The Standard: Reflections of the Rucking Crusaders


By Timmy O’Hara ‘24

The Brother Rice rugby team was supposed to play Mount Carmel on March 22, but due to the weather, the game was canceled. The team was disappointed in the cancellation of the game, however they are excited for the game to be rescheduled.

Eoin Cox said, “I was pretty bummed when I heard about the cancellation because I was excited to play, but I am still excited to play them later in the season and show them how we play.”

The players just want to play more games. They want to face new competitors and show off their skills. The […]

The Standard: Reflections of the Rucking Crusaders2024-03-28T12:27:15-05:00

The Standard: Bump, Set, Spike


By Nolan Navarrete ‘24

On March 18, the Brother Rice varsity volleyball team started their season against Sandburg High School. Coming off a great playoff run last year, the Crusaders look to get back to a deep postseason run and ultimately win it all.

The Crusaders bring back starter and key player, junior Paul Baker. Paul is a proud alum of St. Germaine, and he started on the varsity squad as a freshman and has never looked back since. He has established himself as a leader in the classroom and on the court.

Baker said, “This year is a big difference from the past […]

The Standard: Bump, Set, Spike2024-03-28T12:05:58-05:00

The Standard: Lacrosse Week Recap


By Tommy Witt ‘24

The 2024 Brother Rice lacrosse season began March 18 at Homewood Flossmoor. This year’s team is full of young and old including four seniors, six returning starters, and a host of freshmen.

The season started with a tough test for the Crusaders vs the Vikings. After a rough first half, the Crusaders played much better in the second, but would still go on to lose 12-7. This game brought a lot of learning opportunities and some bright spots such as freshman Quinn Muldoon scoring four goals in his first game.

Head Coach Karmia said, “I was proud of the effort. […]

The Standard: Lacrosse Week Recap2024-03-28T12:02:10-05:00

The Standard: The Rucking Crusaders Return


By Seamus Hanley ‘24

On Saturday, March 16, the Brother Rice rugby team kicked off their season with a friendly exhibition match against Bishop Dwenger High School of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The day started early for the team, as they left at 7:45 a.m. for a three-hour bus ride across Indiana.

Senior Diego Hernandez said, “Before the game, I was nervous for my first start. I wanted to hit someone as hard as I could.”

The team battled hard the first half, only being down 5-0 against one of the best teams in the state of Indiana.

Senior TJ McNichols said, “We played really strong […]

The Standard: The Rucking Crusaders Return2024-03-23T11:03:38-05:00

The Standard: A Look At The Brother Rice 2024 Lacrosse Season


By Brian Doligale ‘24

The Brother Rice Crusaders lacrosse season for 2024 kicked off on March 18 against Homewood Flossmoor. This new season brings a bunch of changes, starting with new head coach, Jacob Karmia. Coach Karmia, who was an assistant for last year’s team, is super pumped about this season and has big hopes for the team.

Senior Dom Pettenon, a big Brother Rice lacrosse fan, said, “I am excited for another BR lacrosse season and see what this new coach can do with the team.”

When taking a look at the roster, it has many senior players. Leading the charge are Chris […]

The Standard: A Look At The Brother Rice 2024 Lacrosse Season2024-03-23T10:54:31-05:00

The Standard: Freshman Crusaders Excel in Wrestling Down State


By James Bowes ‘24

This year’s Brother Rice wrestling team made history by becoming the first team in program history to place down state. The team took 4th in state.

The wrestling team had four starting freshmen: James Lotito, Jonathan Harris, Frank Miceli, and Danny Costello.

All four freshmen qualified for the individual state tournament, with Danny Costello placing 6th. After the team qualified for the team state championship, these four young men all played a huge role.

When the team faced Mahomet Seymour on Feb. 23 down state, all four men won their matches, helping the team to make it to the semi-finals.

Freshman James […]

The Standard: Freshman Crusaders Excel in Wrestling Down State2024-03-14T14:22:14-05:00

The Standard: The Crusaders take on Thornton in the IHSA Class 3A Sectional Championship


By Colin Welniak ‘24

On Friday, March 2, the Crusaders traveled to Thornton High School in Harvey to play Thornton in the IHSA Class 3A Sectional Championship.

Before the game started, everyone knew it was going to be a good game. The line getting into the game alone took around 20 minutes to get into the gym. The gym was packed, one side with Thornton fans, while the Crusader fans sat across the gym.

Despite Thornton not being very close to home, the Crazies were out in full force ready to cheer on the Crusaders.

Senior Ryan Hartz said, “(The atmosphere) was electric, definitely one […]

The Standard: The Crusaders take on Thornton in the IHSA Class 3A Sectional Championship2024-03-07T20:17:01-06:00

The Standard: Crusader Matmen Make History


By Mac Murzyn ‘24

On Friday, Feb. 16, the Brother Rice wrestling team beat Mahomet Seymour in the quarter finals of the IHSA Team State Tournament with a score of 36-27. This was the first time the Brother Rice wrestling team has ever advanced to the semifinals, which solidified them as a top four team in state for class 2A.

Senior captain James Bennett said, “It’s something we can all live with forever and be proud of. Only we and the coaches truly know how much work we put in to achieve our goal. One of the best memories I have is making […]

The Standard: Crusader Matmen Make History2024-03-07T20:05:24-06:00

The Standard: The Border Battle


By Nolan Navarrete ‘24

On Feb. 10, the Brother Rice varsity basketball team participated in the “border battle” showdown. The Crusaders traveled to Racine, WI, to take on a very talented Verona High School team.

The game was set on two halves, each containing 18 minutes. There was no shot clock, just like an ordinary game in the Catholic League.

Coming off a huge win over 4th ranked team Mount Carmel, the Crusaders were at an all-time stretch of momentum. Last year, the win over the Caravan gave them pride, but they quickly threw it away with a loss to Lemont High School.

Senior Cale […]

The Standard: The Border Battle2024-03-01T12:07:26-06:00

The Standard: Road to state


By Leo Niksic ‘24

The Brother Rice basketball team started their road to state on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with a regional semi-final matchup against the Tinley Park Titans. The Crusaders came into this game 28-3 and were one of the top teams in the state. However, they were without star point guard Cale Cosme, who was out with flu-like symptoms for this game.

It didn’t matter for the Crusaders. They handled business right away. Jumping out to a big lead in the first couple minutes of the game, senior Zavier Fitch and junior Caden Workman kept showing why they are the two best […]

The Standard: Road to state2024-03-01T11:38:41-06:00


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