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 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 High School point guard Armani Chaney commits to Tennessee State!
photo credit: Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
The St Rita Varsity hockey team opened up Chicago Catholic Hockey League play on September 9th with a 7-1 win over Fenwick at SIA. Sophmore Tom Magnavite opened the scoring with 2 quick goals to stake the Mustangs to an early 2-0 lead. Before the end of the first period, the Mustangs would add goals Seniors Steve Meister, Kennedy Dowling and Tony Faron (twice) to take a 6-0 lead into the first intermission. Steve Meister would re-deflect a Cody Gestes shot in the second to cap the scoring.
The Mustangs next skate on Saturday on the road vs. Benet at 7 Bridges Ice Arena at 5:10pm