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Author: Matt Harness

BOYS GOLF: Ryan Savarie Leads Loyola Contingent at Western Junior

None of the five players with Loyola connections made the cut Wednesday at the 101st Western Junior at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. Loyola senior Ryan Savarie was the low Rambler, shooting 75-75 to finish 10 over to miss the cut by eight strokes. His brother, Chip Savarie, a 2018 graduate and an incoming freshman golfer at Wisconsin, posted 14 over. Reb Banas, a 2017 grad and sophomore player at Villanova, Connor Prassas, a 2017 grad and sophomore player at Michigan, and Loyola senior Peter Radler all finished 15 over. Jeff Doty, of Carmel, Indiana, and a sophomore golfer at North Florida, tops the leaderboard at 7 under. The tournament concludes Thursday with 36...

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Ramblers Share Memories of O’Shaughnessy Pool

Maroon & Gold talked to former Loyola swimmers and water polo players and asked them what they will remember about O’Shaughnessy Pool, which was built in 1957 and hosted its final high school event April 30. Construction on a new aquatics facility starts this summer. It’s Phase 1 of Loyola’s Second Century Campaign. ERIK MAURER Class of 1989 We had a lot of great memories as a group that bonded us together. Jumping off the balcony in the pool. Plunging into the cold pool on a dark January morning while coach drank his coffee and read the paper. Watching...

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BOYS GOLF: Ramblers Populate Field at Prestigious Western Junior

Five players with Loyola connections are in the field this week at the 101st Western Junior at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. Reb Banas, a 2017 graduate and sophomore golfer at Villanova, led the way in Tuesday’s first round by shooting a 4-over 74. Loyola senior Ryan Savarie followed with 75, while brother Chip Savarie, an incoming freshman golfer at Wisconsin, shot 76. Peter Radler, a Loyola senior, posted 77, and Michigan sophomore golfer and 2017 graduate Connor Prassas carded a 78. Karl Vilips, of Perth, Australia, and Luke Armbrust, of Wheaton, Illinois, share the lead after shooting 66s. Vilips is the No. 1 player in the American Junior Golf Associaton’s Rolex Rankings. The Illinois-bound Armbrust played golf at St. Francis. After Wednesday’s 18 holes, the field will be cut to the low 44 and ties. The final 36 holes are...

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Spring Varsity Sports Teams Awards

Here are the team award-winners for spring varsity sports. (Editor’s note: Awards were given by the coaches. Not all teams handed out season-ending awards.) BASEBALL The Ramblers enjoyed a successful spring by capturing a Class 4A sectional championship — the first since 2008 and second in program history — and finishing 23-10-1. MVP — Ben Wagner The senior right-hander went 9-0 with a 2.85 ERA and led the Ramblers with 54 innings pitched. His season highlight was throwing a complete in Loyola’s 9-3 victory over Evanston in the sectional final. Offensive Player of the Year — Jason Vrbancic Playing one...

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National Merit Scholarships Proof Ramblers Don’t Sacrifice Academics for Athletics

Senior Will Jackson joked that it doesn’t take long to discover that baseball teammate and senior Jason Vrbancic is blessed with a high level of intelligence. “You can tell the moment he starts talking,” Jackson said. Vrbancic is one of five Loyola seniors who earned a National Merit Scholarship and one of three varsity athletes to receive the prestigious award. Along with Vrbancic, Louisa Edwards and Emily Molins were among the 7,500 nationwide recipients of the scholarship, which is given to students who exhibit exceptional academic ability. Edwards was a four-year member of the cross country and track and field teams and played three seasons of basketball. Molins rowed on the crew team for three seasons. All three are attending some of the best colleges in the country, with Edwards to University of Virginia, Molins to Stanford and Vrbancic to University of Chicago. Molins and Vrbancic both will continue their athletic careers at the next level. “The work ethic, dedication and persistence it takes to succeed as an athlete helps you in other areas,” Edwards said. According to Loyola athletic director Pat Mahoney, the school strives to promote an athlete who is well-rounded. The three National Merit Scholars prove that athletic success doesn’t have to come at the expense of academic excellence. “They are unbelievably special,” he said. “I’m not surprised, but I’m amazed. Their commitment to both academics and...

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