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Lincoln-Way East defensive back Jalen Hacha defends against Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 9. He blocked a punt for a safety and recovered a fumble in the Griffins’ 23-13 win. JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Steve Millar, Sports Editor
11:40 pm CST November 10, 2019

Lincoln-Way East seniors Jalen and Jaron Hacha saw their older brother, Jaden, star on the defensive line for the Griffins, win a state title in 2017, and go on to currently play at Illinois State.

He was quite the role model.

“Jaden has really paved the way,” Jalen Hacha said. “He’s worked really hard. Jaron is following in his footsteps, he works his butt off every day in practice. I look up to both of them.”

Unlike Jaden and Jaron, who are both large defensive linemen, Jalen is a slender, speedy defensive back.