The New Colony Six.
Now, I know what you're thinking: Wow! Sounds like a great match-up of two old-school Catholic League rivals. Well, kinda, but not exactly. St. Pat's, a member of the CCL since 1913, left with three other Christian Brothers schools in 1950. The Shamrocks rejoined in 1974, but left again in 2002 to join the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Still, it felt like an old Catholic League rivalry to me last night.
Loyola emerged victorious, though, and now have a perfect 14-0 record against teams from Illinois. (Their two losses came on a recent road trip to Florida.) The 2013-14 Ramblers remind me a little of last year's Stevenson team, which made a Cinderella run to the finals in Peoria. Like the 2012-13 Patriots, the Loyola squad is a bunch of suburban kids, not too tall, who are well-coached and can shoot. Can the Ramblers make it to state? I don't know, but they're definitely my dark horse.