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Marquette Academy of Ottawa celebrates historic state championship in baseball

Led by their seniors, the baseball Crusaders from Marquette Academy in Ottawa excitedly accept the IHSA Class 1A state championship trophy after defeating Waterloo Gibault 14-5 in the title game at Dozer Park on June 1. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sixteen hits and 14 runs led to Marquette Academy’s baseball team being Number One in the state on Saturday. But the Crusaders’ historic 14-5 win over Waterloo Gibault in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A title game at Dozer Park in Peoria had meaning well beyond numbers. When relief pitcher Luke Couch struck out […]

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Marquette Academy celebrates historic double state titles in softball, baseball

The IESA Class 1A state championship plaques earned on successive weekends by Marquette Academy junior high baseball and softball teams were displayed on an awards table for an Oct. 4 celebration in the elementary school gym. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OTTAWA – It hadn’t happened in the state since 1986, but Marquette Academy here made its mark on Illinois Elementary School Association history when its junior high boys baseball team won the Class 1A state championship on Sept. 29, just seven days after the school’s junior high girls softball team had brought home its own […]

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