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After one-sided romps in the first few games of the Medieval Classic tournament, Lincoln-Way East’s girls basketball team combined old-fashioned tough defense and modern 3-point shooting Saturday, Dec. 26, to rally to the title.

Trailing Mother McAuley 12-4 early in the title game and still down 34-30 at halftime, the host Griffins (10-2) hit their first six shots of the second half (including 4-of-4 from three-point range) while holding the Mighty Macs to 1-of-8 shooting in the third quarter.

Danny Ciamprone

It was not a very long game, but from start to finish the Lincoln-Way East sideline was into it.

After a narrow 14-13 loss in Week 1, the Griffins were determined to right the ship before heading into the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue season. Great for East; bad for Lincoln Park, as the Griffins (1-1) routed the Chicago team 48-0 Friday, Sept. 4, in Frankfort.

Danny Ciamprone

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100 Second St., Mokena)

JAM Time

6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays through May 7. Jesus And Me Time is a free Christian education program for children in preschool through fifth grade. All are welcome to join for evenings of faith, games, music and crafts. 

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road, Mokena)

Pressin’ On Youth Group

Few things are capable of evoking universal joy across all demographics with no words needed — rather, a smile and wide eyes that say it all. 

As parents and children entered the basement room of the Mokena Community Public Library District on July 10, their faces lit up to an 8-year-old golden retriever named Waylon and a 10-week-old cat named Klinger, who were just as ready to meet

Rebecca Susmarski

For the fifth year, Lincoln-Way North raised thousands of dollars for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
North held its annual head-shaving event Friday, Feb. 14, before the varsity boys basketball game. North raised approximately $18,000, upping its five-year total to nearly $80,000.
Club sponsor and North teacher Coley O’Connell said it was the second highest total in the short history of the event.
A total of 38 people participated this year — 29 students, two teachers and seven community members.

Will O'Brien

While the class of ’57 had its dreams, as the Statler Brothers famously sang, it also had its schemes, as more than 100 people learned on the evening of Saturday, April 26, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Mokena.

Intrigue, gossip, envy, hidden motives and more — all fictional and all in fun — were part of a murder mystery dinner staged inside the church’s Christian Community Center.

Pictured are Mokena Elementary and Mokena Intermediate school students, parents and staff who on Saturday, May 10, participated in the Girls on the Run 5K in Warrenville. The third, fourth and fifth-graders trained for the event starting in February. The girls were coached by four school district staff members and two moms. The Girls on the Run mission is to inspire girls to be healthy and confident.

Mokena residents named to dean’s list [hed]
Mokena residents Rachel Dinaso and Victoria Dinaso were named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Arizona State University.
In order to make the list, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.
ASU is located in Tempe.

Mokena residents named to dean’s list [hed]
Mokena residents Taylor Kraft and Collin Acklin were named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Carthage College.
In order to make the list, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

Will O'Brien

As we close the book on 2014 we are looking back at our accomplishments and looking forward to a new year and a new chapter.  

From education to entertainment, the Mokena Community Public Library District offered materials and programs for all in 2014. A new website was created,, where you can find 24/7 access to a variety of reference resources, as well as information about the library.

Danny Ciamprone

High above ground level at Lincoln-Way East High School now hangs a blue “V” that will illuminate after a “victory,” whether it be a sports achievement, club accomplishment or another triumph.

“If you’re driving by, you can see the light and understand that something positive happened at the school,” East class president Jimmy Finn said. “You can look forward to it if you’re on a team to lighting it after a victory, and I think it’s a tradition that will be started here and continued for a long time.”

Danny Ciamprone