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An Unlikely Cinderella, Loyola Tops Brother Rice for 8A Title

Alex Campbell
Medill Reports

The last week of the regular season, then 8-0 Brother Rice defeated 8-0 Montini Catholic to be crowned Catholic League Blue Division champions. Given the incredible seasons of both teams (Rice coming off a 2-7 season, Montini making their debut in the conference), it seemed there was no better possible ending to the Catholic League season.

The Loyola Ramblers had other ideas.

Having started 3-3, they won their next 11 games capped off by a magical run through the playoffs en route to a 13-3 win over undefeated Brother Rice in the Class 8A State Championship on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

“This is one of the most special seasons of my life, and I’ve been playing football since I was 7 years old,” said Loyola head coach John Holacek following the game.

As a former University of Illinois and NFL linebacker and winner of the 2015 Class 8A Championship with the Ramblers, that’s quite a statement for Holacek to make.

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Illinois Democratic candidates encourage supporters to get out the vote

By Alex Campbell
Medill Reports

A week ahead of November 6th’s elections, Democrats running for state-wide office gathered in Chicago’s 48th Ward to ask for supporters’ help in the campaign’s final days. The candidates took turns speaking to the standing-room only crowd at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater, headlined by gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker and attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul. Pritzker characterized this years elections as a “fight” that would only be won with assistance from people like those in attendance. Supporters were energized by the message, and many enthusiastically volunteered to give their time to the campaign effort.

Photo at top: Illinois state flag(Alex Campbell/MEDILL)