Brother Rice senior Dylan Summers has committed to Cornell University for Fall 2019. Summers currently plays as a wide receiver for our Crusader football team.
“First off, I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football at the next level. I would also like to thank my parents and siblings for guiding me through this process and the teachers and coaches at Brother Rice for molding me into the man I am today,” said Dylan. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to play division one football and receive an Ivy League education at the best school in the world.”
Brother Rice is very proud and wishes the best of luck to Dylan!
Brother Rice senior Danny Fitzgerald is one of those loud, competitive types according to Crusaders coach Brian Badke.
“Danny has been working really hard,” Badke said. “He drives us crazy but we love him. He’s just a really good competitor.”
Fitzgerald has plenty to crow about after his performance on Friday in No. 14 Brother Rice’s 35-3 win against No. 12 Loyola.
Fitzgerald had a special game. He had two of the four interceptions the Crusaders grabbed. Things were going so well that a ball even popped out of a Loyola running back’s hands and flew right into his. Fitzgerald returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.
“I was pursuing to the ball to help out with the tackle and it just popped into my hands,” Fitzgerald said. “That was a good one.”
Fitzgerald and his defensive mates were rock solid. Visiting Loyola (2-2, 0-1 Catholic League Blue) was unable to establish a running game. Ramblers quarterback Matthew Schiltz was 15-for-26 passing for 168 yards and four interceptions.
“[The defense] is a special group,” Badke said. “We’ve had an explosive offense the past few years and probably had better players on the offensive side. But now this year we have a really talented group of kids [on defense]. It starts up front and they did a great job.”
The Crusaders also have a talented quarterback. Senior John Bean seemed to always make the right decision. He even turned blown plays into big gains.
There was one very impressive play in the second quarter. Bean saw the pass rush was almost at him. He spun around, scrambled to the opposite side of the field and threw to wide receiver Jahlil Pettis for a 26-yard completion.
“They brought the blitz and I had to figure out the way to get out of it,” Bean said. “I knew my teammate was going to be there for me when I needed him.”
Bean was 14-for-20 passing for 247 yards with one touchdown. He had 10 carries for 36 yards and one touchdown.
“[Bean] is always going to go forward, “Badke said. “He’s a load and he’s become a great student of the game and a leader of our team.”
Running back Jessi Plunkett was a dependable workhorse with 19 carries for 50 yards and one touchdown.
“We had this date circled on our calendar since last year,” Bean said. “We prepared for it all week and we were ready. The defense did an unbelievable job tonight and this win goes to them. The way they played tonight was outstanding.”
Brother Rice (4-0, 1-0) last beat Loyola in 2014.
“Our guys were prepared, they worked extremely hard,” Badke said. “They are a fun group to coach and they love to compete. When you are around that every day as a team you are going to develop to do great things.”
The Crusaders weren’t talked about a ton in the preseason but wins against Marist and the Ramblers have changed things.
“We had state championship circled ever since last year,” Bean said. “We just love being the underdogs.”
Brother Rice is pleased to announce Sean McBride as the new head baseball coach for our Crusaders. McBride is a graduate of Sandburg High School and St. Joseph College in Renssalear, Indiana, where he earned All Region honors and All Conference honors. McBride has been the assistant baseball coach at Brother Rice for 7 years with 11 years of High School coaching experience.
“I am very excited and thankful of the opportunity to continue coaching at Brother Rice,” Coach McBride said. “I’ve loved my 7 years here as assistant coach because of the great kids, parents and faculty that make this such a special school. I cannot wait to move forward and build on all the success of the Brother Rice baseball program.”
Brother Rice proudly congratulates Sean McBride on his new position and wishes him the best for the upcoming season.
Brother Rice soccer will host tryouts August 8 to the 10 from 3-5 p.m. at Brother Rice High School. All student-athletes intending on playing must register at tinyurl.com/BRSoccerTryout.
Check-in for tryouts will be held at 2:30 p.m. on August 8 at the main entrance to the stadium. Student-athletes must complete ALL REQUIRED PAPERWORK (Brother Rice emergency contact form, pre-participation examination, and concussion & performance enhancing information sheet) prior to tryouts. Paperwork can be found at http://athletics.brotherrice.org/ihsa-forms/ and can be turned in to Coach Prunckle at Brother Rice prior to tryouts.
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Prunckle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts for the 2018 Brother Rice Golf Team will be held at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood on Monday, August 6, Tuesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 8. Tryouts will begin at 7:00 a.m. each day. Email Head Golf Coach Mark Krizic at email@example.com with questions.
The frosh/soph track & field team placed 5th in the Catholic League Championship on Friday, May 4. Top performance came from Ronan Dolan, who placed 3rd in the triple jump and 4th in both the long jump & 400. Third place efforts came from Eddie Burke in the 3200; Nehemiah Ray in the 400; and the 4×8 team of Charlie Fitzgerald, Alex MacFarlane, Matt Quattrocchi, & Mikey Corcoran. Willie Shaw had a strong race to finish 4th in the 100.
The varsity team also competed on Friday in the highly talented Thornton Classic. The top performance came from the 4×4 team of Brendan Coghlan, Tommy Gleeson, Leo Staudacher, and Justin Palmer. This Saturday is the varsity Catholic League Championship at Loyola.
The track & field team hosted the 12th Annual Rice Relays on Friday, April 21. The Crusader team finished 2nd in the 10-team field.
Event champions were Tre Gladney, Matt Cegielski, Brian McElligott, and Tommy Gleeson in the sprint medley.
Strong 2nd place efforts came from Dan Spellman in the elite 1600; the distance medley team of Spellman, McElligott, Brendan Coghlan, and Gleeson; the triple jump relay of Nico Perez, Ronan Dolan, Adrian Campos, & Erik Estrada; the 300 hurdle team of Justin Palmer, Charlie Fitzgerald, and Dan Zapata; as well as the frosh/soph 4×800 team of Alex MacFarlane, Mikey Corcoran, Matt Quattrocchi, and Eddie Burke.
The baseball program was hard at work on Thursday, April 19, as the Crusader varsity team narrowly defeated St. Francis 7-6. Marquis Jackson came up huge in the 7th, getting the save with 3 huge outs and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Maher had 5 runs batted in and a grand slam to give the Crusaders the lead.
The sophomore team defeated St. Francis 10-5. Amarion Brown and Brendan McQuillan paced the Crusaders on the mound. Eddie McGunn put the finishing touches on the game with a perfect 7th. Tons of Crusaders contributed offensively.
The freshman team continued their torrid start with a pounding of St. Francis 10-0. Jeremiah Powell had a double and 2 runs batted in. Jacob Palmer added a triple and 3 runs batted in, while Nate Mosqueda added 4 stolen bases. Ben Guzek, Jack Sullivan, Ryan Kirchman paced the Crusaders. Brother Rice travels to Lockport High School on Friday, April 20, to take on the top-ranked Porters in the first round of the Do It Stevie’s Way tournament.