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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. Photo submitted
Mokena resident Jake Morinec attempts to last eight seconds on a 1-ton bull. Morinec is scheduled to compete in the National High School Rodeo Association in Rock Springs, Wyoming on July 15-23. 22nd Century Media file photo
Tom O'Connor, Freelance Reporter
3:01 pm CDT June 18, 2018
On a rather sweltering, muggy afternoon in late May, Jake Morinec of Mokena, a 15-year-old bull rider, waited on the public address announcer to broadcast the results over the sound system.