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PHOTOS: Lincoln-Way East Football Honored With Parade

The Griffins participated in a parade and ceremony after competing in the Class 7A state championship game.

Every game has a winner and a loser. It's a part of football, and it's a part of life.

While the Lincoln-Way East High School Griffins did not win the Class 7A state championship title, they can hardly be called losers. They stepped out on that Memorial Stadium field as conference champions. They stepped out on that field 13-0. They gave all they had to give and then some more. They are definitely champions.

After such a difficult loss, a parade may have been the last thing on the Griffins' minds. But the Lincoln-Way community was not going to let them hang their heads and sit at home.

Local residents lined the streets with signs and cheered, giving their team a reason to smile. The team paraded down the streets of both Mokena and Frankfort with a police escort, sirens and horns blaring. The boys waved, enjoying the support of their fans.

The parade concluded at Lincoln-Way East with a trophy presentation and medals for the seniors on the team. 

"On behalf of Lincoln-Way East, I would like to congratulate and thank all of you for taking us on this ride," said Principal Scott Tingley. "You are a very special team. Seniors, I will miss watching you compete."

Coach Rob Zvonar took the podium with a roar of applause and a standing ovation. 

"Nobody does Champaign better than Lincoln-Way East," he said.

Zvonar gave his heartfelt thanks to the staff and the team.

"I am forever grateful for how you've touched my life and the lives of the community," he said. "I am truly blessed to be your coach."

Congratulations to the Griffins football team for a fantastic season. We look forward to hearing about the great things the seniors of this team will go on to do. We look forward to another season of Griffins football in 2013. Go Blue!

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Matt November 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM
@julie. Theres always monday morning quarterbacks. One thing Dr mokena is correct on, fuessel did play like a warrior.
GE November 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
DR... seems like the girl sees more into the game of football than you do!
CS November 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Why do some of you have to be negative after such a great season? I am a father of one of these players------- these kids and coaches have worked incredibly hard since June--- SINCE JUNE. How about a big Thank you for all your hard work and the memories--- I will never forget this season. 100% of the people that matter --- are proud of you-- Thank you!
Eagle's 2013 November 28, 2012 at 02:45 AM
He has a cousin?
FSR December 09, 2012 at 08:28 PM
LWE had a great season again. The players and coaches did their best to win but ran into an excellent opponent. They work hard and are fortunate to have a great coaching staff lead by Coach Z. Keep up the good work and best of luck in the future. All is good.

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