By: John Nee '93
As the calendar flips over to April, the spring sports season in now in full swing with the Mustangs' spring sports teams off to great starts.
The varsity volleyball team, lead by head coach Brian Hagen '04, finished (3-2) at the Wheaton South Tiger Classic, widely considered to top regular season tournament in the state of Illinois. Senior Joe Horn earned a spot on the 15-member all-tournament team while seniors Quinn Coughlin and Cam Bartman provided steady play all weekend.
The "Spiking" Mustangs followed their 7th place tournament finish in Wheaton with a great Catholic League Blue win over #5 Loyola to improve to (10-5, 2-0) on the season, which is good enough for 1st place in the CCL Blue.
The varsity baseball team, lead by head coach John Nee '93, is also off to an impressive start to the season as they currently sit at (9-0). This past week the Mustangs registered wins over CPS power Simeon 9-0 and ESCC member Benet Academy 8-4, and they followed that with CCL crossover wins over DeLaSalle 4-3 and St. Joseph 11-1.
Senior pitcher Victor Aguilar posted back-to-back shutouts over Simeon and St. Joes while senior ace Diego Koval shut out DeLaSalle over the final 6 innings to allow the Mustangs to overcome an early 3-0 deficit and eventually outlast the Meteors 4-3. Against Benet Academy the Mustangs trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th when the offense exploded scoring 8 runs after 2 were out and nobody on. The offensive explosion was highlighted by senior Gavin Mottl's grand slam, the first of his St. Rita varsity career. Mottl would follow that with a 3-run blast in St. Rita's blowout victory at St. Joes. Juniors Luke Napleton and Chris McDevitt also added homeruns in the road win in Westchester.
The varsity water polo team, lead by head coach Sigfredo Cruz, continued its torrid start with a tournament championship the annual St. Patrick beating Homewood-Flossmoor 11-7 in the championship game. The "Treading" Mustangs followed up their tournament title with a great win home over CCL rival Loyola 10-7. The Mustangs currently are (12-1) on the season.
The varsity lacrosse team, lead by head coach Jimmy Juchinski '97, continued their strong start with an impressive win over St. Ignatius at home last Friday.
Check back again next week as we continue to keep you updated on the Mustang spring sports.