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It was only two years ago that the Lincoln-Way co-op boys gymnastics team was No. 2 in state.

A lot has changed since then, with rule changes this year and a new coach in Allison Hack, the program’s third since 2012. Despite such major changes, one thing has remained a constant: Lincoln-Way’s dominance in the area. 


Girls Track and Field

April 23 – at Sandburg Invite, 4:30 p.m.

April 28 – at CS and Bradley, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Track and Field

April 24 – at Tinley Park Invite, 4:45 p.m.

April 29 – hosts Sandburg/Bradley, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Water Polo

April 24 – hosts LW West, 5 p.m.

April 25 – at Glenbrook North Invite, 9 a.m.

Danny Ciamprone

Mokena resident Dr. Darrold “Doc” Taylor was recognized recently with a prestigious Lifetime Service Award” presented by the Lions of Illinois Foundation at its annual business meeting in Normal, Illinois. 

A member of the Mokena Lions Club for more than 25 years, Taylor was recognized not only for his achievements as a long time foundation member but also for his life’s work as a vision care professional. Taylor has practiced optometry in Mokena for decades.

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena Junior Griffins varsity football team has enjoyed a strong season with recent wins over the Frankfort Falcons, 7-6 on Saturday, Sept. 27, and against the New Lenox Junior Warriors on Sunday, Sept. 21, in a 31-14 victory. Head coach George Metanias said the team is looking to finish strong moving into the playoffs and then striving to make a run to the Superbowl. Photo submitted

Rebecca Susmarski


Emma Henley enjoys playing water polo for Lincoln-Way North High School. But Friday, March 28, she missed a tournament to show her school she can also sing. 

Henley and 31 other students participated in the fifth annual Mr. Phoenix and Miss Phoenix contest in the school’s auditorium. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Welcome back.

“The family that prays together stays together.” 

That famous phrase was first uttered during a radio broadcast in 1947 by the Rev. Patrick Peyton, who graciously acknowledged professional copywriter Al Scalpone for coining the term. (I know what you’re thinking, but I definitely said Scalpone, with an s and an l.) 

Will O'Brien

Madelyn LaMonte, Mokena Elementary School first-grader

LaMonte was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for her academic excellence.

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

Peace and quiet, mom and dad, and a pencil

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

Coloring, reading and playing with my sisters and friends.

Rebecca Susmarski

For Pauline Modjeski, opening White Street Cafe in Frankfort was not a childhood dream come true, but rather an adult’s creative vision brought to life.

The cafe, situated behind The Trolley Barn in historic downtown Frankfort, has greatly expanded since its opening in October of last year. Visitors to the building’s turquoise-and-white interior can still order from a diverse selection of panini, wraps and salads, but now they can also order dishes off an extensive gluten-free menu, or try a special soup or meal that changes daily.

Rebecca Susmarski

Homes recently sold in Mokena:

May 5

19520 116th Ave. D, Mokena, 60448-1828 - Karen Gilgenberg to Yuefa J. Xiao, $79,000

19543 116th Ave. B, Mokena, 60448-1852 - Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to Francine K. Fioretti, Lauren Torrence, $82,000

11300 194th St., Mokena, 60448-9454 - Linder Avenue Realty Group Llc to Michael D. Figlio, Jessica L. Figlio, $230,000

18707 Dickens Bay, Mokena, 60448-8006 - Muhamad Zein to William J. Schroedle, $295,000

Rebecca Susmarski