The Standard: Brother Rice Baseball Defeats Loyola in Extra Innings


By Mac Murzyn ‘24

As the baseball season progresses, conference matchups become more and more intense.

On Tuesday, April 23, the Crusaders took on the Loyola Ramblers in a CCL duel. After a disappointing loss to St. Rita, this was a must win game for the Crusaders.

Senior Casey Giemzik took the mound, who has been having an impressive season. He finished his afternoon with seven innings pitched, five shutout innings, and only two earned runs.

Giemzik said, “I tried my best to put my team in a position to win and competed the best I could. Shoutout to the offense for coming through in […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Baseball Defeats Loyola in Extra Innings2024-05-02T11:53:29-05:00

The Standard: Crusader’s Walk-off Win


By Tommy Scott ‘24

The Brother Rice baseball team had an exhilarating win over Mount Carmel on April 30. Brayden McKendrick pitched a great game and led the Crusaders to victory against the Caravan.

Senior Mike Dematteo said, “It was a great come-from-behind win in a huge rivalry game. McKendrick’s performance was a huge help and Chris Dorts had a clutch walk-off hit.”

Heading into the seventh inning, the Crusaders were down three. Senior Rudy Perez had a two RBI double to bring the deficit to one. Jackson Natanek followed up with a sac fly, tying up the game.

Senior Ryan Hartz said, “This showed […]

The Standard: Crusader’s Walk-off Win2024-05-01T22:28:00-05:00

The Standard: The Journey


By Leo Niksic ‘24

The 10-10 Brother Rice Crusaders took on the St. Rita Mustangs on April 22. It was just not the Crusaders, day, as they fell to the Mustangs 10-0 in 5 innings. That comes as the third straight loss for Brother Rice.

Aidan Nohava said “I haven’t been playing my type of baseball, and I got to get back to what I do best- my hitting. This team hasn’t come close to reaching its full potential and I can’t wait until we do.”

St. Rita pitched an exceptional game, not letting up a single run the whole game. Their bats were […]

The Standard: The Journey2024-05-01T22:09:29-05:00

The Standard: Crusader Baseball Update


By Phill Cipriani “24

The Crusaders have had a tough start to the season by winning 10 games, but also losing 10 games. This is not up to the team’s standards after making it to the state championship last year.

It is still very early in the season, and there is still plenty of time for the boys to get back on track and win again.

Most recently, the Crusaders lost to St. Rita in a very close game of 6-5. This handed them their first loss in Catholic League play this year, pushing their Catholic League record to 4-1.

Senior Chris Daugherty said, “Not […]

The Standard: Crusader Baseball Update2024-04-25T22:06:27-05:00

The Standard: Almost Friday


By Peter McShane ‘23

After defeating the Mount Carmel Caravan 16-9 on Tuesday, the Crusaders were all set to play them again at home on Thursday.

Winning both games in the series would put Brother Rice in a great spot before playoffs, especially beating a great Carmel team in a great rivalry series. The Crusaders were in need for the sweep.

Senior Miguel Santos said, “It would be awesome if we were able to take down Mount Carmel twice in one week.”

Brother Rice got off to an amazing start, taking a 5-0 lead heading into the second inning. Tadgh Callaghan was able to hold […]

The Standard: Almost Friday2023-05-05T22:19:46-05:00

The Standard: Crusaders Dismantle the Caravan


By Ryan Gierhahn ‘23

 Year in and year out, Brother Rice and Mount Carmel are two of the most competitive and successful baseball programs in the Chicago Catholic League and state of Illinois. Every time they take the field against each other, it’s expected to be an intense game.

After splitting their regular season series, the Crusaders ended the Caravan’s season last year with a 2-1 walk-off victory in the sectional championship. It’s safe to say that the Caravan were more than ready to get their revenge this year.

Game 1 of the series was on Tuesday, April 25, at Mount Carmel’s Haggerty Field.

Before […]

The Standard: Crusaders Dismantle the Caravan2023-05-04T20:31:02-05:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Baseball Field Makeover


By Jack Morrison ‘23

In 2019, the talk of Brother Rice getting a new baseball field began. There was much interest surrounding the subject, but other issues around campus had to be tended to first. The north campus parking lot was in desperate need of a makeover. Attention shifted from redoing the baseball field to the makeover of the parking lot.

The parking lot plan was underway and the baseball field talks started up again. Then, Covid-19 hit and halted everything.

“Right before covid hit I heard talks of the baseball field being redone. But since then I haven’t heard much about it. I […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Baseball Field Makeover2023-03-23T23:19:06-05:00

The Standard: Crusader’s Baseball Preview


By Joshua Sutker ‘23

After coming up short of our goal in the 2022 season, the swinging ‘Saders are back and ready to go for another great spring.

Sophomore infielder Aiden Nohava said, “Watching last year’s team from the outside, I was eager to start the season up. I know that we did a lot of good things last year, but we didn’t get that state championship.”

The Crusaders finished in third place of 4A state finals last year. They ended with a regular season record of 36-6 and went 16-2 in conference play. Their regular season record was good enough to be named […]

The Standard: Crusader’s Baseball Preview2023-03-15T16:26:25-05:00

The Standard: Crusader Hoops Take a Trip to Bloomington


By Danny Durkin ‘23

The Crusader basketball team took a trip to Bloomington over Christmas break. Illinois Wesleyan held a great tournament full of great competition.

There were many great moments for the Crusaders during this tournament, and they gained a lot of experience while playing in this tournament.

Senior basketball player Nick Niego said, “It was a great experience with a lot of great competition and was also a great time to bond with the team.”

While the team did not win the whole tournament, they believe that their skill level greatly improved throughout the trip.

The Crusaders placed 5th in the tournament with an […]

The Standard: Crusader Hoops Take a Trip to Bloomington2023-01-19T23:33:56-06:00

The Standard: Baseball vs Mount Carmel


By Carter McAlilly ‘22

The Brother Rice baseball team lost their first game against an Illinois team last week. Losing 6-4 against Catholic League rival Mount Carmel. The Crusaders became 18-3 on the season after the loss.

Brother Rice and Mount Carmel have always been huge rivals in every sport. No matter the stakes, it will always be a tough and gritty game.

The day after their first loss to Mount Carmel, the Crusaders bounced back with a 15-4 victory against Mount Carmel at their home field.

Multiple players stepped up their game going into the second game. Jack Lausch, Dylan Warda, and Nick Daugherty […]

The Standard: Baseball vs Mount Carmel2022-05-03T21:55:35-05:00
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