The beat of Lemont High School

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The beat of Lemont High School

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The beat of Lemont High School

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Basketball court named in honor of John Jones

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Jake Markowski
Members of the District 210 Board of Education standing under the scoreboard with Coach Jones. Pictured from left to right: board members Mike Kardas, Pam Driscoll, honoree John Jones, Kurt Korte, Lynn Antonopoulos and Beverly Marzec.

During a pregame ceremony on Jan. 19, Lemont High School named the court in its gymnasium in honor of John Jones, who served as the head boys’ basketball coach from ‘62–’90 and Athletic Director from ‘79-’91. The ceremony took place prior to the home game against Oak Lawn.

“All of us familiar with Lemont High School know John Jones as a passionate coach and director,” John Young, Athletic Director, said. “We have a number of the people in the community who support him, played for him during boys basketball and attended school here at Lemont during his tenure, who keep Mr. Jones very dear to their hearts… it was a collective effort from the community of individuals who stepped up to indicate that they wanted to see appropriate recognition for Mr. Jones.”

A reception took place in the Performing Arts Center lobby at 6 p.m., with a brief program at 6:15 p.m. and the ceremony following at 6:45 p.m. Young and the board of education were introduced, along with Coach Jones and his wife, who were in attendance. A speech was given about Jones’ time as a coach and athletic director, as well as his accomplishments. A plaque under the gymnasium’s west scoreboard reading “JOHN JONES COURT” was revealed with the pulling of a cord. 

“I thought it was really special to see Coach Jones come back for the school to honor him in that way,” Rick Runaas, head boys basketball coach, said. “I think the sign looks great. I thought the ceremony was really well done and we’re just glad that we were part of it so it could happen here when we were here.”

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After the ceremony, Lemont hosted Oak Lawn, which ended with Lemont defeating Oak Lawn 75-66. After the game, a gathering in honor of Coach Jones took place at the local restaurant, Next Mex.

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Jake Markowski, Staff Writer
Jake Markowski is senior at LHS and a first-year member of the Tom-Tom staff. He is on the autism spectrum and a type 1 diabetic. Jake is in many activities at LHS including the Scholastic Bowl Team, Student Council and Yearbook Club. He attends many sporting events and is planning to join the National Honor Society. When not in school, you can find Jake hanging out with friends, driving, riding his bike around Lemont and working at Walgreens. He also enjoys video games, trivia, writing, fantasy sports and game shows, especially “Jeopardy!”, which he hopes to be a contestant on one day. Jake is excited for all of the senior activities to come this year including senior sunrise, homecoming, prom and project graduation. After high school, Jake plans to follow his dad’s, uncle’s and grandpa’s paths by majoring in fire science, emergency medical technician (EMT) and attending paramedic school at College of DuPage to become a firefighter/paramedic.
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