The Brother Rice rugby team was victorious last night over CRCC rival Marist with a score of 48-5. The Crusaders were led by the 3 tries of Ryan “Del Pueblo” Schickel and the hard running of Brendan Hosty, Justin Garcia, and Evan “Heavy E” Kirtz. Tim Desmond offered surgical kicks for conversions as well as in game play backed up by the support for of the Money Man of the game, Luke Swiatek. The Crusaders will continue their quest for a Catholic League championship on Wednesday, May 9, when they take on Fenwick at Triton College.
The Brother Rice rugby team made a clean 4-0 sweep on their tour of Toronto, Canada. Tour highlights include a walking tour of Kennington Market, a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame, going to the top of CN Tower, and a boat tour to Niagara Falls.
Standout performances came from two-time man of the match John Podlasek, captains Brian Gannon, Conor Desmond, and Brendan Alison, newcomers Jack Keane and Mike Foreman, Dan “D.C.” Connors, Kyle “Doc” Mehok-Doherty, Jack “Chelly” Chellberg, Ryan Smith, and Tim O’Shea, and stellar leadership from Vince Carlson.
All the boys represented Brother Rice well on the field, but more importantly conducted themselves manfully in a foreign country. The coaches received countless compliments on how respectful the boys were.
All are invited to the Friday, April 21, game at Marist in the first ever Rice vs. Marist rugby game.
The Brother Rice Rugby team celebrated their season at the Hawaiian themed end of the year party at Jack Desmonds. Below is a list of this season’s award winners. Congratulations to all on a terrific season.
Most Valuable Player
Varsity: Cam Miller
Fresh/Soph: Mark Green
Varsity: Matt Burger
Fresh/Soph: Brendan Hosty
Varsity: Joe Skrypkun
Fresh/Soph: Dan Caufield
Varsity: Manny Bravo
Fresh/Soph: Tim Desmond
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Judge Marty Berry
There will be a mandatory parent rugby meeting Monday January 25th at 6:00pm in the Theology Center. At least one parent needs to be present. We will introduce the new coaching staff, go over team rules and expectations, complete any paperwork, dues structure, and answer any questions parents might have. If there is a conflict please contact Coach Meany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brother Rice Rugby will host a fish fry on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Jack Desmonds Irish Pub, 10339 Ridgeland in Chicago Ridge from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tickets are $35 for fish fry and domestic drinks, $40 for fish fry and imported drinks, $12 for ages 13 – 20, and children under 12 are free.
The Brother Rice varsity rugby team is one of only 24 teams in the U.S. that has been selected to participate in the USA Rugby High School National Championships. This year, the championships have now been moved to North Carolina, so the team needs to raise funds to be able to make this trip. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Fifteen boys HS teams are expected to play, with several bringing JV squads. There will be an eight-team Elite Division that includes several of the top HS teams in the nation: Penn, KC Jr. Blues, St. Thomas Aquinas (Kansas City), Brother Rice, Brownsburg, Kansas City Cougars, St. Louis University High, and Eureka HS.
Five of those teams ended last season ranked by Goff Rugby Report, and Penn is currently the single-school #2.
The Super 12 Division includes some JV teams from the Elite plus some up-and-comers (Mustangs Rugby and Christian Brothers, both out of St. Louis) as well as a brand-new program in St. James Academy out of the Kansas City area.
This will be the first-ever run-out for St. James, and the first run-out for Brother Rice as a single-school varsity team (they previously drew players from other schools and competed as a club).
Source: Goff Rugby Report
The New Zealand All -Blacks are in town to face the USA Eagles. The sold-out match is at Soldier Field on Saturday, November 1. As part of the historic match, Brother Rice rugby players have participated in several events the week before.
On Saturday, October 25, Dan Howard participated in an intra-squad match during the AIG Rugby Rookie Festival at Jackson Park. Following the match, he was selected captain for the upcoming Illinois Select team –vs. Missouri on Saturday, November 1, prior to the All-Blacks/Eagles match. On Monday, October 27, Howard also participated in an Adidas rugby clinic at Union Station / Downtown-Chicago with the New Zealand All-Black. He was featured during a sports piece on the CBS Channel 2 10:00 P.M. news and was also filmed for a New Zealand newscast.
On Thursday, October 30, Coach Fee and the rugby team volunteered manning the coat check table at a black-tie event at Union Station.
On Saturday, November 1, Dan Howard will act as captain for the Illinois Select team vs. Missouri. The game is at Altgeld Park, 515 S. Washtenaw Ave, Chicago – kickoff is at 9:30 A.M. The New Zealand – USA match follows at Soldier Field; kickoff is at 3:00 P.M. and will be nationally broadcast on NBC. Brother Rice rugby team member Matt Pikowski will be the ball boy for this national event.
After the longest season in Brother Rice history, 2014 is now in the books. After 8 Catholic League games, 6 Midwest and national championship games, and 3 playoff games to the state final, the Brother Rice rugby Crusaders fell in both A and B state championship games.
The month of May took its toll as the Crusaders lost 7 starting players, and had Captain 8-Luke Mueller most likely playing with a stress fracture in his foot most of the season, when he finally went down on Tuesday, May 27. As always, the next man up rose to the challenge and saw the boys win the first Catholic League trophy in its inaugural season, a last second national championship loss, and two state championship final appearances. That’s a deep squad!
Varsity Coach David Fee said, “I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of this bunch; my only regret (is) that I couldn’t be on the field with them today. Nothing in the life is given, everything is earned, and these boys have earned the right to call themselves one the best programs in the country.”
Varsity: Waubonsie hangs on for 29-24 finish.
Varsity B: Rice B side falls to Fenwick 24-8 in B side state championship.
Crusaders wrap up an undefeated season in the Chicago Catholic Rugby League with a 33-12 win over Mt. Carmel on Tuesday, May 6.
Next up for the team are the Illinois state playoffs and USA national championships. The team is seeking its 10th state crown and a repeat of the combined Tier II USA national championship.
For more information about the Boys National High School Invitational seeds, please visit their website.
Rugby continues to gain popularity across the globe and in the city.
The sport recently took another huge step locally when five Catholic League high schools joined forces to form the Chicago Catholic High School Rugby Conference, the first of its kind in Illinois.
Brother Rice, Fenwick, Mt. Carmel, St. Ignatius and St. Rita are the founding members of the new conference.
“I think the Catholic League will be a great thing from a growth-of-the-game standpoint. Montini is already scheduled to join next year with St. Pat’s and Marist potentially starting teams as well,” said Br. Rice Coach David Fee. “And if a high school Catholic League is established, how long before the local grade schools start to pick it up as well? It will connect with local established rivalries and traditions. With rugby growing in popularity—back into the Olympics in 2016, NBC televised events, collegiate scholarships and all the issues they are seeing with football—I think people are starting to see rugby as an option for playing an entertaining contact sport.”