See also: Athletics
St. Rita offers 15 sports, many of which have three levels (Freshmen, Sophomore/JV, Varsity) and we encourage multiple-sport athletes. All sports (with the exception of golf and hockey) participate on our 37-acre campus, with no need to practice at outside venues. We enjoy a proud tradition of athletics and are a consistent contender in the Chicago Catholic League, Regional, Sectional, and IHSA state divisions in all sports. During the 2013-14 school year, St. Rita became the second school in over 100 years of Chicago Catholic League athletics to capture the league titles for varsity football, basketball, and baseball in the same school year.
We are proud of our Tony Lawless Award Winners, which is the top honor given to a senior in the Chicago Catholic League. Recently, Ritamen given this prestigious award include: Jake Shepski (2014, baseball), Dominique Matthews (2014, basketball), Joe Lopez (2014, lacrosse), Nick Goldsmith (2014, soccer), Treston Forbes (2014, track-and-field), Charles Matthews (2015, basketball), Marty Bechina (2015, baseball), Jake Silzer (2016, wrestling) and Austin O'Connor (2017, wrestling). Also, Todd Kuska '90 (football), Jim Juchcinski '97 (lacrosse), Gary DeCesare (basketball), Mike Zunica (baseball), Brian Hagen '04 (volleyball) and Dan Manzella '03 (wrestling) have all won the Lawless Coach of the Year Award in the last three seasons.
Ritamen often go on to participate in athletics at the collegiate and professional level upon graduation from St. Rita. Since the 2014-15 school year, eight seniors have signed national letters-of-intent to play college basketball, 16 seniors have signed on to play football at the collegiate level, 31 seniors signed for college baseball and many others have continued their playing and academic careers in track-and-field, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, hockey, and other sports. In fact, as of the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, over 100 St. Rita alumni are currently playing at the collegiate level in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, lacrosse, track-and-field, volleyball, hockey, soccer, cross country, and more.
They join the ranks of St. Rita alumni currently playing at the collegiate level, including football players Thomas Stacker Jr., '16 (South Dakota State), Drew Walega '16 (Eastern Illinois), Brandon Williams '16 (Arkansas State) Tom Rehfeld '15 (Western Illinois), Brandon Gaston '15 (Western Illinois), CJ Weydeman '15 (Western Illinois) Tommy Mister '14 (Northern Illinois), Nick Goldsmith '14 (Pittsburgh), Matt Byrne '14 (Indiana State), Michael Zunica '12 (Kansas), Pat O'Connor '12 (Eastern Michigan), Will McNamara '12 (Dartmouth), Kenny Golladay '12 (Northern Illinois), Nick Dachota '12 (Indiana State), and many others.
Current basketball players include: Chris Williams '16 (Central Connecticut), Charles Matthews '15 (Michigan), Kain Harris '15 (Tulane), Myles Carter '15 (Seton Hall), Brandon McRoy '15 (Concordia College), Armani Chaney '15 (Tennessee State), Vic Law '14 (Northwestern), Dominique Matthews '14 (UIC), Scott Kingsley '13 (Northeastern State University), A.J. Avery '12 (Western Michigan), Tony Hicks '12 (Louisville), and others.
Ritamen playing college baseball include: Mateo Zunica '16 (Kansas), Dan Gleaves '16 (Michigan State), Dominic Sarro '16 (Villanova), Marty Bechina '15 (Michigan State), Shane Peisker '15 (US Naval Academy), Matt Ryan '15 (Butler), Jake Shepski '14 (Notre Dame), Nate Soria '14 (Xavier), Mike Costanzo '14 (Austin Peay), Jake Drada '14 (Western Michigan), Andrew Massey '13 (Tennessee-Martin), Eddie De La Riva '12 (Purdue), Zach Soria '12 (Florida International), Brian Sicher '11 (U.S. Air Force Academy), and others.
Other student-athletes include: Jake Silzer '16 (wrestling, Illinois), Tyrique Thomas '16 (track, Concordia College), Eric Walker '15 (track, Minnesota), Treston Forbes '14 (basketball & track, Caldwell University), Bailey Marth '15 (lacrosse, Illinois Wesleyan), Jack Sampson '15 (lacrosse, Illinois Wesleyan), Austin Tiernan '15 (lacrosse, Xavier University), Eric Houlihan '15 (lacrosse, Xavier University), Nick Diettrle '15 (lacrosse, St. Ambrose), Joe Lopez '14 (lacrosse, Davenport) and many, many more.
Since 2012, five St. Rita graduates have played in the National Football League, including Mike Kafka '05 (quarterback), Ryan Donahue '06 (punter), Matt Conrath '07 (defensive line), Darius Fleming '08 (linebacker, Super Bowl XLIX champion), and Bruce Gaston '10 (defensive line). Mark Payton '10 is a member of the New York Yankees AA-minor league affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, Anthony Ray '13 is with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Joe Filomeno '11 is playing within the Texas Rangers organization, and Tony Zych '09 is currently pitching for the Seattle Mariners.
St. Rita athletics, however, will never come before a student's academics. Every Wednesday, grade checks are done for all student-athletes. If a student is not academically-eligible, he will not participate in that weeks' games and practices. A student is also expected to maintain good standing in the school across the Campus Ministry and Student Activities Offices.