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Ryan Vice will be only three hours away from home. as he will pitch for Western Michigan University next year. Pictured is Vice on Senior Night this past spring season with Lincoln-Way Central. Burns Photography
Mokena bullrider Jake Morinec does his best to hang on during a competition in February. Next month, he’ll face even tougher competition at nationals. 22nd Century Media file photo
Former Lincoln-Way East standout softball player Alex Storako finished her career at East with a 42-5 record with 544 Ks in just two seasons. 22nd Century Media file photo
Steven Bajenski died nine years ago, but his legacy lives on through a high school baseball tournament and foundation, both named in his honor. 22nd Century Media file photo
TJ Kremer III, Editor
5:01 pm CST December 30, 2018

What a year in sports.

Over the last 12 months, The Messenger has shared not only the statistics and box scores from our local high school teams, but we’ve gone deeper to bring readers the stories behind the linescores, and shared those athletes’ tales of triumph over adversity and what it takes to be a true champion.

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