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With each stoppage in play, the five Mother McAuley starters took turns leaving the floor near the end of Saturday's Class 4A state championship game against Maine West. The first was junior Jenna Badali, whose scoring heroics the past two games had been other worldly.
It was 33-30 at the quarter turn, but the wheels came off from there. Benet missed its first seven field goals of the fourth quarter, went 0-for-3 from the free-throw line and turned the ball over once during a 10-0 McAuley run.
There was no skipping steps on the ladder that Mother McAuley climbed all the way to the Class 4A state finals in girls basketball. Senior guard/forward Grace Hynes can recount them all. One season at a time. "Oh, my gosh," she said. "I remember my freshman year we lost in the regional to Lincoln-Way East in overtime.
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Mother McAuley senior Hannah Swiatek has probably never felt a sense of urgency like she did at the start of the fourth quarter Thursday night. The Mighty Macs trailed Homewood-Flossmoor by seven points, and the way they were shooting, it may as well have been 27. "We were struggling," Swiatek said.
Students at Mother McAuley Liberal High School will benefit next year from the school's participation in Amazon's Future Engineers program. The school is launching a new computer science course - AP Computer Science Principles - with the help of professional development provided by Amazon.
Women continue to make inroads in the field of computer science, but Mother McAuley High School officials hope to close the gender gap even more by offering additional classes on the subject. That was made possible after the all-girls Catholic school was named an Amazon Future Engineer-sponsored school in January.
Hannah Brennan wanted to try a new sport. Growing up in Beverly, Brennan had played other sports, including volleyball, but as a freshman at Mother McAuley three years ago, she was looking for a change of pace. She found it in a bowling alley.
Selecting a No. 1 player for Mother McAuley this season would be a very difficult task, according to coach Ashley Luke Clanton. "It kind of went in waves," Clanton said. "For awhile there Grace Hynes really carried us. And then Jenna Badali stepped up and carried us.
In the crowd of jubilant Mother McAuley supporters who filled one side of the Shirk Center court on Monday, Jenna Badali stood and smiled. The junior guard had been the star of the show, astonishing not only her own fans with a career shooting night, but those from Rock Island as well.
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When Abbey Murphy first started playing hockey when she was 6 years old, it was a case of a young athlete quickly falling in love with a sport. Murphy loved the competitiveness, the action and meeting new people. But as a kid, she never knew how far the game would take her.
( Photo by Kelly White Amie Konwinski, founder and CEO of Smart Girl Society, spoke at Mother McAuley High School last Thursday night during a presentation called "Parenting the iGen." By Kelly White The first generation to spend adolescence with smartphones has reached college, and high school students are not far behind them.
On a night when points weren't all that easy to come by, Mother McAuley senior Grace Hynes was an exception to the rule. When she went up, the ball often went in. But scoring wasn't the only important contribution that Hynes made Monday night in the Mighty Macs' 49-39 victory over visiting Marist.
The girls from Mother McAuley take on St. Francis De Sales on Thursday night. Mother McAuley is undefeated and top-ranked by maxpreps in this early season. Head Coach Ashley Clanton's team plays a good team game led by good outside shooting by Jenna Badali and the solid game of Grace Hynes.
One of my favorite moments covering the girls state basketball finals last weekend took place in the interview room. It happened Friday during a session with Benet's players. Mother McAuley had just beaten the Redwings 48-38 in the Class 4A semifinals.