Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here. If it's playoff time in volleyball, Coach Michael Boehle of Loyola is continuing his 19-year tradition of showing off his arm at the end of practice. With players clapping, he starts to throw a volleyball from one end of the basketball court to the other trying to send it through the hoop. Until he makes it, no one leaves.
Loyola University is launching an investigation into allegations the coach of the women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes mistreated players. Swoopes, a former WNBA star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, was just inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The investigation will be conducted by the university, team spokesman Leo Krause said Saturday. It follows an article in the Loyola student newspaper that said 10 of the team's 13 players planned to leave because they didn't like the way Swoopes treated them, the Chicago Sun Times reported Saturday. "Any time there are allegations of student-athlete mistreatment, it is more than concerning," Jermaine Truax, Loyola's deputy athletic director, said in the statement late Friday.
It's becoming pretty clear that no matter how bleak things look and no matter how much adversity must be overcome, Loyola's football team won't quit until there's no time left on the clock. A week ago, down 18 points to unbeaten Cathedral, Loyola fought and clawed and rallied, only to lose, 21-19, when a 47-yard field-goal attempt by Diego Cacho-Sousa with no time left fell well short. The Cubs were playing Bishop Amat in their Mission League opener. Few gave them a chance to win. Then they faced a 23-14 deficit with less than a minute left.
And she is America's new darling. Her full name is Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt and she is the chaplain for American college basketball team Loyola University Chicago Ramblers. The team are enjoying an unexpected run of wins in March Madness, the national university basketball tournament. The nun, who leads the players in prayer from her wheelchair before a game, has been well-loved by Loyola fans for years, but gained the nation's attention during the team's success this season. Her dedication to the team, the way she acts like the grandma everyone wants, but most of all her sass, are the keys to her stardom.
Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here. Patrick Jacobs, a longtime Loyola High supporter, goes through college football rosters each year to see how many former Cubs are still playing the sport. For this fall, Jacobs said he counts 36 former Loyola football players as playing college football, including 11 in the Pac-12. Among the expected Loyola standouts are offensive lineman Coleman Shelton, a starter in 34 games for Washington; Myles Bryant, a starting defensive back at Washington; Chris Brown, a starting tackle at USC; Christian Rector, a defensive end at USC, and David Long, a sophomore cornerback at Michigan.