February 1, 2015

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Mustang Hockey Senior Night – Saturday, January 31

St. Rita Hockey Senior Night is Satruday, January 31 vs. St. Viator at Southwest Ice Arena. The puck drops at 5:10 p.m.!

Come out to show your support for your Mustangs, especially the 13 skating Mustangs from the class of 2015!

All students, faculty, staff, parents, and St. Rita Family Members are invited!

Senior Night

St. Rita vs. Benet at SIA – January 22!

BenetCome out to support your St. Rita Mustangs as they face off agains Benet on Thursday, January 22nd at SIA.  The puck drops.  Let’s pack the house!

If you can’t be there in person, be sure to catch the action on High School Cube at: http://thecube.com/event/benet-academy-vs-st-rita-boys-varsity-hockey-447896

St. Rita Hockey Starts 2015 With Two Big Wins!

St. Rita Hockey earns two big victories over Marist and Fenwick to start 2015.  Read more in this Beverly Review article.hockey3

St. Rita Tops Chaminade in OT!

srSt. Rita tops Chaminade in OT on Saturday!  Read more in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch!

St. Rita Basketball Has Successful Holiday Season!



Article Written By: John Nee ’93


Coach Gary DeCesare knew his team would be challenged over the holiday break, but that’s just what he wants for his team to see if they have what it takes to become the most successful basketball team in St. Rita’s long history.


The biggest challenge would be a meeting before Christmas with the state’s top team and 11th-ranked team in the country, the Simeon Wolverines.  The matchup was shown live on ESPN2 and the Mustangs did not disappoint as they knocked off the state’s premier program 51-46 at Moraine Valley Community College to notch the biggest win in the DeCesare era and probably the biggest win in the history of St. Rita Basketball.


The Mustangs were led by the senior trio of Charles Matthews, Kain Harris, and Armani Chaney as they combined to score 43 of St. Rita’s 51 total points.  The Mustangs jumped out to a 15-point lead in the 3rd quarter before fending off a furious late Simeon rally.


The Mustangs then participated in the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Classic where they captured 3rd place in a loaded field, lead by St. Joseph (2nd) and Stevenson (1st).


St. Rita opened play at Proviso with an easy 71-45 win over Homewood-Flossmor.  Charles Matthews led the way with 23 points while Kain Harris added 17.


The Mustangs then matched up with undefeated Rockford Auburn, who was a super-sectional qualifier in Class 4A last season.  After trailing by 1 at the half, the Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter behind senior point guard Armani Chaney who scored a career-high 25 points to lead St. Rita.  Chaney dominated Auburn down the stretch scoring 12 4th quarter points to push St. Rita to the semifinals where they would meet conference rival, St. Joseph, whom they had beaten earlier this season at St. Rita.


This time the Chargers proved too much for the Mustangs as got their revenge for the earlier loss by the score of 72-65.  St. Rita was led by Charles Matthews 24 points, and he was joined in double figues by Kain Harris (14), Armani Chaney (13), and Brandon McRoy (12).


That put the Mustangs into the 3rd place game opposite 8th ranked Kenwood Academy of the Chicago Public League.  Despite the disappointing loss in the semis to St. Joes, the Mustangs took it to Kenwood from the start leading by 12 at the half before winning 71-55 to capture 3rd place in the state’s premier holiday tournament.


St. Rita (8-2), ranked 3rd in the latest Sun Times poll, will now return to Catholic League play this Tuesday at home vs DeLaSalle at 7pm.


St. Rita Mustangs Check-In at #3 in O’Brien’s Super 25 Rankings

After capturing a third-place with a strong showing in the 2014 Proviso West Holiday Tournament, the St. Rita Mustangs Basketball Team is ranked #3 in Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 poll.mustangs

Mustangs Keep Winning in Proviso West Holiday Tourney








Armani Chaney (25 points) and Charles Matthews (10 points) led the St. Rita Mustangs in victory over the Rockford – Auburn on Tuesday night in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Read more in this Chicago Tribune article.


St. Rita Basketball Makes History on ESPN2!








The No. 2-ranked St. Rita Mustangs basketball team made school history on Friday, December 19, 2014 by becoming the first St. Rita team to appear on any ESPN network.  The Mustangs also became the first St. Rita team to win on ESPN by defeating No. 2-ranked Simeon 51-46.

A large crowd watched the matchup at Moraine Valley Community College between powerhouses St. Rita and Simeon.

St. Rita was led by Kentucky recruit Charles Mattews (17 points), Tulane recruit Kain Harris (5 three-pointers) and Tennessee State recruit Armani Chaney (10 points).

Check out this Chicago Tribune article for the complete story.

St. Rita is currently competing in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament December 22-27.  Several games can be seen on High School Cube.

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


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!