The Standard: Saved the Best for Last


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

My senior year has by far been the most memorable. I have had so much success and fun.

I started off the year running cross country. I was named team captain. This was an achievement that I looked forward to for three years. I remember looking up to the senior captains my freshman and sophomore year; now I was that role model for this year’s young guys.

The season went very well. We took home the regional championship for the 3rd time in four years. At sectionals, we ran one of our greatest races all year and qualified for the […]

The Standard: Saved the Best for Last2023-05-18T13:58:54-05:00

The Standard: Pete Struck Eagle Classic


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

On Thursday, the track team competed at Sandburg for the Pete Struck Eagle Classic. This is one of the most highly anticipated outdoor meets of the year, with some of the best competition from 23 schools.

What I like most about this meet is the chance to see where we rank in certain events. With sectionals and Catholic League right around the corner, it is a necessity to envision ourselves in the midst of it with high competition. We are able to see what events are our strengths and which are our weaknesses.

What has stood out to me the […]

The Standard: Pete Struck Eagle Classic2023-05-05T22:24:17-05:00

The Standard: Crusader Duel


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

The Crusader Duel meet is the perfect way to kick off the outdoor track season. It is a friendly competition against your peers.

The six team captains were divided into two teams. Teams Walsh, Heilmann and Worthington were in white, and teams Bowes, Kennedy and Morrison were in black. Each team took turns drafting players until no one was left. Bragging rights were on the line, along with first dibs at pizza.

Afterwards the competitiveness in each of us came out. Many of us argued over who has the better team and who would come out as champions.

On Thursday, the […]

The Standard: Crusader Duel2023-04-06T20:03:11-05:00

The Standard: ICOPS Invitational


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

“It’s my favorite indoor track meet all year,” said sophomore Gavin O’Connor.

On Sunday, the entire track and field team traveled to Lewis University to compete at ICOPS invitational. It is the first real meet of the year with good competition from all catholic schools. You have the chance to prove to yourself, teammates and coaches that you can be relied upon for future meets like Catholic League or sectionals.

It was a good outing; we finished 5th out of 22 schools, but that’s not where we want to be.  It is still really early in the season so we […]

The Standard: ICOPS Invitational2023-03-10T12:30:29-06:00

The Standard: Super Bowl LVII


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

Over the weekend the NFL’s four best teams battled for an opportunity to play in Super Bowl LVII.

In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles were up against the San Francisco 49ers. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs played the Cincinnati Bengals. The Eagles and 49ers were up first; in what was supposed to be a close battle, the Eagles stunned San Francisco, winning 31-7. The 49ers were dealing with quarterback issues and stood no chance against the number 1 seed Eagles.

The Chiefs and Bengals matched up next. As a viewer, this game was fun to watch but stressful. […]

The Standard: Super Bowl LVII2023-02-10T11:49:16-06:00

The Standard: Making History


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

The 2022-23 cross country team made history.

We are the 7th team in school history to qualify for state and regional champions for the fourth time in five years.

Sophomore Gavin O’Connor said, “As a team we had some ups and downs, but we were able to achieve what we wanted both individually and as a team.”

There were some rough patches, but I always knew we were capable of something big. The tipping point was the Peoria High Invite at Detweiller Park. We had an amazing day with six out of seven personal bests. Junior Danny Macis said, “The season […]

The Standard: Making History2022-12-17T16:36:27-06:00

The Standard: Third Time’s a Charm


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

Mark Donahue, President of Brother Rice High School, brings more than just football to the table.

Since his years of being an offensive lineman are over, Mr. Donahue needed an activity to stay in shape. He decided to begin cycling and quickly fell in love with it. Through cycling, he met many new people and found himself competing in a triathlon.

He finished the triathlon and competed in two half marathons and two Ironmans since then. Mr. Donahue loves the challenge and fitness aspect of it, but mostly enjoys meeting new people. He is set to compete in his third […]

The Standard: Third Time’s a Charm2022-11-11T15:38:09-06:00

The Standard: We’re Not Done Yet


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

It’s always a great day when you have the opportunity to race at Detweiller Park.

On Saturday, the cross country team finished 12th place out of 41 teams at Detweiller Park in Peoria Ill. Personally, I think we could have done better as a team, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The meet day was different than usual. The team went out for a steak dinner on Friday night and stayed in a hotel. Although this is a fun team bonding exercise, sometimes getting thrown out of your routine before competing can result in a poor […]

The Standard: We’re Not Done Yet2022-10-13T19:05:13-05:00


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