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Cassidy DeGraff is a junior at Lincoln-Way North. The Tinley Park resident and girls water polo player led her team in goals this season.

Lincoln-Way West upset the Phoenix 10-9 in the quarterfinals of the sectional last week. What happened in that game?

Honestly, West stepped up and we underestimated them. They set up something different with Bridget Soukup shooting from the outside, and we just kept fouling her.

Danny Ciamprone

Five years ago, Chris Pignotti’s son wanted to get involved with lacrosse, specifically, the Lincoln-Way Lacrosse Club youth team.

Wanting to help out, Pignotti started coaching in a league that at the time did not have a youth program for children under the age of 11, as the game was still gaining traction in popularity.

Danny Ciamprone

After more than three decades of operating Mr. Benny’s Steak and Lobster House at its Matteson location, the Leonardo family has decided to close its doors and focus solely on the Mokena restaurant.

“It’s time for me to hang up my spurs,” said Benny Leonardo, co-owner of both full service restaurants in the southwest suburbs.

Leonardo has been in the restaurant business for almost 50 years total, having operated the Matteson location for 38 years before opening the restaurant in Mokena, located at 19200 Everett Lane.

Danny Ciamprone

A Frankfort man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police observed the suspect ducking in-and-out between vehicles in Mokena.

Aaron Fister, 20, of 10650 Williamsburg Trail, in Frankfort, was apprehended April 1 at 19546 S. 116th Ave. in Mokena. After police investigated the scene, the suspect said he was waiting “for friends to get home.” Police then conducted a pat down when a bottle of pills without a label was discovered.

Police said the suspect indicated he did not have a prescription with him.

Rebecca Susmarski

A Mokena man was allegedly charged with domestic battery resulting from two incidents in three days.

Justin Rafacz, 33, of 11208 First St., in Mokena, was charged first from an incident stemming from a June 2 incident at 11208 First St., in Mokena, after police responded to a domestic disturbance in progress.

After further investigation, the victim informed police that her tooth was broken after a fight broke out.

Danny Ciamprone

Six individuals filed to run for four positions on the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education in the upcoming municipal elections — two of which are current board members. 

Board members James Gast and Stephen White opted not to run for another term, while members Christine Glatz and Kevin Molloy are to campaign to hold onto their seats on April 7. Mokena resident Joseph Spalla, and Frankfort residents Ronald Lullo, Chris McFadden, and Steve Kapsalis are to run, as well. 

Danny Ciamprone

Wide open – 50,000 square feet to be exact – of what will soon be filled with athletes, an array of sports courts and fans all within the friendly confines of what may very well be the first of several indoor recreation facilities for a couple’s vision that knows no bounds.

Rebecca Susmarski

Tired, unoccupied and under utilized, it was growing more unlikely each day that the Therafin building in Mokena would see a proper use in the near future.

“It was almost to the point where [the building] had fallen into a state of disrepair and was also just so old and tired that in a lot of cases it didn’t meet the proper codes for certain uses,” said Mokena Village Administrator John Downs.

Danny Ciamprone

Since finishing high school, a group of Mokena and Frankfort natives have gone on to excel at Olivet Nazarene University both on and off the softball diamond.

Cheryl Sendzik, Caitlin Santefort, Hannah Gardner and Megan Butler all made big contributions to the Tigers’ 49-5-1 season, conference championship and NAIA World Series appearance, said longtime Olivet Coach Ritchie Richardson.

“The year itself has been fantastic, and these girls are a big reason why,” he said. 

Rebecca Susmarski

A 29-year-old Mokena man and former educator at Herscher Community Unit School District 2 who allegedly abused six students in December at a Yorkville hotel is facing numerous charges.

Danny Ciamprone

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