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Author: Matt Harness

Spring Varsity Sports Team Awards

Here are the team award-winners for spring varsity sports (Editor’s note: Not every team hands out awards.) BASEBALL 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...

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The Quad

Loyola alum Emily Molins helped Stanford to national title in crew as a freshman: In her first year with the Cardinal, Molins (Class of 2018) was a starter on the Varsity Eight boat that finished first Sunday at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s national regatta at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California. The win contributed to Stanford collecting its fifth consecutive national championship and a record ninth overall.  Molins said the Cardinal’s excellence in both academics and athletics factored into his college choice.  “I remember watching the national title regatta on my iPad during my junior year and thought it...

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FOOTBALL: Ramblers Reload in Defense of State Championship

This will be the first offseason since Loyola won the Class 8A state title in 2015 that the Ramblers enter summer workouts without a quarterback with varsity experience.  But the defending Class 8A state champion Ramblers are looking to fill more than the quarterback position when they have their first official practice Thursday. According to Loyola head coach John Holecek, who’s heading into his 14th season, the Ramblers return fewer starters than he can remember.  Nonetheless, he’s not sounding any alarms.  “The cupboard isn’t bare,” Holecek said. “We won’t have many multi-year starters this year, but we have talented...

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BASEBALL: Senior Tommy Dowdle Makes Major Impact at Loyola

Senior and captain Tommy Dowdle took the mound for his first varsity start in Loyola’s last home game of the season.  The right-handed Dowdle threw 89 pitches in the complete game, surrendering seven singles and one walk while striking out two in a 1-0 loss to Palatine on an unseasonably cool day May 20. As good as his performance was — the only seven-inning complete game of the season for the Ramblers — there was nothing extraordinary about it, unless you know Dowdle’s backstory.  Nearly one year ago to that day, Dowdle was in uniform when the Ramblers hosted...

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BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Senior Jack Loveland Runs into Rambler Lore

By his own admission, senior Jack Loveland arrived at Loyola without much of a running reputation. He leaves as one of the best sprinters in school history. After placing eighth in the 400 meters at this year’s Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Loveland joined Dylan Remick (Class of 2009) as a state medalist in the event. Spencer Cotten (Class of 1984) is the only other Rambler, boy or girl, to earn all-state honors in either the 100, 200 or 400. He’s in the school’s Hall of Fame.  The success surprised Loveland, whose primary sport in middle school at Evanston’s St. Joan of Arc was soccer.  “I never expected to get as far as I did this year, and I never thought I would end up being one of the best at Loyola,” he said. “It was a process to get here, and I’ve had a lot of support from family, coaches and friends. It’s exciting and really jaw-dropping.” Loveland peaked at the perfect time. He finished first in the 400 at the Catholic League’s meet May 11 in a personal-best time of 49.55 seconds. He followed that up with a 49.30 to win the 400 at Niles West’s sectional before clocking a 49.15 — his third consecutive career-best performance — in the preliminaries of the state meet May 24. That time is second in program history behind...

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