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  • X-citing finish again favors Williams, Fremd Feb 7, 2015 9:19 PM
    One way to gauge the character of a boys basketball team is if that team can bounce back after a disappointing conference loss on its home floor, to its neighboring rival. Fremd showed it has that bounce-back ability after a tough defeat to Palatine on Friday night. The Vikings got back on track with a thrilling 53-49 nonconference win against Evanston at Loyola Academy’s War on the Shore shootout in Wilmette on Saturday. Xavier Williams and Kyle Sliwa came up with the big plays that made the difference in the game. Williams finished the ‘X-citement’ with a 3-point basket with 1.8 left on the clock to give Fremd (15-6) the lead at 51-49 on an assist from Patrick Benka. Williams finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field.

  • Muench, St. Viator shrug off Loyola Jan 21, 2015 12:17 AM
    He might not be Michael Jordan, but St. Viator’s Ricky Muench has the shrug down perfectly. Muench gave the perfect Jordan imitation as an exclamation point when he converted his fourth 3-pointer of the night with just over two minutes to play to help lead St. Viator past Loyola 44-21 Tuesday in Arlington Heights. “I have been told to shoot my whole career,” said Muench, who finished 4-for-7 outside the arc for 12 points. “In the last two minutes, coach said to pull out and just go for a layup. So I looked back at him after I hit it. If I missed it, I probably would have got yelled at.”

  • Marmion honors senior wrestlers Jan 14, 2015 10:44 PM
    Marmion has arguably the best crop of junior wrestlers in the state. But Wednesday night in Aurora, the Cadets’ three seniors — Joe Antonelli, Jake Cornish and Matt Milder — were in the spotlight.

  • Conant shows defensive prowess Dec 26, 2014 11:12 PM
    How often do you hear defense wins games? Conant’s girls basketball players heard it a lot from first-year coach Deirdre Naughton prior to its faceoff with Loyola in Friday’s semifinals of the Mundelein Mustangs Holiday Classic Tournament. “The biggest thing is that we came here talking about defense,” Naughton said. Talk about playing defense. The Cougars limited the Ramblers to 7 or fewer points in each quarter — including 3 in the first and 2 in the third — and posted a 28-18 triumph. Conant (10-2) will face Vernon Hills (12-3) for the championship of the tourney at 8 p.m. Saturday.

  • Libertyville comes back, tops Loyola Nov 14, 2014 11:23 PM
    It’s not like Libertyville hadn’t been in this position before. So when Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal came down to a third game, the Wildcats weren’t about to panic. Using the experience gained from losing the first game before winning the next two against Crystal Lake South in last week’s supersectional, Libertyville roared back Friday to defeat Loyola Academy 21-25, 25-22, 25-11 in the second state semifinal at Redbird Arena. The Wildcats (35-6), who finished fourth at state in 2007 and 2012, will play for the state championship for the first time at 8:55 p.m. Saturday against Benet Academy (40-1), which beat Normal Community in two games in the first semifinal. Benet, which is playing in its fourth straight state title match, defeated Libertyville 25-10, 25-18 on Sept. 20. The Redwings, second to Mother McAuley last year, will be seeking their third state title since 2011.

  • Class 8A playoffs: Stevenson takes down Loyola Nov 8, 2014 8:59 PM
    Twice in the final six minutes of regulation, Loyola had a shot at déjà vu. Reminded of the bitter taste from last year’s semifinal loss, Stevenson’s defensive swarm would have none of it. “We’ve been waiting for this game for a very long time,” said Patriots senior linebacker Blake Drazner. “Ever since they knocked us out last year — just the emotion and everything — we knew we had to make big plays.” Simply put, pivotal fourth-down stops of the Ramblers’ final two possessions were sweet Patriot payback. With the help of 3 sacks over the visitors’ final seven offensive plays — the later a Drazner sandwich of quarterback Aidan Walsh on fourth-and-one with under a minute remaining — Stevenson survived and advanced to a second-straight 8A quarterfinal berth with Saturday’s 24-21 second-round win.

  • Live video: Stevenson vs. Loyola Nov 8, 2014 7:42 AM
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  • New standard for Loyola as Schaumburg falls short Nov 6, 2014 10:07 PM
    Girls volleyball began twenty years ago at Loyola Academy, which had been an all-boys school in Wilmette. Going into Thursday’s match with No. 2 Schaumburg, the top-seeded Ramblers had never won a sectional crown in the sport. They changed history with a 25-17, 25-13 victory in the Class 4A Maine East sectional championship in Park Ridge. The Ramblers (26-9) advanced to Saturday’s Evanston supersectional against De La Salle at 1 p.m.

  • Rosary finishes second in conference meet Nov 2, 2014 7:50 PM
    With spots still undecided for the team he will take to the IHSA Metea Valley Sectional, Rosary girls swim coach Bill Schalz needed every bit of data he could glean from Sunday’s Suburban Catholic Conference meet. The Beads gave a variety of information for their coaching staff to sift through, finishing a strong second to state power Loyola.

  • Live video: Warren vs. Loyola Nov 1, 2014 9:43 AM
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  • Turnovers spell trouble for Warren Nov 1, 2014 5:22 PM
    When it started to go badly for Warren in its Class 8A opening-round playoff game at Loyola, it didn’t take much longer for it to get much worse. Three consecutive Blue Devils turnovers in the third quarter aided a 27-point avalanche by the Ramblers. The outburst, featuring three scores in a three-minute span, turned a 12-10 Warren halftime advantage into a 37-20 season-ender in Wilmette on Saturday. Warren saw its six game winning streak snapped as it closed the year with a mark of 7-3.

  • Loyola backs it up at Barrington Oct 11, 2014 6:28 PM
    How good was the competition on Saturday in the Barrington Invitational? Well, many expect Loyola Academy to have a great chance at winning a girls swimming and diving state championship next month, and the most recent results provided no reason to think otherwise. Loyola, which was without senior standout Grace Tierney and also one of its top divers, still managed to take top honors in the seven-team field with 370.5 points. The host Fillies would be thrilled to take one of the top three places at state, so this setting provided a great opportunity for them to see how they measured up. Barrington finished second with 317 points, well ahead of third-place Lyons Township (257) and fourth-place York (218.5). Barrington coach Jim Bart was pleased — at least in the final analysis. “I felt like we were a little bit soft at the start of the meet,” he said. “But after the 50 free, we had a little talk, and I thought we had a pretty nice back half. “Any time you can compete against a team like Loyola, it will help you. It took us a while, but we adjusted well.” Without question, the Ramblers have the finest assembly of backstrokers in the state. Libby Jardeleza broke the pool record by winning that event in 57.47, and teammate Jamie Kolar was second in 58.41. At the JV level, Loyola’s Shannon Kearney won in 58.74, and Margaret Guanci was second in 59.32. That’s right — Loyola has four sub-four-minute 100 backstrokers. “We knew what to expect,” said Barringon senior Emma Barnett, who led the Fillies in the backstroke with a third-place finish in 1:00.98. “They gave us the challenge we needed. “I think it took us a little while to get going, but I think we learned a little bit about ourselves.” The 500 freestyle was certainly a highlight for Barrington, as Kirsten Jacobsen won in 4:56.14 and Maggie Emary was third in 5:06.49. And in the JV 500 free, Maggie Menso won in 5:12.68 and Evelyn Ciskowski was third in 5:31.07. Those are four performers many varsity programs would be happy to have as their No. 1 in the event, and each turned in season-best times on Saturday. Jacobsen, the defending state champ in the 200 and 500 freestyles, also won the 200 free (1:52.25), and Barrington senior Andrea Vega won both the 200 IM (2:11.61) and 100 breast (1:07.02). Barrington had strong efforts in both freestyle relays, but finished second to Loyola in both. The Ramblers gained a huge points advantage in the first event, splitting their talent evenly between two medley relays that both bested Barrington’s top group. As for how this season will turn out for Loyola, well, coach Mike Hengelmann is more than willing to see it unfold at its own pace. “For us, it’s one day at a time, one meet at a time,” he said. “That’s just the only approach that makes any sense to me. “We love swimming here. Jim Bart runs a great program, and any time you have a state champion like Jacobsen to race against, it just makes it a little bit more special.” Other top efforts for the Ramblers came from Olivia Andrew, who was second in the 200 free (1:53.87) and won the 100 free (53.83); Maria Kyle, who won the 100 fly (59.50); and Claire Rushin, who won the 50 free (25.16). Schaumburg finished sixth in the team standings and got a third-place finish from diver Caiti Poland (342.25, 11 dives). The Saxons’ top swimming finish came from freshman Ingrid Hay in the 100 back (ninth, 1:06.18).

  • St. Viator, Loyola Academy join hands to feed the hungry Jul 18, 2014 2:32 PM
    Students, staffers and alumni from St. Viator High School and Loyola Academy packed more than 57,000 meals for hungry families in Peru in a friendly competition. “My faith is renewed when I see young people like that working for a better world,” said St. Viator President, the Rev. Corey Brost.

  • Maine West’s all-out effort takes Loyola down to wire Mar 7, 2014 11:29 PM
    Maine West took Loyola, one of the top ranked teams in the state, to the brink of elimination Friday night. The Warriors scored at the buzzer in regulation to send the regional final game into overtime, but ran out of gas in extra stanza.No. 1 seeded Loyola scored the first 8 points in OT to hold off No. 9 Maine West 70-64 to win the regional crown in Des Plaines on the Warriors’ home court.

  • Grant falls to Loyola in OT Dec 24, 2013 12:06 PM
    Maggie Nick scored 22 points, and Loyola’s girls basketball team outscored Grant 7-4 in overtime to capture a 53-50 win in Monday’s final game at Mundelein on Day 1 of the Mundelein Mustang Holiday Classic.

  • Images: Naperville Central vs. Loyola football Nov 30, 2013 11:18 PM
    Naperville Central played Loyola in the Class 8A state football championship game at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Saturday, Nov. 30. Naperville Central won the game 13-10.

  • Naperville Central Class 8A football champion Dec 1, 2013 12:23 AM
    DeKALB — Since August, Naperville Central football coach Mike Stine consistently turned to a one-word description of his team. Special. Epitomized Saturday night, truer words never have been spoken. Spurred by pivotal special teams plays, the Redhawks claimed the Class 8A state championship with a 13-10 victory over Loyola at Northern Illinois University.

  • Scouting the Class 8A football championship game Nov 29, 2013 5:25 PM
    Scouting the Class 8A state title football game: Naperville Central vs. Loyola

  • High schools take their title dreams to DeKalb Nov 29, 2013 5:35 PM
    Here's what to expect from the first-ever high school football championship games to be held at NIU.

  • Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week Nov 26, 2013 1:00 AM
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football playoffs, girls state swimming and girls basketball.

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