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The Mokena Community Park District will host its fourth-annual Summertime Stride 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, June 7, with the event kicking off and concluding at Main Park.

The event has typically drawn 300-400 participants in years past, and park district officials are hoping to see that figure grow on this occasion, said Erin Cortilet, special events coordinator for the district. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Tinley Park High School Athletic Director Michael Mongan has been charged with DUI by the Oak Lawn Police Department.

Mongan, 46, of the 9800 block of Lawndale Avenue in Evergreen Park, was stopped by an Oak Lawn patrol officer for several traffic violations around 1 a.m. June 10, according to Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray. Mongan was seen allegedly erratically driving a Honda Pilot in the eastbound lanes in the 4500 block of 95th Street.

Danny Ciamprone

The first bell doesn’t ring for nearly another four hours, but Emily Tichacek is already up and gearing to start the day at Mokena Elementary School.

“She was up at 5 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 12,” said her father Tom. “I leave for work at 5 a.m. and she was ready to go.”

Tom said Emily has always loved school, but on Friday, Dec. 12, she wasn’t just getting ready to be an ordinary thrid-grade student, but rather to run the school itself.

Rebecca Susmarski

Last season, the Lincoln-Way East girls volleyball team was one of just three teams to earn its way to the gold bracket of the McAuley Challenge.

Now looking to improve on last season’s 22-15 record, the Griffins will look toward some of their experienced returners, including junior Sarah Dobrich, and seniors Carly Collins Maddie Nirchi and Leah Seielstad.

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena Community Park District announced that a new ice rink is now available at the Main Park tennis courts, 10925 La Porte Road in Mokena. 

The ice rink will be open daily from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., weather and conditions permitting, and lights will be on in the evening. There is no attendant on duty, so guests are advised to skate at their own risk.

For more information, contact the Mokena Community Park District at 708-390-2401, or visit

Danny Ciamprone

The four school days Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students missed in January on account of harsh winter weather will be made up by extending the school year to June 5.

The dates of graduation ceremonies will not change.

Will O'Brien

The 2014 athletic season was good to Lincoln-Way North.

Not only did the school earn some program firsts from the likes of girls bowling and boys cross country but it also achieved some state recognition from the girls soccer team.

Below is a list of the Top 5 moments from the calendar year pertaining to North athletics, as selected by Contributing Editor Jon DePaolis. 

5. Phoenix girls bowling places fourth at sectional, goes to state

Danny Ciamprone

In a game that wound up having as many storylines as it did scoring drives, perhaps the most important was what Lincoln-Way East football coach Rob Zvonar emotionally delivered minutes after a 20-7 loss to Mount Carmel Saturday, Nov. 15, in the quarterfinals of the Class 7A playoffs.

Rebecca Susmarski

Blue Wave Fast Pitch 10u took first place at the South Side Super Regional May 24-25.

Front Row (left to right):  Kaitlyn Marks (Frankfort), Brooke McNichols (Oak Lawn). Second Row (L to R):  Alex Rendon (Tinley Park), Sierra Sass (Homer Glen), Madison Miedona (Elwood), Ellaina Cioe (Lockport). Back Row (L to R):  Emma Kucharski (Lemont), Taylor Zawacki (Mokena), Chloe Erwin (Manhattan), Faith Mikos (Manhattan), Christina Kulchytski (New Lenox). Coaches:  Char Marks, Tammy Zawacki, Ron Mikos and Dave Kucharski.

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Rebecca Susmarski

On the weekend of April 11-13, the 12U Lockport Cobras, a team which includes Mokena resident Nick Husted, went down to Indianapolis for the Indy Spring Blast and swept the competition to win their first tournament of the year.

The Cobras were undefeated in pool play, earning the No. 1 seed and eventually beating the Indianapolis Smoke 11-1 in the championship game.