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
After posting another 30-win season this past spring and winning The Phil Lawler Classic Summer State Championship this past summer, the varsity baseball team returns several key players in 2014, including 6 seniors who recently signed National Letters of Intent to play Division I baseball. Pictured from left to right: CJ Santoyo (University of Utah), Mike Costanzo (Austin Peay State University), Nate Soria (Xavier University), Jake Shepski (University of Notre Dame), Chris Delgadillo (IPFW), and Jake Drada (Western Michigan University).
Santoyo (Tarkington School) is coming off a stellar summer season on the mound including a masterful 1-hit shutout of Marian Catholic in the 2nd round of the summer state playoffs.
Costanzo (St. Christina), an all-area selection in 2013, posted a (10-3) record in the spring and was tops in the area with 101 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched.
Soria (Homer JHS) was the starting catcher for the Mustangs in 2013 posting a .330 batting average with 10 doubles, 3 homers, and 24 RBIs.
Shepski (Homer JHS) spent most of the 2013 season at shortstop while posting a .313 average at the plate to go along with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs.
Delgadillo (Grimmer-Schererville, IN) started several games at second base for the Mustangs scoring 29 runs.
Drada (Orland Jr. High) batted .267 in the spring including 2 homers.
The Mustangs currently have 32 former players competing at the collegiate level, and in Head Coach Mike Zunica’s 17 years at the helm have produced 139 college athletes.
St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare says he likes to “stay under the radar.” But he admits he wants his team to earn its just desserts and bristles when it doesn’t. Like now. Some polls rate the Mustangs, some don’t. And DeCesare can’t understand why.
“Guys who do polls don’t understand ratings. They don’t understand the value of playing against top competition,” he said. “We have played a national schedule. We can play against anyone on any given night.”
St. Rita is 13-5 after crushing Bishop McNamara 90-66 on Friday night. The Mustangs have a date against Curie and 6-foot-9 Cliff Alexander on Tuesday and meet Hales Franciscan on Friday.
“Potentially, this is the best team I’ve had at St. Rita,” said DeCesare, in his fourth season. “We’re still young. We start two sophomores and two juniors. But we have four starters back from last year’s 16-11 team (that lost to Whitney Young in the sectional). We have a lot of experience and the kids are battle-tested.”
In an attempt to prepare for the rugged Catholic League grind and the postseason tournament, DeCesare arranged for a schedule that to date has featured five highly rated out-of-state opponents, including Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, Scott County of Kentucky and St. Raymond’s of New York.
“We have seen every style of basketball from fast pace to slowdown and we have had a great deal of experience playing against the shot clock,” he said. “We have a lot of versatility. We play together as a team. The kids understand the value of finding the open man and sharing the ball.
“We have four guys averaging in double figures. When we do that, we are tough to beat. When we don’t, we have lost. We’re trying to find our edge. I don’t think they understand how good they can be. Once they do, the sky is the limit. The key is to bring the same intensity every night. We will win as a team, not as individuals.”
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Last weekend the St. Rita varsity wrestlers placed 2nd in the Chicago Catholic League Wrestling Championships. St. Rita wrestlers will have the opportunity to regain a 1st Place finish at the Regional Championships next Saturday Feb 2nd at Mt. Carmel.
Craig Ferguson still vividly remembers his first game as head coach of
the St. Rita hockey program nine years ago.
After coaching rival Mount Carmel for six seasons, Ferguson left the
Caravan program for health-related reasons and to concentrate more on
his then-young son’s burgeoning hockey career. He then re-emerged as
the hockey coach at St. Rita, where he also worked in the admissions
“I got some strange looks for a while there,” said Ferguson, who won
his 500th game in November and will retire after his 15th season of
high school coaching this spring. “I’ll admit that it was a little
weird and a little nerve-wracking at first, just walking into the
building here. And then, the first game that I coached for St. Rita
was against Mount Carmel.”
It was the sports equivalent of ripping off a bandage quickly.
Ferguson soon got past the “weird” feelings and started to push the
Mustangs program up the rankings. It was a continuation of his success
at Mount Carmel – where in six years he took the Caravan to one state
runner-up finish in 1998 and also led them to four Kennedy Cups, which
are awarded to the winner of the annual Chicago Catholic Hockey League
Ferguson has won five straight Kennedy Cups with St. Rita and finished
as state champions in two of the past three seasons – including last
year. They also have a young team this season, with the program poised
to do big things again in the near future.
Why hang up the whistle now?
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This past weekend, St. Rita High School continued its excellence in athletics as it sends yet another one of its athletes down state to compete for an individual state championship. Tevin Kimble, a junior bowler from Hometown Oaklawn Middle School, competed in the Chicago sectional this weekend posting a 6 game average of 205, which allowed him to qualify to compete in the state championships.
Kimble becomes only the third bowler in school history to advance downstate, something that Head Coach Dan Carroll saw coming. “Tevin has bowled great all year and we knew he was capable of this,” Carroll stated. “He has absolutely earned this trip downstate.”
The state championships will take place at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, IL just outside of St. Louis. The tournament will start on Friday January 25th and conclude the following day. Please check back for all updates and results regarding this tournament.