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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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The best ever? Schlarman girls repeat as state basketball champions, leave legacy

It takes two hands to symbolize Danville Schlarman's historic accomplishment in winning back-to-back IHSA Class 1A state championships. Here the Hilltoppers pose after their 62-36 title win over Lanark Eastland at Redbird Arena in Normal on Saturday. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — If winning was the only goal of the Schlarman Academy girls basketball team, then the Hilltoppers’ repeat state championship earned last Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal would be the latest in a long line of historic ways they achieved it. After all, the seniors on this talented squad never lost a home […]

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