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St. Rita Welcomes WCIU, The U's Morning Show in anticipation of tonight's Game of the Week

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St. Rita High School was featured today on WCIU, The U’s morning show, The Jam.  The show’s man about town, Jon Hansen spent the morning with the St. Rita Marching Band and St. Rita cheerleaders in anticipation of tonight’s WCIU, The U Game of the Week – the much anticipated St. Rita vs. Mount Carmel matchup.

Check out the footage on the Jam's Facebook Page.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on the U-Too!  The varsity game will air on the U-Too at 7:30 pm. Viewers can find The U Too on WCIU-TV 26.2, XFINITY 230/360, RCN 35, Dish 48, AT&T U-verse 24 and WOW 107.

Or, come out to the game, stay for the party and then watch the replay this weekend! All St. Rita fans, adults, and friends are encouraged and invited to attend the Oktoberfest event after the game ends. There will be great food, refreshments, and music for all!  

Encore broadcasts of the game can be seen Saturday at 6 PM and Sunday at 9 AM over on WMEU 48.2, Comcast 359, RCN 32 and WOW 184!

Go Rita Go!

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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 vs. Auburn (Rockford) Game Preview

By:  John Nee '93

The Mustangs will travel to Rockford tonight to battle the Auburn Knights in a Class 7A 1st round matchup.  St. Rita (5-4) is the #25 seed in the 32-team Class 7A field while Auburn (8-1) is the #8 seed.

St. Rita has played two prior games versus NIC-10 teams in their history, a 42-12 victory over Rockford East in the 2001 quarterfinals and a 38-21 win over Harlem in a 2010 2nd round affair.  St. Rita has a (54-26) all-time record in Illinois state playoff competition while the Knights come into tonight’s game with a (4-4) record.

The Auburn Knights advanced to the Class 7A quarterfinals last season, losing at eventual Class 7A champion Glenbard West 42-14.  The Knights are led by a pair of dynamic running backs, Daqwuan Bell (985yds) and DreQuan Friar (955yds).  The Knights, who come into tonight’s game as the smallest school in the Class 7A field, have not given up more than 22 points in any of their games this season.

The Knights are coached by Dan Appino, who in his 5th year at Auburn, has turned the program completely around.  Appino, prior to his time at Auburn, spent 10 successful seasons as head coach at nearby Boylan Catholic where he won 97 games including back-to-back state titles in 2010-2011.

The winner of tonight’s game in Rockford will play the winner of tomorrow’s 1pm Class 7A 1st round game in St. Charles between the #24 seed Carmel Corsairs (5-4) and the #9 seed St. Charles North North Stars (8-1).  Tonight’s game at Auburn High School in Rockford is located at 5110 Auburn Street Rockford, IL and will begin at 7:30pm.

St. Rita Summer Camps Continue to Rise in Popularity

Week Two of the official St. Rita High School Summer Camp season is off to a great start. The 37-Acre Campus is filled with summer activity.

St. Rita Soccer Camp

Soccer Camp for grammar school students and incoming freshman, led by Coaches Tim McCarthy '85 and Bob Kellam '92, is building on the program's recent momentum--including ongoing construction of a new locker room. Many young men are honing their soccer skills on Cronin Field at Doyle Stadium each morning.


St. Rita Quarterback Camp

As soon as Soccer Camp concludes each day, Head Football Coach Todd Kuska '90 and several talented young quarterbacks take to Doyle Stadium's state-of-the-art turf playing surface as Kuska helps them sharpen their QB aptitudes.

 

 


St. Rita Basketball Camp

In the evenings, Head Basketball Coach Gary DeCesare and his staff gather athletes from grades five through eight on St. Rita Gymnasium's hardwood for drills to help them improve their dribbling, shooting, passing and defensive techniques.

Also this week, Coach Kuska and his coaching staff welcome incoming freshmen at Doyle Stadium each evening for Football Camp.


Several campers, of more than 150 grammar school students of all ages with sought-after spots in Coach Jay Standring's (HON) ever-popular Recreation Camp, are still talking about last week's special, behind-the-scenes tour of Notre Dame, including the stadium, locker room, ice rink, Basilica and bookstore. This week, the campers are headed to Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park in Burbank for some off-campus fun. 

St. Rita Summer Campers at University of Notre Dame


St. Rita Cheerleaders

In more off-campus summer action, the St. Rita Cheerleaders, led by Coaches Kim Williams and Missy Smialek, are attending Cheer Camp in Aurora. Many Cheerleaders meet on campus each morning before joining the rest of the squad at camp.

 

 


Registration is still open for many St. Rita Summer Camps!

2015 St. Rita Alumnus Making His Mark at Valparaiso University

Tom Schofield '15, is making his mark at Valparaiso University. He was a starter on Valparaiso football team's offensive line at right tackle and was named to the league's academic honor roll in his challenging engineering curriculum. In the attached upcoming 2016 schedule picture, Tom is #73. A former Mustang making a big impact in college right out of the gates.