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Paul Gossage is a senior at Lincoln-Way East and a wide receiver on the football team.

East [was] 3-1 through the first four games. How do you think the season has gone so far?

It’s going pretty well. We’ve got some things to fix up, but we’re really close to making those and having a good season.

I see you run the ball sometimes, too. So are you more of a slot receiver?

Rebecca Susmarski

When Susan Phillips worked in her father’s Joliet law office at the age of 16, a group of lawyers recognized her as Albert Krusemark‘s daughter one day.
“One of the lawyers got off the elevator and he said, ‘your father is the most honorable man I’ve ever met, and his word is like gold.’ Turns out it was the judge,” Phillips said.

Will O'Brien

Another strong regular season has come to an end for the Lincoln-Way Lacrosse Club as the team is now in prime position for a solid playoff push.

But despite the confidence and momentum the Knights have accumulated the past few weeks, the young Lincoln-Way team was overwhelmed in their matchup with the District 230 Chiefs High School Lacrosse Club May 13 in Tinley Park 13-3 as the Chiefs started strong and never let up. 

Danny Ciamprone

After months of hard work, practice and dedication, All About Music and Children’s Theatre’s production of “Annie Jr.” finally hit the stage April 10-12 at the Lincoln-Way West Fine Arts Center, which included four shows performed by two different casts from AAMCT.

The performance April 11 impressed not only the crowd but the performers as well. Tori Sojka, who played Mrs. Greer, said that she thought it was a “beautiful production.”

“It was higher than my expectations,” Sojka said. 

Danny Ciamprone

Sarah Esposito recently graduated from Lincoln-Way East. She’s a top pitcher for the Griffins and helped them to their first regional title since 2010.

The Griffins knocked out defending state champion Minooka on its home field with a 13-2 win in the regional title game. How did it feel to win like that?

It was great. There was a feeling that we finally did it, and it was a great thing that we accomplished.

Rebecca Susmarski

A residential fire that hospitalized a Mokena firefighter and did extensive damage to the home’s kitchen could have been worse had proper response infrastructure not been in place, Mokena Fire Protection District Chief Howard Stephens said.

Thanks to the home’s working smoke detectors, an alert neighbor and an automatic aid system established by area fire protection districts, the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes of units being dispatched, Stephens said. 

Will O'Brien

It used to be that bullies could strike at lunch or recess; maybe during class through a note passed down a row of desks; or on the walk home from school at the end of the day, but with the widespread use of technology, bullies now have access to victims almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition categorizes the isolation and depression that often results from repeated bullying as childhood trauma.

Danny Ciamprone

Mokena’s annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition used to draw plenty of participants due to the funneling of players from the local pee wee football programs. 

The contest on Sept. 2 at Main Park may have been lighter than usual when it came to participation, but for Duane Smith, recreation supervisor at the Mokena Community Park District, that does not mean it was not a success.

Danny Ciamprone

The Lincoln-Way East girls basketball team graduated seven seniors from its squad last season. So if the Griffins are to repeat as regional champs in 2014-2015, they will need to get major contributions from a roster filled to the brim with underclassmen.

“We start all underclassmen,” East coach Jim Martin said of his roster, which only has one senior listed. “We don’t have a lot of depth, and we’re young.

“It’s a young group, but I think we have some talent. But it’s really a learning process.”

Danny Ciamprone

Many athletes from Lincoln-Way East High School earned recognition this past month, but at the East’s Got Talent show, their artistic counterparts took the stage — literally. 

The second annual talent show took place Thursday, Feb. 20, in the high school’s auditorium. The show’s 11 acts, all performed and planned by the participating students, encompassed dancing, singing, and even a DJ music mix and light show.

Rebecca Susmarski