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What keeps him running

What keeps him running

Bob O’Connor (BS ‘68, MA ‘73, PhD ‘76) wasn’t going to let a ruptured Achilles tendon stop him from doing what he loves to do. And what he loves to do is run.

O’Connor, a psychologist and professor, has been a competitive runner for more than 50 years. Like so many good things, it started by […]

Sports Shorts

Strong start for junior softballer
Third baseman Lauren Moore is off to a torrid start this spring for the Loyola softball team, which was picked to win the Horizon League title. Through games of March 6, Moore was batting .342 (13 for 38) with four home runs and 14 RBI. At Antioch High School in Antioch, […]

High marks on the court— and in the classroom

Ben Averkamp, one of the most highly decorated athletes in Loyola history, usually doesn’t bother to call home after he’s won an award. But this one was different: Averkamp was recently named Capital One Second Team Academic All-America.

“It’s the only time I called my parents to let them know I won an award,” says Averkamp, […]

True grit (and a lot of practice)

Gina Valgoi is living proof of the adage, “slow and steady wins the race.” She was an accomplished long-distance runner at Regina High School, an all-girls school in suburban Detroit. But despite earning all-state honors five times, Valgoi didn’t attract many college recruiters.

One school that showed interest was Loyola, and over the course of her […]

One last shot (or spike)

There were moments while Anna Eytchison was on the volleyball court that she flashed back to her times in the working world. These included a six-month marketing internship, a pair of waitressing jobs, and a short stint at an outfit called Budget Dumpster, all in Cleveland.

Eytchison says that moving from job to job made her […]

Through thick and thin: Teammates and rivals, 15 years and running

It was a friendship forged along the icy banks of Lake Como in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ned Brady and Danny Docherty would awake at 7 a.m. on winter Saturdays to run around the lake as part of a travel team soccer drill. Racing around the frozen lake in opposite directions, sometimes up to three times, […]

Honoring a championship team

Even as Loyola’s men’s basketball team chases the dream of returning to the NCAA tournament, the university will spend the coming season commemorating the 50th anniversary of the school’s 1963 NCAA championship team.

The 60-58 overtime victory over Cincinnati on March 23, 1963, marked the only time a team from Illinois has won an NCAA championship. […]

Sophomore beats the jinx

Brittany Gardner had heard about the so-called sophomore jinx. Now she was experiencing it. Coming off a stellar freshman season – in which she notched a 2.28 ERA , threw 187 strikeouts, and earned a stack of honors – the southpaw soft-baller was starting her second season in a slump.

“It was really a rough start,” […]

On the up-and-up

On the up-and-up

Porter Moser, the new men’s basketball coach, after throwing out the first pitch at Loyola alumni night at Wrigley Field

Summer isn’t a vacation for Men’s Basketball Coach Porter Moser: he’s working up to 17-hour days in preparation for the upcoming season in the hopes of identifying future Rambler stars. A typical day for […]

Q&A: Chris Muscat, head women’s volleyball coach

Q&A: Chris Muscat, head women’s volleyball coach

Chris Muscat has experienced success in volleyball as both a player and coach. As a middle and outside hitter at ULCA , he helped his team to national championships in 1998 and 2000. Muscat later spent two seasons as an assistant to the legendary John Dunning, coach of the Stanford women’s volleyball team, helping lead […]