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Author: Matt Harness

BOYS BASKETBALL: Ramblers Sweat Out Win over St. Ignatius, Retain Jesuit Cup

Loyola’s 37-36 win over St. Ignatius on Friday at Wintrust Arena in Chicago was big for two reasons. First, it meant the Ramblers (17-3, 4-1 Catholic Blue) held on to the Jesuit Cup for the second year in a row. Second, the victory kept them on pace with league-leading Fenwick. The Friars are 5-0 in the Catholic Blue after beating St. Rita 60-52 in overtime Friday on the road. DePaul Prep also has one loss in league play, but Loyola owns the tiebreaker over the Rams. The Ramblers and Fenwick play Feb. 16 at Loyola. “This was huge for...

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Ramblers Lose Jesuit Cup to St. Ignatius

Trailing by eight points in the fourth quarter Friday, Loyola made a spirited run to take the lead late, but St. Ignatius scored in the lane with 1.4 seconds left to earn the 45-44 win at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. It was the Ramblers’ first loss in the Jesuit Cup since the 2001-02 season. Loyola junior forward Celia Satter led the comeback, scoring eight of her team-best 19 points in the final 4 minutes 18 seconds. Her 3-pointer with less than one minute to go gave the Ramblers a 42-41 lead. After the Wolfpack (15-4, 2-2 GCAC Red) made...

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In the Bonus

Father McGrath talks Jesuit mission: Loyola President Patrick McGrath spoke to the boys basketball team before Thursday’s practice in advance of Friday’s Jesuit Cup doubleheader against St. Ignatius at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. McGrath’s message to the Ramblers centered on living a large life, to share the gifts God gave each of them with the world. He closed his 15-minute speech by saying “beat St. Ignatius.” “This is a big game because of our rivalry with them, but you realize it’s more than basketball,” Loyola senior and team captain Pete Mangan said. “When I saw Cardinal Blasé Cupich at...

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BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING: Senior Alex O’Toole Eyes Strong Finish to Loyola Career

Senior diver Alex O’Toole competes in the final dual meet of his prep career Friday at Fenwick. His goal is simple. “I’m going to relax and have fun,” he said. “I don’t want to think too much about what I’m doing.” O’Toole said he plans to employ the same strategy at the MCAC diving meet Feb. 2 at Fenwick and the Niles North Sectional on Feb. 17. A three-year varsity diver, he’s looking to earn his third trip to the state meet, which is Feb. 23-24 at Evanston. “I really want to have fun with the rest of the season,” he said. “Getting to the state meet and placing well would be great, but I think having fun is most important. If I do that, I believe I can do well.” At Hinsdale Central’s invitational Saturday, O’Toole competed against some of the best divers in the state. His 452.45 point total was good for fifth in the 51-diver field. The divers who made up the top three all placed at the state meet last season, including Mount Carmel senior Eric Correa. He was second at Hinsdale Central and second at last year’s state meet. The highlight was O’Toole hitting a reverse 1 1/2 pike, which he called “one of the best dives I’ve ever done.” “That was a great meet,” O’Toole said. “Even the dives I didn’t hit, I...

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