GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: Nora Lyons was one of several Ramblers who came through with career-best performances at Saturday’s GCAC meet at Loyola. 

A sophomore, Lyons had personal-bests in both the long jump (16 feet. 4 inches) and high jump (4-9), taking second in each event to help Loyola to the conference championship. The Ramblers finished with 191 points to out-distance St. Ignatius (156) in the seven-team field.  

Lyons also ran on the 4×100-meter relay team that finished first in 50.20 seconds. She was joined by senior Addison Bendery, senior Anne Santangelo and sophomore Angelica Milkie. 

“What’s exciting about this meet is seeing girls like Nora have great days,” Loyola head coach ChrisJon Simon said. “She wasn’t the only one.”

Another example was junior Betsy Leinenweber. Less than a month after hurdling for the first time in her career, she took second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 50.67. 

“We’ve been asking kids to do things they haven’t done before, and they are doing well,” Simon said. 

In addition to the 4×100 relay team, Loyola won the 4×200 relay. The foursome of seniors Arianna Awdisho, Drea Barone, Brooke Fitzgerald and Milkie clocked a 1:47.86. 

Loyola’s two individual winners were sophomore Grace Powers and Bendery. Powers finished first in discus (108-0), while Bendery won the 100 (12.47) for the second season in a row. 

The Ramblers host a Class 3A sectional Thursday. One of the goals, according to Simon, is to qualify all four relay teams to the state meet. 

“We have some opportunities, but we have to re-focus,” he said. 

WATER POLO: The Ramblers took second at the MCAC tournament Saturday, losing to Fenwick 13-11 in the final Saturday in Oak Park. It was Loyola’s seventh appearance in the conference final in eight seasons. 

Senior Kenny Sanjaj had seven goals and five steals against the Friars, while junior Kevin Considine contributed four goals and four steals. Sophomore David Kolssak finished with three assists and one steal. Junior goalie Jake Carr made seven saves. 

Earlier in the day, the Ramblers beat St. Rita 5-4 in the semifinals. Considine led the offense with four goals, while Sanjaj finished with five steals to go with one goal and two assists. Considine had two steals. Kolssak had one assist and one steal. Carr stopped 13 shots in goal. 

On Friday, Loyola defeated De La Salle 12-3. Considine (5 goals, 2 assists), Sanjaj (3 goals, 2 assists) and Carr (5 saves, 2 goals) each contributed to the win. 

Sanjaj, Considine and Carr all earned all-conference honors. 

The Ramblers (18-9), the No. 1 seed at the Glenbrook North Sectional, open the state series Thursday against either No. 8 Maine East or No. 9 Niles West. 

Loyola’s girls team, which lost in the semifinals of the MCAC tournament, is the No. 4 seed at Glenbrook North’s sectional. The Ramblers play No. 5 Glenbrook South on Wednesday. 

BASEBALL: Loyola head coach Nick Bridich led the Ramblers to an 8-1 win over his alma mater Marquette University High School on Saturday in Milwaukee. 

Junior Andrew Smart hit a two-run double as part of a four-run first inning, and sophomore right-hander DJ Morand struck out three in three scoreless innings to earn the victory on the mound.

Senior Jake Novak had a triple and double and scored one run. Junior Colin Summerhill went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and junior Mikey Bednarek had one hit, one RBI and scored two runs. 

Relieving Morand, senior Patrick Neenan pitched three shutout innings, striking out three. Novak closed out the win allowing one unearned run in the seventh.

The Ramblers (12-8) have three Catholic Blue games next week, starting with a road trip to Mount Carmel on Monday. Loyola, which is 5-4 in the league, then plays at home Tuesday against St. Laurence and visits the Vikings on Thursday. St. Laurence is the No. 1-ranked team in the state by Prep Baseball Report. 

SOFTBALL: Marisa Michi hit a grand slam and had six RBIs in the Ramblers’ 10-0 win over Resurrection in six innings at home Saturday. 

Emily Molloy went 3-for-3 and scored three runs, while KK Raymond scored three runs and had one RBI. 

Kathryn Kinsella pitched a complete-game shutout as Loyola (15-6) extended its winning streak to five. 

GIRLS LACROSSE: Five players scored at least three goals Saturday in the Ramblers’ 22-10 win over Eden Prairie (Minnesota) in Milwaukee. 

Sophomore Ellie Lazzaretto led the offense with five goals and two assists. Junior Annabelle Burke (4 goals, 1 assist), sophomore Maley Starr (2 goals, 4 assists), junior Kelsey Koch (3 goals), junior Sophia Rucker (3 goals) and freshman Maeve Dwyer (3 goals) all contributed to the balanced attack. 

The victory was the 11th in a row for the Ramblers (18-1).