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Author: Matt Harness

GIRLS TENNIS: Ramblers Return Experience at Doubles

Another season, another new doubles partner for Elizabeth Witkowski. After playing at the last two Class AA state tournaments with different teammates, she is partnering with junior Katherine Beard for her senior season. The pair lost the season opener Friday to Lake Forest’s Emily Asmussen and Selma Alsilkafi in Loyola’s 9-2 loss to the Scouts. Beard made the move to doubles after playing singles last year. “She is one of the most athletic girls on the team and has tremendous hands at the net,” Loyola head coach Tom Gordon said. “She should be a fixture at No. 1 doubles.” According to Gordon, doubles will be the strength of the Ramblers. Seniors Catherine Power and Maeve Silk return to the varsity lineup as Loyola’s No. 2 doubles team. They came within one win of advancing to the state tournament last year. The singles lineup is less certain this early in the season. Senior Caitlin Ciolek, senior Talia Vasilj, junior Avery Kaye, junior Emilia Rosinski and sophomore Sarah Clingan all are in the mix for top spots, Gordon said. “Our storyline will who takes hold of the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions,” he said. “Right now, they are up for...

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GIRLS GOLF: Ramblers Welcome Back Experienced Foursome

Although Loyola lost its No. 1 player from a team that finished eighth in Class AA, the Ramblers possibly are a stronger this year, according to head coach Carli McKenney. Gone is Nina Rutkowski, a four-year varsity veteran who shot Loyola’s low round at the Class AA state tournament and Wheaton Academy Sectional. She played at three state tournaments, tying for 13th as both a freshman and sophomore. Rutkowski ended her prep career with a tie for 30th at last year’s state tournament. But back are seniors Lilly Gentzkow and Shea Graf and juniors Mary Boesen and Grace Kryscio. Gentzkow, an Iowa commit, and Graf are team captains. All four were in the postseason lineup last season. Boesen tied for 51st, Kryscio tied for 69th, Gentzkow tied for 78th and Graf tied for 82nd. In Tuesday’s season opener, the foursome helped the Ramblers shoot 330 to take third place at Barrington’s invitational at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, the site of the Class AA state tournament. The host Fillies finished first with 295, and Normal’s University High was second with 320. Barrington was the Class AA runner-up last season, and the Pioneers placed 10th. “The experience those four girls have is huge,” McKenney said. “What they did last year set the tone for the offseason and motivated them to work hard. Any one of them is capable of...

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BOYS GOLF: Sophomore Patrick Adler Ties for First, Ramblers Take Second in Opener

Earlier this week, Loyola sophomore Patrick Adler teed it up against professionals for the first time at the Illinois Open at The Glen Club in Glenview. On Thursday, he was back competing against amateur players his own age. In his first varsity tournament, Adler shot a 2-over 73 at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale to earn co-medalist honors at St. Ignatius’ invitational. He carded three birdies and made no worse than bogey. “This should give me some momentum going into the season,” he said. Although aware of Adler’s talent, Loyola head coach Tim Kane still was impressed with his performance in the season opener. “That shows he can step right in and play well for us,” Kane said. “I’m very happy with how he did.” Without their full complement of players — namely seniors Jack Crawshaw and Ryan Savarie — the Ramblers posted 309 to take second in the seven-team field. Hinsdale Central, the six-time defending Class 3A state champions, finished first with 298. Hinsdale Central sophomore Charlie Hoiberg tied Adler for first place with Adler. Hoiberg is the son of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg. “The kids aren’t rusty, but they are shaking off some nerves when it comes to high school golf, which is different than what they play in the summer,” Kane said. “It’s a different mentality because you’re representing your school. It takes...

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Four Downs

FIRST DOWN: No matter who starts at quarterback for Loyola this season, it will be someone new for the sixth year in a row. As of now, it appears Jack Fallon, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior and one of four captains, is the leading candidate for the job after he served as a backup to Quinn Boyle (Class of 2018) last season. “He’s looking really good,” Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg said. “He’s worked his butt off. He’s put on some weight and added strength. He has a great arm.” As a junior, Fallon finished 20-for-36 for 290 yards with...

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