December 18, 2014

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Basketball Team Moves To #5 In Sun-Times After Impressive Week

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Expectations are high for the St. Rita Varsity Basketball Team in 2014-15 after winning three consecutive Catholic League Championships and taking state champion and consensus top player in the country Jalil Okafor and Whitney Young to the brink in last year’s sectional championship game at Marist.

Those accomplishments along with the presence of several Division 1 caliber players (Charles Matthews – Kentucky, Armani Chaney – Tennessee State, Kain Harris – Undecided, and Myles Carter – Undecided) earned the Mustangs an invitation to one of the most prestigious shootouts in the country, The Chicago Elite Classic, which matches some of the best teams from around the country versus the top teams in the talent-rich Chicago area.

Unfortunately, St. Rita didn’t play their best at UIC last Saturday night as they were blown out by New York City’s #1 ranked team, Christ the King.  That caused the seniors, particularly Charles Matthews, to do some soul-searching along with some extra film study to see where the problems were.

Well, whatever it is that Matthews and the other seniors found out, they sure did fix it as the Mustangs bounced back with three impressive wins last week.

Last Tuesday, they travelled to Catholic League rival Mt. Carmel and, despite a slow start offensively, the Mustangs pulled away in the second half as they opened up a 24-point fourth quarter lead before emptying the bench and settling for a 63-51 victory over the Caravan.

On Friday, the undefeated and #4 ranked Chargers of St. Joseph came to town for an early-season top-10 matchup. Despite some key players missing due to injury (Glynn Watson – St. Joe (Nebraska) and Myles Carter – St. Rita) there was still plenty of talent on the floor as the Mustangs, behind the senior trio of Charles Matthews, Kain Harris, and Armani Chaney ran St. Joe right out of the gym handing the Chargers their first loss of the season, 80-61.

A quick turnaround Saturday afternoon had St. Rita Head Coach Gary DeCesare concerned how his team would respond as St. Rita hosted the inaugural Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Challenge.  The young, upstart Spartans of Marian Catholic would be St. Rita’s opponent for the 4:30 p.m. tip Saturday afternoon and by 4:45 p.m. all DeCesare’s fears had dissipated as the hot-shooting Mustangs knocked down five three-point shots in the first quarter while jumping out to a 29-10 lead, and they never looked back as St. Rita improved to 4-1 on the season with an easy 73-52 win over the Spartans.

That sets the stage for this Friday night as the Mustangs (4-1) will play live on ESPN2 at 5:30 versus the top team in the state, the Simeon Wolverines (2-0).  This will mark the first time in school history that a St. Rita team in any sport will play on ESPN, the most recognizable sports programming channel in the world.

Following Friday night’s showdown on ESPN, the Mustangs will then compete in the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Tournament where they are the #3 seed and open play on Monday December 22nd at 8:30pm versus #14 Homewood-Flossmoor.

Article Written by John Nee ’93

St. Rita vs. Waubonsie Valley – Thursday, Dec.11

Waubonsie GameSupport your St. Rita Mustangs as they face Waubonsie Valley in hockey on Thursday, December 11 at All Seasons Ice Rink in Naperville.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

See you there!

Go Mustangs!

St. Rita Hockey vs. Providence Friday Night!

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Chaney and Matthews Sign D1 Basketball Papers!

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Families, coaches, administrators and local media gathered in the St. Rita High School board room on Friday, November 14, 2014 to celebrate signing day for St. Rita Basketball players and students Armani Chaney and Charles Matthews.

Senior Armani Chaney put on his new Tennessee State hat and signed papers accepting a scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 basketball for the Tennessee State  Tigers in Nashville next year.

Likewise, Senior Charles Matthews donned his new Kentucky lid and signed, accepting a scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 basketball for the University of Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington next year.

Congratulations Armani and Charles, you both set a fine example for your fellow Ritamen!

St. Rita Hockey Improves to 7-1 in CCHL Play!

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The St. Rita Hockey Mustangs improved to 7-1 in CCHL play last night with a 8-4 win on the road against St Viator!  Senior Tony Faron continued his hot streak with 4 goals and 2 assists.  He has 9 goals and 4 assists in his last 4 games.
The Mustangs will be participating in the Governor’s Cup this weekend at Darien Ice Arena.  They will face the 1,2,3 and ranked teams in Illinois in this highly-competitive tournament.
Friday: 8:15 vs #1 New Trier Green
Saturday: 12:00PM vs #2 Glenbrook North
                   8:30PM vs #3 Providence
The other two teams in the tournament are #4 ranked Benet Academy and Indiana powerhouse Culver Military Academy.  Come on out see the best high school hockey teams in the state all weekend!

Six Senior Mustangs Named 1st Team All-Catholic Blue!

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St. Rita was once again well represented on the All-Catholic League Blue 1st Team as six senior Mustangs were chosen by the league’s coaches.  The offense is represented by running back Tyre Lee, wide receiver Brandon Gaston, and offensive linemen Tom Schofield and Simon Flores, while the defensive players chosen were linebacker Matt Mitchell and free safety Marty Bechina.

Lee, a two-year starter at running back and captain for the 2014 Mustangs, has come back strong in his senior season after suffering a season-ending leg injury last year in week five versus Providence.  This season he has rushed for 1,182 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Gaston, who is being recruited by several Division 1 programs, has had a breakout senior campaign scoring eight touchdowns on 33 receptions and 701 yards receiving

Schofield, a two-time 1st team All-Catholic Blue selection and 2014 captain, has anchored the right side of the Mustang offensive line for the past two seasons.  His steady play over the past two years has allowed the Mustangs to rush for over 5,000 yards combined.

Flores, a two-year starter at center, is a first time All-Catholic Blue selection.  He has handled all the calls on the line over the past two seasons while bringing toughness to the offensive line group.

Mitchell, a three-year starter and 2014 captain for the Mustangs, leads the defense in tackles with 59, while making all defensive adjustments in the front seven for Coach Joe Urchak’s defense.

Bechina, a two-year starter at free safety and 2014 captain, leads the Mustang defense with five interceptions while making all the adjustments in the defensive backfield.

These six along the rest of the senior class will lead the Mustangs in the 7A playoffs continuing at Doyle Stadium on Friday, November 8.

Article written by: John Nee

Photo Credit: Mike Patton

St. Rita Mustangs Hockey vs. Providence – Nov 1st at SIA

SR vs. Providence.Mark your calendars for this Saturday, November 1st.  Your St. Rita Mustangs face off against the Providence Celtics at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood.  The puck drops at 5:10 p.m.  Come on out and support your St. Rita Hockey Mustangs!!!

St. Rita Hockey – Thursday, October 23

ritaricehockeyCome on out to Oak Lawn Ice Arena on Thursday, October 23 to support your St. Rita Mustangs hockey team as they take on Brother Rice.  The puck drops at 8:00 p.m.  Go Mustangs!

St. Rita Hockey vs Glenbrook North – Oct. 16 at SIA

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The 8-0-1 St. Rita Mustangs take on Glenbrook North at Southwest Ice Arena in Creswood tomorrow night.  The puck drops at 7:55 p.m.  Come on out and support your Mustangs!

St. Rita’s Armani Chaney commits to Tennessee State University

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St. Rita High School point guard Armani Chaney commits to Tennessee State!

Read more here:  http://highschoolcubenews.com/2014/10/06/st-rita-point-guard-armani-chaney-commits-tennessee-state/

photo credit: Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media