By Patrick Mangin ‘24

Last Tuesday, the Brother Rice basketball team took on the Marist Redhawks in the Battle of Pulaski. This continued one of the most historic rivalries in Illinois high school sports history, and the game did not disappoint.

Senior Jack Gorman said, “Everyone knows how important this game is for both the students and the members of the school communities. We knew the magnitude of the game and didn’t shy away from the pressure.”

Marist started off the game hot with a 7-0 lead, but an eight point run from senior Zavier Fitch quickly put the Crusaders on top.

The Crusaders controlled the first half with stellar performances from senior Cale Cosme and junior Marcos Gonzales, but the Redhawks kept it within reach. At the end of the first half, the Crusaders led by nine with the score being 30-21.

The second half is when things started to get rough for the Redhawks. The Crusaders dominated the end of the game with an incredible performance from Zavier Fitch which brought them to a 65-47 victory.

Fitch said, “This wasn’t my first time playing in the Battle of Pulaski. We started off slow, but handled the adversity well and came out with the win.”

Cale Cosme was another major contributor in the win and could not be more happy with the environment of the game.

Cosme said, “The atmosphere was incredible. Playing for the Battle of Pulaski is a special game for both the school and the community and getting the win was great.”

After the game, the new “Pulaski Post” trophy was unveiled and awarded to the Crusaders in cooperation with the Andrew Weishar Foundation. Weishar was a Brother Rice alumni who died from cancer in 2010. His family created a foundation in his honor and has helped numerous families in their battles with cancer.

Overall, the game could not have had a much better ending. The Crusaders secured their fourth straight win versus their rivals, and a wonderful foundation was honored supported by both schools.