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Author: Matt Harness

The Quad

Loyola graduate John Shannon looking to add another championship to his collection: Notre Dame redshirt sophomore John Shannon (Class of 2016) and the Fighting Irish (12-0) earned an invitation to the College Football Playoff and play Clemson (13-0) on Dec. 29 in the semifinals at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas. Before arriving on the South Bend, Indiana, campus, Shannon (pictured above) was a linebacker and long snapper on Loyola’s 2015 Class 8A state title team. Now, he’s hoping to help Notre Dame capture their first national championship since 1988. “This is something you dream about,” he...

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BOYS HOCKEY: Defending State Champion Loyola Gold Takes Down New Trier Green

Two players who weren’t major contributors on Loyola Gold’s state championship team last season led the charge in the Ramblers’ 2-0 win over New Trier Green on Sunday at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. Senior defenseman Eagan Callahan scored the first goal, and senior goalie Drew Shearson (pictured above) earned the shutout in net. Callahan was on Maroon as a junior, while Shearson was a backup on Gold behind 2018 graduates Hugh Brady and Thomas Moran last season. Two of 21 seniors on the team’s 24-player roster, Callahan and Shearson will be instrumental in the Ramblers’ defense of their...

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FOOTBALL: Kelly Brothers Share Season to Remember

During a film session following Loyola’s 35-3 loss to Brother Rice in Week 4 — its second consecutive defeat — several players spoke in front of their teammates. One of them was junior Christo Kelly, a starter on the offensive line. Kelly first listened and then stood up. “I was taking it all in,” he said. “People talked about just because we are Loyola that doesn’t mean we are given anything. When it was my turn, I talked about my brother and about how much he would want to be playing. It seemed to be something the team rallied around.”...

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Ramblers Lose First Game of Season

Loyola led more than 31 minutes Sunday, but the Ramblers couldn’t close it out in a 56-55 loss to Marist at home in a matchup of two highly regarded Class 4A clubs. It was Loyola’s first defeat of the season. After the RedHawks (6-1) went ahead for the first time in the last minute of the fourth quarter, sophomore Sydney Affolter made two free throws in the final seconds for the win. “This one stings,” Loyola senior Julia Martinez said. “It hurts that we let it get away from us.” Sophomore Summer Parker-Hall enjoyed another standout performance, totaling a team-best 16 points to go with eight rebounds for the Ramblers (8-1). Junior Addison Ebeling hit three 3-pointers to finish with 10 points. Senior Celia Satter and Martinez both had eight points. Loyola has two big GCAC Red games this week, both of which are on the road. The Ramblers play Class 4A sectional champion Mother McAuley on Tuesday and Providence Catholic on Thursday. “We’re going to go back and work our butts off,” Martinez said. “We know the mistakes we made, and we know we can correct them. [Loyola assistant] coach [Jon] Wolfe always tells us that no one is going to remember these games once the playoffs start. This is all...

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WRESTLING: Aidan McKeag Aiming High in Senior Season

Senior Aidan McKeag is fully embracing his fourth and final varsity season, according to Loyola head coach Joe Haney. Not only is McKeag looking to leave the program as one of its most successful wrestlers, but he’s assumed a more active role as a team leader. “He’s never been very vocal, leading more by example, but he’s found his voice this year,” Haney said. “He’s doing what he can to bring the younger kids under his wing and showing them how to do things the right way. He’s been huge.” McKeag is focused on himself, too. He enters Friday’s match at St. Patrick with 97 career wins. Only Sean Cloherty (Class of 2018) has 100 or more victories, and he’s Loyola’s all-time leader with 110. McKeag won 34 matches last season and hasn’t won fewer than 27 times in any of his three seasons. In the season-opening meet Friday and Saturday at Vernon Hills, McKeag went 8-2 at 132 pounds. “Aidan knows what’s out there,” Haney said. “He’s working hard to achieve his goals.” One of those is competing at his first state tournament. After advancing to the Class 3A sectionals as a freshman and sophomore, McKeag came one win shy of qualifying last season. “He was disappointed and doesn’t want that to happen again,” Haney said. Loyola’s last wrestler to qualify for the state tournament was Ryan Wosick (Class of...

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