Athletic Hall of Fame: Rita Schulz '80

Three-sport standout… participated for four seasons in girls’ basketball, girls’ track and field and girls’ volleyball… tabbed as the basketball team’s MVP three times… as a senior, helped the squad to a 23-6 record and a third-place finish in the IHSA Class A Tournament, which marked the first state trophy in any sport in the school’s history… third-team all-area honoree from the Joliet Herald News… earned girls’ volleyball team MVP honors… state qualifier in girls’ track and field… tabbed as the school’s Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1980… four-year member of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) who participated in GAA girls’ bowling four years… served as a physical education leader for two years… National Honor Society student… played basketball and softball at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University)… was a three-time team MVP in both sports… tabbed as an NCAA Division III All-American in softball… led the nation in hits (53) and batting average (.505) as a sophomore in 1982… led the nation with 11 triples as a senior in 1984… led the country in home runs as a sophomore (11) and as a senior (10)… also led the nation in runs batted in as a sophomore (55) and as a senior (51)… ranks among the NCAA Division III all-time leaders in batting average (.483) and slugging percentage (.950)… was a charter year inductee of Benedictine’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.