Eight Mustangs Sign National Letters of Intent

Thousands of high school football players around the country are making their decision today on which college or university they will be attending in the fall. That is no different for the students at St. Rita as eight members of the football team signed their national letters of intent this morning to their chosen schools. Drew Cash (Mokena JHS)   DL – Loras College Troy Johnson (Wilbur Wright MS)  O/DL – Quincy University Tommy McCormick (St. Christina)   SS  – St. Joseph’s College Nick Piraino (Robert Healy MS)   OL – Carthage College Jack Sears (St. Christina)   OLB – Robert Morris Jake Spallina (Queen of Martyrs)  OL – Robert Morris Ben Threloff (Most Holy Redeemer)  OLB – Wisconsin Whitewater Alex Zaleski (St. Catherine)  OL – St. Xavier

This senior class compiled a record of 30-13 over their four year career, winning numerous playoff games including a run into the semifinals of the state championships in 2011. While losing such a great class of players is hard for Head Coach Todd Kuska, he understands the importance of the players continuing their career. “Every year we have to replace good players and this year is no exception. All these guys are ready to move forward in their careers, but more importantly they have made the St. Rita football program very proud.”

Troy Johnson and Tommy McCormick will have to look across the field at each other next year as they both will be playing for a school in the GLVC conference. Johnson states this was an added bonus in picking Quincy. “Quincy was a great choice for me because I will have the opportunity to make a difference right away. I love the coaching staff and the program is making such great changes, plus I’m really excited that I get to play against Tommy (McCormick) next year.”

With a handful of seniors that still have yet to make their decision, staying close to home may be a factor. In the case of Alex Zaleski, who committed to NAIA powerhouse St. Xavier, being down the street was a welcomed aspect. “St. X is such a good program and they have such a great history of success,” Zaleski said. “Being close to home is important too, because my family has a chance to see me play.”

With the signing completed, Principal Brendan Conroy spoke to the men about their time here and what they meant to the school. He reminded them how proud the school is of them and to always remember the lessons that St. Rita taught them. And just as they were told on their first day of school as freshmen, Principal Conroy finished by stating, “Remember, that we will always be behind you.”