On December 27 and 28th, the St. Rita High School Young Alumni Club and Office of Institutional Advancement held their second annual Young Alumni Basketball Tournament at St. Rita. The tournament was a major success, as over 100 players participated and competed amongst old friends, classmates, and teammates. 10 teams in total were in attendance, ranging from members of the class of 2012 all the way down to a member from the class of 1989. Close to 75 members of St. Rita’s Classes of 2000 through 2009 were there.
Each team was guaranteed at least two games in a round-robin format, where the top four teams advanced to play in the tournament’s semi-finals and eventually the finals. For the early round-robin format, two games were played at once in St. Rita’s gym while the semi-finals and finals took place on the full court.
Each player was given a t-shirt and pizza and drinks while they waited for their game to begin. The games were very competitive and intense, as dozens of former St. Rita basketball players were in attendance and many current Division-one athletes—all St. Rita graduates.
When all was said and done, Paul Standring ’03 and his team were crowned champions of the tournament. Paul’s team consisted of alumni Joe Volpentesta ’89, Brian McCarthy ’05, Mike Rourke ’06, Mike Gallik ’06, Tommy Harrington ’06 and a few others as well.
In the finals, Standring’s team defeated last year’s champions in Kevin Carroll and Bill Bendoraitis’ team (both 2003 graduates). Carroll and Bendoraitis’ team was made up of Steve and Ed Bendoraitis ’97, Kevin Statham ’01, Mike Mehalak ’03, Dave Kipp ’03, Brian Hagen ’04, and Pete Balsam ’07.
It was another successful tournament for young alumni of St. Rita, many of whom are home for the holidays on Christmas breaks from college, while others just wanted to play hoops for a few nights and relive some of their glory.
There will be future young alumni events coming up as well, so stay tuned as the Mustang Young Alumni Club plans its 2nd annual Softball Tournament for this upcoming summer!
The Mustang Young Alumni Club consists of Mike Cashman ’99, Mike Porfirio ’00, Paul Standring ’03, Mike Cummings ’04, Jack Byrne ’05, Mike Shanahan ’05, Bill Heaney ’05, and Ed Leiser ’04.