Mighty Macs, trophy roam the halls
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org November 18, 2013 9:22PM
Mother McAuley's volleyball team celebrates the school's 14th state title Monday morning at the school. | Tony Baranek~Sun-Times Media
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State championship special for Mother McAuley coach
Jen DeJarld. Page 29
Updated: December 20, 2013 6:35AM
Even before they brought out their pens and textbooks, Mother McAuley’s state volleyball champions had a first-class experience Monday morning.
The Mighty Macs, who captured the Class 4A state title Saturday by beating Benet in the title match, gathered at 7:30 a.m. at a Jewel-Osco store at 103rd Street and Kedzie Avenue, where they boarded two McAuley buses and were given a police escort to the school, 99th Street and Pulaski Road.
There, the student body was waiting outside the circle drive to welcome the players. All then headed inside as the Mighty Macs took part in the long-standing McAuley tradition of parading a championship trophy through the school’s hallways.
“It’s unreal. Our fans are the best ever,” junior right side hitter Maggie Scanlon said. “We couldn’t do anything we do without them.
“I knew about the hallway (tradition), but the bus ride was completely over the top. It was fun.”
The cart ride with the trophy was instituted in 1980 by former building manager Sister Mary Vincent Schafer.
“This was Sister Vincent’s cart way back when,” Mighty Macs coach Jen DeJarld said. “She was a sister in our school who only moved around via cart. She was the one who started this.
“I think it’s great. We talked about doing it on Sunday, but I wanted to wait until the student body came back,” DeJarld said. “They were such a big reason for our success. All year long, they’ve been in our gym cheering us on. We wanted to bring the trophy to them and cheer with them on Monday morning.”