Welcome to your latest edition of Mustang Sports Weekly as we recap another week in Mustang winter sports action.
The varsity basketball team battled Leo last Friday with first place in the Catholic League White on the line. Both teams came into the game tied atop the standings with the winner having a clear path to an outright CCL title.
Senior guard Alec Millender once again led the way for the Mustangs as he poured in a team-high 19 points, including a late four-point flurry to give St. Rita the lead for good in the final minute, as Coach Roshawn Russell's crew took charge of the White with a thrilling 69-64 win in front of a raucous home crowd.
Leo started fast on the evening taking a five-point lead into the halftime locker room, but the Mustangs chipped away at the Lion lead cutting the deficit to 45-44 after three quarters of play.
The final quarter saw five lead changes until the final moments when St. Rita took control. Trailing 64-63 with under thirty seconds to play, Alec Millender drove hard to the basket and scored to give the Mustangs a 65-64 lead. He then stole the impending inbounds pass and converted another layup to put St. Rita up 67-64. Junior guard Christian Henry (18 points) would then sink two free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the huge Catholic League win.
The Mustangs (18-10, 8-4) will host Mt. Carmel this evening as the basketball program celebrates their annual senior night as senior players Dalen Horace, Dwayne Jervier, Adebayo Kuye, Kevin Murey, Connor Serven, Jayden Sutherland, and Alec Millender along with senior managers Jordan Gilliam, Casey Pender, Aiden Wilson and Miggy Zavala and their parents are honored for their service to the program.
The varsity hockey team finished their season with a tough 6-2 loss to Providence in the semifinal round of the Kennedy Cup Playoffs.
After a thriller in game one of the series last Friday that saw the heavily-favored Celtics pull out an overtime win, game two was pretty much all Providence as they took a quick 2-0 lead and never looked back.
Senior Brendan Day, who was returning from a broken wrist, cut the Mustangs deficit to 2-1 with a power play goal, but the top-seeded Celtics proved to be too much for St. Rita on this night as they advanced to the Kennedy Cup Finals with a 6-2 win over the Mustangs.
The varsity wrestling team competed in the Hinsdale Central Sectionals on Saturday as one Mustang grappler was able to advance to state. Senior Eric Anderson (220lbs) advanced to next weekend's individual state meet in Champaign by finishing fourth in the sectional after not wrestling his junior season.
Check back again with us next week as we recap another busy week in Mustang sports action.