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

The Standard: Crusaders go 3-3 on the week


By Connor Mahay ‘22

The Brother Rice baseball team is rolling. The squad has not lost a game yet, going 13-0 in its first 13 games of the season. The team started Catholic League play this past week against St. Ignatius, Montini, and Marmion.

The Crusaders headed to St. Ignatius on Tuesday to face the wolfpack. The bats did not work as usual for the Crusaders, but stellar pitching from Junior Cole Van Assen kept St. Ignatius in check. Brother Rice kept on swinging and eventually put up five runs to beat St. Ignatius 5-1. Van Assen pitched a complete game, allowing only […]

The Standard: Crusaders go 3-3 on the week2022-04-17T10:26:37-05:00

The Standard: Brother Rice vs. IMG Academy


By Dylan Warda ‘22

IMG is a school that gets recruits from all over the country. Their team is full of top ranked guys committed to playing at the top colleges in the country and has two projected first-round draft picks in this upcoming draft. Their roster has more top ranked players than any other team in the country.

When we first heard we were playing IMG this season, it was a game that excited us. We had the chance to play the number 2 ranked team in the country. Getting a challenge like this is something we love.

Knowing how good of a […]

The Standard: Brother Rice vs. IMG Academy2022-04-14T16:04:48-05:00

The Standard: BR baseball dominates in Georgia, and I was there to record it all.


By Jacob Wizgird ‘22

In early January, I was looking for the Director of Marketing Mike Glennon. I wanted to borrow his camera for a basketball game that night but he wasn’t in his office. I walked over to Room 100, a.k.a. the room with the giant green screen wall.

There I found Mr. Glennon doing a picture shoot for the baseball team. He needed me to finish taking the pictures because he was running late to his basketball practice. I stayed and finished the photoshoot, and that’s when varsity baseball coach, Coach McBride, mentioned playing against IMG Academy this spring.

“IMG Academy?” I […]

The Standard: BR baseball dominates in Georgia, and I was there to record it all.2022-04-08T11:05:39-05:00

The Standard: Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament Recap


By Nick Cipriani ‘21

During the last week, the best teams from the Chicagoland area competed in the annual Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament. This tournament has become a high school baseball tradition over the last decade.

Players and coaches from public and private high schools compete against each other to honor the life of Steven Bajenski.

For those who do not know, Stevie was a baseball player for Mount Carmel High School and the Illinois Sparks. He tragically passed away in 2009, but he lives on in the tournament.

Brother Rice head coach, Sean McBride, said, “We feel that the Bajenski tournament is the […]

The Standard: Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament Recap2021-04-22T14:35:45-05:00


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