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It seems in baseball, more than any other sport, that a team playing well continues to get the breaks, while the team that isn’t doesn’t.

The Lincoln-Way East baseball team might be going through that right now. 

The Griffins were hanging right in there with a talented Homewood-Flossmoor team Thursday, April 23, until a disastrous fifth inning put the game out of reach. In that fifth inning, the Vikings scored nine runs in a two-out rally to go on to a 12-0 victory in Frankfort.

Danny Ciamprone

Sam LaRocco — a spot-on archetype for the large, gregarious Italian family man — isn’t the kind of guy who would cook something he doesn’t eat. And though his pant size has perhaps suffered over the years because of that philosophy, the patrons of Sam’s Triple Crown are better for it.

“If you’re a skinny restaurant owner, then there’s a problem,” LaRocco said. “I won’t put something on the menu that I don’t think is great food. I mean, look at me, I have a hard time picking our best dish because they’re all good.”

Some say money is the root of all evil, but the Village of Mokena recently received money to do good by getting to the root of an ongoing problem.
The Village received a $5,000 grant from the ComEd Green Region organization to commence restoration and development efforts at Crystal Creek Prairie Park. On April 12, members of the Land Conservancy of Will County will lead volunteers to remove invasive plant debris in the park and monitor the stream for pollution. A similar clean-up was held Saturday, March 15.

Will O'Brien

What started on Facebook has become much more for Lincoln-Way East senior Ryan Hesslau and his anti-bullying organization.

foreverU hosted its second annual 5K run and walk on Saturday, April 26, along the LaPorte Road recreational path in Mokena. And while the event — organized by teens and featuring dozens of runners breezing by in matching T-shirts — was no doubt impressive, it represents just a sliver of what the growing organization has become.

Will O'Brien

Blue Wave Fast Pitch 10u took first place at the South Side Super Regional May 24-25.

Front Row (left to right):  Kaitlyn Marks (Frankfort), Brooke McNichols (Oak Lawn). Second Row (L to R):  Alex Rendon (Tinley Park), Sierra Sass (Homer Glen), Madison Miedona (Elwood), Ellaina Cioe (Lockport). Back Row (L to R):  Emma Kucharski (Lemont), Taylor Zawacki (Mokena), Chloe Erwin (Manhattan), Faith Mikos (Manhattan), Christina Kulchytski (New Lenox). Coaches:  Char Marks, Tammy Zawacki, Ron Mikos and Dave Kucharski.

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Rebecca Susmarski

Tinley Park High School Athletic Director Michael Mongan has been charged with DUI by the Oak Lawn Police Department.

Mongan, 46, of the 9800 block of Lawndale Avenue in Evergreen Park, was stopped by an Oak Lawn patrol officer for several traffic violations around 1 a.m. June 10, according to Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray. Mongan was seen allegedly erratically driving a Honda Pilot in the eastbound lanes in the 4500 block of 95th Street.

Danny Ciamprone

Aug. 19

• Todd O’Hanley, 30, of Frankfort, was arrested at 7:35 p.m. and charged with DUI drugs, possession of cannabis, possession of drug equipment, accident-injury and illegal use of cellphone at West 191st Street and Hickory Creek Drive in Mokena after police responded to a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries. His court date is Sept. 10 in Joliet.

Danny Ciamprone

A few years ago, Argy Theodorou and a group of friends headed to Southern Illinois for a hunting trip when they came across a diner.

Being in the region, it was only natural for Theodorou to order a Southern specialty: biscuits and gravy.

“That was the best biscuits and gravy I had ever eaten,” Theodorou said. “It turned out [the restaurant owner’s] brother was working for my brother in the grocery store business, and I got lucky. He didn’t give that [gravy] recipe to anybody, but when he retired he gave it to me.”

Rebecca Susmarski


Girls Track and Field

• May 7 – at SWSC Invite Conference, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Track and Field

• May 9 – at Lisle Invite, 9 a.m.

Girls Water Polo

• May 7 – at SWSC Invite Conference, 4:30 p.m.

• May 8 – at Stagg, 5 p.m.

• May 13 –at Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional, 5:45 p.m.

Boys Water Polo

Danny Ciamprone

Summit Hill School District 161 could stand to lose between $2.6 and $3.2 million in state funding because of Senate Bill 16. 

Dean Gerdes, chief school business official and director of business and transportation, said it depends on “which version of the bill is considered” when determining how much the district could lose. 

The Summit Hill board of education discussed the importance of the bill at its Wednesday, Oct. 8 meeting. 

Danny Ciamprone