BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Senior Declan Ritzenthaler set an outdoor program record Friday with a mark of 15 feet, 6 inches at Glenbrook South’s invitational. His previous outdoor high in competition was 14-6, which he achieved last season.
Ritzenthaler reached 15-0 during the indoor season, and he said his training was trending upward.
“It was cool,” he said. “I’ve been consistent this year. We finally had some nice weather, so that helped out.”
Ritzenthaler will look for his first Catholic League outdoor championship May 12 when the Ramblers host the conference meet. He finished first at the league’s indoor meet March 17 with a mark of 14-0. Ritzenthaler took second at the conference’s outdoor meet as a junior.
“I will try to build on what I did [Friday],” he said. “Pole vaulting is all about what you do. I will give it my best shot.”
Ritzenthaler has qualified for the Class 3A state track and field meet two years in a row. He advanced to finals as a sophomore.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: More than one week between matches served the Ramblers well, according to head coach Lionel Ebeling, whose team beat Evanston 25-21, 25-23 on the road Friday.
“It was super helpful to have all of those practices in a row,” he said. “We worked on making our offense more dynamic, and it showed.”
Ebeling described one play when senior right-side hitter Drake Johnson put down a kill through the libero’s legs. Johnson finished with eight kills and two blocks.
“It was so quick, and he crushed it,” Ebeling said. “It was good to see us translate what we worked on into a match.”
Junior outside hitter Jack Howard had eight kills and two blocks. Senior middles Nick Howard and Clark Winkler both finished with three kills and two blocks. Senior outside hitter Matt Wiertal had four kills, and senior setter Rees Gray had 13 assists. Sophomore outside hitter/setter John Hitt contributed 11 assists and three kills. Freshman libero Ryan Merk had 13 digs.
Loyola closes out the Catholic Blue schedule next week. The Ramblers (16-10, 4-2) play at St. Rita on Tuesday and at Providence Catholic on Thursday. They play at Evanston’s tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Ramblers received the No. 6 seed at the Glenbrook South Sectional. They open the postseason May 21 at Evanston’s regional.
“We are a team that I typically hate playing against because I think we are better than our seed indicates,” Ebeling said.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola