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Author: Matt Harness

Five Minutes with Joe Cook

Loyola alumnus Joe Cook (Class of 1997) will be inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame as a football player on Friday. A two-year varsity middle linebacker and the team’s captain as a senior, he helped the Ramblers to 20 wins and two Prep Bowl titles. Cook was selected as a Class 6A all-state honorable mention as a senior. He also played baseball and wrestled at Loyola. Cook went on to play football at Columbia University, where he started three seasons at inside linebacker. As a senior, he earned all-Ivy League honors. After college, he received a law degree from John Marshall Law School and currently works as an attorney for Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Cook also serves as a captain and Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. A native of Chicago and graduate St. Mary of the Woods, he lives in the city’s Wildwood neighborhood with his wife and four daughters. MAROON & GOLD: What does the Hall of Fame honor mean to you? JOE COOK: I am grateful to have been even considered for it. Right away, I thought about my teammates and coaches because, to me, any success I had was a result of them. This award is a tribute to them, and I’m excited to celebrate it with them. Same for my parents. They made a lot of sacrifices and supported...

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Four Downs

FIRST DOWN: Not only did senior running back Michael Gavric have one of his best games of the season Saturday, he was instrumental in Loyola’s 33-3 win over St. Rita. On the team’s second series of the game, Gavric ran once and caught two passes for first downs, including an 8-yard reception on fourth-and-1, and scored on a 7-yard run to put the Ramblers ahead 14-0. He finished with 11 carries for 22 yards and three catches for 35 yards. Gavric’s rushing attempts equaled a season high. His receptions were his most of the year, and all three of...

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Fall Files

BOYS SOCCER: The Ramblers had their best day of the season Sunday by beating St. Ignatius 2-1 at home to capture the Catholic Blue championship. It was a milestone moment and one that should be celebrated, according to Loyola head coach Baer Fisher. “It was awesome,” he said. “It means a great deal to us and a great step for our program.” But with the Class 3A state tournament starting this week, Fisher told the team Monday to stay in the present. The No. 5 seed at the Evanston Sectional, the Ramblers (14-1-4) open the playoffs Tuesday against No. 12 Prospect in the regional semifinals at Loyola. The regional final is Friday. “It was such an emotional day [Sunday], and we put so much into the game that we have to find a way to come out with the same focus and energy for Prospect,” Fisher said. “It’s honestly a trap game for us. They are dangerous, and they play a style that is different from ours. We will see how they respond. I know our guys want to keep it going.” Senior David Gripman scored both goals Sunday, and seniors Daniel Montaquila and Brady Reichert both had assists. Senior Marco Troiano earned the win in goal. Making the victory more remarkable was that Gripman, the team’s leading goal-scorer, got a red card after his second goal, forcing the...

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BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Senior Jack Lynch Helps Ramblers to Conference Championship

An enthusiastic Philadelphia Eagles fan, Loyola senior Jack Lynch admired the team’s ethos last season and how the players parlayed that underdog mentality into the organization’s first Super Bowl trophy. He brought the same message to the cross country team this year as a captain of the Ramblers. It’s hard to argue with the decision after Loyola captured its first Catholic League championship since 2014 on Saturday at Lewis University in Romeoville. Five Ramblers finished 14th or better, and Loyola totaled 45 points to edge out three-time defending champion Marmion (52). All seven runners in the lineup earned all-conference honors. “I don’t think we were on a lot of people’s radar,” Lynch said. “I read somewhere that Marmion was the conference favorite, and St. Ignatius was right there behind them. They counted us out.” Lynch was a longshot to succeed this season. On the first day of practice Aug. 8, an MRI revealed he would miss the start of the year with a rare stress fracture that extended from the spine to his left hip. Lynch’s first meet at full strength was Palatine’s invitational on Sept. 22. On Saturday, Lynch took sixth place in 15 minutes, 35.6 seconds and was the second Rambler to cross the finish line. Loyola head coach Dan Seeberg was impressed by Lynch’s performance. “He’s a great leader, and he came up big when it...

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Fall Files

BOYS GOLF: Senior Peter Radler made program history Saturday by becoming the first Loyola boys player to earn two state medals. In a weather-shortened event that was reduced to 18 holes, Radler shot an even-par 72 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington to tie for fifth at the Class 3A state tournament. As a junior, Radler tied for eighth. “He plays a solid game and does it without any fanfare,” Loyola head coach Tim Kane said. Radler carded two birdies and two bogeys to lead the team to fifth place. The Ramblers shot 304, seven strokes off the pace of first-place finisher Hinsdale Central, which captured its seventh consecutive state championship. Loyola was on top of the leaderboard Friday, six ahead of Barrington, when weather conditions halted play. Even though all 12 teams had completed at least 12 holes, the IHSA decided to cancel the entire round instead of suspending it until Saturday. “I think what happened with the first round just kind of wore on us,” Kane said. “The emotion of it all built up, and we let it slip away Saturday. But I’m incredibly proud of how we played.” Senior Jack Crawshaw tied for 18th with 75. Senior Christopher Lee tied for 44th with 78. Senior Ryan Savarie and sophomore Patrick Adler each shot 79 to tie for 50th. Junior Sam Maylee posted...

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