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Author: Matt Harness

Spring Things

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Greyson Schneider headlined several top performances by the Ramblers at Niles North’s Dan Horyn Invitational on Wednesday. A junior, Schneider finished first in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 41.79 seconds and took third in the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 0 inches at the 12-team meet.  Senior Jack Loveland placed second in the 400 (50.35) and fourth in the 200 (24.13). Junior Alex Owens was second in the 3,200 (10:.20.89), and freshman Spencer Werner finished second in the 1,600 (4:29.85).  Senior Eli Miller took third in the 800 (2:02.47), while senior Jack Lynch was third in the 3,200 (10:21.29). Junior Billy Delaney finished fourth in the 800 (2:03.58). Senior Eddie Auer placed fifth in the triple jump (36-2 3/4), and sophomore Jack Chalen was fifth in the 110 high hurdles (17.46).  Loyola’s 4×100 and 4×200 relays both took fourth, while the 4×800 finished fifth.  The team’s next meet is April 27 at Marquette University High in Milwaukee.  GIRLS SOCCER: The Ramblers extended their winning streak to three games Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Oak Park-River Forest at New Trier as part of the Naperville Invitational. Winners of four of its last five, Loyola (6-4-2) is 2-0 at the tournament, which concludes Saturday.  Before Wednesday, freshman Molly Sipe was first on team in goals (5) and tied for first in assists (3)....

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Loyola Alum Grace Oliver Remains Alive in Rambler Community

Grace Oliver’s family and friends continue to celebrate her life and honor her memory by raising awareness and money for brain cancer research.  A Loyola graduate and former runner for the Ramblers, Oliver (Class of 2009) died in July 2015 from a glioblastoma brain tumor. A native of Chicago’s Northwest Side, she was diagnosed with the terminal disease in 2012 while attending Saint Louis University. For the sixth year in a row, Oliver’s loved ones participated in the BT5K Chicago Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk that benefits the American Brain Tumor Association. As of Tuesday, Oliver’s team has raised $27,024. Donations still are being accepted.  In November 2015, her mother, Mary Oliver, and husband, Mike Daday, formed Grace Giving, a non-profit organization. Molly Oliver, Grace’s oldest sister and a 2003 graduate of Loyola, is among those responsible for running the foundation. Molly also ran for the Ramblers. “[Grace] was all about living,” said Molly, who works in the admissions department at DePaul Prep. “Even when she was given a death sentence, it didn’t slow her down.” Loyola head coach for girls cross country and girls track and field, ChrisJon Simon (Class of 1986) coached all three of the Oliver sisters, including Claire, who graduated in 2007. He remains close to the family. “Grace’s death hit the Loyola community hard,” Simon said. “But it’s amazing how such sadness gave...

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BOYS LACROSSE: Ramblers Rally to Beat New Trier in OT

Loyola lost to New Trier in the regular season last season before capturing the state championship.  After junior Kaden Keller’s goal in overtime sent the Ramblers to a 7-6 win over the Trevians on the road Tuesday, Loyola head coach Rob Snyder reminded his team there’s more to accomplish.  “This game doesn’t mean anything, really,” he said. “We wanted to win, of course, but if they won, we still have games to play. We have to keep plugging away.” Loyola senior Nolan Chow, who scored the game-tying goal in regulation, said Snyder’s message was received and acknowledged. “We need to realize this was not our best game by any stretch, and that we have to work hard every single practice the rest of the season to reach our ultimate goal of winning another state title,” he said.  Down two goals in the fourth quarter, senior Mike Feuer got the Ramblers within one, 6-5, before Chow scored the equalizer with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.  “We have a pretty tough team, and we kept fighting,” Chow said. “It was awesome.” Chow, Keller and senior Timothy Hackett all finished with two goals. As he was in Loyola’s 7-2 win over New Trier in last year’s state final, senior Dom Urukalo was superlative in goal.  “He was the best player on the field,” Snyder said. “Him and Timmy...

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Spring Things

BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Junior John Hitt had 22 assists to help the Ramblers to a 25-23, 25-17 win over Brother Rice in the Catholic Blue at home Tuesday. The victory kept Loyola (16-4, 3-1) in contention for the conference championship. St. Rita came into the week leading the league at 3-0. The two teams meet May 7 at Loyola. Senior Henry Clemons finished with 11 kills, and Jack Howard had five kills. Sophomore Ryan Merk had eight digs. The Ramblers play at Downers Grove South’s tournament Friday and Saturday. GIRLS LACROSSE: There was no letdown for Loyola at home Tuesday as the Ramblers beat St. Ignatius 17-1 a day after defeating New Trier. Loyola (11-1) led 12-0 at the half and remained undefeated against in-state opponents. Sophomore Ellie Lazzaretto scored three goals, while senior Maggie Gorman, senior Brynn Holohan, junior Annabelle Burke and junior Kelsey Koch all scored two apiece. The Ramblers are off until hitting the road next week to play four games against some of the Midwest’s top programs. SOFTBALL: After scoring two runs in two losses to Fenwick on Saturday, the Ramblers unleashed their offense Tuesday in a 12-2 win over Trinity in six innings on the road. Six players had at least two hits as Loyola (10-4, 4-4 GCAC Red) totaled 18. KK Raymond went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs. Emily Molloy finished 3-for-4...

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GIRLS SOCCER: Ramblers Beat Trinity, Continue Moving in Right Direction

Loyola’s 3-0 win over Trinity at home Tuesday in the GCAC Red was a good example of the progress the Ramblers are making this season.  A team with nine seniors and eight freshmen — along with four juniors and two sophomores — and a new head coach, it was going to take time for everybody to come together.  Juniors Grace Cutler and Francesca Hill and freshman Isabella Guzman all scored goals. Senior Maggie Elliott and freshmen Katie Diblik and Molly Sipe each totaled one assist apiece. Sophomore keeper Maddie Kenny earned the shutout, the Ramblers’ second this season.  “We...

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