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. Our students take advantage of our beautiful facilities, which are among the best in the state of Illinois! 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.
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), Austin O'Connor (2017, wrestling), Joe Horn (2019, volleyball) and Mick Doyle (2019, Track and Field). Also, Todd Kuska '90 (football), Jim Juchcinski '97 (lacrosse), John Nee ‘93 (baseball), Brian Hagen '04 (volleyball) and Bob Kellam ‘92 (soccer) have all won the Lawless Coach of the Year Award in the last three seasons.
During the last three school years, St. Rita has had many notable athletic accomplishments, including:
11 varsity IHSA Regional Championships:
Basketball (2017 & 2018)
Baseball (2017, 2018 & 2019)
Volleyball (2017, 2018 & 2019)
Water Polo (2019)
Varsity Track-and-Field Sectional Championship (2017)
Varsity Track-and-Field 4 x 100 meter relay team placed 8th overall at the IHSA state meet (2017)
Varsity Track-and-Field 8th Place overall team finish in Class 2A at IHSA State Meet (2019)
Varsity lacrosse State Quarter-Finalist appearances (2017 & 2018)
Varsity hockey Kennedy Cup Semi-Final appearances (2017, 2018 & 2019)
Varsity wrestling team 3rd Place overall at the IHSA Class 2A State Meet (2018)
Varsity volleyball team IHSA Elite 8 finalist and Sectional Championship (2018 & 2019)
Varsity football Class 7A quarter-finalist (2018)
Varsity football Chicago Prep Bowl Champions (2018)
Varsity baseball team Steve Bajenski Memorial Tournament Champions (2017)
Varsity baseball IHSBCA Summer State Tournament Champions (2017)
Varsity baseball 3rd Place overall in Class 4A at IHSA Baseball State Finals (2019)
Varsity Water Polo Sectional Finalists (2019)
83 seniors out of 407 (20%) signed national letters-of-intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.
Austin O'Connor '17 winning his 4th straight IHSA Wrestling State Championship (2017)
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, 14 seniors have signed national letters-of-intent to play college basketball, 48 seniors have signed on to play football at the collegiate level, 55 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 2019-20 academic year, over 115 St. Rita alumni are currently playing at the collegiate level in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, lacrosse, golf, track-and-field, volleyball, hockey, soccer, cross country, and more. 29 of those alumni are participating in athletics at the Division One level.
St. Rita alumni currently playing at the collegiate level, include football players Hayden Ekern ‘19 (South Dakota), Kempton Shine ‘19 (Eastern Michigan), Chris Bruglio ‘19 (Eastern Michigan), Javon Venson ‘19 (Bowling Green State), Jake Stefanski ‘19 (Illinois), Gavin Mottl ‘19 (Miami, OH), Chris Childers '18 (Indiana State), Louis Cox '18 (Davidson), Marc Mondesir '17 (Illinois), Jake Stover '17 (Illinois), Sean Coghlan '17 (Illinois), Tim Zaleski '17 (Wyoming), Thomas Stacker Jr., '16 (South Dakota State), Drew Walega '16 (Eastern Illinois), Brandon Williams '16 (Arkansas State), Brandon Gaston '15 (Western Illinois), Lamar Dawson '13 (Utah State) and others.
Current basketball players include: Stedmon Ihejirika ‘19 (North Central), Cameron Bartmann ‘19 (Augustana), Chris Williams '16 (Central Connecticut), Charles Matthews '15 (Michigan), Kain Harris '15 (Kent State), Brandon McRoy '15 (Concordia College), Armani Chaney '15 (Tennessee State), Myles Carter '15 (Seattle) Dominique Matthews '14 (UIC), and others.
Ritamen playing college baseball include: Brendan Carrane ‘19 (Saint Louis), Steve Washilewski '17 (Kansas), Dan Gleaves '16 (Michigan State), Dominic Sarro '16 (Villanova), Marty Bechina '15 (Michigan State), Jake Shepski '14 (Xavier), and others.
Other student-athletes include: Hugh Gorman ‘19 (wrestling, Illinois) Austin O'Connor '17 (wrestling, North Carolina), Theo Phipps '17 (track, Southern Illinois), Jake Silzer '16 (wrestling, Illinois), Eric Walker '15 (track, Minnesota), Tim McCarthy '15 (wrestling, Illinois), Keith Burchette '13 (hockey, UMass-Lowell) and many, many more.
Since 2013, there have been 18 St. Rita graduates to play (or currently play) professionally in the National Football League, Major League/Minor League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association or Euro Basketball League. The lists includes Mike Kafka '05 (Northwestern, quarterback for several NFL teams and current Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach), Ryan Donahue '06 (Iowa, punter for Detroit Lions), Matt Conrath '07 (Virginia, defensive line for St. Louis Rams), Darius Fleming '08 (Notre Dame, linebacker for New England Patriots, Super Bowl XLIX champion), Bruce Gaston '10 (Purdue, defensive line, Detroit Lions), Kenny Golladay '12 (Northern Illinois, wide receiver, Detroit Lions), and Pat O'Connor '12 (Eastern Michigan, defensive line, Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Mark Payton '10 (Texas) is a member of the Oakland Athletics AAA-minor league affiliate, Anthony Ray '13 is with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Joe Filomeno '11 (Louisville) is a member of the Texas Rangers AA-minor league affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders, and Zack Soria '12 (Florida International) is a member of the Atlanta Braves minor league affiliate, the Danville Braves. In 2018, Mike Costanzo '14 (Austin Peay) was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and Nate Soria '14 (Xavier) signed a minor league contract, also with the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2019, Jalen Greer ‘19 was a 4th round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics and Marty Bechina ‘15 (Michigan State) was also an Oakland Athletics draftee. Tony Zych '08 (Louisville) pitched for the Seattle Mariners as recently as 2017, and is currently on the disabled list. Also in 2019, Vic Law ‘14 (Northwestern) was signed by the Orlando Magic of the NBA.
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, Student Activities, and Discipline Offices.