High School Coaches ‘Leave No Stone Unturned’ in Helping Players Explore Next Level


By Andres Waters After Loyola Academy held off rival New Trier 43-40 to win the 2017 Zion-Benton regional championship, Ramblers head coach Tom Livatino had a special message for his players. “That’s the best celebration that I have ever been a part of,” Livatino said. “Because everybody was completely about love. You guys love each […]

Loyola Academy assistant juggles work, school and basketball


By Andres Waters As surgeons performed a routine debridement, an interesting conversation began in the operating room at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. With a camera in one side of the patient’s left knee and a shaver in the other, two men listed players from the 1999 Buffalo Bills roster while looking at the […]

Bowlin’ On A Budget: The big game without the big bucks


By Andres Waters and Sye Bennefield Reporting from Houston [vimeo 203168075] Houston, Texas hosted an estimated 1 million people for Super Bowl LI. But, NRG Stadium, the site of the big game, only seats 72,220 people, so what are the other 927,780-plus people left to do? And how can they do it without breaking the […]

Houston teacher leaves NFL Women’s Summit empowered

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By Sye Bennefield Reporting from Houston One after another they stepped on stage at the NFL Women’s Summit fully expecting to change lives. United States Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee infused ideas of empowerment, character, and camaraderie. Disability Inclusion Leader Haben Girma spoke of the daily difficulties she faces by being both blind and deaf, but quickly reminded […]

Cunningham set to take new role for Loyola

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By Andres Waters After a long day of practice during Loyola’s summer workouts, junior Kevin Cunningham and senior captain Ramar Evans decided to get some food. Evans had spent all summer trying to figure out what type of music his quiet and reserved teammate liked, and today he was going to find out. “Alright, Kev you’re […]

Ramblers Revamp: By the Numbers

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By Andres Waters After inconsistent play lead to a 5-5 start, Loyola Academy found its stride at just the right time. The Ramblers are hoping to ride their current 8-game win streak into the upcoming Chicago Catholic League Tournament. “We’ve won this league two of the last four years,” head coach Tom Livatino said. “I […]

Captain Clutch: Evans bringing confidence to Ramblers

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By Andres Waters Just seconds after the crowd erupted, Loyola Academy’s gym instantly fell silent as senior captain Ramar Evans stepped to the free-throw line to shoot a 1-and-1. Down by two with four seconds left in the fourth quarter, it was all up to him. Evans had struggled to find his rhythm all night, […]