LA’s Pemberton, NT’s Roth are players of year in respective leagues; More Ramblers, Trevs earn honors
One of the finest seasons and most certainly the most unusual season in Loyola Academy football history has ended but the unbeaten and untied Ramblers continue to bask in the limelight this spring.
Senior running back Vaughn Pemberton has been selected Player of the Year in the metropolitan area by the Chicago Sun-Times.
In addition, Pemberton has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Chicago Catholic League’s Blue Division and John Holecek is the recipient of the Blue Division Coach of the Year Award.
Pemberton also is among eight Ramblers honored for their outstanding performances in the Blue Division. The other honorees are senior defensive lineman Brandon Svets, senior linebackers Braden Mullen, Dan Naselli and Liam Conaghan; senior defensive backs Marty Auer and Artist Benjamin; and senior offensive lineman William Tamisiea.
Trevians also made their mark after an impressive bounceback campaign that saw New Trier finish second in the Central Suburban League South with a 4-1 record (5-1 overall). In 2019, the Trevs missed the postseason for the first time in 17 seasons.
Senior outside linebacker Brody Roth was named the division’s defensive player of the year after posting 72 tackles (12 for a loss), 6 sacks and 4 passes defended. Roth also racked up 471 yards rushing (7.4 yards per carry) with five scores.
Other Trevs making the All-CSL South team were: junior quarterback Nevan Cremascoli, offensive linemen Luc Elias and Jesse Mendoza, wide receivers Josh Kirkpatrick and Tyler Hardin, defensive linemen Ryan Rittner and Liam Cummins, linebacker Max Dancey and cornerback Luke Stewart.
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