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The Andrew football team is not used to losing.

Last season’s 3-6 record marked the first time the Thunderbolts lost six games in a season in 20 years. But with a dozen returners back, this season’s squad hopes to turn that around and make the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years.

David Connell enters his second season as T-Bolts coach. That extra year should help both him and the team.

Danny Ciamprone
The Mokena Community Public Library District celebrated its 50th Anniversary Saturday, Aug. 6, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a musical performance from local group Acoustic Thing.
Amanda Jarzynski

In 2015, the Lincoln-Way Patriots went undefeated through the Mid-States Football League regular season, only to drop the championship game to the Racine Raiders.

This year, the Patriots were out for vengeance. On Oct. 1, they got it, rolling to a 31-0 win over the the Door County Destroyers in the MSFL Championship Game in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

It was the semi-pro team’s first MSFL title.

Tim Carroll

Jenny Van Geertry is a junior outfielder on the Lincoln-Way East softball team, who has had a hot start to the season at the plate.

What got you started in softball?

It was so long ago. I grew up with a brother and that is it. And I was really athletic as a kid, so my parents put me in softball. I guess it started from there, and I never quit.

What kept you in the sport?

A parade brings a community together, and seals its neighborly bonds as one. 

Friends gather on village streets and corners in a celebratory spirit, where they share the gaiety that carries the day. Nowadays, one of the hallmarks of Mokena’s year is the big Fourth of July parade, where the smaller, but cozy Christmas parade graces our holiday season. Forgotten in our day and place, Mokenians of yesterday could also count on a Labor Day parade. 

Danny Ciamprone

The Summit Hill Junior High baseball team won the 2014 IESA Class 3A regional 5 Championship on Monday, Sept. 22, with a 6-4 come from behind victory over Hickory Creek.  

Cole Kirschsieper earned the complete game victory on the mound for the Spartans and pitched stronger as the game went on by only allowing two Tiger base-runners in the final four innings to shut down a talented Hickory Creek offense.  

Rebecca Susmarski

It was a classic “Why in the heck didn’t we think of this before?” moment.

For years, the Lions Club of Mokena held its annual Firecracker Dance in the parking lot of the Front Street Metra Station. The members set up tents and booths on Friday morning and had access to the area Friday night and all day Saturday in preparation for the dance. But nothing went on during those hours.

Amanda Jarzynski

As a starter on the Providence baseball team this past spring, Justin Hunniford saw what happens when a team puts it all together.

Now, as the former Mokena Burros rising star thrives in his senior year at Providence, he’s hoping to lead the Celtics to another state title — in football.

Rebecca Susmarski

A 25-year-old Tinley Park woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance, DUI drugs, hit and run, driving too fast for conditions/failure to reduce speed, improper lane usage violation and accident property damage after reportedly crashing into another vehicle and attempting to flee the scene.

Danny Ciamprone

Inland Real Estate Corporation announced the start of construction of Binny’s Beverage Depot at Mokena Marketplace. 

The ground-up development building will be located at Wolf Road and US 30, on the east side of the shopping center.

This Binny’s location, the retailer’s first store south of Interstate 80, will serve south suburban communities, including Mokena, New Lenox, Frankfort and Tinley Park. The new 25,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.

Danny Ciamprone