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In Lincoln-Way East’s season-opening game March 23 against Hinsdale Central, a team that qualified for state last year, first-game jitters were noticeable.

Seven of the Red Devils’ first eight points in Game 1 came off of Griffins’ service errors, which kept it competitive at the early stages. 

“If we continue to do that, we will not be very successful,” said East coach Kris Fiore.

Amanda Jarzynski

Aryan Patel, Arbury Hills School third-grader 

Patel was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for his academic excellence.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

A quiet place so I can concentrate.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

Play with LEGOs and board games.

What is your dream job and why?

Engineer because I like to build things.

Danny Ciamprone

A 40-year-old Frankfort man was charged with DUI.

James Martin, of 21785 Bluebird Lane, in Frankfort, was reportedly found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle Jan. 16 at 9610 W. 191st St. in Mokena after police were notified of a possible intoxicated driver in the area.

Upon speaking with the driver, police said they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver also failed the field sobriety tests, police said.

Jan. 19

Danny Ciamprone

Cary Rogde and Nick James know an awful lot about ammo pouches and field jackets for two guys who never served.

The Mokena 23-year-olds are the history fanatics behind Military Heritage Displays, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the legacy of 20th century soldiers.

The Summit Hill District 161 Board of Education approved hiring a new principal of Arbury Hills School at a Wednesday, May 14 meeting, but not without debate.

Board Vice President Rich Marron voted “no” following a seconded motion to approve the employment of John Snipes as the new principal of the elementary school. The other five board members voted “aye” on the motion. (Member Jennifer Werner was absent.) 

Prior to the vote, Marron made a statement. 

Will O'Brien

It was a proud day for the Lincoln-Way North athletic department, family and friends as they gathered Wednesday, Feb. 4, to celebrate with eight student-athletes who signed letters of intent at a National Signing Day ceremony.

The students were honored by North officials during an event held in Phoenix Hall. Students who signed on to continue their athletic careers in college were: Emmanuel Pilatos, Kyle Pijarowski, Nina Tholl, Jake Abramowicz, Ryan Arthur, Ben Bajic, Adam Sylvester and Jake Chudzik.

Rebecca Susmarski

The fifth- and sixth-grade Sparks girls basketball team recently won its division in the Mokena Community Park District’s recreational league

The Sparks went 7-5 during the regular season, good enough for third place. During the playoffs, though, they pushed past bronze all the way to the championship title, beating the Fever (second place in regular season) 27-17 before downing the Sky (first place in regular season)

The team is coached by Becky Rogers and Ken Alvers.

Your mouth deserves a summer vacation, too.

With a bounty of fresh produce available, many local restaurants are featuring a variety of seasonal specials. Several of those special menus contain at least one salad, and for good reason.

Our staff recently set out in pursuit of the perfect seasonal salad and the dishes’ respective flavors took us to Italy, France and beyond — all without breaking the bank.

Stuffed pineapple

Rebecca Susmarski

Sophia Bonoma, Mokena Junior High School sixth-grader

Will O'Brien

Feb. 24

Car collides with semi-truck near Mokena 

A passenger car that collided with a semi-truck resulted in three injuries at around 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, near Mokena.

Illinois State Police said the accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 west of LaGrange Road when the passenger car crashed head on with the semi-truck.

The driver of the passenger vehicle and the two passengers of the semi-truck were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Rebecca Susmarski