As the calendar begins to approach April, we are finally seeing some signs of spring-like weather while the track, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, and rugby teams' seasons move into full gear.
The varsity track team competed in the indoor state tournament over the weekend and definitely caught the attention of the entire state of Illinois. The 4x200m relay team, consisting of freshmen Kaleb Brown, and seniors Mick Doyle, Javon Venson, and Marcus Coleman, won the 2A title while individually Brown also won the 60m dash and Doyle the 200m. The Mustangs showed they will be a team to be reckoned with in Class 2A sprints.
The varsity lacrosse team traveled to Louisville to battle some of the best team in the state of Kentucky. They opened the season against #2 Trinity and lost 10-9. They followed that with an 11-6 win over #4 South Oldham as senior Adrian Thompson finished with four goals. The Mustangs then finished their spring trip against Southeastern in Indianapolis in exciting fashion as sophomore Burke Eahart found the back of the net with 24 seconds remaining to send the game into sudden death overtime tied at 8. Fellow sophomore Mike Gaughan soon after notched his second goal of the game to propel the Mustangs to the victory.
Coach Juchcinski's squad returned home to play perennial state power Loyola and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Ramblers would prevail in the end 9-6. St. Rita followed that loss with a 14-3 road win at Fenwick to improve to (3-2) on the young season.
The varsity baseball team is off to a hot start winning their first five games of the season behind senior Missouri signee Jalen Greer who earned IMA Illinois Baseball conference player of the week honors by going 9-15 including 7 RBIs thru the Mustangs first 4 games. He followed that up with a 2-4 performance on the road at Lane Tech on Monday including his first homerun on the season.
Senior ace Diego Koval has had 2 quality starts, a no-decision in the opening-day, come-from-behind win over Glenbrook North and a 5-hit shutout on Sunday against Montini in the 1st round of the Do It Stevie's Way Tournament. The Vulture Luke Carroll has picked up two early wins on the mound out of the bullpen, and seniors Gavin Mottl, Matt Callahan, and Brendan Carrane are off to great starts for St. Rita as well.
The varsity water polo team is off to its best start in many years with an early season (10-2) record including wins over highly rated Lyons Township and Parkway West (MO) and a blowout 23-7 victory over Brother Rice in their opener
The varsity volleyball team (5-3, 1-0) has played a difficult early season schedule losing to #7 OPRF and #12 Minooka as they have gotten strong early season play from senior Joe Horn (Marist Invite All-Tournament) along with fellow seniors Quinn Coughlan and Colin Dahill. The Mustangs will continue their difficult early-season stretch as they will play Brother Rice and also compete in the Wheaton South Tiger Classic, one of the top tournaments in the state.
Check back each week as Mustang Sports Weekly will continue to keep you updated on all things spring in the St. Rita Mustang sporting world.