BOYS GOLF: Senior Peter Radler made program history Saturday by becoming the first Loyola boys player to earn two state medals.
In a weather-shortened event that was reduced to 18 holes, Radler shot an even-par 72 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington to tie for fifth at the Class 3A state tournament. As a junior, Radler tied for eighth.
“He plays a solid game and does it without any fanfare,” Loyola head coach Tim Kane said.
Radler carded two birdies and two bogeys to lead the team to fifth place. The Ramblers shot 304, seven strokes off the pace of first-place finisher Hinsdale Central, which captured its seventh consecutive state championship.
Loyola was on top of the leaderboard Friday, six ahead of Barrington, when weather conditions halted play. Even though all 12 teams had completed at least 12 holes, the IHSA decided to cancel the entire round instead of suspending it until Saturday.
“I think what happened with the first round just kind of wore on us,” Kane said. “The emotion of it all built up, and we let it slip away Saturday. But I’m incredibly proud of how we played.”
Senior Jack Crawshaw tied for 18th with 75. Senior Christopher Lee tied for 44th with 78. Senior Ryan Savarie and sophomore Patrick Adler each shot 79 to tie for 50th. Junior Sam Maylee posted 82 to tie for 71st.
For the first time, the Ramblers finished first at the Catholic League, regional and sectional tournaments. In all, they won five invitationals this season.
“I’m definitely proud of this senior class,” Kane said. “They are one of the more talented groups that we’ve had. We were always right there with a chance to win.”
It was the Ramblers’ third year in a row at the state tournament. They finished fifth in each of the past two seasons.
GIRLS GOLF: Senior Lilly Gentzkow shot rounds of 76-76 to tie for 13th and help the Ramblers take sixth place at the Class AA state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Loyola posted 318-317 and were 25 strokes behind state champion St. Charles North.
Junior Mary Boesen tied for 27th (80-79), senior Shea Graf tied for 38th (80-82), junior Grace Kryscio tied for 38th (82-80), junior Cate O’Brien tied for 67th (92-85) and sophomore Caroline Magner tied for 72nd (92-89).
This was the program’s second consecutive trip to the state tournament. The Ramblers took eighth last year.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: According to Loyola head coach ChrisJon Simon, the Ramblers had their best showing of the season Saturday, and it resulted in a third-place finish at the GCAC meet at Lewis University in Romeoville.
All seven Ramblers placed in the top 25 to earn all-conference honors as Loyola totaled 49 points. St. Ignatius won with 34, while Fenwick was second with 39.
“They put everything out there,” Simon said.
Despite sitting out workouts earlier this week because of hip pain, junior Jenna Rekoske finished fifth in 18 minutes, 57.8 seconds. Senior Hannah Kelly took seventh (19:01.8), and freshman Meghan O’Donoghue finished ninth (19:03.4). Simon said all three of them had season-best races.
“Meghan is quiet, but she goes out there and competes,” Simon said. “She stepped up when it counted. They all did.”
Sophomore Hayes Flanagan took 12th (19:17.6), sophomore Claudia Herman was 16th (19:26.8), junior Alex Guzzardo finished 24th (19:58.2) and senior Raegan Robertson placed 25th (19:59.4).
The Ramblers start the Class 3A state series Saturday by hosting a regional at their Munz Campus in Glenview.
GIRLS TENNIS: Loyola’s doubles of seniors Catherine Power and Lizzie Witkowski advanced the Class AA state tournament Saturday. The pair took third place at Niles West’s sectional.
This is the third time Witkowski has qualified for the state tournament. Powers will be her third partner in three appearances.
The state tournament is hosted by Buffalo Grove and runs Thursday through Saturday.