The Standard: The Last Chapter


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

It seems like just a few months ago I was riding my bike down Pulaski as a freshman in hopes of watching our Crusaders defeat the Redhawks. Now I am only a week away from graduating. Everyone always tells you that your time as a high school student will fly past, but you never really understand what that means until the end of your senior year.

There have been so many great moments in my years at Brother Rice, and it is hard to accept that my years roaming the halls are over. Although I am sad that my […]

The Standard: The Last Chapter2021-05-15T00:30:44-05:00

The Standard: The Masters Review


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

The Masters golf tournament held on the weekend of April 10 was one of the most historic sporting events so far this year.

The Masters is held at Augusta National Golf Club which is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and well-known courses in the world. Augusta is known to be extremely difficult, and it lived up to this standard. The greens were as fast as lightning, making scoring very difficult for every player in the field, which added a lot of excitement to the tournament.

This is how the top five players finished in this year’s Masters tournament.

Placing fifth […]

The Standard: The Masters Review2021-04-22T16:18:41-05:00

The Standard: College Basketball Postseason Preview


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

The regular season of college basketball has been a wild ride this year. Between Covid cancellations and rescheduled games, this season has been a memorable one.

Here is a deep dive into what makes the top ten teams the best of the best:

At the number one spot is undoubtedly the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga has a stacked team full of talented players with guys like Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme. They are undefeated this year and it is looking as if no one will be able to stop them. Gonzaga plays a complete style of basketball by defending very well […]

The Standard: College Basketball Postseason Preview2021-03-12T01:11:21-06:00

The Standard: Super Bowl Halftime Show Review


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

The Super Bowl Halftime Show sponsored by Pepsi is one of the most iconic musical performances on Earth.

During a Covid plagued year, the big event took a different form than the numerous years previous. On a brisk 62 degree evening in Tampa Bay, Fla., The Weeknd was set to perform at Raymond James Stadium.

With 22,000 fans in attendance, The Weeknd opened with his iconic song, “Starboy.” This song took place at the top of Raymond James Stadium, with numerous choir singers in the background on a raised stage. The Weeknd wore a red suit that matched the one […]

The Standard: Super Bowl Halftime Show Review2021-02-10T22:58:48-06:00

The Standard: Skiing During Covid


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

The annual winter break ski trip looked a little different this year than in the past.

Normally, most ski resorts in the Midwest open around the middle of November. This year proved to be much different with most resorts opening late December to early January. This is almost a two month gap, which are costly days missed when ideal days for skiing are hard to come by.

Alpine Valley in Wisconsin was the agreed on destination, and on Dec. 29, we all arrived looking to have a good time.

Senior Brennan O’Malley said, “Alpine Ski Resort is easily the best place […]

The Standard: Skiing During Covid2021-01-14T21:33:21-06:00

The Standard: The Masters Preview


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

After a long year of Covid-19 ruining our favorite sporting events, the Masters is back. Arguably the best event in all of sports will be played this Thursday through Sunday at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. The course is absolutely stunning and holds some of the richest traditions in all of sports. Golf isn’t a sport for everyone, but the Masters is a must-watch event.

Senior Frank Cunnea said, “I’m not the biggest golf fan, but I love watching the Masters.”

The best way to get ready for this weekend’s tournament is to understand who the top players […]

The Standard: The Masters Preview2020-11-14T14:00:57-06:00

The Standard: Quinn Clifford’s Road to State


By Justin Hardiek ‘21

After finishing 28th in the state championship his junior year, senior Quinn Clifford is out for revenge this season. 

Clifford is the star player on Brother Rice’s golf team, and has been a varsity player since the end of freshman year. Clifford is the most highly regarded player in the program, and his coaches and friends have high expectations for him.

Senior Will Stubitsch said, “Quinn is a great player who can play with the best of the best in Illinois. Put him one on one against Sean Curran (Clemson golf commit) […]

The Standard: Quinn Clifford’s Road to State2020-10-15T22:02:21-05:00


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