GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: The Ramblers didn’t qualify for the finals in any of their four events Friday at the Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
The 4×200-meter relay team of seniors Arinna Awdisho, Addison Bendery, Brooke Fitzgerald and sophomore Nora Lyons finished in 1 minute, 44.10 seconds. The 4×800 foursome of junior Jenna Rekoske and sophomores Nicole Cleland, Sarah Jay and Lizzie Quackenbush clocked a 9:40.52. Awdisho and Bendery teamed up with senior Anne Santangelo and sophomore Eva Holton to run a 4:06.67 in the 4×400 relay.
The lone individual qualifier, Bendery ran a 12.52 in the preliminaries of the 100. She will continue her track and field career at Illinois Wesleyan.
Rekoske, Quackenbush and Holton all competed at the state meet for the first time.
SOFTBALL: Senior Kathryn Kinsella (pictured above) threw a one-hit shutout and went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Ramblers to a 15-0 win over Fenton in four innings at home Friday in the final game of the regular season.
The victory gave Loyola (20-7) its second consecutive 20-win season for the first time since 2008-09.
“That’s awesome, but that was way in the back of our heads,” Loyola head coach Michelle Farrell-Fink said. “We are focused on improving and on the next team in front of us.”
The Ramblers open the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday at Niles West’s regional. Loyola, the No. 3 seed at Niles West’s sectional, is looking for its first regional title since 2012.
“It’s something we talked about at the beginning of the season, and the girls are super excited to win one,” Farrell-Fink said. “But anything can happen, and we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”
On Friday, Emily Molloy finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. KK Raymond was 4-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Mackenzie Barry went 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI, while Hope Balourdos had two hits and scored two runs.
“We are feeling good going into the playoffs,” Farrell-Fink said. “We’ve played some great ball lately, and everything seems to be falling into place.”
GIRLS SOCCER: The Ramblers’ season came to a close Friday with a 1-0 loss to Maine South in the Class 3A regional final at Loyola. The Hawks scored in the first minute of the game, and it held up.
The GCAC Red champion Ramblers finished the season 10-7-3
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