By: John Nee '93
After a Thanksgiving break hiatus, Mustang sports weekly is back and better than ever with the winter sports now in full swing!
The varsity basketball team, ranked #15 in the pre-season polls, travelled to Wintrust Arena to participate in the prestigious Chicago Elite Classic as they played Catholic League rival St. Ignatius on Friday night.
After a slow start saw the Mustangs trailing the Wolfpack by 3 at the half, St. Rita put it all together in their best half of basketball on the year in the second half outscoring St. Ignatius by twelve to secure a 56-47 win. Senior Jeremiah Oden led the Mustangs with 12 points and 8 rebounds as St. Rita's size was the difference in the second half as they controlled both the offensive and defensive glass.
The win improved their record to (3-2) after winning two of four games in the Riverside-Brookfield Thanksgiving Tournament. The Mustangs will host rival Brother Rice tonight at 7pm.
The bowling team is off to a fast start as they defeated Marist 2 out of 3 taking 7 of the total 9 points awarded for the match. Junior Jaden Edwards posted a high score of 257 while senior Cliff Williams and sophomore Lane Scott posted 226s. Sophomore Alex Tenorio shot a 203 and sophomore Tyler Smith 171. Next up for the "Striking" Mustangs is first-place Providence.
The varsity hockey dropped a 7-2 decision to St. Viator at SIA last Thursday, and they travelled to Minnesota over the weekend where they dropped two games and registered a tie.
On Saturday the varsity wrestling team competed at Marmion Academy against the highly-ranked Cadets along with Wheaton North and Marist.
The Mustangs came home with victories against Wheaton North (46-38) and Marist as well as a (50-20) defeat at the hands of the host team. On Friday the grapplers will host Providence in a dual at 7:30pm.
Check back next week as we report on the varsity basketball team's games against Brother Rice and St. Laurence and the varsity wrestling dual with Providence.