonconference

win over Glenbrook North

on Saturday, Feb. 8. Sean

Curran scored 18 points,

Matt Maloney had 11, and

Mike Maloney added 10.

Roundup

Mokena Jr. High seventh-grade boys basketball ends season in state quarterfinals

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

The Mokena Junior

High seventh-grade boys

basketball team advanced

to the Illinois Elementary

School Association’s

Class 4A state finals with

a 26-21 win over Ottawa

Shepherd in a sectional

championship game Feb.

5.

The Meteors then

dropped a 55-51 overtime

heartbreaker to Colin

Powell Middle School

from Matteson in a state

quarterfinal Saturday,

Feb. 8, at Kingsley Junior

High in Normal.

Dylan Brannigan led

Mokena with 17 points,

Corey Cagnolatti scored

13, and Fillipo Baratta

added 12.

Mokena, which finished

22-5, started its run by

winning a regional title

with victories of 44-24

over Martino, 33-31 over

Hickory Creek and 43-30

over Summit Hill in the

regional championship

game.

Big wins for LW East boys,

girls basketball teams

Griffins junior guard

Jhei-R Jones scored on a

layup with five seconds to

play as Lincoln-Way East

edged Lockport 45-43 in a

classic SouthWest Suburban

Conference Blue game

Feb. 4 in Frankfort. It was

the first SWSC Blue win

of the season for the Griffins

(15-6, 1-2), who are

6-2 in games decided by

six points or less this season,

including 5-1 in games

decided by three points or

less.

“We all have the heart

and the hustle,” Jones said.

“We know everyone plays

hard at the end.”

Junior guard Ryan Sucha

led East with nine points.

Senior guard Ty Slager

(eight points), senior center

Sean McLaughlin (six

points, six rebounds) junior

guard Cameron Mallory

(six points) and senior

forward Ryan Sierocki

(four points, six rebounds)

also contributed for the

Griffins.

The Lincoln-Way East

girls also knocked off the

Porters, 45-34 on Thursday,

Feb. 6, in Lockport.

Senior guard Olivia Molnar

scored a game-high 18

points for the Griffins (15-

13, 1-6) and senior guard

Lilly Genis added nine

points.

Lockport beat the Griffins

50-32 on Jan. 21 in

Frankfort.

“We came in with a different

motive,” Molnar

said of this game compared

to the first one against the

Porters. “We wanted to get

shots on short jumpers and

hit ours.

“Getting our first conference

win just gives us

2

more push for the playoffs.

We might have got a lower

seed [No. 8] but we believe

that we can play with anyone.”

Providence hockey wins

Kennedy Cup semi opener

Peyton Botich’s goal in

overtime lifted the Celtics

to a 4-3 win over St. Rita

on Friday, Feb. 7, in the

first game of the best-ofthree

Kennedy Cup semifinal

series.

Tom Zschach, Tom Davis

and Joe McConnell also

scored for the Celtics.


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Girls Gymnastics

4

Lincoln-Way wins seventh straight regional with season-best score

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way co-op

gymnasts Grace Kmak

and Korina Jarosz are used

to battling each other for

championships, like they

did for the all-around title

at the Lincoln-Way Regional

on Feb. 4 at Lincoln-Way

East.

For the duo, competition

and teamwork are not

mutually exclusive. While

they both go hard for the

top of the podium, they

also help push each other.

“It helps a lot,” said Jarosz,

a senior. “We’re normally

right next to each

other when we compete.

When one of us goes up

and hits, then the other

wants to go up and hit. It’s

a bond we have.”

Both hit plenty at the

regional. Kmak, a junior,

captured the all-around title

with a score of 37.275,

with Jarosz right behind

at 37.1. Senior Allie Reis

completed an all-Lincoln-

Way top three with a 35.25.

They all helped Lincoln-

Way roll to the team title

with a 144.65, the team’s

top score of the season.

That was easily enough to

hold off Naperville North

(133.05) for the program’s

seventh straight regional

championship.

Lincoln-Way was set to

compete in the Hinsdale

Central Sectional on Tuesday,

Feb. 11.

“I did especially well on

bars,” Kmak said. “Everything

went pretty well for

me.”

Kmak won the vault

(9.3) and balance beam

(9.4), took second on bars

(9.375), and was third on

the floor exercise (9.275).

Jarosz won the bars

The Lincoln-Way co-op girls gymnastics team

celebrates with its regional champions plaque Feb. 4 at

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(9.475) and took second

on vault (9.175), beam

(9.175) and floor (9.275).

All of her runner-up finishes

were to teammates.

Reis (9.425) won the floor.

“We’re all super excited,”

Jarosz said. “That

was a huge jump [in the

team score] from a couple

meets ago. It was almost

overwhelming. It’s super

exciting to come into the

postseason like that.

“We were more calm.

We went out there not

freaking out, knowing we

could hit our stuff, knowing

this was our gym and

we knew how to do everything.”

Kmak said the team

went into the meet with a

huge sense of belief.

“It was really exciting

for the team,” she said. “I

think we were way more

confident in all our practices

during the week, confident

in all our skills, and

everything just went really

well during the meet.”

Lincoln-Way coach

Kory Thompson has seen

the way Jarosz and Kmak

have helped each other out

this season.

“Grace and Korina are

always neck-and-neck

since they’ve been on the

team, but this past summer

you started to see a

difference, where they

were working together and

motivating each other,”

Thompson said. “It was

like, ‘OK, you stick, I

stick.’ It’s really cool that

they can feed off each other

like that.”

Reis (8.65) also finished

fifth on the beam. Freshman

Natalie Hrkel (8.475)

tied for third on bars. Juniors

Emerson Collins and

Skylar Koczor (8.95) tied

for fourth on vault, while

juniors Lucy Haas (8.95)

and Sarah Rosinski (8.675)

were fourth and fifth on

the floor, respectively,

completing a Lincoln-Way

sweep of the top five spots.

“The last week since

conference, the girls really

focused on the little

things, like sticking landings,

making sure we

have height on our leaps,”

Thompson said. “Our main

goal was hitting.

“They actually had

a completely hit meet,

which was awesome. We

all loved it.”

Girls Bowling

LW Central’s Nolan gets redemption with sectional bid

4

JOE BIELANSKI

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central

sophomore Abby Nolan

had some added motivation

going into the postseason.

Nolan did not advance

out of regional competition

last season.

This year, she will go

on to the sectional as the

Knights’ lone representative

after finishing 14th at

the Joliet Central Regional

on Saturday, Feb. 8, at

Crest Hill Lanes.

“I felt that I threw the

ball today the best I have

all season,” Nolan said.

“I was coming here for

redemption. Last year, I

didn’t make it out of regionals.

I wanted to move

on this year, so I had to

respond and bowl a great

game in order to move

on.”

Nolan, whose brother,

Alex, tied for second at the

boys bowling state meet,

totaled 1,133 pins over

six games. The individual

champion was Minooka’s

Kiara Backstrom with a

1,292.

The Knights (5,135)

finished sixth, two places

out of the four advancing

spots.

Minooka (6,146), Joliet

West (5,737), Morris

(5,531) and Joliet Central

(5,507) earned sectional

bids, while Lincoln-Way

West (5,378) was fifth.

LaSalle-Peru (5,014)

and Lincoln-Way East

(4,999) followed the

Knights in seventh and

eighth, respectively.

In addition to Nolan,

Lincoln-Way East junior

Katelyn Marks (17th,

1,123) and Providence

sophomore Carly Kowalik

(19th, 1,101) also advanced

individually.

The sectional is set for

Saturday, Feb. 15, at Highland

Park Bowl in Moline.

Nolan hopes her trend

of improving week by

week will continue as she

gets ready for the sectional

round.

“I think that each week

has gotten better,” Nolan

said. “From the start of

November to now, I have

progressively gotten better

each weekend and week.”

Marks was part of a

Griffins team that finished

10th in the state last season

but graduated its top

three finishers from the

state meet.

Now, she will be the

lone East representative at

the sectional, after she averaged

187 at the regional.

Griffins sophomore

Jayda Rivera (25th, 1,061)

missed advancing beyond

the regional by just 12

pins.

East senior Katelyn Adamitis

totaled 1,005.

Kowalik’s journey to

the postseason is unique.

The Celtics do not have

a girls bowling team, so

she spent the regular season

bowling with the boys

team.

While the postseason

experience is different

from the regular season,

her focus helped her to accomplish

what she needed

to.

"The cheering is very

different,” Kowalik said.

"It helps get you more excited

than usual. You’re

bowling with everyone

and we are all friends here.

Everyone supports each

other even though we are

competing. It feels more

like a family.”

The different atmosphere

hasn’t deterred

Kowalik from her goals,

and she knows she needs

to raise her game to the

next level going into the

sectional round.

“I need to bowl more

consistently,” Kowalik

said. “Dropping those low

games is important as I

move along. It’s important

to support everyone to get

the best out of them.”


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Boys Swimming

4

Griffins win first outright conference crown in over a decade

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East senior

Mason Rhode was a

freshman when the Griffins

tied for the South-

West Suburban Blue title.

Ever since, he has wanted

his team to win one all for

themselves.

The Griffins did just that

on Saturday, Feb. 8, taking

the SouthWest Suburban

title at Lockport.

“We’re really excited to

win it,” Rhode said. “My

freshman year, we won,

but we tied, so this was

great to win it ourselves.

We were going after it, and

we really wanted it.”

The Griffins scored 222

points to hold off Andrew

(207), Sandburg (205.5)

and Lincoln-Way Central

(177) at the top of the nineteam

field.

Making the accomplishment

more special, the

SWSC moved to a onemeet

format for the entire

league this season after

holding separate Blue and

Red championships the

past 11 years.

East’s last outright title

came in 2008-09.

“This meet has a lot of

fun to it, being that it’s the

whole conference now,”

East coach Steven Anderson

said. “It feels like it

has more value, and it’s

a good opportunity to see

what everyone can do together.”

Rhode won the 100-yard

butterfly in 53.75 seconds

and took third in the

200 individual medley in

2:01.68.

That was despite not being

at his best, as he said

he has been battling an illness

along with many of

his teammates.

While Rhode was not

thrilled with his times, he

will use that to push him

as the Griffins prepare for

the Homewood-Flossmoor

Sectional on Feb. 22.

“I’m always competing

against myself the most, so

when I don’t accomplish

something I want, it just

pumps me up even more

for the next meet,” Rhode

said.

East junior Cooper Cunningham

won the 100

breaststroke in 1:00.67.

“It was really exciting

to win the 100 breast,”

Cunningham said. “I’m

seeded first right now for

the sectional in that event,

so that’s sweet. Our relays

were also a big part of our

win.

“I know coach will push

us super hard and then taper

us really well going

into sectionals.”

East’s team of Cunningham,

Rhode, Joey Lundgren

and Pat Rossetto

finished second in the 200

medley relay (1:41.28).

Rossetto, Jacob Falejczyk,

Damien Ezell and

Austin Meldeau teamed

up for a third-place showing

in the 200 free relay

(1:33.45).

Meldeau, Falejczyk,

Cunningham and Rhode

took fourth in the 400 free

relay (3:23.70).

The Griffins’ performance

was even more

impressive considering

they were missing a key

performer in Jacob Fisher,

who was out sick.

“We had a lot of guys

step up,” Rhode said.

“We were missing one

of our big guys, so some

guys moved up and some

guys raced in the races

they don’t normally race

in. Everyone really came

through.”

Anderson said he pulled

up junior Julian Lee from

the JV team “at the last

minute,” and Lee earned

the team five points with

an 11th-place finish in the

100 free and a 10th in the

100 back.

Lincoln-Way Central

senior Tyler Quigley

was third in the 200 free

(1:52.78) and the 500 free

(5:06.11), while sophomore

Devin Mihaichuk

placed third in the 100

back (59.64).

Lincoln-Way East’s Mason

Rhode, seen competing

earlier this season, won

the 100-yard butterfly at

the SouthWest Suburban

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Girls Basketball

LoConte hits 1,000 career points as Knights win twice

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Regan LoConte’s

1,000th career point at Lincoln-Way

Central came on

the first of two free throws.

So, it’s no surprise that she

was quickly at 1,001.

LoConte, a senior guard,

hit the milestone during a

65-38 win over Hillcrest

on Feb. 4. She scored 20

points in the victory.

“It was a good feeling,”

LoConte said. “It shows

how all my hard work has

paid off.”

LoConte was happy to

share the moment with her

teammates and family.

“I looked over to family

and they were all super

excited,” she said. “My

teammates were all holding

up signs for me. I saw all

the support I had, and that

made me feel good.

“In that moment, you’re

just like, ‘Wow, this could

actually happen.’ It’s a

great feeling.”

Central coach Dave

Campanile said the Knights

coaches have had their eyes

on the number for a while.

“Before the season, we

knew it was a possible

goal,” he said. “Getting

it in three years [on varsity],

too. The countdown

started, and I think we were

a little skeptical of if she

could get there. But the last

month, she’s averaging between

15 and 20 points a

night. We knew she had it

in sight and really wanted

her to get it.”

Junior guard Colleen

Erdman added 14 points in

the win.

The Knights followed

that up with a 47-27 South-

West Suburban Red win

over Andrew on Thursday,

Feb. 6, in New Lenox.

Central celebrated Senior

Night for LoConte, Theresa

Snaidauf and Abbey Ward.

Ward has been out all season

with an injury, but was

put in the starting lineup so

she could take the court one

last time. She was replaced

by Megan Hutchinson immediately

following the

tipoff.

“Abbey Ward showed a

lot of character to still want

to be a part of it and help us

out,” Campanile said. “We

really wanted to do that for

her. It was a nice moment.”

LoConte poured in 17

points in her final home

game, knocking down five

3-pointers.

“It was emotional,” she

said. “I know I’m going

to miss my teammates and

playing here as a Knight.

I’m glad I got to finish

the season with my best

friend, Theresa. My teammates

have been supportive

through everything.”

Snaidauf also got in on

the scoring with a fourthquarter

basket.

“It was a great last hurrah,”

she said. “I couldn’t

imagine not doing this my

Lincoln-Way Central senior guard Regan LoConte

drives to the basket during the Knights’ 47-27 win over

Andrew on Thursday, Feb. 6, in New Lenox. LoConte

recently surpassed 1,000 career points.

STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

past four years at Central.

It’s been a very meaningful

experience.

“I made one of my best

friends, Regan LoConte,

and I found out what it really

takes to be an athlete at

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Central.”

Sophomore guard Sydney

Gehrke added seven

points for the Knights (17-

12, 5-2). Hutchinson and

Haley Stoklosa chipped in

six points each.


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■Feb. ■ 18 – IHSA Class 4A

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■Feb. ■ 14-15 – IHSA Class

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East cheerleading dynasty adds fifth state title

RANDY WHALEN, Freelance Reporter

A dynasty built on love.

That's what the Lincoln-Way

East cheerleading team has built.

The Griffins did it again, as they

captured first place in the large

school division of the IHSA state

cheerleading finals, which were

held Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday,

Feb. 8, at Grossinger Motors Arena

in Bloomington.

It is the second straight state

championship and fifth in the past

seven seasons for East, which was

honored with a parade and trophy

presentation at the school on Sunday,

Feb. 9.

The Griffins tied Elk Grove,

which won the first five co-ed

titles, for the second-most state

championships in the 15-year history

of the state series. Lemont

leads with six, all in the medium

school division.

Every cheer trophy the Griffins

have won has been a first-place

one.

It is also the 17th state championship,

including a pair of coop

boys gymnastics ones, since

East opened 19 years ago. It is

the second this school year, following

the Class 8A football title

last fall.

"It's an incredible feeling," East

junior Grace Karana said. "It's just

being with every single person

you love. All our hard work has

paid off and it's amazing."

Karana is one of five All-South-

West Suburban Conference selections

for the Griffins. The others

are fellow three-year varsity junior

Alyssa Goodman, along with

seniors Emma Barnard, Karley

Kalchbrenner and Julia Zelenika.

East actually did not win the

SWSC title this season. In the

conference competition on Friday,

Jan. 24, the Griffins lost the conference

crown to Sandburg. But

they beat out two SWSC teams

on the final day for another state

championship.

"Honestly, this is what we've

been working for the last eight

months, toward the trophy," said

The Lincoln-Way East cheerleading team celebrates with the state

championship trophy after winning the large school title Saturday,

Feb. 8, at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. Photo submitted

Zelenika, a four-year varsity

member. "The crowd and all the

support and love here for us has

been amazing."

The Griffins’ score of 94.96

won the state title by over two

points. It was also the secondhighest

of their five championship

point totals, behind their

initial large school one (97.06) in

2014.

Stevenson (92.63) was second,

Marist (92.04) third, and Sandburg

(89.83) fourth. Yorkville

(89.51), Jacobs (89.07), Lincoln-

Way West (88.33), Edwardsville

(88.29), Joliet West (86.77), and

Huntley (85.31) rounded out the

top 10.

Of the 24 members of the East

cheer team, only six are seniors.

They are Barnard, Rylie Bolsoni,

Riley Feehery, Kalchbrenner, Sarah

Toussaint and Zelenika.

There are 10 juniors: Chloe

Brokop, Jackie Brown, Tiffani

Gergely, Goodman, Karana,

Devyn Mangin, Leah Ortiz, Lexy

Selvaggio, Sophia Sladek and Ava

Wise. The eight sophomores are

Peyton Anderson, Sophia Barnard,

Kylen Boundas, Emily Carusso,

Lexi Chiuccariello, Chloe

Friend, Adam Paul and Caroline

Roney.

"Our goal was to win, obviously,"

said Barnard, a three-year

varsity member. "But most of us

are out there because we love each

other. Yes, we work toward the

trophy, but our passion gives us

the drive."

There are 25 teams that advance

to the state finals in each class. In

the preliminaries, which were held

on Friday, Feb. 7, East (93.49) was

also first and Stevenson (90.04)

second. Those scores do not carry

over, however. So that allowed

Marist (88.93), which was fifth on

the first day, to move up to third.

It is the second repeat for the

Griffins, who also won back-toback

titles in 2014 and 2015.

That pattern of success is ingrained

in the cheerleaders well

before high school.

"Honestly, I wasn't satisfied

with just winning one," said Kalchbrenner,

who has been on the

varsity all four years and won

three titles. "When I was in the

seventh grade at Summit Hill, I

knew I wanted to be an East cheerleader

and win state titles. I'm so

proud of how hard we work, and

4

we definitely deserve this."

That feeling of wanting to accomplish

a state championship is

exactly what the couple of Jayson

and Julianne Polad were after

when they took over as coaches a

decade ago.

"It starts with the community,"

Jayson Polad said. "They are behind

the kids, and we can feel

that support and energy going up.

When we took over 10 years ago,

we would have the cheerleaders

go to the Frankfort Falcons games

and talk to the cheer girls there.

So, the community drives it.

"From there it's just our love for

the community, love for the school

and love for each other."

Lincoln-Way Central saw its

season end in the preliminary

round, placing 12th (84.68).

"It was not the ending we hoped

for, but we are so incredibly honored

and proud to be 12th in the

state," Central coach Danielle Emmart

said. "These Knights fought

so hard all season, never gave up,

and to have made it this far.

“We will continue to hold our

heads high and continue to be

proud of this journey and the

amazing accomplishment of making

it to the state tournament for

the third year in a row after a 10-

year hiatus. Congrats to our athletes

on an incredible season."

Central’s team members were

seniors Allison Ceh, Maddie

Fogle, Sophia Gambino, Aubrey

Lake, Rylee Richardson, Abbey

Schissler, Sydney Steffens, Allison

Tuskan and Lauren Urban,

juniors Kendall Cortese, Marissa

Elia, Katie Engerman, Mickayla

Kukowski, Elizabeth Miller, Jamie

Nightingale, Isabelle Vargas

and Sam Youngren, sophomores

Laila Pryor and Payton Vargas,

and freshmen Emma Boskey, On-

Drea Durka, Joey Hoffenkamp,

Kyra Kaczor and Abby Preski.

Providence, which included

Mokena residents Abaigeal Bandyk,

Chloe Floeckher and Hayley

Hitterman, finished 13th in the

medium team division, scoring

82.27.


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fastbreak

Wrestling

Champion LaMonto leads five sectional qualifiers for Griffins

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jeff vorva/22nd century

media

1st-and-3

THREE notes on the

STATE SUCCESS of lw

east cheerleaders

(above)

1. Coaching a dynasty

East had not won a

state trophy before

Jayson and Julianne

Polad took over as

coaches. They have

coached the Griffins

to five state titles in

the last seven years.

2. Most in large

division

The Griffins’ five

titles are the most

by any team in

the large school

division. Lemont has

six championships

in the medium

division, while Elk

Grove also has five

in the co-ed division.

3. Back-to-back

This is the second

time East has won

back-to-back state

titles. The only other

team to repeat in

the large division

was Lockport in

2006-07 and 2007-

08.

Knights have a pair of

qualifiers

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East senior Jake

LaMonto hoped for another shot

at Lockport’s Andrew Blackburn-

Forst.

When the two met in the

195-pound championship match

at the Tom Lahey Invitational on

Jan. 25, LaMonto jumped out to

a big early lead, but Blackburn-

Forst battled back and pinned him.

Two weeks later, they met again

in the finals at the Class 3A Lockport

Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8.

“The entire week, I focused a lot

of my game plan specifically for

him,” LaMonto said. “When I was

down, I just knew I had to come

back. There were no excuses at

this point.

“Ever since that loss, I’ve been

doing a lot of thinking, a lot of

mental preparation to be ready for

this.”

The match was essentially the

polar opposite of the last one. This

time, Blackburn-Forst quickly

jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

LaMonto, though, battled back

with a takedown and a three-point

near fall, then took control to pull

off a 12-8 win.

“That move that brought me

back into the match is something

I’ve practiced a lot,” LaMonto

said. “He went to grab me, and I

was able to hit that pretty well and

put him on his back.”

LaMonto was East’s only champion,

but the Griffins got eight

wrestlers into place matches on

their way to a strong third-place

finish in the nine-team field with

Lincoln-Way East’s Jake LaMonto slams Lockport’s Andrew

Blackburn-Forst during the 195-pound championship match at the

Lockport Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8. LaMonto won 12-8.

JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

124.5.

East trailed only the host Porters

– ranked No. 4 in 3A by the

Illinois Wrestling Coaches and

Officials Association – which won

their sixth straight regional title

with 190 points, and 12th-ranked

Lincoln-Way West (158).

Andrew (114.5), Homewood-

Flossmoor (97), Providence (86),

Lincoln-Way Central (84), Marian

Catholic (53) and Bloom (25)

rounded out the field.

LaMonto (32-5) opened the

tournament with a pin of Providence’s

Ian McGuire and a tech

fall over Bloom’s Jevin Dampier.

“It was a good confidence boost,

but I know there’s still more work

to do,” LaMonto said. “There’s 24

hours in a day and at midnight a

new day starts. So, I can celebrate

today and a little bit tomorrow,

but I have to get back to work on

Monday to prepare to get to state.”

LaMonto was one of five Griffins

to advance to the Quincy Sectional,

set for Saturday, Feb. 15.

Joining him will be freshmen

Ari Zaeske (2nd, 126) and Connor

Koehler (3rd, 113), sophomore

Dominic Adamo (3rd, 160) and

junior AJ Lizak (3rd, 132).

Zaeske (19-8) rolled into the

finals with a pin of H-F’s Carter

Maclin and an 8-0 major decision

over Lincoln-Way West’s Jake Simon

before Lockport’s Mike Kaminski,

ranked No. 3, beat him by

a 20-5 technical fall in the finals.

Zaeske, who finished third in

the state as an eighth-grader at

Hickory Creek last year, has taken

on many challenges as a freshman

in the varsity lineup.

“It’s a lot different,” he said. “I

came from winning matches every

day to not so much. Our practices

make me better, though.”

Koehler, Lizak and Adamo all

prevailed in must-win third-place

matches with their seasons on the

line.

Lincoln-Way Central will send

a pair of wrestlers to the sectional.

Andrew Hesse was the runner-up

at 182, and Joey Malito finished

third at 106.

Malito (34-12), a sophomore,

beat Lockport’s Ryan Oster 6-2 in

a must-win third-place match to

keep his season alive.

Hesse (26-20), a junior, pinned

Bloom’s Kendall Bradford in the

first round and snuck by Lockport’s

Mike Kinney 10-8 in the

semifinals to seal his trip to Quincy.

He fell 7-1 to H-F’s Haku Watson-Castro

in the finals.

“I wish I could go back to that

match and re-trace everything I

did and do a lot better,” Hesse

said. “But I get to go to sectionals

either way, so that was the big

goal.”

H-F heavyweight Brian Smith

had the day’s biggest upset, stunningly

pinning top-ranked Ryan

Boersma of Providence in just 26

seconds, handing Boersma (37-2)

his first loss against in-state competition.

Boersma, nonetheless, was

one of five Celtics to advance to

the sectional, along with Billy

Meiszner (2nd, 106), Kevin Countryman

(3rd, 145), Jack Bruno

(3rd, 152) and Liam McDermott

(3rd, 182).

Listen Up

“All our hard work has paid off and it’s amazing.”

Grace Karana – LW East junior cheerleader, on the team winning its

second straight state title and fifth in seven years

what2watch

Girls Basketball, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18

IHSA Class 4A Bloom Regional semifinal

• Seventh-seeded LW Central takes on the host

and No. 10 seed Blazing Trojans in the Knights’

playoff opener.

Index

38 - This Week In

34 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

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


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | February 13, 2020

MOVING ON

Five LW East wrestlers,

two Knights advance

to sectional, Page 39

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Lincoln-Way gymnasts

win seventh straight

regional title, Page 36

Griffins cheerleaders

win second straight

state title, fifth in

seven years, Page 38

Lincoln-Way East’s cheerleading team performs at the IHSA state finals Friday, Feb. 7, at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

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