By: John Nee '93
Welcome to the latest edition of Mustang Sports Weekly as we once again recap the results of our winter sports teams, including: the varsity wrestling regional, the swimming Catholic League championships, the varsity hockey Kennedy Cup and state playoffs, and the varsity basketball teams quest for the Catholic League title.
The varsity wrestling team competed in the Reavis sectional as six Mustang grapplers advanced to this weekend's sectional championship at Hinsdale Central.
Senior Marty Larkin came in first place at 160 pounds while senior Eric Anderson (220) came in second. Junior Dave Scheid (132), sophomore Griffin Duffin (120), and freshman Austin Dangles (106) all finished third.
The varsity hockey team lost their first round matchup against Warren in the Blackhawk Cup state playoffs. The "Skating" Mustangs had a 3-1 lead heading into the final period last Wednesday only to see the Blue Devils send the game to overtime with 2 third period goals, and Warren would go on to defeat St. Rita 4-3 in overtime.
Coach Coleman's crew had to bounce right back with a semifinal Kennedy Cup series against the top-seeded Providence Celtics starting on Friday at Arctic Arena in Orland.
The Mustangs started quickly taking a quick 2-0 lead before the Celtics scored three consecutive power play goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead into the final period. Senior All-State selection Luke Napleton would tally his second goal of the game in the third as St. Rita would force overtime in their upset bid. Despite St. Rita dominating the overtime period, Providence would score a goal in the final minutes of the first overtime period to claim game one 4-3 with game two scheduled for Thursday night 7:55pm at SIA.
The "Swimming" Mustangs have had a successful season as they prepare for the upcoming Water Polo season when they will be amongst the top teams in the state of Illinois.
In January the Mustangs went to the Riverside-Brookfield Invite where they placed third overall against some of the state's top teams. Also, for the first time in school history the Mustangs defeated Brother Rice at their dual meet in mid-January. The swim team also won the Evergreen Park Invite in a dominating performance. The following team members have lead the Mustangs all season long: Seniors Chris Jiminez (50 and 100 free), Jake Kuska (200 medley and 100 backstroke) and juniors Spencer Ryan (200 medley and 100 backstroke), John Pigott (50 and 100 free), and sophomores Homer Olivares (200 free and 100 butterfly) and Saul Ventura and freshmen John Masiliunas (500 free).
The varsity basketball team travelled to Aurora last Friday night and registered a come-from-behind 67-54 win over Marmion Academy keeping pace in the Catholic League title chase. The Mustangs trailed 35-31 at half before they stormed out of the locker room to take control of the game. Senior Alec Millender led St. Rita with 22 points while senior Kevin Murney (18 points) and junior Christian Henry (10 points) also contributed.
On Saturday the Mustangs competed in a shootout at Lewis University losing to Public League power Orr 65-47 despite 19 points from Millender. Coach Russell's squad will travel to New Lenox this evening to battle Providence e at 7pm, and they will host Leo this Friday night with first place in the Catholic League on the line with tipoff again set for 7pm.
Check in again next week for another version of "Mustang Sports Weekly."
Senior Marty Larkin earns a 1st Place finish at 160 lbs.