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Author: Matt Harness

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Ramblers’ Season Ends with Loss to Evanston

As Loyola senior Julia Martinez made her way to the bench with 1 minute, 2 seconds to go in the fourth quarter Monday, the crowd at Evanston stood up and gave her a well-deserved round of applause. Her exit signaled the end of phenomenal four-year career after the Ramblers’ 48-35 loss to the host Wildkits in the Class 4A sectional semifinals, and the people in attendance wanted to show respect to the four-year starter who helped Loyola win 92 games and three Class 4A regional titles. “Whether we were going to win or lose, she played like it was her final game,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “She was outstanding.” Martinez scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter to keep the No. 2-seeded Ramblers close. Her basket in the first minute of the second gave Loyola a 17-14 lead. But Loyola didn’t score for the final 7:01 of the half and went into the locker room down 26-17 to the No. 3-seeded Wildkits. Back-to-back baskets by senior Jordan Moser and junior Addison Ebeling got the Ramblers within seven, 28-21, at the 5:44 mark of the third quarter. But Evanston scored the next five points to go ahead 33-21, and Loyola never got closer than 10. Sophomore Summer Parker-Hall and Ebeling each scored five points for the Ramblers (24-8). It was the fourth season in...

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BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING: Ramblers Will be Well-Represented at State Meet

Loyola junior Luke Maurer finished first in all four races he swam in Saturday at the Niles North Sectional. Maurer won both the 100-yard freestyle (46.12 seconds) and 200-yard freestyle (1:39.86). He also contributed to wins in the 200 freestyle relay (1:26.02) and 400 freestyle relay (3:09.89). First-place finishers and those who surpassed the state-qualifying times earned trips to the state meet, which is Friday and Saturday at New Trier. In all, the five Ramblers qualified in seven events. Junior Everet Andrew was Loyola’s other individual winner at the sectional, taking first in the 500 freestyle (4:41.22). Andrew also advanced in the 200 freestyle (1:43.15). Senior Ben Dukes earned his second consecutive trip to the state meet in the 500 freestyle, placing second with a time of 4:42.76. Dukes, Andrew and Maurer all swam on both state-qualifying relays. Freshman Lachlan Andrew was on the 200 free relay, while freshman Demetrios Zemenides was on the 400 free relay. As a sophomore, Maurer took third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free at the state meet. He’s looking to become Loyola’s first individual state champion since 2013 when Andrew Jovanovic (Class of 2013) won the 100 backstroke as a senior. Maurer’s father, Erik Maurer (Class of 1989), was a four-time individual state champ, winning the 100 free twice and 200 free...

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Ramblers Win Third Regional Title in a Row

In the fog after capturing a Class 4A regional championship, Loyola senior Celia Satter couldn’t exactly remember what happened in the first quarter that sparked the Ramblers to the 58-35 win over Trinity at home Thursday. When she was reminded that the Ramblers (24-7) closed out the quarter on a 16-0 run, Satter said there was something special about playing a big game at home. “For us seniors, it was our last home game ever, and we weren’t going to let anyone come in here beat us,” she said. “We wanted it so much.” Satter made three 3-pointers and scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter. Her 3 at the 4:20 mark gave Loyola a 9-6 lead, one it never relinquished the rest of the way. Loyola connected on five 3s in the opening eight minutes to build a 19-6 lead. Five players scored in the quarter. The Ramblers then scored the first five points of the second to go up 24-6. They went into the half ahead 30-15. “Our ball movement was so good that we were getting such clean looks,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “We did a really nice job in the first half.” Trinity scored the first four points of the third quarter, but the Blazers never got closer than 11 in the second half. Junior Addison Ebeling finished with...

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Five Minutes with Ben Dukes

Loyola senior Ben Dukes is looking to qualify for the state swimming and diving meet for the second consecutive season Saturday at the Niles North Sectional. Dukes plans to swim the 50-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and on the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. As a junior, Dukes qualified for the state meet in 500 free and on the 400 free relay. The relay took 12th at the state meet. Dukes is a standout rower, too, and will take his talents to Syracuse University. The last two seasons, he’s been on Loyola boats that have qualified for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s national regatta. A native of Morton Grove, he attended grammar school at Sacred Heart in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Dukes’ brother, James, is a freshman at Loyola and will swim at the sectional meet. MAROON & GOLD: You last swam competitively at the MCAC meet Feb. 2. How are you feeling heading into the state series? BEN DUKES: Really good. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. The whole team is looking good, and we are ready to kill it. M&G: At your first state meet last season, you swam the anchor leg of the 400 free relay that placed 12th. I imagine that’s one of the top moments of your career so far. BD: That was a lot of fun. To be completely...

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Five Minutes with Addison Bendery

Loyola senior Addison Bendery and the girls basketball team plays Trinity on Thursday in the Class 4A regional final at Loyola. The second seed at Evanston’s sectional, the Ramblers (23-7) are looking for their third regional title in a row. A guard, Bendery was in her first season on varsity when they beat Evanston at Lane Tech in the regional final last year. A multi-sport athlete, Bendery also competes on Loyola’s track and field team. She qualified for the Class 3A state meet last season in both the 100 and 200 meters. A Chicago resident and product of St. Mary of the Woods, Bendery will be a track and field athlete at Illinois Wesleyan University. Her sister, Riley, is a junior on the basketball team. MAROON & GOLD: How are you feeling going into the regional final against Trinity? Loyola beat the Blazers two seasons ago on their home court to win a regional title. ADDISON BENDERY: I’m a little nervous because it could our last game. We want to win and keep going. We’ve really stepped up our game the last couple of weeks, and I think we are playing well. We are pushing each other in practice. We’ve watched a lot of film, and we know everything about them. We are prepared. M&G: Does it matter who you play in a title game, or is it more...

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