The Standard: The Final Return


By Pat Galeher ’22 – Team Leader

Covid-19 tried its best to take down my senior year, but I didn’t let it. Unfortunately, the pandemic affected last year’s seniors immensely, but the Class of 2022 graduated Covid free.

Senior year was certainly an exciting way to end my action-packed high school career. The summer of 2021 was filled with football workouts and team parties. Then school came around and my schedule was busy, to say the least. Because of commitments to student council, NHS, football, and school, my free time ran slim. This never stopped me from having fun.

My senior football season was […]

The Standard: The Final Return2022-05-15T20:19:35-05:00

The Standard: Crusaders Help with Ukrainian Donations


By Patrick Galeher ‘22

On Wednesday, March 30, the Brother Rice student council collaborated with the Saint Xavier football team and Evergreen Park fire department in gathering supplies for Ukrainian refugees. The volunteers met at St. Bernadette Parish to load supplies onto a semi-truck. This truck was then sent to the airport for direct delivery to the people of Ukraine.

Unfortunately, it began to rain when the volunteers arrived. This did not stop them from helping load the truck. Although the rain made the boxes slightly harder to carry, the truck was still successfully loaded.

St. Bernadette´s Rev. Benedykt Pazdan was born and raised […]

The Standard: Crusaders Help with Ukrainian Donations2022-04-14T15:50:18-05:00

The Standard: A Historical End to a Memorable Season


By Pat Galeher ‘22

On Friday, Feb. 25, the Crusader mat men were defeated by the tough Mahomet Seymour team. This marked the first Brother Rice appearance at the annual IHSA team state dual tournament. Although the Crusaders ended their season with a loss, that does not take away from their memorable season.

At the beginning of the season, not many people expected this team to make it as far as they did. Obstacles included missing a head coach, many young faces, and the football team making it to the semifinals which forced four starting wrestlers to join late. The Crusaders certainly exceeded […]

The Standard: A Historical End to a Memorable Season2022-03-17T22:48:35-05:00

The Standard: Back-to-Back Regional Champs


By Pat Galeher ‘22

On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Crusaders won their second straight Regional Championship. All 13 wrestlers from Brother Rice who entered the regional placed in the top three at their weight classes. This means that all 13 Crusaders will be wrestling in sectionals at Hinsdale South this weekend.

Brother Rice dominated the competition by racking in a total of 242 team points. The Crusaders were led by six individual champs including Bobby Conway, Al Perez, Chuck Connolly, Nate Chirillo, Tommy Bennett, and Gabino Perez. They also finished with five runner-ups and two third places.

This season has certainly been a successful […]

The Standard: Back-to-Back Regional Champs2022-02-10T23:11:43-06:00

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: The Crusaders Bounce Back by Clinching Their Playoff Spot


By Pat Galeher ‘22

On Friday, Oct. 15, the Crusaders officially sealed their spot in the 2021 IHSA state playoffs. Brother Rice soundly defeated Marian Catholic 52-6. This victory is exactly what the team needed after barely being defeated on their homecoming by Joliet Catholic.

After giving up 56 points to Joliet, the Crusaders decided to make some changes. Kevin Frazier moved from defensive end to middle linebacker in an effort to fill in for Rolando Sepulveda, who was recently injured. Trey Pierce also moved from defensive tackle to defensive end in order to fill in Frazier’s shoes.

Kevin Frazier said, “I’ll play anywhere […]

The Standard: The Crusaders Bounce Back by Clinching Their Playoff Spot2021-11-08T20:08:22-06:00
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