Here are the team award-winners for spring varsity sports (Editor’s note: Not every team hands out awards.)
The Ramblers finished 14-16, with seven of their losses coming by two runs or less. They ended their season with an 8-4 loss to New Trier in eight innings in the Class 4A regional final at Niles North.
John A. O’Loughlin Award — Jake Novak
This honor goes to the team’s MVP. A senior outfielder and captain, Novak hit .371 with an OPS of 1.052. He finished with three home runs, 42 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 17 steals, earning a spot on the all-Catholic Blue team.
Offensive Players of the Year — Mike Bednarek, Colin Summerhill
Summerhill, a junior catcher, had at least one hit in 22 of 30 games and finished with an average of .337 and an OPS of .984. He had as many doubles (15) as strikeouts (15). A junior outfielder and all-conference selection, Bednarek batted .372 with an on-base percentage of .570 and an OPS of 1.006. He scored 37 runs and stole 25 bases in 29 attempts.
Defensive Player of the Year — Jack Moran
Trusted to play one of the toughest positions, the senior shortstop finished with a .924 fielding percentage and helped turn nine double plays. At the plate, he hit .278 with an on-base percentage of .402 and stole 17 bases.
Pitcher of the Year — Joe McKermitt
The left-handed McKermitt made seven starts and finished with an ERA of 4.05. The senior struck out 34 in 38 innings over 10 appearances.
Dorothy & Don Engels Award — Tommy Dowdle
A captain and one of the most respected players, Dowdle received this award for his four years of service to the program.
The Ramblers finished 15-7 overall and captured the Catholic Blue championship at 6-0, outscoring league opponents 99-22. They lost to eventual state champion New Trier in the sectional final at Loyola.
Patrick L. Rattigan Award — Ned Seaman
Given to the senior for his outstanding academic achievements.
Victoria Chane Award — Will Starshak
This honor goes to the senior who shows his commitment to the team.
Brebeuf Award — Mick Burden, Connor Koch
An award bestowed upon seniors who best exhibit leadership, spirit and courage.
Father Norm Coaches Award — Danny Murphy
This award recognizes the senior who displays dedication, desire and hustle.
Dr. Talbot Award — Ned Seaman
Presented to the senior for his outstanding support and leadership.
MVP — Dom Urukalo
The senior goalie was an all-American and first team all-state selection.
Defensive Player of the Year — Cooper Prawdzik
A senior defenseman, Prawdzik earned all-American and first team all-state honors.
Offensive Player of the Year — Mike Feuer, Timothy Hackett
Senior attackers, Feuer and Hackett both were named to first team all-state. Hackett was an all-American.
Most Improved — Patrick Cronin
The Ramblers went 25-2 and won the GCAC tournament title with a 16-4 victory over St. Ignatius. Loyola lost to eventual state champion New Trier in the sectional final at New Trier.
Jackie Pitts Award — Annie Enrietto
Given out by US Lacrosse to a senior in each geographic chapter across the country who best represents the sport through her talent and investment in the game’s development in her community. Enrietto also earned all-American and all-state awards.
All-Americans — Annie Enrietto, Brynn Holohan, Lauryn Repp, Lizzie Walker
The four seniors helped the Ramblers to another successful season. Holohan, Repp and Walker — as well as senior Emily Doell — all were co-captains.
The Ramblers went 10-7-3 overall and won the GCAC Red title by finishing 4-0-1 in league play. They lost to Maine South 1-0 in the Class 3A regional final at home.
MVP — Lauren Daffada
A senior defender and all-conference selection, Daffada was a key contributor on a team that allowed one goal or less in 13 of its 25 games and an average of 1.25 goals per game.
Defensive Player of the Year — Katherine Jaros
In her first season as the starting keeper, the senior registered three shutouts, including a 1-0 win over Fenwick to secure the conference championship. Jaros was an all-conference pick and selected to the all-sectional team.
Offensive Player of the Year — Meredith Phillips
A junior midfielder, Phillips led the team with 10 goals and was third with 17 assists. She was named to the all-sectional team.
Most Improved — Kate Murtagh
Murtagh, a senior midfielder, finished with one goal and four assists.
Rambler Award — Maggie Brett, Maggie Elliott, Claire Kelly, Megan Kurtz, Madeline Phillips, Madeline Prassas
The Ramblers went 21-8, winning 20-plus games for the second season in a row for the first time since 2008-09. They concluded their season with a 5-4 loss to Niles West in the Class 4A regional final at Niles West.
Offensive Player of the Year — Marisa Michi
The junior shortstop hit .516 with an on-base percentage of .556 and an OPS of 1.419. She had seven home runs, 57 RBIs and scored 32 runs. Michi struck out three times in 110 plate appearances.
Defensive Player of the Year — Emily Molloy
Playing a premium position, the junior second baseman made one error in 80 chances. Molloy also contributed offensively, hitting .474 with an OPS of 1.300. She finished with three home runs, 33 RBIs and 42 runs.
Leadership Award — Kathryn Kinsella (pictured above)
According to head coach Michelle Farrell-Fink, Kinsella held herself to a high standard and set an example for her teammates to follow by always giving her full effort at every practice and game. A pitcher and first baseman, she hit .368 with an OPS of .982. In 15 appearances in the circle, including six starts, Kinsella posted a 1.93 ERA and struck out 58 in 50 2/3 innings.
Rambler Award — Hope Balourdos
A sophomore, Balourdos earned this honor for her willingness to contribute in any way that served the team’s best interests.
The Ramblers won the Catholic League championship and advanced both of their doubles teams to the Class AA state tournament.
MVP — Ryan Reardon
A senior and captain, Reardon teamed up with his cousin, senior Michael Reardon, to qualify for the state tournament.
Coach’s Award — Michael Reardon
This honor is given to the player who exemplifies what it means to put the team goals above his own.
Most Improved Player — John Carpenter
A senior, he partnered with senior Patrick Lawler to qualify for the state tournament.
Captain’s Award — Patrick Lawler, Ryan Reardon
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
The Ramblers won both the indoor and outdoor Catholic League titles and qualified in three individual events at the Class 3A state meet.
Frank J. Amato Most Valuable Award — Jack Loveland, Spencer Werner
A senior, Loveland took eighth at the state meet in the 400 after finishing first at both the Catholic League meet and Niles West’s sectional meet. Werner placed 14th in the 3,200 to earn low-freshman honors at the state meet. He won both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the conference meet.
Outstanding Performer Award — Jack Lynch, Eli Miller
Seniors Lynch and Miller both served as team leaders and as anchors in middle and long distance events.
Kenneth Keller Award — Ian Gallo, Santi Roches, Mac Saliba
Named for Loyola track and field alum Kenneth Keller (Class of 1982), a Marine sergeant who died in 1990 during Operation Desert Shield, it’s presented to athletes who displayed dedication, sacrifice, leadership and loyalty to the program. Seniors Gallo, Roches and Saliba earned the honor for their unsung contributions, according to head coach Dan Seeberg. Loyola’s legendary head coach Frank Amato, a member of the school’s Hall of Fame who served in the Marines, established the award.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
The Ramblers won both the indoor and outdoor GCAC titles and qualified in four events at the Class 3A state meet.
Most Valuable Performer — Addison Bendery
The senior competed in three events at the state meet. Bendery ran the 100 meters and was part of the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. She finished first in the 100 at the GCAC meet.
Outstanding Performers — Anne Santangelo, Kate Santangelo
The two senior sisters were instrumental in the team’s success this season. Anne was a member of the state-qualifying 4×400 relay team.
Coaches Award — Arianna Awdisho
In addition to being the team’s biggest cheerleader, according to head coach ChrisJon Simon, the senior ran on the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams that qualified for the state meet.
Junior Coaches Award — Jenna Rekoske
Rekoske contributed to the 4×800 relay team that advanced to the state meet.
Sophomore Outstanding Performer — Grace Powers
Power captured the conference championship in discus.
Sophomore Coaches Award — Lizzie Quackenbush
In her first full season, Quackenbush was one of the team’s top runners, notably as a member of the state-qualifying 4×800 relay team.
Sophomore Most Improved — Nora Lyons
Lyons shined at the conference meet, where she recorded career-best marks in both long jump and high jump to finish second in each event. She also ran on the 4×100 relay team that took first place.
Freshman Outstanding Performer — Samarah Souffrant
Souffrant took second placed in shot put at the conference meet.
The Ramblers won their second regional title in a row and finished 29-10. Their season ended with a loss to New Trier in the sectional final at Glenbrook North.
MVP — Jack Howard
A four-year starter at outside hitter, Howard leaves as one of the most dominant offensive players in state history. As a senior, he finished with 406 kills, hitting at a percentage of .282. His 1,154 career kills puts him 14th on the all-time list in Illinois. Howard was a four-time all-Catholic League selection.
Coaches Award — Gavin Elliott
Positive, dedicated and selfless, Elliott rose from a freshman B player to the team’s top middle as a senior. He led the Ramblers with a .307 hitting percentage and his 99 blocks were the most in a single season since 2009.
Robert Erlenbaugh Award — Ryan Merk
Given to the player who exhibits outstanding effort, Merk showcased his toughness as a sophomore libero. He was first on the team in digs (373) and aces (47). Head coach Lionel Ebeling said Merk was the catalyst for the offense and the anchor of the defense.
BOYS WATER POLO
The Ramblers finished 19-11 and second in the MCAC, They lost to Evanston 8-7 in overtime in the sectional final at Glenbrook North.
Rambler Award — Kenny Sajnaj
An honor given to the player who leads in and out of the pool. A senior, Sajnaj scored 77 goals to go with 65 assists. He was selected to second team all-state, first team all-sectional and first team all-MCAC.
MVP — Jake Carr
A three-year starter, the junior goalie stood out at one of the sport’s most unforgiving positions. Carr averaged 10.8 saves a game, earning him fourth team all-state, first team all-sectional and first team all-MCAC.
Most Improved — Kevin Considine
As a junior, Considine led the Ramblers with 113 goals to go wth 23 assists. He was second team for both all-sectional and all-conference.
Coaches Award — Noah Zahn
Given to the player whose impact can’t be seen through statistics alone. According to head coach Michael Cashman, Zahn did the all of the little things that contributed to the team’s success. The junior finished with 24 goals and 48 assists.
GIRLS WATER POLO
The Ramblers finished 13-18 and fourth in the MCAC. Their season ended with a loss in the sectional quarterfinals at Glenbrook North.
Ramblers of the Year — Aidan Koconis-O’Malley, Mary Kate Lopez, Lauren Vallace
All three seniors were captains. Koconis-O’Malley earned third team all-state, first team all-sectional and first team all-conference. Lopez was honorable mention all-sectional.
MVP — Chloe Brown
Most Improved — Annie Leinenweber
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