By: John Nee '93
As the weather continues to cool down, the St. Rita fall sports are heating up as the IHSA state golf tournament was played over this past weekend while the soccer team prepares for their regional opener this afternoon at Oak Forest HS, and the cross-country team competed in the Catholic League Tournament this past weekend as well.
Senior golfer Michael Henze represented the Mustang golf team this past weekend at Illinois State University in the IHSA state golf meet. With unseasonal snow falling on Friday afternoon in Bloomington, the meet was postponed to Saturday where Henze shot a 78, which was good enough for a tie for 20th place, the highest finish by a golfer in St. Rita history. Coach Pete Godfrey is very excited about the future of the program as four of the six golfers who competed in the team sectionals were underclassmen.
After beating Marian Catholic at Doyle Stadium 6-2 last Tuesday evening, the "Kicking" Mustangs 10-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday in a 1-0 loss to Marist. The team finished the regular season (15-5-1) as Catholic League Green champions, and they will be in action this afternoon at Oak Forest High School against Bogan in the 1st round of the IHSA regional tournament.
The cross-country team competed over the weekend in the CCL tournament where senior Lorenzo Alvarez finished 49th overall (out of 80 runners) with his best time of the season (18:25) in the 3-mile run.
The hockey team split a pair of games last week losing a tough 2-1 battle on Thursday at SIA against St. Ignatius while they beat Marmion on Sunday night 3-0. Senior goalie Kyle Gustafson was stellar between the pipes in both games including the 21-save shutout against the Cadets. Junior Luke Napleton scored 2 goals on the week while Ed Wilson and Dan Dargan also dented the net for the Mustangs.
The varsity football team celebrated senior day on Saturday afternoon at Doyle Stadium, but the Ramblers spoiled the party as they beat the Mustangs 33-3. Senior kicker Gavin Mottl provided the only offense of the day for the Mustangs with a 3rd quarter field goal.
The freshmen and sophomore teams were both playing Loyola for a share of the CCL Blue title, but unfortunately both teams fell short as the sophomores lost 28-13 on Saturday morning at Doyle Stadium while the freshmen, who were tied 28-28 heading into the final quarter, couldn't pull off the road win as they fell to the Ramblers 42-28 in Wilmette.
On Saturday the varsity will end their regular season as they travel to Chicago Academy (3400 N. Austin) to play DePaul Prep at noon while the freshmen and sophomores will end their seasons with a non-conference matchup in Evanston against the Wildkits Saturday afternoon as well.
Check back again next week as we recap the soccer regional and preview the 1st round Prep Bowl playoff game for the varsity football team.