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April 9

• 12820 W. 184th Place, Mokena, 60448-8398 – First Bank Of Manhattan Ttee to Brianne Mercer, Jason D. Mercer, $440,000

April 8

• 18920 Meadow Creek Drive, Mokena, 60448-9109 – Jonathan Klabacha to Eric R. Mastey, Carlie D. Mastey, $292,500

• 18929 Creekview Lane, Mokena, 60448-9499 – Brian P. Norris to Chad M. Wick, Angela R. Wick, $310,000

• 19612 Cherry St., Mokena, 60448-9453 – Robert J. O’Malley to John Masterson, Alexandra M. Pinotti, $161,000

Rebecca Susmarski

There is no substitute for experience. 

The Lincoln-Way East girls water polo team learned that lesson last weekend. Making their first trip to state in five years, the Griffins fell to the 2013 state champion, St. Ignatius College Prep, 15-4 on Friday, May 23, in the state quarterfinals at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

St. Ignatius went on to defeat Stevenson 15-8 in the semifinals Saturday, May 24, before losing to Fenwick in the title game.


April 24 LW East at Homewood-Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

April 24 LW North hosts Thornwood,
4:30 p.m.

April 25 LW North at Marian Catholic,
4:30 p.m.

April 26 LW East at Lemont, 10 a.m.

April 28 LW East at Sandburg, 4:30 p.m.

April 28 LW North hosts Thornridge,
4:30 p.m.

April 29 LW North hosts Benet Academy, 4:30 p.m.

April 30 LW East hosts Sandburg, 4:30 p.m.

Welcome back.

Take a look at the list:

Mokena Food & Wine Fest, Festa Italiana, Community Library, Womens’ Club, VFW, Fox’s on Wolf, The Boy Scouts Council, Johnny’s Char House in Orland Park, 94 West, Oak Lawn Hilton, Gaelic Park, Fox’s in Orland, Pheasant Run St. Charles, Jakes Pub, Durbin’s Pub, Dralle’s Chevrolet Car Show, Joliet Father’s Day Car Show, Mokena Fourth of July Parade, Joliet Easter Parade, Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. 

Danny Ciamprone

The holiday season is just about in full swing, and perhaps there’s no greater indicator of that than the Village of Mokena’s annual Christmas Fest set to ring in the festivities this year once again.

On Monday, Nov. 10, Mokena Trustee Jim Richmond announced some of the details for this year’s festival, which is set to take place Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Village at Mokena Elementary School and along Front Street.

Danny Ciamprone
Rebecca Susmarski

The Lincoln-Way East softball team hasn’t given in — not this season and not in the supersectional.

That showed when the Griffins held off Edwardsville Monday, June 9, in a 4-3 eight-inning thriller in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Illinois State Supersectional in Normal.

With the win, East (27-10) was guaranteed to bring home its second-ever state softball trophy. The other was the Class AA state championship in 2002. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Lincoln-Way Central continued its perfect season on Wednesday afternoon at Broken Arrow North in Lockport, beating the host Porters, 167 to 180, in Southwest Suburban Conference play.

The Knights improved to 4-0 in conference while the Porters suffered their first conference loss to drop to 2-1.

Sophomores Bri Bolden and Grace Curran paced the Knights, sharing medalist honors by firing 1-over-par 37s. Both also were not feeling well, but apparently that didn’t affect how they performed on the golf course.

Amanda Jarzynski

I’m pleased to announce and introduce two new Contributing Columnists whose writing will now be regularly featured in The Messenger.
Starting with this edition (Page 25), The Messenger will carry a weekly column from local tech entrepreneur, tinkerer and all-around nice guy, Jay Margalus. He is a partner in a video game development company, the owner of a co-working space on Front Street and teacher at DePaul University (all details he elaborates on in his first column).
Another columnist will join the mix in the April 17 edition.

Will O'Brien


Basketball season wrap up

LW East girls basketball

The Griffins put up a good fight, but Marian Catholic, the defending state champion, beat East 61-51 during the squads’ sectional semifinal. East seniors Dana O’Grady and Kara Krolicki (ABOVE) both scored 15 points.

LW East boys basketball

The Griffins boys closed out their season with a 71-55 loss. Jake Attar led with 14 points, while Austin Winkler added 10.