Loyola athletics update

Loyola soccer star earns first team All-America honors

Loyola’s ELLIOT SMITH-HASTIE ‘16, a midfielder on the Cubs’ CIF Southern Section Division I champion soccer team, was one of 12 players named to the first team All-American squad by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Smith-Hastie, who is headed to Boston College on a soccer scholarship, was also named the CIF Division I Player-of-the-Year after a banner campaign in which he helped lead Loyola to the Southern Section and CIF State Southern California regional titles. He scored 22 goals and had 17 assists for the Cubs, who completed the 2015-2016 season with a 28-4 record and the number one ranking in the state. Five of the 24 first and second team All-Americans selected hail from Jesuit college preparatory schools. 

Cub baseball infielder commits to Amherst

Loyola junior middle infielder STEPHEN BURKE has committed to Amherst College, perennially ranked as one of the top two liberal arts colleges in the country. Burke is an outstanding student-athlete, who maintains a 4.3 GPA and scored a 35 out a possible 36 on the ACT exam. He earned All-Mission League second team accolades as a sophomore and honorable mention All-Mission League notice this past spring for his efforts in helping the Cubs secure a second place finish in the highly competitive seven-school Mission League. Burke is the fourth Loyola junior baseball player to make a college commitment. The other Cubs who have made commitments are pitcher BLAKE BEERS (Michigan), shortstop CHRISTIAN GAMBALE (United States Air Force Academy) and pitcher TIM POST (Columbia). Amherst competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Tolbert twins commence football careers at University of San Diego

Two key members of Loyola’s 2015 varsity football team that finished the season ranked 17th in the state according to both CalHi Sports and Max Preps commenced their football careers at the University of San Diego last Monday. Twins DAVID TOLBERT(CB/WR) and DANIEL TOLBERT (CB/S/RB) are ready to roll for the Toreros after standout careers for the Cubs. The Toreros were ranked as the top team in in the Pioneer Football league (Football Championship Subdivision (Div. I-AA)) by The Sporting News heading into the 2016 season.

Another Cub senior-to-be baseball player commits

Loyola senior-to-be pitcher TIM POST has committed to Columbia of the Ivy League, according to Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times. An All-Mission League hurler, Post was instrumental in the Cubs’ varsity baseball team finishing second in the highly competitive Mission League this spring. Post will again be a key performer on the hill for the Cubs in 2017 as he returns along with Michigan-commit BLAKE BEERS who had a standout campaign in 2016 as a closer. Shortstop CHRISTIAN GAMBALE has committed to the United States Air Force Academy.