BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Senior sprinter Jack Loveland earns his first state medal by taking eighth place in the 400 meters in 50.26 seconds Saturday at the Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Loveland is the second in program history to win a state medal in the event, joining Dylan Remick (Class of 2009). Remick also finished eighth. Loveland ran a personal-best 49.15 in Friday’s preliminaries.
Freshman Spencer Werner finished 14th in the 3,200 in 9:32.22 on Saturday. It’s the best showing for a Loyola boys runner since Will Hague (Class of 2012) placed 19th in 2012.
Junior Kieran Thompson narrowly missed finals in the high jump with his mark of 6 feet, 2 inches Friday.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Ramblers advanced to a sectional final for the second season in a row after beating Glenbrook North 25-23, 22-25, 25-15 on Friday at Glenbrook North. Top-seeded Loyola plays No. 2 New Trier on Tuesday, with the winner earning a trip to the state tournament at Hoffman Estates. The Trevians defeated Loyola in the sectional final last year.
Against the Spartans, senior Jack Howard had 12 kills and two aces. Senior Gavin Elliott totaled four kills and five blocks. Senior Henry Clemons contributed seven kills and two blocks, while junior Liam Roberts had six kills and four blocks. Junior John Hitt (23 assists) and sophomore Ryan Merk (20 digs) also factored into the win.
The Ramblers (29-9) are seeking their first appearance at the state tournament since 1994.
BASEBALL: Jake Novak sent the game into extra innings Saturday with his RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that scored James Scott, but the Ramblers rallied ended there in an 8-4 loss to New Trier in the Class 4A regional final at Niles North.
The Trevians scored four runs on five hits in the top of the eighth before retiring the Ramblers in order for the win.
Down 4-1 through three, No. 4-seeded Loyola (14-16) got within one, 4-3, on a two-run single by Joe Birchard in the fourth. Right-handed reliever DJ Morand held No. 5 New Trier in check until Novak delivered the game-tying hit. Morand struck out five and allowed two runs in five innings.
Novak finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Patrick Neenan went 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Andrew Smart went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
LACROSSE: Both the boys and girls teams lost to New Trier in sectional finals Friday. The defending champion Loyola boys lost to the Trevians 11-5 at Loyola, while the Loyola girls lost 13-11 at New Trier.
Senior Timothy Hackett gave the Ramblers (15-7) a 1-0 lead at the 1:12 mark of the first quarter, but New Trier quickly tied it up at 1-all. After the Trevians took a 2-1 lead, senior Mike Feuer made it 2-all.
But the Trevians added two unanswered goals to lead 4-2 after the first and never trailed again.
Feuer finished with two goals, while senior Connor Koch, junior Kaden Keller and Hackett all scored one.
In the girls game, the Ramblers trailed 4-0 early and were down 7-4 at the half. They fell behind 10-4 before rallying to tie the game 11-all with 1:48 remaining in the second half.
Senior Maggie Gorman got the Ramblers rolling with three goals before sophomore Maley Starr scored two, including the equalizer. But Loyola (25-2) couldn’t complete the comeback.
Gorman led the offense with three goals. Junior Sophia Rucker, sophomore Ellie Lazzaretto and Starr all scored two. Junior Annabelle Burke and freshman Maeve Dwyer each finished with one goal apiece.
SOFTBALL: The Ramblers were four outs away from a win Friday, but they ended up with a 5-4 loss to Niles West in the Class 4A regional final at Niles West.
Leading 4-0 through five innings, the No. 3-seeded Ramblers (21-8) surrendered five unearned runs with two outs to the No. 12 Wolves in the top of the sixth.
Marisa Michi finished 3-for-3 with one run scored and two RBIs. KK Raymond went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Mackenzie Barry was 2-for-4. She pitched all seven innings, striking out five.
BOYS TENNIS: Seniors John Carpenter and Patrick Lawler teamed up to go 1-2 at the Class 2A state tournament. Seniors Michael and Ryan Reardon went 0-2.