St. Rita Grad Tells Historic Story

By: Tim O'Brien, The Beverly Review

Tim Maher is a self-proclaimed “dees, dems and does” kind of guy. He joked that he’s not a good speller and recently went to the library for the first time in years.

However, that hasn’t stopped the 1971 St. Rita High School graduate from writing a new book about a St. Rita football team that made history in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL).

Maher recently released his self-published book, “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust,” the story of the 1970 St. Rita football team that became city champions.

Maher was a senior and captain on the team that finished 9-2-1, ultimately beating Lane Tech in front of a crowd of over 65,000 at Soldier Field to win the Prep Bowl championship.

“I’ve been in sports all my life. I knew that we as a team had done something special,” Maher said. “I didn’t know how special until I started looking into it. No team had done what we did. We were ‘Hoosiers with helmets on.’”

St. Rita Named Top-Ranked All-Boys Catholic High School in Chicago's Southland

According to the Beverly Patch, Niche has released a new list of top-ranked Chicago Southland High Schools.

On that list, St. Rita of Cascia High School is the top-ranked all-boys Catholic school in the Chicago southland. St. Rita also captures the the #2-ranked spot on the Chicago southland best-overall Catholic school list. St. Rita comes in at #8 overall when compared to all 67 Catholic high schools in the entire State of Illinois.

St. Rita earned an "A+" overall Niche grade. The Mustangs also earned an "A+" in Academics and Clubs & Activities, an "A" in the College Preparation, and an "A-" in the Teacher category.

St. Rita also received a very respectable grade of "B+" in Sports and a "B" in Diversity. When reviewing St. Rita's profile, you'll see it continues to set the high-water mark among it's peers.

To learn more about St. Rita, please contact our admissions team at (773) 925-RITA, consider registering for a shadow day, or mark your calendar for our October 22 open house.

* According to its website, Niche rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. Further, Niche states it has the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. 

St. Rita Seniors Create "Kids Care"

A trio of St. Rita High School students is reaching out to local families who are battling serious illnesses through a new charity called “Kids Care.”

As part of their school service project, St. Rita seniors-to-be Connor Cahill, Mike Walsh and Jake Zylman founded Kids Care last February, and to raise funds for the Cure It Foundation, a national non-profit that serves children fighting cancer, they hosted the inaugural Kids Care 16-inch softball tournament on July 29 at Beverly Park.

Featuring seven boys teams and three girls teams, the tournament, Cahill said, is on its way to exceeding its goal of $1,000.

St. Rita Sees Big Increase in Golf Outing Attendance

By: Mike Swanson

"It's an exciting time to be a St. Rita Mustang."...prospective students and families have been hearing that phrase recently from the St. Rita admissions team. It seems that the entire St. Rita Family is in agreement, as the number registered golfers at the 42nd Annual St. Rita Scholarship Golf Outing increased by 35% over last year to 225. 

On a day meteorologists forecasted rain, golfers actually experienced a hot and sunny Friday, July 21, on 36 holes at beautiful Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont

Alumni golfers turned out from decades spanning almost 70 years, starting with graduates from the 1950s through recent graduates from the 2010s. St. Rita parents and friends made a strong showing at the outing and dinner too.

The hard work of the golf committee and the generosity of the attendees, sponsors and online auction participants helped raise over $45,000 that will help fund scholarships and financial aid to current St. Rita students.

This year the silent auction was online, allowing people to participate in the auction even if they couldn't attend the event. Lucky silent auction and raffle winners went home with opportunities to play golf at some of Chicagoland's most challenging, private country clubs and also scored some great opportunities to cruise Lake Michigan, overnight stays at some of Chicago's finest hotels and great tickets to football and baseball games, including a trip to Philadelphia to see the Bears play the Eagles.

Please mark your calendars for next year's outing on July 20, 2018 at Gleneagles.

Also, please remember to patronize our generous sponsors, and thank them for their support of St. Rita. Their continued support is key for a successful event.

2017 St. Rita Scholarship Golf Outing Committee

Butch Bianco '59
Sue Connolly
Mike Cummings '04
Brendan Duffy '12
Tim Fitzgibbon '99
Laura Fleck
Bob Gallagher '83
Rob Gallik '10
Kevin Gibson '76
Rich Hochgraver '71
Liam Hopkins '11
Ed Leiser '04
Kevin O'Boye '68
Brian Reilly '08
John Schmitt '84
Mike Swanson
Mike Zunica

Meet The St. Rita Graduate That Runs The Bears' College Scouting

By: Adam L. Jahns, Chicago Sun-Times

It was 2006, and the Bears were headed to Miami to work out cornerback Kelly Jennings before the draft. But Mark Sadowski, (a 1992 St. Rita Graduate) a new scout at the time, hoped the Bears’ brass would see more. He asked them to see one more cornerback.

Mark Sadowski, the Bears' director of college scouting, and general manager Ryan Pace. (Chicago Bears)  

Mark Sadowski, the Bears' director of college scouting, and general manager Ryan Pace. (Chicago Bears)


Or maybe he was a receiver. Or maybe he was only a return man.

Regardless of his position, the player was too special to overlook. Sadowski had tracked him for years as a Southeast-area scout for the Saints and now the Bears. His work on him was expansive.

‘‘I hadn’t seen anybody like this in my career,’’ Sadowski, 43, recalled. ‘‘I really liked this guy.’’