The Standard: The Book of Badke


By Pat Galeher ‘22

The year 2021 marked Coach Brian Badke’s end to his coaching career at Brother Rice. Badke has held the position of head coach for the past ten seasons. Although the Crusaders fell short of a state championship, it was certainly an outstanding final season for Coach Badke.

Coach Badke was a 1992 graduate of Brother Rice and a 1996 graduate of the University of St. Francis. He was quite the athlete making all conference in football and all American in baseball. After having an extremely successful athletic career, Badke decided to start coaching football.

The year 1996 marked Badke’s first […]

The Standard: The Book of Badke2021-12-02T21:06:07-06:00

The Standard: Ramblers Take Down Crusaders in Thrilling Shootout


By Mike Fahy ‘22

The Crusaders took a tough loss on Friday, Sept. 17, in an electrifying shootout with the Loyola Academy Ramblers. It was a battle between the number one and number three ranked teams in the state where Brother Rice quarterback, Jack Lausch, and Loyola running back, Marco Maldonado, proved why they are two of the state’s premier players.

The Crusaders came out firing on offense as they marched down the field, and Lausch stuffed it in for a 2 yard touchdown run, set up by a 40 yard catch and run by receiver Danny White. However, Maldonado quickly responded with […]

The Standard: Ramblers Take Down Crusaders in Thrilling Shootout2021-11-08T20:09:59-06:00

The Standard: BR Football Honors First Responders for 20th Anniversary of 9/11


By Jacob Wizgird ‘22

On Friday, Sept. 10, Brother Rice celebrated Senior Night in honor of the all the boys and girls involved with the football program in the fall. This year, Brother Rice decided to honor another group of people those who keep us safe every day.

Brother Rice hosted First Responders Night honoring the countless brave men and women within the community who have served our country as first responders or military veterans. T-shirts with a red and blue stripe across the BR logo were given out that night to fit the theme. Mr. Vogt’s Broadcast Journalism class even put together […]

The Standard: BR Football Honors First Responders for 20th Anniversary of 9/112021-10-01T19:56:32-05:00

Brother Rice Hires Casey Quedenfeld as the 2022 Head Football Coach


Brother Rice High School is proud to announce the hiring of Casey Quedenfeld as the 2022 Head Football Coach.  Quedenfeld has served in two of the nation’s top high school football programs, most recently as the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas, where he helped the Knights secure the Texas Private School State Championship in 2019 and Runner Up in 2018.  Before that, he was the Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California, where he was mentored by Marvin Sanders, a former college football coach at […]

Brother Rice Hires Casey Quedenfeld as the 2022 Head Football Coach2021-07-12T12:12:32-05:00

Coach Badke Announces Final Season


Coach Brian Badke recently announced that the Fall 2021 season will be his tenth and final as the Head Coach of the Brother Rice football program.  In the past three years, Chicago Catholic Blue Division Brother Rice has been a high school football powerhouse, finishing as state Finalist and state Semi-Finalist in IHSA playoffs, along with a 4-2 record and “Top 10” state ranking during this recent, abbreviated pandemic season.

“I’m extremely proud of our football program and the young men I have had the pleasure to coach and mentor.  We have a special group of players coming […]

Coach Badke Announces Final Season2021-05-19T13:53:21-05:00

The Standard: Crusaders Take Down the Caravan in the Last Game of the Year


By Michael Badke ‘21

The Crusaders had a huge win Friday night beating the Mount Carmel Caravan 20-13 to cap off an unheralded six-game spring football season. Senior Night was a great success honoring the 20 seniors for all their hard work and dedication.

The Crusader offense came out hot and ready to go, scoring on their first drive set up by senior wide receiver Dwayne Moorehead’s 60-yard reception. Quarterback Jack Lausch finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to take the lead early in the 1st quarter.

Moorehead said, “It was great to take an early lead; when I got the ball […]

The Standard: Crusaders Take Down the Caravan in the Last Game of the Year2021-04-28T22:13:27-05:00

The Standard: The Crusaders Battle But Fall Short to Rival Marist


By Michael Badke ‘21

The Crusader football team took a tough loss to the Marist Redhawks on Friday, March 26. It was a back and forth tough, Southside, Catholic League battle between arguably two of the top teams in the state.

The Crusader offense started off sloppy on their first drive after a questionable fumble by junior Khary Shaw.

Senior wide receiver Collin McGlynn said, “I honestly thought that was an incomplete pass, the call didn’t go our way but we have to adjust and fight through adversity.”

The Redhawks could not capitalize on great field position. After a defensive battle in the first quarter, […]

The Standard: The Crusaders Battle But Fall Short to Rival Marist2021-04-05T15:50:26-05:00

The Standard: Alex Roche Commits to St. Thomas


By James Littleton ‘20

Senior DE Alex Roche gratefully announced he’ll be continuing his student-athlete career at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

He’ll be joining former teammates from last year’s Crusader team, Joe Fitzgerald and Johnny Bean.

When asked about joining his friends, Alex said, “I already have fallen in love with the school itself, and having those guys is the sweetest cherry on top.”

There’s no question our Crusaders will be having a grand ole’ time together again.

To make things more appetizing, earlier this year, the football team was booted from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They were given an […]

The Standard: Alex Roche Commits to St. Thomas2020-02-06T23:23:49-06:00

The Standard: Jack Lausch – The Man, the Myth, the Legend


By Justin Jefferson ‘20

Jack Lausch has been a headline in many stories this past month. The young talented star has lead the Brother Rice Crusaders to a second straight semi-finals while only playing quarterback going into the end of the season.

Most people would fail if challenges like this came at them so unexpectedly, but not Jack Lausch. He said, “I love adversity and having a challenge. I feel that I am a person who is meant to exceed expectations and do extra things that nobody else does.”

Lausch not only plays football, he also pitches for the Brother Rice baseball team and […]

The Standard: Jack Lausch – The Man, the Myth, the Legend2019-11-26T10:48:53-06:00

The Standard: The Crusaders Charge Full Speed Ahead to Round 3


By Dan Golon ‘20

Your newly crowned underdog Crusader football team took on the South Elgin Storm this past, frigid Saturday evening.

After a shaky 5-4 regular season, competing against some of the strongest teams in the state, the Crusaders have posted back-to-back no doubt playoff wins.

Saturday, at home, they took down the Storm by a score of 25-7.

Behind what some would call a new offensive showcase for the men in maroon and orange is sophomore Jack Lausch, rushing for two touchdowns in this weekend’s contest. The third touchdown was scored by running back Willie Shaw who scampered in to seal the deal.

Lausch […]

The Standard: The Crusaders Charge Full Speed Ahead to Round 32019-11-26T10:52:22-06:00


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