The Standard: BR Hosts Pre-Season Clinic


By Ryan Gierhahn ‘23

In the past, Brother Rice has been known for offering a free-of-charge basketball clinic to grade school players before their season begins. It’s a great way for kids to get back into the basketball groove with football season ending in the next couple weeks.

But with Covid being in the midst of everything these last few years, the program has been unable to hold the event since 2019. It was definitely a big deal to bring it back in 2022.

The clinic was held on Sunday, October 16, at Brother Rice. It was offered to any 5th-8th graders who wanted […]

The Standard: BR Hosts Pre-Season Clinic2022-10-27T22:26:40-05:00

The Standard: Crusaders Take Home Fall Hardware


By Ryan Gierhahn ‘23

When Coach Frasor announced he’d be stepping down as head coach in late July, many thought the future of the Brother Rice basketball program was in jeopardy.

He had led the team for the last seven seasons and posted a record of 142-56 during his tenure. Coach Frasor won two regional titles in his first three years as coach as well.

His role will undoubtedly not be an easy one to fill.

There were several rumors going around about players transferring, the new coaching job, and if the team was really going to be ready to play come November.

But the players […]

The Standard: Crusaders Take Home Fall Hardware2022-10-06T19:27:36-05:00

The Standard: Meet Coach Stamas


By Jackson Mendoza ‘23

Brother Rice has a new basketball coach for this upcoming season!

Coach Conte Stamas has been named as the new head coach for the varsity basketball team and is excited to get to work. Coach Stamas’ responses will excite Brother Rice fans.

Why was Coach Stamas drawn to apply for the position at Brother Rice? He said, “Initially I knew about the basketball tradition at Brother Rice, but I didn’t know much else about the school, neighborhood, and the community. So as I became interested in the position, I started to look at the academic component. Thirty-six Illinois state scholars […]

The Standard: Meet Coach Stamas2022-09-27T19:56:22-05:00

“Slam dunk!”: Brother Rice High School Names Conte Stamas New Head Basketball Coach


Brother Rice High School (Chicago) Director of Athletics Michael Fahey announced that, effective immediately, Conte Stamas will helm the basketball program as the new Varsity Head Coach. With 22 years of head coaching experience and fifteen years at the collegiate level, Stamas looks to continue the recent success of a Crusader team that went 24-7 last season and is returning many of their players.

Stamas will serve as only the sixth Varsity Basketball Head Coach in Brother Rice’s storied history.

“I’m extremely excited,” Stamas says. “I can’t wait to get started, to get to know the players, and to learn […]

“Slam dunk!”: Brother Rice High School Names Conte Stamas New Head Basketball Coach2022-08-25T20:33:11-05:00

Bobby Frasor Is Inducted Into the Catholic League Hall of Fame


Congratulations to Bobby Frasor ’05 on being inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame!

The Blue Island native attended St. Benedict school before attending Brother Rice High School. While at Brother Rice, Frasor played three years of varsity basketball, winning two sectional championships and one Super-Sectional. Frasor began to stand out as a junior when he averaged twelve points and five assists on a team that finished the season 26–2. The following year, Frasor’s senior season, he averaged 21 points, five rebounds, and seven assists and was named the Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year. In his total time […]

Bobby Frasor Is Inducted Into the Catholic League Hall of Fame2022-05-19T12:43:02-05:00

The Standard: Basketball Season Ends Against Bloom


By Tim Hayes ’22

Fresh off a dominant 72-24 win versus Shepard, the Crusaders faced off against the Blazing Trojans of Bloom in the regional final. Bloom came in with a 21-5 record and an easy 83-44 win against Rich Township.

The Blazing Trojans jumped off to a fast start and quickly built up a double-digit lead in the first quarter. As the half went on, the Crusaders were inching back into the game. The hard work finally paid off, and the Crusaders would cut the lead to 31-28 to end the half.

Things looked up at the start of the second half where […]

The Standard: Basketball Season Ends Against Bloom2022-03-04T21:51:43-06:00

The Standard: Southside Game of the Week: Brother Rice Crusaders vs. St. Rita Mustangs


By Jack Mallon ‘22

On Tuesday, the Crusader basketball team traveled to St. Rita to face off in a CCL matchup. The highly anticipated game brought a packed house to St. Rita. The matchup was broadcasted on WCIU as the game of the week.

Because of the amount of fans present, our Crusader Crazies had to cheer on from the baseline. While St. Rita expected a huge turnout for the game, they did little to nothing to accommodate the visiting fans.

The Mustangs (19-10) have the size where it counts. They are led by Morez Johnson, an Illinois commit, and James Brown at center. […]

The Standard: Southside Game of the Week: Brother Rice Crusaders vs. St. Rita Mustangs2022-02-17T21:59:50-06:00

The Standard: Crusader Basketball falls to DePaul Prep


By Liam Lyons ‘22

Last night Brother Rice basketball lost to a very tough DePaul Prep team. The Crusaders fell to 21-5 (10-2 in conf.) with a 49-39 loss. This loss pushes the Crusaders back even further in the Catholic League race. Leo beating St. Rita which helps keep the Lions in first place last night didn’t help.

Coming off two losses prior, Brother Rice looked to bounce back last night. With forward Jayden Watson out due to injury, the Crusaders were faced with an uphill battle. DePaul Prep had a key size advantage, but some key minutes from Jack Lausch and Ryan […]

The Standard: Crusader Basketball falls to DePaul Prep2022-02-17T22:01:03-06:00

The Standard: Ahmad Henderson´s effort is not enough in the CCL dogfight.


By Danny White ‘22

The Crusaders walked into 64th and Dante at 21-5 and 10-2 in conference. But, they also walked in on a three game losing streak.

The atmosphere was the classic Catholic League Conference battle crowd – student sections for both teams, plenty of eight graders, and a great deal of alumni.

Point guard Ahmad Henderson got the fireworks started as he flew down the court for a layup. He then assisted Ryan Kenney on a layup next time down the court. A couple possessions later he knocked down a 23 foot jumper, giving him five points in the first four minutes. […]

The Standard: Ahmad Henderson´s effort is not enough in the CCL dogfight.2022-02-17T20:24:25-06:00

The Standard: B-Team Ballers


By Dylan Warda ‘22

Many grammar schoolers dream of playing basketball for Brother Rice. It is very difficult to make the team with so much competition and great players.

Making the team is an accomplishment in and of itself. Many players try and many fail to make the team. Many people do not realize how tough it is to make the freshman team.

The Brother Rice basketball program has four different levels of teams with the highest being varsity and lowest being the freshman B team. The players on the freshman B team do not get enough credit for their skills.

The B team is […]

The Standard: B-Team Ballers2022-02-07T13:34:55-06:00


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