Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Find out why Lincoln-Way Central head coach Brett Hefner thinks his team can win a state championship in 2012, and what players to look-out for this upcoming fall.
Transforming from one offensive football system to another always takes time. Chicago football fans can certainly relate while watch quarterback Jay Cutler go from 26 interceptions thrown in 2010 with the Bears to 16 interceptions in his second year in Mike Martz's offense. Lincoln-Way Central head football coach Brett Hefner believes that his offense is now ready to take its game to the next level during its third year in their system. "There’s not a whole lot of re-teaching," Hefner said. "It’s cleaning things up, so that’s a huge part." Patch caught up with Hefner to get his take on the Knight's development during the summer, and how far he thinks the team can go in the playoffs this year. Patch: What are your goals and expectations for…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Watch the video highlights of the Military tribute from Proud American Days on Sunday, July 29.
There may not have been a more patriotic atmosphere in the country than there was during the Sunday morning of the 2012 Proud American Days. At 9 a.m., New Lenox residents gathered near the street next to the Village Commons to watch the Fun Run for Soldiers athletes finish their race. While racers had to pay $20 to run the course, $5 of that went towards the Armed Forces. A couple hours later, hundreds gathered for the second annual military tribute within the entertainment tent located at New Lenox Park District's Lions Community Center. "These are uncertain times in our community and nation," said Mayor Tim Baldermann, who was one of couple of speakers that addressed the crowd. "But one thing we know for sure: we are safe. And we are …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
School Board meeting highlights: Destination Excellence awards, closing the fiscal year, public hearing for proposed 2012-2013 budget
The Lincoln-Way School District 210 Board of Education discussed its 2012-13 budget Thursday, closing the previous year with a $3.2 million deficit. The main order of business was the closing of the district's 2011-2012 budget and the passage of a resolution to display the proposed 2012-2013 budget for public inspection through Sept. 11, followed by a public hearing. The board will vote on the approval of the budget on Sept. 13. The district closed its 2011-2012 budget with a deficit of $3,274,621 as of June 30. Supt. Lawrence Wyllie said the deficit was caused by a discrepancy between the amount of tax dollars and categorical grants the district was supposed to receive and the amount that was actually dispersed. "The categoricals, we …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Readers voted for Lincoln-Way Central golf and baseball captain Tommy Schuman as Athlete of the Year. He died suddenly March 31, in the middle of the baseball season.
After Lincoln-Way Central senior Tommy Schuman died unexpectedly March 31, the community came together to mourn the loss of the baseball and golf captain. His death, from an undetected cardiac condition, touched many people in New Lenox. It was clear he was a special person. Once again, the community rallied around Schuman, this time voting him as the 2011-12 New Lenox Patch Athlete of the Year. Read about the other six nominations for Athlete of the Year. Schuman was nominated by Central boys golf coach Don Hayes, who outlined the many accomplishments his captain had last fall. "The outpouring of students and community and church members at Tom's funeral was a testament to the love of the Lincoln-Way communiy for a wonderful 18-year-…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Video footage from the Devin Hester, Taj Gibson press conference in New Lenox, where they answered questions previewing their respective seasons.
In between the Taj Gibson and Devin Hester camps on Friday, June 29 at Lincoln-Way Central, they answered questions previewing their teams' upcoming seasons. The Chicago Bears kick-off their season on Sunday, Septemeber 9 at noon. NBA officials have yet to release the Bulls and the rest of the league's schedule for the 2012-13 season.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Devin Hester and Taj Gibson were in New Lenox this weekend for sports camps at Lincoln-Way Central. Watch video recaps of both events.
It is not everyday that there are television crews from ABC, CBS, WGN and CSN at Lincoln-Way Central. However, when two of the most recognizable professional athletes in the Chicago area are in town, it is understandable. "On behalf of the city of New Lenox, we're so excited to not only have great professional athletes that these kids look up to as role models, but (Taj Gibson and Devin Hester) are good qualitly people," said Mayor Tim Baldermann. There were nearly 400 children in attendance for both Hester's football and Gibson's basketball camp on June 29-30 presented by ProCamps. Both Hester and Gibson spoke to the children in the camp about how important it is to get physical exercise. "While, all your friends might be outside playing …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Photo gallery from Bears kick returner Devin Hester's ProCamp Friday morning at Lincoln-Way Central's football field.
Boys and girl campers alike appeared euphoric to be spending their warm Friday morning on Lincoln-Way Central's football field playing with Chicago Bears' kick returner and wide receiver Devin Hester. Check-out photos from the 2011 Devin Hester, Dwyane Wade football and basketball camps in New Lenox. The camp is open to the public to view the action for one last day, Saturday, June 30. Hester's football camp is in the morning from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and Bulls forward Taj Gibson's basketball camp follows that from 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Check back tomorrow for photos of the Bulls forward Taj Gibson's basketball camp at Lincoln-Way Central! Do you have photos from the camp? Share them on Patch!
Video highlights of the Devin Hester Football camp in New Lenox on Friday, June 29.
Children that participated in Devin Hester's camp on June 29-30 will never have to put "play backyard football with a Chicago Bear" on their bucket list when they have their mid-life crisis. Parents in the stands knew how special this event was, and would mean to their children once they grow up. There were adults recording video footage and taking photos on their smartphones on every inch surrounding the Lincoln-Way Central football field. Re-live the highlights of the Devin Hester ProCamp by watching the video above. Check back tomorrow for video highlights of the Taj Gibson basketball camp!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hundreds released balloons into the sky on Sunday, June 24 at the Village Commons as a way of remembering those who died young from New Lenox schools and districts.
On a weekend when another young life was lost in this community, friends and family came together to remember their loved ones who died young. "It's nice to know that as time goes by, people don't forget," said Frankfort resident Lily Joy whose nephew, Jim Komperda, died at 20 after graduating from Lincoln-Way Central in 1999. Friends and family did more than just remember their loved ones who died during or shortly after high school at the New Lenox Village Commons on Sunday, June 24. "I know many looking at this occasion thought it would be a solemn event," Mayor Tim Baldermann said. "And when you're remembering those who died too early: It can be. But we need to rejoice as well." Next, Lincoln-Way Central teacher Chris Hack read-off …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Lincoln-Way East graduate Erik Rancatore and Central graduate Megan Flynn were both involved in musicals in high school. On their seven-year anniversary, he took her back to where they met for a surprise proposal.
Erik Rancatore failed geometry during high school at Lincoln-Way East, but he says it's the best thing that ever happened to him. "I had to take summer school ... and I met the love of my life there," he said. On Tuesday, Rancatore celebrated his seventh anniversary with Lincoln-Way Central graduate Megan Flynn by surprising her with an engagement ring. The two started dating in high school and continued to do so while attending Southern Illinois University. But for the anniversary, Flynn had no idea what to expect. Rancatore blindfolded her and drove her from their Chicago home to New Lenox, where the two met during summer school. They continued to get to know each other because they were both involved with the musical programs, and …