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Saint Rita Mustangs

 

Facts About the Saint Rita Mustangs
 
       
School Name: Saint Rita of Cascia High School School Colors: Red & Blue
School Location: Chicago, Illinois Conference: Chicago Catholic League South
Founded: 1905 Head Basketball Coach: Gary DeCesare (Ninth Year at Saint Rita)
Enrollment: 586 2016-2017 Season: 19-11, Sectional Finalist  
     
Notable Alumni: Co-Founder and Keyboardist of The Doors Ray Manzarek; Mayoral Candidate Chuy Garcia; NFL Receiver Kenny Golladay; MLB Pitcher and announcer Ed Farmer.
State Series History: Regional Champions 1982, 2000, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2017
Players to Watch: Jordan Matthews (6-0, senior); Landan Gladney (6-3, senior); Jeremiah Oden (6-8, junior); Cameron Bartman (6-8, junior); Joel Watts (5-10, soph); Alec Millender (5-11, soph).  

 
HCHC NEWCOMER FIGURES TO BE A MAJOR FORCE


With only one change in the field of the 2017 Hinsdale Central Holiday Tournament, all eyes will focus on Saint Rita to see what additions they give to the tournament.  Early indications are that the Mustangs will be not only a major player for the HCHC, but will be among those left standing throughout the season.  Saint Rita returns nine players from a team that won 19 games and finished their season in the sectional championship.  A good blend of experience and youth will catapult this year's squad which should be among the top rated teams in Chicagoland.  It all starts with 6-0 senior Jordan Matthews, who will be a four year varsity performer, whose head coach Gary DeCesare says is the most underrated point guard in the state.  Matthews is a very good defender and is great at getting to the basket.  6-3 senior forward Landan Gladney is in his third year on the varsity and 6-8 junior Jeremiah Oden grew six inches since last year and is able to play the guard, wing and post positions.  And if you want some youthful players to keep on your radar, the Mustangs have two sophomores that made varsity contributions in their first year of high school last year.  Sophomore Joel Watts is a 5-10 combo guard who is an outstanding deep scoring threat and sophomore Alec Millender is considered on one of the best up and coming point guards in Illinois.  As for coaching, Gary DeCesare has an impressive resume including coaching at the collegiate level, having won two state championships in New York, being inducted into the New York Catholic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and being named head coach of last year's victorious West Team in the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game.  The Mustangs seem to be a great addition at Hinsdale Central.
 

 
     

   
   

Saint Rita won their third regional title in the last four years

 
                   
                   
                   
           

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