Broken record: With four games remaining in the regular season, junior point guard Julia Martinez is closing in on the program record for career assists. At 502, the three-year starter is five away from breaking the record set by Laura Sobieszczyk (Class of 1999). A member of Loyola’s Hall of Fame, Sobieszczyk won Class AA state championships as a sophomore and junior before starring at DePaul University, where she was a captain.
Martinez will get a chance to make history Tuesday when the Ramblers host De La Salle as part of Mother McAuley’s tournament. Loyola plays Regina Dominican at home Thursday and at Mother McAuley on Saturday. Both are tournament games. The regular-season finale is Feb. 10 at home against Kalamazoo Central.
Last season, Martinez established a team record for most assists in a season with 196.
One more win also gives Loyola its eighth season of 20 or more victories in Jeremy Schoenecker’s 10 seasons as head coach.
Playoff positioning: The IHSA will release the pairings for the Class 4A girls state tournament Friday. The Ramblers (19-5) are in the running for one of the top four seeds at the Maine East Sectional. They are 4-2 against sectional opponents, with the losses coming to New Trier and Evanston. Maine West likely will receive the top seed.
The four regional sites are Glenbrook South, Lane, Mather and New Trier.
Hitting the road: Loyola boys head coach Tom Livatino loves putting his player to the test. He will get another chance to do that when the Ramblers (19-3) play their next four games on the road. Two of their three losses were away from home.
First up is a trip Tuesday to St. Patrick. On Friday, the Ramblers make the 70-plus-mile drive to Kankakee to play Bishop McNamara in a Catholic League crossover. Loyola is at Evanston on Feb. 6 and then travels to St. Joseph for a Catholic Blue game Feb. 9.
“It’s great,” he said of the upcoming challenge. “St. Patrick, Evanston are rivalry games and great gyms. Bishop McNamara is a very long trip, and St. Joseph is a conference game and a tough place to play. I look forward to it.”
Pictured above: Sophomore Alex Guzzardo
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola