On Friday, December 14, St. Rita welcomed back members of its 1963 Running Mustangs basketball team to help celebrate the team’s upcoming 50th anniversary of winning both the Catholic League and city championships.
Both Head Coach Ed Galvin and Assistant Coach Bob Kopecky were in attendance as well as players Larry Wilebski, Dr. Jack Gardner, Ken Gutrich, and Mike Mueller. Many of the team members had not seen each other since high school, though some had kept in touch through monthly phone calls and gatherings.
The ’63 basketball squad—one of St. Rita High School’s finest—defeated Catholic League rivals Leo Catholic, St. Ignatius, Mt. Carmel, Br. Rice, and Gordon Tech, among others, en route to a Catholic League championship. The city champs would eventually be defeated by 18 points at Chicago Stadium in front of over 1,500 St. Rita fans, but it was a memorable season all the same. Among the many highlights of the season was a 100-51 victory over the Leo Lions and a 50-point game from St. Rita forward Bill Daly.
The team was honored with a pre-game ceremony with team and player introductions after enjoying pizza and refreshments in the McCarthy Student Center before the game. They also had court-side seats to watch St. Rita defeat the Leo Lions 53-45. Thank you to the members of the ’63 basketball team for making it out to St. Rita!