Here are the team award-winners for winter sports. (Editor’s note: Awards were given by the coaches.)
The Ramblers went 24-7 and captured a Class 4A regional championship, losing to eventual third-place finisher Evanston in the sectional semifinals. They won the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest tournament title in Naples, Florida.
MVP — Kevin Cunningham
The St. Thomas-bound senior point guard and team captain earned third team Class 3A/4A all-state honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and was an all-Catholic League selection after averaging 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steals. The Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest MVP also took 18 charges.
Intangible — Pete Mangan
An undersized forward, Mangan led the team in rebounds (5.1) and finished with 32 steals, 16 charges and 11 blocks. But the captain excelled in areas that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. Mangan often guarded the opposing team’s best player, helping the Ramblers to their best statistical defensive season in head coach Tom Livatino’s tenure at Loyola.
Most Improved — Bennett Kwiecinski
In his first varsity season, the 6-foot-6 forward and Division I recruit was in the regular rotation all season and averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.
The Ramblers finished 25-6 and won a Class 4A regional title. They lost to eventual third-place finisher Maine West in the sectional final.
MVP — Julia Martinez
A junior point guard, Martinez averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.7 steals, earning her Class 3A/4A all-state first team from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. The St. Louis University commit already is the program’s all-time leader in assists.
Coaches Award — Jordan Moser and Lilly Wehman
Not only did Wehman lead on the court, the Georgetown-bound senior was responsible for spearheading activities off of it in an effort to bring the team closer together, according to head coach Jeremy Schoenecker. Meanwhile, Moser, a junior forward, set an example by working as hard as any player at practice.
Defensive Player — Adie Morrill and Lilly Wehman
A 6-foot-2 forward, Wehman was first on the team in blocks at 1.8 per game and altered many opposing team’s offensive game plans with her presence in the post. Selected to the Class 3A/4A all-state third team, she leaves the program with the most career blocked shots. A senior guard, Morrill often was tasked with defending the opponent’s best perimeter player. She averaged 1.0 steals.
Offensive Player — Erin Dillon
The senior guard always was a threat to score from the outside. Dillon shot 35.8 percent from 3-point range and averaged 8.1 points a game.
Most Improved — Celia Satter
In her second varsity season, the junior guard led the Ramblers in scoring at 11.5 points a game. Satter was selected Class 3A/4A all-state honorable mention.
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Rambler of the Year — Tommy Barr
Qualifying for the state meet for the first time as an individual, the senior captain captured medals in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. A St. Thomas commit, Barr helped the 400 free relay to 12th place, earning himself another medal.
MVP — Luke Maurer
A sophomore, Maurer took third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free and led off the 400 free relay team.
Coaches Award — Jack Maddalozzo and Tony Spallone
As juniors, both Maddalozzo and Spallone ended their season at the JV conference meet. Determined to make a difference, the captains made the sectional lineup in their final season, highlighted by Spallone qualifying for the state meet as part of the 200 free relay. Maddalozzo plans to swim at St. Thomas.
Most Improved — Everet Andrew
The sophomore swam on the 400 free relay, Loyola’s first relay to score at the state meet since 2013.
Diver of the Year — Alex O’Toole
A three-time state qualifier, the senior captain scored his first state medal by taking eighth place this season.
Most Valuable Wrestler — Sean Cloherty
The senior went 35-10 with 25 pins and advanced to Class 3A sectional tournament at 145 pounds. Committed to wrestle at Citadel, Cloherty leaves as the program’s leader in career wins (110) and pins (77).
Fr. Ignatius Burrill, S.J. Award — Trenton Bismonte (pictured above)
A senior, Bismonte earned this honor with his leadership and commitment to the team. Head coach Joe Haney said, “He has crazy good work ethic, is nasty on the mat and cares for his teammates.” Additionally, Bismonte won six more matches than he did last season, finishing 15-12.
Coaches Award — Aidan McKeag
McKeag was the only varsity wrestler to compete in every dual meet. The junior tied Sean Cloherty for first on the team in wins and led the Ramblers in escapes.
Most Improved — Quinn McCarthy
After two years of close calls at the regional meet, the senior qualified for the sectional tournament for the first time this year at 138 pounds. McCarthy finished the season 24-12.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola